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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

hamburger lady Re:FDA != NIH (120 comments)

waitwaitwait...are you telling me. that the summary. got it right?!

about 4 months ago
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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

hamburger lady Re:Not surprised (170 comments)

Wait, what? All of a sudden we've decided that violating rights is OK if it makes us more secure? When did we decide that?

just around when the ink dried on the constitution. you don't think this country has a long, long history of violating rights in the name of security?

about 4 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

hamburger lady Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

i think you're misinformed. both Tea Party group and progressive group applications were scrutinized. no Tea Party groups were denied their application from what i remember, but at least one progressive group was. so no, this isn't the powerful silencing opposition and not approving one side whilst rubber-stamping the other.

about 4 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

hamburger lady Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

The IRS is hopelessly corrupt.

because they did their due diligence when it came to applications for tax-exempt status, or because of the lost emails?

if the former, why shouldn't the IRS scrutinize applications for a tax-exempt status which disallows political activity* where the applicant group has 'Tea Party' in its title and description? isn't the Tea Party pretty much by definition a political movement? they also scrutinized 'progressive' groups for the same reason (IIRC 'progressive' groups were the only ones denied status), but you don't hear people on capitol hill yelling about that.

should 501(c)(3) status just be handed out without the application receiving any scrutiny at all? or should conservative groups get a pass and only 'progressive' groups get scrutinized? i honestly don't understand what's the actual scandal here.

*substantive lobbying and campaigning IIRC.

about 4 months ago
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Patent Troll Ordered To Pay For the Costs of Fighting a Bad Patent

hamburger lady Re:Sounds awesome except.... (191 comments)

that isn't true. under the new examiner count system allowances are weighed less. besides, you can easily get at least one continuation out of every application. so that's a count for the FAOM, the RCE, the subsequent FA and then maybe an allowance. hell, sometimes you can get 2 or more continuations on a case and something like 80+% of your counting is rejection-related.

about 5 months ago
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Robots and Irradiated Parasites Enlisted In the Fight Against Malaria

hamburger lady Re:second best (84 comments)

DDT didn't get banned in malaria countries, dummy.

about 5 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

hamburger lady Re:Well... (493 comments)

You should be able to go to a government web site and enter a persons name to check and see if they have vaccinations, STDs, etc.

nobody as far as i know is advocating a publicly-accessible database here, are they? we already have large data stores full of patient information and i still am not able to look up my neighbor's medical records on the internet.

about 5 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

hamburger lady Re:danger will robinson (688 comments)

when i was in high school calc and we first learned derivatives, on the first exam i saved time because i happened to already know the power rule. fucking math teacher marked me wrong even though i got the right answer because we were supposed to do it the long way.

clearly, the way calculus is taught in schools is wrong and confusing. why not go right to the shortcut? it's the american way, after all.

about 5 months ago
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Graphene Could Be Dangerous To Humans and the Environment

hamburger lady Re:Yeah, but... (135 comments)

but the joke is totally new. it's innovative, like 'where's the beef?'

about 6 months ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

hamburger lady nice (218 comments)

then a huge rogue wave hits it. aw shiiiiiiiiiiit

about 6 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

hamburger lady Re:How to describe a pre-schooler (355 comments)

Colin Kinney said excessive use of technology damages concentration .

tl;dr. can anybody give me the gist of this statement?

about 6 months ago
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LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

hamburger lady Re:So what is it made of? (99 comments)

Fuck it, we're doing five quarks.

Would someone tell me how this happened? We were the fucking vanguard of particles in this universe. The meson was the hadron to own. Then the other guy came out with a three-quark nucleon. Were we scared? Hell, no. Because we hit back with a little thing called the proton. That's three quarks and a positive charge. For positivity. But you know what happened next? Shut up, I'm telling you what happened—the bastards went to four quarks. Now we're standing around with our cocks in our hands, selling three quarks and a charge. Charge or no, suddenly we're the chumps. Well, fuck it. We're going to five quarks.

about 7 months ago
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Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

hamburger lady Re:There is no irony (282 comments)

what's the "democrat party"?

about 7 months ago
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Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

hamburger lady well (282 comments)

'The widespread franchise rules giving car dealers virtual monopolies in their territories epitomize the government-controlled marketplace Republicans purportedly despise,' writes Wohlsen

yes, but they also epitomize the lobbyist-controlled cash funnel republicans love. money is by far more important than having actual values.

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Revive a Giant 30,000 Year Old Virus From Ice

hamburger lady lol (121 comments)

"We don't understand anything anymore!" says the guy reviving a 30,000 year-old virus. sheesh.

about 8 months ago
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Physicists Test Symmetry Principle With an Antimatter Beam

hamburger lady Re:Feynman tutored me in QM at Caltech (106 comments)

I am STILL stymied by a question he asked once:

"Why does a mirror reverse left-and-right but not up-and-down?"

because our eyes are left and right, not up and down. i figured that out in 2nd grade.

about 8 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

hamburger lady Re:God (794 comments)

right. the bit from the article "It’s not just the Ezekiel 4:9 bread (its recipe drawn from the eponymous Bible verse), or Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps" is a bit elitist if you ask me. dr. bronner's soaps are fucking awesome. and the bread, it's just multigrain bread. so the label has a bible reference on it, who cares? the bread is pretty good. it's not like they say eating the bread will give you magic powers or anything.

about 8 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

hamburger lady Re:Troll (794 comments)

every pharmacy i've ever shopped at has had at least one homeopathic bullshit product. same with most decent-sized grocery stores. i guess none of them have any real grasp of science.

of course, i don't base my grocery-shopping decisions on the scientific grasp of the store's ownership. that would be fucking stupid.

about 8 months ago
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Darker Arctic Boosting Global Warming

hamburger lady Re:BS junk science (378 comments)

north, north central, midwest, and eastern, and southern parts of the U.S.. How much global warming do you see?

i didn't know that the entire globe consisted merely of those portions of the US.

about 8 months ago

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