Posts by Mr. Kevvy

1) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1940844)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Sometimes the interference is not as direct, but it happens anyways.

For example, Toronto is experiencing an epidemic of gang shootings. Almost all of them are being committed with cheap semi-automatic pistols smuggled in from the U.S. because they are so easy to buy there with no checks ie the "gun show loophole" and from there find their way to the criminal market and over the border. The U.S.-Canadian border is just over twice as long as the U.S.-Mexican border so any talk of border walls or closing that gap is ridiculous.
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As I've always stated, I'm completely in favour of licensed, trained and *sane* individuals owning slower-fire registered firearms for self-defense, but this is nothing like what is being imposed on us.


I wrote the above 23 days ago. A couple of days ago the Toronto police in co-ordination with other area police forces executed a dawn raid on the "Five Point Generalz" street gang and have arrested about 75 people so far. And one of those people?


... at a news conference on Friday it was revealed that the biggest bust actually occurred about a month ago, when a suspect was pulled over while en route from Cornwall to Toronto.

Police allege that the suspect had stashed 60 brand new handguns in the trunk of his vehicle after picking them up from individuals who had purchased them in Florida.

They say that the seizure is the single largest involving illegal firearms in Toronto Police Services history.
2) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1940558)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Where is that meme... ah right...



(Interestingly this is the ad photo for a Canadian tax firm... he's supposed to be happy at getting a return.)

Anyways, the directive to separate children from their parents/guardians was the "brainchild" of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and AG Jeff Sessions, who by criminalizing illegal entry invoked the directive that children can't be imprisoned with their parents. (If anyone doesn't believe me or wants to insist that it's US law or some other baloney, I'd like to see an official citation for this, ie a U.S.C. code reference, SCOTUS case ref., MLA/APA house bill citation or White House release... good luck with that.)

IMHO POTUS Trump made the situation worse by spreading the unfortunately usual falsehoods about it ie he had no choice, it was the Democrats, etc. This act is wearing thin. I understand that he was hired to do an unpleasant and difficult job that other presidents didn't want to get (as) involved in: fixing the immigration issue and others, but this behaviour undermines his efforts. Happily he has done the right thing now.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Suicide (Message 1940552)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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There is no contradiction... the "you" that will be born perhaps a trillion trillion years, or tomorrow, after "you" die from this life won't be the same "you" at all with no connection. It could be a sluglike being in a methane ocean in perpetual darkness, for example. But to "you" no time at all would have passed and "you" would have no possible memories of any previous life.

It's like the old conundrum of going through a Star Trek transporter: The people that come out will swear up and down that they are the same people who just went in, and for all purposes are, but it's just as possible that the people who went into the transporter are now dead and these doppelgangers who claim to be them are completely unconnected to them... one thread of consciousness ended and another began anew.
4) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1940544)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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In rare reversal, Trump signs order ending family separations, but ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy stays

WASHINGTON—Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.

It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.
5) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1940394)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Not done homework again, Russia, Iran and Syria are not members
https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/CurrentMembers.aspx


However Russia was until 2016, and Saudi Arabia currently is, which I am am surprised wasn't mentioned until now (was it deliberate given that they are a close US ally?) There were certainly plenty of headlines when SA was admitted as well of course... example: Why one of the world’s worst human rights offenders is leading a U.N. human rights panel.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Suicide (Message 1940330)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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So, what do you think happens to the "me" after death? Does it just float around indefinitely? Where does it go in between tangible existences?


To be scientific, it requires that there be absolutely no connection between the two lives. No phantom memories of going down with the Titanic or being beheaded during the French Revolution, etc. (Why aren't 99.9% of those "past lives" just nameless nobodies to match the real-world proportion I wonder...) Our consciousness is born and dies with our brain, and is utterly unconnected to the consciousness of some other "brain" or equivalent in an unimaginably remote future that we happen to perceive as ourselves.

The upshot of this elegant hypothesis is that given a either an endlessly cycling monoverse or an infinity of multiverses, or a combination of both, that "we" have always and will always be here. To us, as soon as we die we will be reborn without any mystic intervention required, with no perception of the chasm of time that may have passed.... effectively immortal albeit in small disconnected intervals, and mostly as barely-conscious beings.

Why you ask? I have no idea. None of my ancesters has been killed by one that I know of.. Is it racial memory handed down through our DNA.


Of course... our not-ancestors who were not wary of snaky or predatory beasts quickly found themselves their meal and didn't get to pass on their not-wary genes. Our ancestors who were wary survived and passed on their wary genes until just about everyone had them.
7) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1939998)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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LEFTists Have TRIED EVERYTHANG to DESTROY SUPERTrump.

LOVIN' Their New Tactic: 'RIPPIN' CHILDREN OUT OF dA ARMs of PARENTs'!!!!!!; SEPARATING CHILDREN from Their 'Parents'!!!!!


Hmm... Does that make Mrs. Trump a "leftist"?

8) Message boards : Politics : Ukraine/Crimea (Message 1939900)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Participants discuss @BuzzFeed report that Trump told G7 leaders "Crimea is Russian, because everyone who lives there speaks Russian."

According to that logic, Austria is German and both Ireland and the USA British.


Hrm... 66% of Canada speaks English. What with this and Donald Trump's recent antagonism to our Prime Minister and our shared world's longest undefended border, should we be worried? :^p
(Edit: Oh damn... we have oil too.)
9) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1939544)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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A revolver is semi-automatic.


The older ones are single-action... the hammer needs to be pulled back/cocked manually, so they don't qualify. Most new ones are double-action, where the hammer can be manually cocked but pulling the trigger will pull the hammer back if it is uncocked; those ones can be fired as fast as the trigger can be pulled.

(Edit: OK, yes... there's fanning the hammer, but one needs to be a professional marksman to get any sort fo reasonable aim that way. :^p )
10) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1939490)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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N.Y. Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation Over Sweeping Violations

The New York State attorney general’s office filed a scathingly worded lawsuit on Thursday taking aim at the Donald J. Trump Foundation, accusing the charity and the Trump family of sweeping violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign.

The lawsuit, which seeks to dissolve the foundation and bar President Trump and three of his children from serving on nonprofit organizations, was an extraordinary rebuke of a sitting president. The attorney general also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission for possible further action, adding to Mr. Trump’s extensive legal problems.

The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, culminated a nearly two-year investigation of Mr. Trump’s charity, which became a subject of scrutiny during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. While such foundations are supposed to be devoted to charitable activities, the complaint asserts that Mr. Trump’s was often used to curry political favor or settle legal claims against his various businesses, and even spent $10,000 on a portrait of Mr. Trump that was hung at one of his golf clubs.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Anyone notice the change to the home page? (Message 1939461)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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I'm surprised that change was made but no donation in the bullet point list of how to help the project. If it isn't there, I read it as donations not being important, whereas in reality the project would not exist without them; they are very important. Perhaps it will be added later (I hope.)
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Suicide (Message 1939436)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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My take on that is that I will always have an eternity ahead of me to find out what is "beyond" so I should stick around as long as possible to enjoy life to the fullest. If life ever becomes so miserable that I feel like ending it and can't see any hope, I will liquidate all my assets, sell off all the computers, quit my job and hop the next plane or boat to somewhere amazing I have never been and/or would never otherwise go to... I'm leaning towards Europe and Polynesia. Life is too short to make it even shorter, and there is so much out there I have not experienced yet.

I am convinced of the "scientific reincarnation" hypothesis that when I die, a tremendous amount of time can pass without "me" being conscious of it, and given enough time the exceedingly improbable can happen, such as something coming into existence, somewhere, that I perceive as "me" again, possibly in some unimaginably remote future so far off that it isn't even in this cycle of our universe, and certainly having no connection whatsoever to this life as that would be certainly unprovable, and more likely completely impossible no matter how advanced our understanding becomes. However, given that there are so many orders of magnitude more "lesser beings" than conscious and technological ones (how many trillions of times more insects and bacteria are there than humans?) I might have to have go through many millions of brief and miserable lives before I have a long enjoyable one again as something equivalent to a human being. So savor it as long as you can! :^)
13) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 3 (Message 1939320)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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TOP500
SETI@home : 0.8 teraflops / 0.001 petaflops (see bottom of the Applications page)
BOINC projects combined: 20 petaflops


The SETI@Home numbers are pretty far off; for example, I'm doing about 2 TF myself... by the definition of the Cobblestone a 1 GF computer will earn 200 Cobblestone credits a day (and this is with CreditFew Screw.... um.... CreditNew which actually just about halves the real performances, so it's 4 TF but counted as 2)... simply divide RAC by 200,000 to convert to TF.

As per BOINCStats, SETI@Home's entire RAC is about 180 million, which by this simple calculation is 900 TF or 0.9 PF, and this matches what appears on the BOINCStats page
14) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Part 3 (Message 1939288)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Would that be in Russia, India, Pakistan, China, France, Israel, DPRK, IRAN, the US?


I'm pretty sure that the UK/GB has a bunch as well left over from the Cold War days.

That's what makes it seem so curious that so many are belittling the meeting between Trump and Kim, instead of expressing hope that maybe, just maybe, this time WILL be different.

At least they're talking instead of nuking.

......which I think is a good thing.......


Absolutely. I don't know what will become of this meeting, but a small improvement is always better than none.

Also Trump is good at manipulating others psychologically, and I think he deliberately dissed Trudeau just before their meeting not because of of trade, because being bullyish, easily offended and angry at "loss of face" is what Kim relates to, and it would give Trump an edge in their meeting. It may be a long shot, but I wouldn't be surprised if Trudeau was secretly in on it. Canada and the U.S. have a long history of secret collaboration, which I hope continues.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Anyone notice the change to the home page? (Message 1939183)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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The new home page doesn't have a donate button... I couldn't find it in any of the drop down menus either.


I think it was always under Project but it should appear in that list of bullet points on the main page in the near future. Thanks for pointing this out. :^)
16) Message boards : Politics : Greatest Best Leader of ALL TIME Yep Dat BeeeZZZ Big BIg BIG Hands Golden Haired Long Black Coat Wearin; WINNING ALWAYS Prez #45 45ers Gots His Back. You, Not So Much.......Yap (Message 1938787)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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I had no idea there was a 270% tariff on unfiltered Milk from America going to Canada. How is that Fair Trade?


Eggs, poultry and dairy are notorious in Canada for their "marketing boards" that have been price-fixing and lobbying for very high tariffs since, well, longer than I can remember. Since the 1950s at least. I stopped buying milk because of the ridiculous pricing (just buy powdered and make a little as required.) A 1L carton costs $2.99, but 2L $3.99, and 4L in bags $5.29? They are basically forcing overbuying so they don't have an oversupply which might force the price down. One of many controls they have on the market.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Suicide (Message 1938708)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Just read this yesterday...

US suicide rates increased more than 25% since 1999, CDC says

Suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.

More than half of those who died by suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC.

"These findings are disturbing. Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the US right now, and it's one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem -- and something that is all around us," Schuchat said. The other two top 10 causes of death that are on the rise are Alzheimer's disease and drug overdoses, she noted.
18) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1938329)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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[I do not support universal 'right to carry' without proper training and regulation. This is one of several positions on which I differ from the NRA. Also such training and licensing answers the anti-2nd Amendment cries of 'well regulated militia'. I also DO support background checks for all firearms sales or transfers, provided it is the same COMPREHENSIVE background check performed when applying for a CCW License.


It's only by conversing that we can find that all of us have more nuanced and agreeable positions on issues than superficially apparent. Meme pics just don't express it. :^) I would say a majority of people who would seem to be "anti-second amendment" or whatever would be for ownership and perhaps even CC with the requirements of background checks, a license, registration and training. This isn't to keep people from protecting themselves (which a simple ban would do more overtly) but simply to make it safer for everyone, and more difficult for criminals and the insane to acquire firearms.

Yes, some still will depending on desperation or money, but a solution doesn't have to be 100% effective to be better than nothing (ie we still lock our doors when we go out even though it isn't 100% effective and there are workarounds, because if you make it difficult enough the majority of criminals will give up.)
19) Message boards : Politics : Abortion and Birth Control (Message 1938316)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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There were uncounted numbers of forced abortions in China under the "one child policy" mostly in the 1990s but it still occurs today.
20) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1938163)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Mr. Kevvy Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Wouldn't a fire extinguisher be a better analogy? A smoke detector is to a fire what an intrusion/burglar alarm is to an intruder.


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