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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

JeffAtl Re:humans and chimpanzees split somewhere (154 comments)

The point is that humans and chimps share a common ancestor. Neither species split off from the other.

This is pretty basis stuff - have to wonder how you missed this in your education.

5 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JeffAtl Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

Also, auto dealers tend to be very politically connected within local communities. Lobbying money isn't the prime mover on this.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JeffAtl Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

Those totals don't really matter that much on the state level though. Auto dealers tend to be among the wealthiest people in small town to medium size towns and they tend to be heavily connected within the community.

In most cases, the state representatives would vote in favor of their local auto dealers for free.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JeffAtl Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

The laws made sense in the era that they were created. Times have changed though and the laws are still on the books.

Now they've become very similar to the archaic alcohol sales related laws that are still present in most states.

about a week ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

JeffAtl Re:humans and chimpanzees split somewhere (154 comments)

Pretty sure that humans and chimpanzees never split. We share a pretty recent common ancestor, but that's it.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JeffAtl Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

That's not really how a constitutional republic works. A simple majority doesn't always get to make the rules.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

JeffAtl Re:Of course! (565 comments)

As others have also pointed out, nuclear fuel is not soluble in water. Think about it - if nuclear fuel was highly soluble, much of the fuel would be dissolved sitting in the reactor vessel. This dissolved fuel would make it very difficult to moderate the reactions.

I know that your goal is to make everything solar - including submarines, but that's just not going to work.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

JeffAtl Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

It does matter. Some hospitals are better prepared for this type of thing. The two hospitals previously noted are among four the in nation that are equipped and have the expertise for this type of thing. The hospital in Dallas is not.

Emory Hospital in Atlanta had 2 ebola patients 2 months ago and there were no transmissions.

Your anti-western bias is not serving you well.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

JeffAtl Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

It's not clear why you're singling out hospitals in the United States.

It's also not clear why you are playing the "understaffed" card. Every organization in the world claims that it is understaffed.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

JeffAtl Re:Of course! (565 comments)

Pretty much no ecological disaster at all. Ends up that water makes an incredible radioactivity shield.

The USS Thresher sunk in the early 1960s.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

JeffAtl Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

This seems to be a case of the hospital taking on a "anything that can be done other states can be done better in Texas".

Officials now admit that the original patient should have been transferred to either Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

It's not clear why the hospital was insistent on treating a disease that it had no expertise with.

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

JeffAtl Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

Quoting Myth Busters probably hurts your case more than it helps - especially on something contradicting a governmental agency.

While their demonstrations can be pretty cool, they exhibit a lot of bad science.

Their show is also completely reliant on the cooperation of law enforcement, so they will be very hesitant to produce results that flies in the face of current governmental policy.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

JeffAtl Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (446 comments)

Totally agree. That's why I think the stats are skewed. A divorced person that is remarried is going to be completely shunned by these churches and treated as a pariah.

about two weeks ago
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First Man To Walk In Space Reveals How Mission Nearly Ended In Disaster

JeffAtl Re:Not the time to put them down for inferiority (122 comments)

Putting people into low earth orbit isn't really something all that impressive or useful - it's just for propaganda.

It's much more impressive to go the route of the Americans and Europeans and actually explore the solar system.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

JeffAtl Re:The factors, condensed (446 comments)

Honeymoons are not an indicator of how seriously a person takes the marriage. If anything, honeymoons are an indication that the couple is treating the wedding as a party and has poor money management skills.

The correlation in the study is probably due to religious fundamentalists that are under an extraordinary social pressure to have traditional weddings. This same religious and social pressure forbids divorce.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

JeffAtl Re:The factors, condensed (446 comments)

No one actually has 100 real friends. Those people that are being referred to as friends would be better described as acquaintances or people you've crossed paths with for a time.

It's not like they're nurturing relationships with everyone that attends the wedding.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

JeffAtl Re:You have to have an inexpensive wedding for 200 (446 comments)

Agreed. One way to reconcile it would be that a bride that invites lots of guests is more into it the marriage for the approval of her friends. She would see a divorce as a social embarrassment.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

JeffAtl Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (446 comments)

Many churches teach that divorced people cannot remarry or even date unless they were a victim of adultery.

If a person remarries after a divorce, churches teach that they are still married to their old wife and are committing adultery every day with his legal wife.

about two weeks ago

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