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Comment What actual scientists have to say instead. (Score 4, Informative) 790

FDA smoke screen on e-cigarettes
by Dr. Elizabeth Whelan

Dr. Elizabeth Whelan is president of the American Council on Science and Health.

"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a press conference late last month to scare Americans about the so-called "e-cigarette" -- claiming it was loaded with harmful "toxins" and "carcinogens." The agency was implicitly saying: Stay away from these newfangled, untested cigarette substitutes -- better to stick with the real ones, the ones that we are more familiar with, the ones that cause over 450,000 deaths annually in the U.S.

In making its distorted, incomplete and misleading statement, FDA was violating its long-cherished tradition of sticking to sound science as the basis for its policies. And in doing so, it is putting the lives and health of millions of Americans at risk."

The FDA has shown E-Cigarettes to be less likely to cause cancer than even nicotine gum based on nitrosamine content.

FDA report on nitrosamine content of cigarettes, Nicotine replacements and E-Cigs

Canadian report on nitrosamine levels in commercial cigarettes

Website that has compiled data and presented a table of the data for quick viewing

Comment Re:Warrant (Score 1) 171

"And before anyone flames me for warrant-less wiretapping by the NSA, that was an illegal act and they got burned hard for it."

Thats why they never stopped, because they were punished so much to begin with when caught.

I get it, really I do, You want to believe that justice has prevailed and freedom has won again against the closeted fascists that grab for power, The reality is however that they are still alive and well, doing everything they can to grab "just a little bit more" always and forever, because it is their nature and it always will be. This will never change, The only thing that limits them is the dutiful eye of the public and that has been in short supply these days. Most especially with the current generation who is even more apathetic than my own, which I always thought the idea to be an impossibility, yet here we are.

The best disinfectant is sunshine...

Comment Re:Props are unnecessary since planned spin-off is (Score 2, Informative) 131

Sadly this is the truth, A little about myself, I work in advertising, and we were shopped as one of many when it came to pitching a cartoon based on the StarGate franchise. We were told it would be similar in standing to the StarGate: Infinity cartoon that aired some time ago. Honestly, this "pisses me off" because I like SGU and I doubt its coming back based on what I've been privy to. I hope I'm wrong and that the April 2nd air date for the next episode happens.

Comment Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 169

And I just said that "If they paid for their own bandwidth and offered an Opt Out feature they would be doing one better than traditional junk mail" ... Please actually read the comment in the future before replying to it. Your opinion only helps to contribute to the signal to noise ratio, Kind of like spammers.... Makes you wonder.

Comment Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 169

You've pretty well "hit the nail on the head". Almost every story here on the YRO section can be summed up this way. Its no surprise that entities want to restrict the freedoms of their consumers or their competitors. They exist for profits, it is not a secret. I'm surprised more consumer don't choose to insist "They are citizens",

Comment Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 169

Whois is extremely beneficial. I use it for instance. It helps me immeasurably. I know I'm not the only one. I normally don't even post on slashdot, but I had to call you on your bull___t. If I didn't know better, I would assume you were a bureaucratic shill. Whois helps admins everywhere, it helps us to know if we should blacklist or not, in one example. Blacklisting should be a last resort and we do take it seriously. I don't partake in spam of any kind, but I do believe that if spammers paid for their own distribution and offered an opt out link, that it would be no different than junk mail. The laws are clear though, it is okay to spam via normal postal channels but it is wrong to use email to do the exact same. Makes you wonder...

Comment Re:Madness (Score 3, Interesting) 202

Absolutely correct!

After I get off work I make many esters at home, Fischer Esterification is the name of the process. I make rum, cherry and banana flavors regularly. I purify them via vacuum distillation. I make more exotic ones such as pineapple, honey and various other fruits/flavors.

All you need is a copy of Vogel's 3rd Edition Practical Organic Synthesis (written in plain english), the webpage on wikipedia about esterification and the reagents (ingredients you buy in a walmart) plus a little sulfuric acid drain cleaner as a catalyst (gets things started). Only a few eye drops worth are required.

Its safe, simple, harmless fun with chemistry and a great way to get kids into science by having them make pleasant smells. (Use supervision)

It beats the stuffing out of those so called chemistry sets that are sold and for a fraction of the price.


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