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Science / Better than superglue - surgical glue.
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Repairing tissue ruptures during surgery can be complicated: Suturing requires piercing an already damaged tissue, and sealants such as glues may not match the material properties of the tissue, leading to subsequent leakage or rupture. Annabi et al. capitalized on the elastic properties of the human protein tropoelastin to engineer a photocrosslinkable hydrogel sealant material. The injectable material, MeTro, successfully sealed surgical incisions in blood vessels in rats and in lungs in pigs without evidence of leakage or rupture. Tunable elastic hydrogel sealants offer a promising adhesive, biocompatible, biodegradable material for tissue repair.

Neato!
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In today's daily dose of GOP hypocrisy:

Pro-Life Rep. Tim Murphy Pressured Mistress to Get Abortion
I know you're all shocked and dismayed to find out that this fine, upstanding member of the GOP is a hypocrit of the worst sort.

Over-under on whether it matters to the yokels who elected this clown?

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Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, who has a strong anti-abortion voting history, acknowledged last month he had an affair with Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh. Text messages sent between Murphy's phone number and Edwards in January show the two discussing the pregnancy scare, and Edwards pointed out Murphy's hypocrisy in pressuring her to get an abortion.
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Linky.

Highlights:
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A ProPublica investigation found that attorneys in the Manhattan District Attorney's office spent about two years building a case against the two Trump children that included emails showing the Trumps knew they were using inflated figures to attract potential buyers to the condo.
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The case disappeared after Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, met with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to ask him to drop the investigation.
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Three months after the meeting, Vance overruled his own prosecutors and dropped the case. That same year, Kasowitz donated $25,000 to Vance's campaign, which Vance said was returned shortly before their meeting.

"I did not at the time believe beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had been committed," Vance told ProPublica. "I had to make a call and I made the call, and I think I made the right call."

A later donation of $50,000, however, occurred less than six months after Vance dropped the case. When confronted with this information, according to ProPublica, Vance pledged to return this donation as well, pledging that it would not be a "millstone" around the neck of his office.
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Unfortunately, it was probably just a drug overdose, and not being punched in the face repeatedly.

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Using official-sounding domain names like CNN.co.de and Microsoftsite.com, Horner's stories swerved from over-the-top jokes to political firebombs, namely the super-viral "Donald Trump Protester Speaks Out: 'I Was Paid $3,500 To Protest Trump's Rally."

His stories followed a simple formula: Use a famous name, include a real photo and make at least the first few sentences read like a standard news story. That way, his stories would have credibility before readers began to doubt.
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/09/26/z-fake-news-writer-paul-horner-dies-phoenix/701038001/
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[T]he U.S. Commerce Department that will impose duties on Bombardier Inc's (BDRBF) C-Series jets after a complaint from rival Boeing Co. (BA - Get Report)  that the Canadian group receives unfair government support.

The 219.63% duty on new commercial jets made by Bombardier and sold in the United States would effectively triple the $80 million base cost of the C-Series and likely lead to its scrapping. Montreal-based Bombardier called the ruling "absurd" and vowed to challenge it through the International Trade Commission.
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Given that Boeing makes billions/year, and pays no taxes, is this actually a legal thing, or is just because the US Commerce Department is a racket? Any of the lawyers here familiar with tariff law, because it seems like it's run by the fucking mafia to me.
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That's more than I was actually expecting!

Over/under on actual time spent behind bars?
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General Discussion / Talkfreethought about to close down.
Anyone with membership over there that wants to put out an invite?  I know a lot of people there wouldn't like the posting 'standards' we have here, but I suspect a fair number of them might.

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Politics and Current Events / German elections
Anyone else following this? It looks likely that Merkel will win re-election as chancellor, which is probably good. However, there is a disturbing rise in the far right party AfD, which is the first far right party in Germany since the actual nazis. 
There are some good reference links at the bottom of the linked story with background on the different factions.

Moar:
Lots of news links.
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I realize it's late in the year to get this started, and it could theoretically go in an existing thread, but it doesn't really directly have much to do with the trumpster fire either, so....

I'll be updating this occasionally, so if the mods feel like it's worth it to sticky, have at. :)

Today's edition: the so called 'Nashville Statement' wherein evangelical xians once again piss into the wind with their mouths wide open......
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A coalition of evangelical leaders released a "Christian manifesto" Tuesday asserting their belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and condemning the acceptance of "homosexual immorality or transgenderism."
And you'll love what they call themselves:
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The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Still looking for any kind of information on the actual makeup of this council, but it's a safe bet that it's all male, and mostly white and old.
Love this little juxtoposition:
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The "manifesto," which is composed of 14 beliefs, rejects the idea that "otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree" on gay, lesbian and transgender issues. The leaders refer to this mentality as "moral indifference.
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"White evangelicals voted overwhelmingly for Trump during the election -- 80 percent."
I guess if we can't just agree to disagree, then they'd be ok with banning xianity, or at least their version of it, if that's what the majority wanted? :D

I guess the good news here is that this is pretty much at least settled law. These slack jawed yokels just need to catch up, or die off. Either one, really is ok by me.
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Like actual training films, propaganda, and stuff like that?

WW2 documentaries and misc 'training films.

I spend way too much time watching these. Some of them are very corny, but a lot of them are actual quite interesting.

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Arts and Entertainment / the Ultimate Rickroll.
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From here.
First off, Roy Moore??  Again?  WTF AL? He was removed from office as a judge, (disbarred too, I think), ran again and lost, but not by as much as he should have, and now they're gonna put him congress? 

I did find this quote entertaining, though:
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The three candidates spent much of the race jockeying over who could be the best steward of Trump's message in the Senate. That dynamic made Trump's decision to endorse Strange, the fruit of a push by top Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a powerful one.
 
Yet it has also opened the door for his opponents to tar Strange as the pick of Washington insiders -- both Moore and Brooks have evoked McConnell in campaign ads as the embodiment of the very swamp that Trump has promised to excise from Washington.
Trumpster fire is already seen as an insider, or at least the label is being applied already. Funny that. :D
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Politics and Current Events / Another OK city bomber.
Luckily, they caught this one before he blew anything up.

Linky
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The FBI has arrested an Oklahoma man on charges that he tried to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb, acting out of a hatred for the U.S. government and an admiration for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy Mc­Veigh, according to court papers.

Jerry Drake Varnell was arrested shortly after an early Saturday morning attempt to detonate a fake bomb packed into what he believed was a stolen cargo van outside a bank in Oklahoma City, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. He was charged with attempted destruction of a building by means of an explosive.
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Computers and Technology / Digital camera?
I'm going to hold off on a VR headset for the next generation to come out.

So, I'm looking at getting a decent entry level digital camera that I'll be able to expand with additional lenses as I get proficient with it. Hah! 

There's a Nikon DX D5200 on the local CL for $375. The reviews seem decent for this camera, but there are some others I was looking at too (Nikon D3100, Canon EOS 700D). 

Any recommendations? I'll mostly be using for wildlife photography, so I'll want to get a good telephoto lens soon, probably. Also for sports (racing) photos, but less of that. I would think the same lens would probably be wanted for that anyway?
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Philosophy / I suck at probability.
Someone double check my math, please.

I'm converting a board game from using D10 to multiple D6 and I want to make sure I'm calculating the probabilities right.

So if a 'hit' occurs on a 5 or 6, the odds of a single hit is obviously 1/3.

So for two dice, the odds of a single hit is:  P = 1 - (2/3)^2  ??

And then the odds of at least one hit on N dice is P = 1 - (2/3)^N ?

Do I just multiply those probabilities to get the odds of, 2 or more hits?

So the odds of M hits on N dices is P^M?

Seems like I'm missing something, but I don't have my textbooks with me and I'm having to rely on web based math sites.

I know I can trust TR.  (<--- memescape material).  :D

ETA: Fixed basic prob cuz I can't read my own equations. (I did that part right in my spreadsheet).
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'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli found guilty of securities fraud.

I dunno, with all the assholes comin' outta the wood work these days, Does he even make it into the top ten punchable assholes anymore?

Let's hope he enjoys his prison stay.
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Politics and Current Events / I <3 the ACLU.
Some lawyers just got a gift.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3911409-Wvnd-19902323086.html

In defending Jon Oliver from a lawsuit filed by the coal company head wanker:
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The  main  topic  discussed  in  the  episode  was coal. Apparently because Plaintiffs' delicate sensibilities were offended, they clutched their pearls and filed this suit. 
Gold....that's what this is. :D    :cheer:

Oh, and Bob Murray can suck Deez Nuts.

Oh yeah, and the episode in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw6RsUhw1Q8
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Computers and Technology / VR headsets.
I've been thinking about getting back into flight and/or driving sims, and in lieu of getting a big monitor or multi-monitor setup, I was looking at some of the VR headgear. Anyone here tried it? 

My impression from various reviews is that VR just isn't quite where it needs to be in terms of resolution and good motion simulation, but it's getting there.

I'll probably wait until at least the next generation, but I wonder if anyone here has even had a chance to try it? 

I think one of the local game stores here might have at setup that I can try out with a FPS on their playstation or similar.  I might go see how well it works.
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Linky
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That question has hung over the White House ever since Donald Trump assumed the presidency and continued to block users on Twitter. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University has sued the president on behalf of blocked users, spurring a lively academic debate on the topic. But Trump isn't the only politician who has blocked people on social media. This week, a federal court weighed in on the question in a case with obvious parallels to Trump's. It determined that the First Amendment's Free Speech Clause does indeed prohibit officeholders from blocking social media users on the basis of their views.
Well now, this could be fun.  :grin:
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Because really, nothing can compete with the trumpster fire....

Anyway, it's slow at work, so I'm reading NTSB reports again.

This one is particularly ironic, and I don't feel too bad poking a bit at the FAA because at least everyone survived (and it was a long time ago, 1975). 

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The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probably cause the the accident was lodd of control at takeoff because of the inexperience of the uunqualified pilot making the takeoff....[snip of description]...

History of Flight
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Douglas DC-3, a public aircraft, was on an itinerary [snip a bunch of stuff].  The aircraft was engaged in the transportation of the new FAA Eastern Region Director and a small group of his staff. The purpose of the flight were to make an inspection tour of certain Eastern Region facilities and to present safety awards to personnel of various flight service stations.
Yeah...that worked out well.
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Well, near the Vatican, anyway.

This is too good to be true.
Vatican cops bust drug-fueled gay orgy at home of cardinal's aide

Good times. Looks like this should be entertaining to watch, at least. Can't wait to see trump's reaction to this.
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Holy shit, I started watching this documentary on the History Channel (I know, I know) and it is depressing, and infuriating, and pretty much makes me want to tear the whole fucking "intelligence community" a new fucking asshole.

Serious question: Has the CIA ever done anything that didn't completely turn into a fucked up mess and the 'blowback' wound up being ten times worse?  (I suppose there were all the instances where they just fucked up right out the gate and nothing bad probably happened....)

http://www.history.com/shows/americas-war-on-drugs

Testy, I think you will really enjoy this (or at least find it interesting....'enjoy' might not be the right word). 

Basically, almost all drugs in the US, with the significant exception of marijuana, were brought to the US, by the US government, in the form of the CIA. Then they turned around and armed the cops, created alliances with the cartels, and just generally fucked up things here and around the world.
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I know, I'm working on my shocked face....

Linky
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Wayne Simmons, 62, has been a regular guest on Fox News and has served as an intelligence advisor in Afghanistan and in the U.S. Army. There's only one problem; he got all those jobs as a result of a lie.
...and now he's going to jail.

I notice this is about a year old....whatever happened to this asshole?
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This was a statement made by the FAA in response to a recommendation by the NTSB to require crashworthy cockpit voice/data recorders in all new mnufactured turbine aircraft.
So this...this right here is the libertarian free market at work, boys and girls.

I'm reading through some recent NTSB accident/incident reports, like I do in my downtime (doesn't everyone?) and I come across this sentence and my mind boggles...backs up, I read it about twelve more times, then I pound my head on the desk a few times until the feeling goes away......

Page 40, near the bottom.  https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/AAR1702.pdf

This statement was made in 2012, and has been the FAA's position, apparently since at least 2003. 
This prompted me to look at the FAA's historical budgeting. Their budget appears to be pretty stedy (at least no major cuts that jump out), but there are some references to the changing nature of the public aviation sector that is driving up some costs for oversight (smaller aircraft with the same number or increasing passengers/year means more actual flights).

So this is the direction of the agency apparently for the last decade+ with no real change based on administrations.
Here's the fun paragraph:
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Regarding  Safety Recommendations  A-13-12  and  -13,  on  August  1,  2013,  the  FAA  stated  that  it  had  responded  to  similar   safety  recommendations,   including   A-09-9  through  -11,  and  that  the  position   stated  in  its  last  two  letters  to  the  NTSB  regarding   those  recommendations   (dated February  15,  2011,  and  January  27,  2012)  had  not  changed.  The  FAA  repeated  that  it  did  not  intend  to  mandate  crash-resistant  flight   recording   systems  on  all   turbine-powered,   nonexperiment a l ,   nonrestricted-category  aircraft because (1) the rulemaking  environment  required  new regulations  to have "a positive  economic  cost-benefit  to  society";  (2)  the  FAA  could  not  "place  a  quantitative   benefit"  for  mandating   crash-resistant  flight   recording   system  equipage;   and  (3)  data  from  crash-resistant flight  recording systems were primarily  used for risk identification,  evidence-based decision-making,  enhanced training  scenarios, risk mitigation,  and remedial  action effectiveness.
Apparently this is an ongoing feud between the NTSB and the FAA. Good times. Let's just de-regulate it all!

Your safety comes down to whether or not it provides a net benefit to society. Good to know, eh?  :stareicide: