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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

tsqr Re:shotgun (208 comments)

A mini drone can fly around the hill in a manner an artillery shell or mortar cant and into your tent with soft squishy humans in it then explode.

Sort of like this.

about a week ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

tsqr Re:Worst idea ever. (Well, one of them). (168 comments)

Thanks. From what I have read, the majority of weight-maintenance failures occur because the individuals didn't find a diet that was satisfying in the long term. Breaking habits is very difficult. I guess I'm fortunate in that I seem to have settled into a healthy eating pattern that I find satisfying. It's been quite a while since I had to make a conscious effort to choose the right foods (as in thinking, "Well, I'd really rather have this, but I guess I'd better have that instead." As for the long run, time will tell.

about two weeks ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

tsqr Re:Worst idea ever. (Well, one of them). (168 comments)

You must think I'm a very unusual person then, having lost over 40 pounds in 6 months, just by cutting out high-calorie foods and between-meal snacks. No muscle loss, no feeling starved. And I've maintained the loss for 8 more months without feeling deprived.

I know a few people who have obtained similar results, so I don't think I'm unique at all.

about two weeks ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

tsqr Re:Worst idea ever. (Well, one of them). (168 comments)

Most overweight people who are otherwise mostly healthy can reduce their caloric intake significantly without feeling like they're "starving all the time."

But they CANNOT simply reduce their caloric intake enough to BOTH lose weight AND not feeling like they are starving all the time.

Of course they can. You don't have to cut your intake to starvation levels in order to lose weight. In order to maintain an obese weight, an average otherwise healthy individual must consume at least 500 calories per day above their normal weight maintenance consumption level. Cutting 500 calories per day from an obese maintenance diet does not result in a person feeling like they're starving all the time, and it doesn't result in the body going into muscle consumption mode. It's a large order of french fries, or a quarter of a 14" pizza, for God's sake. Of course, all this assumes that the person doesn't confuse "I'm not uncomfortably full" or "I miss eating a burrito larger than my forearm every day" with "I feel like I'm starving." What it results in is a steady weight loss on the order of 1 to 2 pounds per week, which is perfectly sustainable until the person's weight drops to the level where the lower consumption balances the calories burned, at which weight levels off.

about two weeks ago
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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

tsqr Re:Worst idea ever. (Well, one of them). (168 comments)

There is a simple solution to obesity: feel like you're starving all the time.

FTFY. I'm sure you're totally man over nature, showing the third most powerful driver of all life who's boss. (after sleep and thirst, and usually before sex)

Most overweight people who are otherwise mostly healthy can reduce their caloric intake significantly without feeling like they're "starving all the time." Have a salad for lunch instead of that pizza or burrito. Stop eating crap between meals. Drink some water before you start eating. Stop wolfing down your meals, and stop when you start feeling full.

about two weeks ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

tsqr Re:Yet another click-bait story by Timothy (174 comments)

Yup, click-bait

Indeed. Those arrested had explosives and/or poison gas in their posession. Nice sensationalism. And predictable responses from a gang that would rather be outraged than look beneath the surface for something of substance.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

tsqr Re:Pope is right! (894 comments)

Recent events indicate that conspiring to commit an act of terrorism, despite not being "an immediate breach of the peace", will get you arrested if you are noticed doing it.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

tsqr Re:Pope is right! (894 comments)

Free speech doesn't mean that you can offend anything/anyone!

Yes, it does, actually. I'm willing to make free speech exceptions for libel, fraud, and maybe government secrets. Offending someone doesn't rate.

The Supreme Court seems to have disagreed with you regarding offending someone. See, for example, Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, in which the Court ruled that "fighting words" ('speech that "tend[s] to incite an immediate breach of the peace" by provoking a fight, so long as it is a "personally abusive [word] which, when addressed to the ordinary citizen, is, as a matter of common knowledge, inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction".').

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

tsqr Re:Love how he had all these great ideas (417 comments)

The president is part of the EXECUTIVE branch, EXECUTIVE orders can only tell the EXECUTIVE branch what to do. He has absolutely no power to directly tell the JUSTICE department how to operate.

Brilliant point, except that the JUSTICE department is part of the EXECUTIVE branch. Did you sleep through high school civics?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

tsqr Re:About time (417 comments)

Using teams, such as Obamacare, as part of a justification for an argument shows the way someone leans. Rather than use that, use the Actual name, it makes reading the statement a better view, than seeing it as nothing but a Flamebait comment. So regardless of his INTENT, he showed his disdain for Obama and the democratic party..... Just saying.

Or, maybe not.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

tsqr Re:islam (1350 comments)

The AC asked about people killed "in the name of Christianity", not people killed by Christians. Of the ten incidents in the list you linked to, you can scratch #10 (Timothy McVeigh), #9 (The murder of Alan Berg), #8 (Suicide attack on IRS building in Austin, Texas), #3 (Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church shooting), and #1 (Wisconsin Sikh Temple massacre). These were acts committed by people who were presumably Christian, but who did not tie their acts to their religious beliefs.

As for the others on the list -- OK, point made. On the other hand, I don't recall mass rallies in Christian cities praising the perpetrators.

about three weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

tsqr Christmas Carols and Hymns (244 comments)

When I was a kid, I thought "Silent Night" telling me to "sleep in heavenly peas".

Then there was the hymn "Gladly the Cross I'd Bear", which I thought was about Gladly, the cross-eyed bear.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

tsqr Re:Quite the poker player (285 comments)

(Today the USA emits about 14 tons per person, compared to China's 7 tons.)

So yeah, you're right, that is some powerful negotiation right there as China is making a much bigger sacrifice...

Are you sure tons per capita is the appropriate metric? Stats from 2010: Trinidad and Tobago (38 tons per capita), Aruba (22.8), Luxembourg (21.4). AGW evil-doers, or bit players in the greater scheme of things? And no, I'm not proposing that the USA is a bit player.

China has a population 4.3x greater than the USA, in a land area slightly smaller (3.7 million sq mi vs 3.8 million sq. mi). Looking at tons of carbon per square mile, China is currently emitting carbon at over twice the rate of the USA.

about 3 months ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

tsqr Re:Ted Cruz is Already Attacking Net Neutrality (706 comments)

The fact that liberals finally caved and accepted it as a compromise solution since they are never going to get socialized medicine in this country doesn't mean conservatives get to disown their own plan.

Caved? To whom?? Are you talking about special considerations given to Democratic legislators and labor unions? Passed by reconciliation without a trace of Republican support != compromise.

about 3 months ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

tsqr Re:Ted Cruz is Already Attacking Net Neutrality (706 comments)

You guys keep calling it the conservative approach... but it was born from liberals, and implemented by liberals every single time. Never was there a conservative government that did it.

OH WAIT! I get it

OH WAIT! No you don't. The Heritage Foundation is not a government, and has never implemented any legislation. "Born from liberals" means "legislation written by Democrats". "Implemented by liberals" means "passed by reconciliation without a trace of Republican support."

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

tsqr Re:Diversity bullshit (123 comments)

when has Asian been oppressed in U.S.

Suggest you research the origins of the phrase "Chinaman's chance in hell."

about 3 months ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

tsqr Re: Abrupt, but like 100 years abrupt? (132 comments)

There is plenty of other evidence supporting this conclusion - it is hardly just his "bombing" policies

Sure. And people wishing to paint him as a leftist can convince themselves they see evidence in support of that, as well; see, for example, his stance on immigration reform and statements regarding the Treyvon Martin and Ferguson "situations".

Personally, I don't see him as a "leftist" or as a "righty"; he seems to lack the intestinal fortitude for either. I see him as more of an old-school political opportunist with a defective moral compass and a spine too week to stand up for what he claims to believe in, whatever that might be (see his evolution from "fierce advocate for gay rights" to "God's in the mix" to ... well, it's not too clear where he stands on the issue right now).

about 3 months ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

tsqr Re:Selective? (357 comments)

As has been said before (and roundly ignored), they're not keeping you from bringing Glass into the theatre; they just want you to turn it off and put it away. Just like your cellphone.

about 3 months ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

tsqr Re: Abrupt, but like 100 years abrupt? (132 comments)

Well, given that Obama is a centre-rightist I can't see that you have demonstrated any problem with the premise at all.

The problem with the premise is that it's based on the tried-and-true No True Scotsman logical fallacy, as in "no true leftie would bomb brown people." Obama may indeed be a center-rightist, but only someone preoccupied with ideological purity would reach that conclusion merely by observing his predilection for bombing brown people.

about 3 months ago

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