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Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 398

"The same journal has a study showing pot-smoking teens are 60% less likely to finish high school than ones who don't."

Wait a minute, I thought *everyone* already agreed that, due to its affect on brain development, teenagers shouldn't be smoking pot?

Having said that, I assume Colorado and Washington won't sell to under 21. But I don't know - am I wrong about that?

Comment: OMNI (Score 2) 122

by segwonk (#49093357) Attached to: The Science of a Bottomless Pit
Does anyone else remember an issue of OMNI magazine from the early 1980s that discussed this? I think it may have been around 1982.

In that article, they estimated the roundtrip would take around 42 minutes, which I thought was a grand coincidence having just read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Comment: Re:But.. (Score 1) 340

by segwonk (#45348157) Attached to: Global Biological Experiment Generates Exciting New Results
"The largest driver for resistance is the over-use of antibiotics in non-health care related fields, like industrial agriculture, and hand soap."

Honest question: I was under the impression that there is a significant difference between the antibiotics given to (e.g.) cows, and "antibiotic" hand soap. The first acts intracellularlyâ€"inside the cellâ€"while antibiotic soaps act on the whole cell itself. Two completely different mechanisms. One comparison I read said, about the risk of developing resistance to hand soaps, "it would be like developing a resistance to fire." Ain't gonna happen.

Are antibiotic hand soaps really a problem?

- jw

Comment: Re:How did they drift so far apart? (Score 1) 223

by segwonk (#42377953) Attached to: Polio Eradication Program Suspended In Pakistan After Aid Workers Shot

Patrilineal endogamy [*] is not an Islamic doctrine.....

Thank you Jamuna for this interesting post. There is an awful lot of complaining on this site about how it has deteriorated over the years. Perhaps. But I still love reading Slashdot because there are still a lot of damn smart comments.

- jw

Comment: Re:This changes nothing. . . (Score 1) 449

by segwonk (#42309325) Attached to: Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority, Says Obama

Well, to be specific, I think you're talking about the representative from Colorado (Diana DeGette) who introduced a bill in November to do it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_cannabis_from_Schedule_I_of_the_Controlled_Substances_Act#2012_Bill

But really now - how likely is this to pass? I think not very. Anybody know anything I don't?

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