• John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    I got all on the literacy question except 6. My answer was different than the one from #1 and (IMO) my answer was better than his. My answer is that race lines, as we draw them, do not reflect our actual ancestry that we can now prove with molecular analysis.

    Specific example: people from the Middle East are often classified in the same group…[Read more]

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Ugh, evaluations… No matter how bad the comments we men get, the women can always top us for bad comments…

    Probably not exact quotes, but all pretty close:
    “Her sandals are ugly.” “What a babe.” “She’s fat.” “I hate girls with short hair.” “I would like some of that!” Advice on how to do makeup suggests it is not just the male students…[Read more]

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

    The study is as unsurprising as a study saying the clergy have different attitudes than Roman Catholics as a whole or that Pat Robertson’s attitudes are more extreme than a typical self-described evangelical. This does not surprise me nor should it surprise anyone.

    But, hey, if a prominent, bigoted Christian and a prominent, bigoted atheist…[Read more]

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

    Don’t let the criminalizing court clerks bill distract you from the real threat. There is another bill that has a better chance of passing in Texas that would forbid any non-discrimination ordinance that does not protect a class already protected under Texas and/or Federal law.

    Unlike most states, Texas government is mostly run by commissions…[Read more]

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

    I feel anyone whose career is heavily dependent on their public image should be given a pass for dodging questions about their politics or ideology, feigning ignorance of an issue or giving a non-apology that resolves nothing. Unless they are in a particular niche market (e.g., Hip-Hop singers, ideological comedy, etc.), such a declaration is…[Read more]

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

    “even in Texas the anti-sodomy laws that Lawrence v Texas struck down is still there”

    You don’t believe that stopped Texas from passing laws designed specifically to hurt homosexuals, do you?

    While I agree with the “this is not important” sentiment, the idea that Texas is merely ignoring unconstitutional laws that are leftovers from a meaner…[Read more]

    • I agree completely, in fact anti-gay legislation is an example of the bigger fish I was talking about. I used Lawrence v Texas as an example from Texas as the actual unconstitutional law remains in place but unenforced, I wasn’t suggesting that it’s proponents weren’t looking for a way to replace it.

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

    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.

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

    Wow, the post really edited my last paragraph badly. Delete that last sentence. It should read:

    A commercial gel to separate 2 samples with all controls for each sample (which is redundant for, say, your no DNA control) would run you about $11. If a technician is only doing 1 sample at a time, he should be able to handle 4/day. Labor costs…[Read more]

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

    The kits PCR amplify the same microsatellite markers used in the old restriction fragment length polymorphism Southern blots. I think they also added some single nucleotide polymorphisms since then (the paternity tests are all based on SNPs). However, they wanted the old microsatellites to compare to the old Southern blot data. Current kits do…[Read more]

    • Wow, the post really edited my last paragraph badly. Delete that last sentence. It should read:

      A commercial gel to separate 2 samples with all controls for each sample (which is redundant for, say, your no DNA control) would run you about $11. If a technician is only doing 1 sample at a time, he should be able to handle 4/day. Labor costs…[Read more]

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

    I worked at a company that developed reagents to analyze the backlog of incorrectly stored, incorrectly collected and old rape kits. We were told that if such products were available, states and the Feds would buy thousands of units. Turns out it was more like a few hundred.

    Based on what I know about the reagent cost and process, the most…[Read more]

    • Ah, USA, where they charge you $50 for a urine dipstick test!
      I bet most of that $1000 is for buggerising around and paperwork.

      What do they measure in these kits anyway? (It’s kind of related to what I do but I know nothing about forensic stuff.)

      • The kits PCR amplify the same microsatellite markers used in the old restriction fragment length polymorphism Southern blots. I think they also added some single nucleotide polymorphisms since then (the paternity tests are all based on SNPs). However, they wanted the old microsatellites to compare to the old Southern blot data. Current kits do…[Read more]

        • Wow, the post really edited my last paragraph badly. Delete that last sentence. It should read:

          A commercial gel to separate 2 samples with all controls for each sample (which is redundant for, say, your no DNA control) would run you about $11. If a technician is only doing 1 sample at a time, he should be able to handle 4/day. Labor costs…[Read more]

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    Re: RFRA – Nobody is ever anti-freedom. They are always standing up for someone’s rights. It may be the rights of states, religious freedom, the rights of the unborn or the authority of parents to raise their children as they see fit. You would never know from their rhetoric that they were taking anyone’s freedom away.

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    “The legal prohibition on suicide is fundamentally religious, isn’t it?”

    I do not know what you mean by “fundamentally,” but it is not entirely religious. Disability groups have shown that in Oregon often expensive treatments for the disabled and very elderly are not covered, but assisted suicide is. Some disabled and many elderly already h…[Read more]

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    In Italy, the new rule should be: never try to educate the public. Always promote the worst case scenario because you will never be sued or prosecuted for things being worse than you estimated.

    They warned the mayor about the danger. The mayor and the public scoffed at it because they were used to little tremors. The prosecutors now want to go…[Read more]

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    Or they had a problem with crazy parents trying to get at their kids’ friends they don’t like. I knew someone who was raised in a “parent by cop” household. One date had the cops called on him for kidnapping when they were less than an hour late getting home (back before cell phones were common). The last thing she told me when she was almost 21…[Read more]

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    Police love phone calls. Everything you say in a phone call is another statement that may be useful to them in court. Every phone call is another lead. Every conversation is another person they can potentially extort, um, call as a witness in exchange for not charging them with accessory, interfering with an investigation, etc.

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    It is situation-specific from everything I have read. Different police departments may have different policies.

    • This sounds about right. Of course my local police department would have an awful policy.

      • Yeah, it probably should have read “Police don’t always demand 24-hours”. They also don’t usually limit you to one phone call if you need more.

        • Police love phone calls. Everything you say in a phone call is another statement that may be useful to them in court. Every phone call is another lead. Every conversation is another person they can potentially extort, um, call as a witness in exchange for not charging them with accessory, interfering with an investigation, etc.

        • Plus, if I were running a rational police department, I would accept any report at any time, even if there was a policy they we didn’t act on missing persons reports until 24 hours had elapsed.

          That way all essential contact information, descriptions, etc. would be on file in case it was needed and the reporting person’s memory of events would…[Read more]

        • This is the oldest SLAC web page. Both links actually work, but not the phone number lookup on the first link, nor the document index on the second link. You can get help on the second link’s page, though! I was interested to see how they handled data entry on the phone number lookup page.

          The pages load very very quickly: no graphics, no…[Read more]

        • The previous was meant as a stand-alone comment, not a reply to mrmisconception. Oops!

        • I suppose it makes sense in TV/films that they limit you to one phonecall, because there’s more tension.

          If no-one answered, and they just said “OK, can I have another phonecall?” “Sure,” it would ruin the drama a bit.

      • Or they had a problem with crazy parents trying to get at their kids’ friends they don’t like. I knew someone who was raised in a “parent by cop” household. One date had the cops called on him for kidnapping when they were less than an hour late getting home (back before cell phones were common). The last thing she told me when she was almost 21…[Read more]

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    In 2000, I called in to an economist on Wisconsin Public Radio who was saying higher unemployment was not necessarily a bad thing because low unemployment causes inflation. I pointed out inflation was not high in the late 1990’s despite being a record long period of record low unemployment. He said there were other factors and it was too complex…[Read more]

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    Utah state law forbids blanket restrictions on guns. If someone were known to be violent, they can prevent that specific person from possessing a gun on campus by court order (like revoking any other privilege or right by court order), but they cannot forbid people from bringing guns to a campus event.

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    I agree that it is terrorism. However, I am puzzled by the apparent determination to get acknowledgment that it is terrorism. What good would it do if law enforcement and news outlets all called it terrorism rather than a threat to murder a bunch of people?

  • John Shannonhouse posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    I do not feel an apology is necessary because you are correct. Disallowing guns would not prevent it. If they find him, I am curious if he will be a student with guns on campus under their concealed carry policy.

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