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Comment Re:If you can't eat it... (Score 1) 210

> You can't just slap a cigarette on your arm and hope the nicotine penetrates. It doesn't work like that.

What about chewing tobacco, and all the people getting centralized tooth, gum and mouth cancer? Clearly it doesn't just enter your stomach for digestion.

And most of your other examples are temporary applications. Shampoo? How long do you keep it on? Sunscreen often stays on for an entire day, since a lot of it is water resistent. Besides, there are many studies about sunscreen chemicals being absorbed. I don't know how you could even deny something like that.

Comment Re:Picture a politician with stock in sunscreen... (Score 2) 210

On the flip side, think of the financial savings from public insurance treating fewer people for skin maladies. Your skeptical view is almost the default for /., to the point of being a platitude. To me, this is similar to requiring motorcycle helmets and the financial savings long term.

Comment Re:Anti-Sunscreen (Score 1) 210

I don't think anyone disproves the fact that exposing skin that seldom is exposed to sun is more risky than gradually building up a tan. Exposing your forearm and your genitals to equal amounts/intensities of sunlight will have vastly different effects on the areas. (depending on how often your genitals are out in the sun, obviously)

Comment Re:Toilet paper and timber? (Score 1) 269

GMO foods won't grow tentacles and become self aware, but companies making them can go to hell. Honestly, it only takes a Monsanto seed to be spread on a field a mile away from yours for you to become an involuntary customer of theirs. And if you want to fight them, their lawyers will bankrupt you That's what I have a problem with.

Comment Re:Two wrongs don't make a right... (Score 1) 301

How is AM crooked? Did they fleece people of their money? Or steal their private information? It's no different than any of the hundreds of dating sites, and I can't imagine you'd believe that 100% of people on eHarmony are single. AM simply found a niche, a hook to differentiate themselves from other dating sites. In the end, they connected consenting adults to do with their personal lives what they wish. They weren't the ones lying. They were upfront with the services they provided. So I think your anger is directed at the wrong parties.

Comment Re:Yeah, great (Score 1) 205

I think the child porn comparison was only to make the point that viewing it doesn't quell the "desire".

In a society like India where rape seems to be such a non-issue, where it takes a woman to commit suicide and a worldwide outcry before anything is done, maybe warping young people's minds with free access to porno is not such a good idea. I don't think that anyone would say that free access to porn that we've had in the US has not affected us indiviidually in a significant manner.

Comment Re:Obligatory reading (Score 4, Insightful) 419

That's a statistic I'd find hard to believe. And besides, immediate death is just a small part of it. There are a few hundred people that were in the Russian army at the time and had to respond to the disaster who have either died of various cancers or are suffering from them now. There are kids in Ukraine that are born with many genetic defects, like holes in their hearts, presumably because their parents were affected.

I wouldn't count this out as a negative effect. And these are obvious effects. How many people there suffer from lesser ilnesses that might or might not be attributed to Chernobyl, like stroke, cancers, etc.

I'm not opposed to nuclear. I think it needs to be a viable option if we are to stop producing CO2, but I won't pretend that it's harmless, either. Even if we get to a 100% safety record, there's still the matter of storage, and transporting that waste to the storage areas. How many TEPCOs do we need to realize many of these companies entrusted with the task can be very incompetent and borderline criminal in ignoring safety lapses pointed out by inspectors.

Comment Re:Dubious (Score 1) 686

Statistics are really better applied to entire populations, rather than individuals, no?

After all, they did say only a portion of the millenials or the older folk sway one way on the issue. So the other portion will sway the other way. Whichever way you feel about the issues, there's a spot for you. That's how percentages work.

Comment Re:And when capped internet comes then people will (Score 1) 286

Does any company have some sort of a moral obligation to provide anyone with internet access? I understand it's becoming more important to living, but at the same time, lack of connectivity is just one of many aspects that would affect whether you live in one spot. So if no internet, then you would move, no? Not lambast a company for not seeing a business case to extending their service to your area.

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