“Ayauasca is not a recreational drug, according to those who have used it. It is vile, induces vomiting and intestinal distress. It is not a party drug either, because once you take it, you're outa here. You're basically comatose until it wears off. It's never going to take off like heroin, meth or cocaine. By all accounts, this is not a drug you sit around and get high with. Because the experiences are literally an alternate reality, not a numbing of this one, it's not an escape from anything.
Smoking it is, of course, hard on the lungs, as all smoking is, but it is not otherwise toxic or addictive. Some have claimed to have used it in fact, to help them overcome other addictions.”
“I'm glad they're doing more to disclose that these are replicas, because otherwise it's a great idea. They should also add that these are legal, authorized replicas because what they're doing is actually a pretty good idea.
We've all been to museums to see whatever masterworks were there at the time. Yeah, granted, you're looking at the real thing, but you almost never get to see the progression of a single artist through the years. That's kind of cool.”
James Ballard on Dec 7, 2013 at 23:35:50
""I'm glad they're doing more to disclose that these are replicas, because otherwise it's a great idea."
...Uh..."They are doing more to disclose", now, because they have been challenged by REAL academics:
...And now "they" are making lame "CYA" attempts in damage control.
No. This is certainly not a "pretty good idea"...Why ?
Because it gives a free pass to other art forgers (who refuse to name themselves, as in this case), and market the phonies under the false rubric of an "exhibition".
If you're going to honor and respect a deceased artist's works, you don't create so-called "replicas", then sign the deceased artist's name to them !
Any 101 business student knows what "replica" means in the world of arts/collectibles and antiques. "Replica" means FAKE, no matter what kind of "business" model spin with which you try to deceive the public...
“In terms of the crime committed, he was about on par with stealing an ordinary car so seven years was at the high end of punishment. It is a crime to steal.
Having said that, research papers are hardly a cash cow and if they are of any importance to the researcher, they generally show up as a PDF for free on the internet somewhere after a year or so. It's generally believed that it's far more important to have people read your research, talk about it and cite it, than it is to sell five copies of the paper for $20 each.
I think both the kid and the prosecutor overreacted. It wasn't a big deal to make those papers public and it sure wasn't a big deal to prosecute.”
Dryl 95 on Dec 5, 2013 at 10:08:16
“Congratulations this was the sanest response to this ever.”
jlanemc on Dec 5, 2013 at 03:28:05
“He was offered a plea deal of 6 months and turned it down.”
“It's an interesting idea, but it has a lot of problems. They picked an open area next to a wide open field for their demo. In my neighborhood it would have to fly high and then come straight down because of all the trees. How it's going to tell the driveway from the porch I have no idea.
Whether the weather be good, or whether the weather be not, the drone will not weather even mildly bad weather, whether it likes it or not. 10-15 mph winds will probably ground them.”
PMarieS on Dec 2, 2013 at 02:10:34
“In the interview, he clearly said that it wasn't yet ready for prime time.”
“It would give the proud owner the perfect trifecta of undesirable cat traits: Loud, stupid and dangerous.”
Joeyjackal on Dec 2, 2013 at 02:22:15
would be the point of a mix of the species indeed? One could safely presume
that you have no use for any breed of Felis
catus of which the Siamese is a breed and their unique color points,
situated on their faces, ears, feet and tails on their otherwise cream-colored
coats which are a distinctive breed characteristic.”
“As someone who has had an awful lot of cats around, both as temporary foster care and keeping far too many of them, which happens when you foster, it's been my observation that when it comes to human interaction, they typically show affection not by paying attention to commands, but by hanging around.
They prefer to initiate communication and they typically only do that when they want something. "Pet me, feed me, let me out, let me in."
Some cats are always ready to cuddle, others, not so much.”
“Doesn't it just figure that the actor who plays one of the most vicious, brutal, nasty sociopathic head cases in a show that's full of them is actually an incredibly decent human totally focused on making the world a better place?
“Well, technically no. The true Anti-Psychic would be someone whose results could always be explained by chance. If you put on your critical thinking cap here, these sorts of results, (missing every time) rule out cold reading as an explanation as well, since one would expect more success from that.
It's far more likely that the analysis of her failures is flawed.”
“Solar is a boon to electric companies because it means that they don't have to build new power plants for non solar customers. Those who have solar still have to buy electricity, just not as much of it.”
“It takes three beacons, spaced only a small ways apart, anywhere on the iceberg combined with a survey so that you know how far all the edges are away from the beacons. You can then use that to track where the edges are and how much it's rotating.
You'll have to update the survey occasionally as the iceberg shrinks, but it's quite doable.”
“We've had a rather large number of purebred Turkish Vans, a.k.a. "The Swimming Cat" come through our house over the yeas, (we find homes for the less fortunate of this breed) and I won't say that they love water, so much as it doesn't bother them. I've seen them walk right out into a rain storm. Sometimes the water bowl looks like a raccoon got into the house.
They do swim, but they have to be trained into it from a young age.”
valeskas on Nov 12, 2013 at 10:58:55
“I thought about the Turkish van right away. I love cats, but I only adopt from the APL. My baby now hates the water.”
“Firefighting was originally a private enterprise. But after a few years of houses and apartments burning to the ground and occupants getting killed while firefighters haggled for payment before putting out the fire, not to mention fires mysteriously getting started while firemen waited in the wings, the government sensibly decided to step in and make it a public service. Having fires burn out of control is a health hazard.
It should never be privatized ever again.”
ladyofargonne on Nov 10, 2013 at 20:54:47
“Gangs of New York does well illustrating this. Suggests the fire men volunteered so that they could rob the house to pay for their drinking.”
bigmaddy on Nov 10, 2013 at 20:27:05
“Here's why some stuff shouldn't ever be privatize.”