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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Something kitty this way comes....the kitties are back. (Message 1797248)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Robert Waite
Most of us have learned that a little civility goes a long way.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A reader's corner (Message 1795945)
Posted 13 days ago 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.
3) Message boards : Politics : Boxing should be illegal (Message 1794277)
Posted 19 days ago 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.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday to Angela! (Message 1794151)
Posted 20 days ago 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.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Things That Should Never Have Been! (Message 1782787)
Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Profile Robert Waite
Religion
6) 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]"
7) 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?
8) 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.
9) 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
10) 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.
11) 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
12) 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
13) 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.
14) 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.
15) 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?
16) 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.
17) 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? :)
18) 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.
19) 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.
20) 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.


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