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by kazvorpal
Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic
Replies: 82
Views: 9742

Re: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic

That seems perfectly reasonable, because I assume I maybe missed the transition where we started talking about ADHD or behavioral problems, as opposed to ASD, of which, I'm fairly confident, ADHD is not. Again: When people started talking about silly parents avoiding gluten, that is not an autism t...
by kazvorpal
Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic
Replies: 82
Views: 9742

Re: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic

You need to read my post more carefully. And also pose your uncertainty more clearly: Are you suggesting that undisciplined children are being mistaken for ASDs? That's news to me. But no, my post to that other guy was saying that a gluten-free diet, as a cure for autism, is certainly less bad than...
by kazvorpal
Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic
Replies: 82
Views: 9742

Re: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic

I- where the fuck did you get the idea the Izawwlgood was- The fuck? Seriously? I was under the impression (s)he was referring to the parents of autistic kids not being able to sort the good information from the bad. She seemed to be saying that the other guy, who found the gluten silliness less ba...
by kazvorpal
Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic
Replies: 82
Views: 9742

Re: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic

These kids need help, these parents need help. Filling parents with false hope and peddling snake oil is only going to result in some kids who aren't getting proper medical and psychological treatment/attention from trained professionals. I don't have a problem with trying to figure out something u...
by kazvorpal
Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic
Replies: 82
Views: 9742

Re: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic

These kids need help, these parents need help. Filling parents with false hope and peddling snake oil is only going to result in some kids who aren't getting proper medical and psychological treatment/attention from trained professionals. I don't have a problem with trying to figure out something u...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A decent meal before execution? No more of that!
Replies: 88
Views: 11055

Re: A decent meal before execution? No more of that!

It even prompted one of those governors to go to prison himself! Just to see what it was like on the other ... wait ... I'm being told now that the two may not be related. If I recall the local NPR newsdroner's factoid correctly, three of the last four governors here in Illinois ended up in jail fo...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Original Photoshop Art
Replies: 0
Views: 3592

Original Photoshop Art

I did a search for "photoshop", to find a thread where people post their own photoshopped graphics, but didn't see one. It seems like a fun thread, to me, although I should be doing this from home where my spiffiest designs are. So I'm inviting everyone else to post their own original phot...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62117

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

As much as people who name their kids [Godwin] and similar edge cases make you think "they shouldn't be allowed to have kids" In some of the more socialist European countries, governments actually have violated the right to name your own child. You must go to them to get approval...and no...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A decent meal before execution? No more of that!
Replies: 88
Views: 11055

Re: A decent meal before execution? No more of that!

One reason, therefore, to give the condemned man a really good last meal is that you're apologizing for a majority likelyhood that he is innocent. I find it remarkably hard to believe that the majority of people who receive the death penalty are innocent. If you're going to make extraordinary claim...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

When the chips were down, the door closed, not one member of any of those four organizations ever said to me "oh yeah, I totally believe this AGW stuff, I'm doing this because it's real". In every single case, they were doing it for the budget. If no one I have lunch with ever says "...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

For the record, an actual NASA executive level budget briefing: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/516674main_NASAFY12_Budget_Estimates-Overview-508.pdf For what it's worth, I don't see an awful lot of fear-mongering in the governement agency I do contract work for. Where there's exaggeration for the executiv...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

That was his, and everyone else's actual take on global warming, at NASA Wow, you're seriously extrapolating from a single PR gimmick (and a bit of anecdotal evidence about what a few people there told you they believe) to conclude that people at NASA only care about climate change inasmuch as fear...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 30120

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

[snip] A right is a power to choose, not a privilege granted by a government. Your natural rights exist simply by virtue of your ability to consciously weigh and make choices. Absent society you have no choices that a squirrel does not have. You can do things a squirrel cannot but that is a propert...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 40329

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Nobody who's pro-abortion should find that tolerable, any more than they should find prostitution prohibition tolerable. Also, this is bullshit. Because the problems with completely unrestrained organ selling or prostitution are completely absent in legalized but regulated abortion. For example, un...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 40329

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

To answer gmal's actual question: ~$20 billion a year. Anyhow, both of your claims were proven to be factually incorrect when the subsidies were enacted. Have they outgrown their need today? Sure, but that doesn't mean they're pushing profits down. You're clinging (again) to this "a completely...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 40329

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

And any actual serious procedure would bankrupt a large portion of patients. And costs for procedures aren't skyrocketing because of socialized medicine. They're skyrocketing because that's how much they can get away with charging. Yay capitalism! It is solely because procedures are funded by massi...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

Or how about H1N1, which actually turned out to have (as could be predicted from the stats) a lower mortality rate than the COMMON flu? Not before those stats were available, which is when pre paration is most useful. Actually, the official death rate estimates, ahead of time, were lower than a nor...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A decent meal before execution? No more of that!
Replies: 88
Views: 11055

Re: A decent meal before execution? No more of that!

List of final meal requests here. http://web.archive.org/web/20031202214318/http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/finalmeals.htm If I were not going to request a final meal, like that one guy on the list, I'd at least put in an official request for "cake with a saw in it", or something. At lea...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germany?
Replies: 101
Views: 15825

Re: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germ

Declaring war on the US was all but inevitable after the US declaration of war on Japan, Germany had a treaty with the Soviet Union. It could as easily have honored that and ignored Japan's, instead of vice-versa. Hell, imagine that it declares war on Japan in defense of the US! Wow...that would ha...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 40329

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Some people might be more concerned about their family members having a large financial incentive to murder them... Then they can choose not to donate their organs. Your argument could as well be made for banning all inheritance. No, because it's legal to farm for profit, there's not a very dire, l...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 40329

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

As always, this kind of control ends up producing the polar opposite of what you are claiming to be its goal. kazvorpal: I don't know if you're familiar with how these sorts of discussions work, but stating 'you're wrong, it's the opposite' is usually followed by an explanation of why. You seem to ...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 30120

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

You join society, society doesn't join you. Those rights exist because it's members have decided they exist, without society your just a smarter squirrel. It either offers you value or it doesn't. You aren't required to stay and millions worldwide make that choice each year. It's called immigration...
by kazvorpal
Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

No doubt you're also the sort of person who thinks that people shouldn't be enforceably quarantined if they have a highly infectious, highly dangerous disease (like SARS). Wow, it's the gullibility prize! A highly dangerous disease? Yeah, just like H1N1, bird flu, mad cow, and west nile...right? An...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 30120

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

[That would be another ugly holdover from feualism. Sadly, our court system is almost purely such an anachronism, even down to its name. Courts are probably the most important civil institution there is. Even hardcore minarchists often support something along the lines of "no government, EXCEP...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 30120

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

Public defenders are forced to take cases by that definition. Also by that definition all ER doctors are slaves already. Should we really just allow people to die in the street to avoid 'enslaving' them? That would be another ugly holdover from feualism. Sadly, our court system is almost purely suc...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

Sorry, I guess I should have been pointing out the fallacy of the "we're violating your right to choose For the Childrenâ„¢" argument. Yes, as it happens, your moral right to be an idiot anti-vaxxer ends before you kill my kid with an easily preventable infectious disease. Why is that so ha...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

Wait, you're being serious? So those and whooping cough outbreaks caused by people refusing vaccines ( Which kills infants too young to be receiving vaccines ) aren't happening? Same with the measles (possible sterility in males and permanent brain damage in about 1% of children) outbreaks? And Mum...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62117

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

I have two words that will hopefully explain what I meant about "it sounds like a good idea". Nadya Suleman. However, it's impossible to morally implement and even if there was a completely safe and noninvasive reversible sterilization procedure such that "bodily autonomy" would...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germany?
Replies: 101
Views: 15825

Re: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germ

Germany was defeated by Hitler. Had he not made certain stupid, obvious mistakes, things would have gone far differently. For example, attacking the Soviet Union, declaring war on the US, invading Africa, and failing to follow through on conquering the British Isles. Having made the above mistakes,...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 137774

Re: Editors

Folks, this is not a Battle of the Editors. This is not even like a pillow fight. All I see "I like vim/emacs/ed/nano/textmate/whatever", with some modest arguments. What happened with flaming? Let me add a new perspective. Using a terminal editor is silly. You are more efficient if you t...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

Precautionary Principle is actually based around the idea that, while we don't know the likelihood of event X happening, if it does, it's fucking serious and difficult to recover from, expensive, and possibly irriversable. It's more like saying "Hey, maaaaaybe you should put a safety rail with...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

Don't even get me started on the absurdity of forcing gradeschool girls to be immunized against an STD. Better to wait until after they've already become sexually active? Better to let their proxies, their parents, judge for them, than impose someone else's judgement against their will. Parental ri...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 40329

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Where you see nothing but tyranny, the vast majority of societies had the foresight to take reasonable regulatory action to preserve the interests of the not-super-rich -- and protect the ability of the truly less fortunate to one day be on the receiving end of an organ that your system would dispr...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62117

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

This is called "eugenics". It didn't end well. The only really evil thing about "eugenics" is its expression as a form of coercion. In other words, if you and a bunch of other people decided to only strive for certain traits in your babies, there's nothing more wrong with that t...
by kazvorpal
Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 30120

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

Man, we might as well get rid of the right to representation in court then. Someone has to think of those poor enslaved lawyers. You understand the idea of consensual versus coercive, right? If you forced someone to be your lawyer, that would indeed be slavery, a violation of his natural rights, er...
by kazvorpal
Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

The Precautionary Principle is a massive boon if applied correctly. How many of your childhood friends died of polio/measles/mumps/smallpox/diphtheria? What does that have to do with the precautionary principle? PP is an assertion that, if it's unclear whether something is dangerous, authorities sh...
by kazvorpal
Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 137774

Re: Editors

Emacs, Vi, TheOneTruePad? What I'd like to know is how vi won. I'm a consultant, and I haven't sat down at a corporate client's terminal and found emacs available, for maybe the last decade. For example, Boeing, Charter, AT&T, and the Washington Post, in the past few years...none of them had em...
by kazvorpal
Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hypercorrection
Replies: 26
Views: 6906

Hypercorrection

My biggest English grammar pet peeve isn't the people who are simply ignorant of either the rules or logic of English, but those who try to sound/look smart, by (ab)using rules they clearly don't understand. He and I An obvious example of this is when people use "he and I" for the predicat...
by kazvorpal
Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing
Replies: 89
Views: 10390

Re: U.S. Panel recommends against routine P.S.A. testing

But of course, what do others think? Drug companies certainly aren't happy about it, and neither are people who have been treated for prostate cancer, and believe that the test saved their lives. I'm interested in your opinions. I think it's a great example of how the Culture of Safety does more ha...
by kazvorpal
Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0959: "Caroling"
Replies: 69
Views: 28096

Re: 0959: "Caroling"

Interestingly, according to the Wikipedia article on the guy, Wenceslas was never a king, but only a duke (of Bohemia). But, he was considered so saintly that they conferred on him the title of king after he died. He is today a Catholic saint. Can't find anything about peoples he massacred, althoug...

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