First Nuclear Power in Belarus

You might only know of Minsk, but the Brest city is Pinsk.

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This landlocked country just started operating a nuclear power plant for the first time earlier this week.

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The facility is expected to create 2.2 Gigawatts of electricity which is less than 1% of the country’s total electricity production. They have a net export of about 1 Terawatt.

Belarus was once part of Lithuania.

Modern day Lithuania doesn’t like that the plant has been built, partly because it’s pretty close to their capital city.

The EU doesn’t like what Lukashenko did in his recent election.

Lithuania used to have an old Soviet nuclear plant, but closed it in 2009

By Michael Carver
November 8, 2020 1:45 PM

Is this Clean Energy?

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Landscaping Comes to the Front

Lovely gardens are often places where nice announcements are made, but this feels different.

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Victorian era gardening is an ornate refinement of the English garden. Often, divided into cute little garden “rooms”.

An almost-pink flower on a field of leafs | “Flower” by oatsy40 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Landscaping in general requires an understanding of the land and what the area is intended to be used for.

The Horticultural Society of London was founded in 1804 and was a response to growing interest in little private park like gardens.

Modern American landscaping has become quite commercial and often includes things like snow removal.

Even hotly contested presidential elections get landscaping companies involved.

Landscaping Network does still suggest not limiting yourself to pastel colors.

By Michael Carver
November 7, 2020 9:19 AM

It’s a pretty flower

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Nintendo Reaps the Benefits of Lockdowns

Not really their fault, so don’t blame them for making a buck.

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Nintendo is making a bunch of money off of gaming driven by pandemic lockdowns. They expect this to continue with Pikmin 3 Deluxe

Fictional creatures at something like 200x scale frozen in time | “Pikmin statue” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

They expect the good times to keep going with this release. It’s slated to be all of what Pikmin 3 was with all the DLC included and some additions.

The first Pikmin 3 came out about 7 years ago in 2013.

Pikmin 4 was “almost done” in 2015, so we’re not really sure what’s up with that.

For those unfamiliar, Pikmin are kinda like onions, a valuable commodity and useful food.

The collective noun for cute pikmin is a “crop”.

By Michael Carver
November 5, 2020 4:30 PM

Can’t stop a crop.

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Chloroform Use Discovered

Looks like an American made some earlier, but didn’t know what it could do.

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Although it had been known to have anesthetic properties for many years before, a Scottish man proved you could use it on humans

Chloroform is often administered by rags in fiction | “Masked Rag Doll busker – Bourke St Mall” by avlxyz is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

This stuff can form unintentionally when trying to disinfect stuff, so caution should be used when cleaning things and keep the area well ventilated.

Oregon just decriminalized drugs, so presumably, it wouldn’t be a crime to carry some for exceedingly dangerous recreational use. Please don’t do stuff like that.

Oddly enough, the people advocating for this there think it will save lives, so who knows.

Portugal, where they also decriminalized drugs in 2000, may have concerns about Trump being reelected.

Left in the air, chloroform becomes really poisonous.

By Michael Carver
November 4, 2020 5:53 PM

Wikipedia is a hell of a drug.

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More Space-Internet from Starlink

This is just one more step closer to catgirl-transhumanism.

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Musk has announced that many more people will be allowed to purchase the 50 to 150 meg service from his company as they roll out wider coverage.

“SpaceX Starlink Broadband Satellite Deployment over Earth” by jurvetson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

In a brief message, he calls this “beta participation”, which, true to form, has a certain kind of humor to it.

Starlink aims to provide high speed internet to the entire globe.

Astronomers are a bit miffed by the project. This is because it causes significant optical interference for earth based space observations.

The next launch of more Starlink satellites was meant to be back on October 9th, but has been delayed to a yet to be determined future date.

Currently, there are about 900 of these little guys in orbit.

By Michael Carver
November 3, 2020 9:24 AM

Be a beta participant 🙂

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Harris Wants Forced Equity?

The executive branch enforces the law and she seems to want equity to be legally required.

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Harris has been accused of being radically left in the past, but these accusations had stopped short of what she herself seems to be advocating today.

VP Hopeful tweets about equality of outcome.

If it didn’t come from here directly, this would’ve been dismissed as conspiracy theory. But this post has people wondering what’s going on.

It wasn’t long ago that Harris was specifically saying she was not a socialist.

Harris seems to have channeled the opinion of fringe crazies and implied the government should enforce Marxist like equality of outcome.

The Democratic campaign trail is in Pennsylvania today where Harris is scheduled to hold a campaign event.

For her, at least in part, she says this is a consumer choice issue.

By Michael Carver
November 2, 2020 10:05 AM

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Kidnapped American Rescued in Africa

“…They were playing with American Citizens, we can’t let that happen.” – Trump

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Last week, the State Department said that an American was captured. Early on Halloween, special forces rescued them.

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Trump announces the action.

Kidnapping for ransom has been on the rise in West Africa in general.

After working with local officials, Seal Team 6 and others from a joint operations force killed 6 out of the 7 captors.

The US Citizen was variously described as a Missionary or a Farmer.

No US Military were harmed.

By Michael Carver
November 1, 2020 1:03 PM

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NY Forces Testing

“Anyone who refuses to be tested must quarantine for 14 days.”

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Governor of NY announces interstate travel regulations which include mandatory COVID testing while saying that people won’t be “free to go” until they prove they are negative.

“Cotton Swabs – Bottom” by JefferyTurner is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The way this new process is framed and spoken of is reminiscent of New Zealand before they have established isolation camps for non compliant travelers.

Across the other ocean, the UK government has decided to institute another, now month long, lockdown.

As there is a minimum 3 day quarantine associated with this, even if you are negative, this should eliminate a significant portion of business travel.

One of the best games of 2013 was Papers, Please.

Cuomo believes New Yorkers should be proud of this.

By Michael Carver
November 1, 2020 8:10 AM

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Turley on the Internet

“A free and open forum for communication was the original and perfect design.”

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Once the internet broke free of the US military and academia, it became the “… the greatest single advancement in free speech since the printing press.”

A tweeter gives a knowing look | “Starry Eyed Male House Finch” by DaPuglet is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

It united the world and gained the ire of authoritarian and repressive governments. When Twitter hit the scene in 2007 at SXSW, it came from this part of internet culture and “… was the ultimate expression of those free speech values …”

Over time, the Democratic party, while once a champion of free speech, has become the authoritarian advocate for censorship, and somehow Twitter has become the tool of this speech suppression.

“We do not need companies to protect us from harmful or “misleading” thoughts. The solution to bad speech is more speech, not approved speech.”

Even today, people feel like the concept of freedom is under attack by the authoritarian left.

At this time of writing, the primary source article had been shared 14 times by the publisher’s official mechanism

By Michael Carver
Halloween October 31, 2020 10:42 AM

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Real Estate Giant Moves to Texas from California

Hospitality, Restaurants, and Gaming having a tough time.

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Of the 5,000 or so employees CBRE has in California, it doesn’t expect to have to move many “Client Facing” positions.

Those are pretty tall buildings. | “Tall Buildings – One 57” by cogito ergo imago is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Government reaction to the pandemic has also negatively affected the hospitality industry, however those businesses can’t typically change location as easily as the companies that own buildings all over the country.

One Hundred Over the Park was unveiled in 2016

Local regulations even affect the private events of the rich and famous.

AirBnB is trying to help out by starting an endowment.

Despite all this, The Racino, granted a silly name, still expects to bring 400 jobs to the area.

By Michael Carver
October 30, 2020 5:17 PM

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