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I'm so proud of +Brian Tripp , not just for the talent he's shaping into skill, but for the bravery (much more than I had at his age) to put it on display for the world.

That kid is awesome. :)

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+Ben Riddle is an amazing young man. We're lucky to have him here and I'm certainly glad he decided to stick around. Each of the few times we've been fortunate enough to work together I've come away more impressed (which is saying something in itself, as I was quite impressed the first time I met Ben back in his high school days).

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Quotable - Ernest Hemingway, born 21 July 1899, died 2 July 1961
10 Quotes http://bit.ly/15y80cM
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I've seen a few posts about the fluoride study in the Lancet. I did a little research - pulling up the actual paper (and holding my nose when I saw it was being shared via Elsevier) and then looking up the meta-study of Fluoride that it's based on - a paper by Anna L. Choi, Guifan Sun, Ying Zhang, and Philippe Grandjean (the latter being one of the authors of the Lancet paper), published in "Environmental Health Perspectives".

That paper is a meta-analysis of 27 other papers, most of which are studies of areas in China where there are high levels of fluoride due to burning high-fluoride coal. The control areas tend to be wood-burning.

This means:

1. They're exposed to at least as much airborne fluorine, including airborne hydrogen fluoride, as in the water.

2. There are also higher levels of other toxic chemicals in the study area (one study mentions arsenic specifically).

3. The fluorine levels even in the water are excessive, and in some papers it's noted the control areas have similar levels to western areas that fluoridate the water.

So the applicability of most of these studies, and thus the meta-study, to dental fluoridation is doubtful at best. The meta-analysis explicitly didn't consider these issues (the Choi/Sun... paper lists the criteria they used), so I certainly wouldn't consider it to have isolated the effect of fluorine from all the other factors involved.

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#twt
Remember back when it didn't matter what the content was, webpages got the same priority and open access as every other page on the internet? When the internet was the best example of a democracy there was? Every page was free and equal?

We're about to lose that forever.

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/14/last-chance-to-save-net-neutra.html
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If you don't understand this... tsk.
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+Steven Brent This made me think of your (mysterious) game...

Extra Credits - The Waiting Game - Why Weird Game…: http://youtu.be/ptk93AyICH0

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Raises some excellent points and concerns I hadn't even begun to consider.
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