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Quote from: Dave Hawkins
Her gender was not an "accident of birth."

English[edit]. Noun[edit]. accident of birth (plural accidents of birth). (idiomatic) A fact, situation, or personal characteristic, which may be desirable or undesirable, resulting from the circumstances into which a person was born, and which is therefore entirely beyond their control.
Quote from: Dave Hawkins
The best way for you to prove that my insinuations are not founded [...] would be for you to demonstrate that here by actually doing those things that good scientists would normally do.

I mean, I'm only using misogyny to try to bully you into agreeing with me. It's cool, though, because some people judge me based on my actions, history, and beliefs, which is the same as me dismissing you due to an accident of birth.
No points for thinking Fox just recently became garbage, but I'll take it.

A Fox News analyst quit in a scathing letter that accused the network of degenerating into "a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration."

Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a strategic analyst for Fox News, said he was leaving the network and laid out his reasoning in a fiery letter to colleagues, obtained by BuzzFeed News.

"Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers," Peters wrote. "Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed."

He went on:

["]In my view, Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration. When prime-time hosts -- who have never served our country in any capacity -- dismiss facts and empirical reality to launch profoundly dishonest assaults on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community (in which I served) and, not least, a model public servant and genuine war hero such as Robert Mueller -- all the while scaremongering with lurid warnings of "deep-state" machinations -- I cannot be part of the same organization, even at a remove. To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.["]

Peters continued in that vein before signing off: "As our president's favorite world leader would say, 'Das vidanya'" -- Russian for "goodbye."

"The Cavendish banana plants all originated from one plant and so as clones, they all have the same genotype - and that is a recipe for disaster," said Stergiopoulos.

In other words, a disease capable of killing one plant could kill them all.

But in Westernized countries, phage therapy has largely been passed over by researchers, given the success of antibiotics. As such, phages have failed to garner the needed research attention to establish their safety and efficacy. That's changing now, albeit slowly, with the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

But this pond phage isn't your garden-variety microbial marauder. The phage--dubbed OMKO1--has the unique ability to force surviving drug-resistant bacteria into ditching their drug resistance. This is critical. One of the main arguments against turning to phage therapy is that bacteria can readily evolve resistance to them. Researchers have plenty of evidence of this. Thus, some researchers fear that any effective phage therapy is destined to the same impotent fate as many of our once powerful antibiotics.

But, if phages can kill bacteria and make survivors evolve to be vulnerable to drugs, then a one-two punch of phage and drugs could knock out any infection, resistant or not. In other words, "phage such as OMKO1 that appear to force a clinically relevant trade-off may present an effective solution to the inevitable evolution of resistance by pathogenic bacteria," the Yale researchers conclude.

You never know. This could be something.
Dave, is it depressing to think that nature has no strong creative potential going forward, and that everything just decays and falls from where it was during some distant golden age? Not that the secular view of things is sunshine and roses, but at least everything isn't just all rotting.
Well it would be lovely to think that everything isn't rotting and running down, but the evidence indicates that it is. And of course the Christians say that the Creator who originally created everything will recreate everything new in the future.

Fair play. I strongly disagree with you about where the evidence points, but thanks for answering my question.
I mean, there's a tendency towards entropy, and the potential heat death of the universe, but that's a little ways off.
Dave, is it depressing to think that nature has no strong creative potential going forward, and that everything just decays and falls from where it was during some distant golden age? Not that the secular view of things is sunshine and roses, but at least everything isn't just all rotting.
Actually, no, my deleted post was right. Genes do evolve over time. Guys. It's St. Patrick's Day.
Edit: Or, rather, that it was the result of a mutation, and stuck around because of natural selection.
Jesus made all the jeans.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
And they would have to pay out unemployment benefits.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I mean, they might make folks jobs unbearable in an effort to get them to quit, but they probably won't fire someone 2 days before their retirement, straight up, because that's obviously.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I don't think Walmart would fuck someone like that.
I think you're too charitable.
Politics and Current Events / Re: RIP Toys R Us
I mean, fair. I found it more amusing than anything, but think she should have called Wal-Mart about it.
I really thought I had simplified the question enough to where I could finally, for once in my life, nail the Jell-O to the wall. But alas, no.

Hmm... Pingu must have somehow sussed out that you aren't trying to discuss this in good faith.
Politics and Current Events / Re: RIP Toys R Us
Fun story. I worked at Toys R Us way back when the "Fur Real" pets were introduced, and a thing. And some lady calls my store, distraught that we were selling toys made with real cat fur. She was having none of my reservations about her theory, and I almost had to straight hang up on her.

Because people don't understand that the guy answering the phone at your local Toys R Us doesn't run Tiger Electronics.

Easy job, though, because nobody shops at Toys R Us 11 months of the year.
Politics and Current Events / Re: RIP Toys R Us
If Geoffrey wanted to live he should have moved more toys.
As a personal note, I'm not the biggest fan of Dawkins, but to each their own.
Dave might (or might not) like to think about cancer cells.  Cancer cells are cells that have a mutation that is really really good for the cell - causes it to reproduce at a much higher rate than their fellows.

But cancers generally are really really bad for the population of cells they belong to i.e. the person with the cancer.

Dave, do you think cancer cells INTEND to mutate in a way that helps them reproduce so efficiently?  Or do you think those mutations happen BY ACCIDENT?  And, if the latter, how come an ACCIDENT is so good for a cell?  What if the a similar accident happened to a bacterial cell?

And if you think that cancer cells INTEND to mutate so as to out-compete their fellows, what "cell mediated" process made them do this?  And who designed that process for them?

I think an accidental mutation (or mutations) occurs in a particular region of the genome that causes the cell to "intend" things that it would not otherwise have intended had the accidental mutation not occurred.  Sorta like a person with a mental problem. Perfectly understandable.

And some of those mutations are situationally beneficial. Dave has conceded the point. Disavowed himself of creationism, and will soon change his last name to Dawkins, in celebration of the biologist. Hooray