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Comment: Re:Doctor Mary's Monkey (Score 2) 162

by chill (#48064101) Attached to: AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

Maybe our digestive ssytem has proven well adapted to that, but there are a lot of knives and cuts involved in the preparation of any meat.

Blood contamination while butchering is a very plausible transmission mechanism. Especially in areas where there are no enforced health guidelines, much less proper sanitization.

Comment: Re:Pen & Phone (Score 1) 382

by chill (#47459835) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Big talk and political posturing does not equal action. "if you don't stop bothering me I'll have my dad beat up your dad" isn't the equivalent of felony assault. It is talk.

It is the explicit job of the executive to take action implementing legislative decree (laws). Many -- probably *most* -- of the laws have several vague parts that say "make it so", without any details. Frequently they're along the lines of "just do SOMETHING", giving a LOT of leeway to the actual implementation, allowing for all sorts of exemptions, delays and the ability to deal with unforeseen issues.

Whenever you see things like "refusing to uphold the law" start thinking about "unfunded mandate". Congress says "do this -- but we aren't giving you money". You need to prioritize based on resource constraints.

If 10,000 people come across the border, and I have 100 cops and limited court resources for due process where do I prioritize? Focus on the 10 year-olds looking for their mommy? Or the convicted felons and known violent offenders? They are NOT equal in the effort needed or resources consumed.

So, again, [Citation Needed]. Please point to a specific example. The ONLY one I can think of that might be a violation of law is the trade of Bergdahl for the Guantanamo inmates. Maybe.

Comment: Re:Fiction :) (Score 1) 2

by chill (#47395583) Attached to: Mars, Ho! Chapter Twenty Seven

Interestingly enough, back in 1928 the Republican Presidental campaign of Herbert Hoover promised "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage".

What makes it interesting is back then, chicken was 3 - 5 times the price of beef. It was a luxury food as production wasn't industrialized and unless you lived on a farm, you didn't eat it. Even on the farm you only at chicken when the hens were no longer fit for laying or annually when you let a batch hatch to replenish your hens and culled those that were roosters.

+ - Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The idea that pilot waves might explain the peculiarities of particles dates back to the early days of quantum mechanics. The French physicist Louis de Broglie presented the earliest version of pilot-wave theory at the 1927 Solvay Conference. As de Broglie explained that day to Bohr, Albert Einstein, and two dozen other celebrated physicists, pilot-wave theory made all the same predictions as the probabilistic formulation of quantum mechanics, but without the ghostliness or mysterious collapse."
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+ - "Evolution = Satan" part of Atlanta Public Schools' Biology Curriculum->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "The young journalists at The Southerner (, the student newspaper at Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia, recently broke the news that creationism and other Christian religious views are incorporated into the Biology curriculum used by the City of Atlanta Public Schools. As the newspaper put it (

A PowerPoint shown to a freshman biology class featured a cartoon depicting dueling castles, one labeled “Creation (Christ)” and the other labeled “Evolution (Satan).” Balloons attached to the evolution castle were labeled euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, divorce, racism and abortion...... The PowerPoint, which has more than 50 slides largely consisting of material about evolution, was downloaded from SharePoint, an APS file-sharing database for teachers. It was uploaded by Mary E. King, a project manager at APS who has also uploaded more than 2,000 other documents. Phone calls and emails to King have not been returned. Tommy Molden, science coordinator for APS, also did not respond to requests for comment.

Students were offended by the cartoon:

“[I] have gay parents, and [the cartoon] said that evolution caused homosexuality and it implied that to be negative, so I was pretty offended by it,” [freshman Seraphina Cooley] said.

Cooley said that another student emailed the administration complaining about the PowerPoint.

Freshman Griffin Ricker, who is also in Jones’ class, said [Biology class teacher Anquinette Jones] got angry with the class when she found out students had notified the administration.

“She had a 10-minute rant,” Ricker said. “She yelled and said, ‘This is on the APS website, and it was certified.’”

In case of slashdotting, the student reporting is also posted on a local newspaper's blog ("
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