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  1. Stargazer

    Forget S.E.T.I. - We're the only ones here!

    Dyson didn't mean a rigid shell. He proposed a system of orbiting structures (which he referred to initially as a shell) designed to intercept and collect all energy produced by the Sun.
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    Stake disciplinary council

    Yep, I got that!
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    Stake disciplinary council

    Yes, the bishopric and the clerk. 4. Sisters wouldn't ordinarily be in a stake DC. Stake DC is only required if a member holding the Melchizedek priesthood might be excommunicated, because a bishop (Aaronic priesthood) cannot excommunicate a MP holder. I've never heard of a sister standing before a stake DC. I suppose it's possible but why?
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    Forget S.E.T.I. - We're the only ones here!

    Which was kind of disappointing, imho!
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    Nehor Rants About Online Dating

    @The Nehor, I really think you're going to need to take this more seriously than only going for localish ladies. You've gone well past the age where you're going to find the idealish woman right in your backyard -- unless the spirit is witnessing to you that the one you're looking for is about to become available, either by moving in nearby, or by recently shedding a jerk of a husband. And I kind of wonder if you're not being directed in the right path because you're taking it too casually? I don't want to judge your efforts, because I have no way to know anything about you beyond what you've posted here, so I'm just throwing it out there as a thought. But I kinda wasn't taking it very seriously to start with, myself, so perhaps that thought is inapplicable! I started my "quest" back in 2016 by just having in mind finding a nice pen pal or two, so I only contacted women or responded to those who were relatively far away. It didn't work, because someone who was the furthest away of them all decided I might just be "the one." And I was, apparently. So don't give up! My wife's daughter got married at 19 to a man who was older than you are now. They were married in the London Temple and now have 5 children. It will happen for you, man, just don't give up.
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    Nehor Rants About Online Dating

    I thought the thing about the extinct bee was pretty interesting, but when I looked it up for further information it turns out to be incorrect. In the northern part of its range the plant is preferentially self-polinating (in fact, the entire genus is preferentially self-pollinating), but in the southern part -- Italy and so on -- it mimics a female solitary bee that the males attempt to copulate with, and thus pollinates it. The bee (actually three different species are involved) is not extinct. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophrys_apifera
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    Thoughts on this?

    Nice double entendre there, SteveO!
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    Stake disciplinary council

    Since it wouldn't be correct for a bishop to excommunicate a holder of the Melchizedek priesthood, he might have been completely accurate in claiming he was a priest. Unless he was a deacon or a teacher.
  9. Stargazer

    Stake disciplinary council

    I was the clerk in such a DC. The sister in question had done something inappropriate as something like revenge on her husband, who had also done something inappropriate. He got a stake DC, since he could have been excommunicated (he wasn't) and her case was handled at the ward level. I honestly don't remember any longer what the precise outcome of both DCs (probation? disfellowshipment?), but I definitely remember her reaction to the ward DC. Since she and her husband had both come to the bishop to confess their problems, so as to start the process of getting straight with the Lord, this wasn't the kind of thing where was an adversarial atmosphere. There were tears, on all faces, but she seemed to be the happiest person in the room, and the fact that we were all men didn't seem to be a "thing" at all. I should mention that their marriage survived this little hiccup, and they are still going strong.
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    Stake disciplinary council

    Well, I have. Both as the presiding officer and as an observer (ward clerk). They have all been compassionate, loving and merciful. In every case (not that I was in a huge number) the person involved was grateful for the care and concern shown, regardless of the outcome. All of the ones I participated in had to do with law of chastity violations, FWIW, not apostasy.
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    Forget S.E.T.I. - We're the only ones here!

    SETI is merely the name of the effort or the organization pursuing it, the SETI Institute. It's not a particular device, although there is one radio telescope array owned by the SETI Institute, the Allen Telescope Array at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory. SETI work is carried on in many locations on the earth, anywhere there is a decent radio telescope. In fact, radio telescopes are constantly looking at radio sources (stars, nebulae, galaxies, etc) for the purpose of scientific research. The data from these observations are frequently shared with the SETI network -- which actually consists of computers (including home computers) that analyze the received signals looking for LGM. And every star and some planets (e.g. Jupiter) emit radio signals. It's just a question of whether the signals are from natural processes or artificial. So far, no radio source has been shown to be artificial, or been shown to have produced artificial signals. That's interesting, because I hadn't heard this, that only stars on the outside of a spiral arm can host life. You have a reference? I am aware that the region of space around our galaxy's central black hole is a very chaotic and deadly space. I think you are confusing Alpha Centauri with Proxima Centauri (also known as Alpha Centauri C). The Alpha Centauri star system actually consists of three stars, two of which, A and B, are gravitationally bound to each other (i.e. a double or binary star system), and C, which until 2017 was not certainly known to be gravitationally bound to the other two, but now has been confirmed to be. And you're right about Proxima Centauri, currently the closest star to the Sun. The habitability zone is too close to the star and the planet known to be there is tidally locked to its star. And then, too, α Cen C is a bit of a flare star and during its lifetime has probably stripped any vestiges of an atmosphere away from the planet. The other two stars, α Cen A and α Cen B, could very well have a planet or planets within their respective habitability zones; the stars are far enough apart that they could each host one or more habitable planets. And they are both of types that could easily provide good illumination to habitable planets. α Cen B has been shown to have one planet, orbiting closer to its sun than Mercury does to ours. It is considered possible that both stars could have other planets. The Wikipedia article on Alpha Centauri is quite fascinating. By the way, the Alpha Centauri system is not known to have a super-earth planet. Thanks for these!
  12. Stargazer

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    Oh please, NO!!!!
  13. Stargazer

    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    Yes, but when we get going we can sure generate a lot of text guessing or surmising about something we know little factually about. I don't know why I've been trying to follow this thread so closely. Perhaps I have a masochist streak I wasn't aware of...
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    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    I wish we had more choices that just the "Love" icon. Like the LOL one. Here you go:
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    Sam Young is Excommunicated

    And I expect that scurrilous persons will do scurrilous things.
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