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Comment: Re:Well... (Score 2) 216

by Chris Mattern (#48915013) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Otherwise, that could seriously change "modern" warfare. "Umm, general, they seem to be using things made of rope, wood, and stone ... none of our technology seems to have any effect."

Heh. Have you read Poul Anderson's The High Crusade? A medieval English village beats a small extraterrestrial invasion force, in part because of just that.

Comment: Re:Cam-tastic (Score 2) 147

no, the problem is the pharmaceutical industry (in the case of opiates, which USED TO BE LEGAL

And when they were legal, the pharmaceutical industry sold them. Made a tidy amount of money at it, too. Why would they want to ban them?

the paper industry (WHICH USED TO BE MADE FROM HEMP)

Well, no, at least in the larger sense. There are a few isolated documented cases of making paper from hemp, but for the most part, mass production of paper has always been from wood pulp. I've heard that processing hemp into paper is actually more expensive than using wood pulp, but I can't verify that.

Comment: Re:People need advice more than information (Score 4, Insightful) 349

by Chris Mattern (#48898741) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

They're *getting* advice. That's the problem. They're getting *bad* advice, and they can't tell the difference.

How do they judge "much better product"? Is non-GMO "much better", in spite of the fact that extensive research hasn't turned up proof of *any* bad effects, and can provide effective nutritional advantages in many cases?

Comment: Re:Just Require an IQ Test (Score 2) 660

by Chris Mattern (#48884539) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Pneumonia is caused by bacteria, the flu by a virus.

Wow. Then I guess viral pneumonia is a myth.

"Pneumonia" is term used to describe a disease where the lungs start to fill with fluid. This can result from a wide range of causes, many of which are bacterial infections, but it can also be caused by viruses, fungi, parasites, or other causes.

Comment: Re:its a tough subject (Score 5, Informative) 660

by Chris Mattern (#48883981) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

*sigh* Every vaccination debate we get this ignorant argument. Vaccinations, like everything in life, aren't 100% guaranteed. They're very effective, but they don't *always* work. Also ,there are people who can't have a vaccine for legitimate reasons (often a compromised immune system). The people for whom the vaccine doesn't take, and the people who legitimately can't get vaccinated are protected if enough people *are* effectively vaccinated because there aren't enough viable carriers. This is called "herd immunity." That is why everyone who can be vaccinated needs to be vaccinated--not just for their own protection but the protection of others.

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