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hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

Madurai posted:

It was my understanding that the biggest opponent to legal cannabis came from the cotton industry, who didn't give any actual fucks about its use as a drug, but about industrial hemp cutting into their market.

The one good thing that Mitch McConnell did was push through all the hemp stuff 10 years ago. Cotton cannot profitably be grown in Kentucky. Hemp however is a reasonable enough replacement for tobacco as a cash crop.

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hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

Soul Dentist posted:

Speaking as a Kentuckian, he didn't do anything good for Kentucky that didn't specifically enrich him or his family more either

IIRC he earmarked a major Ohio river project into one of the government shutdown agreements that only extremely indirectly helps his in-laws’ shipping business.

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

GD_American posted:

I read the worst political article of all time.

I am only posting the lead.

You will never, in a million years, guess the two sentences following this excerpt.

https://www.tampafp.com/weller-the-woman-who-may-have-saved-the-republic/

If we’re just saying random poo poo related to Dune about Sinema, she probably looks up to the political cunning displayed by the Corrino sisters.

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

Vincent Van Goatse posted:

We tried that a millennium ago and it didn't work out so well.

That’s because nobody took sn-risks seriously.

https://x.com/josephpolitano/status/1591277909737472000?s=46

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

CainFortea posted:

french dude touched the ball with his hand illegally, nothing was done about it, millions of dollars of bribes were given out, this all means ireland didn't go to the superbowl.

I think “didn’t make the playoffs” is a better description

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Republic_of_Ireland_v_France_football_matches?wprov=sfti1

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

A.o.D. posted:

So kind of like the futbol version of the Saints/Rams NFCCG, yeah?

Very similar. but it was a World Cup qualifier so it had international implications including statements from heads of state and Irish parliament. In that sense the US sports thing that comes to mind for me is how Florida’s politicians reacted to FSU being snubbed from the CFB playoff.

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

pseudosavior posted:

Right?

And they're supposed to be the wheelers and dealers? Bargain-makers? And they can't squeeze more than 5 figures from a billion dollar corp?

Just a truly shameful lack of ambition from our politicians.

A lot of this is because cash bribes are blatantly illegal so if either side is at all competent they’ll be providing rides on jets+nice place to stay for vacation, loans they would not normally qualify for, do nothing NGO board jobs for relatives and so forth.

Also this cannot be stated explicitly. Blagojevich’s only crime was saying he wanted to sell Obama’s senate seat, the deals he described are legal.

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

Cool Dad posted:

I did that for a semester because it got me out of gym class.

It was bullshit that JROTC got out of gym but marching band didn’t.

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

Discussion Quorum posted:

I... what? Peak billionaire brain. Proudly discovering how to do something that has been done safely hundreds of times using technology dating back to the 70s. Until the last billionaire I guess.

I assume James Cameron isn’t a billionaire because he keeps reinvesting his money into subs that actually work

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

Midjack posted:

I think he's saying billionaires buy bad subs, Cameron buys good subs, therefore Cameron isn't a billionaire rather than busting on quality DSVs.

I think my error here is that if he took $1billion in avatar/whatever royalties and bought $1billion in research ships then he’d still have $1bil in assets

Subjunctive posted:

Oh and I’m supposed to believe that gaben isn’t a billionaire either?

gaben probably has no idea if he’s a billionaire but can go into extreme detail about his artifact card collection

hobbesmaster fucked around with this message at 02:40 on May 29, 2024

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

GD_American posted:

I'm going to break away from Schadenfreude Dance Party to deliver some truly shocking news.

The US Navy, after deciding to buy a proven platform from overseas for the Constellation class frigate program, did.....the Navy thing.

https://www.twz.com/sea/navys-new-constellation-class-frigate-is-a-mess

Maybe I’m applying too much aviation knowledge here but:

quote:

It's worth noting here that by 2021, it had already become clear that the Constellation class design would be 24 feet longer and just over three and a half feet wider along the waterline compared to its FREMM parent. In addition, the Navy said at that time that the Constellation's displacement had grown by around 500 tons "for margins and future growth."

You can lengthen a ship and it’s still “the same” but changing the beam is a brand new ship, right?

hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

Madurai posted:

None of the FFs were ever able to keep up with the carriers. The Knox and Perry class were all slow-rear end dogs. The only reason they got put in with the CVBGs in the first place is that the USN was chronically short of escorts after all the WW2 FRAM destroyers retired.

RETVRN

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hobbesmaster
Jan 28, 2008

Mr. Nice! posted:

I mean, were CGNs really faster than current DDGs? The CGNs I've looked at say the top speed is 30kt while ddgs list 30+ kts. I was a DDG sailor, and I know the true max speed, and even then they're not keeping up with carriers at full tilt.

Wikipedia lists the Bainbridge as having a top speed of 34 kts but no source. Officially it looks like the USN likes listing “30+ knots” for a lot of stuff.

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