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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

blackbeak Uhmmm... (224 comments)

Fox News has a Facebook page, right? Just thinkin'....

about two weeks ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

blackbeak Re:Now if I could just type... (165 comments)

And a flashlight function too! You might need to sneak out of the workplace after you've up/downloaded the goods.

about two weeks ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

blackbeak Re:A Boom in Civilization (227 comments)

Previous phases of human exploration had a number of common or frequent driving elements that space exploration is not likely to have. Such as: zealous religious missionary activities, conquest at behest of the king, racist judgement and condemnation of indigenous cultures, imperialist overreach into another country for minerals, slaves or other goods, etc. Most of that ideology is driven by the social thinkers/drivers at the top (or the powers behind the throne) and the privileged class just below that, not by the average citizens who prefer to just raise their families in peace. Humans will probably not even make it into the "interstellar community" if the species can't shake off the rule of sociopath oligarchs.

If we can assume we've evolved enough to travel among the stars, we would have solved a number of social problems (anger management?) and tech ones as well. I would expect we'd be way, way beyond playing "Billy Goat's Bluff".

Ok, there's plenty of space out there. We might miss a few battles just looking up from earth.

about two weeks ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

blackbeak Re:A Boom in Civilization (227 comments)

Think about it, war is extremely unlikely among interstellar species. With that level of technology, you're not gonna be hunting for food. Nor will scarcity of materials be a problem. Come on, you can travel among the stars, and you're gonna find one particular solar system that you just gotta have, right? Because this one system is just soooo cool, and there are no others out there like it. So, you figure "I'll just kill off the other interstellar species using the planets there and it'll be all mine!"

Or maybe it's the other scenario: Some insect-like aliens are gonna scour the universe just to hunt down other life forms, just 'cause that's what scary lookin' (by human standards) aliens do.

Anyone who believes inter-species battles is likely to be encountered in space needs some serious help.

about two weeks ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

blackbeak Re:The average human being (291 comments)

Confessions should not be admissible as evidence in court unless the jurors are given a full, uncut tape of the interrogation that led up to that confession. Along with that, jurors should be allowed to directly question attorneys and witnesses.

And informed of the jury nullification option.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

blackbeak Re:Biased Institutions FTW (784 comments)

In their defense, I want them to do their due diligence whenever they get a report.....

Sure, they should. But how about requiring completion of some sort of certification course for informants before they can be considered qualified to report situations that require the police or CPS to respond to activities where no child is actually in any immediate or obvious danger? Also, how about getting the informant's contact details, so they can be held financially liable for the trouble and expense they are likely to cause by such over-the-top reporting? (Anyone ever have to pay a lawyer before?)

Do we really need such eager busybodies to call in that "I see an 8 year old out in the cold without a warm hat! And it's freezing out here! Get CPS, quick!", when they haven't even bothered to observe that the kid is simply going from the family car to the house? Because that's where it's headed, folks.

about two weeks ago
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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

blackbeak Re:So.. what? (255 comments)

Soo.. overfishing + nuclear contamination to fisheries + global warming + other radioactive environmental damage = less significant? What if we throw in a massive Gulf oil spill? Kind of a crappy argument to claim that because X is worse, Y + X is less significant.

I'll answer your question; massive releases of nuclear contaminants into the environment will raise the number of cancers, birth defects and other health issues that are related to radioactive contamination and lower the environment's (already stressed) ability to supply quality foodstuffs.

Again, I'd like to point out that "we" (the general population of the world) are not responsible for the bulk of the environmental damage that has happened or is happening. "We" don't control/make decisions for Tepco, BP, Monsanto, etc., etc. Those sublimely paid, decision-making executives are responsible and should be held directly accountable for their actions. And how much environmental damage do you think the war machine causes? (Cue: sock puppets.) That's not "we" either. You'll know who "we" are when you're inside a FEMA camp!

Back to the cute kitten videos.....

about 6 months ago
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Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

blackbeak Re:The fate of the Internet (126 comments)

Gee, I just realized: How do I know that in 10 or 15 years cute kitten watching won't be linked to a mental disorder or something? Then, if my internet activity is ever reviewed, I'll be the worse for it! Damn! Even watching kitten videos isn't safe!

about 6 months ago
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Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

blackbeak The fate of the Internet (126 comments)

Because of the ever increasing amounts of internet insecurity, shills paid to push corporate/government agendas and rebuke/dismiss detractors, "sock puppet" and AI posters, overzealous copyright take-down operations, pay-only access to verified (ie: useful) information, spamming, spoofing, bandwidth throttling, spying, tracking, personal information gathering, legal constraints and considerations, over-suspicion of anyone not 100% politically "correct" or aligned with power, agenda based "news", "echo effect" search results, and probably some other stuff I can't think of right now, the internet is quickly losing it's ability to be much other than a channel for light entertainment.

Has the internet hit it's nadir? It's probably only a matter of time before e-commerce fails in a major way due to these security leaks. And it may also be way too late to be useful in organizing any type of real grassroots socio-political change. Let's just go watch cute kittens on YouTube.

about 6 months ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

blackbeak Re:Other loud noises (272 comments)

this is just stoopid...we've already done so much damage to this planet...

WE?

I had no part in the decision making process that led to any significant world or environment damaging, and I doubt you did either, unless you have a hand in directing activities of a industrial company or are involved in military decision making. You may very likely not even know anyone who did. Get it straight, the robber barons and financially powerful that direct the ecologically damaging activities are not "We". Not without contorting the meaning so as to blame the consumers for how the products used are produced. Were "we" dumping agent orange in Vietnam? "We" level mountaintops? Funny, I don't recall getting my share of the profits!

Little known fact: The iconic "Crying Indian" commercial of the 1970's was produced by a consortium of industrial polluters in order to throw the popular focus back on individuals at a time when industrial pollution was an exponentially greater problem. Sure, people threw garbage out their car window, and that's bad, but the cumulative damage from that was a tiny fraction of what industry was doing.

about 6 months ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

blackbeak THOUSANDS of Job Opportunities! (272 comments)

Wanted: Marine Life Impersonators. Must have own costume and be able to thrive in salt water conditions. Overtime available.

about 6 months ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

blackbeak Mod Me Up! (424 comments)

Mod me up! (Or I might sue yer ass.)

about 6 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

blackbeak Re:"machines will view us as an unpredictable" (564 comments)

Ok, then, just for you, assuming you're actually serious, how about a dog metaphor? Should we kill all dogs because some are dangerous? We're talking about characterizing an entire species (and then eliminating it!) based on the aberrant behavior of a small subset of that species. Are most of the people you know unstable, warring, virus makers? If so, how long have you been incarcerated?

about 7 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

blackbeak Re:"machines will view us as an unpredictable" (564 comments)

And.... as a matter of fact... our current overlords would like to have us believe that we are warlike and unpredictable, though we are not! There is an inverse relation between distrust among individuals and a unified mass population. If regular folk weren't driven to conflict along minor issues they might rise up and take back their birthright. They might wonder if a handful of trillionaires and multi-billionaires really deserve to own the planet.

"Divide and conquer!" In which case, "divide" means "artificially create warlike antagonisms between citizens." Artificially, i.e. not the natural condition.

about 7 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

blackbeak Re:"machines will view us as an unpredictable" (564 comments)

Consider this: When humans gather in large groups voluntarily, it is almost always a peaceful happening. If violence does erupt, it's due to a small contingent of agitators, the police (themselves following orders), or there is some other extreme factor (like scarce resources, or a flash point has been reached due to extreme government measures). I've never warred with my neighbors, fellow shoppers, others sharing the parks, on the highway, etc., and they all pretty much seem to be getting along ok too. Doesn't look like a warlike species to me. Looks pretty much like folks just generally get along. If the species was truly warlike in nature, we would have long ago have eradicated ourselves from the planet, and saved the future AI's the trouble.

When humans gather in large groups involuntarily, it is almost always a violent scenario. But who conscripted them, and cui bono? Hint: It's never the farmer, nurse or small businessman.

Sure, humans have the capability to cause harm. So does almost every other species. Any horse can be made to bite or kick humans at any opportunity, and any horse might bite or kick in some scenario, but who will label the equine species "dangerous and unpredictable"?

about 7 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

blackbeak Re:"machines will view us as an unpredictable" (564 comments)

I still contend that it is only a small and sick subset of our species that the OP's AI of the future will want to kill. There's absolutely no evidence that "normal" humans choose to create war. Normal humans just want to enjoy their life, their friends and family. A super intelligence would be able to recognize this and go after the unpredictable psychopaths running the species like it's their personal chicken farm.

For that matter, it's the fact that humans ARE predictable, easily cowed and generally passive, that has allowed the psychopaths to remain in control for so long!

about 7 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

blackbeak Re:"machines will view us as an unpredictable" (564 comments)

What's to stop an AI system from becoming psychopathic machines who believe they are demigods?

Nothing, probably. I'm with you -- we'll just pull the plug. I was just addressing the assumption that the entire human race would be eradicated because WE are so bad. A double assumption. I'm not about to chop down my peach tree because of a few rotten peaches. Nor would I assume all peaches are rotten. The OP's concern that "intelligent" computers (far more intelligent than humans) will kill off all us rotten peaches incorporates a contradiction because that's clearly not an intelligent conclusion.

about 7 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

blackbeak Re:"machines will view us as an unpredictable" (564 comments)

Humans are a species that "is unstable, creates wars, has weapons to wipe out the world twice over, and makes computer viruses

I beg to disagree. The typical human works toward stability in his/her life, wields (relatively puny) weapons only to protect him/herself (if at all), and is subject to attacks from computer viruses. Will intelligent computers make the mistake of defining the human species by the small percentage of psychopathic humans who believe they are demigods? Not if they are intelligent. Btw, no one will miss the subset of the species that "is unstable, creates wars, has weapons to wipe out the world twice over, and makes computer viruses" when our new overlords wipe them out. (You know who you are!)

about 7 months ago

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Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  about 7 months ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "The Washington Post reports that the Journal of Vibration and Control's review system was hijacked by a ring of reviewers. 60 articles have been retracted as a result. If a relatively nonpolitical field like JVC covers is subject to this kind of nonsense, what might be lurking behind peer reviews in the pharmaceutical or petroleum fields? Maybe non peers should be partnered with peers to do the reviewing."
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Common Core, By Any Other Name Would Smell...

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  about a year ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "Urie Bronfenbrenner's statement, "...science needs public policy even more than public policy needs basic science" (Bronfenbrenner, 1979, p. 8, italics in original), is the concept driving his Ecological Systems Theory, which itself underlays the Common Core Curriculum currently being rolled out across the land. Are all you scientists jiggy with that?

Robin Eubanks's erudite blog Invisibleserfscollar.com uses foundational documents and a lawyer's ability to cut through obfuscations of language to shred Common Core to pieces.

Invisibleserfscollar's fascinating exposé builds from post to post, so starting with the earliest post is recommended. (Spoiler alert: For those who think "public" policy should drive science, there is not, and never was, a "public" behind this massive change in education policy!"
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Common (Rotten to the?) Core Curriculum

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  about a year ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "As Common Core Curriculum unfolds across the land, how informed are we as to how it is destined to change society? And just who's interests lay behind this change? Robin S. Eubanks has spend an inordinate amount of time unraveling the threads of the deceptive rope with which we are about to hang ourselves. Robin's book is currently #5 in Education at Amazon. And, I hope, moving up fast.

I'm reminded of the proverbial rejoinder in the original "Prisoner" TV series.... "In formation... we want in formation"."
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How We're Kept Safely Immune from Informed Consent

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  about a year and a half ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "Vaccination has been argued before here at /., and we've certainly a strong pro contingent, but maybe the University of British Colombia’s (UBC) Dr Chris Shaw and Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic (Department of Ophthalmology, Visual Sciences, Experimental Medicine and Neuroscience) can motivate some folks to reconsider their position.

http://www.ecomed.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/3-tomljenovic.pdf"
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Guns Don't Kill People SSRIs Do

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 2 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "I'm certainly aware that the recent school shooting is being discussed at length, but the direct correlation of increased prescription of SSRI medication to the increase in horrific incidents is so staggering and so pertinent that this "elephant in the room" deserves it's own discussion. Unlike guns, which can only be held in the hand, SSRIs are held in the mind controlling the hand. You'll see a huge upsurge in news stories again about how guns need to be curtailed, but (again) few stories, if any, about the medications pulling the trigger. Yet SSRIs are obviously behind these killings. SSRIs mess with brain chemistry in ways we cannot fully understand or control, way too often resulting in horrifyingly confused, disordered and psychotic manifestations. How about discussing how these meds are insufficiently tested, driven through the FDA (a "captured" regulatory agency), released into the wild and then prescribed to children on (and off!) label."
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CDC Fraud Weakens Thimerosal/Autism Link Rebuttal

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 3 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "While it might be possible there's no vaccine/autism link, there is a CDC/fraud link!

Poul Thorsen, the principal coordinator of multiple studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and used to deny a vaccine/autism link was indicted on April 13th on 13 counts of fraud and 9 counts of money-laundering.

Thimersosal lovers may claim the fraud is only on the accounting side, but can we really be sure of the research results?"

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Salivating Over Glyphosate-Based Herbicides

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 3 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "COL (Ret.) Don M. Huber, Emeritus Professor, Purdue University, APS Coordinator, USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS) seems to strongly agree with the Argentines that "Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Produce Teratogenic Effects on Vertebrates by Impairing Retinoic Acid Signaling", though apparently that's not the whole problem.

I'm curious to see how many Slashdotters will be siding with the 100 thugs who beat members of the community (at the behest of wealthy interests, natch!) in order to suppress opposition to this "marvel of modern agriculture".

Any idea of the extent to which Monsanto-tied individuals currently hold important US Government policy making, regulatory and oversight positions? Here's a few from Wikipedia."

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Avoiding GM Foods? You're Overly Fussy - Monsanto

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "The BBC today characterized those who avoid GM foods as overly fussy, the very same day that the Wall Street Journal announced picky eating may be recognized in the 2013 DSM as a psychiatric disorder. The DSM item refers to something completely different, though I'm sure many will confuse the two. Of course, this was not done without subterfuge; the author, Professor Jonathan Jones in no way indicates his close ties to Monsanto. Point by point Jones regurgitates the same pro-GM arguments debunked numerous times all over the net for years, while serving up some stale half facts too."
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Lead Gardasil/Cervarix Researcher Speaks Out

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "Dr. Diane Harper, "to be able to sleep with myself when I go to bed at night", brings out the facts behind the efficacy of Gardasil and Cervarix. Dr. Harper was the lead researcher in the development of both vaccines. Postpeakpublishing, always a big fan of whistle-blowers, provides some additional relevant details/links/comment. Previously on /.: Merck To Halt Lobbying For Vaccine. Funny, the timing on that — right after Rick Perry's executive order mandating vaccination!"
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Is an Unassailable Agenda Feasable?

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blackbeak writes "Postpeakpublishing proposes we develop an "Unassailable Agenda", ie; a humanist agenda so self-evident that it would receive near unanimous support, as a step toward unifying the masses and ultimately forcing the hand of government to "do the right things" instead of merely supplicating huge vested interests. Some possible ideas for planks in this agenda are presented, though not quite fleshed out. What do Slashdotters think? Is the concept of a UA feasible? What would you put in it?"
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Guns or Meds at the root of school shootings?

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "It would seem obvious that the alarming increase in school shooting sprees is directly related to the increase in psychopharmaceuticals per capita. And what do you know, "Authorities in DeKalb confirmed Friday that Kazmierczak had recently stopped taking medication." Further, "Thomas said Kazmierczak had confided in him that he had served in the military and received a discharge for psychological reasons." I bet it wasn't aspirin he stopped taking. Quotes from Chicago Tribune story: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-steve-kazmierczak-gunman_webfeb16,0,6907068,full.story

Naturally, the media and politicians' focus will continue to be all over the guns, and of course, the need for their further control. Meanwhile, few speak of stemming the ever increasing flood of profitable psychopharmaceuticals.

It's doubtful evolution is playing a nasty trick on our species, resulting in weaker and weaker brains. We should look instead at the (increasingly unhealthy and probably unnecessary) burdens placed on our brains by modern western life, and realize we're living under terribly depressing circumstances. If we had a sensible economy, a government not run by the self interested elite, and restraints on corporate predation, both guns and drugs would begin to gather dust."

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