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  • Modern Times: The Way of All Flesh (1997) Full documentary by Adam Curtis Mostly about the disaster caused when the HeLa cell line contaminated just about every other line of human cell cultures.
    in Documentaries Comment by Bill January 16
  • @Clme said: Is art political if the message the viewer takes from the art is political, or is it only political if the artist intended it to be? I think it's political or politically adjacent no matter what you do. Humans are social anima…
  • @Rufus said: Any art that expresses or depicts an opinion (on anything) is inherently political, even if it is not (on the surface) a political opinion. Anything that adds to, alters, influences or defines the vernacular has a political affect...…
  • @fenomas said: https://medium.com/incerto/iq-is-largely-a-pseudoscientific-swindle-f131c101ba39 False. Negotiating the Curve Sailer vs. Taleb on Bell Curves, Race, and IQ Taleb on Fat Tony vs. Dr. John Taleb: "IQ Is Largely a Pseudosc…
  • He Played Handball For Australia's Men's Team. Now Transgender, He's Dominating Women's Handball. Judging from the picture, what they mean by handball and what Americans mean by handball are two different things.
    in 8=======D Comment by Bill December 2018
  • It's a way for people who like to believe they are being discriminated against to keep score.
    in 8=======D Comment by Bill December 2018
  • The Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch The Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka The Laundry Files by Charles Stross The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray
    in Anglophile Comment by Bill December 2018
  • It has influence at universities.
    in 8=======D Comment by Bill December 2018
  • It's a joke making fun of modern discrimination theory, which is insane.
    in 8=======D Comment by Bill December 2018
  • Year-old article: Eugenics 2.0: We’re at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Health, Height, and More What the article doesn't mention is that selecting embryos with the smallest number of rare mutations is equivalent to selecting the embryos that wi…
  • Despite CRISPR baby controversy, Harvard University will begin gene-editing sperm
  • Intersectionality Score Calculator
    in 8=======D Comment by Bill December 2018
  • George H.W. Bush, RIP Whatever his failings, the man had personal courage.
  • Franzi Skamet (nsfw)
  • @fenomas said: I'm not sure I follow the hype. It sounds like we're essentially talking about machine learning, applied to medicine - which is huge and exciting, certainly. But is genome data a particularly useful signal? I mean, if you want an A…
  • Bill has always been on the road to eugenics. Eugenics is a marvelous idea. Just because a bunch of madmen implemented it incorrectly doesn't mean it isn't essential to the future of the species. You cannot repeal natural selection. We have the c…
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  • In my estimation, this is a big deal. If the human race can round up enough volunteers to both get their genomes sequenced and allow researchers to study those sequences, they can start to do large (million genome plus) genome-wide association studi…
  • The company above has now launched. Also, for two days and the first one thousand orders, Veritas -- a separate company from the above -- is offering a 30X full genome sequencing for $199. Even with the costs of biotech plummeting, that is a grea…
  • The age fifty thing is just a consequence of me making up a rule and seeing where it went. I thought it might be interesting to explore the idea of magic being easy to get. You aren't a born wizard like Harry Potter. You aren't an angel (more or les…
  • I don't think we're disagreeing, really. There are things that I need know, which I might never even mention in the story, so that I can keep things consistent. For example, I'm putting together character sheets for the most important characters.…
  • About the age of attempting wizardry, I figure there will be lore that gets out about the optimal way to do things, in story. Out story, you can be sure that some SOB will spot it if the story becomes popular. "But why wouldn't they wait to age 50 t…
  • I've been thinking about the problem and staring at relevant numbers (example) on and off all day. My current guess is that in First World countries, once the initial shock of magic working wears off, the steady state will be that roughly five perce…
  • @Rufus said: Assuming a society not dissimilar to ours, I would guess the percentage to be very low (people in their 50s are much less often risk takers, as compared to their younger selves). Those that do are either idiots or desperate. I…
  • Looking back at what I've written, I see that I need to address something else. The way gaining magic works, fiftyish is your last chance of gaining magic with a survival rate of 50%. At age 85 the survival rate drops to zero. But what happens to th…
  • Since I'm writing fantasy fiction, I suppose what I'm going for is plausibility rather than truth. I need to come up with a guess that's plausible enough not to break the reader's trance. As an aging, single man who would love to be a wizard, I'm su…
  • Last month I had an incident where I felt very, very good -- better than I had in decades -- for no reason at all, along with no desire to sleep for about 24 hours. There was no way it could have been natural, so I decided to wean myself off the ant…
  • @Clme said: There were zero immigration restrictions when the 14th amendment was originally written. It could not have had 'illegal immigrants' in mind, because our country did not start seriously limiting any immigration until over ten years af…
  • @fenomas said: Also unlawful presence in the US is not in and of itself a crime; Sure it is. "criminal immigrants" is meaningless faction-speak. Sure it is not. They are immigrants. They are here in violation of our laws. Th…
  • Ruling on whether the 14th Amendment should apply to the children of people here illegally isn't legislating from the bench. It originally was one of the post Civil War amendments and was aimed at ex-slaves. The authors never even considered it in t…