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  1. Our detection of electron and other subatomic particles is theory laden. What we perceive is the output of a device which taken together with a theory or model that asserts the output is from an electron (or other subatomic particle) constitutes a "detection" of the particle. If we didn't have a theory we would not be talking about electrons and other non-perceivable objects.
  2. The melting of the Arctic sea ice means the Northwest Passage will stay open long which mean more sea commerces can use this shorter route. It is good news for trade and business.
  3. Right now we have no way of knowing for finding out. Anything done now is speculation and supposition.
  4. At means Natenyahu is leading blind Donald around by a leash.
  5. Someone left that cake out in the rain. I don't know if I can take it, it took so long to bake it and I'll never have the recipe again... oh no......
  6. There is a subliminal anti-semitism wired into our culture. Mostly it is out of site, but it is always there. One might think the Right Wingers would be most likely to manifest this attitude, but not so. Anit-semitism is alive and ill in the camp of the liberal progressives. And I think know why. Jews have overcome the disadvantages of their marginal position in our society primarily on their own initiative and effort. In short, they did not need the government to manage the problem. The fact that Jews have succeeded without government largess and assistance is proof positive that the the assumption government is needed to overcome racism and bigotry is a canard. And this pisses the Liberal Progressives off mightily.
  7. If one of those modified apes resolves the Riemann Hypothesis we can reasonably conclude the Ape's intelligence was enhanced.
  8. Do I detect a note of sarcasm and mockery?
  9. If the start of the next Little Ice Age happens around 2100 the Alarmists will claim it is due to AGW.
  10. The politicians will ALWAYS deem it inecessary
  11. treason is the only felony defined in the Constitution. It means making war against the United States or given aid an comfort to any party making war against the United States. Violating an oath of office would be a reason for impeachment and removal, but it is not war.
  12. Unlikely. Such a penalty would probably be regarded by the Courts as cruel and unusual, which violates the Bill of Rights.
  13. What can I say? That is quite a story. And who know? It might even be true.
  14. Yes. I have a beard. My youngest son has never seen me bare-faced and he will be 47 this March. Ba'al (transliteration of the hebrew word) means "lord of" or "master of". Ba'al Chatzaf is Hebrew for "master of chutzpah". "lord or cheekiness"
  15. N. Korea still exists. PRC has gone from Marxism to more or less conventional political thugism. In the "Darwinian" struggle for survival mixed economies are winning out over totalitarian states. In Steven Pinker's latest book "Enlightenment Now" he makes are fairly strong case that enlightenment and humanistic values have been advancing and are currently on the rise. Pinker's books are always a good read. He is a very intelligent and witty writer..
  16. As long as humans have Free Will stupidity, laziness and short-sightedness is always possible. There is no Eden for Man. For us to be in a good place we have to work to get there and work to stay there.
  17. Judith Curry is a top of the line atmospheric physicist and has written the basic text on Atmospheric thermodynamics. Curry does science. The Climatistas do models and poor models at that. The IPCC in its CMIP=5 bundle has produced shit. Humans do affect climate but the IPCC climatistas have not modeled climate anywhere near correctly. The difference between Curry and you is that she knows thermodynamics thoroughly and you don't.
  18. We didn't follow up our Lunar Landings partially because JFK framed the space race as a pissing context between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Well we won, right? The Soviets lost. And eventually the Soviets folded. We won't get back in Go To The Moon (or Mars) mode until the PRC does.