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by John Bleau
Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ralph: Update
Replies: 121
Views: 20843

Thanks, jbuck.
by John Bleau
Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ralph: Update
Replies: 121
Views: 20843

What is that other board? If unmentionable at CMG, Ted, how about emailing me at jrbleau@sympatico.ca
Thx
by John Bleau
Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: French anti-Americanism
Replies: 13
Views: 3177

What airheaded blather. Where are the incisive comments on why De Gaulle converted Frances dollar reserves into gold? The article, whose thesis is the anti-Americanism of French intellectuals, gives the impression that it's a wistful attempt at French grandeur, and that Chirac is following in that v...
by John Bleau
Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Checking the Stats
Replies: 3
Views: 1031

I looked in areas of interest to me on the site and it seems to be excellent. Thanks for the link.
by John Bleau
Tue Jan 03, 2006 9:24 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

That 'fact' has so far not made itself felt. Americans visiting Quebec City ask if it's safe to cross the street at night from the Chateau Frontenac to the Restaurant Continentale: this is a reflection of how safe they feel at home, not how unsafe it is in Quebec. You can keep your guns and park you...
by John Bleau
Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

TO's a big city with a complicated social mix. The violence has been coming for a long time. Even if - if - guns were the solution, it would be a shame that it had to come to this.
by John Bleau
Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

The murder rate in Canada is very low. I believe that the big cities do follow the American pattern and I suspect the crime rate to be related to an ever more complicated social mix. Guns are very far from our minds in Quebec City, and even Montreal. The only argument I've heard that may make sense ...
by John Bleau
Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Why haven't we gotten Bin Laden?? Didn't Bushie promise?
Replies: 102
Views: 14863

Whatever Americans prefer, I kinda doubt Bush-2 would have won against Clinton.
by John Bleau
Sun Jan 01, 2006 11:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

They can also cite extensive literature to indicate that smoking is not a health problem. - jbuck The AMA of the 1960s might have helped: ...Even the American Medical Association (AMA) was complicit in suppressing results of tobacco research. In 1964, the Surgeon General's report condemned smoking,...
by John Bleau
Sun Jan 01, 2006 11:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

I also have no intention of citing research that maintains that the Earth revolves around the sun. - jbuck Sorry to explode another brick in your crumbling wall of certainties, jbuck, but... One of the attractions math has is that biased teachers can't frig you around. 1+1=2 (at least in the decima...
by John Bleau
Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The New York Times vs. America
Replies: 22
Views: 3444

Actually, Pizza, on 9/11, I wasn't expecting attacks on the US (other than minor things) for four years. Recall that after the first WTC attack, there were no attacks on US soil for 8 (?) years.
by John Bleau
Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Why haven't we gotten Bin Laden?? Didn't Bushie promise?
Replies: 102
Views: 14863

Thanks for the reply. One reason I proposed Islam as the enemy and not just the extremists, is that Islam may be a breeding ground for Islamic extremism, regardless of how many of the latter are eliminated.
by John Bleau
Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

If a flat-earther were to come on board and set out his position, I would ignore him, but I have my own traveling experience and knowledge to substantiate the fact that the earth is spherical and not flat. I would easily accept that this is the case for you, too. Your knowledge of HIV, on the other ...
by John Bleau
Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

I add: as suggested by my being against free and encouraged ownership of guns in Canada, I do believe that Canada is safer because of the restricted ownership. I was not dodging that. However, if I were to push my position, I'd have to do my homework and even accept the possibility that my belief mi...
by John Bleau
Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

Giving "credence," as you put it, is simply that I don't dismiss it out of hand. As for your claims about my HIV and AIDS argument, I provided a great deal of material and referenced it. You pointedly ignored it (even bragging that you were dismissing it out of hand), as you pointedly ignore DavidRo...
by John Bleau
Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

I'm against the free and encouraged ownership of guns in Canada. I'm unable to say that arguments that promote free and encouraged ownership are wrong or don't make sense, because I'm not sufficiently familiar with them. However, it is not much of an issue in Canada and I'm not pushing my opinion, s...
by John Bleau
Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Why haven't we gotten Bin Laden?? Didn't Bushie promise?
Replies: 102
Views: 14863

I'd like to know just who the enemy is, and what his objective is. Extremist Islam, world domination? Islam, world domination? World domination is arguably the goal of Islam (which would make them the enemy, not just the extremists, but remember: there are 1.3 bn of them), but it could be put in ter...
by John Bleau
Sun Jan 01, 2006 11:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

David, I'm glad this has come down to ad hominem terms. The one who brings it there is always the loser in the argument. This from the person who called me "lunatic" and "nut" - hoist with your own petard, eh, jbuck? In my own case, even accepting your incorrect "conspiracy" terminology, my conclus...
by John Bleau
Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 9945

This has to be the dumbest thing I've seen in quite awhile.
Even dumber than nukeing Tehran?
by John Bleau
Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Tax Cuts - Something to Think About
Replies: 45
Views: 7422

85.43 cents US. The Canadian portion of the various stock portfolios in our family has been vastly outperforming the US portion during the Bush administration, but the opposite was the case during the Clinton admin. If you look at my question earlier, you'll understand. I just used 25 real (i.e. US)...
by John Bleau
Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Tax Cuts - Something to Think About
Replies: 45
Views: 7422

The social security programs are doomed. I've been declaring this to my Quebec Pension Plan-paying siblings since the seventies. There are various factors behind this. The two main ones are: first, they were designed when life expectancy was far shorter, second, the ever greater proportion of elderl...
by John Bleau
Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Different Paper, Same Problem, But Funnier
Replies: 1
Views: 656

Well there ya have it... you and I, Corlyss, have seen and exposed glaring examples of godawful reporting in both Times.
by John Bleau
Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:57 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The New York Times vs. America
Replies: 22
Views: 3444

It would take a contemporary Wittgenstein to analyze the present-day handling of information. Imagine a canvas propped up by many tentpoles, the tentpoles representing verifiable facts. The rest of the canvas can assume many forms, subject to the push and pull of a huge variety of agendas, including...
by John Bleau
Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Why haven't we gotten Bin Laden?? Didn't Bushie promise?
Replies: 102
Views: 14863

Hey Pal!

Florida. Vero Beach to be exact. Until at least Jan 5 - the captain had to fly to Quebec for his father in law's funeral.
by John Bleau
Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Why haven't we gotten Bin Laden?? Didn't Bushie promise?
Replies: 102
Views: 14863

A very entertaining discussion. Thanks!
by John Bleau
Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: News from the world of medicine
Replies: 16
Views: 4111

They just can't answer my questions... Werner, of all people, should appreciate the value of whistleblowers. A most galling irony. Plus ça change... Teresa has not put up one cogent argument and has not answered the simplest of questions. And those 186 studies... the actual figure is one thousand ti...
by John Bleau
Wed Dec 28, 2005 7:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ralph: Update
Replies: 121
Views: 20843

Ted, thanks for the update. All the White Light Ralph is receiving is him reaping what he sowed. He has always been gracious and generous as well as a very kind person. Peter Macnelly told me that he thought of Ralph as the most brilliant man he has ever known. I ardently hope he comes out of this r...
by John Bleau
Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: News from the world of medicine
Replies: 16
Views: 4111

This thread, by the way, is not about AIDS. Teresa, do you remember that it is you who first told me about Tamiflu? How I said that I was deeply skeptical about it? Do you remember what I said about Frist and the pharmaceutical companies, and the impending immunity for them? How is it that I, who kn...
by John Bleau
Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: News from the world of medicine
Replies: 16
Views: 4111

Obviously, jbuck, it's you and Teresa who are the purveyors of religion. Time and again, I ask you to explain how, in the light of NIH figures I referenced and posted, one can consider 'HIV-AIDS'to be a heterosexually transmitted disease, and the combined brain trust of this entire forum comes up em...
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 25, 2005 3:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: News from the world of medicine
Replies: 16
Views: 4111

Werner, I've read your posts on other topics and they're a good deal more intelligent than they are on this issue. I have acknowledged the existence of AIDS and have even had to remind people of this. It is HIV as the causative agent that I question. And yes, there are cures that have been tried and...
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 25, 2005 3:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: News from the world of medicine
Replies: 16
Views: 4111

I know that no one has injected HIV into an experimental group of humans and saline solution into a control group in a double-blind study to prove that HIV causes AIDS. Would you like to volunteer for such a study? - jbuck It's worth noting that I answered this question in an earlier thread in whic...
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 25, 2005 2:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: News from the world of medicine
Replies: 16
Views: 4111

Obviously I won't try to refute every single study you Googled, Teresa. When billion$ are thrown at research, you'll get studies. These studies don't establish the existence of a virus, they assume it. Single out one study that establishes the existence of the AIDS-causing HI virus. You can't, just ...
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 25, 2005 2:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: APB: Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 30
Views: 5646

Oh Jesus...
Good luck Ralph. Feel free to call any time. My thoughts are with you.
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 25, 2005 1:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Canada's Martin Runs Against Bush - I'm Shocked! Shocked!
Replies: 9
Views: 1818

Barry, the mideast oilfields have been in the "wrong hands" from time immemorial. Worse, Saddam was on the Euro standard and other mideast countries were threatening to follow suit. These are the real "wrong hands." As for your [...] claim that this is all about oil I said: It's an oil grab, for the...
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 25, 2005 1:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: News from the world of medicine
Replies: 16
Views: 4111

jbuck, if you've decided to discuss the matter more objectively, then I'm pleased. I answered a similar question by BWV1080 and will post a concise answer later, maybe tomorrow.
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 25, 2005 12:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Tax Cuts - Something to Think About
Replies: 45
Views: 7422

As a % of GDP, in 2005, receipts were 16.8% and outlays 20.3% (A) In 2000, under Clinton, receipts were 20.9% and outlays 18.3% (B) ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2006/pdf/hist.pdf ) As % of GDP, under Bush, taxes are lower but expenditures higher. Under Clinton, taxes were higher but expe...
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 25, 2005 11:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Canada's Martin Runs Against Bush - I'm Shocked! Shocked!
Replies: 9
Views: 1818

Corlyss, sorry to shatter your chauvinistic affectations, but by and large, Canadians don't envy Americans. Some dislike the USA knee-jerk style, some don't. Personally, I've been in the USA far too often and extensively to generalize so crassly. As for lumber, you can cherry-pick our transgressions...
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 25, 2005 9:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: News from the world of medicine
Replies: 16
Views: 4111

Damn, jbuck answered. And I was hoping for substance. Proven, jbuck? Did you not know that there is no peer-reviewed study establishing HIV pathogenecity? Well, dig it up, ol' boy, if you disagree. Alberich, put up or shut up. People whine and bitch about it but don't put up an iota of cogent argume...
by John Bleau
Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: News from the world of medicine
Replies: 16
Views: 4111

News from the world of medicine

News from the world of medicine During the hotly contested discussions in which I claimed HIV as the cause of AIDS to be a far from validated theory, I mentioned other points that people should be warned about: the imminence of a bill to give pharmaceutical companies sweeping immunity against lawsu...
by John Bleau
Wed Dec 21, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Canada's Martin Runs Against Bush - I'm Shocked! Shocked!
Replies: 9
Views: 1818

[...]most European governments don't like America no matter who's in charge. Apparently that's true of Canadians too.
Bend your perceptions any way you want in favour of Bush, but I repeat: there was no such Canadian disenchantment with the USA when Clinton was Prez.
by John Bleau
Tue Dec 20, 2005 9:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Canada's Martin Runs Against Bush - I'm Shocked! Shocked!
Replies: 9
Views: 1818

There was no such Canadian disenchantment with the USA when Clinton was Prez. As you acknowledge, Corlyss, Iraq is about the oil (yes, some other things, too, but mainly about the oil). Canada has water, for which the USA is beginning to thirst, and oil (huge tar sands) for which the USA is ravenous...
by John Bleau
Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Interesting Rally
Replies: 18
Views: 4856

Disband the NFL and send the coaches to the countries most in need of benevolent despots for a transition period.
by John Bleau
Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Yea Chimps! Yea Evolution!
Replies: 37
Views: 8379

Operafan, I'll post some stories, but can't guarantee if or when. My Internet connection is spotty. For the record, I'm in Charleston. Beautiful city, and King and Market streets are standouts. The vast balconies conjure Southern heat and rocking chairs. Further out, the civic standards degenerate, ...
by John Bleau
Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Yea Chimps! Yea Evolution!
Replies: 37
Views: 8379

Contacts with animals are far more numerous in India than in the West. I shook hands - well, hand and trunk - with a work elephant in Munnar, south India, I had hundreds of pairs of red diode-like eyes staring back at me in a cave (bats), I threw meat to a hundred eagles who snatched it in mid-fligh...
by John Bleau
Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Christianity and Science
Replies: 26
Views: 3282

Brendan is not a hypocrite in the least. I say this for several reasons, the first being that he's among the few posters I've seen to admit, as a matter of intellectual integrity, that he was wrong. Another is that he backs his positions with a good deal of knowledge. And another is that he sinks hi...
by John Bleau
Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Harry Potter IV
Replies: 31
Views: 6329

Ah yes, battle groups, of course... thanks. The AC, incidentally, was the Enterprise (#65), returning from the Middle East. It was Nov. 21, and Garth Brooks was slated that night to entertain the équipage. I gleaned this from the Internet a couple of days ago. The Enterprise's battle group that date...
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 11, 2005 1:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Harry Potter IV
Replies: 31
Views: 6329

Opie, thanks and thanks for the link.
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 11, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: This angers me!
Replies: 39
Views: 6195

Barry, thanks for your level-headed answer.
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 11, 2005 12:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Harry Potter IV
Replies: 31
Views: 6329

For Corlyss... (We need more travelogues to make us jealous.) When at a diner, I enjoy seeing news items on the foul weather in the Northeast. Our trip is quite eventful, certainly not without mishaps, but the physicality of sailing (winching, hoisting, swabbing, climbing and simply keeping one's ba...
by John Bleau
Sun Dec 11, 2005 9:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: This angers me!
Replies: 39
Views: 6195

Just as it's not Reuters' place to flat out say Kasparov is wrong in an article on his claims that historical dates earlier than 1760 (or thereabouts) are completely off, it's not their place to flat out say Ahmadinejad is wrong. The way they did is fine and does not constitute Holocaust denial. Bar...