OPEN THREAD 20200222

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

Citizen U

Day 108 – HASSIUM.

OK – we’re GOING BIG LEAGUE…..

17 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200222

  1. The most stable known isotope has a half life of approximately sixteen seconds. In the time it took you to read the first sentence, half of it disappeared. In the time it took you to read the second sentence, half of the remainder was gone.

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      1. In the time it takes for WordPress to behave according to its documentation, a significant amount of the periodic table will have decayed away to stable isotopes……

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  2. In 1978, the Dubnans tried to synthesize element 108 by smooshing radium with calcium, and then lead with iron. They didn’t claim success with either one, but published their results and observations. In 1983, the same group smooshed bismuth with manganese, lead with iron (again), and californium with neon. The results were discussed at a conference, rather than issuing a formal paper. In 1984, the Dubnans repeated the bismuth and lead runs and claimed to have gotten element 108.

    Later in 1984, the Darmstadt Group tried the lead with iron protocol and also claimed to have synthesized element 108. They maintained to have been delayed somewhat because they decided to synthesize element 109 first.

    As had become usual, the claiming rights and naming rights went into arbitration — and it’s named hassium after Hesse, the German state in which Darmstadt is located….

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  3. RATING: Chipotle Spicy

    D.C. Archbishop Decries ‘Opposition Movement’ Against Pope Francis
    by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    23 Nov 2019
    https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2019/11/23/d-c-archbishop-decries-opposition-movement-pope-francis/

    The “level and intensity” of Catholic opposition to Pope Francis is unprecedented, according to the archbishop of Washington, DC, Wilton Gregory.

    Speaking at a November 21 panel at Georgetown University titled “The Francis Factor Today,” Archbishop Gregory said that Catholic resistance to the agenda of Pope Francis is “insidious” and is aggravated by the use of social media that provides a bullhorn to critics.

    “…and so the American people decided to take over the idea of information. They took over the idea of Information. And they did it through social media.” ~ U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn

    [Note: You should see how much the SBC left is squealing about all the “discernment blogs” and “fundamentalist accounts that are amplified on Twitter” – the Evangelical Elites are totally losing control of the narrative and they are bugging out!]

    “Opposition to the pope is not new, but what is new is the level and intensity that is there,” Gregory said. “It’s the insidiousness of the opposition movement that I think is scandalous for us.”

    “Social media gives the opposition a megaphone,” Gregory said. “The Holy Father has to deal with divisions that are trumpeted with no control.”

    The archbishop was referring to critics inside the Church, including prominent theologians, bishops, and even cardinals, who have taken issue with the pope’s emphasis on political issues such as immigration and climate change while downplaying the importance of Catholic doctrine.

    For example, the former doctrinal chief of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB), Father Thomas Weinandy, wrote a strong letter to Pope Francis in 2017 in which he listed five points that illustrate the “chronic confusion” that seems to mark the Francis pontificate, namely, intentional ambiguity, disdain for doctrine, the naming of heterodox bishops, sowing division in the Church, and vindictiveness in the face of criticism.

    . . . more . . .

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    1. Wilton Gregory exposes himself as an uneducated, antihistoric hack. When Francis has to deal with antipopes in Avignon, get back to me about the “level and intensity” of opposition reaching extreme levels. I don’t know exactly what it looks like to be “unprecedented” — but it has to be well past that.

      Seriously, when someone can be that stupid about relatively recent history (late 1300’s – early 1400’s), one has every reason to doubt the accuracy of his theology.

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    2. >>>>For example, the former doctrinal chief of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB), Father Thomas Weinandy, wrote a strong letter to Pope Francis in 2017 in which he listed five points that illustrate the “chronic confusion” that seems to mark the Francis pontificate, namely, intentional ambiguity, disdain for doctrine, the naming of heterodox bishops, sowing division in the Church, and vindictiveness in the face of criticism.

      All of these errors begin with a “Year Zero” fallacy — as was perfectly illustrated by Chesterton’s Gate. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Chesterton%27s_fence

      This is a singular fallacy for all leftists, everywhere.

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  4. A chicken and an egg are laying in bed.

    The chicken is stretched back smoking a cigarette with a very satisfied smile across his face.

    The egg is frowning and looking extremely frustrated.

    The egg says, “Guess we answered that question.”

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  5. My wife was standing in the kitchen, preparing our usual Soft-boiled eggs and toast for breakfast, wearing only The t-shirt that she normally slept in.

    As I walked in, almost awake, she turned to me and said softly, “You’ve got to make love to me this very moment!”

    My eyes lit up and I thought, “I am either still dreaming or this is going to be my lucky day!”

    Not wanting to lose the moment, I embraced her and then gave it my all; right there on the kitchen table.

    Afterwards she said, “Thanks,” and returned to the stove, Her T-shirt still around her neck.

    Happy, but a little puzzled, I asked, “What was that all about?”

    She explained, “The egg timer’s broken.”

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  6. John Philip Sousa wrote 137 marches. There are five that are generally considered his most popular, of which I’ve played two. One of the remaining marches was used as title music for Monty Python…..and has figured in five of the last seven presidential inaugurations — very likely, considering the anti-Americanism of the bureaucratic institutions, as mockery. Another march commemorates the Washington Post — which is currently a loathsome purveyor of Fake News. So, you’re getting this one.

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  7. A teacher gave her class of 11 year olds an assignment: To get their parent to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The next day the kids came back and one by one began to tell their stories.

    Ashley said, “My father’s a farmer and we have a lot of egg-laying hens. One time we were taking our eggs to market in a basket on the front seat of the car when we hit a big bump in the road and all the eggs got broken.” “What’s the morale of that story?” asked the teacher…… “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!” “Very good,” said the teacher.

    Next, little Sarah raised her hand and said, “Our family are farmers too. But we raise chickens for the meat market. One day we had a dozen eggs, but when they hatched we only got ten live chicks, and the moral to this story is, ‘Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched’.” The teacher responds, “that was a fine story, Sarah.”

    Continuing to the last pupil, the teacher asks, “Johnny, do you have a story to share?”

    Johnny says, “Yes. My daddy told me this story about my Auntie Barbara. Auntie Barbara was a flight engineer on a plane in the Gulf War and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory and all she had was a bottle of whisky, a machine gun and a machete. She drank the whiskey on the way down so it wouldn’t break and then she landed right in the middle of 100 enemy troops. She killed seventy of them with the machine gun until she ran out of bullets. Then she killed twenty more with the machete until the blade broke. And then she killed the last ten with her bare hands.”

    “Good heavens,” said the horrified teacher, “what kind of moral did your daddy tell you from that frightful story?”

    “Stay the fuck away from Auntie Barbara when she’s had a drink.”

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