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Oliver on Oz

John Oliver gets in his free speech opinion of Dr Oz.  About 4 minutes.

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Presbycusis test

Here is a 100 second video that lets you see/hear how high your hearing goes.  When I was a kid, I could hear 23Khz quite well.  Now, I can't hear anything above 13Khz.  So it goes....  Guess there is no need for me to invest in a Pono Player!  ;-)

Note, this is about dynamic range, not threshold.  Obviously one's speaker/headphone characteristics play a role, but most are going to be reasonably flat from ~100Hz to 20KHz, and I assume the sound level is constant in the video.  For the most part, sounds over about 8KHz are not too important to our lives, but when you start losing ability to hear sounds below 8KHz unless greatly amplified, people will notice.  Here is a graph of typical db loss with age by frequency:

How High can you still hear?

#presbycusis   #hearingloss  
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16000. And that hurt, asshole! lol!
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A nicely produced 19 minute video on Commercial bee trucking, honey production, and Colony Collapse Disorder in USA.  Via the CCD G+ Community.

A short and very informative documentary about the challenges beekeepers face with colony collapse disorder in 2015.
Very well done.

I hope you enjoy as much as I did.,AAAAPLMILBk~,Vn8u6tPOf8Us2eD8W1ez5Zw-Ss_6Anfe
Each year 2.5 million honeybee colonies crisscross the country, traveling from farm to farm, from the almond orchards of California to the blueberry fields of New Jersey, with...
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Conspiracy Theorists

Tools for assessing Conspiracists, and their common informal logical fallacies:

"Please share this and help to stop the rampant spread of stupidity, because ultimately, it affects us all.  Democracy does not mean- “my ignorance is just as good as your fact”."

H/T:  +A.R. Bell 
Recognising a Conspiracy Theorist and other bad thinking. When considered, the title Conspiracy “Theorist” might lead someone to believe that what this person thinks is somehow based in fact and evidence. The word ‘theo...
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+John R. Ellis Thank you for the clarifying -- I completely missed the subtleties of your earlier comments (sorry about that).
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ah..  conspiracy theorists in the first comments..
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An American was killed in the avalanche on Mount Everest that resulted from the massive Nepal earthquake on Saturday, a tour company said.Dan Fredinburg, a G...
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Psychology of Anti-GMO nutters.   And welcome back from the Rabbit Hole, Bill Nye.

Via the (Pro-GMO) GMOLOL G+ Community
The psychology of anti GMO feelings. 
A team of philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. They argue that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by certain environmental groups and other opponents of GMOs.
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And many nonGMO seeds are hybrids too, so there is no point saving the seeds from those plants as you have no idea what will sprout from them.
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Another Alt Med Diet Guru caught lying

"Fake cancer is the easiest to cure" - I've seen this personally, and just the opposite - real cancer does not respond in a beneficial way to Alt Med Scams, although the Gerson Protocol can make it grow faster, and high dose vitamins are associated with it being more aggressive.

#SBM   #BelleGibson   #WholePantry  
It wasn't true..?  Well, blow me down...
Gibson, who built a wellness empire on the back of claims she cured terminal brain cancer through diet and lifestyle, has admitted deceiving her followers
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+Kasey Chang let the cases begin.
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He also explains why black people never see UFOs and why aliens are so into butt stuff
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Nice drink after a rough day.....

A Bloody Mary garnished with a pizza, sandwich, chicken wings, onion rings, french fries, and another Bloody Mary

Maybe make it a Double - this is America!

#roughday   #bloodymary  
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+Peter van Rens That's because the G+ employees are not supposed to speak about it, but one slipped way back when in a thread I was in.  I don't know what the sanitized term for it is.
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Value of Vaccines

Cecil answers: "You’re asking whether vaccination is worth it. There could be stupider questions — just wait till some C-grade celebrity leads the charge against indoor plumbing and electric lights. However, for now those questioning the value of vaccination pretty much have the market cornered on idiotic."
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Internet Curmudgeon and Skeptic
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Not to mention apophasis - my favorite paralipsis. And you can't Reason with Delusion.

Communities radically changed how G+ works.  I post almost exclusively to Public and Private Communities.  That's why I (usually) leave my Community posts visible on my Post's page.  If you know me in real life - please notify me when you circle me!

Which Circle?  If I were putting me into my Circles, I'd choose my Favorites circle, my Skeptics (Consumer Protection Advocates who use Science and Reason to debunk harmful frauds and scams) Circle, and/or my Atheists (people who have not found any credible evidence of any gods, angels, devils, ghosts, or souls) Circle.  I doubt there will be a major theme to my occasional original posts or re-shares - just what strikes me as interesting at the time - but that is more likely to be related to Neuroscience or Technology.  Here is a list of the Podcasts I subscribe to, which indicates what I'm most interested in:

As a general rule, I don't believe in banning, blocking, censorship, or flagging. "John Stuart Mill argued that silencing an opinion is "a peculiar evil." If the opinion is right, we are robbed of the "opportunity of exchanging error for truth"; and if it's wrong, we are deprived of a deeper understanding of the truth in its "collision with error." If we know only our own side of the argument, we hardly know even that: it becomes stale, soon learned by rote, untested, a pallid and lifeless truth." - Carl Sagan  It is most unlikely that you will offend me with posts or comments, unless you post moronic idiocy, of course, or try to convince me that Your God really exists, and Your Religion actually knows her, or you post only Spam or Spam my posts.  If you circle me and want to be Notified of my rather infrequent posts, put me in a Circle where you have Notifications set to On. 

Getting started in G+.  Add this entire circle linked below to gets lots of interesting posts and interactions in your Home Stream:

And here is a circle of Pages that Share circles - you can visit them to see what sorts of circles they post that might interest you and add them, or have them add you to the circles some of them maintain on certain topics.

Next - go to Communities and enter in some topics that interest you into the Search bar to find Communities built around those topics.  Join a few of them that show active Owners and Mods, a good number of Members, and lots of recent posts.  Read the rules, and then start commenting on those posts or posting your own contributions to the topic.  Before long, you'll want to throttle down the firehose of information coming your way!

This Community will tell you most all you need to know about how G+ works:

What is G+?  (Explanation for the newly invited). The usual uninformed answer is that it is Google's version of Facebook or Myspace.  But it's not like that at all - it is more comparable to Twitter microblogging, but instead of mostly vapid < 140 character tweets, you get a Stream of thoughtful content, links, videos, and articles from people you choose to follow because they share things that interest you.  Which makes it addictive and time-consuming, because if you follow enough People and Pages and Communities, you get a nearly continuous Stream of things you want to know about.  Plus some occasional other stuff you might not even know you are interested in until you've been exposed to it.  And by using Circles and hashtag searches appropriately, you can check out other people or things Topic by Topic.  In summary, Facebook is about people, Twitter is about trends, and G+ is about Content and Information.  While most people use G+ to microblog, it is well suited to full blogging too - you just won't get paid for your work here, but also are not paying for the blog hosting.  Your blog here is more likely to get a lot more eyeballs and comments.  Or you can use G+ to microblog a link to your professional blog, but most people will be too lazy to do that extra click.

G+ is designed to be Addictive!  Almost like playing a Slot Machine - maybe the NEXT Post in your Stream will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, ask a question you know the answer to, or reveal the Secret of Life.  All while your red Notifications box keeps dinging that someone has thought of you.  Be sure to blink every hour, and get up from your chair at least daily.

How Do Circles and Sharing Work on G+?  Explained here:

Sharing is not Sending! I went ahead and made a post of how G+ Sharing and Circling works, based on what I slowly learned on my own through trial and error:

How Sharing/Posting and Circles work on G+

Well if Circles are used to block people from seeing posts, then what does blocking do?

What the Hell is Atheism Minus?

As founder and Spiritual Leader of Atheism Minus - this should answer the FAQs I get:

Copyrights:  Feel free to use any post or statement or idea of mine in an open source, creative commons way.  Credit me if you like - or not.  BTW: that long "rights" thing you see on a lot of About Pages here and on Facebook is legally meaningless.

Disclaimers:  My posts or G+ comments are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Or Legal advice.  Or Stock Market advice.  Or Dietary advice.  Or Political advice.

If you have a concern about any posting or comment being factually incorrect, please contact me. Please provide details of who you are, how I can contact you, what your interest is, and what your concern is. If something has been written that is factually incorrect (and was not sarcasm), it will be addressed. Anonymous complaints will be ignored.

GloMar Response:  We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of the information requested or records or data on the subject matter responsive to your request - but hypothetically, if such records or data did exist, such subject matter would be classified and could not be disclosed or released to you... 
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Survived Erythroblastosis fetalis. Also backpacked across the Arctic, then ran the Mount Marathon race in Seward, AK. Survived that too. A little worse for wear from all of those. More recently, I was blocked on G+ by SGU's RW, for being an intelligent man with an opinion differing from her clique, which she won't tolerate. Well excuuuuse me... Also, I am Founder and Spiritual Head of the largest Atheist Movement of all time - Atheism Minus (A-). It is comprised of all New Atheists, Old Atheists, and Agnostics who are not members of A+. NTTIAWWT, of course. Supreme Skunk Dick Mims H. Carter has publicly called me a Skunk Dick Squared. I score very high on online Asperger tests, which the NTs might not think is something to brag about, but we know better, as usual. I am Owner of the Advocates - For All the Things! private Community, and of the Irreverent Skeptics ( #IrrSkep ) public Community for fans and Hosts of Skeptical and/or Atheist Podcasts, and Own or Mod many more Communities. Find them in Community Search or links below.
  • Rice University
    Psychology, Electrical Engineering, 1974 - 1978
  • Rice University
    Master of EE, 1978 - 1979
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    MD, 1979 - 1982
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Neurology, 1982 - 1986
  • Universal Life Church
    Ordained Minister, 2000
  • Irreligiosophy
    PhIrrD, 2010
  • Thunderwood
    Numerous, 2011
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