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How Obamacare Leaves Some People Without Doctors

How Obamacare Leaves Some People Without Doctors

Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 12:48:34 in Business

“I recently was consulting some standard textbooks on surgery and I happened to come across the sections remarking on back surgery. The precautions and "no-no"s are profuse. I had some back injuries from which I'm recovering without pain and am very glad they didn't touch me. What I'm saying is the risk of something going wrong so there is a general reluctance in the medical profession and no touching above # 8.”
Human Evolution Shaped By Climate Change & Plate Tectonics, New Research Suggests

Human Evolution Shaped By Climate Change & Plate Tectonics, New Research Suggests

Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 22:29:36 in Science

“How about the brain size development of other species? Specifically, those that have life spans sufficient to remember "a lake that was large once", i.e. elephants (tortoise even)”
Electron Shape Measurement, Most Precise Yet, Rules Out New Physics Theories

Electron Shape Measurement, Most Precise Yet, Rules Out New Physics Theories

Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 19:16:04 in Science

“I would take it that if a dipole moment existed, it would be an induced dipole. Very likely it would be induced by the field you are trying to measure with. So then, how could you tell?”

Tamara Griesel on Nov 12, 2013 at 09:53:50

“There's a link in the article to a preprint site where the original material should be posted. Unfortunately, my science background is more in biology and organic chemistry, and I can't reliably make judgments about particle physics.”

Told Ya So on Nov 11, 2013 at 22:46:32

“It doesn't appear to have a dipole be it an induced dipole or natural. That's the point of the article.”

Riverman on Nov 11, 2013 at 20:49:55

“That is the whole trick, isn't it.”

booboo111 on Nov 11, 2013 at 19:35:39

“You're on the right track. The other commentors wouldn't know a dipole from a diaper.”
Ancient Fish Fossil Discovered Has World's Oldest Recognizable Face From 419 Million Years Ago

Ancient Fish Fossil Discovered Has World's Oldest Recognizable Face From 419 Million Years Ago

Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 15:28:46 in Science

“When we called my former boss "fishface" it really has meaning.”
Bill Nye On Evolution: Poll Shows People Can See And Accept It As Fact Of Life

Bill Nye On Evolution: Poll Shows People Can See And Accept It As Fact Of Life

Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 12:59:58 in Science

“I like the word, "Godbotherers".”
Bill Nye On Evolution: Poll Shows People Can See And Accept It As Fact Of Life

Bill Nye On Evolution: Poll Shows People Can See And Accept It As Fact Of Life

Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 12:44:32 in Science

“Show how it would be if God had not guided. How much guidance would amount to how much difference? Give a differential: Rate of guidance/ difference in Outcome, giving two Outcomes (Delta Outcome)”

Parker95 on Sep 13, 2013 at 15:14:05

“This is meaningless waffling. How can you POSSIBLY put a numerical value on the Supernatural guidance from a Super Being whose very existence is doubtful”

johnorr8 on Sep 13, 2013 at 14:56:47

“"Show how it would be if God had not guided."

Well, the laryngeal nerve takes a circuitous route down into the chest and then back up to the throat. What would have been a short connection, takes about a twenty times as long in all mammals (several metres in giraffes). The vas deferens in humans loops over the ureter instead of connecting directly from the testes to the prostate. In most vertebrates, the retina of the eye is inverted - in that, the blood vessels and neural ganglia are in front of the light-sensing rods and cones. These examples speak not only to a lack of a designer (or at least one who in not very attentive), but to what would be expected in an ad hoc paradigm of slow mutation over long spans of time..”

archspoiler on Sep 13, 2013 at 14:08:17

“"Show how it would be if God had not guided."

OK. Just look around: none of what you see was god-guided.”

ThinkCreeps on Sep 13, 2013 at 12:50:52

“If god guided it, then superstitious godbotherers would be smart.... QED.”
Photons Last At Least One Quintillion Years, New Study Of Light Particles Suggests

Photons Last At Least One Quintillion Years, New Study Of Light Particles Suggests

Commented Aug 4, 2013 at 15:58:21 in Science

“I'm good with the statement that photons do not have Rest mass. However, I would like to see Einstein's
statement that massless particles can be deflected by gravity. I believe if a particle is deflected, one way or another it well have mass or mass imparted to it. Conversely, how would you detect a particle
that is truly massless?”
Photons Last At Least One Quintillion Years, New Study Of Light Particles Suggests

Photons Last At Least One Quintillion Years, New Study Of Light Particles Suggests

Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 23:25:22 in Science

“If the shortest line between two points in spacetime is a geodesic, then any line following space time is not distorted. What I had not considered is
that the paths around a massive particle such as the Sun are geodesics such that they will affect the path of any object. However, considering the latest work on the Higgs boson it would suggest mass is imparted to the photon by a transaction such as in Richard Feynman's diagrams, the big piece they still are looking for. Sorry about the electron confusion, having in the back of my head that the unbound neutron has a half life of about 15" breaking into an electron and proton and therefore associating the electron with quarks.”
Photons Last At Least One Quintillion Years, New Study Of Light Particles Suggests

Photons Last At Least One Quintillion Years, New Study Of Light Particles Suggests

Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 18:51:52 in Science

“That photons do not have mass is a new one to me, since I learned about the Einstein- Eddington light deflection experiment. I don't know about a new theory, but mass implies ability do be deflected by a gravitational field. Also, photons can undergo pair production into an electron and positron, taking up energy of 500,000 Electron volts. Also, the electron has quarks so the positron would have anti quarks. Of greater mystery is the general absence of anti particles.”

oligmer on Aug 4, 2013 at 15:58:21

“I'm good with the statement that photons do not have Rest mass. However, I would like to see Einstein's
statement that massless particles can be deflected by gravity. I believe if a particle is deflected, one way or another it well have mass or mass imparted to it. Conversely, how would you detect a particle
that is truly massless?”

DXM on Aug 1, 2013 at 17:11:16

“The conventional wisdom is that photons have no REST mass and therefore can travel at the speed of light. It is true that photons do have energy (with shorter wavelengths being more energetic) and therefore have mass (i.e. E=mc^2) but, like I said, they have no rest mass (like an electron, for example).

As for the deflection of light by gravity, Einstein has already shown (and it has been verified by numerous experiments) that massless particles like photons travel along geodesic curves in four-dimensional space-time. In other words, a particle doesn't have to posses mass to be affected by gravity.

Finally, yes, high energy photons (gamma rays) can produce electron-positron pairs. No, electrons and positrons (like all leptons) are NOT composed of quarks. Only hadrons (e.g. protons and neutrons) are composed of quarks.”

ThinkCreeps on Aug 1, 2013 at 07:00:41

“Photons are (at least very close to) massless, but follow geodesics in the curved spacetime around massive objects.

A photon is its own antiparticle, unless perhaps it has mass, then they would become neutrino-like, offering a much richer range of possible behaviors.”

C6626 on Jul 31, 2013 at 21:22:30

“Einstein's theory of General Relativity says even massless particles are affected by gravity. It states mass distorts spacetime itself. Massless particles follow geodesics in spacetime, so if spacetime is distorted, the shortest path between two points is no longer a straight line, it is a curved path, so that is why even massless particles can be deflected.

And electrons and positrons are not made from quarks. As far as is known, they are elementary and have no internal structure.”
Loch Ness Monster Mystery Solved? 'Nessie' Just Bubbles From Seismic Activity, Geologist Says (VIDEO)

Loch Ness Monster Mystery Solved? 'Nessie' Just Bubbles From Seismic Activity, Geologist Says (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 4, 2013 at 12:08:38 in Science

“I thought it was bagpipes falling from a boat and sinking to bottom. LOL”
3D Brain Map: New 'BigBrain' Atlas Called Most Detailed Ever Created

3D Brain Map: New 'BigBrain' Atlas Called Most Detailed Ever Created

Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 15:11:58 in Science

“I think maybe the brain is saying, "At las t I'm tired."”
Miss Alabama Offers Her Thoughts On NSA Surveillance Program (VIDEO)

Miss Alabama Offers Her Thoughts On NSA Surveillance Program (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 23:26:25 in Technology

“What a co-incidence. She looks just like Miss Utah.”

alamacTHC on Jun 19, 2013 at 12:58:56

“...Apparently she has the same high-powered intellect, too
[:-{D>”
Dmitry Itskov Knows He'll Live Forever; Here's How He's Living Now

Dmitry Itskov Knows He'll Live Forever; Here's How He's Living Now

Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 23:23:35 in Technology

“The material manifestation of Thought or information in brain uses energy. A wag in Neurolgy once said that the brain is an organ for burning glucose. Good luck if you find that energy. Also,
watch you don't break a hip when you think you are flying. It is 50% fatal in one year after age 50.”
Jared Marcum Charge: 14-Year-Old Who Wore NRA Shirt To School Faces Year In Jail

Jared Marcum Charge: 14-Year-Old Who Wore NRA Shirt To School Faces Year In Jail

Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 12:34:01 in Politics

“Its politics all round for sure. There are those who want to abolish public schools altogether. Others want them under priests and bishops. Others as military schools or to introduce military type systems. But whoever is giving orders from behind somebody with a weapon is pushing a police state.”

black2deep on Jun 18, 2013 at 12:54:39

“When I went to school we had a dress code, we stuck to it. I do not ever remember the police being called. Sure we pushed the envelope we were children, but we understood the rules even while we pushed it to the max. If we refused to follow the rules, we were simply sent home or introduced to the board of education. But when I went to school half the pick-up trucks parked in the school parking lot had rifles on rifle racks during hunting season. Funny, but not one shooting ever occurred. We carried pocket knives, nail files and other like instruments of destruction. We had aspirin, flu and cold pills, the girls had Midol or other female products. There were illegal drugs in the school, but we were not all treated as if we were potential drug abusers. I am not sure I could cope with the school system as it is today. For all the regimentation and strict rules I had while I was going to school, it is nothing like the gulags children must go to today.”
Jared Marcum Charge: 14-Year-Old Who Wore NRA Shirt To School Faces Year In Jail

Jared Marcum Charge: 14-Year-Old Who Wore NRA Shirt To School Faces Year In Jail

Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 11:51:56 in Politics

“Charging the kid with a felony is certainly excessive (obstructing a police officer) which commonly is reduced to disorderly conduct. However the T shirt is certainly provocative and the question should go out, "What are you trying to provoke?"”

black2deep on Jun 18, 2013 at 12:03:09

“It sounds like the schools are enforcing their own political goals and using the police to enforce those goals. Anyone that disagrees with those goals will be charged, fined and sent to prison.”
Obama Defends NSA Surveillance Program, Says It's 'Transparent'

Obama Defends NSA Surveillance Program, Says It's 'Transparent'

Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 11:43:31 in Politics

“So what you are saying, some 29 year old kid working for a private company can't get ahold of my family chatter?”

mmonzeglio19 on Jun 18, 2013 at 11:46:41

“nobody can unless they have a warrant”
Alien Planet's Extreme Orbit Around Red Dwarf Star Challenges Ideas About Planet Formation

Alien Planet's Extreme Orbit Around Red Dwarf Star Challenges Ideas About Planet Formation

Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 11:45:05 in Science

“OK thank you. I got 1442 years as a period based on Sun:Earth. So 30/1442 Km/ sec =~ .62 KM/sec which is still very fast for accumulating particles. It would have to collect particles in sweeping and there are so few possible passages as you say.”
Alien Planet's Extreme Orbit Around Red Dwarf Star Challenges Ideas About Planet Formation

Alien Planet's Extreme Orbit Around Red Dwarf Star Challenges Ideas About Planet Formation

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 23:47:10 in Science

“It would seem that if difference between the velocities of the revolution of the small particles disc and of the planetary accumulation were a critical amount so that the rate of particles falling onto the planetary mass were optimum the time of planet formation could be much shorter than say of planets like Jupiter. While the velocities of our planets are of km/sec. the velocity at that distance from TV Hydrae would only be a few meters/sec. giving the gravitational field time to act on the sand particles; yet the large body moving fast enough so that the surrounding supply is not used up.”

DXM on Jun 16, 2013 at 09:50:34

“I did a quick calculation and got different results: Using Kepler's Law, a body 12 billion kilometers from a star with 0.55 times the mass of the Sun would take ~960 years to complete an orbit which yields an average orbital velocity of ~2.5 km/sec (less than Earth's 30 km/sec but still orders of magnitude greater than "a few meters/sec"). Even if what you say were true, it still doesn't address the dual issues of 1) it being more difficult to build large planets because of the lower density of material at these distances and 2) there not being enough time to build those planets (and moving slower makes the problem worse - this planet couldn't have made more than ~8,000 orbits since the birth of this star).

My guess is that either the mass of this planet is being underestimated (the current estimate based on the width of the gap assume that the system is in equilibrium and there might not have been enough time for that to occur yet) and/or the density of the material around the star isn't homogeneous and decrease smoothly with distance (maybe this planet formed in a spot that, by chance, happened to have a higher density of material). But that's just my guess (without having actually looked at the paper and knowing the assumptions typically made in models of planet formation).”
E.W. Jackson's Book Misspells 'Commandments' On The Front Cover (PHOTO)

E.W. Jackson's Book Misspells 'Commandments' On The Front Cover (PHOTO)

Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 11:44:05 in Politics

“Going back to before Enlightenment orthography didn't exist anyhow. That book could stop many things going on past the Enlightenment. It could also make a door stop.”
NSA Spying: Whistleblowers Claim Vindication On Surveillance State Warnings

NSA Spying: Whistleblowers Claim Vindication On Surveillance State Warnings

Commented Jun 8, 2013 at 08:53:48 in Technology

“Meaning whoever wants to fight the Civil War all over again.”
NSA Spying: Whistleblowers Claim Vindication On Surveillance State Warnings

NSA Spying: Whistleblowers Claim Vindication On Surveillance State Warnings

Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 23:06:02 in Technology

“I think that knowledge that data on connections frequency and network consistency are being monitored may slow down groups if they want to organize for violent anarchy or maybe "white supremacy" in whatever form you may call "terrorism" . One must admit some extremists are showing a lot of clout these days, I mean on our own soil. While listening to actual conversations tapped must have probable cause from a court or grand jury, i'm hoping Mr. Holder is listening to our concerns.On whistleblowers; exposing items such as attacks on civilians is one thing but releasing 600,000 communications is over much.”

ModAntiStatist on Jun 8, 2013 at 00:44:20

“That's interesting. You chose "white supremacy" over "Islamic terrorism", any particular reason why?”

Rachel Slur on Jun 8, 2013 at 00:12:23

“and think about it,
do they really have the manpower to scrutinize billions of communications a day.”
FBI Raid On Deric Lostutter, AKA KYAnonymous, Was In Connection With Steubenville Hack

FBI Raid On Deric Lostutter, AKA KYAnonymous, Was In Connection With Steubenville Hack

Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 22:32:24 in Technology

“The threat to expose social security numbers of the football team sounds like extortion. No matter if a crime is for a good cause it still is a crime.”

ken thayer on Jun 7, 2013 at 22:58:57

“But the rape was ok with you,right?”
People Getting Dumber? Human Intelligence Has Declined Since Victorian Era, Research Suggests

People Getting Dumber? Human Intelligence Has Declined Since Victorian Era, Research Suggests

Commented May 25, 2013 at 23:06:26 in Science

“I agree with your projection. Beginning with anthropoids, brsin development went along with use of the hands, using tools. Crafts and arts became family activity beginning with early China.
Making things was part of culture. My ancestors carved, made models and I was always expected to make models as part of my learning outside of school. That was always in spite of the fact some upper classes looked upon weavers and cabinet makers with disdain. But now the market and the love of the market has trashed it all.”
John Boehner On IRS Scandal: 'Looks To Me Like' They've 'Got Something To Hide' (VIDEO)

John Boehner On IRS Scandal: 'Looks To Me Like' They've 'Got Something To Hide' (VIDEO)

Commented May 23, 2013 at 10:41:32 in Politics

“Well, if there are laws. look them up. You have enough lawyers helping you with what to make up.LOL”
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