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    Quote Originally Posted by N/A View Post
    I watch "Seal Team" on TV. I usually like the show. Watching reruns now...they just ran the one where the ex-SEAL shot himself because he couldn't get his TBI documented with the VA. According to the plot, the VA Doctor said he wasn't authorized to order an MRI that cost thousands of dollars.

    Now, I only deal with my VA clinic an hour away and the VA Medical Center 3 hours away, so I have no knowledge what goes on elsewhere. That being said, that part of the show was hog wash in my dealings with the VA.
    My primary care doctor has routinely ordered MRIs for this or that with no questions asked. Doctors at the med center routinely set MRI appointments when they deem it necessary. Never was it brought up about authorization or cost.
    I've never been refused an MRI, or any other test a doctor has ordered.


    The men fighting today face a different war than us old guys did. Our trouble with th VA was getting them to recognize Agent Orange exposure and PTSD.

    The trouble today's warriors might have is getting the VA to recognize TBIs as combat injuries that are service connected. But they certainly should have no trouble getting a VA doctor to run an MRI of their brain to see if they do have a TBI that needs to be treated.

    They may never be able to get it service connected, but they can be treated for it.

    But what do I know, I'm just an old man on the internet.
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    That's why I do like shows such as Seal Team and Blue Bloods. Not afraid to show religion and conservatism as part of the human experience.
    No enemy of America would have ever been killed if they didn't show up to be killed. HDR

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    Quote Originally Posted by N/A View Post
    That's why I do like shows such as Seal Team and Blue Bloods. Not afraid to show religion and conservatism as part of the human experience.
    I am used to them showing those things as part of the human experience. Just part of the human experience that should be avoided at all costs because of the intellectual and moral degradation they cause (according to Hollywood).
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    1. o>-
    2. o=[]=o

    This is an idea I've mulled around for several years.
    How to get a 3 foot actual size image of a 3 foot spot on the moon without using magnification. This is only a thought experiment.


    In pic #1, o>-, "o" is the moon, ">" is light rays, and "-" is a telescope.
    It represents the way light from the moon has to traveling at angles to the telescope and meet at a focal point to form the image of the moon.

    But light reflected from the moon doesn't just travel at angles, light rays also travel parallel to each other ....like this "=".

    Which brings us to pic #2, o=[], with "o" being the moon, "=" being parallel light rays off the moon, and "[]" being the subject of this thread.

    Lets designate [] as being a 3 foot diameter cylinder 3 foot long, made out of the darkest material we can device.
    Next, lets drill thousands/millions of parallel path holes the size of light waves thru the length of the cylinder, so that light waves can only enter and exit thusly ...=[]=.

    That way, only parallel light waves adjacent to each other from one 3 foot area could enter and leave the [].

    Point it at the moon, and only the light from a 3 foot spot on the moon, traveling parallel to each other and straight on aligned with the openings could get thru.

    Then, all we would see is the image of that 3 foot spot, without having to use magnification.

    o=[]=o

    Just a thought.
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    Because of all the "regolith" (grit & dust) on the lunar surface, I suspect that there is little, if any, light traveling from the Moon in straight, parallel lines. IF there are, what is the likelihood that the amount of light would be so low that the human eye is incapable of discerning it unaided.
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    I'd suggest you think a bit more about the direction light travels from any object.

    As for how faint the light might be, it doesn't have to looked at with the human eyes; it can fall on a screen that amplifies the faint light to a brighter image.
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