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Comment Forced medication happens in the armed services (Score 1) 333

.... more than one might think. A relative in the Army was threatened off the books with hell to pay if he didn't take Larium. He protested personally to his boss because of the psychological issues Larium can cause (I'm sorry I don't know military ranks) but found no sympathetic ears. So he decided to give in and make no formal complaint. After taking Larium regularly for a year or two, he was in the Middle East working on a vehicle and had a massive seizure. He also then discovered that the Larium had reacted with a particular genetic condition to make him permanently sterile. So now he can't have kids, although he wants them badly, and has had migraines and balance problems since. He is a very honorable person, and since he was a career guy, he never sued, even though his genetic condition was on file, and there was obvious medical malpractice. He was close to retirement when it happened, and he just wanted to get out as smoothly as possible.

Comment A change in the way we talk about this is needed (Score 5, Insightful) 1218

Specifically, the term "creationism" is inadequate. What we really mean here is "Christian creationism." That puts a finer point on it, and lets everyone in the conversation know exactly what we mean. I think it even exposes the proponents of it to some enlightenment on what they're really saying.

I think an argument has more weight when you say, "Do you mean to tell me that you want Christian creationism taught instead of evolution? Do you think other religions' creationist ideologies should be taught as well?"

From now on, every time I get caught up in this argument, I will use the term, "Christian creationism," and not just "creationism."


Submission + - Samsung: Apple stole the iPad's design from a tablet it saw a decade earlier (

TheBoat writes: We’re starting to see a theme develop here. Now that it’s Samsung’s turn to present its case in the San Jose, California patent trial that regularly has the tech media abuzz, the company is taking an interesting approach. Rather than start out by arguing that its various Android smartphones and tablets do not copy Apple’s designs or infringe on its patents, Samsung is arguing that Apple’s IP is invalid to begin with. On Monday, Samsung argued that Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent was stolen from Mitsubishi’s old Diamond Touch and on Tuesday evening, Samsung made a similar argument regarding the design of Apple’s iPad.

Samsung on Tuesday presented the jury with videotaped testimony from Roger Fidler, head of the digital publishing program at the University of Missouri. In his testimony, Fidler stated that he began work on a tablet design in 1981. “Apple personnel were exposed to my tablet ideas and prototypes,” he testified, adding that Apple staff saw his designs in the mid-1990s.

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."

Colorado Newspaper Looking for Marijuana Reviewer 171

Westword, an "alternative" newspaper in Denver, has placed an ad for a medicinal marijuana reviewer. The paper has been running reviews by a staff writer, but the writer "wanted to return to the day job," opening up the position. Applicants must write a short essay on "What Marijuana Means To Me," and a MacGyver-like ability to make a bong out of common household objects is a plus.

Churches Use Twitter To Reach a Wider Audience 169

In an attempt to reverse declining attendance figures, many American churches are starting to ask WWJD in 140 or fewer characters. Pastors at Westwinds Community Church in Michigan spent two weeks teaching their 900-member congregation how to use Twitter. 150 of them are now tweeting. Seattle's Mars Hill Church encourages its members to Twitter messages during services. The tweets appear on the church's official Twitter page. Kyle Firstenberg, the church's administrator, said,"It's a good way for them to tell their friends what church is about without their friends even coming in the building."

Comment Um no (Score 5, Informative) 877

Um no, dude, you don't really get it. If Yellowstone blows, there is no volcano eruption in human history that even remotely comes close. Mt. St. Helens would look like a fart standing next to Chernobyl. Areas 400 miles away would get covered in a foot of ash. There is just nothing like it.

Here is a nice, graphical link for you to look at:

The number of deaths could be staggering. That foot of ash, even 400 miles away in Denver, would collapse most roofs, and any with people in them would get severely injured or die. It would be the end of the U.S. as a global superpower, and there would be wars. You are naive.

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