* Posts by Jtom

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

Jtom

Just to play devil's advocate, since no one else has that I have seen:

Many of you know of the brouhaha that has been caused by Brits traveling to Spain, then filing suits for food poisoning against the resort after returning home. Before they started being successful cracking down on the scam, the resorts considered refusing to accept vacationers from the UK, just out of self-preservation. If they had, would they then be considered racist (yes, I know, it would be more 'nationalist' than racist, but the word racist would attach, anyway)?

Different groups exibit different attributes, cultural, of course, not genetic. People of certain countries are quite often labeled; French are rude; Brits have bland food; Americans are fat; etc.

We do not have any back-story on this. Suppose many Asians make unendless demands and cause constant problems as this one did, and this homeowner had suffered in the past. Would that not make the situation more like that of the Spanish resorts wanting to rid themselves of all Brits because of the high number who tried to scam them? This would not be racism, but a revolt against a cultural attribute that was detrimental to running a successful business.

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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Re: Trumpy the clown

That's all fine and dandy, but the Paris Accord required spending hundreds of billions of dollars to achieve a global average temperature reduction of 0.2 degrees C in eighty years, according to an MIT study.

This isn't about solving climate change - this is about getting their hands on billions of dollars. If you really believe in catastrophic manmade climate change, you should be outraged at this fraud.

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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While there has been much discussion about Cruz's future viz-a-viz the system crash, I have seen no mention of the other half of this debacle: the complete and utter meltdown of BA's airport services. Rebooking desks with no agents, poor communications, wrong info given out, unretrievable luggage, etc.

I have always told my staff that everyone makes mistakes, it's how you handle them that shows your worth. BA failed miserably, and has been continuing providing poor customer service since. They seemingly have no plans as to what to do if they aren't flying due to their own cock-ups (e.g., they don't have the luxury of being terse, saying, "Don't blame us, it's the weather. Sorry you can't find a hotel room, but we aren't responsible.")

As soon as it hit the fan and flights started getting cancelled, someone should have been calling in caterers to provide free food and drinks, sending reps into the crowds to give them updates, doing what they could to help special needs passengers, working with airport and nearby hotels to get as many bookings as possible (and threatening them with lawsuits if they try to price-gouge), and so on. From what I have read, major airports (Heathrow, Gatwick) were in shambles and the BT staff running around in circles.

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Suggestion we were given some twenty-five years ago: Don't verb nouns.

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

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Re: Am I right in thinking...

Instead of inventing new (dark) matter to make models and observations line up, I think they need to re-evaluate their assumptions. Their number one assumption is that the gravitational constant is invariant over time and space. Perhaps it isn't (which essentially becomes your idea).

We have absolutely no reason to believe that constants in physics are truly constants in all of time and over all of space. Perhaps the problems with dark matter is evidence that they are not.

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Why are creepy SS7 cellphone spying flaws still unfixed after years, ask Congresscritters

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Re: Why do we still have the traditional cell infrastructure anyway?

Yep. I was a voice architect when VOIP was added to data networks. Went round and round with the data architects over packet loss and delay, and requirements for end-to-end quality, particularly across multiple networks. We voice guys lost the battle. That's why cell phones are great for everything - but making a voice call.

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Extortion trojan watches until crims find you doing something dodgy

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Ever realize how many criminal cases, divorces, and embarrassments could be avoided if computers were sold already containing porn of all types, along with internet history reflecting such sites and emails containing porn? Then you could raise the very valid defense that all that junk already existed, unknown to you, when you purchased the device.

Come to think of it, a virus that serruptiously planted illegal porn on computers could torpedo a great many criminal cases, especially if it infected the legal system.

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Want a better password? Pretend you eat kale. We won't tell anyone

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Template

I just use a standard template that's derived like this: start with the first or last name of a special person, a special date, and something specific about the website. Let's use Mary (mother's first name), 14 (married on Feb 14), and The Reg (this website). Then split the name and date into two parts, and structure the password like this: ma1TheReg4ry.

Now use the same name and date for EVERY password, only changing the website info. So your brokerage account could be ma1Stocks4ry. It's quite easy to remember your passwords, and next to impossible for the typical jerk to break.

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Arctic ice returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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Re: No

Must NOW bend over backwards? No, that has been their position for over a decade. They are quick to say the long term temperature trend for the Arctic is warming, as they repeated here, but never, ever point out that the thirty-year temperature trend for the Antarctic is COOLING. No, no. That's...different. Doesn't mean a thing. Global warming is global, even if it isn't, because if it weren't, they couldn't blame it on Man's contribution of CO2 to the atmosphere.

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Ready to fill out your US taxes? Cool. Got ObamaCare? Not so fast

Jtom

You can tell that the media doesn't want to report on this. They don't bother telling people the full impact of this latest gaffe. Because of the obscene complexities of the US tax code, a great many of those filers paid a tax preparer. Now they have to pay again (why should the preparer correct them for free? Wasn't his fault). Worse, some companies give out loans based on the expected refund. Now they are wrong. Finally, I have prepared state taxes in four states. They are all based on the adjusted gross income as shown on your federal taxes, and some states give credit based on federal taxes paid. I suspect most all states do they same thing. Those returns must now be amended as well.

Simply saying the taxpayer will have to file an amended return glosses over the time, trouble, and expenses filers must now endure.

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

Jtom

I've seen that study somewhere, too, but you can google for it as easily as I.

Consider that the largest unvaccinated areas in the US are affluent pockets in California that vote heavily liberal and Democratic. They strongly believe in global warming.

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Re: Carbonates are how the Earth deals with excess CO2

What garbage. Exhaled air is 4% CO2, so by your book, CPR would be harmful to the recipient. As long as the oxygen content remains high enough, CO2 levels pretty much doesn't matter - the lungs won't absorb it. Some complain of a headache if exposed to several percent of CO2 for hours, but that may be due do other contaminates in the air. Only when CO2 displaces O2 is there a real problem - but that would be true of ANYTHING.

If you did (needlessly) capture CO2, where to put it is obvious - backfill the coal mines where you extracted it to begin with.

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'Look into my eyes: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... so worried'

Jtom

Re: «[T]housands» and «tens of thousands» ?

1350+ Peer-Reviewed Papers Supporting Skeptic Arguments Against ACC/AGW Alarmism

http://www.populartechnology.net/2009/10/peer-reviewed-papers-supporting.html

Sorry, it only goes to 2009. There have been a few thousand more in the last six years.

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Re: I agree with your first sentence...

Likey for the same reasons Mars and other planets are.

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Re: Each man has his price bob...

Shell and BP are two of the founders of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia. Those are the miscreants promoting CAGW. Who do you think are getting the billions of dollars being spent on wind and solar systems? They are energy companies, not simply fossil fuel companies.

They managed to get billions of taxpayer dollars by creating a non-existent problem, and having the 'solutions'. They are laughing at us thinking they are evil for fighting global warming when they are the major beneficiaries.

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LOL. The money spent fighting the myth of global warming pales in comparison to what power grabbing governments are spending to promote it.

Those espousing their fears of global warming took over 1700 private jets to attend their latest conference. Do they seem that fearful over global warming? Look at what they do, not what they say.

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Antarctic ice at all time high: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Trollface

Gotta laugh

It's amusing that even when the experts say they don't understand what's going on, those who belong to the Faith of Global Warming insist they do.

Here, I'll add some fuel to the fire. If you look at the RSS temperature data

ftp://ftp.ssmi.com/msu/graphics/tlt/plots/rss_ts_channel_tlt_southern%20polar_land_and_sea_v03_3.png

You will see that Antarctica has been gotten steadily colder (by a trivial amount) since 1979. There is also no evidence of surface melting. Finally, the increase in sea level rise has been slowing, not increasing which was expected by accelerated ice melting throughout the world.

So if Antarctica is melting, what's melting it, and where is the water going?

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

Jtom

Re: Tax attacks

There is a published, peer-reviewed paper that examines the impact of temperture change and CO2 sensitivity on crops. This is their result:

No temp change + no CO2 change = unchanged crop yields (baseline)

No temp change + increased CO2 = much higher crop yields

Higher temps + increased CO2 = unchanged to higher crop yields

Higher temps + no CO2 change = reduced crop yields

So, what will the result be if we reduce the CO2, and the higher temps have actually been caused by other natural variations (e.g., El Ninos)? Potentially, mass starvation due to declining crop yields.

Just be aware that there are serious consequences if any part of the AGW theory is wrong and we take action based on it.

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Re: No Surprise

Let me see if I understand your claim. You can predict with 90% accuracy what next year's global temps SHOULD be based on CO2, EXCEPT for the contribution of two natural variables which cannot be predicted, only examined in hindsight. So you CANNOT predict what next year's temps will be, only offer up an excuse next year as to why reality did not meet expectations.

You have created a non-falsifiable theory with an on-going ability to apply whatever fudge-factor is required to make reality conform to your theory. That is not science and is totally useless. Given all the natural variations that impact climate, Mankind may never see the rise in temperature predicted by amplified CO2 warming as described by global warming scientists, even if such a thing does exist.

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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Re: @Crazy guy

Data of actual temperatures recorded by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA GISS), the United Kingdom’s Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research at the University of East Anglia (Hadley-CRU), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), satellites measuring atmospheric and deep oceanic temperatures, and a remote sensor system in California, all show a lack of warming over the past 17 years.

Now before you start in on another theory of how energy is still being added to the system, please explain how atmospheric CO2 can do add energy other than by warming the atmosphere. What energy transport mechanism is there between GHGs and earth/water other than heat?

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Boffins say hot air makes Antarctica COLDER

Jtom

I didn't read past the assertion that Antarctica was grower warmer at a slower rate, and the term "denier".

Antarctica has had a trend-rate of NEGATIVE 0.014 degrees K per decade for over thirty years. I guess negative warming is slower warming in AGW-speak. ftp://ftp.ssmi.com/msu/graphics/tlt/plots/rss_ts_channel_tlt_southern%20polar_land_and_sea_v03_3.png

The only denier here is the author, who is denying the clear data of observational science in favor of theories and models unsupported by real-world data.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Jtom

Re: Deiberately missing the point???

You, like most who denigrate the 1%, do not realize the enormous difference between the vastly rich and the rich. I do not know the UK figures, but here are the US's: 1% translates to well over 3 million people. To join that club, one needs net assets of $1.3 million (about a million pounds). MOST of the people in that group are precisely the ones you say cannot get there - those who earn the equivalent of 100k pounds a year who worked and saved for decades. Besides working all those years, they have invested much of the fruits of their labors into the economy, creating more jobs and more wealth for everyone.

When you disparage the 1% because a very few of them are super-wealthy (by birth or otherwise), you disparage the very people who keep our civilization from collapsing.

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Greenland glacier QUADRUPLES speed, swells seas

Jtom

Re: ReduceGHGs

Have you disconnected from the grid? No, you're posting on the net. Do you drive a car, heat your house, grow your own food, wear clothes only from natural fibers, given up flying, auto, bus, and train travel? I doubt it. You don't want to change your own "dangerous behavior." All you want is to raise money to pay your salary at your non-profit.

You cannot prove global warming by regional warming, especially when the temp over the rest of the world is sufficiently cooler than the average over the last ten years as to negate all the regional warming in the Arctic. Global temps have not risen in the last 14 to 17 years, depending on the data source you use. The world has wised up to your fraudulant scare tactics.

Go away.

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Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm

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Re: Best. Comment. Ever

The shame is your ignorance of the volumes and volumes of research showing that atmospheric CO2, the foundation of AGW theory, is not affecting the climate.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

Jtom

Re: Rednecks

'Redneck' suggests a rural area where these would not be practical (subscriber and business too far away). Change your slur to one describing an inner-city dweller and you may have a point.

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Jtom

Good lord, people. First of all, no one is going to be firing weapons in an urban environment (except in Detroit and Chicago!). Fire one in my neighborhood and the police would be here in short order to haul you away.

There is no reason for drones to fly over pivate property, when they could easily be programmed to fly over public roads until they reach their destination. Most objections vanish with that alone. A cellphone sending video back to the drone's user would provide an easy measure of security.

No, Amazon doesn't have warehouses suitable or using drones, but expand your thinking. These would be great for pizza delivery. Drug stores could deliver to home-bound customers (ok, make it illegal to transport narcotics this way). Even WalMart has the potential to deliver goods this way. There are uses for drones, and they are not expensive - so they will be tried. IMO, they will succeed for some applications.

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Hello Warsaw: Greenland ice loss will be OK 'even under extreme scenarios'

Jtom

Re: IPCC blaming heretics again?

Sigh. There has been no increase in temps in 17 years. Greenland's ice sheets are not melting as fast as feared (rtfa) and recent research indicates that what has been melting is primarily due to geothermal activity. The decrease in Arctic ice has been more than off-set by a growth of Antarctic ice - the total global ice is exactly the thirty-year average.

The carbon dioxide we pump into the air is plant food. When photsynthesizing organisms evolved CO2 made up 20% of the atmosphere. When dinosaurs roamed, it was 5%. Today, it is less than 0.04%. If it falls under 0.02%, plants cannot phytosynthesize, and virtually all life on Earth ends. Even at today's levels, C3 crops like wheat stop growing in the afternoon in the UK on warm growing days due to localized shortages of CO2.

If you want to give up oil, go for it. But you have to give up your car, most of the clothes you wear, most foods you eat, and most definitely all your electric toys, since all of them are made, produced, or grown using proucts derived from oil. You would need to move into a cave (naked) and eat grubs to survive. Think I'll take a pass on following your lead.

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Another DEVASTATING Chelyabinsk METEOR STRIKE: '7x as likely' as thought

Jtom

More money, please

Well, since Mother Nature won't cooperate with the "Earth's gonna fry" scare, NASA has to find a new way to generate research funding (i.e., a way to fund their paychecks). So they just returned to the tried and true Chicken Little scare - the sky is falling.

Man's had a good run. Something's going to take us out. At least a huge meteor or astroid would be quick and painless. Life is short, anyway. Have another drink.

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

Jtom

What this shows is that even the simplest sounding experiment is fraught with possible sources of error, and can be done many different ways. For the first run, I would take a glass beaker, pour distiiled, room temperature water in it, place an RF thermometer in it, record the temp, put it in the freezer and time how long it took for the thermometer to signal it was 0 degrees C. For the second run, I would then let the water thaw, microwave it for one minute, put the thermometer back in, record the temp, then put it in the freezer and time how long it took to reach the initial temp of the first run, and how long it took from that point to another zero reading.

So I would be using the same water, container, thermometer, and freezer for both runs. This would eliminate any variability you might otherwise get using two separate water samples and containers, and determining when the ice started forming.

No doubt you can find a loose variable in my methodology as well, but controlling all the variables is very different, and why different results are often obtained for any given reasearch.

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Study: Arctic warming at 'stunning' rate – highest temps in 44,000 years

Jtom

Re: While

I don't give a rap who supports what. The fact that Mussolini dictated that trains run on schedule does not diminish the value of trains running on time.

The data over th last seventeen years show that all the CO2 we've dumped into the air has not resulted in warmer temperatures. The climate changes - it always has - and we really have no clue as to why or how.

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Re: Several problems with that study

Do you have a problem with the dozens of peer-reviewed studies documenting the evidence of a medieval warm period at numerous places all over the globe? You will find that the 'consensus' is that it was a global event.

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Re: While @LarsG

What is the field of expertise of the author of this paper, is it paleontology, geology, glaciers, or climate? The problem with climate is that it requires an understanding of many fields of science, denying anyone from being a true 'expert'. A climatologist could spend an entire career going down one path - say the physics of gases - believing his field best explained climate changes, while the true driver of climate was intergalactic cosmic rays, a subject completely foreign to him. The probability is, that in this fiield, everybody is right about something, but no one is right about enough things for climate to be understood. Climate quite possibly the sum of everything possible - from cosmic rays to volcanoes to ocean cycles, with the final result depending on the relative strengths of many, many variables at any given time.

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Jtom

Re: greenies are wrong about almost everything

Go ahead, make energy expensive. Then you really will be watching your children die.

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Re: greenies are wrong about almost everything

No need for air conditioning in Australia? Lucky you. You'll never cool a house with a 12 volt system.

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Re: It must be us!

Nonsense. A hypothesis with no supporting evidence is not accepted even if no other alternative is proposed. In this specific case, no one can explain why, if the assumption of CO2 warming is valid, temps have failed to go up over the last 16 years. We can discard the climate models because they have been proven to be wrong, despite having no alternative models.

And the money spent promoting AGW dwarfs anything spent questioning it. The evil-oil company meme has grown tiresome. They are energy companies and will be selling us energy in whatever form produces the most profit. The money that started East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, a main proponent of AGW, came from Shell and other energy companies.

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Jtom

I've read the paper. Genrally, Miller has turned out some pretty good research, but this one is very sloppy. He even refers to Baffin Island as being east of Greenland (it's to the west). Temps could have been warmer in the past but not for a period long enough to sufficiently melt the glacier to expose the moss. At the very least he should have included a minimum time period of warmth (if the past were warmer it was for a time period less than that required to melt ice 70 meters thick). He over ran his headlights on this one. Maybe he isn't monitoring the work of his grad students enough.

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Last living NEANDERTHALS discovered in JERSEY – boffins

Jtom

One more thing....

They may have lived thousands of years ago, but they are registered as Democrats and still vote.

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Hate to tell you, but latest research proved Neanderthal DNA is found in every human outside of the sub-Sahara. But don't dispair, research also shows Neanderthals had larger craniums.

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Forget Wi-Fi, boffins get 150Mbps Li-Fi connection from a lightbulb

Jtom

Re: Uplink?

We must have been following the same research. I used a 0.5 mw HeNe laser to do the same thing (modulated it with the audio output of a radio) back in 1970. Analog signal back then, of course. I don't see any breakthroughs with this application.

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Black hole boffins close in on gravity waves

Jtom

Gravitational waves?

IF there are gravitational waves, their propagation peed through space must be instantaneous, and will modify the "nothing travels faster than light" rule.

Consider this: let's assume that earth is at a point in its ellipticl orbit where it is getting cliser to the sun (approaching winter in the northern hemisphere). Further, let us assume rhe existence of gravity waves travelling at some speed y. That would mean the gravitational force keeping earth in orbit left the sun some time in the past (since it takes time for the wave to reach earth). However, each subsequent wave arrives faster than the previous wave, by virtue of the distance between the sun and earth growing smaller. Add to that the logical fact that each wave is attracting earth to where the Sun WAS when the wave left, not where the sun IS when the wave reaches earth. Earth will be trying to orbit a point 'behind' the sun, with the perturbation growing daily as the earth approaches the sun. This would result in an orbital death spiral unless the wave travelled at infinite speed through space.

Studies of planetary orbits show conclusively that they orbit around the instantaneous location of the center of mass, not some past location of the mass. For something we experience daily, and can make predictions about with great accuracy, we know little about just what - and why - gravity is.

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

Jtom

Re: Who really owns the seal?

So why are there so many parodies of the Presidential Seal? The US does not copyright or trademark itself. Look it up.

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Re: Who really owns the seal?

You are correct. The gov can pass laws making it illegal to create look-alike items intended to deceive people into thinking something's official - like impersonating a police officer or a realistic but fake letter from the IRS, but that can't ban the production of something based on intellectual property rights. If the law attempts to do that it would never stand up in court. I suspect in this case it's illegal to reproduce the seal if the intent is to mislead or confuse, and perhaps the reporting is off (not unusual!).

You can also freely reproduce ANY government document available to the public without fear of copyright infringement. The gov. can't copyright anything, either. As you said, everything already belongs to the taxpayer.

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Baffled boffins 'closer' to finding origins of extragalactic COSMIC RAYS

Jtom

Re: data is a plural word

I find the origin of words to be quite entertaining. If I were to ever write a book on the subject, the title would be, "Where's the Corn in My Corned Beef?" (it would puzzle a yank. Not sure about a Brit.) The supposed origin of 'pumpernickel' is my favorite.

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NASA's nuclear Mars tank REBELS against human control

Jtom

I think it's headed for an illegal alien rally.

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We've cracked riddle of ANTIGRAVITY mountains on Saturn's Titan - boffins

Jtom
FAIL

Re: This is why I love Science!

Observational science is still science. There has been an astounding number of facts and principles developed through observing how planetary objects, moons, suns, and galaxies interact with each other. Even an element was discovered through astronomy (helium). To dismiss astronomy and other observational fields because you can't do hands-on experiments is myopic. You can't 'touch' climatology or evolution, either, yet they are still science.

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An afternoon with Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer

Jtom

As a grad student I had the great honor (to me, anyway. It was a chore to other grads.) to teach an astronomy lab to undergrads. We had a small student observatory with a good size (30"?) scope to use. Saturn was within view during class hours, so obviously, I spent one class having the students look at it, and a discussion of it. One co-ed stared at Saturn through the scope and came away on the verge of shock. She said she had of course read about the planet, and seen pictures of it, but had never honestly realized that it was actually in the sky right above her. She was just in awe. I clumsily tried to explain that that was what science, all science, was about; trying to explain the world - universe that we live in, that's all around us.

I can't recall how she did in the course, at least a grade of B, I think, but it made all the effort required to teach the course worthwhile to see one student so profoundly moved by what she learned in that one lesson.

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Boffins claim Voyager has already left the Solar System

Jtom

Oh, great. Yet another porous border for illegal aliens to gain entry...

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Re: Pioneer probes also provided some earlier data...

Believe it or not, if it took gravity any time to reach us, the earth would be orbiting where the sun WAS when the gravity left the sun. Regardless of the time involved, the result would be an unsustainable orbit. We would spiral into the sun or off into space. Every appropriate experiment shows that earth's orbit is around where the sun really is. So you have a choice, either gravity is instantaneous, or gravity as a 'thing' doesn't exist, but is actually a curvature of space caused by mass -as postulated by Einstein. Or maybe something even stranger...

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Geneticists resolve human dilemma of Adam's boy-toy status

Jtom

Consider this

Over my rather longish life, I have seen a steady decline in those professing to be religious or spiritual, and an opposite increase in the rudeness, crudeness, and coarseness in society. I believe the two are directly related. Perhaps Mankind engaging in hope of a significant reason for existence is a good thing. At the very least, perhaps we should not ridicule it. We already have enough selfish behavior.

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Climate change even worse than you thought: It causes war and murder

Jtom

They will also find a correlation between droughts and cold leading to conflict. Both of those conditions historically have led to crop failures and food shortages, which in turn lead to conflicts. That's one of the main problems with the chicken-little global warming scare: cold kills more than warmth. Drought causes more suffering than heavy rains. Life thrives in a warm, wet world and suffers in a cold, arid one. Consider this: how many mass extinctions have been tied to ice age? How many to 'warm' ages?

Cold,bad. Warm, good. Gore, idiot.

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