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Comment Re:Performance bond (Score 4, Interesting) 44

Verizon claimed they'd met standards that would allow the reduction of the $50 million to the $15 million and give them $35 million back. Apparently NYC agreed to it without doing any actual audit that the standard was met.

In fact, it seems they didn't do an audit to determine whether "every household in the 5 boroughs" was able to get Fios service until a year after that was supposed to be complete, and from there it took another 15 months to call them on it. And this is probably someone's full time job.

Comment Re: Clintons have killed tons of people (Score 2) 706

But 20,000 suicides a year is only 7 per 100,000 people. So if the Clintons are closely tied to, say, 10,000 people, then over 30 years one would expect 21 of those to commit suicide assuming their "close ties" represent a random sample of the US population and not, say, a circle of successful, well positioned political players. It appears that being a successful, well positioned political player associated with the Clinton's skews the distribution somewhat in favor of offing oneself. Can't say I blame them.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 4, Interesting) 357

Because if something is being presented as being strictly based on popular interest, but is actually based on private interests, then that is misleading consumers. The other "news" organizations haven't been accused of advertising one methodology for presenting stories but actually using another.

It would be like a polling organization saying it took a random phone survey of 1,000 likely voters to get its results, but then was caught manipulating their definition of the term "likely" to distort their resulting data. They generally like to leave the distortion to the data interpreters, not bake it into the data itself.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 174

If you win something based on merit, it proves you are capable of winning without cheating, so cheating just makes what's already proven easier.

We build this mindset into people by saying they can't use a calculator to solve math problems unless they can do them longhand, as though the two are equivalent.

It's taking the escalator versus taking the stairs, they don't need to prove you can take the stairs, they've already done it, so taking the escalator is (in the cheater's mindset) equivalent, not something that takes them beyond their ability.

Comment Piling on (Score 4, Insightful) 760

I appreciate that the summary and associated news stories are presenting a fair, unbiased view of the situation, free from ridicule and sarcasm (SWIDT?).

This would have been the THIRD solar farm approved in the vicinity of the town -- there are already two solar projects underway.

The solar farm would not have increased tax revenues or added value to the town. It would not likely employ any of the town's residents.

Yes, the town residents are poorly informed about solar -- they have two projects underway and haven't seen the results of them yet.

The town council did what the town council is supposed to do -- represent the will of their constituents. The solar company seeking the zoning change would have been well advised to work on communicating and educating the town they needed permission from. Why would the town council overrule their voters in exchange for...nothing?

There's quite a double standard when it comes to education -- take someone in an urban environment who can't name their state capital or point to the United States on a map, and it's the fault of the school system and their environment. Take a similarly ignorant person for a rural environment and suddenly they become a willfully hick and fully at fault for not seeking out and drinking deep of the cup of knowledge.

Comment Not too surprising (Score 5, Insightful) 444

This is true all over. How often do posters on this site kick back and have a beer after their friends come home from their job on the lawn service crew, or as an auto mechanic? Are most of your friends in technical positions? Do most of your friends have interests that align with your own? Same sort of thing.

People responding to this article act like they are fonts of egalitarianism when if you look at it they are probably just as judgmental (up and down, the responses being a case in point) as the purported billionaires in TFA.

Comment Re:Disruptive? (Score 1) 330

Foods prepared this way are at their best for one year though are still good for longer.

Generally speaking, as long as the jar is still sealed the food texture and flavor will degrade long before it starts to lose much nutritional value. Everything that was in the jar at the time it was sealed is still there when you open it.

That said I like eating food that tastes good, so it's good to use FIFO when consuming. My pork canned in 2011 is still tasty today though.

Comment Re:Disruptive? (Score 5, Informative) 330

Canning = Preservatives

Say what? No preservatives in anything I've canned.

Step 1: Buy pork
Step 2: Cut pork into smaller pieces
Step 3: Pack pork in canning jar
Step 4: Put lid on
Step 5: Process through pressure canner (~1.5 hours)
Step 6: Put on shelf for up to 5-10 years
Step 7: Serve and enjoy!

Pressure canning is one of the easiest things I've ever done.


The Top Secret Chinese Military Project That Led To a Nobel Prize 73

HughPickens.com writes: Jeff Guo reports at the Washington Post that development of qinghaosu — or artemisinin — is one of modern China's proudest accomplishments winning a Noble Prize in Medicine this year for Tu Youyou, but it's also a story about Communism, Chairman Mao, and China's return to the world economy. On May 23, 1967, Chinese scientists commenced Project 523, a secret effort that enlisted hundreds of researchers to discover a new malaria drug during the Vietnam War. Although in a better warfare position, the People's Army of Vietnam (North Vietnamese Army) and its allies in the South, Viet Cong, suffered increasing mortality because of malaria epidemics. The project began at the height of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution, a brutal time during which academics and intellectuals were murdered, imprisoned, or sent to "reeducation camps" in mass purges.

For doctors and chemists. Project 523 was a lifeline, according to Professor Zhou Yiqing. "By the time Project 523 had got under way, the Cultural Revolution had started and the research provided shelter for scientists facing political persecution." Tu's husband had been banished to the countryside when she was asked to get involved in Project 523. Tu's research project sought to find modern logic in ancient ways, much as the French researchers identified quinine from the bark of the cinchona tree. According to Tu, she and her team screened over 2,000 different Chinese herbs described in old texts, of which about 200 were good enough to test in mice. That's when they hit upon a plant called Artemisia annua: annual wormwood, or qinghao in Chinese. At the time, all of this work remained a Chinese military secret; some of the results were published in Chinese-language journals, but it would be well after the death of Mao Zedong until China would reveal that it had discovered a surprisingly potent new weapon against malaria.

According to Guo the lion's share of the credit rightly goes to Tu and the countless other Chinese scientists who worked on Project 523. But Oxford anthropologist Elisabeth Hsu suggests that the political climate at the time also deserves recognition. Qinghaosu might never have been discovered had it not been for Maoist China's nationalist infatuation with Chinese folk medicine. "It was thus a feature specific to institutions of the People's Republic of China that scientists, who themselves had learnt ways of appreciating traditional knowledge, worked side by side with historians of traditional medicine, who had textual learning," Hsu argues. "This was crucial for the 'discovery' of qinghao."

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