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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?

Comment: Re:Waiting for the hypocrisy to start (Score 1) 397

by segwonk (#39913283) Attached to: Panetta Labels Climate Change a National Security Threat
Is it too much to ask the Republicans to simply acknowledge the science? Then they could *join* a healthy debate with the Democrats.

I happen to agree with you that some (but not all) of the suggested solutions being proposed are untenable. But with the Republicans saying "wha wha wha - we can't hear you!!" it is difficult to have a reasonable discussion.

Comment: Re:Whoever is responsible for this article (Score 1) 1258

by segwonk (#39835589) Attached to: Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief
Your original post was marked "+3 Funny" when I first saw it.

So when I read it and saw your horrific hypothesis, I assumed you were joking - Poe's Law and all*.

But good lord! I think you actually believe it. Let me guess: Do you also wonder why Christians have a bad reputation?

Listen, do you have any idea how irresponsible this is? Because it sounds to me like you're suggesting that sick and ill people simply pray to Jesus and forego going to a doctor at all. WTF?

Grow up.

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*Poe's Law states:
"Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing."

Comment: Re:Speak for yourself (Score 1) 583

by segwonk (#38921835) Attached to: When it comes to U.S. colonies on the moon ...

Fair enough. Perhaps I'm guilty of believing this:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_new_corporate_world_order_20110419/

          "General Electric, which was bailed out by taxpayers and which stored so much of its profit abroad that it paid no taxes for the past two years, was forced to tighten up, but while cutting its foreign workforce by 1,000 it cut a far more severe 28,000 in the United States."

Oh, is Truthdig too liberal for you? It is quoting from a Wall Street Journal article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704821704576270783611823972.html

Though unfortunately, I don't have a subscription, so I can't read their full article.

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