Snopes is run by the CIA to make us all think the worlds a safer
Just look on the bright side - if they monitored everything that was posted
in usenet then they'd go totally insane......er hang on
Maybe that's why there are smart algorithms/AI's and ultra-computers...??
<Start old Twilight Zone music...cue in voice of Rod Serling>
For your consideration - Alta Vista used to let you search for "term one
NEAR term two". Multiply that capability many, many times. It's like
expert archaeologists sifting soil through a screen, looking for fragments
of bone, chip of flint, tiny shards of pottery or worked metal. Then send
the sifted artifacts to people who are brilliant analysts who either don't
know the source, and/or just want a job that engages their intellect,
and/or are sociopolitically naive enough to believe that whatever gov.t is
in power in the US is benevolent and anyone who speaks against it is a
Ignorance *is* bliss.
As if I wasn't depressed enough already.
The worst part is that this is entirely believable. If it isn't happenign
now, I do believe that it will happen, and prob. sooner rather than later.
What get rammed down our throats and up our wazoos next, mini-GPS units
imbedded at birth or any time one undergoes anaesthesia, to check up on
whether one is attending the "right" church, seeing the "right" people,
working at the "right" jobs, having sex with the "right" partners, going to
the "right" parts of town, shopping at the "right" stores, and so on and so
I fthis is the way it's going, then there is no hope and humans ought to be
wiped off the face of the planet so that some other species can have a
chance at makeing a DECENT go at sentience.
I don't know anything about that so I'd have to see diagrams as well as an
explanation of the physics, before I'd accept it as a real potential.
I do know that cell phones are notoriously insecure.
I don't have one. I've considered a GPS-based emergency beacon, such as
the ones that some boats carry, if I ever decide to drive across the open
desert. A cell phone wouldn't work there, plus if the event of a crash, an
activated cell phone still can't pinpoit your location for potential
Anyhoo, the blurb goes on to say:
The writer is incorrect - 13 bacame "bad luck" after the advent of
As succinctly described at http://www.answers.com/topic/numerology :
"thirteen, considered unlucky by most Western cultures, because Judas
Iscariot, the disciple and betrayer of Jesus, was the thirteenth man in the
room in which Jesus ate his Last Supper. Thirteen is considered lucky in
Italy, however. It is considered lucky in China too, because it sounds like
"Thirteen is a higher octave of the number four and is one more than
twelve, the ancient number of completion. Thirteen is considered to signify
the end of a cycle, as evidenced by the fact that there are thirteen lunar
months in the year and thirteen signs in the Celtic and Native American
systems of astrology. While thirteen foretells new beginnings, it also
signifies that outmoded systems must come to an end to make way for much
needed transformations. Thirteen may also be interpreted as 12 + 1 and is
regarded by many as the number of the initiate. Thirteen's significance
cannot really be discussed without reference to sacred geometry, more
particularly the Flower of Life. It has huge significance to the creation
pattern and the platonic solids."
13 is also considered the number of renewal in the Western zodiac because
it is the number of Aries (Spring, the first sign in the zodiac) being
revisited follwing the completion ofthe year."
More factoids re: # 13:
[ ... ]
Well, firstly, I'm not all that convinced that the end of covilization as
we know it is by definition a bad thing.
Secondly, as above, I'd have to see the technical explanation for this.
Thirdly, most of Yellowstone nat.l park is the caldera of a supervolcano
which, if it blows, will wipe out the mid-west and prob. lead to a massive
die off opf pretty much everything. Then there are giant asteroides.
Let's not forget an increasing number of high-mortality diseases due to
human overcrowding (for several known and proven reasons) and human
encroachment into wild areas where previously rare or unknown pathogens
reside in the environment, not to mention human weirdness (it't been
suggested that HIV developed because people cought simian HIV via sex).
And so on. IOW multiple threats that we routinely ignore.
So cell phones aren't my primary paranoia ;)
Saw a cartoon once of two dolphins swimming with humans
One says to the other "when they brush up against you, you get a wonderful
feeling of stupidity"
Or something along those lines
Bill Hicks probably had it right when he called humans "a virus with shoes
how about this : no guy gets the the job til he gets 50+x % of the
*potential* vote ...so if theres too little positive vote, people do without
and see how that works...maybe there's a 'do-over', maybe not...
even a virus is alive, which has little to do with the following evaluation
Indeed. This may be. The distinction may be no later than conception, tho...
The zygote is clearly a seperate organism...with it's own 'experience' of
developement, thereafter. When is it a person, tho ? There are many
philosophical, cultural and religious views on this, and no accepted answer
from science... Perhaps because it could never be a matter of science alone.
I suspect it is well beyond us to 'grow' a foetus, given what we don't know
about physiology...not to mention the depths of biology and the phenomena of
life itself. Yet what would such technology benefit anyway?...would'nt it
mostly be for abuse of humanity [eg the Bladerunner scenario of living
beings made as tools]?
Scott Peck makes interesting observation on this.
Perhaps in the old-world school, but worse now is woman as sex object.
perhaps a pre-defined "faith" which of course does not allow much 'personal
belief'. Unfortunately that 'debate' doesn't seem to develope anyones view
much, so that law will be about getting your "faith" imposed on other
experience will tell which pretence is productive. without peretence there
is no learning, no adjustment and no transcendance : ones existance then
remains a meaningless series of random effects on an arbitrary collection of
Although I have no idea of the current science, there is clearly no
deference to science on this subject, and no consensus. Do you have a
compelling definition of "personhood" ?
because Exploitation is Profitable.
producing offspring successfully requires a degree of provision. a sex
object is wholly disposable.
depends on what you believe "getting on well" is.
the difference is integrity and responsibility... is that significant ?
No. I don't recognise that, since to me it's false. Religions are crib
sheets. Faith is thinking for yourself, and admitting it when you don't
'know the answer.'
Just off the top of my head (rushing because I have work to do so writing a
bit sloppily, sorry):
Space/the universe/the background radiation is "granular" or "lumpy". So
the "ether" ("spirit-world") might also be granular. Maybe, as with
electrons, the "ether" is subject to Probability, and perhaps the "spark"
influences Probability so as to be simultaneously a "self", an part of the
Why couldn't it be, if one is positing a spiritual plane? If all things
are created by GOd and therefore have some part of the spark of God within
them, then why cannot one posit a spirit influencing various natural
phenomenon in certain cases, for some reason?
No science, mostly questions of things that can be drawn from a premise.
Not going to argue about what's alive and what ain't :-)
But here's a link to an interesting (ish!) page on virus construction
I tend to lean towards ideas of the unbearable lightness of being - can't
speak for the viruses though!
The rebuttal article says, and I quote,
"Although furtive eavesdropping on computer activity is certainly possible,
the specific tale presented above is nothing more than an example of
"government conspiracy" type hoaxlore."
Read the first sentence again.
If a malicious thing is possible, then someone WILL do it. That's why it's
always said that "the genie can't be put back into the bottle".
Ironically, it deosn't seem to work that way when a good/beneficial thing
is possible - too many swine glut themselves at the trough of the status
Is it impossible that "test computers' might be released with keystroke
loggers, as an experiment? Think that "they wouldn't do that"? HAH!!
The law itself is decreasingly effective in these days of secret warrants
and eroding rights. The modern versions of "Bread and circuses" keep the
millions of sheep mesmerized while the few wolves walk among them.
"Communications privacy/security" is a pathetic joke - it's hard enough
even if you're a huge entity with massive banks of supercomputers and
super-sensitive sharks swimming the seas of the electromagnetic spectrum
and sifting through the fish and plankton and general detritus. But for
the little planktonic algae and larvae like us, it's at best a delusion.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.