|2012/12/17-2013/1/24 [Health, Health/Disease/General] UID:54558 Activity:nil|
12/17 "Whoa: Physicists testing to see if universe is a computer simulation" http://www.csua.org/u/yp3 Will you take the red pill or the blue pill? \_ which pill ends up with me in a universe where physicists and/or people writing about them aren't deluded about the abilities of physicists? -phuqm
|2012/3/8-26 [Health] UID:54335 Activity:nil|
3/8 Can any shrink (PhD) prescribe medication? Or do they have to have MD to do that? \_ In general, a psychiatrist can prescribe medication, but a psycologist cannot, because a psychiatrist's training includes an MD, while a psycologist's does not. Some states have started to allow psycologists to prescribe medication, which blurs the distinction. \_ The most annoying thing for me is that 19/20 doctors on the web site (by logging into my insurance) are MFT (marriage and family therapists). I don't want a f*** talker I just want my f******* medicine. M****** F************* \_ Most psychological issues can be solved more cheaply and effectively by counseling. What is your problem, if you don't mind sharing. \_ Tourettes \_ Some can, provided they are also physician's assistants or nurse practiioners, who are allowed to prescribe medications under state law.
|2011/11/10-30 [Health] UID:54220 Activity:nil|
11/10 What's the best way to get medical leave (how do I find a doctor who is willing to help you in any way)? \_ Do you have a good relationship with your personal physician? If not, do you know any physicians as friends or family friends? That would be a good place to start. \_ Crap, no I don't. Ok, is there another way? \_ Do you have health insurance at all? I would start by going to my primary physician and asking.
|2011/4/27-7/13 [Health] UID:54097 Activity:nil|
4/27 "Prince William involved in U.S. Coast Guard drug bust" http://www.csua.org/u/t77 (royalwedding.yahoo.com)
|2010/7/4-20 [Health] UID:53874 Activity:nil|
7/4 Ecuadorians and DEA seized submarine specifically built for transoceanic drug trafficking: http://www.csua.org/u/r2a (news.yahoo.com) These drug lords are doing better than some navies in the world.
|2010/2/1-18 [Health, Health/Disease/General] UID:53683 Activity:nil|
2/1 "Doc Who Tied Vaccine to Autism Ruled Unethical" http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/08599195765600 \_ Well of course it's unethical, it's not a treatment, no income stream.
|2009/12/16-2010/1/19 [Health] UID:53595 Activity:nil|
12/16 Why Did the drug importation amndmnt require a super-majority to pass? \_ The GOP was fillibustering everything at the end there, trying to stop the health care bill from passing. They even filibustered the defense appropriations bill, the traitors.
|2009/11/4-19 [Health, Health/Women] UID:53502 Activity:nil|
10/4 Air in San Fran-San Jose is pretty good! Los Angeles is surprisingly good as well. Big surprise: Seattle is a little bit worse than San Fran-San Jose! http://www.copd-international.com/library/asthma-hot-spots_2004.htm \_ The parts of California and Florida that rated highly don't have a lot of pesky pollen-producing trees. \_ San Francisco has much better air than San Jose. It is not primarily due to the excessive virtue of the citizenry, it is mostly due to prevailing wind conditions. \_ thanks to the wind, we don't have to smell stinky bike riding liberals who don't take shower, and the smell of second hand weed. \_ Yeah it all blows into the Central Valley where they have to put up with the scent of patchouli, weed and unwashed armpits. \_ Hawaii must be super clean then
|2009/10/2-21 [Health, Finance] UID:53425 Activity:nil|
10/1 http://www.boingboing.net/2009/10/02/man-with-transplante.html Man with transplanted hands. It says nerve cells grow about an inch a month so he'll have sensation in his fingers soon. I thought nerve cells, after broken, cannot be re-connected. Is this something new? \_ You thought wrong. If that was true then every woman who has her nipples moved during breast implants or lifts would lose all sensation in her nipples. Nerves grow back, but slowly. \_ so the paralegics that broke their necks have no hope, ever? \_ Peripheral nerves grow back at that rate. Central nerve growth rates are being studied, but at the moment, the convention is that central nerves do not grow back appreciably. \_ from my neurosurgeon friend: "central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) neurons, in general, do not regenerate after injury. peripheral nerves (in arms and legs, and yes nipples) can regenerate. This only occurs significantly in the optimal environment: no scarring, nerves sew together and re-aligned, injury not close to spine, young patients, and repair immediately after injury. Even with the above, recovery is often incomplete and poor. A re-attached hand will get some sensation, and maybe some innervation of muscles in the hand--but nothing close to normal usually. Movement of fingers should be decent because the muscles in the forearms move the fingers, not the muscles in the hand that control fine movements."
|2009/4/1-5 [Health] UID:52779 Activity:nil|
4/1 Doctor salaries, from a reliable source: http://tinyurl.com/5oeu6z (payscale.com) \_ THAT'S COMMUNISM! \_ huh? \_ Across the entire US and not accounting for years experience or private/public practice. \_ Take another look. That site also breaks this data down based on location, experience, and type of practice, just not on the op's page (it's linked from that page). \_ Well, duh. Where do you think I got my data to begin with? However, it wasn't from that link.
|2009/3/27-4/2 [Health] UID:52762 Activity:nil|
3/27 "Crabs feel pain, retain memory of it, researchers say" link:www.yahoo.com/s/1049759 \_ My balls feel pain and I still boil those. \_ You boil your own balls? \_ Daily
|2009/2/19-21 [Health, Health/Disease/General] UID:52606 Activity:nil|
2/19 "The most dramatic (and scary) surgery we've seen" http://www.csua.org/u/nkn (shine.yahoo.com)
|2009/2/12-18 [Health] UID:52559 Activity:nil|
2/12 Debunking the "rat in a cage and drugs" myth: http://www.metafilter.com/79100/Rat-Park-and-Other-Childrens-Stories \_ this is a great link. tnx.
|2009/1/14-22 [Health/Dental, Health] UID:52376 Activity:nil|
1/14 My buddy in Switzerland says there are no drug commercials there because it is not allowed. Is that really true? German John? \_ Don't know about Switzerland. In Hong Kong, drug commercials are okay, but doctors and dentists are not allowed to run commercials or ads. \_ you are very young... there was a time persperscription drugs are not allowed to air TV commercials in USA... the ban was lifted in the 1990s, coincide with raising in drug cost :) \_ Yeah you're right I was barely watching cartoons at the time. Are you serious about allowing drug commercials in those days? That really sucks. Why did it happen... under who's watch/administration did this happen? This is outrageous. Who is to blame, Bush or Clinton? \_ Republicans = drug commercial Deregulation, Democrats = weed deregulation, combined, Weed Commercials Deregulation.
|2009/1/7-12 [Health, Health/Sleeping] UID:52333 Activity:nil|
1/8 13:35 Nap? or coffee?? \_ You can sleep when you're dead. \_ Combine, but get that nap in first. I find that lying down with my feet up for 10 minutes is really rejuvenating. \_ Caffeine takes about 20 minutes to kick in. Slugging something, then napping often is best -- it kicks in after you get a few winks. \_ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7783201.stm stop thinking so small.
|2008/9/18-23 [Health, Recreation/Food] UID:51229 Activity:nil|
9/18 Does anyone find Domino's Pizza commercial offensive? There's this pencil looking rapper dude that looks like a condom on a dick, and he speaks ghetto and has really realy ghetto offensive rapper dick gesters: PROSTITUTE! PROSTITUTE! (woman whacks it) PROSTIPLAYA-HATAH!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzF-60bExc8 \_ "Pasta Dude! Pasta Dude!" He's saying his name. Mind you, it's still way the hell past dumb. More here: http://csua.org/u/mei (Mo'Kelly Report) \_ I'm still thinking prostitute even though he mumbled pasta dude. I think it's intentional. \_ Thanks, this really cracked me up. It does look like the Mom whacked it right when it started jacking off or something. \_ Exactly. This is really ghetto and offensive. A dildo raps and jacks off in front of the kids. I really really find this commercial disgusting. -op \_ Sorry, op, not seeing annything but dumb here.
|2008/8/25-30 [Health, Politics] UID:50963 Activity:nil|
8/25 Office politics+bickering+unwanted changes = CHAOS + LOTS OF ANGER, frustrations etc etc. Is there a drug out there that can suppress all of my emotions so that I can be calm and intelligent while looking for another job without showing any signs of anger and frustration? In another word, if the drug helps me play poker, it will probably help with my personal and professional life. Thanks. \_ How does office politics affect you when you are unemployed, paolo? \_ How does office politics affect you when you are unemployed? \_ No employment = No job = No office = No office politics \_ It's called quitting time. \_ One should not quit until he/she finds a second job. \_ I've heard than many times, but you know what, I've never seen anyone actually get dinged for not having a job when they apply (as long as they don't look desperate.) Plus in this field there are 100s of ways to make it look like you were self employed. If you can't game the system you deserve to be angry and bitter. \_ Note to employers: never hire aspolito \_ Daily blowjobs help. You can also probably get your doctor to prescribe an anti-depressant or Xanax, though I find that a nightly scotch on the rocks works just as well.
|2008/7/11-13 [Health] UID:50540 Activity:nil|
7/11 I heard an interview with the victim in this: link:www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_9852693 I'd like to see this doctor rot in jail.
|2008/7/1-14 [Health] UID:50439 Activity:nil|
7/01 http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080701/hl_nm/drugs_who_dc "The United States leads the world in rates of experimenting with marijuana and cocaine despite strict drug laws, World Health Organization researchers said on Tuesday. Countries with looser drug laws have lower rates of abuse, the researchers report in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine." \_ Experimenting with drugs and abusing them are WAY different.
|2008/5/28-30 [Health] UID:50080 Activity:kinda low|
5/28 How it's made: CHICKS! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkuohLV2u0k \_ but will they blend? \_ I'm a carnivore who has no problem killing chickens, but this factory-farming shit is just wrong. \- I'm not with you. What is 'wrong' about it? What is not 'wrong' about killing animals for consumption? If you kill an animal slowly, is that less 'wrong' than if you kill it quickly? I am not getting your point. \_ Did you watch the video? That's not the way to raise animals, whether you are going to eat them or not. If you think the best-quality chicken results from factory-farming then more power to you. BTW, yes, killing an animal slowly (e.g. starvation) is much worse. \_ This is sad. I can't help but imagein if the chicks are human and some super species are farming us. Does "organic" chicken/eggs gets better treatment? \_ Depends on how organic. Go real free range. The eggs taste better and the farming is sustainable. You can get them at any bay area farmer's market these days.
|2008/5/25 [Health, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:50050 Activity:nil 74%like:50052|
5/25 Obama's gaffes are really starting to pile up. http://www.tothepointnews.com/content/view/3208/2 He's made another one recently claiming that Bush was responsible for getting Chavez elected. Oops, Chavez was elected in '98. That link is a little silly, it suggests Obama is on drugs, I just posted it for the accurate list of mistakes it starts out with.
|2008/5/23-28 [Health] UID:50035 Activity:nil|
5/22 No time pho love, Doctor Jones! \_ Enjoyed the new movie. Thought it hit the numbers. Still, nowhere near as good as, say, Iron Man. Give it a B or so. --erikred \_ First 15 minutes of film: Good. REALLY good. oh my. then it gets silly, and not in a good way. \- IMHO: lucas and speilberg started out properly picky and then got desperate to find a screenplay, i.e. "the harrison ford biological clock theory" along with a failure of the "secretary problem" algorithm. but not jar-jar level eyegouge worthy --psb \_ So bad. So very very bad. Try a D+. Or maybe a gentleman's C- because, hey, the first one is still good. \_ just saw it. bleah. someone went wacky with the raytracing.
|2008/5/19-23 [Health] UID:50003 Activity:nil|
5/19 How does Abilify differ from SSRI class of medications? I'm interested in any medication that will BOOST UP my performance.
|2008/5/10-15 [Health] UID:49930 Activity:nil|
5/10 entrepreneurial San Diego state students meet their tuition increases creatively: http://www.newsweek.com/id/136441 Early last Tuesday morning, officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration paid a visit to the Theta Chi fraternity. They came with a search warrantâ€”and a battering ram they used to crash through the door. It was the culmination of a five-month sting that netted 4 pounds of cocaine, 350 Ecstasy pills, 50 pounds of marijuana, 30 vials of hash oil, $60,000 in cash and two guns, one of them taped to a bed frame. \_ I've never heard of 'hash oil' before. What do you do with it? Fry up hash Chupaquesos? \_ I see you did not live in the co-ops. \_ Wikipedia helpfully suggests you smoke it.
|2008/5/1-8 [Health, Health/Disease/General] UID:49866 Activity:high|
5/1 This quote brought up from below, context was systems programming: "but I am horrified by what recent CS grads do not know." I've heard this a lot, and to me it just sounds standard old man ranting. How much can you expect a fresh CS grad to know? I did more systems stuff than average in college, but I was still ridicoulusly green compared to me 4 years later. What do you think the average CS grad should know? \_ When I graduated in the 90s the old timers looked me down because I didn't know the MIPS instruction level and optimizations. When I got older I looked down on the new Cal graduates I hired, who were crazy about OO and thought OO will solve all the tough problems out there. However, they turned out alright and I embraced a subset of C++/OO. A decade later we could only hire Javaheads during the dot coms and they're probably the worst of the bunch. However, 1-2 of the kids who stuck around actually turned out alright. Nowadays, I can't hire anyone who isn't crazy about fucking Design Patterns that they think is the greatest thing in the world. I hope 1-2 of them will turn out alright. I guess I'm just getting old and picky. \_ I said this and I wasn't implying "recent grad" as in "fresh out" but in terms of "people with less than 15 years of experience". I do not feel that people with 25-30 years of experience". I do not feel that people with 15 years of experience will be adequately replaced by today's grads with 5 years of experience in 10 years. 5 years of experience in 10 years. This is true of some other disciplines as well like aerospace engineering where there is a tremendous brain drain waiting in the wings. \_ Wow, that is completely different than my experience at my workplace. Around here the young guys are great, very knowledgeable and proficient. The old guys tend to be useless. Possibly because all the good old guys left for places that pay more. \_ I think you are just witnessing that as people get older they give less of a shit and have less energy. That's true where I work. They are extremely wise and knowledgeable, but they don't work hard anymore because they don't care. That's not to say they are useless, even though people like to call them dead wood. It's just that the young guys think they know everything already and don't appreciate the experience the old guys have. \_ Do not confuse working hard with working effectively. Working smart is much more important. If you can work hard -and- smart then more power to you but usually smart is more than most jobs require to shine. \_ Where I work most people work hard and smart both, but as they age they don't tend to work hard anymore. Not just physical and health limitations but also the pressures of daily life increase and people tend to rest on their laurels. I think it's only natural when people start to approach (or in some cases pass) retirement age. I think that people who made significant contributions in the past should have that reward, but I also think they are underutilized by the young go-getter types. \_ Retirement age... by definition they should be retired, not working hard, yes? How old are these old people at your work? I think what you're seeing is not laziness or laurel resting but a deeper understanding of their work environment where they have learned that hard work is not necessary and not rewarded or probably even noticed. That makes them smart, no? Frankly, who wants to work 60+ hour weeks for their entire life? What's the point? \_ Smart, yes. The best workers, maybe not. \_ I'd rather have a smart guy who works 40 hours than dans. \_ I'd rather have a smart guy that works 60 hours, which is what I was getting at by saying that many people work hard and smart both. Learning that hard work is not rewarded is definitely smart, but not the best for producing work. However, I do think experience counts for something because every once in a while there is that "new" problem that the old guys (let's say 65-70 years old) have seen before. The problem is then getting those older guys to work on your schedule instead of their own because they just don't have the urgency anymore. \_ Depends on your definition of best. I'd rather have the lazy smart guy who writes perfect code during his 9-5 than 10x guys who crank out tons of broken shit in their 80 hours/week. Which sounds "more best" to you? Time invested != value. Imagine if your car safety belt, your dad's heart monitor, or even your favorite video game was produced by piles of 80hour/week clowns cranking out crap.... \_ I did not say this, but I would want a recent CS grad to know approximately how fast it takes to access L1/L2 cache and cache latency times, memory (RAM) access times and bus width and enough about how hard disks work to understand why seek time effects disk latency. Some kind of clue about what kind of performance to expect from hard disks and network access, as well. Is this too much to ask? Does this even get taught at Cal? \_ L1/L2 cache effects, bus, etc is taught in CS152 and not CS150, hence it's optional. Today, 90% of the job is to write frontend using one of the BS scripting or worse, J2EE/EJB shit. All the interesting problems are solved (container, persistence, storage, horizontal scale). L1/L2 becomes irrelevant. \_ I'd say L1/L2 stuff is a bit unreasonable. Also what is a recent grad doing where that stuff matters? Seriously, if are giving a green engineer that kind of responsibility without the few days training it would take to explain you are just asking to fail. Now if a recent grad is not able to understand that disk and network access is going to be slow then yes you have a problem. But really? You expect some wet behind the ears 22 year old to write code that pays attention to on chip cache latencies? \_ Most of that I picked up here and there. 61c and 162 covered basics of cache latency and disk stuff respectively. -op \_ When I was coding, I was happy if the new grads knew some sql, c, perl, could write make files and shell scripts and knew their way around the common revision control systems. Mostly what I saw was that they were scared to death of c, make and anything that didn't come with a gui. \_ Even grads that go into systems need to know what NP completeness is. Many don't. -- ilyas \_ I think if you ask them to do travelling salesman they will know it is NP complete. The problem is a lot of engineers have a hard time seeing that what they want to do is pretty trivally reduced to TS/Knapsack/largest Clique finding/etc. and therefore NP complete. (And from my experiance this is not the sort of knowledge people gain after working in the real world, if anything it's the sort of thing people forget.) \_ There has been a huge demographic change in EECS programs in the past 20 years. When I first arrived at Cal, the people in the CSUA were, on average, seriously nerdly. They were people who really dug technology and stayed up all night hacking for fun and had poor social skills and hygeine. That's not what you see these days; these days kids are being pushed into EECS by their parents in the same way they are pushed into pre-med and pre-law programs. This has resulted in a more mainstream population with less real technological aptitude and interest. This also happens with people who graduate with pre-med and pre-law degrees; however, med schools and law schools have very aggressive sceening and selection programs, while the IT industry does not. -tom \_ There has been a huge demographic change in EECS programs in the past 20 years. When I first arrived at Cal, the people in the CSUA were, on average, seriously nerdly. They were people who really dug technology and stayed up all night hacking for fun and had poor social skills and hygeine. That's not what you see these days; these days kids are being pushed into EECS by their parents in the same way they are pushed into pre-med and pre-law programs. This has resulted in a more mainstream population with less real technological aptitude and interest. This also happens in pre-med and pre-law programs; however, med schools and law schools have very aggressive sceening and selection programs, while the IT industry does not. -tom \_ CSUA != EECS program. How many classes have you taken since you graduated college and came to work at Cal? \_ While I agree, I don't really think more aggressive screening would solve any problems. There just aren't enough really nerdy guys around to fill demand. \_ Lack of supply does not stop the screening in medicine. -- ilyas \_ I'm not sure there's a lack of supply of people wanting to be doctors. There is a lack of supply of dedicated geeks, though, even though salaries are high. Lots of people just aren't interested or proficient in what I consider to be skills much more specialized than medicine which is lots of rote memorization. Aggressive screening will raise salaries because all of the fakers will be out of work, but I'm not sure it will help demand. \_ It was unclear from your paragraph what job you think requires rote memorization, but the majority of skilled work in both medicine and high tech requires much more than that. -- ilyas \_ Medicine is rote memorization much of the time. Maybe not radiology or surgery, but a lot of it is. Doctors seem to be terrible problem-solvers in general even though making diagnoses is a big part of their job. \_ yeah, because solving problems in a human body is just as easy as solving them in software engineering. "Anything I don't understand must be easy." \_ I didn't say it was easy. I said it was based on memorization. I'm sorry, but figuring out why someone is coughing is not really difficult in spite of what shows like House make you think. I've talked to some good doctors who *do* have great problem-solving skills and they would be the first to tell you that the majority of their colleagues don't have that ability. It's not really what medical school is about for the most part. I do think many more CS students could be doctors than vice-versa. \_ you're an idiot. \_ You are an idiot. Moreover you don't understand diagnostic medicine. -- ilyas \_ And you do, of course. I have been the victim of 'diagnostic medicine' and I did a better job of problem-solving than my doctors did. It got to the point where I just demanded the tests I wanted from various specialists because GPs were totally worthless. The specialists were knowledgeable in their own fields, of course, but most of them weren't too useful either when results came back negative. Finally, I found a great doctor based on some recommendations and *he* helped me by: 1) listening to me (most doctors don't do this and it's a big part of problem-solving), 2) ordering expensive tests (doctors don't like to do this unless they have strong suspicions because then they have to battle insurance) and 3) being smart enough to look at the reports written by other doctors. My doctor and I worked as a team to solve my health problem, but it took me trips to about a dozen (or more) doctors before I found one worth shit. So many doctors are just good at "take two aspirin and call me in the morning" but when presented with a real challenge they are worthless. My neighbor is a neurologist who is a very good doctor and he told me about a case where he suspected a man had a brain tumor but the teams of doctors treating him couldn't figure it out. They actually had him institutionalized. Only years later did someone discover he had a brain tumor. It was removed and the man is totally normal now. This is what these people you have such high regard for do. I am not saying all doctors are bad. Some are excellent. However, problem-solving is not high on the list of things the average doctor is good at. Lots of doctors like to write prescriptions until they find one that works. That's not good medicine. It can even be dangerous. \_ I am not sure what these anecdotes have to do with your original assertion, which is that medicine is rote memorization much of the time. If anything, these support my point, namely that diagnosis is a complex, difficult activity that requires skills an average doctor may not have. If you want to rant about 'the average skill level' in both medicine and high tech, I think you will find many people, including me, more sympathetic. -- ilyas \_ I think you misunderstand: 1. Medicine should be much more than rote memorization 2. Yet, medical school and the medical professional rely medical profession rely heavily on rote memorization. In my opinion many doctors do so because their own problem-solving skills are lacking. \_ Yeah, I am going to go with my original assessment of 'you are an idiot.' -- ilyas \_ I am guessing someone in your family must be in the medical profession. Who is it? \_ There seems to be plenty of supply (from India+China if nothing else). As for being a real nerd or not, that is less of an issue if there is screening. The non-nerds just need a more directed education to teach them what they need to know, instead of relying on ubernerds to basically teach themselves.
|2008/4/10-16 [Recreation/Dating, Health] UID:49713 Activity:nil|
4/10 Next week is our one year anniversary of not having sex. What should I get her? I wish I was kidding. Life has become a tart, bitter joke where my only joy is the tiny hope my pain amuses the few motd users left. \_ teach her the joy of garden work and WOOD CHIPPER. See link:www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_8877016 \_ Get yourself an inflatable love doll, introduce it to her, and say that thanks to her, it and your palm are your only sources of sexual gratification for the last year. \_ Real Doll is better, albeit much more expensive. Fleshlight is affordable and is still better than inflatable doll. \_ The crappier it is, the better. The point is to show how pathetic she is making his life. \_ True. -- PP \_ Actually, I'm pretty bored with this. You're obviously not doing anything about it. \_ I was about to post the same thing. This "no sex" joke is dead. OP should give it a rest. Same lame post every time yet we never get any feedback at all when we ask questions. Long running and now beyond lame dead joke.
|2008/4/2-6 [Health, ERROR, uid:49642, category id '18005#4.25' has no name! , ] UID:49642 Activity:kinda low|
4/2 http://www.reason.com/news/show/125786.html Your tax dollars at work providing strip searches for 13 year old girls at school for no reason. I've got mixed feelings on home schooling but the morons running the school systems with their idiotic "zero tolerance" policies need to go. \_ do you think that the fact that some children are molested at home is an argument against home schooling? \_ Ummm, school doesn't keep them all day. I'm not sure why school would help someone being molested at home. Except that I guess it would be a chance to get out and tell someone? I was under the impression that that rerely happens. \_ The issue is orthogonal. \_ The whole War on Drugs is a sham. Just like the War on Terrah, it is an excuse to funnel your dollars to favored contractors, who then recycle it as campaign contributions. As an added bonus, it makes the sheeple feel safer and happy that someone is doing something about a problem that was mostly a mirage to begin with. \_ They forgot to check whether or not she was hiding any ibuprofen in her vagina. Hmm, let me reach inside and verify that. \_ At least BushCo is winning in the war on the environment and the war on the poor and middle class. \_ Hmm, she's probably hiding the ibuprofen in her vagina. Let me reach inside and flush that out. \_ "Remember," the school district's lawyer recently told ABC News by way of justification, "this was prescription-strength ibuprofen." 400 mg per tablet rather than 200! She must be a hard case.
|2008/4/1-6 [Health, Computer/Companies/Google] UID:49639 Activity:nil|
4/1 drug deal on google maps: http://tinyurl.com/32bmoy \_ How do you know that? RACIST.
|2008/3/31 [Health/Dental, Health] UID:49621 Activity:nil 97%like:49623|
3/31 Yay! School takes crutches away from injured girl http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/mar/29/me-mother-school-took-girls-crutches \_ We have a zero tolerance policy on reason in schools. \_ And yet home schooling should be illegal!
|2007/12/18-20 [Health, Health/Disease/General] UID:48828 Activity:moderate|
12/17 $45 trillion gap seen in US benefits http://www.newsweek.com/id/78426 \_ And their quotes come from... administration officials, R congs, and a blue dog dem from TN... This is the "drown it in a bathtub" crowd. How 'bout some mention of how we got here... \_ 75% of this is Medicare. Socializing medicine would fix this problem. \_ How do you figure? \_ Spending growth is out of control in the health care sector primarily because the users of the system don't see the true costs of their actions, and there are a bunch of entrenched interests (primarily insurance companies and drug companies, but also physicians) who are vested in keeping it that way. The rising cost of delivery kills everyone, including medicare. Those places that have a single government payer have been able to ration health care more effectively and keep a lid on cost growth. You might be able to do it with a straight free market system but I don't see that working here. One way or another, we are going to have to reduce health care delivery costs in order to handle the wave of boomers reaching retirement age. \_ You think that having the taxpayers foot the entire bill is going to help the users realize their true healthcare costs? I argue the opposite. Socializing medicine will make costs higher. Look at your own example: Medicare. Eliminate Medicare and I guarantee healthcare costs will go down. \_ Except there is the counterexample of every other country in the world that has nationalized healthcare. They all pay less in overall costs, both in dollars and as a percentage of their GDP. People will gripe about the long wait times but I trust the government to do a better job of rationing than the "free" market, which would just let millions die due to lack of basic care. Eliminating medicare might make costs come down, but how many would die do to lack of treatment? Is that really how you want to ration healthcare: if you can't afford it, die on street? \_ For people who need expensive treatment to stay alive, maybe they should just die if they can't afford it. Everyone dies. Especially for people who are older than say, 60: why should we pay more than X to artificially keep them alive? A lot of problems are caused by lifestyle choices. \_ We are probably not as far apart as you think. I think the cheap and easy preventative medicine should be free and widely available and I think the government should generally only pay for well understood and relatively inexpensive care outside of that. If you are 97 and you get liver cancer, oh well you are going to die, unless you can afford to pay for your own treatment. But a total "free market" system where poor people would have no access to health care at all would be a disaster. Want to to see whooping cough come back? Stop providing free immunizations to poor children and it will. That and a host of other formerly endemic diseases and they will not conveniently only infect the "unworthy of health care" poor. \_ Not all charity should come from government either. \_ Current HSA plans allow patients to choose their healthcare more carefully, keeping the money in a retirement plan if it's not spent, thus injecting some direct competition. Those seem to be working. I'd definitely prefer that type of plan over socializing it. Romney's comment about Mass. is that they had 7% uninsured. Out here in CA I suspect it's higher than that. \_ Yes there is a chance that something like an HSA could inject enough consumer desire to reign in healthcare spending. Is there evidence that is seems to be working, as you say? The only way it could make a big enough difference to significantly change things is if it was extremeley widespread though. Would you support making them mandatory? \- you get to keep what you dont use from your HSA? i thought they were all use or lose. \_ http://www.hsainsider.com/Individual/Benefits.aspx The HSA is a relatively new concept, you are thinking of a different plan, called an FSA.
|2007/11/29-30 [Health] UID:48715 Activity:moderate|
11/29 motd gaping bleeding asshole guy here. the blood didnt come out. \_ replace the stained clothes with new ones. Are they really worth this much consternation, or are you just trolling the motd? \_ The best way to remove your old blood from clothes is to bleed on them again, copiously, and then properly remove the new blood.
|2007/11/20-26 [Health] UID:48668 Activity:low|
11/20 I've heard that the most common birth month is February. Why is that the case since February has fewer days than all the other months? \_ Lots of May weddings? Most of my friends have November birthdays. Puts conception around Valentine's day. \_ what's going on 9 months earlier? Birth months are purely a function of time after conception. \_ Chance of getting laid on May (spring love) is higher than any other month? \_ NOT TRUE. FUCK YOU. -not getting laid #3 \_ You heard wrong. If you STFW you will find that in 2006 July was the most common both in total number and in rate. July and August are usually 1-2 in some order. February was lowest in total number (obviously fewer days) but also 2nd lowest in rate (to January). June, July, August, and September have the highest birth rates. Interestingly, the rate on Saturdays and Sundays is really low compared to the rest of the week, with over a 30% difference on those days. (Tuesday is the most common day to be born.) Any idea why that might be? (Source: National Center for Health Statistics) \_ a sizable percentage of birth dates are chosen. (c-section, induced labor). more likely to choose to do it on a week day. \_ Why do you say it's more likely to choose a week day? For what reason? Or do you mean that the *doctor* is more likely to choose a week day, which I can understand? \_ Patients too. Does it really matter though, who chooses? Many (most?) C-Sections are done during the 9-5 M-F schedule that is convenient for the hospital. \_ Well, yes, it does. I can't think of any reason the patient cares if it's Sunday or Wednesday. \_ the patient doesn't schedule it. \_ What do you think, that the doctor does it somehow without the patient's permission? Of course the patient "schedules it" just like the doctor does. But it might be hard to talk the staff into coming in on a weekend. I bet you could schedule your C-section on the weekend if you were really persistent (and willing to pay more for it). \_ You think hospitals close on weekends? \_ No, I have actually worked in hospitals. They do not close, but they run on a much smaller staff. \- FYI, there are many, many studies on day of the week and by shift studies of the distribution of assisted/induced births and "natural schedule" schedule births. in addition to just counting the number of births, they have also studied the distribution of "problems" [low weight, mortality]. there have both been longitudinal studies in a given location [say due to greatly increased c section rates] as well as comparisons between disparate places [say north america vs asia] with different medical cultures, insurance schemes etc. obgoogle. short version of findings: being born on weekend: not good. of course YMMV. \_ Maybe the level of stress typically experienced on a weekday vs. weekend also has something to do with it? Isn't high stress more likely to trigger labor? -niloc
|2007/11/7-9 [Health] UID:48570 Activity:high|
11/7 Antibiotic resistent superbug is here. Comment? \_ It's resistant, idiot. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19403351 \_ It's been here for several years. My father came very close to dieing from it. \_ How did he get well from it? \_ Hospitals have antibiotics that are only used in cases of extreme emergency. (The head of the hospital has to sign off on them, generally used only a few tiems a year, etc). They tend to be good for a few years. After a while they need to find another antibiotic to replace the super one because it loses its effectiveness. My understanding is Cipro used to be one of those super drugs. Now it barely works against these new staphs. \- uh ... yes, overuse of antibiotics is bad. but the rest of this is pretty off. the "super drug" is vancomycin aka "the antibiotic of last resort". it's not a pill you pop. you should read "the coming plague". the POWER of vancomycin. \_ The super drug changes every few years. And yeah at the time he was getting iv drugs pretty much constantly. It was touch and go for several weeks. That shit is scary. \_ Heck, I knew a guy who had it 20 years ago. \_ I have an idea, let's regulate phage therapy out of existence! -- ilyas \_ I have an idea, we'll wait for the free market to come up with a solution! -brilliant libertarian \_ PHAGES!
|2007/10/15-17 [Health, Health/Men] UID:48328 Activity:nil|
10/15 New "the Wire" out soon http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/10/22/071022fa_fact_talbot?printable=true
|2007/10/13-17 [Recreation/Media, Health] UID:48306 Activity:nil|
10/13 Bono is pure crap. \_ You just figured this out...? \_ I think he's referring to the Southpark episode this week. That said, I need more fiber in my diet. It has been painful for me the past few weeks.
|2007/9/24-25 [Health] UID:48172 Activity:nil|
9/24 When Rachel Ray dyed her hair blond, she looked cute and chubby. Now she just looks... fat. She should keep dying her hair blond. Blonds just look better. -i like blonds
|2007/9/24-25 [Health, Health/Disease/General] UID:48170 Activity:moderate|
9/24 So you deleted my honest, 100 percent truth request for advice for how the fuck do i get all this blood out of my pants after I leaked blood all over the fucking place, but you left in the stupid 'oh no everyone in world has herpes!' obvious troll? thanks. \_ use COLD water, because hot will solidify the irons (red) stain. Don't use bleach, it will not disolve hemoglobin. Use cold water with LOTS of ENZYME cleaners. You need to watch Court TV if you ever want to kill and get away with murder. Hope this helps. \_ Just out of curiousity, have you consulted a doctor about this blood coming out of your ass? \_ It's called hemroids. Look it up. \_ Or not enough lube \_ Yeah, I've had hemroids, but I've never had blood pour out of my butt. \_ I crap bigger than you. \_ I have had much reduced issues with hemroids (sp?) since I improved my diet to include more fruits& veggies and fiber in general. Also, drink more water, and don't "hold it"--shit when you have to shit, don't postpone it.
|2007/9/21-24 [Health] UID:48146 Activity:nil|
9/20 Man urinates on dying woman, declaring it "YouTube material." http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2007/09/man-urinates-on.html
|2007/9/1-3 [Transportation/Car, Health] UID:47870 Activity:moderate|
8/31 People of Earth, I encourage everyone to to report handicapped parking placard abusers. I really loathe them http://www.handicappedfraud.org/index.php \_ I know someone who, as a result of an old car injury, often is in debilitating pain when he walks. He's a bit of a stoic and you probably would never realize how much pain an extra block or two of walking can cause him. He has a handicapped placard, and, when things are bad, uses it. Assholes like you have screamed at him for being a horrible person abusing the system. So please, go fuck yourself. \_ If he can put up with debilitating pain, he can put up with people screaming at him. \_ There are much more important things to worry about, like the gay people problem, tax rate too high and I don't want to support poor and lazy people, and state sponsored abortion clinics. \- the individual case isnt a big deal, but the aggregate \_ that's hysterical- the "gay people problem?" Is the problem that they exist? Because you may have just become an entertaining dinosaur that people torment for fun. that they exist? Because you may have just become an entertaining dinosaur that people torment for fun. \-exist the individual case isnt a big deal, but the aggregate makes a difference. i believe in SF there are more handicapped placards issued than there are parking meters ... not that those number should be magically related, but the number is SF seems crazy: around 50k for a city of 750k pop. i think the city should spend more resource on this compared to say street sweeping tickets. serious question: do you think anybody over say 75 or 300lbs should be able to say "i am old/fat, give me a handicapped placard"? --not OP \_ Passable troll there... but really, people who park all day in the handicap zone with a placard they dont deserve anger me more than abortion, homos, libtards, and YOU.
|2007/8/31 [Health] UID:47856 Activity:moderate|
8/31 I've managed to get off most of the weight I put on from Depo-Provera and everything's almost back to normal at my waist and hips (which exercise will further help once my back heals), but I'm noticing that the extra cup size I gained isn't going down, or going so slow I can't tell. This time last year I was a 30FF; now I'm a 30G, and at the age of 30, it's not puberty anymore. Is there something that can help target the chest, whether diet or exercise ?
|2007/8/30 [Health] UID:47827 Activity:nil|
8/30 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kPqI1VivAI \_ What kind of crazy size is 35C ? \_ This is bust size, not bra size. \_ I'm 5'2, nearly 5'3, and weigh between 125-130lbs depending on the day. Back during high school days, I was about 112 lbs, and only wore a 32D bra. This didn't change until the middle of my sophomore year (last fall), when I gained 10 lbs and went from a 32D to a 32DDD in two months. \_ Thanks for the troll. \_ Hauling these things around all day is torture! Torture I tell you. \_ Yeah, it is torture to all the guys that stare at you. \_ I doubt anyone biologically female posts to the motd. \_ The Matrix Reloaded was the first movie that I saw her. \_ I think I saw something more explicit in the movie 'Leolo'
|2007/8/23-27 [Health] UID:47741 Activity:low|
8/23 DAY ONE OF NO MORE PR0N \_ Remember, SSRI calms you down and helps you suppress your urges. If you fail, go to your doctor and ask for SSRI. \_ You're going to purge the net? \_ WHERE DO I GET THIS SSRI STUFF? \_ Ask your doctor if Cymbalta is right for you!
|2007/8/21-23 [Recreation/Dating, Health] UID:47682 Activity:low|
8/20 I'm never getting laid again. - below-poster \_ You sound depressed. Why? Why is it so important to get laid? Why does the society equate happiness with getting laid? As a higher functioning animal, we should not have to have sex. Chemically, it is simply exchanging fluid, reproducing, and releasing endorphines. Our sex drives interferes with our intellectual capacity, our motivations, our morales. You don't HAVE to have sex to get that chemical endorphine. You don't HAVE to have sex to reach a state of complacency and comfort. Here is my secret and I want to share it with yall. After my repeatedly breakups my shrink prescribed SSRIs and ever since then I stopped having sexual urges. My productivity shot up drastically; I'm a lot calmer and methodical than ever, and I've actually become more popular! Tell your doctor that you'd like to try out different SSRIs. It's the most amazing lifestyle enhancing supplement you'll ever take in your life. It's hella better than Viagra... not that you'll ever want to waste time & money on it after SSRI. \_ What brave new world, that has such people in it. \_ O brave new world that has such people in it. \_ But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin. \_ Nice. I was laughing at the above response, till I got to the SSRI part. \_ I don't even know what SSRI is. Does that make me lame or fortunate? BTW, what is SSRI?
|2007/8/1-3 [Health] UID:47495 Activity:nil|
8/1 Printers could be a health risk: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6923915.stm \_ This is not new. I used to work at EFI which makes mid-range laser printer products, and for years they've had HEPA air filters in their QA labs running 24/7. \_ Do you still know people there? If you know of anyone in the security research group (working on security of their products, not security of their IT) can you send me an email? Thanks. - johndkim
|2007/8/1 [Recreation/Dating, Health] UID:47494 Activity:nil 66%like:47493|
8/1 Sex is a health risk
|2007/8/1 [Health] UID:47493 Activity:nil 66%like:47494|
8/1 jsl is a health risk
|2007/7/27-29 [Recreation/Dating, Health] UID:47446 Activity:nil|
7/27 HOTT!!!!!!!!!! http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/w4m/382307737.html \_ "I play [WOW] a lot, but mostly because I have nothing else to do." How about getting a job and some exercise?
|2007/7/26-8/1 [Health, Health/Eyes] UID:47430 Activity:nil|
7/26 ilyas, in your conversation with tom below, you mention a study you have linked to twice, but I can't find your links. Could you repost it? -jrleek \_ stfw -ilyas \_ http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/05/rand_health_ins.html http://www.rand.org/health/projects/hie (Don't sign my name, dickwad.) -- ilyas
|2007/7/24-28 [Health] UID:47404 Activity:moderate|
7/24 Wow, universal healthcare is expensive http://opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110010374 \_ It comes to $3000/yr per resident. That's actually less than my health insurance, which is $4200/yr. I think they should build in more incentive to wellness on the part of Wisconsin residents. \_ Where did you get the $3000/yr value? And what do I care about "per resident" when it should be "per taxpayer"? From the article: The plan would cost an estimated $15.2 billion, or $3 billion more than the state currently collects in all income, sales and corporate income taxes. It represents an average of $510 a month in higher taxes for every Wisconsin worker. \_ $15.2 billion/population of Wisconsin. It's actually $2700 or so but I rounded up. My health insurance costs $450 when all is said and done, so if I were in Wisconsin, it'd be an extra $100/month for me for there to be universal health insurance. (I rounded up again.) Workers here with families pay $900/month for health insurance (most covered by employer). \_ Of course, government estimates are never wrong. \_ You'd be paying your $4K + the $3K. \_ Maybe, maybe not. You might be able to get the money back from your employer, since his cost will be lower. \_ And why should people without families pay for those who have them? \_ It actually promotes my health not to be surrounded by sick people. \_ So paying for someone else's kid's broken leg from soccer practice makes you healthier? Okey dokey. \_ No, but paying to control TB for example and for immunizations in general does. \_ You are picking and choosing though. Paying for 'universal healthcare' means you may be paying for immunizations, but you are also paying for a crapload of other things, many of them misused _because_ they are perceived as 'free.' -- ilyas \_ And it may well not be doing any good. -- ilyas \_ And employer provided health insurance isn't perceived as "free"? \_ My point wasn't to argue in favor of the current form of healthcare over 'universal healthcare' but to try to shift the debate more towards looking shift the debate more towards looking at whether healthcare actually helps people be healthy. -- ilyas \- a study just came out comparing newly eligible medicare patients showing people who went from no coverage to covered needed more "work done" than people with continuous coverage. \_ I am not surprised that healthcare would be of benefit to that segment of the population. This isn't the same as 'overall effects' on the whole population, of course. -- ilyas \_ Send me a link, please. -- ilyas \_ there are plenty of people without healthcare in the U.S.; do you think they're likely to be healthier than those with healthcare? I can't believe I bothered to reply to that absurdity. -tom \_ Feel free to actually read the study I linked (twice now I think) rather than acting like an ass. The claim is that while healthcare has a positive effect (obviously), this effect is mostly negated by negative effects (with some exceptions, for instance optometry is generally clearly beneficial). My untutored intuition would say that healthcare would have a positive effect, but a very inefficient one given the amount of spending. That there might be no effect is something I think is pretty scandalous. -- ilyas \_ I am LEWIS@SODA. I am offering to teach you about Partial Derivatives, if you would like to learn about these wonderous things. \_ I think I understand what an effect is and what it isn't pretty well. -- ilyas pretty scandalous. Your example isn't as obvious as you might think -- are you controlling for race, wealth, etc? What should you control for? What shouldn't you control for? -- ilyas \_ I'm going to control for ilyas being a moron by stepping out of this conversation. -tom \_ So, ausman, to go back to our earlier discussion: this is apparently the best place on the internet you could find for general discussion? I brought up this study repeatedly, because I think its conclusions are somewhat counterintuitive (they certainly are to me). But the extent of discussion so far has been either to ignore it or ridicule it. Compare to how this study was discussed on overcomingbias, for example. -- ilyas ignore it or ridicule me for bringing it up. Compare to how this study was discussed on overcomingbias, for example. -- ilyas
|2007/7/19-21 [Health, Politics, Recreation/Dating] UID:47343 Activity:kinda low|
7/19 After you try sex without condom, everything else is like... watching Gigli (the movie). Blah! \_ Hint: Caucasian girls are more likely to take the pills. \_ Is this condom guy? Did you finally get your wish of condomless sex? Congratulations! \_ Good news: Yes, he did Bad news: It was with a guy. \_ Good news: he's not a father!
|2007/7/6-10 [Health, Reference/Law/Court] UID:47198 Activity:kinda low|
7/6 FREE CLARENCE AARON: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/snitch/cases/aaron.html \_ Yes, because an interview with a convicted criminal is never one-sided. \_ the first time offender got 3 consecutive life terms for being a middle man in 1 drug deal. Do you really think that's fair? \_ Who are you responding to? \_ Or so he claims. \_ even if he personally inserted cocaine into the noses of 80 school children, do you think he should get life without parole? \_ Given that we don't know the whole story, I have no idea what the proper penalty should be. \_ There's a link on that page to a prosecutor's comment and explanation of the case and sentence. still seems just a little harsh. \_ And you didn't post the link why? \_ Pure laziness actually. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/snitch/cases/clark.html http://urltea.com/xgd (pbs.org) I dont like mandantory anything. \_ I don't see anything from the prosecutor. But at any rate there's a lengthy interview with the defense attorney there. Still the same side of the story. \_ Screw the circumstances, if he personally inserted coke into the noses of 80 school children, the answer is YES, he should get life without parole, first-time \_ I was joking... \_ Aaaaand? offender or not. Some things are just beyond the pale. As for the current situation, well, that's a different matter.
|2007/6/5-7 [Health, Recreation/Food] UID:46860 Activity:kinda low|
6/5 Was reading the nutritional info for some japanese udon noodles I've been buying a lot of lately, and its sodium content isover 1000mg per serving! Is this right? Why do these simple noodles have so much sodium? \_ preservatives.. best cheap dry noodles Mi Goreng Pedas Indomei \_ Mmmmm, salt. Does a body good! Stop eating that crap, it will kill you. Eating a normal 'healthy' American diet would already give you way too much salt without going for salt bombs like that. \_ That's how I'm feeling now. are there any asian (or asian-style) noodles out there that are low/no-salt? -op \_ I don't know about asian noodles but simply trying to eat right is very very hard if you're eating anything pre-packaged. Pretty much *everything* has way too much salt in it. \_ Just don't use the seasoning pack.
|2007/5/16-17 [Health] UID:46667 Activity:nil 57%like:46657|
5/16 Is it necessary to pull out when she's on the pill? Find out: http://urltea.com/kfy (aphroditewomenshealth.com) http://urltea.com/kfz (aphroditewomenshealth.com)
|2007/4/25-29 [Health, Health/Disease/General] UID:46450 Activity:nil|
4/25 Why the media sucks: http://www.oftwominds.com/blog.html (Scroll down to april 24th entry) \_ Great timing, especially as the Dow breaks 13,000. \_ Huh? I can't see anything earlier than April 10th. \_ April 24th is after April 10th
|2007/4/20-24 [Health, Health/Sleeping] UID:46395 Activity:nil|
4/20 http://psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-3722.html Affluent *suburban* kids report 3X depression rates. I am not at all surprised. Suburbia->isolation->depression. I grew up in the cities and when I moved to the suburbs everyone in the family became isolated, depressed, gay and suicidal. I HATE SUBURBS. -intellectual urbanite
|2007/4/19 [Consumer/CellPhone, Health] UID:46367 Activity:nil|
4/19 April 16, 2007 - Honey bees are dying off, and cell phones may be to blame. Bees have been disappearing in 24 states, and beekeepers estimate more than a qu\ arter of the country's 2.4 billion colonies have been affected. Previously, scientists thought dry weather or pesticides may have been the cause\ , but a new German study shows that radiation from cell phone signals disorients bees. "When bees are exposed to signals from cell phones, they can't find their way,"\ said Dr. George L. Carlo, chairman of the Safewireless Initiative. "It gets no n\ utrition and it consequently dies."
|2007/4/12 [Health] UID:46283 Activity:nil|
4/12 tom took psb quickly and bravely. the pain made him cry out and writhe in shock, but he held him hard against him and in great love compelled him to endure it
|2007/4/4-6 [Transportation/Bicycle, Health] UID:46191 Activity:low|
4/4 http://www.powercranks.com/about/concept.htm Want to bike more efficiently? Use the PowerCranks! Each leg is independent of the other, ensuring proper strokes per leg! \_ Another silly solution to a non-existent problem. -tom \_ It doesn't make sure that people actually exert force to propel the bicycle on the upstroke. It only makes sure people exert enough force to lift the leg. \_ Take the power crank challenge? No thanks. I don't need psychotic episodes and facial sores.
|2007/3/20-21 [Health] UID:46031 Activity:high|
3/20 Take a drug to suppress traumatic memories? Would *you* do it? http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2964509&page=1 \_ Rape that hot chick next door, then stuff one of these pills down her throat right afterwards. She can't remember any details in court, even though she was painfully aware of your thrusting at that moment. You're jail-free. Wow, better than date-rape drug. \_ I'm in favor of the death penalty for proven cases of rape by drug. \_ Versus rape by rifle, which is so pleasant? \_ Depends on the length and girth of your rifle. \_ I'm in favor of the death penalty for that, too. \_ How can it be proven? What if the girl herself pops a pill in order to get a guy in some deep, deep shit?
|2007/2/13-15 [Health] UID:45728 Activity:nil|
2/13 380 million year old fossilized muscle found in Australia: http://preview.tinyurl.com/yw3thm (nationalgeographic.com) \_ 'Most people have the "Hollywood view of evolution," ...' :-) \_ Pft. Everyone knows the earth is 6,000 years old, give or take a few decades.
|2007/1/27-31 [Recreation/Dating, Health] UID:45604 Activity:nil|
1/27 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,247458,00.html Hospice Helps Dying Man Lose His Virginity
|2007/1/21-28 [Health, Politics/Foreign/Europe, Recreation/Media] UID:45563 Activity:nil|
1/21 Blood Diamond, awesome movie. Beautiful sceneries of Africa and Europe in the background. It all makes it worth it to watch it on the big screen. If Leonardo weren't in it I'd give it an A+.
|2006/11/9-10 [Health/Dental, Health] UID:45307 Activity:nil|
11/9 FDA announces recall of some store-brand acetaminophen: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15636847/wid/11915773 http://www.webmd.com/content/Article/129/117454.htm?printing=true List of stores that might be affected: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15637699
|2006/11/1-2 [Health] UID:45083 Activity:low|
11/01 Does anyone have any experience with nasal decongestants causing an increase in blood pressure? Has this happened to anyone here? \_ That's very common, and you're often warned not to take the stuff when you've got blood pressure problems. \_ They can interfere with oral contraceptives. Found that one out the fun way.... \_ really? you got a kid because of a nasal decongestant? \_ My coworker's having the same issue right now from Benedryl. \_ What's going on with him, specifically? -a scared op \_ She has a separate major health issue right now, so her health is being monitored constantly. Since she started taking Bendryl again for allergy, her blood pressure has gone through the roof. She's currently taking a prescription drug to lower it. For her case, it's most likely because she's taking Benedryl with all her other medicines for her health issue that's triggering it.
|2006/10/31 [Health] UID:45047 Activity:nil|
10/31 I went to my chiropractor appointment Tuesday and the doctor said "I don't think I'm helping you, so I don't think you need to come anymore." Which I guess is nice of him to say rather than just taking my money for a service that is basically useless. And I got my three months of chiropractic and physical therapy care done, so now I have to gather up all the necessary information to send to appeal them. Which got me thinking that if I get okayed by the end of November, I may end up leaving my internship (which I love dearly) early to get the surgery done because my school is screwing everyone over by making winter break 2 1/2 weeks long. Of course, that's assuming they cover my surgery. Which means I've been more seriously considering size (would I look right as a 34D? I've had large breasts relative to my size since I first developed them, so normal-sized ones are incredibly hard to fathom). And how the hell I would get back to school in January (get my sister to drive me and recruit friends to help me unpack my car?) and how I would be able to do gym classes (I need two to more to graduate; would I be able to start late in the term? would I be able to just do walking?). I'm so sick of the insurance company bullshit. 34K's are not "normal breasts" and I'm not looking to get this surgery for cosmetic reasons. \_ Amazing. The b word doesn't appear until line 13.
|2006/10/19-23 [Health] UID:44875 Activity:nil|
10/19 Unprovoked attack of elderly man by a Sting Ray. Crikey! Steve Irwin was just the first step in their plan to take over the world: http://tinyurl.com/y45mck (sun-sentinel.com) \_ one inspired sting ray \_ Unprovoked? That stingray was preemptively striking against a threat to his species! He had a right to defend his species' interests! That man had WMD! \_ Totally provoked, people have been killing stringrays in revenge: http://tinyurl.com/f6ey3 (newsvine.com)
|2006/9/28-10/1 [Health] UID:44586 Activity:nil|
9/28 First communist traitor Zero-G surgery successful: http://tinyurl.com/fmjmy (newscientistspace.com)
|2006/8/17-19 [Health] UID:44040 Activity:nil|
8/17 What the hell is up with the reposts? I mean, yes, censorship's a pain, but the solution is to reverse it, not bump the thread to the top. \_ Au contraire mon frere! The answer is to rub it in the wound until they squirm and break. It'll stop sooner that way. \_ ob trolling from yesterday so you won't be trolled today
|2006/8/8-11 [Health, Health/Sleeping] UID:43945 Activity:nil|
8/8 http://csua.org/u/gnb (Wash Post) One injection of Special K permanently cures 5 of 18 patients of depression. "It is almost like rebooting a computer." \_ ... "It is a chemical reboot, and the striking thing is the effect lasts for about a __week__" <---- \_ ~~~~~ <----- "Half the patients had a 50 percent decline in depression symptoms after two hours, and by the end of the first day, 71 percent reported a similar improvement. More than a third continued to report such a benefit after seven days, and nearly a third reported a __complete end of symptoms__." <----- \_ 1. It's not clear what the duration of the study was. A "complete end of symptoms" conclusion might be premature. 2. The wording isn't clear. That last sentence could be interpreted as "a third reported no symptoms (rather than just a 50% decline) after seven days" without indication to its permanence. -!pp \_ what about "a complete end to symptoms" isn't clear to you? Granted the reporter may be misquoting, misreporting, and/or the researcher may be on crack (as opposed to K), and the extreme claim deserves multiple sourcing. opposed to K), and it is an extreme claim. \_ shrug. I agree that I'm dubious as to the science or whether the reporter reported it correctly, but I do think that the article does make the extreme claim of a cure for 5 out of 18. \_ What? You expect you never have to reboot a Windoze box again after you reboot it once? \_ Makes you wonder if the other 13 subjects didn't experience a permanent blue screen of death. \_ Ecstasy ROCKS!!!! Special K RULES!!!! -Jeff Spicoli
|2006/8/3-6 [Health] UID:43892 Activity:kinda low|
8/3 Doing bench press, which bar grip most stresses the pecs: wide or close? \_ wide. close works the triceps more. think about straight pushups vs. diamonds. \_ yeah ok... some dumb girl who worked at 24h tried to tell me the the opposite. \_ Related question: Is there a standard for how much the bars weigh? -John \_ ED!!!!!!!! \_ I think 45lbs is pretty standard. \_ Yah, I think that's right: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_bar -mice \_ Kewl, thanks. OK here's another question: after years of neglect (occasional sports, eating & drinking too much, etc.) I'm trying to get into shape again. Given 4x workouts per week (3-4 weight exercises per workout, 5x10 reps per weight, and pushing myself to the limit, plus approx. 45-60min cardio each time, what's a reasonable expectation for getting into really hot-shit look-good-in-almost-anything shape? I started at about 6'1", ca. 200lbs and little muscle about a month ago and have a pretty good, balanced weight regimen...anyone? -John \_ I say this every time it comes up on the motd, and get shouted down every time, but I'm going to say it again. I believe that the most important aspect of any workout plan based on health goals is whether you are likely to stick with it for many years. I also believe that with very very few exceptions, normal people tend to find weight lifting and running in circles to be very boring. By this arguement, how many "reps" one does it not the point. The point is whether your mind will still be engadged in that crap 20 years from now. For the Governator, that's true with weightlifting, but that's just not normal. I say look at the sports where you're participating with people from teenagers thru guys in their 70's, and go for that. I don't workout to look buff as a 30 year old, I work out with the intent to still be in decent, healthy shape, enjoying my sport when I'm 75. \_ so... what's your sport? \_ Judo. I've met several judo practitioners in their 70's. Sure, they mostly just shuffle around the mat teaching the younger generation, but they're still in damn good shape for their age. Also, I like having a coach in a sport who has 50 years' experience in the sport. \_ Ok. Well, you know I agree with you about cardio being extremely boring. I have a hard time getting myself to stay even 5 minutes on a cardio machine. So I try to do other stuff for that but I don't mind a bit of weightlifting. 1 hour 3x a week does a lot and I find it feels pretty good. I catch some TV while I'm at it. Most sports including Judo seem mostly to help aerobic fitness. \_ Find a gym with good TVs, a magazine collection, and a row of stairmasters in front of whatever machine it is you use. Entertainment galore! :-) -John \_ You may not enjoy it; I've been doing it on and off for the past 10 years, with varying intensity. It's like shooting; it helps me focus and relax. To each his own. As far as "crap" and "not normal" go, nobody is forcing you. -John \_ If you actually enjoy weighlifting, than you are in compliance with my worldview and I have no further comments. I apologize for the use of the word "crap" in this context. \_ It really depends. As a very general suggestion, low weights, high reps if you're looking to build tone and/or endurance. High weights, low reps if you're looking to build strength/bulk. I wouldn't do more than 3 sets for a given exercise unless your focus is to build endurance. Ideally, you should be at a weight where you r2d2 on the last or second to last rep of the last set. If you still have juice after the set: 1) you're doing the exercises in the wrong order, 2) you're using a weight which is too low, 3) your form is bad or 4) you're going too fast. You can see appreciable results even on flyweights if you slow yourself down to a 5 or 7 count. You almost definitely want to do your cardio *after* you lift, or you're going to burn off the nutrients to really work the muscles. Be sure to check with someone in the know what the proper form for an exercise is, or you'll likely end up wasting time, energy, and possibly risking injury (I learned that lesson the hard way). Also have someone you trust check in on your form once in awhile to help keep yourself honest (again, bad form == waste of time). Lastly, diet >>>>> lifting. You'll get far, far better results if you exercise even mild discipline over what you eat -- I suck at that. Ultimately, if your diet isn't good, you're going to waste alot of time making up the difference. Bandwidth++ -- feel free to email if you want to chat more. -mice \_ But isn't "tone" basically low fat + some muscles for definition? Endurance, well, obviously it's easier to lift 100 of a light weight than a heavy weight. So building muscle capacity should help endurance. I guess what I'm saying is I'm kind of dubious on the value of high reps for anything. At some point I guess you might want to avoid bulking up, but starting from nothing, I think you'd still have to build a base for a while. That's my current theory anyway. \_ 1) Tone != Bulk, 2) Endurance != Strength. \_ this is contentless. \_ *sigh* Yeah, I know -- I disagree with you pretty strongly, actually, but I've already spent too much time playing motd today. Feel free to email me and tell me how dumb I am, and I'll argue with you as time allows. =) \_ Dunno but I think 5x10 reps is too much. 3x8 is better (with heavy weight). You have that cardio to burn fat. You want to lift more weight to build muscle, not do 50 reps of some small weight. Also it will take less time and help you keep it up. And/or do more exercises. Anyway that's just some advice I've read but it makes sense to me. I used to do 5x10 and it seemed like more work for less results. \- if your goal is to "look good" in the sense of 6pack etc, i think it is harder to get down your 6pack etc, i think it is harder to reduce your fat level so the 6pack is visible than just being in good shape, i.e. having the 6pack hidden by bacon. building muscle not too hard ... eat protein and lift. \_ OK Thanks; I was taught the 5x10 thing by a friend in college who was pretty ripped--his point was to always find the maximum weight where you could do 2x10, then maybe 1x9, 1x8, 1x7 or so. I'll try that, though. \_ I like to grip it slow and tight. -proud American \_ I would say that you will notice a difference in 4 weeks and probably feel pretty good about taking your shirt off in six months. Even if you can't lose the fat, your muscle mass ratio will go up, so you will just look much better. One of the great things about weight lifting is that you can see results quickly. Ax knows much more about this, but one of the great things about weight lifting is the fact that is shows results quickly. One of the touch things about weight lifting is that at some point you plateau and start showing very little or no gains. At that point you might want to talk to a personal trainer or something. That usually doesn't happen in your first year though. -ausman
|2006/7/18-20 [Health, Health/Women] UID:43716 Activity:nil|
7/18 If you hike in some park, fell, and broke your leg or something, and had to be rescued, are 'they' gonna send you a big bill? What if some criminal chase after you with a gun and shot you? I assume the police won't send you a bill. What about the fire department? \_ Actually that might not be true. For instance a small chunk of park entry fees may go into a "rescue fund". \_ Who is 'they'? You would definitely get billed for the ambulance or helicopter medical evac. If you had health insurance, it would probably cover some or all of this. -dans \_ The question of who pays for wilderness rescue remains a matter of some debate, but a good place to start is 42 U.S.C. 1395dd, aka EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/42/1395dd.html --Jon
|2006/7/5-6 [Health] UID:43564 Activity:nil|
7/5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vXaNRydT5Y I have been searching for this for ages to show my wife who never saw it. It's the infamous "I learned it by watching YOU!" anti-drug ad from 1987. -bz \_ And why is this yet another ineffective Reaganstic campaigns worth watching? \_ Why?
|2006/6/26-29 [Health, Health/Men] UID:43507 Activity:nil|
6/26 http://cbs4.com/local/local_story_177194808.html Rush Limbaugh detained on possession of illegal prescription drugs. \_ republicans rool while liberals drool1!!!111!!1one \_ That's one way of putting it. Sorry but this one isn't going anywhere. \_ Should this be "detained on illegal possession of prescription drugs"? \- Rush Limbaugh is an illegal radio host. http://www-csli.stanford.edu/~nunberg/aliens.html \_ Which aliens? The Greys? What do They have to do with a radio talk show host? \_ The mistake the author makes here is that he tries to disconnect the adjective from the noun. An illegal immigrant is someone who immigrates illegally, not an immigrant who commits an unrelated crime. An illegal radio host would be someone who is on the radio illegally, not a radio host who takes illegal substances.
|2006/6/15-19 [Health, Health/Men] UID:43403 Activity:nil|
6/15 Hi guys, my dad was recently billed $180 for outpatient services and $200 for the actual process of removing wax from one ear. After the Medicare deductible, he has to pay $160 (the govt is paying $380). Is this normal? Thanks. (FYI, I had the same process done for myself under my company health plan, and didn't pay crap.) \_ Sounds about right. Think about how many man hours went into getting his ear dewaxed. Reception/doctor/maybe a nurse. Cleaning up after he left, supplies, billing, paperwork whathaveyou. Stuff costs money. 160 dollars isn't that much these days. \_ what does ear dewaxing do for you? \_ basically when your ear's clogged up with wax it's really clogged up. fyi, i've since learned you can buy a $5 kit on the shelf at the drug store and save yourself the dr.'s visit.-op \_ Does the type of earwax (dry or wet) matter? \_ I don't know. Presumably if the $5 kit doesn't work, it's time to visit the doctor. \_ The doctor will shoot warm water in your ear and catch it in a bucket. Even if they threw the bucket away afterwards, the procedure shouldn't cost $380. But yes, that's "normal" in the U.S. -tom \_ Thanks, tom. A word of warning to do-it-your-selfers though: If you stick the syringe in your ear and squeeze, MAKE SURE to leave an opening for the water to pour out of. -op \_ The doctor is the expensive part, not the bucket. If you go see a doctor (and in this case, it sounds like he went to a hospital) for basic personal grooming, why would you expect it to be inexpensive? He's paying for the doctor's time and the hospital's facilities. Would you also expect it to be cheap to visit the emergency room and have a surgeon trim your toenails? \_ OK, how much do you think five minutes of time with a doctor should cost? You think $300 is reasonable? -tom \_ Most professionals set minimum billable amounts of their time (often one hour or one day). Are you saying that doctors should bill by the minute? If that was a minimum billable amount of one hour at $150, plus that much again for the hospital, then I'd say it sounds about right. Frankly, I wouldn't want it to be cheap to get my ears cleaned by a doctor at a hospital. I'd prefer that this be expensive to make it less likely that hospitals are clogged with stupid things like this when someone goes in with a real problem. \_ Fortunately, it's expensive to do anything at all at a hospital or doctor's office; up to five times as expensive in the U.S. as in other comparable nations. And the crowding problem is mitigated by the fact that millions of Americans don't have health insurance. If you think the U.S. health care system is good at anything other than providing Viagra, you're either nuts or trolling. -tom \_ I think the $7 kits are just 90% isopropyl alcohol or something like that so you if you have a syringe don't need to spend $7 when $0.99 will do. \_ Debrox, the most popular OTC treatment, is 6.5% carbamide peroxide with citric acid, glycerin, propylene glycol, and other lubricants. This is why you don't necessarily read the motd for medical advice and squirt the i-PrOH in your ear.
|2006/5/31-6/3 [Health, Recreation/Dating] UID:43237 Activity:nil|
5/30 Pedophile Europeans want the legal age to lower to 12: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060530/od_nm/dutch_pedophiles_dc \_ "The party wants private possession of child pornography to be allowed although it supports the ban on the trade of such materials." Uh... what's the point of that? \_ Umm.. so they can make their own? \_ It's the "go after the producer not the consumer" model. Lots of countries do that for drug laws. If you make and sell a shitload of drugs they will go after you. IF you have a couple hits of e on you they won't hassle you. \_ Right, well explained. I think the people who are proposing this don't get that child porn actually involves a victim. \_ They get it. They don't care. Criminals don't care about their victims. If they did they wouldn't commit the crime in the first place. \_ But "It's the demand, stupid" They wouldn't have to target drug traffickers if possession were a serious crime. (Personally I think drug laws are stupid, but that's not the point in this case) \_ Uhh, for many drugs possession IS a serious crime. And yet wow, would you look at that, there is still demand. Hell, for child porn possession is a serious crime and yet it sure sounds like there is still plenty of demand. \_ In Holland it is common for super extreme groups to have a small but marginalized voice in the government. This is a bit more excessive than usual...
|2006/5/23-28 [Health] UID:43160 Activity:nil|
5/23 How much do you have to drink to have this much alchohol in your blood? http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060523/ap_on_fe_st/lithuania_record_drink_driver \_ Maybe he had an IV drip.
|2006/5/12-17 [Health] UID:43034 Activity:nil|
5/12 http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/327/7429/1459 \_ "Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials"
|2006/5/10-12 [Health, Health/Disease/General] UID:43001 Activity:nil|
5/10 How a regular person can give Dubya good advice (on Medicare Part D) http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/05/20060509-5.html Look for the first "Applause" line in response to a questioner.
|2006/4/26-27 [Reference/BayArea, Health, Recreation/Stripclub] UID:42842 Activity:nil|
4/26 Naked man in chimney in Hayward http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/14406818.htm \_ I believe consenting adults have the right to be naked in their own chimeneys. \_ So a side note in there is "booked at the (jail) on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs" So if possessing or using illegal drugs is, well, illegal, how do celebrities officially get away with "and now I'm in cocaine rehab at Betty Ford" w/out ever being charged w/ a crime for drug use? Is the official answer "they're too important for that"? \_ When celebrities get fucked out of their minds and find themselves naked, stuck somewhere they can't get out of, they don't call the fire department/police/what-have-you. \_ Better lawyers. Short of a chemical test of some sort, which a a better lawyer will advise you not to consent to, it's kind of hard to prove you, um, inhaled. \_ Being in rehab for drug X isn't admission of guilt? \_ Nope. More to the point, it's not enough evidence to warrant charges. \_ I don't think people who voluntarily go to rehab generally get arrested.
|2006/3/19-21 [Health] UID:42319 Activity:low|
3/19 White house pushes more drug testing for schools http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060319/us_nm/drugs_testing_dc \_ I thought Bush smoked cocaine during his "free-sprited" days \_ _smoked_ cocaine? \_ He didn't inhale, its ok. \_ Hey, we all know El Presidente snorted a line or two back in the day, but I think we would have heard about it if he was freebasing. -dans \_ "A line or two" was what he snuck into the bathroom at Camp David for. He was a full blown coke head. \_ I wouldn't doubt it. But not all coke heads go the Richard Prior/Marion Barry route. -dans
|2006/3/18-20 [Health, Health/Men, Science/GlobalWarming] UID:42310 Activity:moderate|
3/18 Level 60 in World of Warcraft: http://tinyurl.com/qzl9e -John \_ Wow, that's somewhere between hilarious and creepy...not sure which yet. -mice \_ Ah, dorm life. There's reason why people want to move out after a little while. \_ Dude, I was gonna say the same thing. This is the exact kind of thing that drives people out of dense populated areas to live in the suburbs. I guess when you're young and stupid (<18) you wanted to make friends so you live in the dorms or something but then as you get older you realize that it's a pain to live so close to so many idiots.
|2006/3/18-20 [Health] UID:42309 Activity:high|
3/18 Any reccomendations on books that give accurate data on what % of your salary should go where (rent/mortage,bills,savings,food)? \_ What are we... in the 50s era where a person should spend a hard % of time doing laundry, cooking, rationing, and shit? The rule of thumb is you are responsible for your actions and consequences and you do what is best to minimize current AND future pains and maximize current AND future pleasures. The rule of thumb is, life should get a bit better and better as you get older, not the other way around. For example, let's say you do weed all day long and enjoy your time in your 20s. Since you wasted time, you probably won't enjoy your future. On the other hand you can stay in school a bit longer and deal with a lot of bullshit but when you graduate you'll find it slightly easier to get jobs/connections/whatever. How much pain/pleasure for now? As a rule, you should be as frugal as possible, and try to tolerate as much pain as possible in in beginning. Look at my mainland Chinese friends. 5 engineers are living in a 1 bedroom in Fremont to save money/utility/etc, and after only a few years they'll be able to put down 10-20% downpay for typical Santa Clara homes (typical meaning built in the 50s, really run down and need a lot of repairs, small, and still over $750K). If on the other hand I lived with them, I'd be depressed because I grew up in the US and I've been spoiled. My tolerance for pain is low and I totally need instant gratification. So the rule of thumb is you do what you can to tolerate pain and be a Jew for as long as you can. can to tolerate pain and be a Chinese for as long as you can. The money you save will be very handy when you're getting married, buying a home, raising up a child, buying a minivan, whatever. \_ My rule of thumb is that food, bills and rent should be less than 40%, and the rest goes to student loans till that's paid off, then it all goes to stockpiling survival gear until I have enough to quit the System and live in my cabin in the deep woods. YMMV. \_ I can't recommend any particular books for this, but I can tell you that the general rule of thumb is you should not spend more than 1/3 of your monthly gross income on your monthly rent or mortgage payment. As for the other things, try keeping a budget for two months. Track *everything* you buy, no matter how small. Then look over your budget and see where you might reasonably make changes. One of the common things people find in recent years when they perform this exercise is that they are spending a ridiculous amount of money on coffee. -dans \_ That rule of thumb doesn't really make sense in the Bay Area where incomes are higher and so are housing costs. You can spend more if you make more and still have plenty to live off of. -ausman \_ Not if you plan to retire at 65 and continue living in the life style you are accustomed to. -dans \_ Actually, by 65 your house should be paid off. Is this really that hard to figure out? Let's say I make $50k/yr as a sysadmin in Atlanta, where I can buy a house for $1000/mo, leaving me $3000/mo to live on, or live in the Bay Area and make $100k/yr and buy a house for $5000/mo, leaving me $3000/mo to live on. How can I save faster for retirement on the Atlanta $3k/mo than on the SF $3k/mo? -ausman \_ because, according to Mr. Dim Wit, you can buy a huge McMansion in Atlanta where you're far away from stupid city folks, where you'll be able to listen to country music as loud as you want without stupid Bay Area Socialists knocking on your doors. And since you'll be far from stupid city folks you'll have a better quality of life and work better and live longer. \_ Totally flawed thinking. By 45 you're old and overpaid and companies will try to find whatever excuse they can to replace you with smarter, more knowledgeable kids, or really smart and cheap Indians to replace your position that was once considered sacred but now all too easy to replace with. \_ I don't think the pay's necessarily commensurate, but there are other compensations to high COL areas, e.g. some goods are fairly fixed in price across the US: cars, computers, etc. \_ Are you seriously suggesting that the salary for a sysadmin in SF is double that of a sysadmin in Atlanta? -dans \_ Are you being obtuse on purpose? The paragraph was proceeded by a "let's say." I seriously suggest that a sysadmin in th Bay Area makes more than one in Atlanta, meaning that you can spend more on housing and still have the same amount left over for living expenses. -ausman \_ Spend less than you make. Savings are good. --dbushong \- maybe you should initially worry about what you agg savings percentage is rather than the composition. some people might pay more rent and live in manhattan and not have a $75k car ... others might may half the rent and have a commuter and a fun car. now if you agg saving is too low, then maybe you need to do some budget accounting and see where the money is going. it's like an analogy to dieting .. if you have 12% body fat and can run a 6min mile, you dont need to worry about your diet ... if you are a chubb, then maybe you should figure out where the colaries are coming from. a car ... others might pay half as much rent but own +75k in cars. now if you agg saving is too low, then maybe you need to do some budget accounting and see where the money is going. consider and analogy to dieting and exercise ... if you have 12% body fat and can run a 6min mile, you dont need to worry about your diet ... if you are a chubb, then maybe you should figure out where the colaries are coming from. additionally there is the temporal compotent ... somebody with $50k yr job in retail and no debt vs somebody making a comaprable salary with +$100k in medical school debt are in verfy diff positions obviously in teh med/long terms but in teh short term this also has different implication for how much discretionary income they are likely to have. \_ That was rather rambling and incoherent, and shouldn't it have been in reply to the main thread, not the "you should save" one?
|2006/2/27-28 [Health] UID:42019 Activity:low|
2/27 The Yellow Fever video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5847984513475560733 \_ d00d, the asian actors are such nerds. the l0s3r white guy, the indian dude, and the black guy were 10x better. \_ I agree. The asian dude's role would've been played much better by any white guy. \_ This is not worth watching. And the name "Yellow Fever" implies it is about Whites' attraction for Asians, rather than Asians' attraction for Whites. \_ I also thought so in the first 5 minutes, but after the white d00d showed up it got so much better. \_ Interesting premise, but it has the feel of a beginning high school or college film makers first attempt, and it shows. -dans \_ The main character reminds me of Urkel.
|2006/2/14-15 [Health] UID:41846 Activity:nil 66%like:41853|
2/14 I hate Valentine's Day \_ Let's get drunk and screw \_ Drinking doesn't seem to actually kill the pain or cause total forgetfullnes. Can someone recommend a drug available on the street that might be more effective? \_ http://www.civanon.org \_ When I had no SO, a bunch of us single geeks at work used to go out and have a nice dinner this day every year. \_ Beware the siren's song, it leads only to that unending nightmare of suffering from which death will be your only relief. \_ Wait, I thought that was birth.
|2006/2/1-3 [Health] UID:41637 Activity:moderate|
2/1 Anyone reccomend a pain reliever for joint (bad shoulder -- ligament damage) pain. 1000mg of acetominaphen is not helping and getting a timely doctor appt is not easy. Thanks \_ I've known several people with chronic back pain who've found accupuncture to help a lot. And unlike back surgery, there's no potential downside. Based on what I've seen, I wouldn't trust a back surgeon unless the *only* alternative were to be totally crippled for life. \_ No potential downside? What about catching HIV from the needles? \_ Right. Or the accupuncturist could knock you out with a tire iron and sell your organs on the black market. Good point. \_ gee, total strawman there \_ Are they required to sterilize the needles in autoclaves? \_ They cleanse the needles with fire and the sword. \_ My mom had successful spinal surgery. Find a surgeon who does it with an endoscope. Her surgeon (in the SF Bay Area, even though she lives elsewhere) said he hadn't had a patient with bad effects of the surgery in over 1000 performed. Surgery is not like it used to be. \_ One time, my drunk friend pulled donuts in an icy parking lot while we took turns hanging on the roof of the car. No one was hurt. Icy parking lots aren't like they used No one was hurt. Icy parking lots just aren't like they used to be. \_ If he did it 1000 times maybe you have a point. \_ To extend the analogy, if my drunk friend made more in a month than your yearly income to con people into taking icy parking lot donut rides, would you really take his word for it about the 1000 successful rides? a month than your yearly income to con people into taking icy parking lot donut rides, would you really take his word for it about the 1000 successful rides? Fuck back surgeons. \_ Had a bad surgeon or something? I'd take the surgeon's word for it based on my mom's results. \_ Not me personally, but someone I know was seriously fucked up by one, and based on that whole experience I wouldn't go near one unless life would really really be uliveable without one. On something like this, I think anecdotal evidence on the negative side is much more important than anecdotal evidence on the positive side. \_ Clair Davies: Trigger Point Therapy. Medically-based personal therapy for long-term myofacial pain, which may be your problem.
|2006/1/18-20 [Health, Health/Skin] UID:41413 Activity:low|
1/18 Pentagon plans to produce Mass Intestination weapon http://tinyurl.com/8qvrf - danh \_ "deploying the weapon merely invites other nations to follow suit." Having already considered that, the Pentagoy has already secretly deployed a Code-Three classfied space-age anti-ADS hidden personnel defense system to all military bases throughout out country. Next time when you visit a military base, don't say anything like "I can put these under my clothes" when you see the $2/roll of aluminum foils in the kitchens, or you'll be immediately $2/roll aluminum foils in the kitchens, or you'll be immediately arrested by the MP's and tossed into a torture chamber! \_ Is "pentagoy" a typo, or are you actually mocking the pentagon for their goyish ways? \_ Sorry. Typo. \_ I guess I don't get it. Is a pain gun worse than a lead pellet gun in some way? \_ Not to mention that it takes seconds to cause an effect. \_ Testing was conducted on heavily-screened "participants," unlikely to represent an actual crowd in terms of health, age, discipline (i.e., moving away rapidly rather than freezing in pain), grouping (i.e., individuals with room to move rather than tightly packed mobs), and bling (i.e., having removed all metal objects prior to testing as opposed to having genital piercing and other objects that might heat up uncomfortably under the ray). Also, consider use of "pain ray" for traceless torture. I'm not saying it's worse, I'm just saying it's more complex.
|2006/1/18-20 [Health, Health/Men] UID:41412 Activity:low|
1/17 What are the pros/cons of doing a workout that doesn't include weights but rather pushups, situps, pullups, dips, etc. versus a weight-lifting workout regimen? I know I can't build as much muscle mass as I could with weights, but are there any benefits? Thanks. \_ What is your goal? \_ My goal is to maintain muscle mass and possibly gain some. I've been lifting weights for years, and I'm just getting bored with it. I've changed up my regimen a few times, but I'm just tired of lifting. I had some decent progress, but I think I'm just in the mood to change my workout drastically. Thanks for all the responses so far. -op \_ Check out http://www.crossfit.com Their approach uses high-intensity training with functional movements like squatting and pullups, and it's very effective for building muscle mass and cutting fat. \_ Depends on what you want, really. Sounds like you're describing weight-training but using your own body weight instead of dumbbells. Any weight exercises (whether your own or others) are beneficial to your muscle - your muscle reacts more to heavier weights of course (e.g. the tear from lifting 200 lbs vs. your body weight of 150 lbs would cause muscle to rebuild in stronger form). Physicians often recommend novices to start doing weights using their own body mass (situps, pushups, dips, etc) before attempting real weights. \_ less control ; more difficult to vary stress levels and/or precisely target different muscles. However it is definitely cheaper and more convenient from an equipment standpoint. You should be somewhat suspect of a regimen tthat someone is trying to 'sell' you if they're going to get some benefit (i.e. a sale) out of you. \_ there is a surprising variation of exercises you can do with just your own body mass. pushups for example: wide stance, narrow, using an exercise ball (either on your feet or on your hands). granted, doesn't have the potential of weights, but there's a lot to be done. \_ You want to increase muscle mass or cardio for your heart? \_ ... or burn fat? \_ ... or build endurance? \_ I have no advice, but I found these fascinating: http://www.geocities.com/rutgerseskrima/art_prison.html http://exn.ca/Stories/2003/06/20/54.asp
|2006/1/17-18 [Health] UID:41398 Activity:nil|
1/16 The medicare drug plan fiasco: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/007451.php
|2005/11/18-21 [Recreation/Computer/Games, Health, Politics] UID:40648 Activity:nil|
11/18 To whoever posted http://urbandead.com here, you rule. -John \_ Agreed. What's your handle and where are you? I wanna come kill you. \_ The game sucks! I became a zombie already. \_ Who else plays this? Is there a limit to how much you can carry? Is there any point keeping low value (0 value?) things like multiple wirecutters?
|2005/10/16 [Health] UID:40119 Activity:low|
10/16 I was walking in downtown SF today and I think I saw blojo walking past me, I was thinking of flagging him down and telling him how much pain and suffering turning on the 'write' bit for all on /etc/motd was causing but then I decided it wasn't worth the effort. - danh \_ Are you the father of /etc/motd.public?
|2005/10/7-9 [Health, Reference/Tax] UID:40016 Activity:nil|
10/7 Can I get some advice on where to go for health insurance? There is a cute set of circumstances which sadly leave me without, and I was wondering where I should go/look to buy it. I would likely want a plan with a high deductible (aka low monthly?) that would basically just be needed if I had some catastrophic health issue. Thanks. -mrauser \_ Mike, I went through the same thing few yrs back and used http://www.ehealthinsurance.com After you feed them your basic info (age, smoking/nonsmoking, zip code, etc) they will present you with a list of options. You can certainly find the high deductible ones with low monthly. For example, I got one through Blue Shield with $2400 deductible (yes, it's outrageous, but) with dues around $86/mo. Assuming you're 30+ yrs old, Bay Area nonsmoker. They also offer short-term insurance (12 months or less) if you're simply between jobs. Hope this helps! - jthoms \_ I got this same plan through Cal Alumni Assoc. Check it out. \_ Forgot to add, with high deductible, you're also eligible to open a Health Savings Acct (the so-called 'Healthcare IRA') or HSA. So with a $2400 deductible, you can open a $2400 HSA and write off $2400 from your 1040 for tax year 2005. Sweet! Go to http://www.hsabank.com for more info (but you don't have to open it through HSA Bank). \_ You still need to make sure that your high deductible plan is HSA-compatible. My wife's Blue Cross plan was not, even though the deductible was $2500. \_ Yes, but if you don't use the money you lose it. \_ Wrong. You're thinking the HCRA, the 'use-it-or-lose-it' acct. HSA is totally separate, you accrue it for life, and you can only use it for qualified medical expenses. (no, your monthly dues don't count, unfortunately). It's a gov't ploy to encourage folks to save up for their hlthcare exp prior to and during retirement. Unlike IRA though, you can use the money even before you turn 59.5, as long as it's for qualified medical exp. STFG for a list. open a Health Savings Acct (the so-called 'Healthcare IRA') or HSA. So with a $2400 deductible, you can open a $2400 HSA and write off $2400 from your 1040 for tax year 2005. Sweet! Go to http://www.hsabank.com for more info (but you don't have to open it through HSA Bank).
|2005/10/3-5 [Health] UID:39951 Activity:nil|
10/3 After seeing drunk people, why do people want to get drunk? \_ There are many states of inebriation one can reach. I suspect what you're classifying as "drunk" is probably way far over on the extreme end of the spectrum. Most people I know that get drunk seldom reach that state, and even if they do, they were usually having an extremely good time up until that point. Personally, I like to reach the heavily buzzed state where I'm not slurring but can definitely feel the effects. -mice \_ after seeing people have fun, why would you yourself not also want to have fun. \_ they don't look like they are having fun. \_ you should see them when they're sober
|2005/9/20-21 [Health, Reference/History/WW2/Germany] UID:39762 Activity:low|
9/20 Simon Wiesenthal, RIP -John \_ If you haven't read "Eichmann In Jerusalem" by Arendt, now is as good a time as any \_ So whatever happened to Gestapo chief Heinrich Muller and \_ They're living in my basement, trolling the motd. Auschwitz doctor Josef Mengele? \_ They're living in my basement, trolling the motd. \_ it's funny that many has strong feeling toward what Nazi has done to Jews, yet worship those in the Yasukuni Shrine.
|2005/9/6-7 [Health, Science/Space] UID:39531 Activity:nil|
9/6 http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=1101220 "Microbiologist Paul Pearce found total sewage bacteria in a water sample from in New Orleans' Ninth Ward to be 45,000 times what would be considered safe for swimming in a pond or a lake. ... Pearce also found 2.2 million parts per unit of human waste bacteria in the floodwater, which is off the charts." \_ nice to see the celtics forward has an off-season hobby
|2005/8/23 [Health, Health/Women] UID:39225 Activity:moderate|
8/23 Utah police go nutzoid: http://www.buzzlife.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62975 \_ So, were all of the bits in the Sherriff's Dept. official statement complete fabrication? \_ Yeah, the police never fabricate anything. \_ This is nothing. The Czech police used a tank! \_ No, but when you have 2 versions of events on the internet, and one requires the police to just be EVIL AND HATE FREEDOM and the other that the people reporting this were on drugs (while at a rave, no less), Occam's Razor says... \_ Well the police's version (paraphrased) is that a large party somebody is probably doing something illegal, so they decided to bust it up and include the SWAT team because regular cops are no match for raver kids. \_ No, the police version is that something was probably illegal, then that they didn't have the right permits, then that they surveilled and there WAS illegal stuff going on, then they went in. \_ So do you suggest Gestapo tactics for other gatherings that include illegal activity, such as rock concerts and frat parties? \_ And you just know at a left-wing political rally somebody's going to be carrying drugs. \_ Right, and at a right wing political rally you know somebody is going to be carrying loaded automatic weaponry without the proper permit. So either way, yay! concealed loaded automatic weaponry, so either way, yay! \_ Um, read some of the local press articles linked to from the various web forums. Guns, Drugs, and note how they bring up the possibility of rape, and how there may be many minors (won't someone think of the children!) there. They make it sound like a Hell's Angels 666th anniversary grill party and baby sacrifice. Occam's razor also says that mindless police brutality and excessive force are not unknown. But then it's just a bunch of drug-addled children, so... -John \_ Heh, I like this: "I saw a dog signal out a guy who obviously had some drugs on him....They had liscenced security guards at the gates confiscating any alcohol or drugs found upon entry (yes, they searched every car on the way in). Oh, I suppose I should mention that they arrested all the security guards for possession."
|2005/8/5-7 [Health, Health/Men] UID:39020 Activity:nil|
8/5 Should I stay away from the Bushes of Hazzard and Stealth? I hear many bad reviews. \_ If you have to ask, then maybe not. But especially Stealth. Dukes' badness might have comic value. Stealth will just be pain. Dukes' badness might have comic value. Stealth will just be pain. Bush's badness might have comic value. Stealth will just be pain. \_ Roger Ebert's review of the Dukes is pretty funny at least http://csua.org/u/cxz
|2005/7/16-18 [Health, Health/Women] UID:38660 Activity:nil|
7/16 Morning-After Pill May Be Banned From Wisconsin University Campuses. Is this a sign of things to come where everything is moving more and more to the right? http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162694,00.html \_ so let em. what're you worried about? government infringing on
|2005/7/10-12 [Health] UID:38509 Activity:nil|
7/9 Has soda said no to drugs? What about rum and screwdriver? http://www.atarimagazines.com/whizkids/showpage.php?issue=drugs&page=1
|2005/6/16-20 [Health] UID:38158 Activity:nil|
6/16 My sister's pepper spray and hair spray got taken away by the airport guys cuz they say that they're pressurized and may explode in air. This got me to wonder if albuteral asthma cans are allowed or not? \_ typically. ditto for epi-pens (epinephrine auto-injectors) \_ Sounds like a potential loophole for terrorists to exploit