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Comment: Pope Francis is pissing all over MY religion ! (Score 1) 893

by Jesrad (#48828895) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

It might sound fine to you but it's definitely not fine with me. By saying that one ought not to insult a religion, pope Francis denies me the right to practice my own religion, Discordianism, for which blaspheme, apostasy and heresy are actual religious duties.

He's denying me the right to practice my religion, and basically insults my most sacred beliefs, while denying everyone the right to insult religions in general. What an hypocrite.

So, yes, shupt the fuck up Francis, and go fuck your mother.

Comment: Biased Institutions FTW (Score 5, Insightful) 783

by Jesrad (#48828475) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

"I think what CPS considered neglect, we felt was an essential part of growing up and maturing," says Alexander. "We feel we're being bullied into a point of view about child-rearing that we strongly disagree with."

The "child protection" services have all the apparent responsibilities of caring, without having to pay the price for the efforts they demand. That's why they are intrinsically biased in favor of perpertually inflating the needs of childs and the duties of caretakers... to the point of ridiculous extremes.

Comment: Study debunks nothing at all, move along (Score 4, Interesting) 19

by Jesrad (#48763235) Attached to: Study Casts Doubt On Mammoth-Killing Cosmic Impact

The study focuses solely on siliceous scoria droplets, says they were made from local rock in high temperature but conventional fires. Well, that's great to know, but the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis has agreed on that all along anyway. Those scoria were indeed local and made in fires - like the vast fires that spread everywhere after the airburst. The best evidence for the very high temperature and pressure associated with impact is not the siliceous scoria droplets, but the hexagonal-structure nanodiamonds (lonsdaleite) found all over the large zone sampled: http://test.scripts.psu.edu/de...

Sci-Fi

HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home 320

Posted by samzenpus
from the exterminate-exterminate-exterminate dept.
An anonymous reader writes A Florida couple learned that they are much bigger fans of Doctor Who than their homeowner association, after receiving a notice to remove the TARDIS from their driveway. Leann Moder and her husband David were given 15 days to get rid of the big blue box. From the article: "It was built by Moder's father as a wedding set piece, and she and her husband, David, were married in front of it. 'My husband mentioned, "Do you want to do a Doctor Who themed wedding?"' Moder said. 'That could be fun.' Since then, their TARDIS has been used at sci-fi conventions and parties, and was even the focus of a Halloween haunt the Moders set up on their driveway in October." The HOA had no comment on their stance on sonic screwdrivers, or the Eye of Harmony.

Comment: Re:What other choice is there? (Score 1) 79

by Jesrad (#48745015) Attached to: The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

This has been my experience too, unfortunately. But, hey, at least your doctor straight-out asked you what tests you wanted. I had to argue with mine just to get to that point.

For most of my life I’ve had episodes of tachycardia, intense nausea+vomiting, severe muscular weakness and dizziness happening seemingly randomly sometimes after physical exertion or exposition to cold. I’ve had an abnormally early puberty with almost absent secondary sexual characteristics. Also, at times my limbs become paralysed, unable to move at all except for breathing and talking, it usually happens after resting.

The crises receded in my 20s when I became prediabetic and grew very fat, and came back with a vengeance after I followed a very low carb diet in my 30s, lost the extra weight and suppressed my HbA1c back to healthy level. In a few of those ‘new and improved’ crises I almost died, so I firmly committed to finding an explanation and possibly a cure. The occasional paralysis also came back.

I went to my GP who prescribed a dozen blood tests, then some more, and then assumed it was all in my head somehow. After more arguing and disproving some of his false assumptions (mostly about my character and reactions to stress) he grudgingly dismissed me to an endocrinologist. I thought I was making progress at last.

The endo swept most of the lab tests aside and just assumed that I was overdosing on vitamin D (which I only had been supplementing in the previous winter months). So I stopped all vitD and saw no improvement on the crises’ front.

I talked about all this to a (rather unorthodox) psychotherapist, in case it really was in my head all along, and this guy suggested instead it might be some rare genetic disease at play. He then asked for a second opinion from a friend of his, a surgeon with a fondness for puzzles, who accused me of either being insane or of lying about my symptoms and lab results – because it all made no sense to him and he had no answer.

I never held the medical profession in any special regard to begin with, to me they’ve always been highly-trained workers with heads full of precious, specific knowledge but with little wisdom to connect it all and make sense of it except in the most common clinical cases. But even if I had special consideration for them, I’d have certainly lost it after all this, because they’ve been right next to useless. All the useful data I got so far came from blood tests I had to pry from them with pointy words, all their proposed treatments failed, all their explanations conflicted with already present evidence. It’s like they have no curiosity at all, and little training in actual science – as in epistemology = the proper way of forming beliefs from objective reality.

To think that there are millions of people like me, all with all kinds of rare diseases that all these doctors know little or nothing about, that the medical profession fails to help in the same way, is rather unnerving.

To this date, and all on my own using the Internet, some dangerous self-experiments and my college training in science, I have finally figured out diet adjustments that really do work for me, preventing the crises and drastically reducing the frequency and severity of the paralysis episodes. It consists of avoiding a long list of food items, and gobbling salt by the gram nearly every day. I’ve had zero crisis since.

The websites that actually helped me: support groups' forums for people with CAH and Addison's disease (neither I have though... mine might be pseudohypoaldosteronism type 1, except it’s unusually mild and with a late onset, and covers only half the symptoms), Wikipedia's trove of pages about steroidogenesis and associated disorders, and several obscure publications on PubMed about specificities of organ-specific aldosterone receptors and the genetics thereof.

At this point the “proper” thing I should do is find a geneticist and confirm the suspicions of having some unclear, maybe unknown, rare disease, or just keep doing my stuff and disregard medical “help”. And the former really looks like a waste of time and money... I've just sent a DNA sample to 23andme as a stab in the dark, I'm waiting on the results now.

Comment: Dubious because facts (Score 5, Informative) 182

by Jesrad (#48624925) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Marc Rogers disagrees strongly, and poitns at a long list of evidence that make it much more likely that it was a vengeful inside-job badly disguised into a Nork attack for unrelated publicity added-value:
- elements of language that do not fit north-korean lingo
- hardcoded filepaths indicating insider knowledge
- social-network savvyness unlike anything the DPRK ever did
- no mention of The Interview movie until after the possible tie with DPRK was suggested ... and more.

Comment: Re:it can be air filled (Score 4, Interesting) 200

by Jesrad (#48617371) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

Also mind the day duration: the Venus sidereal day is 243 Earth days. That makes for a worse than polar night, solar panel-wise, and that's not even counting the permanent, thick cloud cover. There just is no point in reaching the venusian ground and its lead-melting heat. It's far better to hang in the high atmosphere, well above the sulfuric acid clouds, and loft around in the 200 mph winds, circling the planet every 4 or 5 Earth days.

AI

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates 688

Posted by Soulskill
from the i'm-sorry-dave,-there's-a-hiring-freeze-right-now dept.
HughPickens.com writes: Claire Cain Miller notes at the NY Times that economists long argued that, just as buggy-makers gave way to car factories, technology used to create as many jobs as it destroyed. But now there is deep uncertainty about whether the pattern will continue, as two trends are interacting. First, artificial intelligence has become vastly more sophisticated in a short time, with machines now able to learn, not just follow programmed instructions, and to respond to human language and movement. At the same time, the American work force has gained skills at a slower rate than in the past — and at a slower rate than in many other countries. Self-driving vehicles are an example of the crosscurrents. Autonomous cars could put truck and taxi drivers out of work — or they could enable drivers to be more productive during the time they used to spend driving, which could earn them more money. But for the happier outcome to happen, the drivers would need the skills to do new types of jobs.

When the University of Chicago asked a panel of leading economists about automation, 76 percent agreed that it had not historically decreased employment. But when asked about the more recent past, they were less sanguine. About 33 percent said technology was a central reason that median wages had been stagnant over the past decade, 20 percent said it was not and 29 percent were unsure. Perhaps the most worrisome development is how poorly the job market is already functioning for many workers. More than 16 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 are not working, up from 5 percent in the late 1960s; 30 percent of women in this age group are not working, up from 25 percent in the late 1990s. For those who are working, wage growth has been weak, while corporate profits have surged. "We're going to enter a world in which there's more wealth and less need to work," says Erik Brynjolfsson. "That should be good news. But if we just put it on autopilot, there's no guarantee this will work out."
Google

ODF Support In Google Drive 40

Posted by Soulskill
from the better-late-than-never dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Google's Chris DiBona told a London conference last week that ODF support was coming next year, but today the Google Drive team unexpectedly launched support for all three of the main variants — including long-absent Presentation files. You can now simply open ODT, ODS and ODP files in Drive with no fuss. It lacks support for comments and changes but at least it shows progress towards full support of the international document standard, something conspicuously missing for many years.

Comment: Re: Really? (Score 1) 772

by Jesrad (#48563025) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Of course Hitler won. He won the moment the same antihumanist ideas that formed most of his ideology were also adopted by your very own top social class and government executives back in the 1920s and 1930s.

Look at the names of the founders and forefront proponents of every "population control" organisation that arised back then, and read what they wrote, it's all the same: the focal point is about exterminating and/or sterilizing the "genetically inferior races" and the "feeble-minded", at an industrial scale, in order to "improve" the human race "stock" and preserve its natural environment from overuse and exhaustion.

Then look at the conditions enforced on third-world countries in exchange for foreign US aid and world bank aid back in the 60s and 70s: programs of mass (often forced) sterilisations for the poor populations, that were done in unsanitary conditions.

The nazis have won, and today they're in charge of most of your foreign aid programs and environmental protection programs, they have been exterminating for decades, they still are at it right now.

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