We’re almost there -Nuclear fusion

alien invasion

Has the ability to fly between the stars and they want our resources? Like what? What could we possibly have that would be of interest to someone who had that much power? Do you want water, grab a comet; Do you want iron grab an asteroid. It has got to be easier than coming all the way to our planet.

People still think in terms of resources. There is only one resource that matters, unless you count human intelligence. If you have energy you can do anything – and we are almost there. This time we really are within twenty years of feasible fusion. What will change when there is an almost limitless supply of energy? Just everything. Heating and air conditioning will be cheaper but also cleaner. No burning stuff and fouling the atmosphere to heat. Air conditioning can stop using ozone depleting chemicals because the efficiency of the air conditioner will not be so important. Food can be grown in warehouses under artificial light. Why import lettuce from California. Meat can also be grown in big vats. Skip the animal phase entirely and go directly from energy to protein.

What about metals? We’ll suck them out of the ocean also.

Everything we need is just energy and technology away.

 

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How Liberals are like Christians – There’s the dam road

I’m told that this actually happened to my Grandfather. He and some church going friends went on a fishing trip. Being church goers they made a pact that the first one to swear had to pay some penalty such as paying for lunch. They got lost on the way and couldn’t find the road that led to the dam where they were going to fish. It was my Grandfather (according to the story) who saw it first and he said ‘There’s the dam road’. They made him pay for lunch for swearing. I think of this story when I hear liberals punishing people for using words that liberals don’t like and they say that intent doesn’t matter.

N.B. if you don’t understand this anecdote, dam is different from damn and while damn is a mild swear word for most it is not for people who actually believe in eternal damnation.

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The Pleasure of Power

Cast your mind back to the time of the Caesars. The Emperors of the Roman Empire had the highest standard of living available to anyone who lived 2000 years ago and yet in many ways they were poorer than 90 percent of the people in the world alive today. Their food and drink choices were much more limited than almost everyone has today. They had almost nothing in the way of  modern medical or dental care. It is safe to say that no Roman no matter how rich ever traveled 60 miles per hour.

And Yet!

And yet no one would argue that they had a low standard of living. Although the rich Romans had no access to ‘comforts’ such as the foam padded chair that I am sitting in or the coffee that I drank this morning they had access to life’s greatest pleasure. They had power. They had the power to tell a person to go and make them whatever drink was available and they had the power to threaten that person with crucifixion if they didn’t do it well . I have the power to go get my drink myself and if my Keurig does a bad job I can yell at it and tell it I’m going to throw it in the junk. Not as much fun. The pleasure of power.

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How to stop children from being hit by cars

A little girl was killed by a car in Toronto the other day. Maybe it happens more often but this one made the news because her parents are politically connected. The question is always asked ‘how do we prevent these tragedies’? The answer is self driving cars. It is not so much that self driving cars would have better reflexes though they probably would. It has more to do with self driving cars moving slower. If the driver is not in such a hurry to get out of his vehicular prison then there is no need to drive fast. Slower speeds not only mean that the car’s computer has more time to react, it means that the child and the adults around said child have more time to get the child out of the way. It also means that when an accident does happen there is less vehicular energy available to do harm to the child.

 

 

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The Education-Industrial Complex – comprehensive computerized testing

I remember when daily interest banking accounts were introduced. Before that only the lowest amount in the account in any given month received interest. If you had a $200 in the account and then you paid your rent of $190 then the next day you deposited a check for $200 you only received interest on the $10. This was not due to any particular maleficence on the part of the banks, it was practical. Interest was calculated by a person. As computers gained power the banks were able, and found it competitively advantageous, to offer interest calculated daily.

The Education-Industrial Complex is ripe for change.   They have the computers and they could change but so far there is no compelling reason to do so. One of the areas where computers could make the most difference is student evaluation. Right now, when teachers test, they only test on a portion of course material because it is impractical to test for everything. They don’t want to mark 1000 question tests.

Every course has material that just must be known. In some cases, such as an anatomy class, probably all of the class material can be test for using a computer and multiple choice questions. In other cases, English literature for instance, I imagine computerized testing would be harder to do. Even here though the amount that can be tested by computer is not zero.

The advantages of comprehensive computerized testing:

  • Cheating becomes more difficult. All students already know what is on the test, everything. Because the students are being tested on everything there is no reason for all of the students to write the test at the same time so students can not copy from each other. The testing software can also be randomized so that there is no point in having a student tell a colleague that the answer to question one is (b) because every student would have a different question one. Having the answers to a couple of questions written on your hand does help much when the test has 500 questions.
  • The testing can be done at anytime. That means that the fast students can complete the material quickly and move on and the slower ones can take their time. Students can stay with their cohort. All students are automatically ‘socially promoted’. It just means that some students will be doing grade 3 math tests and some will be doing grade 10.
  • Students can take the tests many times. Testing is its self an educational tool. Taking a test over (and over) would help the learning process.
  • Students can be required to know everything before going on. There will be no passing grade 7 math without knowing fractions. Every student will know everything before going on.
  • Students can be tested on the same material later. No cramming and forgetting. Pass the same test a month later just to be sure. Spaced repetition is the key to learning.
  • The tests can be standardized across a school, a school district or a nation. This prevents lazy teachers from asking easy questions of their students to make up for their poor teaching.
  • The tests could be available online. This would help prevent teachers with an agenda from using their class for indoctrination. Yes there is a down side to this if one ideology gains control of the education hierarchy.
  • Individual treatment. If a student can not pass a test after 3 or 4 or 10 tries then maybe there is something else going on. Maybe the student has a learning disability. If a student does have a learning disability then work on that. I know about ADHD. If a student has ADHD then there are exercises that will help. Probably all learning disabilities have similar exercises. There is not benefit to pretending the kid is lazy or that he will grow out of it.  Computers have the ability to expose the weak mental muscle that is a learning disability. They also have the ability to exercise that weak muscle until it can pull its weight.

 

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Almost no Children in France Are Medicated For ADHD: This is How They Define and Treat it – Annotated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that as of 2011, about 11% of the children in the United States between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Yet, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) claims that although only 5% of American children suffer from the disorder, the diagnosis is actually given in 15% of the cases.It is a fact that this number is continuously increasing, being 7.8% in 2003, and has jumped to 9.5% in only four years.

ADHD is a spectrum disorder. They all are. Imagine there was something called Height Deficit Disorder. How would you decide who has HDD. If your child were not HDD but close would you not try to get the same helps and accommodations that are available to the HDD child?

According to Big Pharma, parents and doctors should know that this is a common disorder in America and it should be medically treated.

It suits a certain mentality to blame big corporations for the foibles of human nature. Big Pharma is not to blame for people using ADHD medication use any more than big marijuana is responsible for marijuana use. The drugs work and people seek them out.

This opinion is not shared by numerous other countries, as they define, treat, and diagnose AdDHD much differently. For instance, the French doctors diagnose this disorder in less than 0.5%.

It is no coincidence that France was chosen for this comparison. France is known not for accomplishments of business or industry but art and leisure.

They maintain that it is not a biological disorder but a result of psycho-social and situational factors.

It’s biological. In their defense there are always a few cases where they are right. If a person has HDD and it is because he slouches and then you teach him to stand up straight then you have solved the problem without medication.

Namely, the child psychiatrists in France use a different system than American ones in the classification of the emotional p…………. imbalance in the brain. The definition of ADHD in France is significantly different than the American one, mostly due to the fact that because the pharmaceutical industry helped define ADHD in the U.S.

Blaming the Pharmaceutical industry again.

The methods of treatment are also dramatically different. Treatment Methods for ADHD Used in France As soon as a child is diagnosed with this disorder in France, doctors try to find out the underlying causes. P…..r even family counselling. Medications are almost never prescribed, as they are believed to be unnecessary.

Whether medication is necessary or not depends on your goals in life. If your aspiration in life is to be a manual laborer then medication is probably not necessary. However if you what to be productive, have stable relationships, balance your own checkbook stuff like that then the odds are good that medication will help a lot.

French psychiatrists also consider a patient’s diet when investigating the possible causes, as poor eating habits like consuming foods with artificial colors or flavorings, preservatives, sugars, and/or allergens might have a negative effect on the behavior of the child.

There is a myth that we really need to expunge from society. The myth is that there was some time in the past when everyone  ate perfect and lived long healthy lives. Not true. There is nothing inherently better about natural or inherently worse about artificial. Believing that something is bad for you because it is artificial in not scientific.

According to a study conducted in 2011, the amount of youth in France with ADHD may be as low as 3.5%.

Using ‘may be as low/high as’ is a way of making a claim that you are pretty sure is not true but you don’t want to be accused of lying later. Notice how often advocacy writers us that phrase(s).

According to the family therapist and author of A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemic, Dr. Marilyn Wedge, this might be due to the cultural differences between the U.S. and France in when it comes to raising children. She maintains that French parents will often impose more structured l……nch parents to slap or spank children, or for the French courts to view such actions as acceptable under a customary ‘right to discipline.’

If you want a model of how to use discipline to ameliorate the effects of ADHD don’t look at the French, look at the Germans. Adrenaline is nature’s ADHD drug. Use fear and harsh punishment and many ADHD children will accomplish almost as much as the non-ADHD kids who have enough of their own neurotransmitters. The sad thing is the fate of the kids who are so ADHD that they cannot behave in class or complete their studies no matter how harsh the punishment. For them the harsh discipline is just cruelty. I favor drugs myself.

“ Yet, the effects of the treatment methods of ADHD in France are probably due to the holistic approach in considering diet and behavioral and social context. In the United States, the large pharmaceutical companies play a main role in defining ADHD and its treatment methods, as, for instance, the researchers and doctors have been paid to overstate the risks of ADHD and the benefits of the use of medications.

I am ADHD. I’m writing this out of the goodness of my heart. I get no check from big pharma.

People believe in their opinions as the information they receive is affiliated with well-known universities such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins. …..t profit from the drugs’ sale. Yet, it is a fact that these medicaments can cause various adverse effects and can be classified in the same group as morphine and oxycodone due to their high risk of abuse and addiction.

All medications cause adverse effects. By the time people become adults they learn that life is full of trade offs. If you want eat lunch you need to make a trade. You cantrade money for lunch. Or you can trade carrying food with you all morning for lunch. Or maybe you can trade prostituting yourself on the street for lunch – But there is no free lunch. Not since your mother made it for you.  The fact that a medication can be classified in the same group as morphine because it can be abused means nothing. It is just scary language.

 

According to Dr. Irwin Savodnik, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at th……FTMEA, and holistic approach to treating ADHD. This disorder should not be immediately treated with medications, as it is unethical, and damaging to a child’s self-esteem.

This paragraph reveals the writer as being part of the cult of self-esteem. Worshipers of self-esteem believe that more is better. Anything that brings down self-esteem is to be treated like the devil. Self-esteem is like a vitamin. If you don’t have enough that’s bad but too much is bad too. Speaking as a former ADHD kid and as an ADHD adult, self-esteem was never my problem. My problem was not being able to get my homework done. It is unethical to deny someone a drug that will make their life better because of your religion’s doctrines on self-esteem and things artificial.

Sometimes, the child might only be uninterested in the subject matter, emotionally traumatized, or with a heightened creativity and energy. Yet, there are also numerous American doctors who believe that ADHD should be treated in an alternative way, and they do not consider it to be a disorder. ….. ….etical orientations, tend to follow the DSM as instructed.”

To be fair, ADHD is not a disorder anymore than HDD is a disorder. HDD is great if you live in a place where food is in short supply, Less body mass to feed, Fewer cells to go cancerous etc. ADHD works well in a hunter-gatherer world. Think of squirrels. In modern society fewer and fewer jobs can be done by the ADHD person but that is not the whole story. Modern living requires things like being on time and looking presentable. These are difficult for the ADHD person.

Furthermore, the neurologist Richard Saul investigates patients who struggle with short attention spans and difficulty focusing his entire career, and he maintains that ADHD isn’t actually a disorder, but a set of symptoms that shouldn’t be considered a disease.

Call it whatever you want. There is a ‘something’ or ‘set of somethings’ that make it hard for a person to function in a modern society. Drugs can go a long way towards helping that person.

He also states that it shouldn’t be listed as a separate disorder in the A …… believed that the conventional medication should be a last resort in the treatment, and might lead to adverse effects.

Anything might lead to adverse effects including not treating with conventional medication. There are adult decisions to be made.

Instead, his method includes improved nutrition, zinc, iron, family counselling, increased sleep, and Omega-3 supplementation, positive social and behavioral changes,

Improved nutrition always helps, as does increased sleep. Omega-E probably helps, I take it. Minerals such as Zinc and Iron may help but don’t give them a pass because they are ‘natural’. Too much Zinc or Iron is bad for you also. The brain is very complex.

as well as alternative modalities like Traditional Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy.

Don’t get me started!

There is a growing number of experts and doctors who believe that ADHD should be treated outside conventional treatments.

A growing number is a way of saying ‘not very many’.

The pharmaceutical industry is the main culprit for the misdiagnosis and over-diagnosis of ADHD in the U.S.

It is important to blame someone else. It’s not you, it’s them. Speaking from my own experience nothing good comes from blaming. Blaming is like a drug that makes you feel great even as you lay on a smelly mattress with a needle in your arm. The long term consequences are not good. I’ve found that my life is better when I take responsibility for my own actions and even for some part of events and situations that are not my fault. My self-esteem goes down but my actual conditions improve. As my conditions improve my self-esteem begins to climb and it’s based on reality not a delusion.

 Instead, they believe that there is a need for other alternatives to medications. The post appeared first on Healthy Food House.

This post appeared first on Health Food House. It figures. It just isn’t that easy. There is no magic food.

It’s telling that they never mentioned visual entertainment as one of the culprits for the increase in ADHD diagnosis. I think they are catering to human nature. It is easy to get people to blame big someone. It is relatively easy to get them to shovel supplements into their kids or themselves. It is not easy getting them to give up screen time (what we used to call TV but now includes many other things) that is just too hard.

Original source:  https://ehealthyfood.com/almost-no-children-france-medicated-adhd-define-treat/April 5, 2017

I deleted some of the material. You can find it at the above link.

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ADHD LIVES MATTER

1000 in the United States and 25 in Canada is the rough estimate of the number of people killed by police each year, according to professor internet.

• ADHD afflicts most of those killed and at least some of those doing the killing.

• ADHD means Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder but most people know that. In order to cut down on the acronyms ADHD also covers people who have attention deficits but are not hyperactive.

• ADHD people gravitate to jobs where they can trade their willingness to work unpleasant hours and do unpleasant things for not needing to do much in the way of paperwork. The job of criminal is suitable as long as it is not the white collar kind. Police officer also works as long as you are in a job or a department with a low paperwork burden.

• ADHD makes a person less able to control their impulses. They are more likely to give into their anger and fight with an armed cop or pull the trigger despite being a cop. It has been suggested that ADHD should instead be called Executive Function Disorder.

• ADHD usually has another mental health issue riding along. Professor internet says 40 to 60 percent of people with ADHD also have Oppositional Defiance Disorder. Needless to say, ODD and guns do not mix.

• ADHD makes its sufferers angry. ADHD leaves the intelligence intact. It only hinders the ability to focus that intelligence on tasks that are not immediately interesting, which is almost every task that someone willing to pay you to do. ADHD people often see their less intelligent colleagues promoted ahead of them.

• ADHD makes people a little clueless. The ADHD suffer often misses social cues because of not paying attention also the part of the brain that is smaller in ADHD people is also used for unconscious learning. Together this makes the ADHD person a little awkward and out of touch. This contributes to the feeling that people just don’t like them and that the world is against them.

• ADHD people often self medicate. Depression is co-morbid with ADHD though it may not be genetic. Having ADHD is depressing. When legal drugs are not strong enough the attentionally deficient may find themselves using, and then selling, the illegal kind.

• ADHD makes people poor witnesses. If an ADHD police officer says he saw you do such and such and you don’t believe that you did, the officer may not be lying. Don’t argue with her, she may be angry that after 20 years on the job she is still a traffic cop and she may lack the impulse control needed to not shoot you.

ADHD is treatable.

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