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Comment: Nonsensical... (Score 1) 52

by ToddInSF (#47495317) Attached to: Genetically Modifying an Entire Ecosystem
We're already doing that.

Relatively little is understood about ecosystems, and what IS comprehended is the extreme complexity of ecosystems and the mystery of the vast unknowns of ecosystems.

For example; recently a bacteria inside a bacteria that lives inside an insect was discovered to share it's genetic material with the bacteria it resides inside. When something like this is a surprising, new discovery, how can we even begin to claim that we can predict, with any certainty or accuracy, what unusual and radical genetic changes we make to anything is going to have on any ecosystem ?

The reality is, we can not, and do not even have any kind of standardized way to trace, catalog, and monitor the dynamic interactions within and between ecosystems.

Hubris usually leads to disaster.

Comment: Preventative and behavioral medicine (Score 1) 253

by ToddInSF (#47490173) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes
Yield the best and most cost effective results, every time.

This, however, is not how medicine is practiced and funded int he USA. Because it cuts into drug company profits.

The medical and medical research communities in the US are essentially owned by the drug companies and the insurance industry.

Comment: The problem he's talking about is made clear here (Score 1) 608

by ToddInSF (#47425375) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
Yeah, you're so smart because you can code in 16 different languages, and do the same thing in 42 different ways. That's awesome. You're real special.

Except that this level of ever increasing and mostly proprietary complexity is neither efficient or functional. Much less modular, intuitive, particularly interesting, or enlightening.

Some people here say, well, he's just burned-out. Yeah, he's burned-out on the fallacy of being a rat on a wheel that goes nowhere.

Comment: Re: If everyone loses their jobs... (Score 1) 530

by ToddInSF (#47418631) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots
We have the most adulterated food supply in the world, contaminated with additives and processed for the specific purpose of being as inexpensive to manufacture, while still retaining as addictive as possible appeal. With nutritional quality as an afterthought

. While 1 in 5 women with children in the US do have kids with multiple fathers, 43% of them WERE married when the first child was born, so the "dysfunctional culture" thing based just on multiple dads isn't as simple as it might seem on the surface.

The absence of the kind of "skin and bones" starvation that people here keep saying would be proof of hunger is absolutely fucking INSANE.

When a kid gets to that point, you're talking a profound likelihood of serious long-term damage and medical issues. That kind of outright, prolonged starvation isn't a fucking goal to shoot for, and that we've been successful in preventing it isn't a bad thing.

The problem in this country is that the relatively cheap foods are foods that make people obese, diabetic, and arguably stupid, because of the flavor-enhancing additives that have been shown, over and over, to negatively impact neurology.

But it's all about big industry here int he good 'ol USA, corporations that yield profits for investors can do no wrong, so long as they keep yielding those profits, to hell with the public health.

But you go right ahead and blame it on poor people and not on the assholes that make their livings off the backs of those poor people. It's the corporate thing to do.

Comment: Re:As a Massachusetts resident... (Score 1) 534

Big mistake.

No taxpayer funding, and what do you end-up with ?

A Continuum-like future, where the corporations fund the police force, call the shots, and the public has no right to transparency at all.

Only there's no chance of someone inventing a time-dilation device to send people back to now from the dystopic future to try and fix where it all went horribly, horribly wrong.

We need to put a stop to the level of secrecy permitted corporate entities which far, far exceeds the ever diminishing privacy that private citizens enjoy(ed).

What we need is to demand all corporate entities, for profit and not for profit, be open to public scrutiny, stop hiding their financial interests, cease and reverse the radical expansion of the military-police state, and start looking at the ridiculous "values" we have as a culture and society which have made this happen in the first place.

These are the fruits of a fear-based, authoritarian, lying, greed-based system of public perception-shaping and miseducation.


He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.