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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:24:03 am »

LOL I could watch that all day long

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 12, 2014, 01:51:59 pm »
The implication that "Indirect torture is ok" seems to be an outrageous use of language along the lines of "Extraordinary rendition". If you knowingly and complicitly hand a gun to someone then, in my book, you are as culpable as the guy who pulls the trigger. YMMV but the victim is still shot/tortured/whatever.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 12, 2014, 12:25:10 pm »
Its not just America, though. I don't believe for a minute that British hands are clean. The "Free World" seems to be guilt-free when it comes to torture etc, etc.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 11, 2014, 03:49:42 pm »
Yeah, its weird. It was big news then it was gone. I checked the Beeb website because I knew I had seen this break initially, probably in the middle of the night when I was watching the BBC news channel at obscure o'clock. Then I got to thinking. Seems to me [though I could easily be wrong] that news is only "News" when the bodies are still buried, the plane is still missing, the kidnapped girls are still being sought for. Nope, scratch that, the plane is still missing and the schoolgirls are still missing, and gthe "News" is never going to tell you where the bodies are buried.

I got nothing

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 11, 2014, 11:14:22 am »
Further examples of the shamelessness of UK media outlets.

Major stories lately could include such thing as:

More massive hacks at Sony, to the point where it's looking like "Everything's gone. EVERYTHING". Emails, full details of employees, management, customers, the lot. Early releases apparently include details of exec's pay. I hear it's considerable, particularly considering how well Sony have been doing of late.

Indications that "Everything's gone" include films due to be released in 2015 appearing on torrent sites. Not one or two, we're talking at least 5. DVD screener quality.

Obviously totally unrelated to this, Various torrent sites are currently offline with rumours abound of the Pirate bay being raided (again) and shut down (again).

Yet most places, no mention of either, at all. Almost as if it's not worth mentioning. Depressingly, Sony losing all their shit really isn't. It's more the scale (and distribution) of loss and the highly co-incidental timings that I'm looking at here.

Principia Discussion / Re: What degree are you?
« on: December 07, 2014, 01:03:47 am »
I'm 45 degrees so I seem to be pretty sharp - though I might actually be 315 in disguise, its hard to know really

Bring and Brag / Re: Creating things out of Chaos
« on: November 10, 2014, 10:49:32 am »
I don't care who composed it but it is pretty catchy

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Demanding parents
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:52:02 pm »
The lack of any framing context to explain the use of the material is more problematic than the quotation. This is nowhere near a sufficient "lift" to be outside the realms of "fair usage". Its a book of 340pp six short paragraphs - sounds like fair usage to me.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Demanding parents
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:43:32 pm »
We seem to have a plagiarism issue here.

Fix it, Holist.

<SNIP>  Whichever way the individual turns to find a solution (and these strategies may be used consistently or inconsistently), he or she will not have mastered the basic process of self-regulation and will remain prone to being overdemanding or underdemanding of others. (Sue Gerhardt)

As a citation its maybe a bit too subtle - but its definitely there, and I've seen a lot worse treatment of original sources around here over the years. So nothing really to fix. Certainly not plagiarism, but the quote definitely needs some explanation

Was it this one

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture

Fuck it to hell. Siwa doesn't need any more dumbass outsiders pissing around with their culture in the name of the great god Sustainability. They have a wonderful traditional building material called kershef that is perfect for their needs. It is a mixture of sand and rock salt and mud, all of which are in plentiful supply on the oasis. It produces buildings which are naturally temperature stabilised. Its not waterproof but in the middle of the Western desert that is rarely an issue, yanno. The Siwans' problem is that incoming Egyptians and other foreigners are more likely to build in concrete, meaning that their traditional building skills are in danger of being lost.
So, Hey dumb artist type, ya wanna build a building made of blood???
Put it in the City of London, or on Wall Street, or somewhere else where the blood of the innocent is worshipped as a by-product. And if you can make a death generate profit twice, well that's a bankers wet dream isn't it?

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Also, did you know
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:56:20 pm »
Oh god damn it I just fell for it AGAIN.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Also, did you know
« on: October 16, 2014, 05:36:48 pm »
...that when it snows, my eyes become large, and the light that you shine can be seen?

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: So did you know
« on: October 16, 2014, 04:14:46 pm »
...that your skin has odor receptors?

Your whole body is a nose.

You're welcome.

How does this work, are their functions related to perspiration, heat detection etc?

“If you think of olfactory receptors as specialized chemical detectors, instead of as receptors in your nose that detect smell, then it makes a lot of sense for them to be in other places,” said Jennifer Pluznick, an assistant professor of physiology at Johns Hopkins University who in 2009 found that olfactory receptors help control metabolic function and regulate blood pressure in the kidneys of mice."
People call them olfactory receptors because the first place that they identified these structures was in the noses of members of their own species.

Humans have about 350 different kinds of olfactory receptors, and that is on the low end for vertebrates. (Mice, and other animals that depend heavily on their sense of smell for finding food and evading predators, have more than 1,000.)

“More than 15 of the olfactory receptors that exist in the nose are also found in human skin cells,” said the lead researcher, Dr. Hanns Hatt.

Its still an interesting finding, though, with potential for the development of treatments which, historically, (and by that I mean right up to the day before the research was published) would have sounded as weird and off-the-wall as dowsing or dare I say homeopathy or any other "treatment" which sounds utterly unbelievable.

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