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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington, DC



    WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington, DC

    1. SHUTTLE: THE SPACE SHUTTLE DOESN'T WORK IT NEVER DID WORK.
    Why is everyone afraid to say so? The real problem isn't foam
    falling off the fuel tank. The shuttle was sold to Congress as a
    way to launch things into space more cheaply. On the contrary,
    it's the most expensive way to reach space ever conceived. The
    problems we're facing now result from the refusal to acknowledge
    that reality. Initially, anything that went into space, including
    commercial and military satellites, was required to be launched
    from the shuttle. With the total cost of the shuttle program at
    about $150B, the average cost/flight is about $1.3B. The shuttle
    was strangling space development before the Challenger disaster.
    Then it was declared to be a science laboratory, but no field of
    science has been affected in any way by research that has been
    conducted on the shuttle or space station. The last scheduled
    research mission was the final flight of Columbia in 2003. The
    shuttle's only mission now is to supply the ISS.

    2. ECHINACEA: THE THEME THIS WEEK IS "THINGS THAT DON'T WORK."
    There is no reason why herbal remedies couldn't work. The bark
    and leaves of the angiosperms are packed with biologically active
    chemicals. Surely, among the thousands of herbals on the market,
    one must work. With a budget of over $100M, and under pressure
    to show it's not biased against alternative medicine, the new
    National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at NIH
    set out to find it. Well, ephedra worked, but side effects were
    fatal http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN04/wn010204.html. Why not
    ask herbalists what would be a sure thing? Answer: "Echinacea."
    Millions of Americans use the purple cone flower to prevent or
    treat colds. Native Americans used it, and we all know that
    primitive societies had wondrous cures that today's narrow-minded
    scientists can't explain. But in initial tests, it didn't seem
    to work http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN04/wn052804.html. This
    week, the New England Journal of Medicine published a convincing
    NCCAM funded test: Echinacea does not prevent or cure colds.

    3. PRAYER: FOLLOW-UP STUDY FINDS NO BENEFIT FOR HEART PATIENTS.
    Prayers for the sick are probably the most widely practiced
    healing tradition in the world. An earlier study with the same
    lead author, Mitchell Krucoff, MD, at Duke University Medical
    Center, continues to be widely cited as scientific evidence for
    the power of prayer. In a much larger follow-up study, however,
    748 patients who had common cardiac procedures were not helped by
    intercessory prayers of groups throughout the world, drawn from
    Christian, Muslim, Jewish or Buddhist denominations. You will
    not be surprised that the authors conclude that so-called
    "noetic" therapies, defined as therapies that don't involve the
    use of tangible drugs or devices, deserve further scientific
    scrutiny. Science assumes that all events result from natural
    causes http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN04/wn120304.html.

    THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.
    Opinions are the author's and not necessarily shared by the
    University of Maryland, but they should be.
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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington,DC

    Sam, for once, I think you need to read the S.A.A. Charter.
    --
    David W. Knisely KA0CZC@navix.net
    Prairie Astronomy Club: http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org
    Hyde Memorial Observatory: http://www.hydeobservatory.info/

    **********************************************
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    * July 31 - Aug. 5, 2005, Merritt Reservoir *
    * http://www.NebraskaStarParty.org *
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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington,DC

    David Knisely wrote:

    OK--

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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington, DC


    "Sam Wormley" <swormley1@mchsi.com> wrote in message
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    Another stunning one word retort from sam. Why doesn't this "sam" ever
    talk about any telescope observing or astronomy here other than post reports
    of solar activity from web sites? Odd..very odd.



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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington, DC

    On Fri, 29 Jul 2005 22:02:30 GMT, "Virtigo" <E@U.com> wrote:


    I can't help but to notice that four of your last five posts served no
    purpose but to attack people in some way, and none of your posts is
    particularly relevant to astronomy.

    I'm willing to cut Sam (a long time member of our community) a little
    more slack if he drifts a bit off the charter than I am you (either a
    newbie here or an old troll in a new skin).

    _________________________________________________

    Chris L Peterson
    Cloudbait Observatory
    http://www.cloudbait.com

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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington, DC

    PLONK!!!



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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington, DC

    You need to be more specific as to who is the plonkee!


    "Jan Owen" wrote





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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington, DC


    "Howard Lester" <hlester@mmto.org> wrote in message
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    I surmise one of you that comes rushing to 'sams' defence is son of sam or
    actually THE "sam" spam.



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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington,DC

    Virtigo wrote:

    Into the killfile you go along with your other aliases.
    *Plonk*



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    Default WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05 Washington, DC

    Virtigo <E@U.com> wrote:


    The above tool is, once again, the poster AKA: "Mick", "ATM", "Mot",
    "Tom" and too many other aliases to count.

    Posting out of Calgary, s/he seems obsessed with flaming Sam no matter
    what name s/he morphs into.

    One can only guess at why s/he has this unhealthy and unnatural
    obsession with Sam, but it's easy enough to both ignore and identify
    this asocial Canadian reprobate.

    As Emerson so wisely opined:

    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

    --
    -John Steinberg
    email: not@thistime.invalid

 

 
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