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Comment Re:Childbirth? (Score 1) 241

Studies have repeatedly shown that children who spend all day in childcare while both parents are working have greater behavioral issues and more learning issues than children where one parent stays home. It does not appear to matter which parent stays home, although I suspect that the sample size where the father stays home is too small to be conclusive.

Comment Re:I hope he wins his suit (Score 1) 726

Apparently you do not know what the "D" in the MD degree stands for. I will give you a hint, it stands for the same thing as the "D" in PhD.

Of course the fact that you cannot even read the links you cite indicates that you are either a troll or an idiot (maybe both). From the Wikipedia article you linked about the J.D. degree:

The Juris Doctor degree (J.D. or JD), also known as the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (J.D., JD, D.Jur. or DJur), is a graduate-entry professional degree in law and one of several Doctor of Law degrees.... It has the academic standing of ... a professional doctorate in the United States (in all three jurisdictions the same as other professional degrees such as M.D. or D.D.S.)

Comment Re:No one makes anyone buy anything. (Score 1) 248

There was a time when a selection of merchants decided to sell all of their product at what they felt was a moral profit margin (I do not know what that margin was, it was probably more than 10%). Study the history of markets and you will learn that the reason we had the economic system where just about everything was sold for a flat price was because Quaker merchants felt it was dishonest to haggle over prices. They set their prices at what they considered to be a moral profit margin and that was the price they charged everyone. You either paid their asking price, or you went somewhere else...but, their asking price was the same for every customer. It did not take long before any merchant who did not follow such a strategy was out of business.

Comment Re:Impeding the West's intelligence efforts (Score 1) 100

Except that the technology was not sabotaged. It was merely revealed that it existed. The thing is: it is no longer a matter of this technology could be misused. We now know that this technology will be misused.

In fact, the evidence suggests that our government(s) will use this technology to suppress legitimate opposition and not to protect its citizens from malefactors.

Comment Re:no way (Score 1) 267

Well, considering that in this case the courts ruled that the medical facility is only liable for 30% of the cost of "upkeep" there is something to that.

However, you are overlooking the context of the original post. The original post clearly implies that the poster would not pay anything even if the courts failed to order the support you are suggesting. In such a case, these two option ARE the only options.

Comment Re:Impeding the West's intelligence efforts (Score 1) 100

Considering your signature, I really hope you are being sarcastic. There is reasonable evidence that the Obama Administration used the intelligence apparatus of the U.S. to spy on his political opponents (in particular those who opposed the Iran Nuclear deal, an example where there is no support for the idea that those being spied on domestically were involved in anything which gave the government legal authority to spy on them). It is certainly possible, maybe even likely, that previous Administrations had done the same thing, but they were subtle enough in the way that they used what they learned that way that it is possible they were not doing so.
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Diet Sodas May Be Tied To Stroke, Dementia Risk (cnn.com) 223

Gulping down an artificially sweetened beverage not only may be associated with health risks for your body, but also possibly your brain, a new study suggests. From a report: Artificially sweetened drinks, such as diet sodas, were tied to a higher risk of stroke and dementia in the study, which published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke on Thursday. The study sheds light only on an association, as the researchers were unable to determine an actual cause-and-effect relationship between sipping artificially sweetened drinks and an increased risk for stroke and dementia. Therefore, some experts caution that the findings should be interpreted carefully. No connection was found between those health risks and other sugary beverages, such as sugar-sweetened sodas, fruit juice and fruit drinks.

Comment Two separate things here (Score 1) 148

There are two separate things here: CCing the recipient's boss, CCing the sender's boss. When the sender CC's the recipient's boss they are usually trying to apply pressure to the recipient by going over their head. The overwhelming majority of the times people have done this to me it is because they want me to do something which violates my understanding of company policy. Since the majority of the time, my understanding of company policy is the same as my boss', this usually fails. Sometimes my boss sees their point and changes policy. Sometimes the other person has sufficient clout that their take on company policy overrides my boss'. Very rarely, my understanding of policy was wrong (the reason this happens so rarely is not because I am such a genius about company policy, rather it is because if I am not absolutely sure about company policy on an issue where someone is pushing me, I CC my boss first).

When the sender CC's their own boss, it is usually one of four things:
  1. 1)The sender wants to make sure his boss has his back on the position he is about to take on the issue under dispute
  2. 2)The sender thinks the situation has potential complications which his boss should not be blindsided by
  3. 3)The sender thinks the decision is one which should be made at a higher level (if higher than his boss, it is his boss' job to decide who)
  4. 4)The sender is covering his ass in case things go badly (and he thinks they are likely to go badly)
  5. Oh there is a fifth reason, although this could apply to both types: the sender is a complete douchebag.

Comment Re:Basic liberals propaganda (Score 1) 281

"Not renewing its mandate" means allowing something which was set up to operate for a limited time to end when that limited time is up. "Dismantling" means shutting down something which was set up to operate for the indefinite future. Saying that they dismantled this commission is like saying LBJ dismantled the Warren Commission after it gave its final report.

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