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  1. And the UK has supplied anti-tank weapons and advisors ( trainers ) to Ukraine. Russia has always claimed to be the protector of the Slavic peoples. And V Putin has said' Our Russian brothers in the Crimea and Ukraine are being oppressed, we have to save them." Reminds me of a German leader, 83-4 years ago, who said "Our Germanic speaking brothers in the Sudetenland, the Danzig strip, and Poland, are being oppressed;we must save them." At least D Trump offered to buy Greenland, not invade.
  2. Apparently the 'middle' of the old island has collapsed into the caldera, and it is that collapse that caused the tsunamis. I wonder if the island is on any ailiner flight paths ( Iceland 1991 ), if the abrasive dust will pose dangers to aviation, or if the majority of vulcanic ash was filtered by the water. Kind of humbling, when you realize the power of nature.
  3. Makes one wonder why you chose to reply. Twice ! 😄 😄
  4. the word 'truth', and its many subjective meanings,is a touchy subject around here.
  5. I have always maintained that 'freedoms' and 'rights' are granted by the society you live with; no one is born with them. If society deems it necessary that everyone be vaccinated against public health threats, then make it mandatory. Don't waffle and include conditions which can be circumvented.
  6. For one thing, the thread title concerns the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. But the last few pages seem concerned with the existence of a historical Saul of Tarsus, and whether his writings as St. Paul were 'truthful' or not.
  7. An understandable ( I hope ) explanation of gravitational binding vs. expansion ... If we consider gravitational potential as a negative potential, the Cosmological Constant/vacuum energy is then a positive scalar constant throughout the universe. ( the CC was used by A Einstein to balance the global gravitational potential ) The gravitational potential can be imagined as potential wells, or pits, and the CC/vacuum energy is, then, like a small step-ladder. If the well/pit is more than 1 m deep ( 2 m, 10 m, or even 1000 m ), but your step-ladder is 1 m, you can't get out, and are gravitationally bound. If the gravitational potential is much less, as it is in the vast expanses between galaxies and galaxy clusters, such that the well/pit is only 1/2 m, less than 1 m or none at all, then the step-ladder would get you to a height where you can 'fall away' from the pit, and you are not gravitationally bound. IOW, there is a 'threshold' that the CC/vacuum energy has to exceed before expansion can take effect.
  8. Nevertheless, I was particularly impressed by it when I first got it.
  9. This is the Religion section, after all, Eise. Beliefs are always more pertinent than facts when dealing with Religion.
  10. Principles of Physical Cosmology, by P I E Peebles.
  11. The mantra of the many... Or an unselfish Mr. Spock.
  12. If the box is a bound system, that means the Cosmological Constant/vacuum energy forcing the expansion, does not rise above the lthreshold evel of gravitational binding which resists the expansion. That would mean separations inside the box do not increase with time, and there is no recessional red-shift.
  13. My list ... Money, sex and booze. In no particular order. ( i'm joking; I don't drink that much )
  14. I'm not aware of all the details, but I thought the judge granted the stay because the Australian government, and Tennis Australia, applied their Visa rules inequitably. Famous people, whether tennis players, movie stars or politicians, don't get to play by different rules when it come to infectuous diseases; fame does not protect you, or keep you from infecting others.
  15. very well, let's re-hash a topic that was done to death .... Jesus was a political protester, and there was a lot to protest about in Judea during the Roman occupation, who was put to death. Jesus was obviously not his real name, because there are historical records of those times and he is never mentioned, although there are mentionings of political protesters put to death by crucifiction. Subsequently, his message ( of political reform ) was subtly changed and re-purposed as a 'religious' message. This did not happen suddenly, but over the course of several hundred years, and by several people. And I'm not necessarily claiming that the people who changed his message over these hundreds of years had an unscrupulous purpose, but by the 7th-8th century, thehead of the Christian religion was the most powerful man on Earth, such that even the Emperor ( of the Holy Roman Empire ) bowed to him. Until there is proof to the contrary, that is my opinion.
  16. Some Letters to the Edditor, of the National Post ( Canadian ) newspaper discussing this very issue, some pro and some con. And some rather amusing. Letters to the editor: 'Will unvaccinated people who don't go to hospital get a rebate?' (msn.com)
  17. That previous thread might be 8 years old, but, if no one found any evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was a real person in the last 2000 odd years, I don't think they would have found any additional evidence in the last 8 🙂 .
  18. Unfortunately, Germany is rushing to decommission its last remaining nuclear reactors,because they are not 'green', and, because of the resulting energy shortfall, moving to classify natural gas ( from the pipelines ) as 'green' ( ? ), to make up the energy shortfall. IOW, import more Russian gas.
  19. There was a previous, rather lengthy, thread on this very topic several years ago. I suggest a search, and a good read.
  20. On the contrary, it was an interesting question which generated quite a few interesting answers. I do remember a previous thread about 'fields having mass'.
  21. In addition to the 'false flag' provocations, where Russia sends agents to disrupt Russian sympathizer operations in Ukraine as a pretense for military intervention, there was also a major cyber attack to disable Ukranian infrastructure. Seems to be V Putin's MO, as a similar strategy was used prior to annexing the Crimean peninsula. I don't think the US will get involved militarily, just economic sanctions, at least until Europe makes an effort to police its own 'back yard', as was the case in the former Yugoslavia. I think V Putin realizes this, and is hoping Europe's dependance on his gas will keep them from getting involved, and drawing in the US; economic sanctions he can deal with, only the common people will suffer.
  22. But nowhere near the US, where almost 40% of the population was influenced, and continues to be influenced, by that idiot with orange hair, who used to be your head of Government.
  23. Not much of a 'reading test'. It specifically mentions country level response, not individual/personal level. And lists several countries ( Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea ) with successful outcomes, and other 'countries' without. Did you, or did your Government, influence the American response to the pandemic ?
  24. I suggest you re-read the OP. Pay particular attention to the highlighted parts. My opinion on the matter can perhaps, be better expressed by a quote from the original link I provided previously "The problem is, no universal public health-care system is likely to survive the adoption of blameworthiness as a triage principle. The vast majority of us who wind up in the hospital, below a certain age at least, will likely regret having done something, or not having done the opposite, in order to avoid that outcome. There are people who think downhill skiing and cycling to work are so dangerous that they ought to come with special health-care premiums. We do not want those people influencing health-care policy. And it’s worth noting how quickly Legault’s logic could lead to denying health care outright to the reckless, unwise and unvaccinated." From Chris Selley: Quebec's anti-vax tax could lead us to some very dark places (msn.com)
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