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Comment Re:"chemically processed"... (Score 1) 242

...has nothing to do with it. It's a stupid phrase used by ignorant people to describe something that is ubiquitous in food preparation. Even a chunk of venison cooked over a fire is chemically processed. What matters is the macronutrient composition of the food.

to a large degree, "chemically processed" is a proxy for high sodium. not necessarily for taste; for purposes of chemical engineering. Solubilize something by lowering the pH, for instance, then neutralize the pH by adding sodium hydroxide.
290 mg of sodium in 168 gm of mcdonald's french fries vs 240 mg in 370 gm of mcdonald's chocolate shake, http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com..., for instance, despite people's not thinking of a shake as salty, compared to fries. But the shakes are very highly processed, whereas the fries are just sliced fried potatoes, with all the sodium on the outside where you taste it.

Comment Re:and so the cycle continues. (Score 1) 242

I can't understand anymore the mindset of trying to make the world better by forcing/incenting people to make better choices through taxes or whatever. The world is not a laboratory full of test subjects.

Except that people's bad health choices end up costing everybody money, in a way that for instance their bad fashion choices do not. Of course, the taxes added to these behaviors don't relate to the actual externalized costs of the behaviors in any way, which kind of screws up the rationale.

Comment Re: 23,000 Die from Bacteria 250k Die from Malprac (Score 1) 91

But Medicare is the part of the US medical system that works best, by objective quantitative measures. Lowest costs, and best outcomes compared to other countries. Not just comparable outcomes; if you make it to Medicare age in the US, your life expectancy becomes highest in the developed world. That's Medicare, you know, the single payer government socialized universal health program.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 242

Ingested carbs need to go somewhere. Brain consumes a bit, and the remaining part is the problem. If one has enough physical activity, carbs get burned in muscles. Otherwise, they are converted into fat, or remain in bloodstream (this is diabetes) until cleared by kidneys. Of course it is also possible to get both fat and diabetes.

People don't realize just how much physical activity it takes to burn off excess calories, whether fat or carbs. You need to run a mile to burn off like 100 calories. Which is like, 1 apple. You need to just keep the excess out of the body in the first place.

Comment Re:"...diets heavily based on venison and fish..." (Score 1) 242

I do like the idea of more cabbage.

Cabbage is highly underrated- there needs to be more cabbage in the world!

Changing subsidies from corn to cabbage would be great or even my preferred solution of getting rid of subsidies all together. But it's not going to happen, and if it happens, it'll be under a D-team administration at this rate and get shouted down as politically correct vegan hipster &c &c

Yeah, and it doesn't really need to be just cabbages (cabbages can't take the heat in much of the country during warmer months, that was just an example... vegetables in general).

I understand the idea of subsidizing farming. It's more than just "poor farmers can't make enough money", or "we need more green spaces". What it really comes down to is national defense. A country needs to be able to be self-sufficient with food in case of war disrupting trade. That said, maize is a terrible product to base our diet on.

All them cabbagey/mustardy/cruciferous things are full of beneficial phytochemicals. Which is why they don't taste like iceberg lettuce. And they aren't overloaded with carbs or fat. Given the hardy weediness of the family, you can be assured our distant ancestors ate a lot of them when they came down from the trees.

Comment Re:Overboard, Sad! (Score 1) 358

It seems that he broke FAA rules (I'm not familiar with those, but most countries' rules for model aircraft don't allow them to be flown over crowds). Because of the resulting injury, a stiff sentence would be in order. But in this case, as opposed to violent crimes and the like, there is no benefit in removing this guy from society for a bit, other than making an example out of him. Wouldn't justice be better served with community service? Especially since I'd think the guy is also on the hook to pay a substantial amount in damages to the girl, even if he's only ordered to pay actual damages.

Then we got the kid in CT who likes to fly drones with firearms or flamethrowers mounted on them and disagrees with the FAA regarding the advisability of said behavior.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 358

And yet, this is, in a way, very similar to just flinging a baseball bat (or whatever) towards a group of people, isn't it?

Doesn't seem similar to me. Drone pilot intended to fly near people, not hit them with the drone. Hitting the people was an accident. If you throw a bat at a group of people, you intended to hit them with the bat.

More than that; I believe we can assume that the guy had no intent whatsoever to crash his drone and presumably whenever flying made efforts to avoid crashing; in contrast to situations where somebody actually makes an effort to do something which would cause harm to a person, if one happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time; shoot an arrow down an 'empty' street, for example, or toss the inert drone off the top of the building, or, dare I say it, fire a gun in the air.
By and large, there don't seem to be many prosecutions of pilots of actual airplanes who crash without a serious case of negligence involved; there doesn't seem to be any presumption of reckless endangerment by just flying above people on the grounds that if the plane were to crash, bystanders would be hurt.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 358

There's a difference here between criminal and civil action. There's a fairly good chance she's going to sue him in civil court, (and settle for doctor bills, time off work, maybe some pain and suffering compensation etc) and that alone could be quite punishing. Don't think of this criminal sentence as the retribution for the crime, that will come later.

This is all about the criminal case. Try to keep in mind it is supposed to weigh things like criminal intent, deliberate as well as actual negligence with respect to the public, etc. There certainly was negligence here, but is the punishment appropriate?

If I'm riding my bicycle down the sidewalk (which is illegal in this city btw, you're supposed to keep to the streets to avoid hitting peds) and I am talking with my friend behind me and don't see that ped on the sidewalk and run into them, knock them down, I'm likely to do more damage to them than most drones. Maybe I even give the 'ol gal a mild concussion when she hits the sidewalk. There was no criminal intent, I didn't intend to be negligent but in the end I was. (and in this case I was even breaking a law, which here is used primarily simply to make the collision undeniably my fault, rather than to ticket or arrest me) Now, in addition to any civil case she may file against me, do I deserve a month in jail?

I think his chances on appeal are quite justified, and quite good. That judge needs some perspective rather than a knee-jerk response. He will probably get his sentence replaced with some sort of citation, pay a $350 ticket or so for some related offense. And that makes a heck of a lot more sense than jail time. (I'm assuming this is his first offense - obviously jail time starts becoming appropriate on repeat offenders in cases like this)

Don't know about Seattle, but in the various states and municipalities where I have been actually mugged (with physical assault), the police have informed me that such behavior, without the perpetrators having actually robbed me of anything, is a mere misdemeanor, and that even if they caught the guy the court would undoubtedly just give him a slap on the wrist. Ironic.

Comment Re: 23,000 Die from Bacteria 250k Die from Malprac (Score 1) 91

System wide failings and uncoordinated care are not malpractice in the conventional sense, unless you want to consider it malpractice on the part of civilized society. In fact, this rise of drug resistant bacteria can be considered a subset of those system wide failings and uncoordinated care.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 1149

No your coworker is dead because a racist bigot decided to kill him.

Thankfully, our new Trumpist overlords (whom I, for one, welcome) have removed the illogical ruling which prevents those found cognitively incapable of managing their own disability checks without another person's supervision from indulging their Second Amendment rights without assessment by authorities. After all, just because you are one of the 0.025% of the population found by a court to lack the rational ability to manage a disability check doesn't mean that you should lose your constitutional right to take up arms against a government you feel to be oppressive. Or, maybe a brown guy in a bar.

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