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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Vegan Cyclist A bit broken too.. (209 comments)

I started a page for a new project in December, and the auto-verify 'feature' gave me the 'approved' message, telling me it'd be 1-2 weeks before it gets finalized, and here we are near the end of January, and it's still not happened. The previous page i set up (maybe 2yrs ago) whipped through this process..so sucks in some ways being 'new' there. I also get the feeling the hashtags aren't used much. And my own experience is people, businesses and non-profits push content, but few actually will read it. (I see this in my stream, very few +1's and commentary.) So yes, lot of entities might be talking, but not to each other. I've been trying to interact with my new project, and while getting good success elsewhere, my G+ page hasn't grown. Really starting to feel like it's a waste of time (especially as someone else pointed out, Google has a habit of dropping things they get bored with...and their lack of function and development give me this impression with G+.)

3 days ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

Vegan Cyclist Re:Misguided (363 comments)

Savoury has been thoroughly debunked.

http://www.inexactchange.org/blog/2013/03/11/cows-against-climate-change/

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2014/aug/04/eat-more-meat-and-save-the-world-the-latest-implausible-farming-miracle

Just think about it: already the majority of land used by humans is dedicated to livestock, and is a leading cause of deforestation. You'd have to cut down even MORE forests to make room for what he's talking about. It's an utterly ridiculous concept, and if he had his way could be arguably as bad as his slaughter of elephants. This guy is a quack of the highest possible degree.

about a month ago
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N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

Vegan Cyclist Re:They have a good point (206 comments)

I'm with ya up until apologizing to NK.. Their leader is a really awful person, and even this isn't worthy of an apology for the most part - this is a drop in the bucket compared to how he runs his country and treats North Koreans. I agree there ought to be an apology tho: to the rest of the world for whipping this into such a ridiculous frenzy.

about a month ago
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Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

Vegan Cyclist Alternate theory. (160 comments)

Maybe it was Nintendo? ^.^

about 1 month ago
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US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

Vegan Cyclist US President always cast in bright light too..not. (153 comments)

Riiiiiight.... This really illustrates the double standard and opposition to freedom of expression by Chinese leaders. Hollywood has had the US president appear as all sorts of unsavoury characters, from an utter buffoon to corrupt in numerous films and tv series. (As well as other Western allies, like the UK Prime Minister.) You don't see China complaining about that... It's not 'senseless cultural ignorance', it's just the sense of humour from a few writers. Maybe Chinese leaders should investigate their own senseless cultural ignorance too. Their wilful, state-enforced ignorance is just about as senseless as these films.

about a month ago
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Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

Vegan Cyclist Re:Cholesterol (47 comments)

Sure, i'm totally with you there. I just don't know what you plan to achieve 4 levels in on a post on /. ;)

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

Vegan Cyclist Re:Cholesterol (47 comments)

*facepalm* It's obvious we're using commercial and food industry terms, not scientific terms. But this never grows old, so please keep it up.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

Vegan Cyclist Re:Cholesterol (47 comments)

FYI, if an oil is certified organic, hexane won't have been used, nor any other chemical. It will be, as you described, oils from plants that are crushed and/or ground. This includes soy, canola, and other oils that one might normally want to avoid.

about 2 months ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Vegan Cyclist Isn't this just increased suface density? (194 comments)

Please correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't this an increase in the surface area of the solar cell..? Sure, some kind of pitting is going to be more effective at capturing rays (as one reader pointed out, sizing it for the red light of the sun) than a totally flat surface, assuming surface space is a factor in solar collection.. I imagine those minuscule pits would actually greatly increase the surface area of a disc.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

Vegan Cyclist Let's Move Beyond Health.. (145 comments)

Besides human health, why might we want to consider eliminating superfluous eggs from mayo and other foods? How much land is consumed by livestock in the US and globally? To satisfy the 'back yard' and 'free range' crowd, how much MORE space would be needed in order to supply the world's demand for eggs in these flavours? What sort of demand on resources do eggs and animal products consume, especially in comparison to plant foods? What is their estimated contribution to climate change? Can you compare the resource consumption of a jar of Just Mayo and Hellmann's Mayonnaise? (How much energy consumed, space usage, emissions, etc..) Same with your egg replacement, and equivalent amount of eggs?

Full disclosure - i'm already well aware of these things, and would implore readers interested in these matters to check out a blog post i wrote covering how much land livestock already consume...you will very likely be surprised: http://blog.thevictoriavegan.com/2014/10/humane-meat-its-not-humane-for-nature.html

about 2 months ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Vegan Cyclist "r" (186 comments)

Doing my rock'n'roll duty for the title.

about 2 months ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Vegan Cyclist Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

This would be a very good topic for a documentary...any idea if there's already one on this? Or any articles you could recommend? Thanks for sharing!

about 3 months ago
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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

Vegan Cyclist What about when Cheerios are inside us? (77 comments)

Wondering if these same compounds, inside us after eating, would also enable fungal growth, leading to potential illness..? (Or superpowers? ;)

about 3 months ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Vegan Cyclist But WWF still advocates for huning polar bears. (292 comments)

They're not concerned about helping bears and other animals, they're concerned about making money. How can they honestly be concerned for bears when it's climate change, but not see how trophy hunting worsens the situation (where they supported Canada along with Green Peace of all groups in opposing the CITES proposal to ban the trade of polar bears, which was backed by many more groups, along with the US and Russia[in an unusual mutual agreement])? This group is such a fraud..

The U.S. and Russia, with the support of groups such as Humane Society International, the Natural Resources Defence Council and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, had argued that allowing Canada to continue trading in the bears was contributing to more hunting at a time when their sea ice habitat is shrinking because of climate change. The Russians added that the Canadian trade makes it easier for poachers in Russia by allowing them to disguise their kills as legal bears from Canada.

But Canada — along with Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, influential scientific bodies and other NGOs — said the Canadian hunt is sustainable and that the real threat to the bears is from climate change, not trade.

Although the world sided with Canada this time, Derocher notes support is slipping.

From http://www.macleans.ca/news/inuit-scientists-say-defeat-on-polar-bear-trade-ban-not-final/

about 4 months ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Vegan Cyclist Not surprising..they're literally disease farms. (122 comments)

Keeping animal captive and housed together is literally begging for worse and worse strains of diseases. Hoof and mouth, avian flu, mad cow.. Then we get stuff like e. coli from veggies, which isn't even from the plant: it's from the manure it's covered in. Adding antibiotics only accelerates the process. Yeehaw.

about 4 months ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Vegan Cyclist Re:Salmon (147 comments)

Or what about the original dam builders, beavers? They also 'destroy' a lot of habitat, which actually becomes very valuable wetlands... Not saying what we're doing is ideal, and our scale is usually much larger, but flooding is hardly a new experience for ecosystems..

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Vegan Cyclist Re:Trolls == Necessary Evil (382 comments)

Exactly - when you take away the trolls, whomever remaining is most 'troll-like' will then become the troll..the bigger question is 'can we really eliminate trolls', and 'what amount of trolling is tolerable'?

about 5 months ago
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Interviews: James Cameron and John Bruno Answer Your Questions

Vegan Cyclist Oh my..! (24 comments)

"Yeah, you've got to picture that you're on a ship at sea, and sometimes at a high sea state. You're picking up a 12-ton load, which becomes a wrecking ball if it gets out of control. It's stabilized by a bunch of tag lines going to wenches and so on."

about 5 months ago

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New Mad Cow Disease Form Shows up in Two Swiss Co

Vegan Cyclist Vegan Cyclist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Vegan Cyclist (1650427) writes "From the article:

An international team of researchers identified two Swiss cows with a new form of mad-cow disease.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), more commonly known as mad cow disease, is caused by prion proteins that become tangled up and cause brain damage decades after infection. Humans can become infected by the prion proteins and develop Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a neurodegenerative disease, first reported in 1996. Since then, health experts have identified 217 patients from 11 countries with the disease.

Previously, scientists had uncovered three prion variants, but when the current team examined the prions of the two cows, they found a fourth unknown variant."

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