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January 23[edit]

How to find private persons in other countries?[edit]

I want to find a specific person in China. Have this information name: XXXXXX Born: XXXXXX Lives in: XXXXXXXXXXX, XXXXXXXXXX, XXXXXXXXXXX. What do i do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 46.194.128.229 (talk) 00:37, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

I have removed the personal information you posted. I do not believe you should post personal information about private individuals on Wikipedia without their permission. Richard-of-Earth (talk) 06:47, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
International directory assistance from Sweden is 118 118.--Shantavira|feed me 08:46, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

BUS 80 and I-80 sign replacement[edit]

Our article said the actual sign change on BUS 80 in Sacramento and I-80 to replaced the deleted I-880 is November 1983. I am confused is it 1983 or 1982, I tried to find a reliable source for November 1983 but it is unsourced. Interstate-Guide said the sign creation is 1982. Which one is more accurate 1982 or 1983?? I know that 1981 was the year it changed legislately only, when I emailed Daniel Faign and Cameroon Kaiser they taught me 1981 is when BUS 80 and I-80 to deleted I-880 was changed legislatively by documentary in 1981 which is not actually signed in reality. To actually signed can't even occur with next few weeks or few months, first they need to get the money, then engineers have to draw inspections to measure how many overhead signs they need to replace so CAD can make the signs. Not only that, it may take few years if the soonest before Caltrans can actually do the sign replacement.--69.226.44.206 (talk) 00:58, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

I'm guessing that English isn't your first language. If you can write the question in your native language, maybe we can translate it into English so it makes more sense. The confusing part, for me, is that you are talking about the 1980's like they are in the future, not the past.
If I understand your question correctly, it may well have taken years to complete the changeover, so each year might be partly correct. StuRat (talk) 03:14, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

looking for a open minded forum for discussion[edit]

Please identify the GPS device[edit]

can someone please tell me which device is this, I am doing research work on gps and their technology,but little knowledge on device type and any other information in tis domain would be helpful http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/10/warrant-required-gps-trackers/ thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by 117.220.67.205 (talk) 13:20, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

We have an article on GPS tracking unit, but I don't know which models the police use. If you are thinking of the "Starchase" device, then their website is here. Dbfirs 14:21, 23 January 2014 (UTC) Dbfirs 13:50, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
If you're talking about the specific GPS tracking unit shown in the photo, using info found there easily finds more details. In particular, a search for 'california gps tracker found' should lead to this story [1] which says it's probably a 'Sendum PT200 GPS tracker' with a custom (Revanche) battery. Besides some Sendum devices, the battery apparently works with some Nextel so it's possible some of those are used as well. Nil Einne (talk) 14:39, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Artemis[edit]

Did Mary, the mother of Jesus, ever worship or have statues of Artemis in her home?50.55.80.91 (talk) 17:53, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

Artemis is only mentioned in the Bible in Act 19, a story about Paul in Ephesus. Rmhermen (talk) 18:40, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
Assuming that Mary was a historical person and not a fictional character, we will never know anything about her for sure, since nothing written about her in the Bible or other Christian scriptures can be verified by other sources. Marco polo (talk) 20:08, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
If Mary is a fictional character then does that mean Jesus is a fictional character too? 202.177.218.59 (talk) 03:01, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
See historicity of Jesus Christ. Dismas|(talk) 03:19, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

It is extremely unlikely,given that we rely on the Biblical presentation of her as being Jewish(attending the temple,having the baby Jesus circumcised,taking him to Jerusalem for the Passover) that she would have had a pagan statue in her house or taken to worshipping it-being that those are the first two of the Ten Commandments. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.32.213.216 (talk) 04:39, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Also, according to at least Catholic dogma, not only was she the only non-divine human born without original sin (hence the Immaculate Conception), but she also never committed a sin post-birth (and worshipping false gods would definitely have qualified). -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 12:56, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
That conception still counts as adultery in my book. Of course, there are mitigating factors. InedibleHulk (talk) 20:06, January 25, 2014 (UTC)
The Ten Commandments apply to humans, not to God. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 01:08, 26 January 2014 (UTC)
The virgin birth of Jesus, I mean. InedibleHulk (talk) 20:10, January 25, 2014 (UTC)

Panning for gold in Suriname and Guyana[edit]

This short video was interesting and raised few questions for me. video

It looks like panning for gold along that river yields a lot of nuggets. A week of prospecting brings in about 10 ounces according to the article. If the manual haul is that much then I can only imagine what industrial mining would extract. So why haven't big mining companies taken over all those claims? Also if gold was around 1600 at the time of that video, then why are the miners only getting 25 dollars? Like 1-2%.

Gullabile (talk) 19:03, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

1) I'm skeptical that they normally find that much. That was probably a record week or something like that.
2) The "miners" probably don't own the land, and hence the gold, but are only hired to work there. The low amount they pay the workers is why it's cheaper than bringing in engineers and mining equipment. It may take longer to extract the gold this way, but at a lower total cost.
3) Gold nuggets in those places are worth less than refined gold in Europe, say, since they still have to be refined, shipped with security, distributed, etc. Taxes and bribes may need to be paid to get them out of those nations. Only getting cents on the dollar is also the case for other African resources, like coffee and cocoa.
4) And the miners, even if they do own the gold, have very little bargaining power individually. Compare to what you could get for gold at a WE BUY GOLD corner store, and it's pennies on the dollar, too. StuRat (talk) 20:25, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
Suriname and Guyana are neighbouring countries in South America, Stu. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 23:58, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
Oops. Since I'm an American, I've never had a geography class. We apparently need to have wars in those two nations, so I can find out where they are. :-) StuRat (talk) 03:08, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
I hear they have weapons of mass bananafication. Clarityfiend (talk) 03:57, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Nuggets, especially larger ones, generally bring a premium over gold value (with the exception of Dahlonega gold, most American gold is only 18K or so, and the rest mainly silver, Dahlonega gold is 23 to 24K gold) -- fakers of pre-Columbian gold objects tend to make then the wrong alloy. Most gold is not found as discrete nuggets but as "dust" or small particles. And why in the world would anyone sell gold to a person at a kiosk in a shopping mall? Collect (talk) 16:31, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Obama care[edit]

is income the only basis for the healthcare subsidy or does cash and assets affect it also — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.178.85.95 (talk) 20:41, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

In the UK, cash and assets (over a modest level) do preclude subsidy for prescription, optician & dental charges, but I assume from your heading that you are asking about the USA. Dbfirs 13:06, 24 January 2014 (UTC)