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Comment Re:Increase productivity?? (Score 1) 389

So it's essentially inconceivable that any drug could make you creative. However it seems plausible that some drugs could act as a kind of adjuvant to creative struggle when you're approaching a creative breakthrough. Such breakthroughs often come at a time when you're critical faculties are slightly deranged; when you're exhausted; dropping off to sleep; or just say "screw it for now" and do something unrelated.

Hell, I've solved weird computer problems before with a case of beer sitting next to me. I'm one of those weird people where micro-doses of ethanol -- say, downing can after can of Pabst Blue Ribbon -- actually mostly has a stimulant effect. It excites the part of my brain that likes alcohol but it doesn't get me drunk enough, fast enough to have the "downer" effect that it's supposed to have. (Real ale, wine, liquor, different story.) It will actually allow me to stay up all night, and at around 3am -- et voila!

Comment Re:Important to note (Score 1) 389

You are conflating psychedelic use with opiate use.

A friend of mine used to do Olympic style weightlifting (the competitive kind, not the bodybuilding). His coach used to tell him that back in the 60s and 70s, those guys would down anything they could get their hands on. None of it was very well researched, so there were lots of theories about which ones could potentially be "performance enhancing." LSD was definitely something they were using, and it wasn't uncommon to see lifters have complete freakouts on the platform (though to be fair, they were probably on a ton of speed at the same time).

Comment Re:Important to note (Score 2) 389

I had a high school friend who was a fan of LSD. Saying it isn't addictive is a lie. He was constantly touting the benefits, which I didn't see in his life.

Having a negative impact on your life is not the same as being addictive. Eating candy bars can have a detrimental impact if you do it enough, but that doesn't make them addictive substances. Sounds like your friend was just a big fan.

Comment Re:Do Canadian Scientists respect the public? (Score 1) 197

Sounds like something a Klan member might say. The Klan uses different slurs against different groups, but otherwise the message is about the same.

It's an illegal fire hazard to stack up that much straw in here sir.

To put it in a way that your warped political view can conceive of:

The Harper Regime told tax payer funded scientists that they could not discuss the results of their tax payer funded studies with ... tax payers.

Because the government wants their agenda pushed through despite little things like "facts". Sort of a power grab.

Now does it make sense? You and your "gummint == bad" crowd should be all over this as it's a clearly non-partisan issue.

Comment Re:Scientists and media both happy (Score 1) 197

That sounds suspiciously like the beginnings of a totalitarian regime. Probably why the liberals got a 'surprise' win

Actually, in the previous election, Harper Regime told the national media that they were limited to five (5!) questions per day.

In that election, the media barely squawked about it, and the Globe and Mail ("Canada's National Newspaper") even endorsed the party that told them that!

Worse, Canadians gave them a majority win putting them into a far, far stronger position than they'd been in prior to them being found in Contempt of Parliament - which triggered that election.

I guess my point is that not only should it have been a definitive win (it was), but it should have happened 4 full years earlier.

That it wasn't clear from the writ dropping that the Harper Regime was going to be wiped out (and the fact that it wasn't actually wiped out) is still pretty discouraging and shows that Canadians' apathy runs pretty damned deep.

I think Conservatives assume all other people are as stupid as they are.

I think it's worse - they know how to get the stupid vote but they aren't stupid themselves (well, not all of them). It's pure Machiavellian manipulation.

I'll never vote for another one as long as I live.

While I agree mostly, it's entirely possible that a GOP of reasonable conservatives arises from the ashes of self destruction that the current lot seem intent on inflicting on themselves.

Get rid of Gerrymandering & get campaign finance reformed, in a couple decades there might well be a conservative party worthy of consideration.

Comment Re:Cloak and dagger (Score 1) 289

That pretty much leaves one other semi-realistic scenario, which is that a repair made a long time ago has failed. Again, that is very unlikely, because a structural failure of that kind would happen when the plane is under maximum stress - during the take off and climb. Not when the plane is at altitude and cruising along with very, very little stress on the airframe.

When the plane hits cruising altitude is when the maximum pressure differential between cabin and outside occurs, hence when an explosive depressurization is most likely to occur.

From the excellent Aviation Today article on CAL Flight CI-611:

In this case, maintaining the pressure differential of 8.6 psi for flight at 35,000 feet may also have put a final decisive strain on the cracks in that tail strike repair.

A fascinating, if slightly morbid at times, read at the quoted link.

Normal disclaimer(s) apply: I Am Not An Aeronautical Engineer, etc. ad nauseam.

Comment Re:Maybe we should copy them (Score 2) 64

Buggering up the routing of most of the traffic from China and a few other places to the rest of the world might be a good idea ...

Seems like the traffic out of Cuba is indirect, but the traffic back in is truly messed up.

And that seems to be entirely on the American side.

Not that I disagree with what you said, it's just that that's not what is happening here.

Comment Another sensational headline about nothing (Score 3, Informative) 167

Are we really extrapolating a trend from a single month-to-month increase? Sure, 493,000 professionals quit in July and 507,000 quit in August. That's actually a pretty negligible change. All the more so when you consider that 510,000 quit in June and 516,000 quit in May.

Indeed, from the report itself:

The number of quits has held between 2.7 million and 2.8 million for the past 12 months after increasing steadily since the end of the recession. The quits rate was unchanged in August, measuring 1.9 percent for the fifth month in a row. The number of quits was little changed for total private and government over the month.

So once again -- lies, damn lies, etc.

Comment The wealthy and the telephone sanitizers (Score 1) 286

It makes it tempting to fake an apocalypse, just to get the obscenely wealthy and the telephone sanitizers to disappear into their shelters, which then can be sealed from outside so that the world can continue on fine without them.

Since we all have our own phones now, I don't foresee a comeback for the sanitizers, so this won't be at all similar to the Douglas Adams (?) story.

Unless the phone-borne virus is in non-updated Android phones?

*scary music*

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"