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    http://www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/download/imagedump/phone-buttons-by-timsamoff-at-flickr-110569601_cb8a4ece58_m.jpgI hate cell phones.  The real danger is that people who use cellphones while driving are about 3 times more likely to die in a car crash in a given year. Texting is even worse.  But anyway, increasing tumor probability by 50% is pretty significant.  This is just one type of tumor.  How many other specific risks have not yet been studied? How many studies have found harm, but have then been subverted by the corporations? A recent polling of scientists found that 30% of scientists have been asked or pressured by corporations to change their scientific results to fit the corporation’s desires. Cell-phones are a huge growth market, so this is one of the industries most likely to have its results interfered with.

    Do you know why curvaceous women produce smart kids? Interesting study of 16,000 women — turns out those with hourglass figures are actually smarter, and more likely to have smarter children. I guess big boobs don’t automatically mean ditzy :) Latest Anti-Pot Quack Science: ‘Marijuana Makes Your Teeth Fall Out’. A sensible article dispelling many of the “Reefer Madness”-type articles that have come out in the last few months. The War On Drugs creates so much bad science; just a few decades ago they said smoking pot would make men grow breasts!
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    Pot + Curvy = this picture?

    Dear Babyboomers: The National Debt is a Grandchild Tax. Thanks for less than nothing!  Ryan Somma has captured exactly how I feel once again, with his sarcastic congratulatory letter to babyboomers are are about to retire. So long, and thanks for all the fish debt! My dad predictably quipped “Every generation thinks the last screwed up the world for him”. Of course, he grew up during the 1950s — the most prosperous generation in American history. And inherited ~$1M from his parents. So… It’s quite easy for anyone to cynically quip “every generation had it this bad” while sitting atop an ivory tower. As Ian so profoundly said: “Not caring — the privilege of the rich.”

      And: Remember when Iran’s president said they have no gays in Iran? Perhaps this explains why people get free sex changes in Iran. “in traditional societies there is more pressure to conform to standard gender roles”. Odd indeed. And in some ways, more progressive than America. In other ways, it’s ass-backwards, because you can’t be both gay and have a dick. But on the other hand, hey: Free surgery. (I’m thinking of “Deep Thoughts” where Jack Handy says “Hey, free dummy!”) And, they let people be who they want to be without standing in the way with such excuses as, say, money. In many ways, that is superior to how America handles it (only the rich get what they want). Of course, Iran is a sucky shithole of a country, but still.

      Heavy cell phone use tied to poorer sperm quality. Of course, correlation is not causation. However, it’s also good to be cautious. Me? I will now be buying a cellphone just to put it into my pants as birth control.

      Lots of links today. No time to summarize. See below. The Flickr photoset was pretty neat; the cell-phone study is important; becoming a quadriplegic due to police abuse and only getting $100K really fucking sucks. Read on for the links. (more…)

      And an interesting short story, “The Reluctant Transhumanist”, written by my buddy Ryan. I like it because I could see myself in that situation, if I really put my mind to it. (I’m glad I don’t.) Read on for how you can end up in jail for 10 years for refusing a date with the wrong person, and of course, how much data is in a load of cum. This is important stuff! (more…)

      Is the war on drugs won yet? Catnip repels mosquitoes TEN TIMES more effectively than DEET. (more…)

      COMEDY: “I can has aborshin?” (go vote 5 cheezburgers for Lauren’s creation!) HAPPY NEW YEAR!: Man shoots gun to celebrate, cops go after wrong man, shoot bullets blindly into residence, hit 4 people. (In order to protect you from guns, we had to shoot you!) OTHER AUTHORITY BULLSHIT: Texas is the leader of putting innocent people in prison for life. Gee, their culture couldn’t possibly contribute to Guantanamo, could it? Charges against woman tasered while handcuffed dropped. Fresno cops who run over and kill people stay on duty. Cop hits cripple at crosswalk in violation of state law requiring yielding always — they charge the cripple and not the cop. (Police sure as hell don’t care about the letter of the law when it applies to them!) UK forces wrongly-imprisoned man to pay rent for his prison stay. (Only guilty people get free prison??) Baltimore police being sued for $100M for shoving money up a guy’s ass. FREEDOM OF RELIGION? NOT HERE: Parents may be forced to return adopted childbecause they are athiests! (Didn’t our forefathers fight for these rights? Oh yea, I forgot: We are in an era of erasing rights as fast as possible.) ALSO: CFRs=migraines? (more…)

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