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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What's going on in Glasgow? (Message 1549252)
Posted 2 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.
2) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1543799)
Posted 13 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.
3) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1543792)
Posted 13 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.
4) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1543786)
Posted 13 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.
5) Message boards : Politics : Flight MH17 : U.S. official: Malaysia Airlines plane shot down (Message 1543778)
Posted 13 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!



6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Black Holes part 2 (Message 1534440)
Posted 30 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.
7) Message boards : Politics : More on how Neo-Darwinism has it wrong again... (Message 1532330)
Posted 35 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.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Black Holes part 2 (Message 1532321)
Posted 35 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.
9) Message boards : Politics : More on how Neo-Darwinism has it wrong again... (Message 1531721)
Posted 36 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.
10) Message boards : Politics : More on how Neo-Darwinism has it wrong again... (Message 1531626)
Posted 36 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?
11) Message boards : Politics : More on how Neo-Darwinism has it wrong again... (Message 1531619)
Posted 36 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.
12) Message boards : Politics : More on how Neo-Darwinism has it wrong again... (Message 1531428)
Posted 37 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.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Real Pictures of Real Seti Friends (Message 1531275)
Posted 37 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.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : T.Stark -> James C (Message 1530206)
Posted 41 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!
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : World Cup Woes (Message 1529893)
Posted 42 days ago by Profile John Neale
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Sir! (Message 1529732)
Posted 42 days ago by Profile John Neale
You'll end up in the Tower of London you will :-))


Ah... like one of my ancestors did :)

Ah, the 1st Earl of Orford, Robert Walpole - the first (and also the longest-serving) Prime Minister in British history!
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday (Message 1529444)
Posted 42 days ago by Profile John Neale
I know I'm a latecomer to this thread, and I hope you don't mind the intrusion. I've read every post over the past two days, and it motivated me to such an extent that I've emerged from my self-imposed SETI forums exile.

I want to encourage all of you to stick with what you've embarked on. You've taken the first step towards a healthier and happier future.

Perhaps my story will inspire you a little bit. Twenty years ago (when I was young), I was a sedentary hell-raiser, probably a borderline alcoholic, and I smoked at least 20 Camel filters a day. I played the occasional bit of golf, but that was about it. (Most of my golf was played at the nineteenth hole, anyway.)

Then, in 1995, I stopped smoking. I had tried to quit many times, but after being dumped by a (smoking) girlfriend, I decided I couldn't feel much worse and went cold turkey. I've never had a puff since.

For the next few years, I tried a bit of social road running now and then, but it never took off. Then, in 1999, I discovered I was highly allergic to a range of foodstuffs, including most of the grains that are the staple of the Western diet: wheat (gasp!), corn, rye, buckwheat, as well as a few nuts and seafoods. I eliminated these from my diet forthwith, and my quality of life improved immediately - no more hayfever, skin irritations, or heartburn. As a result of these allergies, I seldom if ever eat takeaways, and there are no breads, pizzas, pastas, pies, cakes, breakfast cereals, or gravies in my diet. I now eat simple food: grilled meat, steamed vegetables, small quantities of rice and potatoes, and some fruits and nuts. Dessert is almost non-existent, and I avoid processed foods as far as possible. More recently, I've taken steps to reduce my sugar intake too. And it's fine!

Later that year, I started running more seriously. And the bug bit. (Those endorphins are like nicotine and sugar - they're addictive!) By then, I was drinking a lot less, and running with a hangover is not recommended anyway! I went on to complete my first half marathon in 2000, a full marathon in 2001, and I ran my first ultramarathon (of 50 km) on my 40th birthday in 2003. That was a training run for the 89 km Comrades Marathon that I completed in June 2003. It turned out that I had a bit more talent at road running than golf. I completed the Comrades Marathon in 7 hours 22 minutes, earning a prized silver medal.

I've remained an active, competitive runner ever since, and last year, when I turned 50, I managed to run a sub-3-hour marathon (something I last did in 2004) and I returned to run my second Comrades Marathon in June last year (not quite as quickly as last time, though.)

The point of all this is that I went from being an overweight, unfit, unhealthy and very unhappy slob to a slimmer, fitter, healthier, and very much happier person. I changed my lifestyle completely, and it was the best thing I ever did. You can too. You don't have to go to the extremes that I have, but you're on the right track. Keep it up. Do some research on nutrition and exercise, and read the labels on the food products before you buy them. (You are what you eat.) And listen to Esme (Es99) - her advice is on the button! :)

I've got more to say, but I'll save it for another day.
18) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 3 (Message 1519495)
Posted 70 days ago by Profile John Neale
In Australia there are many immigrants that make up our nation. Our government fosters multiculturalism and acceptance to keep peace and establish an Australian national identity rich in cultural diversity.

With only 21,727,200 people your whole country is smaller than the NY/Newark area and is 92% white. What do you mean by diversity? Some whites have green eyes and some have blue?

Australia's cultural diversity 1
Australia's cultural diversity 2
Ethnic & cultural diversity in Australia
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Badges on S@H ? (Message 1487760)
Posted 141 days ago by Profile John Neale
My countryman Stephan has a silver (5%) badge, and I have a bronze (25%) badge. His current RAC is ±588; mine is ±2,115. His total credit is ±2,734,800; mine is ±2,645,000. He joined the project in June 2006; I joined in March 2000.

From this simple analysis, it is clear that the badges currently displayed on SETI@home were awarded based on a set of criteria that were valid at the time that the badge-awarding script was first implemented, which was a while ago.

Let's hope that bug in the php gets squashed!
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Results/Finds page? (Message 1487757)
Posted 141 days ago by Profile John Neale
The most promising areas of the sky are looked at in-house and the chaff is blown to the little people.

That's a big, bold statement. Can you substantiate it?


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