News Briefs 02-12-11

“The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries.”

Danke to GT and RPJ!

Quote of the Day:

“A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe… so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature.”

N. Tesla

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LastLoup's picture
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6 April 2010
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I saw this story on a show about angelic encounters. If you watched the whole show you would question it. First, the girl who was "saved" at the time was in a catastrophic amount of pain, any true "angel" would have put her out of her misery rather than keep her alive. Her mother was going to pull the plug before the "angel" was supposedly realized, which was later proven to be a trick of sunlight reflecting through the infirmary door during an equinox. it was a rare occurrence that does not happen every day and thus timing was everything. The problem is the question of morality upon the mother's part. If your child is suffering and doctors say there is nothing you can do for them, would you "because of an 'angel'" keep them alive?

I feel sorry for the girl, I personally don't believe an angel would keep her suffering, if we assume they exist.

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

Redoubt's picture
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14 July 2008
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Re: Expert claims 2012 end time not happening…but it’s still great fiction.

Another 'expert' on a subject that, by definition, has no foundations for genuine expertise.

*sigh*

That being said, the expert is prolly right.

Iffens I had the website and the traffic, I think I'd have to ask the planet if the passing of 2012 would FINALLY end this attraction to doom or... whether we're just naturally drawn to bad endings.

Hollywood has been absolutely sucky lately but, then again... they do tend to play to (film to) what we expect...

(Still looking forward to Iron Sky!)

"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it."

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17 November 2009
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Regarding the interview that was shown here.

It truly saddens me that we failed to achieve, nor even so much as attempt to attain the goal that Mr. Clarke felt was attainable at the time of this interview.
His prediction of a manned base station on the surface of Mars, was indicative of his positive attitude. He believed in not only himself, and his dreams. He truly believed in us.

I miss that old Amiga hacker.

TJ's picture
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26 June 2009
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On the Fuku quake: article says "the ocean bed moved as much as 50 meters laterally and 16 meters vertically." 16 meters is 52 feet, "lifted 16 stories" would be 160 feet.