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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 2014 MLB World Series (Message 1590420)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I only watch baseball at this time of the year as it is all just practice until the end of September. But I have to say the post season games this year have been exceptional. I think the play by the Royals and the Giants is the best. I just wish they would go back to just announcing the game and stop micro analyzing every decision the players and managers make.
2) Message boards : Politics : You go Canada! (Message 1590416)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
BBC News

BBC news

Thank you Chris for showing us what this thread is about.
3) Message boards : Politics : Is conflict needed for human advancement? (Message 1589916)
Posted 21 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Yes. 100% yes.

Even if not human on human conflict, we need conflict to build a better mousetrap. Conflict between the vermin that eat our food and our hunger pangs. We are an animal of conflict. Without it something would come along and eat us.

As to the "poverty at home" the largest increase in the middle class happened in the cold war period, now in the post cold war period wealth disparity grows. But that is just an echo of WWII pulling America out of the Great Depression.

Unfortunately, it appears as if war is necessary for humanity to survive and prosper. (Boy are the BHL's going to crucify me for that.)

+1

That is why I picked the word conflict in the title. Conflict does not necessarily imply war.
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Once-in-a-million-year comet to buzz by Mars this weekend. (Message 1589863)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Thanks Gary, I looked. There is a lot of raw data there but I couldn't find any discussion or graphics related to Siding Springs.
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Once-in-a-million-year comet to buzz by Mars this weekend. (Message 1589849)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Now that the comet is past Mars where is it heading? Will it develop a tail that will be visible from earth. It looks like all the scientific community was interested in was the flyby as I can't find any info about it's future path.
6) Message boards : Politics : Is conflict needed for human advancement? (Message 1589840)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
In my opinion, had there been no space race and no manned trip to the moon there would still be the same number or more people in poverty today. Things might even be worse had there been no need to develop satellites, fast computers, wireless communications and countless more technologies that were spin offs from the space program. Aircraft would not have developed as rapidly without the need for warplanes and there are hundreds more examples of technologies that would most likely never been thought of if there was no need to do so.

Now if you want to live under the trees and only communicate with those who are within earshot then maybe advancement and progress would be viewed as evil things.
7) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : What are you reading? (Message 1589808)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Not reading much right now, but after reading a review about it I plan to buy and read "The Martian"
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 2014 MLB World Series (Message 1589800)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I was originally hoping for an east coast (Baltimore) vs. west coast (Giants) world series. Then I thought an all Missouri world series would be cool. Now I am hoping that the Royals will be able to win the series as it has been so long since their last appearance.

But the Giants have been almost perfect as an away team in the post season so I feel they will most likely win the first game.
9) Message boards : Politics : Is conflict needed for human advancement? (Message 1589797)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I was watching some nature programming on BBC America today and it was pointed out that, with mammals especially, a life of conflict helps creatures in the wild to develop and evolve either as preditors or prey. I have also read that humans have made our greatest advancements in the cause of war or in attempts to prevent it.

So, if we get to the point where we are all living on this planet in relative peace, will we begin to stagnate and lose our ability to advance?
10) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1589788)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
It's hard to know whether they have a cure when 40% of those who contract the virus recover without special treatment. Let's hope they are close to something that will prevent an individual from coming down with the virus.
11) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1589247)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I haven't seen or heard anything in the media about the Army taking over care of ebola cases. I think it is a good idea if it is true.
12) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1589202)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
There's 1 lawyer for every american in the USA. It was only a matter of time before 1 of them sought out the family. My guess, they will try to sue for Slander and mental anguish. Only one problem. You can't sue the federal government. Last time I check CDC was a Federal Agency. They probably want publicity and are looking for a book or Movie deal.


or maybe just clear her name?
People who want to put a negative spin on everything could save themselves
a lot of trouble by just looking in the mirror in the morning and have done with it.

Clear her name of what? She was a nurse who was in contact with Mr. Duncan. She now has the virus. I can't believe she was told it was OK to travel. This is why all future cases need to be handled by personnel who do not leave the facility until 21 days have past since anyone at the facility tested positive for the virus. Military personnel are the only people that can be ordered to stay on site and will obey the orders given them.

Apparently the young woman in question didn't understand just how deadly this virus is.
13) Message boards : Politics : Are scientists crooked? (Message 1589140)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I believe a person in most any line of work can be a crook. Scientists are no exception. But I also believe that due to peer review a scientist trying to falsify data to achieve a goal is much less likely to succeed than crooks in other lines of beneficial work.
14) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1589063)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
The army can order it's doctors and nurses to stay on base, preventing whimsical excursions across the country by medical personnel after having contact with an infected person. They are probably much better trained to follow ALL protocols ALL the time.
15) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1589027)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I just read that the gov't. is going to turn over the whole process of
detection/decontamination/training to the US Army. It's about time --
someone, obviously, got Pres. Obama's ear.

During the first year in the army, I was stationed at the US Army Chemical
Corps School (actually, CBR, and, later, changed to ABC -- atomic, biological,
and radiological), at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. Although my section was commo.,
we provided support to the school. We were obliged to go through it, as well.

They didn't take any chances, as they handled nerve gas (Sarin), phosgene,
et.al. Full, rubberized suits, with face masks, were worn by the "faculty".
Rooms, in separate buildings, were operated at below atmospheric pressure,
in order to prevent any accidental leakage of contaminants.

As an aside, Ft. McClellan has been disbanded, and elements relocated throughout the USA.

As I see it, now, hospitals should be taken out of the loop, in detecting,
quarantining, and treatment, of those suspected/determined to possess Ebola.
That would be the job of the Army professionals (After all, they are in charge
of Chem./Bio./Atomic warfare defense.). And, those centers should be located
away from major population centers.

Tough love, but it may be necessary.

The above process could well apply to all countries (with their own specialists).

Again, it's good to read that personnel dealing with contaminated material/people are wearing protective gear that completely covers themselves.
Why take chances?

I wish the administration, and the US Army, success. And, hopefully,
success, to the research centers, who are working to come up with a vaccine
that will protect against it.


It's the most sensible thing I have heard coming from Washington to date and basically the same as what I proposed earlier about opening up some up to date versions of Ellis Island in remote locations.
16) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1589025)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Could it be that some people are more susceptible to the ebola virus than others?
17) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Once-in-a-million-year comet to buzz by Mars this weekend. (Message 1589022)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I wonder how intense the tail of this comet will become as it plunges deeper into the solar system. It is believed to be a first time visitor to the inner solar system so I guess no one knows for sure.
18) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1588996)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I think it is all due to the fickle finger of fate regarding who gets infected and who doesn't, among those who had direct contact.
19) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1588774)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Sunday they are technically clear of danger.
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Once-in-a-million-year comet to buzz by Mars this weekend. (Message 1588708)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Does anyone know whether this Mars flyby will change the trajectory of the comet?


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