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  1. Faustus

    The Art Of Offending

    But a cartoon still can sparkle rage and debate http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/15/america/15humor.php That cartoon was put up by Ob's own side to innoculate the candidate, so your interpretation seems to be "right" on. They likely took their cue from Ob, when he said in a public appearance that the Mc's side would point out that he "looks Muslim, and by the way...."he's black". If the other side doesn't act as they are expected to act in a timely fashion, don't lose hope, it can be imputed. Faustus
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    Financial Information.

    This NEWS ITEM will get very little play in the news, but everyone should be gravely concerned about the twin agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This speaks to the Congress' role in a mess that has building for more than a decade. Compared to the possibilities in this item, the failure of one or two large banks is peanuts. By not properly overseeing these two huge GSE (Government Sponsored Enterprise) Corporations, all private entities have left the marketplace to them, creating a monopoly, but worse yet an implied guarantee by the US government to back them to the hilt regardless of the cost to taxpayers, if, but more to the point, when they fail. .....Yet there is little evidence the real lessons have sunk in. Just as the grave risks Fannie and Freddie create for taxpayers are finally being recognized, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson were asking a seemingly compliant Congress to involve the Fed in supervising the largest investment banks -- which will only create similar risks elsewhere in the economy.....has led the capital markets to believe, correctly, that the U.S. government will never allow Fannie and Freddie to fail. ..... The result has been a complete loss of market discipline, uncontrolled growth, and the development of two giant companies whose deteriorated financial condition now threatens the stability of both the U.S. and the world economy. The story of Fannie and Freddie is a cautionary tale about the moral hazard created by government support for private institutions -- a tale we saw played out in the S&L debacle less than 20 years ago, and one we may be about to inflict on ourselves again. The paradox in this situation, will not be the realization for people that government fails, and as little as possible should be left up to government, but instead that there be more government involvement in our lives to make certain that institutions don't fail. Their main patrons in Congress
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    The Art Of Offending

    The US it's the only country still upholding the free speech. In all Europe and Canada broad definitions of hate speech make even true allegations to be open to persecution. You are right, I think, and we are very protective of that. Sham tests are thrown up, especially to protect "pornographic speech
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    The Roman House or Domus

    The Romans usually had two buildings on their country estates, the villa rustica, to house the slaves engaged in agricultural labour under the superintendence of the vilicus (a trusted slave in charge of the familia rustica, rather like a bailiff), and the villa urbana or pseudourbana, where the owner stayed when visiting the country. In building the first, the only consideration was the practical needs of an agricultural community; the latter, in a picturesque and airy site, offered all the amenities to which city life had made men accustomed. Not every estate had a villa urbana; when the owner was not particularly wealthy, he occupied a corner of the villa rustica, or at the most built a small easily-run house. Cicero and Pliny had splendid villae urbanae, unlike Horace who lived on his Sabine farm together with his bailiff and his slaves. The villa rustica had two courts (cortes), an inner and an outer one, each with its own tank (piscina). In the inner court the tank was used for watering animals, in the outer one for different agricultural purposes, such as softening leather and soaking lupin seeds. Brick buildings surrounded the first court, forming the villa rustica in its most limited sense, the part of the farm occupied by the slaves. A large kitchen stood at the centre; on the farm the kitchen was not, as it was in the city, only used for the preparation of food, but was a meeting place and workshop as well. Near the kitchen, so as to make full use of the heat it produced, were the slaves' bathrooms, the cellars and the stables for cattle (bubilia) and horses (equilia). If possible, the henhouse was also near the kitchen, because smoke was thought good for chickens. Far from the kitchen, and if possible facing north, were the buildings which required a dry situation, such as the granary (granaria), the barn (horrea) and the fruit stores (oporothecae). The store-houses, most exposed to the danger of fire might also form a building (villa fructuaria), completely separate from the villa rustica. Close to the villa rustica was the threshing-floor, with sheds nearby, such as the barn for agricultural implements or wagons (plaustra)and the nubilarium where the grain was temporarily stored in case of sudden storms. From Rome Its People and Customs by Ugo Enrico Paoli
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    America Votes 2008

    Some interesting developments of with Obama of late: 1. He created for himself a pseudo presidential <SEAL> very much like the actual presidential seal and positioned it on his podium when speaking 2. He is going to make a trip to Iraq soon, and while passing through Europe has stated a desire to make a speech at the Brandenburg Gate. Previously two past presidents have made speeches there. John F. Kennedy (The "I am a Berliner" speech, early in the cold war) and Ronald Reagan ("Mr Gorbachev, bring down this wall" speech, at the height of the cold war) (He seems to be taking on the mantle of the presidency so that it is an accepted fact, before the fact.) 3. He will also likely exploit the speech in Berlin as an affirmation of his popularity abroad, the audacity of hope indeed.... I personally have no objection; I
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    The Roman House or Domus

    A "Private" and "Public" Spaces: The Components of the Domus - The Relation of Inside to Outside: Yvon Th
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    What did the Romans ever do for the Greeks?

    The advantage that comes from being at the cultural center of a unified whole (an empire or cosmos) as compared to that of being an
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    What did the Romans ever do for the Greeks?

    The most important thing Rome did for ancient Greece was to pass on their Civilization to the west, better than they could have done it for themselves: [ In his book A History of Private Life
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    We Need an Oil Glut

    There has been a nine percent drop in the price of a barrel of oil in two days. This is on the cusp of certain members of the US Congress showing signs of weakening on drilling for more oil on American soil. Which party is seen to have a stanglehold on more drilling? Which party seems to be gelded on the subject? Announcements by which party would have that effect?
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    The Roman House or Domus

    "He devised a new form for the buildings of the city and in front of the houses and apartments he erected porches, from the flat roofs of which fires could be fought; and these he put up at his own cost". In the view of any firefighter, the value of a porch with a flat roof is that it would be a good platform to work from (or gain access through a window) while not being immediately susceptible to the conflagration if the fire were contained inside of the building. But I wonder about the word
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    The Roman House or Domus

    Salve SF, and interesting that you would bring that up. The villa is a greater complex than the home (domus), as it seemed to require or depend on a greater number of people beyond the way we consider the domus to work. The villa was more of a
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    Tunguska Event, 100th anniversary

    Salve, A, and in return you also have my thanks for the latest information on tektites, and some strewn fields (some are missing I think) , and also the link to scientific thinking/scientific method, all of which I can benefit from. BTW Years back I subscribed to catalogues of new meteorite finds available for purchase (never bought any) , and I can look again at that possibility, at seemingly very low prices. Faustus
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    Tunguska Event, 100th anniversary

    Thanks A. Thanks for your interest in my scientific foundation. It does need some shoring up. As an amateur astronomer of 50 plus years, and a follower of all reports scientific,my understanding of the
  14. Salve Zanatos, That's as neat as it can be! Notice the grid system to the streets, how development proceded from the river, and how the grid was readjusted near the river to make the road pattern as efficient as possible. I put it up as my desktop background. What is built now in the triangluar (point) block at the lower right hand side of the photo in the foreground? A monument perhaps? Faustus
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    Tunguska Event, 100th anniversary

    Anyhow, I still think the airblast from an ice meteorite (comet core?) is the best explanation. I have considered a couple of potential objections in previous posts. I for one lean more so toward the icy body because the amount of matter involved could more easily be obliterated leaving behind no detectable physical remnants; Ice to water vapor in an explosive blast of steam, and a dust layer with interstices, vaporized(?) and scattered. It is difficult for me to account for a massive rocky body 60 feet (tens of meters) in diameter being totally gone without a physical trace: a flaming fireball in one instance and totally annihilated in the next, without even the standard signature of iridium. A vaporized rocky meteorite should
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    Tunguska Event, 100th anniversary

    Thanks for the summary, and the caveat. Here's some frequency information on stony meteorites of T(unguska)-sized objects and smaller:
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    Tunguska Event, 100th anniversary

    A., please help me with that. Not being a scientist I
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    Tunguska Event, 100th anniversary

    Salve A. All for the sake of argument (from a non-scientist) Except for the R-5 quake, which is only conjecture, (as are all my remarks) all of the conditions can be met by a tenuously agglomerated snowball interlaced with space dust serving to weld ancient collision aggregates into one large cometary object. If the height of the
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    Tunguska Event, 100th anniversary

    Heck C. That's the whole idea. And the larger, the less frequent
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    Tunguska Event, 100th anniversary

    The Tektite Mystery There are across America, and other parts of the world as well, large oval elliptical areas where green glassy tektites may be found. The shape and sizes of these areas are now called
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    Tunguska Event, 100th anniversary

    The land area laid waste and immediately leveled (wooden structures) by Hiroshima
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    Tunguska Event, 100th anniversary

    Consider the calculation methods for the size of the body that made the Chicxulub Crater for some perspective: "Using estimates of the total amount of iridium in the K
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    The Roman House or Domus

    Going back to the opening post, the basic Aristocratic Roman domus (as distinguished from the an apartment house of Rome or Ostia, or the rural bungalo) began as an entryway leading to an atrium with rooms grouped around it. Later, onto that first section a rear section was added and rooms grouped around a peristylum. "Simple Domus Floor Plan" (SHOWN FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES) The first section was Italian, and the names were Latin: The vestibulum, fauces, atrium, alae, tablinum, taberba, hortus. The rear or additional section, Greek in origin and design, had names which were Greek: the peristylum, triclinium, oecus, exhedra, (and then the aforementioned Italian (Latin named) hortus). Interestingly the connecting passage between the two sections (atrium to perstyle) was called the andron(es) where a confusion occurs, is a misuse or misapplication of the Greek word. As Vitruvius says: "Between the peristylium and the lodging rooms are passages, which are called Mesaul
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    The Roman House or Domus

    An interesting aside L. Here are some links showing Roman "furnishings" from The House of the Faun. At the time of the eruption, it appears that Pompeiian homes contained only the bare minimum of furniture. Much of what did survive (assuming some cushions and other soft materials were lost) was bronze and iron in the form of folding stands, tables, braziers, etc. FLOOR PLAN for The House of the Faun. Edit: The (floor plan) link is from a 1958 source. Since then Salvatorre Nappo
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