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General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: April 20, 2019, 01:43:54 PM »
Two in one day!  (Yes, I'm a week behind in my YouTube videos.  I've been busy.)

Dave Jones chatting with vintage electronics hobbyist and winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Medicine Dr. Barry Marshal!


This is the guy who swallowed a suspension of the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers in order to prove that they really do that.  This has eliminated almost everything except a cocktail of antibiotics and antacids as the treatment of stomach ulcers which, unlike the older treatments, actually works.  As stomach ulcers can lead to stomach cancer, his work has saved many people al over the world from a lifetime of misery terminated with an extremely unpleasant death.

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General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:42:40 AM »
Another one from Big Clive.  This time he isn't doing anything stupid to see what happens.  It's tales of Glasgow's George Square Christmas lights.


He includes a bunch of stuff about the politics of how the classic lights ended.

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The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 31 March 2019
« on: April 07, 2019, 01:41:11 AM »
Actually, that's probably a myth. The myth says that it was Samuel Johnson who came up with it on that basis, but the word predates him. It might come from Old English "giccan," "to itch."

That seems kind of a stretch, since Old English is generally considered to have been converted into Middle English in the 11th century, the oldest known use of the term comes from the 17th century, and it wasn't recognized as distinct from smallpox until the 19th century.

Incidentally, the lack of understanding of how devastating the diseases we now have vaccines for is really amazing.  I'm old enough to have known people maimed by polio, which was the last major epidemic disease that caused widespread disability to be effectively controlled in the West.  It was also terrifying because it was all but impossible to control by any means other than general vaccination:  An estimated 90% of people infected were completely asymptomatic, making effective quarantine impossible, and the radical improvement in sanitation in the 19th and 20th century only prevented it circulating endemically and getting almost everyone in infancy when it is least likely to cause complications.  This resulted in random outbreaks among older, more vulnerable children and teens.  (And make sure you've had the live-virus type vaccination at some point, the killed virus vaccines fade and are used because they ensure you cannot get the disease from the live-type vaccination, which is otherwise possible, but unlikely.  Polio is still out there, it isn't gone like smallpox and rinderpest, the only viral diseases that have been exterminated in the wild.)

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General Discussion / Huawei is suddenly everywhere
« on: April 06, 2019, 04:08:24 PM »
Has anyone else noticed that, about the time that several countries started to question the saneness of allowing an entity controlled by the Chinese Communist Party to supply infrastructure for cell phone networks (and the US has started criminal proceedings against company officers), Huawei is suddenly pushing their phones HARD on YouTube ads (which is especially interesting since YouTube is one of the many sites banned and blocked in China)?  I don't t hink I saw ANY of their ads on YouTube before this calender year, now they're EVERYWHERE!  They've been on YouTube for years (the oldest video on what appears to be their main channel is the "Huawei's IDEOS Smartphone Trailer" video, which is dated Aug 24, 2010), but until a few months ago I wasn't seeing any ads from them.

I particularly like this rather amusing ad (that you wouldn't get on TV in most countries, considering what isn't on screen from about 1:04 to 1:08).  A Chinese company can make a mighty entertaining ad when they don't have to care what the CCP thinks of it.


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General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: April 06, 2019, 03:51:16 PM »
I know, this just happened to be one of their most dumbest segments

That's saying something, considering they can be reasonably called "The Proto-Nazis".  How do you stomach watching them?  Alex Jones is at least entertainingly crazy.

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The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 31 March 2019
« on: April 06, 2019, 01:59:46 PM »
I'm using Duck Duck Go as well, I just would like to understand how they make money, since they aren't doing all the shady (and lucrative) things with search inquiries that Google does.

BEFORE the chicken pox vaccine came out, there was a certain reasonableness in deliberately infecting children with chicken pox, since complications are more likely the older you are when you contract it, and contracting it as some point was basically a certainty before the vaccine was available.  However, I would have been quite pleased as a child to have forgone a week of being wretched in my bed in my darkened bedroom and gotten a jab instead.

The name, incidentally, is actually an insult to the disease.  It was viewed as the 'chicken', that is, the weak form, of smallpox, quite possibly the greatest scourge of all time, having killed or disfigured far more people than even The Plague.

The normal course of events if you don't have severe or complicated disease:  You break out in a rash, usually beginning on the torso, of small lesions which become itchy fairly quickly.  By this point, you're probably not even very infectious any more.  As the rash spreads, your eyes become very sensitive to light, making even the fairly dim lighting normally used in homes painful.  Everything aches, you itch everywhere but risk scarring if you scratch.  You'll be too tired to do much of anything, but itching makes it difficult to sleep, and headaches are likely to keep you unable to enjoy anything you can manage to do.  This takes about a week to run it's course, then you'll be fine, except you'll be subject to shingles because the body cannot clear the virus, only suppress it.  This is one of the groups of viruses that can lie dormant inside long-lived nerve cells and can reemerge to produce different symptoms later.

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General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:10:22 AM »
Jordan Peele makes a questionable remark.

TYT goes out of their way to defend said remark with the most hilariously insane double standard:


Let me get this straight TYT, you actually think it's a good thing when Jordan Peele is being racist??!?!?

They knowingly continue to call their podcast after the political movement that inspired the Nazis to commit the Holocaust (and supplied methodology for a large portion of it), and you actually have to question if they think a bad thing is actually good?

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General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: March 25, 2019, 03:00:21 PM »
In the "It couldn't happen to a more deserving guy" file...

I was perusing Glenn Greenwald's twitter timeline and happened upon his retweek of this gem from The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/25/michael-avenatti-extortion-arrested-charged-nike?CMP=twt_gu

Michael Avenatti has been arrested for trying (and FAILING) to extort Nike.  Recall, this is the guy who helped Stormy Daniels to try and sue Donald Trump, which he lost so hard SHE had to pay HIS lawyer.

It seems this guy is just a cyclone of fail.  This seems almost certain to have already been in progress when New Your prosecutors decided not to pursue felony abuse charges against him.  They may have decided this would be just as effective and a whole lot easier to prove.

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General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:48:38 PM »
Another one with Big Clive doing something fundamentally stupid.


Yes, he's (slightly) electrocuting himself to see if he can let go.  (As I understand it, the voltage is critical here.  The mains voltage in North America is 110-125 volts, which causes stronger muscle contractions than the 220-250 volts used in much of the rest of the world.  Clive, who works with this stuff all the time, as he works with things like event lighting, says in the video that the higher currents of a 240V arm-to-arm shock makes it less dangerous because it's less likely to put you into lethal ventricular fibrillation if something or someone gets you off the shock.)

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The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 17 March 2019
« on: March 20, 2019, 09:24:42 AM »
For those too young to remember or who were elsewhere at the time, there was a huge blackout covering a large portion of eastern North America in the summer of 2003.  Power was partially restored (as in, patchy rolling blackouts, so people could have their fringes, freezers, and water pumps do some catching up) within a day or so, and everything was sorted out in less than a week.

It's also worth pointing out that many of the people who were killed by the Chernobyl incident (I'm not calling it an accident, because it was the foreseeable result of intentional actions, which is not an accident by definition) were people who did stupid things, like try to hand-drop boron into the exposed reactor core from helicopters without any meaningful radiation protection.

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The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 3 March 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 01:48:31 PM »
The worst example I know details of in the UK is the 2005 killing of Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes by the Metropolitan London Police.

Mr. Menzes was gunned down by police who were looking for suspects in a prior failed bombing.  The suspects were believed to be from the horn of Africa, which makes the notion that a Hispanic man could be reasonably mistaken for them rather implausible.

I expect most people here know about most of these issues, but I ran across a very disturbing thing some years ago:  The officer who did the actual shooting was back on regular duty before the investigation was even completed.  We know this because the victim's family family released information the had obtained that the officer in question had killed someone else as armed officer before the investigation was completed.

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The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 24 February 2019
« on: March 03, 2019, 03:10:48 PM »
China was willing to loan Venezuela a lot of money because they were to be paid back in oil.  They don't care about the ideology of the government there, they care about getting resources.  This is more or less the prototype of the Belt and Road Initiative, in which the CCP has been arranging lavish loans for infrastructure projects in many third-world countries that have no hope of paying them back and then the debt is 'forgiven' in exchange for turning over the use and control of infrastructure or resources the infrastructure allows access to.

There are airfields and ports that have been converted into Chinese military bases all over Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Incidentally, wasn't there a huge scandal with the NYPD (which might go back to Serpico's time there) where the drug unit was busting dealers, taking the money and drugs, and then dealing in their place?  (Doing this in uniform, on duty.  It must be wonderful to be able to run a raid off the books like that.  I suspect is ended messily for the dealers, since they'd know what was going on and the DEA would doubtless have loved to come up with a crew of dirty local cops.)

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The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 17 February 2019
« on: February 28, 2019, 01:35:14 PM »
Fortunately, the switch to color also meant an end to deleting episodes.  Doctor Who was not the only program mauled by this, of coure.  The famous program "Vision On" lost a huge swath of episodes from before color started up, for instance.  (For those who didn't get the luck of seeing this growing up, it was an art program aimed at working as well for deaf children as others, so there's background and incidental music, but no essential gialog, although some presenters do talk a bit.  This cycles back to Doctor Who because one presenter who notably did speak, and speak intelligibly, was Sylvester McCoy, who went on to play the Seventh Doctor years later.  And, for those familiar with his quirks, he did play the spoons on both programs.  So far as I know, the only hing he's done where he didn't get to play the spoons onscreen was "The Hobbit".)

I am a bit surprised the BBC was willing to spring for the extra costs of doing an entire adventure on film.  Film is expensive, even if you only have to pay incremental costs of using more of it.  (It was also already in color, so the camera operators didn't have an excuse to call for more money.)

If you want to take a look at a plausible future for the UK had there not been Thatcher, have a look at the final Quatermass series.  (The UK is well down the road of Venuzuela, but without a strongman figure running everything into the ground, it all just sort of drifted that way without anyone really doing anything one way or another.)

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The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 17 February 2019
« on: February 27, 2019, 03:10:39 PM »
I had to look up the timing, but 'Winter of Discontent' not only happened before she was elected PM, it probably got her elected.  One of her other major reforms was changing labor laws so that strikes like that wouldn't happen any more.

(for those not familiar with the period in the UK, labor unions were ridiculously powerful and frequently held sympathy strikes where one union would strike in support of another union, even in a quite different indursty.  Labour, typically of a leftist party in government, was desperately trying to at least reduce the rate of increase in public sector wages.  We had a similar situation in Ontario in the early 90's under Bob "The Boob" Rae, who's misrule of Ontario gave us the then-new political term 'Martelling' as a result of trying to reduce what doctors were paid under the Ontario government medical insurance scam.

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The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 17 February 2019
« on: February 27, 2019, 01:50:38 PM »
There's much less hyperbole in "Tax Man" than you might think.  For instance, the line "One for you and nineteen for me" is exactly true:  The income tax rate at the time went up to 95%.  (And leftists like to pretend that things like Thatcher's reduction of income tax to less insane levels was not the cause of radical improvement in the financial situation of many in the UK, including the poorest having their real incomes increase faster than they had for decades, and instead pretend that the UK joining what became the EU more than five years eralier somehow caused improvements that only manifested after Thatcher changed things radically.)

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