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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-03-19 05:24
Subject: [links] Link salad has smoker's hack without ever smoking
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A Cancer Gene Therapy Activated by a Pill — This is not directly relevant to my disease, but it's still cool as heck.

Oklahoma Woman Proof That Youth Should Not Preclude Breast Cancer Screening — Me, too. I was 43 when I presented with fully developed colon cancer. I couldn't have gotten screened if I'd known to beg for it, as screenings for my kind of cancer aren't indicated for patients under 50, and so not covered by health insurance and not prescribed by most doctors.

We Aren’t the WorldJoe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.

Depression Stems from Miscommunication Between Brain Cells; Study Challenges Role of Serotonin in Depression

An Unlikely Plan to Revive the Passenger PigeonAdvances in genetic engineering have some biologists convinced they’ll re-create extinct species.

Who Made That Cellphone? — Ah, history. (Thank to Dad.)

Self-Healing Circuits for Deep Space — Huh. Wow.

Railroad Pageant: 1939 — Mmm, steam.

How Far Did She Fall? The Amazing Story of Vesna Vulović — I've read about this before. (Via David Goldman.)

A warmer planet means bigger hurricane surgesNot just in the future—the impact is already significant, a new study argues. Amazing, how liberal lies have affected even the behavior of the ocean itself. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party, otherwise those climate "facts" and "data" might have had some effect on US policy by now.

In Some States, Gun Rights Trump Orders of ProtectionThe judge’s order prohibited Mr. Holten from going within two blocks of his former wife’s home and imposed a number of other restrictions. What it did not require him to do was surrender his guns. About 12 hours after he was served with the order, Mr. Holten was lying in wait when his former wife returned home from a date with their two children in tow. Yep, I definitely feel safer with gun rights so thoroughly protected. Don't you? If you're a gun culture person, why is this all right with you? (Via Marta Murvosh.)

What we Lost: Top Ten Ways the Iraq War Harmed the US — This is what conservative leadership and ideals brought us.

QotD?: Cough much?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA, working on Whole Genome Sequencing presentation)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike
Weight: 240.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block building solar arrays to undermine the American fossil fuel industry: 0
Currently reading: Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

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User: heron61
Date: 2013-03-19 21:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Some of the other examples listed in We Aren’t the World seem to prove the point, but the discussion of the cash dividing game seems to me to merely shows the authors' ignorance about issues of wealth and poverty. Specifically: The stakes Henrich used in the game with the Machiguenga were not insubstantial—roughly equivalent to the few days’ wages they sometimes earned from episodic work with logging or oil companies.

Right there, we have that the subjects were poor. In vivid contrast, in the US, this game has typically been played with college students, who are far less close to the edge than many of these people sound like they were. I'd rather imagine that you'd get results very similar to those found among the Machiguenga if you used a population of exceedingly poor people in the US as subjects. Culture is important, but it's very sad to see social scientists ignore the differences that economic realities have on people's decisions.
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User: history_monk
Date: 2013-03-19 21:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Juan Cole has it all about right except for one detail. The rest of the world looks at the way a lot of US opinion thinks of the whole mess, and knows that the US is only ever one election from being like that again.
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2013-03-22 02:09 (UTC)
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Sadly true. He also sums up much of my own thoughts on the war's effects, most particularly that it is a severe self-inflicted wound. I fear it will be mortal, if slowly so, at least to our dominance and the de facto "American Empire". How ironic that the minds behind the Project for the New American Century will be the ones to ensure it doesn't happen.
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