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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

LF11 Re:16 people? (252 comments)

It may be unscientific to come to that kind of conclusion based on an n=16 study.

However, what this study DOES show is that the existing paradigm of saturated fat == heart disease ought to be questioned and thoroughly re-examined. Frankly, if I had metabolic syndrome, I'd be experimenting on myself the moment I heard about this.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

LF11 Re:Bill Rejected with Bi-Partisan agreeemnt (445 comments)

According to Dr. Paul, the bill didn't go far enough (I agree). It also extended the PATRIOT act. Are you really led around that easily, to think that helping to kill this bill somehow makes him an authoritarian stooge?

Failure to pass this bill means we'll get another chance. The pressure is on. Once they pass a bill, nobody is going to want to pass another one for a while, so the first one has to get it right. The ACA is an example of a bill that was slammed through, and got a lot of things wrong. Let's not do the same thing with limiting the NSA.

Also, Rand Paul does not claim to be a libertarian, and if you actually knew anything about libertarians you should have known that libertarians tend to give him a giant stink-eye.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

LF11 Re:So basically (445 comments)

...and become anarchists?

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

LF11 Re:In the uk (461 comments)

Well, there are a couple of reasons. For one, it tells criminals where the guns are. But that is pretty lightweight compared to the real problems with publicly listing concealed weapons permit holders. Think about these people;

Undercover officers

Detectives

Women hiding from stalkers

Prison guards

Cash carriers

The implications of revealing peoples' names and home addresses as weapons holders are actually quite profound, and most people don't really think it through. When it comes to firearms, you really need to think about every step very carefully. Gun rights are very sensitive -- as they should be -- and when you tinker with those rights, you will inevitably meddle with some of the most sensitive and/or fragile parts of our society.

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

LF11 Re:In the uk (461 comments)

You have quite a few presumptions in that. First, employers don't necessarily need to know if their dancers are licensed. Perhaps it is simply a small misdemeanor + fine with penalties limited to the dancer. In that case, employers don't need to know anything. I haven't looked it up, but there are plenty of reasons why an employer might not care.

Furthermore, the government need not provide any more information than "yes-licensed" or "not-licensed." There certainly does not need to be a directory of dancers, for sure, nor should there be (hello stalker heaven).

One of the major problems for strippers is stalkers. Men get attached, and sometimes it can be become a real problem. You can say that it goes with the territory, but it isn't a problem if the government isn't keeping a publicly-visible directory of dancers, and I say the problem lies there.

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

LF11 Re:In the uk (461 comments)

I disagree, emphatically. There are all kinds of government-owned information which should never be publicly visible. Individuals in witness protection programs, tattoo identification experts, certain expert witnesses, concealed weapons permit holders, gun ownership records in general, undercover officer identities, and so on.

Mind you, I consider myself to be an extremist libertarian bordering on anarchist, and I still think there is lots of information which (if it exists in the first place) should never be publicly revealed.

about a month and a half ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

LF11 Re:In the uk (461 comments)

In the US, FOIA requests can be denied on the basis of privacy violations (exemption 6), and law enforcement information (which this qualifies, I think) can be denied if its release could endanger the life or physical safety of any individual. http://www.foia.gov/faq.html#exemptions

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

LF11 Re:Two things. (330 comments)

All of what you said is interesting and concerning, but brains are actually quite plastic. Patterns change. New patterns form. Old patterns fade. The shift from liberal to conservative with age is well-documented. A single encounter with psilocybin can create permanent personality changes.

Do we put them through a chimney, or invite them to have a cup of mushroom tea?

Or just marvel at the biological diversity that characterizes our brains, and treasure every twisted piece of it, because when cataclysms strike, diversity is the only way for a species to survive?

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

LF11 Re:Two things. (330 comments)

You are putting too much into the study. This study shows that there IS a biological basis for SOME political beliefs. This flies directly in the face of a great deal of currently-accepted knowledge, and is very important. This study shows that there is room for more research to explore all the questions you describe.

If you come away with more questions than answers, it's probably good research.

about a month and a half ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

LF11 Re:The best-case scenario is out. (280 comments)

When the bodies rot in the streets, dogs eat them. Dogs are asymptomatic carriers. Think about that.

about 3 months ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

LF11 Re:CDC "Estimates" (280 comments)

Do you have a source for this? Honest question, as my Google-fu is coming up blank apart from a FreeRepublic source.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

LF11 Re: So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

You can easily see that some *is* using Tor, you just can't see where they are going or what they are doing. Well, unless you are a well-funded organization with the time, equipment, and money to set up lots of exit nodes.

about 3 months ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

LF11 SAY NO TO TORTURE (275 comments)

It would certainly help if Dropbox didn't hire Condoleezza Rice. I ceased recommending Dropbox as a solution to anyone when they pulled that stunt, and have helped many people migrate away. Yes, I know every (most?) cloud services have an open-door policy for the NSA. Nevertheless, that was a slap in the face.

Seriously? You're going to hire Ms. Torture USA? Please. I'll vote with my wallet...elsewhere.

about 4 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

LF11 Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

Certainly. But the moment it leads to war -- as the Capitalism vs. Communism rhetoric is intended -- then it must be abandoned if we are ever to escape this madness.

There is an "us" and there is a "them." But when you label "them" with an ideology and attack the ideology, that is bad.

about 5 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

LF11 Re: let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

Woah. Dude.

Centralized authority is an anathema to socialism. Also communism.

I'll grant you that every modern political effort has been by tyrants and their fools. That is not socialism, that is tyranny. Big difference.

Socialism + central government has the exact same result as capitalism + central government. Blood, inequality, corruption, violence, and eventually utter upheaval. The key thing to note is that the problem is central government, not socialism.

There are many examples of near-pure socialism in pastoral America. These communities are often characterized by conservatism and religion and would bristle at the thought of socialism. Yet when you look at how they live, it is socialism.

Key point: these instances of actual, functional socialism are characterized by a distinct lack of centralized authority.

Socialism, like liberalism, free-market capitalism, and libertarianism, is merely a another path to anarchy.

Am I a radical? Nuts? Sure. But that doesn't make it any less true.

about 5 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

LF11 Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

Fair enough. Still need to escape the false Us-v-Them duality. :)

about 5 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

LF11 Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

And that is exactly what is wrong with the world. Instead of actually learning the philosophy of idealism, we allow other people to dictate our world in "Us vs. Them" terms. The cure is to learn what the real philosophies are and abandon the illusion of duality that traps you.

about 4 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

LF11 Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

People miss the fact that true communism is simply another path to anarchy.

As is socialism.

As is liberalism. (The American Democratic Party does *not* qualify as liberal.)

As is libertarianism.

They all have the same destination. There are many paths to enlightenment.

The Russian experiment was an exercise in anarchy vs. totalitarianism. Totalitarianism won. The goal of communism is anarchy, and the Russians lost that.

about 4 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

LF11 Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

Socialism most definitely does NOT require a strong central authority. There are many varieties of socialism -- including many practiced in various areas on a small scale today -- which utterly eschew the idea of central authority. Some of them are very practical, and often involve people of a very conservative and religious culture.

> The problem has been that once a relatively few people got all that authority, under a socialist or fascist regime, they then never wanted to give it up. So societies never "evolved" beyond that to true communism. Nor is it likely to ever happen. Marx was a loon.

I am completely stunned at this juxtaposition. *MARX UNDERSTOOD THIS AND HAD THE SOLUTION.* My mind is boggled that anyone could miss this. Marx had many problems, but he understood this problem very well. He understood that there would be a great tendency for the burgeoning Communist state begin to fight the Workers and never give up its authority.

Marx had a solution. A good solution. Did you miss it?

In an 1850 letter to Engels, Marx wrote, "The arming of the whole proletariat with rifles, guns, and ammunition should be carried out at once [and] the workers must ... organize themselves into an independent guard, with their own chiefs and general staff. ... "

Marx is restating the American 2nd Amendment. Marx was not impressed with either the French or the American revolutions, as he viewed them as bourgeoisie revolutions that accomplished very little in Marxist terms. Nevertheless, this radical idea of arming the population seemed to persist quite clearly in Marx's philosophy. This is the answer to the problem of authority, the answer to the problem that has turned every attempt at communism into a totalitarian nightmare. This principle is well-understood in much of Communist philosophy through the present day.

about 4 months ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

LF11 Re: I always come here for the gnashing of teeth (152 comments)

I save upwards of 15 % on weekly groceries. That's fairly significant just by itself.

Also, when buying from reputable vendors, it is very nice not to have to worry about credit card information being stolen.

It is also super easy to send money to my brother, just through a Skype call, directly to his phone.

Plus when I hold bitcoin I can be certain that my bank isn't going to suddenly start charging a maintenance fee on it.

If Bitcoin isn't for you, that is completely OK. There is plenty of room in the world for Luddites. For the rest of us, it is the beginning of a fairer, more equitable and just financial system, one in which we participate as equals.

about 5 months ago

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