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Comment: $200 isn't so bad (Score 1) 270 270

When I was an "avid tinkerer" (in my case, backyard mechanic), $200 took some scrimping but it was a good price for good tools. It compares pretty favorably with the price of a good-quality torque wrench, and very favorably with that of an air compressor and set of air tools, even cheap ones.

Comment: Re:! surprising (Score 1) 762 762

Privately owned toll roads.
Private or home schooling.
Highway robbers?

So you mean we couldn't manage without the government?

I mean we even launch space shuttles privately now. What do we need a government for? To tell us we can't drink until we're 21 even though they will ship us off and kill us at 18? To fine us if we don't wear a seat belt even though for nearly 100 years people drove in cars without them just fine. To put us in jail for growing a plant in our own backyard (with a federal minimum sentence of 5 years!). To buy trailers for people who built houses in a flood plane, even when the citizens in the surrounding counties (myself included) offered to have several families stay with them until they could rebuild.

Even well intentioned governments are oppressive and wasteful.

Comment: Re:Who'd have thought... (Score 2, Interesting) 194 194

Why if the UK Post Office goes on strike, and nobody notices, because UPS, FedEx, and other private companies (plus email) fill the gap? It would be ironic if the Government Strike proves that the government-run service is no longer needed.

Hmmmm.

I hope the U.S. Post Office goes on strike next. Who need them? Not me.

Comment: Re:The Moon (Score 1) 703 703

Which is about up there with figuring out how to make 2 + 2 = 4.

Everything currently points to it being flat out impossible. Not improbable, not a a tough problem to figure out (ie, usable fusion generators or something that is just a hard problem), but not physically possible.

Assuming that all insolvable problems will magically become not so given enough time and technology isn't a wise bet.

Biotech

+ - Antibiotic Use and Childhood Asthma->

rubmytummy writes: The June 2007 issue of Canadian journal Chest contains the article "Increased Risk of Childhood Asthma From Antibiotic Use in Early Life". [Reuters' popularized summary; Google News page]

From the Chest abstract:

Independent of well-known asthma risk factors, asthma was significantly more likely to develop [at age 7 years] in children who had received antibiotics in the first year of life...
I find this especially interesting for two reasons.
  1. A pathologist friend once told me that what is now known as asthma was in decades past frequently diagnosed as "allergies", especially in children.
  2. I've heard from a number of sources over the years that children who are not exposed to a variety of potential antigens early on are more likely to develop allergies later in life.
A few disparate citations.
[Apologies: Biotech is the closest-to-relevant topic on the submission page.]

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