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by iop
Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google discontinuing support for old browsers
Replies: 259
Views: 22170

Re: Google discontinuing support for old browsers

Hell, I consider myself decently computer savvy, and I still have to take a moment to find things in the new Microsoft word menu system every so often. Multiply that time by how long it takes someone not-very-computer-savvy to find anything in the "ribbon" system, and then multiply that b...
by iop
Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rise in anti-Hookah legislation
Replies: 40
Views: 4466

Re: Rise in anti-Hookah legislation

it makes fiscal sense to encourage people to smoke, since their lifetime health costs are lower (as they die sooner). Not really (pdf is free btw). Though it may be interesting to check whether the increased tax revenue from smokers outweighs the social costs - though given tax-deductible health ex...
by iop
Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rise in anti-Hookah legislation
Replies: 40
Views: 4466

Re: Rise in anti-Hookah legislation

Time is a commodity; health is a commodity. The question is whether we're honest about that and let people trade what they want to trade, or whether we're dishonest about it. I strongly prefer honesty, since that generally results in better information. If hookahs increase the chance of lung cancer...
by iop
Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Male Birth Control Method
Replies: 50
Views: 6665

Re: New Male Birth Control Method

KestrelLowing wrote: little concerning. I guess I'd be worried about long term use if they don't actually know what's going on.

In much of modern medicine (at least when it involves drug treatments), we don't actually know what is going on, just that it works.
by iop
Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 13840

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

No one can control a government via copyright - copyright is something that is guaranteed by a government. The companies do have control via intellectual property, i.e. by being able to produce large quantities of high-quality seeds without telling everybody the details. But that is also true for n...
by iop
Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 13840

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

Sure there are some minor risks associated with genetically modified foods, but anybody who doesn't realize that they are so far outweighed by the lives of 3 billion people is an idiot. This kind of thinking from Agribusiness, together with their stupid idea to market GM foods as totally revolution...
by iop
Sat May 28, 2011 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: USA PATRIOT Act renewed
Replies: 63
Views: 6205

Re: USA PATRIOT Act renewed

This annoys me. The fact that Obama (who was very much against the patriot act in his campaign) is willing to extend it suggests that he's doing so because it's working, but if that were the case it would be nice to get some sort of confirmation to that effect. It may also suggest that Obama wants ...
by iop
Sat May 28, 2011 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: USA PATRIOT Act renewed
Replies: 63
Views: 6205

Re: USA PATRIOT Act renewed

This annoys me. The fact that Obama (who was very much against the patriot act in his campaign) is willing to extend it suggests that he's doing so because it's working, but if that were the case it would be nice to get some sort of confirmation to that effect. It may also suggest that Obama wants ...
by iop
Sat May 28, 2011 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: USA PATRIOT Act renewed
Replies: 63
Views: 6205

Re: USA PATRIOT Act renewed

This annoys me. The fact that Obama (who was very much against the patriot act in his campaign) is willing to extend it suggests that he's doing so because it's working, but if that were the case it would be nice to get some sort of confirmation to that effect. It may also suggest that Obama wants ...
by iop
Wed May 25, 2011 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Missing Mass" in filaments identified by undergrad
Replies: 19
Views: 3660

Re: "Missing Mass" in filaments identified by undergrad

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_filament Why wouldn't the mass of the universe be in the areas where mass exists? I don't quite understand? Also: published on arXiv. aka: awaiting peer review, yes? The paper has been accepted to MNRAS, one of the top astronomy journals, but hasn't yet been publ...
by iop
Mon May 23, 2011 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old
Replies: 71
Views: 6662

Re: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old

Again, this is what I've been told. I'm in no way a theologian, and I could br wrong, but this is what I've been led to understand about the radicalized teachings of many Imams... Seriously? Ok, maybe some are teaching this now. I'd venture that it's the US support of dictators, who in turn suppres...
by iop
Mon May 23, 2011 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old
Replies: 71
Views: 6662

Re: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old

over 90%[/url] of terrorist deaths in Europe in the past decade were caused by Muslim terrorists. It's just a pity the separatists and environmentalists in Europe are scaring (or trying to scare) people without causing deaths. Also, good job on looking at the last decade, when Muslim terrorists man...
by iop
Mon May 16, 2011 3:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14398

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

The worst off are the ones that own a house in an area where lots of people have been laid off - they can't find work, and they can't sell their house, and they can't pay their mortgage. Fun times. Which, of course, calls into question the logic behind helping people leverage their life savings for...
by iop
Mon May 16, 2011 1:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14398

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

Like medical care when emergencies strike. Or that education that you want them to have so badly. I'll assume that you would consider it an extension of your argument that poor people should realize that they can't afford to have children. My argument is that poverty isn't supposed to be sustainabl...
by iop
Sun May 15, 2011 4:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14398

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

Can't we scientifically and mathematically verify whether those assumptions are reasonable? My understanding of the problem is that almost all economic studies are observational, meaning they can really only identify correlations. And even those are rarely clear, both because of methodological prob...
by iop
Sat May 14, 2011 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mike Huckabee Teaches American History
Replies: 78
Views: 7390

Re: Mike Huckabee Teaches American History

He is officially revoked from the position of Secretary of Not Acting Like Fucking Kindergarteners. We need a new candidate now. Aw, come on. Huckabee is the only candidate I've ever seen speak in person when he gave his speech at the synagogue down the street, and he was really funny. And that's w...
by iop
Fri May 13, 2011 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Facebook's undercover smear campaign against Google
Replies: 30
Views: 3336

Re: Facebook's undercover smear campaign against Google

It may make sense in a economics-theory sort of way, but theory only goes so far. Their execution was to accuse Google of doing what Facebook already does. Moreover they accused Google of making use of the data that Facebook makes public with little to no (effective) protections against that data b...
by iop
Fri May 13, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mike Huckabee Teaches American History
Replies: 78
Views: 7390

Re: Mike Huckabee Teaches American History

He is officially revoked from the position of Secretary of Not Acting Like Fucking Kindergarteners. We need a new candidate now. Aw, come on. Huckabee is the only candidate I've ever seen speak in person when he gave his speech at the synagogue down the street, and he was really funny. And that's w...
by iop
Wed May 11, 2011 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lactose digestion, use it or lose it?
Replies: 3
Views: 1535

Re: Lactose digestion, use it or lose it?

I haven't drunk unfermented milk products in ages and recently developed quite some bad gas. How long do you think it would take in between milk consumption before one would lose their ability to digest lactose? As was mentioned above, the ability to digest lactose is genetic. However, your GI bact...
by iop
Wed May 11, 2011 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns
Replies: 83
Views: 6581

Re: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns

This bill does not stop doctors from asking. It prohibits them from recording that information in a person's medical file because, guess what?, it's not medically relevant! It also prohibits doctors from dropping the patient for refusing to answer, once again, a non-medically related question! Doct...
by iop
Wed May 11, 2011 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns
Replies: 83
Views: 6581

Re: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns

Doctors are health experts, not safety experts. Advice on guns, water safety, fire, etc... is all a nice touch, but all totally inconsequential to someone's treatment. I'll take the doctor's advice when it comes to health and medicine. I'll defer to other experts on other subjects, and I'll questio...
by iop
Wed May 11, 2011 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns
Replies: 83
Views: 6581

Re: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns

When Florida doctors can get their shit together and stop discriminating against their patients, then maybe bills like this would never be considered. Overreaction much? I.e. because people cannot get their shit together and complain through the existing channels - for example, they might complain ...
by iop
Tue May 10, 2011 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns
Replies: 83
Views: 6581

Re: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns

my only issue with gun safety specifically is that doctors would know a lot about safe sex practices given that they are doctors. There is no reason to think that a doctor would know much about gun safety themselves. So while I have nothing wrong with the the principle of an adult telling a kid how...
by iop
Tue May 10, 2011 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns
Replies: 83
Views: 6581

Re: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns

I don't remember much about pediatricians at all, since I seem to have consigned most of my childhood to a misty vagueness. To be clear, I don't have a problem with gun-owners who have children and teach them respect for weaponry the same way they teach respect for large dogs. But I don't see pedia...
by iop
Tue May 10, 2011 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns
Replies: 83
Views: 6581

Re: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns

Basically(and perhaps because I had good parents) I don't see a doctor's job as including safety about everyday life. So doctors should not inform parents that it's advisable to have kid sleep on their back? Not sure whether you're a parent yourself, but let me tell you: there's plenty of things th...
by iop
Fri May 06, 2011 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections
Replies: 46
Views: 5172

Re: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections

When the financial sector blew up, it hurt everyone. But larger countries had more diverse economies, and a larger population with a broader base allows for easier borrowing and deby conditions. By contrast, these too-cute-by-half countries don't have anything to fall back on, and there has been an...
by iop
Tue May 03, 2011 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Osama bin Laden is Dead
Replies: 952
Views: 86050

Re: Osama bin Laden is Dead

Here's a link to video of Jay Carney confirming that OBL was unarmed. On orders of the president, a small U.S. team assaulted a secure compound in an affluent suburb of Islamabad to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. This still leaves me a bit curious as to why we did the latter, and not the former, ...
by iop
Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Union shenanigans - Police edition
Replies: 99
Views: 6176

Re: Union shenanigans - Police edition

They aren't upset that the chief made an arrest while off-duty. If he just happened to be shopping at the mall and busted someone, no problem. Their issue is that he was actively patrolling while off-duty. Not that he saw a crime happening, but that he actively sought one out. Yep. And that's the s...
by iop
Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I need a computational chemistry paper.
Replies: 6
Views: 1004

Re: I need a computational chemistry paper.

Why don't you just email the corresponding author? They're allowed to send you reprints/pdfs, and will normally do so gladly, especially if you tell them why you like their paper so much.
by iop
Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bio question
Replies: 22
Views: 2531

Re: Bio question

So theoretically we could have a vaccine against all diseases? Depends a little on your definition of diseases, but in principle, everything disease that changes the antigens presented by affected cells could be treated with vaccines (which includes many types of cancer). Often, you may be able to ...
by iop
Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are Unions Still Relevant?
Replies: 129
Views: 15149

Re: Are Unions Still Relevant?

Ignored? No, the UAW has been consistently given as an example of a too powerful union. The teamsters of the 60s is another example. The construction union in NYC is too powerful I think; if a union exists across an entire industry rather than just a company, it's too powerful. If unions like the U...
by iop
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The most uncounted cost of Endless War
Replies: 48
Views: 4737

Re: The most uncounted cost of Endless War

A statement of opinion is always protected speech. A person should never suffer consequences at the hands of government based on the content of an opinion. The government has the ability to restrict the medium or venue in which opinions can be expressed, but never the actual opinion. In other words...
by iop
Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The most uncounted cost of Endless War
Replies: 48
Views: 4737

Re: The most uncounted cost of Endless War

And sexual harassment?
by iop
Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The most uncounted cost of Endless War
Replies: 48
Views: 4737

Re: The most uncounted cost of Endless War

The fallacy I think you're making is to assume that the truth is an absolutely known thing at right this moment, it's not, being able to freely exchange ideas is how we discover the truth. Even if it is distasteful or uncomfortable. Outlawing speech means certain conversation aren't possible, you c...
by iop
Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The most uncounted cost of Endless War
Replies: 48
Views: 4737

Re: The most uncounted cost of Endless War

I don't trust my fellow Americans to show reasonable restraint Neither do I. [edit] More seriously, I think this assertion is somewhat silly coming from someone living in a "republic" - if you don't trust your fellow citizens to show restraint in making laws, why have those same citizens ...
by iop
Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The most uncounted cost of Endless War
Replies: 48
Views: 4737

Re: The most uncounted cost of Endless War

hanecter wrote:Except for the Holocaust deniers and flag burners who are in prison in Europe...

Flag burner? I only know about holocaust deniers that went to prison. But anyway, that's due to laws that are stricter in Europe.

It is due to society's stricter rules that you get fired for swearing in the US.
by iop
Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The most uncounted cost of Endless War
Replies: 48
Views: 4737

Re: The most uncounted cost of Endless War

We Americans don't seek to stifle unreasonable speech because someday it could be our speech that is deemed unreasonable. Interestingly, neither do European countries seek to stifle unreasonable speech. Also, I always find it impressive how much more society stifles speech in the US than it does in...
by iop
Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6731

Re: The Price of Taxing the Rich

I still don't understand why I'd take a $x job over a $1.05x job just because the $1.05x job is in a higher bracket. I still make more money with the latter. If the post tax income of $x is $.9x and of $1.05x is $.93x and I decide to increase the higher tax bracket so no $x still earns $.90x while ...
by iop
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6731

Re: The Price of Taxing the Rich

You understand how tax brackets work, right? Yes. I understand that any income earned under each bracket is charge only under that bracket, even if you make more. That is irrelevant to my point, I am not claiming that earning more income could ever put you under a higher tax bracket so you actually...
by iop
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6731

Re: The Price of Taxing the Rich

I used to be a firm believer in steep progressive taxation and a "share the wealth" mentality. Recently I've been reevaluating that position, and I'm starting to think a flat tax rate might draw much more revenue from the population, not to mention dramatically simplify the tax code. A fl...

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