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Comment: Does this mean genetic testing can daignose it? (Score 1, Flamebait) 222

by mikeabbott420 (#47915345) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease
It might be very valuable for treatment if the condition didn't come as a mystery and a surprise. It also raises the question of testing in the early stages of fetal development and abortion being used by "carrier" couples to select for lower risk children. I honestly have no idea of what the ethical choices are there but I would lean towards multiple tries if it meant bringing a child to term that doesn't have such a high probability of suffering in its future.

Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 1) 463

we're generally more willing to believe a tragedy was accidental and not the result of systemic problems between the police and a particular community when it was accidental and not the result of systemic problems between the police and a particular community.

Comment: Re:Bad things (Score 4, Insightful) 195

by mikeabbott420 (#45865169) Attached to: Hacker Barnaby Jack Died of Drug Overdose
Legal drugs aren't made in jungles or unsanitary conditions regardless of any intoxicating property. This is actually one of the arguments for legalizing recreational drugs, e.g. people buying weed in Colorado are far less likely to buy weed that has been sprayed with toxic chemicals like pesticides.

Comment: Re:Weight-saving (Score 1) 521

by mikeabbott420 (#45797307) Attached to: Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck
back in the early 80's I worked at U-Haul and we had hitches that strapped on to car bumpers, the trailer lights were handled by attaching wires to the car's rear lights.

Today's cars are better in many ways but they don't have bumpers you can pull a trailer with.

The econobox type cars I use for commuting now can't pull trailers at all.

Comment: Re:What the hell is the point of these huge number (Score 2) 366

In Canada mortgage interest isn't tax deductible so there is more incentive to pay down the principle. It isn't buying homes from cash on hand but it is a little different from the American environment.

If I was an American I might still have a mortgage because it would have made relatively more sense to invest money other ways than it would to pay down my mortgage.

As a Canadian paying down my mortgage had a relatively low ROI but it was risk free and I wasn't giving up any tax exemptions. Canada doesn't allow people to walk away from mortgages and only lose the house either, so that part of the risk equation is different.

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