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Education and the Future of Nations
WatsisnameDate: Thursday, 11.04.2013, 17:47 | Message # 286
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Ugh. I have actually had to explain to my own family members how microwave radiation is not ionizing, therefore not genetically damaging. dry

Some people just hear the word 'radiation' and automatically assume it's dangerous. Nevermind that without it, we would be completely blind and frozen...





 
midtskogenDate: Thursday, 11.04.2013, 19:31 | Message # 287
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On this side of the Atlantic lots of people are scared of radiation from mobile base stations. You can be pretty sure that if one appears in a residential area, near a school, etc, some will protest. Not because it might be aesthetically intrusive, which could be a valid argument, but because of health concerns. It's funny to point out that if they're concerned about the radiation strength, a high density of stations is a good thing. If anything, they should be more worried about putting a radio transmitter 1 mm from their ear than these stations because of the inverse-square law, and many stations will allow phones to transmit at lower power, and so can the stations as well.

Unfortunately, a former prime minister of ours who went to become the leader of WHO is self-proclaimed electrically sensitive. She claims to notice straight away if there is a mobile phone switched on inside in a room once she enters.





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DisasterpieceDate: Friday, 12.04.2013, 02:48 | Message # 288
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Warning: Don't click the link below if you're easily upset by ignorance.

loony :Me after seeing that page.

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On this side of the Atlantic lots of people are scared of radiation from mobile base stations. You can be pretty sure that if one appears in a residential area, near a school, etc, some will protest.

I don't understand why some people are so ignorant. If you fear what you don't understand, then take the initiative to understand it. I had to explain to visiting (my immediate family is pretty scientifically literate) family members that touching dry ice will not instantly freeze my hand off. I've noticed many people have difficulty going out and learning for themselves, but instead believe what they saw on an obscure b-grade horror movie.





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midtskogenDate: Friday, 12.04.2013, 05:21 | Message # 289
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dry ice will not instantly freeze my hand off

No, but dry ice on bare skin can still give you a frostbite within seconds though you wont notice it that quick.





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WatsisnameDate: Friday, 12.04.2013, 06:30 | Message # 290
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I've juggled chunks of dry ice once, but this takes some guts.

If I had access to liquid nitrogen I could be tempted to try dipping my hand in it. It's actually a lot safer than most people think, if you do it correctly.





 
midtskogenDate: Friday, 12.04.2013, 08:43 | Message # 291
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If I had access to liquid nitrogen I could be tempted to try dipping my hand in it. It's actually a lot safer than most people think, if you do it correctly.

Or molten lead.

But there is a rapid transition from safe to injury for all these substances.





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Antza2Date: Friday, 12.04.2013, 11:45 | Message # 292
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If I had access to liquid nitrogen I could be tempted to try dipping my hand in it. It's actually a lot safer than most people think, if you do it correctly.

I saw a person do that when i was visiting an university. It was quite cool.





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HarbingerDawnDate: Friday, 28.06.2013, 22:31 | Message # 293
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Throwing a kid in jail, putting them on trial for a felony offense and threatening them with up to 8 years in prison for making an ironic statement that someone interpreted as a "terrorist threat". This is absolutely appalling, and highlights some disturbing problems in our society and in my country's legal system.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013....25.html

A better education system in this country (English and reasoning skills are relevant here) could prevent some things like this from happening.





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WatsisnameDate: Saturday, 29.06.2013, 05:18 | Message # 294
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Good grief, I guess reading things in context is an alien concept to these people. wacko




 
HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 29.06.2013, 05:28 | Message # 295
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Indeed dry




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DisasterpieceDate: Saturday, 29.06.2013, 19:32 | Message # 296
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Throwing a kid in jail, putting them on trial for a felony offense and threatening them with up to 8 years in prison for making an ironic statement that someone interpreted as a "terrorist threat". This is absolutely appalling, and highlights some disturbing problems in our society and in my country's legal system.

Yeah, what happened to freedom of speech? He has every right to make a joke. People need to see past this kind of stuff.





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WatsisnameDate: Saturday, 29.06.2013, 19:45 | Message # 297
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There is no such thing as absolute free speech. You cannot walk in an airport and yell "I HAVE A BOMB" and expect anything other than immediate and severe consequences.

Similarly, if you post that you're going to walk in a school and shoot everybody, I damn well hope the police will look into it, especially if someone reported it to them. The difference here is that after looking into it, they should have realized from the context that "Oh, he's saying it sarcastically in order to make a point to someone that he is in fact not insane" and let him go. He should only have been held if investigation found physical evidence that he was actually planning something.





 
HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 29.06.2013, 20:29 | Message # 298
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The difference here is that after looking into it, they should have realized from the context that "Oh, he's saying it sarcastically in order to make a point to someone that he is in fact not insane" and let him go.

Exactly. The problem here is not that he was arrested for the words that he said, but that he was arrested for them being interpreted as a terrorist threat, which anyone with an ounce of sense and a good knowledge of the English language would know weren't threatening, merely ironic.





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midtskogenDate: Friday, 23.08.2013, 19:39 | Message # 299
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Norway is going down the drain: Shocked math professor (use Google translate)

Summary: "There are 135 girls and 115 boys in a school. How many % are girls?" In a test done for many years students (18+ years old) are asked to calculate this without technical aids. In 1984 80% got it right. Today it's 35%. The worst performers are students studying for work in schools (second worst) and economy (worst). Vicious circle... Engineering and science at the other end, though.

EDIT: Not just a vicious circle, but at least as much a result from the misunderstood socialism in this country. Here it implies equality, understood as there are no underperformers, hence no overperformers as well. So any talent is to be suppressed to protect those who struggle. The law of Jante still lives.





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Edited by midtskogen - Friday, 23.08.2013, 20:13
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Friday, 23.08.2013, 20:17 | Message # 300
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54% girls and 46% boys.

  • 135 + 115 = 250

  • 250 * 4 = 1000

  • 1000 / 10 = 100%

  • 135 * 4 = 540

  • 540 / 10 = 54%

  • 115 * 4 = 460

  • 460 / 10 = 46%

It's quite simple, no one at that age should have any problem with that dry





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Friday, 23.08.2013, 20:19
 
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