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Submission + - Can't Hear in Noisy Places is a real medical condition (wsj.com)

turkeydance writes: called Hidden Hearing Loss:
Now there’s growing evidence that the causes of problems processing speech amid noise are different than the causes of problems hearing sound. Scientists believe exposure to loud noises can erode the brain’s ability to listen selectively and decode words, without causing traditional hearing damage. Difficulty understanding speech amid noise can set in long before traditional hearing loss.
Hearing loss in adults is usually associated with damage to the tiny hair cells that line the inner ear and transfer sound signals to nerve fibers that lead to the brain. Aging, trauma and noise exposure can all cause those hair cells to deteriorate.

New research suggests that the synapses connecting the hair cells to nerve fibers are even more vulnerable and suffer permanent damage long before the hair cells deteriorate, bringing about the difficulties in selective listening.

Submission + - Al Gore has "an extremely interesting conversation" with Trump (bbc.com)

tomhath writes: Mr Gore told reporters he met Ivanka before his meeting with her father.

"The bulk of the time was with the president-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued," Mr Gore said.

Mr Trump has been stocking his administration with conservative ideologues, and many of the possible names for his environmental posts are sceptical of current policy. If Ms Trump pushes the issue and Mr Gore continues his "extremely interesting conversation" with the president, however, this could become a test of how willing President Trump is to cross party orthodoxy.

A free-agent president — beholden to neither party and willing to strike deals according to his own fancy — may be exactly what his voters wanted and what Washington insiders fear.

Comment Re:The dour truth of the matter is (Score 1) 588

You are so right. And Jews didn't murder 168 people via the Oklahoma City bombing either:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_City_bombing

Oh, I'm so sorry. Had I read the Wikipedia article II'd have learned that the Oklahoma City terrorists also weren't Muslims. Too complicated, must simplify.

Comment Re:Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

Perhaps this will assist you in unburdening yourself of your unfounded belief that Trump never said such a thing:

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/11/20/donald-trump-says-hed-absolutely-require-muslims-to-register/

NEWTON, Iowa — Donald J. Trump, who earlier in the week said he was open to requiring Muslims in the United States to register in a database, said on Thursday night that he “would certainly implement that — absolutely.”

Mr. Trump was asked about the issue by an NBC News reporter and pressed on whether all Muslims in the country would be forced to register. “They have to be,” he said. “They have to be.’’

When asked how a system of registering Muslims would be carried out — whether, for instance, mosques would be where people could register — Mr. Trump said: “Different places. You sign up at different places. But it’s all about management. Our country has no management.’’

Asked later, as he signed autographs, how such a database would be different from Jews having to register in Nazi Germany, Mr. Trump repeatedly said, “You tell me,” until he stopped responding to the question.

Or perhaps you really meant that although he said it he didn't mean it. Because he's just pandering. Just a con artist. Is that what you meant? I don't want to count on his being just a con though — that's OK for a gambling casino operator, not for a POTUS.

Comment Re: What a stupid question (Score 1) 588

Besides, since we're entirely talking about hypotheticals here, if Twitter were to do a Lavabit how is TheRealDonaldTrump going to get MSM to jump and report any <40 character bit of random thought as front-page news? ;-)

Don't laugh just yet my friend:

http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/11/president-trump-can-send-emergency-alerts-to-everyone.html

Comment Re: Bad Headline (Score 1) 588

He said exactly that here:

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/11/20/donald-trump-says-hed-absolutely-require-muslims-to-register/

But I feel you, bro. His field of expertise is golf course development. Everybody has pegged the guy wrong. He was talking about this registry:

http://www.usgolfregister.org/

Submission + - Chinese Scientist Found Breakthrough Vaccine/Cures for All Viral Infections (scmp.com)

hackingbear writes: Chinese scientists may have found the key to creating effective vaccines for the world’s deadly viruses including bird flu, SARS, Ebola, and HIV. An experiment by a research team at Beijing University was hailed as “revolutionary” in the field in a paper published in the latest issue of Science magazine on Friday. The live virus used in the vaccine used by the researchers had its genetic code tweaked to disable the viral strains’ self-replication mechanism. But it was kept fully infectious to allow the host animal cells to generate immunity. Using live viruses in their fully infectious form was considered taboo, as viruses spread rapidly. Vaccines sold and used widely today generally contain either dead or weakened forms of viruses. The animals infected with virus were cured after receiving the injection, according to the paper. This breakthrough promises to simplify the process of producing vaccines, which may help scientists develop effective vaccines or even cures for various viruses – such bird flu, SARS, Ebola and HIV – within weeks of an outbreak.

Submission + - Instacharge, app that claims it can recharge your phone endorsed by Fijian PM. (radionz.co.nz)

stinkypig writes: A mobile charging app that claims to store a phone's excess battery power so it can be released back into the phone when the battery is low launched in Fiji.
The creators of Instacharge have defended their product in spite of the fact that it would defy the first law of thermodynamics, which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only tranferred from one form to another.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 533

Given that you are offering $12/hr cash payment to evade taxes

Nonsense. I am paying MORE taxes. If I pay cash, then the cost of hiring that person is not a deductible expense. So I pay the taxes, not the worker. I am almost certainly in a higher bracket.

Nonsense returned: There is absolutely nothing preventing you from deducting your business expenses that are paid in cash. Of course if you aren't paying into the Social Security program for them, and you aren't paying into Unemployment Insurance, then you would not want to draw attention to your own tax evasion while encouraging theirs, hence you forego your expense deduction.

b. The workers aren't getting credits towards Social Security so no retirement "safety net" for them.

They are illegals. They don't get benefits from these programs, so why should they pay into them?

Do you mean "Why should they obey the law?" Or do you mean "Why shouldn't I take advantage of their tenuous position and profit illegally from their status as undocumented workers?"

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/undocumented-immigrants-and-taxes/499604/

Workers who are paid illegally in cash can still pay their taxes with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), filing a return just like any other taxpayer; having a history of paying taxes can be an important step in securing legal status. In 2010, about 3 million people paid over $870 million in income taxes using an ITIN, and according to the IRS, ITIN filers pay $9 billion in payroll taxes annually. (The IRS says it does not share ITIN information with immigration authorities.)

And as for your concluding statement:

That is a lot better than picking tomatoes in Chiapas.

Your analysis has just reached the bottom of the barrel.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 533

Given that you are offering $12/hr cash payment to evade taxes that means that:

a. The federal, state, and local governments get nothing; you are ripping off your fellow citizens, all of them.
b. The workers aren't getting credits towards Social Security so no retirement "safety net" for them.
c. The workers aren't getting credits for unemployment so no insurance when you fire them.

You on the other hand are getting $15/hr value for $12/hr.

Furthermore, you are talking about "day jobs" not full time jobs, so your $30K (tax-evaded) equivalent assumes that they can get a job every single day of the work week. You don't mention 1.5X rate for overtime, which they would normally be entitled to. They get no sick pay or vacation pay - something that a normal full time job would offer. And you're talking about six adults working full time for minimum wage sharing a 3 bedroom house (or apartment); that sounds a lot like the Samsung worker dormitories https://stopsamsung.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/300-samsung-security-cameras-record-a-young-worker%E2%80%99s-four-attempts-at-suicide-yet-fail-to-save-him/ - maybe not exactly what we ought to be hoping to make the standard here in the US.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 533

A "queue of people seeking workers" for full time jobs with benefits and overtime pay? No. You describe a queue of people seeking impoverished workers for day jobs paying not enough to rent a room and buy meals and clothing let alone medical care? Cheap labor is wonderful for the buyer.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 533

The additional location information you provide suggests a reason for your friend's failure: the cost of living in the Twin Cities area is about 1.4 times that of, say, Brown County. The average hourly wage in Twin Cities is around $15 to $16. In Brown County it's $11.50. The reported yearly COL for Twin Cities is more than $32K; for Brown County it's $24K (for a single individual with 0 children).

https://mn.gov/deed/data/data-tools/col/

So let me amend my statement; your friend is papering the Twin Cities with ads for jobs that pay slightly less than average. Tell her to go a little further into Minnesota where people would be happy to earn $3.50 per hour more in a full time job with benefits.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 533

Maybe instead of giving her card to people with "Please Help" signs your friend ought to place some "Help Wanted" ads around town. If she can geet them $31,200 annually "with no experience required", I am pretty sure she'd get takers.

(Note: this is my polite way of saying that your friend's claims are bogus. Does she work for Breitbart?)

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