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1) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1588645)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
If I were a member of a terrorist organization bent on causing havoc among the western nations


Did anyone bother to ask about patient zero who flew into Dallas as to what was his religious affiliation??

The logic I don't understand is the claim that banning incoming flights from the affected west african countries would make it easier for infected persons to enter the USA


Don't you see Bob. If there were an infestation of flies buzzing around your house you should open the door so that they could come in and cause havoc --but eventually you could kill them with your fly swatter. Therefore you should not keep your doors and windows shut. You see it's all very simple. Any moron could follow this logic and He (President Obola) has.
2) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1588318)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Now I hear that one of the Dallas health workers went on a Cruise Ship.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : X37B (Message 1587758)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
magnetic pole flip


Yes it's true. Any military officer who has studied map reading knows that there is an annual declination in the drift of the North Pole indication that must be calculated and added in to correctly navigate and aim artillery.

The annual declination is written on any military map's data panel as well as the year that the map was created.
4) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1587068)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Doctors Without Borders (Medecins San Frontieres) has had 16 cases of it's staff members coming down with the Ebola Virus. Nine have died
5) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1587066)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Checking what I heard today.
6) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1586280)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I think that I heard on the TV news that 34 planes from West Africa arrived at JFK Airport over the weekend. Hard to believe if true .
7) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Detecting Alien Radar Signals? (Message 1585232)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I do not believe that S@H will be successful in the way it is currently working.


I agree with you and hope that we are both wrong. I have ranted that we have been listening for 50 years--some efforts have spanned other frequencies. It is most likely however that there is no planet within 50-100 light years from us that has a civilization--at least one that has advanced to use broadcast TV and radar.

This suggests that we should examine every SINGLE promising signal at the Lyman line to see if contains any modulation that would indicate intelligence. Such a signal may not be repeated if it is a slewing beacon.

It is probably reasonable that an advanced civilization who wanted to broadcast a "we are here" message would use these frequencies or a multiple of them. I would try π times the Lyman b line.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Scientists Say 'Life After Death' May Be Possible, In A Way (Message 1584832)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Ah Yes: Reincarnation !!. It's been a long time since that's been done well.
9) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1584338)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I don't think that it can be stopped in Africa. The best we can hope for is to contain it to Africa. I think that this will be more apparent as other countries' resources will be exhausted by containing their own outbreaks from people coming in from the affected areas of Africa.

Let's hope I am wrong. We need a cure and a vaccine to stop it--I don't see that happening in the near term. Maybe president Obola can pull a rabbit out of the hat that is the Center for Disease Control.
10) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1583953)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I honestly don't think that we know when the patient is sick with ebola, when he/she is contagious nor how long the virus lives and whether or not is transmitted in an airborne fashion.
11) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1583878)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
There are 168 Airports that are international in the United States.

What should be done is to allow entry into the US from perhaps 5 ports of entry around the world. Our doctors should be at these foreign airports. They should fly in to a similar number of Airports here where everyone is checked again.

Right now, massive epidemics are just a plane ride away.
12) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1583873)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Let's just hope that President Obola, by not securing our borders and Airports from whomever wants to come right on in, doesn't get us all killed.
13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Pulses, but too bright for pulsar. ET beacon? (new nuSTAR discovery) (Message 1583869)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
That could make for a very conspicuous beacon,


One would presume that the "Signal" would have been monitored to see if it contained any modulation or other forms of information.
14) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1583396)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
On Amazon, the Phillips 12.W EnduraLED costs about $30. At a savings of $5.20 per year, it would take about 5.8 years for the LED to pay for itself (if it were used for 3 hours per day). These are 60 watt replacements.

This is based on 10 cents/kwh and 3 hour usage per day. So far my experience with alternative lighting has found:

Mini fluorescents don't last as long as they say. They take maybe a minute to come up to full brightness and are generally not dimmable. They cost maybe 30 times as much as incandescent and have disposal problems.

I find the light from an LED bulb to be too intensely white. The one time I bought LED porch lights I took them back because the light output was too dim.

I expect that lumen for lumen there will be bright, dimmable LEDs that have a warmer spectrum and are 4 times more efficient than an incandescent and do not cause radio interference. If they truly last without degradation for many years then they will be my choice for lights that are left on for many hours per day as long as the price comes down appreciably.

You see: paying $30 for a sixty watt light bulb that replaces a 25 cent incandescent bulb is an investment that must yield a return. You are paying the OPPORTUNITY cost of that extra $29.75.

If they only last twice as long as a fluorescent then they may not payoff in applications where the light is not left on for long times or where instant brightness is not a problem.

I am still deploying maybe 60 floodlights in the ceiling of my home many of them are dimmable. I like to have the lumen output of each one being a 150 watt bulb. Currently I can only get 120 watt bulbs. These are incandescents and I get them in bulk from China via an American distributor. I am getting 17 lumens per watt right now: therefore I am looking for long-lasting, dimmable LED, warm (4500 degrees Kelvin)color at about 2100 lumens for about $5.00.

These I could make pay and would pony up the investment at the front end. However at $30 or more a pop I will wait a while I am sure.
15) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1583237)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Excellent.

Now lets get the price down to 25 cents for a 100 watt bulb equivalent with about 1500 lumens and a 10 watt consumption. Please make it dimmable as well.
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : NASA confirms ‘impossible’ thruster actually works, could revolutionize space travel (Message 1582475)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Let's wait and see if the experiment is debunked.

Electrons do have mass--very little of course.

What exactly is the claim in terms of a practical engine. Is it different or more practical than an atomic reactor spitting protons etc out of the exhaust??
17) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Quantum Entanglement possible instant communication over very long distances (Message 1581765)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
On the topic:

To send information. it has to be entered (by typing, streaming etc.) So you would have to change the state of a whole bunch of ordered and tagged particles. Their remote partners might change state in instantaneous sympathy but you couldn't "Enter" the message faster than the speed of light.

"There was an old lady from the Isle of Wight, who traveled must faster than light.
She left one day in a relative way, and came back on the previous night."
18) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Time Travel (Message 1581763)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Einstein was a very clever man before his time, I wish he was here now, I really do.



Einstein is said to have had an IQ of 160. That is only 3.75 standard deviations above the norm.

That means: that in a world of 7.125 Billion people, there are hundreds of thousands of people alive now that are just as intelligent. The trick would be to gather a bunch of them together and train them and then see what comes out of their heads.



"There was an old lady from the Isle of Wight, who traveled must faster than light.
She left one day in a relative way, and came back on the previous night."
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Time Travel (Message 1581761)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
The topics that you are mentioning are well understood by all scientists and most Engineers. Laymen will need to educate themselves to broaden their understanding.

Get yourself some good texts on Theoretical Physics and study them as well as watch the many video's that are available on the internet. Berkley has an excellent, free series on physics which is quite enjoyable.

Time is the interval between events by which we order our everyday lives. If you travel a certain distance at a certain velocity then the ratio of distance to velocity is time. The rub comes in when velocity is also defined as distance per unit time. Time is given units that are defined by the interval it takes the Earth to complete one orbit around the Sun.

Einstein, or more accurately Lorentz, showed that Newton was wrong in stating that time flows evenly and without restraint. Time like mass is not a constant. It appears so in our everyday lives but not to careful measurements under motion.
20) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1581452)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Not to worry. President Obola will protect us.


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