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23 days ago
Nolondil
Yes, he will not accept even a full trial and conviction in the Senate. They would have to send in Federal Marshals, or maybe his own Secret Service detail since they are actually under Congress rather than the executive branch, and carry him out of the White House like a sack of potatoes.
Forum: Global Village
23 days ago
Nolondil
Is this some silly high school experiment? Nope, it's serious research at a major university, and it looks like they have learned useful things about rat brains and perhaps some psychology applicable to other animals -- like humans. Quote US scientists have reported successfully training a group of the rodents to drive tiny cars in exchange for bits of Froot Loops cereal, and found that le
Forum: Science & Space
23 days ago
Nolondil
By "class" I think he meant he wanted the answer to explain that it was an amphibian, not a worm or a snake. :) The Caecilians are one very obscure group of animals...
Forum: Science & Space
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
The latest in a series of patents for devices right out of science fiction has been filed by the US Navy. They all seem to be coming from a particular engineer in the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. Since working prototypes have not been publicly demonstrated for any of these technologies, it is uncertain if they have actually been developed or if these are 'speculative' or 'preemptiv
Forum: Science & Space
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
"Extraordinary claims require at least some evidence." -- Carl Sagan
Forum: Paranormal & Supernatural
6 weeks ago
Nolondil
Yes, as I said, the nuclear option is only for the small ones. And of course they could not be targeted close to Earth. That's the meaning of "powerful enough launcher" -- something that can get the warhead out to an approaching rock before it's much closer than the Moon. They did not "attempt" to detonate a nuclear warhead in space. They succeeded. Starfish Prime was real
Forum: Science & Space
6 weeks ago
Nolondil
Depends on your definition of "short notice". Of course if we see something just a few days out, we don't have any technology to get to it fast enough. But, the one from a few days ago was only a football field or two across. We might have destroyed it with nuclear weapons if we had launchers powerful enough. We could develop launchers powerful enough. A shower of smaller fragments w
Forum: Science & Space
7 weeks ago
Nolondil
And the CGI blackhole for the movie Interstellar was designed using mathematical formulae provided by actual physicists. There were several scientific papers on that CGI because it amounted to an experiment in physics.
Forum: Science & Space
7 weeks ago
Nolondil
Yes, this is a glaring gap in both science and public safety. We have the ability to search for these asteroids and find nearly all of them before they actually hit the Earth. We have not been bothering to do so, which means we could get a very nasty surprise at any moment. The more telescopes of this sort that are built and kept operating, the safer we will be.
Forum: Science & Space
7 weeks ago
Nolondil
The article you link to doesn't even mention Wyden. And the mistake in Butina's case was on a particular aspect of her approach to working on behalf of the Russian govt/intel services, not the actual fact. She didn't try to use sex to influence anyone, but she was convicted of being an unregistered agent of a foreign power and is currently in prison.
Forum: Global Village
7 weeks ago
Nolondil
WTF? What "office" does the NRA occupy that it could be removed? Now, if they are found to have been acting as the agent of a foreign power, there is law to deal with that. "Prosecute" is not the same thing as "impeach" however.
Forum: Global Village
7 weeks ago
Nolondil
The decline of government funding for science, other than military-related projects, has left a gap in modern science that will hinder progress if not corrected. One of the responses has been an increase in private "patrons" funding science. There are certain advantages to this. Many of the earliest scientists were funded by wealthy patrons if they were not independently wealthy themsel
Forum: Science & Space
7 weeks ago
Nolondil
What he is saying is that they privately think he's gone too far but are too afraid of the political backlash to actually vote against him on the record. If at least 18 of them find some courage, we might actually see the first conviction of a president for misconduct in office.
Forum: Global Village
7 weeks ago
Nolondil
Very interesting. This is a new sort of antibiotic resistance. Usually there is an internal defense of some sort, the microbes evolve to process what was once a poison and simply become immune. As usual with evolution, if just a few of a given type of bacteria have a mechanism that lets them deal with a toxin, they will be selected when the toxin appears in huge quantities and wipes out the compe
Forum: Science & Space
7 weeks ago
Nolondil
The topic of non-fossil petroleum is controversial, but not completely without science to support it. The "defining" work is The Deep Hot Biosphere by Thomas Gold. A number of Russian geologists have also pursued this area of research. There are also theories of abiotic petroleum, that it somehow originates from geochemical processes independent of life.
Forum: Global Village
8 weeks ago
Nolondil
There is so much intervention going on in the economy it's difficult to keep things straight. Could this interest rate manipulation be an attempt for force the "inverted yield curve" that keeps popping up in the bond market back into a more normal shape? But then the bond market was distorted by the Fed attempting to sell off the huge collection of bonds it had purchased during QE.
Forum: Global Village
8 weeks ago
Nolondil
Jurassic Park glossed over too much of the science. Besides the difficulty of recovering DNA, which many people have thought to point out in criticizing those movies, there are many more obstacles to reviving fully extinct species. Can a creature with no parents of its own kind learn what it needs to survive? All behavior, especially of complex animals like birds and mammals, is not innate. T
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
The poet John Milton! Quote Almost 400 years after the first folio of Shakespeare was published in 1623, scholars believe they have identified the early owner of one copy of the text, who made hundreds of insightful annotations throughout: John Milton. The astonishing find, which academics say could be one of the most important literary discoveries of modern times, was made by Cambrid
Forum: History
2 months ago
Nolondil
The ironies just keep on compounding with Hilary Clinton... Quote A document Hillary Clinton helped write nearly a half century ago has returned from the dead to threaten the man she couldn’t vanquish in 2016. The bizarre, only-in-D.C. twist centers on a congressional report penned by a bipartisan team of young attorneys that included Hillary before she was a Clinton and written i
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
There is a distinction between government and private investors. People, private investors, accepting negative interest rates is not difficult to understand in a financial panic. Nearly every one believes -- rightly or wrongly -- that US Treasures are the safest investment in the world today. If you are afraid of losing everything in a major economic collapse, then arranging to lose only a little
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Bonds (Corporate or Government) are different from the general lending interest rate. The Fed does not set the rates for Bonds, even Treasury bonds, only the market for US Government debt can do that. So, on the one hand I can see how the dropping general interest rate might send people towards bonds -- may as well keep the money safe while getting a pittance of interest rather than have it expos
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Quote Eddie Larry Wrote: > I think that the Fed will be in the rate lowering > mode for quite some time Kris. Given the rapid > aging of the world population and a concomitant > flight to safety, rates can go much lower. IMO. I don't understand your logic here. Lower rates are generally bad for older people, who are more reliant on interest for at least a major part of their
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Many of the large animals in Africa are being poached for food right now, not just giraffes. Most horrible of all, the great apes. Yes, people are eating chimpanzees and gorillas. Poverty makes people desperate, and "bushmeat" is relatively easy to obtain. This is turning into a major environmental tragedy. The way humans treat other humans isn't much better. Archaic is being select
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Quote It's a sect. The cult followers use the symbol of a cross, AN INSTRUMENT OF TORTURE, to identify their belief system. You would think if the were interested in peace a symbol of a dove or something like that might be more appropriate. Well, technically a "sect" is a smaller subset ("section") of a larger religious group. Since nearly all current self-described "
Forum: Inner Space
2 months ago
Nolondil
His last posts are 24 days ago... Hmm, must have had something come up in Real Life so that he doesn't have the time to read and post here anymore?
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Quote Also Trump and Abe agreed to a new deal where Japan is buying $7 billion in agriculture products, mostly corn. Like I presented new supply lines are being reset and the hit to the farmers is just temporary. This is what is being talked about "above board" ... watch how many mysterious new purchasers of US Ag products appear in the next few months. They will be in many countrie
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
It's even worse than it looks. The Hebrew word translated as "chosen one" is Moshiach (aka Messiah). Looks like the chatter about invoking the 25th Amendment early on in this presidency has just gotten a big boost towards serious consideration.
Forum: Global Village
3 months ago
Nolondil
But the source or background can often help you understand the meaning. Philosophy cannot exist in a vacuum. It's part of a culture. It would be so useful to have some background on at least some of the Plato's dialogues. It would be hugely useful to have both the 'notes' and the public works of Aristotle.
Forum: Inner Space
3 months ago
Nolondil
There is an inherent problem in judging all three of them. We have no writings of Socrates, only second/third hand stories by Plato (and a few others such as Xenophon). We can only assess his thought through the accounts of others. Not very reliable. For Plato we have plenty of published work. But hardly a trace of his private/personal papers. Certainly no notes about the sources and writing o
Forum: Inner Space
3 months ago
Nolondil
Some animals will settle in one place and hardly ever move. Burrowing animals like badgers, for example. Others claim a territory and force others of their kind to move on, sometimes even their own offspring. Wolves are an example of that. Clearly it will take a longer time for these types of animals to fill a new range compared to a wandering animal. Most birds will range far and wide seeking fo
Forum: Science & Space
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