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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Things That Should Never Have Been! (Message 1782787)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Robert Waite
Religion
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A little bit of the kittyman's mind. (Message 1781926)
Posted 24 Apr 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
From Wikipedia
This may explain much.


" Toxoplasma gondii (IPA /ˈtɑːksəˌplæzmə ˈɡɑːndi.aɪ/) is an obligate intracellular, parasitic protozoan that causes the disease toxoplasmosis.[3] Found worldwide, T. gondii is capable of infecting virtually all warm-blooded animals,[4] but felids such as domestic cats are the only known definitive hosts in which the parasite can undergo sexual reproduction.[5]

In humans, T. gondii is one of the most common parasites in developed countries;[6][7] serological studies estimate that 30–50% of the global population has been exposed to and may be chronically infected with T. gondii, although infection rates differ significantly from country to country.[8][9] For example, previous estimates have shown the highest prevalence of persons infected to be in France, at 84%.[10] Although mild, flu-like symptoms occasionally occur during the first few weeks following exposure, infection with T. gondii produces no readily observable symptoms in healthy human adults.[8][11][12] This asymptomatic state of infection is referred to as a latent infection and has recently been associated with numerous subtle adverse or pathological behavioral alterations in humans.[8][13] In infants, HIV/AIDS patients, and others with weakened immunity, infection can cause serious and occasionally fatal illness (toxoplasmosis).[11][12]

T. gondii has been shown to alter the behavior of infected rodents in ways thought to increase the rodents' chances of being preyed upon by cats.[10][14][15] Support for this "Manipulation Hypothesis" stems from studies showing T. gondii infected rats have a decreased aversion to cat urine and increased reaction time.[10] Because cats are the only hosts within which T. gondii can sexually reproduce to complete and begin its lifecycle, such behavioral manipulations are thought to be evolutionary adaptations that increase the parasite's reproductive success.[10] The primary mechanisms of T. gondii–induced behavioral changes in rodents is now known to occur through epigenetic remodeling in neurons which govern the associated behaviors;[16][17] for example, it modifies epigenetic methylation to cause hypomethylation of arginine vasopressin-related genes in the medial amygdala to greatly decrease predator aversion.[16][17] Widespread histone-lysine acetylation in cortical astrocytes appears to be another epigenetic mechanism employed by T. gondii.[18][19] Differences in aversion to cat urine are observed between non-infected and infected humans and sex differences within these groups were apparent as well.[20]

A number of studies have suggested that subtle behavioral or personality changes may occur in infected humans,[21] and infection with the parasite has recently been associated with a number of neurological disorders, particularly schizophrenia.[15] A 2015 study also found cognitive deficits in adults to be associated with joint infection by both T. gondii and Helicobacter pylori in a regression model with controls for race-ethnicity and educational attainment.[22] However, although a causal relationship between latent toxoplasmosis with these neurological phenomena has not yet been established,[8][15] preliminary evidence suggests that T. gondii infection can induce some of the same alterations in the human brain as those observed in mice.[23][24]"
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Climateprediction project is hogging my computer (Message 1778521)
Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
Is this a common situation?
I run two BOINC projects, one being SETI@Home and the other is climateprediction.net.

Over the past several days it appears that the climate project has 8 items running while SETI@Home has 1.
There are 4 additional SETI items of various degrees of completion with the status waiting to run.

Is the climate project going to kill my SETI RAC?
4) Message boards : Politics : Are you left wing or right wing? (Message 1776227)
Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
It says I'm a righty.
There's no denying the inevitable, so I may as well embrace my new position by purchasing fossil fuel stocks and laughing at some homeless people.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman fundraiser.........yes, on gofundme. (Message 1774288)
Posted 26 Mar 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
No apologies needed.
I know that most of you do what you are able to.
I whack the stump when I can.


Do not in the slightest think that I am offended when others don't raise the bar to MY level.

I am an exceptional man, with exceptional expectations.

You are NOT required to live up to them.
\My cross to bear, not yours.


Yeah
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Orange or Red? (Message 1747151)
Posted 5 Dec 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
Dealers never say orange for some reason.
This colour is very close to my old, well, brand new at the time, 1976 Firebird and the colour was Carrousel Red on the paperwork.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whatcha Watching? (Message 1744811)
Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
The Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead
Z Nation
and all forms of Star Trek
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What are you listening to? (Message 1738795)
Posted 1 Nov 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wB9GUkEJek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWf5xcGSdaY
9) Message boards : Politics : existance of god (Message 1736717)
Posted 24 Oct 2015 by Profile Robert Waite

Actually, it is very liberating. The moment I realised that I didn't believe in god I felt a huge weight lift off me and realised that I had more control over my life than I realised. There was no 'great plan' and I wasn't being judged by a set of rules that seemed horribly unfair. It was wonderful.

I highly recommend it.


That was my experience too Es99
The sudden sense of freedom and feeling more at one with the universe than any other point in my life.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Looking for a Life Project Partner (Message 1736714)
Posted 24 Oct 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
Well, in language you might prefer, an old poem of mine.

To loose my limitations,
The bonds of mind set free,
To step forth from shadow
and greet God's Galaxy,

To snub the nub of tide in me?
Hell vengeance fire my soul!
I shall! I shall!! I shall!!!
I cry, have nothing more to know.


Have you met Mark?
When he returns from sabbatical, I predict some very interesting discussions.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Languages (Message 1734892)
Posted 17 Oct 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
I'm fairly fluent in three languages, plus one regional dialect.
I speak English
I speak American
And I speak Canadian, the dialect I'm fluent with is Northern British Columbian. eh?
12) Message boards : Politics : Democratic Presidential debates (Message 1734889)
Posted 17 Oct 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
Sanders is the only candidate speaking for the general population.
Given the opportunity, he would bring in a new beginning for working people in the US.
I hope he wins the Oval Office.
13) Message boards : Politics : Susan Scott (Message 1734887)
Posted 17 Oct 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
Does she live in a van, down by the river? :)
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I'm baaaaaack (Message 1733525)
Posted 10 Oct 2015 by Profile Robert Waite

Welcome back!

If you feel your blood pressure going up, step away from the computer!


Sound advice :)

Thanks for the welcoming back everyone.
15) Message boards : Politics : Will the "YouTube Era" change policing? (Message 1733191)
Posted 9 Oct 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
The number of abuses by police is appalling.
As more people become aware of the abuses via social media, the pressure for accountability will grow.

Cops have been handing out beatings since the beginning of their existence.
With the advent of cameras in cell phones, the ability of citizens to document the abuse is unprecedented.
Cops will be forced to change.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : New set of wallpapers (Message 1733189)
Posted 9 Oct 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
Nicely done Bogdan.
Welcome to the family.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I'm baaaaaack (Message 1733187)
Posted 9 Oct 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
Finally have the new 'puter up and running and I'm slowly getting all my old haunts installed.
Nice to see that nothing has changed around here during the past few months.
That guy is even on a SETI vacation just now so it feels like I'm at home.

My next project is to get my old computer wiped and then get it hooked up to run only BOINC.
That will be it's retirement job.

Anyway, I'm very happy to be online once again and happy to be crunching too.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Goodsearch stats... (Message 1648298)
Posted 1 Mar 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
I suppose the time outs from SETI@Home are wonderful opportunities to perform more searchs on Goodsearch.
Keep up the good work of contributing to the project by finding so many ways of creating free time for yourself to use Goodsearch as much as you do. :)
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Images of the fruit of the labor of my hobby (Message 1648064)
Posted 1 Mar 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
A couple of guys I worked with at the phone company were hardcore model builders.
Mostly WWII tanks and planes, but they also built a whack of NASA stuff and of course Star Wars and Star Trek.
Many pieces were on display at the Legion and at the library for quite a while.

Thanks for sharing your hobby Bob.
I really like the sailing vessels.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Various thoughts and thingys from the kittyman....... (Message 1645777)
Posted 23 Feb 2015 by Profile Robert Waite
So clearly, this stunt driver thing is just another falsehood passed off as part of the alternative reality you choose to live in.

So many of your posts are like this. They are so filled with distortions and deceptions that you make it impossible to take anything you say seriously.

Well, if the creators of these forums didn't want people posting lies and made up facts, they should have made a rule that says no one can lie or make up facts.


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