Posts by SciManStev

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1884481)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I used to have a Bonneville SSEI. I had to replace the water pump once. It would have been easy, except for one metal tab that was covering one bolt. It was engineered that way on purpose, as the tab served no function except to prevent the easy replacement of the water pump. To remove that tab, required me to remover the alternator, the alternator bracket, and jack the engine up a few inches. It took two of us two full days to change a water pump. I haven't tried to repair a car since then. That was about 15 years ago.

Steve
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1884426)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I am very sorry Bernie. You did a Herculean job of taking care of your father, and I know he appreciated everything you did.
Losing a family member is very difficult, as they are always a part of our lives. I am glad you had the chance to share so much time with your father, and that he was in his home when he passed.

Steve
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1883252)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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It's a good thing you didn't need anything really expensive......

Healthcare in the US is broken, but we pay way more than any country on earth.
I would like to see us do what other countries do that don't have these problems.

Steve
4) Message boards : Politics : North Korea (Message 1883241)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/11/politics/us-north-korea-strike-first/index.html
Within minutes of initiating the attack, US aircraft and artillery assets would also be forced to coordinate with allied forces to destroy the thousands of North Korean missile tubes pointed directly at the South Korean capital of Seoul.
And that would just be the beginning.
"The problem is not hitting North Korea, its what happens next," Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshare Fund, an organization working to stop nuclear proliferation, told CNN.
"You strike North Korea, they are going to strike back and they have a devastating conventional arsenal built up on the border that could lay waste to Seoul," he said. "Estimates are that hundreds of thousands of South Koreans would die in the first few hours of combat -- from artillery, from rockets, from short range missiles -- and if this war would escalate to the nuclear level, then you are looking at tens of millions of casualties and the destruction of the eleventh largest economy in the world."
"That's what you are going to roll the dice on," Cirincione added.


Steve
5) Message boards : Politics : North Korea (Message 1883230)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I know the average person in North Korea doesn't have access to real information about the outside world, but Kim and those closest to him surely do. I have trouble understanding the rationale for Kim continuing an isolationist policy for his country when he knows things could be much better for all the citizens(including himself) if he'd open up and play nice with everybody.

Because without a constant enemy, they have no reason to exist. As long as we are perceived as a threat, they are happy, and feel justified to continue on. Their people would revolt if there wasn't an enemy that they needed protection from. Iran is the same way, but they are very ambitious, which is far more dangerous than isolated Kim, who is mostly concerned about his own survival.

Steve
6) Message boards : Politics : North Korea (Message 1883173)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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This whole scenario scares the daylights out of me. It's true previous presidents did little, but we are all still alive.

Steve
7) Message boards : Politics : North Korea (Message 1882964)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I have read numerous assessments of what a war would look like with NK. None of them are pleasant. Also, the logistics have not been set up. That takes months to get going. Perhaps 3 carrier groups in the area, many more troops in SK, fueling and resupply lines have to be established. Militarily, we would defeat NK, but the initial contact would be lobbing missiles at each other, and if theirs are nuclear, then whether their targeting system are any good or not, potentially millions could die, and radioactive clouds would circulate world wide. Beginning the logistics build up, may trigger a NK response, before we were ready. They are already ready. Their artillery positions would devastate SK, with 10's of thousands dying in the first hour. Then the really big wildcard, is if China gets involved. That would change things in a really, really bad way.

Doing nothing is an uncomfortable option as well, but I think it may be the best. We allow NK to establish their weapons, and either ignore their boasts, or engage them in a positive way. The only reason they can still exist, is because they tell their people that the US is a constant threat. Like Iran, NK can't afford to allow peaceful investments and cooperation from the west. Their virtual enemy would vanish, and their reason for existence right along with it. As I have stated before, NK has not shown ambition to take over the world, or even attack its neighbors. It's moves have been to ensure the survival of the regime. I think hat getting to know an enemy, then working with them is a far safer solution than any form of military confrontation. One could reason that with all the nuclear potential, NK could attack us. Well, so could China, and Russia, but they don't.

It might be better to try our best to learn about our enemies, and understand what their real fears are. I tend to think that the real fear for both NK, and Iran, is normal interactive relations with the west. That could collapse both regimes. These are terrible, cruel regimes, and letting them off the hook, may seem like it is against what we stand for, but it may be the best way to enact positive change. A war where potentially millions could die, radioactive clouds floating around the earth, and infrastructure collapse doesn't sound like a workable alternative to me.

Perhaps, as in the movie War Games, the only winning strategy is not to play.

Steve
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1882448)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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Of course. One thing I am really looking forward to, is being back in the woods without having to over exert myself. I will be taking pictures of wildlife and scenery and posting them here. Guessing from where I will be riding, I should see moose. This machine will give me access to some very interesting habitats.

Steve
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1882405)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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Bernie, as always your pictures are very soothing, and a pleasure to see.

Steve
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1882383)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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That looks fun - and with 9.9 on the back should be a usable on lakes - I've seen then trying without an outboard and they really struggle on anything other than really still water.
Stay safe, and bring us the tales of the trails :-)

I will have a video camera, and post to YouTube. I am actually extremely excited about this.

Steve
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1882382)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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No, just a small inheritance from my father's passing.

I can't retire, or buy a Porsche, but I can afford this one toy.

Steve
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1882298)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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The cool thing is, that you just point it where you want to go, and it goes. Mine will be here about the first of October, and I can't wait to drive it into a lake. I will also have a 9.9 hp outboard on it, so I can move across larger lakes.

I have always wanted one, and it's finally going to happen!

Steve
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1882293)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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It certainly is! Fishing, deep snow, soupy mud, rocks, anything that is considered extreme terrain.

Steve
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1882282)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I drove this today, and will be getting a similar one shortly!



Steve
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Fixing my aquarium (Message 1881641)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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For safety, I would recommend removing the fish first, because silicone sealants do produce gasses as they cure, that might be absorbed by the remaining water. The sealant may be safe for the fish, but the gasses released may not be. Also, that way you would be certain that the adhesive would be applied in dry conditions. What size is the aquarium?

Steve
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1880947)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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Wish you the best Mark.

+1

Steve
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1879758)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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Suzie I'm ROTFLMAO.

+1

Steve
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1879706)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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My wife is sore and sleeping from laser iris surgery, and we both slept most of the day.
It's time to wake up with a few beers!

Steve
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Caring for others - tips and hints, support and strategies, or just plain offloading (Message 1879052)
Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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... but I think about my mother and my dad(who died 35 years ago), and I wonder what I'm supposed to do now. What's my purpose in life, now?

Gordon, even though I never knew your parents, I think that I can say with about 99.99% certainty that when you were born, your parents didn't look down at you in your crib and say, "Gosh, I hope Gordon's sole purpose in life is to take care of us someday. Then he will have fulfilled his destiny."

Rather, I'm betting that your parents looked down at you in your crib, smiled and imagined all the wonderful life experiences you would have, from cradle to grave.

It is still so close to your mother's passing that you may not be able to explore options easily right now.

I just hope that, with the passage of time, you will find it in your heart to give yourself permission to continue to have a life full of experiences, rather than a life full of memories.

Wishing you peace, friend.

That helps me also. My father always wanted me to prepare for the future, and not concentrate on fun things. It was all academics at school. Seldom were any of the things I did good enough. I have felt guilt about the things I am planning now, but in a way I realize that this is the future I was always planning for, even though I could not have achieved them without his help after his death. I will just make the best decisions I can.

Steve
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1878774)
Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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@ Dr Who fan
Lol! But seriously I could see that happening. I used to work with a group of people that could peel the paint off the walls. Walk in the bathroom after them and you wish you didn't.

Apparently that one knocked a plane out of the air......

Steve


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