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#16    None of the above

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:12 PM

View PostRafterman, on 02 April 2012 - 02:51 PM, said:

No problem.

I may not be the smartest guy around, but I do know that world hunger isn't going to be solved by patchouli wearing Hippie Bob in his plastic shoes selling organic rhubarb and free range eggs down at the local farmer's market.  Although he's very popular with the Free Tibet Volvo driving crowd.

Oh man! That negativity is so harshing my buzz.  :P


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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:37 PM

View PostColoradoParanormal, on 02 April 2012 - 04:02 PM, said:

lol for sure! Loved your "Free Tibet Volvo crowd"  comment! What's funny is I don't know if you've ever heard of Boulder Colorado? It has the saying of "20 square miles surrounded by reality." The city was founded by hippies and it's only degraded from there.... It truly is like driving into another world and they all have the Free Tibet stickers and green peace etc etc, They are actually rude if you're not driving a Subaru outback, Prius or Volvo lol

I had to travel down there yesterday and had an old woman dressed in the a-typical hemp clothing, with dreads, roll her window down and whilst shaking her head, screamed "You know how much good you could have done with ALL the money you wasted on that gas guzzling black cockmobile you arrogant b******?!?! IT'S BECAUSE OF A***HOLES LIKE YOU GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING MOTHER EARTH!" (referring to my Gallardo) I turned and laughed at her and said  'Excuse me for doing something nice for myself, I've spent my entire grown life after highschool in the military sacrificing and laying my life on the line for the pedantic ramlbings of an ungrateful, imbecilic and asinine person such as you! And on top of that, I give a large amount of money to different charities each month, probably more than you make in a year!"  

Needless to say, she got a stricken look on her face and flipped a u-turn. lol And again, I've lost my faith in humanity and question my career choice..... :blush:

Brother I'm right there with you - I lived in Ithaca, NY, for almost a decade and saw it for myself almost every single day.  Ithaca is Boulder-East.  It's also the town that was so liberal that that the Democrat candidates generally lost out to the Socialist party candidates.  In fact the mayor was a socialist for years.

I had one of those hippie types start screaming at me for buying disposable diapers - why she was in the diaper section I don't know - but I let her go on for a few second until she had driven herself into a saliva spewing frenzy and calmly said, "it's OK, I planted two trees and changed my lightbulbs to CFLs to offset my carbon footprint."  She was still pissed, but what could she say since I turned her argument against her.

Then there was the guy that practically burst into tears when I pointed out to him that my brand new Ford Explorer actually got better gas mileage than his 1988 busted assed Taurus.

Gotta love 'em.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:49 PM

View PostRafterman, on 02 April 2012 - 06:37 PM, said:

Brother I'm right there with you - I lived in Ithaca, NY, for almost a decade and saw it for myself almost every single day.  Ithaca is Boulder-East.  It's also the town that was so liberal that that the Democrat candidates generally lost out to the Socialist party candidates.  In fact the mayor was a socialist for years.

I had one of those hippie types start screaming at me for buying disposable diapers - why she was in the diaper section I don't know - but I let her go on for a few second until she had driven herself into a saliva spewing frenzy and calmly said, "it's OK, I planted two trees and changed my lightbulbs to CFLs to offset my carbon footprint."  She was still pissed, but what could she say since I turned her argument against her.

Then there was the guy that practically burst into tears when I pointed out to him that my brand new Ford Explorer actually got better gas mileage than his 1988 busted assed Taurus.

Gotta love 'em.

HA! I didn't know there was another place here in the US that was Boulders "twin!" Your response to the lady was hilarious! Back in High School I made the mistake of switching to a school in Boulder and it was absolutely terrible! Me, and the 4 other people from outside of Boulder felt so attacked and couldn't stand the hippie nonsense, that we designated our cars as "Boulder Free Zones" lol Every break we'd rush to one of our cars and sit and vent about the absolute rubbish we'd witnessed the previous period!

Plus, in high school, I drove a 1968 Camaro SS that my father and I put countless hours into. It had a 427ci, with an 8-71 blower and straight pipe exhaust, it accomplished an astonishing 6mpg! lol Needless to say my car didn't fit in, and I got in sooo many fights with the hippies. I used to drive by the smoking section of my school and do a MASSIVE burn-out just to watch the hippies scream. I'm not sure why every hippie at that school smoked but, they actually complained to the dean of the school and said "Something needs to be done with Jordan! He's doing burn-outs in his car right in front of the smoking section! We don't want to breathe in that smoke! It's soo bad for us!" So, I got called into the deans office with the complainants and they said this so my retort was, " Wait a minute! It's ok for 98% of the school, including staff, to go to one section and smoke like chimneys yet if I do a burn out in that area that's not!?"  Awe the hypocrisy of them!  Anyway, good stories man! Needed a laugh.


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:36 AM

View PostColoradoParanormal, on 02 April 2012 - 04:02 PM, said:

lol for sure! Loved your "Free Tibet Volvo crowd"  comment! What's funny is I don't know if you've ever heard of Boulder Colorado? It has the saying of "20 square miles surrounded by reality." The city was founded by hippies and it's only degraded from there.... It truly is like driving into another world and they all have the Free Tibet stickers and green peace etc etc, They are actually rude if you're not driving a Subaru outback, Prius or Volvo lol

I had to travel down there yesterday and had an old woman dressed in the a-typical hemp clothing, with dreads, roll her window down and whilst shaking her head, screamed "You know how much good you could have done with ALL the money you wasted on that gas guzzling black cockmobile you arrogant b******?!?! IT'S BECAUSE OF A***HOLES LIKE YOU GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING MOTHER EARTH!" (referring to my Gallardo) I turned and laughed at her and said  'Excuse me for doing something nice for myself, I've spent my entire grown life after highschool in the military sacrificing and laying my life on the line for the pedantic ramlbings of an ungrateful, imbecilic and asinine person such as you! And on top of that, I give a large amount of money to different charities each month, probably more than you make in a year!"  

Needless to say, she got a stricken look on her face and flipped a u-turn. lol And again, I've lost my faith in humanity and question my career choice..... :blush:

This is too funny. I too feel the same way. I live in boulder-south (just north of Atlanta, GA) lol. For years the county I live in was all white and coming from the north, I found that the native folk here were a bit racist. It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of people in this day and age. Needless to say, things have changed in this county, but there are still a few holdouts from a more "simple" time. I would hazard a guess that no matter where you go in this world, you will find some degree of stupidity. Fortunately, the people who served this country, including myself, have learned that it isn't the color of your skin, or the clothes you wear, or even the car you drive that make you ignorant. Its the intolerance for those who love the freedom they were  born with in this great country. Unfortunately, even the intolerant idiots have their 1st amendment rights...lol. thanks for the laugh, and thank you for your service.

As far as lasers on ships.... great!!!! its about damn time. Wouldn't hurt to put them on the Air Force planes as well... just saying....lol


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:21 PM

View PostTattooMan, on 03 April 2012 - 02:36 AM, said:

This is too funny. I too feel the same way. I live in boulder-south (just north of Atlanta, GA) lol. For years the county I live in was all white and coming from the north, I found that the native folk here were a bit racist. It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of people in this day and age. Needless to say, things have changed in this county, but there are still a few holdouts from a more "simple" time. I would hazard a guess that no matter where you go in this world, you will find some degree of stupidity. Fortunately, the people who served this country, including myself, have learned that it isn't the color of your skin, or the clothes you wear, or even the car you drive that make you ignorant. Its the intolerance for those who love the freedom they were  born with in this great country. Unfortunately, even the intolerant idiots have their 1st amendment rights...lol. thanks for the laugh, and thank you for your service.

As far as lasers on ships.... great!!!! its about damn time. Wouldn't hurt to put them on the Air Force planes as well... just saying....lol

lol That's crazy, never knew there was so many different crazy places to live lol! You are a military man as well? What branch???


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:56 PM

View PostColoradoParanormal, on 03 April 2012 - 04:21 PM, said:

lol That's crazy, never knew there was so many different crazy places to live lol! You are a military man as well? What branch???

Air Force.... I've been to a lot of crazy places, believe me. But, I believe ignorance is pretty much wide-spread. Some places are worse than others and in different ways. I always tell everyone, I can deal with a little BS, but I have no tolerance for stupidity....lol. lucky me.... i,m a member of the dumbest species on earth....lmao.


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:22 AM

View PostTattooMan, on 03 April 2012 - 08:56 PM, said:

Air Force.... I've been to a lot of crazy places, believe me. But, I believe ignorance is pretty much wide-spread. Some places are worse than others and in different ways. I always tell everyone, I can deal with a little BS, but I have no tolerance for stupidity....lol. lucky me.... i,m a member of the dumbest species on earth....lmao.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:34 AM

kewl now we can start another war! T.T


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 01:56 PM

These have actually been around for a while now in testing.  I saw a video years ago of a lazer shooting down a target drone with the intention of making it some sort of anti-missile weapon.  They are really expensive to make, but as they don't use ammo the pay for themselves eventually.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:55 PM

I imagine these have been chosen as naval weapons as they will need considerable electrical power to work?

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:21 PM

I remember reading years ago that LASER weapons could be thwarted by mirroring the surfaces of ships, rockets, etc. Or in the case of a rocket, making it spin to attenuate the heat produced by the LASER. Since light colors reflect light and dark colors absorb light, it might only take painting something stark bright white to offer some protection against such weapons, but I may be way off base here not knowing current technology.


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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:20 AM

All this about Laser cannons and what not. Yet how much time and/or effort is put in to a stable future?

Im no expert but there are still people out there with no clothes, no food, no fresh clean water and are rather sick to boot.

Instead of making and discovering new ways to blow each other up. Why not put more resources into finding a new form of energy and ending the pain and suffering in 3rd world countries as well as putting real effort into sorting out the the financial, no job etc etc. aka recession. Im sure a few of you are aware of Irelands situation.

Anyway, things will never change.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:26 PM

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I find it interesting how much prospect of future weapons we have but no prospect of feeding everyone. how about 0 weapons till every man , woman and child is clothed, educated and provided for?

i gotta laugh at people who think like this. without said weapons/defense whats to stop someone else from taking your food and clothing and homes, etc (sure, the US is a bit overboard on this point), but the point still stands. besides - without a little threat of death from your neighbours/surroundings, we'd still be living in caves/huts. better money spent on this then having tech. development stagnate more then it already is...


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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:01 PM

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I remember reading years ago that LASER weapons could be thwarted by mirroring the surfaces of ships, rockets, etc. Or in the case of a rocket, making it spin to attenuate the heat produced by the LASER. Since light colors reflect light and dark colors absorb light, it might only take painting something stark bright white to offer some protection against such weapons, but I may be way off base here not knowing current technology.

The mirroring would have to be tailored to the wavelength of the laser itself.

Each "layer" in a surface essentially has a certain reflection and transmission coefficient. A certain amount of light will be reflected, and the rest will penetrate through it. In terms of mirrors you and I use, the reflection coefficient is quite large, meaning that almost all of the light is reflected by the first few layers in the mirror. The reflection and transmission coefficients, however, are dependent on the wavelengths of the light, meaning that certain wavelengths of light may be highly reflected, but others aren't. The mirrors we use are highly reflective for visible light, but not necessarily so for other parts of the spectrum.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:04 AM

View PostHybrid89, on 14 April 2012 - 10:20 AM, said:

All this about Laser cannons and what not. Yet how much time and/or effort is put in to a stable future?

Im no expert but there are still people out there with no clothes, no food, no fresh clean water and are rather sick to boot.

Instead of making and discovering new ways to blow each other up. Why not put more resources into finding a new form of energy and ending the pain and suffering in 3rd world countries as well as putting real effort into sorting out the the financial, no job etc etc. aka recession. Im sure a few of you are aware of Irelands situation.

Anyway, things will never change.
Hybrid89 I don't mean to sound as though I'm preaching to you but some things just have to be said.  It's human nature that causes those needs to be left unmet.  The truth is that we live in a world where if you aren't able to defend yourself and those you love there are plenty of people who will gladly kill you for what you have or just because you don't pray to their god.
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