Posts by Mr. Kevvy

11) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1899458)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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12) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Two (Message 1899031)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Sanctions appear to be working...

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea called on Friday for a halt to what it called “brutal sanctions”, saying the measures - imposed after its latest nuclear test - constituted genocide.

“Today the U.S.-led racket of brutal sanctions and pressure against the DPRK constitutes contemporary human rights violation and genocide,” the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva said in a statement.

The sanctions regime “threatens and impedes the enjoyment by the people of DPRK of their human rights in all sectors”, it said.

The call for an immediate end to the sanctions comes as U.S. President Donald Trump sets off on a trip to Asia - including China, South Korea and Japan - looking for help to pressure North Korea to stand down from the nuclear crisis.
13) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1898856)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Here is a "free market" solution to prop up the dying coal industry:

The Trump administration wants to force electricity customers to pay for a $10.6 billion annual bailout of the failing coal and nuclear industries through surcharges on their monthly energy bills.

The quietly announced proposal would require ratepayers to fully underwrite a new mandate that coal and nuclear plants hold a minimum of 90 days' worth of fuel on-site under the false premise of providing security from power outages.

But critics say the subsidy is just a massive government-mandated transfer of wealth from consumers to coal and nuclear companies.

"This is like changing the energy system from capitalism to communism—and the U.S. government wants to do it within the next two weeks," said Michael Krancer, a principal at energy policy company Silent Majority Strategies.

The Department of Energy says the fuel stockpiles are necessary to prevent power outages “in times of supply stress, such as recent natural disasters.” But only 0.00007 percent of all major power disruptions over the past five years were due to fuel supply problems, John Larsen, a power sector researcher for the Rhodium Group, told Newsweek.
14) Message boards : Politics : 45 LOVERS and 45 NON-LOVERS Thread.....DREE THEIR WEIRDs (Message 1898179)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Well then you must have a non-fictional non-BS source for this photo.


Here is one... it's on many sources and the image is from the AFP.
15) Message boards : Politics : Abortion and Birth Control (Message 1898073)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Important context I didn't see from this: did this happen in the UK or the ROI? (unsure as your profile lists the latter but you live in the former but unknown for how long.)
16) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1898068)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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IF GhG-ACC is correct, and the major driving force behind the climate changes we see today, then Algore, the UN IPCC, and all the other politicians are just not doing enough. I have said it here before. If we stop using all Fossil Fuel... ALL of it... right now this instant... it wouldn't be enough to even really slow down very much the climate change we are observing in the short to medium-long term. Maybe in a couple of hundred thousand years the climate might get back to normal... And this is the case even if we stopped right now this instant EVERYTHING else we are doing that is driving climate change. There are just WAY too many humans on this planet.. somewhere around 2000 times too many...


Unfortunately, I think you may be correct, or at least in the ballpark. But I don't think that this should stop us from doing what we can. And that we have "free market solutions" already developed or in development with plenty more on the way should be encouraging... doing the right thing should not have to cost more. So I will keep riding my bike. :^)
17) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1898008)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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After a few Words by Journo, ALL dA REST is by dA SCIENTIST.


Well, retired scientist... but yes, still there are some that do disagree with AGW. Counting only actual fields relevant to the study of it, it's about 3%. The other 97% are quite confident of AGW including those who are the closest to the field itself, ie climatologists who study just that. (If after studying your test results, 97 doctors told you that you had cancer and should do something about it, but 3 disagreed... who would you listen to?)

But, I don't worry too much about it. The world has moved on... let the deniers deny all they want. The market has pushed research that has developed wind turbines and and solar cells to the point they are cheaper for generation than the cheapest, dirtiest lignite coal (for solar, by several times) and it just keeps getting cheaper. Hope you will not argue that the free-market should choose something pricier, higher-maintenance, more labour-expensive and with a greater risk of interference by lawsuits and legislation down the road just to keep the proverbial buggy-whip factories open. :^)
18) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 (Message 1897762)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Man shot by Chicago police officer is awarded $44.7 million

A federal jury awarded a Chicago man a record-breaking $44.7 million Thursday after finding that a Chicago police officer shot him in the head after a night of heavy drinking and that the troubled Police Department enabled the off-duty patrolman's violent behavior.

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Though they needed some time to reach a unanimous decision on how much to award in damages, jurors said it took them less than 20 minutes to determine Officer Patrick Kelly fired a bullet into his best friend Michael LaPorta's skull in January 2010 and then misled investigators by insisting LaPorta tried to kill himself.

LaPorta, who lives in the city's Morgan Park neighborhood, survived the shooting but still suffers from a host of medical conditions. Now 37, he can no longer walk or read and depends on his aging parents for around-the-clock care.

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Because the jury found that the Police Department has a widespread problem with disciplining officers and failed to maintain an early-warning system, the city of Chicago is responsible for the $44.7 million award and LaPorta's legal fees, which likely also will be millions of dollars.

The verdict is a record award for a misconduct lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department, according to records reviewed by the Chicago Tribune and sources with knowledge of where the verdict would rank in comparison with past cases.

The previous record was $25 million, which a jury awarded to Thaddeus Jimenez in a wrongful conviction case in 2012.

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Kelly, 36, has been found mentally unfit for duty twice, arrested two times, accused of beating a girlfriend and has been treated for alcohol addiction. He has been sued six times and has been the subject of more than two dozen investigations into his on- and off-duty conduct, including one in which he was found to have assaulted a female sergeant.

Prosecutors opted not to charge Kelly with wrongdoing in connection with the shooting after it happened. Police, however, reopened their investigation into the shooting last year.

Kelly and LaPorta were the only people inside the patrolman's South Side home on Jan. 12, 2010, when LaPorta was shot toward the back of his head with Kelly's service weapon. Chicago police classified the shooting as an attempted suicide based largely on an account from Kelly.

LaPorta couldn't speak for months after the shooting, but his family pushed back against the suicide classification and accused Kelly of covering up the truth. Kelly told investigators that LaPorta held the gun with his left hand, but the ambidextrous LaPorta was a lifelong hunter who always shot with his right. No fingerprints were on the gun, which investigators found on the floor next to LaPorta.
19) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Two (Message 1897638)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Who are nuked out of existence in the first minutes. What is left to conscript?


Please have a look at this and then we can try to explain how that is possible. :^)
20) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases, Food and Drugs, Recalls #5 (Message 1897634)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Founder and Owner of Pharmaceutical Company Insys Arrested and Charged with Racketeering

BOSTON – The founder and majority owner of Insys Therapeutics Inc., was arrested today and charged with leading a nationwide conspiracy to profit by using bribes and fraud to cause the illegal distribution of a Fentanyl spray intended for cancer patients experiencing breakthrough pain.

John N. Kapoor, 74, of Phoenix, Ariz., a current member of the Board of Directors of Insys, was arrested this morning in Arizona and charged with RICO conspiracy, as well as other felonies, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Law. Kapoor, the former Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO of Insys, will appear in federal court in Phoenix today. He will appear in U.S. District Court in Boston at a later date.

The superseding indictment, unsealed today in Boston, also includes additional allegations against several former Insys executives and managers who were initially indicted in December 2016.

The superseding indictment charges that Kapoor; Michael L. Babich, 40, of Scottsdale, Ariz., former CEO and President of the company; Alec Burlakoff, 42, of Charlotte, N.C., former Vice President of Sales; Richard M. Simon, 46, of Seal Beach, Calif., former National Director of Sales; former Regional Sales Directors Sunrise Lee, 36, of Bryant City, Mich., and Joseph A. Rowan, 43, of Panama City, Fla.; and former Vice President of Managed Markets, Michael J. Gurry, 53, of Scottsdale, Ariz., conspired to bribe practitioners in various states, many of whom operated pain clinics, in order to get them to prescribe a fentanyl-based pain medication. The medication, called “Subsys,” is a powerful narcotic intended to treat cancer patients suffering intense breakthrough pain. In exchange for bribes and kickbacks, the practitioners wrote large numbers of prescriptions for the patients, most of whom were not diagnosed with cancer.


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Thanks Mr. Kevvy

Very interesting article. Thanks for posting.


Anytime. :^)
21) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Two (Message 1897632)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Kim has to expect that with all the threats and provocations there will be plenty of American military as close in as they can be while in international space...

I still stick with my initial assessment that this is a war of words and bluster; Kim is fully aware that he can swagger and test all he wants but attacking first would be the end of him and possibly most of North Korea depending on whether it was conventional or nuclear, and Trump isn't going to attack first because he knows that he would lose most if not all world support and assistance, destroy one of the most devoted allies the U.S. has (South Korea) and then also have to deal with China becoming an enemy and a possible World War III situation.

So both leaders "win"... Kim gets to show he's strong to his people by bad-mouthing and threatening the U.S. and getting away with it, and Trump gets to show he's strong to his people by showing he will stand up to any aggression. Political Brinksmanship 101...

Well I am hope I am right... it lets me sleep at night at least. :^)

Also JE beat me to mentioning that a fat, complacent, lazy and wealthy people can afford to pay for a very good military to defend them that is none of the above.
22) Message boards : Politics : Abortion and Birth Control (Message 1897571)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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One of those women who were very reluctant to have an abortion, agonized over it and had it to due to necessity was my wife...

When she married her first husband, they were living in a small apartment and wanted to get established in their careers before having children so that they would be born into a stable and prosperous household, so were using birth control. They both were working to save money, but unfortunately the husband's job failed to deliver on a promised promotion, so he resigned, being young and motivated enough knowing that he would end up with something better (which he did) but not when.

He was madly looking for work, up at five every morning to be the first in all the employment lineups even in winter, and his wife was working as hard and well as she could at her job, knowing she was mostly carrying both of them for a while, but they were alright as they were just scraping by...

... and then she discovered she was pregnant. The birth control had failed, as it often does.

This was before the days of widespread maternal leave and the abortion pill. Being pregnant could cost her job, and there was no guarantee of finding adoptive parents. Her husband was still looking for work. They were living hand-to-mouth as it was. She cried over the decision many times, and it haunts her to this day, but she had the abortion as soon as she could so that she was aborting something tiny and brainless, and as least baby-like as possible.

Those who think that they have the right to force women to be brood-mares and carry babies to term often dismiss the agony and tears that they go through in making this most personal and profound of decisions... treat it as if they were deciding nothing more than whether to have a mole excised. And not surprisingly, they are also the same people who would arbitrarily stall their abortions as long as possible so that they can then argue the women are aborting a baby rather than a fetus, and deny them effective birth control access and social services to support them or provide adoption services so that abortion is not required in the first place. But this is to be expected.
23) Message boards : Politics : Terrorist Attacks (Message 1897272)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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This is one of the most positive pieces of news (for the long-term good of humanity) I have read in a long time. It's all over the place but this is the original source from the Guardian. I had high hopes for this young crown prince when he overturned the Saudi ban on female drivers as soon as he could... well, he has a lot more planned:

I will return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam, says crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has vowed to return the country to “moderate Islam” and asked for global support to transform the hardline kingdom into an open society that empowers citizens and lures investors.

In an interview with the Guardian, the powerful heir to the Saudi throne said the ultra-conservative state had been “not normal” for the past 30 years, blaming rigid doctrines that have governed society in a reaction to the Iranian revolution, which successive leaders “didn’t know how to deal with”.

Expanding on comments he made at an investment conference at which he announced the launch of an ambitious $500bn (£381bn) independent economic zone straddling Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt, Prince Mohammed said: “We are a G20 country. One of the biggest world economies. We’re in the middle of three continents. Changing Saudi Arabia for the better means helping the region and changing the world. So this is what we are trying to do here. And we hope we get support from everyone.

“What happened in the last 30 years is not Saudi Arabia. What happened in the region in the last 30 years is not the Middle East. After the Iranian revolution in 1979, people wanted to copy this model in different countries, one of them is Saudi Arabia. We didn’t know how to deal with it. And the problem spread all over the world. Now is the time to get rid of it.”

Earlier Prince Mohammed had said: “We are simply reverting to what we followed – a moderate Islam open to the world and all religions. 70% of the Saudis are younger than 30, honestly we won’t waste 30 years of our life combating extremist thoughts, we will destroy them now and immediately.”


I very much hope he doesn't meet with an "accident" before he officially takes over from his father... he will be stepping on quite a few very nasty and change-unfriendly toes. But given that it's an open secret that Saudi hardline Wahhabism has been at the root of Daesh/ISIL, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Boko Haram and other acknowledged terrorist groups and it's almost certain that elements of the Saudi royal family and others have been secretly funding these groups, I think that this is very good news indeed and hope he can carry out his plan.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Gord Downie (Message 1895933)
Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Gord Downie dies at 53

Gord Downie, the legendary front man of the Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, has died at the age of 53.

In a statement posted online, the band confirmed that Downie died on Tuesday night, “with his beloved children and family close by.”

“Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips,” the statement said.

The beloved Canadian musician was diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer in May, 2016.


The Tragically Hip never achieved the popularity south of the border that they could have, but some of their hits did cross over and may be familiar. In Canada he was probably the best-known currently-performing rock musician (OK, perhaps tied with Geddy Lee of Rush.) Gord also in his last days and by his own initiative produced the album/graphic novel/animated film The Secret Path to document the abuses of First Nations people in Canadian residential schools.

A sad but unfortunately not unexpected loss given his recent diagnosis. Rest easy, Gord, and thank you for all the music we grew up to.

Some of his best with the Tragically Hip:

New Orleans is Sinking (my personal favorite... only gained in popularity after being banned from radio airplay after hurricane Katrina)

38 Years Old

Ahead By a Century

Blow at High Dough

Boots or Hearts

Little Bones

Locked in the Trunk of a Car
25) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases, Food and Drugs, Recalls #5 (Message 1895922)
Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Over 30,000 Published Studies Could Be Wrong Due to Contaminated Cells

Many of the standard research cell lines used to develop and test new treatments aren't what they are claimed to be because they were contaminated with other "immortal" cell lines. We will doubtless see a lot of fallout from this in the near future.
26) Message boards : Politics : 45 LOVERS and 45 NON-LOVERS Thread.....DREE THEIR WEIRDs (Message 1895506)
Posted 15 Oct 2017 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I think an even more important reason was that Saddam Hussein ran a strong secular government in an area full of radical Islamists wanting to institute a Sharia caliphate and kept them at bay. When he was removed, this left a power vacuum rapidly occupied by Daesh/ISIS. They would not have existed as anything but a few underground plotters otherwise.

(And this is another reason why I think Bush II is the worst president ever. His father was aware of the above and after kicking the Iraqi army out of Kuwait refused his advisors' urgings to topple Saddam. Will this change? I'll add Saddam keeping Iran at bay to my list though! Bush II certainly left a "legacy")
27) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Two (Message 1895316)
Posted 14 Oct 2017 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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What powered them, especially military ones?


(Miniaturized for portables) tubes and other discrete components. The first experimental transistor wasn't made until 1947.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Kicking the habit......smoking. What worked for you? (Message 1895076)
Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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It blows my mind how much cigarettes cost. I had no idea it was that expensive. Is it just the last couple decades that prices have gone up so much due to tobacco taxes?


I was surprised as well... they are more expensive than in Canada where we usually pay higher taxes. This could be because the taxes are being diverted into health care to pay for the increased care/expense smokers incur whereas our health care is already covered by other taxes anyways. But you're correct the increases have mostly been in the last two decades coincident with banning smoking in public areas (ie bars, restaurants, etc.), advertising legislation and tobacco companies losing huge lawsuits.

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And something for Mark:

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
--- Calvin Coolidge

Go kittyman! :^)
29) Message boards : Number crunching : 16 GPUs? For real? (Message 1894719)
Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Yeh, Petri's home brew, Tuesday Special...


The client reports them as being "Tu"'s for "Tuesday" rather than "Ti"... nice touch.
30) Message boards : Politics : North Korea Two (Message 1894137)
Posted 8 Oct 2017 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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And all the dead thousands to millions of animals (a kingdom which includes insects, fish and birds) such as pets, and babies both born and unborn, caused by the pre-meditated attack you seem to be supporting are not innocent?


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