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1) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Dark matter/Dark Energy (Message 1805329)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
We may all have to rethink my old pal Johnney Guinness' supposition that dark matter does not exist --at least in the way that we think of matter.

Fritz Zwicky also put forth (now discredited) the theory of "Tired Light" I wonder if Fritz's results in this instance assumed a non-rotating space--rotating perhaps in an unseen dimension ??
2) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton for President!! (Message 1805156)
Posted 22 hours ago by Profile William Rothamel
The Trump declaration about Russia is obviously Tongue-in-cheek. I myself don't think that it was the Russians at all--just a feint by the Democrats to keep the focus off of the CONTENT of the E-mails which clearly showed a sham of a rigged Democratic Party primary season. It was probably our old Wiki-leak boys--Julian Assange et al.

Das Right !
3) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1804741)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
We also have freedom FROM religion; whereas' not all people living in Muslim countries do.
4) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton for President!! (Message 1804651)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
US involvement in the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Well we out produced them and we had SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative i.e. "STAR WARS")

This made it apparent that being an opponent of the United States was a losing game. We also surrounded parts of Eastern Europe with antimissile defense which lessened the fear of Soviet Hegemony.
5) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton for President!! (Message 1804632)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
or perhaps you can find some incident when a country have "begged" for help from the US and give us some links!


Apparently you were born long after World War II, Korea and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
6) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1804630)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
When I was in Iran. No woman in Northern Teheran ( a city of six million back in 1978) wore the Chador or even a scarf. It was a provision of the marriage of Farah Diba to the Shah that women be freed from this medieval form of female enslavement. By the way, the practice of covering women stems from the idea that the Harem women would not be subject to the attentions of other admirers if they couldn't see the women in the Harem except for a small portion of their faces or maybe just their eyes.

The whole practice is a perverted sexual anomaly that is unfitting in this the third Millennium. The educated women in Iran that I knew and worked with now have to wear at least a scarf. A good many of them have fled to the west--I predict that they will lead the next revolt in the cities of Iran.
7) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1804580)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
This stupid idea of fighting an idea is the same stupid idea


Hey, Bubba, we fought Nazi-ism and Hitler, and we fought the idea of superior races and the Devine Nationalism of Japanese superiority.

Now we have to fight the idea that everyone must live under Sharia law or die. We must fight it vigorously where it foments overseas (allies invited to participate ) and we must fight it ruthlessly when and if it arrives here in large measure.
8) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1804578)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
I will show you a map where ISIS is located. There will be one in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia and so on. I will also show you a map of islamist radical breeding grounds in France , England, Germany and so on. Britain and France can provide you with a list of all the many mosques that were closed down for having large caches of weapons.

Yes, our enemy is not Islam; but all of our enemies are Islamists and want to follow Islamist Wahhabism and Sharia Law; and they want to execute those who will not convert. I believe this all part of Koranic dictate. So we may be at war with only the more devout Muslims or "Mooselims" as our politicians like to mispronounce the transliteration.

I feel sorry for all of my really good and wonderful Muslim friends from Turkey, Egypt, Iran, North Africa etc--they are being tainted by the uprising in religious zealotry. I weep for the poor women I see wearing a scarf as they go about daily life.
9) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1804550)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
As I said, we need to fight massively, visciously and decisively which we did not do in what was most likely a war that we should not have gotten into (Viet Nam).--we also need to stop supporting corrupt dictators against their own wars of independence. There are wars (WWII) that are worthwhile and that we have to take on. The sad thing is: that since Korea, we haven't won any of them decisively and permanently.

We lost 2500 people in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. My father along with a good portion of his generation went to war with Japan right away. We went to war with Hitler, (when we had amassed overwhelming manpower and arms production) as well; as he rolled over most of Europe. We didn't wait until the Japanese and the Krauts were at our doorstep.

We recently lost 3000 in the World trade center and our friendly Jihadists are stronger and bolder than ever. All the while being told that we are safer and less violent than ever. This nonsense is a total and complete disregard for the intelligence of most of the American People.

What was it Ben Franklin said--those who trade liberty for a small sense of peace security will experience neither. I am sorry to suggest that it is time to take up arms in a more aggressive way.
10) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1804524)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Having a sufficient,ready and capable set of armed forces may well mean that won't have to use it. Or if we do use it we won't bog down with pussy-footing, inadequate numbers and political correctness. Pretty soon we will all be carrying uzi's to go to the supermarket like they do in Israel if world trends continue.

So I say to you: Sprechen Sie Deutsch or how are you at teaching the finer Murderous dictates of the Koran.

For all of our pacifist friends, we are at war now and so are our allies. Wishing it will go away is a fools game.
11) Message boards : Politics : Hillary Clinton for President!! (Message 1804341)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
She is an empty pant suit.
12) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1804175)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
Pretend that you were the advisor to President Donald Trump. What would you advise ?

I would like to take a shot at it myself. This is just the start.

    Withdraw troops from S Korea, Germany, France, Japan, England. Keep only airbases in these countries.

    Close 60% of our overseas bases.

    Eliminate entire departments: Education etc

    Mandate 10% reduction per year in all remaining departments except DOD--use early retirement for those with 20 years. Mandatory retirement with those having 30 years.

    Initiate a draft.

    Cancel F-35 program and other overly expensive and complicated weapons systems.

    Make social security into a mandated IRA for those under 35 yrs of age. Establish Health savings accounts for the Medicare portion.

    Impose 35% tariff on manufactured good from Mexico and China.

    Start the Trans Canada Pipeline and drill for oil and gas domestically. Kick BP and others out of our territorial waters.

    Return capital gains to 15%.

    Cut corporate taxes to the average rate of all industrialized nations.

    13) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1803837)
    Posted 7 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
    That appears to be a supposition, not an observation. Why haven't we selected some planets for discovery and observation in The Alpha Centuri region. almost next door at 4 light years away
    14) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1803475)
    Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
    Yes,

    I think that we all presume that most (or many) stars have planets. So we don't need to hear that we have found a few dozen or more out of the likely trillion or so in the Galaxy. What we need is a catalog by type of combinations of the essential elements and parameters for the creation of intelligent life.

    At the present time, so far as I know, we don't even have a list of these elements that are required. This in spite of the fact of having "astro Biologists" on the payroll somewhere. Also, we are not able to vett these planets since we can't directly look at them .

    This begs the question--at the current time is this a worthwhile activity as it pertains to the holy grail of SETI --finding intelligent life.

    Sorry for the "Bah Humbug" I am trying to be thought provoking and trying something to revive a somewhat moribund thread topic.,
    15) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1803382)
    Posted 9 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
    So I presume we cannot see the planets well enough to see what is in their atmospheres. What can we hear with our current capabilities at microwave frequencies.
    16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : China's space station Tiangong-1 uncontrolled return (Message 1802611)
    Posted 13 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
    Believe to or not, the Earth is sparsely populated. The chances of it hitting any one is very small.
    17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Name your top 3+ music artists (Message 1801548)
    Posted 20 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
    Hard to select from so many I grew up with at the birth of rock and roll, motown and then the folk music era.

    1. Joan Baez
    2. Roy Orbison
    3. Tina Turner (with Ike early on)

    Back in the very late 60's I went to Joan Baez's concert at Assembly Hall on the University of Illinois Campus.
    She came on stage barefoot in a yellow peasant dress--she was the sexiest persona I have ever seen. Her voice rang out clear as a bell. Earlier, I had attended a choir practice at the Navy Base in New London, Connecticut with my then girlfriend and her mother--the Chaplin there was Chaplin Baez who claimed to be closely related to Joan.

    Roy Orbison died in 1988, the year I moved my family to Nashville Tennessee--"Music City" The entire community mourned his passing. I drove onto the beach house property where we held our 40th high school reunion on Isle of Palms South Carolina with his album blaring from my car's ten speakers.

    I remember Ike and Tina Turner as they always seemed to be on the radio when I would lift weights in the basement after dinner in our Washington DC-Area home.

    Music marks the passage and events as we journey through life--it cements memories in all of us.
    18) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1801267)
    Posted 21 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
    In Southern Illinois where rainfall is plentiful and the ground not too suitable for heavy yield crop production I could put one cow/calf combination per acre (roughly .4 Hectares for you commies) in my 120 acres of pasture. Corn production in the 50 acres that we planted was always less than 100 bushels per acre.

    Out in the west where the hated Bureau of Land Management rents out Government land for grazing it can take 100 acres per cow/calf.

    Just a few hundred miles north in Illinois from my farm in the Champaign county area (where I lived and worked for the University of Illinois) in a very good year 300 bushel corn and 65 bushels of soy beans per acre was not unheard of. Just a mile or so from where I lived there was a grain elevator that had an enormous pile of corn on the ground covered with tarps held down by old car tires. There weren't enough rail cars to ship in to ports and other points of processing. It rained a half inch every other day that year--I got 300 pounds of really delicious tomatoes that year from just 6 plants in my garden--about 50 square feet of land. I gave most of them to a worker house for the poor to be made into spaghetti sauce.

    In the United States we have plenty of land for grazing, farming and fruit orchards.

    Feeding animals is an inefficient way to produce protein. The US could feed the entire world if people would eat things like soy beans instead of Meat. I think I saw an estimate that this would be 45 times more efficient in producing protein for human consumption as opposed to feeding the grain to beef cattle.

    We are so blessed with abundance that we can do really stupid things like diverting a sizable portion of our corn production to make ethanol to mix in to our motor fuel. This is a sop to farmers but has probably doubled the price of meat since demand for corn has vastly increased.

    Another good instructional rant by Daddio.
    19) Message boards : Politics : Ark park (Message 1801266)
    Posted 21 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
    Many or all of the "stories" in the New Testament were also written hundreds of years before in scrolls and tablets that predate the stated birth of Christ as well. The "miracles" are ascribed to a "Law-giver" in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    Folk-lore and Aesop-style fables. By the way, Aesop may not have lived at all but may be himself folklore as a slave who due to his wit and story telling ability acquires his freedom and gains him notoriety. This sounds like the "Arabian Nights'"as well.
    20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Do you think aliens use radio waves to communicate with each other? (Message 1800651)
    Posted 24 days ago by Profile William Rothamel
    I think that a gravitational interferometer would best be placed out in space.


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