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16 years ago
Nolondil
Time was when you couldn't build a steam engine small enough to power an airplane, too. So of course powered flight could never happen. :) If we come up with new sources of energy this might actually be useful. In fact, it is currently being used on new satellites in place of 'attitude thrusters' because even a tiny thrust is effective in space.
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Some 'irregularities' were found with the jury. Someone lied in their application -- about having a criminal record! -- and there is now a struggle over whether she deserves a new trial. This could draw out for years.
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16 years ago
Nolondil
This is a good decade for a 60's revival! Not if the primary protector of our right to protest -- the Supreme Court -- has been turned into a rubber-stamp for the neo-Fascists. You'll just see thousands of people tear-gassed and/or bashed over the head with police batons and shipped off to American Gulags for indefinite anonymous imprisonment. There is a great deal at stake in this election. L
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Actually, you often can use loopholes to avoid laws you don't like. Especially if you are powerful, like the USG itself. The Congress is immune to many of its own employment regulations, for example. The fact that the Supreme Court had the temerity to hold the USG to the law this time is the exception, not the rule. But still, Phew... it's such a good thing that they did!
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16 years ago
Nolondil
There are many, many more parallels. But you are not allowed to discuss them. A judge who dared to publicly observe the parallel between Bush's 'appointment' as President and the political tricks that brought both Hitler and Mussolini to power was intimdated into apologizing by the public reaction: Here's a virtual gold-mine of sources on the level of corruption in the current US government if
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16 years ago
Nolondil
4536. Re: Onstar
Well, you are supposed to be able to turn it off. Is this untrue? I bet there are 'instructions' floating around on the Internet on how to disable it if the 'off' switch doesn't really turn it off. People are too used to being in control of their electronics to let something like this pass without a fight. I can see how they might get around to legislating that you cannot tamper with it eventual
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Perhaps this 'PR' is in preparation for resuming it... Quote: Catholics from more than 25 countries have been in Rome this week to hammer out a strategy for combating the threat posed to Christianity by "New Age" religions and fads. ... And as priests around the world watch their congregations die out and dwindle away through boredom or plain disbelief, the church believes the m
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16 years ago
Nolondil
It's hard to say exactly how many 'fronts' we are dealing with. It's one big bowl of spaghetti. The 9/11 attacks were use to justifiy the invasion or Iraq, the Plame affair was over some of the other intelligence 'facts' used to justify that invasion, the Abu Ghraib scandal came about as a result of that invasion. Ashcroft's abuses of power are also 'justified' with the 9/11 attacks. All of these
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Unbelievable! I have heard stories of how ruthless Karl Rove is, but this is a real chart-topper. He ordered this immediately after Reagan's death!? Does this ghoul have any ideal how clearly he is telegraphing his utter cynicism by exploiting the 'hero' of the Republican party immediately after his death? I'm not surprised that Nancy Reagan has already protested privately. If these ads actually
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16 years ago
Nolondil
"It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them." (In "Alfred Adler: Apostle of Freedom," by Phyllis Bottome, ch. 5, 1939. The quote was used by Adlai Stevenson in a speech, August 27, 1952, in New York.) Adler is the 'forgotten' member of the original Psychoanalytic triumvirate,
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16 years ago
Nolondil
It makes me wonder if he heard the rumours of comet/asteroid collision spread by 'Aussie Bloke' and is trying to escape the End Of The World As We Know It in this handy govt. supplied bunker. :)
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16 years ago
Nolondil
There has been grumbling since at least the passage of the 'Patriot' Act about the lack of accountability of (f)Ashcroft's Justice Department. They are not reporting their activities to Congress in the customary way. He is of-a-kind with Bush and Cheney and doesn't think he is accountable to anyone. It's about time the Congress stopped grumbling and took action. Impeaching (f)Ashcroft would be a
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16 years ago
Nolondil
I liked their early stuff. When Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes joined, and Jon Anderson left, it went down the tubes. It's good the hear they are leaning more heavily on that early material. Are they going to tour the US anytime soon?
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16 years ago
Nolondil
An attitude like that cannot be very widespread given the mobility of US society over the last 50 years. Something like 40 percent of all Americans today live in a different region of the country than they were born in. A great deal of that 'internal migration' has been out of the midwest and northeast and into the so-called 'sun belt' states (the old Confederacy). The Great Lakes region and New
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Actually, OJ did not succeed in concealing his rage at his wife. Lots of people were aware of it. This was a large part of the testimony against him during the trial. Establishing the motive is always a part of a criminal prosecution. Well, any properly done criminal prosecution. OJ is not exactly the brightest bulb to use as an example, though. Yes, your average stupid psychopath cannot conceal
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Apparently, six of the seven people put forward have already been on the 'most wanted' section of the FBI website for months. Funny that there was no actual threat presented. What are they planning to do? If you don't know what they are planning to do, why have a press conference to announce that terrorists are out there somewhere? This is not a 'terror warning' unless you are (appropriately) ter
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16 years ago
Nolondil
No, psychology is not a reliable science like physics or chemistry, and never will be. There are too many variables to master. It's often said that modern 'psychology' is really about matching statistics to human behavior, not predicting it. :) A graduate student in psychology certainly studies statistics as heavly as an economist. So don't take this 'psychological profiling' thing too seriously
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16 years ago
Nolondil
There are several factors that go into the weight of results. One is the 'importance' of the site linking to another site -- but that is determined by the number of references the site has. It's sort of like 'Multi-Level Marketing' in that it's both democratic and oligarchic at the same time. It's easy to link you own website or get a few friends to link to it. But it's much harder to get many di
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16 years ago
Nolondil
No, Google does not mess with their page rankings. They don't have the time, and cannot afford the implications. This is called a 'Google bomb' and it is performed by exploiting the way Google works. To get to the top of a page ranking you need to get many different people to put the same keywords linking to the same URL on many different pages. Some people will put these links on pages they actu
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Yeah mean other than revenge? You do realize that the Iranians hated Saddam for the war in the 1980s? And there is a long-standing ethnic hatred between Arabs and Persians in general. Other than simple revenge, it 'buys' them an end to the guerilla warfare from rebels hiding in Iraq. Saddam Hussein had been allowing a resistance movement called "Mujahedin e-Khalq" ('Fighters for the p
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16 years ago
Nolondil
4551. Punk'd!
An urgent investigation has been launched in Washington into whether Iran played a role in manipulating the US into the Iraq war by passing on bogus intelligence through Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress, it emerged yesterday. ... Larry Johnson, a former senior counter-terrorist official at the state department, said: "When the story ultimately comes out we'll see that Iran has ru
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Err... doesn't it rotate 'periodically' now? I thought every 24 hours was a rotation? :) I think you are referring to the shifting of the axis of rotation, which is indeed very small for the Earth (and yet it does seem to have an effect on our climate) but could be very large for Mars. Accordng to some recent articles I read, current estimates are that Mars' axis wanders as much as 30 degrees fr
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16 years ago
Nolondil
No one is 'always' objective. But in order to have a working legal system, someone has to have the power of arrest. Unless the cop is being very abusive, you must go along with being arrested or face additional charges. All you can do is bring up your problems with him to the judge. The conditions necessary to get you past a resisting arrest charge are approximately the same as use of deadly forc
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16 years ago
Nolondil
Yes, there is an interesting resemblance between the Ken Starr "tell me what I want to hear or you are obstructing justice" method of interrogation and the Bush administration's double bind approach to Saddam and WMD. Neither is a legitimate application of the applicable law.
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16 years ago
Nolondil
No, you can't be trapped into a double bind where confessing the crime gets you convicted but not confessing gets you an 'obstruction of justice' charge. You are allowed to claim your own innocence no matter how over-whelming the evidence against you, and allowed your own point of view. (Ken Starr notwithstanding. He was quite outrageous in his abuses of prosecutorial power.) In order to be acc
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16 years ago
Nolondil
This is a topic of endless discussion, and tinkering, by audiophiles. Besides the well documented necessity of coordination between your speakers :) the shape -- and materials -- of the speaker case are considered important. I've bought numerous shelf-stereos and computer speakers which actually advertised the fact of their wooden cases as a 'plus' for sound quality (especially bass tones). Dunno
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16 years ago
Nolondil
'Obstruction of justice' is a crime regardless of whether you are actually guilty of the crime you are being investigated for. It is a 'stand alone' charge which you can incur even if you are not the object of the investigation you are interfereing with. Similarly, you are guilty of 'resisting arrest' if you fight with a cop who tries to arrest you, regardless of whether you were actually guilty
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16 years ago
Nolondil
She was convicted of 'obstructing justice' -- which can include lying to investigators, withholding or destroying evidence, and other sorts of resistance to investigation. So, as often happens, it was the cover-up rather than the initial act that got her in real trouble. Since she was not convicted of the original crime of 'insider trading', and this witness was testifying to that charge not the
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16 years ago
Nolondil
If anything the situation is reversed today. The civilian electronics industry is the cutting edge, so the military buys 'off the shelf' electronics parts and incorporates them into the war-fighting systems. There were several stories during the initial invasion about all the trouble they were having cooling their Pentium IV and Athlon computers in those desert 'HQ' tents. Sounds like a challen
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16 years ago
Nolondil
>They'd probably throw you into prison. Then >you could seek asylum in another country as >a political refugee. But you make an interesting >point - would you even want to do this? As a >concientious objector, you might be punished >severely. Not so easy this time. The US has extradition treaties with many more countries than it did in the 1960s. The few countries not will
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