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Comment Re:Huh (Score 1) 480

Unfortunately parties often come as a package. If you want the 'small government' Republicans, you find that there is a very large overlap with the 'climate change is a chinese hoax' Republicans and the 'public officials have a right to refuse to serve homosexuals' Republicans.

The Democrats have their lunatic fringe too - the excesses of the Social Justice movement. But they are still only a fringe, seldom seen outside of college campuses, while the crazies seem to have taken over the Republicans.

Comment Science education. (Score 2) 66

This is why science education matters for the general population, even though most of them will never work in a scientific or engineering field. It immunises them against ridiculous claims and scams.

I'm no neurologist, but I know that EEG contacts don't work through fur - and I've seen plenty of photos of laboratory animals with shaven heads, or narrow probes that pass through the fur and through the skin in a way that most dog owners would not permit.

Comment Re:This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 0) 273

I imagine that by this point they have already extracted every bit of intel from him that they can hope to get, which means his greatest value is as a symbol of the double standard of the US government. Keeping him from leaving would just mean losing what little moral high ground they have managed to claim.

Comment Re:Capitalism works, SLOWLY (Score 1) 372

Totally panicked, completely untrained people. They are not just for use by the patient, but by bystanders rendering first aid.

I work at a school, so I get the circular emails informing all staff of students with special medical needs. These include a notice as to which students carry an epi-pen, just in case.

Comment Re:you mean capitalism works? (Score 2) 372

The drug in this case is not new at all, and certainly not patented. The patent is on the delivery mechanism: The injector that makes it practical and safe for a bystander with no training at all to administer it, or for the patient themselves to do so even if they are currently struggling to breathe and shaking in pain.

Comment Re:Stupid question (Score 5, Informative) 140

Uranium-lead dating of zircon counts from the time the mineral (specifically, the zircon crystals) was formed - that is, the time the rock solidified. Any natural event which could get rocks from earth to orbit is going to involve such high energy that the material would certainly be melted. If the moon formed from slow accumulation, these are surface rocks and would still have been melted on impact. Either way, the radiometric clock starts ticking as soon as the material cools to the point of solidification.

Comment The legal stuff doesn't matter that much. (Score 5, Insightful) 389

You can analyse validity of warrants and question the admissibility of evidence all you want, but that overlooks a fact: Most prosecutions don't go to trial. They end in plea bargains. Sure, that particular evidence might be unusable - but the fact that the FBI knows about it may well be enough to get the suspect to confess anyway. The particular example in the article did lawyer up and fight it, but how many times has a similar story happened that didn't become interesting and public enough to get noticed?

Comment Re:Who says I believe either? (Score 1) 734

Separate government, UN recognition, diplomatic relations with a large number of other countries. They have their own legislature, legal system and administrative bodies. Yes, they were once part of Russia - but then, the US was once part of the British empire, so by that standard Britain is entitled to reclaim the country by force.

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