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* Posts by walterp

2 posts • joined 1 Oct 2009

Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star


The meaning of the word "Cave"

I was surprised to see the author confused about the meaning of the word "cave" [Well, I guess I shouldn't be, given then modern state of education]. The cave that Jack White white is talking about is the Allegory of the Cave. This is reinforced by the use of phase 2d.

The Allegory is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and Plato's mentor Socrates.

Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato's Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.


US Navy boffins put an end to drought


Rain water in Seattle, Washington owned by the state

Brian Miller is correct, in the the State of Washington (where Seattle is located), the state government considers rainwater to the be a water of the state and public resource. Its use requires a water right permit (See RCW 43.27A.020).

The reason that the Anonymous Coward saw the Seattle Website about rainfall catchments was because the Washington State Department of Ecology (which has the regulatory authority) has not required permits for "de minimis" use.

See, which basically explains that if you rainwater catchment can be shown to reduce the 'Water Rights" of someone else that was the rainfall run-off, you can be required to remove your system.

Washington State is not alone in this policy...

Fail because the Coward can't do a 30 second google search to see that Brian Miller was correct and the Government has taken ownership of rain water.