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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion
Thu Oct 13th 2011, 01:45 AM
I really wasn't interested in your story, I'll admit.

If you weren't interested in actually knowing whether or not I am/was a union member, why did you ask?
...Perhaps because you wanted me to sheepishly mumble "no" and slink away?

Sorry your attempt to shut me up didn't quite work out the way you'd planned.



I find it particularly reprehensible that you've been posting in a thread filled to the brim with personal attacks against the OP--yet rather than actually, you know, moderating the thread, you chose to join in the dog-pile.



I have no idea why the Admins would allow a Mod to bully and harass other DUers with impunity, but the famous words of Lord Acton to Bishop Creighton spring to mind.
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion
Tue Oct 11th 2011, 11:45 PM


If you were SO incredibly offended by the OP's perceived hypocrisy, you could simply have asked, "Are you in a union?"

That would have avoided the appearance of a Mod luring an often-harrassed DUer to disclose information that could be used to personally identify him/her.

But I guess that's not as important as scoring a point. Oh well. Thanks for pulling back the curtain for a moment.
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion
Tue Oct 11th 2011, 11:22 PM
But you first.
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Oct 05th 2011, 08:29 PM
If we weren't going to capture and try OBL, why risk American lives instead of drones?

Hell, if we knew where OBL with a sufficient degree of certainty to put boots on the ground, why didn't we just blow up the whole block with a bunker-buster?
Or a 1-mile radius around the location?
Or the whole town?

After all, if we've moved into a casual acceptance of "collateral damage" in the "war on terror," why not just nuke all of Pakistan?



The slopes are rather slippery around this whole argument, and it's disconcerting to see a (D) POTUS take advantage of extraordinary means to capture and prosecute summarily execute criminals.
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Oct 05th 2011, 08:24 PM
Some of us are humans first, and Democrats second.
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion: Presidency
Thu Sep 29th 2011, 01:48 AM
I'm ... flattered, Eliza, but I'm not yet willing to risk the Singularity by responding to the bait.



If I say I'll vote for PBO in 2012, will you invoke the less aggressive subroutines?

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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion
Thu Sep 29th 2011, 01:34 AM
Some "futurists" would say that those young people you are referring to are the "bridging" generation.



I'm glad they've started earlier than most projections.
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion: Presidency
Fri Sep 09th 2011, 08:19 PM
Attacking the policies of an elected public official is in no way morally equivalent to personally attacking another DUer.

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Posted by Ignis in Science
Thu Sep 01st 2011, 02:00 PM

The latest evidence for this “gut-brain axis” comes from Javier Bravo at University College Cork. He fed mice with a probiotic bacterium called Lactobacillus rhamnosus, often found in yoghurts and dairy products. The bacterial menu changed the levels of signalling chemicals in the rodents’ brains, and reduced behaviours associated with stress, anxiety and depression.

Probiotic bacteria – those that benefit their host – are the subject of sweeping, hand-waving health claims. But beneath the breathless marketing hype, there is some intriguing underlying science. For example, some trials have found that probiotics can help to alleviate the mood symptoms that accompany irritable bowel or chronic fatigue syndrome. To that end, Bravo wanted to see if L.rhamnosus could influence the brains of normal, healthy animals.

Bravo found that his mice, after regularly eating Lactobacillus, were more likely to spend time in the exposed parts of a maze (a common test for anxiety symptoms) than those who ate bacteria-free meals. They were also less likely to drift motionlessly when plopped into water (a common test for depressive symptoms). And during stressful situations, they built up lower levels of stress hormones.

(snip)

It may seem odd that bacteria in an animal’s gut can control what happens in its brain, on the other side of the body. But the two organs have a direct line between them – the long, branching vagus nerve, which transmits information from the gut and other visceral organs to the brain. When Bravo severed the vagus nerve in his mice, Lactobacillus lost all of its influence. It changed neither the rodents’ behaviour nor their GABA receptor levels.

-- story @ Discover Magazine
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion: Presidency
Thu Aug 11th 2011, 08:03 PM
Wow.

I guess it goes to show that you can set your expectations low, but someone will always find a way to beat them.
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion: Presidency
Thu Aug 11th 2011, 03:28 PM
That would be the platform that includes this lovely little bit of text:
Covering All Americans and Providing Real Choices of Affordable Health Insurance Options.

Families and individuals should have the option of keeping the coverage they have or choosing from a wide array of health insurance plans, including many private health insurance options and a public plan. Coverage should be made affordable for all Americans with subsidies provided through tax credits and other means.

-- http://www.democrats.org/about/party_platf...

So perhaps you can tell us why the fuck Mr. Obama ran for president on our party's platform, when he had no idea how to implement the planks contained therein.
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Aug 03rd 2011, 08:03 PM
The no-magic-wand / 60-votes-or-nothing / "haters gonna hate" arguments that are made in an attempt to stifle legitimate concerns over (or even *gasp* disagreement with) Presidential policy decisions are what I would classify as "tiresome."

President Obama has done some great things. He has also done some not-so-great things. Pretending that he only had control over the former is disingenuous.
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion
Wed Aug 03rd 2011, 07:49 PM
If you don't think a significant percentage of Americans have changed their views on marriage equality in the past 19 years, you're fooling yourself.
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Posted by Ignis in General Discussion
Sun Jul 24th 2011, 01:06 PM
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Posted by Ignis in Anthropology Group
Thu Jul 21st 2011, 01:57 PM
(Cross-posted from the Pagan forum, with a hat-tip to IcyMist.)

A startling archaeological discovery that may have gone un-noticed changes our understanding of human history. While, up until now, scholars have largely held that man's first rituals were carried out over 40,000 years ago in Europe, it now appears that they were wrong about both the time and place.



Associate Professor Sheila Coulson, from the University of Oslo, has shown that modern humans, Homo sapiens, have performed advanced rituals in Africa for 70,000 years. She has, in other words, discovered mankind's oldest known ritual.

...

"Stone age people took these colorful spearheads, brought them to the cave, and finished carving them there. Only the red spearheads were burned. It was a ritual destruction of artifacts. There was no sign of normal habitation. No ordinary tools were found at the site. Our find means that humans were more organized and had the capacity for abstract thinking at a much earlier point in history than we have previously assumed. All of the indications suggest that Tsodilo has been known to mankind for almost 100,000 years as a very special place in the pre-historic landscape." says Sheila Coulson.

...

"The shaman, who is still a very important person in San culture, could have kept himself hidden in that secret chamber. He would have had a good view of the inside of the cave while remaining hidden himself. When he spoke from his hiding place, it could have seemed as if the voice came from the snake itself. The shaman would have been able to control everything. It was perfect."

-- Archaeology Today
http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com...
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