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Comment: Re:Mental decline in "Barb"/Tom = evident (Score 1) 37

by Reziac (#47933657) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

LOL! I don't think any amount of sex changing would turn some of these ...folks... into "real men" :D

You were Tom? [goes off, roots around] Well, you do sound different now... more relaxed. -- Long ago I had a TG friend whom I knew before, during, and after, and there was a personality transition.... to be expected, I think, under changing hormonal conditions. Ordinary biology. She had a sort of emotional crisis shortly after and I told her stop worrying, you're just going through puberty again. The light bulb went on and she was like "oh! then that's fine!"

But I'm glad you found yourself, that's what counts.

Not bothering to look at the alleged study, but I wonder if a combination of high estrogen and low cholesterol is the root of the issue; turns out high cholesterol in the elderly is protective against dementia.

Comment: And have to register as a sex offender (Score 1) 178

by tepples (#47932111) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

I don't want a cellphone.

Without a mobile phone, how would you go about reaching roadside assistance or emergency services?

Any shitty old mobile with no service plan will work to call 911

Normally I'd recommend a dumb phone, but HalAtWork refuses even this.

As for roadside assistance, just take off your pants and stand in traffic! Someone will stop sooner or later.

Like a police officer ready to stay you for indecent exposure. I would not find permanent sex offender status worth not carrying a phone.

Comment: Re:Why math? (Score 3, Insightful) 752

by Opportunist (#47928705) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Because ISIS doesn't give half a shit more about the Koran than the average politician over here does about the Bible. It's a tool to keep them in power and keep the sheep following them.

Why do you think people in the Middle East would be different from people in other parts of the world?

Comment: Re:Helps explain a few things ... (Score 1) 212

by Reziac (#47928699) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Undoing some mod points to reply here, but anyway...

Aside from how dogs have been selected to "read man" (see the results of testing police dogs, where it was found most were alerting not on drugs, but on handler expectations), a dog's nose can pick up even the slightest difference in a person's metabolism -- half a dozen molecules are sufficient for some dogs' noses to distinguish. In crude terms, when there's something "wrong" with the human's chemistry, which includes brain chemistry, they smell different from other folks (probably due to the metabolic byproducts being different). If that smells "wrong" to the dog, they're going to react against it, often with fear or aggression.

This is also why some assistance dogs alert to their owner's health status -- I know a guy whose dog goes nuts if he's starting a diabetic episode, and he's learned (the hard way) the dog is right even tho he hasn't any symptoms yet. He starts smelling wrong to her, so she throws a fit, and she notices well before the blood test does. (He's done multiple tests in a row to check against her reaction.)

Incidentally I have a dog who 'alerts' on certain abnormal personalities -- he's naturally trusting and loves everyone else, but acts like he wants to kill a very few individuals: One was a paranoid schizophrenic (among other symptoms, she heard voices and saw things that weren't there), another had bipolar disorder with severe anger issues, and so on. And this dog, who has an exceptional nose, visibly does the "take a sniff, then react" thing. I've learned that when this dog doesn't like someone, I had better pay attention, because he's always right.

[I'm a pro dog trainer with over 40 years experience. I notice these things.]

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