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Posts by kroll

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  • Viewpoint: What if women ruled the world?

    03/09/2013 12:52:43 PM PST · 139 of 176
    kroll to ansel12; conservaKate

    Yeah, but Men are more likely to be tyrants, dictators and serial killers. The likelihood of the classic personality disorders which are associated with the previous listed types (Malignant narcissism, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Anti-social and psychopathic), men outnumber women by 4-1 to 10-1 in the population based on various estimates. By the kind of “logic” floating on this thread, Only men should be allowed and Only women should be allowed to lead. Or we could toss the entire laughable discussion on this thread and just realize that we cannot deprive half the population of rights, whatever our perception of the cost.

  • New England fishermen say new regs mean ruin

    01/31/2013 11:16:54 AM PST · 33 of 33
    kroll to Uncle Lonny

    The fisheries in Newfoundland had collapsed before the Canadians shut it down. After 20 years it has just started showing signs of recovery and it is going to be years before it can be opened for fishing again. The dynamics of fisheries do not follow the dynamics of the free market (demand-supply) so this is one of the rare cases where external regulation is necessary. Collapse of fisheries is a worldwide phenomenon and can no longer be avoided. Even if the govt. didn’t regulate the New England industry, the fisheries would collapse anyway. This whole issue is nothing like the climate change or whatever, in the sense that it is obvious and very real.

  • Caught Red-Handed, Aaron Swartz Was Prepping For Key Federal Court Evidence Hearing

    01/14/2013 1:25:58 PM PST · 44 of 55
    kroll to Nifster
    He took a coward’s way out and has left the usual devastation in his wake

    It's always endearing when keyboard warriors with zero knowledge have such strong and brutal comments. Devastation? Seriously? Nobody was hurt, he didn't sell the articles and nobody lost money. He was making a point and a legitimate one. Being in academia, the problem of whether or not journals should be so expensive (prohibitive for individuals) is an important one and discussed by every scientist/mathematician and academic I know. The recent disputes between the Nature publishing group (the premier journals in all of science) and many of the prominent american universities over massive costs are well documented.

    This is Not an intellectual property issue. This is not the same as pharmaceutical companies being upended by cheap generic drugs. The scientific content in journals is Not intellectual property. The authors do not get paid, the referees do not get paid and their research funding is unrelated to the journals while the scientific editors are essentially volunteers. But still journals are amazingly expensive. Why? Many of the journals (even the non-profits) have amazingly high margins. Why? In the past they were printing costs and the like but now most of the downloads are online. And if you are thinking about maintaining server costs etc, remember the traffic on journal publications isn't exactly high so bandwidth costs are tiny.

    Such a level of bitterness and anger regarding something you are completely unaware is pretty unfortunate.
  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    12/14/2012 11:39:15 AM PST · 583 of 1,486
    kroll to Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Females control America

    So repeal the 19th amendment eh? The founding fathers never meant for women to vote anyway right?

    Either way, your rant has NOTHING to do with the matter in question. You haven't exactly linked how women "controlling" America has anything to do with some psychopaths killing all these innocent kids.
  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    12/14/2012 11:27:06 AM PST · 522 of 1,486
    kroll to Ghost of Philip Marlowe
    I had no idea that making what I considered to be a fairly benign, conservative observation on a conservative, pro-family, pro-God, pro-tradition forum would prove to be so inflammatory.

    Perhaps I was a little aggressive with my remark, but it is one thing to make a general comment about loss of cultural values and increasing number(are they?) of such incidents but another thing to blame it on women and children, somehow. Infinitely worse is the tacit justification of such acts that you seemed to offer, and I am not the only one to feel this, clearly. Perhaps you merely misarticulated your position but if not, then I was serious in saying that you need a great degree of self-examination and/or help. All this at the cusp of this terrible evil that has been orchestrated.
  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    12/14/2012 11:10:30 AM PST · 440 of 1,486
    kroll to penelopesire
    No doubt but it is all political for Obama. The man is a sociopath himself.

    Actually I think he is more likely somewhere between a garden variety narcissist and a malignant narcissist.
  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    12/14/2012 11:05:17 AM PST · 419 of 1,486
    kroll to DoughtyOne; ground_fog

    OK I won’t even try and dispute this point though my personal experiences and people I know (clearly a tiny, insignificant subset) have had different experiences. I was really referring to the fact that this has nothing to do with killing a whole lot of innocent children, whatever our personal experience.

  • 28 Dead, Including 20 Children, After Shooting Rampage At Sandy Hook School In Newtown

    12/14/2012 10:48:21 AM PST · 350 of 1,486
    kroll to Ghost of Philip Marlowe
    Right. Because women are just perfect and never, ever do anything wrong.

    I am normally a lurker but this is impossible to take.
    Are you serious? I mean, really? The guy killed children, lots of them! He is the vilest of evil and a possibly a total psychopath. This is nothing to do with the left or the right or women or men(except the gun-control thing that the left is going to misguidedly bring up). The system is Not anti-male.

    You, Dear Sir, are a complete misogynist and need a great deal of self-examination.
  • 100 Trillion Good Bacterias Are Living In Human Body: Report

    06/16/2012 11:06:52 AM PDT · 43 of 43
    kroll to Hawthorn
    stupid regulatory regime at the FDA

    It is stupid no doubt and also a bit behind the times. Take the example of the Bacteriophages that I was talking about - these are viruses which normally exist EVERYWHERE in nature and feed on bacteria. Since they are viruses, they evolve faster than the bacteria that they eat. Before penicillin was discovered, Phages were one of the treatments being considered for treatment of bacterial infections but they required a lot more understanding than what we did then (but do now). Unfortunately because they evolve so rapidly naturally, the FDA would treat each new strain of Phages as a new drug requiring an entire set of Phase - I-III trials. The FDA's regulatory regime is not prepared to compete with nature at the moment. Though its not a given that even with less regulation, antibiotics would work. Sometimes you actually need paradigm shifts.
  • 100 Trillion Good Bacterias Are Living In Human Body: Report

    06/15/2012 11:35:03 PM PDT · 24 of 43
    kroll to doc1019

    As an added point, the issue is not about being natural or man-made, but about efficacy. How effective and safe is a given substance in attacking a particular disease? That needs to be established by double blind clinical testing. The trouble with what we normally refer to as ‘natural’ remedies is just that they have not been established which means we must assume that they don’t quite work. But there are lots of natural extracts that have directly been used in fighting diseases like Penicillin and Quinine (Malaria).

  • 100 Trillion Good Bacterias Are Living In Human Body: Report

    06/15/2012 11:10:31 PM PDT · 22 of 43
    kroll to doc1019

    First, Penicillin is ‘natural’, we just found a way to remake it in the laboratory, though most modern antibiotics are artificial.

    But more importantly, with the newly emergent strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria, the existing class of antitbiotics might eventually become largely useless. And you might think, “Ah! The market will just make some more!” Alas, developing a new antibiotic seems to have a rapidly diminishing risk/reward and the rate of development of new antibiotics has been shrinking to zero. The trouble is that being lower lifeforms, bacteria evolve extremely rapidly, faster than the markets produce newer drugs. This might herald an entirely different mode of treatment, just like Penicillin heralded a massive shift in treatment of bacteria-induced diseases. There are in fact ‘natural’ alternatives like Bacteriophages (look them up).

  • Boston appeals court finds federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

    05/31/2012 1:33:28 PM PDT · 43 of 72
    kroll to Cletus.D.Yokel
    Correct on other points but not here :

    It is “discrimminatory” to deny a 50 year-old man to marry a 12 year-old girl as long as they are happy.

    Age of consent issues.
  • Evidence photos show bloodied Zimmerman, gun, more

    05/18/2012 2:19:48 AM PDT · 115 of 158
    kroll to Theoria

    Ah, I agree with you. I wasn’t suggesting using punches from the mount, just that I doubt Martin would have thought of that and the first elbow he threw would surely have made him decide to throw punches instead. And I don’t think he was a ‘gangsta’ any more than Zimmerman was racist hater. Its our counter-reaction to the MSM’s massive overreaction.

  • Evidence photos show bloodied Zimmerman, gun, more

    05/18/2012 1:29:07 AM PDT · 108 of 158
    kroll to Theoria
    Elbows from a superior position, or any position are deadly.

    No they are not. Only if you are lying on concrete, because of possibility of head injuries on impact with a hard surface when hit. Elbows mostly cause lacerations because the impact is usually not direct (i.e. is lateral). But have you ever tried hitting something hard with your elbow? Unless trained it is vastly more painful then punching, adrenalized or not (In fact it causes momentary paralysis of the arm due to the presence of the ulnar nerve there). I train Muay-Thai as a general hobby and hence the knowledge. Martin most likely punched him.
  • Evidence photos show bloodied Zimmerman, gun, more

    05/18/2012 1:19:56 AM PDT · 107 of 158
    kroll to Tarantulas
    If Martin had been full of TLC.....he was full of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

    What on earth is TLC? And he was not full of THC, there were only trace amounts. THC is the component of marijuana and if he was stoned, it would have shown up in his blood work. Besides marijuana does not induce aggressive behavior (like alcohol does). It mellows you down and makes you hungry.
  • College student locked away, forgotten in DEA holding cell for four days, no food, water or toilet

    05/03/2012 9:35:58 AM PDT · 112 of 137
    kroll to A Strict Constructionist
    3. You don’t believe in the Constitution?

    Well duh. The Constitution is the last word on all issues we agree on. When we don't its just a random jumble of letters! Death to the "junkies"!
    \sarc
  • College student locked away, forgotten in DEA holding cell for four days, no food, water or toilet

    05/03/2012 9:30:05 AM PDT · 111 of 137
    kroll to E. Pluribus Unum
    So a druggie buy some drugs at a flophouse, passes out, and gets swept up with the rest of the trash?

    You can read right? He was a student buying drugs for personal consumption and the DEA wasn't even going to charge him with anything and then they forgot him in a cell for five days (they acknowledged it so its not a he-said-she-said thing.) You don't have to be outraged but this is a constitutional violation of the 8th and 10th amendments.

    Though I imagine if he had been accidentally shot by the DEA, you would have said exactly the same. You know, let the Federal Govt. abuse its powers as much it wants as long as they agree with us right?
  • Obama administration heeds judges' health care order-with link to Holder letter

    04/05/2012 12:36:17 PM PDT · 29 of 45
    kroll to treetopsandroofs; samtheman
    I think he should have said a big FU to the court’s request for a letter of apology.

    I agree with samtheman that Justice Smith doesn't have a lot of authority to force the administration to do much here. But I have made remarks elsewhere that this is just an election year strategy by Barry to malign the conservative SCOTUS judges. Barry Knows that Obamacare was passed with a wafer-thin majority and that SCOTUS has every right to strike down unconstitutional laws. He was just fibbing to rile the base against the SCOTUS. And it was perhaps a bit ill-advised of Justice Smith to use the moniker 'Obamacare' and just fall into Zero's strategy of baiting conservative judges. Everyone at FR thinks we have won some big victory by making himself look like an idiot, I am just not so sure.
  • Obama is NOT ignorant of the Constitution nor is he "in Over his Head"

    04/05/2012 2:33:44 AM PDT · 25 of 48
    kroll to publius321

    I absolutely agree that Obama was aware of exactly what he was saying. It seems like an election year strategy to rouse the liberal rabble. He doesn’t do impromptu remarks, he is the teleprompter President remember? So it must have been a plan. I think he is just hedging his bets- Court lets the law stand, he beats the drum of Constitutionality of the law (something we all know is false), Court rejects the law he claims Judicial activism having warned his flock about it before. This is in fact the second incident he has done this - the first being the Citizens United ruling when he openly chastised the Court in his State of the Union address. Everyone here is mocking him on his claim of ‘Constitutional professor’ but instead they should be evaluating his election year strategy.

  • RAZZIE AWARDS: PARTISAN JABS AT FLYOVER COUNTRY

    04/03/2012 7:09:26 PM PDT · 9 of 19
    kroll to Borges

    The nomination of Sarah Palin is a clear partisan hitjob, but Jack and Jill a movie for the everyman? What complete and utter nonsense! I watched the movie and it was really really really bad. It deserves all the ridicule it gets. The Razzie organizers are scum but that does not mean they cant spot obvious crap like the rest of us. This is not Rocket science.