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Go to: Islam's war on freedom

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A petition has been lodged with the British government to make the Prophet Muhammad's birthday a national holiday. If you live in the UK and you think this is a bad idea, please sign this counter petition.

IMO, governments pay no bloody attention to petitions. If you want to get a government's attention, bombard them with sack loads of old-fashioned snail-mail.

Hey, Ishruul! That avatar of yours is bloody weird!

Sun, 31 Aug 2008 23:20:00 UTC | #227934

Go to: McCain's VP Wants Creationism Taught in School

MAVERICKMAN's Avatar Jump to comment 105 by MAVERICKMAN

It is rather apt that the Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's namesake is this well known pet shop proprietor:

Sat, 30 Aug 2008 20:36:00 UTC | #227317

Go to: Museum in censorship row over Darwin sign

MAVERICKMAN's Avatar Jump to comment 91 by MAVERICKMAN

The replacement sign should read the quote from the former editor of NewScientist magazine as in the anecdote told by Prof. Richard Dawkins: "Science is interesting. If you don't agree, you can FUCK OFF!"

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 20:03:00 UTC | #226765

Go to: Do they really think the earth is flat?

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@ #14 Comment by sent:

Excuse me for asking, but what is a Poe? A google search leads to many possibilities.

Definition of Poe's Law: CLICK HERE

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 22:48:00 UTC | #212789

Go to: 'Major discovery' from MIT primed to unleash solar revolution

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@ #22 by Don_Quix:

I live in Arizona. Most of the state, especially the southwestern portion between Phoenix and California, is essentially barren, uninhabited, undeveloped desert that gets about 300 or more days a year of constant sunshine. I really don't understand why at least a portion of this incredibly vast area is not filled with solar farms. A good portion of the electricity needs of the southwest US could probably be met using current technology if only a couple of hundred square miles of this state (out of approximately 113,000 square miles) was devoted to harvesting solar energy.

Extract from Wikipedia article on Stirling engines, under the section Solar power generation:

Placed at the focus of a parabolic mirror a Stirling engine can convert solar energy to electricity with an efficiency better than non-concentrated photovoltaic cells, and comparable to Concentrated Photo Voltaics. On August 11, 2005, Southern California Edison announced an agreement to purchase solar powered Stirling engines from Stirling Energy Systems over a twenty year period and in quantity (20,000 units) sufficient to generate 500 megawatts of electricity. These systems, on a 4,500 acre (19 km²) solar farm, will use mirrors to direct and concentrate sunlight onto the engines which will in turn drive generators.

Sun, 03 Aug 2008 00:00:00 UTC | #212020

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