Why racism exists in America and how to fix it

Today, I am going to endeavor to explain both why racism exists in American and how to fix it. Before we begin, I’d like start off by saying that I am racist. I am not an ignorant racist, I am an intelligent one. I understand why I am racist, and I wish I was not. Unfortunately, feelings are a fickle thing that we don’t seem to have much control over ourselves that are much more heavily influenced by the environment in which we are in regardless of our thoughts on the matters. That’s not a popular thing to say in this day and age, is it? I’d say the opposite is rather true indeed. But, I digress. Let us begin.

Though as people may want to believe it, racism against the black man and woman does not exist because the color of their skin, nor their racial features. It is not about appearance except in so that it is human nature to form an opinion of a person upon seeing them based on their appearance alone. Everyone does this and it is not inherently racist. For instance, seeing a morbidly obese person it is human nature to assume that person is lazy and gluttonous. It only becomes racist when the opinions formed are indeed racist ones.

First, we must ask ourselves what are the racist stereotypes of the black man?: Less intelligent, violent, and more prone to mob mentality. Let us start in that order. One does not believe the black man is less intelligent because it is so. Popular figures like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Barack Obama are proof of that much – though admittedly I’m not a big fan of Mr. Tyson’s as I was rather fond of Pluto. The reason the black people are seen as less intelligent is because of ebonics. I don’t know who decided that it was “cool” to speak like a fool, but they are to blame for this perceived notion. If you speak like a fool then you will, undoubtedly, be seen as a fool. It is not cool, and it is a result of your own making – that is to say those that perpetuate the culture of ebonics, are quite responsible for this. Rap culture is quite possibly responsible for this in part, I suspect, along with very poor clothing choices.

Violence. Racists believe the black man to be more violent than his other colored brethren, but I offer that this is not true. It is certainly the sentiment, but there is little truth behind it. The truth of it is what people are racist against is the ghetto culture. If you are walking in a ghetto and a group of young black men wearing bandannas and hoodies walk up to you then you are not likely to expect that they are just good young men going about their day. No, most people will fear being mugged or beaten for some ill conceived slight. This is the ghetto culture and it is not an imaginary one. In the ghettos of America this is the reality, and it is not true simply for the young black man. A group of young latino men dressed the same in the same sort of area are just as intimidating. Or asian men or white men. The men approaching you, regardless of race, may very well be there to mug you, pick a fight with you, or even kill you. I suspect even those that live in the ghettos themselves have fears of such occurrences, perhaps them especially as they have seen its harsh reality. Then again, they could just be good young men going about their days. But this is the stereotype created by ghetto culture. It is not a culture of choice. The solution to the ghetto culture is to come together as Americans and affect change that will provide better standards of living, safer neighborhoods, and better education for America’s ghettos. What I refer to are not angry protests which soon divulge into race riots and looting. I am talking about real political change. Get involved in the political system, at every level, and change the country for the better from within. Don’t depend on anyone else to do it for you. In my experience, they will not. You must.

The truth about mob mentality is not an easy one and though it is perceived to be greater for the black people I am unsure of the truth in that. Perhaps the black man and woman are more perceptible to mob mentality, perhaps they are not. What I do know is that the interpretation of such is caused by circumstances of happenstance. Things that I have previously discussed. The people that most feel that they are oppressed are most often those that rise up and demand change and the more oppressed and less educated they are the more prone they are to violence. Yes, it is not a stereotype derived from race but by circumstance. It just so happens that there is much injustice in this country for the black peoples, and they see that perhaps more so than the rest of us as they live it. Police are affected by such racisms and do indeed target young black men far more than young white men. It is a perpetuation triggered by environment and culture. But do not misunderstand me: it is very real, and it must change. To eliminate this image of proneness to violent mob mentality we must do away with the mobs. Yes indeed, as I said before: We must affect real political change in this country. Protests will not do this for us. We must do this ourselves. Nobody is going to do it for us. It is the mindset that someone else will do what is right in our place that has gotten our country into more trouble than you can shake a stick at.

I will however now dispel one perceived slight against the black people and that is white washing of the media and entertainment industries. The truth is that the black people represent no more than 12% of the US population. Since the year 2000 10% of Oscar nominations have gone to black actors. Those numbers are close enough to be within a margin of error. It is a population reality. The black people cannot expect to receive a greater percentage of accolades in any respective field than their own population in this country. To expect such only encourages a culture of entitlement. The reason that the media industry targets white consumers is because they are the vast majority of the population and from a business stand point it makes sense to target the largest block of consumers. There is no vast conspiracy, it’s just good business. Changing this should not occur nor be striven for, as it should naturally scale with the nation’s population. Don’t get too excited and look for problems where they do not truly exist.

Of course racism in America is not just against the black peoples. There exists also a racism against the Mexican people (and by association, the greater latino people). This is largely created by two features: a poor economy, and language/cultural barriers. People are most upset because “the Mexicans are stealing our jobs!” What people are really upset about is that the country’s economy is in such a sad state. Unfortunately, the Mexican people are being scapegoated (especially by particular Republican politicians) to take the blame for it, rather than their own political party of which is to blame. Language barriers are of course also a thing and I’ll talk about them in greater detail below but the language barrier is less of an issue for much of the US’s latino population than some of its other populations. Nobody likes people talking in other languages around them that they can’t understand though. It makes them nervous and paranoid. It’s just the idea that they’re saying something that we don’t understand and the fear of the unknown. We become paranoid, immediately starting to think that perhaps it’s about us. This is just human nature. The only real solution for the language barrier is better integration and more fluent English. It’s largely perpetuated by the population of US immigrants that do not speak English, the large Spanish speaking population that immigrated north – some of which illegally. I certainly do not believe that they should be allowed to immigrate illegally, though the process should be a bit less ridiculous. A decade shouldn’t pass before someone’s legal paperwork is even looked at to be considered.

The language barrier is indeed the biggest reason why people are racist against the Indian people – and I do mean Indians from India and not our Native American brethren. This racism has been perpetuated because of the strong Indian accent that native Indian people seem to have when speaking English and the frustration it causes native speakers in trying to understand what they’re saying and having great difficulty in doing so. Paying for a college class and having an Indian professor in which you cannot understand is an excellent example of this. People don’t want to sound racist and say they do not want an Indian professor but at the same time it’s not really fair to pay for a class where you can’t understand your professor. But this has largely been caused by the outsourcing of American jobs to India – tech support and various other telemarketing in particular. When you’re having technical trouble with something chances are you’re already frustrated and the last thing you want to hear on the other end of the line is an Indian that you can barely understand, that can barely understand you, and that probably has no clue what they’re even talking about. Because let’s be honest, most tech support people don’t. They just have written out instructions for procedures to follow in case of various problems, and they’re forced to go through trouble shooting steps in order. This is why your internet service provider infuriatingly makes you turn your router off for 30 seconds to a minute before plugging it in again even though you swear upon your mother’s grave that you already did this before you even called them – who doesn’t?

But if we’re going to talk about racism in America we have to talk about Islamophobia. This is a racism perpetuated by culture. It has been created because the islamic people have become associated with terrorists as a result of our politican’s rhetoric and their response to 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks, and the wars that followed. There are Muslim extremist terrorists, and most of the terrorism the world faces today is their doing. Yes, even the terrorism that the muslim people themselves face. Unfortunately, it is a racism by association. People need to understand that all muslims are not evil people. The extremist terrorists are a very small segment of their population. Unfortunately, their cultural changes since around the 1970’s which have made them puritanical in nature – that is to say extreme religious fundamentalism, has not helped. Forcing women to wear burkas? If you look at Iraq in the 70’s the women there dressed like Western women. And now? Their culture has gone back to before even the medieval ages, not only in fashion but also in mindset and education. If you want to eliminate the terrorists the solution isn’t to “bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.” The solution isn’t to overthrow dictators – especially without a plan for what to do afterwords once we do overthrow them. The solution is to help them improve their education, their economy, and the safety in their neighborhoods. Things that decent human beings need to thrive and to develop in a way that provides the necessary tools for survival and success in modern society. Don’t attack them. Help them.

The truth is, I’m not really racist against people. I’m racist against cultures. If you were to put a young black man or woman with a good education that can speak intelligently and dresses appropriately in any position anywhere across America I could find no cause for racism nor complaint. I could not because it is not the color of one’s skin nor one’s racial features that define racism. It is culture. Some is perpetuated by ourselves, and some by circumstance. But these are all things that we can change, if we want to, if we care to. And we should.

Am I really a racist? I don’t know. I do judge people, but not based on the color of their skin. I judge people by what they wear, how they talk, and by their actions.

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Military Spending, Universal Healthcare, and Higher Education

I haven’t posted any blogs for awhile but I feel a rant coming on… So, let’s do this!

Part 1: Military Spending

Military spending in the United States is absolutely insane and out of control. Military spending in the US was at $581 Billion in 2014.
2014-military-expenditures

That’s higher than the rest of the top 10 combined. Their combined total comes up to $566.3 billion compared to $581 billion from the US. Russia, considered one of the world’s super powers right up there with the US spends a meager 12% of what the US spends on military. This is, quite literally, insane. The most insane part of all is that it’s sacred. Nobody wants to touch it. Nobody even wants to talk about it. It’s not on the table. The only time it is on the table is increasing it even further!

2014-military-expenditures-pie

Insane. Absolutely insane.

Part 2: Universal Healthcare

Why the hell don’t we have universal healthcare? The overwhelming majority of Americans – 75 percent according to a 2005 Harris Poll – want what people in other wealthy countries have: the peace of mind of universal health insurance.

There is actually a bill that would have given us just that and I’ve mentioned it before, it was called H.R.676. It was heavily blocked in the House by health care industry lobbyists spending massive amounts of cash to buy off opposition. It wasn’t free of course, it was a single-payer health care system similar to our neighbor Canada.

Even those with insurance, when seeking medical treatment in the US can end up with bills in thousands of dollars, if not tens of thousands or more. The sad reality is, due to healthcare costs many will likely wait to seek treatment until problems become severe, which doesn’t help them and certainly doesn’t help our nation’s health burden. Medical debt contributes to 46.2% of all personal bankruptcies, and 62.1% of filers for bankruptcies claim high medical expenses. That was in 2001 and 2007 – since then health care costs have increased.

Did you know that the US pays TWICE as much for health care, yet is terribly behind other wealthy nations which offer the security of universal healthcare?

So where’s the money going? 15 cents of every private US health care dollar goes simply to shuffling paperwork. The administrative costs for our patched-together system of HMO’s, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals, and government programs are nearly double those for single-payer Canada. It’s not because Americans are inherently less efficient than Canadians—our publicly funded Medicare system spends under five cents per budget dollar on administrative overhead. And the Veterans Administration, which functions like Britain’s socialized medical system, spends less per patient but consistently outranks private providers in patient satisfaction and quality of care.

But in the private sector, profits and excessive CEO pay are added to the paperwork and bureaucracy. The U.S. pharmaceutical industry averages a 17 percent profit margin, against three percent for all other businesses. In the health care industry, million-dollar CEO pay packages are the rule, with some executives pulling down more than $30 million a year in salary and amassing billion-dollar stock option packages.

Don’t let the concept of not-for-profit healthcare fool you though. We would actually save a great deal of money. As a nation, it would be something to the tune of $100 billion a year. It would also bring us up to par with all other wealthy nations around the world such as our neighbors in Canada, as well as the whole of Europe, and even many of the South East Asian countries such as Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.

The worst part of it all? Politicians are convinced that the United States has “the best healthcare system in the world. Not only do we not have the best healthcare system in the world, we’re not the second, third, or even in the top five. Hell, we’re not even in the top 36. That’s right, according to the World Health Organization we rank #37:

1. France
2. Italy
3. San Marino
4. Andorra
5. Malta
6. Singapore
7. Spain
8. Oman
9. Austria
10. Japan
11. Norway
12. Portugal
13. Monaco
14. Greece
15. Iceland
16. Luxembourg
17. Netherlands
18. United  Kingdom
19. Ireland
20. Switzerland
21. Belgium
22. Colombia
23. Sweden
24. Cyprus
25. Germany
26. Saudi Arabia
27. United Arab Emirates
28. Israel
29. Morocco
30. Canada
31. Finland
32. Australia
33. Chile
34. Denmark
35. Dominica
36. Costa Rica
37. United States of America

But, we did beat Slovenia, so go us… I guess? If you’re a fan of Jon Stewart give this little segment a watch, it covers this very subject.

Part 3: Higher Education

Many countries offer college education for completely free with no tuition with the student only needing to cover their own living expenses. Some even pay the student to attend college. I could rant about how horrible our higher education system is in the US but I’ll just embed a video instead – it has sort of a conspiracy theory vibe to it but it presents a lot of otherwise useful information:

With that, I’ll just leave you with the sad truth that if we had lower military expenditures that we could not only completely remove student loan debt, we could offer higher education completely free to everyone – and we could do a hell o fa lot more than that.

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Mythological thoughts

So, I just had an interesting theory whilst sitting on the toilet. It’s a mythological theory governing the modern and past mythos.

If we consider that there are seven heavens governed by archangels and that these seven heavens (as well as the archangels) are associated with planets and that the gods were also associated with the planets – most prevalently the Roman gods, then we can also consider their Greek counterparts.

With that in mind we can theorize that if “God” resides within the Seventh Heaven — the Seventh Heaven of course being Araboth/Saturn/Cassiel/Cronus, then following Greek mythology we know that Cronus was imprisoned and usurped. We can then theorize one of two things: 1) “God” is Cronus, or 2) God is imprisoned and has been usurped.

Now if we follow along with the first line of thinking then we could also potentially conclude that perhaps Cronus managed to get free of his imprisonment and thus in his rage annihilated the other religions and pantheons, putting in place a new one where he was the one and only true god and the other gods merely his angels – his servants. And, the ones that disobeyed… are banished.

If we follow the second line of thinking then we could correlate this to why nothing has seemingly happened for thousands of years. Mythologically speaking, of course.

It’s all utterly pointless, but interesting nonetheless.

Also, I’m not sure under which of those scenarios it might fall under but it could be that humans were also pitted against one another intentionally out of either discontent towards them or for one’s own amusement. I am of course referring to the existence of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

Another interesting thought… Cronus’s wife is known for wealth, abundance, resources. But he previously was associated with a different wife, of… destruction, dissolution, loosening. Sound like the difference between the old and new testaments to you? Hmm… I think I’m onto something. I think I’ve came up with how those cheeky little bastards came up with the Abrahamic religions.

edit: It occured to me that there could be a third option in which Saturn simply represents the throne of god but I’m not sure where I was going with that one. Some kind of god war in which the gods are playing musical chairs with the position of head god? I don’t know. It’s probably the least valid of the three but it could also represent something larger having to do with the scope of the world’s nations.

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How to cut onions without crying

If you’ve ever cut onions and started crying and your nose started running and it was an all around unpleasant experience: join the club. I think it’s happened to all of us at one point or another, but cry and sniffle no more! I’m about to teach you how to defeat your evil onion overlords.

First things first, you’re about to look real goofy, so preferably do this while you’re home alone and let it be our little secret. What you’re going to need depends on what kind of onion you’re cutting, and I know what I’m about to say sounds ridiculous but stay with me…

If you’re cutting one of the weaker onions such as a red onion you’ll want to use swimming goggles:
swimming goggles

That’s right, swimming goggles. You can’t cry if the fumes can’t reach your eyes, right? And hey, these suckers are water-proof. They work.

But unfortunately if you’re cutting a bit stronger one such as say a white onion you don’t just have to worry about your eyes watering but your nose running as well. Swimming goggles are enough for red onions, the fumes won’t make your nose run. But for white onions you’re going to want scuba goggles:
scuba goggles

And yes, you will look utterly ridiculous. But… Your eyes won’t water and your nose won’t run. So look a little silly or suffer the wrath of an angry onion? It’s your call, but I go with looking a little silly.

…just so long as nobody else is around. And if they are..? Well, I don’t know what to tell you! Maybe change into your bikini first (or swim trunks if you’re a guy otherwise someone’s going to think you have way bigger problems than onions LOL) and say you were thinking of going swimming… it may be a little less silly if you also happen to own a pool and it isn’t winter, otherwise… well, let’s hope you’re one world class bullshitter!😛

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Kryptonian Names

So I just got back from seeing Man of Steel (2013) and it was pretty good. I’ve gotta say, Faora Hu-Ul… badass.

If you go to their official website they have a Glyph Creator where you can make your own Kryptoanian family crest and see your name in Kryptonian. Before you even bother, El, Zor, and Ul aren’t even on there. Though if you just really want to be related to Zor-El then you’re in luck because Van is available which means you’d be relation on his mother’s side. The glyph generator includes 20 Kryptonian houses and I decided to go ahead and save all the glyphs and make a list of each of them since I couldn’t find one myself personally. I figured I’d share:

Ak
Art, Inspiration, Beauty

Am
Change, Cycle, Destiny

An
Law, Justice, Integrity

Da
Harmony, Synergy, Music

Dar
Treees, Roots, Ancestors

Do
Strength, Air, Battle

Em
End, Completion, Conclusion

Kann
Ideas, Communication, Speech

Ko
Peace, Reflection, Calmness

Lor
Journey, Evolution, Rhythm, Dance

Mer
Nature, Beasts, Environment

Nu
Renewal, Consistence, Stability

Ran
Influence, Relationships, Persuasion

Re
Ethics, Morality, Honesty

Tor
Secrets, Myths, Ambiguity

Ur
Attack, Crisis, Chaos

Van
Family, Hearth, Home

Veks
Beginning, Question, Birth

Zar
Abundance, Wealth, Success

Zu
Sacrifice, Surrender, Ritual

So what glyph did you get? Which are your favorites? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Milk Substitutes

Righto, so… I’ve been a milk drinker all my life (mostly 2%) and about a month ago I decided to try some substitutes. Without boring you, here are the results:

#1 Almond Breeze Almond Milk Original – This tastes almost like 2% milk. It just has a very faint almond taste. It does have the look and consistency of milk. Though, I will give you a warning that it’s important you use the Almond Breeze brand because I tried the same product but from Silk and amagad… it was like liquid almond… So, the brand is important. On the up side, it has more calcium than normal milk, doesn’t have hormones and all that nonsense, if you’re allergic to something in milk itself then it’s a solid option, and there’s a complete lack of lactose entirely. It’s healthier and less fattening too. So, it’s an all around pretty good option.

#2 Lactaid Milk (2%) – Okay, this one isn’t really a substitute. It actually just has Lactase so that you can easily break down Lactose. So if anyone out there is lactose intolerant but likes milk then this is the best option. It comes in all the varieties of normal milk: whole, 2%, 1%, whatever. The downside is that if you’re actually allergic to milk itself and not just lactose intolerant then it probably won’t be an option, and if you’re looking to avoid hormones, pasteurization and homogenization that’s associated with regular milk then chances are this stuff will have the same stuff.

I placed my choice for #1 first because not only is it an actual substitute so it avoids literally everything milk could possibly be doing wrong for someone, but it’s healthier and all that too. The #2 pick on the other hand, if your only problem with normal milk is that you’ve found yourself being lactose intolerant then it’s a good solid choice. It does suffer the same downfalls as normal milk though, so it won’t help anyone with allergies or people looking to avoid hormones or pasteurization/homogenization.

On a footnote, if your only problem is lactose intolerance then Lactaid also has some sort of chewable things that help you break down lactose in pretty much any dairy product you eat, so maybe try those if you don’t want to worry about avoiding icecreams or chocolates or whatever. Not a problem for me, but it was something I stumbled upon so I figured I’d share.

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Why are our veins blue?

I was asked this, and it’s pretty good question. As I have an MD/PhD myself I figure that I’m fairly reasonably equipped to answer this. Although, I do feel that I need to mention that while having gone to medical school may provide essential knowledge to debunking the popular misconceptions, it won’t actually provide the answer we’re looking for. I’ll explain a bit later where we actually find this elusive little answer. First, the misconceptions.

So why are our veins blue? The first and most common answer that people give is “well, it’s deoxygenation. When blood isn’t exposed to oxygen it’s blue.” But despite its popularity, this one is actually quite wrong. The only thing that I know of with blue blood is something like a horseshoe crab whose blood is bound to copper – it clots significantly faster, so it’s often used for testing purposes.

Deoxygenated venous blood is actually a dark maroon, while oxygenated arterial blood is bright red. You can debunk this little myth yourself if you look at a thin membrane that has blood vessels. Some examples include: the eyes, eyelids, underside of the tongue, and the scrotum (if you’re a boy or happen to have one available). You’ll clearly notice that these are indeed red. So that one’s out.

Okay so if our blood isn’t blue… then maybe our veins are! This is the next most common misconception. Anyone that has ever dissected anything, or even viewed pictures thereof can tell you that veins are most definitely not blue, nor green, nor even purple. Though if you’ve seen a medical diagram it’s a reasonable assumption considering they’re almost always colored blue. But they’re not. If you google image “open surgery” you can see for yourself, though I warn you… these pictures are not for the squeamish. Veins are red. Though, I do know that veins in the brain can appear blue.

Okay so then if our blood isn’t blue and our veins aren’t blue, then why the heck do our veins look blue?!

Believe it or not, this actually has less to do with your internal biology and more to do with our perception of light. Though, it does also have to do with the light absorbing properties of our blood and our skin. Specifically, how light is absorbed by our blood and how it is reflected by our skin. And this is where we get into our answer. For this, I go to the expertise of Dr. Alwin Kienle and associates who specialize in the study of optics and photonics.

What it essentially comes down to is that skin generally reflects light rather than absorbs it while blood absorbs all wavelengths of light, albeit less of the red spectrum.

And well, the jist of it is that the blue wavelength isn’t as good at penetrating skin as the red spectrum. If you have a very thin membrane like mentioned above, then blue light will be absorbed and the vessel will appear red.

But if we go deeper then not nearly as much light is absorbed and much less of the blue/green side of the spectrum than the red. And thus, blue veins are born. It essentially just comes down to optical properties. If you’re more interested in the technical details of, you can grab a pdf on Dr. Kienle and associates research here. I’ll quote below for you the summary of their findings:

To summarize, the reason for the bluish color of a vein is not greater remission of blue light compared with red light; rather, it is the greater decrease in the red remission above the vessel compared to its surroundings than the corresponding effect in the blue. At first it seems astonishing that red light is more attenuated above the vessel than blue light, since, as Table 1 shows, the absorption of blood is much less in the red than in the blue. This is the result of the spectral characteristics of light propagation in tissue. Blue light does not penetrate as deeply into tissue as red light. Therefore, if the vessel is sufficiently deep, the reflectance in the blue will be affected to a lesser extent. Deoxygenated venous blood has a greater absorption coefficient than oxygenated arterial blood in the red spectral region, and this difference of two, rather small, values is amplified because of the long path length of red light in scattering tissue. As a result, veins are more likely to look blue than arteries at the same diameter and depth. Often arteries are not seen at all because they are generally smaller than veins and have thicker vessel walls. It has been shown that a small vessel will look red when close to the surface. However, if a superficial vessel is large it can still look bluish, particularly in the case of the vein. On the other hand, if the depth of a vessel is large, even red remitted light will not be influenced by the vessel, and it will not be seen. We note that, for the calculations here, we assumed an oxygen saturation of 50% for venous blood. This is somewhat arbitrary, but other possible realistic values do not change the conclusions.

As shown in Fig. 8, even above the vein more red than blue light is remitted. Thus, for a complete explanation of the perceived color of the vessel one needs the retinex theory. With the retinex theory the color can be determined by the relative intensities at the three wave bands from a particular scene compared to the surrounding area. The intensities of these wave bands are weighted by spectral functions that represent the human spectral vision. In this study we used single wavelengths that are representative of these spectral functions, and, therefore, a retinex color three space based on selected wavelengths should be applied. However, we chose typical wavelengths for the long-wave, middle-wave, and short-wave regions and made qualitative estimates of the colors. Therefore, we believe that we are justified in applying the usual retinex three-color space. In one example, we calculated the remission at several wavelengths and used the spectral sensitivity of the cones to show that the approach of using only three single wavelengths is justified.

It is interesting to speculate whether retinex theory is necessary for other color perception issues in medicine 1e.g., the color of port-wine stains, vitiligo lesions, blue nevi, age spots, eyes, hair2, or whether the perceived color can be simply related to the absorption spectra of hromophores, possibly modified by the presence of light scattering and measured with a reflectometer. If the problem of vessel color is any guide, it seems that retinex theory may provide an essential step in the description of color perception.

What I don’t quite understand however is how hypoxia is causing the cyanosis of skin (acute arterial thrombosis for instance).

My only guess was perhaps the onset of necrosis such as seen in ischemia, or perhaps the change to venous blood is enough to alter the optical properties of the entire effected region to a blue hue, as it has a greater optical effect than arterial blood. Or perhaps some combination of the two.

Having had a chance to talk to Dr. Kienle, he acknowledged as much albeit mentioning that for a thorough investigation one would have to look more closely to the haemodynamics (and geometrical changes caused by) of cyanosis. Although, he did laugh in saying that he was Physicist, not a Dermatologist.😛

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Why Big Butts Are Good

Intelligence.

There is a moderate correlation between maternal WHR and cognitive measures of their offspring. Using data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, William Lassek at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and Steven Gaulin of the University of California, Santa Barbara, found a child’s performance in cognitive tests was linked to their mother’s waist-hip ratio, a proxy for how much fat she stores on her hips.

Children whose mothers had wide hips and a low waist-hip ratio scored highest, leading Lassek and Gaulin to suggest that fetuses benefit from hip fat, which contains long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, critical for the development of the fetus’s brain. In addition, evidence suggests that children of low-WHR teens were protected from the cognitive deficits often associated with teen birth.

It appears that men are more influenced by female waist-size than hip-size:

“Hip size indicates pelvic size and the amount of additional fat storage that can be used as a source of energy. Waist size conveys information such as current reproductive status or health status … in westernized societies with no risk of seasonal lack of food, the waist, conveying information about fecundity and health status, will be more important than hip size for assessing a female’s attractiveness.”

Journal of Biological Psychology
(1) Lassek, W.; Gaulin S. (January 2008). “Waist-hip ratio and cognitive ability: is gluteofemoral fat a privileged store of neurodevelopmental resources?”. Evolution and Human Behavior 29 (1): 26・4.
(2) Rozmus-Wrzesinska M, Pawlowski B (March 2005). “Men’s ratings of female attractiveness are influenced more by changes in female waist size compared with changes in hip size”. Biol Psychol 68 (3): 299・08.

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All the more reason to go for the big booty bitches! hahaha

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Political Proposals

Here are a few political proposals…

Allow National Referendums

The national initiative is a proposal to amend the United States Constitution to allow for ballot initiatives at the federal level. In other words, for the people to directly vote on Federal laws like is currently possible at the state level (in some states). In doing so, the American people could bypass the bureaucracy and bickering of Washington.

Eliminate Lobbying & Corruption

1. Eliminates political funding & campaign contributions.
2. Federally mandates equal funding to candidates, and BANS all other forms of campaign or political funding.
3. Federally mandates equal representation in news media and commercial media outlets OR establish a free and readily available Federal outlet (such as a TV channel) for such purpose and ban other instances.
5. Offers more scrutiny and regular mandatory investigations into Political candidates and their assets as a form of oversight and in doing so create a Federal organization to perform the investigations thereof for such purposes. Personal privacy rights of those running for office being waved for such.

Put H.R.676, “Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act” to vote by national referendum.

This law establishes national universal health insurance similar to Canada’s single-payer system and Britain’s socialized medical system.

This will save $100B annually due to 15c per $ currently going to shuffling paperwork, double that of Canada single-payer system, which would drop to 5c per $ under Medicare with lower administrative overhead and eliminating the Pharmaceuticals 17% profit margins compared to 3% for all other businesses.

What do you think? It’d be nice, yeah?

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Google Censors the Internet

Jan 29 2013 Update#3: As of yesterday or so, when Google rolled out their new interface they also included the SafeSearch changes for all other English domains that I know of, such as the UK’s, Canada’s, Australia’s, New Zealand’s, South Africa’s, etc. Google Image has essentially been killed. Looks like I’m switching over to Bing.

Are you in the US? Have you tried searching Google Images for anything since December 12th, like oh say… boobs?

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Go ahead, go google image boobs. I’ll wait. Of course, if you were lucky you may have SafeSearch disabled and you only get the UK equivalent of “Moderate SafeSearch” which has been permanently forced upon us. There is no longer an “off” switch to their censorship.

If you search for boobs with it “on” you will get no results at all. If you search with it “off” then you will get boobs, minus explicit results.

At this point you’re probably like “Okay, I’ve had enough of this bullshit!” Or at least, if you’re anything like me then you are. Oh it’s not limited to boobs, by the way. It’s the same for everything.

‘We are not censoring any adult content, and want to show users exactly what they are looking for — but we aim not to show sexually-explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them,’ Google said in a statement.

‘We use algorithms to select the most relevant results for a given query. If you’re looking for adult content, you can find it without having to change the default setting — you just may need to be more explicit in your query if your search terms are potentially ambiguous. The image search settings now work the same way as in Web search,’ it continued.

“Specifically searching for them,” eh? Okay, Google. Let’s google “blowjob” and see what we find… So uh, hey… if I specifically search for blowjob, that… does mean I’m looking for pictures of blowjobs…. right? Right?! …No?😦

If you don’t like it, sadly the only choice is to either switch to a different search engine (Hey this is a good time to throw this out there: If you have any Google stock… abort, abort! Abandon ship!), or use a different country’s version of Google. If you’re using Internet Explorer or Firefox you can add Google’s Search Engine for other countries to your browser’s search options. I’m using Google CA-en SSL myself – Canada’s version Google, which hasn’t been censored… yet.

If they do roll this out to other countries, I’ve gotta say… I’m leaving Google entirely and going to Bing, Yahoo, or somewhere else. I won’t stand for this shit. When I search for something I expect to find it, not for my results to be censored. This is America… and you know what? China, where porn is illegal, has a less censored Google now. Laugh at that for awhile, before you start crying when you realize how terrible it is.

So tell me, what happened to “Don’t censor the web,” assholes?

Jan 13, 2013 Update#1: I don’t use Chrome, but if anyone out there uses Google Chrome and is looking to find out how to bypass it as well, here’s how you do it…

For Chrome just click the = thing up at the top right then go to Settings then under Search go to Manage Search Engines.

Then down at the bottom use this info:

Google CA (SSL)

google.ca

https://www.google.ca/search?q=%s{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}

Then just hit enter. Then hover over it and hit “Default” and it’ll be your default.

Jan 13, 2013 Update#2 I was informed that the recent changes are also adversely effective reverse google image searching. I’ve already fixed mine, so here’s how you do that…

If you have Firefox, grab this Add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/image-search-options/

By default I don’t think it has Google Image search, so here’s the info for that…

Sub-Menu ->
http://www.google.com/favicon.ico

Left Click Settings
http://www.google.ca/searchbyimage

Variables (one per line)
image_url=::$URL::

GET Var Markers:
?
&

(unchecked) Use POST instead of GET

Right Click Settings
http://www.google.ca/searchbyimage/upload

Variables (one per line)
encoded_image=::$IMGDATA::

GET Var Markers:
?
&

(checked) Use POST instead of GET

Doing it like this will give you a right click contextual menu where you can use google image search via Canada’s version of google which is uncensored. I personally also use IQDB, which is useful for anime style art.

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