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Would it be moral to select embryos for IVF that have lower polygenic risk scores for diseases like diabetes, hypertension, etc.? What if those diseases had epidemiological and perhaps genetic correlations with traits that we are less comfortable with people selecting for? When does therapeutic use become enhancement? For instance, lower cognitive ability in early life is associated with increased risk of late life dementia, as well as increased risk of schizophrenia. Should people be allowed to select on the basis of such criteria?
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>>18982
I was typing too fast. Shamefur dispray.
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No. 18996
>>18982
>It doesn't really harm the embryo to get a probe into mommy and collect some skin cells. But it could be problematic that a probe is put into mommy.
Just to clarify, I think you are conflating in vivo and in vitro. With IVF there is no "probe into mommy", the embryos are conceived and raised in laboratory dishes for several days, and only after that transferred into an actual womb. Also at this point there are no "skin cells" to speak of, cells aren't that specialized at this point of development AFAIK.
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>>18996
Uhm, yes I know. I have no idea where you got me that wrong, but as said my sentence was fucked up so that's okay.
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No. 34894
What about ethics in Bioengineering in general? I also sadly realized that it's physically impossible to alter and breed a species of jumping spider that's domesticated and about the size of a dog or cat. If you don't know why it's because due to the nature of insects and arachnids both in terms of their construction and breathing that there's a hard limit on their size. Even a tarantula is quite delicate and a fall from one meter is instantly fatal to them, in fact a fall from one foot can be generally fatal. You can't bioengineer a spider to be that much larger than a modern tarantula.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megarachne
You can however get much, much bigger if you could figure out a way to bioengineer it to be aquatic and able to live mostly or entirely underwater with a different breathing apparatus or some way to basically act like a dolphin and surface to collect more air bubbles before diving to the bottom again.

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I was going to post this in the commiebloc thread but you know what? We should just have a thread devoted to discussing Russia and Russian things and asking Russian questions since like a third of the board often ends up feeling that way anyway.

So my hypothesis is that Russian cynicism and gallows humor is merely the defense mechanism of a truly deeply idealistic and romantic people. I mean, just look at this. Just look at it. This was commentary from the Slavic dev about making Pathologic 2. You would think with talking "freedoms" well maybe American but no, and I have come to find that somehow this statement in itself typifies a very Russian kind of psychology about everything.

It's kind of hard to explain I think if you haven't just spent the last decade talking to and being around Russians but I think there's something to it. Think about just the Russian experiment with Socialism and subsequent failure. In this statement I somehow see people like Lenin and even Stalin. Was what Stalin said about a people with empty belly's knowing nothing about freedom just a cynical ploy and excuse? Certainly. But I also think it was truthful what he said, and that there is something certain, something nebulous yet discreet, about a Russian mentality I haven't got English words for, a thing I think people may wrongly use the term "soul" when what really they mean by "soul" is just the clumsiness and pretense of jaded apathy and cynicism in direct response to their ideals meeting headlong against reality. This statement here is just something so trivial as about a videogame. What deeper a thing can a Russian thinker truly believe and feel that we cannot perceive?

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No. 34526
>>34520
>>34523
Whenever slavs start writing in cyrilic, we know that shit got real and we keep our heads down.
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>>34513
I have played neither
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>>34523
Maybe as additional small messages to make intrigue? X---DDDD
But anyway, hope this thread will go beyond disscutions about bear joke if someone have questions or need help or something like that.

>>34530
He not said "all", but "most people".
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No. 34559
>>34538
Well he said "both" so the presumption seeming to be that with so many playing both then just about everyone played at least one. The thing with that being, if you played one in a series or franchise it's highly likely that you're going to have played all of them, in which case I would say that yes he is correct in that people who played one probably did play both. I am specifying that meanwhile there's still quite a lot of people who haven't played any, which could also be partly because of whatever reasons and thus not getting into the game. Or not getting into the game period. I'm splitting hairs at this point.

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>>34254
That’s very American of you.
Did you have bagged lipton or some actual tea that has a bearable taste without adding sugar or lemon?
Do yourself a favour and go to your loval Adian store and pick up a packet of actual tea, not the bottom of the barrel powder they put in bags.
Fruit/herbal infusion is not tea.
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No. 34263
Oh dear god it is so much later than I thought
Well this is surely going to fry my sleep schedule shit
>>34257
Last one I had was the usual sleepy time herbal tea. And I like the fruity infusion type teas but sadly that is not what I have. Not that it matters anyway because it's way too late for caffeine. I sincerely doubt there is going to be any tea out there that would convince me it's even able to be near coffee let alone stand as equals for the better drink. Plus if I'm going to drink something that's laced in drugs I want it to actually taste strong.
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>>34225
Shut up gypsy.
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>>38253
So why is this on page ten.
t; idiota

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Do anglos really believe in Mackinder's World Island thesis? Do they really believe that Germans would become world super powa if Germans managed to have access to the "heartland" of Eurasia, AKA Russia? I always thought this thesis was silly but I could see why Brits would be thinking like this in late 19th and early 20th century, Germany seemed unstoppable in their growth except that it lacked resources, Brits controlled the seas but lacked direct access to Asian's heartland, it could only try to keep coastal regions from accessing it. One can see why Brits would be worried about anyone having access to the big piece of land that they couldn't, specially if this someone was the fastest industrializing country of that time and if this country stood in between Britain and the "heartland" geographically. Still thinking that Germany would become world super powa by controlling the "world island" seems to be a bit of a stretch, it seems to me brits were merely thinking on how to stop German growth and expansion.

And what about today, is USA really trying to keep germans from doing business with Russia based on the same idea? NATO seems to be more and more a project of polarizing Europe against Russia, but why would USA be so hellbent on that after the collapse of USSR? Sure USA is also resource rich and it all can be seen as an attempt to make of Europe a market reserve for USAian commodities, but they can't seriously expect that Russia will accept being eternally alienated from Europe, which is where it historically belongs.

I don't know, maybe I'm missing something about this thesis, but reading about recent happenings regarding Russia you always stumble on references to this thesis, apparently a good deal of Russian strategists also believe in it or at least believe that this is how USA and England try to keep them away from Europe. But the thesis to me seem to be silly and outdated.
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>>33775
Autarky and moving away from money based trade were Wiemar policies?
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No. 33908
>>33696
This is a popular explanation with people who have no knowledge of Bolivia, and general suspicion of American foreign policy - which is justified, but America is not the sole explanatory factor in every crisis around the globe.

You can't simplify it to just lithium. The deposits are not being actively exploited, and doing so would be incredibly difficult and costly. A more nuanced explanation:

I was halfway to writing a proper essay, but I'm just going to tl;dr it. Indigenous Andean highlanders loved Evo because he massively reduced the crushing poverty that they lived under, and made them feel like they were in charge of their country for the first time since the Incas fell. White people and mestizos from the lowland eastern half of the country are butthurt that uppity Indios were nationalizing natural resources and redistributing land, and not just eating their shit like they've been accustomed to for the last 500 years. There's also a weirdo Christian fascist element to part of the opposition, inspired by American evangelical protestantism and possible Ustasha runaways. They've made a big deal about how Bolivia is a Christian country, probably because Andeans were only ever partially Christianized, and Evo openly invoked Pachamama throughout his terms.

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No. 34050
>>14826
>t functioning democracy in other country is in American interests, because functioning democracies tend to be more peaceful, stable
functioning democracies sometimes very anti imperialist and anti american. and USA will still try to fuck them up because they are against their interest.

USA would gladly choose absoulute monarchy that sucks USA dick like Saudi Arabia over a functioning anti american democracy. what you say in here is very naive, that's the kindest word I can come up with.
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>>34050
Very much this. It is actually NOT in USA's interest because the US has become an imperial state and has been that way since the late 19th century. It has never changed or shifted gears from that, only expanded.

A stable, functional, peaceful democratic nation will want things like fair terms of trade, non-interference in their personal affairs, ability to pick and choose their allies and partners. I mean just look at the recent chimpout the US has had over trade even with Germany.

This is what the US does to peaceful, stable, democratic and secular nations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat

Instead most governments whose creation was supported by the USA across the world are horrible, brutally repressive dictatorships and nutjob theocracies. These include
Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, various central Asian dictators and shitty theocratic states like Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, formerly Iran after overthrowing their government and when the people of Iran overthrew the US puppet dictator the US switched to aiding a dictator to fight them even knowing that Saddam was using chemical weapons, the Mujahideen and Taliban, various shitty South American dictatorships including Pinochet's Chile and so on and so forth.

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I am living in a comminblock build in 1970s and feel ok. So whats wrong ith them &
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No. 34029
Here the problem isn't the commieblocks, building standards in the 70's were far better than even our beautiful and somewhat luxurious dowtown 18/19's century buildings France is famous for, no the problem is some of theirs inhabitants who litter and ruin everything. Most post WWII commieblocks are still decent by today's standards as long as you are not being surrounded by bydlos who ruin everything. I prefer having less living space and insulation in the town centre than being surrounded by absolute human trash even if the flat is objectively decent.
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No. 34051
>>33949
On the bright side, you have a nice view, and, what's even more important, you have no bydlo upper neighbor to ruin your life. In case of a neighbor conflict, the upper occupant really has the high ground, both literally and figuratively.
If the lowe neighbor starts shit you can just start jumping rope sessions and they can eat lime in their helpless anger. And if you decide to test you fancy new subwoofer - again, they can do nothing about it.
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No. 34053
>>34051
Don't you have very little interaction with your neighbors though? The layout of those buildings doesn't seem very communal where you only really see your neighbors in the stairwell.
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>>34053
Isn't that the same in every apartment building? And what about private houses, nowdays even in suburbs there is very little interaction with neighbors.

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Aww shit guys (you'll always be Bernds in my heart).
I haven't posted in a long time but I've just received a mail telling me I'll probably be part of a jury for a criminal trial court in 2020. It's like winning at the lottery except that it will involve either a murder or a rape or maybe a robbery but that would be boring. I know this may sound like a perversion but I'm really excited to do it just to see how justice works. I'm teasing you but I don't know if and what I'll have to judge yet. If it happens then I'll post a thread about the trial but without being too specific because that would be illegal.
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Yay!
It's pretty good fun, i did it last year for a sexual assault case, even though it was quite boring in comparison to others the whole process is interesting (especially 'cos everyone here wears fancy dress wigs and capes like they've stepped out of a Dickens novel).
I thought fronz didn't have a public jury system though?
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No. 34031
>>34030
We have a public jury for crimes which can send someone between 10yeatw to life in jail so basically murder, rape and armed robberies plus terrorism I think although there's often a special court for serious terrorism cases without a public jury. Judges don't wear silly wigs here but we have our own funny protocols with lawyers speaking like if they were Aristotle reincarnated.
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>>34031
Neat!
You're guaranteed an interesting case then and all the free coffee/croissants you can eat while debating the case with your fellow jurors

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Old thread deda
New threda not
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No. 33957 Kontra
>>33953
Wait...ohhh right because I actually wasnt even plugged in to the internet at that time when I was playing and finished Fallout Tactics. Which, wait a minute then why the hell is PoE so long
I could not have POSSIBLY spent more time in that pos game than it says but maybe I did. That is just one campaign and not even counting the DLC which might be part of why I rip on it so much so frequently because of the sheer amount of time I felt like I sunk in that game without getting a whole lot back. It's almost like playing the slot machines or something, where you just keep hoping to get better and it drags on and saps your time and then every once in awhile it does a cool little interesting thing for just long enough to keep your hopes up and keep you playing. God I can't even imagine how much of that is loading screens. I probably have like a solid 20 hours on PoE which is just loading screens. Can you imagine? I'm not even young anymore. I wasted probably three solid full time job shifts worth of my life minimum on doing absolutely nothing but sitting there looking at Pillars of Eternity loading screens. And it isn't even fucking turn based so you can't just walk away and like cook pasta or have a cigarette as you can on XCOM2 thinking about what you're going to do next or savoring a hard won victory speaking of which why the fuck did they change that in WOTC? I liked watching my dudes sit there shifting around their sits on the drop ship. Now I just get that stupid fucking XCOM badge icon and a blank screen while spending almost exactly the same amount of time on loading times, not to mention how they half assed it to try and improve performance so now all transparent surfaces look like pixelated obnoxious dog shit I swore was a bug. Firaxis really makes some great games and XCOM2 is quite possibly the only triple AAA I bought at full price on release period, but man did they fuck that up with WOTC. Probably the only game I'm going to ever actually do that again and grab it when it's not on sale is Wasteland 3, and possibly also Disco Elysium and VTMB2 if my machine has a chance in hell at running it

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No. 34259
>>32639
> Morality System in ME
> had the conversation option written differently than what Shephard said
God, i'm SO with you for this point. I was pissed of by that shit almost from the start of the game, you could only guess what sheperd actually says. O wait, sometimes he even said something entirely different than the thing you picked, alas for me.
And for the moral-stuff, after playing ~10 hours and reading that you MUST choose a side and/or you CANNOT even answer with the other side pissed me off. Heck, i got me a mod where both were at 100% so i could answer how i liked.
What is this shit? If i want to be nice with some npc and want to fuck with another i will do so. But the logic says "nono, you are good/bad, you can't be the other way!
> FNV
You mentioned your way of simply killing almost everything later in game. Funny, was the same expierience for me. At first, i tried to understand the motives for each faction or important person i found and thought about how to handle with em. Later on i just thought fuck, they're all spupid, it's the best otion to clear them from the surface and rule it myself.

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No. 48464
Lebron James: bestairjordansuscheaps2020 Every Sneaker He's Has Worn in his NBA career,Nike LeBron 1 shoes at the best price on StockX, the live marketplace for 100% real Nike sneakers and other popular new releases.
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>>30957
Thanks. Day of the breakening soon.
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No. 31043
Does ernst support epub and mobi?
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>>31043
Yes. All supported formats are listed right under the text box you used to write your post.
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Some European Neolithic related pdfs I fetched from the web during the last few weeks

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Suppose you had to restart your life mostly from scratch. You just got out of jail, or you found yourself without money, family and friends. You might have some marketable skills but your CV is tainted either from the criminal record or for some other reason. What would you do, where would you go, where is life easier for this sort of background?

Countries with a healthy social safety net need not apply, I reckon.
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No. 33649
Move to richer country than Croatia, try to get a job in construction.
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No. 33655
A uhhh friend of mine is in that same position and he has decided to learn front-end web development with HMTL/CSS/Javascript/PHP/React.
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No. 33656
The hardest part is finding a place to stay with cash flow honestly. The problem here at least is that most renters want proof of income if not references from previous landlords and most jobs want a place of residence. This fucks you hard if you're recently homeless or out of jail but I don't know if they literally kick you to the streets from jail, which I wouldnt doubt and is incredibly fucked up because usually getting a job without a certain time is necessary for parole and not getting thrown back in prison.

Basically you're going to have to hustle somehow and deal with other people you may not want to deal with and bullshit your way through both landlords and employers. A lot of bydlo jobs are willing to tolerate certain kinds of criminal records, though a convicted felon for theft is probably going to have a really hard time. I can't honestly say even crime is an alternative because a lot of that needs contacts and at least resources like a getaway vehicle, speaking of which getting a real piece of shit clunker and living out of your car is your best bet although that too requires all kinds of bullshit including getting a license which itself costs money. I think they jacked it to over $80 in this state already. Get rides with someone else at the job, get something in manual labor, groundskeeping, dishwashing things like that until you can afford a place to stay.

In America at least those are borderline impossible settings probably.
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No. 33658
>>33645
>where is life easier for this sort of background?
Emotional. Most would accept for who I am, not like now.

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What websites does Ernst frequent other than EC?

I used to spend a lot of time on different topic related internet forums and websites but then i got a slave to chans somewhere around 2006 or 2007 and i left the other internet behind.

Nowadays are Nu-EC, Youtube, Wikipedia and, as a guilty pleasure of mine, Reddit the only sites i regularely visit (next to some porn sites)

I have no idea where the hate for Reddit comes from by the way, if you ignore the comments underneath the content there are some pretty fun subreddits.
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No. 31791
>>28894
I was about to link spidr as well. It's one of the handful of projects that I felt obligated to donate to for the public service it provides.

While not perfect, it is amazing for trying to determine the spin of each site and the common truths between them. It's also a good demonstration of how Reuters and AP (among others) provide the kernel of information for most other sites.
I've recommended it to people studying/actively working in journalism, and now I know at least one of them uses it daily to parse the news.

My main complaint is that it's not designed to be used as an archive, so finding equivalent articles months/years later, even just the urls and <title>s, doesn't seem possible. But that's secondary to properly matching up current content.
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No. 31883
Today I've found http://softpanorama.org
It calls itself "Open Source Software Educational Society" which started as a floppy bulletin in 1989.
Guess there are a lot of top things to read.
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No. 31884
I spend most of my time on the internet on various theme boards on the 4chan, some specific game/hobby reddits (only lurking) and wikipedia.
Apart from that, basically nothing. I used to visit the Guardian website regularly around 2012-13, but recently went there again and did a 360 and walked away. German news outlets are even worse. It's funny how you can completely ignore news and people won't notice.
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No. 33628
I use a huge opml file which I built over the years and consume various blogs and sites through RSS reader (Inoreader is my preference)