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Comment: Re:sad day, and sad reality (Score 1) 589

by sketchbag (#42567037) Attached to: Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide
break it down more. why isnt a person working 3 jobs to feed their kids in that age group living in south central la as likely as a privledged white living in the burbs in virginia? because time to think might be a cause. but more specifically, read my second post. we have actual disorders that cause increased suicidal behavior. just because most 53 year olds die of heart disease and cancer doesnt mean that virtually zero should be the number of suicides but still ranks in the top 10. that number should be picked at zero (well, of the people i agree with :P) and whatever the cause, especially if medical (parasites, tumors, chemical, etc) then we should try and remedy as opposed to call them "stupid". if there was an additive to pork that had a similar effect of the cat toxin i mentioned, jews and muslims might be pretty safe. should nobody worry about everyone who doesnt mind the pig products? especially if it could be traced back to a solid physical cause?

Comment: Re:sad day, and sad reality (Score 2) 589

by sketchbag (#42566957) Attached to: Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide
some people have issues far beyond what one might call "choice" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasma_gondii or other disorders). studies recently link the mentioned disorder to suicide attempts (http://www.amsciepub.com/doi/abs/10.2466/12.13.PR0.107.5.424). you get to call it stupidity. but we dont have to agree with you when data shows otherwise. brain disorders (caused by external or genetic, etc) can influence how one behaves. tumors in certain brain regions can significantly reduce the self preservation motivation, or increase depression. remember folks, brains are machines. and machines can fuck up :)

Comment: sad day, and sad reality (Score 4, Insightful) 589

by sketchbag (#42566837) Attached to: Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide
sad to see a statistic so tragic. among the age group 25-34, suicide is the second highest cause of death (cdc, 2010 [ http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/pdf/10LCID_All_Deaths_By_Age_Group_2010-a.pdf ]). All i can say is this is a tragedy in the specific, and its a tragedy in the general. Build communities where you can, and if you stand up for your beliefs try and make bonds that will help you through troubled times when the shit hits the fan as a result. our best and brightest should be here to fix the problems left behind by the poor choices of others, because if the best and brightest arent...who is going to? please stand by activists if you agree with them, and if you have suicidal thoughts (related to, or unrelated to activism), seek better bonds with others or medical help if necessary

Comment: The Mark of the Beast (Score 1) 297

by sketchbag (#42543917) Attached to: Texas State Rep. Files 2 Bills To Ban RFID In Schools
if being assigned a number used to track you in school is the mark of the beast, the first computerized attendance databases were the problem. your teacher calls your name, marks your attendance down. the school robo-call computer reads the attendance data (or someone enters it in), assigns it to your name in the database (which already has an ID number). the rfid just automagically does attendance. its no different. and i'm sure you could get a bag or box cover that would inhibit the rfid from being accessed outside of school.

Comment: Spam (Score 1) 459

by sketchbag (#35272868) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?
I think it should be up to ISPs to block port 25 from their own client pool. That way, you can get whitelisted if you want to run your own mail server by your ISP. If all ISPs did this, it would be an obstacle for spam. Or if there were a registry of approved mail servers, so botnet zombies on cable pools cant easily dump thousands of spam messages per day. I think it is a step in the right direction, as long as your ISP is willing to open up port 25 to users upon request.

Comment: natural explanations: all. supernatural: 0 (Score 1) 810

by sketchbag (#34787392) Attached to: Running Your Own Ghost Investigation?
Just because you can ask a question, doesnt mean it deserves an answer. The whole notion of ghosts is rooted in religious thinking based on literally zero evidence. If a dish falls, or a chair moves, and its proven to be some odd energy force, you're still 100% away from a magic entity that is the spirit of a human that is traveling around the universe in tandem with the earth at millions of miles an hour, changing directions to match the rotation and revolution of the earth, the movement of our star, and solar system and local group and supercluster, etc. just to live in a house. if the soul has mass, we'd be able to measure it with a scale, which to date hasnt been done. It's not worth investing time and money researching peoples imaginary causes based on no evidence. someone from a primitive time jumped to the conclusion of a ghost for an unexplained phenomenon, and because of the widespread belief in immortal souls and an afterlife it's survived into the modern era, where in most every other area of thought those same people demand evidence. There is no place for magic or wizards as explanations, since to date every single thing that has been discovered has been found to be natural in origin. and that means also that everything that was attributed to supernatural agents, has been replaced by a natural explanation, or is still unexplained (yes, "magic did it" isnt actually explanatory)

Comment: Re:Odd. (Score 1) 473

by sketchbag (#34449840) Attached to: People With University Degree Fear Death Less
I agree that supernatural beliefs influence one's fear of death. As education and literacy go up, religiosity goes down, and as a result i dont find this finding very shocking. And with the social structure historically pushing women away from scientific avenues of education, I would also wager the "best antidote" for supernatural beliefs is an understanding of the natural world, which science delivers like no other academic pursuit. But times are changing, and women are filling labs at a rate unseen before and i suspect that the difference based on sex will diminish, but the level of education will still correlate quite well.

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