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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

nedlohs Re:just keep in mind (408 comments)

Can you not read your own references?

Zicam is a homeopathic remedy plus non-homeopathic Zinc. That the zinc actually does something isn't evidence for homeopathy since the Zinc hasn't been dilluted according to homeopathy. The other "active" ingredients have, and note of course you aren't bothering to claim they do anything (which is wise since unlike the zinc there isn't actually any of them in the final product).

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

nedlohs Re:Different subjects (408 comments)

Then it isn't homeopathic.

That homeopathic practitioners also use non-homeopathic treatments is completely irrelevant to claims made about homeopathy.

about a week ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

nedlohs Re:Moving from Ebooks to Paper (224 comments)

Most of them will never learn to ride a horse because they can always use a car, is that also interesting/surprising/disappointing?

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

nedlohs Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

Sure, but I wasn't talking about the actual bill or article, just the post I responded too which also wasn't about the actual bill.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

nedlohs Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

I find freedom or religion vile and disgusting. And I find it vile and disgusting that a warrant is required to search a criminal's house.

So I sure hope there isn't such a way. Though I'm sure some lawmaker somewhere can interpret the commerce clause to require it...

Though you would think the lack of a model release type form would make such porn illegal already anyway - unless the person in it was really dumb enough to sign such a thing, in which case they wanted it shown anyway you would have to assume.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

nedlohs Re:Well shoot... (233 comments)

Nope, they are a sixth of the way there though. Though I really doubt the plan is to find it in order to repair it and put is back in service...

about two weeks ago
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Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

nedlohs Re:"nerds like us" (167 comments)

Who cares? Does it really matter what label someone else gives or doesn't give you?

Wheaton's own definition of nerd/geek seems broad enough to cover just about everything anyway (including explicitly those into sports): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

nedlohs Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

That's the point.

1. A is doing B because of C
2. C isn't true because if D
Thus A is being stupid.

Has been an argument style long before twitter existed. That you don't understand basic arguments is your problem and has nothing to do with kids with twitter these days.

about two weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

nedlohs Re:Medicalizing Normality (558 comments)

Sickle cell anemia doesn't help you pass on your genes either. And yet there was selection pressure for it due to people who could produce children with it having higher malaria survival rates.

It's hardly uncommon for a selection pressure to result in a gene with some down side (like say some children being autistic) being selected before because it also has a upside (like some children fitting into the modern working world and hence being able to have more kids).

Of course that's not going to be the case here because those people don't in fact have more kids than people who don't have tech desk jobs, but for your general question there could be a bunch of advantages that "being more likely to have a child with autism" could provide if the genetics for that happen to also be related to something else...

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

nedlohs Re:Strangely, it all works out (240 comments)

Except it isn't a 25% increase from the base and then a 21% decrease from that higher result. It's a 21% decrease from the base. Where the base is the average Monday rate.

So if heart attacks are evenly distributed across the days of the year (which seems very unlikely but I don't know the stats on it and can't be bothered looking it up) and there are 52 Mondays in a year (well a little more...) then 2% of heart attacks happen on a Monday. Taking the conclusion in the headline at face value then there's a 4% increase due to daylight saving. We have a 0.08% increase in the number heart attacks in a year.

I'm pretty sure there's other slightly more impactful risk factors to tackle first...

about two weeks ago
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How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?

nedlohs Re:His debate (220 comments)

The fact that competitive debating is a thing is pretty clear evidence that you are wrong.

Of course that wasn't the type of debate being discussed - but you changed "the" into "a" thus making a more general claim.

Also surely "when your opponent's arguments convince you to agree with them" is winning, "When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?" and all.

about a month ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

nedlohs Re:Took me a bit to find this (395 comments)

No one does. Well I guess you do, but you are clearly an idiot.

about a month ago
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Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

nedlohs Re:Stealing? (197 comments)

Right. "work for hire" is the efficient way of sating that.

about a month ago
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

nedlohs Re:ObamaCare is a Horrific Debacle (162 comments)

Sure, but it's being put up against a theory with no numbers or data at all.

about a month ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

nedlohs Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

Right because only a lawyer could possibly claim that "promising to ensure Ukraine's sovereignity and territorial integrity" isn't covered by any of those claims even though all of them are completely unrelated to it.

Or are you arguing the US nuked Ukraine last week and nobody noticed?

about a month ago
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

nedlohs Re:ObamaCare is a Horrific Debacle (162 comments)

Do you have an non-anecdotal evidence for your theory?

http://content.healthaffairs.o... seems to contradict your claim with actual data - though it's data is getting old, so maybe you have something newer rather than just making up theories in your head with no actual evidence for them?

about a month ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

nedlohs Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

Your linked source says nothing about "promising to ensure Ukraine's sovereignity and territorial integrity". Did you link the wrong source? Did you just make it up?

From your link:

  Russia, the U.S., and the UK confirmed that they would:
        1. Respect Ukrainian independence and sovereignty within its existing borders.
        2. Refrain from the threat or use of force against Ukraine.
        3. Refrain from using economic pressure on Ukraine in order to influence its politics.
        4. Seek United Nations Security Council action if nuclear weapons are used against Ukraine.
        5. Refrain from the use of nuclear arms against Ukraine.
        6. Consult with one another if questions arise regarding these commitments.

The US us respecting Ukrainian independence and sovereignty. The US is not threatening or using force against Ukraine. The US is not (that I've heard anyway) using economic pressure to influence Ukrainian politics. Nuclear weapons haven't been used against Ukraine so there's nothing to seek. The US hasn't used nuclear arms against Ukraine. And I'm sure the US doesn't have any questions about those commitments.

So the US is meeting all their obligations and keeping their word.

about a month ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

nedlohs Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

I take it you were (and would be now) perfectly happy with a Russian naval/air base in Cuba? Or Mexico?

about a month ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

nedlohs Re:Is Kim Dotcom a Convicted Felon? (381 comments)

arrested != convicted, but that's was the starting of what led to the computer fraud conviction I believe.

about a month ago

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