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21) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1587107)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Perhaps in principle, the ban would be a good thing, but it would be totally unenforceable over 20,000 acres in practice. Although in 2011, New York introduced a ban on smoking in Central Park's 843 acres and all of the city's other parks and beaches. How is that working?

There was a time when this was a free country...
22) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1586760)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Oops, it seems like this government's interference with students will come back to haunt them...

Exempt foreign students from net immigration

Hmm.
The ex-deputy prime minister said non-EU students should be left out of official immigration figures to avoid the risk of damaging UK universities.

His call was backed by Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who said the net targets did not "make any sense".

So, Clegg is in favour of not damaging UK universities...

Remember when you signed this piece of card Nick?

We students do!
23) Message boards : Politics : Chimps... Are they people too? (Message 1586759)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
The issue over whether Chimps/Bonobos, Orang-Utans etc are our closed relatives is open for debate anyway. The statements often bounded about as too how close we are genetically is a moot point, we are only around 6% different from earth worms and only about 8% different from flowering plants, yet we are 4% different from the Great Apes, so percentage of genetic different is not and should not be a deciding factor in any decision with massive implications for society.

Again, no.

We have about 98% commonality with chimps, about 44% with a fruit fly, 26% with yeast and only about 18% with plants.
24) Message boards : Politics : Chimps... Are they people too? (Message 1586758)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
If such proteins become to similar with our body's own proteins, there may possibly become a misunderstanding between the food you are eating and the elements of your body and you may risk ending up with the possibilty of unwanted mutations and other similar things.

Erm, no.

The reason why we share so much DNA with other creatures (98% with a chimp, 92% with a mouse, generally >90% with all mammals) is because we're all built from the same proteins. Keratin in a mouse or cow or fruitbat is exactly the same as the keratin in a human. Same for collagen or elastin or the many other proteins that make up an organism.
25) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1586756)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
In this case. What is Legal and Illegal, is purely artificial.

Especially when something is illegal because of a campaign run against it by a media mogul to protect his interests in the timber industry, because hemp is a cheaper raw material than wood for making paper.
For reference, see William Randolph Hearst.
26) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1586754)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
After you have read these http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=double+blind+Cannabinoids+study&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_vis=1 then maybe you will have enough knowledge to comment in this thread. Otherwise all I see here is reefer madness.

As to use, I'm Libertarian. Let them smoke, or use anything else. Just comes with a couple of catches. First you get a users card which you have to show to buy and the purchase is recorded. Second that users card is a DNR order. Third that card in an organ donor card, if a Doctor thinks any part of you isn't too drug addled to be of use to another, they cut it out. Fourth, you can't refuse a blood test if you are ever given a traffic ticket or involved in a motor vehicle accident. Fifth, if you have a drivers license, you are required to carry 5 times the regular liability and your insurance company has to have a users endorsement. Oh, don't get caught using and not have a card.


You're the most fascist 'libertarian' i've ever come across.
27) Message boards : Politics : Lump of rock or artwork? (Message 1586271)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Art?

It's about time someone renamed the Tate Modern the Tat Modern!


I agree, seven lines of explanation necessary, ergo not art.
28) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1583963)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
As any climate change will affect the supply of water, here's a novel way of saving it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-29552557

I must admit i already do.

I'm considerate enough to not pee in other peoples showers, but in mine it's my rules.
29) Message boards : Politics : The UN and its Vetos (Message 1583538)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Nations are not that much different.

One assumes that you would advocate the same approach to Palestine and Israel then?

If they're going to fight over it then neither of them can have it!
30) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1583453)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Simon so what did the person say to you after that ?

WTF is that guy on drugs or something hehehehehehe

He is also a chemist, so wasn't in the least surprised.
31) Message boards : Politics : Greed in Space (Message 1583008)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Ahh... but sodium fluoride (NaF) is an IONIC compound (as opposed to a COVALENT compound), that disassociates in aqueous solution, much as sodium chloride (NaCl -- Table Salt) does.

So you dump sodium fluoride in water, you get a bunch of Sodium Ions (Na⁺) and Fluoride Ions (F⁻) in solution in the water.

So, yes, fluorine IS added to water.

Edit: Chloramines... nasty stuff. Mutagen, and toxic to aquatic life. I hear the EPA is moving to ban their use in drinking water systems.

Nope.
Fluoride is added, not fluorine, you said it yourself.
That little electron makes a big difference!
32) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1583006)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile The Simonator
The pasture is 20 furlongs down the road, don't miss the turnoff.

I once gave someone directions in ångströms.

"After 3287458914578 Å, turn left." etc.
33) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1583001)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile The Simonator
The papers (at least in the UK) often use F for hot temperatures and C for cold.

So if it's hot you get headlines like "82 degrees, scorcher!"
and if it's cold: "-5 degrees, cold snap!"
I suppose "23 degrees cold snap!" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
34) Message boards : Politics : Should the west now send in the troops : ISIS & IRAN (Message 1582535)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile The Simonator
It is very tempting to want to build a 30 foot high wall around the Middle East and let them all get on with it, but of course that is just idle daydreaming. It is also tempting to offer ISIS an island somewhere where their 30,000 poeple can go and live in peace with each other and leave the rest of the world alone. Any offers?

I'll start a Kickstarter campaign.

A friend sent me this picture today, i think it sums things up quite well:
35) Message boards : Politics : MH370 Missing (Message 1580428)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile The Simonator
make sure that nothing similar occurs again

But to do that, don't you think it would help to find out what happened?
36) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1580427)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Isn't the middle east supposed to be out of oil by now? I read twenty years ago that there was only about ten years worth of oil left in that region.

The was ten years worth twenty years ago, there's ten years worth today and there'll still be ten years worth in another twenty years.
37) Message boards : Politics : Stupid or Not Stupid? #2 (Message 1580426)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile The Simonator
What kind of automobiles do all of you Warmists drive. ?? How do you heat and cool your home and produce hot water ??

I drive an LPG-converted car; no particulates, NOx or CO, and lower CO2 emissions than petrol or diesel.

I rarely heat the house (thermostat is set to twelve celcius, i like it there); don't have air-conditioning; and the shower, dishwasher and washing machine are all electric so i don't need hot water on standby.

Your move.
38) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1580425)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile The Simonator
OMG! For a moment, I thought I was watching a comedy show...

The best comedian of 2014 - Should be nominated for a BAFTA Award

Haha, so the Conservatives are going to destabilize companies and corporations that are in favor of staying in the EU? Heh, sounds like a great plan to kill your own economy. Follow the party line or else....

I agree, it does sound like something Don Corleone would orchestrate.


I'm gonna make britain an offer they can't refuse!
39) Message boards : Politics : Canada offers to bring water to 3rd world! (Message 1580423)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Geez, it's space year 2014, the USA is one of the richest countries in the world, and they're still having trouble with a water supply?!

I can understand Saharan Africa having problems, but America?
40) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1579129)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile The Simonator
In the area where i currently live it means 15 year old with less than three kids.

Evidently i was looking for too deep a layer of meaning.
Alaska is cold, so a freezer franchise has limited viability, but the Virgin islands aren't full of virgins.
I was expecting more than just a pun.


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