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« Reply #90 on: October 20, 2016, 13:50:23 PM »

Oh dear, my entire world just came crashing down.  I always believed that my obsession with privacy was due to the fact that I am a Scorpio - the kind who plants mines on the lawn - which would account for my little rant about social media elsewhere.

I just heard I am in fact a Libra. http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zp4fvcw


That will teach me a lesson.  If only I'd follow social media, my life would have been ruined a month ago.


The astrologers have a ready answer for this: the ancient positions still count. Simple as that. :-)

Perhaps astrology should be added to the curriculum for decolonized science, along with the following subjects:

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« Reply #91 on: October 20, 2016, 14:53:51 PM »

The astrologers have a ready answer for this: the ancient positions still count. Simple as that. :-)

That's the beauty of woo, cognitive dissonance causes no discomfort: The positions of heavenly bodies determines your destiny except that their actual positions don't matter much.
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« Reply #92 on: October 20, 2016, 15:58:26 PM »

So ...  WHO am I?  My entire identity has just collapsed  Evil

Libra Traits: Kind, gentle and lovers of beauty, harmony and peace. They find it difficult to say 'NO' to anyone, and as a result, they end up getting stressed. Libras like to be around other people, they are all about partnerships and groups. They are happiest when other people are around and when other people are doing their work. They are lazy but like posh surrounding and nice decor.  They can be independent, they have the intelligence and the full capability within but would rather co-exist/depend on others.

Scorpio traits:  Loves a good fight, and can give 'intensity' a run for its money.  Scorpions are strong, commanding, intense, passionate and zealous. Driven, dedicated and loyal, they also are ambitious and security-loving. Scorpios are fiercely independent.  They are not social butterflies like some other zodiac signs and some actually prefer to live on their own that way there is never any issue of who controls what at home, they like to be in control.

Holy Moo, I think I just found a way to make money.  Do you guys have any idea how many astrologers sell horoscopes on the internet?  I can even think of a new angle to give me a competitive edge.
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« Reply #93 on: October 20, 2016, 16:31:34 PM »

The astrologers have a ready answer for this: the ancient positions still count. Simple as that. :-)

That's the beauty of woo, cognitive dissonance causes no discomfort: The positions of heavenly bodies determines your destiny except that their actual positions don't matter much.

Last time I checked (and that was a good two decades ago) they claimed that it's not the position of the heavenly bodies as such. I.e. the heavenly bodies don't play a causal role; it's just a correlation. The ancients discovered this correlation. Since then, the position of the bodies has precessed so modern horoscopes have to take this into account by pretending it's still 3000 years ago. Or something.

I don't think even a wolf under the full moon has that much woo in him.
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« Reply #94 on: November 27, 2016, 06:33:47 AM »

Just when you think that the human race is great, look at all the clever things we came up with, there is this.
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« Reply #95 on: November 27, 2016, 06:40:54 AM »

I am quite the Quora addict, but boy, do they sometimes ask stupid questions... :-)
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« Reply #96 on: February 24, 2017, 19:45:09 PM »

The TRAPPIST news has re-opened old wounds  Grin

I went exploring to see what happened to Sitchin and I came across this (if you have the time and inclination: http://www.revolutionof2012.net/nibiruthe12thplanet.html.  I cannot resist cherry picking to pique your interest:

"In the 1980's astronomers were searching for an additional planet in our solar system, one that explained the perturbations of our outer planets, Uranus and Neptune. (Check out the news items) The planet was discovered, but since then we have heard nothing more about Planet X. Why has the discovery not been publicised since then?"

"Perhaps Nibiru is not a planet at all, but a small system consisting of a Brown Dwarf Star and a small accompanying planet. Brown dwarfs were, until recently, only theoretical planet/star hybrids ...... The sensational aspect of all this is when one starts to consider this world as a very dim star, rather than a planet. The implication is that we are in a binary star system!

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« Reply #97 on: July 17, 2017, 12:42:58 PM »

One personalizes one's Google news feed to include science so that one, as a nonscientist, can maybe learn a thing or two, only to get this. Did the author of this article never ask why his glass does not overflow as the ice melt?
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« Reply #98 on: July 17, 2017, 16:17:29 PM »

Because you drink from the glass, keeping the level down as the ice melts, you big silly! (Yes, someone explained this to me carefully and fully. Which brings to mind a picture of god taking delicate sips of the ocean every so often to keep the sea level perfect.)
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« Reply #99 on: July 17, 2017, 16:20:27 PM »

While it’s true that claims about rising sea levels due to melting polar ice are frequently overstated, you must bear in mind that, unlike the Arctic, Antarctica is a landmass covered with ice.  That is, the bulk of the ice there is resting on land, not floating on sea water.  If significant quantities of Antarctic ice were to melt or break off into the sea, the sea level would rise because it would amount to adding ice cubes to the metaphorical glass.

I see that the headline speaks of an “iceberg breakoff,” while the lede says that a trillion-ton ice sheet broke off Antarctica, so it’s not clear exactly what went on.  I think the implication is that the mass of ice became an iceberg when it broke off from Antarctica, rather than that a big piece of iceberg broke off.

But if you’re still unconvinced, Spike’s explanation will do nicely. Wink

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« Reply #100 on: July 17, 2017, 16:30:47 PM »

It broke off the ice-shelf, so was floating already.
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« Reply #101 on: July 19, 2017, 06:30:58 AM »

Is the ocean half full, of half empty?
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