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Comment: Re:Pre-installed Malware on Chinese phones & t (Score 1) 75 75

And oddly, I somehow feel safer with the preinstalled Chinese malware vs. the preinstalled NSA malware. Really, it isn't the Chinese that are going to come knocking on my door. But alas, they probably share their data anyway, with some free-trade like spy agreement.

Comment: Re:Sugar, Fat to become Schedule 1 restricted drug (Score 1) 244 244

While always causing a heated debate, Asians generally score higher on average than Americans on IQ tests (Among white Americans, the average IQ, as of a decade or so ago, was 103. Among Asian-Americans, it was 106). I would argue that Asians aren't by in large more intelligent, but that they eat better and get more exercise.

See the recent study: The new five-year study of more than 2,200 adults claims to have found a link between obesity and the decline in a person's cognitive function.

Since 3 out of 4 Americans are overweight, what we are probably seeing in these IQ tests are diet and lifestyle in action on the national level.

And yes, I too agree that IQ tests aren't all they are cracked up to be. However, go to a Chinese buffet and look at the thin people in the restaurant. They usually work there. All the Americans are large, with plates piled up to the ceiling full of food.

Comment: Obvious solution (Score 2, Interesting) 69 69

Everyone just needs to pool their phones and then everyone use a random phone for the day. Sort of a TOR operating at the physical level. An app that made encrypted VoIP calls could probably allow you to even use the same phone number by just logging in through the random phone of the day.

Comment: If all they have is a hammer (Score 2) 27 27

It seems exercise, in an actual trial, worked as good (or better) than a stent:

November 16, 2011 (Orlando, Florida) — Adding a supervised exercise program to optimal medical care can improve walking performance better than performing stent revascularization in patients with symptomatic aortoiliac peripheral artery disease (PAD), a small randomized trial suggests [1].

So...why would we do stents if exercise works as good or even better?

"It's also notable that, at least in North America, stent procedures are reimbursed, [and] supervised exercise is not," Hirsch noted.

http://www.medscape.com/viewar...

Comment: This (Score 2) 297 297

Spend some time looking into the OKC bombing. That this was a sting gone wrong is incredibly possible. It doesn't have to be the way it happened, but certainly toward the top of the list of what really happened. There were government agents involved all over the place, and this has been proven in court. They either knew it was going to happen (possibly with their own involvement?) and thought they would stop him at the last minutes, or they knew about it but didn't have enough information as to when it was going to be, or they had government agents all through this group of people yet somehow didn't know about it. But several government agents that were undercover in the group have testified in court that they warned the FBI about a plan to blow up a federal building, so there is no way they didn't know about it to some degree before hand.

Let's say this time had went south and this guy was able to set off his bomb. Would the FBI admit they had been working with him? Or would they go into cover up mode...and everyone on here badmouth Alex Jones when he points out obvious holes in the official story? I actually can't stand Alex, but from time to time, a conspiracy theory turns out to be true.

Comment: Re:Won't work in the US (Score 1) 62 62

Obviously a large amount of Americans are able to make web-based payments. In India, this is probably the exact opposite situation. The reason they would do this is obvious if you think about it, and the reason why they would not want to do it here is also obvious. It would make it A LOT harder to get their cut if people were paying in cash.

Comment: Re:But But But It's the Handouts That Are Bankrupt (Score 1) 370 370

Now cue the Libertarians that want to march us back to the feudal ages and isolation.

If by "isolation" you mean we quit trying to be the world police and let the rest of the world pay for their own defense, then yes. Otherwise, sounds like a straw man to me. The thought that we are suddenly going to become isolated now is pretty funny, almost.

Comment: Re:I must be missing something. (Score 1) 240 240

> Afaik both android and iOS have ways of doing this that are very simple.

It may be simple now, but my first experience with Android, it was really annoying to me that there wasn't an obvious way to actually close an app. Yes, I agree it isn't that hard, but if you don't know how, it is not obvious in any way whatsoever. An "X" up in the corner of the app is simple.

Comment: Re:Quantum commuicantion (Score 0) 188 188

I always think about this, too, when people laugh at people that suffer negative effects from something like wi-fi or EMF. It does sound stupid, but if there is communication going between cells going on at a level that we don't currently understand, then it starts to make a little more sense. In the radio world, this is called desense. That's when you have have a receiver that can't hear anything because the noise that is produced from nearby transmitters overload the receiver...even though they may be on totally different frequencies and shouldn't interfere with each other under normal circumstances.

You also get into areas like Royal Rife here. Yes, the gut reaction is call it pseudo science and get a good laugh out of it. However, new evidence may be emerging here that makes it a lot more relevant than we were led to believe. Only time will tell, but it is starting to look less crazy by the day.

Comment: Quantum commuicantion (Score 0) 188 188

The most obvious advantage why these cells would be preferred is communication. In Newtonian physics when you suddenly realize you are looking at a tiger in the bushes, it is just biological and chemical processes that get your body into fight or flight mode. So a chemical reaction can spread fear over your *entire* body in a split second? But if there was quantum communication going on, it more readily explains how the entire body can go from normal to fight or flight in a split second.

Personally, I find it interesting that ancient healing techniques focused on some type of unknown energy healing that was laughed at by modern science. And before it is all said and done, I think it is going to turn out not so crazy after all.

One of my favorite books is The Field, by Lynn McTaggart. Yeah, some of it may not be real science, but some parts of it may hold up under the microscope and change a few things. Maybe not, but it's a hell of a good read.

Comment: But wait, there is even more to it... (Score 1, Interesting) 958 958

This is part of a review I posted on Amazon for "Muscle Myths: 50 Health & Fitness Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making:"

There is new research now that certain foods heavily influence your gut bacteria, and that the type of gut bacteria you have has a lot to do with your weight.

Actual scientific studies, published in Nature, show that the obese patients in the study (about 80% of the group studied) had lower counts of gut microbiota. These people were more obese than those with higher counts of gut bacteria. They also tended to put on weight faster.

If a calorie is just a calorie, then nobody in the groups should have put on weight unless they were eating more calories than they were burning. So it seems that there is more to it than just calories in vs. energy expended. Hmmm.

I highly recommend getting a copy of Dave Asprey's "Bulletproof Diet" and "Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization," by John J. Ratey and Richard Manning. Both books go beyond the calorie. The types of food you eat do influence gut bacteria, and these books explain that very well.

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