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    I second that motion. Science that has never happened? Time travel and going back in time might be a really bad idea unless it could avert a planet altering tragedy. And heads wiser than mine have said to never responding to a whisper from Alpha Centauri if we should hear intelligent conversation. But should we listen and gather intelligence? Of course we will, unless someone here on earth blocks the signals. So, what is too risky to hear? What is too advanced to hear? If we could cease birth defects I would listen. If we could avert wars I would listen. If we could divert an asteroid from hitting earth I would listen. “So, all you folks in the Delta Quadrant, just push the button on this hand held device and it will neutralize all the radioactive material used to construct atomic bombs.” I would listen and immediately alter it to neutralize everyone’s bombs but ours.
  2. A student / middle class / elements of the military, rebellion could happen today and be over by tomorrow. "Mr Gorbachav, tear down this wall."
  3. 29? Her face looks 39. Can she run if she isn't a U.S. Citizen? How does she get elected anything after her humble beginnings being born into a Mexican Brothel? Disclaimer: She may become head of the information police if a left winger is elected in 2020 so the preceding message was a spoof.
  4. From US holds all the cards. Iran may in extremis also stage terrorist attacks in Europe and the U.S. And it may lie that it has already developed enough fissionable material to launch a nuclear missile. end quote Iranians say nearly daily: “Death to America!” “When Iran gets the bomb we will immediately use it to destroy Israel.” A dirty bomb could decimate Israel. Fanatics will do crazy things even though they know they will die. Striking Iran would be moral. It would be as moral as a police marksman, “taking out” someone on a roof top with a scope.
  5. From US holds all the cards: Time, then, is on the Americans' side. But it is certainly not on the side of a bankrupt and impoverished Iran that either must escalate or face ruin . . . . If Iran starts sinking ships or attacking U.S. assets, Trump can simply replay the ISIS strategy of selective off-and-on bombing. The U.S. did not lose a single pilot to enemy action. Translated, that would mean disproportionately replying to each Iranian attack on a U.S. asset with a far more punishing air response against an Iranian base or port. The key would be to avoid the use of ground troops and yet not unleash a full-fledged air war. Rather, the U.S. would demonstrate to the world that Iranian aggression determines the degree to which Iran suffers blows from the U.S. end quote I hate to (but will) put deep thoughts into the stream of public conscience but what if we had knocked out Hitler in 1941? Germany had 50 years of horrible political philosophy and actions preceding him to shape the environment, so he had plenty of “Mini-me’s” in the wings. But nobody could incite a mob like Adolph. Invasion? No problem. Dictatorship? I've got to be me. Murder millions? Auctung! Do as I order!
  6. US holds all the cards in showdown with Iran By Victor Davis Hanson Published June 20, 2019. Teheran assumes that an even more left-wing American administration would also endorse Iran-friendly policies, and so it is fishing for ways to see that happen in 2020 with a Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or Joe Biden presidency. end quote That is a thorough article. I agree that the left would enable Iran and I will work to not let that happen in 2020. Trump is like the President represented in the NetFlix show, “Designated Survivor.” If he hadn’t survived, who knows if America could survive. With President Kirkland America gets a fresh start but he must fight like a civilized wolverine.
  7. I am amazed such a caring individual isn't in the running for President. She fits right into the pack. See how well she plays Crazy Eights? She's a belligerent Joker. She can dance the Hustle and the Shuffle. Nothing up her sleeve because she isn't wearing sleeves. Cheater! Ortez is a cheater!
  8. Trump is being his usual honest, light hearted self. Putin, former head of the KGB, may be imitating Trump's nonchalance. Yet I think he is relaxed from his usual place in the saloon with his back against the wall. Whenever someone's ambition pushes them into "seizing power," then the rest of their lives are in peril. Of course free countries have their murderous Kooks, and at least one civil war or rebellion in their history, but no other coordinated attempts to overthrow them. China, Russia, North Korea and remember Idi Amin have dictatorial systems that ensure the nerves of the ruler are always frayed. The dictators must become immoral and falsely imprison and murder some of its citizens. Alas, poor Dimitri, he seemed like such a decent sort. Sigh.
  9. Wow. I will need to reread that. I remember a political ad that showed a little girl picking daisies when . . . I just looked it up so I wouldn’t botch it. The ad was called or described as Girl with Daisy and Atomic Bomb Explosion 1964 from Lyndon B. Johnson. The ad was against Barry Goldwater, and another bit said it was called, "Peace Little Girl.” Was there also something like that when Ronald Reagan first ran? Goldwater. Reagan. Trump. They must have something in common. William wrote: Since the Tories passed a law of fixed election dates, the federal campaign can no longer 'officially' begin at a surprise writ drop. end quote I like that system better. Canada is more like America than you might like to admit. But why can’t America be more like Canada too? Do you have term limits on every elected office? A bureaucracy that does the menial work for a 30 year career and become insiders and power brokers? A creep like J. Edgar Hoover who kept files on anyone who might run for office so he could black mail them? Indian Reservations? Well Indians can now vote. We sure have the good, the bad and the ugly. To nullify the above mentioned political ad I will show some lyrics to my new musical why can’t America be more like Canada. It will be done by those South Park guys who wrote, “Blame Canada.” Peter From “My Fair Lady.” Henry: What in all in heaven could've prompted her to go, After such a triumph as the ball? What could've depressed her; What could've possessed her? I cannot understand the wretch at all. Women are irrational, that's all there is to that! Their heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags! They're nothing but exasperating, irritating, vacillating, calculating, agitating, Maddening and infuriating hags! Pickering, why can't a woman be more like a man?
  10. What will keep Objectivist Living’s heart beating? The freedom to post your thoughts but not to . . . well, you fill in the blank. I think everyone has “that thing” they strenuously object to, and that in nearly everyone’s opinion crosses a line of decency. Perhaps Jimbo’s over moderation of Atlantis had a chilling effect, but can under moderation also have that effect, if a poster is a bad person? It is hard to come up with a sample of this but perhaps it is a picture of someone shaking a fist and someone giving the finger. They are similar, but different. I think I want to live like an objectivist and I am willing to pay . . . a modest amount . . . for owners and sometimes gatekeepers who cherish Rand’s legacy. I like Ellen Stuttle. She presents a clear, unbiased history of Atlantis below which I think appeared on OL back in 2013. She mentions a drunk sounding ranter who once posted. So to jog memories I will post it again. Does anyone know when Atlantis Two became a memory? Peter Closed up for brevity. From Ellen Stuttle on Objectivist living, July 3, 2013. Kyle, Re #5: I'm pretty sure that Jimbo was the moderator or one of the moderators of an Objectivist list which operated long before Atlantis. MDOP, I think it was called, Moderated Discussion of Objectivist Philosophy. That was back when you had to print stuff out on barred computer graph paper. My husband subscribed for a while, but then got tired of the mass of print-outs. Jimbo was not the originator or owner of Atlantis. That was Kirez Korgan, who previously had run a different list operating from the Cornell University server. Kirez was a student at Cornell. (He's subsequently changed his name, btw; I don't know to what.). Joshua Zader became Kirez' co-moderator. They took turns. In 1999, Kirez and Joshua set up a family of lists called the WTL family - We The Living. The two biggest of those lists were OWL - Objectivism at We (The) Living - and ATL - Atlantis. There were also a PSYCH list, an art list, a parenting list, and some others. OWL had the biggest subscribership. It was moderated, by rotating moderators, and there was a per/day posting limit for each poster. ATL was unmoderated; it had an "anything goes" policy and no per-poster posting limit. For some years it was a free-wheeling place with enormous posting traffic, although never more than 250 subscribers at its peak membership. Arguments there could and non-infrequently did desert "civility." How Jimbo came into it with Atlantis is that the WTL family of lists was hosted through a server he provided via his business. In 2002, during a discussion which I think pertained to US policy on Iraq, Jimbo was active in a dispute in which he was disagreeing, strongly, with the intensely held opinions of some of the most-prolific posters. Jeff Riggenbach started a thread addressed to Jimbo's arguments and using the words "functional illiterate," a favorite epithet of JR's, in the thread title. Kirez at that point was pretty much an absentee overseer. He was busy with other things and wasn't following list content. When problems needing executive action arose, people had to email Kirez to get his attention. (There had been one circumstance, I think the only one on the original ATL, when members called for a banning. The object of the request was a particular poster who exceeded the prevailing reluctance to ban with his posting, most every night, streams of drunken and obscenity-laced diatribes.) When JR started the thread with the insult to Jimbo in the subject line, Jimbo promptly decreed, as an either/or deal - either accept or find a different server - a civility policy with himself as overseer. One regular promptly started a Yahoo list called Atlantis_II which objectors could use as refuge and retreat. Some persons argued for a while with Jimbo on the original list. He was adamant. So a large percentage of members, I estimate more than 3/4 of the members, left. (Edit: By "left" I mean stopped posting on Old Atlantis. Many members stayed subscribed in order to get the posts and keep tabs on what was happening. Sometimes posts from Old ATL were copied onto ATL_II and discussed there.) I think that Jimbo did not understand the dynamics of the list, and didn't realize that he was wrecking those dynamics. For instance, I happened to be on-line when Jimbo made the announcement. I immediately sent Jimbo an off-list note saying that I for one would not continue posting if he put the policy into effect. Jimbo was also on-line. He sent back a surprised note. Why would I object?, he didn't understand, I wasn't one of those whom he thought needed moderating. Dense, dense, dense, I thought - and said, not quite using that exact word, at first, to Jimbo himself. Jimbo's policy destroyed the "alchemy" of the original ATL. Some posters supported him, including two who were then astonished to find posts of theirs subjected to moderation. Those two were Ellen Moore and Jason Alexander. Ellen Moore stayed, and argued with Jimbo - I imagine causing him to want to tear out his hair (te-he). Jason left. A few years later, I forget if it was in late 2004 or in 2005, bothering with ATL became more of a nuisance than Jimbo was willing to deal with. Plus the whole WTL family of lists was using server space which he wanted freed for other purposes. Thus he announced that in X months the whole operation would be shut down and the archives would be wiped out. The archives of all the lists were available to be downloaded by members during that lag time. Atlantis_II had meanwhile become the place where the main action was, although with a missing "edge" of verve because of the missing antagonists who irritated most everyone else. Instead A_2 members had to fight amongst ourselves. Membership and traffic gradually waned. Today only a handful of "old friends" still chat on A_2. (I still get the posts myself, but I read few of them and almost never blip in with a comment. If I recall right, late 2011 was the last time I said anything on A_2.) Ellen
  11. These are the voyages of the Star Ship Enterprise. Scratch that. Thanks to Michael and Ellen for their contribution. It’s 91 degrees here at 5:30 pm. Have I used these letters before? I don’t remember. These are some interesting, and contrastingly different way of disagreeing and unnecessary roughness about the concepts “consciousness” and the “subconscious.” The first two are from our own Ellen and the last is from Jeff Riggenbach on the old Atlantis. They have contrasting styles. Ellen is just fine; erudite and sure. Jeff is abrasive. Why post them, Michael and the readers of this thread? What makes a house a home? Just food for thought. Peter From: Ellen Stuttle To: atlantis To Michael Hardy Subject: ATL: Where Is Experience? (was....subconscious [vs.] unconscious) Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 21:05:03 -0400 [MH: Due to the vagaries of the archives, I sent this to you via regular e-mail as well as posting it.] Mike uses a form of expression which relates to an issue I've been puzzling about for a long time. He writes: >"Internally" means introspectively, and introspection means directly observing what's going on inside your head. When I was very young -- three through five plus -- I used that form of expression --"in my head" -- and I still sometimes use it as convenient terminology for particular contexts. But from the time I was going on six, I've been wondering just exactly WHERE one's experience is. Experience has an odd locale, a nebulous locale. It sort of seems to be someplace, but if you really try to notice, *what* place? Consider the experience of touch. What I experience is simultaneously a feeling of surface and a sense of pressure. The feeling of surface has characteristics which identify it as a specific kind of surface -- e.g., wood, plastic, metal, fabric; with specific details -- rough wood versus smooth wood, crinkly versus smooth plastic; silk versus leather versus terrycloth, etc., etc. The sense of pressure has a large range of characteristics -- e.g., lightly delicate to heavy pressure, pressure mixed with the sense of heat or cold, or pain. Where does this touch experience occur? To me, it seems to have a non-precisely-specifiable location somewhere partly in the substance touched, partly in my skin, partly somewhere between. (Try the experiment of touching things with your eyes closed, so you don't have visual cues of location, and try to specify the locale of the experience.) Consider one's thought processes. Well, sometimes it seems to me that my thoughts actually are happening IN my head, as if they're heard in a sort of imagined hollow sphere residing between my ears. Other times it seems more as if I'm listening to them from a sort of ghostly set of headphones more or less positioned outside my ears. Other times, when I'm carried away by a thought process, and nothing is going on which distracts, it will seem as if my thoughts are filling a sort of "field" which extends to a non-specifiable (generally spherical) distance around me. Consider visual experience: where's the locus of what one sees? The objects of direct visual perception -- the objects which I see by means of light waves entering my eyes -- I experience as being out there in the world, with me looking at them. But when it comes to images -- ranging from daytime images to dreams -- then I can't clearly specify a "where." Sometimes images seem to be kind of in the air before me (though I've been known to have images of things which seemed to be behind me). Sometimes the locale has the semblance of being within a sphere within my head. Other times -- especially when I'm lying with my eyes closed in a darkened room, or when I'm dreaming -- the images seem to be an existent world -- a virtual world, if you will -- which *I* am within (instead of the images being within me). Ellen S. From: Ellen Stuttle To: atlantis Subject: ATL: The difference between the subconscious and the unconscious Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 18:59:21 -0400 Christian Ross wrote: < We know that there are parts of the brain that when "disabled" make recognition of previously known objects impossible. We know that abstractions such as personality are also related to the physicality of the brain. (i.e. damage to the frontal lobe). <<<< ((this is in brief regard to "where is experience")) >>>> I replied: < I'm assuming that the parenthesized comment refers to my post titled "Where Is Experience?" <<< Knowledge of which parts of the brain are necessary in order for us to have certain experiences doesn't tell us anything about the experiences. I was reflecting on *what* I experience, not on the mechanics of how I'm enabled to experience. >>> Christian says: < I was attempting (very briefly) to suggest that in order to understand "what" and "where" experience is--one must understand that there is in fact no difference between the abstract sense that you are reflecting on, and the mechanical sense I have invoked. >> I'm not sure what Christian means by "abstract sense," but if he's attempting to say that there's no difference between the "what" and the "how" of experience, then I must strenuously disagree. What we experience is seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, thinking, dreaming, etc. We don't experience, for example, chemical changes in the retina, neurons firing, nerve impulses propagating, etc. We don't even know that any such events are occurring until we become scientifically advanced enough to discover that they're occurring. I suspect, from the remainder of Christian's response (see below) that he misunderstood the issue I was raising. I was describing phenomenology, attempting to say in words....well, how shall I put this? "the 'seeming' of experience?" I raised the issue here only because Mike had used the phrase "inside your head," a phrase which connects to memories of my earliest attempts at giving verbal expression to the phenomena of consciousness. I wondered if anyone would respond with self-reports such as the brief one I gave. I wasn't proposing any form of separation between biology and consciousness. I n regard to Nathaniel Branden's work, which Christian mentions: the issue I was talking about isn't the same sort of issue as Nathaniel discusses. I've read the majority of NB's books. The only place I can recall where he makes more than passing reference to the type of phenomenological issue I meant is in *The Art of Living Consciously*, where he has some brief description of different states of consciousness. Ellen S. From: "Jeff Riggenbach" To: "Atlantis" Subject: ATL: The Brain and the Mind Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 15:53:37 -0700 Christian Ross states: "We know that there are parts of the brain that when 'disabled' make recognition of previously known objects impossible." No, in fact, we do *not* know any such thing. What we *do* know is that "inexplicably" (to those who are wedded to a crude physical reductionism as regards consciousness), in some individuals, other parts of the brain "take over" the tasks no longer possible to the damaged parts, while in other individuals, this never happens. JR
  12. Ellen wrote: But unless I missed it, Michael hadn't said anything about the substantive issue in dispute between Jon and Peter - the existence of CIA black-ops activities in Iran. end quote The evidence is “out there” in the public realm? I find substance lacking in that assertion for a very practical reason. If Ellen knows that, then Iran knows. If they didn’t know before, they certainly know now. What would Iran do with the CIA black op personnel and anyone shielding them? Imprisonment and hostage taking? Death? Mulder and Scully, what do you think? That is an attempt to use good natured ribbing to add weight to my counter assertion. It is in no way vile, curse worthy, or meant to be mean or hurtful. Peter
  13. I briefly looked at your link. So this is an attempt to stop "meddling?" I would not call a communication tidbit, or a political ad, "meddling." Written speech is similar to free spoken speech, no matter its source. What if a company like Yahoo, MSN, or Google only allowed positive political ads for the candidates they support? Negative ads for the candidates they would like to see defeated are allowed. Does that mean they are a propaganda organ? It's a difficult question made a bit simpler if the messages are coming across an international border.
  14. You ended your letter with a devil emoji, Ellen. Money does not trump morality on OL. If I lied about anyone on OL Michael would take me to task. I try to never curse or defame anyone no matter how mad I may be. I don’t falsify quotes with quote marks or with a person’s name, a colon, and then a supposed quote from them. Nor do I deliberately attempt to turn our internet home into something toxic, bad for anyone, or not a good place to communicate. I don’t jokingly or falsely quote anyone unless it is clearly labeled as a joke. What do I mean? An example of my use of dialogue attributed to “Elaine” not “Ellen” follows, with a real quote below it. I was going to put this on the 2020 Dem thread. Imaginary dialogue from Elaine Bettes in the new show Seinfeld 2020: “Julian Castro and former Maryland congressman John Delaney may be the most sponge-worthy Democratic candidates. The rest of them aren’t worth a (the “f” word.”) Notes. Max Zahn Reporter Yahoo Finance June 27, 2019 . . . . But even moderate candidates, like Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), highlighted the economic injustice that divides haves from have nots. In all, eight of the 10 candidates voiced Sanders-style economic populism — though a sharp disagreement over “Medicare for All” showed divides in the substance behind their rhetoric . . . Exceptions to the populist stance came from former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and former Maryland congressman John Delaney, who described himself as “different than everyone else here on stage.” “Prior to being in Congress, I was an entrepreneur. I started two businesses,” Delaney said, suggesting he considers issues from the perspective of both working people and the business owners who employ them. end of unsent message Clearly I did not jump the bonds of what is decent or deceitful, Ellen. Nor will I falsely accuse, bear testimony, or do anything else to create a bad environment for people. I don’t stalk people. I rarely block anyone and not read messages unless it is of no interest. And except for a bit of a flame war against Ghs and his explanation of "anarchy" I have stayed within the rules. Peter
  15. From The Hill MIAMI. . . A big night for Warren. The one-sentence summary: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) won. end quote Shyster Watch. “Pocahontas.” Remember where the o’s and the a’s go when writing her name or Poke’ll haunt us. I wonder if President Trump regrets calling her that? It could prove to be daunting if he has to debate her. Would he speak respectfully and call her Senator Warren? Might there be a backlash from women voters? Indian voters won’t like his use of the name. 2,843,391 American Indians live in the U.S.A. Peter Notes. From NBC. John Norwood, general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, said Trump's nickname for Warren "smacks of racism." “The reference is using a historic American Indian figure as a derogatory insult and that’s insulting to all American Indians,” Norwood said, noting that it was particularly bad in context of the event. He added that the president should “stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents.” The National Congress of American Indians, the largest and most recognizable umbrella group for Native American tribes also criticized Trump's remarks at the event honoring "code talkers" — Native Americans recruited by the Marines as communications specialists during World War II. "We regret that the president’s use of the name Pocahontas as a slur to insult a political adversary is overshadowing the true purpose of today’s White House ceremony,” NCAI President Jefferson Keel, himself a Vietnam combat veteran, said in a statement. “Today was about recognizing the remarkable courage and invaluable contributions of our Native code talkers. But the White House said it was "ridiculous" to consider Trump's "Pocahontas" jab a racial slur. Instead, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "What most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career." Warren has said she is proud of her heritage, citing "family stories" in defense of her claim of Native American ancestry, though she has never produced . . . . end quote
  16. President Trump’s job approval as of June 27, 2019 on Rasmussen is 50 percent, with a disapproval rate of 48 percent. The Dems chance for nomination? Biden 32 percent. Sanders 16.9. Warren 12.8. Harris 7. Buttigieg 6.6. O’Rourke 3.3. Yang 1.3. From Real Clear Politics MIAMI - It was Elizabeth Warren's stage before she even stepped on it, and she took full advantage. During the first debate of the 2020 Democratic primary, the Massachusetts senator set the... From The Hill MIAMI — The race for the Democratic presidential nomination shifted into top gear here on Wednesday night, with the first debate of the 2020 election cycle . . . . A big night for Warren. The one-sentence summary: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) won. Castro has a breakout moment. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro has made immigration the central issue of his candidacy. Going into the debate, immigration was in the center of the news agenda for tragic reasons, notably a heartrending photo of the late Óscar Ramírez and his infant daughter Valeria, who drowned together trying to cross the Rio Grande. Castro’s passion and detailed knowledge of the issue was readily apparent — and it may help him to become the breakout star of this debate. Democrats want red meat. Moderates always face a challenge in primaries, and that problem is especially acute during the tenure of President Trump, an intensely polarizing figure. The strong audience reactions on Wednesday for Warren, Castro and, to some degree, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined activists’ appetite Minor candidates struggle. With the exception of Castro, few second-tier candidates made much of a mark. De Blasio perhaps did next best. The New York City mayor can sometimes seem low-wattage in his public appearances, but he was much more assertive and impassioned than usual as he made a pitch to the most left-wing voters in the primary. The Democratic Party “has to be strong and bold and progressive,” he insisted at one point. Others struggled. Trump was kept on the margins. One of the more surprising elements of the debate was that Trump was not particularly central to it. Naturally, there were questions related to some of his policies and there were som e jabs at him, particularly in closing remarks. But even many of the attacks had a pro forma quality. Democrats seemed more focused on making a positive case for their own candidacies than trying to prove who could punch harder at the president. Trump took time to jab at the debate as “BORING!” on Twitter, and to hit NBC News for an admittedly embarrassing sound problem that briefly disrupted proceedings.
  17. Fox is saying the debates are not just about "who" will be elected, but it is also about "where" ideologically the democratic party will go. If they want to be elected they may lie about their left wing agenda for popularity and then implement socialist or progressive laws restricting economic and social life, after the election. So it is business as usual for them. I may check Real Clear Politics today or after tonight's debate.
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    Which OTC pain medication do you use? I have occasional back ache and I have tried Advil, Motrin. and Aleve. I think Motrin is the best.
  19. That “Made for discreet nursing ad” at the bottom of OL got me het up. Whoever is picking those ads, stop the harassment, or I will put two exclamation points after my next complaint!! What did you say? It tastes like watery milk? Disgusting. And sort of raunchy. I did not say sexy. Jim Carey. I saw a Conan Obrien rerun from April tonight when the Mueller Report release was announced. Damn those bird brains were locked and loaded, primed, hooks baited, dialogue written . . .and all for naught. Peter
  20. I tried watching the Demoncrat debate twice but it was just awful. Maybe the highlights will be better. The children. The Poor. The puppies. Feed the Children Weed so they will vote for Bernie, Pocahontas, or butt kiss. Jimmy Fallon had an interesting sketch tonight. He sang and played the guitar. “Everything you do ends up on You Tube.” Along with the song there were snips from gaffs celebrities had made, especially politicians. “Everything you do ends up on You Tube.” Very catchy. And Democrats were also made “light of.” Maybe I will start watching Jimmy again. Peter
  21. Tony wrote: not only from reduced locomotion, more, from losing contact with real things, "real" reality end quote My 9yo granddaughter was over today. On the internet she wanted to see beanie babies. Some older big eyed toys for auction on Ebay. Strange animals. Animals that look ferocious but are not. Dinosaurs. She said her teacher said the brontosaurus did not really exist and I responded that some large plant eater did because we have good sets of bones. I found some good sets of triceratops bones on the net, so yup that’s what they looked like, but maybe not as much as the bronto. Kids get addicted to devices but I think they still want outside stimuli. Because today is 90, she did not want to go out to experience it. We just sprayed for mosquitoes. $99. She likes to look at two gray foxes that scoot around our house but they were a no show.
  22. I might watch a bit of the Democrat debate but then later check out the highlights. Me, me, me, look at me! Look self-important. You count but you can’t count a trillion for education. A trillion for the poor? A trillion for anything as long as it is your money. Attack! Tora tora tora! Will Joe fade? Who will the rock star be?
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    Ellen Stuttle wrote: “The only limit that can be applied appropriately to an individual's knowledge is the length of his lifetime; how long does one live to actually work at conceptualizing one's knowledge. Cognition would be viewed as finite only if humans could reach a state of omniscience - which is never ever a commonsense claim - it's an impossibility.” end quote Could you download your consciousness to a self-fixing, long, long existing, mechanical device? We do it with voice, pictures, and pictures in motion. Sounds great. From an ad on OL. Was Mueller out to get Trump? Perhaps his interview with Congress won't be a total trash job.
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    More Deep Thoughts. The axiom of consciousness? Feelings, desires, and other mental states exist in the universe. Could there have been a time when no conscious entities existed, or will there ever be a future time when no conscious entities exist? Can anyone or anything reach a state of omniscience? Is it an impossibility? Is there any point of critical mass in the search for knowledge? I am grateful that the accumulation of knowledge continues and what was thought to be knowledge but isn’t will be eliminated from our biosphere. Well, I am still a fan of history, but falsehoods should otherwise disappear. Can anything truly disappear? Peter
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    Damn. President Trump is answering off the cuff questions as he waits to . . .is that the noise from a helicopter? Maybe he just got off a copter. He didn’t appear to be sick. I always thought unless you were flying the copter you would get air sick. An academic looking guy on Fox is saying the President’s candor is causing him sags in the polls. I truly enjoy his candor. He says, American are exhausted. I disagree. We are energized. Any better answers to these questions or theories? President Trump or his chief advisor Bob or anyone else, feel free to answer. Peter The Big Bang theory demonstrates that the universe did indeed begin at some point in time. But have observations continued to support this theory? The universe is eternal which means "outside of time." Time is *internal* to the universe. The universe as all of existence has never been static. There is constant movement so our present astrophysical state will change in the next second. Is there a local space/time bubble based on any of Einstein’s or anyone else’s theories or is that bubble idea passé?