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Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 533

Yes, they have been measuring unemployment in a very dishonest way for a very long time. For example, do they routinely report on the quality of the jobs that people are employed in, or how many people need to work 2 or 3 jobs to barely pay their bills? Do the numbers include the disparity in compensation for workers vs. management or how much wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few?

Predatory capitalism is struggling to keep everyone under control and prevent the move toward socialism. Someday the US will honor the part of the preamble to the Constitution that says the government is charged with promoting the general welfare of the population. Right now, the government is in bed with giant, too big to fail corporations, and they need to maintain their fictions about how well the economy is doing. I am sure the economy is doing very well for the very well to do. Not so much for everyone else.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 533

Well, I and a number of people I know are in and have been in that group over the last 8 years, when that had never happened to us before. The economy is doing very well for some, and extremely poorly for others. I am in scientific research, and money is very hard to come by now unless you are working for a very large lab. The idea that all those people are just stay at home moms and kids and grandmas is just pure fantasy doled out by the corporate media. If the "unemployment rate", which is a poor measure because lots of people are on it till it runs out and they are still unemployed, has any meaning whatsoever, then so does the number of people not in the workforce at all. Just be honest.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 533

Somehow, reaching an all time high for people not working says more than you suggest, when so many families have more than one person working to try and pay the bills. I think the unemployment number is truly bogus, because many people can't find a decent job in the 6 months they get on unemployment.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 1) 560

One of the unfortunate consequences of having made pot illegal and arresting so many people for it is that it became a gigantic industry; police, private prisons, "rehabilitation" programs, parole boards, civil forfeiture. The government created a massive money making machine, and a huge number of non-productive (indeed destructive) jobs were and still are associated with it. They people involved don't want to let that go, so prisons and police are lobbying against legalization. Thankfully, now that states have found they can make more money by legalizing and taxing pot, they are shifting in that direction one by one. So after ruining so many lives, the whole massive money machine is slowly being whittled away. Good f'ing riddance.

By the way, if your pain has an inflammation component, you should try fish oil if you don't already take it. Get a good quality one that has had the mercury and PCBs removed (it should say something on the label about it). The omega-3 fatty acids help keep inflammation under control. It is not a pain relief, but it does limit inflammation and that can help, It helps with my joint pain quite a bit.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 2) 560

I hate opioids too. Only take them when I really, really need to. The dangers of pot are extremely minimal compared with tobacco, alcohol and opioids. On top of being addictive, opioids make the pain worse once they wear off, making people go back for more to reduce the now increased pain. Pot does not do that.

I expect the attacks on pot to really intensify now that CA has legalized it. The companies that deal deadly drugs can see the trend, and it is terrifying them.

Pot was never made illegal because of safety concerns. Take a look at Nixon's huge report on pot from the 1970s. They knew it was much less dangerous than alcohol a long time ago.

Take a look at the Schaffer report commissioned by Nixon:

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 4, Insightful) 560

Agreed, and I expect that as more states legalize pot the more the opioid and alcohol industries will fund "studies" to show the horrible dangers of THC. Forget about the facts that alcohol and opioids kill tens of thousands of people each year in the US. Forget about all the traffic accidents and domestic violence tied to alcohol abuse. Everyone knows pot is safer than alcohol, opioids and tobacco. But that won't stop the research into the "dangers" of pot.

Comment Re:Wait what? (Score 1) 143

It all is just a gigantic, insanely expensive and pathetically wasteful jobs program. I don't think these things could even survive short periods of real combat. They aren't made for combat, they are made for profit. This is what we are doing instead of rebuilding our infrastructure and making a smart electric grid. As long as people don't complain, the Pentagon is just going to keep on doing it.

Comment Psuedocolor please... (Score 4, Informative) 46

This is cool, but not color electron microscopy. It is pseudocolor at best based on what things in a cell that the lanthanides bind to. A real color electron microscope would somehow use electrons at different energies to try and figure out the chemical makeup of subcellular structures. Or maybe vaporize the sample line by line by scanning with the electron beam on high after taking the image with lower energy electrons, and then analyze the ions produced. But this is still pretty cool.

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