I spent 25 years in the mental health system regarded as a seriously bipolar person. Turns out it was caffeine and to a lesser extent chocolate and a host of medicines that was causing the effect. I've been 5.5 years now symptom free. Never forget to eliminate environmental causes for mental and physical health issues!
I see driver errors nearly every day in my city of 350,000. Mostly they are about following too closely and entering an intersection and turning left or right without due regard to oncoming traffic. Two of my friends always used to make me nervous as hell because I felt they drove too close to the car in front. No issues now cuz neither of them drive any more since they crashed their cars.. I think autonomous driving makes a heckuva lot of sense. The accidents I've seen have been all caused by simple human error and bad driving habits. Remove that element and I'm sure most accidents will go away. Insurance for self-driving will necessarily sky-rocket.
All I remember of that course was a husband and wife tag team who wrote indecipherably on overheads in a 500+ class classroom. In my view the course only existed to act as a filter to knock down averages of pre-med students. Did that well for me. Two years of straights A's then a 58 and an unplanned career in computer science.
I thought violence against women went down when porn was available.
Universal access is damnably expensive but a lot can be done on the cheap. Like hooking up the highest density areas first and requiring all new construction to have fiber. Better something than nothing.
A lot of your argument seems to be predicated on your own personal confidence in your knowledge and abilities. In my experience the elevated position doctors tend to have in our society leads them to have something of a god complex. In my case I had years of classic celiac disease symptoms without a word of that being a possibility from a my doctors - I had to discover for myself by excluding foods till I finally hit on it. That was just one doctor. My other issue was a sensitivity to caffeine and other drugs that that created a condition akin to fairly incapacitating Bipolar II. 25 years in the mental health system, 6 psychiatrists and one involuntary hospitalization and nobody saw fit to suggest coffee might be to blame. I SAY BRING ON DR. WATSON ASAP! Would saved me decades of a very limited quality of life.
For me caffeine gave me a 25 year mood disorder that mimicked Bipolar II. Docs were clueless. My symptoms disappeared after going cold turkey 4.5 years ago. Caffeine is seriously underrated as to how dangerous it is.
Call me Canadian but I would prefer that none of my neighbours had assault rifles. Just seems to me the odds of people dying goes up in direct proportion with the number of those weapons existing in my vicinity. 20 years ago I was pretty regular guy. Some issues with depression but nothing major and certainly I had no criminal record. Had I lived in the States and been so inclined I could have legally gotten possession of an armory worth of weapons. Then one day the psychiatrist I had been seeing prescribed Imipramine, one the old-school anti-depressants. I was unlucky enough to be genetically disposed to jump into full scale mania for six months because of this drug until the connection was made. I know, bad psychiatrist!! During the mania I acted entirely irresponsibly and had very little self control. I can only imagine what could have happened had I had access to weapons while I was in that state. And unfortunately that is the reality for the human condition. Sometimes regular people go nuts. And sometimes nutty people go nuttier. The more guns there are around the more opportunities there are for bad things to happen. And having assault rifles circulating in the civilian population just seems unwise to the extreme.
In yesteryear harmful mutations were selected out. Nowadays we can accommodate more and more disability with technology and social support. Probably someone could work out the date, but it's inevitable that without selection the human race genome will eventually degrade to making a pile a protoplasm with all accrued genetic damage. It's either select out or die out. Helluva choice I know, but..
That plus there are huge number of chemistry tutorial sites on the web. A kid with a genuine interest in the topic could learn everything that would appear until the university level. Maybe even better than regular school if self directed learning is an option,
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www.caffeineweb.com I was on Lithium for a supposed bipolar condition when the problem was a caffeine sensitivity. A big waste of a quarter century.
I imagine most slashdotters would barely slow down their reading before checking the correct answers for this test. I forget sometimes most people aren't like that.
ya, and what happens if you have a fire and all your equipment melts?
A few weeks ago I read an investigative report on repair shops in Britain. Aside from over charging and finding non-existant problems they looked at and copied information off the computers that were being serviced. Have reason to trust anyone that you give that kind of access to. Then trust, with as much verification as is economical and doesn't unduly make the service provider think that you don't trust them, since unwarranted distrust chips away at the relationship.