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1) Message boards : Politics : UK terror threat level increased to severe (Message 1565568)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
<short list snipped>

That is far from everyone. Where are the names of all the seti crunchers? Aren't they part of "everyone?"

And all though a warning was given all of the above ignored it at the top of there organisations

Are you sure they - your list - ignored it? Or did they have to compromise because to do more was politically untenable at that time? Do you think that announcing that on 9/9/2001 strip searches to board an airplane was possible? It was on 9/12/2001. Or do you think they thought he did a truck bomb before, he'll do a truck bomb again might haven been the thinking?

As to stirring, broad absolute statements do that.
2) Message boards : Politics : If we could remove ... (Message 1565449)
Posted 15 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
What is evil depends on your point of view. Change your point of view and what is evil changes.

Most points of view have rape and murder in the evil circle. Some don't. Once you realize this, you must accept that there is no universal definition of evil or good. It is entirely a man made concept.

As to some of those viewpoints where rape and murder are not evil, one place to find them is in two thousand year old books. Say where stoning people is encouraged. Where killing those who believe different is encouraged. Where offering up virgin daughters to a crowd of men is described as the act of a good man.

Man is quite capable of rationalizing anything, even WMD.

We have a long way to go, and religion is one of the things holding us back from development.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #70 (Message 1565239)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
retracement
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1565238)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Looks like the Golden Bears have the beginnings of a perfect season. Beat the Wildcats. To make thing happier in SETI land, the Badgers beat the Tigers.
5) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 5 (Message 1565180)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I have not thought about the problem of nuclear power plants. It is the first military target to hit.
Because of the escalating fighting in the Ukraine the risk of nuclear facilities in the country is growing.
Only about 200 kilometers away from the combat zone are the six reactor units of Zaporizhia nuclear facility the largest nuclear plant in Europe.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaporizhia_Oblast

Now I get very nervous...

Only a madman would .....
Wait a second. Putin is a Madman!

GULP!
6) Message boards : Politics : UK terror threat level increased to severe (Message 1565088)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
The UK's terror threat level is being raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May says.

Step 1 to putting boots on the ground. Use propaganda to scare the home folks and demonize then enemy.

Step 2 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/08/29/Plague-bomb-data-found-on-seized-Islamic-State-laptop/8051409329417/?spt=hts&or=12
7) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1565053)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Spoils of War.
http://news.yahoo.com/dozens-yazidi-women-sold-marriage-jihadists-ngo-142525440.html
Beirut (AFP) - Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants, a monitoring group said Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based NGO, said it had confirmed that at least 27 Yazidi women had been sold for around $1,000 each to IS fighters.

The group said it was aware that some 300 Yazidi women had been kidnapped and transported to Syria by the jihadists, but it had so far documented the sale into marriage of 27.

"In recent weeks, some 300 women and girls of the Yazidi faith who were abducted in Iraq have been distributed as spoils of war to fighters from the Islamic State," a statement said.

The group said it had documented several cases in which the fighters then sold the women as brides for $1,000 each to other IS members after forcing them to convert to Islam.

"The Observatory documented at least 27 cases of those being sold into marriage by Islamic State members in the northeast of Aleppo province, and parts of Raqa and Hassakeh province," the NGO said.

t added that some Syrian Arabs and Kurds had tried to buy some of the women in a bid to set them free, but they were only being sold to IS members.
8) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1565051)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I don't agree with your premise that men can't help being rapists.

So you claim 100% of men can control their biologic mandate 100% of the time.

Of course society requires it, but society requires no one drink and drive.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1565047)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I'll order in the popcorn :)

Raisinets!

Lets have Miggins cater!
10) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1564951)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Well, it seems that, the world (most of it, perhaps) has accepted that
the Earth is essentially, spherical, and not flat.

Flat earth Society You wouldn't think it possible in the 21C would you?

Why not? Look at the global warming. Look at religion. Humans are very capable of delusion.
11) Message boards : Politics : UK terror threat level increased to severe (Message 1564841)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I'm just wondering why you reacted the way you did to Chris's post, if pretty much all alert levels in various countries are meaningless.

All I did was repeat what I said in a different thread where I stated that the terror threat is a meaningless tool that inspires a disproportional fear of terrorism to the actual threat and because of that is useless and maybe does more harm than good. I felt it was relevant to the topic.

The Threat Level has more to do with the Government Response, than alerting the population.

Мишель believes since the chance of any individual, being killed by a Terrorist is remote: No precautions should be taken.

Reminds me of the Comedian George Carlin (LOVED HIM) years ago, who would say to his audience: "How many of you believe you will be killed by a terrorist?" When no hands were raised, he would say "OK - Let's just sit back, and enjoy the show."

Мишель apparently has a Comic's thought process.

Replace that line with "how many think they will be killed by a drunk driver." Now go look up the statistics on cause of death. People are terrible at judging risk.
12) Message boards : Politics : The racial teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Founder of Anthroposophy and Waldorf education (Message 1564838)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
With everyone asleep I'll toss in a comment.

I haven't seen such a spirited discussion here in ... well I can't remember, at least not one that didn't end up in name calling and a thread going poof. Good job.

As to the person, Wiki said he had more than one phase to his life. Obviously one phase his writings helped Julie immensely. It looks like in another phase he became known as a racist. Not everyone is evil 100% of the time. Not everyone is good 100% of the time.

No one should have the ground they walk on worshiped. It is a big flaw we have in society today where celebrities can do no wrong. Sigh .... before I stray further off topic, I say again, good job keeping on point and not attacking each other.
13) Message boards : Politics : The Israel and Palestine conflict - Part 2 (Message 1564830)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
The ONLY side calling for Genocide, is not Israel.

I'm sorry your head is buried in the sand. Perhaps you will look up just for a second...

Moshe Feiglin is head of the Manhigut Yehudit [Jewish Leadership] faction in the Likud party and a member of Knesset.
Moshe Feiglin in http://www.israelnationalnews.com/ wrote:
Attack – Attack the entire ‘target bank’ throughout Gaza with the IDF’s maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal. All the military and infrastructural targets will be attacked with no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage’.
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Parallel to the above, a total siege on Gaza. Nothing will enter the area.
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After the IDF completes the "softening" of the targets with its fire-power, the IDF will conquer the entire Gaza, using all the means necessary to minimize any harm to our soldiers, with no other considerations.
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Gaza is part of our Land and we will remain there forever. Liberation of parts of our land forever is the only thing that justifies endangering our soldiers in battle to capture land. Subsequent to the elimination of terror from Gaza, it will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews.

If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck ........
14) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 5 (Message 1564795)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Poland Next?
http://en.itar-tass.com/world/747329
Polish authorities’ refusal to permit the jet to enter Polish airspace on a return flight from Slovakia will not be left unreciprocated by Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : RAC flatlined... no clue why (Message 1564788)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Huh. Yeah I see now on the stats page that I have 475 pending validation. Wow! I need a faster wingman I guess ;-)

We all do. We all do. Worse for those of us who crunch MB as the really fast host owners refuse to crunch them, looking to boost RAC with an all AP diet.
16) Message boards : Politics : UK terror threat level increased to severe (Message 1564721)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I'm just wondering why you reacted the way you did to Chris's post, if pretty much all alert levels in various countries are meaningless.

All I did was repeat what I said in a different thread where I stated that the terror threat is a meaningless tool that inspires a disproportional fear of terrorism to the actual threat and because of that is useless and maybe does more harm than good.

+1
17) Message boards : Politics : The racial teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Founder of Anthroposophy and Waldorf education (Message 1564558)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
It does provide a thought though...how can an individual produce interesting lectures like that, only to produce something else that can be clearly seen as racist?

Look at who invented the transistor ... even got a Nobel prize ...
18) Message boards : Politics : The Israel and Palestine conflict - Part 2 (Message 1564518)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Those living in a Intellectual Cloistered World (like monks - in a monetary - just talking among themselves - and dismissing other's thoughts/ideas): Always personally attack those who commit, let's say Blasphemy, against their religion/ideology. Religion and Ideology are both, in the end, the same.

Pot -- Kettle.

You do realize that is what "The Israel and Palestine conflict" is. Muslim vs Jew with each side seeing the other, not as individuals, but as a monolithic block of the most extreme position.

Calling to exterminate one side or the other, because they might do something, simply shows that you are part of the problem and can't be part of the solution.

There are two solutions.

1) Kill both sides.
2) The sides become BFF's

Option 1 is genocide. That leaves option 2.

You argue option 3, kill one side. That doesn't work because the winner will now see some other group as an enemy and start again with more confidence because the rest of the world let them get away with genocide.
19) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1564360)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
XP not so dead?
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2310301/windows-xp-registry-hack-keeps-the-security-updates-rolling.html
20) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1564208)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
A interesting read for the crack pot denial , proof the sun has not changed it's output in 100 million years

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/28/neutrinos-sun-physics_n_5728606.html

To what level of precision?

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/08jan_sunclimate/
In the galactic scheme of things, the Sun is a remarkably constant star. While some stars exhibit dramatic pulsations, wildly yo-yoing in size and brightness, and sometimes even exploding, the luminosity of our own sun varies a measly 0.1% over the course of the 11-year solar cycle.

There is, however, a dawning realization among researchers that even these apparently tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial climate.

0.1% has "significant effect on terrestrial climate." So I ask again about the neutrinos, to what level of precision?


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