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Comment: Re:Water quality higher than most of the US (Score 1) 332

by hort_wort (#46804539) Attached to: Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

The Portland city water supply is continually tested, and those tests have repeatedly shown the water to be of higher quality (in terms of dissolved solids/minerals and contaminants) than most of the city/municipal water supplies in the United States -- despite the lack of treatment and open reservoirs.

Yep. Looking at kidney death rates on this map tends to agree with that:

Comment: The Day After (Score 1) 878

by hort_wort (#46507057) Attached to: Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

If you want to watch the scariest movie you'll ever see, then check out The Day After right now. It's a 30 year-old film about what would happen if the US and Russia nuked each other. The imagery and savagery are horrific -- not for the amazing visual effects, but that they are applied to innocent bystanders just living life at home.

It should be required viewing for everyone beating the war drums.

Comment: Re:more torch then rifle (Score 1) 143

by hort_wort (#44986613) Attached to: New Real Life Laser-Rifle Cuts Through Metal Like a Blowtorch

I find it hard to call this a "laser rifle." Aside fromt he fact that rifles are rifles because of the rifling in the barrel (grooves which cause the bullet to spin), Rifles have a medium to long range. This appears to have only a slightly greater effective range then my Oxy-Fuel torch (which is to say, less then a foot).

It looks like it'd be simple to move the lens and refocus the beam further away. Then the blower to get the debris out of the way wouldn't work though. And it'd probably also be really hard to keep the thing on target. I can't even hold a little laser pointer without looking like a spaz.

Comment: Re:I still want... (Score 1) 256

by hort_wort (#44850829) Attached to: US, Russia Agree On Plan To Dispose of Syria's Chemical Weapons

I've thought about this quite a bit over the last weeks and came up with 3 different possibilities:
1) More "humane" since bullets kill faster.
2) Survival of the fittest helps evolution a little bit since soldiers who know how to duck get to go home and have babies. (Some military guys might think this way, what the heck do I know?)
3) Chemical weapons might be a gateway weapon to germ warfare, which could wipe out a pretty large chunk of humanity.

Comment: Labeling is my main GMO peeve (Score 1) 400

by hort_wort (#44806867) Attached to: Interview With Professor Potrykus, Inventor of Golden Rice

I just want the companies to be honest about what's in the food. I may well ~choose~ to eat it given the option.

Someone said that having a tomato plant with some tuna fish genes injected into it would be no worse than just eating a tomato with some tuna fish. Fine. Great. How does that work for a vegetarian? There's a moral issue. What happens if the person is horribly allergic to tuna fish? Now there's a health issue too.

I don't a company has a right to just make that decision for someone. I'm not so happy about forced water fluoridation or iodized salt either, but at least those things are usually labeled.

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