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Everything's metal if you look hard enough..
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https://globalnews.ca/news/4999857/herba...c-insulin/

Lie on a mortgage application, face a 10 year federal prison term and up to a million dollar fine.

Be an utter and complete quack who jeopardizes people's health? Eh. FDA has better things to do, apparently. We'll worry about slap on the wrist prison terms after a kid's dead.
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We are long overdue for a reckoning on the quackery that passes for "alternative medicine" in this country. I watched my grandmother go to her grave convinced that this time, this bullshit magical fruit juice or supplement or whatever would be the thing that finally took care of the cancer that she might very well have overcome completely had she undergone actual non-crazy treatment right off the bat rather than several years down the road.
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(02-27-2019, 05:06 PM)commodorejohn Wrote: We are long overdue for a reckoning on the quackery that passes for "alternative medicine" in this country. I watched my grandmother go to her grave convinced that this time, this bullshit magical fruit juice or supplement or whatever would be the thing that finally took care of the cancer that she might very well have overcome completely had she undergone actual non-crazy treatment right off the bat rather than several years down the road.

A complete crackdown and systemic overhaul of how we treat alternative medicine quackery, scam mega-churches that are really businesses, and parents who let their kids die for "religious reasons" is sorely needed.

**Sorry to hear about your grandmother. This garbage preys on the most vulnerable and susceptible among us.
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(02-27-2019, 05:24 PM)Overlord Wrote: **Sorry to hear about your grandmother. This garbage preys on the most vulnerable and susceptible among us.
That's exactly it. Fortunately, she did get treatment, eventually, and had a long run before it finally took her (considering how long she put it off, anyway,) but watching her spend years feeding these leeches, even in the final year or so when it should've been undeniable that her time was pretty well up, filled me with a profound urge to maul somebody.
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(02-27-2019, 05:30 PM)commodorejohn Wrote:
(02-27-2019, 05:24 PM)Overlord Wrote: **Sorry to hear about your grandmother.  This garbage preys on the most vulnerable and susceptible among us.
That's exactly it. Fortunately, she did get treatment, eventually, and had a long run before it finally took her (considering how long she put it off, anyway,) but watching her spend years feeding these leeches, even in the final year or so when it should've been undeniable that her time was pretty well up, filled me with a profound urge to maul somebody.

And the police almost never seem to care ....  sorry.
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/apos-rex-rexe...46415.html

Largest T-Rex skeleton ever found ... seems like the species had enormous size variation.

T-Rex, thought recently to be four or five down the list "bulk-wise" among predator dinosaurs, may have just recaptured the top spot.
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This is the kind of thing that makes me optimistic for the future.

Designs are underway for a floating city that could sustain Category 5 hurricanes, support 10,000 residents.
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(03-27-2019, 03:35 PM)Overlord Wrote: https://www.yahoo.com/news/apos-rex-rexe...46415.html

Largest T-Rex skeleton ever found ... seems like the species had enormous size variation.

T-Rex, thought recently to be four or five down the list "bulk-wise" among predator dinosaurs, may have just recaptured the top spot.

We've only seen smaller skeletons 'cause nobody ever caught the big ones
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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This is crazy:

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/anci...permafrost

Quote:From about 1550 to 1850, a global cold snap called the Little Ice Age supersized glaciers throughout the Arctic. On Canada’s Ellesmere Island, Teardrop Glacier extended its frozen tongue across the landscape and swallowed a small tuft of moss.

Since 1850, the plant lay frozen under a 100-foot-thick slab of ice as humans discovered antibiotics, visited the moon and burned two trillion tonnes of fossil fuels.

Thanks to this latest exploit, evolutionary biologist Catherine La Farge arrived centuries later at Teardrop’s melting edge to find the tuft of the species Aulacomnium turgidum finally free from its icy entombment. The moss was faded and torn but sported a verdant hue — a possible sign of life.

Climate change stories often highlight the teetering fragility of Earth’s ecological system. The picture grew even more dire when a United Nations report said that one million of our planet’s plant and animal species face the specter of extinction. But for a few exceptional species, thawing ice caps and permafrost are starting to reveal another narrative – one of astonishing biological resilience.

Researchers in a warming Arctic are discovering organisms, frozen and presumed dead for millennia, that can bear life anew. These ice age zombies range from simple bacteria to multicellular animals and their endurance is prompting scientists to revise their understanding of what it means to survive.
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So what you're telling me is that the next remake of The Thing is going to feature global warming as the device that sets the plot in motion?
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Forget The Thing remake...Hollywood needs to jump on this-

A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon


I, for one, welcome our new Tardigrade masters...

[Image: tardigrade-e1443382010464.jpg?w=1024&h=576&crop=1]
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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I thought we all agreed that Harbinger Down was a terrible, terrible movie.
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Crime... in space!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/us/na...YzlZE1JwcB
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(08-24-2019, 01:46 AM)Iron Maiden Wrote: Crime... in space!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/us/na...YzlZE1JwcB

Assuming she wasn't 1.)An owner of the account or 2.)a signatory or otherwise authorized user, you'd think an astronaut would be smarter than to "identity theft" their way into an ex's financial records.

Of course, it could just be a harmless mistake because the account was used for community/quasi-community purposes until recently, and the ex is running to the NYT to try to ruin a career out of spite.

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Good luck to India, as its attempt to land on the moon inches closer:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecarter...a099966ae1

Quote:At 4.25 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, September 6, India will attempt to become the fourth country to land on the moon. 

Whether its daring Chandrayaan-2 mission is a success or not remains to be seen. However, its lander, called Vikram, and its rover, named Pragyan, are just a taster of what the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has planned for the exploration of space in the coming decade. 

Next up comes a landmark mission to put Indian “gaganaut” astronauts into low-Earth orbit, balloons on Venus, and even an attempt to land on Mars. 
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It's not looking good for Vikram. Communications lost within 2km of touchdown, data being analyzed. The descent during fine braking appears to have been steeper than planned.
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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NASA's lunar orbiter will try and spot Vikram today:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi...155803.cms
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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We know how this story ends:

   
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These videos popped up a couple of years ago - in the New York Times, no less - but it's interesting that the military has officially said, yeah, these are unidentified aerial phenomenon.

https://nerdist.com/article/ufo-videos-t...authentic/

The linked article says they're likely drones, which....maybe? They don't seem to behave like drones.
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Elon? Elon Reeve Musk? Young man, have you been committing petty fraud to pad your wallet? We need to have a talk about this, son.
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https://phys.org/news/2020-02-ghost-dna-...eople.html

In addition to Eurasian/Neanderthal and Oceania/Denisovian interbreeding deep in human history, recent DNA analysis of roughly 500 west africans suggests there was another such event or process 50kya with an unknown third Homo type.
If I could change to liquid, I'd fill the cracks and bend the rocks.
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Late-Paleolithic intermingling of the different early-modern/late-premodern hominids is one of the more fascinating discoveries to come out of modern DNA analysis. It's always interesting to hear about the newly-discovered wrinkles in the history of the human race that keep cropping up.
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