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MTSkiBum last won the day on September 22 2021

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  1. MTSkiBum

    Today’s Silverbacks

    What a week for Fftoday, the two best members joining in a matter of days
  2. MTSkiBum

    MORE than financial freedom

    Congrats, my wife was making good money but she quit and now I can't get her to go back to work
  3. MTSkiBum

    Can plants see?

    There is a plant in south america that is able to mimic the leaf shape of the plants around it. Originally they thought it determined the plants around it through chemical means, however the experiment below found that it can mimic plastic plants. However, there are some researchers who do seem skeptical of the claim, which i have also linked below. Hopefully there are followup experiments to determine if plants really can see. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15592324.2021.1977530?cookieSet=1 Upon discovery that the Boquila trifoliolata is capable of flexible leaf mimicry, the question of the mechanism behind this ability has been unanswered. Here, we demonstrate that plant vision possibly via plant-specific ocelli is a plausible hypothesis. A simple experiment by placing an artificial vine model above the living plants has shown that these will attempt to mimic the artificial leaves. The experiment has been carried out with multiple plants, and each plant has shown attempts at mimicry. It was observed that mimic leaves showed altered leaf areas, perimeters, lengths, and widths compared to non-mimic leaves. Counter point: https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/can-plants-see-in-the-wake-of-a-controversial-study-the-answer-is-still-unclear-70796 But some researchers sounded alarms. “This is a deeply flawed article based on a poorly designed experiment and reflects significant author bias in the interpretation of the results,” wrote arborist Linda Chalker-Scott in a blog post earlier this year. Experts who spoke with The Scientist about the research similarly raised red flags about the study itself and had pointed questions about the publication process. Meanwhile, the study’s authors and handling editor stand by the paper, although they say it was never meant to be the final word on either plant vision or B. trifoliolata’s mimicry.
  4. There is still hope. Let's get that negative talk out of here.
  5. MTSkiBum

    New recent games

    Yes, it is in the same series. They have released 5-10 of these games in Japan, however only a few have ever made it to America.
  6. MTSkiBum

    North Carolina power station attacks

    I had only ever been to that part of montana once. The mines border the stillwater river which is a great trout river, however there are too many great trout rivers in montana.
  7. I agree with you on the price of oil. I have argued many times here how the high oil prices had nothing to do with Biden's policies. Many people blame the president for everything, it is easy to do. You are correct, I wish there were more nuanced discussions but finger pointing is easier and tends to get more likes and responses, for example we had nuanced discussions on this topic and there were less than 30 responses. You started finger pointing and now there are 2 threads on this same topic that are getting tons of posts. People don't want nuanced, people just want to throw insults and blame the other side.
  8. It was a bipartisan bill that has been in the works since June of 2020 by both Senator Mark Warner (D) Virginia and Senator John Cornyn (R) Texas. Considering they were laying the groundwork on this bill prior to Biden being elected, I am not sure how you can credit him with it. Give credit to the appropriate people and not just the president. The president gets too much blame/credit.
  9. First off, that was not me that put a sad face. Secondly, I am neither left nor right. Many here consider me far to the left though However, I think you are giving too much credit to biden. Many of his "accomplishments" in your list would have happened with or without him. The vaccine rollout and opening of the economy would have happened the same under Trump as Biden. The reason I believe that is because largely almost all countries in the world except for China followed the same plan for vaccines and opening up of their countries. Since the whole world was basically the same in this regard I do not think it was because of the president. Inflation is a global issue, and one of the bills that biden signed when he first came into office was directly responsible for 1-3% of the inflation we saw. Inflation would have been bad under Trump too, but Biden directly made it worse. Link below Biden still hasn't confirmed the 3rd FCC chair to lock in net neutrality I also do not give him credit for CHIPS bill. I give credit to the house/senate for working together with the other side. Link for inflation: Going with the left leaning Vox, however the paragraph below about inflation quotes economists on both the left and the right. https://www.vox.com/23036340/biden-american-rescue-plan-inflation There’s a range of opinion among economists on how much of the US’s higher inflation over 2021 (a 7 percentage point increase including energy and food prices, and a 5.5 percentage point increase excluding them) can be attributed to the American Rescue Plan. Michael Strain of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute has estimated the law added 3 percentage points. Dean Baker of the left-leaning Center for Economic and Policy Research, though, put that number at 1-2 percentage points.
  10. I bumped the thread where we discussed this bill previously.
  11. @Raven Fan This was discussed a few months ago without the trolling, and it was a bipartisan bill.
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    New recent games

    I am playing ogre tactics: reborn. Everyone here can skip it. @Saint Elistan would be the only person that has ever posted here that I would recommend it to and he hasn't been here in years.
  13. I appreciate the offer, but I think I have everything under control.