Posts by Bob DeWoody


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1) Message boards : Politics : If we could remove ... (Message 1565259)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I don't think evil can be eliminated from the world but it can be controlled if the rest of us have the will to keep it at bay.
2) Message boards : Politics : If we could remove ... (Message 1565027)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The communists in Russia tried to exterminate all religions and they were as warlike as any other regime.
3) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1565024)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
If what we live in is just one of an infinite number of universes all part of a multiverse then maybe this universe is bounded while the entire multiverse is unbounded.
4) Message boards : Politics : If we could remove ... (Message 1564920)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I think religion is used as an excuse to justify many conflicts but it is not the cause of said conflicts.
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1564778)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
As with most other controversial scientific subjects it all depends on how the data is interpreted and who is doing the study.
6) Message boards : Politics : MH370 Missing (Message 1564359)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
First, I do not particularly ascribe to the theory that the plane has been landed somewhere and is being converted to a gigantic cruise missile. That is someone else's idea, but scary none the less. Another idea that has been touched on is a transponder that is in a location that can't be tampered with in flight and that sends out current GPS data at regular intervals so the flight path of every transoceanic flight can be tracked. Some countries already have a form of this but it currently isn't required globally. Every airliner already knows where it is at all times so it wouldn't be hard to make it transmit that data all the time.
7) Message boards : Politics : MH370 Missing (Message 1564175)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
That aircraft is safely on the ground, under the control of ISIS, to be used in the future as an enormous cruise missile, filled with tons and tons of explosives, and in the worst of case even large quantities of radioactive material.(no, not a nuclear device, just a very very dirty bomb)

If ISIS can massacre thousands of innocent people in Syria and Iraq, have no doubt about what they did to the passengers and crew of that flight.

This is the scenario that scares me the most.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1564168)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
We've come a long way in 200 years. Back then they thought the sun was a giant lump of burning coal.
9) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the World a 2D Hologram? (Message 1562792)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I would classify this theory as being on the fringe right along with the theories claiming we are all just part of a big computer simulation.
10) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Amazing Discovery new life found. (Message 1562791)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
It's just plankton. Not exactly what I'd call alien...

But if it is found that plankton can actually survive in space it puts a whole new light on where life can be found.
11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : What if...? (Message 1562788)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
We'll never know the answer to the haunting question that always plagues mankind, "what if", if we don't look for an answer. If we stop looking, we may miss or never find the answer.

We already know the obvious answers: if there is ETI, we know we're not alone and our existence of pure chance has a greater than a probability of one. If there isn't, then all of the life we know it on our planet is all that much more precious, and petty bickering over land on this tiny little rock seems all that much more pointless.

That being said, the Bible also doesn't have a record on dinosaurs either, but we have evidence of their existence all over the fossil record. I would surely hope you don't believe that the Bible is the source of truth for all knowledge in the Universe, and if isn't mentioned in that book it musn't be a matter of fact.

+1
12) Message boards : Politics : The reassertion of whiteness in Canada (Message 1562503)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Elections usually go the way the masses see things happening. And the way the masses see things happening is heavily influenced by what they see and hear in the media. I vote and I try to vote intelligently but the majority rules come election time.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Is the Universe Infinite? (Message 1562500)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I get the impression that they don't have a clue.
14) Message boards : Politics : Anyone watch the TV series The Last Ship ? (Message 1562384)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The basic premiss is that a deadly fast acting virus has been tampered with and made even more deadly and initially impossible to kill or control. It has spread around the world and wherever it goes the mortality rate is between 80 and 90%. A US Navy destroyer has been dispatched to the edge of the arctic ice shelf to gather primordial samples from the birds that initially incubated the virus and the crew has been spared from exposure to the virus. On board is a female Dr who is conducting research into finding a vaccine and/or a cure.

It is a very interesting premiss but I see a few holes in the logic. From what I have read if a virus is too toxic it usually doesn't have time to spread very far. Also I think such a deadly virus would trigger a worldwide ban on international travel before containment is lost.
15) Message boards : Politics : Are humans born evil? (Message 1562089)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Remember the old saying: 'The only difference between men and boys: Is the price of their toys'.
Is it in the DNA?

Hmm Interesting:)
Maybe some day they will manipulate our genes so we will perfect Citizen.
Talk about evolution! A giant leap for mankind.



Manipulate our genes, I don't like the sound of that to be honest...

+1

Who does the manipulating? For what result?

There has been programming on the Science Channel relating to research in human gene manipulation for a variety of reasons ranging from elimination of birth defects (I'm in favor of that) to making a new generation of uber smart individuals (not sure about this one). They have already succeeded in placing a spider silk gene in a goat resulting in the silk being present in the goat's milk. I think though, overall, gene splicing may do more harm than good.
16) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Amazing Discovery new life found. (Message 1562069)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Still nothing from NASA concerning this discovery? I found this http://nasawatch.com/archives/2014/08/russian-scienti.html
17) Message boards : Politics : Are humans born evil? (Message 1562066)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Earlier I made a post that apparently stepped over a line regarding a word I used to illustrate a point I was making regarding the substitution of a non offensive word for one that would raise red flags everywhere. I have seen this practice many times on these boards when someone replaces what would be an offensive word with one that, by itself, is harmless. I am sorry if I offended anyone as that was not my intention.

Now back to whether some of us are born evil. In my eyes a person is evil if he/she does or says bad things and enjoys seeing the results and has no regrets about doing it. To me children up to a certain age don't have a true conscience and should not be considered evil. A baby could push a button or pull a trigger with the result being the death or injury of another living being. That is not being evil, just merely and naturally curious with disastrous results. But preteens torturing a helpless animal such as a kitten I see that as a sign that there are evil tendencies present and those persons should be monitored closely. They won't necessarily grow up to be evil but the seeds are there.
18) Message boards : Politics : Anyone watch the TV series The Last Ship ? (Message 1562051)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
This is one of the few TV shows that I have watched from the beginning. I won't spoil the content of this season's final episode for those of you who do watch it and haven't seen it yet but let me say it contains one of the best plot twists I have ever seen in a story.

I just hope this scenario never gets the opportunity to really happen. The last episode this season embodies evil in it's purest sense.
19) Message boards : Politics : The reassertion of whiteness in Canada (Message 1561922)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Oh, I thought you were avoiding using the accurate noun. Sort of like on the TV show Battlestar Galactica. You can't use a certain four letter word on TV but they got away with using a substitute word, frack this, frack that, you are a fracking idiot, and got it by the censors. Like, really, who didn't know what word they were replacing.
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : SpaceX News. (Message 1561918)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I hope they were able to determine the exact cause of the malfunction. I know Mr. Musk has deep pockets but rockets are very expensive and investors could vanish rapidly if the failure rate escalates. But only one major failure at this point shouldn't cause a critical setback.


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