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The UK and New Zealand recognise Great Apes as non-human individuals / persons; see 174 page in Kolber (2001). Medical experimentation on them is banned.
Kolber, A.J. 2001. Standing Upright: The Moral and Legal Standing of Humans and Other Apes. Stanford Law Review 54, 164–204.
Great Britain and New Zealand already recognise Great Apes as persons e.g. New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act of 1999. Accordingly, experiments on Great Apes is banned in these countries.
"As indicated above, some countries, including Great Britain and New Zealand have already enacted strong protections for great apes that are geared
toward apes as individuals." Kober (2001)
Kolber, A.J. 2001. Standing Upright: The Moral and Legal Standing of Humans and Other Apes. Stanford Law Review, Vol. 54, p. 163 to 204.
The argument primatologists are putting forwards, Jane Goodall for example, is that Chimpanzees and other Great Apes should be accorded at least some rights of personhood, similar to the rights accorded to young children and the mentally disabled, which they cognitively exceed e.g. self awareness, empathy, complex planning, theory of mind etc.
Kolber, A.J. 2001. Standing Upright: The Moral and Legal Standing of Humans and Other Apes, Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network. Stanford Law Review, Vol. 54, p. 163. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=675851
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"A small number of epidemiological studies that have found a dose-response relationship between lead exposure in childhood and self-reported and officially recorded criminal offences in young adulthood; and evidence for the biological plausibility of a causal relationship."
Hall, W., 2013. Did the elimination of lead from petrol reduce crime in the USA in the 1990s? F1000Research 2013, 2:156 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.2-156.v2)
Since the notorious Rosenhan experiment experiment, the diagnosis of mental illness and neurological conditions has vastly improved, your complaint pertains to the 1973 not today. That experiment was one of the reasons why the DSM was developed, that aims to rigorously categorises the symptoms of psychological and neurological conditions.
Admittedly, the DSM still relies on a symptom check list not objective tests but there are exciting recent developments where fMRI, EEG and genetics are beginning to aid diagnosis rather then subjective judgement alone.
Mental illnesses will be routinely diagnosed with the aid of medical scanning eventually.
Duffy, F.H. & Als, H., 2012. A stable pattern of EEG spectral coherence distinguishes children with autism from neuro-typical controls - a large case control study. BMC Medicine, 10, 64.
Funai, A., Bharadwaj, H. & Grissom, W., 2009. Final Report: Improved Discrimination of Asperger Patients using fMRI and Machine Learning.
Nieuwenhuis, M., van Haren, N.E.M., Hulshoff Pol, H.E., Cahn, W., Kahn, R.S. & Schnack, H.G., 2012. Classification of schizophrenia patients and healthy controls from structural MRI scans in two large independent samples. NeuroImage, 61, 606–612.
Schnack, H.G., Nieuwenhuis, M., van Haren, N.E.M., Abramovic, L., Scheewe, T.W., Brouwer, R.M., Hulshoff Pol, H.E. & Kahn, R.S., 2014. Can structural MRI aid in clinical classification? A machine learning study in two independent samples of patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and healthy subjects. NeuroImage, 84, 299
No, Georg Lukas didn't blame Oracle, in his own words...
"The change from the strong OpenSSL cipher list to a hardcoded one starting with weak ciphers is either a sign of horrible ignorance, security incompetence or a clever disguise for an NSA-influenced manipulation - you decide!
Java 1.4 uses RFC 2246, which came out in 1999 and uses weak older ciphers that were approved for export during a time when the US restricted the export of strong encryption. It is about the weakest standard that anyone at Oracle or Google could find.
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That's rubbish, if they were exposed to excess radiation from accidents that are covered up, nuclear workers in the US would have increased rates of cancer. They don't (Boice et al, 2011).
The overall health of nuclear workers is better than the national average. They have over all, a lower incidence of all cancers and non-cancer illnesses. Only after adjusting carefully for lifestyle factors and closely examining the health rerecords of 100s of thousands of international workers, some of whom worked in the 1950-70s and were exposed to higher levels of radiation in accidents (e.g. some UK Sellafield nuclear workers in the 50-60s were exposed to high level radiation in accidents)
Importantly, the average radiation exposure for nuclear workers has fallen considerably in the last two decades, safety standards are now so strict almost no worker gets more than 10 millisieverts per year (1/10th the dose where any effect is seen). Their average dose of nuclear workers is barely higher then the general public (who by virtue of greater ill health are exposed to more radiation from medical examinations and therapy).
As such, it was noted epidemiologist John D. Boice, that modern nuclear workers are now little use in examining the theoretical relationship between radiation dose and cancer risk, their radiation exposure is now far too small (Boice 2010).
I admit this may change with Fukushima. But my main point is, a nominally operating nuclear industry poses no risk to workers or the general public and there's no cover-up going on.
Boice Jr, J.D., Cohen, S.S., Mumma, M.T., Ellis, E.D., Eckerman, K.F., Leggett, R.W., Boecker, B.B., Brill, A.B. & Henderson, B.E., 2011. Updated Mortality Analysis of Radiation Workers at Rocketdyne (Atomics International), 1948-2008. Radiation Research,.
"All cancers taken together (SMR 0.93; 95% CI 0.84–1.02) and all leukemia excluding chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) (SMR 1.21; 95% CI 0.69–1.97) were not significantly elevated." and "Radiation exposure has not caused a detectable increase in cancer deaths in this population, but results are limited by small numbers and relatively low career doses."
Boice, J.D., 2010. Uncertainties in studies of low statistical power. Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection, 30, 115–120.
They only looked at the length of applause involving groups of 13 to 20 undergraduate and postgraduate students. This is a special case.
During my time as a postgraduate student I gave many good presentations, but my 1th year presentations were abdominal, I was under prepared and inexperienced, as were many fellow students. People clapped at the end of my terrible talks as long as any other talk as they just wanted to encourage me. It's common for students to suffer a lack of confidence at the early stage of their studies. The audience knows this, especially one composed of fellow students. I can't imagine students singling out a student for a brief slow-hand clap for a poor presentation.
The situation is entirely different at large conferences where speakers and audience members are unrelated. For example, at big conference about meteorites some years ago, the length of applause appeared to be strongly correlated with the quality of a speaker's presentation, one speaker got no applause at all. And there was no kindness given to anxious postgraduate students. I well remember one student's presentation regarding the temperature of formation of Allan Hills 84001. As soon as his talk ended, there was some brief subdued applause, then a scientist immediately leapt up and climbed over 15 rows of seats to the overhead projector. He took the student's slide off the projector and put up his own, then wagged his finger a the student telling him he was wrong and why. The student was nearly in tears. This is completely different from the group of students who are likely to be kind to each other.
Here's a paper that explains why studying "Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) societies" (i.e. university students) is not good practice...
Henrich, J. Heine, S.J., & Norenzayan, A. (2010). The weirdest people in the world? (free access). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(2-3), 61-83. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X0999152X
85% of autistic people are unemployed, though most are willing and able to work.
There are quite similar to the depressions in Moreux Crater (image PSP_010695_2225 ; 42 degrees N / 44.6 degrees E). They might be Kettle Holes, formed when a retreating ice sheet or glacial flood leaves behind huge chunks of debris rich ice that later melts (or sublimates) creating distinctive hollows in glacial sediment.
Drugs are not legal in Portugal, they are decriminalised. Possession of less than 10 days supply (personal use) is a misdemeanor, involves a small fine and drug rehab. Offenders, young, first time, may have all record of their drug possession expunged after a few years, so it does not effect job prospects. The focus is on treatment not criminal prosecution. However, if you have more than 10 days supply you're deemed a dealer and treated as a criminal. Overall, decriminalisation has been a success, it has not resulted the fall of Portuguese society as some shrill conservatives claimed. Though, there are worries that the gains made in the last decade might slip given Portugal's dire economic situation, which has resulted in cuts to the heath budget.