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Comment Re:All the better to 'drive' stoned (Score 1) 92

Also, drinking slows your reaction time and coordination, in addition to your perception. While a stoner might not be paying any damn attention, his reflexes and motor skills are not actually impaired at all.

Cannabis does affect reaction time, though it doesn't harm coordination. Informal studies with video games suggest that it may actually be a performance-enhancing drug, because it takes away twitchiness. :) But what it doesn't do that alcohol does is impair your ability to say no — notably, to yourself. Alcohol lowers inhibitions in a way that THC doesn't. That's why you find people going 100 in a 65 while drunk, and 65 in a 65 when high.

Comment Re: All the better to 'drive' stoned (Score 1) 92

Older drivers have lower insurance mostly because they have less accidents than young drivers. Older drivers are objectively better than young ones. Though of course there is an upper limit, where senility sets in.

They might be safer than kids, but they're still on a bunch of medications on which they really shouldn't be driving. And in a crisis, their reflexes are typically awful, often for the same reason.

Comment Re:Death To All Jews (Score 1) 914

"honestly if you're going to claim only those who managed to be the first to arrive in an area can claim it as a homeland"

That is hardly the case I'm making. A people isn't a real thing, it's a purely invented concept with very little basis in a loose coupling with (mostly inaccurate) genealogical connections and in some cases a shared belief in an imaginary overlord. So there can literally be no correct answer for the criteria on which "a people" defines its homeland. A person on the other hand is indisputably a people of one and is entitled to call wherever they were born their homeland (or anywhere else they please). But having a homeland does not entitle you to anything but some personal feels regarding the space and no other rights and privileges, including the right to be there or to deny the right of others to claim a homeland. I'm just pointing out the best histories of the jews indicate the people most of them THINK they are descended from aren't from Israel so it is a little silly to go militant and aggressive on others who settled there.

Most of those Jews and Palestianians have more arabic decent than anything as well as ironically common ancestors just as most American Jews are more European than anything. Claiming to be a part of any ancient people is ridiculous as several thousand years of breeding will make you genetically part of almost of every people not just the one you have a card in your wallet for.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

Comment Cataracts and Suse (Score 1) 6

IIRC you're Canadian (if in the US you'll need insurance) and should be able to get CrystaLens implants for an extra $2,000. They cure nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and cataracts.

I ran Suse back in 2003 and liked it, but moved to Mandrake because my TV didn;t like it; I was using the TV as a monitor with an S-video cable. Still trying to find a distro that will run on an old Gateway laptop.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 336

Many of those private schools are only interested in providing thought silos so that kids cannot ever get honest opposing views.

Kind of like how the public schools and colleges have been doing for decades now with the progressive views and agendas....?

Hell, you try to espouse anything remotely conservative in one of the public school "thought silos", and you get shouted down and silenced. At colleges, the situation is even more harsh where you risk violent protests and physical violence at worst, or possibly expulsion and bad grades at the least.

Comment Re:Caring (Score 1) 104

I have no right then to rob then bank if because they ignored me.

It's trespassing, it's harassment, it's denial of service, but it is not theft. This is basically the copyright infringement vs. theft argument all over again.

No it isn't. I said it was illegal, which it is. You brought up the theft thing just now to somehow discredit my argument, but it has nothing to do with me.

What do you think "rob" means?

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 881

Except that in an open relationship, I imagine getting to know someone you're sleeping with is probably not a good idea. Too many common interests with the bit on the side can lead to an unplanned change in relationship status.

I recently joined a poly group with 30,000 members on Fb to get more info on what it's really all about and what I've learned is that there is some of everything out there, and there's a label for everything. And there's people whose relationships are at all levels of openness from completely, to completely rules-based. And there's examples of each of these both succeeding and failing, or doing one and then the other... or vice versa.

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