• Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 days, 9 hours ago

    Do you think we could convince him that the cubic kilometers of ice falling off Antarctica and Greenland are functionally equivalent to bloody big rocks?

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 days, 9 hours ago

    Just to expand on that a bit – the most significant temperature increases occur at the poles and measurement requires remote sensors and satellite data, for which mass production of cheap very large scale integrated circuits was a decade or so away.

    Ah, the good old days, when software was punch cards and paper tape and digital circuits were…[Read more]

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 5 days, 7 hours ago

    “Scientists in the 1970s believed that humans were causing the earth to cool”.

    Let’s see – as an undergraduate in the 70s I recall that there were indeed cooling effects and heating effects but that at that point there was insufficient data to determine which tendency dominated.

    I think that is a fair statement of the facts although I would…[Read more]

    • Just to expand on that a bit – the most significant temperature increases occur at the poles and measurement requires remote sensors and satellite data, for which mass production of cheap very large scale integrated circuits was a decade or so away.

      Ah, the good old days, when software was punch cards and paper tape and digital circuits were…[Read more]

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 6 days, 11 hours ago

    I’m not trying to wind you up, Jon, I really like you but I’m just uncertain where you’re coming from on this one.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 weeks ago

    Pundit class? That’s a pretty broad category – including our dear Rebecca for instance. So some subset (filthy hippies? Clinton supporters?) are being Luddites in your view?

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    No argument so far but who is “they” and how does that relate to Rebecca’s post?

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Sorry mate, I’m not quite with you – who is “they”, what did “they” say about automation/economics/globalisation/AI and where do you stand on those questions?

    • Well, it’s complicated. I’ll limit it, however, to the ad hoc hypothesis used to explain away unemployment (which is really due to a combination of extremely cheap labor and Chinese mercantilism) since the crash: AI. The simple reality is, AI is not equal to human intelligence. That’s not because humans are special, mind; it’s because we have, for…[Read more]

      • No argument so far but who is “they” and how does that relate to Rebecca’s post?

      • “They” would be the pundit class. And it relates to Rebecca’s post by “stupid rich people”.

      • Pundit class? That’s a pretty broad category – including our dear Rebecca for instance. So some subset (filthy hippies? Clinton supporters?) are being Luddites in your view?

      • I’m not trying to wind you up, Jon, I really like you but I’m just uncertain where you’re coming from on this one.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    That “chemicals” question says more about the appalling lack of education in those designing surveys… also “amen” to the two responses above.

    Being poor means the struggle for survival eliminates all but the most pressing and immediate higher level considerations, while being rich is often a matter of pure dumb luck rather than any inherent…[Read more]

    • While speaking about economics, I really want an article about AI’s weaknesses now. Turns out there’s no real correlation between job loss and automation.

      (This actually makes sense. If you talk about globalization and unemployment, their other tactic is to shift the debate to “coal’s not coming back!!!1”, as if coal was germane to the discussion.)

      • Sorry mate, I’m not quite with you – who is “they”, what did “they” say about automation/economics/globalisation/AI and where do you stand on those questions?

        • Well, it’s complicated. I’ll limit it, however, to the ad hoc hypothesis used to explain away unemployment (which is really due to a combination of extremely cheap labor and Chinese mercantilism) since the crash: AI. The simple reality is, AI is not equal to human intelligence. That’s not because humans are special, mind; it’s because we have, for…[Read more]

          • No argument so far but who is “they” and how does that relate to Rebecca’s post?

          • “They” would be the pundit class. And it relates to Rebecca’s post by “stupid rich people”.

          • Pundit class? That’s a pretty broad category – including our dear Rebecca for instance. So some subset (filthy hippies? Clinton supporters?) are being Luddites in your view?

          • I’m not trying to wind you up, Jon, I really like you but I’m just uncertain where you’re coming from on this one.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    I know many folks will read my little tale of woe and say
    in a Yorkshire accent “LOOXURY! Ah’d give eye teeth for such!” – and they would be right.

    The point is tho, I think psychological factors are much more important than particular foods when it comes to overweight.

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  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    Well, when your Mum dies and your dog dies and next week your other dog dies and your Dad is diagnosed with lung cancer, little microissues like weight gain become a tad less important.

    There is only so much in the way of mental and emotional resources that one can bring to the table at one time. As you well know, Rebecca though your exact…[Read more]

    • I know many folks will read my little tale of woe and say
      in a Yorkshire accent “LOOXURY! Ah’d give eye teeth for such!” – and they would be right.

      The point is tho, I think psychological factors are much more important than particular foods when it comes to overweight.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I’m actually OK with death as being essential for renewal, regeneration and evolution.

    I mean things are bad enough today with the whole place being dominated by people whose formative years were half a century ago.

    How bad would it be (think patriarchy) if we were run by people from Victorian times, or medieval times, or 10,000 years…[Read more]

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    That cutoff time depends on the disease. I would argue that medical science remains in an extremely primitive state in some areas even today

    . Look at treatment of back pain, or any chronic pain for that matter – overuse of opioids is a big problem and we need to fast track development of the many promising alternatives on the horizon.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Europeans used to use tansy as the traditional cure for intestinal worms.

    6 Benefits of Tansy and the Dangers

    It was used during Lent to knock off parasites from all the fish they ate in that season.

    Again, same problem, the active principle thujone is toxic to liver and brain, but they usually got away with it because levels were…[Read more]

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I meant to add, the best quote I have ever heard on this subject:-

    “Eat food. Not too much, mostly vegetables”.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Your point is good, that it’s a lot EASIER to restrict calorie intake with a high fibre diet. Calorie restriction is still necessary though.

    In actual fact I have done something similar to Rebecca’s Twinkie diet, though not for weight loss but to try and heal after a botched surgical procedure.

    The diet was 100% carbohydrate, 2 liters of…[Read more]

    • I meant to add, the best quote I have ever heard on this subject:-

      “Eat food. Not too much, mostly vegetables”.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    … Herewith a better link with info about her book and a play based upon ti:
    https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/magazine/posts/2017/september/qa-catherine-mcgregor

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Here is a link to the programme, tho it may not work in the US:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-27/qanda-mccormack-gay-comments/9487756

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I applaud particularly your penultimate paragraph regarding “inclusion of those usually left out” because I was thinking exactly the same the other night while watching Q&A on the ABC where Catherine McGregor was on the panel.

    I thought it was really tragic that after all the angst she undoubtedly went through to get to where she is now, a…[Read more]

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    That being said, New York Times shits me to tears sometimes.

    A couple of weeks ago they had an article up with the title
    “Wall Street Falls…” with quite a dismal, negative and almost hysterical story.

    There was even a live chart attached – showing not a decrease but a 0.4% increase!

    Turns out there was a fall of just 0.3% 15 minutes…[Read more]

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