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Comment Re:But government is obviously in conspiracy with (Score 1) 297

I have to agree with your last statement. I think it's a bit self-defeating to lump herbalism under homeopathy. For instance, many herbs do in fact have valid scientific evidence to back up their efficacy for treating certain ailments. Peppermint, calendula, ginger, chamomile, etc. Chew on a single leaf of acmella oleracea and you'll immediately recognize that it can be used as a light-duty anesthetic, which is why leaves/flowers were pressed to produce an oil to make the folk anesthetic "jambu" for treating tootheaches and canker sores. Chewing on a coca leaf absolutely suppresses your appetite and acts as a minor stimulant. There are a handful of studies available in the US showing efficacy for these plants to treat an array of issues, and far more in Europe (Germany especially seems to be fond of studying herbs).

I totally get that a lot of homeopathy is absolute BS quackery. But there is absolutely some potential with herbalism, even though you still have to avoid the quackery. Good materia medicas exist, but aren't cheap.

The key is rigorous study, and this is where it is difficult because there's not a lot of profit motivation behind putting together scientifically rigorous studies for plants that anyone can grow easily in the home. A pharmaceutical company on the other hand can make a new chemical, patent it, create an array of easily prescribable dosages, control it on the market for a period of time, and use that period of time to recoup the cost of research, development, AND funding scientifically rigorous studies. No one is going to pay for a study to show that chamomile is a mild relaxant, you know? And this isn't anti-pharma BS, this is just basic business. No one is going to spend millions on research for something you can't patent. So, you get left with a lot of "well, there's little research."

Another problem with herbs though - every plant is going to be different. Each flower could have differing levels of active chemicals, so what do you call a dose? I respect groups like USP, but I feel like it is almost a losing battle considering how easy most herbs are to grow.

Comment Re:Why not remove the screen too (Score 2) 675

Eh, not quite. I have a 6 year old macbook pro that runs their latest OS with absolutely no issue for day-to-day use. The same machine, dual booted into windows, runs TERRIBLY. Ubuntu? It runs alright, ignoring that laptop fan control is absolute shit in linux and 90% of the time it sounds like a jet engine. Do I get much utility using a brand new laptop over that box? Not really. Maybe if I was gaming or doing sound/video processing. Having a kernel and os that is optimized for hardware absolutely makes a significant difference towards user experience. There is more to a workstation than just the hardware.

Comment This is a bad idea (Score 1) 183

Sadly, you need to prioritize certain types of data over other types of data. For instance, if that bits that make you your cute cat picture show up out of order, late, or need to be retransmitted, it isn't really a big deal. However, if the packets making up your 911 call show up out of order, late, or need to be retransmitted, someone could quite literally die as a consequence. That's why we have things like DSCP marking. Different services, by definition, need to be given priority over other services based on their intrinsic characteristics.

Comment Re:Samsung marketing is on fire (Score 2) 266

LOL! I just really like everything about Dutch culture that I've encountered in my several visits. I like how the sense of social conservatism has developed in the Netherlands in a way that makes sense - stay out of each other's lives and shut up. I like that their socialism comes from a business oriented perspective (it saves everyone cash if we make the best out of economies of scale, and more people can buy stuff if they aren't sick). I understand taxes are high, but it's one of the few places where I've woken up and walked outside to literally see road workers scrubbing down the cobblestone on the street. I like the perspective on human vices - if you can't stop people from doing it, control it and tax it. I love the obsession with bikes. I like the disdain towards conspicuous consumption, despite being a rather wealthy nation. I love the directness. It's just one of the few places in the world that I've visited and felt "this feels like home." It sucks every time I leave.

Also, if global warming projections are true, I'd prefer to live in a country with the worlds best hydro-engineers, ha!

Comment Re:And better for the enviroment (Score 1) 274

You are right that there is a lower quantity of protein, but I'm not quite sure what you mean by "protein balance". If you are referring to whether or not tofu is a complete protein, it is. It contains all required amino acids that you would find in an animal protein.

Actually, to make tofu tasty you need considerably more than just a few spices.

That is entirely subjective. You can make tofu extremely tasty with a short marinade in soy sauce. Fish sauce. Wine. Coconut milk. A dip in water or egg, bread coat, short fry, and you have the makings of a great tofu parm. Shred and mix into tomato sauce for a faux meat sauce. Cold smoke, dice, mix with rice, cheese, and you have the start of an excellent burrito/taco. Silken tofu can be used as a source of protein in smoothies, and any number of desserts. Or, lightly sweetened and served as is (as is commonly done in Japan).

I *am* sure that leftovers are nowhere near as tasty.

No, you aren't, you are assuming. Considering I just named several dishes that I'm pretty sure you had no idea even existed, you have no idea whatsoever those leftovers would taste like. Now, i'll be subjective too - chicken in the US is pretty darn terrible. In general, it tastes like cardboard (and this is by design - flavor takes time to develop, and when birds need to be slaughtered by 6 weeks that just doesn't happen). Go to France and try poulet de bresse and realize how truly abhorrent American chicken really is. It's not worth the animal suffering that goes into it.

Comment Re:And better for the enviroment (Score 2) 274

If you live near ethnic Asian markets (common in any metro center), bulk tofu can be had at a price of about 6lbs for 4 dollars (96oz). So, let's look at the math... Assume you eat 4oz of protein at every meal (365 days x 3 meals a day x 4oz = 4380 oz in a year). If you were to eat nothing but tofu during the course of that year, you would need 46 6-lb packs of tofu to cover your protein intake, at a cost of $182 or $.17 per serving. If you were to buy the chicken breasts you were suggesting, $2 per pound, you would be looking at a spend of $548 (4380oz/16oz*$2=$547.5), or $.50 per serving. Eating only one "meat" to every 3 "vegetarian" weeks lands you in the middle - (39weeks*7 days* 3meals a day *$.17 per tofu serving ) + (13 weeks * 7 days * 3 meals a day * $.50 per chicken serving), or $275.73 total. About half what eating the low-cost meat option would cost. So, according to your math, your statement:

Unless you live in a place where meat is very scarce, you only eat filet or ribeye every night, or insist on grass fed free range low stress hand massaged beef the financial impact of meat vs no meat is very minimal.

is seemingly unfounded. Unless you consider a 50% reduction in cost to be minimal, which I do not. Interestingly, the cost of 39 weeks of tofu ($139.23) is nearly a wash with the cost of only 13 weeks of chicken ($136.50). If someone is culinarily inclined, there are even cheaper options. Indian foods, beans, whole grains, etc.

Comment Re:Why deposit? (Score 1) 217

The interesting thing is that bitcoin (and most other cryptos) can do N-way transactions by leveraging multi-signature addresses. Some darknet markets incorporate this, some don't. I wouldn't trust one that didn't. Essentially a 3-way transaction requires 2 participants to "sign-off" on the transaction before it can be completed. So, it effectively acts as escrow. The buyer deposits money into the multisignature address. The seller ships the goods. After verification that goods are received, the seller applies their key to the transaction, and the market also applies its key (completing the requirement of 2 signatures to send funds from the address). The funds are then released to the seller. If the market owner ever decides to disappear, they are missing the additional key they would need to access the funds. In that case, the buyer and seller can communicate directly to complete the transaction as they still have 2 keys between them.

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