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+ - English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "If you've ever cringed when your parents said "groovy," you'll know that spoken language can have a brief shelf life. But frequently used words can persist for generations, even millennia, and similar sounds and meanings often turn up in very different languages. Now, a new statistical approach suggests that peoples from Alaska to Europe may share a linguistic forebear dating as far back as the end of the Ice Age, about 15,000 years ago. Indeed, some of the words we use today may not be so different than those spoken around campfires and receeding glaciers."
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Comment: Good. (Score 0) 1591

by jamesoutlaw (#42602075) Attached to: New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

It's far too easy for mentally unstable people to purchase guns and ammunition. Negligent gun-owners should also face harsher penalties when their weapons are used to commit crimes. I grew up with guns, and have no problem with responsible ownership. Unfortunately, there are far too many irresponsible gun owners in this country.

Comment: Call them back, especially politicians (Score 2) 167

by jamesoutlaw (#40603979) Attached to: FTC To Revisit Robocall Menace

When I receive a political robocall, I make note of the politician who's the subject of the call and I then proceed to call their campaign headquarters and speak very rudely and sternly to the staff person who answers the call. I've gotten off several calling lists that way- lists that I NEVER asked to be on. It probably doesn't accomplish much, but I don't think it's a wasted effort to call and annoy people who willingly call and annoy me.

In local elections, I can frequently talk directly to the candidate. It's always fun to listen to them stammer and try to make an apology.

Note to politicians: If I want to hear from you, I will contact you. I don't need nor want you calling me and I don't need or want any of your "supporters" calling me on your behalf. I get enough of your foolishness in the media. I don't need to hear it over my phone.

Comment: Re:Deportation is not an fit "punishment" (Score 2, Insightful) 714

by jamesoutlaw (#39381541) Attached to: Rutgers Student Ravi Convicted of Bias Intimidation and Spying

He's not a "kid", he's an adult, an irresponsible idiot of an adult, but still an adult. Since he's not a citizen, it''s fully justifiable to deport him for being convicted of a crime. The USA is not the only country that deports foreigners when they commit a crime.

Comment: Re:Request a blood test (Score 1) 498

It looks like you misunderstood what I and several others have been trying to say. Being a responsible adult means either designating someone to be a designated driver or arranging some other way of getting yourself and your girl home after an evening of boozing it up. It's really not that difficult to do, but it does require a little effort and some forethought. If you can't do that, then you deserve to suffer whatever happens to come your way ... I just hope that you don't kill or injure anyone else when you decide to DUI/DWI.

Comment: Re:Request a blood test (Score 1) 498

That's another reason why it's better to just hand over the keys if you've been consuming alcohol. It affects people in different ways but you have to draw a line somewhere. This is one case where I'd rather be safe than sorry and think that a lower bound on the BAC is a good idea.

Comment: Re:Request a blood test (Score 3, Insightful) 498

If a grown man is dangerously-close to the legal limit, he needs to hand the keys over to someone more responsible. Chances are, if he does choose to DUI, nothing will happen. However, there's always a chance he will cause an accident and seriously injure or kill someone. DUI is a serious crime and 100% preventable, all you have to do is act like a responsible adult and hand your keys to someone who is not under the influence. In that case you will not have to worry about getting that DWI on your record. The only person who is to blame for a DUI/DWI conviction is the person who gets drunk or high and gets behind the wheel of a car.

Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. -- Arthur Miller