Posts by SciManStev

41) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 18 Year Club! (Message 1874117)
Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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It just turned midnight, so it is officially June 20th. I can now join the 18 year club.

Steve
42) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite vacations (Message 1873789)
Posted 18 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I went scuba diving in the Florida Keys, and saw Herman, a moray eel.

Steve
43) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1873781)
Posted 18 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I have a cousin that had no home or food. He robbed a bank for $50, then went outside and sat on a bench waiting for the police. In jail he had food and shelter.

Steve
44) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1873650)
Posted 17 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I think I will have an Ayinger Weizenbock.
Yummy!

Steve
45) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................aka CITIZEN No. 1 Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time...Greatest LIARS In PREZ History: O'BLABBY; SHRUB II; SLICK WILLIE 9 to Zero WINNING!!! by American & BEST PREZ EVER (Message 1873350)
Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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Of course, regardless of which countries are affected by the travel ban, about 30,000 US citizens are shot every year by other US citizens.

As for me, an outsider, I think you should fear your countrymen more than the very few terrorists operating in the US.

I agree 100%.

Steve
46) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................aka CITIZEN No. 1 Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time...Greatest LIARS In PREZ History: O'BLABBY; SHRUB II; SLICK WILLIE 9 to Zero WINNING!!! by American & BEST PREZ EVER (Message 1873338)
Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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Yes, and that is part of the irony. We are trying to ban citizens from the countries that didn't harm us, and allow the ones that did.
Of course there is a lot of money in arms sales and oil between the US and Saudi Arabia.

Of course, regardless of which countries are affected by the travel ban, about 30,000 US citizens are shot every year by other US citizens.

Steve
47) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................aka CITIZEN No. 1 Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time...Greatest LIARS In PREZ History: O'BLABBY; SHRUB II; SLICK WILLIE 9 to Zero WINNING!!! by American & BEST PREZ EVER (Message 1873327)
Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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There is a bit of irony in the travel ban from Muslim majority countries to keep us safe, when no terrorist from those countries have killed anyone on US soil, but 30,000 people a year are shot by our own citizens.
Steve

Not really true. 9/11 comes to mind.
But banning so many Muslims to travel to US because they are Muslims...

The 911 hijackers were not from the targeted travel ban countries. Most were from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is not included in the proposed travel ban.
Egypt is also not on the list, and some of the hijackers came from Egypt.

Steve
48) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................aka CITIZEN No. 1 Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time...Greatest LIARS In PREZ History: O'BLABBY; SHRUB II; SLICK WILLIE 9 to Zero WINNING!!! by American & BEST PREZ EVER (Message 1873315)
Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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There is a bit of irony in the travel ban from Muslim majority countries to keep us safe, when no terrorist from those countries have killed anyone on US soil, but 30,000 people a year are shot by our own citizens.

Steve
49) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1873158)
Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I am very glad it wasn't worse than it was. You were very lucky that a tree didn't directly land on your house, and that you and your kitties are safe.
Out of sheer curiosity, do you have a way to post some pictures of what happened?

Again, I'm very glad you are OK.

Steve
50) Message boards : Politics : ....................45....................aka CITIZEN No. 1 Calls 'em RIGHT Every Time...Greatest LIARS In PREZ History: O'BLABBY; SHRUB II; SLICK WILLIE 9 to Zero WINNING!!! by American & BEST PREZ EVER (Message 1872955)
Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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This shooter is the result of Kathy Griffin and Steven Colbert claiming to be comedians, Shakespeare in the Park showing the likes of Trump being repeatedly stabbed claiming to be art and all the countless tweets and all the hollywood shows calling for violence against Trump.

This president has brought a lot of anger to the surface, both in the objectives of the alt-right, and those that oppose those objectives. A lot of anger has been uncovered through out the country, regardless of which objectives one aspires to.

Steve
51) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers Thread Part 27 (Message 1872291)
Posted 10 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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Beer please. Poured down my throat with a funnel.....

Steve
52) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1872254)
Posted 10 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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Dang Mark. Your luck sounds like what has been happening to me lately. Every project I attempt turns into a repair, sometimes caused by the work on a previous project. I wish you the best with getting through this time of Murphys Law.

Steve
53) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1872019)
Posted 9 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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A dozen or more beers will always get the job done........

Steve
54) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1870879)
Posted 3 Jun 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I am lucky that here in New Hampshire, studded tires are legal year round. I only use them in the winter, but they make a massive difference in safety.
I can drive in bad conditions with much more confidence. I still never go to fast or take chances, but I know I have a better grip with studded tires.
For my wife and I , maximum safety is the requirement.
I consider them essential winter equipment.

Steve
55) Message boards : Politics : Would you want to live forever? (Message 1869937)
Posted 28 May 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I have always wanted to live for hundreds of millions of years. It would be facinating to watch plate tectonics in action. Long term geological changes, the coming and going of species, the changes in cultures would all be facinating to watch. Of course I would still want to retire at 67 or so, and would need to be impervious to wars, famon, meteor strikes, etc. I would just like to be around and witness all the changes.

Steve
56) Message boards : Politics : Manchester UK Bomb (Message 1869560)
Posted 26 May 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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You have mistaken my meaning. Of course I would call that evil, or something that should never be aloud anywhere, anytime.

Steve
57) Message boards : Politics : Manchester UK Bomb (Message 1869553)
Posted 26 May 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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Me personally no, but I was not brought up in an environment where people are taught from birth a different set of rules.

Steve
58) Message boards : Politics : Manchester UK Bomb (Message 1869549)
Posted 26 May 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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I can say that I do not subscribe to killing innocents. I like to help as many people as I can, not harm them. I just recognize that others think differently, and those thoughts are just as valid to them as mine are to me.

Steve
59) Message boards : Politics : Manchester UK Bomb (Message 1869543)
Posted 26 May 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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Evil is defined in peoples minds differently. Many see evil as killing innocents, and other see the lives those innocents lead as evil. Both sides want to stamp out the other.
Just like some foods are enjoyed by some, and found distasteful by others. As most of you know, I am not religious at all, so without a guiding force to tell me either this or that is evil, I see that the definition lies in the minds of those in one group with respect to another.

Steve
60) Message boards : Politics : Manchester UK Bomb (Message 1869449)
Posted 25 May 2017 by Profile SciManStevProject Donor
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That's true, but if the main ideological structure isn't there, or is very small, then there is no attraction to would be lone wolfs.
I also look to the animal kingdom for examples of behavior. Male lions kill and eat offspring from other males/prides.
Chimps go to war against other chimp tribes, sometimes to gain territory, sometimes just for fun.
There is no definition of right or wrong, except what the leading chimp/gorilla wants. I saw a program the other day where one gorilla silverback tribe confronted another. The winner would get all the females. One leader decided not to risk a loss, and called his ladies back.

People are primates, and exhibit many of the same behaviors seen in other species. They just cover it up by being part of a group. Some of the more well off people you mentioned do want to belong to something bigger than themselves. People do want to belong to groups, whether it is a sports team, a country, a religion, a political party, a business style such as lean management, or even a scout troop. The group they are in, is always the correct one, and anyone in another group must be opposed. It is even like meercats. Most often they fight over territory, where food is plentiful, but squabbles occur for other reasons also. Sometimes wandering males even seek out females from opposing groups for sex, then fight the same group a few days later. Fights are far less common, when the food supply is plentiful. This goes for other species also.

The trick is to understand human behavior as not unique to humans, but a central part of animal evolution. For behavior to change can take generations, as well as the correct conditions. With ancient hominids I'm sure fights over territory, food, mates, etc occurred long before ideologies emerged. I read an article today about the Manchester bombing, that stated that night clubs were a place where Islam considers them bad people because of sex and debauchery. Their religion teaches them that this is bad behavior, and must be stamped out. Women have from the beginning of Islam been seen as second class citizens. One analogy I read was that if a bowl of cat food was in the open, the cat would go right for it, but if it was covered up, then the cat would stay away longer. That is how women are viewed as temptations, when in reality, is the natural urge to reproduce that is the temptation.

Nothing is fool proof in eliminating these modern threats, but addressing the root causes of the complaints is necessary, or the problem will only get bigger. You can kill the terrorists, but that alone will radicalize more of them. If they have jobs, food, shelter, and mates, they are far less likely to risk it all for glory, while if they have non of those things, then they have nothing to lose, and can feel like a part of a group that is bigger than themselves. If there root is small, the tree is small.

Steve


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