• Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Anybody different from “me”, isn’t it?

    But I’m going with ageism because that has been around for thousands of years and was written about in classical times. Meaning it will probably take at least another couple of thousand to eliminate.

    Of course each generation creates a new bunch of protagonists, so it’s probably going to be the forever…[Read more]

    • This seems plausible. The war over raising children is endless, and LOTS of people think children are property, even if they don’t all phrase it that way.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Ha! You could have some fun with that for sure!
    I guess lithium aluminium hydride is also a great antioxidant, but I don’t want to go anywhere near it without PPE.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    I don’t know about megadoses of vitamin C causing cancer though. That’s a new one on me. It’s certainly not mentioned in the MSDS sheets.

    Fun fact about vitamin C: it can often reduce your cholesterol measurements!

    However, as this is due to a negative interference with the test itself, this is not recommended. (A bit like Hitchhiker’s Guide…[Read more]

    • Fun fact: TBHQ (tert-butylhydroquinone) is also an antioxidant. Unsurprisingly, because it’s not ‘natural’, alties aren’t so excited about it. Quite the opposite, really.

      • Ha! You could have some fun with that for sure!
        I guess lithium aluminium hydride is also a great antioxidant, but I don’t want to go anywhere near it without PPE.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    I read kagehi’s spiel about antioxidants above (great job there) and here’s my 2c worth in support.

    In the early 70’s I read Linus Pauling’s book about vitamin C and decided to give it a try. I went and bought a kilo of ascorbic acid and took 5 grams a day for 200 days.

    Like many people, in the winter season I usually get 1 or 2 respiratory…[Read more]

    • I don’t know about megadoses of vitamin C causing cancer though. That’s a new one on me. It’s certainly not mentioned in the MSDS sheets.

      Fun fact about vitamin C: it can often reduce your cholesterol measurements!

      However, as this is due to a negative interference with the test itself, this is not recommended. (A bit like Hitchhiker’s Guide…[Read more]

      • Fun fact: TBHQ (tert-butylhydroquinone) is also an antioxidant. Unsurprisingly, because it’s not ‘natural’, alties aren’t so excited about it. Quite the opposite, really.

        • Ha! You could have some fun with that for sure!
          I guess lithium aluminium hydride is also a great antioxidant, but I don’t want to go anywhere near it without PPE.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Rebecca, thanks for giving this story wider circulation as it seems to have gone off the front page here.

    I was interested to learn that osteopathy is dignified in the US by inclusion in the medical profession, whilst everywhere else it is relegated to the alternative margins.

    It is not surprising that antivax and anti fluoridation get…[Read more]

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Come and see the violence inherent in the system!
    (Oh, wait…)

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    You are right, as this Sydney morning herald article says (and another from the Guardian…[Read more]

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    I took it to be a typo in the original article, otherwise it would be an even more unusual story. Typos are quite common in these quick online pieces.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    “one” = I. Ambiguous!

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Re: American antivax campaigner cancels tour –

    I am a parent and can totally understand the anger at an antivax campaigner – if for the sake of argument one had lost a child to an outbreak of a vaccine – preventable disease (caused by falling vaccination rates). I would be furious.

    But death threats are never acceptable and I too hate it…[Read more]

    • “one” = I. Ambiguous!

    • But if you read closely the police believe there is evidence that the threats are coming from Austrailian anti-vaccination activists. I agree that threats are unacceptable but in this case it looks like it could be “friendly fire” so to speak despite the anti-vaxxers speculation.

    • I took it to be a typo in the original article, otherwise it would be an even more unusual story. Typos are quite common in these quick online pieces.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    I was being flippant because we were talking in the context of the West. Are Indian farmers embracing GMO’s with enthusiasm then?

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Maybe GMO’s will start to take off when they are made to benefit the consumer more. Like if there was a GM potato that when boiled tasted like it had been roasted in goosefat yet had a real low glycemic index and was high in vitamins and minerals. I’d like to see that!

    • Or maybe a rice that produces vitamin A so as to prevent blindness…

      Oh wait, that already exists but it only benefits people in those nasty third-world countries. Never mind.

      • I was being flippant because we were talking in the context of the West. Are Indian farmers embracing GMO’s with enthusiasm then?

      • Oh, I know. I was adding to your flippancy.

        As for how successful golden rice is, I’d say it looks mixed. There are still the real concerns of how Monsanto and the like operate (although they are allowing royalty free use to any farmer making less then $10,000) and the possible effects on biodiversity, but with well-meaning but misguided…[Read more]

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    It might make more sense if they were labelled individually; like E numbers, you could have G numbers.

    Each with its own set of (marginal) pros and cons – like the potatoes you mentioned.

    But it makes no sense at all to lump them all together.

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    Jon, what has the link you posted got to do with Dieudonne? Was that a separate point or am I missing something again? (like how to get e acute out of this keyboard in the dark…)

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    I spent a good deal more than 30 minutes to follow up this one and it’s still a work in progress.

    The issue is quite complex as you can see for instance by wading through the 500 or so comments in this article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-13/wilson-calls-for-discrimination-law-changes/6013946

    Some argue that cartoons by their very…[Read more]

  • Jack99 posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    “Reject the capitalist imperative”
    Yes indeed, music to my ears.

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

    What is the airspeed velocity of a European identitarian?

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

    Hey, Jon, did you miss this bit in the linked article:
    “Their Kickstarter campaign has already exceeded its $50,000 goal — the most successful vegan Kickstarter campaign in history”

    That seems like a lot of interest to me. Still, time will tell. Maybe they will come up with something new and delicious so good luck to them, I reckon!

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

    As you say, Glorious!

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

    Thanks for that answer!
    My glib response to your final question might be something like “corporate overhead”!

    What about interpretation? I guess somebody has to put the results on a database and compare to a host of past offenders/new suspects?

    • Interpretation should be quite easy. You put in the sizes of your microsatellite amplicons and look at all the close matches that pop out. SNPs are even easier since they are positive or negative. It is like finding a homologous sequence in the GenBank database.

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