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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What song was #1 the day you were born? (Message 1648123)
Posted 15 hours ago by Profile James Sotherden
Last Monday would have been my father's 91st birthday.
The #1 song on that day was George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".
I've enjoyed that piece for as long as I can remember, even when United Airlines co-opted it for their ads.

I'm enjoying this exercise. It's kinda neat to see what music was popular when we were hatched. A lot of them I recognize, or have in my collection....

It was because United did that song in their commercials, Is how I came to know George Gershwin and Rhapsody in Blue. I love that tune. That commercial, Made me find who had wrote and composed it. Its a shame he died so young. Who knows what else he would have composed. But what he did do is imortal.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What song was #1 the day you were born? (Message 1647599)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James Sotherden
The number one song when I was born in July of 52 was Auf Weiderseh,s Sweetheart by Vera Lynn. I have never heard of it, I think. I ll have to give it a lsiten later on.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy (Message 1647587)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James Sotherden
RIP Mr. Nimoy.

One more Icon of my youth gone, But not to be forgotten.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tim Hunt/Captain Avatar (Message 1647585)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James Sotherden
RIP Capt. Avatar.
5) Message boards : Politics : Open Message to Russia (Message 1647576)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile James Sotherden
Once again Vlad's opponents are 'voted' down:

Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister who became a key opposition figure in Russia, was shot four times from a passing car near the Kremlin.

From the NY TImes:

The attack came less than two days before Mr. Nemtsov was to lead another mass rally against Mr. Putin. The rally’s organizers put out a statement of purpose earlier denouncing Mr. Putin for the country’s growing economic crisis and its part in the war in Ukraine.

Russian representative government in action.


I saw the news where putin is taking over the investagation. Yeah He will get to the truth. NOT. He probally orderd the hit.
6) Message boards : Politics : Open Message to Russia (Message 1646302)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
The 2nd amendment to the US Constitution is the reason there has never been a SUCCESSFUL invasion of the US.

No, the reason why you have never been successfully invaded is because:
1) The fact that America has the strongest conventional military which no other conventional military can defeat even less so when they are fighting on home ground.
2) The borders of the US are Canada, Mexico and two large oceans. Where would you invade from? You'd either have to fight your way through Mexico or Canada, or do an amphibious assault from over seas. Both scenarios are almost impossible to pull off for any military force in the world (well, except maybe for the US).
3) Say you do successfully invade, supply lines become an issue. The US is big, the fight would be extremely hard, you need a lot of supplies, and those supplies need to come from over seas, to some port, then loaded in somewhere to be driven to the front. Those are some very stretched out supply lines making any military campaign against the US on US soil almost impossible.

Well of course, non of this applies to Canada and Mexico, but they lack the size and strength to pull off a successful campaign against the US and they know it. Besides, they are allies.

But what we can safely say is that the 2nd amendment has had no role in keeping the US safe. Seriously, if you have the audacity and strength to invade the US, you probably also have the strength to wipe out some stupid civilians with handguns or AR-15's dumb enough to open fire at professionally trained soldiers with military equipment. Send up some drones and you can see those idiots coming from miles away.

Thats not true. the Us wa invaded in by the Brits in the was of 1812. They did burn down the white house. Plus I seem to somewhat remember that todo in New Orleans With Andrew Jackson.
Also dont forget that the Japnenese invaded Wake Island,Guam, Attu, And Kiska. All U.S. possesions at the time.
And do not discount our Northen neighbors. Canada has bloodied our nose twice that I know of. Once during our Revolution, And once after our cival war.
And yes it helps to have a big ass ocean on both sides.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1646295)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
I wouldn't be too sure that a "quick blow" would stop all those who amble cross crossings without a care - we have barriers, bells, lights, warbles and still folks insist on crossing, or should that be start to cross - too many of them end up finding that catching a train with ones anatomy is not as pleasant an experience as waiting for one at a station...

My hobby as a "railfan" has seen me join a site that has several "railcams" located at different places in the US one in patricular is in Chesterton IN and looks down on a grade crossing

As you can see a very good view. The trains here are nearly all very long freights that would not be able to stop quickly, yet everyday I see cars and in one case a truck, driving around the barriers.

Even in one case a pedestrian walked right up to the side of a speeding freight waiting to cross.

I don't believe the average person appreciates the real dangers of rail crossings and railways in general

Not true. The average person does respect what can happen. Its the dolts in the world who dont.
8) Message boards : Politics : Hospitals (Message 1646292)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
In which case, we'd have 650 instant failures on our hands :-)

If you add up Congress and the Senate we would would have just about the same:(
I read on msnbc that some dweeb idiot in one of our hollow halls of government asked a Dr. if a female swalloed a min i camera. Would that not show vaginal view?
I can only hope the Dr's answer made this dolt feel like a dumbass. (Butt) I doubt it.
9) Message boards : Politics : Your patience levels? (Message 1645549)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile James Sotherden

Legislation on sale for highest bidders, is the US system?

Your patience levels?

Waiting for a Non-Corrupt, Competent Politician: FOREVER :(

Like that will ever happen:(
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Linguistic fun... (Message 1645544)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Even English isnt English. When I visited my freind in London in 2002. His wife was Cockney. If she talked slow we didnt have a problem understanding her( most times)
And accents can be learned. I spent two years living on Cape Cod while in the Air Force. I picked up a New england twang. Then living in Florida for 3 year and South Carolina for a year. I aguired a southern accent. When I was discharged and moved back to NY State. I was asked if I was from the south.

Even in the states some dialects take some time to understand.
11) Message boards : Politics : Open Message to Russia (Message 1645537)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
I think you need to revisit history. By the time the previous administration left there was a stable situation in those countries.

Requiring hundreds of thousands troops to occupy a country just so car bombs don't go off daily is not a stable situation.

The next administration decided the would not follow the advice of the generals and declared within the first few weeks the removal of all troops.

All the followed can be traced to the lack of decision making and or action by the current administration.

That is because America lost the war. Or let me put it this way, America was at a position where victory was no longer attainable. In order to pacify Iraq for good, it would require a massive presence of US troops for decades to come. And the costs of such an operation were so high that not even America could afford it. Hence, impossible to win. But is that the current administrations fault? No, they didn't start that war, nor did the prosecute said war in such a way that by the time Obama took over in 2009 he was faced with a situation where he simply could not win.

First off I agree we should have never gone to Iraq the seccond time. You can never teach a people democracy who have no clue of what it is, Or was.
We spent lives trying to give them freedom when they dont even want it. Ten Years we spent Training their military and they still cant even defend Iraq? They dont want to. So let ISIS take over. They seem to love dictators in the ME.
I for one am sick of the US sticking our nose over there. Let the rats take over the ship. When they get so out of line we have to take action, Destroy their military capability and let the rats fight over whats left.
The old saying you can lead a horse to water but you cant make him drink sure applies to the ME. Let them kill each other. Maybe someday the good folks will wake up. If they are not all dead.
12) Message boards : Politics : M E T Two (Message 1645534)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Naw, it was to rescue the bones of someone long dead, the present has no appeal for them.

Please dont answer my posts so quickly:)
Turkey are evacuating a tomb but letting bombs fall over their so called "brothers" the kurds.

Kurds are hated in Iraq, Turkey, And more than likel;y Iran. Why would they expect help when most in the ME want them dead?
Why do you think the US had a no fly zone after the first Gulf war with Iraq?
It was because Sadam was going after the Kurds.
13) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1645528)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Never seen 2 Broke Girls...

I watched it once. It made me cringe and it was pretty sexist.

I agree. Ive watched it twice.
I cant for the life of me figure out why it is even being aired. It's not funny,It's demeaning to women and men.
Mainstream comedy nowdays? If thats the case Im glad I watch science and history shows.
14) Message boards : Technical News : Latest Astropulse Status (Message 1645523)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Thank you for the update Pookers. You may now have a cupcake.

Not indulging in bribery were we?

Thanks for the update Eric, and I trust you enjoyed the cupcake ;-)

Of course she was:) I bet that cupcake was awesome too!
And thanks for the update Eric. We know you have many irons in the fire.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1644807)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
...I'm not talking about 100mph multi-thousand tonne trains, but about those trains running safely at speeds dictated by the topography of the line not the state of the line.

The speeds on commercial railways will always be set by economics, not topography. Unless you can show that better maintenance will improve the bottom line, North American railroads cannot spend more money on track maintenance without upsetting shareholders and possibly even violating fiduciary obligation laws. Even railroad accidents have an economic cost for the owner of the railroad, and this is part of the economic calculation that will determine how much money is spent on track maintenance. When governments don't agree with this, they can (and have) set minimum track quality requirements. But these minimums are pretty low, as some recent photos on here show.

By some of the photos of really poor track Ive seen in here. Maybe its about time government set some track standards.
16) Message boards : Politics : Your patience levels? (Message 1643988)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
I'm a very patient person when driving in the snow, but there are some people who just want to show-off their 4-wheel drive and go around everybody, which often leads to accidents. :~(

True, but am i the only one who gets a warm feeling of smug satisfaction when i observe that the Range Rover which overtook me a mile previously is now wrapped around a telegraph pole?

You are not the only one. Just because you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle dosent mean you can stop any faster than two wheeled one. Plus the faster you go means you have less control when you do hit that big ass slush pile in your lane, Or crossing into another lane.
I have a saying when a 4 wheel drive vehicle passes me at high speed. I will see you in a ditch later on.

Slow and steady gets you home safe and sound.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1643985)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Snowing like hell here. Had to drive home in white out condidtions. I was lucky to get up to 35 MPH on a highway. I hate winter.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1643984)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Grants not going to like this post either.

Re: bitter tasting greens,

I'm probably one of those, I find the taste of all green leaf veggies absolutely bitter, and haven't bought or eaten any for 40 years.

I agree with that. But I have to blame my father for that. He loved greens. He made us kids eat them or try to. I can see having your kids try something. But never make them eat it if they dont like it after the first try.
To this day I only eat vegatables from a soup can.
Makeing your kids sit at the table untill they eat all that nasty tasting spinach. brocoli and what not does not make for future eaters.
I never forced my kids to eat that crap. But they liked it anyways.
19) Message boards : Politics : DEAD. Murder? usa internet LAW REFORM REQUIRED! #2 (Message 1643981)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
Only in the USA?

Using ML1 'Speak':

Only in GB can a Criminal be...

"Only in USA" is Unthinking, and Agenda Driven.

I read the entire indictment against him. I know Gary did also.
He did some very illegal things by trying to be in the shadows and trying to be unidentified.
But ML1 thinks he is a geek hero.
Thats like saying Al Capone was only guilty of tax evasion.
20) Message boards : Politics : DEAD. Murder? usa internet LAW REFORM REQUIRED! #2 (Message 1643631)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile James Sotherden
It was his choice he chose suicide. If he had had the balls to go to trial who knows what MIGHT have happend. In my book he knew he was guilty as hell.
He had an agenda that does need to be brought out into the light. But instead of being the leader of a public crusade. He was a thief. Now matter how you think. He stole those things By hiding his identity.

A hero? I think not.

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