“NOT so bad to have new ideas come in to add to the old. It is not such a great tragedy. Imagine if nobody refreshed the ideas of the banks that believe they are too big to fail.
I hope that the Galaxy and Cosmos gain net worth of all the experiences here and on other planets.”
Mar 12, 2013 at 19:35:17
“While at Oil Patch U. it would be good to figure out what you love doing, are really good at and tune into it during free time. I'm happy sailing so that is where I'm heading now, in time for summer. Wish I was young enough to work The Patch during winter to pay for the summer but I can still get by being frugal.”
“There is some more magic: you can't kill it that quickly; Hypercard is going OpenSource via the LiveCode KickStarter Project. Ie. develop on Apple, Linux or Win in LiveCode: then release for all three. Similarly for iOS / Android.
“There is also a certainty principle: 'If the subject is important science you can be certain the the number of entranced, understanding, readers will be inversely proportional to that aforementioned importance'.
Somebody making a mistake with a tense: 'Shined' instead of 'Shone' will appear trivial in comparison.”
“All those first rate people that Dick boasts about stuffed their waistcoats with $10,000 bills while watching the clock ticking up to June 2007. Then they demanded bailouts to stay on. Except for Steve Jobs, anyway: one guy who paid his own way as he was about a hundred times too bright for any government in this world. No revolving doors for Steve unless you count Nirvana.”
“If you go to 'Kickstarter' and search for 'Livecode' you will see one more side of Silicon Valley; Open Source software. Great way to deal with some of the worst aspects of patents and copyrights. Sorry, it is not perfect, but it does start out awfully cheap.
Everything in our societies has become far 'Too much of a good thing' ! Even guns; even patents; even free health care... Nice to see so much software at such good prices. Not 'Absolutely Free': that has several meanings besides price. It bestows freedom.”
“That requires round table meetings of NRA with ordinary people as much as experts: to insist that the NRA and media begin to take responsibility for their actions. We do not want media advertising on behalf of the shooter nor the NRA lobbying for regulation that increases profits: unless the armaments shareholders come to live downtown to take their share of danger.
Companies doing fracking, with major shareholders, should come and live in the fields downstream of where gas is extracted in the same way that gun & ammo manufacturers have to live in the communities threatened by violence. Then the communities would find solutions that work over the 50 years it takes to engineer change.
News media just need to buy gags until the cases reach court and are no longer news. No free advertising for violence nor increasing revenues by being sensational over that kind of news.”
'Lead Causes Violent Crime, Research Says' reporting on a Mother Jones article by journalist Kevin Drum. Well, that was on Jan 5th; excusable to have forgotten already, isn't it?
How about a brave new world of toxic profiles of violent people as well as the supposedly magic DNA profiles? No instant answer so there is little incentive — like climate change, the frog does not notice that it is getting boiled, or shot at.”
Jan 27, 2013 at 14:11:26
GPS for the Soul
“Being right or best is transitory — science keeps moving — which is why the system; the fabric of medical biology is where to base knowlege; with further research.
But being right is how to get patents: which then weigh down the system until they expire. It is wonderful to get a cash flow but not so wonderful when the researchers are told — 'Don't rock that patent boat or you're fired.'
I know that's hard to understand unless you are in some kind of engineering, for example, where an extra Kg here or there means reconfiguring EVERYTHING else to compensate for it. Sorry: very few of us learned this in school; I didn't either.”
Jan 27, 2013 at 07:34:47
GPS for the Soul
“A brain running on OS System Logic is necessary to understand Dr Mercola. He does not attempt to be right, or best, in the Puritan tradition: he tries his best to present a cogent system of biological function; which necessarily changes as time goes by.”
longnow on Jan 27, 2013 at 19:43:06
“An OS system logical brain...very officious
sounding...Dr Mercola, I'm guessing, would LOL as I am to myself.”
“Something as powerful as vaccines and antibiotics will be knowledge of hygenic food growing, transport and cookery. Horsedrawn farm carts spread disease with their organic fuels and exhausts while people did not understand much about pathogens. As hygiene improved disease fell off dramatically and lucky newcomers like Pasteur appear to have made the most of the theatrical opportunity.
Don't ask me to prove it: look at the history yourselves, with charts of epidemics and mortalities compared to the fall in numbers of horses on the streets and sewers constructed. It is all done for you somewhere — choose your own perspectives and become wiser.”
“Dr Wakefield, too, took pains to point out that his study did not specifically support any claim that vaccines cause (some) autism. That misrepresentation was part of the political battle that ensued.
“You could try reading up on autism rates in Mnemonite and Amish communities, which do the absolute minimum of modern artificialities: it will take some care to separate the biases from the true story and the effort would be worth well it.
There are books including the studies.”
mcedmo on Feb 19, 2013 at 16:56:04
“The only problem there is that amish people are not exposed to any of the other chemicals that we are through food, other medications, and everyday life. There are too many differences between the amish and average peroson's lifestyle to conclude that difference in autism rates are due to vaccines.
The amish do have a lower rate of autism, however, that could be from any number of things. It could be from microwaves, bottled water, you name it.”
“I shall not boycott Whole Foods immediately because so much of their philosophy appears to be better than the competition, BUT: I shall start checking the actual quality of their organic and other produce while making my opinions on N American sickness management known. That does tend to repress Alternative Medicine in dishonest ways.
Ie. If Whole Foods really are whole — I shall not have to go to the doctor very often. So it is time to 'Prove the Pudding !'”