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Comment Re:This was a market failure (Score 1) 428

In other words, you think that in times of crisis scarce resources will miraculously materialize to meet the increased demand. The only problem with Uber's surge pricing algorithm is that they do not have a sufficiently robust competitor to make sure that it is not pure profiteering (that is, that the price increase reflects the actual demand increase).

Comment Re:Where is the comments from Republicans? (Score 1) 99

Of course, someone has to REPORT that they said it. For that matter, how would they even know he was making the claim? This reporter did not even ask them about it. Yeah, now that it has been reported they are likely to find out, but all anybody will remember is this initial story, not what they may say now. Even now, what makes you think someone would report it if they said anything?

Comment Re:Where is the comments from Republicans? (Score 1) 99

If Cummings has the backing of the entire committee it would be the first time. Of course, why would you think this was a stupid thing to lie about. When he, and his staff, probably knew that the reporter was not going to ask anyone else on the committee (or the committee's staff) about his claims...and low and behold, the reporter did not.

Not even a simple email saying, "Representative Cummings' office is making these claims(see attached). Do you have any comments?"

The reporter attempted to cover for his lack of follow up by telling us that the two men being attacked by Representative Cummings refused to comment. Well, of course they did. Anything they said could only cause them greater problems. The key problem with the article is that the reporter takes Cummings word (or his staffers') for it that the Democratic members of the FCC have been forthcoming in releasing documents.

Comment Re:Clickbait troll much? (Score 2) 629

Two points: First, there were LOTS of questions about Reagan's health when he ran for President in 1980 because of his age. However, he showed no signs of health issues on the campaign trail and was able to maintain a similar campaign schedule to that of his opponent with campaign appearances 7 days a week. Hillary has maintained a very sparse campaign schedule with 3 or 4 day weekends where she does not appear at any campaign events. In addition, Hillary has had multiple incidents which are suggestive of an underlying health problem (although these incidents are by no means conclusive). Over all there is greater reason to question Hillary's health than there was to question Reagan's (key word being "question")

Second, the idea that Reagan had Alzheimer's while in office was a conjecture that was made after he was out of office for several years and diagnosed with it. There was no real evidence to suggest that such was the case while he was in office. There is sufficient evidence IN HINDSIGHT to conjecture that he may have been experiencing symptoms in the last year or two he was in office, but nothing that is even vaguely conclusive

Comment Re:It's not rocket science.. (Score 1) 314

Skin colour doesn't correlate with crime, poverty does.

Your are correct that skin colour does not correlate with crime. However, it is not poverty that correlates with crime, it is being from a single parent household which correlates with crime. The incidence of single parent households are MUCH higher among blacks than among whites.

Comment Re:So then Hillary is the warmonger (Score 1) 531

Actually, there is reason to think that Putin and the Russians believe that it has already been decided that Hillary will be the next President (and that the election is just for show). If that is the case, then their actions at this time are designed to weaken the person they perceive as the next President.

Comment Re:Phony PR stunt (Score 1) 163

I would say that he has a rather high opinion of Hillary, since he assumes that she will not continue the charade that this treaty is binding in the U.S. without Senate ratification. I tend to think that you are correct that, despite the clear statement of the Constitution, Hillary will act, and instruct those who answer to her to act, as if the Paris Treaty is legally binding.

Comment Re:Antibacterial vs antibiotic (Score 1) 248

Triclosan is NOT an antibiotic. The link you provided states as much. As far as I have been able to find, none of the other antibacterials are antibiotics. However, I was unaware that triclosan worked in a manner similar enough to some antibiotics that resistance developed to it would also work against those antibiotics.

I still do not believe that it is appropriate for the FDA to regulate antibacterials in soap.

Comment Re:The Point... (Score 1) 248

NO!!! "antibacterial" is NOT essentially the same thing as "antibiotic". There is no connection between antibiotic resistant bacteria and the use of antibacterial soap (or anything else). Something which you acknowledge when you talk about hand sanitizers (which, by the way, I am pretty sure are covered in this FDA ruling).

There is a legitimate concern with antibacterial soap. The problem with antibacterial soap is that it kills off the beneficial bacteria to an even greater degree than it kills off harmful bacteria (primarily because there is so much more of the beneficial bacteria). One of the strongest defenses we have against harmful bacteria is the numerous benign bacteria living on our skin. The benign bacteria competes with the harmful bacteria for food and in other ways (some benign bacteria actively kill harmful bacteria). Our society has developed the idea that all bacteria are bad. This is not the case.

There is a further misunderstanding in your post (which misunderstanding is common on slashdot...and elsewhere). Antibiotic resistant bacteria are not stronger than non-antibiotic bacteria. As a matter of fact, the few studies I have seen on the subject suggest that antibiotic resistant bacteria are weaker than non-antobiotic resistant strains of the same bacteria. That is, in an environment without antibiotics, antibiotic resistant bacteria do not replicate as rapidly as non-antibiotic strains of the same bacteria. I will state that I have seen very few studies on this and a more in depth study may discover that it is not true. However, this would explain why there have been so few incidents of antibiotic resistant infection outside of hospitals.

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