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Comment: Re:Existing programs (Score 1) 529

by zentigger (#46543373) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

Dude, your country is fucked.

In so many ways.

Just plain fucked!

While other countries are examining alternative flexible educational systems and expanding the curriculum, you have education districts dropping fact and reason in favour of mysticism and fairy tales, and move towards a rigid one-size fits all model.

In much the same way that the passengers of the Titanic realized how fucked they were. You have nowhere near enough life rafts, and by the time anyone admits there's a problem, the life rafts will all be launched to carry away roughly 1% of your population.

Comment: math? (Score 1) 545

by zentigger (#46446939) Attached to: Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

Alfalfa growers are now exporting some 100 billion gallons of water a year from this drought-ridden region to the other side of the world in the form of alfalfa.

I think your math is a bit off. California only produces about 7 million tonnes of alfalfa anualy. a tonne of pure water is about 250 gallons, so even if alfalfa were pure water, your math is off by a couple of orders of magnitude.

Comment: Re:Scientists finally discover... (Score 1) 287

by zentigger (#44638679) Attached to: Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds

While I certainly agree that kids at (for example) a birthday party do not need sugar to become hyperactive, there are other studies, and they tend to correlate well with what we know of metabolism and how sugar is metabolized:

Other studies show that since sugar is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, blood sugar rises quickly, which can lead to higher adrenaline levels and thus symptoms similar to those associated with hyperactivity.

A study like this carries a lot more weight as it isolates the ingestion of sugar and objectively measures it's biological impact on the children, as opposed to other studies that do not isolate the various stimuli and only measure the results subjectively.

Comment: Re:Scientists finally discover... (Score 1) 287

by zentigger (#44633043) Attached to: Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds

I have 3 kids under the age of 6 and I call a total bullshit!

There are many recent studies that try to dismiss a correlation between sugar and hyperactivity and most of them appear to be pretty flawed. One study states that the parents of the children in the study did indeed report that sugar correlated to hyper-activity, but dismissed that in favour of "clinical" reports--so in their normal environment kids become hyper after eating sugar, but when you put them in a lab they don't. Perhaps the change of environment has an impact on this? This study also compared sucrose, aspartame, and saccharin based on THE ASSUMPTION that aspartame and saccharin do not cause hyperactivity. But few if any of these studies administered the test dose on an empty stomach and monitored the biochemical response.

Other studies show that since sugar is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, blood sugar rises quickly, which can lead to higher adrenaline levels and thus symptoms similar to those associated with hyperactivity. This fits much better with what we understand about metabolism and is not based on any assumptions or other external effects, such as change in environment.

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