QUOTE: Ignorance

Monday, February 18, 2019

2019-Feb-18

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
— Charles Darwin “The Descent of Man”

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Family says pet lease left them with $7,200 bill, no puppy | KIRO-TV

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Puppyland’s owners told KIRO 7 they don’t benefit when customers finance pets. They work with a third party company that collects interest or leasing fees. The owners also said they strongly encourage customers to make more than the minimum payment so they pay less interest and fees.

Source: Family says pet lease left them with $7,200 bill, no puppy | KIRO-TV

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Seems like the animal equivalent of a payday, car title, or rent-a-center loan?

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A Closed-Loop Delivery Service Will Soon Pick Up Old Packaging To Reuse | Care2 Healthy Living

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Loop will deliver staples like shampoo, deodorant and ice cream to your door and pick up the empty container up when you’re done, like a modern milkman.

Source: A Closed-Loop Delivery Service Will Soon Pick Up Old Packaging To Reuse | Care2 Healthy Living

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Sounds like a good idea to me.  I’d try it.

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INTERESTING: Findings in human nature … (but not me. I hope?)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

2019-Feb-13

https://aeon.co/ideas/the-bad-news-on-human-nature-in-10-findings-from-psychology?__s=12xy3otbpaqaeckpabvz

The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology

  • We view minorities and the vulnerable as less than human. 
  • We experience Schadenfreude (pleasure at another person’s distress)
  • We believe in karma 
  • We are blinkered and dogmatic. 
  • We would rather electrocute ourselves than spend time in our own thoughts. 
  • We are vain and overconfident. 
  • We are moral hypocrites. 
  • We are all potential trolls. 
  • We favour ineffective leaders with psychopathic traits. 
  • We are sexually attracted to people with dark personality traits. 

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HEALTH: Neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s?

Monday, February 11, 2019

2019-Feb-11

🧠 “The case for transmissible Alzheimer’s grows” (Scientific American). Genuinely a little frightening. Also consider this: neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s than the general population.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/the-case-for-transmissible-alzheimers-grows/?__s=12xy3otbpaqaeckpabvz

The Case for Transmissible Alzheimer’s Grows
What separates a lethal prion from dementia-inducing amyloid plaque? Maybe not much
By Jennifer Frazer on February 7, 2019

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Alzheimer’s is not the only neurodegenerative disease in which aggregating misfolded host proteins – a class referred to as amyloid — seem to propagate and wreak havoc either. In Parkinson’s Disease, misfolded alpha-synuclein proteins spread through the brain, and in Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), the misfolded, accumulating protein is TDP-43. We should investigate the transmission potential of these diseases as well.

The only thing that seemed to separate these conditions from classic prion diseases was transmissibility. But now that that barrier has been breached for at least one, I also wonder: What is the difference between amyloid and prions? Are they part of a spectrum? Are they one in the same? If not, what is the difference? Can what we’ve learned about the biology of prions help our efforts to fight amyloid dementias? Of course, since we still can’t cure prion diseases, it may not be much help even if so.

The realization that the peptides involved in some of the most common and feared dementias on Earth may be transmissible under even limited conditions is a sobering and humbling reminder of how very little we still understand about them. Given what we know about prions, I think we would be wise not to underestimate their abilities.

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This is really scary stuff to this old fart.  It isn’t the Walking Dead where a bite turns you into a zombie, but a “sticky infectious prion” can wipe out your mind, life, and wallet.  Hope a lot of someones are researching this.  If I was a neurosurgeon, I be really concerned.

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Ex-CIA and FBI director threatened by scammer, then helps put him in prison – WHNT.com

Sunday, February 10, 2019

“We are lucky that we have a few friends that could be helpful to us.”

Source: Ex-CIA and FBI director threatened by scammer, then helps put him in prison – WHNT.com

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Guess he picked on the wrong sucker.

The Gooferment can only protect the “connected”?

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ECONOMICS: Elizabeth Warren cheers AOC’s Green New Deal as she launches 2020 run | Daily Mail Online

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The 69-year-old Democrat officially launched her campaign at a rally on Saturday in Lawrence, Massachusetts, one of New England’s poorest and most heavily Latino communities.

Source: Elizabeth Warren cheers AOC’s Green New Deal as she launches 2020 run | Daily Mail Online

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These SOCIALISTS are going to ruin the USA.

First, IMMORALITY “the rich” pay most of the taxes already.  How much more do they think they can pay?  If we think that tithing to God at 10% is holy, then what percentage doe the “god” of Gooferment demand.  IMHO, any tax is an immoral taking.

Second, INVESTMENT “the rich”, unlike Scrooge McDuck, don’t have a basement full of gold goins that they swim in.  They invest their wealth in productive higher order goods that improve productivity.  if the Gooferment takes that wealth, then where is the investment going to come from.

Third, WASTE the Gooferment already wastes so much.  It’s estimated, that for every dollar taken by Gooferment, more than half is wasted.  Over and above that, since the Gooferment produces little if anything of value for real people, why would anyone want to give them more wealth.

The SOCIALISTS want us to ignore the real world examples of East and West Germany, North and South Korea, Venezuela, the Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Hitler’s Germany, and on and on through out history.  Countries that have been seduced by Socialism’s sirens song of “free stuff” have paid the price of death, poverty, starvation, and disease.  Capitalism may not be the “best system”, but it’s better than all the others that have been tried.

Argh!

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