Barbaric And Targeted

Why is it more “barbaric” to behead a journalist than it is to blow up a bunch of civilians as collateral damage in a “targeted” drone strike or bombing raid? And what the fucke does it even mean to say a drone strike or bombing raid is “targeted”? Other than carpet bombing–which is so far off the table–every bombing raid and drone strike is aimed at some target.

How To Read A Retraction

Donmez et al. (2010) reported that SIRT1 suppressed Alzheimer’s disease in a mouse model by upregulating the ADAM 10 α-secretase gene via coactivation of the retinoic acid receptor, RARβ. Increased α-secretase bypassed the processing of APP by the β-secretase, thereby reducing the amyloid burden. It has come to our attention that several figures in the paper contain images in which gel lanes were spliced together without appropriate indication. There are also instances of image duplication. We believe that these errors do not affect the conclusions of experiments in the paper. Moreover, the finding that SIRT1 upregulates the ADAM 10 α-secretase in neurons was reported by Theendakara et al. (Theendakara, V., et al. [2013]. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110, 18303–18308), and the more detailed finding that SIRT1 and RARβ cooperate in neurons to activate ADAM 10 has also recently been reported by Lee et al. (Lee, H.R., et al. [2014]. J. Neurosci. Res. Published online June 5, 2014., thereby supporting our main conclusions. However, the level of care in figure preparation in Donmez et al. falls well below the standard that we expect, and we are therefore retracting the paper. We offer our sincerest apologies to the scientific community for these errors and for any inconvenience they may have caused.

== we faked the everloving fucke out of our data, but by sheer random dumb luck the conclusions we faked our data to support turned out to be maybe correct.

Funny Shittio

While the usual is that badde shitte makes it hard to concentrate on difficult intellectual work–like drafting manuscripts and grants–I just found out some awesome fucken shitte, and it is making it hard to concentrate. Every time I try to get to work, a voice pops into my head and says, “Hey, fucke this painful difficult work: AWESOME FUCKEN SHITTE!!!!11!!!11!!11!!

Republican Filth Getting What They Want: Homeggrown USAian Gunne Nutte Jihadists

These motherfucken gunne nuttes are a fucken disaster. Don’t these fuckers get that they are vastly much more like the Islamic jihadists they supposedly hate than they are like normal decent Americans?

(1) hate women: CHECK
(2) hate other religions: CHECK
(3) hate the duly constituted government and seek its overthrow: CHECK
(4) hate non-cisheterosexuals: CHECK
(5) armed to the motherfucken hilt and fetishize guns: CHECK
(6) near-illiterate: CHECK
(7) hate science or other approaches to actual reality: CHECK
(8) fundamentalist theocrats: CHECK
(9) deep-seated racial hatred: CHECK

Am I missing anything?

Question For Car Racing Fans (UPDATED)

So apparently a race car driver named Tony Stewart killed another driver who was out of his car and on the track during a yellow flag:

Ward and Stewart had bumped cars during an earlier lap, sending Ward’s racecar into an outside wall and prompting a caution flag. Ward then exited his racecar and approached on foot as Stewart’s racecar came around again. As Ward stood on the track and pointed at Stewart, Stewart’s racecar sounded as if it revved its engine then fishtailed, the right tire hitting Ward and dragging him under the car.

According to another driver on the track, Stewart clearly spun his wheels intentionally to intimidate the other driver:

A witness to the crash, the sprint car driver Tyler Graves, told The Sporting News that Stewart’s action led to the fatality.

“I know Tony could see him,” Graves said. “I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two, and then it threw him about 50 yards.”

Anybody know enough about car racing to opine on the likelihood of the intentional versus accidental scenarios? As far as I can tell, BTW, the question of intent isn’t “to kill”, but “to intimidate by spinning out the wheels”. I guess if the latter intent is proven, then as a legal matter he Stewart committed at minimum negligent homicide, probably reckless, and maybe even depraved indifference, depending on the exact facts that can be proven.

UPDATE: So I’ve been doing some more reading about this, and the consensus seems to be that (1) Stewart likely didn’t see the other driver until the very last possible moment, because there were two other cars directly in front of his who swerved at the last minute to avoid him, and (2) Stewart likely hit the gas and spun his wheels as he approached the other driver in a last-ditch attempt to avoid him, not intimidate him, as sprint races are on intentionally slippery dirt tracks and the way you steer is by throttling and spinning the wheels.