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by BlueLabel
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

My point is that it seems counterproductive for the party leadership to institute politically damaging rules. Especially ahead of what they cast as "the most important election of our generation". Maybe this wouldn't be the case if the GOP had a stronger slate of candidates.
by BlueLabel
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 178958

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

Although I condemn Limbaugh's disgusting remarks about Ms. Fluke and am thrilled to see how much fire he's taking as a result, some of the backlash is giving me cause to wonder if a double standard really does exist with respect to instances of left-wing misogyny. I don't think that the Maher counte...
by BlueLabel
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

The recent shift toward awarding delegates proportionally (and front-loading the primaries with proportional contests) seems like it might make the process more fair, but overall it's damaging Republican prospects this cycle. If there weren't so many proportional states left, non-Romneys would have ...
by BlueLabel
Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?
Replies: 238
Views: 35124

Re: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?

I'll take a crack at resolving the price/productivity of capital/labor debate. First, there's a critical difference between the investor/laborer scenarios presented: Rob the investor spends X dollars running a business for a year. During this year, he makes Y dollars in profit. After the original X ...
by BlueLabel
Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

A withering treatment of the state of the Romney campaign: http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/100866/caucuses-primary-election-party-nomination Seems that even if he wins the nomination, he's in for a shellacking in November. It seems fair to say that the GOP's ability to take advantage of Obama's ...
by BlueLabel
Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I'll direct you again to Romney's success in the reduction of the Massachusetts budget shortfall/deficit. Whether business experience is or isn't relevant or desirable for a president, he's demonstrated the ability to effectively manage a deficit from the executive position. This is the main reason...
by BlueLabel
Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

nitePhyyre: I do disagree on a few points, but this conversation is quickly becoming more enormous than I can deal with. Thanks for the well-reasoned and respectful discussion. Ghostbear: I haven't read back that far. But I'd offer the example of Clinton's 1992 campaign - I think he showed himself t...
by BlueLabel
Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

If by "financial turnaround-artist" you mean he turns a profit for his own company, then yeah, he is. But the companies he supposedly turned around? One of them, Dade International, a medical supply company, really did get turned around by Romney and co. In the process of turning around, ...
by BlueLabel
Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Who would everyone most like to vote for on Nov. 6, 2012? Out of Obama and all the Republicans in the race. My answer is Mitt Romney. I think a president-CEO and financial turnaround-artist are precisely what we need right now. His social views and how passionate he is about them are slightly unclea...
by BlueLabel
Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Edit: It's also worth mentioning, the remarkable post-WWII development of Japan and West Germany, when contrasted with North Korea and most of Eastern Europe over the same period, in my view says something very positive about the kind of people we are. Or perhaps it tells you something about German...
by BlueLabel
Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Apparently I'm the left now, that's news :lol: BlueLabel, I don't think we'll ever reach agreement on this. You make it seem as if American Exceptionalism is a marginal perversion -- I see it as pervasive in our culture. I've lived mostly in what we consider the South, so maybe that's why I have su...
by BlueLabel
Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I know we aren't perfect, and I am definitely not a proponent of American Exceptionalism - but at the end of the day, I think that more often than not, we want to be, and try to be, the "good guys". I just can't accept the view that there is a moral equivalence between the United States a...
by BlueLabel
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

What absurd, thuggish claims have we made on the major shipping lanes of our neighbors (re: South China Sea)? The Cuba blockade was pretty unjustified imo - the US seems to have a weird hatred for communism in all forms. What stultifying religious legal system have we imposed on our people? Let's s...
by BlueLabel
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I don't think so. The point being made was that Americans are resentful of China's growing power because we didn't "have a say" in it and because we can't force them to "serve our interests". I think that is a gross mischaracterization of both popular opinion, and how we actually...
by BlueLabel
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

You don't need to have prejudice to think poorly of a country that tortures peaceful dissidents, exports toxic goods and coddles the perpetrators of state terrorism. #justsaying That wasn't the resentment being discussed. Aside from liberal circles, the constant resentment against China is because ...
by BlueLabel
Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25622

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

How about that Newt?
by BlueLabel
Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46810

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

I realize that the HIV this comic is referencing is neutered, but I'd like to point out a major flaw in people's reasoning: There are tons of different HIV strains. Thus if you have HIV, and sleep with someone who also has HIV, you could catch a new strain of HIV, and be doubly screwed. Sorry, but ...
by BlueLabel
Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46810

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

I realize that the HIV this comic is referencing is neutered, but I'd like to point out a major flaw in people's reasoning: There are tons of different HIV strains. Thus if you have HIV, and sleep with someone who also has HIV, you could catch a new strain of HIV, and be doubly screwed. Sorry, but ...
by BlueLabel
Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 28966

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

Sartorius wrote:
BlueLabel wrote:truly awful diseases such as holoprosencephaly (don't look it up)


You realize I had to look it up because you said that, right? Rather interesting/stuff of nightmares.


Don't say I didn't warn you
by BlueLabel
Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 28966

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

In Drosophila (fruit fly) genetics, genes are often named after the effect mutating them causes. Hence, the gene "white" or "w" is the gene that gives Drosophila eyes their red color - when mutated, the eyes are white. So "eyeless" and "eyegone" are two genes ...
by BlueLabel
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46810

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

I'm pretty sure that the number of people who understand this to be a standard lab technique are VERY SMALL minority. The general population (IMHO) probably doesn't know much, if anything, about gene therapy (myself included). So, to find out the types of things that are going on in the research th...
by BlueLabel
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46810

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

Alright alright, maybe I was taking it a bit too seriously. Sometimes spending all day in a lab makes you a little myopic. I stand by what I said before though about this comic only really being humorous if you aren't very familiar with the science.
by BlueLabel
Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46810

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

Wow. Randall, implying that a lentiviral vector is equivalent to an HIV infection is ignorant and irresponsible. I can't help but feel that you know better. I'm sorry but I was pretty disappointed with this comic. I get that Mr. Munroe is probably not a specialist in genetics methodology but lentiv...
by BlueLabel
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46810

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

I'm sorry but I was pretty disappointed with this comic. I get that Mr. Munroe is probably not a specialist in genetics methodology but lentiviral transduction is a standby technique in biological/life science labs. A perfunctory review of modern gene therapy approaches couldn't possibly overlook th...

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