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The Milk Industrial Complex 87% Posted Apr 2014

The Milk Industrial Complex

Comment: 1324 days ago

The good doctor notes that humans are the only mammals that consume milk as adults. While the rest of his presentation is cogent, this is a silly argument. If a dog or cat or bear had access to milk, whether their own or another species, they would probably drink it, so the primary issue may be access. Equally, just because we are the only species to do a thing doesn't determine it's rightness or wrongness.

A white and a black guy try to break into a car 94% Posted Feb 2014

A white and a black guy try to break into a car

Comment: 1370 days ago

This demonstration has been done before with bicycles, but the two guys in that video are almost exactly the same size and dressed very similarly. The problem with this instance is that the white guy is dressed much better than the black guy, and is quite a bit smaller, and consequently does not actually appear to be a 'threat' while trying to break into the car.  The police response is somewhat over the top, but is in part scaled to the size of the black guy. 

No Moonlight Sonata for machete-armed robber 91% Posted Feb 2014

No Moonlight Sonata for machete-armed robber

Comment: 1386 days ago

At 3:19, the ring buyer looks like he is going into major tachypsychia.

Fox News - What's happened to the American man?87% Posted Jan 2014

Fox News - What's happened to the American man?

Comment: 1396 days ago
This is a false dichotomy. There is nothing preventing men from being 'manly' - whatever the hell that means - while simultaneously being respectful of women and treating them as equals.
Fox News - What's happened to the American man?87% Posted Jan 2014

Fox News - What's happened to the American man?

Comment: 1396 days ago
this is SPARTA, you are on fire today.
Chop With Chris - The Dog Sled 95% Posted Jan 2014

Chop With Chris - The Dog Sled

Comment: 1396 days ago
Still my hero. What a fantastic craftsman.
Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation? 94% Posted Jan 2014

Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation?

Comment: 1400 days ago
Hans Rosling is the dude.
Lizzie Velasquez - What defines you as a person? 88% Posted Jan 2014

Lizzie Velasquez - What defines you as a person?

Comment: 1407 days ago

Your comment is too simplistic. These situations are far too multi-factorial to be reductionistic and say it all boils down to the individual. Although it is true that people who work hard sometimes succeed, many people who work even harder don't. You are also neglecting the fact that she was incredibly well supported by her family, who were almost certainly not destitute, and that she was born in a country with relatively good health-care (although certainly not free), state-run education and many other factors that were not her own doing. Choices become much more limited when you live in a country where those things are not available or if you live in a family where you are daily beaten and told you are stupid and worthless, or if your family sold the last goat to send you to another country to earn lots of money working as a construction worker, only to discover you are working for 1/10th of the promised wage. These factors have nothing to do with hard work, but are the reality for most of the world's population. In some parts of America, for some people, your comment might be true, but the logic overall is fallacious. 

Octopus plays with coconut 94% Posted Jan 2014

Octopus plays with coconut

Comment: 1409 days ago
It is only wrong if you want to take the octopus to bed, and it says 'no'.
Noam Chomsky comments on the economics of outsourcing 88% Posted Jan 2014

Noam Chomsky comments on the economics of outsourcing

Comment: 1414 days ago
"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." ~Yogi Berra
Minimum Max 86% Posted Jan 2014

Minimum Max

Comment: 1417 days ago
A PhD colleague of mine in psychology said I have all the markers of ADHD. If it had existed when I was a kid, I surely would have been identified, and possibly medicated. But it didn't. So I had to figure out how to learn, think and produce with that difference. I worked out how to be successful at school, how to finish projects, how to keep a job and a relationship. I have also learned how to focus my attention without the use of drugs. There are challenges and advantages to being like this. Maybe some people need the help of medication, but maybe some 10 year-old boys find it hard to sit still for 7 hours at a stretch. And maybe, just maybe there is nothing wrong with that.
How attached cats are to their owners? 88% Posted Dec 2013

How attached cats are to their owners?

Comment: 1435 days ago
There are many methodological and interpretive problems with this 'experiment'. The principle underlying assumption is that similar behaviour means the same things in different species, and that behaviour has uniform meaning across different levels of maturity. This is particularly problematic for animals in social contexts. Does moving toward a known conspecific or pack member indicate attachment to the conspecific, or anxiety? Equally in terms of maturity, human adults show attachment behaviour that is considerably different from children, and it would be unreasonable to assume that lovers do not attach to each other because they do not pine at the door when their partner leaves the room. Last there are too many variables with respect to timeframe, what is a cat's range (is the room too small/too big) the method of distraction, feeding times, length of ownership to draw any meaningful conclusions. Interesting idea, but bad science.
The best in table tennis 91% Posted Dec 2013

The best in table tennis

Comment: 1436 days ago
Rudimental, Feel the Love.
Buffalo and flying lion 88% Posted Dec 2013

Buffalo and flying lion

Comment: 1437 days ago
Well that was certainly good gnus for the buffalo, bad gnus for the cat.
RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy 94% Posted Dec 2013

RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy

Comment: 1440 days ago
Except an empathetic torturer would be better than a sympathetic one who says: "At least I'm not boiling you in oil!"
Monkey teaches human how to crush leaves 98% Posted Dec 2013

Monkey teaches human how to crush leaves

Comment: 1443 days ago
And thus begins our subjugation at the hands of our monkey overlords.
Politicians using the Bible to resist climate action 87% Posted Dec 2013

Politicians using the Bible to resist climate action

Comment: 1450 days ago
The degree to which these people are 'nut-jobs' has little to do with their purported religious beliefs. a) There are people who quote and use scripture to attain political ends without any sincere belief themselves. b) Many believers would consider this limited and sloppy interpretation of scripture to be an egregious affront to more thoughtful exegesis. c) There are also atheistic people who do not believe in anthropomorphic climate change who are as deluded as the people featured here but cite bad scientific sources, or cite good science sources badly. Rather than blame science or religion for people's mishandling of big ideas, we should see sloppy thinking as the culprit.
Samurai girl's swift sword strike 70% Posted Dec 2013

Samurai girl's swift sword strike

Comment: 1450 days ago
The Samurai would always do a fist pump after separating opponents from unnecessary limbs.
Private prisons take no vacancies 70% Posted Nov 2013

Private prisons take no vacancies

Comment: 1457 days ago
MyName, I think we can all agree from that table that the United States is leading the way in equal opportunities for women in prison, so at least they are doing SOMETHING right!
Exploding Russian road 88% Posted Nov 2013

Exploding Russian road

Comment: 1457 days ago
To me it looks like the bumper or the air dam from under the bumper that got launched by the force of the impact and the upward thrusting road. You can see it on the road in the intersection later in the video.

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glortman

glortman

Canada

09/11/1963

PhD Kinesiology: Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience, Member of Centre for Vision Research, Teaches Thai Massage, and Anatomy