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Does anyone say if there were any arguments in particular that capped it for them?


(I know, I know, it's not exactly an argument. Well, not a proper one anyway.)

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:16:29 UTC | #950910

Go to: A lawsuit too far?

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Is the lawsuit objecting to the song containing these lyrics? If not, why not?

Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:07:35 UTC | #950909

Go to: Manila floods an expression of God's wrath?

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Yep, God's really pissed off at the lack of adequate drainage and flood protection in Manila. Among other things no doubt.

And when a landslide buries a village, it's because God's pissed off at the buggers who failed to protect the trees on the slopes above.

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 04:20:00 UTC | #950853

Go to: Para-naturalistic theories cannot lead to practical engineering

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Para-naturalistic theories cannot lead to practical engineering

Agreed, but it occurs to me that sometimes they can help with the funding.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:47:45 UTC | #950324

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Does anyone recall the tale of the 19th century scientist whose photographic plates were fogged while stored in a drawer near some lumps of ore?

He solved the problem by storing his plates somewhere else. I don't think he's the famous one.

(references please, if you know this story) .

Anyhow, science has emerged from a long history of Strange Things Happening, with the scientists we remember being the ones who followed their curiosity to a successful conclusion, rapidly followed by the Practical Folk who Make Useful Things.

So it's hardly a surprise that there's something of a hankering for The Good Old Days, when Unexplained Phenomena would lead to a Scientific Breakthrough that doesn't require a budget like CERN's.

I think that's why Cold Fusion caught the popular imagination the way it did: the prospect of unlimited energy whipped up with nothing more than you'd find in a high school lab or hotel kitchen.

Despite "Ghostbusters", we have as yet no practical applications of what's loosely termed "The Paranormal". Oh, wait a moment: Tibetan Prayer Wheels. Wikipedia shows there are even water-powered ones. Wonderful, time-saving devices.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 04:01:57 UTC | #950302

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