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  1. As acupuncture has been pretty thoroughly debunked, then I can't see any possibly of this being any more than yet another crackpot idea.
  2. I've been thinking about this too. Seems like it would be easy enough to automatically remove anyone with "http://" in their name before they even get a chance to post their garbage
  3. "...The name of the song is called 'Haddocks' Eyes'!" "Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?" Alice said, trying to feel interested. "No, you don't understand," the Knight said, looking a little vexed. "That's what the name is called. The name really is, 'The Aged Aged Man.'" "Then I ought to have said "That's what the song is called'?" Alice corrected herself. "No, you oughtn't: that's quite another thing! The song is called 'Ways and Means': but that's only what it is called you know!" "Well, what is the song then?" said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered. "I was coming to that," the Knight said. "The song really is "A-sitting on a Gate": and the tune's my own invention." --Lewis Carroll, "Through the Looking Glass"
  4. As far as I can see, you haven't made any arguments. You have basically repeated (ad nauseam) "I hate Muslims therefore they are all evil."
  5. Any expansion problem would be more likely to be caused by the wood expanding and contracting with changing moisture content. I don't think I would worry too much unless you live somewhere with long wet and dry seasons.
  6. So, you're saying that all Muslims are fanatics, and the 99+% that are not, are not true Muslims.
  7. Whoops! I took the first figure I found there. Other estimates range from 19.8% to 65%. There does seem to be religious conflict in Zanzibar.
  8. That is utter nonsense. Tanzania is about 35% Muslim and in 13 years here, with many Muslim friends, I've never met one that I would classify as a fundamentalist.
  9. Doesn't seem to be anything to do with cookies. My browser is set to delete all cookies at the end of a session. If I've checked "Keep me logged in" then I still get automatically logged in when I come here. I connect via a cellmodem so the IP address is different every time - that doesn't seem to affect it either.
  10. After the successful siege of Jerusalem the Crusaders began an unholy mass of killing. The Crusaders went on a rampage killing every single person they encountered. They went into houses and dragged out the people inhabiting the place to kill them. They stole everything they found and destroyed statues and things the Muslims and Non-Christians considered holy. Muslim refugees had taken shelter in the mosque of Al-Aqsa. Even though his banner was flying high and low above on the morning of the 16th the Crusaders broke in and slaughtered everyone inside. The chroniclers tell of "streets running with blood and of horses splashing blood up onto their riders' leggings". Order returned on 17 July because basically there was simply no one left to kill. All the Jews of Jerusalem were dead and all the Muslims were dead. The Christians had been expelled before the siege began. The city was empty of all save its conquerors. The Muslim world would never forget and forgive the Crusaders' behavior. Jerusalem was a holy city to the Muslims as much as it was to the Christians. The looting of sacred shrines and the slaughter of innocents confirmed the opinion that the people of the West were savage barbarians with no faith at all except in blood and wealth.
  11. And which "Superior Intelligence" created the "Superior Intelligence" which created the "Superior Intelligence" which you chose to call "God"? And which "Superior Intelligence" created .........
  12. I don't think I've ever met a Muslim fundamentalist and I have plenty of Muslim friends. I have to say that I have met Christian fundies and they are uniformly vile. I imagine fundie Muslims would be pretty much the same. It's not the religion you should be opposed to - it's the fundamentalist mindset.
  13. They might call themselves Christians but....
  14. If they think the OT is more significant then the NT, then they are absolutely *not* Christians.
  15. Bash for loop is different again: for i in * iterates over all files in the current directory.
  16. The majority of people are also mainly non-Christians. The majority of people are also mainly non-Hindu. The majority of people are also mainly non-Jewish. The majority of people are also mainly non-Atheist. etc. etc.
  17. I think you should cut down on the ganja for a while.
  18. Distance is a huge problem - time lag in the signal can lead to PIO (Pilot Induced Oscillation) which can be a killer. Also: Many years ago I was flying in West Africa when the Harmattan began (Harmattan is when the winds change, bringing dust from the Sahara). As the dust thickened, I lost radio contact with the Tower as well as the VOR signal. I flew home by a combination of dead reckoning and road following. Contact was not regained until I was less than 10 miles from the airport.
  19. And what would you do when it disappears over the horizon? Are you going to run after it with your little transmitter?
  20. Since the board is pushing the surface away, what makes you think it could possibly lift it?
  21. Give a man a fire and he is warm for a few hours. Set a man on fire and he is warm for the rest of his life.
  22. I find it easier to think of the Universe as infinite rather than finite but unbounded which seems to be the other main option.
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