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1) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #2 (Message 1697194)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
More stunning police work
http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article25566175.html
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (98) Server Problems? (Message 1697192)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
A different kind of hacking
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article25839070.html
In a news release issued late Tuesday afternoon, officials with the FBI’s Sacramento field office said that although customers in a variety of Northern California service areas were affected by the outage, the vandalism that resulted in the outages was confined to “a single geographic location in the San Francisco Bay Area.”
3) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1697110)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Back in 2000:

Jeb was supposed to be the Presidential Candidate, not "W". Long story.

He would have made a better President, than his brother.

Yes he would have but then again that's a pretty low bar to get over.

Don't you need a pretty deep pit mine to find the bar?
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Gripes and Kudos IV (Message 1697075)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Kudos: a thread where every poster is on ignore

Gripe: the thread can't be put on ignore
5) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1696923)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
All fun and fascinating until you realize one of these .... is going to be the leader of the enslaved world.
6) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1696850)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
The Chinese Rent/Lease much of 'The Donalds' Prime, and Expensive, Real Estate Holdings.

Those must be the poor ones that have to lease. On this coast they own the real estate and lease it to the duck!

My local elementary school just became a ESL (English as a Second Language) school with Mandarin as the primary language.
7) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1696835)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
from purchasing Chinese Goods

Didn't know "the duck" was into manufactured goods, thought it was mostly payday loans and real estate.
8) Message boards : Politics : Myths and Realities (Message 1696813)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Social Scientific Studies
http://reason.com/blog/2015/06/24/5-questions-about-the-new-study-purporti
It all about the assumptions .......
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (98) Server Problems? (Message 1696793)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
How do you thoroughly dry it?

Put it in a vacuum chamber.
10) Message boards : Politics : (Un)Justify Same Sex Marriage (Message 1696769)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
... SCOTUS can't make laws, ...


But that is EXACTLY what they are (Unconstitutionally) doing. Instead of only declaring a law unconstitutional and sending it back to the legislative body that passed it for rework to address SCOTUS' concerns over it, SCOTUS is more and more frequently after declaring a law Unconstitutional, they are saying how things are going to be, effectively 'legislating from the bench', directly bringing about the situation which you raise in your first point:

Unfortunately damn near every law passed in recent years has a severability clause. That results in the declaration of being unconstitutional leaving the rest of the mess in place, frequently without any damn way to make it work, or leaving things in a worse mess that before. Unfortunately someone has to decide what to do and with our do nothing legislature decades of damage can be done before they act. I suppose POTUS could legislate via his cabinet what to do, however there is no reason to suspect in many cases that he would decide on something constitutional.

Sometimes we get lucky and some low level federal judge put a stay on the law before it took effect. Those cases are much easier to handle as nothing has started so bureaucrats can wait for congress. Then SCOTUS can simply make a suggestion as how to word it and congress usually quickly passes a revision.

Yes the system is imperfect, but mostly because there are too damn many cases and too damn many laws and it is breaking under the weight. Might help if congress filled all the open judge positions.
11) Message boards : Politics : (Un)Justify Same Sex Marriage (Message 1696758)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement Sunday on the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling stating that county clerks, justices of the peace, judges and their employees may object to issuing same-sex marriage licences due to their religious beliefs.

He also put a fine print line in that statement saying if you do they may prosecute/fine/jail your behind, but we have pro-bono lawyers. In other words he blew steam. Oh and a public official doing that on the taxpayers dime should lose his job and pension. Not for the opinion, but for putting out a personal statement using the taxpayers dime.
12) Message boards : Politics : We can't even pray in our churches safely! (Message 1696661)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
You asked if the Church burnings will stop. You know the answer. They will not stop as long as the only known intelligent life is human. Fortunately most of these church burners see murder as a line they don't want to cross, but it will happen soon enough. Perhaps you could persuade the NSA to turn its attention to stormfront and their ilk and we can put these crazy persons in cages where they belong.
13) Message boards : Politics : (Un)Justify Same Sex Marriage (Message 1696657)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Im an old bastard and I find it hard to vote for the GOP. I am registerd as a republican. I find it my duty to vote in the primarys to keep the religious fanatics out.
Perhaps it is time to exit the tea bible thumpers corruption and join the Libertarian Party?

From what Ive seen so far the rebups have handed the election to the dems. And I dont like them either.
It does seem like they are going to run an George McGovern/Tom Egaleton ticket. Perhaps they need to and self destruct to kick the Dixiecrats out of the party.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1696653)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Congratulations David!
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : SpaceX rocket supplying space station explodes after Florida launch (Message 1696652)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Do they have backup supplies when payloads are lost?

Obviously yes for all consumables. Food, water, oxygen, propellants, etc. They should have for all the lost hardware as well, but it may have been being used as a test piece on earth and will need to be cleaned and certified for flight. Only thing I can think of off hand that recently flew they would not have was the Olympic torch.

Or did you mean backup already on orbit? Yes, they like to keep at least six months ahead on consumable supplies.

With the loss of three almost in a row however they may have to cut back to a crew of three for a while until they catch up. Especially if they can't get the supply chain up and running PDQ.
16) Message boards : Politics : (Un)Justify Same Sex Marriage (Message 1696618)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
And I find it very... interesting... that the SAME People that decry the Supreme Court having the power to decide these issues when they do NOT agree with the decision seem to have a joygasm of glee when they DO approve of the decision.

Hypocrites.

+1

It leads to the despotism of an oligarchy.
Like cabinet officers deciding what the law says and funding or not based on their interpretation. Or say 535 people out of 318+million.

Some oligarchy is a necessity. Some individual or group must make decisions. We can't have direct democracy for every decision. Can you imagine it for something simple like a building permit? All we ever would do is vote. That is why we have a representative form of government. You just don't like the way the 9 representatives are picked or their length of service.
17) Message boards : Politics : (Un)Justify Same Sex Marriage (Message 1696568)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_user.php?userid=7787259 wrote:
(you see? this is why I think the politics forum should be removed--bobby doesn't post for almost a year and then starts a new thread designed to inflame everybody here and then leaves.)

As a former Mod, you are entitled to that opinion.

As to the rest of your Rupert Murdoch's phantasmagorical opinion [faux] induced rant; it doesn't deserve an electron being disturbed in reply, but I will correct a date.

Oh, as to the date the US became a centralized power, in this case it was in the 1860's. Some republican idiot proposed an amendment that outlawed any person being treated different than any other person. That hated amendment stole millions of dollars in property from plantation owners and everything has been going to hell since then. I'm so glad to see you advocate a return to such a simpler time of WASP privilege. ;-)
18) Message boards : Politics : (Un)Justify Same Sex Marriage (Message 1696500)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
It had EVERYTHING to do with some States recognizing it and others not. If NO State recognized it, it would not be an issue. If ALL States recognized it, it would not be an issue.

That is what some believe caused it to come before the court, but that was not the issue before the court. If it was the court could have simply ruled that you must recognize it when another state does it, but not forced you to also perform it. As the ruling was you must perform it, the issue before the court was one of individual rights, which the government must treat every individual equal.

What I proposed has NO 'separate but equal', but instead is 'all are equal in the eyes of the law'.

Perhaps you did not communicate what your thought as well as in this post, after I pointed it out. I took your original post to indicate that priests would still be able to perform a civil union. That would create a separate but equal situation where some officiants could refuse some ceremonies.

It also allows the various churches to decide for themselves who can (and can not) participate in their religious ceremonies, and preserves (even establishes) a separation between church and state on the matter at hand.

I really doubt that the churches would stand for having everyone run to the county clerk to elope. It would remove one of the few functions that forces people to flock to the church and they would see numbers of believers and attendance and $ drop. Well, maybe the FLDS might like it, then they could have their plural marriage back.
19) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #2 (Message 1696492)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Gary...

We (those with ethics, tolerance, and morality) thank you for sharing this.
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
who is the most ...... of them all?

Just using your own description of those ethics, tolerance, and morality.

So happy to be of service.
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : First Signs of the NTPCkr (Message 1696486)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Maybe running Nitpicker periodically in a batch mode would be doable.

Then it isn't NT!


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