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Is "doddering dotard" a tautology?
No, they mean different things. One can dodder without being a dotard, and one can be a dotard without doddering.
General Discussion / Re: Useless fact of the day
« Last post by Ah.hell on Today at 06:13:29 PM »
Tommy Smothers was a gymnast and competitive unicyclist in college.
As well as a master yo yoist!
General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Season
« Last post by Noisy Rhysling on Today at 05:42:47 PM »
I lived in PR for three years, loved every minute of it. If I lived there now my thoughts would be on rebuilding, not flight.
General Discussion / Re: Useless fact of the day
« Last post by MikeHz on Today at 05:39:02 PM »
Tommy Smothers was a gymnast and competitive unicyclist in college. His brother Dick was a long distance runner on the track team at San Jose State College.
I would say it made sense, up until a few years ago. I guess you could say it was analogous to the upgrade cycle of PCs before the last generation (DDR3 and first generation of Intel i-series processors, and even moreso the current generation of 14 nanometer CPUs and GPUs). As Desert Fox indicated, the 5-inch generation (Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S5, Google/LG Nexus 5) basically represents the maturation of mobile phone technology:

Energy efficient and powerful 28 nanometer quad core processors
GPUs that support OpenGL ES 3.x+ and can play 3D games at 1080p.
hardware accelerated HD h.264 video
1080p AMOLED or IPS LCD screens (except the iPhone with its lower proprietary resolution)
4.5 - 5" screens that are basically the largest thing you can comfortably hold in one hand (just IMO of course, I don't see the point of jumbo phones or phablets)
quad band GSM and Cat 4 150 Mbps LTE (except for the iPhone, which is "only" 42 Mbps)
Li-pol 4.2+ V,  2-2.5+ amp-hour batteries
8 megapixel cameras (excpet the S5 has 16 MP) and 1080p video recording

These phone play 3D games in HD, play HD video, have HD camcorders, have 10-20+ hours of talk time, very fast data radios, and screens that are usable in direct sunlight. This is what it means that the technology has matured and that further refinements are incremental.

Samsung was ahead of the game with their S5's IP67 water resistance and 16 megapixel camera. Also, if you want to one-up your roommates, use the IR blaster to turn off the TV on them.  ;D
Apparently the Office of "Integrative Medicine" and Healtth at George Washington University is hosting a webinar touting supposedly-groundbreaking research into how magic water uses its memory to heal disease, supposedly with ample opportunity for questions and discussion. I'm NOT suggesting that anyone be rude or disruptive, but if you have an interest in activism and are well-versed in addressing medical psuedoscience, this seems like it could be an excellent opportunity to pose some incisive questions.  Info on the webinar (from an email sent to "integrative" practitioners) follows below:

Office of Integrative Medicine and Health at the GW School of Medicine and the American Institute of Homeopathy to Host Event Examining Groundbreaking Research in Homeopathy
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Office of Integrative Medicine and Health (OIMH) at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and the American Institute of Homeopathy will host a 90-minute research presentation by webinar on September 27th, 2017, reviewing new research findings in the field of homeopathic medicine and the developing understanding of the biological basis for homeopathic remedy response. The presenters, Iris Bell MD, PhD, integrative medicine researcher, and Peter Fisher, MD, rheumatologist and homeopathic physician, are international leaders in the field of integrative and homeopathic medicine and their work has shaped the profession for over two decades.

Homeopathic medicine is used by tens of thousands of physicians and millions of consumers worldwide. While growth in its use continues, there is a great need for understanding the growing body of research around homeopathy and the homeopathic remedy response. “More and more patients are asking their physicians for information on homeopathic remedies,” said John Pan, MD, founding medical director of OIMH and the moderator for the webinar. “It is important that today’s medical practitioners understand the evidence that exists behind this modality.”

This 90-minute webinar will be live and interactive, allowing participants to ask questions of Bell and Fisher.

Bell has been a researcher in areas related to complementary and alternative medicine for 30 years. She has served on the faculties at Harvard Medical School, University of California San Francisco, and the University of Arizona. She graduated magna cum laude in biology from Harvard University and then received her PhD in Neuro- and Biobehavioral Sciences and MD from Stanford University. She has published scores of papers and book chapters on her clinical research in addition to a monograph on environmental illness.

Fisher is director of research and consultant physician at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) in London, England. He is accredited in homeopathy and rheumatology. The RLHIM is part of University College London Hospitals, one of the largest academic medical centers in the UK, and is Europe’s largest public sector center for integrated medicine. He also serves as Physician to Her Majesty The Queen. Additionally, he is a member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine and helped to draft its Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy from 2014-2023.

The webinar will begin at 11 a.m. EST. To participate, please use this link: The login number is 220 269 823. There is no cost to participate.
About the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was the first medical school in the nation’s capital and is the 11th oldest in the country. Working together in our nation’s capital, with integrity and resolve, the GW SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities.

About the American Institute of Homeopathy
The American Institute of Homeopathy, the oldest extant national physicians' organization in the US, has promoted homeopathic medicine as a medical specialty since 1844. Our members are licensed physicians (medical, osteopathic, and naturopathic), dentists, veterinarians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacologists and pharmacists and all of us are trained in homeopathic medicine as well as the medical/dental training required for our respective license.
For questions:

Contact: Peter Gold
Telephone: 860-674-1500
Cell: 860-874-7743
Contact: Ashley Rizzardo
Telephone: 202-994-8679
General Discussion / Re: Kaepernick and kneeling for the anthem
« Last post by HanEyeAm on Today at 05:23:26 PM »
The linking of This seems to sit better with people that take these symbols of patriotism seriously. But really, it's a pretty damn poor protest that doesn't piss people off. You wanna link your arms? Great. Now let's all watch football and forget the institutionalized racism in law enforcement.

As for the anthem...why does it need to be played before every game?
I thought the story of that would be really interesting. I was wrong.

Now more than ever, I think the people need the Coliseum to get away from thoughts of politics, war, social ills comma Etc

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Is "doddering dotard" a tautology?
General Discussion / Re: Kaepernick and kneeling for the anthem
« Last post by Ah.hell on Today at 05:08:20 PM »
I think it's stupid to play the anthem before sporting events anyway.  How did this come to be standard?  And why not other events like pancake breakfasts and Easter egg hunts?

On Navy bases there was usually a movie theater with cheap tickets - they had a national anthem short before every showing and we had to stand at attention while it played; I thought that was kind of stupid as well, but it was a military base so it wasn't totally out of line.
We got yelled at for shouting "Play ball" when the anthem was over.  ;D
I distinctly remember Desperately trying to get where ever you were going before sundown.  God forbid you move as the colors were struck.  The first time I saw all the cars stop and pedestrians turn towards the nearest flag, I thought I was in the Twilight Zone. 
Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #637
« Last post by stands2reason on Today at 05:07:47 PM »
The American electric grid. A system barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first sustainable electric grid. Better than it was before. Bigger, stronger, carbon neutral.
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