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by Maddy
Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:33 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Labor transitions, capital investment, and the societal meaning we all crave
Replies: 104
Views: 12227

Re: Labor transitions and capital investment

I am skeptical of the "self-actualization" ideal and the claim that we're on the cusp of an age where work will be obsolete and people will be free to pursue loftier pursuits.  In my experience, the vast majority of people need work for their basic sense of orientation and purpose.  The human organi...
by Maddy
Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Brita faucet filters
Replies: 34
Views: 8613

Re: Brita faucet filters

When comparing different models, be sure and take account of the expected life of the filter elements.  Many models require the elements to be replaced fairly regularly, regardless of the amount of use, or else they become reservoirs of bacteria.  Also, note the difference between a "filter" and a "...
by Maddy
Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Labor transitions, capital investment, and the societal meaning we all crave
Replies: 104
Views: 12227

Re: Labor transitions and capital investment

Good neighborhoods require good people, and after nearly 70 years of social engineering (including implementation of "neighborhood villages") and the expenditure of many billions of dollars, it's clear that there are a whole lot of people who are bound and determined to f*** up their lives and take ...
by Maddy
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Labor transitions, capital investment, and the societal meaning we all crave
Replies: 104
Views: 12227

Re: Labor transitions and capital investment

Very interesting subject, and one I've been thinking about lately as employment opportunities continue to dry up around me in a small town whose economy has historically centered around logging and cattle production.  Here, the "factory" model has never predominated, and large segments of the popula...
by Maddy
Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Brita faucet filters
Replies: 34
Views: 8613

Re: Brita faucet filters

I've never used a Brita filter, but recently I've been doing a lot of research on water filters generally.  From my reading, I've gathered that the Brita filters are pretty much bottom-of-the-line and intended primarily to improve the taste of water rather than to remove any real nasties.  There are...
by Maddy
Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: The Permanent Garden
Replies: 45
Views: 8991

Re: The Permanent Garden

bedraggled wrote: Which seed companies do you order from.  (Pardon the preposition at the end and that I ask this question while living 200 feet up.  I used to garden 1700 sq ft at my parents' place).
It's the period at the end that's bothering me.  (:
by Maddy
Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Building a Better Egg McMuffin
Replies: 11
Views: 1341

Re: Building a Better Egg McMuffin

Great post.  Yes, this is the best breakfast ever.  Unfortunately, at my age this kind of thing goes directly to the middle--so it's a rare treat. But I beg to differ with the author about factory-farmed eggs being indistinguishable from "better" eggs (even those laid in your own backyard), factory ...
by Maddy
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Lifetime Sex Crime Registry for Crimes Committed Before Age 12
Replies: 6
Views: 1422

Re: Lifetime Sex Crime Registry for Crimes Committed Before Age 12

There's a far bigger problem here than the indiscriminate use of a sex offender registry. The use of computerized record-keeping systems in virtually every facet of life guarantees that nothing is ever forgotten.  Imagine being a young person these days and having every minor slip-up, and every diff...
by Maddy
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Socialism is dead
Replies: 11
Views: 2917

Re: Socialism is dead

Socialism allows the productive members of society to retain ownership and control over the means of production, then extracts and redistributes the profits if and when they materialize.  Meanwhile, it's the individual entrepreneur, or the stockholders, as the case may be, who are required to figure...
by Maddy
Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Smart People Defy Usual Correlations When it Comes to Happiness
Replies: 5
Views: 1666

Re: Smart People Defy Usual Correlations When it Comes to Happiness

One possible explanation that this article does not address is that the recent proliferation of high-tech companies, and the concentration of high-IQ people in IT centers, has created new opportunities for the coupling-up of individuals who fall to the far right on the Asperger's spectrum.  I'd surm...
by Maddy
Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Smart People Defy Usual Correlations When it Comes to Happiness
Replies: 5
Views: 1666

Smart People Defy Usual Correlations When it Comes to Happiness

First, they find that people who live in more densely populated areas tend to report less satisfaction with their life overall. "The higher the population density of the immediate environment, the less happy" the survey respondents said they were. Second, they find that the more social interactions...
by Maddy
Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Other Discussions
Topic: Figuring Out Religion
Replies: 4377
Views: 504822

Re: Figuring Out Religion

Thanks Maddy. I found this website too that seems interesting about another guy who was trying to find information and has a bunch of references at the bottom of the page. http://www.skepticreport.com/sr/?p=466 The problem with reincarnation, from my point of view, is that it strains the concept of...