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Still No Genetic Link To Longevity

Quality of life, NOT quantity. I had a great-grandmother who lived to be 99. Her final ten years were unhappy ones for her. I do not envy her for her longevity.  (May 10, 2008 | post #5)

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Yale 'Abortion Art' may be more common than is conceived

What exactly is the point to this post, outside of throwing raw meat to the fundies?  (Apr 19, 2008 | post #41)

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Research: Older adults are happiest Americans

It doesn’t surprise me that older folks tend to be happier than the younger generation. Older people have so much to be happy about. There’s dementia. There’s living on a fixed income as the price of food and gasoline skyrocket. There’s losing control of one’s bowels and bladder. There’s watching your friends die, one by one. There’s failing eyesight and diminished hearing. There’s crippling arthritis. There's heart ailments. There’s Alzheimer’s disease. Oh, yes, is it any wonder that the elderly aren’t dancing in the street?  (Apr 18, 2008 | post #34)

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For less-educated workers, good jobs will be harder to find

The larger issue here is there are fewer good jobs in the US. Even for the college educated. Much of our manufacturing has moved offshore in search of cheaper labor. We've outsourced many back office jobs, and many engineering and computer related jobs. With little manufacturing, what remains in the US job market are service sector jobs. A relative few of these are well-paying professions, such as medical doctors, dentists, lawyers, and registered nurses. The vast majority of service sector jobs, however, are low paying jobs, such as restaurant workers. These low paying service sector jobs frequently offer little in the way of healthcare benefits or 401ks. The multi-national corporations that run the global economy are in a race to the bottom in search of sources of cheap labor. In conclusion, there are fewer jobs for the less educated in the US. But focusing on this problem ignores the larger, more general issue that our economy is producing fewer good jobs. Long term job security has become a thing of the past. Middle class incomes are stagnating, while the middle class itself is shrinking. The cost of living continues to rise. The price of a gallon of gas is soaring. The price health care and a college education are rising sharply. And the latest recession has only just begun. To limit this discussion to the problem of employment opportunities for the less educated is indeed seeing the trees but missing the all encompassing vision of the entire forest.  (Mar 26, 2008 | post #72)

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Orderly Universe: Evidence of God?

This argument has almost nothing to do with whether an ordered universe is evidence of god, and almost everything to do with whether we're going to allow radical, evangelical fundie rubes to dictate to the majority the terms of our religion, science, politics, and social policy.  (Mar 3, 2008 | post #9)

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Ben Stein roused by suppression in the science versus rel...

Intelligent design? Gimme a break. Ben Stein is a fool.  (Feb 16, 2008 | post #13)

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The Science Of Kissing

Why do we kiss? Cuz it might get us laid. Duh.  (Feb 8, 2008 | post #4)

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Windows Vista SP1 Releases to Manufacturing -- Now for An...

Rumor has it the New England Patriots used Windows Vista computers, and look what happened to them. Be afraid of Vista. Be very afraid.  (Feb 4, 2008 | post #2)

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Is schizophrenia an infection?

Come on - that's crazy talk.  (Feb 3, 2008 | post #38)

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Where Have All the iPhones Gone?

According to the article, of those 1.7 million heretofore unaccounted for iPhones, 400,000 were sold in Europe, and are, therefore, not AT&T customers. An estimated 500,000 iPhones were hacked. This leaves 800,000 iPhones unaccounted for, and probably still on store shelves around the globe. The bottom line? Demand for iPhones is lower than previously believed.  (Jan 25, 2008 | post #6)

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Study: 2 Years Of Lies Led To Iraq War

Nine hundred and thirty-five lies from the corrupt Bush Administration. And those nine hundred and thirty-five lies are just the ones that misled us into the Iraq war. It's just the tip of the iceberg. Bush has single handedly destroyed the Republican Party.  (Jan 23, 2008 | post #720)

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Oil sets fresh record above $100

Ka-CHING!  (Jan 3, 2008 | post #19)

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Why knots happen spontaneously

Ask knot what your country can do for you...  (Dec 30, 2007 | post #10)

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Next Generation RAM: Remembering The Future

Having chip designers slow down when encountering road blocks in the race to make computers faster and smaller, might have advantages. It might, for example, motivate companies like Microsoft to avoid the temptation of developing ever more bloated operating systems and software applications and concentrate on making the software itself smaller and more efficient. They might even come up with advances in how user-interfaces operate. They could add some innovative new features to web browsers and email clients and other common software applications.  (Dec 29, 2007 | post #3)

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Microsoft Warns of Windows Home Server File Corruption

According to Microsoft Knowledge Base article KB946676: "...files may become corrupted when you save them to the home server...after they have used the following programs to save files to their home servers: • Windows Vista Photo Gallery • Windows Live Photo Gallery • Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 • Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 • Microsoft Money 2007 • SyncToy 2.0 Beta" The problem is not limited to the applications listed, above: "Additionally , there have been customer reports of issues with Torrent applications, with Intuit Quicken, and with QuickBooks program files." So, they seem to be implying a work around would involve saving the files to a local hard drive, and then copying the files to Windows Home Server, keeping a backup copy on your hard drive. This work around would, however, present problems with multiple clients sharing, editing, and saving the same files. In other words, having multiple clients edit files stored on a Home Server should be avoided like the plague until Micro$oft fixes this problem and makes a patch available. Your thinking man or woman can't help but wonder how many other applications have the same issue with Home Server but have yet to be reported.  (Dec 28, 2007 | post #1)

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