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  1. 4 points
    While this thread is closed and (I think) being the only person who identifies as female in this thread, I just wanted to provide a little food for thought. Of all the women in my life with whom I am close to, I can't think of a single one who hasn't been sexually assaulted or raped by a man at some point in her life. I cannot say the same about the men I know wrt to false accusations. Anecdotal I know, but something to think about.
  2. 3 points
    I'm genuinely relieved that the inauguration proceeded without bloodshed
  3. 3 points
    https://earthlymission.com/dinosaur-mummy-science-discovery-nodosaur-intact-canada/?fbclid=IwAR2wWqKTY7lykqaIexocCP6L16aepPxOVr1dXe-bVywjNbJldL54l3fjgdM Scientists are hailing it as the best-preserved dinosaur specimen ever discovered. That’s why you cannot see its bones – they remain covered by intact skin and armor. This dinosaur was built like a tank. A member of a newly discovered species called nodosaur, it was an enormous four-legged herbivore protected by a spiky, plated armor. It weighed approximately 3,000 pounds. To give you an idea of how intact the mummified nodosaur is: it still weighs 2,500 pounds! more at link................
  4. 3 points
    Thank you so much! May I ask one last question? I would imagine cancer would be at a huge scale right now if phones are harmful. Like, it takes 10-15 years to develop radiation-linked cancer, and right now rates are dropping. Phones became commonplace in the mid 90s, 26 years ago. Most recent data (from 2018) shows a decline in cancer rates, 23 years after phones became popular. Surely if phones did cause cancer we’d see it by now in the rates?
  5. 2 points
    Lest we forget https://twitter.com/i/status/1324078979775684608
  6. 2 points
    Things would, perhaps, not have turned out so badly if the one typing the 280 characters had one of his own.
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    Over the last year or so, I have been lucky enough to have watched three documentaries on different aspects of life and the little blue Orb we live on. Perhaps others may also enjoy..... The first is called "Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story. If this doesn't bring a tear to your eye well there's something wrong. This woman is incredible! The second is called "Chasing Ice" with some of the most spectacular scenery you can imagine..... It is out on dvd....real food for thought. The third is called "Blackfish" on a Orca or Killer Whale in captivity.... All three are well worth buying on dvd, or watching on Netflix. I have listed them in the order and way they affected me and added to my view/s on life and our little blue orb.
  8. 2 points
    Yeah the poll is obviously made with a very specific viewpoint in mind. How about you are sexually abused but no one believes you? Or you are sexually abused, and report it but lose your career over it? How about you are sexually abused and have to explain your browser history in front of a jury? Or you are sexually abused and folks tell you not to be a slut? Or you are sexually abused and folks try to help you but you cannot overcome the resulting psychological problems? I mean, some things happen more commonly than others.
  9. 2 points
    OK so perhaps one should look at broad picture and at the justice system rather than using individual anecdotes to extrapolate cases. We can address the rate of false accusations. Studies on college students have shown that in this group roughly 5% were false allegations. Or conversely 95% of allegations brought to police were not found to be false. Moreover, only about 10% of all rapes get reported to authorities to begin with. So from the get go we have a situation were we have 0.5% of wrongful allegations vs about 99.5% actual cases. The conviction rate is incredibly low, though. Even among the 10% reported cases only a fraction (again, about 10%) are actually resulting in conviction. So the likelihood of conviction in an actual rape is very low (~1%) and the likelihood of wrongful conviction much lower than that. So again, we are not talking about a symmetric situation here. There are a couple of issues, of course, especially in the absence of evidence convictions are unlikely and then of course victims (especially male victims) are very unlikely to come forward as they see no point in doing so and want to avoid social consequences. The other issue on the justice level side is that often rape allegations, even when reported, were simply not pursued. There are many reports, articles and internal investigations throughout at least UK, US and Australia which have shown that allegations from certain folks, especially indigenous folks, drug addicts, younger victims, victims from what are classified as problematic households, homeless and so on, were often routinely dismissed. In the US rape kits were often not submitted for analyses and so on. This is all because in those cases police deemed the victims unreliable from the get-go and decided not to even start investigating. It is also possible that due to low likelihood of success police focuses on the more winnable cases which might improve their statistics. Some of the campaigns, such as believe the victim slogans and alternative hotlines for rape reporting are attempts to address this systemic issue. Edit: crossposted with iNow, but same idea.
  10. 2 points
    Look at this EM chart: Wifi. and mobile wavelengths are around 3metres long and the lowest level of ionizing radiation is just into the uv range many, many times shorter. Look where visible light is, I don't think that causes ionizing radiation, so how can microwaves cause the purported issues if ionization starts and increases to the right of the uv segment?
  11. 2 points
    I think you are misunderstanding our position. We are not suggesting that we pre-favour the testimony of one over the other. What we are suggesting is that we STOP pre-favouring the testimony of one over the other. History has shown that all too often the accused is presumed innocent (as it should be) while the accuser is presumed to be making a false accusation. What we are suggesting is that we continue to presume the accused is innocent, while at the same time presuming that the accuser is telling the truth.
  12. 2 points
    I would guess that any hard right ( or hard left ) Government that has aspirations of dictatorship ( Poland maybe ? ) would be trying to force established social media out, so that a Government run/controlled media can more easily disseminate Government propaganda. Makes it much easier to control the people.
  13. 2 points
    GASOLINE contain hydrocarbons. These are able to work as a sweller. The fuel compounds petrate the molecules of the plastic and expand them. In some cases it can dissolve them. Alcohol would be the better choice. Because it solouble in water. Or any commonhoushold cleaner based on water.
  14. 2 points
    I have studied GR in some detail, so I am aware of all these possible scenarios; by personality I also tend to be a “natural worrier” who easily gets anxious even over minor things and life events. In addition, I am an Aspie too. Yet I feel no sense of depression, worry or anxiety over the possibility of a cyclical cosmology. Furthermore, you need to remember that the observational evidence we have at the moment is much more consistent with other global topologies, and not a cyclical universe. I believe you when you say that you yourself might find such an idea depressing, but remember that this does not imply that others necessarily relate to the concept in the same way. Most of us here understand the notion of a cyclical cosmology well enough, but don’t find it depressing. I find that people often tend to miss the salient point of Schopenhauer’s philosophy - he did not advocate despair, depression, or absolute nihilism. The main point he was trying to make was about acceptance. It is strictly necessary to fully understand and acknowledge the inherent limitations of the human condition - such as the impossibility to permanently satisfy desires and craving, and the futility of constant strife towards some ideal utopia -, but then it is also necessary to accept them for what they are, and thus arrive at a position of peaceful coexistence with those limitations. Philosophical pessimism does not imply despair and meaninglessness. And of course, philosophical pessimism is only one possible life philosophy, which is by no means shared by everyone.
  15. 2 points
    Josh Hawley ( The Senator who raised the objection to counting the Electoral votes even after the attack on the Capital), has also had a book deal with Simon and Schuster canceled. Of course, he went on FOX to cry about "First amendment rights". But this has nothing to do with that. This was purely a business decision. The publisher simply felt that doing the book deal with him would be worse for business than the loss of profit from not selling it. They are perfectly free to choose not to do business with someone if they feel it is in their best interest. This is capitalism; Something you would think that a Republican senator would be quite familiar with.
  16. 1 point
    I wasn't referencing your mention of fish, I just think it neatly sums up the problem at hand. I'll paraphrase "Don't come to our country poisoning our fishing water's, then turn up 400years later, on your gap year, talking a lot of shit about fish." You can with an oportunity to learn.
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    I can do the same thing, I guess. It is like you are tensing a muscle in your inner ear. The noise is loud enough to drowned out conversation. I don't think I could do that for a minute though, maybe 15 seconds. It's like rolling your tongue or wiggling your ears some can do it and others can't. It's not a very useful talent...
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  20. 1 point
    I can now shift my concern to the likelihood that all the vending machines at work will have been emptied by national guard folks
  21. 1 point
    With McConnell saying he thinks he's guilty of provoking insurrection may mean there is sufficient support to prevent Trump ever taking public office again.Let us note that it is only some of the actors of this current Republican administration that caused the problems. Any ruling party needs an effective opposition as a counterweight, or ahead lies tyranny... and that includes the Democrats.
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    If Situation_A occurs 1,000,000 times, and Situation_B occurs 2 times, it is not obvious nor logical to assert the middle position is 500,001. You’re using average when you should be using median.
  24. 1 point
    Seems an odd experiment. Was the system sterile apart from the rat dropping?
  25. 1 point
  26. 1 point
    Our default position should be to assume they’re telling the truth. That’s not the same as saying belief should be automatic 100% of the time with zero doubt whatsoever.
  27. 1 point
    "Einstein abandoned the concept in 1931 after Hubble 's discovery of the expanding universe. From the 1930s until the late 1990s, most physicists assumed the cosmological constant to be equal to zero. when did einstein learn cosmological constant was wrong - Bing
  28. 1 point
    I would like to make what I think is a very important clarification here: I think that if an alleged victim is not 100% believed, this does not necessarily mean that they are being disbelieved. There is a seemingly subtle but very important difference here.
  29. 1 point
    One day, we will see the true value of affordable; but I fear that day will be one day too late...
  30. 1 point
    I can make both moral and fiscal arguments, and my fiscal arguments have not relied on moral stances. I shouldn’t have to point this out given how many times I’ve referred to the data. I can see my point got missed by introducing such an emotional example like slavery. I was merely saying businesses suffered then too, but we still did it because it was the right thing to do. Some businesses will go under due to this change. Some states will be more heavily impacted. That’s not the metric that matters. It’s too simplistic and naive. Jobs will also be created. People will have more money in their own pockets to spend at other peoples businesses, then those people will have more money to spend and the virtuous cycle continues. More people will complete educations and get degrees. They’ll have new ideas and new networked connections. New businesses will be started as people no longer have to work 3 jobs to make ends meet. Kids health will go up as they’re better fed and have their parents nearby more often. The list continues. If you focus only on immediate costs to some particular sub populations and ignore the returns... if you forget this is an investment and not just an expenditure, then of course you’ll be against it. This is an issue of creative destruction. I urge you to focus a bit more on the creation than on the destruction, which nearly all analyses say will be smaller anyway. Adjusted for inflation, minimum wage today should actually be closer to $25/hr. Can we please get our heads out of our asses and stop standing as an obstacle to the still too low baby step of $15/hr?
  31. 1 point
    I think JC is suggesting that the threshold is different for different States. While $15/hr might not be a job killer in States like Washington or California, it definitely might be in the States which have State min wages set below the Federally mandated minimum of $7.25/hr. He even posted a nice overview of State min wages. to emphasize the point. ( thanks BTW )
  32. 1 point
    Wel....i actually got what I needed from my ‘ plumbers forum’ really thought that this forum would be the place to get my answer, but unfortunately was not the case..... So here is the graph I needed........and FYI it’s NOT meaningless 🤯
  33. 1 point
    FFS, YOU’RE THE ONE WHO CLAIMED THIS! Raise the wages high enough and few can afford to eat any any place...they won't have jobs Also in areas in the US that hiked their minimum wage, like Seattle, WA. Which is why data >> think-tank projections
  34. 1 point
    Although I agree all regions of the brain contribute some quality to our behavioral outputs or responses, some regions contribute demonstratively and quantifiably more. Consider, if you will, the curious case of Phineas Gage who suffered a traumatic brain injury when a railroad spike rocketed through his left prefrontal in a 19th century railroad accident. Although Phineas survived and lived another 12 years after the accident, reports emerged suggesting he had suffered profound changes to his personality. Prior to the injury that destroyed his left prefrontal cortex Phineas, from most accounts, was a well regarded site manager for the railroad. After recovering from his injury, accounts are that he displayed bawdy and inappropriate behaviors, fits of anger, and an inability to maintain employment consequently. The injury appeared to have rendered Phineas with an immature disregard for the consequences of his behavior. From another perspective, consider the behavioral outcome of leucotomy (lobotomy) during the first half of the 20th century. Leucotomy was a widely used psychosurgical procedures separating the prefrontal cortex from the cerebrum that fell into disrepute by mid-20th century. Sometimes causing death, this procedure was employed to treat certain forms of mental illness and it frequently resulted in listless, indolent patients. These patients appeared unconcern with future needs or responsibilities beyond what may have been presently occurring. The behavioral outcome of these types of injuries and surgeries to the prefrontal cortex suggest that its function may contribute significantly to our anticipatory behavioral output. From my perspective of brain evolution, the cortex is merely an extension of subcortical processes and is where sensory stimuli is extensively perceived and assessed for suitable or reciprocal behavioral outputs. The prefrontal cortex evolved, in my view of evolution, concurrent with the anticipatory needs and behaviors of ancestral animals. It is my belief that our modern prefrontal cortical function is what gave our emerging ancestors a survival advantage over our Neanderthal predecessors. The quality that prefrontal function contributes to our behaviors is convincingly displayed by sufferers of hypofrontality in schizophrenia who predominately appear to have little regard for their behavioral consequences. Interestingly, we all experiences a transient form of hypofrontality during our dreaming stages of sleep. In conclusion and in answer to your query, the prefrontal cortex is likely the part of our brain that is most involved in assessing or predicting the consequences of our actions and behaviors. I hope this helps.
  35. 1 point
    Many regions are involved in this. There is no single region
  36. 1 point
    Thanks Mig, I had money on you saying that. 😊
  37. 1 point
    Sorry to hear that Beecee. My mother in law still lives on her own, despite a few falls, at 89, and I've supported her decision to do so. She's said she's determined to make it to 90. Tonight she was in especially good spirits and we joked about her making it to the point of technology having her live forever. But the risks of living alone are understood.
  38. 1 point
    Wild guess and questions: Fan spinning fast sounds like CPU is working hard. Which process is working hard? You may be able to see the program's name in the windows task manager. Do you have any antivirus software or similar scanning the downloaded data? That software could be degrading when having many connections.
  39. 1 point
    If we can't forgive our brothers/sisters, how can we accept ourselves? Utopia is a place we can find, if only we can be content with who we are... The perfect place is at peace with itself. Most worms are happy to be worms... I just wish I had your eloquence, Markus...
  40. 1 point
    I get the feeling you'd be interested in the recent work of Stephen Wolfram and his crew if you haven't already been looking at it. He builds up geometry from just nodes and edges (graph theory) with the goal of deriving what we know about physics already. https://www.wolframphysics.org/technical-introduction/basic-form-of-models/ From what I understand, when he published his big book NKS approximately 20 years ago, he knew cellular automata (and graphs) was too limiting for his purposes because it imposed structure. In recent years, a colleague of his Jonathan Gorard put together the piece Wolfram was originally missing which was building his models with hypergraphs. After that collaboration they feel they've made a great deal of progress. I haven't been following their work closely, so I might be off with the details. Anyway, you might be into it.
  41. 1 point
    There's an XKCD for this. https://xkcd.com/505/
  42. 1 point
    Basically the same thing you've been told on every other forum where you've been posting this for weeks...
  43. 1 point
    Humans are inconsequential on a universal scale. An Aardvark has about the same chance of affect the course of the universe as we have. Don't worry, be happy.
  44. 1 point
    I think the biggest problem is defining beneficial. Humans generally consider extinction a terrible thing, but it can also be thought of a beneficial thing. I'm ok that dinosaurs became extinct since if they didn't I wouldn't be a writing this. If all hunting stopped I imagine many animal species such as deer would multiply until they over grazed the land and there was a massive die off and then a new equilibrium population would be established. This would be very beneficial to Turkey Vultures and other carrion eaters.
  45. 1 point
    I think it is better to look at it as a 4-dimensional geometric object in spacetime (the electromagnetic field), which is mathematically described by a rank-2 object (the EM field tensor and its dual). The electric and magnetic parts of the field aren’t independent, they are actually the same object seen from different vantage points, so the 6D description is a little problematic, as the basis vectors of that state space wouldn’t all be linearly independent. But that’s just me going off on tangents again 😄
  46. 1 point
    I dont see generally a problem. The main compounds of both coolants are the same. But I would test first a small amount in a beaker to see there is no precipitation. To mix borate with benzoate is maybe a problem.
  47. 1 point
    Exactly, it enrages me if folks say something is "just" like flu. Actual influenza is a deadly disease for many folks resulting in thousands of deaths every single year. Moreover, other diseases (including COVID-19) even if not deadly can in increase in morbidity, loss of quality of life and so on. And on top, even otherwise harmless organisms can cause deadly sepsis when they get into the wrong areas (e.g. wounds) or if exposed to too high dosages (as in the above mentioned run-off). Also one should add that the hygiene hypothesis regarding early childhood exposure is mostly looking at the development of allergies, not resistance against pathogens. Fundamentally, low-level exposure can have a similar function as a vaccine, but as in the case of mononucleosis it is not the case for quite a few pathogens. There are plenty that circumvent or hide from the immune system quite effectively, for example.
  48. 1 point
    “Sixty is the worst age to be,” said the 60-year-old man. “You always feel like you have to pee and most of the time you stand there and nothing comes out.” “Ah, that’s nothing,” said the 70-year-old. “When you’re seventy, you don’t have a bowel movement any more. You take laxatives, eat bran, sit on the toilet all day and nothing’ comes out!” “Actually,” said the 80-year -old, “Eighty is the worst age of all.” “Do you have trouble peeing, too?” asked the 60-year old. “No, I pee every morning at 6:00. I pee like a racehorse on a flat rock; no problem at all.” “So, do you have a problem with your bowel movement?” “No, I have one every morning at 6:30.” Exasperated, the 60-year-old said, “You pee every morning at 6:00 and crap every morning at 6:30. So what’s so bad about being 80?” “I don’t wake up until 7:00.” ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- A store that sells husbands has just opened in New York City,… Where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates. You may visit the store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends the flights. There is, however, a catch… You may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up a floor,.. But you cannot go back down except to exit the building! So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband… On the first floor the sign on the door reads: Floor 1 – These men all have jobs, and will love their wife. She then goes to the second floor,… The second floor sign reads: Floor 2 – These men all have jobs, will love their wife, and love kids. She thinks for a while, and then goes to the third floor,… The third floor sign reads: Floor 3 – These men all have jobs, will love their wife, love kids, and are extremely good looking. “Wow,” she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going. She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads: Floor 4 – These men all have jobs, will love their wife, love kids, are drop-dead good-looking and help with the housework. “Oh, mercy me!” she exclaims, “I can hardly stand it!” Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads: Floor 5 – These men all have jobs, will love their wife, love kids, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with the housework, and are excellent in bed. She is so tempted to stay,… But she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads: Floor 6 – You are visitor no. 43,630,912 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. Watch your step as you exit the building, and have a nice day!
  49. 1 point
    8. remote work via Internet. e.g. install high-speed Internet in Africa and somebody will wear VR helmet and will be able to work in industry in Europe, America or Asia remotely controlling robot doing some easy repeatable tasks in factories. Money is immediately sent after work without paperwork. e.g. you worked 5 hour, with wage 20 euros/h, the account receives 100 euros. Person disconnects, and the next person in queue replaces him or her and takes control over robot. Factory can work 24h/d. People from poor countries won't have to abandon their families migrating to Northern countries EU/US to search for better life. 9. stop this silly unwise anti-immigration rethoric. Raise of temperature due to man-made climate change will mean more lost crops and more hungry people in the Southern parts of the planet and it will force people to migration to the Northern countries to survive. So, by fighting climate change, you are also solving the migration crisis. And vice versa. By supporting oil and gas industry, you are also accelerating the migration crisis.
  50. 1 point
    Increase investment in battery tech 10,000x and carbon scrubbing options by similar magnitude. Subsidize green energy and have an escalating tax penalty year over year for fossil fuel usage. Want to use fossil fuels? Super, but you’re going to go bankrupt if you keep doing so. There’s need to be a focus on developing nations and helping them catch up, and we need more emphasis on staple crops that are starting to fail due to drought. Desalination tech would help, as well.
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