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  • Computers with consciousness: Stanley Kubrick

    01/29/2015 3:01:58 PM PST · 17 of 22
    nightlight7 to Reverend Saltine
    These are opinions as much as any other on the subject since present science has no model for consciousness. There is no equation or natural law containing consciousness as a quantity. Nothing in science can tell which arrangements of atoms, molecules or fields are conscious.

    All we have are people handwaving their little tales, like the one the above.

  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 11:24:15 AM PST · 111 of 293
    nightlight7 to Cincinatus' Wife

    He doesn’t want competition from other states eating away the profits state makes from it.

  • Typical American Smokers Burn Up at Least $1 Million During Their Lifetimes

    01/22/2015 9:30:59 PM PST · 21 of 51
    nightlight7 to 2ndDivisionVet
    Smoking rate is a its lowest while the medical costs are the highest ever.

    What happened to all the promised saving on health care from all those tens of millions who quit last few decades?

    Tobacco is an ancient medicinal plant, a panacea with myriad beneficial effects on human health. The war on tobacco is merely one front in the general war on non-big-pharma medicines and folk remedies going on around the world. As recent economic analysis of the impact of the 2007 smoking ban in Denmark demonstrates, the only industry that gained from it was the big pharma, everyone else lost.

  • Lessons from the Church of Satan

    11/28/2014 11:10:40 PM PST · 30 of 31
    nightlight7 to SoFloFreeper
    The article suggests that libertarianism (individualism, satanism beings its purest form) is evil while collectivism (submission of individual to collective) is virtuous.

    That's at least how libertarianism (or individualism) appears through collectivist eyes (left or right, secular or religious). As always, the full picture is more subtle than what it seems through any one pinhole.

  • US scientists may have resolved 'Darwin's dilemma'

    11/16/2014 8:19:28 AM PST · 18 of 273
    nightlight7 to SeekAndFind
    Adding oxygen doesn't imply or demonstrate that neo-Darwinian mechanism (random mutation + natural selection) produced the new functioning body plans.
  • Maine governor says quarantine talks with nurse failed

    10/31/2014 3:24:59 AM PDT · 129 of 145
    nightlight7 to Sarah Barracuda
    ust watch, give her a week, she will get Ebola, just like that other doc in New York who spread his treats all over the city while he was supposedly “fine”

    As others suggested, she may be a setup to stir up passions for the elections. In that case, they would have had to make sure she won't get it during the drama i.e. she may have had already her last 20+ days in Africa away from Ebola patients, if she ever had any contacts at all beyond a staged photo op (like the one Frieden had). She is also a CDC 'intelligence' officer rather than a real nurse anyway, so she may have never dealt with Ebola patients directly, but just collecting data and writing reports for CDC.

  • BREAKING: Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox and boyfriend have left their house on bikes.

    10/30/2014 6:50:06 AM PDT · 79 of 217
    nightlight7 to winoneforthegipper
    She must have already spent last 3 or more weeks away from any Ebola patients in Africa (if she ever did treat any at all; she is not real nurse anyway but a CDC 'intelligence' officer). Recall that Frieden was also making a (quick) tour of patients in hazmat suit just for a photo-op.

    Otherwise, she, CDC and admin wouldn't have ratcheted it up to this level. This must have been planned as counter-move well ahead of the expected state quarantines by governors.

  • Apple CEO Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

    10/30/2014 6:41:47 AM PDT · 90 of 133
    nightlight7 to Dallas59

    It seems the only thing left is a gay US president.

  • Apple CEO Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

    10/30/2014 6:33:18 AM PDT · 82 of 133
    nightlight7 to BuffaloJack
    Watch the Apple stock plunge...

    Definitely. He won't be CEO of Apple for very long after this.

  • US monitors health care worker aboard cruise ship

    10/17/2014 6:05:11 AM PDT · 13 of 19
    nightlight7 to jean michael
    She doesn’t have any symptoms, which is good.

    Officials story doesn't make sense. So, a nurse decided she is going on a cruise, then week later she wakes up in the cabin, perfectly fine according to US media and says -- Oops, I just recalled I was in contact with that Ebola patient, I better quarantine myself and ask to be flown back.

    It doesn't add up.

  • The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke For Pets

    08/17/2014 1:15:53 PM PDT · 37 of 87
    nightlight7 to Slings and Arrows
    BS. Where is the experiment showing harm from tobacco smoke, even direct one let alone SHS?

    In fact there were plenty of experiments done by antismoking scientists over the last six decades of "scientific" antismoking seeking to prove the harm from inhalation of tobacco smoke, but you will never see them mentioned in the media or hear about them from your doctor.

    The reason for the odd silence is that they all went the "wrong" way -- the smoking animals live 20% longer while staying livelier, sharper and thinner into the old age. This "paradox" persisted even under the most extreme and unnatural smoking conditions such as smoking sessions concentrated to few hours per day with smoke levels boosted to the very edge of asphyxiation. Still, the smoking animals outlived the non-smoking ones (e.g. at the end of couple recent experiments by the time all nonsmoking mice or rats died, half the smoking animals were still alive).

    Interestingly, when some real lung carcinogens are given to animals, such as radon to dogs in one experiment, 7 times fewer smoking dogs got lung cancer than non-smoking dogs.

    In early 1970s National Cancer Institute sought to scientifically show damage from smoking in work place (as part of Nixon's "war on cancer", laying groundwork for workplace smoking bans), so they contracted the largest animal study to date, on Syrian Golden Hamsters (great hope of sntismoking research at the time, since they were particularly sensitive to smoke).

    Unfortunately for them, the 'great hope' backfired horribly, showing exactly the opposite from what they wished to show -- tobacco smoke was protective against variety of industrial toxins and carcinogens, and smoking animals in all groups outlived (by about 20%) the non-smoking animals (pdf, p. 40):

    "With the exception of the two asbestos-exposed groups (Groups 5 and 6), the groups exposed to cigarette smoke lived significantly (p<0.05) longer than their sham-smoke-exposed cohorts. The hamsters exposed to asbestos plus cigarette smoke also outlived their sham-smoke-exposed cohorts; however the difference was not statistically significant. Asbestos decreased the lifespan of the asbestos-exposed groups and thereby masked, to a degree, the difference in the survival between the smoke-exposed animals and their sham-smoke-exposed cohorts which is so readily apparent in other groups (Figure 23)."

    Here are survival curve & weight curve for smoking group and group group inhaling Hepa filterted air: when nearly all non-smoking hamsters died (at around 18 months), nearly 50% of smoking hamsters were still alive. The weight curve shows smoking animals having 10-25% lower weight for nearly entire lifespans.

    For references and discussion see this post with links to highlights of a longer thread Smoking is good for you in health & life-extension forum Longecity.

  • Study: Running 5 Minutes a Day Could Add Years to Your Life

    08/03/2014 2:28:30 PM PDT · 40 of 68
    nightlight7 to oh8eleven
    Soooooo, you're the expert and we should just ignore the American College of Cardiology?

    It doesn't matter who said 2+2=5, it remains invalid. See and think for yourself -- the study simply measured correlations on non-randomized samples (namely, the researchers didn't assign randomly half the subjects to the exercise group and and half to non-exercise, but subjects selected themselves for reasons beyond control and largely unknown to researchers).

    Claiming causal relation between correlated variables on such samples is a junk science based on a logical fallacy as trivial as 2+2=5, no matter who claims it.

  • Study: Running 5 Minutes a Day Could Add Years to Your Life

    08/03/2014 12:48:59 PM PDT · 12 of 68
    nightlight7 to nickcarraway
    Typical junk science -- leaping from correlations on non-randomized samples to causality.

    If factors A and B are correlated on non-randomized sample, that only implies that And B belong to the common web of causes of effects, not that A causes B (since there can be a factor C that causes A and B). E.g. it could be that those who run more are precisely those who are have better health or whose biological age is genetically lower than their chronological age etc.

    Another common feature of such junk science is that they always blame the victim for whatever problem they focusing on. And as with smokers and those of higher weight than what is officially declared to be "normal", that means they are setting up a pretext to tax you extra for your "sin".

    It's the same old scam that medieval churches ran for centuries with selling of indulgences, except that language was modernized for the church of scientism (i.e. pseudo-science).

  • Maryland Hospital Bans Employees From Smoking Anywhere On Earth

    07/10/2014 3:16:35 PM PDT · 132 of 135
    nightlight7 to dmz
    It is an undeniable fact of underwriting that the claims experience of smokers is considerably higher (as a group) than that of non-smokers.

    The same collective cost issue applies to some other minorities (racial, sexual orientation, women of child bearing age, religions, people above 50, people with pre-existing conditions or disabilities, etc). Yet they would get sued and lose if they tried to save money by collectively firing or excluding any of those groups.

    The law should be fair -- either allow collective punishments or exclusions (in any role) of minority groups by businesses or not, as long as the law is the same regarding any group a business may target for whatever reason.

    Note also that the above exclusion doesn't provide option for an individual to pay out of his pocket for any extra insurance costs or deal with health insurance on his own. For example, since I smoke but haven't seen doctors from 1991 for anything, not even for checkups (their nagging about smoking started to annoy me and diminish my wellbeing), I would be better off to just get the cash the company pays for employee health insurance and keep most of it (maybe divert some on catastrophic insurance).

  • Maryland Hospital Bans Employees From Smoking Anywhere On Earth

    07/10/2014 4:56:51 AM PDT · 127 of 135
    nightlight7 to dmz
    We have plenty of freepers all in favor of employment at will (hire and fire whomsoever you choose for whatever reason), and then we have the freepers commenting on this thread.

    The two positions are not mutually exclusive.

    Namely, the issue is the fairness of the laws. If it is free for all, great, but then it should apply to all equally. There should be no favored groups which can't be discriminated against. The present scheme opens path to selective discrimination against anyone with politically incorrect views (position on guns, abortion, religion, party, etc), too.

    Smokers are merely a canary in a mine, but the progressive nazis will come eventually after you and your job, your apartments, your pubs, bars, restaurants, parks beaches and other favorite gathering places, too. Extending the common justification applied nowadays against smokers, the nazis will declare that children should be protected from even seeing people like you, too.

  • Maryland Hospital Bans Employees From Smoking Anywhere On Earth

    07/10/2014 4:39:22 AM PDT · 126 of 135
    nightlight7 to fwdude
    Private employers should be able to restrict whatever they want.

    Try that concept with skin color, ethnicity, religion,...

  • Justina Pelletier Declared Ward Of State (Special Petition)

    04/25/2014 4:19:04 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    nightlight7 to tflabo

    It may be that people are reluctant to sign the petition because of worry that the signers will get audited by IRS. It happened to Ron Paul 2008 campaign donors, so nothing would surprise me any more.

  • Hagel Mulls Banning Smoking in Military

    04/03/2014 7:59:03 AM PDT · 45 of 68
    nightlight7 to AnAmericanAbroad
    Who won WWII? That’s right - the smokers (with, I must add, the exception of Hideki Tojo, who was a smoker).

    Japs did last the longest, though. But with 3:1 odds, Tojo was outsmoked by the ally leaders.

  • Report: 57% of Cigarettes Sold in New York Are Smuggled

    03/22/2014 7:51:58 AM PDT · 52 of 58
    nightlight7 to Drango
    DUH. A federal tax is needed to stop interstate arbitrage.

    It's not so simple since states want to have their fingers into our wallets directly, not to beg for a trickle with strings attached from the feds. Of course, as the two fight over it, increasing fraction of smokers shifts to completely untaxed cigarettes and tobacco smuggled from abroad (e.g. China, Ukraine, Mexico) and from Indian reservations.

    Smokers will naturally choose to do the business with the least evil and the least greedy criminals, which means mafia and drug cartels rather than state and federal governments.

  • 20 employees of Freescale Semiconductor of Texas were aboard missing Malaysia Airlines plane

    03/09/2014 5:44:15 AM PDT · 63 of 120
    nightlight7 to Astute
    Freescale Semiconductor, says 12 Malaysian and 8 Chinese employees are "confirmed passengers."

    At the ANCS 2013 conference last October, 1 Malaysian and 2 Chinese researchers from Freescale had a presentation right before my slot. I wonder now whether it was any of those guys that was on the plane.

  • School Safety Expert Threatened for Questioning Sandy Hook

    02/16/2014 10:16:14 AM PST · 125 of 166
    nightlight7 to Uncle Chip
    So then both you and Wolfgang are claiming that there is a high probability that no children died at Sandy Hook Elementary.

    In the few days following the event, I noticed the intense spin about the gun used, which eventually morphed the alleged weapon into AR-15. Number of other anomalies were brought up since then (the W. Halbig didn't bring anything new, although attempts to intimidate him is a relevant potential fact on its own).

    I think what it all points to is that there was some incident and killings did happen there, but the gun-grabbers decided not to let the "crisis go to waste" and reshaped the story their way, possibly amplifying it into a much larger event, with more and younger victims than in the actual event.

  • For the First Time, Women Are More Educated Than Their Husbands

    02/13/2014 3:25:04 PM PST · 9 of 44
    nightlight7 to nickcarraway

    That explains what’s happening in the country.

  • Study: Third-Hand Smoke Exposure As Deadly As Smoking

    02/04/2014 8:43:21 AM PST · 37 of 58
    nightlight7 to rktman
    The test group mice was kept closely shaved to bare skin, while controls were not shaved or handled. The trauma and stress of shaving the mice (try shaving down to bare skin your cat) could explain the glucose and other physiological stress reactions, as well as the anxiety and hyperactivity in behavioral tests.

    In the wound healing aspect, the controls and test animals were gauged with a 7 mm wide biopsy punch, which is obviously quite a different wound on a closely shaved skin vs hair covered skin, plus the "researchers" (highly motivated to show harm of 3rd hand smoke) will know which is which and how hard they ought to gauge the mice to get the results "right".

    I would like to see what would happen if one were to keep shaving down to bare skin, from head to toes, these non-smoking "scientists" with a rusty razor blade, then compare them to a matching group of smokers, who were left alone, with the procedures repeated for few weeks. For better comparison to this "research", one would also have to have smokers shave and gauge with biopsy tools of their choice these "scientists" and then evaluate the results.

    The original "study" is here.

  • Judicial Watch Releases 11 Most Corrupt Politicians of 2013:Obama Makes List for 7th Straight Year

    01/04/2014 1:28:14 PM PST · 15 of 27
    nightlight7 to South40
    The short list doesn't even remotely do justice to all other corrupt politicians. It would have been more fair to all if they made a list of those who are not corrupt. That kind could be short (likely zero length), perfectly accurate and fair simultaneously.
  • 'Humans evolved after a female chimpanzee mated with a pig'

    12/02/2013 11:09:50 AM PST · 50 of 53
    nightlight7 to massmike

    Does anyone have a picture of his wife?

  • STOP THE MADNESS: Third person reports being anally violated by police

    11/11/2013 9:45:34 AM PST · 81 of 119
    nightlight7 to mandaladon

    Government’s “War on drugs” is its “war on people” and not just on people who use drugs.

  • Milestone study probes cancer origin

    08/18/2013 12:28:51 PM PDT · 14 of 18
    nightlight7 to sun7
    Did you just happen to stumble onto this thread?

    Medicinal topics are usually interesting. The thread was short enough that I spotted the post on smoking which seemingly was referring to my previous discussions here, and I couldn't resists.

  • Milestone study probes cancer origin

    08/17/2013 9:32:15 PM PDT · 10 of 18
    nightlight7 to wideminded
    There used to be a group of people on FR who liked to spread the idea that smoking is not really all that bad for you and the proclaimed dangers of smoking are just a bunch of propaganda.

    Thanks for your concern. I am doing just fine at 2-2.5 packs a day (non-filtered) for over 3 decades, despite having not visited docs since 1991 (or maybe because of that). These are some of my discussions on the subject on FR: thread1, thread2, thread3, thread4 (omitting few).

    There was also a more recent debate (with some of new research data I found since then), at the nootropic & life-extension forum here (the second half of the post has TOC for the discussion highlights). As always, there was no contest -- all the hard science (experiment, lab analysis) was on my side, while poor antismoking hysterics could only find soft/junk science (see items #8, #15, #16 in the above TOC for explanation of the difference).

    The more one learns what real science (in contrast to second hand and third hand retelling) actually discovered about this ancient medicinal plant, the better it looks. Any time some new biochemical lever of longevity is discovered (usually hailed as the latest 'fountain of youth' in the press), the literature search uncovers that the tobacco smoke, if it has any effect on it, it pushes the same lever in the right direction.

  • P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk

    08/15/2013 2:42:32 PM PDT · 30 of 32
    nightlight7 to the OlLine Rebel have a milkman?

    Yep, here in Lexington MA we get delivery from Crescent Ridge Dairy, the old style farm milk with real cream, in glass bottles. It's a bit more expensive but way more tasty than the supermarket milks. Kids love it and won't drink at friends' homes or at school the regular one any more. Makes also great yogurts, milk shakes and anything else using milk. During summer and early fall they also deliver fresh farm produce which we get as well, a crate each week.

    Before we signed up for the deliveries, I would wonder why do strawberries don't taste like they used to any more. It's the age, my wife would suggest, and I thought it was so. Then we first got the fresh farm strawberries, and there it was that same old strawberry taste I remembered from childhood. It's the supermarket stuff that degraded over years into a pretty looking but tasteless cardboard imitation, not my taste buds.

    We get 7 half gallon bottles each Wednesday. The dogs (now just one left) have learned the delivery schedule and hang around the door the whole morning to get the treat. One would think they are starving here seeing how the milkman's treat has become a major event for them.

  • P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk

    08/14/2013 9:19:38 PM PDT · 18 of 32
    nightlight7 to sheikdetailfeather

    Spunky, one of our two terriers, died last weekend after several days of diarrhea and vomiting. Vet couldn’t diagnose him. While we don’t buy any of the recalled brands (we feed them Royal Canine and meal scraps), the mailman, milkman and lawn care workers give them treats (they love to beg for food anyone who comes by). I wonder now whether it was any of the treats he got.

  • Smoking Smothers Your Genes

    12/24/2012 2:59:31 AM PST · 20 of 21
    nightlight7 to Just another Joe
    I'll give you one guess on that outcome.

    The results were so bad, they even removed the news stories which initially reported on it (such as the U.K. Telegraph story below).

    Passive smoking doesn't cause cancer - official
    By Victoria Macdonald, Health Correspondent (U.K. Telegraph)

    THE world's leading health organization has withheld from publication a study which shows that not only might there be no link between passive smoking and lung cancer but that it could even have a protective effect.

    The astounding results are set to throw wide open the debate on passive smoking health risks. The World Health Organisation, which commissioned the 12-centre, seven-country European study has failed to make the findings public, and has instead produced only a summary of the results in an internal report.

  • Smoking Smothers Your Genes

    12/23/2012 5:24:06 PM PST · 12 of 21
    nightlight7 to Just another Joe
    { --- From the article. None of the modified genes has a direct link to cancer, however, making it unclear whether these chemical alterations increase the risk of developing the disease.

    And yet the title of the article is, "Smoking Smothers Your Genes"

    What a load of cr@p. --- }

    Good catch (thanks, the paper is behind paywall and the quoted admission is not in the free abstract). They simply picked yet another statistical marker for smoking (epigenetic) and established a mere non-randomized association with 'smoking related' disease.

    By using epigenetic markers for smoking they wish to create an illusion that their result is from hard science (experiments, uncovering of biochemical mechanism), instead of being junk science, observation of a mere non-randomized statistical associations (which could imply mutually opposite conclusions).

  • Smoking Smothers Your Genes

    12/23/2012 5:06:36 PM PST · 11 of 21
    nightlight7 to neverdem; tallyhoe; Just another Joe; RegulatorCountry
    This is another statistical study on non-randomized sample of self-selected smokers/non-smokers, analogous to "discovering" that lung cancer is statistically associated with yellowing of the fingernails (or with any other proxy/marker for smoking). In this study, instead of yellowing of the fingernails, they use epigenetic markers for smoking (such as hypomethylation of 'aryl hydrocarbon receptor repressor'/AHRR gene; their 'mouse model' merely verifies smoking <-> AHRR hypo-methylation association).

    This type of statistical associations on 'non-randomized samples' are equally indicative of causal role of a substance X (tobacco smoke) in disease D (lung cancer), as it is for protective/therapeutic role of X for D or D's precursors/causes. For example, people taking high blood pressure meds are statistically more likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes than those not taking these medications. This association doesn't mean that these meds cause heart attacks and strokes. In fact they protect against underlying causes of these very same events with which they associate (that's what gives rise to this association).

    Since tobacco smoke happens to have potent anti-inflammatory effects and it also upregulates key detox and antioxidant enzymes (nearly doubling glutathione, catalase and SOD), one would expect it to be statistically associated with variety of toxic, including carcinogenic, exposures since it provides relief against the effects of such exposures (e.g. doubling the detox rate and reducing inflammatory reactions).

    While there were no genuine randomized smoking experiments on humans, there were thousands such experiments on animals but you will never hear about these findings since they all went the "wrong way" -- smoking animals get fewer cancers and live ~20% longer than non-smoking animals, while staying thinner (by 15%) and sharper into the old age.

    You can find references and discussions of the above facts in the longevity/nootropics forum (longecity) in a thread "Smoking is good for you" (I post as 'nightlight'). The TOC of the thread topics is in another post on that site.

  • Woman Dies After Receiving Smoker's Lungs in Transplant

    12/19/2012 12:32:21 PM PST · 34 of 38
    nightlight7 to chessplayer
    Interestingly, upon evaluation of lung viability for transplant, the smoker's lungs end up selected as viable more than twice as often as lungs of a non-smoker. For example, in UK (wich has ~20% of smokers):

    Chris Watson, vice president of the British Transplantation Society, told CNN that 49 percent of last year's lung donors in the UK were smokers.

  • Korean Hit: Gangnam Style Is Most Watched YouTube Video of All Time

    11/25/2012 12:48:49 PM PST · 32 of 41
    nightlight7 to Azeem
    Lopan Style (Big Trouble in Little China) beats the original by a Texas mile...

    This isthe best version I have seen (~75 million views so far).

  • Romney's Mona Lisa Smile

    11/03/2012 10:25:26 AM PDT · 4 of 20
    nightlight7 to A'elian' nation

    That explains what Biden was trying to pull in his debate. Except that he came through as a clown.

  • Benghazi: The CIA “Annex” and the Main Compound

    11/01/2012 6:33:06 AM PDT · 46 of 64
    nightlight7 to MestaMachine
    How would they have known the drones weren’t armed?

    They didn't need to know that. If they were waiting for the big prize, I don't think they would have bothered firing SA missiles at the drone of any kind. RPGs and machine guns would have sufficed against drones if they were fired at.

  • Benghazi: The CIA “Annex” and the Main Compound

    11/01/2012 6:20:05 AM PDT · 42 of 64
    nightlight7 to MestaMachine
    Except for the fact that there were not one, but TWO unarmed drones in the area and neither one was shot at. So the idea that they were afraid of putting an ARMED drone in the air is ludicrous.

    If they were laying in wait for AC130 or helicopters they wouldn't have squandered the prize shot on the two unarmed drones. Getting in an armed drone from Italy might have taken couple hours while not adding enough sustained firepower to turn the tables in the battle. F18s could have arrived in under an hour, but due to unknown SA missile risks they would have had hard time providing close ground support from high up and in an urban environment where they wish to avoid large civilian casualties.

    I am not saying that nothing could have or should have been done. But any quick, decisive action would have required entirely different kind of generals and leaders than the risk averse types in the situation room that day. You have seen how long it took them to make up their minds to hit Osama, many months after they knew where he was.

  • Benghazi: The CIA “Annex” and the Main Compound

    11/01/2012 12:49:57 AM PDT · 19 of 64
    nightlight7 to Katechon
    From Panetta's explanation it seems that he and the generals weren't sure what antiaircraft weapons the attacking terrorists had. There was lots of advanced weaponery supplied to the anti-Gaddafi forces by the US and others during the uprising and it is conceivable that the attackers may have set up a trap against the routine response scenarios (e.g. as Aidid's forces had done in Mogadishu).

    Hence, Panetta and the generals (or Obama) may have decided to take the safest course, callous and cowardly as it is. The most likely unfolding, if the Obama team gets pushed to the wall on this matter before Tuesday,is that Panetta will take the fall.

  • Video: Romney aide cordially invites media to kiss his ass

    07/31/2012 3:19:31 PM PDT · 26 of 57
    nightlight7 to heylady
    Pocałunek dupa.

    Damn. I almost punctured the monitor trying to wipe off that speck of dirt on letter 'l'.

  • Colorado shooter: a high achiever's abrupt descent

    07/26/2012 6:00:58 AM PDT · 18 of 106
    nightlight7 to knarf
    He comes from a pretty interesting gene pool

    Those were not his biological parents. He was adopted.

  • Judge Seals 'Batman' Shooting Case

    07/23/2012 11:30:27 AM PDT · 162 of 188
    nightlight7 to jimjohn
    While most references seem to go to this article, some independent reports exist, too.
  • Theater with 12 skeletons in Lil Wayne Video

    07/22/2012 5:37:10 PM PDT · 12 of 18
    nightlight7 to PLMerite
    Taken together with several other details in the video (bat flying through trough the window shortly before and "go down" shortly before the theater scene, caged woman in bat-like costume, "shooting" with water gun at naked white manquens with red X's... etc), I would classify it as an example of synchronicty. There are also some political associations (retro suburbs, elephant).
  • Theater with 12 skeletons in Lil Wayne Video

    07/22/2012 5:26:12 PM PDT · 8 of 18
    nightlight7 to EEGator
    Here is that quote:

    Another neighbour, Rachel Reed, said she met Holmes in a local bar when she put rap music by Lil Wayne on the jukebox. He came over and 'made some racially charged comments about rap,' she said. 'He seemed like he was a normal dude. He was a little buzzed.'

  • Theater with 12 skeletons in Lil Wayne Video

    07/22/2012 4:50:50 PM PDT · 1 of 18
    If you don't care about this kind of "poetry" and "music" you can skip to 3:42 point.

  • Judge Seals 'Batman' Shooting Case

    07/22/2012 4:17:20 PM PDT · 1 of 188
  • Shooter Took Prescription Drug Before Attack

    07/21/2012 5:14:40 PM PDT · 4 of 55
    nightlight7 to Mom MD
    I have never used Vicodin, but that particular aspect of the story was discussed here.
  • Shooter Took Prescription Drug Before Attack

    07/21/2012 5:05:44 PM PDT · 1 of 55
  • Is this the cutest dog in the world? Boo the Pomeranian has millions of fans and his own book

    09/27/2011 8:29:57 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    nightlight7 to SeekAndFind
    This is my sister's Pomeranian called Pearl:

  • Particles recorded moving faster than light: CERN

    09/22/2011 2:03:05 PM PDT · 93 of 135
    nightlight7 to John W
    That's a dubious claim, coming from a single group.

    Every now and then someone claims they're getting photons to break the speed of light in tunneling experiments. Upon closer analysis, sometimes taking years to come through, it always turns out that the "speed" they were measuring was the same kind as you get when you scan a flashlight or a laser beam on some far away wall (e.g. see this paper).

    While the light spot does move faster than light on the wall, there is no signal or energy being tansmitted between the successive positions of the light spot. In other words, all that is happening is that the times of light spot shining at some places A and B are remotely synchronized to be close to each other. E.g. if a beam is turned so quickly that the light spot hits A and B almost simultaneously, then the "speed" of light spot "moving" between A and B would be close to infinite. I would put my bet on the hypethesis that these guys have observed this kind of light-spot effect in disguise.