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Cosmic masquerade: Habitable planet isn't planet

So the "stellar activity" is effected by magnetic outbursts and can screw up the reliability of the detection? I thought they were looking at periodic dimming of the star's measured brightness due to the presence of planetary bodies between us and the star. Not sure where I came up with "gravitationa l perturbations " ... the old days I guess ... like that astronomer who measured the 'wobble' in Bernard's Star motion through space.  (Jul 8, 2014 | post #3)

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Cosmic masquerade: Habitable planet isn't planet

How can "magnetic outbursts" be mistaken for the gravitational perturbations measured in these planetary detections? Somebody smok'n crack?!?  (Jul 4, 2014 | post #1)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Jeez ... you and Amused got me. I sunk to some kind of 'troll' level in my desperation to illicit a response. I need a Topix break and some time to re-evaluate my motivation ... maybe a new thread ... I dunno. Y'all take 'er easy.  (May 27, 2014 | post #7956)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

I demand nothing. Well, just maybe my FREEDOM OF SPEECH. If y'all can be vulgar ... I can be redundant. My "strategy " is to bring up anything I dang well please!  (May 26, 2014 | post #7948)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

I don't know who's Amused or what's twat. Y'all should register and try to develop an online 'personality' so the rest of us don't just think your all bat-shyte-crazy. Maybe have some consistency. That's why they call 'em "threads ". They 'follow' ... the conversations 'string' together into some coherent way. You people are all over the place. Cra-cra.  (May 25, 2014 | post #7938)

Atheism

Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

So what exactly are you trying to say? Is it in the water? The fluoride? The Communists? Aliens? Great 'crazy list' ... good job!  (May 25, 2014 | post #229789)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Are y'all like all from the same town? Incarcerated at the same Institution? Visit the same Mental Health professional? Shop at the same Piggly Wiggly? Maybe you are all related. I heard that there was a lot of inbreeding in Okieland, I just never thought the symptoms would be so blatant. Perhaps you are all different manifestations from a single individual suffering Multiple Personality Syndrome. I've heard they often exhibit polarized aspects that are constantly at war with one another. Must be Hell. 'Course on the other hand, you're never lonely.  (May 25, 2014 | post #7934)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

What demons would drive a person to do such a thing? You Okies have been smoking too much frack.  (May 25, 2014 | post #7933)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Yeah. There's not much that's "always true", dealing with Humans. Perhaps it may only amplify those tendencies we already possess. Who knows? I know I don't really KNOW anything. When you get in your 60's you start thinking more about the things you haven't done and it's natural to try and place blame. I've worked continuously since 1972 but see where maybe I could have done more. Since becoming 'certifiably clean' my accomplishments haven't exactly skyrocketed. Oh well, in a hundred years nobody will know the difference.  (May 25, 2014 | post #7932)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Wow. That's the best you got? That's what constitutes a verified biblical prophecy for you? The word 'hate' is itself becoming Politically Incorrect. Is that in there anywhere? Nobody 'hates' you antiatheist ...  (May 23, 2014 | post #7918)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Check the records ... Zeus and Bigfoot believers don't monkey around with our Constitutional rights.  (May 23, 2014 | post #7917)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Since the preponderance of the world 'believes in a god' and the world is in a sad state of affairs ... it is quite the opposite. Who, what and why people 'believe' in a god means a lot and has a great deal of effect on EVERYBODY'S world. We do not separate ourselves from the ebb and flow of Human Experience by virtue of our Atheism. Our voices are a whisper, your deafness a SHOUT!  (May 23, 2014 | post #7916)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

I was pretty much 'emotionally useless' long before your errant post! I consider it a compliment to be confused with someone as astute as Amused. I pretty much go along with Amused post regarding drug testing in schools. I'll also reiterate that if I were suddenly crowned King, there would be no drug testing anywhere in my kingdom save for those folks who have proven themselves threats to society in some form or another.  (May 23, 2014 | post #7915)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

If the Florida results are typical then imposing the tests on Welfare recipients would certainly be irrational and I'll just have to get over it. The study 'flies in the face' of what I believe and/or have been led to believe. I'm certainly not a campaigner or champion of the concept (drug testing welfare recipients) either way, so I have to say I need more data. Given the expense, I doubt more data will be forthcoming. Perhaps we need another trial or two before we jump to conclusions. I hope to 'retire' early next year, at which time the whole matter will become 'moot' as far as I'm concerned.  (May 23, 2014 | post #7914)

Atheism

'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Do you mean Seneca the Roman Stoic philosopher dude? I'm ... uh ... not really a student of his work. I suppose you can say that I have adopted a 'stoic' outlook regarding UA's and life in general. As for 'private' or 'for profit' prison systems ... sounds kind of Sci-Fi, apocalyptic scary. The 'love of money' and 'root of all evil' is pretty spot on, despite it's biblical origins.  (May 23, 2014 | post #7913)

Q & A with RHill

Headline:

Blue Collar Philosopher

Hometown:

Texas, USA

I Belong To:

My family, my friends, my country, my employer, myself ... not necessarily in that order.

When I'm Not on Topix:

I'm on FB or over-the-counter medications.

Read My Forum Posts Because:

I may be the least insane person you'll ever meet.

I'm Listening To:

Several giga-bytes of Mozart

Read This Book:

State of Fear, Catch-22

Favorite Things:

Watching documentaries, fresh clean air, fishing, camping, horses, animals, beer drinking, scifi movies.

On My Mind:

Toilet paper that does not form Klingons.

I Believe In:

Freedom of speech, thought, freedom from religion, love, joy, happiness, life, knowledge.