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You are absolutely correct; there is no way that number is accurate. I should have caught it; thanks.
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A Supervisor of mine many years was discussing the intimate connection between aggression and libido in sex and made the unforgettable comment: If you can't kill, you can never f*ck. It was somewhat hyperbolic but his point was valid. An adult man doesn't deny his aggressive impulses, he learns to control himself and use aggression when it is necessary and appropriate.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2011 on In His Own Words at ShrinkWrapped
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Its a wonder we have been able to perpetuate the species! With any luck the angry feminists and the angry misogynists will cancel each other out and there will be room for those of us who appreciate that men and women can be delightfully different and spend our time trying to bridge the gap between our alien species.
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The relationship of drug use to major psychiatric disorders is complicated and unresolvable. Do drugs make psychotic episodes more likely? Yes. Do some drugs precipitate psychotic epsiodes, sometimes, in some people? Yes. Can we predict who is vulnerable before hand? Sometimes, yes, often, no. As well, this person's sexual failures did not cause his decompensation but were secondary to his psychological difficulties. Schizophrenics show signs of mis-attunement to people in social settings well before their illness bursts forth in their first psychotic break. It is often hard for family to notice because there is an often slow slide into disturbance. Schizophrenics become ill slowly at first, and then all of a sudden.
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If this young man had indeed made documented death threats he should have been evaluated well before the shootings. If he had then been found to be psychotic, he could have been hospitalized and could have been treated against his will only as long as he was actively dangerous (and he could have gone to court within his first 2 weeks and if not actively homicidal the Judge could have either refused to allow him to be medicated or forced his release from the hospital.) There are no provisions for ongoing, involuntary, long term treatment of someone who is not actively expressing homicidal ideation or has committed a crime and is under the supervision of the courts. Trying to arrange such a structure is complicated and the potential for abuse is very high.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2011 on On Madmen and Freedom at ShrinkWrapped
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I read Jay's post and was very disappointed. I considered responding but did not think it worth while; anyone who is willing to give credence to such nonsense is no longer amenable to debate. It is the equivalent to responding to the question: Do you still beat your wife? There is no possible response; once you offer any answer you have entered their arena, established with their rules.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2011 on The Computer Ate My Post at ShrinkWrapped
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Judge, if AGW is scientific, then the theory must be falsifiable; to that end, what evidence would you accept that would falsify the theory of global warming? What are the "facts" that you can identify as forming the crucial underpinnings of AGW? If you cannot answer those questions you are not talking about science but about faith.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2011 on The Death of AGW at ShrinkWrapped
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Excellent; thank you!
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2010 on Merry Christmas at ShrinkWrapped
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I know I said I'd blog again this week, but I'm not really in the mood. I decided I shouldn't blog out of a sense of obligation, but rather, I should do it as a labor of love. There's no love right now, so until I'm feeling up to it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Reed the Viking
Thank you for the information. I will have to do some more research before I send them any more money.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2010 on Veteran's Day 2010 at ShrinkWrapped
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Excellent article, well worth your time; I plan on blogging about this later in the week as time permits.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2010 on The FDA Will Kill Us All at ShrinkWrapped
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At least 75% of us still agree it's the greatest country EVAH! Optimism in U.S. Government is at a 36 Year Low. And for those of you who read my blog, optimism is the code word I use when I'm trying not to drop the H-Bomb (hope). Just a reminder... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at Reed the Viking
I took nyquil last night and slept like 12 hours. Also, I need to go into work early today so this is going to be a rushed post but here goes. New kind of Monkey discovered in Burma (I refuse to call it Myanmar, I don't give in to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Reed the Viking
I thought last week's episode of South Park, which spoofed Inception, was pretty funny, but not on the same level as the Jersey Shore or NASCAR episodes. Turns out they lifted some material from an online spoof of Inception from collegehumor.com. My beloved South Park pulled a Dane Cook (stealing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Reed the Viking
Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit had three great posts that I'd like to share on my blog. I'll post my favorite bits and perhaps add something of my own. 1. Guilty Southern White Boys The notion (originally suggested by one of Andrew Sullivan’s readers) is that southerners — always the target... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at Reed the Viking
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I'm feeling kind of sick today, so everybody leave me comments about how much they love me. Jihadi who threatened South Park was a Joooooooo! I've said it before, Jihadi is the new "goth." To be honest, I think Jihadis have a better sense of style, and I can't imagine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at Reed the Viking
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One way trip to Mars? Sign me up! Another brilliant idea: Draft Mitch Daniels! Somebody get Jon Stewart on board this one, because electing this guy would truly be a move towards restoring sanity: Why do we think our generation can unite behind this “uncharismatic” Indiana governor? Because his candidacy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at Reed the Viking
Ok, so I know I said I had no time for posting today but I can't leave this one be without mention. Let's play a game called, "I didn't catch her historical reference, so she must be retarded." Sarah Palin said at a TEA PARTY rally, "Don't party like it's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2010 at Reed the Viking
I've started a busier work schedule with fluctuating hours. I've also got a visitor in town from the mainland this week, so blogging may be lighter than normal. There's lots of good stuff out there today, but I guess I'll just have to keep it in the vault until I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2010 at Reed the Viking
Is anybody serious about entitlement reform? Chris Christie and Paul Ryan, perhaps. Will they be able to do anything about it? Probably not, there's a lot of entrenched interests... I'll just hedge my bets and fly off to space as soon as I get a chance (well, as soon as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at Reed the Viking
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Confirmed: Smarter People Drink Alcohol. That just goes to prove that my sister and I, both of whom have long been assumed to have dominating intellects, are far more intelligent than our stooped (pronounced "stupid") parents. And for my BFF Guiseppe Fratelli, well, this is further proof that your parents... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at Reed the Viking
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News from the East On the mainland: Communist Party Elders Call for an End to Censorship. Across the strait: Taiwan to Allow Small Brothels. Well, it seems obvious that I'd prefer to head to Taiwan, where censorship has never been in effect, and where hookers were just legalized. I suggest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at Reed the Viking
I had a lot of material lined up with which I planned to form a post. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen* circumstances I will not be able to post tonight. -The Viking *By unforeseen, the Viking means that he was completely aware of these circumstances for a very long time, but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Reed the Viking
Strapped for time again, I'll try to get a longer post in later today. Guiseppe Fratelli, you can inform your mother that microwaves and cell-phones really don't cause cancer. I think we've been telling her for years, but here's another reminder. The Wall Street Journal says Capitalism Saved the Miners.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Reed the Viking
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Today is the Navy's 235th birthday, so to celebrate I have two stories of epic sailing voyages to share with you. The first, courtesy of the Dr. Ago, is reports on Congress' ill-fated mission to find the mythical sword of bipartisanship. I'm glad I wasn't still living in California when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at Reed the Viking