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Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:03 am

Euler wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:40 pm
This is pretty epic and a great way to end a live stream
The rockets returning was pure Thunderbirds. Clever stuff.

But.... I'm not sure dumping that car in space sets the tone for a new era of space flight, space junk is fine as long as it's for advertising or ego it seems. The symbolism of the final images spoilt a great event. Opportunity missed to make a powerful new era statement rather than simply 'buy more stuff'. Especially ironic over the new defacto space anthem about our present course being one to destruction but nobody in authority is prepared to listen.

Perhaps some day aliens will find and display that car as a fitting memorial to our dead planet.

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Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:37 am

How cold will it be next week and where will it snow?

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Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:31 pm

That video lead me to this ... edict.html

which lead me to this

For want of a nail the shoe was lost;

For want of a shoe the horse was lost;

For want of a horse the battle was lost;

For the failure of battle the kingdom was lost--

All for the want of a horse-shoe nail

pretty relevant proverb for gamblers to be aware of.

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Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:31 pm

For anyone interested what the cold spell does to our electricity supply and the make up of it.

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Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:19 am

I won't create a 'Stuff to listen to' thread but this was good ...

Moral Maze - The morality of competition (43mins)

Cycling is again in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. A damning report by MPs argues that Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky "crossed an ethical line." They claim that the Tour de France champion used an asthma drug - which is allowed under the anti-doping rules for medical need - to enhance his performance. The accusation is strenuously denied, but where exactly is the "ethical line"?

Isn't it expected that competitors will do anything and everything within the rules to gain an edge? Even the model sportsman Roger Bannister sharpened his running spikes and rubbed graphite on them before breaking the four-minute-mile barrier. It certainly gained him an edge, but not unfairly. In sharp contrast, there are those who believe this latest case is another example of how sport has lost its soul.

They say the ideals of 'sportsmanship' and respecting the spirit of the rules have given way to making money, winning at all costs and cheating if you can get away with it. In sport (and in competition generally) there will always be a grey area between what is moral and what is forbidden. Should we aim to narrow that gap, tighten the rules and enforce harsher sanctions? Or can ethical grey areas be a good thing? It could be argued they are essential in order for sportsmanship to shine. In business, they can be seen as necessary for innovation. In our personal lives, they give us moral agency to make important decisions and they provide a means by which we judge others. Surely a regime in which everything is either illegal or acceptable is the black and white landscape of tyranny? And yet - if the line is not simply between winning and losing, where should it be drawn? Witnesses are John-William Devine, Dr Paul Dimeo, Dr Emily Ryall and Ed Smith.

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