Out of the Blue

Hurricane Irma Strengthens Into Category 5, and Florida Braces for Possible Landfall is today's bad weather news, as a second hurricane is making its way towards landfall in the Caribbean tomorrow. This giant storm carries even more dire advance warnings than Harvey, and Harvey resulted in at least 60 deaths, so here's hoping they are completely wrong about this one. Unfortunately these forecasts seem to be ever-more accurate, our hopes also turn to the safety of all those in the path.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 5, 2017, 11:02
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Sep 5, 2017, 11:02
 
You are like a hurricane, there's calm in your eye....
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 5, 2017, 11:06
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Sep 5, 2017, 11:06
 
We had a decent-sized storm fly over California a couple nights ago, I assume Harvey whipped it up one way or another. Anyway, it must have passed over some of the wildfire action down south before it reached where I live because those 15-20 MPH winds were disgustingly hot and filthy. What little rain fell evaporated almost as soon as it hit the ground because it was like a giant hair dryer blowing outside, lol... At least it was over quickly.

I bet a lot of people are wishing we were getting rain like Houston though; the firefighters sure would be thrilled.
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Sep 5, 2017, 11:23
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Sep 5, 2017, 11:23
 
Hmmm sorta ironic. When I worked for Lego it was in Florida, and Lego was hurting pretty badly from poor sales but finally landed the Star Wars brand and recovered nicely (just as they release the 2nd UCS Lego Mill. Falcon).
That being said, if a CAT 5 Hurricane was to ever hit while I lived in Florida I would leave/evacuate. Ya just don't fuck around with mother nature.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 5, 2017, 11:40
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Man, that storm looks nasty. IF you live in S FL, maybe go find somewhere else to stay? Like a friend's house in GA? Stay safe y'all.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 5, 2017, 11:42
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At times during Harvey, the European model outperformed humans.

The solution, obviously, is to cut NOAA's funding.
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Sep 5, 2017, 12:25
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Sep 5, 2017, 12:25
 
It's a good thing climate change isn't a thing...
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Sep 5, 2017, 13:03
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Sep 5, 2017, 13:03
 
krist2 wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 12:25:
It's a good thing climate change isn't a thing...
FAKE NEWS
It's a Hoax perpetrated by 99.95% of all scientists and the elitist global left wing commie socialist media.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 5, 2017, 13:18
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Sep 5, 2017, 13:18
 
krist2 wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 12:25:
It's a good thing climate change isn't a thing...

Are you fucking serious?

Go google Hurricanes that start with I. Regardless of climate change, there have been and will be earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc. It's a matter of statistics. The longer something doesn't happen the greater chance of it happening.

Don't get me wrong I believe in climate change, but bad weather is going to happen, with or without humans on this rock.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 5, 2017, 13:22
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Sep 5, 2017, 13:22
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 13:18:
krist2 wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 12:25:
It's a good thing climate change isn't a thing...

Are you fucking serious?

It's tricky on the Internet, but in context -- in direct response to a newspost about Hurricane Irma on the heels of Harvey -- he's clearly being sarcastic. A guy who doesn't believe in climate change would say something like that in response to a dissertation or a statement by scientists, not when there's an actual hurricane bearing down.
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Sep 5, 2017, 13:33
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Sep 5, 2017, 13:33
 
Orogogus wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 13:22:
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 13:18:
krist2 wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 12:25:
It's a good thing climate change isn't a thing...

Are you fucking serious?

It's tricky on the Internet, but in context -- in direct response to a newspost about Hurricane Irma on the heels of Harvey -- he's clearly being sarcastic. A guy who doesn't believe in climate change would say something like that in response to a dissertation or a statement by scientists, not when there's an actual hurricane bearing down.
yeah, that one didn't exactly require rocket science to figure out what he meant. Sheesh
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Sep 5, 2017, 13:43
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Yes, was trying to be sarcastic ;), as Trump doesn't believe in climate change. There is no doubt about climate change, and it's idiotic not taking precaution against it, regardless if it's man made or not.. But that's politics for you..
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 5, 2017, 14:18
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Sep 5, 2017, 14:18
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 13:18:
krist2 wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 12:25:
It's a good thing climate change isn't a thing...

Are you fucking serious?

Go google Hurricanes that start with I. Regardless of climate change, there have been and will be earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc. It's a matter of statistics. The longer something doesn't happen the greater chance of it happening.

Don't get me wrong I believe in climate change, but bad weather is going to happen, with or without humans on this rock.

Sure, we'll always have bad weather. Climate change makes it worse though. All Irma popped to cat 5 in a couple of days. All that extra ocean heat feeds the storm. The same system 40 years ago might only get to cat 3 for example.
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Sep 5, 2017, 15:27
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Sep 5, 2017, 15:27
 
Took dog to park. Sign clearly says pets on leash. Some old fat guy walking his dog without a leash... his dog sees my puppy and charges at me. My puppy totally panics and the guy is laughing. WTF ...
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BobBob wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 15:27:
Took dog to park. Sign clearly says pets on leash. Some old fat guy walking his dog without a leash... his dog sees my puppy and charges at me. My puppy totally panics and the guy is laughing. WTF ...

My old dog Lucy was tiny and we had an incident with a german shepherd off-leash. She was OK but I had to get involved physically and almost got a bite. After that I started carrying a pet spray in case situations ever escalated. It's legal here but obviously check it out in your area first. Basically pepper spray for dogs, no permanent damage or lasting injuries. Just be careful you don't get the other owner otherwise its potentially an assault charge.

My new dog is pretty big so I don't really worry about it anymore.

Everyone around here walks their dogs off leash in the public parks, it drives me crazy.
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Sep 5, 2017, 16:42
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BobBob wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 15:27:
Took dog to park. Sign clearly says pets on leash. Some old fat guy walking his dog without a leash... his dog sees my puppy and charges at me. My puppy totally panics and the guy is laughing. WTF ...

I was well into my dog ownership when it struck me that I did not know how to react if we encountered a dog attack. This bears some research, and I found some good advice online, but cannot find the same article again.

One tip is to use the leash to protect your dog by corralling the attacker, but that doesn't help if your dog is attached to it.

The bit I was able to use once to protect the Gunnar-man was to grab the other dog by the tail and use it to hammer toss him away. I won't say I recommend it, since I can't find anything to vouch for it. But as crazy as it sounds, not only did it create a lot of distance between the dogs (I tossed him a good six or eight feet), but it startled the attacker out of his aggression (I think he was not willing to find out the next crazy thing I would do to him). His owner had just stood dumbstruck during the whole attack, so he didn't even say boop to me about throwing his dog around.

Anyway, do some research and find a way to feel comfortable that everyone is protected... I won't confirm or deny the rumor that I've been known to carry a retractable self-defense baton on doggie walks, but I like the sound of the pepper spray better, as you can make more liberal use of something less likely to cause permanent injuries.
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Typical corporation
Sep 5, 2017, 18:16
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Typical corporation Sep 5, 2017, 18:16
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marking its first revenue decline in 13 years

So let's cut 8% of the workforce. Because God forbid we'd ride it out and give the CEO a 12% raise instead of a 15% raise. Fuckers.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Sep 5, 2017, 18:22
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Sep 5, 2017, 18:22
 
BobBob wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 15:27:
Took dog to park. Sign clearly says pets on leash. Some old fat guy walking his dog without a leash... his dog sees my puppy and charges at me. My puppy totally panics and the guy is laughing. WTF ...

Sucks man. There will always be shit pet owners.

Which doggie did you wind up getting?
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Re: Typical corporation
Sep 5, 2017, 18:32
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Creston wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 18:16:
marking its first revenue decline in 13 years

So let's cut 8% of the workforce. Because God forbid we'd ride it out and give the CEO a 12% raise instead of a 15% raise. Fuckers.

It's Legos own fault, they built themselves into a corner.
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Sep 5, 2017, 18:34
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Creston wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 18:22:
BobBob wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 15:27:
Took dog to park. Sign clearly says pets on leash. Some old fat guy walking his dog without a leash... his dog sees my puppy and charges at me. My puppy totally panics and the guy is laughing. WTF ...

Sucks man. There will always be shit pet owners.

Which doggie did you wind up getting?

A 9 month old puppy.

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Sep 5, 2017, 18:41
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Sep 5, 2017, 18:41
 
BobBob wrote on Sep 5, 2017, 15:27:
Took dog to park. Sign clearly says pets on leash. Some old fat guy walking his dog without a leash... his dog sees my puppy and charges at me. My puppy totally panics and the guy is laughing. WTF ...

With the owners reaction, it's not hard to see why the dog behaved so poorly. In most of my run-ins with aggressive or poorly behaved dogs the owners have been jackasses and/or morons. Here's hopin your future adventures with the pup are idiot free.
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