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Bact PhD

Member Since 08 January 2012 - 11:28 PM
Offline Last Active Sep 25 2017 06:37 PM

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In Topic: Site Checks to See If Your Email Address Is Part of a Spammer's Treasure...

25 September 2017 - 06:35 PM

I hit the trifecta -- Yahoo!, LinkedIn, and a lesser-known entity called Edmodo. :angry: However, all 3 entities did contact me...eventually...

I've had to change a couple of other passwords recently. I tend to use conglomerations of obscure technical terms I've picked up during my career. This last time, however, I used an amino acid sequence (single-letter code) from one of my published papers...so, technically, it's hidden in plain sight... :D

In Topic: CNN Poll: Opinion of the Republican Party falls to all-time low

25 September 2017 - 02:06 PM

 MSheridan, on 25 September 2017 - 11:07 AM, said:

Mis-call themselves libertarian, I think you mean. I have no brief for libertarians or libertarianism, but I must still protest this abuse of language. Real libertarians (e.g., Barry Goldwater) would not collaborate with social conservatives in so much of the social conservative agenda. The only right to privacy most of this modern breed seem to recognize is that possessed by their bank balances.

Agreed. A former schoolmate of mine crows nine ways to Sunday about being “Libertarian”...until there is an affront, real or perceived, to his peculiar interpretation of Roman Catholicism, one that is a throwback to the pre-Vatican II Era.

In Topic: Non-political Humor

25 September 2017 - 02:01 PM

 LFC, on 25 September 2017 - 12:21 PM, said:

I'm not a football fan but I found this a amusing.

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Saw a similar meme but with FSU coach Jimbo Fisher in the lower right quadrant with the caption “OwenTwo”.

In Topic: Sanders on foreign policy

22 September 2017 - 06:00 PM

All interesting stuff. I don't seem to recall a whisper of this thought pattern twenty-one or so months ago. I suspect, though, if this had been this thought out and put on display during the campaign, he would have been roasted by commentators representing Team Red and Team Blue alike.


I'd also like to point out that... the idea of armed intervention to promote American interests/ideals is hardly unique to [Trump] or the Republican Party. In fact, Democrats have a history with the concept that long predates the Republican fetishistic obsession with military dick-waving. This has been a bipartisan problem for a long time,

Good to see you back, MS. You've been missed in these parts.

Yup. And a perfect illustration of the "poster child" for this problem has been running on PBS the last few nights. Like many on TRS, Chem PhD is of an age where the draft loomed large; I'm just young enough where my recollections of it are of the nightly news broadcasts from places with weird names like "Phnom Penh"...and old enough that the subject wasn't going to be covered in a HS history textbook. Over the course of watching the installments, if I had thought of it sooner, I could have created an in-house drinking game involving phrases we've said to each other such as "What's changed?", or "We STILL don't get it", or "Where have we heard THAT phrase (uttered by a US government official) recently?"

Mind-boggling, indeed.

I've also come to appreciate how much the present-day distrust in All Things Government was rooted in what went on throughout the '60s and into the '70s. All Ronnie had to do was tap into that already-existing pool of distrust and provide that elixir to the masses...and presto! An entire generation-plus who deeply, sincerely believes that Government Is The Problem, period.

In Topic: Info on Every Registered Voter in Alaska Publicly Released

18 September 2017 - 04:19 PM

View PostTraveler, on 18 September 2017 - 03:10 PM, said:

I guess this is Cambridge Analytics stuff. How it got dumped out there is bizarre. That info is worth gold after all that grinding....So not being on FB or twitter, my profile might be a little more elusive....And mortgage no more after December....

Probably not much, if you have publications that are accessible via publicly available databases. Publication abstracts carry some piece-together-able info such as institutional/company affiliations, with locations. Chem PhD has about the same use for FB or Twitter (zero, and he gets only rare mentions on mine), the mortgage also goes bye-bye after December, but he's got pubs (without looking on his CV IIRC it's 50-ish over nearly 4 decades) and all of those abstracts have the institutional affiliation at the time of publication, at least tracing a location (to a metro area) over a fairly extensive period. Blarg.