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Everything posted by Kimmo

  1. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    you make some good points, rob. it's fairly evident that those who eat healthy, exercise, and have a good lifestyle enjoy much better health than those who don't (including a much lower risk of cancer). not sure about the "serfs", though. modern "serfs" here in america tend to be rather unhealthy, for a variety of reasons.
  2. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    They do seem to be rather ineffective (as current evidence suggests). dangerous and bad for you? there are evidently questions regarding their safety, and without doubt there have been serious and deadly complications from them, but in some ways this seems moot to me, since the reason for getting this vaccination seems (probably) unnecessary in the first place.
  3. The Conservative Party

    you write good campaign speeches (in a flowery hitler kind of way), but i'm not sure i'd use a reference to the arab situation, considering how things are turning out over there. the potential for the most vicious form of regression exists in humans, no matter how progressed we seem. i think it's important to be aware of this, avoiding frivolous declarations of victory over the "evil foe", without understanding who or what the "evil foe" is in the first place.
  4. The Conservative Party

    i don't necessarily agree that their "strategy of obstruction" cost them this election; i'd wager their choice of candidate had more to do with it. if you overlook the fact that a candidate such as romney took nearly half the votes cast, you're overlooking a key piece of the puzzle. like any adaptive organism interested in survival, the republican party will change. how many times in the past have we heard the death knell of a political party? your self-assurance regarding these issues is impressive, but predicting the future lends itself to prognostication much better than to science. Bush got 44% of the latino vote. latinos are a pretty religious group, and if it wasn't for that pesky immigration issue, could easily be swayed into the conservative camp. things change, joe. that's the constant. even more so than "racism", "sexism", "homophobia", etc. etc. in 12 years we might have the "republicans" holding the presidency, house, and senate, yet barely recognize them as today's "republicans". and that could be a good thing. i think there's potential for the repubs to finesse these issues. it's gonna be tricky, but i think it can be done. after all, the south's gonna vote for someone. and this "sewing (sic)" of hate? i don't know man, you sound kinda angry, like you might just be hatin on somebody yourself.
  5. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    some of you might find this article interesting, from Virology Journal, a peer reviewed journal: link A ninth conundrum evident only recently is that epidemiological studies question vaccine effectiveness, contrary to randomized controlled trials, which show vaccines to be effective. For example, influenza mortality and hospitalization rates for older Americans significantly increased in the 80's and 90's, during the same time that influenza vaccination rates for elderly Americans dramatically increased [7,8]. Even when aging of the population is accounted for, death rates of the most immunized age group did not decline [9]. Rizzo et al studying Italian elderly, concluded, "We found no evidence of reduction in influenza-related mortality in the last 15 years, despite the concomitant increase of influenza vaccination coverage from ~10% to ~60%" [10]. Given that influenza vaccinations increase adaptive immunity, why don't epidemiological studies show increasing vaccination rates are translating into decreasing illness?
  6. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    truly so. but one should understand both the risks and benefits for the equation to work, yes? did you read the original linked article?
  7. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    They are *not* free. good point. flu vaccines are a multi-billion dollar industry, and pharma isn't into charity work.
  8. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    really? i think his input to the "vaccine controversy" should be questioned, as should anyone's.
  9. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    not sure if you're serious, but: perhaps because its efficacy seems to be in question? perhaps because the illness it's attempting to prevent is about 0% danger to those that the vaccine *might* actually help? Because of the possible dangers of this vaccine? Because of the limited testing of the vaccine? i don't know.... i tend to shy away from intervention therapies that have serious issues. perhaps your school "strongly recommended" the vaccinations?
  10. Had Your Flu Shots Yet?

    Because it could cause the activation of oncogenic viruses that in most cases are undetectable. Wait, are you saying the flu shot causes cancer? Did you vote for Ron Paul, Jon? http://genome.fieldofscience.com/2009/09/scare-mongering-about-flu-vaccine-and.html?m=1 the blog you cite seems to be a rather poorly written opinion piece, don't you think? Not sure why you are citing it. but regarding the cancer link, never heard about that one....
  11. Medical marijuana grower busts - an ongoing saga

    i'm really going to enjoy this too. i'm just gonna pull up a chair, maybe grab a soda, and really enjoy myself.
  12. The Conservative Party

    i think one big part of the problem is the two party winner take all system we have. parliamentary systems hardly blow ours out of the water, would you not agree? republics aren't panaceas... perhaps not (nor did my assertion identify what the "problem" is, exactly!)
  13. The Conservative Party

    i think one big part of the problem is the two party winner take all system we have.
  14. The Conservative Party

    i think it's a bit more complicated than "buh bye". Some, including you, dismissed future Republican relevance back in '08 when obama won, declaring the party "dead". Then they came roaring back in 2010. Even Romney somehow managed nearly half the popular vote.
  15. The Conservative Party

    this would mean that the "vast majority of our voting population" change party allegiances at least somewhat regularly, and this isn't the case.
  16. Hand/forearm/finger strength

    have you been climbing for a while? if not, i'd say just climb a bunch. your finger strength will improve as your general climbing improves; it's not all just about finger strength. oh and if you're overweight, losing lbs will be a much quicker and safer way to improve apparent finger strength.
  17. Good Alpine Rock Shoe

    comfortable velcro slippers. not sloppy comfortable. then off they come at the belays. i don't know if there's any rock shoe that's comfortable on for long periods that still performs the way a rock shoe should, so might as well have a good performing shoe that isn't a hassle to take on and off.
  18. Mikey

    actually, not so true anymore. maybe the hardest when he did it? although there are possibly other routes he couldn't have done, meaning, difficulty is very subjective.
  19. Ivan: I 1240...GO

    where does your wife teach?
  20. This is interesting...

    sure, we can configure the list to include/exclude any particular discipline, but we are talking "all arounder" here, and imo you can't exclude the purest of the pure rock climbing disciplines. but even with a contrived list, a 5.11 "master" would onsite any and all routes in the given grade (minus obvious sandbags), and this I know of no one doing.
  21. This is interesting...

    Man, I don't personally know ANY who qualify. Any and all 5.11's, including J tree slabs, and offwidths? In a comfortable style? pffffft. only 3 come to mind: honnold, croft, and the late reardon. because they could do all the above, including in the discipline of free solo (the most pure form of our hobby).
  22. Coming Back From Injury

    V7 at seattle bouldering project or stone gardens hah. getting back to your previous level depends a bit on how established you were at that level. if you had just gotten to v7 and were projecting them and getting a few here and there, then i'd guess you'll lose a little ability, a few weeks' worth. but if you were doing them consistently, and for a while, 6 weeks won't drop you much, and you'll be back in a coupla weeks i'd say. but shoot, having a leg injury gives you a good excuse to get stronger, not weaker. time for lots of fingerboarding and campusing, since climbing isn't getting in the way!
  23. tell me what crag you're setting him loose on and I'll share my proprietary expertise!
  24. Whole 30

    is the placebo effect only noted in instances of pain? neither do homeopathics.
  25. Whole 30

    thanks for interesting post. what, 3 to 6 lbs of the critters in the average human gut, and we are born without any. and speaking of homeopathics, what do you, as a scientist, think about the placebo effect?