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Yesterday
Nolondil
Yes, as I recall, "Ignorance of the law is not a defense" -- you are responsible for being familiar with the law regarding your personal activities. Insider trading, for example, can be, and is (or was in more ethical eras), prosecuted regardless of the offender's understanding that what they were doing was a crime. Why would campaign finance law be different?
Forum: Global Village
Yesterday
Nolondil
OK, I should not have included "finance" in the phrase. Campaign laws. Since they didn't quite cross the line to formal, legally definable conspiracy, they didn't break those laws. Yes, there is the outstanding issue of the hush-money paid to certain individuals. Since John Edwards was not convicted in a similar situation, that seems unlikely to be enough to impeach/indict him. But we s
Forum: Global Village
Yesterday
Nolondil
This is the sort of thing where they might actually have original diagrams. A fascinating thought. They would be in a museum somewhere, though, and not all that useful beyond seeing the original intended design. Modern engineering and technology can do much better as long as they don't cheap-out and go for the easiest solutions.
Forum: Global Village
Yesterday
Nolondil
If he didn't break campaign finance laws, and that's essentially what the investigation was about, the conduct of the campaign is not grounds for impeachment. It will be interesting to see the scrutiny his re-election effort will be subjected to, though. :) Conduct in office is what impeachment is meant to address. He's done enormous damage to the prestige of the US in the world, and quite a b
Forum: Global Village
Yesterday
Nolondil
Obviously, these skill are less common than they were in the medieval era. But no, most of them are not lost. There are many cathedrals around Europe (and a few in North America), and a constant stream of renovation and repair projects keeps a certain population of workers with the needed skills in practice. A few rare things might have been lost, though. Is every type of fancy colored glass stil
Forum: Global Village
Yesterday
Nolondil
That does seem to be a very likely outcome.
Forum: Global Village
Yesterday
Nolondil
That performance was aimed at the loyalists, Fox New viewers most of them, but then there are the real loonies who only visit Breitbart or similar conspiracy-mongers because Fox isn't extreme enough for them. Barr's statements will be plastered on the walls (and windows) of their echo chambers so they don't have to read the actual content of the report. And Barr knew this when crafting his statem
Forum: Global Village
Yesterday
Nolondil
Remember that famous saying among scientists: "The plural of anecdote is not data." What you have seen personally cannot be a significant fraction of the landscape and population of Russia. I'd like to see actual rigorous studies showing a real change in the population before believing claims by a random individual. As already stated, the mere fact of removing persecution would h
Forum: Inner Space
Yesterday
Nolondil
WW2? Did your family live in the US during WW1? There was a much larger anti-German sentiment in the "first" WW, when it was simply called "The Great War". This is a forgotten chapter of US history. Entire regions of states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota were populated with native German-speakers, a significant portion of whom did not speak English! But there was a wa
Forum: Inner Space
3 days ago
Nolondil
Given that 'Christianity' when it was the basis and servant of political power was so rigid and absolute, an ideology not an actual religion -- the atheist reaction, when it finally became possible, was also very rigid and absolute. In some cases, a mirror image of the old 'Christian' tyranny, as in the case of the 'Communist' Soviet Union. Sometimes extremes run back and forth to exhaustion,
Forum: Inner Space
4 days ago
Nolondil
A humorous point of view on the rise of a new technology. Our parents were worried about the tv-watching, the next generation was worried about the early video games. Now it's phones and tablets... Quote According to the most recent cave drawings, children nowadays are using fire more than ever before. And it’s no wonder: fire has many wonderful applications, such as cooking meat, warming th
Forum: Misc.
4 days ago
Nolondil
"Families" are more nebulous now, with formal legal entities having become the much more commonly used means to maintain blocs of wealth. Substitute "corporations" and it fits perfectly. Also, there are more articles of this type on the same site: America’s Corruption Is a National Security Threat America Is Wide Open for Foreign Influence
Forum: Global Village
4 days ago
Nolondil
A scientist has gotten annoyed enough about mouse studies being hyped as conclusive results for humans that he has started a twitter account to remind people what is really being said. Pinned at the top is a link to an article where he explains what he is up to: Quote I should note at this point that saying IN MICE after reading a headline is a reasonably common trope amongst scientists. I’m cer
Forum: Science & Space
4 days ago
Nolondil
Prominent Romans saw the problems as their world collapsed, but could not stop it. The Ottoman Empire had its reformers, but they also failed. And now the latest "great empire" has begun to see its own corruption and weakness. Foreign Policy magazine is a core organ of "The Establishment". All those "Deep State" people that the populists are so afraid of read it or k
Forum: Global Village
4 days ago
Nolondil
Trump's grip on the Republican party is now pretty strong. It's good that Weld is willing to challenge him, but it is indeed very unlikely he can win. Don't be surprised if the various genuine conservatives who have left the party over the last couple of years form a third-party and field their own candidate this time. There just wasn't time for all the legal preparations in the 2016 race by the
Forum: Global Village
11 days ago
Nolondil
You are at least a decade too late. We are already under constant surveillance, and we willingly bought the devices ourselves. 80 percent or more of the population in developed countries are already carrying cell phones, "smart" watches, and many other sorts of networked devices that report their location and activities 24/7 to tech companies who then resell the info to anyone.
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
14 days ago
Nolondil
A few days ago a bunch of climate-change protestors took over the observation gallery in the British House of Commons and pressed their nearly nude bodies against the glass. This was funny enough, but was then turned into a hilarious political comment by someone or other. Some might consider this NSFW so I decided to link it rather than directly embed. The Brexit Horror Picture Show
Forum: Global Village
24 days ago
Nolondil
From what I have heard/read, very little other necessary government functions are getting done in the UK right now. Just routine bureaucratic processes are continuing as well as they can with no guidance from the center. So it seems to have already effectively collapsed. Cabinet ministers are resigning, remember. It certainly looks like the current PM will be forced to resign very soon. Maybe wit
Forum: Global Village
24 days ago
Nolondil
Quote Also I've heard, rumor, that people who have internal surveillance cameras for home protection which operate via cell or internet can be accessed by authorities. Or anyone else who cares to hack them. Smart devices in general are not smart, but dumb. Like any machine, they do exactly what they are told, and they listen to almost anyone. The "Internet Of Things" is completely i
Forum: Global Village
24 days ago
Nolondil
That was the Tory party leadership vote. Yes, they now have to wait a year before challenging her leadership of the Tory party. But Parliament is not the Tory party. They can have any number of actual no confidence votes. Apparently they thought it still would not win, and chose this other option because some members of the Tory party would go along. Some of her cabinet ministers actually resigne
Forum: Global Village
25 days ago
Nolondil
That was a real eye-opener. When did anything like this last happen? In the parliamentary style system, I would have thought this was the equivalent of a vote of no-confidence and would have forced an election.
Forum: Global Village
26 days ago
Nolondil
Never heard of "Allysius" but you seem to be talking about the Eleusinian Mysteries. Fasting is a fairly common practice before taking many hallucinogens. Ayahuasca is known to cause pretty serious vomiting and sometimes even diarrhea afterwards. Simply not eating for a few days would reduce the severity of this quite a bit. That seems like a good explanation for the practice all by i
Forum: Inner Space
28 days ago
Nolondil
Ooo, such power she has obtained. A vote in the US House of Representatives! Don't blink, you might miss when she does something that the PC crowd won't tolerate even from her and she loses her "soaring political career".
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
28 days ago
Nolondil
Germ theory is the modern understanding of the mechanism of contagion. That is indeed relatively new. The awareness of contagion is ancient. The infamous Black Plague has been deliberately used as a biological weapon since ancient times. And there are well-documented cases of Colonial-era people using smallpox against the natives, regardless of any accuracy problems of Wikipedia. (And they also u
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
30 days ago
Nolondil
The first article you are citing says superrotation, not counterrotation. Where do you get this "counterrotation" idea? The second article you cite says exactly why I wrote -- angular momentum keeps the Earth rotating. You need to learn to read better.
Forum: Science & Space
30 days ago
Nolondil
No, there is no need for an outside force to keep the Earth rotating. The huge mass of the Earth has a lot of momentum. It's still spinning because it takes a long time to lose the energy. There is an "outside force" affecting the Earth's rotation, though. You see it in the sky all the time. It's called the Moon. The drag from the Moon is transferring angular momentum from the Earth's o
Forum: Science & Space
30 days ago
Nolondil
She has waited much too long to get any extension. The EU is indeed a creaking, byzantine bureaucracy that moves very slowly. This is one of the reasons for Brexit in the first place (although issues of sovereignty seem to carry the most weight with the voters). Nine days is certainly not enough time unless they declare some sort of emergency. Several major EU officials have already said they wan
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
You are thinking in terms of modern world-scale religions. These have to be inclusive in some sense because they must transcend many cultures. But religions were originally just part of tribal culture, and white supremacy is certainly a return to tribalism. The exact definition of 'religion' is tricky, of course. Wikipedia: Quote Religion is a cultural system of designated behaviors and prac
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Quote Eddie Larry Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- Hi Kris, two things were missing from the manifesto, no indication of religious belief by the shooter and no complaints about how bad or persecuted he was personally. Thus, I don’t think that he produced the manifesto by himself. His deed reminded me of a suicide bomber, just doing what he was brainwashed to do.
Forum: Global Village
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Ted Kaczynski was an environmental extremist, not a racist. You have skipped over the obvious parallel, the extreme anti-immigration terrorist Anders Breivik: Quote ... In his writings Breivik states that he wants to see European policies on multiculturalism and immigration more similar to those of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan which he said are "not far from cultural conservatism and na
Forum: Global Village
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