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Comment Re: Who's to say? (Score 1) 99

Well, if you want to be pedantic (of course you do), heat isn't radiation. Black body radiation is a consequence of heat. And in point of fact the ionizing spectral components of the Sun's radiation generates over seventy-thousand cases of cancer in the US annually, and over ten thousand deaths. If there were an artificial radiation source that was that harmful we'd be right to be very concerned about it, that's substantially more than 3x the number of people who perished in 9/11 every single year.

The real issue here isn't people using linguistic short hand like "radiation" that Internet trolls can play "gotcha" with; it's people not understanding the difference between radiation per se, ionizing radiation, and radioactive fallout. Maybe you don't need to be a Nobel Prize-winning physicist to run the DoE, but you should at least be able to explain the difference between these things. And you'd certainly want anyone working in government to know the difference between preventable and non-preventable deaths.

Comment Re: No highs, no lows, it's Bose (Score 2) 54

You might have bought it after the change; if I recall correctly, they switched in the 90s. Or maybe not. Borosilicate glass isn't indestructible if you subject it to extreme enough temperature changes, nor is it the absolute best for thermal expansion durability (pure quartz glass is the best, but isn't commonly available in consumer grade stuff.)

I doubt Pyrex is dead (from a financial standpoint); it still has generic trademark effect for a lot of people, and as I recall they still do produce some borosilicate stuff for laboratory use (i.e. for people who are informed enough to not be fooled by the brand name alone.)

Comment Re:No highs, no lows, it's Bose (Score 3, Interesting) 54

Have you listened to a pair of 901s made in the 80s? Bose used to make quality gear. Somewhere in the late 90s things took a sharp turn for the worse.

Doesn't terribly surprise me. If true, that's a bit like Pyrex; once you discover you have by far the biggest name recognition (or in fact possibly the only company with significant brand name recognition amongst the general public), the most obvious course of action if you're looking to make a quick buck is to dilute the quality of your product and/or raise the price.

The situation with Pyrex was especially bad because it was basically (but not legally) a genericized trademark. No one wanted to walk around saying "borosilicate glass" once Pyrex switched to soda-lime, so Pyrex got to keep selling "heat-resistant" glass to the ignorant masses who were conditioned to think of Pyrex as being synonymous with heat resistance, even though their products were no longer any different from their cheaper competitors.

Comment Re:No highs, no lows, it's Bose (Score 2) 54

Is this because Bose have just discovered that half-deaf people won't notice how terrible their gear is?

Of course, the irony is that many audiophiles who pooh-pooh Bose often end up caught up in an even more expensive snake oil trap. But yeah, Bose is basically the Apple of the audio world.

Actually, I'm a bit surprised Apple has made no move to buy them out. "Macbook: The only laptop with Bose speakers!"... it pretty much sells itself.

They might have to remove the space bar or something to make room for it, though.

Comment Re:What I particularly enjoy (Score 1) 254

1) I said nothing about Bush Jr. What does he even have to do with the conversation?

Because your entire thesis was about Rs vs. Ds and you used the 2008 financial crisis as an example. If you cannot see how Bush Jr's decision to sign into law a 12 figure stimulus package (one that saw broad R support and saw virtually no criticism either at the time or years later, unlike the second stimulus package that Obama signed) is relevant to your ridiculous claim that Ds can get away with spending sprees with euphemisms while Rs get called on it...

2) You understand that not everyone worships at the Holy Altar of Keynes, right? 'Broken Windows' is bullshit of the highest order, a perfect credo to justify politicians spending money on their pet projects.

Re-read #2. I already explained why your own opinion of Keynesian economics is irrelevant to my point and indeed to your original point. Your claim was about Rs vs. Ds, and that's what I was responding do. I've heard libertarians (Ron Paul specifically) disparage Keynesian economics, but that isn't part of the regular R platform that I'm aware of.

3) If you think Fed policy isn't guided by the general policies who sits in the Oval Office, you're kidding yourself. You know who appoints the Fed, right?

George W. Bush appointed Bernake, a Republican. In 2008, while Bush was still in office, the Fed (under Bernake) executed QE1, which was the largest of the QEs. This was also when the term "Quantitative Easing" was widely popularized (though not coined.) It's true that later on, Obama re-appointed Bernake and the Fed conducted two other QEs. Obama is, of course, a centrist technocrat who repeatedly and naively sought to build bridges by appointing or nominating moderate Republicans to various positions.

But if you're tempted to quibble that point, please go back and read the bold part a couple times first, then re-read your original post. Don't you think it's the tiniest bit misleading to blame Ds for either the name "Quantitative Easing" or the action itself?

Comment Re:So do the employees get to write that off? (Score 2) 375

I'm sure Alphabet wrote it off on their taxes. So your present was a donation to charity and a tax break for your parent company.

Well, it's a writeoff either way. Spending money on employees or donating cash to charity, either way it reduces a company's net profit and reduces tax liability.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 477

I've been following this story, and I expect we're not looking at the future, but rather stagnation in the status quo for the last fifteen years or so plus statistical noise.

Where things gets interesting when you start disaggregating the trends. If you look at the life expectancy data by county, the disparity is shocking: almost all rural and poor counties saw little or no improvement in life expectancy since the late 80s, but life expectancy has improved dramatically (5 years or more) in urban and wealthy counties. And here's an interesting fact: the gap between white and black life expectancy has narrowed, but this is largely due to stagnation in life expectancy among working class whites.

This indicates to me that poor access to health care advances for working class and rural whites has driven the overall stagnation in life expectancy. This is in part what Obamacare was intended to address, however it can't possibly improve the situation in rural counties without Medicaid expansion.

Comment Re:What I particularly enjoy (Score 1) 254

When Trump talks about spending, it's a "binge".

But a Democrat president can spend like there's no tomorrow and it gets names like "stimulus spending" or "quantitative easing".

No double standard, certainly.
Haven't the Democrats told us since 2008 that the ONLY way out of a recession is to spend money the government doesn't have?

Um, no. That's bullshit. In no particular order:

1. George W. Bush passed multi-billion dollar stimuluses on his watch as well. The crisis unfolded in the summer of 2008, remember.

2. In the face of a major downturn, "spending your way out" is the ONLY reliable way to ameliorate it, at least temporarily. You could argue this is just kicking the can down the road, but Democrats did not invert Keynesian economics, nor is it a major part of their platform, nor is the Republican platform particularly against it. (On the topic of fiscal responsibility, most of the time they appear to be stuck in the old, rather incoherent anti-Communist propaganda modes. I doubt the majority of them have ever used the word "Keynesian".)

3. Quantitative Easing: do realize that the Federal Reserve of the United States of America answers to neither Congress nor the President, right? They can do whatever the hell they want and no one can veto it. They were the ones responsible for the QEs, and they were run by a Republican during all three QEs.

Nice try.

Comment Re:Google, Motorola, Intel . . . (Score 1) 265

Every GOP dominated state has severely failing economies. See Kansas as a perfect example.

Define "failing". Red states, by and large, have lower economic growth because they are more rural, and urban centers generate more economic activity. That's a generality, though. If you look at a list of states by GDP per capita, some red states rank very highly.

If you're talking about fiscal responsibility, it's pretty much exactly the opposite of what you say. The states that are on the edge of bankruptcy are nearly all blue states, while those with the healthiest governments are red states.

Kansas, BTW, is firmly middle of the pack on both measures. Kansas is #25 of 50 in terms of GDP per capita, and according to the Mercatus rankings, they're #27. So Kansas isn't a perfect example.

Comment Re:More likely medical practice, not evolution (Score 1) 276

What I considered really interesting was the question: if cesarean became the normal method of delivery for an extended period of time (many generations) could humans end up at a point where natural birth was not possible?

I think it's likely that before too many more generations the normal process will be to grow babies in artificial wombs, and that could eventually make it so that a significant percentage of women become unable to bear children the old-fashioned way. Although we'd lose the evolutionary pressure for wide hips for birthing, it doesn't seem like there are any evolutionary pressures against wide hips, so I don't see why they'd disappear.

Comment Re:People use this? (Score 1) 73

Anyone who defends this convenience-over-privacy should download and print Jihadi-type information, nuke plans, bio-weapons info, etc. through this service and see how long it is before there is a knock on their door.

Sure. Got a link? I have absolutely zero concern about any sort of problem like that.

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