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Posted in: Paris Olympics security plans stolen from train See in context

Encrypted and locked down and if not fire the person responsible.

Encryption does not guarantee the information will not be accessible, it just make it much more difficult to do it. With enough time and a powerful enough incentive it is still possible someone will get the plans.

And seeing how the person carrying the info was not even cautious enough to keep the bag in his hands all the time it is even likely the information was not encrypted in the first place.

Why don't they just call the Lost and Found office?

Because that would not solve the problem, even if the media is found, that someone took it means it is safer to assume all the information has been copied already.

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Posted in: Thousands told to flee homes in Australia amid heat spike, bushfire threat See in context

Unfortunately the disastrous consequences of climate change are just beginning, and they are not going to improve even if humanity changed ways drastically at this point.

https://gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/news/what-s-causing-australia-s-heat-wave

Australia, the same as many other countries, is already tasting a little of what the future has in reserve for the planet in general.

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Posted in: Paris Olympics security plans stolen from train See in context

The bag belonged to an engineer from Paris City Hall, the police said, confirming a report by BFM television, adding that he had put the bag in the luggage compartment above his seat.

Typical security rules for people that take out sensitive information in portable formats say to never be separated from the bag containing that information. It would be difficult to think that does not apply in this case, which unfortunately became a very clear example of why such rules exist.

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Posted in: Music producer latest to accuse Sean 'Diddy' Combs of sexual misconduct See in context

The definition of victim is changing faster than I thought.

Forcing people to have sex is abuse, just because you personally find something desirable that does not mean everybody else will have the same tastes and preferences.

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Posted in: Torn neck arteries may be more common than once thought See in context

Benefits to cosmetic, and other elective surgeries? Why are those risks necessary?

Benefits as long as the patient is interested on them, and is informed of the risks, at least now you understand why your previous comment was so mistaken.

Chiropractic cervical manipulation is a medical procedure in the US, and has benefits.

Cervical manipulation as done by the chiropractors don't according to the best available evidence (already included in the references) so without any benefit the risks that come with this procedure are unjustified.

If the rest of the benefits from going to a chiropractor can also be obtained by visiting a physical therapy expert without these extra risks then that is what is justified.

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Posted in: Torn neck arteries may be more common than once thought See in context

Like surgery, which are done by the thousands daily?

Surgery have benefits, that is what justify doing them in spite of the risks, the same as all medical procedures, chiropractic cervical manipulation do not, that is why the risks from this procedure are unnecessary.

You quotede yourself the part that says "no demonstrable benefit" why quote something only to pretend it does not includes the part that disprove your point?

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Posted in: Torn neck arteries may be more common than once thought See in context

Similar deaths happen in the ER on a daily basis. Those chiropractic incidents are much rarer.

A procedure with well known risks and no demonstrable benefit is not justified, what is the point on keep doing something that will only increase the risk of the patient? Not allowing manipulation of the neck would have no downside and reduce this cause of the incidents to zero.

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Posted in: 'Zombie' blazes and drought: Canada headed for another brutal fire season See in context

There are many sources that clearly describe your reference as misleading and not trust worthy in the topic of climate change, presenting partial information to present a false point as if it was valid. The institute does use experts and models in their articles, just without the necessary context to see their actual conclusions. Ignoring this perfectly proved criticism do not make it baseless

Wildfires on the year 2023 are not "half" than 30 years ago, that is something the reference provided clearly prove, so why insist on repeating that falsehood?

and then you provide an URL to Imperial College London, which has a long history of being way off in their modeling

The data on the fires on the year 2023 do not depend on any modeling it is something that already happened.

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Posted in: Torn neck arteries may be more common than once thought See in context

One well described cause of neck artery dissection is the chiropractic manipulation, the rapid and strong forced movement that are almost exclusively used by chiropractors carry an important risk of vascular damage and the treatment doesn't even have a clear benefit.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6016850/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030384672100192X

The findings on this article may end up showing that this health risk is also frequently overlooked in the manipulations, which would strengthen the recommendations for people to avoid chiropractors that use it and switch instead to other physical therapy professionals that do not expose the patients to this extra risk.

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Posted in: 'Zombie' blazes and drought: Canada headed for another brutal fire season See in context

remember those crazy "climate change" forest fires in Nova Scotia last summer? Nope.

Factors related to climate change can affect the degree of damage of fires produced by any cause, and even facilitate artificially produced fires being present or becoming out of control. The most important factor is that climate change is nowhere near the projected intensity, the effects are just beginning to be observed and are predicted to become much more important from now on. Just because a room was hotter at noon that does not mean the smoke beginning to fill it from a building fire is no reason to worry.

Also, the Fraser Institute is a well know source of misinformation about climate change, with many instances where it reports incomplete information to mislead people into having a wrong idea about the effects of climate change, it is not exactly a source that people use to actually understand the problem.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/247154/scientists-uncover-role-climate-change-devastating/

for example examine data from 2023, already available, that clearly indicates the importance it had making fires so intense.

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Posted in: What are the most and least attractive hobbies for Japanese men and women? Survey investigates See in context

Relatively easy to understand results, with a few surprises. Thing like pachinko and videogames are surely popular enough to merit a place in the list of hobbies that the opposite sex considers unattractive, but I was surprised that scuba diving or paintball had enough people having them as a hobby to reach the top 5 of undesirable hobbies. After all there are countless other hobbies that are also impractical or expensive enough to annoy the boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse of the person.

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Posted in: 'Zombie' blazes and drought: Canada headed for another brutal fire season See in context

Nature will be nature. Can't control it.

Humans inadvertently have controlled nature for the worse, now it remains to be seen if we can limit the effect by controlling it back towards what was normal before the worst possible consequences are observed..

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Posted in: A pacemaker for the brain helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon offer hope to others See in context

Nowhere in the article is the word "empathy" mentioned, so that is just your opinion without factual basis.

The comment do not reference the article, it makes reference to another comment that considers ridiculous using an effective treatment for a person with a crippling health problem.

The simple fact you have not been able to argue how this is not the case demonstrates it is a perfectly good example of lacking empathy with the patient.

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Posted in: 'Zombie' blazes and drought: Canada headed for another brutal fire season See in context

The invincible forces of nature acting naturally as has been the case through history.

The same as in the previous comment, this is not nature, this is heavily affected by human activity, by definition artificial. The excuse of things being natural no longer apply when it is being proved scientifically humans cause the increase.

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Posted in: Your heart changes in size and shape with exercise – this can lead to heart problems for some athletes and gym rats See in context

Everything italicized below is a conclusion based on a 36 year study. The quote is from the experts.

Do you dispute their conclusion, or do you accept their exact words?

The experts are not the ones claiming you can guarantee health and longevity with a lifestyle, that claim is only yours, the experts instead have clearly said other factors are also important and pharmacological treatments justified even on people following healthy lifestyles. There is no need to dispute their conclusion, what is unsupported is still your misreperesentation.

Associations between patterns of modifiable risk factors in mid-life to late life and longevity: 36 year prospective cohort study

The same study that includes pharmacological treatment as a covariate that can affect longevity, thus explicitly contradicting your claim that no drugs are necessary.

of financial incentives.

Irrelevant unless you can disprove the evidence that clearly proves a significant benefit from the use of drugs.

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Posted in: 'Zombie' blazes and drought: Canada headed for another brutal fire season See in context

Mother Nature doing what she does best.

Actually this is not a natural phenomenon, it is affected heavily by human activity derived climate change as described in many sources,

https://www.worldweatherattribution.org/climate-change-more-than-doubled-the-likelihood-of-extreme-fire-weather-conditions-in-eastern-canada/

Even in this article several times it is mentioned the conditions that increase the risk of fire are not what normally is observed but instead an exceptional thing.

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Posted in: How learning about back pain can increase the chance of recovery See in context

Knowledge is a very powerful weapon, and disease and disability are a very good target to fight against. In the article is clearly mentioned how knowledge about back pain can help not only choose the best treatment but also prevent it, adopting simple measures that reduce the risk of having debilitating pain. For some people even the simple fact of understanding their pain is enough to provide some relief.

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Posted in: Noto earthquake hypothermia deaths spark public awareness drive See in context

most body heat escapes through head and neck.

That only applies when the person is adequately covered elsewhere except for the head and neck,

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2008/dec/17/medicalresearch-humanbehaviour

The myth is thought to have arisen through a flawed interpretation of a vaguely scientific experiment by the US military in the 1950s. In those studies, volunteers were dressed in Arctic survival suits and exposed to bitterly cold conditions. Because it was the only part of their bodies left uncovered, most of their heat was lost through their heads.

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Posted in: A pacemaker for the brain helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon offer hope to others See in context

FFS is right

Yet you are unable to refute the point, the article is clearly supported by studies or case reports, which are not anecdotes.

Also the argument that demonstrate calling a very effective treatment that benefit a patient that suffered from a crippling disease as a show of lack of empathy remains, you have not been able to refute it, nor is the argument that a person is wrong for lacking empathy, thus not an ad hominem fallacy.

DBS is still in study, and people can be skeptical about it curing all cases, but nobody disputes that for some patients it is beneficial and so it is justified to keep it under investigation, even if it ends up helping only a portion of the cases that is still a valid thing to do, the science is not there to generalize for every patient, but for those that recieve a benefit this is not just chance.

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Posted in: Your heart changes in size and shape with exercise – this can lead to heart problems for some athletes and gym rats See in context

Yes, the advice of some experts should be followed, but we should also question some the treatments doctors recommend. 

When the evidence points to a better one, not when you like better another one, you have before recommended treatments that have been demonstrated as ineffective, or even increase the risk of patients of dying, that is the point of the experts, they are much more likely to be correct in what is the best possible treatment.

According to a Johns Hopkins study, the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer, is iatrogenic (caused by medical "errors").

The basis for this myth is an invalid extrapolation, medical errors are not even close to being the third cause of death

https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/critical-thinking-health/medical-error-not-third-leading-cause-death

The experts are pretending? I'm informing what the experts say.

The experts are not the ones claiming you can guarantee health and longevity with a lifestyle, that claim is only yours, the experts instead have clearly said other factors are also important and pharmacological treatments justified even on people following healthy lifestyles.

Read up on the risks of the weight loss drugs-- do you agree with those experts?

You mean the experts that approved and even recommend the use of drugs because they lower the risk of the patients that are much more likely to fail changing their lifestyles? of course, they made a very good job with the evidence that support their claims and justify using those drugs.

Looks like a pretty big study saying what I said and contradicting your personal claims:

I no part of the study the experts say 100% of the health risks depend on lifestyles and that you can avoid using any drugs following it, that is still a claim only you made and could not find any reference to support. In fact the study makes a point to include use of pharmacological help as a covariate of control, meaning that by definition their population's longevity includes use of drugs, and in no way support your personal claim that they become unnecessary with a healthy lifestyle.

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Posted in: Japan’s new ATMs automatically play anti-fraud videos to people talking on mobile phones See in context

You didn't say anything that didn't make sense.

Showing a video is definitely less intrusive than restricting the access of people to their accounts, which is what the article is saying.

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Posted in: Japan’s new ATMs automatically play anti-fraud videos to people talking on mobile phones See in context

How about a small basic trash bin?

So bad actors can get all the receipts with less effort?

What would be necessary to avoid risk of personal information being leaked would be a trash bin that don't allows for retrieval of the contents. Lots of ATM like the ones from Mizuho or the Post office come with small slits for that purpose.

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Posted in: Your heart changes in size and shape with exercise – this can lead to heart problems for some athletes and gym rats See in context

According to the experts, if you keep your body mass index in the normal range, never smoked, have a healthy diet, and follow medical professionals' advice on alcohol and physical activity then you will live longer. 

Easy, No drugs.

A lot of the propensity to disease, and longevity is independent of lifestyle,

https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/understanding/traits/longevity/

 It is estimated that about 25 percent of the variation in human life span is determined by genetics

Pretending that a healthy lifestyle is both a guarantee of health and something that can be automatically achieved just by attempting it is invalid and what has caused the growing epidemic of chronic disease. Supporting these changes with valid pharmacological help is part of what the actual experts in public health recommend. Not all lifestyles are realistically possible to achieve by will force alone, nor can they fully compensate for genetic predisposition, place of residence, socioeconomic status, etc.

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Posted in: Chile risks repeat of deadly wildfires because of climate change, report says See in context

But you wrote: "Even the title of the article makes it clear this is due to climate change"

And the phenomenon is, clearly demonstrated as such, which is why the title reflects this scientific consensus.

So I guess zibala was correct in saying "Mother Nature at work." Ian was also very much correct.

Only if you want to ignore the text that disproves this, it can be copy-pasted again without problem

But that will change with global warming, the scientists said.

"We expect a lot of these fires to happen in the future," Joyce Kimutai, a researcher at Imperial College London's Grantham Institute and co-author of the study, told reporters.

Bigger, more frequent and lethal fires are being facilitated by climate change, that is happening now and will increase even more in the future. there is no merit in claiming this scientific fact is wrong and claiming it is only nature at work.

As an abundance of other posters here have corrected your mistake I have no further comment.

Not having any argument above what has been disproved by the quote of the own article means you are actually agreed you can't correct anything because there is no mistake. The title of the article, that reflects the current consensus is clear.

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Posted in: My point was that publicizing the high wages of men could provide an incentive to attract women from outside the prefecture and help counter population decline. See in context

He shouldn't have to apologize. Studies in developed countries over the years show a clear trend for well-educated high-earning women in the most equitable societies to still "marry up" financially.

That could be true and still require an apology, when the purpose is to attract women there are many things that could be used that directly appeal to them without respect to their desire to marry in the first place. His approach would indicate he is interested only on bringing women that are interested in "marrying up" instead of trying to attract women that have any other merit.

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Posted in: Japan’s new ATMs automatically play anti-fraud videos to people talking on mobile phones See in context

Less intrusive?

It is much less intrusive than the measure mentioned just before which is to "restrict seniors’ access to their bank accounts"

That's more than notification! 

And hopefully more effective without needing to restrict anybody access to their money.

So in Japan if you are using phone while using ATM will be assumed that fraud activity is ongoing? It could be talking with co-worker, family, friend etc.

If there is a much higher incidence of fraud in these situations then it is still justified, after all if people are in a situation where fraud is completely out of the question (for example talking about something unrelated to the transaction) they can just ignore the video. For those that are instead being manipulated by criminals this can be the warning that can let them notice the situation is shady.

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Posted in: Don't let it bug you - how not to worry See in context

Not a bad thing at all. I wonder why Yoro sighed? Ain't he got no home to go to, eh?

I read this part as a problem when young people keep accumulating stress without venting it as it has been the case previously, it would not be bad at all to replace this with other forms of de-stressing, or with a work-life style that does not come with so much stress on the first place; but Yoro seems to think the young people are still stressing the same without getting relief, even in the flawed way after-work parties give (I am not really sure this is the case).

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Posted in: A pacemaker for the brain helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon offer hope to others See in context

How do you deduce I lack empathy for the person or any person

What other explanation can be to qualify of ridiculous something that effectively treated a disabling condition for a patient? For that patient the treatment greatly improved her quality of life and the experts have worked decades to reach that point. Empathizing with her suffering is not congruent with calling ridiculous a science based approach that greatly benefited her.

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Posted in: Chile risks repeat of deadly wildfires because of climate change, report says See in context

Yes, the title says that, but the text says:

And report explicitly says global warming is not the driver

And why cut the quote just before it clearly says:

But that will change with global warming, the scientists said.

"We expect a lot of these fires to happen in the future," Joyce Kimutai, a researcher at Imperial College London's Grantham Institute and co-author of the study, told reporters.

The relationship is clear and will make the events more serious and frequent, so still pretending climate change do not affect the fires is just willfully denying clear scientific facts.

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Posted in: Your heart changes in size and shape with exercise – this can lead to heart problems for some athletes and gym rats See in context

Really a completely useless discussion

It may seem so but only to people that did not read the article, for those that do it is clear that identifying risks can help people quickly recognize them and be prepared to many possibilities, pretending is useless to prepare for something so clearly described (even if many measures are available to reduce the risk) is what brings nothing to a discussion.

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