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Windows 10 | July 29, 2015

Just upgraded to Windows 10 on my Surface 3. Everything’s working fine. The Start menu is back but completely revamped.
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Gun Control is fading into irrelevance | July 28, 2015

Public support for gun rights is rising while support for gun control is declining. Every mass shooting increases support for gun rights.

Americans are slowly waking up to the fact that an armed society is a safer society. We’re not a nation of trigger happy gun nuts; we take our gun rights, responsibilities and safety very seriously.
Since Newtown, more Americans think gun ownership can help prevent crime.
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Why can’t doctors be honest? | July 22, 2015

Earlier today I had a chemical cauterization done on my finger. Which means quite literally; burning with acid. As I was leaving the doctor told me that it might sting a little. It stung alright. It stung like I was holding it over an open flame.

If the doctor just told me that it was going to hurt like hell for a while I would have been ok. Except for the horrible pain of course. Instead I was left worrying that something had gone terribly wrong because it was hurting way more than it was supposed to.
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OFFFICE CLOSED | July 5, 2015
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Why is glass transparent? | April 3, 2015

I’ve always wondered why glass was transparent to visible light when most other materials are opaque.  I finally found a (somewhat wordy) explanation in: Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

So why is it that glass has this apparently miraculous property of transparency? How is it that light can travel through this solid material at all, while most other materials will not allow it? After all, glass contains all of the same atoms that make up a handful of sand. Why in the form of sand should they be opaque and in the form of glass transparent and able to bend light?

Glass is made of silicon and oxygen atoms, as well as a few other sorts. Within every atom there is a central nucleus, which contains protons and neutrons, surrounded by varying numbers of electrons. The size of the nucleus and the individual electrons is tiny compared to the overall size of the atom. If an atom were the size of an athletics stadium, the nucleus would be the size of a pea at its center, and the electrons would be the size of grains of sand in the surrounding stands. So within all atoms—and indeed all matter—there is a majority of empty space. This suggests that there should be plenty of room for light to travel through an atom without bumping into either an electron or the nucleus. Which indeed there is. So the real question is not “Why is glass transparent?,” but “Why aren’t all materials transparent?”

Inside an atomic stadium, to continue the analogy, the electrons are only allowed to inhabit certain parts of the stands. It is as if most of the seats have been removed and there are only certain rows of seats left, with each electron restricted to its allotted row. If an electron wants to upgrade to a better row, it has to pay more—the currency being energy. When light passes through an atom it provides a burst of energy, and if the amount of energy provided is enough, an electron will use that energy to move into a better seat. In doing so, it absorbs the light, preventing it from passing through the material.

But there is a catch. The energy of the light has to match exactly that required for the electron to move from its seat to a seat in the available row. If it’s too small, or to put it another way, if there are no seats available in the row above (i.e., the energy required to get to them is too large), then the electron cannot upgrade and the light will not be absorbed. This idea of electrons not being able to move between rows (or energy states, as they are called) unless the energy exactly matches is the theory that governs the atomic world, called quantum mechanics. The gaps between rows correspond to specific quantities of energy, or quanta. The way these quanta are arranged in glass is such that moving to a free row requires much more energy than is available in visible light. Consequently, visible light does not have enough energy to allow the electrons to upgrade their seats and has no choice but to pass straight through the atoms. This is why glass is transparent.
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God hates babies with gay parents | February 19, 2015

Apparently God hates gays so much that his followers will deny medical care to babies if their parents are gay.

It’s pretty sad when educated professionals still believe in ancient superstitions and think bigotry is ok.
"The first thing Dr. Karam said was 'I'll be your doctor, I'll be seeing you today because Dr. Roi decided this morning that she prayed on it and she won't be able to care for Bay," Jami said.
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Poverty and Homicide | July 24, 2015

In his book The Better Angels of our Nature cognitive scientist Steven Pinker explains why homicide rates are so high among the poor. It's because they're outside of the system. They can’t call the police or the courts to settle their problems. If they want justice they have to go get it for themselves.

The main reason that violence correlates with low socioeconomic status today is that the elites and the middle class pursue justice with the legal system while the lower classes resort to what scholars of violence call “self-help.” This has nothing to do with Women Who Love Too Much or Chicken Soup for the Soul; it is another name for vigilantism, frontier justice, taking the law into your own hands, and other forms of violent retaliation by which people secured justice in the absence of intervention by the state.

In an influential article called “Crime as Social Control,” the legal scholar Donald Black argued that most of what we call crime is, from the point of view of the perpetrator, the pursuit of justice. Black began with a statistic that has long been known to criminologists: only a minority of homicides (perhaps as few as 10 percent) are committed as a means to a practical end, such as killing a homeowner during a burglary, a policeman during an arrest, or the victim of a robbery or rape because dead people tell no tales. The most common motives for homicide are moralistic: retaliation after an insult, escalation of a domestic quarrel, punishing an unfaithful or deserting romantic partner, and other acts of jealousy, revenge, and self-defense.
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The Death of the Death Penalty? | July 23, 2015

The Supreme Court might be ready to declare the death penalty unconstitutional. Even if they aren't; public opinion is turning against it, fewer juries are sentencing people to death and states are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain the necessary poisons to perform executions.
By declining to strike down controversial forms of lethal injection, the Court pushed some justices to reject the constitutionality of all capital punishment.
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Forensic Science Fraud | July 14, 2015

Frontline exposes the lack of science in “Forensic Science”. It’s terrifying; innocent people are being sent to prison or executed, and guilty people are walking free. All based on techniques that haven't been substantiated by science.
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What Happened To Summer? | July 2, 2015

It’s July and it’s 52°
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I know...I hate that..lol...but today is beautiful!
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Thou shall not kill | April 26, 2015

The first thing Moses did when he descended from Mount Sinai; bearing a tablet freshly engraved with “Thou shall not kill,” Moses summarily began to slaughter all those who had committed sins while he was away:

Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Who is on the Lord's side? Come to me.” And the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Put every man his sword on his side. And go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.’” And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses; and there fell on the people that day about three thousand men. And Moses said, “Today you have ordained yourselves in the service of the Lord.”

— Exodus 32:26–29

From the book Alpha God Hector A. Garcia
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The Confederate States Of America | March 4, 2015

This is a terrifying documentary by the British Broadcasting Service* about the Confederate States Of America and how the world would look if the Confederacy had won.

* British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in our world.
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