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Comment Re:"in a western factory" (Score 1) 342 342

"Western" is reserved for North and South America since it is "west" of the Atlantic. Eastern would be China, Japan, India, etc.

"Western" is a euphemism for ethnically European.

It is quite distinct from the "western hemisphere", which is a euphemism for the Americas. Technically speaking, parts of Europe and Africa are in the western hemisphere, as well as part of Russia and some Pacific islands, but when people say "the western hemisphere", that's not what they mean.

Comment Re:Who buys them? (Score 1) 668 668

To them, one cold remedy is the same as another.

To anyone who knows anything much about health, one cold remedy is the same as another. A cold is caused by a virus and, apart from interferon, there is no remedy for viral infections like that. All cold remedies are placebos.

Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score -1, Troll) 668 668

I went to the chemist a while back to buy some ibprofen, the chemist suggested a homeopathic, insisting it was just as good. If I hadn't been educated about homeopathy, I would have probably bought the homeopathic crap.

Recent research has shown that most over the counter painkillers are ineffective - i.e., no more use than homeopathics, exhibiting only a placebo effect. However there's nothing in homeopathic "medicine" that's likely to make you sick, but the same isn't true of analgesics. Homeopathics may not do anything, but they may do less harm than other "medicines", which also don't do anything.

Comment Re:Ask these folks... (Score 1) 110 110

The medal box is empty at the moment, but we're expecting a shipment any day. Yours will be on its way to you as soon as they come in.

(I also live in the country - in northern Australia - and my water comes from the sky, via my roof and a rainwater tank. There's millions of acres of savannah woodland around here, and very few people, no town water or sewerage. I'm close to 60. And, no, I don't want a medal, thanks.)

Comment Re:Ask these folks... (Score 1) 110 110

Our future generations will probably not even know about global warming, or that the threat even existed. After all, do you know anything about events, which were averted, 500 years ago?

Tbey also may not know about the deforestation and soil erosion, but they'll live with the consequences of it - just as we do today.

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