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Comment Reverse the premise (Score 1) 324 324

Every time I see a study like this, I reverse the premise and see if it makes sense. In this case, I would ask this. Instead of poverty cause low brain development, does low brain development cause poverty. I would argue that much of IQ is inherited, either through nature or nurture. To put it bluntly, stupid parents tend to have stupid kids. Its also clear that a lower IQ very much limits your earning potential - thus puts your family in poverty.

So, I think this study is balogne. All it says is poor people tend to be on the lower end of the IQ scale, and so are their kids.

Comment Re:Gone with the winds. (Score 2) 82 82

I grew up near Altoona. Google maps says 3 miles from the site of the data center. There is no chance of flooding in Altoona. As the name suggests, its a relatively high spot - and not near any rivers' flood plain. The biggest threat is tornadoes. Not nearly as much as Oklahoma, but we still have them. Look up Parkersburg, IA tornado of 2008 for a near town-wide leveling by an EF5 tornado.

Comment spouting FUD for /this/ reason (Score 1) 523 523

The person who wrote the summary probably wants to create a dip in Tesla stock prices so he can buy-in cheaper. The other note I want to make is that one of the reasons that the roadster must be discontinued is that Lotus is discontinuing its Elise that the roadster is based on, so unless they start making their own chassis, Tesla has no choice but to discontinue their roadster. Now, with the Model S, they aren't reliant on anybody else for the chassis, so they should be in better shape.

Comment Having no pulse isn't new (Score 1) 465 465

My co-worker's husband had a LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) implanted in his chest called the HeartMate II. It took enough work away from his heart that he had no pulse. The EMTs had to be trained that if they responded to a call for him, he would have no detectable pulse.

Now this is different in that it didn't replace his heart, but its a continuous pump, and results in no pulse.

Comment Re:Oil not equal to nuclear (Score 1) 1563 1563

While I tend to agree that increasing electricity production will have little effect on the liquid fuel (oil) crisis, there are 2 legitimate arguments to support the opposite. 1. If you replaced the natural gas power plants with nuclear, or solar, or wind, etc, natural gas could potentially be used to directly power cars. See the Honda Civic GX. 20% of the world's electricity comes from natural gas. 2. If pure electric cars (like the Mitubishi iMiEV & Subaru R1e) were to come to market, generating more electricity would reduce demand for gasoline.

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