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EU elections 2024 live: Emmanuel Macron dissolves French parliament and calls snap elections after huge far-right gains
  • This is more of a general answer as fascism seems to be gaining more ground globally. A book published in 1997 "The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy" theorized roughly every 80 years (or about a human life span) we face a crisis related to a critical mass of people losing the knowledge and shared values from the previous generations. Imagine the perspective of a Revolutionary War veteran who fought under General Washington to help forge the United States, who would be understandably upset to hear any mention of a Civil War between states, which didn't start until 82 years later.

    We are losing that collective memory now both in the U.S. and abroad; the remaining World War II veterans are in no position to punch these fascists when they see a swastika flown at a rally. Unless we vote in numbers large enough to throw the MAGA movement into the dustbin of history, in the future we can expect younger Trump acolytes to take root in the same vacuum of thought.

    From a recent article

    ”With these words Biden addressed the bitter irony that haunted the commemoration ceremonies. While D-Day occurred eight decades ago, America is now just five months from an election that could bring to power a man and a movement who embody and celebrate the twisted authoritarian values of the enemies we sought to defeat so long ago. Fascism has not gone away. The tactics of the Nazis to employ racism and demagoguery to divide society and enable their seizure of power and their gutting of democratic institutions currently are the playbook of Donald Trump and the MAGA movement.”

  • Can a Governor or the US President pardon an Assassin he hired?
  • It's a matter of political will; the Supreme Court is still deciding on the argument from Trump's defense that assassinating a rival could be considered an official act. In a sane world they would be laughed out of court, but the GOP has stacked the bench and these justices have to now weigh their corrupt intent against how much they care about the legitimacy of the court.

  • Leaded fuel still used in small private planes in UK (2022)
  • Roughly a quarter of General Aviation traffic (which is primarily piston single-engine aircraft) is flight training, 30% is personal use, and the other 45% is commerce. I'm hoping we can increase adoption of unleaded alternatives since I don't see most of those flights going away.

  • Millennials' retirement and homebuying plans may be a fantasy
  • In addition, the only party with a serious bill proposed to expand Social Security is the Democrats, which would be paid for by raising the cap where taxes are currently paid on only the first $147,000 of earnings. Republicans plan to sunset and privatize all of our benefits, throwing the elderly into poverty just so Wall Street can skim a few billion off the top.

  • A question for the Physics communities
  • Brandolini's law, also known as the bullshit asymmetry principle, is an internet adage coined in 2013 by Alberto Brandolini, an Italian programmer, that emphasizes the effort of debunking misinformation, in comparison to the relative ease of creating it in the first place. The law states:

    The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than that needed to produce it.[1][2]'s_law