Posts by Gary Charpentier

1) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21st Century #2 (Message 1945654)
Posted 1 hour ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Under the agreement of China and Russia, all troops are withdrawn from the border by 100 km and this is considered acceptable.

100 km at 100km/hr is one hour away. Tanks might take two hours. This is acceptable? To whom? Ask Seoul.

Then Russia should not have issue with NATO base 100 km from border! If Russia has such an issue, then it had better base its own troops farther away.
2) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21st Century #2 (Message 1945632)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Why are you deploying NATO bases near the borders with Russia?
Ask that of the countries that border you. The simplest answer is always the best one - They don't trust you. :-)


And we do not trust you, this is called confrontation, when no one trusts anyone.
We believe that NATO bases are being created to attack Russia.
NATO bases were the first to approach Russia's borders, when Russia not only could not attack, but could not defend itself. Why did the NATO bases then appear near Russia?

You should ask yourself why countries who do not want to be under the yoke of the USA feel the need to have NATO bases built?


Maybe money?
Perhaps lobbying?
Is corruption possible?

This is not necessarily a threat Russia, it can be propaganda for the population.

Money, no
Lobbying, no
Corruption, doubtful

Russia not understanding how what it does is perceived by others?
3) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21st Century #2 (Message 1945616)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Why are you deploying NATO bases near the borders with Russia?
Ask that of the countries that border you. The simplest answer is always the best one - They don't trust you. :-)


And we do not trust you, this is called confrontation, when no one trusts anyone.
We believe that NATO bases are being created to attack Russia.
NATO bases were the first to approach Russia's borders, when Russia not only could not attack, but could not defend itself. Why did the NATO bases then appear near Russia?

You should ask yourself why countries who do not want to be under the yoke of the USA feel the need to have NATO bases built?
4) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The James Webb Space Telescope (Message 1945588)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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For example, the telescope "Kepler" failed because of the positioning system.

Yes, after its design lifetime had been exceeded. Also note Kepler was built as a cheap mission.

Same type of system, reaction control wheel, has failed on every spacecraft it is on including the ISS. Humans can't make bearings and electric motors that last forever.
5) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21st Century #2 (Message 1945576)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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they will be destroyed in case of a threat.

Sounds like mere existence is a threat. Sounds like Mother Russia is going to take over the world. Is this Germany in the 1930's?
6) Message boards : Politics : Trade War (Message 1945575)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Someone ought to tell the bimbo that every time he opens his mouth, stocks & currency lose.

So long as hotel and condo prices don't go down, he doesn't care.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPHW CCLXXIII (Message 1945473)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Well I found it. Had to cross several rivers, islands, bridges, but I found it. Nice little town. Buying an amond orchard there. Yes an amond orchard. They don't add the l until the fruit has been shelled. Well that is what the locals told me.

Stanislaus river? Nice area but HOT.
8) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The James Webb Space Telescope (Message 1945471)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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IIRC one of the biggest problems is the funding was cut to near zero one year. People have to have food on the table. Not everyone could wait around a year to be brought back on the project.

There seem to be two big issues left. The first seems to be some sort of engineering and building screw up at NGAS on the propulsion system. That isn't being talked about. If they have identified it they will fix it.
The second seems to be the sun shield. Never flown before. Seems like they tried something and it didn't test okay. Rinse and Repeat. Does not give good confidence all the problems are out.

It seems to be an issue to unfold and unfurl things in space. Skylab, ISS, Light Sail, there is a list of failures of those kinds of operations. We don't have zero g test facility for those.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Bugs and Insects (Message 1945453)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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My urban bees with their fluffy white bums. How cute is that?
Aren't they just so cute!! :)

But I'm not here to talk bees. I'm here to talk crickets.

I had to undertake an emergency dash out to procure Jaffa cakes for an other half, and almost completely forgot to because *spellbound blink* there are crickets,

chirping...

IN THE PARKS

ACROSS BOTH MY ROADS

and to hear what used to be permanent background noise for me once-upon-a-time-too-long-ago, I've had to travel to the Mediterranean to do so... until tonight that is.

There aren't many, but if you listen carefully, you can pick them out amongst the more traditional night time London sounds. And it made me homesick - which is so stupid - but it did :)

Had to exterminate one that got in recently. Damn things can be so loud. Oh, if you want some, plant holly oak trees. They love them. Damn city put them down the entire block.
10) Message boards : Politics : A question for an American. (Message 1945451)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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If you did not know, then I'll tell you a secret, in any country, any company is under the control of the state, especially the media.

I'll tell you a fact, that is only true in communist and former communist countries, dictatorships, absolute monarchies, and theocracies.

You would do well to read Citizens United. https://www.oyez.org/cases/2008/08-205
<ed>and New York Times. https://www.oyez.org/cases/1970/1873
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thor is the Designer Cafe! (Message 1945444)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Shhh, Thor draws near.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thor is the Designer Cafe! (Message 1945417)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Here on the lower left coast Thor has been around all week, but he is moving East now.

Left us very hot and muggy.

All Hail Thor!
13) Message boards : Politics : A question for an American. (Message 1945387)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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State channels exist in any country (state-funded)

Can you name the state channel in the USA?

here is a list for you https://www.directv.com/guide


I do not need a list. This is CNN
It is not necessary to tell here that this is a commercial channel.
This is a propaganda channel and one should not hide that it is financed by the state, through front companies.

The actual state channel of the USA is VOA. I was half expecting you to say PBS or CSPAN which do get government money.

First time I've heard that AT&T WarnerMedia was a front company for the US Government.

Can you show us where that front money is? https://investors.att.com/financial-reports/annual-reports/2017
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Uli (Message 1945386)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
15) Message boards : Politics : A question for an American. (Message 1945279)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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yawn

Why do I get the feeling someone is living on an Animal Farm in 1984?

sigh
16) Message boards : Politics : A question for an American. (Message 1945278)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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State channels exist in any country (state-funded)

Can you name the state channel in the USA?

here is a list for you https://www.directv.com/guide
17) Message boards : Politics : A question for an American. (Message 1945266)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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sigh

<ed>
opinion
noun
a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge: I'm writing to voice my opinion on an issue of great importance | that, in my opinion, is dead right.

conjecture
noun
an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information: conjectures about the newcomer were many and varied | the purpose of the opening in the wall is open to conjecture.
• an unproven mathematical or scientific theorem: the Goldbach conjecture.
• (in textual criticism) the suggestion or reconstruction of a reading of a text not present in the original source.
verb [with object]
form an opinion or supposition about (something) on the basis of incomplete information: he conjectured the existence of an otherwise unknown feature | many conjectured that she had a second husband in mind.
• (in textual criticism) propose (a reading).

hypothesis
noun (plural hypotheses |-ˌsēz| )
a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation: professional astronomers attacked him for popularizing an unconfirmed hypothesis.
• Philosophy a proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.

theory
noun
a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained: Darwin's theory of evolution.
• a set of principles on which the practice of an activity is based: a theory of education | music theory.
• an idea used to account for a situation or justify a course of action: my theory would be that the place has been seriously mismanaged.

fact
noun
a thing that is indisputably the case:

news
noun
newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events
18) Message boards : Politics : A question for an American. (Message 1945249)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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These channels speak of Russia's position.

Yes they do, it is called propaganda.

ed> and you proved their deceit yourself. You said they give a position, not they give facts. A position in an opinion. Opinion is not news.
19) Message boards : Politics : A question for an American. (Message 1945243)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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Correction.
https://explorer.usaid.gov/cd/UKR?fiscal_year=2018&measure=Obligations
https://explorer.usaid.gov/cd/UKR?fiscal_year=2018&measure=Disbursements
But then IMF also pay a lot to Ukraine.

Corruption?
Check this out. Compare Russia and Ukraine with for instance the Nordic Countries in Europe!
https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_perceptions_index_2017


USA on the 16th place, HA-HA
This is a deceitful index.
In the US, corruption is such that there is no corruption in Russia at all.

Don't you love Faux news ... er Tass, Sputnik, RT, ...
http://files.transparency.org/content/download/2181/13740/file/CPI_2017_SourceDescription%20Document_EN.pdf
20) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1945226)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $250 donor
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I will miss him.

I pray for the best for you and your family.


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