JamesPadraicR

JamesPadraicR

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    People in prison in the US find Jesus all the time. It rarely makes a difference in their prison situation Depends on the prison and where it is? I knew someone who spent three years in a minimum security federal...
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    Also depending on how long since their last booster....
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    I would think so, but may depend on where they're being posted. AFAIK Military personnel get vaccinated before going over seas....
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    Here's one of the articles I've read discounting the Sonic Weapon argument, from NYT by Carl Zimmer: A ‘Sonic Attack’ on Diplomats in Cuba? These Scientists Doubt It Another thought I had was some sort of sympathetic resonance in the...
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    Our Polynymous Friend went on about this a few weeks ago. Everything I've seen about it says the idea of a sonic weapon is nonsense. My guess is major Sick Building Syndrome due to quickly fixed up old embassy structures....
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    Speaking of automating cars and dumb drivers. In the US there's a commercial for a car (don't remember the make,—yes, I watch too much TV) that demonstrates the auto braking by showing the car stopping before hitting a man chasing...
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    (Romance isn't merely a big genre, it's about 50% of all commercial fiction; there's an SF/F subgenre within it that is larger than the SF genre you find on your bookstore shelves, only it's gender segregated behind often-pink covers.) Yep....
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    Shoot, I had a question about "The Delirium Brief" after I finished it a few weeks ago, but don't remember what it was. Anyhow... I've also been wondering about the average word length of books in general. I was about...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Pence's religiosity is at least in principle compatible with Federovism Manifest Destiny in Spaaaaace!, along with Evangelizing the Aliens? (you know, if they existed)...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Anyhow, since a belated Shanah Tovah Umetukah is a good thing Thanks for that, shame it won't be a reset of 2017. Took my mother to services last night, unfortunately had actual police guards for the first time in several...
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    I should have mentioned before that the diagnosis that stuck with me was "Hyperactive", which goes with the trouble concentrating I mentioned. Ritalin didn't work....
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    Even 40 years ago when I was in school there were teachers who went "needs a quiet place to work, doesn't like large group activities" and just slotted me in to their general classroom plans. Unfortunately that wasn't typical in...
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    Disclosure: they weren't screening for it when I was at school FWIW, I think any diagnosis back then may need to be taken with a few grains of salt, obviously the definition of autism has been refined and expanded over...
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    Erm, if you mean the Space Microbiology link, it doesn't go where you think. Anyhow, Goodnight....
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    Okay. Thatsthejoke.jpg...
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    All of which, going back to my earlier link, I see is mentioned. (no I didn't read the whole thing before linking to it—a bad habit of mine)...
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    And, They save it for the same reason they don't throw the trash out the window The trash goes into an empty cargo capsule to get burned up....
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    Because unlike Blue ice (aviation), the resulting 'Brown Comet' might be a little more messy / wipe out towns. Seems like a reply to a comment I didn't make, but anyhow... I seriously doubt a shitcicle would take out a...
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    Or does astropoop just get tossed without examination? Apparently they do save it: Space toilets, though I've no idea what they're looking for. This subject is bringing to mind the infamous Apollo floater (don't remember which mission), and the time...
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    Well, that's not good. Why bacteria "shapeshift" in space...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    I must admit I had always assumed you had Irish ancestry on the grounds of your middle name. I'd have expected "Padruig" if the reference was supposed to be Scottish. That's one of the spellings I've seen, but I suspect...
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    I shall now resume my previous mispronunciation. and paws4thot@293: Kind of like my middle name. I grew up with it pronounced as Pad-drick, but apparently it should've been Patrick all along? Also the spelling that my Scotophile father gave me...
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    What I am damning is the smugness of the claim that abolishing slavery necessarily makes one ethically superior. Yep. See the founding of the state of Oregon. White supremacists banned slavery because they didn't want any non-'Whites' being brought into...
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    The lone exception is Colorado... Back in the 20s the Klan hada strong presence in the Colorado government, including a Governor who was one of their leaders. IIRC, they lost popularity fairly quickly during the depression, so that by WWII...
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    Here's an excellent thread retweeted by Charlie, on Punching Nazis. And a good wrap up of why, when I see someone complain about it, my first thought is "You're not Jewish, are you?"...
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    Wasn't arguing, and I will adjust my pronunciation of the name accordingly. I don't recall Charlie ever saying how he pronounces it here, maybe I missed it....
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    & Rb2 @80 What they totally failed to discuss is that "mh" always pronounces "v" because there is no actual letter "V" in Gaelic, and the mh phoneme is used to represent V in the written language. What I was...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Meanwhile, WRT Presidential powers concerning the launching of Nukes: Cokie Roberts Answers Your Questions About Nuclear Protocols from NPR yesterday morning. TL;DR: The Rump can launch them whenever he wants without congressional oversight, and no one can stop him without...
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    Interesting; I'd been reading her as IC1, and pronouncing her name "Vari", under the presumption that she was Scots Gaelic. I was about to go on about how I pronounce it like Mari, but decided to go to Wikipedia instead....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Jousting: The State Sport of Maryland Jousting tournaments have been held in Maryland since early colonial times but became increasingly popular after the Civil War. Retaining the pageantry and customs of medieval tournaments, modern competitors are called "knights" or "maids",...
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