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They're owned by a holding company of the shadier variety and have been in trouble off and on for years, mainly for producing shoddy product and overspending on a new plant (for Marlin, I think, which they acquired a few years back). They've been shooting themselves in the foot for years, and the market bubble finally bursting is doing them in. Nothing too surprising with them.

 

 

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3 hours ago, wcw43921 said:

That's a heck of a note, ain't it?  I figured the recent protests in favor of gun control legislation would drive up gun sales like it did when Obama was in office.

 

Gun sales are up post-Parkland but not enough and not in time to undo the effects of the "Trump Slump".  Though really the "slump" is the bursting of the Obama's-Coming-For-Your-Guns Bubble.

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10 hours ago, Cancer said:

The Curiosity rover has reached 2000 martian days ("sols").  Still going.  Original mission duration: 90 days.

 

Opportunity rover has been on Mars 10 Earth years longer than that.  Still going.

 

If an eventual manned mission to Mars doesn't recover those robots and enshrine them in the Smithsonian, it'll be a grave injustice. None of our automated servants has gone farther above and beyond duty.

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Wait'll the Voyagers, Pioneers 10 and 11, and New Horizons come back.

 

But you are correct ... those rovers  have been ... superheroic.

 

We've sent our superheroes to other planets.  Maybe we're the Krypton....

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3 hours ago, Lord Liaden said:

If an eventual manned mission to Mars doesn't recover those robots and enshrine them in the Smithsonian, it'll be a grave injustice. None of our automated servants has gone farther above and beyond duty.

 

Objectively speaking, the rovers are inanimate objects with no opinions or feelings, and no moral agency.

 

And yet, I completely agree with you. If not for the sake of the rovers, then to show to ourselves and our descendants our regard for the qualities the rovers have so gloriously demonstrated. Those rovers are heroes, and deserve heroes' honors--if not for themselves, then for what they mean to us.

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Nah, in the downtime, they'll probably develop individual sentience (ala Skynet) and if we take it home it'll rule the world (or at least half of Asia)

 

Note: though maybe we should give it the UN Secretary-General job, isn't like any recent holders of that job were any better to the world than a human-hating robot, anyway

 

 

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On ‎3‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 8:31 PM, Old Man said:

 

Gun sales are up post-Parkland but not enough and not in time to undo the effects of the "Trump Slump".  Though really the "slump" is the bursting of the Obama's-Coming-For-Your-Guns Bubble.

 

Yeah, I think if some serious gun legislation starts popping up in Congress, the gun sales will likely pick up then.

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A few months ago a young boy at a demonstration in Portland made headlines and created a meme by sharing a hug with a cop guarding protesters.

 

Now that boy's family has died in a car crash in California, and he is missing and probably dead. The car drove off a cliff. And investigators are wondering about the family, which had been under investigation for possible abuse. (I really don't want the race trolls involved in this story.)

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A nasty story from Hollywood: the creator of Ren & Stimpy is being accused of sexually exploiting underage girls, one as young as 13, while working on the show.

 

John Kricfalusi, who founded the Spumco animation studio that produced the controversial series, has been accused of luring girls into intimate relations on a phony promise of a career and mentorship in animation.  Apparently several people in Hollywood knew about it -- he joked about the relationships with Howard Stern on his show -- but nobody took any sort of action.

 

Nickelodeon, who he produced for at the time, as no comment. Time-Warner affiliate Cartoon Network, whose Adult Swim sub-channel carried his Yogi Bear parody episode "Boo-Boo Runs Wild", has said they have no interest in working with him again.

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