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  1. 56 minutes ago, Externet said:

    If not generalized to the public; but to some or personally,  is there a "switch-off" to prevent it from affecting ?

    It's already owned by the same few people who already own everything else. And of course there is no switch-off, unless they abandon it for lack of profitability. When we reach 50% unemployment, everyone defaults on their loans and there is nobody left to buy all the goods and services, and there are no taxes left to collect, the whole economic and political structure collapses, because no provision has been made to change gradually from a debt/profit driven organization to whatever the next thing is. 

    That's not likely to happen, though. Certainly, there will be riots long before then, bombings and burning of automated factories, maybe derailment of driverless freight trains, etc. Police will have to gas and shoot protesters, jail their leaders and all the usual rigamarole when the plebes get too restless. Maybe it will peter out in a cascade of financial and civil crises; maybe someone can start another war of distraction (though that one's wearing pretty transparent and can much too easily escalate to total annihilation) and deploy all the artificially intelligent weapons.

    No off-switch; no public domain; no contingency plans. We just have to hope AI gets smarter than we are and takes over the helm before we run it into the iceberg. 

  2. On 4/25/2023 at 2:02 PM, gamer87 said:

    Which chemical compound in cream or ointment is good for restoring pigmentation anywhere on the body?

    How was pigmentation lost? Spending a long time underground will do it, but you need sunshine, not a cream to restore colour.

    If it's trough scarring, external application of substances won't help, as the melanocytes have been destroyed. Laser resurfacing can help lure some back. 

    Silver nitrate ointment darkens the skin, but it's not recommended over long periods.  

  3. The volume has no reason to change when the shape changes. Try this with a pound of ground beef: shape it into a tower, a ball, a cone, then squash it flat. 

    Chest measurement would vary according to the shape of the bra cups: a Vaudeville style cone sticks out farther than a Spandex sport bra. Without a bra, there is huge variation. A 17-year-old breast is the same, or nearly the same whether supported or not. A 70-year-old one sags dramatically and a nursing breast is very different from its size before pregnancy. If you remove a naturally shaped unpadded cup, the degree of sag affects the change in measurement. 

  4. 7 hours ago, zapatos said:

    No solution is optimal for everyone. If there is a change it will benefit some but not all.

    Who would have to make what sacrifice if it were discontinued? 

    7 hours ago, zapatos said:

    Why? They go in at the same time but school start an hour later.

    They get up earlier to allow for travel time to daycare, the parents have the extra burden of waking them even earlier and taking them to daycare, then traveling to work. And you can't substitute an hour in the morning for an hour in the afternoon - it's a completely different situation. The school starting later is not zero improvement; it's a -2 improvement.

    7 hours ago, dimreepr said:

    If it ain't broke, why fix it?

    Because it's been broke for decades. It's completely unnecessary, serves no useful purpose and upsets people.  This isn't a question of interfering with something natural; it's a question of whether we should stop interfering with nature. 



  5. 11 hours ago, zapatos said:

    Give people a little more credit. When my wife and I had young ones there were not many daycare centers but we figured out how to make things work.

    What would be the point? Besides the extra cost, which many people can't afford, the children wouldn't get that hour of sleep: they would have to get up even earlier, be rousted out, rushed through morning chores, and trucked off to daycare in the dark, in time for the parents to get to work after dropping them off - so they're tired even before school begins. What have they gained by eliminating DST in schools?  

    In any case, why should parents and children be required to make sacrifices for the convenience of WWI industry?

    Just stop screwing with the time of day and let each business and school district decide on their optimal hours of operation.  

  6. 39 minutes ago, zapatos said:

    I couldn't give a rat's ass if we have DST. All I did was make a suggestion on how to address the issue for children if DST continues. How in the world can that be interpreted as a "staunch defense" of DST?!?!

    Sorry - that's just the way it sounded. Personally, I think the idea is way past its sell-by date.

  7. 1 hour ago, zapatos said:

    They can also figure out how to get extra care in the mornings when both parents work.

    I sincerely doubt it, for the stated reasons.


    1 hour ago, zapatos said:

    If the parents are the ones with the issue, logically it should be the parents who make the adjustment.

    What if parents are not the only people who have a problem with DST. I'm not a parent, and I hate it. Lots of other people are affected. What I'm wondering now is why you are so staunch in its defence?

  8. 42 minutes ago, zapatos said:

    Well, they typically have that problem in the afternoon anyway. Maybe it is just a switch from afternoon issue to morning issue. In the US the typical school day ends at 3:00pm.

    But those are quite different routines. It's relatively easy for working parents to arrange short-term supervision after school: there is usually a stay-at-home neighbour with children of their own, where they can go for an hour. Dinner or supper takes place after the parents arrive home. Breakfast can't be deferred and no neighbour is likely to come over to roust someone else's children out of bed, make sure they're clean and dressed on time, and feed them an adequate breakfast.   

    48 minutes ago, zapatos said:

    Someone, somewhere is going to have to adjust if we make the change.

    Logically, it should be employers, having the least at stake - and possibly something to gain from their employees being alert and focused and relaxed.

  9. 29 minutes ago, TheVat said:

    My geodesic calculator shows the distance from "Vivos xPoint" to Ellsworth AFB (a key nuclear target) is around 70 miles.

    Is that 30 +/- miles truly significant in terms of billionnaire safety? Their bodyguard will eat them before the missiles land. 

  10. 2 hours ago, dimreepr said:

    Of course not, they think they can survive it, for a number of reason's but mostly, bc they won't be around to see it;

    The megarich expect to survive it and stick around and ride out the worst of it in luxury bunkers. What they think they'll eat or who they think will serve and protect them remains an open question. 


  11. Nothing we do now can possibly solve the problem. It could have been solved c. 40 years ago, given the international will.

    Of course, there was nothing international, except talk and more talk, between people who flew to various places in jet planes. Of course, no resolution resulted and no meaningful action was taken.

    Now, it's simply too late: we're screwed.

    Governments can't be expected to admit that.

  12. 2 hours ago, Sensei said:

    The idea that you can solve a problem with taxes or duties is quite naive

    Yes, if anyone had assumed that taxes would solve the problem. The problem is large, diverse and difficult to tackle. Taxation is one way government has of making the benign alternative more attractive to business than the toxic alternative. Licensing and permits are another and subsidies are a third. Regulations and penalties are yet another. These are the tools available to government. 

    Consumers can do their part by choosing the benign alternative when they buy something. Citizens can vote intelligently. (They can, they just don't always want to.) Businesses can do their part as well.

  13. Some people also find it useful to keep a daily log or journal: recording each day's weather, what you did, whom you encountered, what you ate and how you felt (on a scale, maybe). That way, you can look back over a month and see patterns. For some people, depression comes in regular time cycles, so they can anticipate when the bad days are likely to be and avoid any confrontations or difficult challenges on those days, opting instead for a solitary walk or vegging out with old movies. Or perhaps you can make some connections between situations and moods - whenever I did this, I felt better; when I ate that, I felt worse - and adjust your activities toward the positive outcome. 

    You may also benefit from a dream journal. It can be helpful to record dreams as soon as possible after waking, either described as fully as possible in words or rendered as pictures. Dreams depict our submerged memories, fears and associations that haunt us. Understanding them, once we decipher the language of dreams, gives us power to change how we feel.   

  14. 8 hours ago, kenny1999 said:

    I talked a lot and I talked too much. I think it's time to do something rather than just talk.

    There are many activities that could be therapeutic, depending on your temperament and inclination. Some art form - painting or sculpture are the standard choices. Building something, even if it's only bird-houses, can be quite rewarding. Horticulture is very calming and might even yield some superfoods: ripe tomatoes from your own yard, fresh peas, gooseberries, melons...? Another possibility is volunteer work to help other people who are maybe worse off than you are. The objective in any case is to stop focusing on your inner misery and direct your attention and efforts outward, to something positive. 

    There is no magic cure. Maybe you can figure out - with or without help - what's causing the problem and fix it (very difficult and rare). Or you can treat it like a chronic illness, managing the symptoms from day to day (what most people with depression do).  

  15. 13 hours ago, Moontanman said:

    50 years ago being gay was reason enough to deny a person a job, a house, even a spouse. New laws stopped that travesty but the culture hasn't completely caught up as of yet. 

    How does a law get passed? Unless it's imposed by a conqueror or dictator, it's usually in response to a majority of voters' opinion. In this case, acceptance in the entertainment media and support from the straight community long preceded legal action - which was damn slow. That there are regressive elements in every society is obvious. There are still idjits running around making speeches against women's suffrage and the banning of hate speech. 

    The history of the US and slavery is a politico-economic one. That practice of human bondage is deeply embedded in patriarchal systems. That made it possible - and expedient - to half-accept slavery into the fresh new baby constitution. It didn't work out so well and blew up in a politico-economic disaster of a civil war. Nothing to do with culture. The federation never had a single coherent culture and doesn't now. 

    13 hours ago, Moontanman said:

    Yes but the grand leader uses those tools to control his people and religion plays into this in a big way. All the dear leader has to do is convince the people he serves god then he can do and get them to do anything under threat of hell fire. Religion is the most powerful tool a leader can have on his side.  

    Nah, it's just one of several. The really biggest is the followers' willingness to follow. He tells them what they want to hear. It doesn't have to be about God or hell; it can be anything that that makes them feel important and powerful: they're the super-race who have been hard done by, and he  will lead them back to the greatness that's rightfully theirs. Whether it's in the name of poor or old turn-cheek Jesus or the Fatherland or Workers' Solidarity or the Glory of the Empire. 

    The human brain is big and full of ideas; it has vast storage capacity for experience, imagination and the reasoning capacity to recombine data and justify its own fantasies. Human will indulge in wishful thinking, in optimistic bias; they will believe in luck and fate, omens, talismans, demons and guardian angels; they will make magic symbols and invent rituals. These things can serve as social cohesives and positive reinforcement, and they can be perverted and exploited. People also love novelty, upheaval, excitement, violence, watching shit explode and blood flow. You don't think so? Look at the ten most popular movies and video games. Three hundred years ago, it was public executions and bull-baiting.

    13 hours ago, Moontanman said:

    I am fine with "them" deciding for themselves it's when they decide for others that I have a problem with. 

    That's another strong drive in humans: the desire for control. Of the environment, the elements, of other species and people. That's what also makes it easy for a leader - chosen, imposed or self-appointed - to persuade large numbers of people to attack another group that's got the wrong god, the wrong pigmentation, the wrong ideology, the wrong uniform, the wrong economic arrangement, and is therefore a threat to our correct way of life.

    Change it if you can. Good luck!

  16. 45 minutes ago, Moontanman said:

    You seriously don't think laws alter cultures? 

    No. Altered cultures write new laws.


    45 minutes ago, Moontanman said:

    True not all muslims follow the laws of Islam any more than all Christians or Hindus follow those laws however... I am i no danger of being "officially" killed due to my lack of belief as I would in many countries who follow Sharia law.  It should also be noted that in many islamic theocracies leaving the religion is dealt with by the death penalty. 

    And in some other countries, defacing the Grand Leader's image is equally serious. Dictators are dictators, under whatever flag or symbol they oppress people, or whatever ideology they profess. I get that you're angry at the dictators, but there is no gain in  pointing at one of their many tools of manipulation and coercion, and pretending that if only that one were taken away, we would no longer be the fucked-up species that invented these tools in the first place.


    45 minutes ago, Moontanman said:

    It is indeed everyone's "we" just because you don't know you don't need a sky daddy to tell you how to live doesn't mean you do need a god to tell you how to live.  

    Well, you'd better go tell 'em all what they need and don't need, as they are evidently incapable of of deciding for themselves. What do you think they'll answer? 

  17. 5 hours ago, Moontanman said:

    Sharia law violates the basic premise of human rights at nearly every turn. 

    So does every other system of law that predates 1995AD. Laws get changed and updated all the time without fundamentally altering the culture of the nation in which they're practiced. It's usually too gradual to notice, but try comparing any modern Western nation's laws in 1900 and 2000. Not everyone who declares as Muslim follows every aspect of the ancient rules, any more than does every Jew or Christian.

    4 hours ago, Moontanman said:

    What good does Islam do the world? We, the world, don't need Islam or any other fairy tale to run our lives.

    That's easy for an atheist to say - people who still adhere to a religion don't see it the same way. And there is a very large number of them - something like 92% of the population. Obviously, your "we" is not everyone's "we". 

  18. 8 hours ago, Elmore said:

    It is impossible for a contradictory thing to be true

    It is impossible for a single 'thing' to be contradictory.


    8 hours ago, Elmore said:

    The Genesis 1 character and the Genesis 2 character are the exact same character.

    No; there are several major differences. In the first version, God creates humans, like other animals, in two sexes and gives them dominion over the earth. There is no question of obedience or sin or freedom of will. In the second, he creates man, tells him everything in the closed garden is at his disposal except the one forbidden tree; only then does he create the woman. This is the excuse for original sin, and the expulsion of Adam and Eve into a harsh world that's nothing like the earth depicted in the first version.

    These two versions of the same story indicate that the original comes from a tolerant, prosperous culture, presumably one that developed in a fertile region, and has been adopted and altered by a stern, punitive culture developed by people whose experience is of a difficult environment.  

    If the rest of your gobbledegook is as inaccurate as this observation, it's just as well  I won't bother to read it.  

    PS If your hope is to reunite science and religion, this approach is unlikely to succeed.

  19. 3 hours ago, MigL said:

    She argues that Meccan trade relied on skins, hides, manufactured leather goods, clarified butter, Hijazi woollens, and camels. She suggests that most of these goods were destined for the Roman army, which is known to have required colossal quantities of leather and hides for its equipment."

    And where would a merchant acquire these items? In the interior, where the tribal, semi-nomadic, non-affiliated Arabs lived. Plenty of opportunity to preach at them about a unified Arab nation as powerful as the empires to the west and south. 

    And trade with Roman empire provides opportunity to observe their successful military organization and strategy, passing that information on to the Arabs.

  20. In the biography I read, he was assistant and protege to a trader who died. He stayed to take of the business and married the widow (and later, seven other women) and carried on representing her interests.

    Whether that was anywhere near the truth, we have some other evidence of his having moved around:


    a number of rudimentary details about Muhammad are confirmed by non-Islamic sources dating from the first decades after Muhammad’s traditional date of death. For instance, a Syriac chronicle dating from about 640 mentions a battle between the Romans and “the Arabs of Muhammad,” and an Armenian history composed about 660 describes Muhammad as a merchant who preached to the Arabs and thereby triggered the Islamic conquests. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Muhammad


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