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  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Re: ' ... a slow body awareness scan while doing sensory perception drills improves performance in those drills.' You mean like yoga breathing exercises? Agree about the 'unconscious' or below conscious/executive function level mostly because of the weird study re:...
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    Re: 'Poor Human Olfaction is a Nineteenth Century Myth, John McGann.' Thanks! I'm about a third of the way through and it seems that much that I had learned about human olfaction has been shown to be 'wrong'. Will probably...
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    Re: 'At the (usually) right time of year & certainly under the right atmospheric conditions, you can "smell" (for want of a better word) rain coming.' Agree - can sometimes smell a change in the air just before or after...
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    Re: 'Making weather "to order" ...' Hmm ... interesting. Wonder which Party ordered this? 'Wind gusts of 30-40 mph are likely across southern Scotland and the higher terrain in northern England and gusts could reach as high as 40-50 mph...
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    Re: Measles and the immune system So we have: 1- A large number of people in the US/worldwide that are on immune-suppressants (asthma, arthritis, transplant, etc.) 2- Some antibiotics deplete antibodies. 3- Anti-vaxers are basically walking, ticking germ time-bombs. (I'm...
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    Re: 'Leonard Susskind's series on Theoretical Physics, The Theoretical Minimum.' Sounds great - thanks! Have watched Susskind before but didn't know he also had his own series. A couple of months back the YT AI pulled up David Butler's 'How...
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    Re: ' ... this topic", do you mean neuroscience? Or do you mean "hidden nuance". Actually it was either/both. Appreciate your response regardless. Maybe the YT AI will locate something -- that's how I chanced upon the Stanford (Sapolsky) lecture...
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    Re: ' ... hidden nuance is often inaccessible to those who are not members of an in-group' A personal/professional question/request for info for you because at one point you mentioned that you're a neuroscientist. Can you recommend any YT videos...
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    Re: 'Prices for the same procedure can vary by orders of magnitude from one hospital to the next, ...' Not just hospitals ... Couple of years ago, family member called the medical insurance company about an ambulance bill. Was told...
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    Re: 'Whatever the cause of the ennui, ...' Maybe the British public is taking advantage of the NATO meeting to take a breather. NATO also provided the British public an opportunity to watch how various member states are interacting with...
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    Re: 'Pest resurgence, antibiotic resistance & mathematical models' Yes - and I wonder how these researchers and mathematicians are able to incorporate new info (species' relationships) into their models. Reason I ask is because it seems that for math, the...
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    Re: 'Pest resurgence' Thanks! Search found lots of scientific articles along with the below (free) info on this and related topics, including the evolution of resistance to pesticide. Interesting history lessons along the way. https://www.ecologycenter.us/species-richness/chemical-pesticides-target-pest-resurgence-and-secondary-pests.html...
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    Re: ' ...risk of resurgence dynamic here (or anyway with glyphosate).' Would you mind elaborating on this a bit? Sounds interesting and I'd like to know more. (Searched 'resurgence dynamic' but got only non-bio topics.) Especially interested in learning whether/how...
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    Re: "Tiananmen Square Massacre" Anyone know whether the PRC have edited out the Hong Kong protests from official mainland news reports? (Most mainland Chinese below a certain age have never heard of Tienanmen Square.)...
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    Re: ' ... to repeat that they're not US financial interests?' They are as long as pols (esp. DT/GOP) as well as assorted accountants/economists can point to these 'interests' and label them as belonging on the USofA's balance sheet....
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    Re: DT & Hong Kong Danged! - Somehow missed that headline - thanks! That said: still think that US financial interests are the key motivation. (How's Crimea doing? Similar enough issues and retaliatory measures by major trading partners including the...
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    Re: ' ...global social trends with a push to decrease GHG emissions' Maybe this will help a bit: Mark Carney - current Governor of The Bank of England, past Governor of The Bank of Canada - has just been named...
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    Re: ' ...any ideas about the likely endgame of the events in Hong Kong?' Not an expert but ... figure that Xi's actions will in part depend on how much the US continues to piss him off given the on-going...
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    Re: 'Have you ever been called, and been polled?' Yes - but only on my landline*. And I've also been called three times for jury duty selection. I'm sufficiently familiar with the polling/marketing research industry that I can recognize the...
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    Re:' Getting brexit done in the sense that means anything is going to occupy a very large fraction of the resources of the UK government and civil service for, let's say, a decade. During that time there will be greatly...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Only read the first 20 comments - apologies if this already mentioned. I'm assuming that your billionaire is an ethical, humane, well-educated person vs. some narcissistic, power-hungry despot in waiting. Buy-back student debt - a lot of it has been...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: Pharma lab in a bag - 'Don't get your hopes up.' Hey - the agency (DARPA) funding this research has managed to score some pretty big hits, so why not hope! Yes, agree that there's still a long road...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: ' ... global supply chain disruption,' - pharma update This is really an uplifting piece of news. Sorta the pharma equivalent of 3D printing. Makes perfect sense - and I hope they can get it field tested soon. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03455-x...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: '... his supervisor told him to request a classic reference on explosives.' The Guardian article mentions that this book was also available at the local WHSmith. Truly nuts! No mention whether anyone buying this title directly from a brick...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Question to the academics/scientists here: Is this really part of your typical day at a top-tier academic institution? Today's Nature Briefing had a blurb on this NY Times article. (Found it on Reddit, and here's the first paragraph.) 'Russia Raided...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: ' ... global supply chain disruption, ' I'm of the impression that India is the largest generic drugs exporter at present and that its largest markets are the US, China and the EU. So: severe climatic problems, energy and...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: '...two hopes' Add a third hope - (3) whoever is minding the military systems doesn't have an itchy trigger finger and instead will calmly consider the situation similarly to how the guy below did. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov There's a good Danish...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: Russia, Ukraine, etc. Sorry - but I still disagree with how you're labeling my comments and interpretation. I will give you that the Tatar events do not conform precisely to the definition of genocide as adopted by the UN...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: 'John Marsden, who is apparently a high school principal, ..' Guessing 'Lord of the Flies' isn't on his school's reading list?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Thanks for your insight re: nuance continuum/ability to detect nuance....
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