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New health study shows first link between lead bullets, w...

Too much of anything is bad for you. Even water. Lead, mercury, gold, other heavy metals. arsenic. strychnyne. etc. Everything in moderation, especially moderation in moderation.  (Nov 6, 2008 | post #11)

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Mexico City's 'water monster' nears extinction

Ah, yes. The good-old Axlotl tamale. Good eating memories from the early 1980's. Too bad they are in such a decline. Maybe they will make a comeback.  (Nov 3, 2008 | post #2)

US News

12-Year-Old Shot to Death While Trick-or-Treating

get the weapons out of felons hands and into law abiding citizens hands, where they belong.  (Nov 1, 2008 | post #6)

Top Stories

Solution to Abortion and Over-Population

Male pro-lifers use their political stance on abortion as another means to keep women subservient to men. Just another way of keeping the competition down.  (Nov 1, 2008 | post #73)

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NASA regains contact with Mars spacecraft

We need to spend more money on space programs and less on bailing out some over-extended banks.  (Nov 1, 2008 | post #2)

Science / Technology

New snag for Hubble, no repair mission before May

Keep Hubble working until Webb comes online.  (Oct 31, 2008 | post #4)

Weird

How Fast Have You Driven A Car?

It was a 1968 Dodge Coronet with a 440 Magnum engine. The cop I passed said I was doing 157 MPH when he caught up to where I stopped at a small country store and was waiting on him with a coke. Warning ticket since I stopped and waited for him. Broke the drive shaft at 95 on a gravel road a few weeks later. Sparks and dust everywhere. Great car.  (Oct 31, 2008 | post #98)

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Inspired kids will reach for stars under Obama

The only way to take care of the problems of here-and-now earth is to industrialize space. The era of cheap energy and resources on earth is over. We need to move on to using the resources of space and the 24/7 energy source of the sun. Throw a trillion dollars at space based solar power instead of at Iraq and let's make some real progress.  (Oct 29, 2008 | post #4)

US News

Arrests in Plan to Kill Obama and Black Schoolchildren

My brother-in-law said if Obama chose Hillary Clinton as VP running mate, the Clinton's Clan would have him assassinated within 6 months so Hillary could be president. I told him that it doesn't matter who his running mate is, some home-grown terrorist-asshole will kill Obama to make a name for himself within 6 months, anyway. We shall see. Here is hoping I am wrong.  (Oct 28, 2008 | post #8)

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Storm fraud complaints down

Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Too much time taken by verification measures causing delays in relief. I prefer this over rampant fraud.  (Oct 28, 2008 | post #1)

Science / Technology

Sand thieves stealing Caribbean beaches

Pitiful. Stealing a part of the only paying income source (tourism) to make hotels to build up tourism. These people need help. Everyone going to the Caribbean for vacation, take along a bucket of sand to leave behind you.  (Oct 28, 2008 | post #1)

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Is NASA's Ares doomed?

sorry about the double posting...I looked for the first one for about 5 minutes and it didn't show up, so I thought it was lost.  (Oct 26, 2008 | post #13)

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Is NASA's Ares doomed?

this should be before the previous message... I don't know what happened.... Yes, earth is a great place to be...at least until we overcrowd it to the point of not being able to change your mind without bumping into someone else. We have two options for the future of the human race...up and out, or down and out. Up and out is the path followed by industrializing space. We can get all the energy and resources needed for thousands of years from space. The sun provides energy 24/7 for free. All we need do is build collectors and a distribution system to provide all the energy needed. The asteroids, comets, moons of various planets, atmospheres of various planets and the planets themselves will provide all the necessary matter to operate and maintain a large population of humanity in a life of luxury compared to todays standards of living. Down and out is the path followed by social spending to enhance the lifestyles of the poor and starving. When taken to extremes, social programs become the end-all, be-all of government...they provide a pool of voters who will continue to re-elect the 'providers of all things good and free'. The cheap, easily accessible resources and energy sources are used up first, then the more difficult resources must be developed. This requires a certain level of technology and a knowledge base that must be maintained via an education system. Look at our education system now. The drop-out rate is horrendous, and the kids who do graduate high school have a high percentage of people who were 'socially' passed with their peer group, rather than being truly educated. The same applies to college graduates...Studen ts take soft courses to make an easy grade and get an education that only has value for a teaching position in a failed education system. The students with a truly valuable 'scientific' education are few and far between. Many come from other nations. Our home-grown crop is too self-involved to do the hard studying and learning necessary to become a 'useful member of society'. "Gimme my video game and my drug of choice and I are a happy camper".  (Oct 26, 2008 | post #11)

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Is NASA's Ares doomed?

After a few generations of the down and out path, we have a world-wide monoculture with all the easily accessible resources gone, pollution throughout the ecosystem, climate change to the point of severe storms that historically have occurred every generation now occurring every other year. And the people...oh, the people. We have the poor, but no longer hungry, because they are fed the basic necessities by the government. They are no longer dying in infancy because their basic health care is provided by the government. They are not bored because the industrial base provides all the entertainment they could want. Then we have the rich...They are the ones who run the industries, because they are educated. They are the ones who run the government, because their parents/other relatives run the government/industr ies. They inter-marry to keep the power in the family. They are the only real members of society that have a say in what happens to the 'family of man'. To the rich, the poor are merely another resource to be used and used up at ones whim. Occasionally, some of the poor will be selected to move on up into the rich category, due to some exceptional need they fulfill, otherwise, the poor stay poor and the rich stay rich. Except, of course, the rich are not altruistic, they each have their own agenda for advancement or advantage over their peers. Eventually, the system must fail. A few thousand years and a civilization is no longer recognizable due to rot from within and from without. A world-wide civilization will have no 'without' to cause failure...it will coast along getting noticibly less efficient as the years go by. The population will begin to decline as the systems fail. There will be war again. The survivors will have nothing to fall back on for their survival needs. The specialized knowledge for an agrarian culture will not be wide-spread. Famine, plague, pestilence and death will rule the earth again. There will be some few people to survive the downfall of civilization. They will be few and far between and will not know enough to keep even a minimal society running. They will not have access to petroleum, because all of the easy oil was used up by us. They will not be able to by-pass the industrial age due to lack of knowledge and resources. They will be stuck in a 'dark ages' situation until extinction overcomes them. I don't know about you, but I prefer the 'up and out' scenario. Mankind spread-out through the solar system, even if only a small percentage of the population is in space and the vast majority still on earth. Some group(s) of people will survive any catastrophe short of the sun going nova or supernova. Given enough time, even this is no longer a threat to mankinds survival because some groups will migrate away to other stars. Then, the species will be safe from 'local' catastrophes.  (Oct 26, 2008 | post #10)

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Is NASA's Ares doomed?

Industrial development of space is the ONLY path into the future that allows the human race a chance of long term survival. Yes, earth is a great place to be...at least until we overcrowd it to the point of not being able to change your mind without bumping into someone else. We have two options for the future of the human race...up and out, or down and out. Up and out is the path followed by industrializing space. We can get all the energy and resources needed for thousands of years from space. The sun provides energy 24/7 for free. All we need do is build collectors and a distribution system to provide all the energy needed. The asteroids, comets, moons of various planets, atmospheres of various planets and the planets themselves will provide all the necessary matter to operate and maintain a large population of humanity in a life of luxury compared to todays standards of living. Down and out is the path followed by social spending to enhance the lifestyles of the poor and starving. When taken to extremes, social programs become the end-all, be-all of government...they provide a pool of voters who will continue to re-elect the 'providers of all things good and free'. The cheap, easily accessible resources and energy sources are used up first, then the more difficult resources must be developed. This requires a certain level of technology and a knowledge base that must be maintained via an education system. Look at our education system now. The drop-out rate is horrendous, and the kids who do graduate high school have a high percentage of people who were 'socially' passed with their peer group, rather than being truly educated. The same applies to college graduates...Studen ts take soft courses to make an easy grade and get an education that only has value for a teaching position in a failed education system. The students with a truly valuable 'scientific' education are few and far between. Many come from other nations. Our home-grown crop is too self-involved to do the hard studying and learning necessary to become a 'useful member of society'. "Gimme my video game and my drug of choice and I are a happy camper".  (Oct 26, 2008 | post #9)

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Getting off this rock as soon as possible.