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Dleg

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    Flat Earthers

    I've been hearing about these wackos over the past couple years, and recently discovered that a pharmacist I know believes in this shit whole heartedly. He constantly posts on Facebook about it, and uses all sorts of flawed mathematics that he clearly doesn't understand to try to justify it. Nothing will convince him otherwise. What disturbs me most (aside from the movement starting in my home state of Colorado, and apparently headed in part by an engineer) is how this illustrates a poisoning of thought, where people start to genuinely doubt science yet believe in the most improbable, massive conspiracies, all fed by manipulative messages that you can't trust scientists, educated people, professionals, etc. because they must be personally benefitting from it. The Flat Earthers may seem to be the most idiotic of these groups, but the basic tenets underlying their rejection of science are the same as those behind the anti vaccination movement and - yes - climate change denial as well as anti-evolutionism. Because these other erroneous schools of thought were viewed as slightly less absurd and even socially advantageous (in certain religious or political circles), enough people are apparently willing to apply the same level of doubt and skepticism to any number of other scientific theories and fact, especially if it begins to seem popular to do so within their social groups. I'm worried that the Flat Earthers are just the beginning of a potentially catastrophic expansion of this type of thinking. The start of another Dark Ages, where progress stalls because science becomes distrusted or even illegal in favor of religion, superstition, and mob rule. While I personally believe that religion can coexist with science, as it has for the past few hundred years, I do think that we've been too weak and tolerant in our response to anti vaxxers, creationists and the like, and if we don't start to more vigorously stand up for science and fact, we could very well be condemning our descendants to a much lower quality of life, and eventually threatening our own science-based profession. http://secondnexus.com/technology-and-innovation/flat-earth-society/?utm_content=inf_10_1164_2&tse_id=INF_230818c094c911e7aba2ffcf7683ccd7
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    Count to 100,000 using only pics

    Inter-species erotica is all OK when the thing with the horse dick turns into a human in the end. I guess.
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    Random Topics 3.1

    Drone delivery? Jeebus...
  4. I can't imagine how that would be funny. We watched all of Jack Ryan last week on Prime. Pretty good!
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    Count to 100,000 using only pics

    Works great for food storage. Shitty bowling pins, though.
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    Count to 100,000 using only pics

    Third world problems.
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    Count to 100,000 using only pics

    You can do better!
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    Count to 100,000 using only pics

    ^I don't get it. I'm dumb.
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    Count to 100,000 using only pics

    "I sprayed the whole bottle, but she still smells like Jennifer Lopez!"
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    Random Topics 3.1

    I could watch this over and over. From China, where Typhoon Mangkhut just hit. Consistent with my experiences with Chinese construction quality.
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    Count to 100,000 using only pics

    Oh I don't know about that. Leave one out in the sun long enough....
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    Count to 100,000 using only pics

    When I worked in the oilfield, some rigs kept a pink hardhat as punishment for various infractions.
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    RIP Burt Reynolds

    I made my wife and son watch SATB on Prime the other night. LOL. They thought it was pretty fun.
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    How to tell your job is toxic

    There are toxic people everywhere. One thing that has taken me a long time to realize is that my own mindset is the biggest factor influencing my own working environment (or home environment) regardless of how terrible or toxic other people may be. I do not mean to sound critical in any way, but based off the way you described the situation, I would highly recommend you read this book, which I came across earlier this year as part of a leadership initiative at my work. It perfectly describes how I had previously seen the world, which led to a lot of negative feelings and negative outcomes. It's a very short read, describes really only one principle and technique for changing your mindset, but it takes some deep thinking, honesty, and willingness to evaluate yourself and try to see things differently. Leadership and Self Deception
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