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Comment: Problem solvers (Score 1) 794

by ThatsNotPudding (#47929219) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

So why are so many terrorists engineers?

Because analytical minds can wall-off moral issues and cast murderous tasks as merely problems to be solved, up to and including nuclear weapons and genocide. Oppenhiemer wept and whined about what he was part of, but only after solving the problem.

Comment: Ding-Ding (Score 1) 291

by ThatsNotPudding (#47882241) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

The one thing about salt is that it does make stuff tasty, often the highly processed stuff, making it easy to overdo it. Avoiding salt sort of automatically helps one to cut out the heavily processed foods.

Bingo. Processed foods are basically built out of salt and high levels of carbohydrates, which is just a fancy way of saying 'do you want a large order of diabetes with that'?

Comment: It's worse than that (Score 1) 291

by ThatsNotPudding (#47882203) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Where UK citizens would take a month long holiday every year because of the generous vacation time afforded by most European countries, the United States doesn't guarantee any paid vacation or sick time.

Even US worker bees that do have a fair amount of vacation time available to them rarely dare take even 5 days at a time off. Why? The not unfounded fear that some bean-counter or your PHB will start thinking, 'hey, maybe we don't need the guy on vacation AT ALL'. So even while on vacay, we sufferers of never-ending Puritanism can't fully relax due to the fear of a pink slip waiting for us in reward for our holiday tan.

Comment: Re: There's no stopping this. (Score 1) 191

by ThatsNotPudding (#47863721) Attached to: US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

The farm he spent his entire life building is going to literally be turned into an open pit 150ft deep. ... He plans to use his new found wealth to buy some land that has a trout stream running through it up the road and spend the rest of his days fishing.

Odds are he outlives the fishing.

Comment: Simple (Score 1) 427

by ThatsNotPudding (#47863615) Attached to: UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

In any other scientific debate, you never hear about "Higgs Boson Deniers" or "String Theory Fanatics" or "Standard Model dinosaurs". As a matter of fact, this is pretty much the only scientific area where EVERY commentator acts as though they are experts.

Simple. The Kochs and their whores can't make money off any of that.

Comment: Let me buy a license (Score 2) 362

by ThatsNotPudding (#47860595) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates
Hey, Beeb. If you don't like people pirating your content (I don't, other than watching YouTube), them let them buy access, FFS. I'd be willing to pay a modest fee to watch domestic BBC programs for the convenience of not having to wait months / years / never (Porridge) for the content to show up in alternative media.

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