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Comment Possibly nobody (Score 4, Insightful) 147

So, who do you think will be prosecuted for this?

I know from someone who worked in the DOD these cons can come across a single desk more than once a week, with, interestingly, professional presentations totally at odds with the quality of the science. If it were your job to sort through these, and if you had to sort through HUNDREDS in your career, then the one con who got lucky guesses (law of averages and all) during your testing of him would end your career. Remember a 99% accurate test is wrong 1% of the time. Also consider it can be just as bad (or worse) if you turn someone away who did have something novel, especially if it costs lives.

Comment Re:evolution fixes everything? (Score 1) 235

Introduce a lot of chaotic violence and war into a society though and the sick , elderly and handicapped sure are at a disadvantage.

Looking at evolution as people-centric instead of gene-centric is looking at it the wrong way. Two good books are The Selfish Gene (Dawkins), and Guns, Germs, and Steel (Diamond). The second book won a Pulitzer BTW. Here's what they will teach you:

First, the "sick" can kick ass in a conflict. Europeans came to the new world with germs which killed 95% of the indigenous people without swinging a sword. The physical fighting was just mopping up survivors. So we ought to be real careful about assumptions regarding "handicaps" and "sickness."

Second, soldiers (and peoples) benefit from generals (and leaders) who are wise. Those wise folk just might be the elderly. The elderly, who share more genes with their soldiers (and people) than with their enemies (and neighbors), assist their own genes by engaging in warfare (and diplomacy) wisely, to the detriment of their foolish young enemies (and neighbors). The book The Selfish Gene presents this idea much more clearly than I can in a concise post. Diamond's recent book "Collapse" also does a great job.

Comment evolution fixes everything? (Score 1) 235

If cancer killed people before they reproduced then the genetic causes of cancer would be eliminated pretty quickly.

Doesn't the presence of childhood diseases that have genetic causes, like cystic fibrosis (to name ONLY ONE), falsify this logic? Heck, doesn't childhood CHOKING have a genetic cause (genes place that windpipe where it is, after all, sure is good for speech though). Doesn't the same genetic trait that causes sickle cell help defend against malaria? Maybe life-form design involves trade-offs, some of which we know of, and some are yet-to-be-discovered.

Secondly, this logic fails a whole different way by assuming grandparents don't help survival of their young.

Comment pronunciation (Score 0, Troll) 180

I think it's odd Google lists as the only pronunciation of Gigabyte a hard "G", like in giggle, when that pronunciation is only a result of mispronunciation started in the 1990's (the root is the same as gigantic, soft "g"), AND YET they don't list the common mispronunciation of "nuclear." Is Google dictionary what they want the language to be instead of what researchers have found it is? Did the CRU researchers find new jobs at google or something?

Comment Re:If he was paid $50, he wasn't a "slave" (Score 1) 802

The barbed wire at Gold Base is on the inside of the fence not on the outside.

It's common for barbed wire fences to be installed wrong, just look around businesses in your neighborhood. I don't know if it's plain ignorance, or a desire to put the fence at the limit of the property and remain in one's airspace, or both. A look at the nature of the businesses doing this makes it clear it's not always a nefarious desire to keep people in.

Comment Re:Gold Base (Gilman Springs, CA) (Score 1) 802

surrounded by a barbed-wire fence facing inward!

It's common for barbed wire fences to be installed wrong, just look around businesses in your neighborhood. I don't know if it's plain ignorance, or a desire to put the fence at the limit of the property and remain in one's airspace, or both. A look at the nature of the businesses doing this makes it clear it's not always a nefarious desire to keep people in.

Comment Bunk? (Score 1) 315

"republicans/rightists" have defending the personal freedom to own/carry a gun, and have been rolling back the restrictions passed in 1993-1994 by the other party.

It is true that the current administration is failing to live up to a lot of campaign promises, however.

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