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    2004 USS Nimitz Tic Tac UFO FLIR footage (FLIR1)

    Flipping from 5° to 6° tells you precisely zero about the change in vertical angle. That could be 5.999 to 6.0001, or it could be 6.1 to 5.5, based on the semi-random changes in the horizontal angle. 4, 3,4,3,2,1,-1,1,-1,0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 The 837 mph calculation is correct for a simple 3...
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    Simulating Atmospheric Refraction

    Unfortunately, it's rather tricky to customize. I add a new setup to the source code whenever I do it, and not all the parameters can be edited in the editor. You can move the graphs around by shift-clicking on them. I might improve it, but don't hold your breath.
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    Fast moving object "intersecting clouds" in Hungarian YouTuber's video [Insect]

    It's not. It's simply light and dark. If we take all the frames and combine them (Photoshop stack, Smart Object, Stack Mode minimum and Maximum, combined, contrast enhanced) then we can see dark and light sections of the path. There are sections where you don't see it, but those are just...
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    Local Perspectives on Coronavirus re-openings

    I'm moving house. Not far, just 20 miles (or about 12, as the crow flies). But they are quite different regions, with different local perspectives on re-opening and mask-wearing. Currently I'm in El Dorado County, a mostly rural, region of the Sierra foothills with very few cases. The notary...
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    Helioviewer-Sphere near sun: moves towards sun unlike Coronal prominence cavity

    Yeah, I'd suspect something like a reflection. You can share links to the particular images...
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    Local Perspectives on Coronavirus re-openings

    I went to Home Depot (Folsom, California) again today. Near 100% mask-wearing, which is quite a dramatic shift from two weeks ago, when it was more like 50/50. They also had a variety of masks for sale.
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    The "Highly Trained Expert" Fallacy - Counterexamples?

    The first example I'm going to give is a classic in engineering, the Hyatt Regency Hotel walkway collapse of 1981. Here over a hundred people were killed when a suspended walkway collapsed. The mistake made here was a simple one, and yet was not immediately obvious. A simple design change was...
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    The "Highly Trained Expert" Fallacy - Counterexamples?

    An argument that is often used by believers in unusual theories is that since some more conventional explanations require that a person has made a mistake, and since that person is a highly trained expert, then that means it's highly unlikely they would make a mistake, and hence the conventional...
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    Photos of Clouds and Skies (That you took yourself)

    Funny, as I saw your post, I looked out my window and saw something similar. As I'm sure you know, these clouds are called Cirrus Virga. Every now and then one of them looks like an angel - especially as they rapidly change shape as they move across the sky. Here it is a few minutes later.
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    "Advanced Aerial Threats" In Report on US Congress' Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2021

    Tom DeLonge is claiming that the language actually came from Chris Mellon, a member of DeLong's To The Stars Academy (TTSA). This seems plausible. Mellon could have written it for Marco Rubio, who, as I remember, has expressed interest in the subject. Source...
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    "Advanced Aerial Threats" In Report on US Congress' Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2021

    INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 JUNE 17, 2020.—Ordered to be printed Mr. RUBIO, from the Select Committee on Intelligence, submitted the following ... Advanced Aerial Threats The Committee supports the efforts of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force at the Office...
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    Need help explaining: NASA images of Earth from 2017 eclipse show different shadow sizes

    The umbra (region of total eclipse) is quite small. If you are at relatively low altitude and can see the umbrae, then you can't really see the edge of the penumbra, because it's over (or near) the horizon.
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    AE911's Response to Mick West's Iron Microspheres Talk.

    Well, I'm a bit too busy for such things right now. Might look it up in a month or two.
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    AE911's Response to Mick West's Iron Microspheres Talk.

    I don't think he really addressed the other sources, like cutting, welding, and grinding. So not really a good rebuttal. He also seemed convinced the dust was like 5% pure iron spheres when it's very clearly not. See lots of discussion on that here...
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