The Interesting Facts Thread

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  1. hmscott

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    Remembering the Spaceship that Ran on Atom Bombs... :)

    'To Mars by A-Bomb: The Secret History of Project Orion' (2002) BBC TV
     
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    In addition to looking weird, the platypus is also venomous.
     
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    He's also, Agent P, "a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action!!"

    And, in his mild mannered guise of Perry the Platypus, he has his friends...

     
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    I've never seen that before but it's awesome. Sorta reminds me of Thunderball / Spy Hard, but monotreme-themed.
     
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    Perry's the Pet / Pal of Phineas and Ferb, a must see epic cartoon series :)



     
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    Awesome. Showing that to my kid ASAP.
     
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    Trump Administration staff resigned or fired:

    • Gen Mike Flynn

    • Sally Yates, the acting attorney general

    • James Comey F.B.I. Director

    • Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan

    • Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of state for management, and members of the State Department

    • Angella Reid, White House chief usher

    • Mike Dubke, White House communications director

    • Robert Iger, advisory council

    • Katie Walsh, deputy White House chief of staff

    • Derek Harvey, National Security Council

    • Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics

    • Michael Short, White House press aide

    • Craig Deare, National Security Council senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs

    • K.T. MacFarland, deputy National Security Adviser

    • Rich Higgins, Director of Strategic Planning

    • Derek Harvey, Middle East adviser

    • Tera Dahl, Deputy Chief of Staff

    • Mark Corralo, the spokesman for President Donald Trump’s legal team,

    • Sean Spicer

    • Reince Priebus

    • Anthony Scaramucci

    • Ezra Cohen-Watnick intelligence directors of the National Security Council

    • Steve Bannon

    • Andy Hemmig-W.H. Rapid Response Director

    • Sebastian Gorka

    • William C. Bradford, head Energy Department's Office of Indian Energy

    • Keith Schiller, former Trump bodyguard, director of Oval Office operations

    • Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration

    • Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services

    • Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for Eastern District of Virginia

    • Sam Clovis, withdraws from nomination for USDA Science chief

    • Omarosa Manigault

    • Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser

    • David Lapan, Department of Homeland Security press secretary

    • Paul Winfree, the deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council

    • Teresa Manning, Health and Human Services Department and antiabortion activist

    • Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    • Rachel L. Brand, associate attorney general Justice Department

    • Rob Porter, staff secretary

    • David Sorensen, Trump Speechwriter

    • George David Banks, special assistant to the president for international energy and environmental policy

    • Josh Raffel, Ivanka and Jared Kushner’s spokesman

    • Hope Hicks, White House communications director
     
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    I looked at the methodology feel strongly that it's terribly simplistic, and flawed. The entire chart needs to be stretched along the X, IMO. Not really going to get into to many specifics, but I read articles out of many of these outlets, enough to tell me for example, that there's no way the Washington Post should occupy its position while Huff Post sits where it does. No way the Atlantic and Vox are what I would call "reputable" sources of news.

    Here's my interesting fact: California was just named as the state with the lowest quality of life. :D

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...ranks-last-quality-life-new-report/384853002/
     
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    The Enquirer truly is an outlier. :eek: It's just in a whole different plane of existence...

    My favorite sources for general news are Time and Reuters, so I'm glad to see them where they are (and seems fair). My favorite source for analysis is the New Yorker, and while it's obvious that it skews left politically, I read it less for political analysis than I do for pieces on art and culture. And although I'm not familiar with all the sources here labeled "garbage", the ones that I have looked at certainly deserve their placement there. Rightfully deserving of the oft-misused phrase "fake news".

    That's not surprising to me. Cost of living is sky high and traffic is abysmal (not to mention the poor air quality in the Valley). And with climate change, we will see more extreme weather: Years of drought followed by floods and landslides. The Bay Area is one giant gridlock during rush hour. People commute for hours every day. Dilapidated homes sell for over a million dollars. And yet people just keep flocking here... Cities like Dublin have increased their population by almost 10,000 in just the past six years.

    I'd still rather live here than most other states :D I'm certainly not interested in any of the "opioid" states, the Rust Belt dereliction and malaise, and I have an aversion to freezing cold weather, but North Dakota intrigues me. It consistently ranks high in a number of categories and it's one of the fastest growing states. Wiz Khalifa was born there too. May have to check it out...
     
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