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    posted a message on Should we be heading back to the Moon instead of going to Mars?

    You all make some pretty convincing arguments regarding whether or not we should, or even can make it to Mars over the Moon.


    That being said, I think the Moon has just won out given that Space X will be sending two paying customers on a trip to orbit it. Let's look at it this way. It may cost a billion $$$ per a customer right now, but those costs would only decrease as time goes on and the technology improves. Therefore, such a vacation would become available to lower paying customers. On top of that, these two guys going up next year won't even get to land on the Moon. I don't know about you guys, but if I was going to the Moon for a vacation, then I would want to actually step foot on it. So, I think it's safe to say that we will eventually see some kind of facility built on the Moon for people to land and vacation on.


    To end, I think it's a little funny how none of us posting had given much thought about the business motivations for selecting either the Moon or Mars.

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    posted a message on Should we be heading back to the Moon instead of going to Mars?
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    What's the benefit of going to the Moon now? There's not too much going for it now. Once we get fusion going then getting that hydrogen-3 would be quite a business, but fusion is (as always) 20 years away. In the meantime, i say we go to Mars for the street cred (USA USA USA) and then turn our attention, once again, to the Moon.


    But don't you think that your argument for going to Mars is the same attitude that developed when we were trying to reach the Moon? The same thing may happen where people would instantly loose interest because people are liable to develop a "been there, done that," attitude. It's great to be the first to accomplish such a feat, but I feel strongly that the Moon is a better investment, given the threat posed by asteroids.

    I think it would have be very foolish and short sighted to be investing in Mars when you could be putting all that time and effort into building a platform on the Moon that could act against the threat posed by an Asteroid and other near Earth objects. I mean, look what happened in Russia a few years back. Luckily that one was small. However, larger objects have impacted the Earth as recently as 1908 in what was known as the Tunguska event. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
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    posted a message on Should we be heading back to the Moon instead of going to Mars?

    This is just a little debate I was thinking about, but what is up with people having an obsession with going to Mars? I mean sure, it would be awesome to finally put a Human on another planet, but shouldn't we be focusing our energy and resources on a project that actually benefits Humanity?



    The issues I have with going to Mars is what does this really accomplish? It would most probably be just like the original moon landings where all we got was rocks. It is also a lot further out than the Moon is, which means more money and resources would be needed that could otherwise be spent on other projects. There is also the fact that people quickly lost interest after we went to the Moon, and the exact same thing may happen here. On top of this, it's extremely dangerous. We could loose our entire investment if something goes wrong.



    Going back to the Moon in my opinion makes far more sense. It's literally a couple of days away at best and would not take as much money and resources to colonize. This makes it a suitable location to set up a small base that could aid us in exploring space further by making it easier to get to other planets. A ship heading to Mars for example could launch from Earth and just pick up what it needs there and continue on. There is also the fact that we have meteorites to deal with. A Moon base could be a valuable asset in that it is already in space and we could build a defense system to launch from the Moon to counter these threats.



    Let me know what you guys/gals think about this topic and feel free to add your thoughts.

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    posted a message on Unpopular Opinions Discussion
    Quote from DirtDog»

    What constitutes "best"? Lowest MX downtime to flight hours? Highest sustainable speed? Highest useful gross weight? Longest time on station? Biggest nose cone?

    No matter how you slice it; try to define it, the F-35 has little to no history to even place it in any catagory to compete for "Best" of anything.

    Okay, you got me there for being too simple. Let's rephrase this a bit.

    The F-35 will soon be the best fighter jet in the skies because of it's superior stealth, it's capabilities as a multirole fighter, and superior computer technology.
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    posted a message on Unpopular Opinions Discussion

    The F-35 is the best fighter jet ever made. :D

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    posted a message on Essay Topic Suggestions
    Quote from ZeBlueDevil»

    Yeah, those war mongerin' Irishmen! I think that more modern Irish warfare ideas would be similar to American ones seeing as both are very western and are very English. Unless, you were doing more medieval or ancient warfare ideas. I think ancient and modern comparison might be nice, different causes, different factors on the home front (modern 'total war' vs state where there was only war)

    Also, why does the fact that they fought a war make it un-interesting? The Second World War already shows an interesting contrast what with differing ideas of surrender and honor and also the lengths that the governments and soldiers were willing to go to.

    This would actually be a pretty good topic. You could always compare each countries war tactics (Japanese Kamikaze pilots is a good example of this). You could compare the different technology that each nation used. You could also do what ZeBlueDevil said and compare each countries moral/Honor codes.
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    posted a message on Essay Topic Suggestions

    You could always do an essay comparing the history of Russia and the Ottoman Empire by doing your topic on which country you feel was more successful.

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    posted a message on New exotic pet.

    Yeah... I'd say about 65% of mauling cases were caused by male animals reaching sexual maturity...


    Oh, and thanks for the side note, i had no idea. Do you think there could be a way around that problem, such as teaching it to be diurnal (Yeah, it's possible) or sleeping in a less exposed position?


    I don't think there is a full proof way around this issue. The problem is that It can walk in on you sleeping and could potentially see you as prey, that's when you are potentially going to get mauled. Don't forget that these animals hunt prey by attacking the underbelly or neck. Exposing yourself in such a helpless way can trigger that hunter killer instinct. Even python's in Florida that people keep as pets have been known to escape and attack people in their sleep, even though they cannot ingest a person, they mistake you for vulnerable prey.
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    posted a message on New exotic pet.
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    You're confusing what the article says with what you're after.

    Domestication has to do with selectively breeding generations to have attributes that are preferable for house keeping. Which generally means smaller, less need of large plots of land, and general habits. In fact, it says that in your wikipedia entry.
    Domestication does not 'remove' anything, though. Dogs still bite, cats still scratch, horses still stomp, etc. You still have to tame them afterwards.


    I don't think you understand the initial argument. while you have the basic sense, domestication also includes breeding an animal to achieve the desired behaviour, as stated in the wiki I provided. In none of my posts have I ever mentioned the removal of any genes that influence behaviour.
    Back to the topic at hand, we are not talking about a domesticated species, we are talking about a cougar. A cougar has not been domesticated. Therefore, it's potentially dangerous behavioural traits have never been removed by human's and it will still have that wild side in it that can be triggered under the right circumstances.
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    posted a message on New exotic pet.
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    That's not at all why. It's why if you didn't train your dog right and a baby pulls its tail it'll bite its face off. It's why if you didn't train your cat right it'll claw up everything. It's why if you kick your dog out and it becomes a street dog it eats everything.

    Instinct isn't some magic Eat Human/Not Eat Human switch. You have to tame even pets you buy from Petsmart.


    Sorry, but you are incorrect. I checked out a wiki and here is what it says.

    "Domestication should not be confused with taming. Taming is the conditioned behavioral modification of a wild-born animal when its natural avoidance of humans is reduced and it accepts the presence of humans, but domestication is the permanent genetic modification of a bred lineage that leads to an inherited predisposition toward humans.

    Source-

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tame_animal

    Animals, such as dogs and cats have been domesticated for thousands of years now and are therefore predisposed to accepting human's. Animals such as Cougar's or chimps have not. Also, tamed animals revert to natural instinct quite frequently, you probably just never noticed.

    In regards to your comment about triggering the instinct, I don't mean to come off an offensive, but you don't seem like somebody who has much experience with a wide variety of animals because I can tell you that some animals can revert within a second in some cases.

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    posted a message on New exotic pet.
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    and what happens when it turns on you look at chimpanzees people raise em there whole life then they just attack.

    Yeah I've seen stories about chimps mauling their owner's as well. Usually it tends to be a male chimp that is reaching sexual maturity I believe, so their behaviour begins to change and they become more aggressive. The problem with the cougar will be that it will still technically be a wild animal, because cougars are not domesticated to begin with. Animals, such as dogs and cats have been domesticated for thousands of years now. So the wild side is practically long gone. However, because the cougar has still got the wild side, all it would take is for something to trigger the natural instinct and your exotic pet is liable to make an attempt on your life. This has been known to happen with all kinds of tamed pets, regardless of how domesticated they have become.


    As a side note, I recommend that you sleep in your bed with your room door shut. lying asleep in such an exposed position has triggered said killer instinct in dangerous exotic pets before.
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    posted a message on New exotic pet.

    I would think this is a really bad idea. Although I guess you won't ever have to worry about somebody breaking in and robbing your house... xd

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    posted a message on Things you find/found stupid about school


    The farther west you go the less French you will see. The only things here that have French words on them are prisons and other government offices. On one of the highways north of Vancouver, the distance markers are in English and an Aboriginal dialect (not sure which it is) rather than french.


    Haha that's funny. Not surprising tough, given the historical spats between eastern and western Canada. In Ontario, they have French on essentially everything.
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    posted a message on Things you find/found stupid about school

    I live in BC, and we do not have this requirement.


    You are lucky then. I was lucky that I lived in the U.S for a short period of time and had a hard time with a single course when I was really young because this got me exempt from French. It is silly though that everything throughout Canada has to be written in both French and English (Except in Quebec where it's just French I believe), meanwhile English is not a requirement in Quebec.

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    posted a message on Things you find/found stupid about school

    In Canada, they require you to earn at least two credits in French in high school. Luckily I did not have to do that as I had learning issues when I was a lot younger, which allowed me to opt out of this. Anyway the dumb thing is that we are only supposed to learn French because the province of Quebec speaks it, but all of the other provinces are English speaking ones. On top of that, students in Quebec are not required to learn English, within an entirely English country. So how stupid is that? It has to do with protecting their cultural heritage, but to be honest, I don't think they are doing any favours for the kids in the school there, given that the rest of the country and the U.S speak English. Ironically the French we are taught is not event that useful anyway as the dialect that the French in Quebec speak is apparently different from how they speak in France. So outside of Canada, the French we learn is somewhat useless.


    On another note, I do find that the school's in the U.S were far better than the ones in Ontario, Canada, where I used to live. When I first went to the U.S several years ago, I got into a pretty good school system and excelled at every subject, and the way the teachers and classes were taught was very different from when I was in Canada. Of Course the education system varies for each state. So there will be some bad states and some very good states for education in the U.S.

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