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Our brains are very, very easy to fool.”

“The Ohio law does provide for situations in which it is later ‘established that the presumed decedent is alive,’ which is what Miller was hoping to show by bringing his body to court and proving he was still in it.”

“A California man learned from Equifax that he’s been dead for a few years and also that he had a widow living 20 miles away.”

“If there was ever a zombie uprising, wildlife would kick its ass.”

“It could mean there is a sub species of brown bear in the High Himalayas descended from the bear that was the ancestor of the Polar Bear.”

“The bacteria are growing stronger, and the drug pipeline is drying up.”

“Holding on tightly may make you feel more secure, but it’s not actually doing anything.”

“If you start considering the snow storehouses to be a metaphor, instead of God’s ordained method (not to mention accurate revelation) about where snowstorms come from, then how do we know if anything in the Bible should be taken literally?”

The lavish lifestyle of a bishop who is spending 31 million euros on building a new headquarters in west Germany was exposed on Friday, when it emerged he has spent 783,000 euros on a garden, 25,000 euros on a table and 15,000 euros on a bath tub.”

I care deeply about having my picture taken while walking purposefully next to someone African in Africa.”

“Of course, I would fail you as an astronaut and an amateur film critic if I did not touch on the big misconception of Gravity.”

“Once everything was decided, the preparation became quite practical. I had to learn how to play the violin.”

“She and Burnett once tried to play a prank on Mike Nichols by kissing passionately outside an elevator bank in a Washington hotel. They accidentally startled Lady Bird Johnson instead.”

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  • Lori

    So how did the relatively slow creature with no hooves survive in circumstances where the fast creature with hooves had no chance?

  • smrnda

    The problem is that you’re assuming that when the major crisis hits, the cure will be able to be obtained within a short enough time. The basic problem with the market is prizing short-term gains over long-term ones.

  • smrnda

    Infrastructure is also an issue. If you have to recharge batteries, you can’t exactly drive without a suitable recharge station, and this can make long-distance travel almost impossible.

  • Albanaeon

    True, but lots of our driving patterns are based around relatively short drives with lots of stops. It wouldn’t be too hard to create fleets of small electric cars that function mostly to get people to and from work. And given gas prices it’d be way cheaper for most too.

  • Albanaeon

    Antibiotic resistant superbugs remain my third worst nightmare. Its oncoming and looming, but few seem to willing to do anything, even saying “no , you can’t pump that cow full of antibiotics just so you can mistreat it more,” and “you don’t need antibiotic soap.”

    It used to be number two, but “society dissolves into neo-feudal states” jumped right in there recently.

    Number one remains water. There is at least conversations happening about antibiotics, but we have people arguing that we shouldn’t have water restrictions here in CO because we had lots of rain. Which *barely* got us out of being listed as being in a drought! And of course the push to take our water, pump it full of toxins, and pump it deep underground for some other toxic substance. And that we are proposing transporting really toxic substances over one of our major water supplies, which by the way we are draining rapidly, often (around us at least) to grow fricken sod which people will overwater and drain our aquifer even more because “green is pretty” or something…

    Sorry about the rant.

  • Turcano

    After watching that, I wanted to install thermite in every ICU in America.

  • Trixie_Belden

    I don’t watch The Walking Dead either, but my guess is they had the scene happen the way it did for pathos.

  • Baby_Raptor

    When someone cares more about The Rules than they do people.

  • fredgiblet

    This is also a good argument for government run health care. Part of the problem is people demanding antibiotics in cases where it’s unnecessary or even pointless, but the doctors give it to them to make them happy (and get some kickbacks?) in a government-run system it’s not necessary to give into the patients demands for useless treatments since you get paid the same regardless of if they want to come back to your hospital or not, meaning the docs can say no without worrying that they’re going to get fired if the patient complains.

  • Maniraptor

    Oh hey is gluten definitely a problem with PCOS? Genuine question, it’s news to me but I have yet to hear any other options from doctors besides “just keep losing weight until it goes away” (which sort of worked eventually, but being that underweight was a full-time occupation).

    I really like gluten though :(

  • Cathy W

    You know, he picked the wrong pope to try to make the case to that he’s not living a grandiose lifestyle. Francis seems to know from non-grandiose lifestyles.

  • SororAyin

    I’ve been worried about antibiotic resistant bacteria ever since high school. The problem is, no one has ever told me what I personally can do to help.

    And to be fair, Kardashian’s ass is pretty scary.

  • SororAyin

    On the subject of being declared dead while still being very much alive:

    This can happen to bees. I cannot find a link to it, but my mother who is a beekeeper told me this story. Some scientists noted that dead bees give off oleic acid. When the other bees in the hive detect the oleic acid, they drag the dead bee outside. The scientists wondered what would happen if a live bee gave off oleic acid, so they put a dab of the stuff on a forager and let her return to her hive. The guard bees wouldn’t let her in. No matter how many times she tried to get past them and enter the hive, they kept pushing her back outside. As far as they were concerned, she was a dead bee who needed to be removed from the hive. The acid wore off eventually after which, the guard bees let her enter without complaint.

    Mother refers to this as the attack of the zombee.

  • Invisible Neutrino

    I would argue that it simply IS a pre-scientific explanation for the existence of multiple languages. You don’t need to metaphorically sneer at the myth by adding in biblical literalism to the mix.

  • Invisible Neutrino

    Try not to ask for antibiotics from the doctor, and if the doctor DOES prescribe them, ask if they’re absolutely necessary against what you’ve got or if they think your body can handle it on its own.

    Antibiotics in the 1970s and 1980s got to the point of being almost a plaecbo-in-place-of-medical-evaluation because not everyone gets the distinction between viral and bacterial infections, and the “take a pill and it goes away” phenomenon works often enough that people feel like a doctor should prescribe them SOMEthing, so they ask for an antibiotic because it’s a common enough thing to hear about. So the doc feels like he/she has to prescribe one.

    On the medical side overprescription of antibiotics can come from a “cover all your bases” mentality to avoid malpractice lawsuits and hassle from insurance companies.

  • Invisible Neutrino

    There has been overprescription of antibiotics within the Canadian system, so it’s not a totally foolproof thing to have single-payer.

  • Lori

    That’s my guess too. I was just wondering if they bothered to lampshade it.

  • SororAyin

    Oh, those things! I never really thought about asking/not asking a doctor for an antibiotic. Or any other medicine* for that matter. I just describe my symptoms as best I can, and let the doctor’s training and experience tell him/her want I need. I can’t really imagine suggesting drugs on my own.

    *Antidepressants are the exception to this. I’ve found one that works, and I’m not shy about telling a new doctor that.

  • The_L1985

    At least he isn’t blinding you with science.

  • stardreamer42

    I once had a date take me to what turned out to be a religious-charlatan show that used the same premise as the first link. He did a lot of stage magic and optical illusions, all the while hammering at the audience that “You can’t trust your eyes! You can’t trust your senses! You can’t trust your brains! But you CAN trust JESUS! He’s the only thing in this world that’s completely trustworthy!” And then came the pitch for money.

    Needless to say, that was my last date with that guy.

  • stardreamer42

    And if you do have to take an antibiotic, ALWAYS take the full course — don’t stop after a few days because you feel better now. That’s what allows drug-resistant strains to develop.

  • stardreamer42

    Do not read “The Mountains of Mourning” by Lois McMaster Bujold. It’s a fabulous story, but it will absolutely creep you out if the story at the link bothers you.

  • Invisible Neutrino

    I’m really not sure how that follows from the fact that misdirection and drama are large part of what drives the apparent “miracles” of stage magic. But hey, I guess Jesus is a very good illusionist.

  • AnonymousSam

    For someone in my position, if the doctor recommends antibiotics, it’s because I’ve finally become desperate enough by prolonged illness that I gave in and went to see one and I’m probably not going to be inclined to pass up a treatment option if it makes me feel better for the first time in X months…

    Says the person who’s now thoroughly enjoying both a sinus and ear infection.

  • Timothy (TRiG)

    And somehow that gives them a right to preach at a captive audience?