"Sparks, flames rip down power lines during windstorm in Canada"
Home owner captures video.
Yeah, I saw a video of that fireball on the TV news.
They say the electric company thinks it was caused by lightening, but I
can think of no reason why an electric fireball like that would travel
along the wires. It seems to me there would be no impetus for it to
move in any direction since the voltage along the entire length of high
voltage wire would be very much the same.
I just think this fireball is another example of the fact that things
exist in nature that we're unaware of, and don't yet understand. When
we see a light in the sky behaving in an odd manner, we think UFO. It's
very possible that everything we've been identifying as UFO's are
perfectly natural, it's just that they're not common nor understood.
By that logic it's also very possible that everything we've been
identifying as UFO's really are UFO's. I say this for 2 reasons:
1 - From a purely grammatical perspective, if it's an object and it's
flying and we can't identify it, then by definition it's a UFO.
2 - Define "perfectly natural". An alien being from some far off solar
system is as "natural" as fireballs and lightening are here on earth. Since
we don't even understand some of the natural occurrences on our planet, we
surely can't expect to understand what goes on "out there". Those floating,
spinning lights we call UFO's may be exactly that, at a minimum based on my
first point, although a lot more intriguing if by my second.
I understand what you're saying, but just because we see a light in the
a) it may not necessarily be "flying". Clowds, for example, don't
"fly". Ditto for stars.
b) the term "UFO" officially means unidentified flying object, which
says very little, but the use of that term implies very much more.
"UFO" has come to mean a "craft" of some sort of alien origin being
piloted by an alien intellence of some sort.
All I'm saying is that if that electric fireball occurred, then things
like this CAN and DO exist in nature, even though they are exceedingly
rare. For all we know, the lights in the sky that we've been calling
"UFO's" for the past 75 years may simply be a perfectly natural
atmospheric phenomenon that we're completely unfamiliar with BECAUSE it
occurs quite rarely.
Lorenz force would tend to propel the plasma away from the source of
the electricity, much the same way a rail gun works.
It's understood well enough, though perhaps not by the general public.
In the case you use above, the observer just doesn't have the
information to make the judgment. Worse, his brain will try to fill
in the blanks. If it can't be identified, just label it as such and
move on. ;-)
On Mon, 04 Nov 2013 23:16:54 -0700, The Daring Dufas
Wow, I use Opera, but we're talking 'out of date' Opera 9.64 running on
Win98 OS through dial up, which has saved me from getting a malware/virus
at least 3 times now. Possibly 5, sometimes an abrupt crash is the key.
Doesn't crash offline, just once in a while online, so suspect something
asked my computer to do something 'illegal' for that OS.
Why dialup? Live in rural area and constantly get calls from local phone
company to upgrade to DSL and get up to 7Mbs! at some exhorbitant cost.
After I tell them that I'm 17,624 ft from the central office and ask what
speed should I expect; they never have an answer, just repeat that 'up to
7Mbs'. A neighbor has DSL and barely gets above 300k at 39.95/mo and asked
me how to make it go faster. I told him he's lucky to be able to do that
at our distance. The way they get that speed is to use two line pairs to
the CO. And, further checking, I was told not even available at my
building, ...at all, [I've seen third world countries have better landline
installations - our cable hangs along some available poles then drops and
runs along the ground for a while, then disappears down a tube (we have
buried services here, even power!)] so why do they keep calling and
bothering me? Why not satellite? Can't use satellite for VOIP, so don't
want to buy a service that is not real-time enough to let me use skype and
But, sigh, dialup is going the way of the 300 baud modems. Soon won't even
get access. Also, I wonder when websites designers will realize people
want 'information' more than 'pretty'. And it's REALLY irritating to have
a blank screen UNTIL something loads in fully - that's just stupid. Even
worse is the 'just start showing you something of interest and you get to
start reading' and then rip it out from under you by blanking the screen
for a long time just to 'update' the screen to complete some little ad at
the bottom of the page! That's just stupid.
Your turn to vent.
On Tuesday, November 5, 2013 8:18:07 AM UTC-5, Robert Macy wrote:
I think that battle was over a long time ago and you lost.
I feel for you, but the trend to more pretty stuff is only
going to continue as the overwhelming part of the mass market
now has bandwith that supports it.
And it's REALLY irritating to have
I shared that venting 12 years or so ago, when I had dial-up.
Then went with DSL for about a year or two, until cable internet
arrived here. I can't imagine how it must be now, with far more
content, ads, etc. When I was on dial-up I was bitching that
the website designers are on gigabit ethernet inside a building
and have no idea what it's like for those that don't have it.
But given how the world has evolved and the vast majority have
high speed, I don't think it's reasonable
anymore for them to design websites to the lowest common
denominator. I wonder what percent in the USA are sill on dial-up?
We have Road Runner Business service here and it's 12/1.5 mbs. It's fast
enough to do everything I want as far as streaming video and VoIP.
We can get even faster speeds but I can download torrents quite fast at
the speed we have here at the home/office. ^_^
Dunno about dialup, but my #1 daughter is behind the slowest DSL
connection I've ever seen. I've got an IP camera down at the New
Jersey shore that's behind a 44k DSL connection and that one is
*slow*.... but the daughter's connection is orders of magnitude slower
than even that - I mean *really*, REALLY slow.
Got to wonder what percent of the populace has that kind of speed. I
guess SpeedTest.net knows...
On Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:36:47 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org
What amazes me is that even wih my SLOW dialup, for the websites I use are
still FAST. However, when I call a vendor and tell them about how their
website hangs all five of our computers so take my order. They're right
there, have high speed interconnect, and take LONGER!with apologies that
the site is a bit slow. So, it seems we've gone the way of Microsoft,
bloat the code to match the capability and always keep going slightly
slower. No one 'notices' because they get so much more than they did
before. [present company excluded, of course]
On Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:36:47 -0700, email@example.com
Doesn't matter. I work internationally: a lot of people actually are
billed for 'bits used' out there, so out of respect to keep costs low, I
use ONLY text emails, limit the quoting, and never send attachments,
unless asked for.
LOL! Thanks for the laugh. I haven't seen any pussy-whipped dorks refer
to their wife as SWEMBO in ages. Most men I know refer to their wife as a
partner, not a master. Glad to see that there are still some PWs around.
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