Posts by John Robert Mallernee

1) Message boards : Politics : The "Civil War" WAS Unnecessary! (Message 1865300)
Posted 3 May 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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@ GARY CHARPENTIER:

Because of all the unreasonable hatred, universal abysmal ignorance, and increasing divisions within our society, I believe a genuine civil war is more or less inevitable, although it will probably begin as a general unorganized anarchy.

It's odd that the United States of America fought wars against the Nazis and the Communists, and yet, it seems that we've now embraced the exact same principles, ideology, and methods of Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin.

With everything spiraling out of control, the only thing left is for each of us to live our own lives as best as we can, and do what we can for our families and those who are closest to us.
2) Message boards : Politics : The "Civil War" WAS Unnecessary! (Message 1865277)
Posted 3 May 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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@ JANNESETI:

I don't know in what context President Trump was making those remarks, but considering his financial success and that he did get elected President of the United States of America, then it's obvious he's a whole lot smarter than a lot of folks are giving him credit for!

He's a human being, and I reckon he might get things mixed up sometimes, just as you and I do.

But, regardless, my main point remains, that the bloodiest war in America's history was completely unnecessary.
3) Message boards : Politics : The "Civil War" WAS Unnecessary! (Message 1865274)
Posted 3 May 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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It amuses me to point out examples of history repeating itself.

For example:

In the Eighteen Sixties, the North invaded the South, my ancestor fought for the South, and the South lost.
(i.e., the Confederate States of America)

Exactly one hundred years later:

In the Nineteen Sixties, the North invaded the South, I fought for the South, and the South lost.
(i.e., the old Republic of Viet Nam)
4) Message boards : Politics : The "Civil War" WAS Unnecessary! (Message 1865272)
Posted 3 May 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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In the news, I read that lots of folks are upset and mystified by President Trump stating the Civil War was unnecessary.

When I looked at the comments posted by readers, by the thousands, they appear to be virtually unanimous in their condemnation and mockery of President Trump.

President Trump is correct in saying the Civil War was unnecessary, and here are the reasons why:

(1) - No war was needed to free the slaves, as all other civilized nations were able to successfully end the practice of slavery in their countries without resorting to armed conflict.

Actually, slavery did not become an officially stated reason for the conflict until halfway through the war, and even then, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free slaves outside of Southern lands which had already been conquered and occupied by the Union Army, nor did it free the slaves being held in Northern states or territories.

(2) - Delegates from the Confederate States of America traveled to Washington, D.C., repeatedly attempting to plead with President Lincoln for peace, but President Lincoln refused to receive them.

(3) - It was not a "Civil War" as defined by the dictionary, for the Southern states had no intention or desire to seize and overthrow the government of the United States of America, but only wanted their independence and to be left alone.

The war of 1861 was a conflict between two separate, sovereign nations, i.e., the United States of America and the Confederate States of America.

(4) - The conflict of 1861 was a repeat of the events of 1776, when British colonial rebels committed treason, seceding from Great Britain, and displaying a rebel banner designed by Betsy Ross.

If it was right when the Thirteen Colonies did that, then why was it wrong for the eleven Southern states to do the same thing?
5) Message boards : Politics : Controversial BOINC Notification (Message 1864322)
Posted 28 Apr 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Regarding the public relations damage that has been done due to the controversy that has arisen among SETI@Home participants, this is the text of an e-mail that I distributed, which I also posted on my blog, "OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE".

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Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:
It should be unnecessary to write this e-mail message.

But - - - ,

I just received a notice from one of the project managers at the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (i.e., "S.E.T.I.") scientific research project, one of many computerized scientific research projects distributed by the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (i.e., "B.O.I.N.C."), based on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.

The events at the University of California at Berkeley currently transpiring in the news are very embarrassing for those of us private individuals who volunteer our personal computers to assist in analyzing the raw data being collected and distributed.

As many of you already know, I am one of the multitude of volunteers around the globe (many of whom are utterly confused by what's happening at Berkeley), and my own computer is used to analyze raw data for the following scientific research projects:

Citizen Science Grid (various projects), Climate Prediction, Einstein (studying gravitational waves and pulsars), Large Hadron Collider (accelerator physics), Lattice Project (molecular evolution), Milky Way (imaging our galaxy), PS1 Optical Galaxy Survey (astronomy), Rosetta (three dimensional shapes of proteins), Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (i.e., "S.E.T.I."), SZTAKI Desktop Grid (binary number systems), and the World Community Grid (Cancer, Zika, AIDS, Ebola, Genomes, Tuberculosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Clean Water, Clean Energy, Nutricious Rice for the World).

You didn't know an ordinary personal laptop computer could do all that, did you?

In addition to those projects being run on my computer, there are many more scientific projects a participant may choose to take part in.

Can you see the potential for how much good you can do by using your personal computer's spare time and unused disk space to help solve these mysteries of science?

And, oh, how much damage is now being done to our image and efforts by the rioters and the administration at the University of California at Berkeley!

Indeed, the project managers have been receiving many outraged comments and messages, with some supporters refusing to donate any additional funding to these projects.

But, these scientific research projects are not associated with the rioters, nor (or so I've been advised) do the administrators of the University of California at Berkeley exercise any control over any of the various scientific research projects, other than providing them with physical facilities.

I hope you'll ignore the rioters and the equally onerous decisions of the University of California at Berkeley administration, and join with me in participation and support of the scientific research programs that are so vitally essential for enhancing the health and welfare of the entire world.

After all, there are so many scientific discoveries being made so rapidly, that there are not enough research facilities or personnel to adequately follow up on each new discovery, and that is why it's so important for private individuals to volunteer the use of their personal computers.

If you wish, you may share this message with others.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee, Esquire, KB3KWS
Ashley Valley Shadows
Vernal, Utah 84078

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6) Message boards : Politics : North Korea (Message 1864314)
Posted 28 Apr 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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As a soldier in the United States Army, I served in the Republic of Korea (i.e., "South Korea") for a year, and I'm very proud and pleased that I had that opportunity to serve where, exactly a quarter of a century previously, my father had also served as a soldier in the United States Army.

I understand that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (i.e., "North Korea") may pose a threat to the Republic of Korea.

However, I'm guessing that desires for eventual reunification may negate that threat, especially if the perpetually starving North Koreans become desperately dependent on any possibilities of humanitarian charity from the South Koreans.

But, why should the United States of America be considering unilateral preemptive military action against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea?

Yes, the United States of America has a mutual defense treaty with the Republic of Korea, and we have thousands of American soldiers stationed there.

But, why?

At one time, the South Koreans needed our help.

But, do they still need our assistance today?

As I understand it, the Republic of Korea currently has more than enough of its own resources to easily defeat any attack or invasion by the Communists.

So, if that's true, then why do they still need us?

Yes, North Korea is continually threatening the United States of America.

But, that's only because American military forces are in South Korea stationed on North Korea's border.

If American military forces completely withdrew from South Korea, then North Korea would have no reason to threaten the United States of America, would it?

Again, doesn't the Republic of Korea already have more than sufficient of its own resources to easily defeat any and all military aggression from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, all by itself, without any help from the United States of America?

If that's true, then why are we still there?

This looks to me like yet another totally unnecessary war.

Unfortunately, I think the same argument could be made when questioning American military involvement in so many other countries around the globe.

As a viable alternative, maybe we should seriously consider bringing all of our troops home and possibly stationing them on the Mexican border.

Better yet, let's do what the original founders of the United States of America advised us to do.

First, repeal all laws, regulations, and restrictions on private ownership and carrying of loaded firearms in all places and at all times, in order that we can truly have a universally armed populace.

Secondly, let's reduce our active duty regular military forces to a mere cadre restricted to maintenance and training purposes, and instead, have the nation's defense rely primarily on local and state citizen militias.

Similarly, our air and naval forces could easily be supplemented by issuing Letters of Marque and Reprisal to private American corporations which use the high seas and international air space to conduct business in foreign lands.

Of course, none of that is practical unless and until the United States of America quits getting involved in foreign entanglements, just as George Washington counselled.

In theory, we are supposed to be minding our own business and setting an example that the rest of the world will want to emulate.
7) Message boards : News : Free Speech and SETI@home (Message 1863976)
Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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@ ERIC KORPELA, Et Alii:

Due to the stigma attached to the University of California at Berkeley, would it be feasible for the creators and managers of S.E.T.I. and/or B.O.I.N.C. to look around for another university or similar research facility to host these various scientific projects?
8) Message boards : News : Free Speech and SETI@home (Message 1863957)
Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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@ PHIL:

I agree with you in that Eric's use of the phrase, "White Supremacists", was a poor choice of words, obviously alienating and insulting every white person, whether or not they advocate white supremacy, and I certainly disagree with it.

However, the numerous scientific research projects, not just S.E.T.I., which are being managed by B.O.I.N.C. are too important for us to abandon, merely because of our personal opinions and disagreements on political or social issues.

I choose to continue my participation in S.E.T.I. research, and I hope you will, too.
9) Message boards : News : Free Speech and SETI@home (Message 1863922)
Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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I frequently send e-mails and/or post in various Internet forums, including my own personal blog, bragging about the numerous scientific research projects, including the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, that my computer is being used for by the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing, and urging them to also participate.

As an elderly disabled veteran of the war in the old Republic of Viet Nam, I already have encountered occasional reluctance from some of my fellow veterans, who, like myself, also have bad memories of the violent war protesters at the University of California at Berkeley.

And now, we have this!

This is very embarrassing for everybody connected with S.E.T.I. and B.O.I.N.C.

Anyway, in spite of it all, I'll continue my own participation in these invaluable scientific research projects, and try to encourage others to also do so.

Oh, and by the way, I also frequently use my e-mail and the assorted Internet forums to express my own personal unpopular and controversial opinions on a variety of subjects, but that is always separate from any of my communications regarding S.E.T.I. or B.O.I.N.C.
10) Questions and Answers : Web site : Missing ReCaptcha (Message 1845836)
Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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I solved the problem by using a different web browser.

When using the Internet Explorer web browser, the reCaptcha doesn't appear in the "Edit Profile" page at the SETI@Home web site.

But, the reCaptcha does appear when using the Mozilla Firefox web browser.

Strangely, I didn't encounter that problem when updating my profile at any of the other BOINC projects.
11) Questions and Answers : Web site : Missing ReCaptcha (Message 1845831)
Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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I'm unable to edit my SETI@Home profile because, after hitting the "Update" button, it says I'm giving an "incorrect ReCaptcha response".

However, the SETI@Home profile edit feature doesn't show a ReCaptcha.

I think the webmaster must have forgotten to include it.

At all of the other BOINC projects that I run, a ReCaptcha was visible, and I was able to update my profile.
12) Questions and Answers : Web site : Screensaver Missing (Message 1812236)
Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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I reckon your explanation(s) clears up the problem.

I'd noticed that when SETI@HOME work units were running, if I clicked on "GRAPHICS", that the B.O.I.N.C. program would indicate there were no graphics for the SETI@HOME work units.

Thank you for taking the time to explain this to me.
13) Questions and Answers : Web site : Screensaver Missing (Message 1812100)
Posted 24 Aug 2016 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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I don't know what's going on.

The B.O.I.N.C. program on my computer (if I'm reading it correctly) shows a whole bunch of work units completed for SETI@HOME.

I wonder where you're seeing that my computer has completed only one (01) work unit?

Do you reckon all the other work units were aborted?

Currently, there are no SETI@HOME work units running, but I expect to receive more work units at any moment.

Maybe the problem is this computer.

It's a new one that I purchased to replace my beloved Toshiba Satellite laptop that suddenly went, "KERBLOOEY ! ! !", after years of faithful service.

On that computer, I was always able to see the SETI@HOME screensaver.
14) Questions and Answers : Web site : Screensaver Missing (Message 1811844)
Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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I just looked at my SETI@HOME Preferences, and my "USE CPU" option is not unchecked.
15) Questions and Answers : Web site : Screensaver Missing (Message 1811665)
Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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How do I do that?

I didn't know that was an option.

I didn't know there was any difference between the Intel GPU and my computer's CPU, nor do I know that I had any control over either one.

Please explain to me, step by step, how to do this.

My computer is a Hewlett Packard Notebook with a Windows 10 operating system, connected to a Vizio 32" HD Television set, and using a Microsoft keyboard and mouse.

Thank you.
16) Questions and Answers : Web site : Screensaver Missing (Message 1811412)
Posted 22 Aug 2016 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Post Script:

I realize that with the advent of flat screen monitors (I use my Vizio 32" HD television set for my computer monitor), screensavers are no longer necessary, but I just enjoy watching the SETI@HOME Screensaver, the EINSTEIN@HOME Screensaver, and the WORLD COMMUNITY GRID Screensaver(s).
17) Questions and Answers : Web site : Screensaver Missing (Message 1811365)
Posted 22 Aug 2016 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings:

What happened to the SETI@HOME Screensaver?

Why doesn't it appear on my computer screen anymore?

The only screensavers I'm seeing now are EINSTEIN@HOME Screensaver and the WORLD COMMUNITY GRID Screensaver.

Please bring back the SETI@HOME Screensaver.

Thank you.
18) Message boards : News : News from Berkeley SETI Research Center (Message 1654671)
Posted 19 Mar 2015 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings and Salutations:

I just now read the most recent notice from SETI@home.

I have, or had, accounts on the FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace, and Linkedin web sites, but I've found all of those social networking web sites are boring, and so, I no longer use them.

Thank you.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : 3/26/09-No new work thread (Message 877217)
Posted 19 Mar 2009 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings:

I just now checked my B.O.I.N.C. program, and there is a new assignment downloaded from S.E.T.I., so everything is plumb hunky dory and back to normal.

Thank you.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : 3/26/09-No new work thread (Message 876905)
Posted 18 Mar 2009 by Profile John Robert Mallernee
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Greetings:

For the past couple of days, there's been NO new work downloaded from S.E.T.I.

Three other B.O.I.N.C. projects continue to function as usual.

So, what's up with the S.E.T.I. project?

Why isn't there any work being assigned to my computer?

Is this normal?

Am I worrying over nothing?

Thank you.


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