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DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

ABEND Re:Aboriginal First Nations (57 comments)

Yes! We are natives of the land where we were born and raised.

about three weeks ago

Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

ABEND Chicken or egg? (387 comments)

It makes little sense that testosterone levels independently started decreasing. Occam's Razor says that civilization and technology made it possible for weaker humans to survive thus the decrease in testosterone related features in humans.

about a month and a half ago

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden would not get a fair trial – and Kerry is wrong

ABEND Daniel Ellsberg (1 comments)

He released the Pentagon Papers. Look him up in Wikipedia: Daniel Ellsberg.

about 4 months ago

GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

ABEND Re: The worst thing... (575 comments)

What woman wants to marry a man who makes less money than her, has lower status than her, has no job,...? Men are happy to marry lower status women who have no jobs or money.

about 9 months ago

Officials Say Site Now Performing Well

ABEND Re:Hey Americans! (644 comments)

The primary motivation against socialized healthcare in the U.S. is to maintain a state of decentralized power. We want our Federal Government to have less power not more power. When the U.S. Government has control over healthcare in the U.S. it will have significantly increased its power over a significant part of the U.S. economy. Add that power to the power of the U.S. military and the rest of the world may start thinking that maybe decentralized power in the U.S. looks like a pretty good idea.

about 10 months ago

Officials Say Site Now Performing Well

ABEND Re:Officials say? (644 comments)

There is also no constitutional right to social security, roads, clean water, safe food, ...

Good roads, clean water, safe food, are all benefits to public health and national security. It's a happy accident that these things benefit individuals.

Social security and healthcare for individuals are charity. They are not Constitutional or God given rights.

about 10 months ago

"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At

ABEND Re:Furloughed workers (346 comments)

So ... I repeat my wife's question: do you REALLY want these people in charge of your healthcare? I don't.

Does your wife really think that insurance companies don't make errors with billing, coding or paying the bills?

Next time you're in your doctor's office, ask them how much effort it is to work with the various insurance companies.

Ask them which is worse - the insurance companies or Medicare?

Yes. The insurance company haters should ask their medical providers this question. They will find that medical providers are encouraged to "over treat" patients in order to be reimbursed enough from Medicare to pay for a visit's "paperwork" costs.

about 10 months ago

Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix

ABEND Re:Answer: No. (404 comments)

Rare? Nearly every government contract offered to the private sector since Bush took office has been no-bid. Remember the deals made during the Iraq War? Every single one of those was no-bid to Halliburton. This kind of cronyism is NOT rare at all; it is the norm, and has been for over a decade.

I assume "Bush" means George W. Bush. The 43rd President of the United States. He has not been president for almost five years. Anyhow, cronyism existed long before he became president.

On the issue of purported no bid contracts: What services did Halliburton provide for the U.S. Military in Iraq? Who were the likely competitors to provide those services? What services did CGI Federal provide the U.S. Government? Were there any likely competitors (i.e. has anyone else built a website to service millions of customers)?

One more question: Why did congressional Democrats originally vote to support the Iraq War during the Bush administration? Was there some sort of quid pro quo?

about a year ago

Fighting the Number-One Killer In the US With Data

ABEND Old age is a killer (121 comments)

Wouldn't it be better use of our resources to combat the "killers" of people in their twenties and thirties? Those killers being suicide, homicide, and "accidents."

about a year ago

How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

ABEND Re:logic (299 comments)

learning logic skills should be well in advance of coding. i do think our society waits too late on that.
that alone could improve lots of things out side of computer programming as well.

The zeitgeist in U.S. elementary education is to discourage students from using the "traditional" algorithms to solve multiplication and division problems. Algorithm practice is now referred to, by educators, with the pejorative "drill and kill". If students are not familiar with following algorithms, and possibly have disdain for doing so, they're going to have difficulty learning to code.

about a year ago

A Climate of Violence?

ABEND Re:Climate change. . . (184 comments)

Climate change: Is there anything it can't do?

Medical Marijuana: Is there anything it can't treat?

Both memes seemed to arrive with the Millennials.

about a year ago

Avatars Help Schizophrenics Gain Control of Voices In Their Heads

ABEND Re:Why Harm? (138 comments)

Does anyone know why schizophrenia svoices always seem to try and cause harm? Why don't the voices tell you to clean your house, volunteer for something, build a house, do something good?

Maybe some schizophrenics do here these type of voices but prosocial behavior tends to go unnoticed.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

ABEND Re:Both not important and important (656 comments)

The questioner refers to differential equations which most likely involves using algorithms to solve problems. I'm sure there are minimal or no proofs to be done for the class. It's probably a weed-out course for students who have trouble with algorithms.

about a year ago

97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made


Okay. Someone somewhere measured an increase of 85 ppm (i.e. 85/1,000,000 = 0.000085 parts) of C02 in the atmosphere between 1960 and "today." Is this a significant increase? Is the increase consistent throughout the Earth's atmosphere? How do we know that this increase in C02 lead to increased global temperatures? Would an increase in global temperatures necessarily be bad?

I've had "the planet has a fever" as an earworm, triggered by references to AGW, for many years now.

about a year ago

97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made


I tend to be skeptical about "everything". Since "Anthropogenic Global Warming" (AGW) seems to have made it into the headlines about the same time as "Medical Marijuana" and because of stupid comments such as "the planet has a fever", I am especially skeptical of AGW.

So, AGW advocates, convince me. What are some null hypotheses that are being used by scientists in support of AGW?

about a year ago

The public sector in direst need of reform is ...

ABEND Re:Education??? You are being lied to. (405 comments)

I'll wager that anyone who's had a son in a U.S. elementary school in the last thirty years is voting for education reform. It seems that both public and much private elementary education has been geared to marginalizing boys since around 1980. I'll wager that half of the readers of this comment who were born after 1975 were at least put on a watchlist, if not treated, for ADHD, autism spectrum, etc. by their elementary school teachers. Are half of all boys really dysfunctional or is it the educational system that is the problem?

about a year ago

I paid attention to news of the Marathon bomb ...

ABEND Re:Old News (317 comments)

..."the boyos" back home, were used to buy Semtex to make bombs that devastated British cities for years, and were used to kill and maim innocent British men, women and children...

Perhaps "British" American Bostonians should be contemplating the effects of the many centuries of devastation of Ireland by "British" military forces including, more recently, terrorist attacks by "Loyalist" (i.e., "British" sympathizer) paramilitary groups upon the native Irish people.

There has been an order-of-magnitude more terror inflicted on the Irish people by the "British" than by the IRA on the "British."

about a year ago



IRS lost Lois Lerner's emails in tea party probe

ABEND ABEND writes  |  about 3 months ago

ABEND (15913) writes "The IRS claims it cannot access Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division Lois Lerner's email prior to 2011 due to a crash of Ms. Lerner's PC during that year. These emails are considered to be important for the investigation into IRS targeting of specific organizations based on their political affiliations. The specifics of the "crash" have not yet been revealed but, anecdotally, my PC has crashed many times without the loss of any email. What could have caused Ms. Lerner's emails to have been lost?"
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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden would not get a fair trial – and Kerry is wrong

ABEND ABEND writes  |  about 4 months ago

ABEND (15913) writes "Excerpt: "Edward Snowden is the greatest patriot whistleblower of our time, and he knows what I learned more than four decades ago: until the Espionage Act gets reformed, he can never come home safe and receive justice""
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