Posts by Robert Waite

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : OH, Hei there. (Message 1833933)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Robert Waite

Every morning, I leave my bed and check them. And then I go back to bed to try to get some more sleep.

I am getting older, and it is getting increasingly harder to do that.


We're the same age, so I can relate to the difficulties of leaving the bed to check the computer.
I have but one computer to look at and it exhausts me, I cannot imagine looking at several.

Your efforts every morning are at par with those of a Kentucky coal miner on a double shift and you put everyone with only a single rig to shame.
I better not see anyone else complaining about how hard it is to check their single computer again.
You sir, are the Uberman.
2) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1829890)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Robert Waite
Thanks a lot America.
With the Trump victory embolding them, our Canadian extreme rightist lunatic fringe is spouting off louder than ever.

Fortunately, we have 3 years before our next federal election.
3) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1824120)
Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
I am a white, union member, working class male.
I support women.
I do not pretend to have greater understanding of the pressures women face in life. I do not belittle women because their experiences are different than mine.
What I do is extend my support to women with the belief that they know more about the experience of being a woman than I do.
If women say the playing field is tilted against them, my reaction is not to argue, rather, I seek ways to level the field.

Some of you fellow SETI members should take a time out from your attacks and actually consider what women are facing in our society.

Trump is a pig. Those who justify his behaviours are pigs.
Pull your heads out of your arses and take a look around. The times, they are a changin'.
4) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1824059)
Posted 13 Oct 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
No worries For the Children... she can handle herself very well.
I've been following this thread with great delight as Es99 plays Whack-a-Mole with some lesser intellects.
I'm under Dr's orders to avoid stressful situations, such as jousting with the yapping coyotes, so I rarely get involved these days.
5) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1814734)
Posted 2 Sep 2016 by Profile Robert Waite


Rising tides really do lift all boats.


Wrong.
The boats anchored to bottom end up being swamped.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kitties will still be hangin' around. (Message 1805906)
Posted 30 Jul 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
I am also entitled, by my extensive history and dedicated work here on the project to have a little more to say than some.


That's very Republican of you.
That same level of deep thought and social conscience is what allowed the property owning, wealthy white males the exclusive right to vote in the early years of your country.

You've got a few centuries of thinking to catch up on.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lost in space. (Message 1805669)
Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
"Well, a long, long, long time ago there was this puddle of chemicals... a primordial goo, as Q on Star Trek would call it, and ..." that primordial goo learned to become self contained in a coating of skin which allowed the goo to become mobile, thus permitting the goo to invent beer.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Uli!!!!!!! (Message 1803951)
Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
Happy Birthday Uli
I'm glad you had a great day, you deserve it. xoxoxo
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Name your top 3+ music artists (Message 1801781)
Posted 9 Jul 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
Hmm, just three huh?

1) Neil Young
2) Bachman Turner Overdrive
3) The Beatles

If I were stuck on a deserted island, I would be happy with my choices.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A reader's corner (Message 1801171)
Posted 6 Jul 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
Just started this one yesterday

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ancestor%27s_Tale
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A reader's corner (Message 1799386)
Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
http://www.cormacmccarthy.com/works/the-road/


I just finished this one. Wow
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : my 1st seti-home milestone (Message 1799381)
Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
Feels good, doesn't it?
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Something kitty this way comes....the kitties are back. (Message 1797248)
Posted 18 Jun 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
Most of us have learned that a little civility goes a long way.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A reader's corner (Message 1795945)
Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Money-History-Billionaires-Radical/dp/0385535597?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

This book exposes the puppet masters and shows us what inherited wealth does to some people's minds.
The sense of entitlement shown by some of these lifeforms is astonishing.
15) Message boards : Politics : Boxing should be illegal (Message 1794277)
Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
Illegal?
I don't know the answer to that question.
Personally, at the age of 59, I find myself dealing with the consequences of a lifetime spent playing football. There's no telling how many thousands of times my poor little brain was slightly or heavily scrambled in the years 1967 to 1984.

I came up when the helmet was used as a weapon by us linemen during every play and the head slap, or forearm club, was permitted.
Form tackling was the preferred method of attack on the ball carrier, which is to say, driving one's forehead into the chest or helmet of the person you were tackling to keep them from gaining that extra yard as they were going to the ground.

Every play run during games and practices meant contact to the head if you played on either side of the ball in a line position.
Little regard was given to brain injuries such as concussions in the old days and I either kept playing after getting my "bell rung" or was sent back in very quickly after the how many fingers am I holding up test.

Do I regret playing? Sometimes I do.
Would I ban these types of sports? No, but I'd support outlawing kids under the age of 15 participating and I'd take even greater care to oversee the treatment of head injuries.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday to Angela! (Message 1794151)
Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
I really need to peek in here more often.

Anyway
I hope your birthday was a wonderful event Angela
Best wishes from the north country

Your buddy
Rob

OK, back to my homework... coffee break is over.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Things That Should Never Have Been! (Message 1782787)
Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
Religion
18) 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]"
19) 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?
20) 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.


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