Wally’s Techdirt Profile


About Wally

Wally’s Comments comment rss

  • Apr 22nd, 2014 @ 4:26pm

    Yeah...about that spying...

    The meshes are meant to stop digital spying in those countries...Believe it or not...citizens of countries that censor the Internet, are more heavily monitored than the NSA did us...The mesh is also a means to help get around such censorship from the outside world.
  • Apr 22nd, 2014 @ 4:24pm


  • Apr 11th, 2014 @ 8:16am

    Re: Well, if that's the case...

    Harassment via proxy aliases should NEVER be covered by the First Anendment when concerning academic works and opinions. This is especially when it affects the opinions of others...and steers arguments to one opinion through the actions of a single person representing him or herself as many people.
  • Apr 9th, 2014 @ 7:05pm

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 9th, 2014 @ 6:13pm

    More than you know...
  • Apr 4th, 2014 @ 5:44am

    (untitled comment)

    While man-made climate change does happen, it's mostly localized. The major "global warming" issue with the Midwest's cold snap has to do with a certain long-winded named volcano that erupted in 2010 in Greenland. The ice caps aren't melting either...They are actually getting bigger as we are overdue for another ice age...though I don't think that will happen in any of our lifetimes.
  • Apr 1st, 2014 @ 7:59pm

    Eminent Domain

    Eminent Domain can be abused, but given that MPAA production companies often make cities (hello I'm from Ohio, we don't give Disney or Tigue Productions (Kevin Costner's Production Company) pay and then give tax breaks for filming here, "Frick's Law" is only fair and reasonable. In order to shoot a major movie scene on site in a city, you have to shut down a few grids and perimeters for a number of weeks until second unit can move in to get stock footage...This costs most cities hudreds of millions of dollars...I think Maryland has something there...Usually Disney and Tigue only ever shot at Cleveland's sports arena's or in the case of The Avengers...Tower City Mall...I admire Frick for having the freaking balls of steal to do this :-3
  • Mar 31st, 2014 @ 9:32pm

    (untitled comment)

    This problem is extends into the NFL...I happen to live within 10 miles of Ohio's geodetic center...aptly named Centerburg...Half the town gets Browns and Indians games...the other half gets Bengals and Reds.
  • Mar 21st, 2014 @ 6:33am

    (untitled comment)

    We have one of those towns in Ohio...Bixly....and the Village of Bixly, Ohio lost its mayorship and was annexed into a neighboring town.
  • Mar 20th, 2014 @ 4:02pm

    Re: Re: Re: wake up!

    He's given away so much money to bring technology to schools, it'd take 70 years of a person working at $20 an hour working around the clock to match that...That's more than 3/4 of his 2012 fiscal net worth....and it's estimated he's still worth $54.7-billion...
  • Mar 20th, 2014 @ 3:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: wake up!

    People change.
  • Mar 20th, 2014 @ 3:52pm

    Re: re: Who are "anti-vaxxers," really?

    Take a gander at who funded Andrew Wakefield's "research".
  • Mar 20th, 2014 @ 6:45am

    Re: wake up!

    I hope you're being sarcastic...but in case you aren't...Rothschild is merely a financial advisor. One of the world's biggest philanthropists, Bill Gates, followed the company's advice. It's an investment corporation that has no ties to the pharmasuetical industry except for financial advice.
  • Mar 19th, 2014 @ 9:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: Even the Anti-Vax crowd has a good point:

    The reason Autism is on the rise is because it's easier to diagnose at an earlier age than it was in 2001....This is because the DSM (something I'm sure you've never heard of because it's painfully obvious you know nothing of autism and how it's PURELY A GENETIC DISPOSITION) got reorganized and Asperger's Syndrome was reclassified as being a form of Autism.

    That being said, just because one had a genetic disposition towards something...doesn't mean that they will get that something each generation...my great, great grandmother was autistic...nobody elese in my lineage had it but her great grandmother...and it so happens both my brother and I are on the spectrum.

    Your argument about "but it's no change because it is on the rise" is due to anecdotal evidence. Autism can be diagnosed as early as 6 months because that is when the symptoms first start appearing. Most children are often diagnosed with the disorder at roughly the same time (before) you get your first tetanus shot at that age...So please spare me the straw man argument...I'm a psychologist who grew up around a house full of medical knowledge and people in this thread are more knowledgable than average about all this.
  • Mar 19th, 2014 @ 9:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Even the Anti-Vax crowd has a good point:

    But Thermiseral wasn't causing any damage...The only time it would cause harm is in an ultra rare scenario caused by, genetic disposition, is if you had an allergic retraction to an MMR shot.
  • Mar 19th, 2014 @ 9:17pm

    Re: Thank you for spreading the propaganda

    When you believe it ethical, at all, to give unsuspecting autistic children an endoscopic colonoscopy (which is as traumatizating as being raped for those not so functional brethren of mine) to test for autism causing bacteria in the colon...and are being paid by companies looking to make a quick buck against an an entire the European health industry...then you have no right to declare that the disorder that I, AND MY BROTHER WERE BORN WITH...to ever have been caused by the contents of a vaccine itself. People like you often search for and only seek out the results you wish to publish...but the problem is that you have confirmation bias with that. I'm sorry, but Andrew Wakefield deserved to be stripped of his medical doctorate and license to practice. He accepted a bribe to fudge the results of the research he was already doing.

    Now...there is some evidence that a vaccine can cause autism or some other developmental disability...but, that's only because an idiot would suggest giving a Hepatitis B shot to their infant patient.

    Now mind you, the companies financing Wakefield's "Research" happened to be rivals of the companies manufacturing MMR shots at that time.

    If your child has Autism...just stop denying your genetics caused that. Autistic individuals are a gift from God himself by some views as a reminder to remain honest with each other, and pure of heart. Mozart, Handel, and Einstein all had Asperger's Syndrome or some other form of autism...there weren't vaccines back then to cause it...
  • Mar 19th, 2014 @ 8:55pm

    Re: Re: science ... was developed by a bunch of devout Christians, most of them priests

    Try Galileo Galilee...and Julious Capernucus...Marie Cury...the Wright Brothers, Neil Armstrong, Isaac Newton, oh and that Catholic Priest who invented the widely accepted "Big Bang Theory"...and it was a Gregorian Monk who proved the world wasn't flat...

    Persians and Moors started avid scientific studies Astronomy

    Newton was somehow recently declared a haratic by a group of devout anti-theists...the truth of the matter is that they base GHW assumption that Alchemy is a "no-no" for Christisns because it somehow evokes "evil spirits"...but when you look at the Periodic Table and when it was organized (first by Aromic Weigt) by Mendeleve, it was "Chemistry" was still called "Alchemy". Mendeleev was a Christian...oh and Henry Mosely (responsible for what we see as the modern day Periodic Table of The Elements...by Atomic Number) was also a Christian.

    Now certainly Christians are not responsible for all the major scientific discoveries...but nobody can, try as they might, fully claim that any religion has held science back...or humanity for that matter...Turns out that when we (as cave dwelling Homo Sapiens 10's of Thousands of years ago) figured out we were killing innocent creatures for food, we felt very bad about that...If we didn't superstitiously believe they had a soul, we wouldn't have survived the guilt of killing it. This basically means that we felt guilty, and in groups we asked those animal spirits to forgive us...If we didn't organize a religion around that, our cave dwelling ancestors would not have done this in an orginized way. It MADE us cooperate with each other...

    Here's the bottom line, organized religion has helped progress humanity during a historically crucial time where we as a species needed to survive to stay around (ice age anyone?). It has not hindered it...We would still be apes without it.
  • Mar 19th, 2014 @ 8:23pm

    Re: Re: About Greenbank

    Not saying they interfere...but they certainly act as an enabler for constant online use in public places...which is in fact not at all healthy.
  • Mar 19th, 2014 @ 8:07pm

    Re: Even the Anti-Vax crowd has a good point:

    Only people who don't vaccinate due to religious grounds have a point. You want a real conspiracy...I'll point STRAIGHT to Andrew Wakefield himself...

    His "research" was not only HIGHLY unethical (more on that in a moment)...but it was funded and backed by groups similar to AF Holdings looking to sue the pharmasutical industry in the UK. That's merely the tip of the iceberg...He also gave endoscopic colonoscopies to autistic children to test to see of they had "autism colitis"...a bacterial disease which he himself declared as the cause of autism as a direct result of an MMR shot.

    Now to a point, Thermiseral is a mercury based conpound and is a common food, drug, and vaccine additive meant for preservation of organic material...which was used to aid MMR vaccines in having a longer shelf life...Some people are highly allergic to it...so to reduce the risk of an anaphylactic alergic reaction, the CDC ORDERED the use of different chemicals. They have stopped using that and put in actually much safer chemicals.

    Now granted there are some shots you should never give an infant...Most of the (extremely rare and legitimate) cases of vaccine injury are the results of either a previously unknown allergies...or a bad doctor suggesting an unessecery shot (Hepatitus B, unlike its counterparts, is an STD).

    Now about Autism...Both my brother and I are actually in the spectrum...we both have Asperger's Syndrome...Autism is genetic, and Asperger's Syndrome is a latent form of Autism. The difference is that in the former, brain development happens so fast, that the brain doesn't have time to structure itself. Asperger's Syndrome is where it's still a more rapid average development of the brain, but the brain does structure itself enough to function more normally during the rapid development.
  • Mar 19th, 2014 @ 7:44am

    About Greenbank

    Greenbank, West Virginia is a hub for astronomy...It has a network of radio telescopes working in unison.

    That being said...while WiFi cannot make people seriously ill, the idea radio signals screwing with our brains is not all that uncommon and does have a more scientific base in psychology than one thinks. It cannot cause damage, but one cannot forget about how humans used to find where north is pointed.

    Mind you I do find it a bit ironic that a certain conspiracy group is encouraging people to move to a radio free zone that happens to be the home of an NSA listening post...I just cannot totally discount the psychological results of living and growing up in a radio free zone. This means people aren't totally focused on the demands of being on social media and get on with their lives.
  • Mar 14th, 2014 @ 6:22am

    (untitled comment)

    The argument is that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses.

    In that case I propose that the European beef market shut down because it's a mere shadow of the American beef market...

More comments from Wally >>

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it