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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

dywolf Re:I agree, 100% (375 comments)

you're talking about anarchy.
it doesn't work too well.
it's been fairly well discredited by history.

it's why society has coalesced into civilizations, such as the one you're living in now, which coincidentally has quite a lot of individual liberty.
in fact, the primary negatives revolve around imposing your will on others.

ah, but you're one of those who never took a basic civics class and never learned the basics of civilization, or why and how we've gone beyond simple might makes right anarchy and feudalism.

5 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

dywolf Re:I agree, 100% (375 comments)

hey look, the troll is back.

5 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

dywolf Re:The WHO (375 comments)

He also had a nationalized health care system.
If he had lived in the US, I doubt very much we'd even know who he is.

5 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

dywolf Re:The WHO (375 comments)

JFC. Did I say the words "ready to die" ?? you insist on misquoting to make your points, intentionally noncomprehending...that or you're just stupid. the number of 80 and 90 year olds who are enjoying a healthy life rather than slowly crumbling under the weight of age is so seriously one sided you only further prove your ignorance.

the medical community, made of medical professionals have the highest rate of living will and end of life planning of any statistical group. its because they see this crap every day. they see the vast overwhelming numbers of people who DONT make these decisions beforehand, who DONT make any sort of plans, who dont think about what is coming. End of life care and planning is seriously lacking in most of hte world, and hte US especially. we dont like to think about it. we put it off.

Medical professionals dont avoid that thinking, that planning (as much), because they see what its effects are.
hell, they're fucking doctors, so they know exactly what they have to look forward to. Constant unfathomable pain from cancer. The slow undignified loss of the ability to control your own body. The loss of mind that patients suffer from and aren't even aware of themselves, but can see from the looks on the faces of their loved ones that something is wrong.

Yes, a blessed few avoid all that and simply go in their sleep.
That kind of end doesn't require any planning.
Almost everyone, if given the choice, would prefer to go that way.
But simply because there's a chance you may go that way, doesn't mean you shouldn't think about what you want to do in case of the alternative.

This is what realistic thinking on this looks like:

Do you want chemo and three months of life, or six weeks of life without the nausea and vomiting that the chemo causes?

Do you want high-risk open-heart surgery, with a fifteen-per-cent risk of dying during the operation, or would you rather continue as you are, with a fifty-per-cent chance you will be dead in two years?

Do you want a prostatectomy, which has a five-per-cent chance of impotence and incontinence, or radiation, with a three-per-cent chance of leaving a hole in your rectum, or would you rather “watch and wait,” with the chance that your cancer will never grow at all?

( http://theincidentaleconomist.... )

some people think (for various reasons, usually religious) that they have to hold on to the very end. no matter how bad it gets, no matter how much it costs (and remember friend: in this country your family has to pick up that tab, since we refuse to create a national system), no matter the suffering you or your family goes through. now if thats what you want, and youve thought it through and your family is on board (and it helps if you're rich), then power to you.

But at some point youre going to face those kind of decisions.
I just hope you show a higher intellectual ability by then than you are here.

Just remember: if we can show our pets the compassion to not force them to endure a living nightmare of misery, then surely we can show the same compassion to each other, to respect each others wishes. The only thing that's certain in life is death, and it's one of the most personal decisions you can make for yourself.

5 hours ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

dywolf Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (622 comments)

yes its a straw man. that should be obvious. but that doesn't change the point: it's a stand in for every random wanker who thinks his pet opinion or position or whatever deserves to be given equal weight, equal time, or equal consideration as actual scientific experts on a subject.

and no, it wouldn't actually be worth something if it actually was my opinion, because its wrong.
as a testable, provable statement, any opinion concerning it after its already been falsified, barring the discovery of any additional data, is a worthless opinion.

no, not all opinions are worth something.
and thats the point.

5 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

dywolf Re:I agree, 100% (375 comments)

No. that is not what he said.
What he said was specifically about him and HIS plans and viewpoint.

He did not call for these same things to applied to any one else.
He did not call for people to be terminated at birth.

You are attributing a lot of FALSE statements to him.
You are not insightful.
You are a troll.

9 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

dywolf Re:The WHO (375 comments)

a lot of medical professionals carry this opinion, or a similar one, precisely because they see, every day, what the reality is of old age.
and they dont change their minds; rather they are one of the largest grous with settled views on it who already know what they want and how they want to go.

9 hours ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

dywolf Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (622 comments)

All opinions are worth something?

My opinion is 2+2=5.
Oh right.
2+2 isnt 5.

So maybe there is something the concept of "listening to people who know what they are talking about" after all.
Rather than giving any crank and random bum off the street equal time and assuming equal credibility.

12 hours ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

dywolf Re:you end up with "established science" (622 comments)

absolutely no part of it requries giving up all your money or your standard of living, nor does it acll for forcing third world countries to wallow in filth.
its not because you disagree that you are ignorant.
its because of hte ignorant and moronic things you say that you are ignorant.

12 hours ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

dywolf Re:Just in time for another record cold winter (177 comments)

hey look, it's a guy who doesnt undertsand science, and misquotes what people say in order to tell them theyre wrong.

yesterday
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Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

dywolf Re:Non Tax Based?!? (88 comments)

bingo.
it's purely a PR move.

teachers, nay anyone, cannot rely on the beneficent feelings of mega corps or rich donors.

1) most of them wont get the funding they need. which is why we have taxes to ensure that those things get funded that need it (in theory...idiots who think teachers SHOULD be funded by bake sales not withstanding)

2) those who do will feel a lot of pressure to...adjust...their curriculum to continue recieving the funding. And as Chief Justice Roberts recently stated, that's "not corruption". /sarcasm

yesterday
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

dywolf Re:Dogs as compass (126 comments)

my dog is either defective or just doesnt care where she faces.

3 days ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

dywolf Re:The over-65's swung it for No (471 comments)

no no no. its the fox news theorum: if your pet message is unable to make it into the mainstream, its because the mainstream is stupid, ignorant, and and biased against you, not because there's a problem with your message.

3 days ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

dywolf Re:Civil war (471 comments)

Because being healthy and having the ability to live a long comfortable life relatively free of health worries regardless of the size of your bank account....is bad thing that only commies want!

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

dywolf Re:they will defeat themselves (952 comments)

and why was that? where were female versions not the societally acceptable generic words to use? or why were their no gender neutral ones?
could it be because society was patriarchal for the longest time and that fact colored a lot of cultural norms....

nah. couldnt be that.

4 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

dywolf Re:Still pretty affordable (389 comments)

then i'd say yo're pretty dang foolish and blithely ignorant of reality.

which party rails against "the 1%"?
which party calls for higher taxes on the richest folks?
ya, they're run by the rich alright....

4 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

dywolf Re:Still pretty affordable (389 comments)

being a home improvement, he'll get that back in house value, so i wouldnt chalk that up against fuel cost equivalence.

4 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

dywolf Re:What this proves is: (630 comments)

You seem to misunderstand the CO2 cycle.
You see, in an ideal world, the cycle is neutral. It runs at 100%.
IE, what gets created gets pumped back into the system.

We could create 4% of what's atmosphere, 50%, or 0.02%.
It doesnt matter, cause what matters is that what we create is NOT PART OF THE CYCLE. IT'S IN ADDITION TO THE CYCLE.
That's what causes the problems. We add CO2 without removing it, increasing hte overall concentration over time, increasing hte ability of hte atmosphere to trap heat over time.

http://www.skepticalscience.co...

Also: http://www.skepticalscience.co...

about a week ago

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America's Internet is the Best, Europe's a failure, says Washington DC Expert

dywolf dywolf writes  |  1 year,18 days

dywolf (2673597) writes "Harry Alford, the CEO of the NBCC in Washington, D.C., has written that that America's Internet is the best in the world. "85% of Americans enjoy 100MBps internet, blowing away Europe where only 50 percent of households can access even one-third of that speed". And not only is our system the envy of the world, thanks to the deregulations of the Clinton Era telecommunications reforms and the free market, but Europe's internet access is a complete failure due to overregulation. "It's why America's Internet is faster than in leading Eurpean nations. The greatest Internet companies in the world — from Amazon to Facebook — are American companies. We should stick with the free-market system that's worked so well.""
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CEO of National Black Chamber of Congress says America's Internet is the Best

dywolf dywolf writes  |  1 year,18 days

dywolf (2673597) writes "Harry Alford, the CEO of the National Black Chamber of Congress in Washington, D.C., wrote into The Oklahoman newspaper to rebut a previous letter to the editor decrying the stat of America's Internet. He tells tell us not to fear, that America's Internet is the best in the world. Apparently "85% of Americans enjoy 100MBps internet, blowing away Europe where only 50 percent of households can access even one-third of that speed". And not only is our system the envy of the world, thanks to the deregulations of the Clinton Era telecommunications reforms, but Europe's internet access is a complete failure due to overregulation. The letter can be found here: http://newsok.com/free-market-system-worked-for-americas-internet/article/3879006"
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Writer extols crowd sourced crime solving...while ignoring it's failure

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Gary C. Kessler, a contributor to CNN Opinion, has written a piece in which he extols the virtues of crowdsourcing, and how it helped capture the Bostom bombers....except for that part where crowdsourcing failed to indentity the real suspects, and actually led to some false accusations. He then goes on to talk about the privacy issues involved in constant public surveillance. From the article: "The Boston Marathon bombing investigation made use of crowdsourcing to collect photos and video from cell phones and surveillance cameras at an unprecedented level. These pictures were made public a little more than 72 hours after the explosions and the second suspect was arrested 29 hours later.
[...]
The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly offer citizens a right of privacy, although many court decisions certainly support such an ideal. Indeed, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis is well known for his observation, 'The right to be left alone — the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by a free people.'""

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Hostess, maker of Twinkies, to shutdown

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "In a shocking and disturbing bit of news Hostess, unable to work out a new contract with its bakers who are striking, has filed for bankrupty and requested permission from the court to shutdown operations. The world's most perfect food in the upcoming apocalypse may disappear as the Twinkie supply dwindles."
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Electronic Arts pulls Bait and Switch with FIFA 13

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Electronic Arts has released FIFA 13. The problem? It's FIFA 12 with a new box. Same graphics, same modes, literally the same everything. Other than new socks for your players."
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Indian Superbug gene found in American cat

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "The NDM-1 story has been long and contentious (my archive of posts is here), but from the first, two things have been clear. However the political battles fall out, medicine views the emergence of this gene as a catastrophe, because it edges organisms to the brink of being completely non-responsive to antibiotics, as untreatable as if the infections were contracted before the antibiotic era began. And because the gene resides in organisms that happily live in the gut without causing symptoms, NDM-1 has been a hidden catastrophe, crossing borders and entering hospitals without ever being detected."
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