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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V7 (Message 1763579)
Posted 9 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Perhaps someone will get it all aligned again.
2) Message boards : Politics : George Bush and the National Guard (Message 1763445)
Posted 21 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Are the Democrats still so unwilling to own their own mistakes that they are still trying to blame everything bad that happens on Bush??? The Democrats desperately need a new game plan. Their 'Blame Bush' playbook is a little... stale.

EBIB Everything Bad Is Bush
3) Message boards : Politics : California High Speed Rail (Message 1763353)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Now a court challenge
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/07/plagued-by-delays-california-high-speed-rail-heads-back-to-court.html?intcmp=hplnws#
Plagued by delays, California high-speed rail heads back to court
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n the second phase of a court challenge filed in 2011, attorneys for a group of Central Valley farmers will argue in Sacramento County Superior Court on Thursday that the state can't keep the promises it made to voters in 2008 about the travel times and system cost. Voters authorized selling $9.9 billion in bonds for a project that was supposed to cost $40 billion.
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Other terms of that initiative also will be before Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny this week. A group of landowners in the Central Valley filed suit over the project, arguing that compromises made to cut the price mean the train won't be able to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes as voters were told. Critics argue trains cannot traverse the steep Tehachapi Mountains in Southern California at the necessary 220mph.
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Kenny previously ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, agreeing the state had failed to meet the mandates that it identify funding for the first useable segment before starting construction and have all the needed environmental clearances in hand. But an appeals court reversed the ruling, saying the lawsuit was premature.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2015-2016 Season (Message 1763343)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Pretty piss poor performance by the offense.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2015-2016 Season (Message 1763325)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Lady GaGa's got a set of pipes........!

Yes, too bad she doesn't have enough vocal range for that song.
6) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #3 (Message 1763186)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/07/texas-newspaper-plans-to-publish-names-addresses-police-officers.html?intcmp=hpbt3
A Texas newspaper announced its plans Saturday to publish the names and addresses of every San Antonio police officer following a deadly officer-involved shooting last week.
7) Message boards : Politics : M E T Two (Message 1763139)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I'm aware of the death penalty for apostasy.
How do they do tracking down their apostates?

Likely as all authoritarian states do, offer rewards (extra virgins? slaves?) to turn people in. Of course if you inform on your fellow witches and repent ...

And how does Daesh do at tracking down its deserters?

If they stay inside their area, see above.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Live Performance Thread! (Message 1763136)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
OT
karaoke because I know it would be really bad!

karaoke = croakeee (usually)
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2015-2016 Season (Message 1763135)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Los Angeles Rams, never thought I'd see those words together again..
Georgia Frontiere
10) Message boards : Politics : California High Speed Rail (Message 1763068)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_29424548/san-jose-back-running-early-high-speed-rail
California high-speed rail officials are considering junking a 2012 decision to build the first segment from Burbank north into the Central Valley -- and are now seriously studying the possibility of bringing the first stretch of track north to San Jose instead.

The alternative being examined would run from Silicon Valley to Bakersfield and be less costly than the current proposal to connect the Central Valley with Burbank because it wouldn't entail expensive tunneling costs, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
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The first construction started in Fresno in July, 2½ years behind schedule.


http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/high-speed-rail/article58793528.html
The threat of massive cost overruns has been a key to arguments by critics who question whether the California High-Speed Rail Authority can deliver a system that connects Los Angeles and San Francisco for “only” $68 billion.

Big infrastructure projects, after all, have a history of costing a lot more than expected. Replacing the Bay Bridge between Oakland and San Francisco ran a reported $5 billion over budget. The “Big Dig,” a Boston highway tunnel, ran about $12 billion over budget. And cost estimates for California’s proposed bullet-train system were a roller-coaster ride of their own even before construction began last year: from about $43 billion in 2010, to an eye-popping recalibration of nearly $100 billion in late 2011, followed in 2012 by the now-current estimate of about $68 billion.

For the first chunk of construction on California’s ambitious high-speed train program, a 29-mile section between the south end of Fresno and the northeastern edge of Madera, the authority established a contingency allowance of about $160 million for unforeseen costs over the awarded contract of about $1 billion to design and build the segment.

Through late January, about $14.1 million in change orders submitted by the contractor have been approved by the agency – and that includes some $5.3 million already included in the budget for dealing with asbestos and other hazardous materials along the route.
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The agency also is receiving about $500 million a year from the state’s greenhouse gas-reduction program through at least 2020. That still leaves the agency significantly short of what it needs to build an operational segment from the San Joaquin Valley to either the San Fernando Valley or San Jose.

That’s a big reason the authority says it’s constantly monitoring cost risks. “There are going to be times when we wake up and say, ‘Oh, my gosh, this cost looks like it’s increasing over here,’ ” Richard said. “At those moments we are not going to go off in a corner and roll up in a ball. Our job is to roll up our sleeves and see how we can find offsetting cost reductions.”

Money is a chief concern for the rail agency, but so is the schedule. The rail authority executed the contract for the Madera-Fresno construction in mid-2013, but while some building demolition and utility relocation work began in 2014, major construction didn’t begin until last summer. And, authority leaders told legislators, time is money.

Within the $68 billion budget, “almost $13 million of that is time, it’s inflation,” Morales said at the subcommittee hearing. “Like any big program, the faster we get this built, the less it will cost. The longer it takes, the more it will cost.

Sounds like a project in a lot of trouble, because it has no money, which means cost cutting and that is safety and utility of use cuts.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2015-2016 Season (Message 1763059)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
12 days, no posts?

Does anyone actually care about the game? Or is it all about the food and commercials?
12) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1763032)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Plant a tree, warm the globe ...
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/trees-climate-change-worse-not-better-article-1.2522614
Everything you know about climate change is wrong.

Trees — long assumed to help limit the ugly effects of climate change — may actually speed up global warming rates, according to a new study.

A team of French-led scientists claim Europe has been planting the wrong kind of trees during its reforestation efforts since 1750, and in the process has made climate change worse — not better. The theory is at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures.

While Europe's forest area has grown by 10% in the past 250 years, its average temperatures have increased by 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
13) Message boards : Politics : North Korea. (Message 1763024)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/north-korea-launches-long-range-rocket-160207004824786.html
North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, violating UN resolutions and doubling down against an international community already determined to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month.

North Korea had labelled Sunday's launch part of a purely scientific space programme, but most of the world viewed it as a disguised ballistic missile test and the nuclear-armed state's latest step towards a weapons delivery system.

The rocket, which Pyongyang said carried a satellite, took off at around 9:00am Pyongyang time (00:30 GMT), according to the South Korean defence ministry which was monitoring the site.

Its pre-orbital flight arc was planned to traverse the Yellow Sea and further south to the Philippine Sea, with both South Korea and Japan threatening to shoot it down if it encroached on their territory.
14) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1762966)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
There's been criticism that Trump is a little distant in his campaigning style, and I think that might be why people supposedly committed to him in polls aren't turning out in reality.
Might be agoraphobia. The panic attack because someone might see that you are a Trump supporter. The panic attack that there could be a non-WASP at the polling place. ;-)

Of course it might be that people are just messin' with the pollsters for fun.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1762934)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I am making Kabobs for a Superbowl party. Expect about 35. Any suggestions on the marinade?

Well, that depends upon the meat and method of cooking. I suspect you mean beef, but you might mean lamb, pork, chicken, ...

If beef, I'd think any of the traditional beef marinades for that cooking method would be good. I'd suggest cubing the meat and then tossing in a bowl or ziplock bags and covering with the marinade and letting it soak in for a bit, then skewer it. That way all sides get a chance to be infused.

If you are going BBQ watch how much sugar is in the marinade. Too much and you risk the sugar turning into carbon.
16) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1762931)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
There is an integrity thing, I would not but a used car from that person


Exactly.

Him and others.

Where are the Great, or at least Good Leaders, as we had in the past?

Better at keeping the filth suppressed?
17) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1762728)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
IMO, Gary makes a good point here, though perhaps he does not realize it.

"Trump the Bankrupt".

Trump has experience in dealing with the aftermath of bankruptcy.

Sure he deals with it, but the real issue is he creates it first.

But since all bills spending money originate in the House, the office he seeks won't have much more than hot air to do with spending.
18) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Scientific American: If There Are Aliens Out There, Where Are They? (Message 1762726)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
A joule is an energy unit. A billion joule seems too big to me. Maybe you mean a billion watt, given the very short time of the laser pulse.
Tullio

I tend to agree, that would be a pretty big pile of energy, several kilotons of TNT.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1762656)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
That sodium should be dangerous and giving hypertension make no sense to me.
The body attempts to maintain your blood in a specific range of salty. Eat too much salt and you drink water to compensate. Too much water in your blood, well, the inside of you is like a balloon, it blows up and pressure rises.

Moderation in all things.
20) Message boards : Politics : Mood of the US population (Message 1762639)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
As a White person of Latino Heritage (Italian Heritage is truly Latino):

Last time I heard Latino was Latin-American with the American meaning First Peoples of central and south America. So Italian gets the Latin part, so what tribe is your First People's part? Aztec? Inca? Maya? ??

Trying to use words as they are commonly understood might be your mistake. As with all things, CLYDE is correct about the true meaning of Latino, from this day forward it's been appropriated by those of Italian descent. Next we'll have some guy come along and argue that I'm making a Clintonesque "is" point.

Hispanic or Latino. A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."

(source)

A different authoritative source http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/latino?q=Latino on English usage.

Of course if Clyde wasn't speaking English ...


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