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Apple Talk / Duty calls.
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:35:49 pm »
Well y'all, there have been some more reports of prairie sharks out west again, so I'll be heading out to Montana for a week to see what I can do about that. Posting will be sporadic, as those bastards tend o be like writhing Farrady cages.


Technology for CF Life Transitions Challenge seeks a technology-based solution that will keep life organized and manageable.

CF adds layers of complexity in managing transitions throughout adulthood. Create an elegant and seamless solution that helps adults with CF manage the challenges they face when experiencing these transitions. Make it less about CF and more about life - this should not be another “adherence” app, and creativity is expected.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a rare, life-threatening genetic disease affecting approximately 75,000 people worldwide.

People with CF are born with a defective gene that leads the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that affects multiple organs, including the lungs and gastrointestinal tract. There is no cure for CF. As patients grow-up, they are faced with increasingly complex care regimens that take several hours daily.

Today, for the first time in history the majority of people with CF are over the age of 18 and they are facing life transitions. These include transitions from pediatric to adult care, from high school to college and young adult life and from parental control to independence regarding self-care. Unfortunately, all of these transition points are further complicated by the unpredictability of CF, which may require multiple, unexpected, weeks-long hospitalizations. It is within this context that people with CF strive for a “normal” life.

First place is worth $50,000.  And the chance to make someone's life better.

Apple Talk / Farewell, Mrs Donaghy...
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:50:42 pm »

Aneristic Illusions / OK, honest HobbyLobby question
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:02:51 am »
So, the ACA was put in place to make sure that people could get affordable insurance, regardless.

Many employers offer insurance as a benefit that a worker's pay is taken off the top t

The ACA says that if an employer wants to do this, they must comply with a certain amount of rules.

If the employer doesn't want to offer this, then they can stop offering health insurance as a benefit. The employee will get the money taken off the top and get their own insurance.

If I have the above correct, then the "least obstructive option" to those who don't like the ACA mandate is to not offer the benefit.


Someone explain who knows more that me.  Without the conspiracy, please.

But it's not what you'd think.

Nearly half of U.S. employers test job applicants and workers for drugs. A common assumption is that the rise of drug testing must have had negative consequences for black employment. However, the rise of employer drug testing may have benefited African-Americans by enabling non-using blacks to prove their status to employers. I use variation in the timing and nature of drug testing regulation to identify the impacts of testing on black hiring. Black employment in the testing sector is suppressed in the absence of testing, a finding which is consistent with ex ante discrimination on the basis of drug use perceptions. Adoption of pro-testing legislation increases black employment in the testing sector by 7-30% and relative wages by 1.4-13.0%, with the largest shifts among low skilled black men. Results further suggest that employers substitute white women for blacks in the absence of testing.


Not safe for work, unless your boss is hard of hearing and likes ice cream.

Literate Chaotic / The Problem with Punishment, the thread
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:43:59 am »
ok, I haven't even gotten into it yet, just reading the overview, and I am immediately struck by the fact that I was confused.  Then, I was reactionist.  What do you MEAN the state is immoral to punish.  It's a society of laws!  He who breaks the law goes back to the house of pain....

Something tickled the back of my head, that the punished are still members of society, and the state as an obligation to the citizen, which MAY have a slight opposition.

But I have a lot of resistance.  Which means I will be challenged by this book.  Which means I want to read more.

« on: April 30, 2014, 12:33:12 am »
Your new anthem has arrived.



Apple Talk / Adventures in Slack, chapter thirtyleven
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:37:56 pm »
I managed to be in the office for eight hours, and didn't actually do anything.

Except meet my wife for lunch and drink margaritas.

I got paid for that.

Apple Talk / Get off my planet, part 936
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:26:50 pm »
(With apologies to Roger for stealing one of his taglines)

This was alluded to in the dGrasse Tyson thread, but WHAT THE FUCKING SHITKNUCKLES CHRIST is this?

I don't even care that it's some actor who pretended to be a space captain.  That would be like thinking Jan-Michael Vincent has some sort of special insight when it comes to helicopters.

No, the point is that it's a show about heliocentrism.  Which we should have done away with IN THE FIFTHEENTH FUCKING CENTURY.

The kicker?  I'll leave it to the article:

Sungenis [the movie’s principal] also happens to be a Holocaust  denier who believes in the “New World Order” and who writes articles about how Jewish people have aligned themselves with Satan. In fact, he’s such a notorious anti-semite that even his own local bishop, Kevin Rhoades of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, has gone on record distancing himself from the guy and his “Catholic” organization. Seriously, do you know how much of an ass you have to be to get a bishop to notice you?

To sum up:


Aneristic Illusions / The best election money can buy.
« on: April 02, 2014, 03:19:41 pm »
Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions

Basically, there's no longer a cap on how much an individual can contribute to a campaign or PAC.

Maybe we should just skip the entire "voting" part, and just weigh the amount of money a candidate has collected by election day.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Neil deGrasse Tyson, super-cool dude.
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:50:04 pm »
"As an educator, I try to get people to be fundamentally curious and to question ideas that they might have or that are shared by others," he told HuffPost Science. "In that state of mind, they have earned a kind of inoculation against the fuzzy thinking of these weird ideas floating around out there. So rather than correct the weird ideas, I would rather them to know how to think in the first place. Then they can correct the weird idea themselves. I don't just tell them no. That's pontifical."

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