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Out of the Blue

Man, I got an emergency alert on my phone a bit ago, as the heavy rains around here have triggered a flash flood warning. We weren't really planning on this when we headed out pretty early today for supplies for a cookout tomorrow, but that's worked out pretty well, because I think they were onto something with this flood stuff... it's a scene out there.

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14. Re: Out of the Blue May 13, 2013, 09:31 Mr. Tact
 
Prez wrote on May 13, 2013, 08:01:
Apparently the feeling is that there are enough "lemmings" to go around so that losing a few makes no difference.
I agree this approach is disturbing, but unfortunately it is also not very surprising. I've heard it was an apparel factory, but I have yet to hear any US company names who had connections. Were they really no US companies using workers there?
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue May 13, 2013, 08:01 Prez
 
PHJF wrote on May 11, 2013, 18:17:
Fucking ridiculous, the death toll from that factory collapse in Bangladesh is now 1100.

This is (disturbingly) extremely common in India and surrounding areas. From what I've been reading there's virtually NO oversight on things like adherence to building code and structural integrity inspections, especially when it comes to factories. Apparently the feeling is that there are enough "lemmings" to go around so that losing a few makes no difference. Everyone involved from the builders to the factory managers ought to be hung.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2013, 09:54 KS
 
jdreyer wrote on May 11, 2013, 22:15:
That flying car looks really cool, but I have no idea how that design generates the lift to fly without those lift props.

From the end of plane-based cars in the 50s, to today, the only real contender was something ironically similar to todays hexacopter toys and drones. It had 6 (8?) horizontal fans around the body, with the intent to give redundant safe lift. It was estimated to cost about $100k mass produced. It worked but never seemed to go anywhere even though the guy pushed it for decades.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2013, 09:45 KS
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2013, 22:15 jdreyer
 
That flying car looks really cool, but I have no idea how that design generates the lift to fly without those lift props.  
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9. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2013, 22:14 jdreyer
 
nin wrote on May 11, 2013, 19:36:
Hoop wrote on May 11, 2013, 17:43:
Star trek ITD thoughts.
It really could'nt match the surprise of the first fresh facelift of the orginal series however enough twists in the plot to suprise.
I was worried about the Cumberbatch casting as he's just so overexposed at the moment & not all of it great but he just makes you believe.
So all in all a more dynamic plot than The Avengers & just great to traverse the decks of the Enterprise in 3d.

Hmmm, not exactly a glowing review, Hoop.


Couldn't be worse than Iron Man 3.
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2013, 21:59 nin
 
I guess I went in with too much expectation from the first but believe me it was still much better than some pretty brilliant marvel franchises imo.

I do that a lot too. And yeah, Iron Man 3 didn't do much for me, either...

 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2013, 21:38 Hoop
 
nin wrote on May 11, 2013, 19:36:
Hoop wrote on May 11, 2013, 17:43:
Star trek ITD thoughts.
It really could'nt match the surprise of the first fresh facelift of the orginal series however enough twists in the plot to suprise.
I was worried about the Cumberbatch casting as he's just so overexposed at the moment & not all of it great but he just makes you believe.
So all in all a more dynamic plot than The Avengers & just great to traverse the decks of the Enterprise in 3d.

Hmmm, not exactly a glowing review, Hoop.
I guess I went in with too much expectation from the first but believe me it was still much better than some pretty brilliant marvel franchises imo. As I said loved the 3d & how they used it viscerally to demonstrate the vast scale & speeds involved this time round.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2013, 20:29 Cutter
 
PHJF wrote on May 11, 2013, 18:17:
Fucking ridiculous, the death toll from that factory collapse in Bangladesh is now 1100.

Bangladesh is the world’s second-leading garment exporter, behind China.

It’s been a magnet for protests over low wages, thanks to its minimum salary for garment workers of $37 per month.

Those low labour costs draw the likes of Sears, Gap, Walmart and Loblaw, the Canadian retailer that markets the apparel brand Joe Fresh. Bangladesh has at least 5,000 garment factories that employ more than 3 million workers.

Loblaw has pledged to use the tragedy to force improvements in working standards, though it’s hard to imagine the company didn’t realize what working conditions are like in Bangladesh and other developing-world hubs for garment production.

Only 18 months ago, a fire in another Bangladesh textile factory killed 112 people. While Walmart has since pledged $1.8 million to establish a health and safety institute to train 2,000 factory managers in the country about fire safety, Walmart’s shareholders have rejected a proposal to force suppliers to report every year on safety issues at their factories.

Walmart shareholders. Who cares is a few 1000 brown people have to perish every year to maintain profits, right? And this is just one more in an endless list of reasons to boycott Walmart and other assholes like them where possible.
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2013, 19:36 nin
 
Hoop wrote on May 11, 2013, 17:43:
Star trek ITD thoughts.
It really could'nt match the surprise of the first fresh facelift of the orginal series however enough twists in the plot to suprise.
I was worried about the Cumberbatch casting as he's just so overexposed at the moment & not all of it great but he just makes you believe.
So all in all a more dynamic plot than The Avengers & just great to traverse the decks of the Enterprise in 3d.

Hmmm, not exactly a glowing review, Hoop.

 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2013, 18:17 PHJF
 
Fucking ridiculous, the death toll from that factory collapse in Bangladesh is now 1100.  
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3. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2013, 17:43 Hoop
 
Star trek ITD thoughts.
It really could'nt match the surprise of the first fresh facelift of the orginal series however enough twists in the plot to suprise.
I was worried about the Cumberbatch casting as he's just so overexposed at the moment & not all of it great but he just makes you believe.
So all in all a more dynamic plot than The Avengers & just great to traverse the decks of the Enterprise in 3d.
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2013, 17:36 phorce phed
 
D) Did you know the site was down yesterday evening?
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2013, 17:17 Cutter
 
A) How was the carousal last night? Were parents justified in locking up their daughters and hiding the booze?

B) How do you get an emergency alert and from whom?

C) What kind of scene is it? Swinging?
 
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