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Comment: Re:I found this article to be more informative (Score 1) 215

by cold fjord (#47441275) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

I trust you'll be relieved to read this paper:

Did the U.S. Army Distribute Smallpox Blankets to Indians? Fabrication and Falsification in Ward Churchill's Genocide Rhetoric


In this analysis of the genocide rhetoric employed over the years by Ward Churchill, an ethnic studies professor at the University of Colorado, a "distressing" conclusion is reached: Churchill has habitually committed multiple counts of research misconduct—specifically, fabrication and falsification. While acknowledging the "politicization" of the topic and evidence of other outrages committed against Native American tribes in times past, this study examines the different versions of the "smallpox blankets" episode published by Churchill between 1994 and 2003. The "preponderance of evidence" standard of proof strongly indicates that Churchill fabricated events that never occurred—namely the U.S. Army's alleged distribution of smallpox infested blankets to the Mandan Indians in 1837. The analysis additionally reveals that Churchill falsified sources to support his fabricated version of events, and also concealed evidence in his cited sources that actually disconfirms, rather than substantiates, his allegations of genocide.


Ward Churchill was a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1990 until 2007, when he was fired for research misconduct.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that ... (Score 1) 190

by cold fjord (#47440937) Attached to: Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

There were "Occupy" activists that were pepper sprayed, and some were jailed. It was because they were involved in rioting, trespass, resisting arrest, or some other crime or disturbance, not because of the particular political reforms they were championing... when they could manage coherence on the question.

Comment: Hard to tell if it's working. (Score 4, Informative) 229

by Animats (#47438917) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Here's the promotional video from Rafael, the system's maker. If the Iron Dome launchers are in a position to hit incoming rockets when they're still in boost phase, they're clearly effective. When they hit, the ascending rocket's flare disappears. Israel has Iron Dome launchers both forward postioned near Gaza, for boost phase defense, and near cities, for terminal defense. For terminal defense, it's harder to tell if they worked. The incoming rockets are just falling at that point, and success requires blowing up their warhead, not their rocket engine.

Videos show the missile's warhead exploding. That's triggered by a proximity fuse. There's a spray of shrapnel from the warhead; it doesn't have to be a direct hit. Whether that sets off the incoming rocket's warhead isn't visible from the videos of terminal defense.The Patriot missiles used in the Gulf war were able to hit incoming Scud missiles, but often didn't detonate the warhead.

Comment: Re:Wait a minute... (Score 1) 160

by strikethree (#47438551) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

It is even worse than what you think it is:

So I happen to not physically be in America and I was not aware that paracetamol and acetaminophen are the same thing when the doctor asks me if I have taken any Panadol (what? Paracetamol)... so I say no and he proceeds to start pumping a thousand milligrams plus directly into my veins. Yeah, but I had taken Tylenol and some cold medications, which combined, had placed over a thousand milligrams of acetaminophen into my system previously. A thousand milligrams of acetaminophen here, a thousand milligrams of paracetamol there. Another thousand in rounding errors and a continuous drip into my veins... Who cares right?

Needless to say, my liver goes, "WTF dude?" and 6 months of hell proceed to occur. Some Milk Thistle and time allowed everything to more or less return to normal.

Yeah. It should be illegal to put that shit into ANY product other than one distinctly labelled as acetaminophen aka paracetamol. It should not be labelled Cold Medicine or Cough Medicine, or Muscle Relaxer or whatever the fuck else. That stuff is DANGEROUS. I do not want to have a liver transplant merely because of differing naming conventions and added ingredients.

Comment: This is a very international effort: Nope (Score 1) 72

It's barely more an international effort than when the US launches a US built sat from the Cape on an Atlas V (using Russian RD180s): French Guyana is as much of France as Hawaii is of the US so both the sats & the launch location are French.

But this is a post from Timothy so we all know that accuracy and absence of bias in the extract are too much to expect...

"The geeks shall inherit the earth." -- Karl Lehenbauer