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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

zildgulf Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (582 comments)

You the phrases "appeal to authority", I do not think it means what you think it means. I think "appeal to authority" is usually an appeal to your superiors, such as political or business leaders, who have no special knowledge in this field, as opposed to referring to proven experts that are outside of vested interests, like the CDC, whose one job is to prevent outbreaks of preventable diseases with the best tools they can get. I do not believe anyone's ignorance, including mine, equals someone else's knowledge.

3 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

zildgulf Re:That's bullshit. (582 comments)

I agree, that is horse hockey. She shows that her knowledge of basic Chemistry is that of a 4th grader. Sodium Chloride, when broken down chemically creates poisonous Chlorine gas. Pure Mercury is very poisonous, far more poisonous than most Mercuric compounds, which most, if not all, vaccines have removed.

3 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

zildgulf Re:Let it die (507 comments)

Truer words were never spoken. If you are fluent in another language, whether is be a spoken or sign language, and you decide not to teach it to your children because you want them to be "the same as everyone else" then you do a disservice to your children. If you are a member of a sub-culture you need to pass that along and enrich your children's view of the world and give them skills that others may not have.

There is this drive to make everyone a clone. Everyone must think alike, talk alike, be alike. But it is your differences that make you ultimately valuable to society.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

zildgulf Re:Let it die (507 comments)

I disagree. Technology cannot stamp out Deaf Culture, but it will radically change it. If you grew up in America with American Sign Language as your primary language and have a cochlear implant then you are still part of the Deaf Community, albeit a new and rapidly growing part of the Deaf community. Every part of the Deaf Community will have to include this new bread of "deaf" people.

To say American Deaf Culture will die is like saying the German speaking American culture should be dead since English and Spanish are the predominate languages of the US. Both cultures are will still be alive as one of many sub-cultures in America.

about a week ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

zildgulf 50/50 projected risk (402 comments)

The projected risk of astronaut survival might have been 50/50 at the initial assessment of the Mercury program but because NACA (later NASA) didn't have a crystal ball and could predict the engineering changes and a little luck that made Mercury program astronaut's survival rate 100%.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

zildgulf NASA = No Colonization of Planets (402 comments)

How can you have colonization if the colonists build a mostly self-sufficient village in a new location and then everyone returns "home" instead of making the new location their home? Therefore it is a logical conclusion that NASA is against colonization and therefore we will have to look at other entities to pursue interplanetary colonization.

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

zildgulf That is an affirmative defense (440 comments)

The Emerson Good Samaritan Act is an affirmative defense against Gross Negligence in the court meaning that anyone can sue Costco for taking the peanut butter and Costco must then prove to the court they fall under this protection. Costco is then presumed guilty until proven innocent. The act is not written that way but that is how it turns out to protect Costco, but not after paying substantial legal fees they will have trouble recouping.

Better to have the peanut butter buried than deal with the likelihood of wacky lawsuits, even lawsuits Costco can easily win.

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

zildgulf ...and Sam's Club is better managed than Costco no (440 comments)

I am not surprised that Costco is making missteps after James Sinegal departure, much like Sam's Club/Wal-Mart has been hampered by management mistakes after Sam Walton died.

Both men were visionaries and did things that the average MBA CxO thinks are mistakes but actually helped their respective companies in the long term. In the Walton run stores (Wal-Mart/Sam's Club) it was the "mistake" Sam Walton made, according to the Walton kids, was not stocking his stores with everything "Made in China" humanly possible (Sam Walton wanted cheap Made in America products when possible) and his refusal to jump with both feet into the political contribution arena, funding every single low tax, ultra conservative politician possible. Both decisions turned out to be major long-term mistakes by the Walton kids which cannot be undone. In the first case it contributed to higher unemployment numbers and stymied the recovery and the second caused the Federal and State governments to cut assistance programs to the poor, both of which hurt Wal-Mart's per store sales.

about two weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

zildgulf Re: Space Travel (357 comments)

The BOTANY BAY?!?!?!

about three weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

zildgulf RE: Space Travel (357 comments)

"AND there's a call for people to be part of the first group to create an intergalactic colony. You would be in suspended animation while the ship would travel near maximum warp and should reach Andromeda in about 75 years. Would you be interested?"

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

zildgulf Re:Fixing healthcare.gov? (225 comments)

I also didn't want to pay for your locale's use of the Federal resources for law enforcement, military forts, and promoting the general welfare of your locale. Really, where does our Federal Government get this idea that they have to fund these things?

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

zildgulf Re:Normal. (417 comments)

Then why not have a warning stating so when you connect to the domain instead of the user guessing what you are actually doing?

This is why the kid blew the whistle on the Root CA. You, the school's network admin, have every right to install Root CAs on every user that connects to your domain provided you tell them you are doing so. The reason the school's network administrator stopped it because it was not disclosed and do so in secret might be a legal violation. I won't be surprised if the school makes a statement later that they will do this and revert back to the way it was as per your argument.

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

zildgulf Re:UK Data Protection Act rights (417 comments)

D*MN! I wish we had that law stateside. Over here we are setting fire to the internet, the very thing we created, while the government vaccums up every piece of data and metadata and storing it for a later date. I can't help but think those in power here are interested in controlling the masses and blackmailing anyone that threatens that in the future if we, the people, become too dangerous for them.

about a month ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

zildgulf Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

I blame the Yankees that moved to New Amsterdam for that. The Dutch who settled there then to spell lots of words with "ij" in them. When written in longhand it looks like a "y" to us Yanks. Not knowing any better, being Yankees (from the Dutch insult meaning "Cheese Head", which many of us were), we started to use the strange "y" spellings here and it became part of standard Colonial English. Once a standard is set, even such a stupid standard, it is d*mn difficult to change it.

Here is an example. Remember the 640kb limit of DOS? Yet another stupid standard that plagued PCs for over 12 years, which in computer time is an eon and it could not be changed without killing DOS for good.

about a month ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

zildgulf Re:Flu Shots are Ruining Vaccinations (482 comments)

Sometimes the health of the individuals has no effect, or an inverse effect, on the survivability of the flu. Case in point, the Spanish Flu of 1918 killed more healthy young men than any other demographic. The healthy older people didn't generally get as sick and the small children seem to be made to survive fevers high enough to kill adults.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

zildgulf Re:I am proudly biased against creative thinking (377 comments)

I had dealt with a "creative" person and the problem was her attitude was "you are doing everything wrong, adopt my idea now". In reality we were actually doing things the way we are doing them for a reason. We did adopt some of her ideas after refining them to do what was needed but at a "slow" pace. Anybody that cannot think through a new idea first and then show us why this new idea works better will not be listened to.

about 4 months ago
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Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

zildgulf Re:Two parametres (377 comments)

Actually I can't think of an engineering reason not to have flying cars. The biggest problems are making them affordable and make them auto-pilot themselves. You really, really don't want the average driver to actually fly cars or have the owner make 10 years worth of payments on it. The best hope now is an automatic piloted flying cars like the Terrafugia TF-X.

about 4 months ago
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Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

zildgulf If Capability = Intent then null(4th Amendment) (488 comments)

I hope his lawyer is able to appeal the case if this search warrant stands because any conviction would be fruit of a violation of the 4th Amendment.

Once again, capability does not equal intent nor action. If it did none of the enumerated rights in the Bill of Rights could be enforced and the US government would have the right to imprison everyone in the country because everyone knows how to use a rock to smash things, just like a Brazil Nut or Abel's head.

about 6 months ago
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Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

zildgulf Re:Why do we bother with the barbarians? (537 comments)

What gets me is that the US really doesn't really need Saudi oil as much as we did 30 years ago. We still buy it because it is "cheap". If we really wanted to we could get most of our oil shortfall from Canada and Mexico at a slightly higher price and we could use the Alaskan oil instead of selling it.

Do we really want to endorse this "barbaric" behavior against women in Saudi Arabia by buying as much of their oil as we do today so that we can save a mere 10 to 15 cents a gallon?

about 6 months ago
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Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

zildgulf Re:Police and Judges. (871 comments)

I am not a lawyer, but I know lying to the police is a crime in many of our states and in Federal law. Even telling the truth and misremebering things is considered a lie to the police, but our police can lie about anything and everything. In the states you should NEVER EVER lie to the police since that is a potentially punishable crime and will make it likely that you will be considered guilty of "something" by the police and the Prosecutor . That is why the advice is to answer no questions about a case until you talk to a lawyer is very sound.

And the out of context example of "he never liked the guy" is a valid example. I have seen it where the police were under pressure to find someone, anyone, to arrest for a crime, particularly a murder, then make up....er....find evidence against him, and then have the Prosecutor ramrod it through a trial since that DA is under the pressure to convict someone, anyone, of the crime. If anyone had witnessed the trial of the West Memphis 3 back in '93-'94, you know what I am talking about. The justice system, in some places in the states, is very broken indeed.

about 6 months ago

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