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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
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    Is fossilization a quick process or does it occur over many years?
    It occurs over many years. Generally thousands to millions of years. But the initial preservation has to be fairly rapid to prevent decay.
    Thanks. I thought that fossilization happened over a long period of time. It also makes sense that the specimen must first naturally begin to preserve so that it remains intact and does not decay first.
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    My heart breaks for those suffering in the Bahamas right now. I can't believe the devastation...on the weather news they were showing footage of the airport and it looks like the middle of the ocean. Like the airport is gone. Neighborhoods are gone. Just horrifying to see...I live in the southeast, but the hurricane seems to be shifting away from my area. I don't understand why this storm just keeps going and isn't slowing down.
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    Global Climate Change is changing the face of a storm.....we will be getting SUPER STORMS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
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    Global Climate Change is changing the face of a storm.....we will be getting SUPER STORMS!

    IMHO
    Completely agree. I wonder when the world will wake up to this reality, collectively. Not enough people seem to believe it, let alone care about it. :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Completely agree. I wonder when the world will wake up to this reality, collectively. Not enough people seem to believe it, let alone care about it. :/
    Personally I doubt that will ever happen. There will always be those that stick their heads in the sand and ignore what's right in front of them. They will deny it right up to their dying breath. Then there are those that see it but ignore it because they just think this is a sign the rapture is coming and God is gonna appear and save the righteous soon.

    We're fucked
    "For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled." Hunter S Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
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    Completely agree. I wonder when the world will wake up to this reality, collectively. Not enough people seem to believe it, let alone care about it. :/
    Personally I doubt that will ever happen. There will always be those that stick their heads in the sand and ignore what's right in front of them. They will deny it right up to their dying breath. Then there are those that see it but ignore it because they just think this is a sign the rapture is coming and God is gonna appear and save the righteous soon.

    We're fucked
    Yea, apathy is just as bad as doing all the wrong things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Yea, apathy is just as bad as doing all the wrong things.
    I think those ones are almost worse than the outright deniers. The deniers refuse to see the problem and invent new explanations. But the worst are the apathetic ones that see the problems and continue to do nothing either because of religious beliefs that encourage them to look forward to the end of the world or because they think trying to mitigate the problems are futile. Like I think we're fucked, but I'm still trying to do what is within my ability to help.
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    We are sleepwalking into disaster.
    The next generation will blame our generation as the most indulgent in history.
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    Just had an email alert. My research now has 1000 citations!
    http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-7491-2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Just had an email alert. My research now has 1000 citations!
    http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-7491-2012
    Congrats dude! That's a thousand citations more than a certain member here will ever get if they even get published lol.

    I'd be thrilled with just a dozen citations if I published research, so a thousand just seems massive!
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    Cheers, it's taken a while to get there though! My first paper was published 20 years ago!
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    Quote Originally Posted by phdemon View Post
    just had an email alert. My research now has 1000 citations!
    http://www.researcherid.com/rid/g-7491-2012
    happy dancing for the demon!
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    I'm sitting on the bus going home after a night in the pub. Can't help overhearing the conversations of other passengers. Why are people so fucking dumb... This may make me sound elitist but most people are ignorant assholes !

    Edit: to clarify within 20 minutes I was exposed to racism, sexism Islamaphobia, homophobia and xenophobia... and we wonder who voted for Brexit!
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    this move is going to take 9 months......and leaving this place ....where we raised the kids is really hard....so many relationships with shop owners and well everything....people who know me and my work.....people who know US and our integrity.........I keep getting emotional, sometimes at the oddest moments.......
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    and anyone heard from MacGuyver

    I would really appreciate an update.
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    How many people does it take to kill one person? Don’t know why I would think of this but sometimes these things just pop into my head. I’m thinking it takes more than just someone pulling the trigger, if I use killing by gun as an example. If you took every aspect of the gun’s production to the final moment(death of victim), I wonder how many people are involved directly or indirectly? Have a feeling this number could be quite large.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    How many people does it take to kill one person? Don’t know why I would think of this but sometimes these things just pop into my head. I’m thinking it takes more than just someone pulling the trigger, if I use killing by gun as an example. If you took every aspect of the gun’s production to the final moment(death of victim), I wonder how many people are involved directly or indirectly? Have a feeling this number could be quite large.
    If it takes millions to make one pencil, then it will take many more to make a gun.
    https://outrunchange.com/2012/08/27/...ke-one-pencil/
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    .There is a fact still more astounding: the absence of a master mind, of anyone dictating or forcibly directing these countless actions which bring me into being. No trace of such a person can be found. Instead, we find the Invisible Hand at work. This is the mystery .....
    Metaphor?

    Who would be the first involved with making a gun? The ancestor who found a chunk of iron? I’m ruling out Satan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Who would be the first involved with making a gun? The ancestor who found a chunk of iron? I’m ruling out Satan.
    Whenever I tune in to Ancient Aliens I'm informed it was them (the aliens) who started or accelerated intelligent life on this planet. Our technology owes everything to alien visitations.

    Q: What came first, the chicken or the egg?
    A: The egg.
    Q: Then what laid the egg?
    A: A turkey?
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    Very interesting take Ox!!
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    The second known object to enter our solar system was revealed a few days ago (hyperbolic orbit). Such an object could have brought life.

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/s...-just-spotted/

    Then go further back to what came first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    Then go further back to what came first.
    I'll have to fill you in on my "Exploding God Hypothesis" someday and how it relates to the beginnings of life. However I can't produce any evidence or citation and that wouldn't go over too good today. Hell, it may even cover some of String Theory. But it is religious in nature for some folks, so maybe it would get past the censors . I came up with it many years before joining here and I do remember posting it here once. In all honesty, it was just on a passing whim. OK, it never was meant to be serious at any time. Don't know if you recall the member Ophelia, seemed like a sharp guy, and he once posted that it was as good as any other creation story out there, despite obvious satirical content.

    Sometimes seems like one can get away with almost anything regarding life origins because we really haven't nailed it down, allows the mystery to continue. I'm more than willing to have the professionals figure it out.
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    It's being worked on! My organic chemistry tutor at Oxford John Sutherland is doing some good work on the question of the origins of life.

    https://www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/john-...ife-challenge/

    Yep, I was taught by the the best and failed to live up to it! My research career was fairly prosaic
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    My research career was fairly prosaic
    Could be the chemicals.

    I like to imagine somewhere out there's a planet where life is taking a toehold as I type. With all these planet busting asteroids zooming by, also hard to imagine a life killer as a life giver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    How many people does it take to kill one person? Don’t know why I would think of this but sometimes these things just pop into my head. I’m thinking it takes more than just someone pulling the trigger, if I use killing by gun as an example. If you took every aspect of the gun’s production to the final moment(death of victim), I wonder how many people are involved directly or indirectly? Have a feeling this number could be quite large.
    In the case of our niece, it took one.
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    September is my favorite month. At the end of the month I will be turning 30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    It's being worked on! My organic chemistry tutor at Oxford John Sutherland is doing some good work on the question of the origins of life.

    https://www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/john-...ife-challenge/

    Yep, I was taught by the the best and failed to live up to it! My research career was fairly prosaic
    How the Universe began and how life began on Earth are two big questions we have yet to fully answer.
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    mmatt you are a baby!!!! Happy Birthday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmatt9876 View Post
    How the Universe began and how life began on Earth are two big questions we have yet to fully answer.
    All that bullshit in religion about how gods created the universe and life, or scientology, or scientific big bang cosmology and evolution will be laughed at in the future.

    The real answer is that DNA and the universe has been synthesised by an advanced being called the Metatron who is using us in a cosmic game of chess.
    ...well, if you can up with something better, let's hear it.
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    Is the container part of the solution?

    https://www.insidescience.org/news/o...U9ZNJD,PH111,1

    Well actually there's this ribbon of an unknown field that traverses space, always imparting the life property to anything that passes through it. Couldn't tell you where it is now.
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    What came before the membranes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    mmatt you are a baby!!!! Happy Birthday!
    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
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    how the universe began and how life began on earth are two big questions we have yet to fully answer.
    all that bullshit in religion about how gods created the universe and life, or scientology, or scientific big bang cosmology and evolution will be laughed at in the future.

    The real answer is that dna and the universe has been synthesised by an advanced being called the metatron who is using us in a cosmic game of chess.
    ...well, if you can up with something better, let's hear it.
    lol
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    Just how many cells are in the human body?
    First I read 37 trillion, then between 50-70 trillion, now 100 trillion.

    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-...ells-body.html

    Do I see a sequence here?
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    Here’s a random thought question for ya.... there’s a lot of water in the world and life’s been around for over 3 billion years, so how many water molecules (or % of) have spent time in a living organism? I wouldn’t even know how to start figuring that one out. An educated guess maybe?
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    Thought I gave an answer to this.
    It's 100%
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    Thought I gave an answer to this.
    It's 100%
    You did but it along with a whole bunch of others were mysteriously deleted.

    I figured it might be close to 100%. No way of knowing I think.

    Makes me wonder if there has to be some sort of balance perhaps between volume of water present and an amount of life a planet can hold. Only so many bags of water. I mean you can't have all the water in the world contained in living organisms at the same time, can you? I'd have to kill someone or something just to get a drink. Probably pretty arid conditions at that time too. OK, nobody goes for a pee.
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    Hopefully this doesn't mean the forum is getting ready to take a nosedive again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Makes me wonder if there has to be some sort of balance perhaps between volume of water present and an amount of life a planet can hold.
    On the island of Great Britain nobody is much more than 60 miles from the sea.
    Yet some people have hardly or never seen it, and even if they live on the coast they care not to notice it.
    Earth's surface is what, 70% water? The oceans rule, but we largely ignore them.
    Keeping them at bay holds the key to our future.
    As I said on one of the deleted posts, if the sea walls collapse the population has little choice but to move to higher ground. The West Midlands plateau at about 500 feet above sea level will become a popular destination, but it can probably can only hold about 5 million.
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    Was over at friend’s house yesterday. He’d asked me to pick something up for them at a store along the way. So when I got to their house I took it out of the bag it was in and then asked where their recycling bin was, so I could toss in the plastic. On the other side of the attached garage door I found the bin and dropped it in.

    My friend’s wife is vegan, he’s not, and in order to fulfill his meat urges he dines out occasionally. So would it have been improper for me to ask why there were a couple of empty tin cans of dog food in the recycling? Unless my buddy is on a canine diet it’s quite obvious that meat product is being served to their pooch. If I had mentioned it while his wife was present, would it be the same as calling her a hypocrite? I didn’t say anything but made me think about whether a hypocrisy actually exists here. After all dogs do eat meat.

    Looked into it and apparently dogs can be fed a plant diet whereas cats can’t. Now I also read that if the dog food contains fish product then it’s not meat. Bacon & eggs for me this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Here’s a random thought question for ya.... there’s a lot of water in the world and life’s been around for over 3 billion years, so how many water molecules (or % of) have spent time in a living organism? I wouldn’t even know how to start figuring that one out. An educated guess maybe?
    Maybe you could start out with calculating the water needs of all life on Earth throughout history and see how that compares to Earth's current supply of water. If it exceeds or comes close maybe 100%?
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    I wanted to wish all my friends and fellow Science Forum members a Happy Holidays and thank you all for your kindness and support over the past few years. I hope we can all continue to grow and become better people.
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    Happy Holidays Matt, and to everyone else!
    "For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled." Hunter S Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
    Happy Holidays Matt, and to everyone else!
    Thank you, Falconer!
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    Happy new year lol This thread needed a bump.

    I'm happy to see this place is still around.
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    Happy New year wegs! How's it going?
    "For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled." Hunter S Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
    Happy New year wegs! How's it going?
    Hey! It's going great...new year starting off well. Not feeling so well tonight, though. I rarely get sick, but have one of those headaches that feels like a sick headache lol How are things with you?
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    Aloha!!

    Never get notifications from here anymore and can't get into the other Forum..

    ALOHA TO ALL I have missed each and every one of you!
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    ALOHA TO ALL I have missed each and every one of you!
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    Question of the day - how do you know when it's time to move on from an employer? I have a great job, and get paid well, but there's a lot of pressure, and I'm thinking of testing the waters out there. The grass isn't greener, I know - but maybe it'll be blue, and that's my favorite color.
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    Hey! It's going great...new year starting off well. Not feeling so well tonight, though. I rarely get sick, but have one of those headaches that feels like a sick headache lol How are things with you?
    glad to hear the new year has started off well for you. Hope you don't get sick! Those sorts of headaches suck. I'm doing well. I became an uncle last month, and my coauthor and I finished the first revised draft of our first novel right before the new year so we're working on the sequel while we wait for feedback on the first one.
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    Hey! It's going great...new year starting off well. Not feeling so well tonight, though. I rarely get sick, but have one of those headaches that feels like a sick headache lol How are things with you?
    glad to hear the new year has started off well for you. Hope you don't get sick! Those sorts of headaches suck. I'm doing well. I became an uncle last month, and my coauthor and I finished the first revised draft of our first novel right before the new year so we're working on the sequel while we wait for feedback on the first one.
    Congrats!! How exciting! All of your news lol

    Writing a book is challenging just from a patience perspective. Not every day is a great writing day so you have be patient with yourself.
    What is your book about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
    Congrats!! How exciting! All of your news lol

    Writing a book is challenging just from a patience perspective. Not every day is a great writing day so you have be patient with yourself.
    What is your book about?
    Thanks! Writing is challenging for sure. My coauthor and I have six different novels in the works currently, counting that first one. Having multiple stories going at once is handy though because if I don't feel like working on one I can work on another. Most of the ones in progress are at least 40,000 words currently. The completed one is about 120,000 words.

    This first one is about a paleontologist that finds something that doesn't belong in ancient shale, and it is more of an urban fantasy/thriller type of novel.
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    first one is about a paleontologist that finds something that doesn't belong in ancient shale
    OMG, they found Burgess.
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    Here's a random thought I had. Seems a guy returning from Wuhan ended up in our region a few days ago. He went directly to visit his grandfather living in an old age home. Turned out the grandson was carrying the coronavirus. Just heard the old man died of it, other seniors have it, and the place is in lockdown as well as the grandson in quarantine.

    Now my question is this: although it appears to be a case of gross negligence on the grandson's part it may also be complete innocence, so should he be charged with manslaughter or endangering lives? I would personally like to see this investigated as a premeditated murder case since the grandson may have had a financial motive, shall we say.
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    That's a tough one Zin. Even tougher to prosecute. The prosecution would have to show ample evidence that the young man knowingly and intentionally became infected with the coronavirus. I suppose they could get him for something like Reckless endangerment. But that's only a misdemeanor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
    That's a tough one Zin. Even tougher to prosecute. The prosecution would have to show ample evidence that the young man knowingly and intentionally became infected with the coronavirus. I suppose they could get him for something like Reckless endangerment. But that's only a misdemeanor.
    Doesn’t matter how he got it, it’s whether he knew he was infected. Maybe not right time but I wonder if a quick call to a Wuhan hospital might bear fruit A shot in the dark. I would bet that someone somewhere tries murder by virus.
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    Given the general horribleness of the human race, I would not be surprised if someone, somewhere tried murder by virus. I wouldn't expect it to be common or even to occur more than once though.

    Hell I would be lying if I said there weren't a few people I was hoping would get it. Would I be willing to catch it then infect them myself? Hell no. My desire to see them catch it does not outweigh my own need to keep myself and my loved ones safe. But maybe that makes me horrible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
    Given the general horribleness of the human race, I would not be surprised if someone, somewhere tried murder by virus. I wouldn't expect it to be common or even to occur more than once though.

    Hell I would be lying if I said there weren't a few people I was hoping would get it. Would I be willing to catch it then infect them myself? Hell no. My desire to see them catch it does not outweigh my own need to keep myself and my loved ones safe. But maybe that makes me horrible?
    No doubt there will be people who intentionally infect others, at least I think it’s a genuine possibility. I suppose if you wantonly disregard the danger then you are recklessly endangering human life.

    Switching gears....Is science and the nature of life lost in all this? I for one don’t believe we brought this onto ourselves. This is what nature does and has been doing for billions of years. Is there evidence that the microbial world suffers through similar pandemics except we wouldn’t know or notice it? Germs, viruses and whatever microscopic that can obliterate a long established microbial organism etc.? IOW...Can the microscopic infect the microscopic at pandemic levels?
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    Update: just heard the grandson who gave gramps the virus (post 3155) is gravely ill himself with virus. He's in early 50's. Looks like he may not have known he was infected at the time he visited gramps at seniors home.
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    Hope everyone is doing well in these difficult times.
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    As your C. Cuomo kept saying "better than I deserve"

    As well ,some of us thrive on isolation ,obscenely.

    When some of our regulars disappear from the forum ,one wonders is there a reason....
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    I'm lucky enough to keep up with several of the members here through other means like social media so I know some are doing well, but you always have to wonder about the ones that just disappear.
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    How have you all been coping with the Covid19 situation? Where I live, so many people aren't wearing masks, as if this makes them brave. I'm disappointed in humankind right now.
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    Hey guys! How have you all been? Long time no see! I have been busy writing, coding, and gaming.
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    Yikes...living next door to all that military might from south of the border and then listening in on the potential leaders debate is kind of freaky, like having screaming kindergarten kids wrestling each other with the winner gaining access to the button.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Yikes...living next door to all that military might from south of the border and then listening in on the potential leaders debate is kind of freaky, like having screaming kindergarten kids wrestling each other with the winner gaining access to the button.
    "A plague on both your houses" is a bit (a lot) over done when Trump and his cabal are in one corner.

    Didn't watch but don't have to be a Biden supporter to wish him well.

    Politeness and analytical reserve have little joy with him(I was hoping Kelly was going to take him into a corner and physically intimidate him when he was Chief of Staff)

    It wasn't Biden who had the line to the Proud Boys to basically wait for their chance.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/u...oys-biden.html

    “Proud Boys — stand back and stand by.”

    ie "I've got this for now. I'll let you know when I need you" to paraphrase
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    “Proud Boys — stand back and stand by.”

    ie "I've got this for now. I'll let you know when I need you" to paraphrase
    I thought he was saying , paraphrasing, “Just wait, you’ll get what’s coming to you’. Could be he was warning them that once the election is over they better watch out(bad stuff) no matter who gets elected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    “Proud Boys — stand back and stand by.”

    ie "I've got this for now. I'll let you know when I need you" to paraphrase
    I thought he was saying , paraphrasing, “Just wait, you’ll get what’s coming to you’. Could be he was warning them that once the election is over they better watch out(bad stuff) no matter who gets elected.
    Seems out of character(what's he waiting for if intends cracking down on them ?)

    No he was responding to the moderator asking him if he would ask them to stand down and not add to the violence.

    He answered that Proud boys should "stand back and stand by" ie to take their foot off the accelerator for now .... but someone had to deal with the violence coming from the left as he saw it.

    He will call on them again in the future when it is more convenient perhaps.

    They are apparently very pleased with this not so coded message.
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    Is this like the Fall of the Roman Empire in real time? Where’s Donald’s fiddle?
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    Is this like the Fall of the Roman Empire in real time? Where’s Donald’s fiddle?
    Yes ,it feels a bit like that.The power is dissipating ,the climate is fetid and the allies are unwelcome.

    His accountants are the fiddlers.
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    Friends of mine have a 17 year old epileptic daughter. Until recently she would suffer the odd seizure. However, lately the seizures are quite frequent. So much so that she is being admitted to local sick kids hospital in an effort to find out what’s going on.

    Here’s the rub..... the young lady takes prescribed medication but she’s her own worst enemy, not taking her meds compounded with alcohol consumption, pot smoking and vaping. Trouble is we’re not sure if parents realize she’s doing this. Let’s just say I know this from very reliable authority. Personally I wouldn’t know if substance abuse would affect seizure meds or even if vaping has any undesirable side effects.

    My feeling is that none of this is any good for the child. My hope is that while at the hospital she’s open and honest to the doctors and/or parents. My gut feeling is that parents know she using other drugs but no one is admitting anything. If parents do know and aren’t being forthright then it might even be child abuse. Who knows, she may even have a brain tumour. Don’t know if it’s my place to say something. Anyone know of an epileptic with a similar plight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Friends of mine have a 17 year old epileptic daughter. Until recently she would suffer the odd seizure. However, lately the seizures are quite frequent. So much so that she is being admitted to local sick kids hospital in an effort to find out what’s going on.

    Here’s the rub..... the young lady takes prescribed medication but she’s her own worst enemy, not taking her meds compounded with alcohol consumption, pot smoking and vaping. Trouble is we’re not sure if parents realize she’s doing this. Let’s just say I know this from very reliable authority. Personally I wouldn’t know if substance abuse would affect seizure meds or even if vaping has any undesirable side effects.

    My feeling is that none of this is any good for the child. My hope is that while at the hospital she’s open and honest to the doctors and/or parents. My gut feeling is that parents know she using other drugs but no one is admitting anything. If parents do know and aren’t being forthright then it might even be child abuse. Who knows, she may even have a brain tumour. Don’t know if it’s my place to say something. Anyone know of an epileptic with a similar plight?
    Apparently it is thought that marijuana (or perhaps cbd oil?) may be beneficial for seizures-presumably in a controlled way . It might even be that her use is an attempt to help the problem...(something she saw on the internet)

    Anyway ,if you are on good terms with her parents ,I would beat around the bushes and possibly ask them what they thought it might be,what medications she was taking ,,had they changed them etc.

    But not to be too direct.

    I would hope/expect the hospital would know the right questions to ask.
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    Has it come to this?....The sum of all knowledge can be found on Page 1 Google.
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    Has it come to this?....The sum of all knowledge can be found on Page 1 Google.
    I don't know ,but they say the younger generations are very much more at home with all that (and more savvy) than we are.

    I don't have much direct contact with young people , so that is just what I heard.

    Isn't it all peer pressure?
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