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Comment Re:Amtrak (Score 1) 26

"And yet, here in the US, we can't even manage to get reliable/functional wifi on amtrak."

At least they have reasonably clean toilets. Having travelled on Indian trains, I was wondering why Google didn't just donate toilets where you can't see the train tracks running beneath your arse. Now that would have wow-ed me.

Comment Re: The 120 yr Limit (Score 2, Interesting) 35

I've just finished nursing a loved one with glioblastoma. It's frikken awful but it was short (the medium survival rate is about 14 months. My loved one went in 9). I think Parkinson's, Alzheimer's etc are far worse because they go on for years. My loved one didn't realize she was dying at the end as it severely impairs cognition. I hope anybody who has a loved one with brain cancer takes some comfort from this.

Comment Re:there was no other way for them (Score 1) 468

Are you sure about this? I read somewhere that Jewish PoWs were treated like every other soldier by the Germans. The simple reason being that Hitler knew that for every Jewish PoW he executed, a German PoW would be executed by the Allies. Churchill makes it very clear he was prepared to do this PoW tit-for-tat in his book, "The Second World War".

Comment Re:Good God... (Score 3, Insightful) 383

"[Iran] did endure an 8-year-long war with what was then Saddam Hussein's Iraq"

That America backed by providing military intelligence and allowing Iraq to fly the Stars and Stripes on its oil tankers (thus making any attempt by Iran to blockade Iraq an act of war against America). At the same time, America blew an Iranian civilian aircraft out of the sky, lied about it not broadcasting on civilian frequencies and awarded medals to all sailors when the ship got back to port. Meanwhile, our erstwhile buddy, Saddam, was using chemical weapons that we failed to condemn as he was fighting a country whose democratic government we had toppled in 1953 and who were "inexplicably" pissed with us. So, yeah, can't trust those Iranians.

"Iran sponsors and funds numerous terror organizations and activities"

And America doesn't?

"Iran ... has stated numerous times ... that their policy is to annihilate a certain other country in the region, and do so by any means possible."

Aside from John McCain "joking" with his notorious "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" song, everybody knows the "wipe Israel off the map" quote was a mistranslation that has been covered many times (see here for a reputable source). But don't take my word for it. If you still don't believe it, ask a Farsi speaker. There is not even an idiom in Farsi for "wipe off the map".

And before you call them biased and say that "they would say that", consider the political leanings of my Farsi speaking friends (and countless other Iranians who came to the West). Clue: they all left Iran in 1979.

Comment Of course you can! (Score 4, Informative) 376

The companies that discriminate on age are not the ones you want to work for.

There are plenty of companies out there that appreciate the older worker has more experience and is willing to pay for that. Probably not startups but who cares?

Myself, I'm in my early 40s and run my own little consultancy and life is pretty good with no end of decent clients in sight just yet.

Comment Re:Winner (Score 4, Insightful) 147

"This scheme is a great success that is transforming the Brazilian culture"

And American culture too, I predict. As we don't have time for our elderly, I wonder how many more will find new little friends on the internet to whom they can recount their stories and who will keep them company?

This is a good story for everyone.

Comment The probabilities of multiple cot deaths (Score 5, Interesting) 166

Another example is in the curious case of Professor Meadows - a great paediatrician but a shite mathematician.

He endorsed the dictum that “one sudden infant death is a tragedy, two is suspicious and three is murder, until proved otherwise“. The trouble is, given enough numbers, multiple cot deaths are an inevitability.

Unfortunately, his expert testimony convicted an innocent woman. Fortunately, she was released on appeal when the math was reviewed.

Comment Re:So much disinformation... (Score 1) 152

Mod parent up.

I'm getting bored of articles about Venezuela's so-called dictatorship. Ask yourself:

  1. Why is Venezuela's democracy questioned when former US President, Jimmy Carter, whose foundation monitors these things, says "of the 92 elections that we've monitored, I would say that the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world"?
  2. Why does the media spend so much time vilifying Venezuela's democracy when our friends in Saudi Arabia chop off the head of a princess in a car park, ban women from driving and do not have elections but have a rather nasty dictator? "Ignore that man behind the curtain" - apparently it's hateful little Venezuela with their elections that keep voting in socialists that are the real problem not the Islamic dictatorships of the Middle East with whom we can more easily negotiate oil supplies.
  3. Does it have anything to do with Venezuela having the world's largest proven reserves of oil? And that despite all the animosity between Venezuela and the United States, it still is the fourth largest exporter of oil to the US? Or could it be that it used to have a habit of threatening to stop selling oil to the United States? A self-destructive move but one which it had every right to do.

Venezuela is undeniably badly run. But in a democracy, a country has the right (within reason) to run their affairs as they see fit.

"It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I'm wearing Milkbone underware." -- Norm, from _Cheers_