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ScaredAmoeba
Third rock from the sun, best planet in the galaxy.
I'm NOT a college professor, but I have two wonderful house parasites.
Interests: The environment, cycling, photography, boating.
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If it was my bike, I'd consider using a BIG padlock and chain to lock it up, while I decided what to do next. It would really have helped if he'd registered it and still had the receipt, so that he could prove it was his.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2011 on This bike is stolen at TheWashCycle
I am horrified that McCormick could be allowed to export garbage like the ADE-651. It sullies the name of the UK. I too would like to see him in a cell, just like the one Tony Bliar [sic] and GW Bush should be in, awaiting trial for war-crimes for invading Iraq.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2010 on As Good As Dowsing at Skeptico
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I used to think that Casey Luskin had a purpose. How wrong I was!
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2009 on Casey Luskin's Junk Logic at Skeptico
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Calling yourself Dr. T and spouting FUD makes me think of the worst insult I have ever typed: "Fred Singer". I feel really dirty and disgusted now. I'll have to take a shower.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2009 on Fake Experts at Skeptico
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There is a big problem with ID - which we must not forget stands for 'Intelligent Design'. There are a number of examples where intelligent design was clearly not involved. Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes compared with the great apes which have 24 pairs. Since loss of a chromosome is very likely to be lethal, the theory was that it was most likely that two chromosomes have fused. Which was indeed what was discovered. See Ken Miller on Intelligent Design From 35.00. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVRsWAjvQSg If an 'intelligent designer' designed this, he/she wasn't particularly smart!
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2009 on Designed To Confuse at Skeptico
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Elena, I am no expert about continents, but I believe I know sufficient to know that the crust thickness is greatest at the continents and thinnest on the ocean floor. What this means is that continents cannot just vanish without trace in ten thousand years [subduction]. If Atlantis was a continent that really existed, it would be fairly obvious, say on Google Earth. If Atlantis were small, then it could have been overlooked, but it would be located on a continental shelf somewhere and probably inundated at the the end of the last ice-age, which would seem to match the myth. However, it would have a submerged coastline, which would show-up on sonar, if the area had been surveyed.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2009 on Atlantis Not Found at Skeptico
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Elena, I don't know what the fact/fantasy ratio for myths is, but it's pretty small. Clearly, not all myths are false, because some have been found to be based-upon fact. But that's a very long way from saying many or all myths are true. This anomaly is NOT Atlantis. Whether Atlantis ever existed is another matter, but it seems unlikely. Ocean-floor mapping is likely to reveal many more submerged traces of human habitation. Whether these would be cities is for archaeologists to determine, but presumably, these traces would have to date-back to before the last ice-age when sea-levels were much lower.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2009 on Atlantis Not Found at Skeptico
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You omitted: Faeries; elves; goblins; hob-goblins; orcs; trolls and satyrs! Midgets too!
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2009 on Atlantis Not Found at Skeptico
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Note this anomaly lies on the Madeira Abyssal Plain. This alone should ring alarm bells that it wasn't originally any kind of submerged island. There is no evidence of a shoreline, the area merges seamlessly into the surrounding area. Note how the 'streets' cross the topology - strange for a 'city'. It's also huge: the Anomaly measures 166 x 131 km! Pure facts are never enough to dissuade a believer.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2009 on Atlantis Not Found at Skeptico
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