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21) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1759060)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor

If not guns it will be knives, bombs or something else.

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Bombs aren't easy to get.

They teach it in high school Chemistry.

Maybe on US curriculum, but I've taught high school chemistry for over 10 years and bomb making has never come up. Besides, making a bomb would take effort. Angry teenagers and effort don't usually go hand in hand.

http://gizmodo.com/5831942/how-the-hell-did-a-17-year-old-get-the-materials-to-make-bombs
<ed>So your high school chem classes never discussed exothermic reactions?

Making a bomb is a different kettle of fish. I am sure the instructions are available on the internet, but its a bit more complicated than knowing exothermic reactions.

Have you met the average high school student, let alone tried to teach them chemistry? A small minority will be able to make a bomb that would actually detonate when its supposed to. They would not be taught that in high school chemistry, I am not sure what you think goes on in high school chemistry, but the leap from being taught the theory of something to being able to apply it is pretty big. I have enough trouble getting them to realise that the straight line graphs they learn about in maths is the same sort we use in science. Not to mention, most students don't even take senior chemistry.

How many of my students would able to make a bomb and hurt a lot of people? Some.

How many of my students would be able to use a gun to hurt and kill a lot of people? 100% of them.

You are right, a determined person can make a bomb, with a lot of effort and some smarts. The problem with guns is that they are so available and easy to use that it doesn't take a determined person.
22) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1759047)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor

If not guns it will be knives, bombs or something else.

...

Bombs aren't easy to get.

They teach it in high school Chemistry.

Maybe on US curriculum, but I've taught high school chemistry for over 10 years and bomb making has never come up. Besides, making a bomb would take effort. Angry teenagers and effort don't usually go hand in hand.
23) Message boards : Politics : The state of the global economy (Message 1759046)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Hi MajorKong...

The (Don't confuse me with the facts) Left. Believes that $60,000+ per year. For a family of 4, is poverty!!!!

Then, when posting their Fantasy Beliefs. The Left congratulates themselves for their Intelligence and Understanding.

Where did this $60k a year come from? People here are spouting it as if it were fact? The closest I could find was $35k a year for a small minority of people. I'd say that is on on the poverty line, especially in the US where there are so little public services that everything is included in that figure.

Do ‘welfare’ recipients get $35,000 in benefits a year?

"It’s correct that a single parent can receive $35,000 in benefits, if he or she lives in one of the 10 states listed in the Cato report, or Washington, D.C. But the median welfare package, which would have been the relevant number to use, is about $28,800 — lower than Grothman’s figure.

The single parent in the Wisconsin legislative analysis received even more than Grothman’s claim. The report’s analysts acknowledged that the specific situation they studied would apply to a small portion of Wisconsin residents — fewer than 260 out of the state’s total population of 5.7 million (that is, less than 1/200th of 1 percent of the state’s population). Even if student aid was subtracted from the figure, it would still be difficult to figure out how many single parents fit his narrow focus.

Grothman’s statement in the interview lacks context, especially given the numerous caveats involved. His portrayal of a single parent “easily” receiving $35,000 is not accurate in a national context, since that would apply to only one in five cases, based on the Cato report."


Here is a breakdown of the federal budget:

FY15 Federal Budget Spending Estimates for Fiscal Years 2014 - 2019



Now in my opinion, government's job is to provide infrastructure, healthcare, pensions (which people pay into anyway, so that's actually their own money they are getting back), education and a social safety net such as welfare. People here might not agree with that, but considering that most people who go on welfare only spend a short time on it, its does seem to be doing its job. You might need it one day, be glad its there.

Does the military spending need to be so high? Again, that's your personal thing, but I don't think there is much argument for saying that its poor people that have bought down the economy. Especially as everyone knows that it was the banks and their fraudulent practices. I really don't understand why everyone is so quick to point at poor people. Does it make you feel better for some reason?
24) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1759040)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor

If not guns it will be knives, bombs or something else.

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Bombs aren't easy to get. Someone wielding a knife is not going to hurt so many people. I know, I've been in schools where students have bought in knives. Had those students had guns I probably wouldn't be here today. You simply cannot equate knives and guns.
25) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1758841)
Posted 17 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.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 250 -- waiting for v8 GPU work (Message 1758827)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
My dentist is very nice, but I don't like having fillings. Today I had to have an old filling replaced and new small one put in. Nothing major and I am lucky that I don't have to have crowns or anything like that. Still did not like it though and I'd rather not have to have it done!
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 250 -- waiting for v8 GPU work (Message 1758754)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Finished at the dentist and stopping for coffee and a bite to eat now the numbness has mostly worn off.

Dentists are not fun.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : New v8 apps, new kittyman thread. (Message 1758694)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
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A little lesson, and some truth you must know.

Beware the knock on the door, for it may be ME.

Nicolas Cage: Good or Bad?
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 250 -- waiting for v8 GPU work (Message 1758693)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Good morning everyone. :-)

Good morning. I was awake far too early this morning. I'd say I was winning, but I have a dental appointment in a couple of hours.
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Safe Home Heating (Message 1758690)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
According to this pic he posted from the boxes he kept, they are Lasko Digital Ceramic Heaters. Boxes
Depending upon which model he bought they are about 1.5 Kw with three settings. Most probably (1)1/2 kW, (2)1 kW, or (3)both together 1.5kW. In any case two at max = 3kW. But on a thermostat they will switch on and off, so it won't be 3kW continuous.

According to "Help the Aged" and "Age Concern" in the UK, 75F and above is too warm, 70F is ideal, 62F is too cold, 61F or less is dangerous for hypothermia. That leaflet that all households received in London is underwritten by British Gas and the Mayor of London. If Vic needs his home that hot then it only confirms what I thought earlier that either he is not eating properly or he has medical problems. But I doubt he will go to the Doctor, because he gets told what he doesn't want to hear. We can only advise him for his benefit Rob, nowt else we can do.

Vic has already told people countless times that he has health problems. I thought you were an avid reader of his posts and would have understood that.

I hope he does listen to the advice given here by many about not using the gas oven for heating. As has been pointed out, there are benefits to keeping the room temperature down a little lower, but if you are not moving about enough it is easy to feel the cold.

Your points have been made and it is up to Vic as to whether he takes them on board.
31) Message boards : Politics : The state of the global economy (Message 1757847)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
welfare make approximately $60,000 in free stuff annually

Frank where did you pull that from?

LOL! From government website data, right, Frank? Link us up! ;)

It seems Frank is going to keep it a secret where he got his unfounded assertion.


Well, Frank is not far wrong in his statement.

$60,000 / year is $5,000 / month.


Food (SNAP): $649/month (for a family of 4... more gets more)

Housing (Section 8): maximum of $2000/month. We are up to $2649/month.

TANF : $351/month (family of 4). up to $3000/month.

Health Care : A bit trickier to figure. The Federal benchmark premium is for the second-lowest premium on a ACA(Obamacare) Silver plan. The national average premium (in 2013) on that is $774/month before any tax credits or subsidies for the 'standard' family of 4. Now then Medicaid is better than a ACA Silver plan. There are ZERO out of pocket expenses on Medicaid. Totally free. So... let us just use the $744/month figure. We are now up to $3,774/month.

Now for another... Earned Income Credit on Federal income taxes. This is a refundable tax credit... roughly $7500/year or $625 / month. We are now up to $4,399 / month.

That is $52,788 / year. This is just the big 5 programs. There are loads of other Federal, State, and Local programs out there. Plus this is just for a family of 4. As I said before... More kids, more money.

Also, if you get SNAP, that (at least in Texas) means free school breakfasts and lunches for your school-age kids. $4/day... 20 days/month... $80/month per kid. 2 kids, that is another $160/month.

Free cell phones can easily net you another $200 / month. We are now up to $4,759 / month or $57,108 / year.

Add in transit (bus/train) subsidies for low income people. Are we there yet? Most likely.

The list goes on and on.

Frank is approximately correct in this. If he errs, it is on the low side.

Links? Spend a few minutes with Google. But the controversial one is likely going to be the health care one. I'll link that one.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/marketplace_premiums_ib_final.pdf

With this kind of drain on the public treasury (remember Taxpayer-Funded public treasury) it is little to no wonder that our economy is getting flushed... Again...

Flush me, J! (MiB II)

If you think these things are what is draining the economy, then please provide a breakdown of these costs are in relation to other things the government pays for.
32) Message boards : Politics : The state of the global economy (Message 1757771)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Now back to reality.

World facing ‘wave of epic debt defaults,’ says economist who predicted Lehman crash
33) Message boards : Politics : 43 Flint, MI - USA - residents have high lead plasma (Message 1757688)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
The poor people of Flint. What is astounding is how long it took for anything to be done once the it was apparent that the water was poisoned.

Flint water crisis: 6 things to know about the toxic taps


"Residents say they were kept in the dark for 18 months, assured their water was safe, until a local physician started noticing signs of lead poisoning in some of her patients."

So who is to blame?

"Lawyers have filed three class-action suits so far on behalf of Flint residents, alleging that state officials made multiple false assurances to claim the water was safe."

So why is this considered a racist issue?
How a Racist System Has Poisoned the Water in Flint, Mich.

"Flint’s citizens, 52 percent African American, have been deprived of the right to govern their city since 2011. Michigan's Emergency Financial Manager law allows the governor to appoint an unelected official to control a city determined to be in fiscal crisis. Emergency Financial Managers have been primarily assigned to majority-African-American cities across Michigan. In the past decade, over half of African Americans in Michigan—compared with only 2 percent of whites—have lived under emergency management. EFMs are supposed to take over cities based on a neutral evaluation of financial circumstances—but majority-white municipalities with similar money problems have not been taken over. Flint’s poisoning is one effect of the systematic stripping of black civil rights in Michigan."

So as the mayor was not in charge I really don't understand Clyde's point.
34) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Researchers find evidence of a real ninth planet (Message 1757687)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Researchers find evidence of a real ninth planet

"Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). In fact, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun."
35) Message boards : Politics : The state of the global economy (Message 1757681)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor


1) Why don't you show me someplace you can't go because of a toll road and

2) Try living *anywhere* outside the U.S. and then tell me you're staying because it's better.

Canada.
36) Message boards : Politics : The state of the global economy (Message 1757680)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Well no one in their right mind actually thinks Obama was actually left wing.
So center politics is bad, but wing politics is good. Insightful.

I don't think he is a centrist either. He's on the same page as Reagan.
37) Message boards : Politics : The state of the global economy (Message 1757522)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
So interesting.....

Look at 2008 the end of Bush. Rich getting poorer and the poor getting richer.
Look at 2010, Bush TARP program mostly ends, Obamacare enacted.
Look at 2010 on, all Obama, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.

Well no one in their right mind actually thinks Obama was actually left wing.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thank you for the nice wishes on my birthday yesterday. (Message 1757388)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Happy Birthday, Mark :)
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The absence of Celttooth (Message 1757211)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Agreed. Send him our best wishes.
40) Message boards : Politics : The state of the global economy (Message 1757128)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Es99Project donor
Why are we looking on helplessly as markets crash all over the world?

This is one perspective on the current global turmoil.

Oil prices at an all time low. China's economic turmoil.

We all knew that there was going to be another global meltdown following the one in 2008 as they never fixed the problems that caused the first one and have done little to regulate Wall street and the banks.

Is it coming soon? Will it be worse than the last one?

Is it time to rethink how we do capitalism and give up on this free market nonsense?


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