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1) Message boards : Number crunching : data and distance for pulses in space (Message 1556137)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile John Neale
I doubt very much it will be used for SETI.
Tullio

I believe it will.

What will the SKA be used for?

Radio astronomers will use the SKA to understand how stars and galaxies formed, and how they evolved over time, and perhaps to detect life elsewhere in the Universe.
2) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1553708)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile John Neale
... cretin countries.

What are these?
The CDC list is on their web page; Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria

From Oxford: cretin (NOUN, INFORMAL, OFFENSIVE): A stupid person (used as a general term of abuse).

My question stands.
I of course meant certain. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to correct myself.

You are welcome. ;) Carry on...
3) Message boards : Politics : The Israel and Palestine conflict (Message 1553680)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile John Neale
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

My country is now ruled by the African National Congress (ANC), which is an alliance with, among others, the South African Communist Party.

The global icon of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela, was once regarded by many in the western world as a terrorist, including Great Britain and the United States. In the USA, this continued long after Mandela's release from prison, and even long after he became the first president of the democratic South Africa.

So be careful with labels. They come unstuck.

More on topic: how did the ANC progress from terrorist organisation to ruling party? Well, maybe Benjamin Netanyahu should have a chat with FW de Klerk and ask him what he did.
4) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1553668)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile John Neale
... cretin countries.

What are these?
The CDC list is on their web page; Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria

From Oxford: cretin (NOUN, INFORMAL, OFFENSIVE): A stupid person (used as a general term of abuse).

My question stands.
5) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1553533)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile John Neale
... cretin countries.

What are these?
6) Message boards : Politics : The AIDS epidemic that never was. (Message 1552216)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile John Neale
This thread should be titled "The AIDS epidemic that still is".

At least, around here it's still an epidemic. No doubt, the money that was spent developing antiretroiviral (ARV) therapies has curtailed the epidemic in many parts of the world, including in South and southern Africa. Sadly, in South Africa, which is the country with more HIV-positive inhabitants than any other, the president at the time when ARV therapies should first have been rolled out was an HIV/AIDS denialist. Thabo Mbeki and his government are responsible, in my view, for the premature deaths of several hundreds of thousands of people.

I posit that, had the money not been spent, the AIDS epidemic would have taken a very different trajectory, here and elsewhere.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What's going on in Glasgow? (Message 1549252)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile John Neale
Wiggo. this is important.
Rugby 7s. Australia won the bronze medal, easily overpowering Samoa 30-0. The Wallabies participated in the tournament’s most exciting game, a 21-19 come from behind victory over a stubborn Wales side, the winning try under the posts coming a full seven-minutes into the contest at the end of time.

betreger (and Wiggo), this is even more important:

The South African Sevens team produced a passionate and determined performance to write their names in the history books and win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Sunday night.

In an epic final against defending champions New Zealand, they not only overcame a size advantage, but came from behind to play some exceptional rugby to grab their first gold at the Commonwealth Games in five attempts.

Their 17-12 victory meant that the Kiwis lost their first ever match in the Commonwealth Games, after going through the previous four Games unbeaten and winning gold on each occasion.

But this time they had to settle for silver as Neil Powell’s team showed some spirit to follow up their gold medal in the World Games in Colombia last year with this one – an even bigger achievement.

Given New Zealand’s domination not only at the Games but in the HSBC World Sevens Series, the task facing the Blitzbokke going into the final was a daunting one to say the least.
8) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1543799)
Posted 33 days ago by Profile John Neale
And you have to remember other Airlines also fly in the states and don't have the same amount of accidents .

I believe that graphic includes foreign airlines. It shows the total number of fatal airline accidents in each country, irrespective of the carrier.
9) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1543792)
Posted 33 days ago by Profile John Neale
There are only 2 airplane hazardous geographic zones on this planet that caused with tons of reasons


For the United States, the reason is given in the article where that graphic is located: "The high amount of accidents in the United States can be primarily attributed to the massive volume of aviation traffic in the country."

It would be interesting to see the statistics normalised against something like the number of flights undertaken, or distance or time flown.
10) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1543786)
Posted 33 days ago by Profile John Neale
Yeah, mate, but there've been a few cloooose shaves!


True but still nobody has been killed and even when things do go wrong they still get the plane on the ground without anybody getting seriously injured for life.

But hey you cheap out then you get what you payed for a risk that you won't get there in 1 piece

I'm pullin' yer leg, Glenn. I've flown Qantas many times. Many years ago, it was a Qantas pilot who put a tub that I was in down in Shanghai in the strongest crosswind you can possibly imagine. When we touched down the 'plane leapt sideways and dipped; all the Chinese kids (and one grown-up South African) on board were screaming! The pilot's comment, after he'd steadied the ship and was taxiing in? "That's why you fly Qantas." I agree.
11) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1543778)
Posted 33 days ago by Profile John Neale
Just goes to show you if you fly and want to be 100% shore you will get there don't cheap out on a 3rd rate Airline go with the only company that has never ever lost a plane QANTUS the flying Kangaroo

Yeah, mate, but there've been a few cloooose shaves!



12) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Black Holes part 2 (Message 1534440)
Posted 50 days ago by Profile John Neale
Rare trio of supermassive black holes found

Apologies if this has already been posted.

This story has been in the news in South Africa today, because the lead researcher is a South African from my alma mater, the University of Cape Town.

This story on the UCT website provides some further insight into this discovery.
13) Message boards : Politics : More on how Neo-Darwinism has it wrong again... (Message 1532330)
Posted 55 days ago by Profile John Neale
I did. It's where I got the quote in the first place.

You know, the quote that set your buddies back in their seats, shamed them.

The quote they said Darwin didn't say.

Kinda hard to argue with the Smithsonian, they do science....


ID, whatever Darwin wrote in his diaries is not the theory of evolution which scientists use today. Darwin knew nothing of genes or DNA or inheritance. He merely outlined the idea of evolutionary forces. This has been developed over the last 200 odd years into the theory of evolution. If you read this thread, no one denied that Darwin made this statement. Instead, they pointed out that this statement is not part of the current theory of evolution. So using it to attack evolutionary theory is incorrect.
If you cannot even agree with us about what evolutionary theory states, how can we ever have a logical argument about them?

Yes, and the context I was providing by linking to the Smithsonian article was exactly this: that Charles Darwin wrote a note in his diary decades before he, hesitantly and after devoting years to his studies, published his work.

I venture that your response, Robert, is a classic straw man argument.
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Black Holes part 2 (Message 1532321)
Posted 55 days ago by Profile John Neale
Rare trio of supermassive black holes found

Apologies if this has already been posted.

This story has been in the news in South Africa today, because the lead researcher is a South African from my alma mater, the University of Cape Town.
15) Message boards : Politics : More on how Neo-Darwinism has it wrong again... (Message 1531721)
Posted 56 days ago by Profile John Neale
One of the the best ways to learn debating skills is to argue for a viewpoint that you fundamentally disagree with. In debating competitions, this is often required.
16) Message boards : Politics : More on how Neo-Darwinism has it wrong again... (Message 1531626)
Posted 57 days ago by Profile John Neale
It is damned unfortunate that none that have posted here know the art of debate.

Ah, the lost art of debating! Here's the vanilla version, and here's my favourite version. Hands up now: who's seen a few logical fallacies lying around in this thread?
17) Message boards : Politics : More on how Neo-Darwinism has it wrong again... (Message 1531619)
Posted 57 days ago by Profile John Neale
;-) and Your link wont download.

Well, the link I gave works for me, thousands of miles away in the Cradle of Humankind. ;)

This link contains a link to the Smithsonian article. Try it. It's a good read.
18) Message boards : Politics : More on how Neo-Darwinism has it wrong again... (Message 1531428)
Posted 57 days ago by Profile John Neale
Charles Darwin was just 28 years old when, in 1837, he scribbled in a notebook "
one species does change into another"—one of the first hints of his great theory ...

Robert, your understanding of the theory of evolution in particular, and of the scientific method in general, is "flat out" wrong on very many levels. This is the biggest red herring in this thread, and all the others you've spawned in this forum. Your premise is false.

Here's some context for what you quoted above: What Darwin Didn't Know.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Real Pictures of Real Seti Friends (Message 1531275)
Posted 58 days ago by Profile John Neale
She is English! She was born of English parents but brought up in Africa and South Africa.


Annie and I have established that she spent some of her time in South Africa living about 5 km away from where I currently reside. (And I've taken the liberty of sharing this snippet of information without her blessing, but I figure she won't mind - I hope I'm right!)

It is a small world.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : T.Stark -> James C (Message 1530206)
Posted 61 days ago by Profile John Neale
Hehe:) Nobody of you guys can pronounce my surname:)) Try it: Detavernier

I can Julie, but I'm of French ancestry...



In French you say Detavernjee but my surname is pronounced in Flemish, Detavernierrrr:))


:) rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr - essential in Afrikaans too, also lots of ghugggghing :)

That's right, Annie. A great example of those guttural rrrrs and gggghhhhhs that characterise Afrikaans is the word "chirurg" (which means surgeon). Try and say it: "shirrrrrrerggggghhhhhh"!

You may recall that, in certain parts of the west coast of South Africa, the Afrikaans accent descends into what is known as the "Malmesbury brei", where those rrrrs are rolled right at the back of the mouth, almost in the throat. It's a delicious accent that has to be heard to be believed!


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