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  1. I asked our benevolent overlord Dave about the ad settings, and apparently Google AdSense enabled "vignette" ads without asking us. He's turned them off now. Hopefully that's the end of the issue and they don't find another more irritating thing to turn on.
    5 points
  2. The CEO of IKEA is now the Prime Minister of Sweden. He is currently assembling his cabinet.
    4 points
  3. 45 years ago President Carter has helped me to escape from the USSR.
    4 points
  4. Issue is that science as such does not play a big role. Or at least, it cannot solve the fundamental question underpinning the issue. We (humans) want to define things with clear delineation. Nature does not care much for that. And this opens up things for interpretation. Nature (and therefore science) does not define what people are so it is on society to decide on things. And as we see here, this particular interpretation is clearly morally and religiously motivated, with severe implications.
    3 points
  5. And not even that. The same folks are also against affordable pregnancy care. Pregnancy-related mortality is especially high in black women (but also generally in low income groups). If I am honest, I suspect that an exception will be carved out for IVF, as it generally a service for folks who can afford it.
    2 points
  6. With apologies to Lynyrd Skynyrd... Sweet theocracy, Alabama. Where the judges all sniff glue Sweet theocracy, Alabama Lord I wiped the Constitution with my poo.
    2 points
  7. ! Moderator Note Please stop posting videos to make your points. This thread is called YOUR THOUGHTS on Islam, so please give us yours. Also, it would help a great deal if you could be less glib and vague when trying to discuss complicated subjects where the participants might already be struggling to understand the language. Quoting comedy sketches is particularly unhelpful wrt discussion as well.
    2 points
  8. When was the last time a Christian or a Jew got stoned ( not on drugs ) for adultery ? When was the last time a Muslim woman got flogged ( or stoned ) for adultery, or even for being raped ? Sadly it is never the men, even the rapists. ( so much for the rights of women, or even wives ) This is the 21st Century, all other religions realize that a religion based on thousand year old texts cannot be governance or the law. When is Islam going to realize that ?
    2 points
  9. Assuming all of the pitch is for making fabs, which nobody actually knows. This is all speculation. That’s all this is, since nobody has presented any facts about the proposal other than the dollar amount. Fabs use a lot of energy, so you need to install a lot of power generation capability. Processing also uses water, which means installing infrastructure for that. You can build your own cities for workers, so it’s possible you’d be building that, too. We don’t know how comprehensive it was. The basic knee-jerk analysis, that $7T for chip plants is preposterous, should lead to at least the possibility that there’s more to the proposal. The idea that you can only come to this one conclusion is idiotic, and just tiresome manufactured outrage. An exercise in bad-faith discussion.
    2 points
  10. Sure. He lied about his wealth, and if he takes this money to pay his bills, that’s just more confirmation that he lied. Hammer home the message about him being a liar. Attack ads on Trump will be a rich medium this summer. I would mock his new sneaker line. “Does it give you enough agility to dodge indictments?”
    2 points
  11. This looks like another example of “enshittification” : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enshittification Cory Doctorow gave an excellent lecture on this in January. Here is a link to the transcript. It’s very well written, rather in the style of Michael Lewis’s Liar’s Poker: https://doctorow.medium.com/my-mcluhan-lecture-on-enshittification-ea343342b9bc Long, but very readable - and worth the read. He muses that we may be entering the enshittocene era.
    2 points
  12. Here are a few options, the first will also let you search by name. https://voteview.com/ https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes https://www.congress.gov/roll-call-votes I tend to use Ballotpedia most though as it also covers local politicians and ballot proposals. https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page
    1 point
  13. I'd like to see what these people would do if a room with a baby in a box and a portable canister of 12 frozen embryos* were trapped in a room with a blazing fire and only has time to get one of either out. If they grabbed the canister instead of the baby, do they honestly think they saved 12 children and only lost one? The law is clearly asinine, They are talking about a blastocyst having equal rights to a living person. *They aren't even embryos, which is from 3- 8 weeks. 'Blastocyst' doesn't have that nice, cuddly sound to it, does it? People playing fast and loose with scientifically defined words, with specific chronological ranges, to suit their political agendas.
    1 point
  14. The issue is really that it does not seem to be really protected other than certain political realities. There was an understanding in the US that Roe vs Wade was settled law, for example. But it was built on somewhat uncertain legal grounds and you can see what happens with political maneuvering. While it might be political suicide in Canada right now, sentiments and political landscapes could change. I think there is a consensus that decisions should be kept out of courts and remain an issue of health care. That may make sense assuming that folks are sensible. However, in recent times, politics is starting to creep into health care. The issue is on many levels, including the replacement of provincial health care leadership with political figures who have implemented regulations and procedures which the actual providers call bonkers, to put it mildly. As the world seems to be infatuated with being stupid, I would therefore not take prior precedent as a given.
    1 point
  15. We get it a lot in the US “Partisan elections are held to select most or all judges in 13 States and for some judges in an additional 8 States. Nonpartisan elections are held to select most or all judges in 17 States and for some judges in an additional 3 States. One-half of the States hold elections for State supreme court judges. Seventeen States out of the 32 which have intermediate appellate courts elect judges to these courts.” https://www.ojp.gov/ncjrs/virtual-library/abstracts/judicial-selection-united-states-special-report
    1 point
  16. Checking with the physicists here: On the p.17 it says, Shouldn't it say force rather than potential? Isn't any potential rather quadratic close to equilibrium?
    1 point
  17. Absolutely. It's an erratum. The potential is quadratic, so it's the force that's linear. Close to equilibrium the Taylor expansion of the potential must be quadratic, as at the equilibrium position, the gradient (the force) must be zero. So the next-to-zeroth-order term for the force is proportional to V''(x0). V(x)=V(x0)+(1/2)V''(x0)(x-x0)2+...
    1 point
  18. Why don't you just open a thread telling us about all the things and people you don't like and get it over with? If you do this one thread at a time it will take forever.
    1 point
  19. ... and this seems quite a bit different, unless you think tarot cards are a modern technology. I also think being concerned about one's health is different than wishing you were rich. In discussion, I'm not a big fan of "Your question is dumb" responses. Why treat someone's concern that way when you can provide some evidence that may help?
    1 point
  20. ! Moderator Note Please define who you mean when you say "West". Are you talking about NATO countries? Also, "listen" is rather vague, but "support" is better. As it is, your title is vague and meaningless. Also also, if this is just going to be another thread where you insult other countries without actually providing any evidence for your arguments, let me know so I can close it quickly. We want science discussion among adults.
    1 point
  21. Reminds me of this priceless piece of comedy: Sigh
    1 point
  22. I can see it now..."High sperm count men in the lifeboats first!"
    1 point
  23. Which could be psychosomatic; if you think you are suffering from some kind of debilitating effect, your body might just accommodate that belief.
    1 point
  24. Have you heard that there are people who hold funerals for their sanitary napkins.. ? https://www.google.com/search?q=sanitary+napkins+funeral
    1 point
  25. Yes, good point... in terms of gene transcription, mammals seek to equalize the gene expression between the sexes by silencing one X chromosome. An excess of gene product from two active Xs would not be good. If both X chromosomes are active, as in the case of a pathological reactivation of Barr bodies, that can be a sign of breast cancer. I guess one could say males have slightly more gene product, due to active code pertaining to gonadal development on the Y, while females have a bit more total code, but only more gene product when there is pathology, like cancer. The equalization of gene expression is called dosage compensation and is an area of genetics that gets fairly complicated. We just scratched the surface in my biology courses.
    1 point
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  27. Great example! A woman tells it like she sees it (and we all saw the "basket of deplorables" attack the Capitol, right?) and gets labeled "nasty", but TFG gets props for insults that don't even hit the mark. Well, it's not my assumption, but I do think many Dems today don't believe one of the female candidates can stand up to TFG. They may be conflating them with Hillary, or they may feel women in general are more vulnerable targets on the campaign trail, but I haven't seen much support from Dems for anyone but Biden. So we're stuck arguing between too much experience and too little experience, but the ones with all the experience are also heavily invested in our current political system. If we want to see any meaningful change, I don't think it's age we should be looking at. I'd vote for Bernie Sanders again and he's 2 years older than Biden. The rest of the candidates from both sides are already beholden to the billionaires.
    1 point
  28. OTOH, if you are male, you have X and Y chromosomes, while if you are female, you have only one X, since the other X gets inactivated (see Barr body).
    1 point
  29. Don't hold back so much, tell us what you really think. 😁
    1 point
  30. As a monkey, I do not appreciate this slur against my elimination products. It's both speciesist and fecalist. I am quite proud of my trophic cascade.
    1 point
  31. There is no proof or even any evidence that there is a god.
    1 point
  32. The lifting ability of a helium balloon is roughly 1 gram per liter, at room temperature and 1 ATM. (Slightly more as the balloon gets bigger, owing to the scaling effects)
    1 point
  33. If Biden were 20 years younger, he’d win by like 20+ points. He’s been a good President during hard times with a solid team. The age attack just doesn’t work for me given our candidate set since Biden had only just turned 3 when Trump was born. Biden’s old, but Trump is old and crazy and a dangerous asshole.
    1 point
  34. These frequencies are present as part of the background; every object radiates with a profile dependent on its temperature. You might be measuring the RF background. Any health issues are likely from another cause. Consult a doctor.
    1 point
  35. It would have to be a maser , or a large reflective dish antenna focused on your house ( which you would see ), to specifically target your house. Microwaves and radio waves are not directional nor well focused; your whole neighborhood would be affected. If no one else in the neighborhood is showing similar symptoms, I suggest you contact health care professionals. It might well be something totally different which needs to be addressed right away.
    1 point
  36. Those readings do not seem particularly high. I doubt you are being purposely attacked because this level of exposure shouldn't cause any health concerns so it would be a pretty useless attack.
    1 point
  37. Ask all the questions you want, stop trying to make excuses for people who only want to limit your personal rights by making you conform to books of ancient mythology. If the banks need to be reformed do so but giving ancient fairy tales as a guide because a supposed god said so is madness.
    1 point
  38. Why would any of this matter? The number of people who accept something as true has no bearing on the actual truth of it.
    1 point
  39. OTOH cheap things tend to wear out pretty rapidly, and quality often lasts longer and not in a linear fashion. (i.e. 4x more expensive lasting longer than 4x the time) Consider the Boots economic theory by Terry Pratchett Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles. But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.
    1 point
  40. Oh no! It would be just awful if you had expend a little effort to look it up. Very good! We did not use to know the speed of light. I don't know what they (them) thought, what do you think?. (Descartes?)
    1 point
  41. And I suspect she figures that if he does end up in jail then she will be next in line for the nomination.
    1 point
  42. It's real enough. Just look at the spec of a modern tv. Our dear respective governments conceived of Fallen Angel around 2017, which was an exercise in remotely accessing and controlling smart tv's. The brave insider who shared this is now doing 40 years for treasonous acts in the US. The actual outcome of the exercise, is irrelevant in my eyes, as it clearly demonstrates our governments have the proactive intent to undermine whatever privacy we have left.
    1 point
  43. I think allowing anything offplanet that has as little compassion for humans as a corporation is a big mistake. We need to be able to trust them not to hold the whole planet hostage, and right now I sure don't. Ruthless business practices are so common on Earth, with corporations killing millions for profit, in "well thought out" campaigns of slavery, torture, and corruption. If they get offplanet and are allowed to keep those practices, there's nothing to stop them from gaining the upper hand for all time, nothing except their own altruism.
    1 point
  44. Brad Watson_Miami FL has been banned. If your prerequisite for discussion is that everyone has to take your word about something extraordinary, switch to blogging.
    1 point
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