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Comment Re:Social gender values (Score 0) 147

So, for the record, the article I linked to which quotes Tamarra James-Todd has nothing to do with this study about sitting. It predates the publication of this sitting study by over a year, even.

That being said, while I agree that performing studies exclusively on females explicitly in response to the historical focus on men wouldn't really make sense, I'm not aware of any evidence to make such a claim. Your response here, however, seems quite emotionally charged. I'm not sure how allegations of a "vengeful temper-tantrum" are warranted in response to someone dispassionately and objectively reporting statistical observations. The only thing that's "revealing" here is your apparent anger with anyone embracing evidence-based reasoning if its conclusions conflict with your worldview.

Comment Re:Social gender values (Score 1) 147

Why did they just study women?
It seems like anything that affects women gets attention, while society doesn't even value men.

While I'm not familiar with this particular study and can't explain why the researchers chose to focus on women exclusively, I'd like to call your attention to this exerpt from a Guardian article from 2015:

For several reasons, female subjects have historically been excluded from toxicology or biomedical research, says Tamarra James-Todd, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School. While progress has been made since 1993, when the National Institutes of Health mandated that women and minorities be included in any government-funded health research, there’s still a long way to go.

Indeed, this trend of including females in studies at all is relatively recent, and females are still underrepresented in study populations in general to this day. Please consider that your perception of an unreasonable focus on women when it comes to medical research seems at odds with the empirical data that we have.

Comment Re:Don't think like a hacker. Think like a spy. (Score 2) 574

But if the malicious code was put on an electric utility machine by Russian intelligence you have to assume that the grid is at least one of their ultimate targets.

Sure, as long as you're consistent in your reasoning. So if the malicious code was put on Joe Sixpack's machine by Russian intelligence you have to assume that the general public is also one of their ultimate targets. And indeed, this being generic malware available for purchase, your reasoning really starts to look questionable.

Comment Re: Fairy Tales (Score 1) 205

While I agree with the general sentiment you're expressing...

In most cases there are sculptures or paintings or drawings or written records of these people created during their life.

Here you set the bar at "during their life".

I mean, seriously- he died and then came back to life, and no one wrote a single fucking word about it?

Here you identify alleged resurrection (had it occurred) as sufficiently noteworthy to have merited some mention.

Comment Re: Fairy Tales (Score 1) 205

Hi. Militant atheist here. I'm no historian, and it seems like you guys know a lot more about this subject than I do, so I'm not even trying to participate in this discussion on any meaningful level. But...

Perhaps I'm being pedantic here, but it seems like you're somewhat surprised that nobody wrote about Jesus's alleged resurrection during his lifetime. But, in a strict sense, if they had, wouldn't that constitute prophecy? Since his alleged resurrection would've happened until after his life had already ended?

Comment Re:Good Riddance (Score 2) 207

They're also in Windows-1252 (cp1252) as 0x93 and 0x94, which are control codes in utf-8. However, many web sites using this encoding claim (falsely) that they're utf-8, which causes these characters to fail to render properly. The blame can be shared between Microsoft (for having their own idiotic encoding) and web developers (who don't understand the concept of character encoding at all).

Comment Re:Don't keep on trucking (Score 1) 635

Are there no workhouses?

Please keep in mind that the entire context of this conversation is human labor being more costly than automation. In this light, you're suggesting that instead of simply giving people money and automating the work they'd otherwise be doing, we ought to actually spend more money on giving people busywork.

It's not clear to me how adopting this higher-cost model is superior to the alternative. It costs more, and it results in less leisure time for people. Are you suggesting that the additional cost is worth it, because leisure time is undesirable?

Seriously, I don't see the right wing allowing a basic income (or dole) being allowed here. Instead, it will go to the "job creators" who pay their bills (purchase their loyalty).

This is a separate issue. I've already acknowledged that there are other possibilities, like allowing the unemployed to starve. I'm not making predictions about what route we will choose (or value statements about what route we ought to choose). These conversations would be much more productive if people could try to avoid making arguments that rely upon subjective claims or circular reasoning.

Comment Re:BULLSHIT (Score 1) 470

Go to CAST website.

I googled. Do you mean:
Center for Applied Special Technology, something for people with disabilities?
Google Cast, now called Chromecast?
Cast software, something for SQL?
CAST LA, a group trying to end slavery?
Council for agricultural science and technology, which also has nothing to do with space propulsion systems?

In short, what are you talking about?

Comment Re:Don't keep on trucking (Score 2) 635

And what happens when that truck driver can't find another job?

GP suggested he could instead be "skipping through fields, rocking out to great bands, performing science experiments, climbing mountains and skiing down them while drinking Mountain Dew as explosions go off behind you, reading novels, or flying around in starships to go find green-skinned women to bang."

Do we guarantee him a wage?

That's one possibility. Another is that we watch him starve. There are a wide range of possibilities here.

What about his kids when they can't find a job?

Same as above.

I am not against progress, but there is a social cost that partially offsets the gains. We seem to regard this a collateral damage and want to ignore the people that are hurt in the name of progress.

There's also a social cost when it comes to fighting against this type of progress. For example, people have to continue working when they otherwise wouldn't need to. For some reason, we seem to regard this a collateral damage and want to ignore the people that are hurt by being compelled to work also.

Comment Re:Outsource jobs, blame AI, bring 3rd world (Score 1) 635

Exactly, where are these automated factories that are displacing workers. They must be in China because all we have here is dilapidated and abandoned industrial buildings.

US manufacturing output is at an all-time high. Presumably these dilapidated and abandoned industrial buildings are more productive than whatever it is that they replaced?

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 541

While I agree with most of your points (McDonalds, a stepping stone? To what, Burger King?), I was mostly trying to contrast our beliefs about the poor with our beliefs about the wealthy. There's this ingrained "idle hands" take on the poor, that we must keep them busy with menial labor lest they are unable to find a sense of purpose with which to occupy themselves, but that this is never a concern when it comes to the wealthy. Perhaps you're right, and that their additional wealth is necessarily required for a lifestyle that affords one a sense of purpose outside of effectively mandatory employment. However, as someone who regularly associates with the poor, I have only anecdotal evidence to the contrary. While I certainly grant that menial labor can and does provide many with a sense of purpose, I'm not confident that this can be said about a majority of the working poor. It would be interesting to see a study that seeks to quantify what proportion of working poor are afforded a sense of purpose by their jobs that is greater than they'd find from some other pursuit of their own choosing. Then again, I'm not really a product of a protestant-work-ethic society, and I recognize than many Americans are, so perhaps my bias is showing. Either way, as someone who would love to be freed from the burden of compulsory labor, I always find it frustrating to hear people opposing such plans on the grounds that I wouldn't know what to do with myself. These arguments generally take the form "well, you and I are awesome and would have no problems finding fulfilling activities to engage in, but 'those other people' must be kept occupied because they're degenerates" (slightly hyperbolic paraphrasing), which never sits well with me. Not because of some SJW reasoning, but merely because I've never seen 'those other people' make that argument themselves (regardless of who 'those other people' are -- do you know anyone that insists that they must be compelled to labor because they'd be unable to find anything meaningful to do on their own?)

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 1) 541

A sense of purpose is important.

Okay, well, while I don't see any evidence of this claim, let's just assume it's true for the sake of argument. In that context, I'd like to address two related topics.

First, does a fry cook at McDonalds satisfy this need for a sense of purpose through their employment? Or do they instead see their job as both a necessary evil and (to a lesser extent) an opportunity to socialize with some of their peers? If you ask a fry cook at McDonalds if they'd prefer to be paid to not show up at work, do you honestly think they'd say they'd like to keep their current arrangement?

Second, why are we so concerned about the poor, but not the wealthy? Do they not need to be assigned a sense of purpose also? How is it that the wealthy seem to get along just fine without being forced to labor simply to maintain their lifestyle? Is there a reason to think that the poor are inherently incapable of being socialites, of finding and pursuing their own interests?

How do we NOT support breeding?

We could start by ending tax incentives for breeders. Also, if we want to make data-driven decisions, we can invest in education of women (as this has been shown to be the factor that's most strongly correlated with decreased population growth rates).

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