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  1. Theda - my last name is Cornish, I too have studied the language and history, and will be visiting relatives in the area there in the UK this summer (I live in Western Canada now). I volunteer and sit on the board of a museum here as well, the Western Development Museum, which has many airplanes, trains, cars, motorcycles of all description and more, it's very interesting. I've been on disability for 8 years now, and it's helping pass the time. Anyway, very interesting that you're studying the Cornish language as part of your Masters program. Since I retired/was put on disability/ from contracting and training with private military companies in the early 2010s, my mother went through 2 types of cancer and passed away a few months back. I was her primary caregiver for the final 2 years, as she wasn't ambulatory for that time, and with the help of home care nursing once a day, I was able to see to all her needs, though every day was a struggle in some way. The last 2 months were extremely difficult as her mind began slipping, and she lost nearly all her motor functions. I don't regret keeping her at home though, they just warehouse seniors like her in homes here in Canada, and it would have been awful for her as she had eye issues where bright light was hell for her, and they demanded lights on in the homes, plus being in a room with 2 or 3 other dying women. Since she's passed though, it's been difficult to find purpose in my life, for the first 2 months I literally just stared at the walls as I went from answering my mom's alarm every 5 to 10 minutes, constantly cleaning, feeding, shopping, dealing with doctors and pharmacies, to nothing overnight - it was more than a full time job. Going from that to having no responsibilities other than for myself, it's been a real shock to the system in every respect, physically, emotionally, all of it. I've been writing short stories for the last few months, I submitted one to a friend that works in the KDP Kindle self publishing program, and she circulated it around to some friends and I've been encouraged by the response. I've also been able to focus a bit more on my own health, but fortunately I've been in a holding pattern in that regard with no major changes, the last chemo round I did in 2014 and have been fortunate since then. I've set up a schedule that's been working well for me, I wake up at 6am every day, meditate and read positive material for an hour, thank the universe for all I still have, and get in some cardio. I bought a new bicycle, it has a 1000w electric system as well, so that if I punk out on rides, I can zip home on electric power at 32km/hr, which eliminates the fear of getting out there and having my old and battered body fail on me and being "stuck". No longer. It's made a really big difference, hopefully with the light weight training I've incorporated some day I'll be able to get back at least some of the strength and flexibility I had while power lifting and body building in the 2000s. Lastly, I've made it a goal to be kind and caring to every person I meet and come into contact with, both online and in person. Volunteering has helped with this immeasurably. As I said, I'm going to visit the UK again in the summer, it'll be the first time I've traveled outside of Western Canada since 2010, having traveled so much in the past, I've truly missed that part of my life, and look forward to this summer most of all.
  2. The first thread is full, I've not done this before, but so far as I understand it anyone can begin a new thread on a continuing subject, at least I hope so. Episode 3 tonight - after pondering the first 2 episodes, after a good 3 re watches per ep, I've decided I'm going to enjoy this new Trek. I'm actually in the stages of becoming a bit smitten. Yes, I believe I could fall into deep smitt. There are some pretty solid performances going on here, it's undeniably beautiful to look at, but where a lot of fans are seeing a lack of depth - among an infinite number of other issues, many of which I can identify with too - for me the experience has been a gradual improvement every episode. Many liked the first, and hated the second, for me I felt they were relatively equal, but this third episode IMO was the best of the three so far. It had elements of some older Trek series like TNG/DS9, and we've finally been given a look at the external and internal Discovery ship in a bit more detail. I'm picking up what they're puttin down. Also, Rekha Sharma is a great actress from here in Canada, formerly of BSG, and I really loved her scenes in this third episode, and am looking forward to see how they develop her as a high ranking (Commander?!) security chief in future eps. I also love Jason Isaacs, another British actor like Sean Bean whom I'll always make time to watch anything they're involved in. Great casting decision here, could be a great "Captain" even though the vibe I'm getting (obviously, right) is that the Captain isn't going to be the primary protagonist, at least not for a while. Yes, I realize this is obvious since we're already on Captain numéro deux already.
  3. DS9 proves that any show can move beyond a poor first and even second season. Yes, everyone agrees Duet is one of the best DS9, Trek, and even SciFi episodes of all time, however 1/46 episodes isn't a very good ratio. Well, 2/46 as the final episode of season 2 was tolerable. Beyond the first couple of DS9 seasons came so much greatness, Pale Moonlight, so many other episodes and entire arcs were just fantastic, and outside of B5 and BSG have never been repeated so far as what I prefer to see. Hopefully Discovery will keep chugging along as well, and continue to improve. It surprised me how much I began to like it as the season progressed.
  4. Best show on TV right now IMO. They are doing a great job of setting this season up. I can just feel a big conflict coming in the final episode or 2. It's so hard to predict what may happen, Paige, Elizabeth, Stan, Phillip - they are all going to end up interacting and knowing everything about one another near the end I thing, it's just difficult to see exactly how right now, which is part of the allure for me.
  5. The season 9 finale "Camelot" is a great episode. My x worked with one of the actresses in that ep on another project, Katherine Isabelle (Valencia in that episode) when we lived in Vancouver before 2010. One thing that always bothered me about that episode though is later the SG battleships get beam weapons from the Asgard, which give them an effective weapon vs the Ori ships, right? There as an Asgard ship IN that battle in season 9, and all it did in the battle scenes was fly around as near as I can tell rewatching it, and shoot some sort of enegry pew pew weapons that weren't a continuous beam weapon. Funny that the Asgard were the key to the humans getting weapons tech to match the Ori, yet the Asgard didn't use it themselves. Boo to continuity problems...
  6. Canada should keep our soldiers out of pointless expansionist/war profiteering conflicts in the first place, and then we won't have future problems taking care of wounded vets. That said having spent several years in mid east countries and conflict zones with many fellow Canadians, I don't blame them for feeling abandoned. And angry. IMO we should forget about buying replacement fighters for the CF18s and just fly them until they time out - in 10 to 15 years unmanned combat air vehicles will largely replace fighters anyway IMO - so why waste that $ - put it straight into health and vets affairs and take care of our guys who were blown apart and now face a life of pain, misery, and hopelessness. Do that or they may take matters into their own hands, and that's something Trudeau won't have a clue how to deal with.
  7. The one thing I did enjoy about the Ori story line was that IMO it was an obvious shot at the Evangelical/Right, within which I was raised and have held a great dislike for ever since. The parallels between the Ori, their edicts, and policies, and the Evangelicals is hard to miss. It made them all spazz out as well, which was worth the price of admission for me. The reason they flipped out was that the Ori struck a bit too close to home.
  8. Agreed x2, wow, is the new series awful. To quote the great film "The Girl Next Door" - "I could make a better film with my MOM". WTH are they thinking, how does garbage such as this get through test audiences/etc? Stargate has such potential for reboot, as much, perhaps even more than Trek in some ways, yet this is what they give us? Very disappointed.
  9. 1 - Yes, just saying something "mean" can be a violent crime in the UK, so you make a valid point, but based off the 37,000 stabbings and thousands of acid attacks across the UK in 2017, the, I'm not in left field by any means. 2- You're incorrect. There are millions of handguns, and at least 500,000 magazine fed assault type semi autos like the AR15, Sig PE90/Swiss Arms, CZ858 (looks like an AK variant but has a different system, same caliber, effect is the same), and so forth. Yes, there are restrictions on transport, storage, and ranges for the handguns (and not the majority of assault weapons which fall into NON restricted class now), but again, they are STILL IN POSSESSION of pretty much anyone who wished to do a few hours of classroom work and fill out a 4 page form. This is my point - feel good laws with "restrictions" and "rules" make NO difference with a determined or mentally ill attacker. Adding more of these types of restrictions is NOT going to stop the violent use of firearms in the numbers we're seeing. BAN. THEM. ALL. Just like the mad king wanted.
  10. There were plenty of other horrific mass shootings, and "regular" shootings everyday, thousands per year in Chicago alone, (sometimes 150 shootings per weekend and 25+deaths in a single long weekend there), long before the orange orangutan showed up on the scene. Blaming Trump, hating Trump, and talking about Trump isn't going to get us out of the cycle of violence society is in. I say society, because places like the UK, whose citizens love to congratulate themselves on the lack of "gun violence", have PLENTY of other types of violent, and lethal assualts on other people. In fact you're far less likely to be the victim of a violent crime in Canada than the UK, yet Canada has a rate of firearm ownership 1/2 the USA, a HUGE number of guns, 15 million plus in a nation of 35 million. Meanwhile, the UK has had what, 1500 acid attacks in London alone since 2015, averaging well over 2 per day in 2017? Add in 37,000 stabbings in 2017 as well - violence is a massive problem the world over. It's just that violence in America more frequently = dead people due to firearms. Time to take them all away. As I said, violence is a massive problem worldwide, but we can't begin to make a dent in it in the USA IMO until the most lethal tools are removed from the equation. Simultaneously we need to deal with all forms of violence. As in instant lifetime sentence for any assault that isn't proven to be self defense, weapon or not. Until we get serious, and take serious measures - it's human nature to be violent, and until there are serious penalties which will act as a counter to that - it won't end, in any form, be it firearms, acid, knives, hands, or feet.
  11. What do you expect them to do? Nothing short of a complete firearms ban will do anything - any "restrictions" are nothing more than feel-good political gestures. Magazine limits, type bans - none of it will stop shit. Thanks to the 2a and the fact that 1/2 of the USA are welded to their weapons and ideology surrounding them - you're never, ever going to see an end to this sort of violence. Ever.
  12. You know what's really been angering me today - Bernie Sanders was vilified, even by many in the Democratic party, for his "insane" ideas of funding post secondary education for the young people in America. Even the highest figures they came up with, fall FAR short of the Defense spending in the new budget, by half or more. We have enough money to buy even more weapons and ammunition to kill people who do NOT need to be our enemies, but not enough to educate our kids, or take care of the health of all citizens, rich or poor. Also, another school shooting, likely a big one. Same bat time, same bat channel. This is NEVER going to end without drastic changes to the second amendment and the widespread distribution of arms and ammunition among the people of America. And yes, as in past posts, I'm referring to complete disarmament. Half measures will never work.
  13. The leftist media's adoring treatment of KJU's sister is sickening. A murderess who is responsible for the torture, murder, and forced starvation of countless people - yet the left media hates Trump SO much that they've cozied up to her. I can't stand Trump either, but using a murdering bitch as your weapon to bash wonder nobody trusts the "big" media outlets. Fortunately many liberal and classical liberal reporters are sounding off on this as well. CNN, MSNBC, and the rest, should all be burned to the ground. The Democratic party should be right in line with them as well. Need a new, truly honest party that stands by liberal principles, and aren't all corrupt pieces of garbage a la Clintons etc. I'd never support the Republicans, but until the Dems and their media arm cut the shit, I'll be supporting the Greens.
  14. It's surprising what a cat will tolerate when they sense their life is on the line. I had a perfectly marked Tuxedo cat who had renal failure at about 5 years of age. Luckily one of my employees at the range I owned and operated at the time's actual full time job was being a vet - Dr Marty in Calgary, he's famous for running 2 vet places, one in the low income area of Calgary where he treats many local pets for free. Anyhow, he taught me how to do the subcutaneous needle insertions and run 1 liter bags of fluid into my cat daily, as well as get her to orally take meds. That cat would rarely if every volunteer to be picked up, everything was always on her terms only in terms of contact. That changed when she got sick, she would roll on her side on the floor at look at me when she saw the IV fluid bag and needle, would gently meow when I picked her up, and purr while she sat motionless on my lap as I would run the line into her, and blow her up like a water balloon. It astonished us at the time, how much she altered her "rules" in order to have a fighting chance. She lived another 6 years, after doing that for 2 month and the meds jump started her renal functions again.
  15. My Siamese cat I'd had 21 years I thought would be my last cat when we lost her last year. We ended up finding a 1.5 year old female Russian Blue, and she's been fantastic. Very quiet though. She's been easy to train however, she came from an abusive environment, she belonged to a 90 year old man with alzheimer's, whose children had got her in hopes of helping him out emotionally. He mistreated her, although it wasn't really his fault. She spent the first days hiding under beds, and one day just came out, jumped up on me, and began pushing and purring. We've been extremely gentel with her, over the top in fact, and she's really responded, and hasn't scratched, hissed, or bitten once, despite being very apprehensive about everything from sounds to lights coming on. She's been a lot of work, but the rewards have been worth it, she's upside down on the bed by my office desk, wanting her stomach pet right now.
  16. Are you an ATC? I was an IFR controller, got hired by Transport Canada back in 1993, when I was 19, completed my initial training in 94, and did 2 years @ Winnipeg Control Center managing some pretty boring airspace. I'd put in for a transfer to Gander to do some oceanic airspace stuff, when I got out for a better business opportunity. Boredom busting: - practice BJJ on the mats with a dummy if I can't find a partner, do some reading - better yet some writing. - Practice some tunes on one of my sets of bagpipes or my electronic chanters. - practice some Iaido, kenjutsu, or tameshigiri if i have some mats on hand. Practice some Kendo kata and techniques or work on my equipment and shinai - fly online in one of the flight simulators out there. - play with and train our new cat.
  17. While a fusion reactor could be the solution, it certainly isn't the only option. Some sort of system that controls gravity or harnesses energy through manipulating space/time, could work just as well. In terms of putting thrust out of a conical housing at the rear of a vehicle, yes, fusion is probably the most likely route to eliminate the mass and volume that fuel takes up for current systems. It's just not the only potential solution. You're right, and ss I said, we don't need to have an "all in one" solution for both lift off, achieving orbit, and then inter planetary travel. We could use current methods to lift a vehicle/system, or parts of it at a time, assemble/stage it and establish it in orbit, and THEN use some whizzy new drive system to break orbit and propel it to its destination. It would be nice though if we create (or declassify, heh) some sort of gravity controlling propulsion system that could do both - lift a vehicle from landing gear to orbit, and then on to the planets of our system, and beyond, all encapsulated in one vehicle.
  18. IIRC I'd read somewhere that if we can create a power source that will allow a constant thrust of 1G, Mars, regardless of where we are in respective orbits, is a pretty fast trip. That's even with a 180 and decel @ 1 g for part of the last 1/2 of the journey. I'll have to look it up. As it stands now, with both the radiation, life support, and piles of other tech issues - IMO going to Mars is a pretty dangerous, and likely 1 way trip at best. I wish we'd just return to the moon for now, and get our tech perfected with such a closer - and far safer - mission. There is so much we can learn about setting up a base or short term expedition to the lunar surface. It'd be worth it just for the pics of the flags and left over equipment to shut all the truthers and conspiracy nuts up. edit - found the site with all the space travel time and data. Travel time (at 9.80665 m/s2, decelerating halfway): 1d 21h 13m 1s, that's the time it'd take us to get to Mars with a constant 1g thrust, which would be very comfortable for space travelers, and cut down on the 4 hours of heavy exercise they'd need to do to keep their skeleton from bleeding off. Obviously it takes a lot more than 1g to lift off the ground much less break into orbit, but if we could design a power/fuel source or some sort of gravimetric drive that didn't require a consumable fuel, once a spacecraft is in space/orbit, it could be used at will so far as cranking up to 1g thrust from space. I hope I live to see this technology, either created, or declassified/disclosed.
  19. So awesome. I remember the first successful Falcon launch, when the whole team and company went berserk cheering when the wings deployed on Falcon - I've know Wil Wheaton since we were both 13, when I spoke to him the next day (he was there), he said there wasn't a dry eye in site. I hope it was the same today for SpaceX and every supporter who was on hand. Shows what a great mind, some attitude, and an espirit de corps can bring. I wish we'd cut the defense budgets worldwide and put it into health and space tech. What a world we are capable of building. New worlds even.
  20. Tuesday is going to be interesting - Musk has been pretty vocal about the likelihood of failure. 27 engines and only one needs to have a catastrophic failure for there to be a big failure. The payload is one of the original Tesla roadsters from his personal collection. Musk said that so long as the pad isn't destroyed he'll call it a win. We'll see. I hope it reaches orbit.
  21. Perhaps you should consider leaving the UK as well, where acid and kitchen knives are legal, and used very frequently to attack people. My aunt being one of those in London, among the 1500 attacks with acid in London alone in just the last 5 years. Thousands and thousands of similar acid attacks in the rest of the UK in the same time period. Ban all home acid products!
  22. SpaceChampion, what are your thoughts on the electron rocket that launched out of New Zealand yesterday? Pretty impressive, there are many other companies, not just SpaceX in this game now, which is great IMO. Obviously SpaceX is the largest and most advanced, but the more companies we have getting into civilian space markets, the better it'll be for all.
  23. If you look at the map of Iraq, and how both wars went...they were completely separate actions, yet covered much of the same territory. Iraq had 12 years to rebuild and redeploy their forces after all prior to 2003. GW2/2003 certainly wasn't some sort of continuation of the first Gulf War, some situation where Iraq held positions that weren't taken in 91 that were objectives in 2003 - no, in GW1/91, Iraq was completely defeated, it was the Allies decision to stop the advance and call it a win, and declare that the objectives were met, which they were. 2003 turned into a drawn out affair due to it becoming an insurgency/police action - again, the military objectives were met extremely quickly, and Iraq's military that was in the field, such as it was, was rapidly defeated and mostly destroyed, again, in just a matter of days, not even months. Finding/not finding WMD has no bearing at all on the statement made, which is whether or not "quick" wars are a fallacy, which, obviously with both GW examples, they aren't. I could use the Falklands war, or the 67 war between Israel and Jordan/Egypt/Syria/Iraq as examples of pretty abrupt wars as well. All I'm saying is that it isn't uncommon for wars/actions to end far more quickly than projected either. I don't disagree that many wars take far longer than projected by those who start them - tons of examples supporting this, when Germany attacked Russia in 41/Barbarossa, a famous quote from a well known German general was "at last, a proper war", as if it would be some simple cake walk. Initially it likely seemed so, I'm sure, what with Germany destroying over 1500 Russia aircraft in the first day, and over 5000 in the first month, giving them complete air supremacy, while their mechanized forces performed nearly as well. 4 years later, a tad bit longer than projected, Russian troops pulled down the Nazi flags in downtown Berlin.
  24. I lived in Hong Kong in 1996, the year before it was handed "back" to mainland China. There were similar attitudes there, even among many of my friends, regarding HK and returning to the "wonderful" PRC. Heh, most of them there I'm still in contact with don't feel the same way anymore, and I don't blame them, after all the rights that have been stripped away in HK by the central government of the PRC.
  25. I can think of a 1/2 dozen examples off the top of my head where the reverse was true. The least of which was Desert Storm/Gulf War1 circa 1991. CNN and many other media outlets of the day predicted tens of thousands of Allied casualties, and a war that would drag on for years like Vietnam did. The actual ground war was measured in hours, not days, after a couple weeks of an air campaign which demolished Hussein's so called "battle hardened" military and infrastructure.