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6 days ago
Nolondil
That's very interesting. In literally the last few days there has been a large scale change in social media? Where are you looking? Facebook? Twitter? (This of course begs the question - does this mean anything about actual US public opinion, or just the operational choice of Russian troll farms? Maybe Putin has decided it's time to send his operative into a suicide dive...)
Forum: Global Village
6 days ago
Nolondil
Not "King Donald": King Trump (to the tune of Steve Martin's "King Tut")
Forum: Global Village
7 days ago
Nolondil
Yay! This is great news in the fight against fake news! Hold rumor-mongers responsible and the fun (and profit) will dry up very quickly.
Forum: Global Village
7 days ago
Nolondil
All the fuss about Russia has completely buried the most likely real compromise, which has been known for decades. Trump has been openly accused of ties with organized crime, mainly in the construction industry of NYC, since the 1970s. This was pointed out early in the campaign but got overwhelmed by his publicity-by-controversy campaign style. Politico (May 22, 2016) Washington Post (Octo
Forum: Global Village
20 days ago
Nolondil
Not sure if this is a "Misc" topic, but it seems appropriate for the Law of Unexpected Consequences in regard to technology... Quote A mischievous parrot who was booted from an animal sanctuary for his foul mouth has found a friend in Amazon’s Alexa device. Rocco, an African grey, was caught using the virtual assistant to play his favorite music, tell jokes and even order snack
Forum: Science & Space
30 days ago
Nolondil
Microsoft has issued an out-of-band patch due to a serious bug discovered in IE, in active use. There are people currently taking over systems with this exploit. Most people with automatic update active will probably get it within a few days. But deliberately opening Windows Update and clicking the "Check for Updates" button might not be a bad idea.
Forum: Misc.
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Several months ago, Bloomberg News claimed that Super Micro motherboards used in many major tech company data centers had been discovered to be compromised by Chinese intelligence agencies. All of the named parties denied the story, not only Super Micro but also the victims supposed to have discovered the hack -- such as Amazon, Apple, and Google. Bloomberg stuck with the story, continuing to ins
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
4 weeks ago
Nolondil
Then you will like this video: Glitter Bomb vs. Package Thieves
Forum: Misc.
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
Warwick Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > When was Trump IN reality?? > > > Besides TV that is > > > > Warwick Yes, he's lived his entire life as a rich asshole with enough clout to force his way and avoid the consequences. He's been in a rich-kid "filter bubble" for his entire life, from long before automated media
Forum: Global Village
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
Quote Apparently because she want's Putin to poison her entire family with polonium-210. That's the critical point. She had to be aware of the consequences of disobedience. Therefore, it is highly unlikely to be disobedience. Putin has almost certainly given the OK for her to talk even if it exposes more of the operation. (Obviously, one agent wouldn't have known the whole operation anyway...
Forum: Global Village
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
This is typical. Check out Haggard's Law. We've had threads about boomerang crusades before.
Forum: Global Village
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
Sounds like the discontent in Britain is focused on the single big issue of stay/leave while the discontent in France is more generalized to various specific quality-of-life issues. Confirmation of my statement about the minor tax law being not really the cause appeared in another thread on this board: Unfortunately, what this probably means is that on March 29 things really will explode whe
Forum: Global Village
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
Unfortunately, the Senate is still Republican controlled. Even if the House votes to impeach, you can bet any amount of money that the Senate will not convict him for anything less than the Constitutional definition of treason. (Hint, it requires openly betraying the nation to a foreign power. Unless he's been shoveling top secret documents to the Russians since being elected, simply accepting so
Forum: Global Village
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
Yes, he is not coherent enough to have an ideology. Nazism is a political ideology, though it's hard to define since it only last about 12 years and was constantly making wartime rationalizations (the Japanese were "Yellow Aryans" since they need to be acceptable allies, for example). Trump is just an egoist. Whatever crazy confabulation he needs to come up with at the moment, he won't
Forum: Global Village
5 weeks ago
Nolondil
I like the observation that the surprising thing is not the riots in France, but the lack of riots in Britain. If Britain doesn't have a deal with the EU when the deadline arrives, they are suddenly going to see major part of their economy choked off by trade barriers. They are sleep-walking into a train wreck, with journalists and politicians trying to figure out what is going on, but the genera
Forum: Global Village
8 weeks ago
Nolondil
The Viceland TV network is now producing a documentary series about Kentucky Ayahuasca, a group that promotes the use of Ayahuasca for psychological therapy and healing. It looks like it can be viewed online as well as on their cable channels. Quote Follow shaman Steve Hupp, as he works with people seeking healing from severe emotional and physical issues.
Forum: Inner Space
2 months ago
Nolondil
Wow, I get to post this! This board is too distracted by politics when I can show up a day late and post a major story like this. Quote There’s something big lurking beneath Greenland’s ice. Using airborne ice-penetrating radar, scientists have discovered a 31-kilometer-wide crater — larger than the city of Paris — buried under as much as 930 meters of ice in northwest Greenland. The mete
Forum: Mysteries
5 months ago
Nolondil
Microsoft has created an automated self-contained data center designed to be dropped in the water. This is supposed to reduce cooling costs. Now you can visit the prototype site remotely and see fish swimming past the capsule. Check it out:
Forum: Misc.
5 months ago
Nolondil
The Trump Campaign is over, unless you are speaking of the 2020 effort that is no doubt in planning. The Mueller investigation is going to be the best source on that, whenever it gets around to issuing a report. The issue now is whether the Trump Presidency is colluding with the Russians. That week in Europe where he deliberately provoked and insulted our allies and then had a literally secre
Forum: Global Village
6 months ago
Nolondil
After many years of trying to draw a simple history, science is settling on a more complex origin for modern humans. Quote There is a decades-old origin story for our species, in which we descended from a group of hominids who lived somewhere in Africa around 200,000 years ago. Some scientists have placed that origin in East Africa; others championed a southern birthplace. In either case, th
Forum: Science & Space
6 months ago
Nolondil
Word is that Harlan Ellison died at home in his sleep on June 28th at the age of 84. He was, to put it gently, an abrasive character. (The New York Times uses "irascable' -- "Having or showing a tendency to be easily angered".) Many people will wonder if he can "rest in peace"... :) But he was certainly an important writer, a titan of the Silver Age of Science Fiction and
Forum: Misc.
7 months ago
Nolondil
"Gene-therapy" has been this miraculous promise for several decades now. A few amazingly effective examples have been produced, but over-all progress has been much slower than predicted. Complex systems are unpredictable! What a surprise... and now there might even be negative consequences from the tools used to carry out these miraculous therapies. Quote CRISPR-Edited Cells Linked
Forum: Science & Space
7 months ago
Nolondil
There are various names for the algorithmic systems that analyze samples of text and then generate imitations. Travesty Generators, Markov Generators (after the author of a computer science paper that demonstrated the first example of how to do this), and some others. "Bullshit generator" seems to be the most popular label for them right now. These methods actually date back to the 1980
Forum: Inner Space
7 months ago
Nolondil
Quote So, my own conclusion is that 'sin' and 'evil' are very real, but born of the separation that necessarily follows immersion into the sub-infinite realms. This is basically a paraphrase of the Augustine/Boethius position. Evil is privation of good -- separation from God/original perfection. But they concluded that this means evil is not real. :) It's a side effect of creation, the unfold
Forum: Inner Space
7 months ago
Nolondil
Poster Boy Wrote: > > Nolondil wrote: > > > > The word hamartia, translated very closely by > > 'sin', is used in NT documents written long before > > the co-opting of the religion by the Imperial > > government. So no, I would not claim that 'sin' > > did not exist prior to 'churches' inventing it. > > > The problem with this an
Forum: Inner Space
7 months ago
Nolondil
Churches as we currently have them are mostly the creation of governments. The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches are remaining fragments of the church created by the Roman Imperial Government. Most Protestant Churches are affiliated with governments, essentially "national religions". (E.G. - The Episcopal Church is still the "official" religion of the UK, for exampl
Forum: Inner Space
7 months ago
Nolondil
Listen to this episode of This American Life and think some more... :)
Forum: Inner Space
7 months ago
Nolondil
I believe that Rosanne is an idiotic TV show not worth discussion, and ABC behaved exactly as you would expect a media corporation, necessarily bound to public opinion (^H^H^H^H^H^H whim), to behave.
Forum: Global Village
7 months ago
Nolondil
No, I am not 'avoiding' anything. And 'intellectualizing' is what these boards about, as I recall. :) I am agreeing that her question, and distinction, is a good one. And relevant to the underlying point she is wondering about. While the early Christians probably would have also differentiated between "accidental" (what you call mistakes) and "intentional" ('sin' in the sense
Forum: Inner Space
7 months ago
Nolondil
Without actually citing the etymology of the word, you have pretty well focused on the issue with its true meaning vs. its common meaning. Originally, the Anglo-Saxon term came from archery. It's a remarkably close translation of the Greek word hamartia used in the New Testament, which is also originally an archery term. (But, it already had acquired moral connotations well before the NT was writ
Forum: Inner Space
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