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Comment: Re:Correction (Score 1) 94

"Vital For Possibility of Earth-like Alien Life"

A lot of assumptions there.

We can't even communicate with other species here on Earth in the same Class as us. Elephants, whales, and dolphins show signs of intelligence. Certainly enough to communicate with each other. And we've hunted species of two of them to the verge of extinction. The Great Apes are in the same Family as humans and we can't have a meaningful conversation with them. Perhaps they are simply too primitive. Or maybe we aren't as smart as we would like to believe.

A non-terrestrial species may communicate using some form of telepathy or chemical component. That would be fun to try to figure out. Or use gravity waves over long distances. What if they are silicone based and live for thousands of years. It could take them 3 days to say hello using subsonic vibrations.

Until 20 years ago we didn't even know that Elephants could use bone conduction through their feet to listen to subsonic calls from other elephants that create seismic vibrations. Or that they also had cells in their feet that are able to pick up vibrations in the ground.

ET could be screaming at us right now and we don't even The messages could have been sent through cosmic radiation and is encoded in cancer cells. They may have thought that would be the easiest way to get our attention and we just haven't picked up on it yet.

Comment: Re:meanwhile overnight... (Score 1) 503

by The Grim Reefer (#47484025) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

It makes me wonder if the BUK (being a Soviet-era weapons system dating back to 1979) wasn't just misplaced somewhere - if the National Institutes of Health can misplace 300 vials of deadly diseases and biological weapons,

On one hand I agree with you. However there's a rather big size difference between 300 vials and a tank sized missile launcher. I've been to the NIH, it's a huge campus. One is like finding a sliver of a needle in a haystack, while the other is like a marble sized ball-bearing in a haystack.

The likelihood of any of the smallpox still being viable after sitting in an unrefrigerated closet for decades is pretty slim. The odds of a BUK missile system remaining functional after being forgotten about for 24 years is pretty slim too.

Comment: Re:Car analogy? (Score 2) 81

I owned a Pinto. The mileage of that POS was in the same ballpark as the Hummer.

Either it was very old by the time you got it, or something was really wrong with it. Pinto's were advertised to get 34 MPG, and many did better than that. The worst mileage I've ever heard of a stock Pinto getting was 22 MPG, but that was pulling a trailer with the AC on.

The Hummer H1 was 9 MPG city and 12 highway. The H2 was around 14 combined, and the H3 was 14 city, 18 highway. So no, not really in the same ball park at all.

Comment: Re:Diamond monopoly.... (Score 2) 81

It is far easier and cheaper to just burn them, literally, by heating with a torch then dropping into liquid oxygen.

Why bother with the liquid oxygen? You can shovel them into a coal burning furnace. Diamonds usually completely burn up in house fires. It doesn't take any more heat/oxygen to burn a diamond than it does to burn coal.

Comment: Re:Weird (Score 1) 588

by The Grim Reefer (#47466211) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

And by strong you mean great physical force, if I'm not mistaken. Muscles, basically. So, the female is a role model because she's muscled; she's like a man, basically. In my opinion - I'm a man, by the way - that's a terrible role model for an eleven year old girl.

You are mistaken. While I do value being physically fit, I was referring more to the content of their character, self reliance, intelligence, and things like that. Until the last couple of decades, women were expected to be reliant on "their man". That's not what I looked for in my wife, and is certainly not what either of us want for our daughter. Most of the female heroes in comics are pretty intelligent and don't rely only on than their physical strength and looks.

If you read the rest of my comment I also mentioned the ridiculous costumes and physique portrayed in comics. It's not much better for the male characters I suppose. Most of them are so 'roided up they'd probably be lucky if they could tie their own shoes.

Comment: Re:Weird (Score 1) 588

by The Grim Reefer (#47463305) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Anytime I hear someone say "A but B" I know they mean B but are just too cowardly to say so outright.

It can mean that. But to me, it looks like "I like A, but this is actually B"

Yeah, I thought it was pretty clear too. But apparently the GP is so much smarter than I am that they know what I meant better than I do.

Since this particular form has been taken over and is now a shibboleth for weaseling, a smart person would avoid it at all costs.

Oh wait...

Comment: Weird (Score 5, Interesting) 588

by The Grim Reefer (#47460997) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

I'm all for strong women. Hell, I have an 11 year old daughter. So I like the idea of her having strong role models. But this is a little weird considering the comic book character is based off of the male god of Norse legend by the same name. And why is this a "fall from grace" as TFS states? And why can't (s)he wield Mjolnir?

While I'm asking, why is it that most of these comic book "strong women" have a pair of double D boobs (at minimum) falling out of their outfits? I don't care how skilled a women is, she ain't gonna be fighting worth a damn in 5 inch 'fuck-me-heels' with her ass and boobs falling out of her costume.

"Love may fail, but courtesy will previal." -- A Kurt Vonnegut fan