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Comment Rectal Insertion (Score 1) 201

And this is from a guy on "super perv powder" who "recommended that the most effective way to take a dose is via rectal insertion, a procedure known as "plugging," writing: "Measure your dose, apply a small amount of saliva to just the tip of your middle finger, press it against the dose, insert. Doesn't really hurt as much as it sounds." Yeah, McAfee is so credible.

Comment And that's why on a cold day (Score 1) 655

denialists (like Jim Inhofe) will build a snowman and say, "What climate change? Nyuck, nyunk." People are conflating climate with weather. Climate is an average of what has happened over a period of years, decades or even centuries.

Scientists can't definitively say that Hurricane Sandy was caused by global warming any more than doctors say that one particular home run by Barry Bonds was as a result of steroid use. What both can say is that the likelihood of either is much increased by their respective underlying conditions.

I see little difference between Creationists who think the Earth is 6,000 years old and global warming deniers who think that humans aren't responsible for changing the climate by burning millions of years worth of sequestered carbon in less than three centuries. I'd really like to know how releasing gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere in the geologic blink of an eye doesn't have an effect. On a separate note, humans have altered the nitrogen cycle through the Haber-Bosch process by removing nitrogen from the atmosphere and put it into the biosphere. That amount of nitrogen in the biosphere hadn't changed in over a hundred million years.

Comment Age Discrimination (Score 1) 618

Clearly most of the Trek fans here were introduced to ST:TNG and not the original Trek. I think this says more about the age of the poll takers than which captain is actually best. Since I'm likely older than many /.ers I prefer Kirk because that's how I was introduced to the Trek franchise.

Comment Send it to Enceladus instead (Score 2) 142

We've been exploring Mars for 40+ years now and so far we've not found evidence of life. We are much closer answering the question if it did or does, and I won't be surprised if we find microfossils and even life, but the parameters are very narrow. Now if we send a DNA sequencer to a icy moon of Jupiter or Saturn that has an ocean under it's ice, the odds of finding life go up dramatically. Europa would have been my first choice but we have to get through that thick crust. Enceladus would be even better. It's spewing liquid water into space. So we know where the crust is thinnest. And it does have the ingredients for life.

Comment It's not a ban (Score 1) 642

It's a restriction on portion size. You can still buy more than one. The human body wasn't designed to handle that much liquid sugar all at once. Those mega-drinks do make obesity more likely. Consumers do not have perfect knowledge. Human's evolved under feast and famine conditions. We live in a society of plenty and it's difficult to overcome human biology even with perfect knowledge. Our physiology works against us. It's very easy to regain the weight lost. I know. I lost nearly 60 pounds but have gained it back. That's over a period of 10 years. I'm in the process of losing it again, but it's going to take longer because I'm older.

There are several questions that need to be answered: Are we our brother's keeper? Do we need a nanny state? Should we pay for the health costs associated with obesity of our neighbors?

Taking personal responsibility is great and all, but it can only do so much. I think a better solution would be a sweetener tax than a portion limit. Congress uses the tax code for social engineering. A sugar sales tax would also be social engineering. By making one of the ingredients more expensive the cost would be passed on to the consumer. The revenue could be used for education or healthcare costs.

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