Oh for mod points: I would mod this "Informative"
Yep, now you just have shingles to look forward to. Thank goodness for vaccines.
The vaccine didn't exist 40 years ago!
Do you remember that South Park episode where the parents would get their kids with other sick kids for them to also get sick? Well, there is some truth to it...
Strange that that is considered bizarre enough for south park. My mum is an M.D. and when I was a kid she had me go play with one of her patients (a kid) who had chicken pox, so I would get it. (In the 60s, in a small town, there wasn’t much medical privacy...or many doctors).
Why yes, now you ask: I assume she did this to help me, but perhaps my judgement isn't good.
Ie, becoming immune to bleach would be sort of like if a bacteria became immune to breaching the cell wall with a needle.
...which is kinda the point of sporulation, or for becoming multicellular for that matter!!
...so I never understood why poor people vote conservative
You appear to subscribe to the idea (going back most famously to Burke) that "the people" will just vote more of others' money to themselves until everything breaks down. Apart from the subtle reasons why that end is not guaranteed, there are perfectly rational reasons not to simply vote the party that offers the most of other peoples' money:
- You may believe that taxes are unattainably high (or close thereto), so that you would prefer not to make thinks worse and ultimately lose what benefits you will get.
- You believe that you are only temporarily on the receiving end and that you will soon be out of that, so you don't want to support making things worse for you in the future.
- You think support is bad, even though you get it yourself (this was the case, for example, of Ayn Rand who happily collected social security etc).
- You think most of the benefits are going to people you don't like/don't deserve it (unlike you)/are different and/or you support cuts that affect others.
Variants of these are used by the republicans, and for that matter the democrats too.
In every western democracy I've been in there's a clear cut bias, rich white people vote right and all the multi-coloured worker-bees vote left. Why is the US the opposite?
My personal experience is only in France, Germany, Australia and the US but I think this distinction you describe is clear only in France, if anywhere at all.
You seem to be keeping score better than I have
Well, everyone needs a hobby. My other is the Missing Children -- I have quite a collection!
Dictators rarely die of natural causes
His father and grandfather died in the saddle of natural causes.
And actually, unfortunately, plenty of others do too, e.g. Franco, Salazar, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot... And if you include the ones ousted but not killed (e.g. Duvalier, Amin, Pinochet) the list gets even longer.
(not killing dictators is actually important because if killing them is the only way to get rid of them they will hold on more tightly. The means of bribing them by letting them keep some ill-gotten gains is justified by the ends).
I think the key is the word "printer". Look what happened with printing. "Printer" used to be the name of a job (as was "computer") and being a printer was a respectable and valuable trade. Computer printers used to be terrible chain or belt devices. Later they were replaced by the cheaper and about as bad dot matrix systems. But over time they improved, until now the print shops that all big companies and government departments had down in the basement are gone. The printing businesses downtown are mostly gone -- the few that stay in business do specialized tasks.
Cheap, ubiquitous assembly will become common, just as cheap word processing became common. And like word processing I expect more custom and on-demand parts -- perhaps to start just phone cases and replacement parts for that umbrella (the 3D equivalent of early Word Perfect documents with lots of italics). But soon enough we'll print out plenty of stuff that we today would buy, if it is even available, just as we generate all sorts of documents.
And just as with printing, where we print less and less, perhaps we'll use less and less when we can fix or reuse things instead of throwing them all away.
(and to think I used to consider "3D printer" a terminological overreach...at least I can learn from the past)
Seriously, I've had like 5 diseases (measles, mumps, varicella, rubella and influenzaa) as a child...and I'm still alive and quite healthy with ZERO side effects of having had those diseases.
Do you know you've had zero side effects? My dad's heard valve was damaged by measles (no vaccine when he was a kid) and he didn't know until he was in his 50s and it stopped functioning properly.
In any case I've ridden in cars and jet aircraft without seat belts and am still around but that doesn't mean I don't use them when they've available.
Big pharma marketing has apparently been successful in creating a nation of hypochondriacs.
Actually vaccines aren't big moneymakers and in in fact stopped being produced at all in the US until Congress stepped in.
Your subject line raises an interesting point: I'd never before recognized that the Koch brothers' advertising and astroturfing is just a DDoS of the airwaves (and public discourse).
I already knew it is evil, but this takes it to a new level!
welcome our new Japanese over...oh, wait...
Actually I thank you guys in the USA (well your grandparents) since if you had not fought that war I would not have been born. My mother had the "pleasure" of actually having Japanese overlords, and while my dad didn't it was only because the US occupied the country before the Japanese could do more than lob a few shells at it.
For that matter my inlaws were in a country run by the Nazis and would likely not have met either...and the US really didn't have to enter that war at all. Nor did they need to spend the money rebuilding the place.
So every time I see some boneheaded american thing (and it's a big place so there's no shortage of stupidity, shitheads and whatever) I remember that they are capable of greatness.
(apologies for the serious response to the flippant remark)
... and being gay does not mean someone has some aesthetic taste.
(sorry, just wanted both the inverse and converse represented). The trolling A/C is a loser. I really like the submitter's question, not because I particularly care about cable trays but because it shows that she or he is the opposite of the BOFH: asking how to fit the various users' needs rather than forcing people to just put up with what IT wants to give 'em.
As soon as animals can be reasonably expected to understand a contract and uphold their side of it, I'll care about whether they have the legal grounds to enter into them.
So you're saying the test of humanity is whether you can enter a contract or not?
In that case I suppose post partum abortions would be reasonable up until the age of humanness has arrived. Which I hope is before teanagerhood, or else the race will be wiped out in a single generation!
That's an interesting list, and it's my understanding that nothing he's released so far has included the names of double agents or others who could be killed, and little to none of the oner stuff on your list either.
Which just further supports the argument that he's a good guy, as if anyone on
Indeed, and Microsoft only spend $2 on that disk and box of Windows you bought.
And come to think of it the price they charge for Widows is outrageous, since I not only have to pay for it but also each bug that was written, then found in testing, and then fixed. And why should they consider the money spent on writing test cases as part of their costs? Outrageous!
At least with Linux I can get a full refund. Take that, Microsoft!