May 10, 2012 at 16:19:12
“There's lots of things that could (theoretically) go wrong with MMW scanners, and which could cause physical discomfort. But the devices will be made with proprietary technology that will be immune from third-party verification. Without the ability to examine and verify the correct operation of the scanner, anything could happen.”
Jan 14, 2012 at 17:09:20
“Pot has changed substantially in recent years, in particular there are people selling it who adulterate it with additional chemicals, in addition its potency has increased substantially. Legalization would improve safety considerably.
Heroin is refined from poppy plants, and the process is probably not much different from the refining of canola oil from rapeseed.”
Jan 14, 2012 at 17:04:14
“The missing link, common to most discussions about narcotics, are the biochemical effects these drugs have on the human brain. To my knowledge I have never done heroin, but I have smoked a fair amount of pot.
In my experience it improves the associativity of memory. There are likely also subtle effects that are difficult to qualify owing to the basic complexity of the human brain. Heroin apparently does something similar, although there are reportedly secondary effects such as euphoria. Reportedly, people who do it may feel like they are God, which would be what is called a somatic illusion.
Drug politics has its roots in the behavioral effects /and/ the economics. I am not aware of any studies that qualify and quantify the effects of narcotics in a scientific fashion. The rank Ignorance surrounding these drugs is the worst aspect of their deleterious effects. You cannot make good decisions if you have incorrect information.”
“A few years ago, someone was talking about fuel-cells running on a weak solution of methyl-hydrate, in concentrations that would be acceptable to the FAA, etc. This might be progress on that front. No computer company is going sell get fuel-cells with pressurized H2 and O2.”
Nov 28, 2011 at 06:30:49
“There have been studies that show higher mortality among the mentally ill as compared to the general population. That one is a no-brainer. But the ability to afford a better lifestyle and most importantly, better nutrition, seems very sensible as a contributor to reduced mortality. I would be most interested in seeing mortality rates described in relation to water consumption. In particular, any differences that showed up among drinkers of bottled water, filtered water, or tap water. Municipal water sources are all different, of course, so some way would have to be found to isolate those factors.”
“But what kind of change? The devil is in the details, and AFAIKT, there aren't very many people with a coherent 'vision' of change. And most who do are toadies aligned with the status quo who want more corporate welfare; more repression of the poor; more bread and circuses; and MORE MORE MORE.
Complex problems require complex solutions, most of the time. Reason and rationalism is buried in a cloud of charged political rhetoric that most often is besides the point. Somehow, we must get past the idea that figurehead leaders -- parrots for the speechwriters -- must champion the cause du jour. We need more statesmen and fewer pundits.”
“Actually, it appears that homeless people are excluded from the (99% + 1%) calculation. Mainly, homeless people exist to justify socialwork, addictions counselling, mental health services, and policing.
Nobody ever said the 99% were intelligent or honest.”
“I've been in political conflict with the Canadian police establishment for more than ten years. These "Occupy" protesters are Johnny-Come-Latelies and are just now getting a small taste of police attitude. And I must say, where were my supporters while the authorities were breaking my computers, railroading false charges through court, stealing my property, assassinating my character, making attempts on my life, and forcing me into poverty and homelessness? Well back then it was just a gas, and entertainment for all the spectators.
While I would prefer to sympathize, I just don't give a shit. This is your wake-up-call too late.”
“These people are oblivious to reality. This little story reminds me of the Boobquake incident, also completely trivial but a perfect tempest-in-a-teapot for the talking heads of the Entertainment Industry to pick up and run with for a few days. Imagine the outrage from committed young feminists.
What this all means is that modernity is once again under attack. As with the abortion debate, these latent threats to ground already won are tiresome. It is not as if there are no stories to print, but it may be that the media are picking the low-hanging fruit. If I have to take a position on the Environment, which everyone must agree is important, I am in a frame of mind to extend the jurisdiction of environmental activism to include awareness of the mass-media mediation of the nature and scope of public discourse.
As they say, there's more than one way to skin a cat (but still, it's very politically incorrect even considered in the abstract).”
Mar 4, 2012 at 12:07:23
“Y'know, if CSIS ever wanted to ask me some questions, presumably because I could have information pertinent to one of their investigations, I would normally be only too happy to accomodate them. As long as they explained what information they were looking for, and the reasons, I would likely see no reason not to co-operate. But if they are going to use goon squad tactics first, I would reconsider my policy of openness and force them to get a court order.”
Feb 25, 2012 at 16:31:47
“The Chinese are superstitious about number, and of course eating has ritual significance. The only thing that bugs me is that the reserved chairs and table somehow imply that Harper is more special than the everyone else. I wonder what that says about how they view their own leaders.”
“It is rumored that full length novels were once serialized in magazines, taking several issues (and several months) all told to publish the entire work. Now, thanks to the Internet we now have articles of less than five thousand words being serialized over a period of days. If that ain't progress, I don't know what is.”
“I say there are serious systemic problems with the mental health profession. There is a long history of bogus treatments, the misuse of drugs, and more that has gone largely unaddressed. This is to say nothing of how accusations of mental illness are used to damage people's lives and careers, and more. There is a great deal of fraud associated with the field of psychiatry and psychology, so much so that it is difficult to describe in a few short words.
Suffice to say that from personal experience I have been subjected to years of serious physical and psychological abuse, without any legal recourse. One example should illustrate the dark nature of the situation. When I lived in Hamilton, in a single-bedroom apartment and without roommates, I experienced being regularly impaired with a drug or drugs that were being added to the milk in my refrigerator. That means someone was breaking in to my place while I wasn't there and adulterating my food. There were other factors as well, including the theft of small items, and access to my computers and private files. That is one set of circumstances in a small window of time, a full accounting would take weeks or months to set out.
In no instance was I ever spoken to by a psychiatrist, or anyone with official standing in the matter. This terrorism and abuse was simply completely extra-legal. And you, dear reader, will in all likelihood ignore this as well.”
“I must have delusions of superiority then. Possibly I also live in the wrong area of the city, but on a day-to-day basis I see very little evidence of mature, considered reasoning about nearly any subject you might care to imagine. Mythical narratives substitute for real knowledge; feelings supersede thoughts; empty rhetoric substitutes for reasoned argumentation, and the Hollywood cult-of-personality dominates in terms of who it is we are informed about in the media.
The firearms debate in Canada (and indeed elsewhere in the world) follows an empty rhetoric formula. Every time the subject comes up in the media, we are treated to the same bogus assertions which we are supposed to debate as if they are reasonable. Having then done our part as citizens, the government goes off and does what it wants, and the facts be damned.
It must be depressing to anyone with more than half a brain.”
“The phrase "military-type assault rifles" is deceptive; it gives the appearance of description without any of the important details that would corroborate. Do they look like military-issue weapons, or are they actual military-issue. These details are important. From them we can infer more about the possible circumstances related to the seizure. Media reportage that glosses over facts with hyperbole is worse than useless.
And personally, I feel the RCMP habitually lies to the public. You may recall one spokesman who said (paraphrased) that the public doesn't have the right to know anything. A superficial reading of that statement shows some of the contempt police have for the right of citizens to be well informed.”
LibertariansGhost on Dec 11, 2011 at 21:02:59
“I understand what you are saying about the level of conversation, and it is not significantly different where I live. I do feel though that it is not a lack of ability to reason, but a lack of information upon which to form an opinion that goes further than some off the shelf position preformed by media and special interest groups. And the "cult of personality" definitely plays a negative role, if folks spent the time they devote to keeping up with the celebrities on trying to understand the issues they would be in a much better position to have a real opinion of their own. And of course there are those who take every word from their chosen media deity (O'Reilly, Olbermann, Hannity, Maddow.. etc) as the be all end all of an issue.
I believe that certain issues are kept alive in politics because they provide excellent points with which the people can be set against on another, in spite of it being obvious (to me anyways) that there is no real intention of making any changes. Gun controls are one such issue, so too is the 'Right to Choose'. Want to start a partisan squabble, just mention either of these two topics and watch the fur fly”
LibertariansGhost on Dec 10, 2011 at 23:22:24
“While I do not dispute a large number of "mental infants" among the public, there are a great many who would be able to make rational conclusions if provided with objective information instead of partisan spin and empty talking points. Not everyone has the time or inclination to research issues, especially those with children whose available time is largely absorbed with the demands of parenting. The media has largely abandoned journalism and is now little more than a spokesman for government.
Regarding the photo on this story, the weapons pictured are AK47 variants of one sort or another. While likely not actual military issue, the conversion of such a weapon to a full auto capable one is not a daunting undertaking for anyone inclined to do so, the same holds true for the M16\AR15.
I do not profess to know what the answers are, but I feel confidant in saying that legal restrictions of weapons is more of a feel good exercise than any practical measure towards limiting gun violence”
LibertariansGhost on Dec 10, 2011 at 20:30:03
“The media does indeed show a keen apatite for hyperbole and little interest in facts that might be of use to the public. I think the details of the weapon types is somewhat besides the point. M16 is a military issue weapon, AR-15 is not yet they are essentially the exact same weapon. The volume of the weapons seized is of more significance than what kind of weapons they might be.
Withholding information, reporting misleading information has become standard practice with law enforcement, with the RCMP seemingly being the worst of offenders. I've lost count of the number of incidents where the RCMP statements morph over time as more evidence comes to light regarding the truth of both the incident in question and the extent of what the RCMP knew from the start.
I phrase in common use today I find particularly annoying. The referring to someone who is clearly a suspect as "a person of interest" I find insulting to the public. They treat us as if we are a bunch of children who lack the intellect to understand anything. And they will cover up, lie or go to any lengths to protect both themselves and the image of the force at the expense of the public interest.
Oh my, I could rant for hours on this topic. I just hope that the new appointment of an independent investigator for RCMP actions will reign them in a little and bring some responsible behavior back to the force”
“We don't know what kind of firearms they are. The article only says that there were "assault rifles" and "handguns", and that some were smuggled to BC from the US. They could be anything, as even the supplied image could be a stock photo. As is typical with these incidents the media don't bother with the details.
Guns = Bad”
LibertariansGhost on Dec 10, 2011 at 17:18:39
“Oh, and you are right we don't know what kind of firearms they are.
"Most of the rifles were military-type assault rifles, Moskaluk said"... because everybody knows you can't believe a word that comes out of the mouth of a RCMP spokesperson”
LibertariansGhost on Dec 10, 2011 at 17:16:57
“Massive bureaucracy and legislation that will be disregarded by the criminal element is what is bad. Want to waste your money on a useless program? Go ahead, just don't ask me to help you pay for it
Guns are just a tool, no better, no worse than the person who possesses them”
“This is the fly in the oinkment. Usually, police have a free pass to offend against the polity, with prosecutors and judges looking the other way when cops commit criminal offenses. What happened here is that the cop probably wasn't a team player, and so he was tossed under the bus, and someone decided to hit him -- for whatever reason.
The police officers who really should be in jail are never apprehended or prosecuted.
Garspies on Dec 4, 2011 at 15:30:41
“Hahahaha!! You said "oinkment". A new phrase or Freudian slip?
“Then there should be no difficulty getting large volumes of supplies to the region.
Last year I was thinking about converting a shipping container into a residence -- strictly a thought experiment with a focus on using wind/solar power generation to provide light and systems power. You'd have to use heating oil/propane in that kind of location. Potable water and sanitation require some thought, as do the basic construction materials. However it does not seem as though people in government and the construction industry are capable of changing their mindset sufficiently to accommodate the adoption of innovative systems and methods.
My little gedanken experiment resulted in some interesting ideas that seemed feasible and cost effective, at least according to my criterion. Adapted to the reserve's requirements, subjected to the usual bureaucratic incompetence, contractor carelessness and avarice, and it would surely turn into a boondoggle of epic proportions.”