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Comment Re:Circumcision or healthy lifestyle, which's bett (Score 5, Interesting) 1264

Post-hoc rationalization.

A few points:

- I would rather have the penis I was born with, which would now include not a 'small ribbon' but an area of skin with the approximate surface area of an index card
- There are far less invasive treatments for penile cancer than the removal of the entire penis

But... becoming a girl because you have cancer and lose your penis? Are you for real? It's funny you mention that though, because there's a notable case where circumcision itself did destroy the penis of an infant, and in attempt to fix things they performed gender reassignment surgery (though doomed sexually for life), put the kid on hormones and raised him as a girl. Problem was, he never identified as a girl, and some decades after learning the truth about what happened to him, killed himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer

But yep, the science behind the procedure is bulletproof. Except when it isn't.

And to your assertion of cognitive dissonance, I have not experienced this. To the contrary I have found that people will go to any length to convince themselves that they have not been harmed when it's very obvious they have.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

Comment Re:Lies (Score 1) 1264

Honestly, I'm surprised such an outwardly angry response would be considered insightful. So I'll respond.

A) I never said it was all doctors, and I never said you had to be a member to be a pediatrician. They have 60,000 members, who I'm assuming are mostly pediatricians - is that enough for you?
B) Yes, they do. It's tough to find exact figures, but for example Colorado is saving about a quarter million dollars a year having eliminated the procedure from medicaid coverage in 2010. The issue came back on the ballot in 2012 and was struck down.
C) No, the unbiased science shows it to be unnecessary. The rest of the developed and uncut world already having defunded it en masse shows it to be unnecessary.

And yes, babies die from it. What was the number again, 100-some per year? Ever heard of a baby dying from not being cut? I didn't think so.

Critical thinking much?

Comment An interesting study in modern ethics (Score 4, Insightful) 263

Is it still right to punish those who in good faith believe there is a pressing need to leak certain information? Entrapment aside, this really will have the most damaging chilling effect yet known in the information age. First no whistleblower protection for gov. employees, and now an active campaign to make sure fucked people stay fucked. Proud to be an American!

Comment A few things... (Score 2) 684

1. The power company (very likely) already knows your power consumption habits. Lots of meters send automated reads every 15 minutes anyway. This is not new, at all. The processing power and manpower to actually mine this data does not yet exist, and if power companies wanted to put this in the pipeline they'd have to spend bazillions of dollars doing so.
2. The EM radiation emitted by smart meters (especially those in the 900MHz range) is comparable to a cell phone, except for the fact that it's not placed directly against your ear, and it chirps for a few ms every few minutes, as opposed to constantly against your head

The crazies who spout nonsense about cancer and privacy are of the same sort that believe in homeopathy. You will notice that they don't cite their sources, and make generalized, unsupported claims.

Comment Trim the fucking trees (Score 5, Informative) 813

I sat in on a town hall meeting where JCP&L fumbled majorly in explaining themselves after taking a week or more to restore power in northern NJ. They gave all manner of excuses, and the meeting attendees pointed out endless examples of dead branches hanging over wires. Their policy? Then don't touch the branch unless the branch is *hanging* on the wire. How's that for foresight? The moment a strong wind kicks up, they lose power. They're so fucking cheap that they fired all their linemen, and now out-of-state emergency support has become the ONLY support.

Shame on them.

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