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Comment Re:eating less (Score 2) 253

OK, you have a point so I will tell the secret....the will power came from a source that is unavailable to most cases. You see one of the side effects of my severely misbalanced gut was that enormous amount of particular type of bug had taken over half of the living space. The buggers then found their way into my bladder and from there you know where it goes. So I was suffering from chronic bladder/urethra infection that was unbeatable by any means until it was realized where the source of the problem is.

So, apart from being fat and underpowered I was also having serious trouble with sex [it would simply hurt rather than being a pleasure]. Now for a guy in his late thirties this is one HELL of a motivation! So when the doctor said 'I will make it so that this chronic infection will go away IF YOU EAT what I tell you and you do it seriously" I was like "I'll do anything to be fully functional male again ,anything!".

On the other hand of the spectrum one of my nieces, age 11 who ran into the obesity issue years ago. Being a child she has less of a discipline, willpower and motivation. On top of that in venerable mind as hers [and that of every girl and also boy of this age] the desire to get slimmer turns counterproductive especially if bullying occurs both at school and outside. The girl tries so hard but struggling with the bugs and struggling with society and your own mind proves extremely difficult.

Thus i do not consider my story a showcase for willpower - maybe I don't give myself enough credit but there it is....

I have written many /. posts over the last few years about this. I am still astounished of how much influence those bugs exert on us [although as someone who has studied biochemistry and microbiology, but never made a career in it, I should have known better].

Comment Re:eating less (Score 4, Interesting) 253

All this has very litle to do with willpower; that is the crux of the matter! I was in that situation with sugar some years ago. I got shakes, weakness and irregular hearth beat if I did not eat [plenty of] sugar. I knew it was bad, I knew I was too heavy, I knew it all - and it did not make any difference.

No one can fight their own biochemistry - you only have to pray it does not turn against you. It took me 2-3 years for the gut bugs to balance [more or less] and to [mostly] stop making me crave the carbs....true it was easier and easier with time but it was absolutely herrendous in the beggining. I repeat again with all sicerity - all this has very little to do with willpower.

Comment Re:Numbers don't lie (Score 1) 228

How was that movie by Woody Allen that got some Oscars?

Q [physiatrist]: How often you make love?
A: [the man]: almost never - 3 times a week!
A:[the woman]: all the time - 3 times a week!

It's not that women have no drive but it is quite a bit weaker than men's. Also, since the women control the sex, every woman gets 100% satisfied sexually [and every male is frustrated] since there is always much more demand than supply. That is if things are one to one [one man with one woman].

The "fact" that women have as strong drive as men is simply political correctness...sadly it has penetrated even biology text books. The refusal to recognize that 9 out of 10 men are sexually frustrated [if monogamy is obeyed] is at the core of enormous amount of social trouble....

Comment Re:Thanks Obama! (Score 1) 143

I like your joke and raise it with this one [from long time ago behind the wall]:

Capitalism is humans exploiting humans. Communism is the other way way around.

Seriously, your joke is the sadder one since the "communist system" is gone; whereas the problems illuminated by you stand and if anything it gets worst. While /. is discussing the future of no jobs and automation in the world, leaders are on the rise that plan to increase the working week [e.g. France], cut jobs, lower taxes and trump [ha-ha] on every civil liberty there is...

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 4, Insightful) 1028

How would you know? Seriously, this is not trolling. How many countries has Russia invaded for profit or global politics and how many did the USA? Who used nuclear bombs on civilians? When has Russia ruled the world so that we cab compare?

It seems to me that the old-fashioned communists in Russia [and their modern day descendants] were much worse towards their population that towards foreigners, whereas USA seems to be the reverse. As I a neither American nor Russian, I prefer the Russian way.

Russia warned many times after the end of the [first?] Cold War that the West is constantly moving goalposts and breaks agreements about military bases, NATO membership and the like.....sorry but the most serious Western analysts agree with this [Google it, it is true, the West admits they did not handle their victory from the Cold War very well].

I am not fond of the Russians at all - at the end they occupied my country for half a century and installed totalitarian regime there but let's be a bit more realistic here...

And finally - I am very sorry if I hurt your feelings, but I really hate the Western leaders hypocrisy and constant masking of blatant power grabs with words as "humanitarian", "democracy" and so on...in contrast Putin [although being also a liar, of course] appears way more honest in his motives and explanations - "you do this, I kick your ass" instead of "if you build that oil-pipe I'll bomb you for democracy". I mean just look at the name of this weapon - no masking, no rosy glasses, no BS. It is Satan, period. A similar weapon in USA will be called "peace maker" or "bringer of democracy"

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 126

My worst pain ever was [very badly] dislocated shoulder joint....after 3 hours when it was finally put back and I could think straight again I asked the doctor what was that magical substance they put in my blood prior to adjusting the joint which removed all the pain within seconds after the administration, he said it was morphine. Surprised I asked "Isn't morphine reserved for really terrible pain?" - I was thinking Hollywood movies where people getting shot at get a shot of morphine:) and also cancer patients.

He said "You have just experienced for 3 hours one of the top 3 most painful conditions in "every day" medicine [thus excluding accidents/wars etc. where bits and pieces of you are being shot at/cut off/smashed/ruptured/squashed] "..."What are the other two?".. ."Pissing a kidney stone and giving birth".

I hope I'll never have to experience the stones for the purpose of comparison! Giving birth is fortunately excluded due to gender...phew!

Comment Re:Share your most memorable scenes or episodes (Score 1) 204

"Elementary, my dear Data" from TNG branded itself in my memory...at that time I was not very well versed in philosophy and science; somehow it moved me very much. The exchange at the end between Picard and Moriarty was ground shaking. The actor playing Moriarty was superb! I think, therefore I am - the one criterion that really matters....wow!

Comment The gist of it (Score 0) 634

Somehow humanity always gets either the people described in the second paragraph or the third....somehow we always miss the Vetinaris of the world.
The discussion is as old as civilization.

"Technically, the city of Ankh-Morpork is a Tyranny, which is not always the same thing as a monarchy, and in fact even the post of Tyrant has been somewhat redefined by the incumbent, Lord Vetinari, as the only form of democracy that works. Everyone is entitled to vote, unless disqualified by reason of age or not being Lord Vetinari.

And yet it does work. This has annoyed a number of people who feel, somehow, that it should not, and who want a monarch instead, thus replacing a man who has achieved his position by cunning, a deep understanding of the realities of the human psyche, breathtaking diplomacy, a certain prowess with the stiletto dagger, and, all agree, a mind like a perfectly balanced circular saw, with a man who has got there by being born

A third proposition, that the city be governed by a choice of respectable members of the community who would promise not to give themselves airs or betray the public trust at every turn, was instantly the subject of music-hall jokes all over the city."

Sir Terry Pratchett, "Unseen academicals"

Comment My fears (Score 1, Troll) 1592

Scattered [useless?] thoughts but I need to get it out from my chest:

My deepest fear is that this will be used as an excuse for another eternal "economic crisis". Because you make more money when shit happens....

Regarding the brexit - I supported both sides. Honestly! On one hand I am [very] disappointed by the EU, on the other I think it will go worse for all of us now...but will it go worse because of some real issues or because the financial sharks will happily create a crisis?

At the very bottom I see this as vote against the whole socio-economic system; however since people do not realize that the very foundations of the system need re-evaluation they shoot down indiscriminately everything they can every time they are asked (EU constitution, anyone?)

The statements ATM from diplomats and politicians [from EU, not Brits] are INSANE! Many have said [e.g. the French diplomatic mission in my country] that this was all Putin's fault (I am not kidding!!)...I mean there is nothing more idiotic and revealing than to keep excusing your greed and incompetence with the big scary bear. The bear is not that big neither it is very scary and in fact the EU has been playing the role of a buffer in the new war between US and Russia. European leaders claim that Europe is making its own destiny yet the surveillance/police states are in full swing, secret trade negotiations, 25% unemployment among young people [what to do? - bail the banks!!], robots taking our jobs [what to do? - RAISE the pension age, increase taxes!!] and the propaganda in the media is insufferable..

Perhaps by bad luck or bad luck reinforced by wrong decisions I suffered by the system in western Europe and I still suffer [got bankrupted by the medi-care system; family screwed by job market]. So in my eyes I cannot stand the system that spills money left, right and center, going to wars nobody wants [except the money makers and their bitches the politicians], endlessly destabilizing the economy while at the same time the regular honest tax payer and decent member of society gets screwed.....again and again....and even VILIFIED [terrible white slavers sexist racist chauvinist pig]....no help from anywhere because I do not belong to any minority [LGTB or whatever] or majority [religion] group....so disappointing!

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