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Comment: Quackery. Plain and simple. (Score 1) 68

by aabrown (#44017619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Neurofeedback At Home, Is It Possible?

http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/neurofeedback-and-the-need-for-science-based-medicine/

and from Quackwatch:

Neurotherapy -- also called neurofeedback and EEG neurofeedback -- is a form of behavior modification that uses electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback technology to increase voluntary control over the amplitude and pattern of various brain wave frequencies. Proponents claim that modifying brain wave patterns is effective against anxiety reactions, mood disorders, substance abuse, attention deficit disorders and various other mental and emotional problems. Research shows that brain wave activity can be altered through various forms of biofeedback. However, a comprehensive review has concluded that none of these claims is supported by well-designed studies.

Comment: Education??? You are being lied to. (Score 2) 405

by aabrown (#43661617) Attached to: The public sector in direst need of reform is ...

I know there are only twelve votes right now, so I hope "Education" is just an outlier in this poll at the moment.
If you think Education is in need of reform, you need to check out the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress).
It is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas,
and it confirms what evidence based educators already know: we have been making slow and steady progress, year after year. Never
have we "gone down" or "gone into a crisis". PLEASE pass this on. "Education Reform" (destruction of public education) has unfortunately
become a bipartisan deal between the elites in both parties and their paymasters like Goldman Sachs, The Walton Foundation, The Gates
Foundation, and the Broad Foundation. BTW, there is one thing that can be reformed if you want to bring our scores up even higher: poverty.

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/subjectareas.asp

Comment: Re:Yes it is a ban and here is why (Score 1) 1080

by aabrown (#41460095) Attached to: Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

I read that dissertation you linked to - the least you could do is read the fairly short (and factual) news report I linked to. Anyway... the most direct contradiction to the so called "ban" is summed up in this bit, in my opinion: "Mr. Pitsor, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association representative, was asked what the incandescent substitute for a typical 100-watt bulb would be, and he described a 72-watt equivalent. The reason most Americans won’t find it on the shelves this week, he said, is that most shipments went to California, which has bulb legislation that kicked in a year earlier than the federal regulations. Starting next month, he said, the new bulbs will be on shelves everywhere.". So: NO BAN - you will still be able to by ILBs, and they will be more energy efficient to boot!

Comment: No, there will be no ban on incandescent bulbs. (Score 5, Informative) 1080

by aabrown (#41450175) Attached to: Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

There sure is a lot of misinformation out there. Much of it seems to have come from right wing talk. Incandescent light bulbs are not going to be banned.
Here is the straight dope from the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/garden/fearing-the-phase-out-of-incandescent-bulbs.html?_r=2pagewanted=all&

Comment: Separate political ideology from actual science. (Score 1) 278

by aabrown (#40038213) Attached to: Vermont Bans Fracking

The majority of the posts about this subject seem to be very similar to posts I see from people who lack knowledge of "usda organic" foods. I'm curious how many of you posting "anti-fracking" comments are also "pro-organic"? You need to separate your political ideology from actual science. Just as science clearly shows that "organic" food has no value greater than regular food (same taste, same nutrition, same amount of pesticides), science clearly shows that most of the comments on here are bunk. I personally don't think throwing money into fracking is a good idea. I'd much rather see that money spent developing solar power technology. But... I am not going to let any political ideology or personal bias steer me away from actual scientific data and peer reviewed studies. Neither should you.

Comment: Re:There's no apostrophe in "gets". (Score 1) 485

by aabrown (#37735624) Attached to: How To Catch a Laptop Thief?

There ARE actually rules regarding correct grammar use! For example "There's actually rules" means "There is actually rules". So, perhaps before you criticize others, maybe you should check out the rules on "This-That-These-Those": http://esl.about.com/od/grammarforbeginners/a/This-That-These-Those.htm
Also, I'm pretty sure it should be "lazy a**holes WHO think", and you need a period after "Those that (should be who) cannot write like adults.

Based on your rules about who gets an interview and who does not, I believe sir or madam, you would not. Good day!

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