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Comment: Re:Remember the state of cosmology (Score 3, Insightful) 147

by avgjoe62 (#47151333) Attached to: Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"
I also lay aside all ideas of any new works or engines of war, the invention of which long-ago reached its limit, and in which I see no hope for further improvement... - Sextus Julius Frontinus, governor of Britania, 84 C.E.

Mathematics is inadequate to describe the universe, since mathematics is an abstraction from natural phenomena. Also, mathematics may predict things which don't exist, or are impossible in nature. - Ludovico delle Colombe

The abolishment of pain in surgery is a chimera. It is absurd to go on seeking it... Knife and pain are two words in surgery that must forever be associated in the consciousness of the patient. - Dr. Alfred Velpeau

When the Paris Exhibition closes electric light will close with it and no more be heard of. - Erasmus Wilson

This `telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a practical form of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. - Western Union internal memo, 1878

Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia. - Dr. Dionysus Lardner

That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced. - Scientific American, Jan. 2, 1909.

There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will. - Albert Einstein

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. - Lord Kelvin, 1895

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home. - Kenneth Olsen, president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 2) 1198

by avgjoe62 (#46882853) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs
I too would prefer the guilty walk free over the innocent being condemned to death. This has nothing to do with the crime, but rather the punishment. I would rather imprison every convicted murderer for life rather than execute one innocent person.

"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." - Gandalf, The Lord of The Rings

Comment: Re:...a doubling of carbon-dioxide levels in the a (Score 1) 869

February 2014 was the 21st warmest February on record since 1880. The temperature was yet again above the 20th century average, for the 348th consecutive month. That is every month above the 20th century average for the last 29 years. Please, tell me just how you determined the temperature is going down?

Comment: Apples and Oranges (Score 1) 794

by avgjoe62 (#46371731) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience
I regularly shop at three different supermarkets, one of which is Whole Foods. I like their produce. I like Publix for bulk goods like pasta and flour and TP. I like The Fresh Market for their fish and meat. I can separate the pseudo science at any one of these from the products I am buying. I only worry about price and quality of what I am buying, not the hype that surrounds it.

The Creation Museum does not sell me anything useful. The hype surrounding their "product" is exactly what they are trying to sell and I am not buying any of it.

At Whole Foods I can buy an orange without buying a belief system. At the Creation Museum, the apples come with a whole set of beliefs attached to them.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.