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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman music thread...new edition. (Message 1762752)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor

I would make a suggestion to you, but it would not be polite, so I'll defer.

Good plan, Mark.

Try to remember I am not as patient as the other mods. If you find you really can't keep it polite, I suggest you step away from the boards until you can manage it.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman music thread...new edition. (Message 1762749)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Reload..........fisssssssssssssssssssssss
You have NOT been banished..

So...I get another try, eh?
OK, here we go........
What does a bananna say to the monkey?

I dunno, you suck on it for a while and let's talk later...............

You were given a short time out to sober up. I suggest you take the hint. :)
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIII - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1761750)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Raccoon tries to catch the subway at Spadina station
4) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1761048)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
'Hundreds' of masked men beat refugee children in Stockholm

Anyone else see where this is going?





Or
....

More like this one when you consider this:


Danish parliament approves plan to seize assets from refugees
5) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1761045)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
'Hundreds' of masked men beat refugee children in Stockholm

Anyone else see where this is going?
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Latest Famous Person to Pass Away (Message 1761040)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
R.I.P grew up with Sir Terry on the radio all my life and Graham Norton aint got nothing on you when it comes to Eurovision . You will be missed

His commentary on Eurovision was the best. :/
7) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1760895)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
However, I do believe that most Americans are actually liberal in nature and want to do their bit to help others less fortunate than themselves.

Which is strange as churches are charity but they have overrun the republicans and suddenly they are anti-charity.

I don't understand what you are trying to say here. Can you rephrase it?
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How much is a ton of money (Message 1760814)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
no, that's a short ton, a real ton is 2240lb....

What is that in Kg? :)
9) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1760813)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
From what I understand, most of the US electorate is actually left wing, so I don't believe that. I suspect its a vocal minority.

I wouldn't call them left wing, centrist would be a much better description. They aren't for a left wing position of say a Mao style Cultural Revolution were true left style government is imposed and private property rights do not exist.

However, with the way your electoral boundaries are gerrymandered, who knows what will happen.

For president that would be the electoral college. Tiny right wingnut states that should have half a vote get three and big center states have their rights diluted.

There is a whole gamut of left wing idologies, maoism is extreme and I am not even sure it qualifies as left wing. You are correct that American left wing is more like the rest of the world centrists though. However, I do believe that most Americans are actually liberal in nature and want to do their bit to help others less fortunate than themselves.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : How much is a ton of money (Message 1760784)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Short ton, long ton or metric tonne?

I get very confused between them.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : New tricks for old dogs? (Message 1760782)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
I've never quite trusted the idea of storing my stuff in a cloud, and for the same reason, I still use VHS tapes and recordable DVD's for my tv time-shifting.

That sounds like hard work! :)

I love my PVR.


I like my DVR. Then if I want to make a recording more tangible. I can make a copy of it on my computers hard drive. Then if necessary, I can edit out commercials.

Yes, we record everything then skip the commercials. Saves time and sadness.
12) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1760780)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor

Es99...

#1 - MajorKong is partially correct. Trump is a Populist.

#2 - Yes... He does believe what he says.

Trump, as I have Posted. Is saying what probably most electorate, are saying and believing. In the privacy of their homes.

From what I understand, most of the US electorate is actually left wing, so I don't believe that. I suspect its a vocal minority. However, with the way your electoral boundaries are gerrymandered, who knows what will happen.

The American Electorate is rightfully scared regarding the Orwellian Left Wing Speech Police. The attacks against the Free Exercise of their Religion. International Capitalists, along and Left Wing Ideologues (Unlimited Immigration), destroying their jobs and futures.

This is nonsense. I suspect you make such general sweeping statements just to get a reaction. Everything you wrote here is just such utter silliness that its not worth the effort to refute it.

But, and a BIG But...

The American Electorate is picking-and-choosing which Trump 'Solutions' they agree with. And dismissing the others as mere hyperbole.

That is the danger. They don't understand he means to implement all.

Agreed.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : New tricks for old dogs? (Message 1760767)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
I've never quite trusted the idea of storing my stuff in a cloud, and for the same reason, I still use VHS tapes and recordable DVD's for my tv time-shifting.

That sounds like hard work! :)

I love my PVR.

I do use the cloud, but only for stuff that doesn't matter if it gets hacked. So all my teaching resources are up there. It means I can access them from any computer if I need them. That has been a total life saver at times.

I also love my 55 inch flat screen tv and the chromecast dongle I have attached to it so I can stream netflix to it. I love my smartphone, which I didn't know I needed until I had it. On our trip to see Angel and Eric I was able to watch our progress as we drove using the google maps. Which meant we knew when we were near enough for me to call to get them to get the beer ready!

It also means that I can check on the forums where ever I am, which is nice sometimes when I am waiting for something when out and about or I stop for a coffee. One advantage of the iphone (which I don't have) is the camera. The video has a high frame rate, so you can actually use it for experiments and data logging. My phone also has all my books on it, so I always have something to read when I need it. Its also great for being able to look up bus timetables, places to eat, and traffic reports when you are out and about.
14) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1760764)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Sarge that maybe true but the facts demonstrate Trump is amoral and cares not of the consequences of his behavior as long as he profits. Trump does not know what it means to take the the high road. If that is what Mark wants I feel pity for him, if that what the country wants I feel pity for the country. I personally think we can be much better than that.


And this is different from ANY other politician ANYWHERE?

That said, Trump is a populist. Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

I think the problem is, is that we don't really know what Trump is.

Did he start this campaign for publicity and it got out of hand?
Is he a troll trying to make the Republicans party tear itself apart to give Hilary a better chance of getting in?
Is he really a deranged narcissist and he actually believes the stuff he says?

The problem is, I don't know. Could we be giving him too much credit or too little credit?

If he is doing it to help Hilary he may well drop out of the race just when it is going to cause the most disarray for the Republicans.

If he is doing it for sh*ts and giggles, we have no way of knowing where this will end.

If he is a deranged narcissist as he appears to be, then we should all be very afraid. The US could be on the brink of fascism.
15) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1760017)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Nerd <> Geek. Geek carries social outcast overtones. And they aren't nerds, they are wanna's.

No. Geeks are the ones into computers and fan comics. Nerds are the ones that work hard and enjoy studying. Neither has outcast overtones so much. No one plays dungeons and dragons in secret anymore. Its all mainstream.

Perhaps you don't know me. While I didn't hang with every kid, I sure knew a lot, more than the average kid.

If you say so, but I see the whole range.

Perhaps Chem is required where you teach, it was elective where I went.

Its an elective everywhere I've taught.
Of course I did go before teacher unions got control and did their social promotion don't hurt the kid's feeling crap.

No one sent me that memo...and from what I've seen, none of my colleagues got it either.

I also think you give very short shift to kids because you fail to see them when they actually want to accomplish something unrelated to school work.

I think you are giving short shift to all those students I see work so hard, but still struggle to get it.

With courses designed to a bell curve that includes the social promotion group, the rest get so bored - head down on their smart phone - they can't learn anything. After all the Union won't allow an "F" as the school board might use that to make compensation decisions. But that is a different thread.

Not sure what you are talking about here. Most teachers are aware of this and provide different work for different kids. Perhaps you should watch less Hollywood movies about schools?

Hollywood is not knowing about guns.

No, but its enough to be able to hurt someone, and the learning curve isn't that steep.

If they aren't looking to hurt others, then they aren't looking for methods to do so, nor are they likely to do so.

I think you missed my point.

Then have your paper say Mommy and Daddy lock your gun up from your kid. That paper will protect you from a bullet with exactly as much protection as any other paper no matter what the words are written upon it.

This is your libertarian view that laws are pointless, isn't it? Yet they have been show to work elsewhere. This isn't a theory.

Maybe guns / gun safety should be a mandatory class? They are going to encounter them at some point, they should have some basic understanding and not Hollywood fictional special effects as their grounding.

Sure, as long as you restrict access as well.

What isn't normal is Hollywood movies that glorify violence and video games where killing is a requirement and the more gore the higher the points total. Swimming in a sea of that is a mental illness.

I guess you never read the old Grimms fairy tails. Too many studies have show no link between violence and video games.

On the other hand, they learn an awful lot about guns from them, much more than a Hollywood movie. So at least they are educational.
16) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1759710)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
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ALL/some ask yourself, is it the popular kid or the bullied science geek who is likely to explode in rage?

Another post showing how out of touch you are with what is going on is schools these days.

Don't you know that being a nerd is cool? They wear t-shirts advertising it.

Gary, you were at a school a long time ago. You probably didn't hang around with every kid in school, just the ones you liked. I get to see every type of kid.

I can assure you that most kids would struggle to make a bomb, however simple. I can also assure that you that most kids would be able to use a gun.

Most kids don't learn chemistry at the level required. All kids know about guns.

The problem isn't that kids are looking for ways to hurt others. The problem is that there is an easy way easily available to them.

The teenage years are sh*t. Their hormones go berserk, boys have to cope with a sudden wash of testosterone. Their pre-frontal cortex isn't fully developed, the part that controls impulsive behaviour. You keep going on about mental illness, but a lot of this is perfectly normal. What is not normal is the east at which they can get hold of weapons to act out those impulses.
17) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1759380)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Snort. Chemistry class either starts with bombs or brewing and the other is the next subject. Now I understand that isn't what the chem teacher uses as examples, but it is the reaction type being taught.

Simply not true. The theory and the actual application is a different.

I feel very sorry for your pupils. When they are finished with your class all they have accomplished is to regurgitate what has been shoved in by rote memorization. No wonder you have such a low view of the average high school student.

Being rude isn't a substitute for knowing what you are talking about. Please stop telling an experienced science teacher what the majority of pupils can and can't do. You are simply wrong and misunderstanding a lot of things about how people learn and how they apply knowledge.

I'm assuming you do spend some time teaching how to use lab equipment and measure out chemicals.

You are making a lot of assumptions trying to make 2+2 add up to 5. Just because I teach something and students can do it, doesn't mean they can transfer that knowledge elsewhere. Some can, a lot can't.


They teach that in home economics.

Indeed they do. However the bomb recipe is not on the curriculum.

You are aware of that aren't you? That is the test method. Or are you convinced that your students aren't smart enough to test before they make a production device?

Sigh. I don't even know what to say to you. Are you seriously trying to tell me how science education works? Just stop. This is getting silly.


Ah, suddenly it has to be ALL students, not just some. ALL students don't shoot up schools even if they have a gun.

Which was exactly my point. So glad you are catching. Not ALL students can make a bomb. ALL students can use a gun. I think I said that before.

By removing guns from the equation you reduce the pool of potential mass killers. They may have the will, but not the means.


Money, sex, drugs and wanting to be in the clique/gang make for strange bedfellows. And wasn’t just a line above ALL students?

ALL students can use a gun. That means that those that want to kill some people can get a gun and do it. So therefore more killings. A lot of shootings are not planned that far in a advance.


Let's see if I remember all the devices my classmates made ... Molotov cocktails, napalm and thermite (just incendiary) ... gun powder and flash powder (those aren't high explosives but easy to make) ... gun cotton, fulminate of mercury, nitroglycerin and either TNT or a plastic (it's been a while). They weren't nuts and only made small batches and they had access to an open area to test the stuff and got a healthy respect for it. If they had been a bit Columbine ... but they weren't so you don't know the name of my school.

Were they made in small batches because it isn't that easy do scale up and get it right? You do know that mercury is not kept in schools any more? Nor are nitric acid of a strong molarity. I'd be interested to see how you could get hold of the materials.

I doubt your gunpowder had much bang, molotov cocktails? You can burn somewhere down sure. Its not quite the same as mowing people down with an automatic rifle.

I am sure you adventures with small amounts were great and its nice to hear you big yourself up, but small scale to big scale isn't always that easy for so many reasons.


It is easy to make a pipe bomb. Powder, pipe, caps, ball bearings, buck shot or BB's. I think even your average high school student can assemble one that is rather deadly. Just a bit smaller version of what was used at the Boston Marathon.[quote]
Agree, but its not taught in high school science.

[quote]The hard part isn't making the explosive. That hard part is making a remote detonator so you aren't in the blast zone. Test devices are easy, a match lit fuse works. But remote electric (phone or timer) is a bit harder, or was until the instructions on the net.

I think we've already established that most of these things are available on the net. Your argument was that all these kids were learning this in highschool science. Which they are not. Most of highschool chemistry is moles and balancing equations and the odd titration. The reactions learned there will not easily transfer to some sort of bombmaking activity.

Even your easy pipe bomb will take some planning, effort to get the things together. Increasing the chance of getting caught or for the angry person to calm down. A pipe bomb also can't chase its victims and move from room to room. Its a one shot deal. Nasty, but a little more hit and miss than a gun.

Now as to the kids who are likely, well, if you take the guns away from the ones who would have used guns, do they turn instead to bombs?

Some of them might, but I doubt most of them will. The UK doesn't have many guns, it doesn't have many mass shootings, it has even less school based bombings.

Bombings take effort. Angry entitled young men who think the world owes them something rarely want to put too much effort in.
18) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1759152)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Oh dear, America's issues working it's way further North.

Canadian school shooting

This is so heartbreaking. Its in an area of Canada where there are more guns because families have them for hunting. Not sure yet what the details of this case is, but as a teacher I am well aware that one day, an angry teenager may get access to a gun and I will be in the position of having to protect my students. I will probably end up dead and leave my sons without a mother.

We have to practice drills for an armed shooting in the school.

Guns should not be so easily available. I don't feel safe, and I don't think my children are safe.

This gun obsession has to stop.

Are you not being a little OTT on your reaction to gun ownership in communities like this. If one lives or has business outside a town in this area it could be carrying a gun is an essential requirement. The Government of Saskatchewan lists bears,cougars and wolves as problem wildlife. http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/wildlife

I'm just pointing out a correlation between areas where there are a lot of guns and the amount of mass shootings. If people do own guns there should be strict laws on how they are kept and who can have them.
19) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1759134)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Snort. Chemistry class either starts with bombs or brewing and the other is the next subject. Now I understand that isn't what the chem teacher uses as examples, but it is the reaction type being taught.

Simply not true. The theory and the actual application is a different. Its so easy to mess up without a specific recipe that will cause the right rate of reaction and controlled detonation that you are talking about, and that is not taught in schools, and not all students take chemistry at the level require to figure it out from what is taught in schools. They are also less likely to be the ones that feel so hard done by by the world that they need to kill people.

If bombs really were the threat you think they are, we'd have the president making speeches about bombs in schools. But he's not. You seem to be clutching at straws to defend a ridiculous position.
Well, quite a few in reality. Usually the bombers blow up lockers at night and not people in the day. Doesn't make national news. The shooters want to look in the eyes of their victims, the bombers are interested in vandalism.

I think you are confusing incendiary devices and small explosives with bombs that could maim and kill in the way a gun can. You also agree that the type of person who wants to kill people is more likely to use gun than build a bomb.

Even if you blow up a locker in the day, you still will not cause the casualties that a shooter walking through a school with a gun can cause. I also doubt that many bombs are set off in lockers. Unless you thinking of firecrackers thrown down toilets.
20) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1759111)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Have you met the average high school student, let alone tried to teach them chemistry?
Perhaps that is most telling.

When I was in high school, several did build bombs, but not as destructive devices and this was before the Internet.

..and I really doubt many here qualify as "average" high school students. The fact that you were interested enough to find your way here and to run BOINC on your computer, and take time to read and post on the forums already means this group is pretty self selecting and your experiences are not sufficient to make you experts on what the average high school student is capable of.

I have not come across one student who as ever made something with enough destructive capability to do what you are describing. I've had quite a few involved in stabbings. Most survived.

This idea that somehow bombs are just as easy to get hold of and use than guns in nonsense. The idea that bomb making is being taught in schools is nonsense. Its true that detailed instructions are available on the internet...but how many school bombings have we had and how many school shootings?


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