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Posted by: C C - 15 minutes ago - Forum: Law & Ethics - No Replies

Just a little bit surprising (political profile below). There are several other YouTube accounts that featured it today like Black Conservative Perspective and Lou Valentino. Chose this one simply because it gets directly to the applicable CNN clip.

Personal life: Judy Sheindlin is a registered Independent. She is a supporter of same-sex marriage, and although she has said that she is not a supporter of "big government", she believes that the issue of same-sex marriage should be handled at the federal level rather than on a state-by-state basis. Sheindlin has stated that she is in favor of increasing requirements for gun ownership. She prefers not to be labelled by political terms, and states that she is not registered with any political party. When asked about the 2012 presidential elections, Sheindlin stated that while she voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 (as well as voting for Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, respectively in 1980 and 1984, and 1992 and 1996), she did not care for either of the leading candidates in the 2012 United States presidential election. In October 2019 Sheindlin penned an op-ed endorsing Michael Bloomberg for president, despite the fact that he had not announced a campaign. In January 2020 she released an ad supporting him. In the 2024 election, she endorsed candidate Nikki Haley for president and joined her at a rally in New Hampshire.


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Posted by: C C - 5 hours ago - Forum: Anthropology & Psychology - Replies (1)

https://www.newsweek.com/more-attactive-...rs-1915338

INTRO: While being attractive can have its perks, better-looking people may be more likely to develop problems with alcohol.

Increased levels of risky behavior in young people—such as partying more and drinking more alcohol—have been linked to a high level of physical attractiveness, according to a paper in the journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. And increased drinking during teenage years may lead to a greater risk of drinking problems later in life.

The researchers studied a dataset of 30,000 U.S. young people and investigated how being good-looking affected six different types of behavior: drinking, binge drinking, drug use, unprotected sex, smoking and unwanted pregnancies.

They found that the more attractive a person was as a teenager—rated by the interviewer on a scale of 1 to 5—the more likely they were to drink or binge drink. This was especially true for attractive women, who were significantly more likely to have drunk alcohol recently, compared with their less attractive peers... (MORE - missing details)
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Pascaline Marvo: "A beautiful loser is a loser indeed."

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Posted by: C C - 6 hours ago - Forum: Food & Recipes - No Replies

https://www.wired.com/story/potatoes-are...hem-wrong/

EXCERPTS: . . . the potato has had a spectacular fall from grace. Once this miraculous nutrient-dense vegetable was the fuel of human civilization. Now the spud in the US has become synonymous with a garbage, industrialized food system that pours profits into a handful of companies at the expense of people’s health.

America’s favorite vegetable is facing a Sophie’s Choice moment. Should we accept that fresh spuds have lost the fight against the tide of fries, hash browns, and waffles, or is there hope for a potato renaissance? Can the humble spud achieve the rehabilitation it deserves?

[...] Potatoes aren’t just amazing from a nutritional point of view—they are one of the original disruptive food technologies. First domesticated in the Andes and then brought to Europe by Spanish colonizers in the mid-1500s, wherever potatoes were grown they supercharged local societies. Potatoes were well suited to growing in cool, wet, European climates and produced veritable bounties compared with established crops like wheat, barley, and oats.

An acre of field could serve up over 10 metric tons of potatoes, according to the diary of an 18th-century British farmer. The same area of wheat would yield only 650 kilograms, so it’s little wonder that leading thinkers started singing the potato’s praises. “No food can afford a more decisive proof of its nourishing quality, or of its being peculiarly suitable to the health of the human constitution,” wrote the philosopher Adam Smith in his influential treatise The Wealth of Nations.

[...] The same qualities that made potatoes a runaway success in Europe—their cheapness, ubiquity, and nutritional density—are a large part of why in recent years they have acquired the status of a second-class vegetable. One Danish observational study found that eating a lot of potatoes—unlike other vegetables—was associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. Other studies have found that potato consumption is linked to cardio-metabolic risk factors like high blood pressure and cholesterol, but the evidence on whether this leads to more disease and deaths is murky.

The issue is that the way we eat potatoes has changed. Americans now eat 21 pounds of frozen (mostly fried) potatoes and a further 3.7 pounds of potato chips each year. And while deep-frying potatoes doesn’t deplete their nutritional content (it actually increases levels of dietary fiber), it does add a whole bunch of fat and salt, which we know are bad. The problem is that the potato industry is dependent on these deep-fried products, which are a major growth area, while fresh potato sales continue to decline.

“I hate it when we try to simplify things and put healthy foods over here and unhealthy foods over there,” says Voigt. “You really have to look at the entire diet that you’re consuming. That’s my philosophy on it.” But recent growth in frozen potatoes is buoyed by all-day breakfasts and a vogue for loaded fries, which skews the equation firmly to the unhealthy side of the balance.

The shift in consumption also means that the frozen potato processors have a lot of sway over how potatoes are perceived in the US...(MORE - missing details)

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Posted by: C C - 6 hours ago - Forum: Alternative Theories - No Replies

https://bigthink.com/starts-with-a-bang/...e-physics/

KEY POINTS: From Back to the Future to Harry Potter to Groundhog Day, time travel has been a part of our science-fiction imaginings for as long as we’ve been telling stories. While the idea of going back in time to “right past wrongs” is a strong philosophical temptation, there are important physical roots in Einstein’s general relativity that dictate this as a real physical possibility. Although an enormous amount of energy is required and certain ideas (like traveling back in time to kill your own grandfather before your parents were conceived) are forbidden, time travel cannot be ruled out.

EXCERPT: . . . How is this possible? You have to remember that in relativity, time itself is relative. This teaches us something profound: that our notion of “a year” isn’t the same for everyone, particularly if they’re moving through time and space at different rates. If we consider a hypothetical journey from Earth to the TRAPPIST-1 system, while taking one end of this wormhole with us, we’d find that the “in motion” end of the wormhole would have only aged by the amount of time we spent on our journey: 6 months. Even though, back on Earth, 40.5 years have passed, the connection between the two ends of the wormhole is still instantaneous, and if you traveled back “the short way” through the wormhole instead of “the long way” through space, you’ll find that only six months have passed when you come out of the original end.

Now imagine that this wasn’t a scenario that we were going to set up today and devise an application for it in the future. No; instead, imagine that 40 years ago, back in June of 1984, someone had created such a pair of entangled wormholes and sent one end of the wormhole off on this journey already, and that you went with it. If you were able to step into one end of that wormhole today, in 2024, you’d wind up back in time at the mouth of the other end of the wormhole… back in December of 1984. The only restriction is that you yourself couldn’t have been sticking around and stationary, here on Earth, for the past 40 years. In order for this scenario to work, you needed to be with the other end of the wormhole, or traveling through space to catch up with it, for all of that time.

One of the remarkable aspects of this physically allowable form of time travel is this: we discover that this also forbids the grandfather paradox from occurring! Even if you imagine that this wormhole was created before your parents were conceived, and that all four of your grandparents were aboard the ship, and the ship traveled near the speed of light while your parents were conceived and then you were conceived, born, and grew up, there’s no way for you to return to the original, unmoving end of the wormhole at a moment prior to your grandparents boarding that ship. There’s no way to return to an early enough moment that you could prevent your grandfather from boarding that ship, or to prevent your own parents from conceiving you.

The closest you’d be able to get would be to have put your newborn father and mother on a ship, when they were very young, to catch the other end of the wormhole, have them live, age, conceive you, and then send yourself back through the wormhole. You’d be able to meet your grandfather back on Earth, perhaps when he was still quite young — perhaps even younger than you are now — but it will still, by necessity, occur after your parents were born, and so there would be no way to prevent your own existence. It’s fascinating and true that a great many unusual things become possible in the Universe if negative mass/energy is real, abundant, and controllable, and traveling backward in time might be, perhaps, the wildest consequence we’ve ever imagined. Within the framework of both special and general relativity, traveling back in time may be difficult to achieve in any practical sort of fashion, but there’s absolutely nothing forbidding it from occurring! (MORE - missing details)

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Posted by: C C - 6 hours ago - Forum: General Science - No Replies

https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/...e-horizon/

EXCERPT: The horizon is a special place. It marks the farthest visible point of the terrestrial world, and it is the place where day turns to night and night turns to day. It is not surprising that it captures our attention, and when rare events happen at the horizon, such as the green flash or the blue hour, it is not surprising that people give special significance to them. The rarity of four-leaf clovers and Friday the 13th is part of what makes them candidates for enchantment, but an appreciation of science tells us that the natural world is enchanting enough as it is. We need not add more magic than what is already there....

ITEMS COVERED:

The Moon Illusion

Mirages

Eric Rohmer’s Fascination with the Horizon

The Green Ray (Le Rayon Vert)

The Blue Hour

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Posted by: Ostronomos - Yesterday 08:54 PM - Forum: Logic, Metaphysics & Philosophy - No Replies

In the moment I closed my eyes I saw blackness reaching singularity in less than a second. And then nothing had meaning. It was the death of all the pain I've been nursing. There was no memory of anything. That is what it means to "live in the moment" as is the evil being promoted by some. A second longer and I would have seen hell, pure evil. The 'excrementation' of the complete I AM theory.

God binds our subjection with objectivity. This world is virtual and the other one is the real one. To have no identity of who one is and to live in the moment without God is to live in a false reality without meaning and it is indistinctive while one is alive witnessing everything without information on it is strictly a creature of sensory apparatus and not a shred of understanding through the heart.

Call this an the awakening that comes after recovering from a sudden singularity of blackness and nothingness. The ability to regain meaning of all things (and to eliminate the indistinctiveness of each object including the indistinctiveness of my physical body in a world of strictly objects) required my absolute concentration on God. It was necessary for my sake to obtain comprehensibility. I took a number of steps to regain my identity and with it the meaning that defined each object including my physical self. God was necessary in my ability to regain comprehension of anything and to welcome a fresh and positive reality and leave behind all the negativity that, when wiped out in that moment, left me in a world of strictly objects. This was probably why the loss of identity creates fear - it opens one to the world of absolute negativity, a world without God. Imagine not knowing that your physical body belonged to you, kind of like a sudden state of permanent amnesia. Strict materialism (belief in objects) leaves one in a world of no meaning. This is why mind is necessary to extract information from matter. The physical brain and body is not the mind.

Meaning is what is necessary to distinguish mind from objects and thus the physical body from mind itself along with the other distinct objects that are distinct from the physical self-identity.

To live in each moment is to have no memory of the self and thus no distinction of mind from physical body.

After regaining the meaning of people/objects and regular objects was when I was able to see that subjectivity is required for us to recognize our physical identity and with it who we are (the "I AM") and our needs. "Bliss" is the state of being an automaton or a system of sensory apparatus' incapable of human function because subjectivity is needed in order to self-determine oneself from the object world and thus create meaning/information (without meaning objects give no distinctive information and thus both objects and their characteristic interpretation in relation to the self and the ability to distinguish between mind and body will be lost, the mind must distinguish the physical self from objects otherwise one looks at all things without recognition or priority) and to be given it by concentrating on The Provider and Creator of meaning/information.

On meaning

We create meaning and the meaning creates the "what" identification of each and every object including the physical body. The provider of the meaning of the objective universe and thus the creation of the meaning that enables us to recognize our physical body as a separate object from the mind and therefore the physical body and the mind from objects in general is God. Otherwise reality would be a world of false objects as the object world is virtual and exists in space and time as opposed to reality. The subjective reality creates the meaning that enables us to function meaningfully and to recognize the mind, and therefore the body, from the object.

I must tell you that the physical world is virtual and the informational one is real. We have always argued about whether the reality of matter is virtual versus the reality of information. I assume the information being spoken about is what gives objects irreducible complexity.
Assume that we were functioning in a world of specified complexity, a roach can have absolutely no difference in meaning to a loved one or death itself and the response to all would be the same as there would be no information to distinguish them. Kind of similar to a blankened, mindless physical brain interpreting and operating in a reality of purely neuromuscular and sensory apparatus which would lead to a physical object that perceives not a shred of information from any object and thus could not act.

The will of our mind and self-determination to exist gives meaning to matter (as opposed to strictly appearing to be objects) and therefore information can be perceived.


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Posted by: C C - Yesterday 06:05 PM - Forum: Zymology - No Replies

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/1048600

EXCERPTS: "At first we were very surprised that liquid was preserved in one of the funerary urns," explains the City of Carmona's municipal archaeologist Juan Manuel Román. After all, 2,000 years had passed, but the tomb's conservation conditions were extraordinary; fully intact and well-sealed ever since, the tomb allowed the wine to maintain its natural state, ruling out other causes such as floods, leaks inside the chamber, or condensation processes.

[...] Thanks to all this, they had their first evidence that the liquid was, in fact, wine. But the key to its identification hinged on polyphenols, biomarkers present in all wines. [...] the mineral salts present in the tomb's liquid are consistent with the white wines currently produced in the territory...

[...] The fact that the man's skeletal remains were immersed in the wine is no coincidence. Women in ancient Rome were long prohibited from drinking wine. It was a man's drink. And the two glass urns in the Carmona tomb are elements illustrating Roman society's gender divisions in its funerary rituals.

While the bones of the man were immersed in wine, along with a gold ring and other bone remains from the funeral bed on which he had been cremated, the urn containing the remains of the woman did not contain a drop of wine, but rather three amber jewels, a bottle of perfume with a patchouli scent, and the remains of fabrics, with initial analyses seeming to indicate that they were of silk.

The wine, as well as the rings, the perfume and the other elements were part of a funerary trousseau that was to accompany the deceased in their voyage into the afterlife... (MORE - missing details)

PAPER: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2024.104636

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