Posts by Mr. Kevvy

21) Message boards : Politics : Hold on to your hats, we're bombing Syria. (Message 1861053)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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My congratulations to whoever in Trump's circle of advisors that convinced him to go this way with his response.


May have been an unexpected advisor...

Also my apologies for being cliché but +1 KWSN-MK on that. :^)
22) Message boards : Politics : Hold on to your hats, we're bombing Syria. (Message 1861036)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Mr. Kevvy and other warmongers:




Geez, agree with one little military action in, well... I can't remember since when... and I'm a "warmonger".

If it is fine, then perhaps Russia should lob some cruise missiles into Washington DC to force America to give up Bush jr to stand trial for Abu Ghrib and all the extra ordinary renditions, after all if one country can be a moral policeman then any other country should be able to as well.


Bad analogy as that would accomplish nothing as there is no immediate threat of another Iraq invasion. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell et al should have been impeached/fired and jailed for what they did to Iraq. It is not comparable to this at all as it was a full-scale invasion on very bad manufactured evidence linking to an unrelated event which (most of) the rest of the world could see was nothing more than a ruse to get at their oil reserves.

You are advocating that the USA enforce a Judaeo-christian moral code on others, who have a different code, by force


Again, the restriction against nerve-gassing civilians including children is not a "Judaeo-christian" moral code. It is a universal one.
23) Message boards : Politics : Hold on to your hats, we're bombing Syria. (Message 1860965)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Here is an article from the Irish Times I share because it's pretty close to my take on the situation:

President Donald Trump’s airstrikes against Syria were of dubious legality. They were hypocritical. They were impulsive. They may have had political motivations. They create new risks for the United States.

But most of all, they were right.

I’m deeply suspicious of Trump’s policies and competence, but this is a case where he is right and Barack Obama was wrong. Indeed, many of us believe that Obama’s worst foreign policy mistake was his passivity in Syria.


I try to be pragmatic in my views on how a leader is doing based on their actions themselves, rather than tacitly either accepting or dismissing them because of their political "alignment" or their party. So far Donald Trump has done a lot I disagree with, but I do find myself agreeing with this as it seems to have put humanitarian concerns over political ones. Perhaps I am wrong, but that is my take on it. The most honest and reliable humanitarian groups (ie Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International) have been documenting the human rights abuses of the civil war and the al-Assad regime for six years. Chemical and other banned weapons have been used on civilians numerous times, four hundred thousand dead, six million refugees. If this can cause the regime to have second thoughts about using banned weapons again, or bring them to the negotiating table, then it was necessary.

Saving children from being nerve-gassed to death by their own government may be the best use of cruise missiles I have yet heard of. Better to use them on this than something more dubious.

Edit: Oh, a peaceful Syria is also essential to making ISIS/Daesh go away, so there is an actual benefit for the U.S. (and allies) in there too.
24) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (105) Server Problems? (Message 1860930)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Is it just me? No one else has mentioned that uploads/downloads halted at right on 10AM UTC.


Yup... I see about two hours worth of uploads on all my machines giving "Project communication failed: attempting access to reference site" but bruno and everything else required appears OK. Ah well, it's Tuesday so it should come back up again after the outrage.
25) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Could we communicate via radiowaves through interstellar space? (Message 1860809)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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0000--- 0000
0010--- 0001
0100--- 0001
0110--- 0000
1000--- 0001
1010--- 0000
1100--- 0000


Left column is a simple binary count in the three leftmost bits with the least significant bit not used (or just counting by twos), the right column is an odd parity bit.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1860730)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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You've really got to admire her tool use. I don't know what evolutionary pressure made raccoons, or raccoon ancestors, so darn smart. Makes me wonder.... Given their excellent problem solving abilities, it is no surprise that raccoons tend to do well wherever they live.


I would think it is the the hand-like dexterity of their front paws... using our hands for complex tasks (spurred by by walking upright freeing them for use) is one of the drivers of the growth of our brains and intelligence.



Give it a few thousand years. :^)
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1860428)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Anybody else realize what a significant moment of cinema this was?
It still, years later, brings me tears........of joy.


Yes... that was my favorite episode of the series with both that scene and the scene where she convinces the Unsullied to follow her (I think it was the same episode.) Just amazing. Close second is the last two episodes of season 7 (the last two out currently.) By far the best dramatic TV show I have seen, or I think am likely to.

(Then again I said the same about Breaking Bad until GoT came along.)
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1860115)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Thank you... if you check my Friends list you're both on it, so it's no effort. :^)

A little empathy goes a long way.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1860104)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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More for the benefit of readers who may be wondering than yourself who should know, but I will answer.

Mark, your contributions to this project are great, but this is not a two-tier system, and we all have exactly the same policies to follow.

This is because this board is the property of the University of California. Any post made in it outside of the private team rooms can be seen for literally years by anyone on Earth with an internet connection; there are no checks for membership nor age. That is why there are more conditions on posting here (ie no swearing, violence, etc.) than there may be on a forum that requires a logon.

And please stick around. :^)
30) Message boards : Politics : Alternative Reality Health Care a/k/a tRump Care (Message 1860094)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I understand the point you are trying to make, but seriously...

Medical care for accidents is one thing...


Yes, it was farcical, but a projection of free market medicine to its absolute limit.
31) Message boards : Politics : Alternative Reality Health Care a/k/a tRump Care (Message 1860077)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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"Dear Hit and Run Victim,

Your standing on the street corner waiting to cross the street was a result of poor life choices. Real people only travel in SUVs, limousines or private jets, and are not pedestrians.

As you have no health insurance, you may use the Free Market's gift of the Tort to sue the driver who drove over the sidewalk and hit you. Once this is done, we will then treat you. We do understand that they drove away and there were no witnesses and the police are unable to locate them so this may take quite a while, so until then, please apply pressure to the wound to prevent blood loss as we don't wish to lose a potential customer. That advice will be $282.50 due immediately. Please pay now so that we don't have to damage your credit rating.

Regards,
Natural Law Medicine"
32) Message boards : Politics : Hold on to your hats, we're bombing Syria. (Message 1860071)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Guess they are finally understanding the Western Left and the Western Media, are really a bunch of frauds.


<<shrug>> I haven't seen a peep from the "Western Media frauds" yet saying this was a bad thing.
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1860028)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Well aware, Chris, but thank you for your concern.

You and the mod team know...


Well then why are you telling us? 😀
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1860019)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I have a simple, trusted .45 revolver.
...
Or, if long range is an issue, the M40.
One shot at a time, with careful thought. And precision. And accuracy.


New purchases within the last week?

I wish to remind you that I do not currently own a gun.
I did many years ago, and might again soon,.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : New Phone Scam. Pretending to be a telemarketer from a resort. (Message 1860017)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I have to say TL that half of this seems to be your own fault. Why did you hang on for so long trying to get a word in edgewise? it should have been obvious it was a scam call in a few seconds.


As I found out, this may be the only way to get rid of them forever. I went from getting several a week sometimes twice a day to not one in three years by deliberately wasting their time, pretending to be interested, going up to the progressively more expensive tiers (with better English), patiently letting them finish their spiels. At the end they asked for my credit card number; I feigned connection issues and hung up.

I did this three times and never got another call. Their margins are very tight due to having a very poor hit:miss ratio, so do likely track and probably even share the numbers of time-wasters to avoid. Nothing else (threats, Do Not Call lists, legal action) works as they are in a different continent.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Spring Garden Pictures 2017 (Message 1860008)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Interestingly P&O deny this but it is still universally believed.


Sorry, not universally. The backronym story for "posh" unfortunately has no evidence for it (and some good evidence against), similar to "golf" and "cop" as noted. Here is another etymology.
37) Message boards : Politics : Hold on to your hats, we're bombing Syria. (Message 1859960)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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However there is a big issue with that. The ones who don't want Assad left. That leaves the people who do want Assad.


That is also very true. So only time will tell if there are enough left who didn't support him but just didn't leave yet. As well if he is gone, many may return. Hard to tell. Complicated situation, thus as Mark noted all we can do is hope that this is the right decision.
38) Message boards : Politics : Hold on to your hats, we're bombing Syria. (Message 1859955)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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But I guess I have to ask the question.................
Where does one draw the line between keeping the peace, letting them just all kill themselves, and just where dos it endanger our own country if we just stand back and watch it go to hell?
At what point, really, do we need to step in, waste our resources, and go to war?
Is this really a threat to our national security? Could be. I am just asking.


There have been five million refugees out of Syria since the conflict began. Most have gone to Europe but many would like to come to the U.S. (and Canada) if possible. While the majority will be good people, this is a great opportunity for "bad actors" ie ISIS/Daesh to sneak in.

So, in addition to lessening the human tragedy, the U.S. and its allies do have a security interest in ending the conflict, and I doubt that will happen until Assad is gone. Assad's regime is also one of the prime raisons d'être for ISIS/Daesh being there.
39) Message boards : Politics : Hold on to your hats, we're bombing Syria. (Message 1859936)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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As in all matters of this kind..............
I hate war and all that it has done.


Absolutely... there are few times when it is justified, but I hope that the outcome may vindicate that this was one of them.
40) Message boards : Politics : Hold on to your hats, we're bombing Syria. (Message 1859931)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
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All we can hope is next time they are wary of massacring civilians indiscriminately for fear of consequences.

Go kick some Assad. :^)


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