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  1. لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللَّٰهُ‎
  2. Agreed that that's the most frustrating thing about all this. We've known about this shit for DECADES. Shit, some Swedish guy did so in 18 fucking 96.
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  4. It's hard to believe this is over three years old now, but here are the vote-by-precinct maps for the big Texas metros in 2020 at the same scale.
  5. Very true. I've been making that drive about once a year for the last 30 since my sister lives in Denver, and she's the traditional Thanksgiving host. It's one of those significant markers of progress having been achieved. A lot of Texans likely associate Amarillo with Lubbock, much like they do Midland/Odessa, thinking they're all generic "West Texas" cities. But each region, the Permian Basin, the South Plains, and the Panhandle, has its own distinct history, culture, and landscape.
  6. I watched one of Amarillo's local weather guys, and it doesn't look good for that part of the Panhandle. He said the best chances for precipitation were in the south-western portions of the viewing area, so toward Clovis and Hereford. I'll keep my fingers crossed anyway.
  7. Fuck 'em. Fly the flag of the Village of Hallum in the Netherlands.
  8. Look at this chart of global sea surface temps. In 2016, temps, while very warm, followed historical patterns. Shit went off the rails in 2023 and continues to do so today. Scientists Are Freaking Out About Ocean Temperatures From his office at the University of Miami, Brian McNoldy, an expert in hurricane formation, is tracking the latest temperature data from the North Atlantic with a mixture of concern and bewilderment. For the past year, oceans around the world have been substantially warmer than usual. Last month was the hottest January on record in the world’s oceans, and temperatures have continued to rise since then. The heat wave has been especially pronounced in the North Atlantic. “The North Atlantic has been record-breakingly warm for almost a year now,” McNoldy said. “It’s just astonishing. Like, it doesn’t seem real.” Across the unusually warm Atlantic, in Cambridge, England, Rob Larter, a marine scientist who tracks polar ice levels, is equally perplexed. “It’s quite scary, partly because I’m not hearing any scientists that have a convincing explanation of why it is we’ve got such a departure,” he said. “We’re used to having a fairly good handle on things. But the impression at the moment is that things have gone further and faster than we expected. That’s an uncomfortable place as a scientist to be.” Spin the globe to the south, and the situation is similarly dire. “The sea ice around the Antarctic is just not growing,” said Matthew England, a professor at the University of New South Wales who studies ocean currents. “The temperature’s just going off the charts. It’s like an omen of the future.” What’s driving the heat? Global warming, caused by the burning of fossil fuels, has been driving up global temperatures on land and in the sea for decades now. Over the past year, worldwide average temperatures were more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, higher than before the industrial age. New data from a variety of sources has led some climate scientists to suggest that global warming is accelerating. Given the overall warming trend, higher temperatures in the oceans aren’t a complete surprise. Oceans absorb most of the additional heat that greenhouse gasses trap near the surface of the Earth, and have been steadily warming for years. The current El Niño weather cycle is also leading to additional heat in the Pacific Ocean and allowing more energy to be released into the atmosphere. Yet the past year has come as a shock even to those who follow the data closely. “We all know that there’s been a rapid warming, particularly over the last few decades,” Larter said. “But over the last 18 months, it’s jumped up beyond what we expected.” Scientists are offering a range of explanations for the record heat in the North Atlantic. One surprising factor may be a reduction in pollution in the area. In 2020, a new rule went into effect that limited the amount of sulfur dioxide contained in the fuel used by container ships. That has reduced the amount of particulate matter in the air, which let in more solar radiation and contributed to global warming. “When those aerosols were in the sky above the shipping lanes, they helped create a cloud cover, and there’s much less now,” McNoldy said. “That’s a legitimate thing.” But the reduction of sulfur dioxide alone can’t explain the North Atlantic’s extreme heat, scientists said. Another factor may be the complex feedback loops in the Earth’s weather patterns. The North Atlantic has been unusually clear lately, with fewer clouds than normal to block the sunlight from heating the water. The area has also been less windy than normal, which may have also led to a spike in temperatures. Without strong winds, colder water from deeper in the ocean doesn’t rise to the surface as readily, England said. What comes next In the near term, McNoldy said the warmer waters in The Atlantic could fuel a strong and lengthy hurricane season. “Compared to other fairly significant hurricane seasons, this is way warmer at this point in the year,” he said. The marine heat is also expected to reduce Arctic sea ice, Larter said. “What’s bad news for sea ice has a lot of knock-on effects,” he said. “The formation of sea ice is the process that really drives a lot of the ocean’s circulation. And if the overturning circulation slows down, that really has climate impacts across the world.” Recent research has suggested that as glaciers melt and more fresh water enters the Atlantic, a crucial ocean current could falter, potentially leading to drastic changes in global weather patterns, such as a rapid reduction in temperatures across Europe. McNoldy said it was too early to say whether the ongoing heat wave is part of the early stages of such a change. “I hope it’s not something much worse, like, you know, like some significant change in the ocean current,” he said. “That would have far greater implications.”
  9. I actually didn't have him in mind when saying that. It was more so the surrounding cast of characters, especially the English-speaking speaking ones. Seriously, click the link I provided to watch the original a bit, and you'll see what I mean.
  10. Interactive maps for those with friends and family in the Panhandle. NASA hotspots: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/usfs/map/#d:24hrs;@-100.6,35.9,8.0z Fire, smoke, air quality: https://fire.airnow.gov/
  11. Travis County firefighters deploying to assist in panhandle fires They're joining up with the Killeen Fire Department, Kyle Fire Department/Hays County ESD No. 5, Pflugerville Fire Departments/Travis County ESD #2, Temple Fire and Rescue and Moffett Fire Department to assist.
  12. An enormous area has already been affected. And, yes, @Helobious, those "open fields" of the High Plains primarily comprise brush and grass. When they burn, we call them bushfires and grassfires. But when they get out of control, we usually call them wildfires.
  13. Don't forget all the microplastic babies.
  14. I binged the 1980 one over the weekend and felt like the new one is far superior so far. Part of that, I'm sure, is that the acting style is totally different and more believable in the new one. The actors in the old one felt like over-the-top stage performers that would've been stylistically dated even by 1980 standards, which frankly took me out of the story a few times. It felt a bit like watching The Ten Commandments or something else like that from the 1950s, so this is a welcome update on that front. Other than that, the continuity also flows better in the new one, and the subtitles (of which there are A LOT) allow the viewer to understand better what the hell is going on from the perspective of the Japanese, especially in understanding their motives. In the old one, there were long scenes where the Japanese would talk, and you'd have no idea what they were saying except by watching Richard Chamberlain's reactions. I'm guessing American audiences are much more receptive to subtitles and captioning nowadays, so that's another plus for it. I never read the book, so I don't know which one is more loyal to the original text. Some scenes are wholly different, and events are switched/jumbled around. If you haven't seen the old one, you'd never know. The acting, sets, etc., are also all well done. This should be pretty, pretty good.
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