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Journal Journal: Sometimes it doesn't pay to be nice 2

The dentist showed up 45 minutes late. She had her assistant get me set up in the chair, then proceeded to have a royal meltdown, which was visible through the open door. She was crying and screaming at her 71-year-old mother (who is the receptionist and has said many times she doesn't want to work there - guess she's been guilted into it), accusing her of shoving $170 of food onto the floor, then jumping on a cake, of all things.

Submission + - Murdered woman's Fitbit nails cheating husband

BarbaraHudson writes: A murdered woman's Fitbit data shows she was still alive an hour after her husband claims she was murdered and he was tied up, contradicting her husband's description of events.

Richard Dabate, 40, was charged this month with felony murder, tampering with physical evidence and making false statements following his wife Connie's December 2015 death at their home in Ellington, Tolland County.

Dabate called 911 reporting that his wife was the victim of a home invasion, alleging that she was shot dead by a "tall, obese man" with a deep voice like actor Vin Diesel's, sporting "camouflage and a mask," according to an arrest warrant.

Dabate alleged her death took place more than an hour before her Fitbit-tracked movements revealed.

Submission + - New Ontario basic income pilot project

BarbaraHudson writes: Instead of more studies, and more talk, Global News reports that Ontario has allocated $75 million for 3-year test of basic income in 3 communities.

The Ontario government is expected to release details today of its highly anticipated pilot project to provide basic income to those living at or below the poverty line.

Premier Kathleen Wynne is scheduled to make the announcement on Monday.

The criteria for implementing the basic income plan is based on a discussion paper released by former senator Hugh Segal last fall, who recommended a monthly income of $1,320 with another $500 for people with disabilities, to replace the Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program.

Segal wrote in his discussion paper that the pilot should look at health outcomes for those involved as well as the life and career choices they make, education outcomes, work behaviour, changes in food security and impacts on their housing arrangements.

Comment Re: How many Chromebook buys are accidental? (Score 1) 131

Many transsexuals never go on cross-gender hormones, never mind turning the outsie into an insie. For them, the social transition is as far as they can go. It could be because of lack of access to a doctor willing to write the prescription, or they may not be healthy enough to undergo a physical transition, or their spouse draws the line at hormones and they value the relationship.

So no, hormones doesn't enter the picture. Neither does age of transition. But showing someone who hasn't even transitioned going on a date is just encouraging dangerous behaviour. At the very least, there's public humiliation, because you can be damn sure it will make Facebook. And it could cost you your job; every year it gets a few people killed.

Comment Re: How many Chromebook buys are accidental? (Score 1) 131

My criticisms have zero to do with age or taking hormones or facial hair removal, or boobs, or surgery of any sort. It portrays transsexuals as having totally unrealistic expectations - such as going out on a date when you don't even have the guts to go full-time, never mind the experience to no longer be self-conscious. That's a good way to get publicly humiliated, and anyone transitioning is going to be aware of the risks. Encouraging people to go on dates before they've completed their social transition is irresponsible. It might work in California, but it sure as hell won't play the same in Texas.

Go big or go home - in this case, that means transition completely, and make sure you have enough experience so you don't look like a man in a dress, before you try to date someone who doesn't know, because if you haven't transitioned, you'll still be self-conscious of who you are in each roll; it won't be second nature. It's a good way to get the sh*t beaten out of you, or worse. Trying to go on dates when you aren't passable and haven't even finished your social transition is nutzo dangerous. Acting like a woman part-time is not the same as living as one full-time and not needing to put on an act because you've had the time to get comfortable with your real self, as well as unlearning the male mannerisms that get you clocked.

When the only time you even think about being a transsexual is when you go online or see bs like transparent, you've arrived.

There are those who are unpassable, and that's unfortunate, and age has nothing to do with it. In fact, aging makes it easier to pass, because people don't have the same expectations of appearance for senior women. Then again, there are genetic women who are unpassable as women. Same as there are women who are particularly hirsute. Even with hormones, they have to shave. You have to deal with what nature gave you, same as everyone else in the world.

Comment Re:Gut flora and artificial sweeteners (Score 1) 5

This is probably the most recent, well-cited article on the topic. The authors looked at the effects of saccharin in mice, and were able to determine that there was a significant elevation in blood-glucose level for the mice that were fed saccharin instead of actual glucose over the course of nine weeks. This suggests a mechanism for previous findings that suggest artificial sweeteners cause insulin insensitivity, weight gain, type II diabetes, et cetera. The difference between the two diets went away when both groups were raised with antibiotics, strongly suggesting the underlying cause was gut microbiota. They also found evidence that the saccharin diet led to changes in gut microbiome composition:

In agreement with the experiments with antibiotics, next generation sequencing of the microbiome indicated that mice drinking saccharin had distinct compositions from controls. This distinct microbiome was characterized by enrichment of taxa belonging to the Bacteroides genus or the Clostridiales order, with under-representation of Lactobacilli and other members of the Clostridiales. Several of the bacterial taxa that changed following saccharin consumption were previously associated with type 2 diabetes in humans.

Keep in mind that everyone has different gut flora, so in general these impacts will vary from person to person, which is why the effect is inconsistent, as with obesity and type II diabetes in general. I can't say for certain that these results would directly transfer into humans, but since the bacteria are the same, it's unreasonable to assume they wouldn't. Less clear is whether this effect transfers to other sweeteners; the paper includes a table showing a number of studies pertaining to a diversity of chemicals, some of which found an effect, and some of which didn't.

Non-professionally, my advice would be to avoid artificial sweeteners, and ideally all liquid candy. Some people find that drinking normal, sugary soda produces a state of lethargy, and I'm pretty sure this is a result of the long-term exposure to sucralose. It's sort of a trap!

Comment Re:Environmental Hypocrisy (Score 1) 223

Seriously? Use a magnifying glass? Most people don't carry a magnifying glass around, and most magnifying glasses don't magnify as much as a smartphone camera can. Plus, if you take a picture, you don't have to trust your memory for a part number or whatever. Hence the expression "Take a picture - it will last longer."

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