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Podcasts / Re: Opening Arguments #TTTBE
« Last post by Eternally Learning on Today at 02:26:04 AM »
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Podcasts / Re: Opening Arguments #TTTBE
« Last post by Eternally Learning on Today at 02:16:40 AM »
Quote from: New TTTBE Question
A landlord leased an apartment to a tenant by written lease for two years ending on the last day of a recent month.  The lease provided for $700 in monthly rent.  The tenant occupied the apartment and paid the rent for the first 15 months of the lease term until he moved to another city to take a new job.  Without consulting the landlord, the tenant moved a friend into the apartment and signed an informal writing, transfering to the friend his "lease rights" for the remaining 9 months of the lease.  The friend made the next 4 $700 rent payments to the landlord, but for the final 5 months of the lease term no rent was paid by anyone and the friend moved out with 3 months left on the term.  The landlord was on an extended trip abroad and did not learn of the default and the vacancy until the end of the lease term.  The landlord has sued the tenant and the friend, jointly and severally, for the last $3,500 for the last 5 months' rent.  What is the likely outcome of this lawsuit?

A.  Both the tenant and the friend are liable for the full $3,500 because the tenant is liable on privity of contract and the friend is liable on privity of estate as an assignee.

B.  The friend is liable for $1,400 on privity of estate, which lasted only until he vacated.  And the tenant is liable for $2,100 on privity of contract and estate for the period after the friend vacated.

C.  The friend is liable for $3,500 on privity of estate and the tenant is not liable because the landlord's failure to object to the friend's payment of rent, relieved the tenant of liability.

D.  The tenant is liable for $3,500 on privity of contract and the friend is not liable because a sub-lessee does not have personal liability to the original landlord.
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Member Creations / Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Last post by Noisy Rhysling on Today at 02:08:53 AM »
Just think of water-borne Harleys with machine guns and mortars.

And crazy people. Lots and lots of crazy people.
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http://www.dictionary.com/browse/ethnicity

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an ethnic group; a social group that shares a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like


https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethnic

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of or relating to large groups of people classed according to common racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic, or cultural origin or background


https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/ethnicity

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The fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_group

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An ethnic group, or an ethnicity, is a category of people who identify with each other based on similarities such as common ancestry, language, society, culture or nation.[1][2] Ethnicity is usually an inherited status based on the society in which one lives. Membership of an ethnic group tends to be defined by a shared cultural heritage, ancestry, origin myth, history, homeland, language or dialect, symbolic systems such as religion, mythology and ritual, cuisine, dressing style, art, and physical appearance.


The distinction between religion (a system of belief by which sense is made of the world) and cults (an organization with a hierarchical structure) is relevant here. Being Muslim absolutely counts as an ethnicity by the above definitions. A particular Islamic organization would not. White people are an ethnicity, but the KKK is a terrorist organization that promotes the supremacy of that ethnicity. If someone argued that we needed to suppress the first amendment rights of white supremacists I would object. If, on the other hand, the leadership hierarchy of the KKK were held liable for crimes committed by it's members I would be thrilled.

So by all means, when individuals commit crimes they and any conspirators should be held accountable according to the laws that are applied equally to everyone. If a KKK/Islamist terrorist murders someone I don't think all white/Muslim people should be held morally culpable.

It really boggles my mind. We know for a fact that there are passages in the bible far more violent than anything in the Koran, passages that glorify infanticide and treachery against the enemy. It is so mind-numbingly obvious that the problem is not, in fact, religion. Just as in Northern Ireland during the troubles religion has become a proxy for other, more complicated factors. People who don't want to address them (or are too simple to comprehend them) blame Islam because it is easy.

And before you try to come back at me about "white" being a different kind of ethnicity because genetics just don't. Genetically speaking "white people" don't exist as a distinct group. We count people of Italian descent as "white" in the US while pale-skinned Iranians are not, because it has very little to do with genetics.
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General Discussion / Re: Golden State Killer
« Last post by Tassie Dave on Today at 01:56:09 AM »
Recently, they tapped a genealogical database that the public uses to search for relatives and ancestors, he said.

Is anybody else troubled by this? Is it understood by the customers of these sites that police can trawl these databases to solve cold cases? I had no idea that they were allowed to do that.  Maybe there's a mention of in the EULA, but I wondered how this could be legal.

I have no problem with this as a means to help lead authorities to a suspect. As long as this is not used as the only form of evidence in a trial that leads to a conviction.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #666
« Last post by CarbShark on Today at 01:47:23 AM »
I was mistaken. The ketone test is similar to a litmus test but does not use litmus. It uses sodium nitroprusside, which reacts to acetone.  A litmus test can be used to detect high levels of ketones in urine (Ketoacidosis) but is not as precise as the sodium nitroprusside test.

CarbShark,

You’re doubling down on your stupidity.  Ketones aren’t the only chemical compound that causes increased acidity of the blood or urine.  Measuring pH of urine or blood (preferably arterial blood) detects whether acidosis is present, but doesn’t indicate whether ketosis is present.

To do that you have to measure ketones.  In the urine, as a screening test, you can use ketostix strips (which you dip in the urine) giving a semi-quantitative measure.

The presence of excess ketones indicates that there’s inadequate carbohydrates available, either because the person is on a low carbohydrate diet or is fasting or starving, or the circulating glucose can’t get into the cells because there’s insufficient insulin or there’s insulin resistance (as in diabetes).

Nutritional ketosis and diabetic ketosis are similar in that in both the cells aren’t provided with sufficient glucose for glycolysis.  So the cells have to use fatty acids.

If low ph is detected in blood they test for ketones.


The presence of excess ketones indicates low insulin and high glucagon. This can happen when glucose is low, but in diabetics can occur when glucose levels are high.

Cells can have sufficient glucose when an individual is in ketosis. It's not a feedback loop.

The term is diabetic ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketosis is not a thing, unless you're trying to be intentionally misleading.
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You’re really quadrupling on stupidity now. 

I guess civility is not your thing. Have I been rude or insulting to you ?


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Acidosis can have various causes, not just due to an excess of ketones. 

Nowhere did I say it was. In fact the opposite.






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General Discussion / Re: Golden State Killer
« Last post by CarbShark on Today at 01:41:36 AM »
Well, it’s more like looking through mugshots of relatives and finding a match.  Except more accurate.


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General Discussion / Re: Golden State Killer
« Last post by Desert Fox on Today at 12:47:35 AM »
How is that much different than somebody looking through mugshots except hopefully more accurate?
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General Discussion / Re: Golden State Killer
« Last post by wastrel on Today at 12:47:16 AM »
Recently, they tapped a genealogical database that the public uses to search for relatives and ancestors, he said.

Is anybody else troubled by this? Is it understood by the customers of these sites that police can trawl these databases to solve cold cases? I had no idea that they were allowed to do that.  Maybe there's a mention of in the EULA, but I wondered how this could be legal.


Not surprising to me in the least.  What seems most likely is that the police send the suspect's profile to the company and let them find the match, rather than the police having unfettered access.
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Novichok nerve agent attack - UK
« Last post by wastrel on Today at 12:46:02 AM »
You might be amazed at how many extremely toxic substances we all use every day. 

I'd like to know a couple of examples, if you don't mind.

Off the top of my head, Chlorine and Mercury.  Less so with mercury now days with electronic thermometers.

I made the mistake of mixing cleaning products with bleach and ammonia when cleaning out toilet when I was a teenager.  I was alone in the the house, and literally collapsed and dragged myself out of the bathroom.  So incredibly stupid.
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