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    Re: Politics and science Considering that Thatcher had a background in chemistry, having some science under your belt is probably not sufficient to ensure a rational and compassionate decision-maker. IMO, heads of state need to be able (and want) to...
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    Re: ' ...long range death rays...' Tesla thought this was possible by tapping the ionosphere for the energy supply....
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    Re: Wiki Space-X's BFR A Mars colony but no Earth orbit space garage/terminal or hotel? Also missing is how GW/CC will impact the number of feasible (money-making) launches since weather is likely to continue getting more violent unless the launch...
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    Re: 'Trying psychological tricks on me?' Based on my SF reading experience*, SF does a worse job of understanding and using psych than it does physics. Not sure whether this is due to ignorance (not having ever taken even a...
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    Re: 'It can go around 8 times if you have something to bend it around in a circle.' Enter fiber optics! Recall hearing discussions about 10 years ago about rewiring the planet with fiber optics ... hmmm ... one of...
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    Re: 'This conversation about computer viruses ...' What's your take on computer 'antibodies', i.e., computers/AIs that learn how to sense self vs/ not-self and take action against not-self?...
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    Re: ' ... how fast does a computer virus propagate,' Depends on whether your universe (therefore computer virus) allows for quantum entanglement. We'll probably see quantum computer malware (QCM) show up just as soon as quantum computing becomes standard for...
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    Re: Denier book Had to clean my laptop of some major malware recently so am currently getting 'interesting' ads showing up. One caught my eye - a book titled 'Dumb Energy'. Read a review (below) and it looks like the...
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    Re: 'Shale oil is a ponzi scheme ... collapse in 5 years ...' Maybe 5 years from when DT and shills [GOP] are kicked out of office thereby stop screwing with the EPA, NOAA, etc. funding....
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    Re: ' ... endothermic reactions are the very worst dead-end' Dumb question time ... I've heard of runaway exothermic reactions but not runaway endothermic ones. Nature seems to like symmetry so am wondering whether black holes could be classified as...
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    Re: Slavery & '... yet Western countries trade without uttering a peep.' Quite a few people don't accept that 'slavery' comes in different forms, plus it's easier to shrug off difficult ethics-related topics concerning foreign countries as 'it's just a...
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    Re: Africa Appreciate your analysis - thanks! DRC is probably the best example of what might happen in other African nations that engage in trade with China: whatever was already going on, just ramped up. Which also means that China...
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    Re: Voting Some time ago chatted with someone in the electronic voting industry. Like every other industry, there are several major players plus a few wanna-be's and all of them seem to work on multi-year/election contracts. (No idea/didn't say who...
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    Re: Musical political parodies If you're into old and new Broadway tunes as vehicles for US political commentary, try this one about DT's Mexican border wall a la 'Ain't Nothin' Like A Dame'(South Pacific). THERE IS NOTHIN' LIKE A WALL...
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    Re: Population At present, the highest fertility rates are in Africa so if the Chinese infrastructure projects do manage to stimulate socioeconomic improvements, esp. better education and medical care for women, the global reproduction/fertility rates could drop fast, close to...
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    Re: '... joke I read, I think, in PC mags before I was online (late '91) about users being able to catch a virus from their computer".' Oops - sorry about that! Went on the 'net in the mid-90s but...
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    Re: 'African countries will have to reach developed world status at the same rate as China' China is busy building infrastructure in Africa to the tune of $60 billion, so it could happen. So far Africa seems okay with this...
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    Take good care of yourself and your family, we'll be here....
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    Re: 'It's a joke, son, Ah say, it's a joke!"' If you mean that MWs cannot affect the brain, suggest visiting any major research db and reading the various studies examining MW effects on the brain. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30023257 Okay -- these...
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    Re: '... wifi signals that affect RNA,' Looks like there's some science behind this: Exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic waves alters acetylcholinesterase gene expression, exploratory and motor coordination-linked behaviour in male rats 'Abstract Humans in modern society are exposed to an...
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    Re: ' ... shine a petawatt laser at a mirror that's moving close to the speed of light' Thanks - was able to only read the intro (paywall) but sounds interesting. Found a paper on what experiments they're planning. Some...
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    Re: ' ... subtle difference that 90% of eligible Australians vote' Because voting in Australia is compulsory. Not a straightforward comparison to 60%+ voter turnouts where voting is discretionary and can require some jumping through hoops, lost time at work...
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    Re: "The loose boobies of deathly cold" Now this ought to go viral!...
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    Re: Stats, tails & odds (Oh my!) However, we have correlations (and trend lines) that help refine such predictions, therefore not statistically 'random'? If no, please explain and/or provide example. Thanks!...
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    Re: Flood, mud slides, dams giving way, drought, fire, etc. So where do the rescuers set up bases if all this is going on? Maybe Mexico would welcome a few environmental [ahem] refugees. (If Mexico doesn't already have a data...
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    Re: ArkStorm How do the past 2 years of record fires impact the ArkStorm effects? I'm guessing worse environmentally but less financially because fires already destroyed some areas....
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    Re: 'ARkStorm' Had to look this up. Given how far south the polar vortex has sat the past couple of weeks, one of these atmospheric rivers popping up and then dumping lots of rain looks like a possibility. https://web.archive.org/web/20110119230522/http://urbanearth.gps.caltech.edu/winter-storm/ 'Atmospheric...
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    Hey, some good news on the legal-environmental front from Canada's Supreme Court. Don't know if it's a first internationally but it's the first time I've ever seen this. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/supreme-court-redwater-decision-orphan-wells-1.4998995 'When the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said Redwater could not ignore...
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    Re: Oldest (European) language Tried looking this up and results vary somewhat - one said Lithuanian which probably has maybe 3.5 million speakers worldwide. Laughed when results showed that the oldest language overall is Persian - could picture DT throwing...
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    Re:' ... damn sure that Sinn Fein are biding their time with the intent of causing trouble,' Aren't they old geezers by now or have they been actively recruiting/brainwashing young'uns waiting for another chance at winning the big one (like...
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