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Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 85

Given the options, I take the "factor" to mean "reason to be concerned over my own".

Interesting. I took it to mean "what is the most important factor for ensuring our personal data protection?" Again, that was based more on the options than the question.

That both are reasonable interpretations means we can all's a terribly worded question.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 112

Nope, wasn't arguing that at all. My only point was that LSD was to my knowledge, and have now confirmed, a pretty serendipitous discovery.

But to rant on a my opinion, most drugs are not really 'designed', and I've always bristled at the term 'designer drugs'. Ask people to name as many 'designer drugs' as they can and I'll bet you 99.99% of the answers will be some form of MDMA (discovered 1912), ketamine (1962), or maybe GHB (1874). There are a handful of drugs out there on the fringe of the party drug market that may be newer than than that, but I hope you get my point. Implicit in the concept of 'designer drugs' is that evil drug lords are just toiling day and night in their secret laboratories trying to come up with that just-right formula to evade the CSA scheduling list, but it's just not reality. The fact is that the pharmaceutical industry pretty much covered the vast majority of that ground by 50 years ago, and the corner of the illicit drug market beyond the 'tried and true' is statistically insignificant.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not attributing any of that cultural baggage to you...I'm just trying to express where I'm coming from. Do I think that mankind would ever stop looking for a better trip/buzz/what-have-you? No, not at all. But for the most part, they are rarely designed, more like they try every variant that chemistry permits and then determine which ones are interesting. I can't call that 'design' any more than animal/plant breeding or hybridization is 'design'; sure, you may start with objectives in mind, but good luck if your design is to make a cow capable of photosynthesis.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 112

Source please. If they were looking specifically for psychedelics, why did take 5 years to figure out it had that property in spades and then only by accident?

Ergotamine had been known as a vasoconstrictor and was used to treat migraines. I've never read a single source about Hofmann's work that indicated he was looking for psychedelics specifically.

Wait...never mind, the answer is right on the Albert Hofmann Wikipedia page: (Gotta love WP...)

"While researching lysergic acid derivatives, Hofmann first synthesized LSD on November 16, 1938. The main intention of the synthesis was to obtain a respiratory and circulatory stimulant (an analeptic) with no effects on the uterus in analogy to nikethamide (which is also a diethylamide) by introducing this functional group to lysergic acid. It was set aside for five years, until April 16, 1943, when Hofmann decided to reexamine it. While re-synthesizing LSD, he accidentally touched his hand to his mouth, nose or possibly eye, accidentally ingesting a small amount and fortuitously discovered its powerful effects."

So I guess if you want to stick by 'designed' to mean 'designed for some completely different purpose for which it was no good but then accidentally discovered to be a powerful entheogen"...umm, yeah OK, but then I'd suggest that perhaps we're speaking different languages, because the intent was clearly not to create a psychedelic.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 112

Florida called and wants to eat your face.

2012 wants its propaganda back, too.

Again from Wikipedia:

"While police sources speculated that the use of a street drug like "bath salts" might have been a factor, experts have expressed doubt toward this speculation as toxicology reports were only able to identify marijuana in his system, leaving the ultimate cause of Eugene's behavior to remain unknown."

Hysterical anti-drug propaganda: scaring Americans stupid since 1914.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 112

Even LSD was designed.

Not by any definition of 'designed' I'm aware of. Wikipedia says it best:

"LSD was first synthesized on November 16, 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland as part of a large research program searching for medically useful ergot alkaloid derivatives. LSD's psychedelic properties were discovered 5 years later when Hofmann himself accidentally ingested an unknown quantity of the chemical."

In other words, it's most noted property was not known at the time it was first synthesized. Not sure how that could be called 'designed'.

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 570

I was told the strength of the cans is a result of the carbonated drink inside. They are too soft to transport plain water.

First of all, the most difference you could possibly see between a carbonated vs. non-carbonated beverage is that the carbonated drink can might be a bit more resistant to denting. But a lack of pressure won't make the can spontaneously implode or anything like that, any more than it does an empty can.

But more to the point, I have seen non-carbonated iced tea sold in standard soda cans. Perhaps they add a bit of pressure to the headspace in that case, but either way, it's clearly not a problem.

Comment Re:Good For Them (Score 1) 317

"Miss Edie, as long as there are chicken layin' and truck drivin' and my feet walkin', you can be sure that l will bring you the finest of the fine, the largest of the large and the whitest of the white. ln other words, that thin-shelled ovum of the domestic fowl will never be safe as long as there are chicken layin' and l'm alive because l am your eggman and there ain't a better one in town!"

- The Eggman

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas l'Informatique. -- Bosquet [on seeing the IBM 4341]