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  1. Please see the above thread.

    By many accounts, science misinformation is firmly entrenched on twitter, which is where I, personally, get much of my science news. The odd part is that some of these lies seem more lazy than malicious. Why pretend that kinesin is endorphin... this will not gain you any social or political advantage. It's not clear that it will even result in more retweets.

  2. 4 hours ago, swansont said:

    Maybe that's part of the problem. The AMNH is probably pretty well aligned with academia. They have postdocs, grad students, and researchers, to whom they refer as tenured faculty, along with CUNY research faculty.

    So maybe the academia baggage (with regard to this situation) is already there.

    I interviewed for a post-doc position there. They are indeed many other academic institutions doing basic research.

  3. On 12/8/2018 at 4:04 AM, Hans de Vries said:

    We will be able to do that soon with most cancers.

    We already have CAR T in use https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/research/car-t-cells

    We also have drugs like Ipilimumab and Pembrolizumab that "force" the immune system to attack cancer cells. A combination of Ipilimumab and Nivolumab wuadrupled 5 year survival for metadtatic melanoma


    This is off topic to the OP, since your cited approach is engineered adaptive immunity. NK cells are part of the innate immune system and are activated by cytokines or interferons = no antibodies involved.

  4. If Trump orders immigration officers to follow his EO, instead of the court order, how would the court enforce their ruling?

    By issuing a contempt of court ruling, at which point it would be up the the US Marshalls to enforce the court ruling. But my point is that Trump and the DHS is not ignoring the ruling of the Washington Judge, but using the Justice department to appeal the ruling, which is the proper channel.

  5. The courts have ruled the immigration EO invalid. However, they have no power to enforce the ruling, and Trump is ignoring the courts. The House and Senate can impeach the president. I think there is no way to make him comply.


    This is false...

    "In accordance with the judge's ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,’” Gillian Christenson said."


  6. Those are pretty left-wing sentiments even by UK standards. Surprising. It's a truism really and no-brainer but segregation can only perpetuate division in every sense and dischord.


    Cato is a libertarian think tank... a classical liberal, rather than conservative organization. They were founded by Charles Koch, but also Murray Rothbard who was a strongly anti-authoritarian Austrian economist.

  7. Military spending is one of the easiest ways for politicians to award large contracts to the corporations of their (politician) choosing. Not giving the Military everything a politician implies the military may need or want is treated as anti patriotic.


    Ironically, the military funds plenty of basic research and some of that has no direct military applications.

  8. So.

    Rereading this now.

    You would rather get an abortion, rather then pay $30 for a morning after pill or use a condom?

    I'd choose the latter, but it's your body.


    You pose a false dilemma. If birth control fails, women should have abortion as an option. This should be an option even if protection was not used for another reason.

  9. Perhaps you feel Hillary Clinton winning 3 million more votes is insuffcient evidence but what does it say about Trump? Your arguing that Hillary Clinton wasn't trusted and that is the reason for her only winning 3 million more votes yetdon't apply that same logic imply to Trump? From the link you provided you are seem to be arguing that the candidate with less votes was more trusted.


    This is a strawman. I believe that Hillary was generally not trusted by the American people. I did not say that these beliefs were based on reality, nor that Trump was/is/should be considered more trustworthy.

  10. Not sure what tar would say, but 53% of white women were apparently able to overlook these comments. Anecdotally, women for Trump tend to value traditional gender roles and see Trump as an alpha male (supported a bit by the polling data). Populism is fine ear candy for those who believe they will benefit.

  11. You have greatly moved the goal posts on what you're claiming about third parties. I am not even sure how your new claim directly supports your claim, "higher than average" isn't unprecendented. I think it is debatable that it is even unusual. We had Wallace in the 60's, Anderson in the 80's, and Perot in the 90's who did larger numbers than all the 3rd party candidates did this year combined. We also had Ralph Nader in 00' who as a percentage of the vote did good as any specific 3rd party candidate this year. So this year saw higher than average 3rd party numbers historically but nothing unusual in the modern era.


    As for those who didn't vote I don't see how it supports anything specific about Hillary Clinton considering it was well within normal margins?


    Again, I admit using the work 'unprecedented' imprecisely, with the purpose of implying that Hillary Clinton was an unusually unpopular candidate for a Democratic front-runner. You stated that her winning the popular vote was evidence that she was not broadly distrusted by Americans. I pointed out that this was insufficient evidence, since vote !=> trust and a large number of people did not vote for a major party candidate (or anyone at all).


    Where are the polls that show Americans trusted Hillary? In retrospect, I'm not sure how much we can trust the poll he numbers, but certainly this didn't bode well for her: http://time.com/4554576/donald-trump-trustworthy-hillary-clinton (and again, this only tells us about likely voters).

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