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  • On 24 Jul 2014 in Florida man demands right to wed computer, curious2 said:

    The first MacBook was built in 2006. Sevier's MacBook is therefore less than nine years old. Having asserted that the MacBook should be treated as a person, Sevier should be prosecuted for sex with a minor. Sevier did not specify whether he wanted the MacBook to be bride or groom, but as a CHOMO, Sevier would be at risk of ending up a prison wife.

    The MacBook should also be checked to see if Sevier might have given it a virus.

    After Sevier's abuse, the MacBook may need years of psychotherapy from Norton Disk Doctor, including expensive drug treatment for which Sevier must bear financial responsibility. If Sevier has any remaining assets, those become automatically the property of Apple Inc., as per page 317 of the Terms of Service, which Sevier agreed to by operating the MacBook.

  • On 24 Jul 2014 in Fox "News" is an unhealthy (and ignorant) lifestyle, curious2 said:

    Call it Crazy says

    iwog says

    Where was the study debunked again? Why would you even claim such a thing without even citing the source??

    Google is your best friend....

    (Notice this was from the Huffpost)

    Dan would probably have the most precise term for that substitution, some subspecies of strawman, but the bottom line is that the HuffPo article did not "debunk" the study. The study, and many others, have found that Fox viewers tend to be the least informed. I posited a likely explanation: people who trust that source tend not to check any other source. That does not mean Fox made them dumber than they were before, although I would point out a different study done years ago (I can no longer find it) about the first Gulf War, before Fox News even launched. TV news viewers (regardless of network) were the most misinformed; for example, 80% could identify Raytheon as the manufacturer of the Patriot missile that was being used to defend against Iraqi SCUD missiles, but most didn't know that the Patriot missile had failed to shoot down any SCUD missiles, and most couldn't find Kuwait on a map. I have a highly intelligent and educated friend who has been saying for years that the world is going to collapse any day now, he's obese and suffering health problems; I realized eventually the source of his nihilistic fears: he watches TV news every day. In other words, watching TV (especially news, and especially Fox "news") can be hazardous to your mind in addition to your health.

  • On 24 Jul 2014 in The modern women can no longer cook, they no longer want children and..., curious2 said:

    This thread has one of the most ridiculous headlines of any on PatNet, including tovbot's gibberish, but the thread has hundreds of comments so I'll just briefly contribute some obvious points of information:

    Martha's a grandmother who built a hugely successful business after an earlier career in finance, and yes, she cooks. One might also mention Oprah, and countless others (partisans can pick their favorites between Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin). I hope these were mentioned at least once in the pages of prior comments in this thread, but my only word for the OP is, "Nominated."

  • On 24 Jul 2014 in Fox "News" is an unhealthy (and ignorant) lifestyle, curious2 said:

    Further studies have also found that Fox News viewers are the least informed, including a follow-up phoning 1,200 people by landline and cellular phone; a recent survey on immigration found that only 12% of respondents who most trust Fox News knew that deportations have increased since President Obama took office. The findings may be related to the fact that Faux Noise viewers are the least likely to check multiple sources; it's like preaching to the choir: the choir doesn't check what other religions (or science) might be saying, they keep rehearsing the hymnal.

  • On 23 Jul 2014 in 1 in 5 houses unoccupied, curious2 said:

    The OP headline needs a big correction. The linked article says that one in five in foreclosure are zombies, total 141k. The USA has more than 100 million housing units. The 2010 Census reported 14% vacancy; I don't know the current number, but the article doesn't say either.

  • On 19 Jul 2014 in Where in the world is Casey Kasem?, curious2 said:

    The saga continues: "A judge has granted Casey Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's wife from cremating his remains, but it's unclear where those remains are or whether they've already been disposed of."

  • On 16 Jul 2014 in Addendum: No Kids and now, generally losing interest in women, curious2 said:

    Rin, your three threads on this topic seem to reflect what may turn out to be a briefly held perspective at an otherwise unrepresentative stage of your life. While you are young and fit and smart and successful financially, if you pay escorts at all, it is to go away after you have finished with them; that isn't really the same as paying for sex, and the escorts you meet that way are of a different type. As you get older, you may find that the dynamics change. Consider the Google exec who got murdered, and the owner of a certain basketball team: money might enable you to spend time with people you'd be better off without. Ditto your copied & pasted thread about the Philippines, which seems as though it might have been a fictional narrative written by a hotelier in an otherwise unknown city to generate business. For the time in your life while you are genuinely attractive, escorts may want to be with you and do things with you and if you pay them it's to leave; later, your options may narrow, and your perspective might change. People tend to be their own worst enemies, and people with more money than they know how to handle can be doubly so.

  • On 16 Jul 2014 in Comcast won't let customers cancel, curious2 said:

    Business Insider reports that a former Comcast rep said, "They make you do that... You have to follow a certain path. And if you don't follow it, you can be written up. They'll make up something like, 'You didn't ask this question,' or 'You should have done that.' That was an average retention representative he was on the phone with..." I switched away from AT&T for similar reasons: they advertise teaser rates that expire, and then you have to waste an hour on the phone with their 'customer service'. Eventually, I decided the savings did not justify the time and abuse. Smaller, independent companies can be much, much better.

  • On 16 Jul 2014 in Where in the world is Casey Kasem?, curious2 said:

    The late great Casey Kasem died June 15. Reportedly, he had wished to be buried in California, but he remains unburied, with future burial location unknown.

    "Kasem died after a long illness, during which his wife and children from his first marriage fought over seeing him.
    Kasem's second wife, Jean Kasem, has the rights to his body and hasn't arranged for him to be buried.

    St. Anthony Hospital spokesman Scott Thompson said Jean Kasem collected her husband's remains after he died, but Thompson didn't know what arrangements she made."

    A remarkable life reached a particularly sad end.

  • On 16 Jul 2014 in Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court case, curious2 said:

    Bellingham Bill says

    The value of a functional [pick a part of body here] is simply too great for their [sic] not to be economic rents involved in this market sector.

    That might apply in the emergency sector, which accounts for less than 10% of total medical spending, but the old Blue Cross model offered some potential to address it (back in the years before it became a conduit to capture mandatory subsidized insurance rents). The remaining 90%+ consists of "elective" procedures, maintenance of chronic conditions, and so on, all of which offer opportunities for competition. Your eyes are tremendously valuable, but Zenni makes perfectly good glasses for $10, so you don't need to pay into the multi-faceted Luxxotica monopoly if you don't want to (unless your employer requires it as a purported "benefit"). The patents on polymacon contact lenses also expired decades ago, so those should cost less than $1 each if you could simply buy them without an Rx, which is why the recipients of the extra spending lobby to maintain the Rx requirements. Luxxotica is the most conspicuous example, turning its monopoly markup into a purported "benefit" by (1) lobbying for the Rx requirement and then (2) selling you vision insurance, usually as an employer-required "benefit" so they can use your money against you by returning to step 1 and repeating the process. The brain is likewise essential, but if you have a headache, you can choose freely among acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, and other options, all for less than $0.02/pill, because you have a free choice with neither mandates nor subsidies.

    Bellingham Bill says

    curious2 says

    You mentioned RU486, under the brand name Plan B.


    If your mind is boggled by the distinction between brand names and generic terms, you should read more widely instead of choosing ignorance. Meanwhile, you can play games if you like, and it might help you learn the difference between "their" and "there":

  • On 16 Jul 2014 in Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court case, curious2 said:

    Bellingham Bill says

    If you're looking for the free market to do this, you have a religion not an actual functional ideology.

    To illustrate that claim, you supplied a graph showing a group of countries that do not have a free market in medicine. Can you please explain how your claim is connected to your graph?

    Also, your comments in general reflect confirmation bias, i.e. you find some data that (in your mind) confirm what you already believed, and you ignore everything else. I think you ignore more users than anyone else on PatNet. It might be very comforting for you, but it is not a credible or reliable process of judgment.

    Most comments on the Hobby Lobby case have ignored the real problem; mell is among the few who seem to get the issue at all.

    To understand what the current Democratic party has sacrificed for its corporate sponsors, and the depth of loss in the Hobby Lobby decision, you have to go back to the history of Roe v Wade. People think of that case as establishing a right to choose abortion, but it located that right within the professional judgment of the physician. In Planned Parenthood v Casey, the first female justice on the court (who was also a lifelong Republican) relocated the right from the physician to the patient, stating that she had a right to choose without government imposing an "undue burden" on that choice. Most Republicans have campaigned against abortion since Roe v Wade, while most Democrats have campaigned as pro-choice.

    In the Obamacare case before the Supreme Court, the current administration argued that if a woman chose to have an abortion, she was participating in commerce and the government could require her to submit to comprehensive medical insurance policies for her whole life. It was breathtaking. A Democratic administration had essentially abandoned Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey, and no Democrats complained; to the contrary, many "feminist" groups called it a victory and had been fooled into looking forward to promised benefits.

    You mentioned RU486, under the brand name Plan B. The patent on RU486 expired years ago, and there is no inherent reason for it to cost more than $0.10. But, it is available only under the brand name Plan B, for $40. That is a more than 40,000% markup, and it used to be even higher when government regulations required an Rx and limited it to "behind the counter" at pharmacies. As those government restrictions have been removed, the price has fallen, predictably.

    Similarly, the patents on safe and effective birth control pills have long since expired, so they too should cost less than $0.10 each, i.e. less than $40/year. To the extent they cost more than that, it isn't the fault of Hobby Lobby. The undue burden of higher costs is instead created by the Rx requirement.

    Instead of solving that problem, Obamacare enlarges it. Now, even brand name reformulations will be covered as "preventive care" with no co-payment. Note that these reformulations cannot possibly be more effective, and they won't be safer either; if anything, they'll be less safe, because by definition they won't have the decades of experience establishing the safety of the older drugs. But they will have one thing: a glossy DTC ad campaign, replete with TV ads on Lifetime. PhRMA can make 100 of these, and in half the clinical trials the women will tend to gain weight (randomly) while in the other half the women will tend to lose weight (again, randomly). Cue the wall-to-wall TV ads on daytime TV, "In clinical trials, more women taking WonderPill lost weight compared to the old fashioned pills" (or whatever other coincidental "benefit" may have occurred). Now WonderPill can get marked up to $100/pill, $40k/year with the Rx permission slips, and the apparent cost to the customer remains zero. You're already paying for it, why not get what you've paid for? After all, you're worth it. Note that WonderPill doesn't need actually to be any better than the old generic cheap pill in order to cost literally 1,000x more, and you'll begin to see what the game is actually about.

    While the Republicans have been screaming about religious noise, the Democrats have sacrificed individual rights to their corporate sponsors, who have looted the store. If the Republicans were in charge, RU486 would be illegal; with the Democrats in charge, it's available with only a 4,000% markup, spread via mandatory "shared responsibility" onto everyone. As between the two, the Republicans are worse, but the party that would protect you from them is not exactly pure either.

  • On 15 Jul 2014 in Obamacare Fails to Fail -, curious2 said:

    Of course it didn't fail: it was designed to increase spending, which was already the highest in the history of the world, and spending has indeed increased. We are paying more than ever before to the corporations represented by the lobbyists who wrote the legislation. Instead of falling into line with peer countries' medical spending, even after the American industry was charging more than the market would bear, American medical spending continued to increase. We have neither a free market system nor a socialist system, either of which would be cheaper and better; we have a lemon socialist system, which maximizes power (including revenue) for its authors at the expense of everyone else. It operates as designed.

    CL says

    reduction in the number of uninsured Americans since last fall.

    The number of uninsured remains around the same as it was before the current administration took office. In the interim, the number increased and then returned to where it had been previously. Besides, the insurance fetish is a commercial media creation: "health insurance" isn't "health care," and "health care" certainly isn't health. If your goal is to improve health, then obsessing over insurance makes no sense, but if you are deluded by commercial media to maximize spending, then the insurance fetish makes perfect sense, because mandatory subsidized insurance provides the most lucrative mechanism by which to maximize political power and lemon socialist revenue. The same process (and many of the same people, including the NY Times and Ezra Klein) who previously sold you the Iraq war have made even more $$$ selling you the legislation that you promote for them in threads like this one, while their clients have continued killing more Americans than the Iraq war and terrorists combined ever did.

  • On 15 Jul 2014 in Portrait of a Republican voter, curious2 said:

    A report from yesterday makes me want to thank iwog for this comment. As most of us on PatNet have observed, iwog has a talent for being right most of the time. I don't know for certain whether yesterday's report involved the same commenter (rootvg), but here is the report that reminded me of this thread; SFist interviewed the "Hot Cop of Castro," whose photo has provided an alternative to the "fine (looking) felon" of June fame, and the cop recounted a recent traffic stop:

    "Fairly recently, I was conducting traffic control at Market and 4th Street. I saw a marked unit pull over a car near where I was standing, and I kind kept them in the corner of my eye, just in case things went sideways. The guy gets out of his car, and sure enough I see him lunge toward his backseat. I run over there to assist, get him in cuffs. And I open his back door to see what he was lunging for, and there was a fully locked and loaded assault rifle. Considering this guy's mental state, I'm just glad we got to him before he got to his destination."

    Again, I don't know for certain if the would-be assailant was the same commenter who posted threats on PatNet hiding behind the pseudonym rootvg, but rootvg disappeared around the same time as the reported traffic stop, and his comments seemed one Larry Craig bust away from explosion.

  • On 14 Jul 2014 in Animal questions, curious2 said:

    CL says

    Have you had any prior experience with that via 911?

    No, but Oakland PD are notorious for immediately putting dogs out of their misery - even healthy dogs in their own backyards. You might also call the DEA if you think they might mistake the dog for a mule, but make sure you're far away by the time they arrive. Florida has people who respond to alligators and crocodiles, there must be something for dogs.

    CL says

    Can you tell me more about the sandy soil idea?

    Umm, there isn't much more to tell: if you get sand into places where it doesn't belong, it can cause itchy irritation, either directly or by making the irritated tissue more vulnerable to infection (e.g., bacterial or fungal).

  • On 14 Jul 2014 in Animal questions, curious2 said:

    1) The 24/7 "911 type service" would be either 911 or 311.

    2) Switch vets. What makes you believe the UTI and the sit&spin are even related? There was a myth about urine being supposedly sterile, but it was never true, and humans tend to have harmless UTIs. Even if the behavior started because of an itchy infection, the habit might continue after the infection cleared, and sandy soil might cause a self-reinforcing cycle of itchy irritation. You might try changing the dog's diet and increasing exercise: maybe jog instead of walking, so there won't be time to sit&spin; perhaps the dog might drink more water if you grind some dry food into it. Read widely on the interwebs and watch some videos on YouTube, you might find better (and worse) ideas there.

  • On 7 Jul 2014 in Smartphones start getting Infrared - at long last, curious2 said:

    CaptainShuddup says

    The products we buy or see at the stores only have the features that....

    support the revenue models of the cellular carriers, who are the primary customers. The FIRE economy has burned through everything, so even phones are bought primarily on credit and financed by carriers, and that affects the designs.

    For example, according to GSM Arena, the European LG G3 includes an FM radio, but the American version will not. The American cellular carriers are bundling streaming music services to take over the Spotify/Pandora/Rhapsody market, and selling unlimited data packages, and they don't want customers listening to FM radio for free. AT&T financed the development of the iPhone, and Apple made a fortune by focusing the development on only those features that make the most revenue for the manufacturer and its carrier partners. Google employs a small team to develop Android, and the developers can only respond to feature requests from carriers, they don't have time to build for customers; thus, Android can send IR to support Samsung's WatchOn app (which generates revenue), but can't receive IR.

    BTW, Samsung locked their European phones so that customers would need to activate them in Europe before bringing them to America, and that happened specifically to prevent American customers from importing European phones. It's like with Obamacare stopping Americans from importing Rx drugs. From the perspective of your government and the corporations that control it, you are a captive market, and customers must not be allowed to import from other places that haven't been taken over by the same companies.

  • On 7 Jul 2014 in Future building with concrete bricks?, curious2 said:

    tatupu70 says

    The papers I've seen highlight the environmental aspect over the improvement in concrete properties (although some do show improved fracture toughness).

    Grants related to the study of climate change have caused papers on practically every subject to highlight environmental aspects, in the same way that PR campaigns cause commercial "news" to tout advertisers' latest wares. Concrete has really improved though, in every way including toughness and even appearance. The only other thing on earth that can even approach the speed and strength of concrete in making liquid stone and then hardening it is a volcano, and concrete is much easier to handle in a downtown environment.

  • On 7 Jul 2014 in Smartphones start getting Infrared - at long last, curious2 said:

    TV Be Gone (TM):

    There ought to be an app for that.

  • On 7 Jul 2014 in Smartphones start getting Infrared - at long last, curious2 said:

    Android Police and The Verge have interesting articles on this topic. The American LG G3 seems disappointing compared to international versions, perhaps due to deals cut with American cellular carriers that tend to cripple features that would undermine carrier revenue models. I would like to see the LG G Pro 2, but it seems unavailable despite having been announced months ago. Perhaps related to Android's omission of native infrared reception, LG seems to have removed that feature from the G3 and G Pro 2, even though it worked in the G2.

  • On 6 Jul 2014 in Future building with concrete bricks?, curious2 said:

    New Renter says

    The company also mentions "extraordinary tensile strength" normally a weakness of masonry.

    Beginning in New York in the 1980s, and continuing more recently in California, secrets of ancient Roman concrete have been re-discovered: volcanic ash and seawater. Since the 1980s, reinforced concrete has achieved tensile strength approaching steel. Older, unreinforced masonry raises concerns in earthquake zones, but recent materials can be tremendously strong and durable.

    New Renter says

    I'd like to see if building with these bricks will meet CA building codes.

    Alas, codes tend to protect local industries, so I imagine they might put up resistance. It's like Uber vs the taxi companies: Uber needed to raise a lot of cash in an IPO, not because it takes a lot of supercomputing power to schedule a pickup, but rather because it takes a lot of political power to battle or bribe local taxi commissions. The MID and other subsidies that enable people to overpay for housing have consequently enabled whole protected industries of wasteful spending, and those won't give up their markups without a fight.

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