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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Grey Geezer Re:Militia, then vs now (1574 comments)

Well, we could mandate all able bodied and minded citizens must serve in the militia. And that even in retirement from said militia, they must own and maintain their weapon. Losing the weapon because of criminal activity, or mental instability would be a source of great personal shame.

3 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Grey Geezer Re:Are we so in thrall to our fossil fuel overlord (341 comments)

So...It wasn't clear to me if you mean you think we need "other" carbon fuels, or other non-carbon fuels...Cause I clearly asked about staying on our carbon binge. You seem to be saying that since we need energy (I don't disagree) we need to continue our reliance on carbon fuels. Did I misunderstand you?

4 days ago
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Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info

Grey Geezer As with most things, (99 comments)

it's not an either or proposition. some politicians are stupid (or maybe just ignorant and incurious), some are coldly calculating the strategies that allow them to gain money/power.
    It does not help that half of all potential voters have below average intelligence, or are incurious, or are ignorant, or suffer various combinations of all three.
    I pretty much had to teach myself about the genius of the Bill of Rights. I mourn the fact that all people do not embrace their importance, or share my passion for defending the individual liberty for all individuals that philosophy protects. I do not have an answer to this tragedy. I wish I did. Taking the money out of politics might be a step in the right direction though....I'm just sayin...

about a week ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Grey Geezer The downside may be. (630 comments)

that it will be very difficult or even impossible to make it a "smart" projectile. I'm guessing that even the most advanced electronics and guidance mechanics can not stand up to that G force. Anyone with expertise in these things please comment.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

Grey Geezer Or...we could just do a better job of (470 comments)

teaching the scientific method. Those students who can absorb (and not all can) the concept of disciplined critical thinking, do not need to have examples of pseudoscience discussed, as those examples become self evident to the properly educated. Any teacher who says "I believe" in evolution, red shifted star light, plate tectonics, etc., has already lost this battle. Saying instead "We are compelled by evidence, observation, and rigorous testing, to accept this explanation, until such time that further evidence, observation, and rigorous testing compel us to change our opinion." is the only correct way to teach science. That many teachers fall short of this ideal, is painfully obvious. Discussing faux science is a waste of precious time.

about two weeks ago
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UK Bans Sending Books To Prisoners

Grey Geezer Re:Look..all they are saying is... (220 comments)

No, If a loss of reading privilege policy is to be effective, the institution has to have control of reading material. How can it be otherwise?

about three weeks ago
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Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto

Grey Geezer That's some ellipse... (63 comments)

If I'm reading it correctly, a 76 X 1000 ellipse. Kind of like some comets, except that it never reaches the inner (or outer) solar system. Maybe we need to redefine a few things.

about three weeks ago
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UK Bans Sending Books To Prisoners

Grey Geezer Look..all they are saying is... (220 comments)

that if a prisoner misbehaves he, or she, may lose their reading privileges for a period of time. How can anyone argue against that completely reasonable policy?

about three weeks ago
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A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

Grey Geezer Don't get me started (199 comments)

about the lack of backward compatibility in 3D CAD software. SolidWorks (for instance, but they all are pretty much guilty of the same strategy) will not allow you to save a file that can be opened by a previous version. They pretty much force you to buy a "subscription" to keep your software up to date, and hope your customers/stakeholders all do the same. They say it's impossible to create a converter that would allow backward compatibility.....

about a month ago
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Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

Grey Geezer Re:More or less (497 comments)

No. Newton had no explanation for WHY his math worked out (in the small part of the Cosmos he could observe at the time) Einstein had an explanation, the math to predict and confirm his explanation, and observations that have proved his explanation correct (so far) It is wrong to compare Newton and Einstein this way. Einstein did MUCH more than refine Newton's incorrect math.

about a month and a half ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Grey Geezer Re:If you don't like it.... (431 comments)

Longevity? Yes for sure. Enlightenment? The denial of scientific methodology is not very enlightened, is it? I could be wrong. And you assume to much about the gentile part don't you? maybe? I'm just saying...

about a month and a half ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Grey Geezer Re:If you don't like it.... (431 comments)

Suspected of doing evil. Not the same thing as having survivability. Lots of evil things may survive the test of time. That doesn't make them less evil. I could be wrong though...

about a month and a half ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Grey Geezer Re:If you don't like it.... (431 comments)

I accept your apology. My comments were clearly in the context of indoctrinating children into a religious creed (which was also the topic of the original post). Pretty good smoke screen though.

about a month and a half ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Grey Geezer Re:If you don't like it.... (431 comments)

Any creed that requires the indoctrination of children for its survival is suspect. If it can't wait until adulthood to present evidence in its favor there is a very good chance that something evil is at its core. Forced ignorance is evil. Voluntary, self enforced ignorance is only slightly less evil, but at least an adult has a choice about being ignorant.

about a month and a half ago
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The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction

Grey Geezer Re:Large saber toothed cats... (168 comments)

"hunters tend to be one of the most conservation-oriented groups out there"

On the other hand, hunters, and the money they spend on hunting related stuff, have had a negative impact on predator restoration efforts. Some state wildlife managers have decided that we can't have wolves competing for live targets (prey animals) and thus reducing the money their harvest brings in.

about a month and a half ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Grey Geezer Just another of many examples of the (506 comments)

French inferiority complex. Well earned though they may be, surrendering to them is a sign of French weakness. Here's an idea French speakers...why not just put on your big boy pants and do something that would actually give people the urge to use the French language voluntarily. Viva la Lafayette!

about 2 months ago
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Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Grey Geezer Re:Pathetic (184 comments)

I kind of agree. Even without the personal baggage, I'd feel better if our stamps honored contributions to humanity, not stylistic creativity, monopolistic business strategies, or modern day robber baron philosophy. I recognize his contribution to technological progress, I just don't think, on balance, that we should honor him with a stamp. That's just my gut reaction...I could be wrong.

about 2 months ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

Grey Geezer Re:Pretty Much. (387 comments)

Ohio rubes and marks need to buy only internal combustion cars I guess. More and more it seems to me as though Republicans (or perhaps it's only their big business sponsors) regard us not as free individuals, but rather as consumers and serfs. They seem to believe that we shouldn't have job flexibility (how awful that because of the ACA we might be free to change jobs, or even quit our jobs), should not control our family size (no birth control for you, they need more consumers and serfs), should not have a clean environment (clean air and water regulation is OK..., but not if it interferes with, or reduces, their profit margin). Democrats are about as bad...maybe only marginally less obvious about it is all. Libertarians are pretty much Republicans only without the urge to stick their noses into our bedrooms and bodies. It wasn't always this bad. Was it?

about 2 months ago
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NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass

Grey Geezer Will cops be driving patrol cars while (158 comments)

wearing these? And will they be liable if they are involved in a crash while driving distracted by same?

about 2 months ago

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This really blows

Grey Geezer Grey Geezer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Grey Geezer writes "Perhaps because I live in Southwest Indiana I’ve been interested in the New Madrid fault system. Several articles on the web mention that through the study of sand blows, and the artifacts buried in them, an earthquake of a magnitude roughly equal to the 1812 event happened about 1450.
        Equally of interest to me is are the Indian mounds found at Angel Mounds near Evansville, IN. Articles on the web say that the Angle Mounds site was the most Eastern chiefdom of the Mississippian Culture. This site (and all other known chiefdoms) seems to have been abandoned sometime around 1450. All signs of the Mississippian Culture seem to disappear after this date. There is some discussion of climate change, war, disease, etc being the cause of this decline, but I can find no articles on-line that discuss a link to the 1450 earthquake.
          I do not have a theory on how an earthquake would cause a whole culture to disappear, but it could explain why the Angle Mound site was abandoned if the course of the Ohio River changed (as it did in the 1812 quake) and made river access difficult to the residents.
      Are any of you aware of a study linking these 1450 events?"

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