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Re: “Early Routes Out of Humboldt

I know this is *way* old, but I keep thinking about it, and what an awesome bike ride you could create from this.

Posted by Korina on 03/18/2019 at 4:41 PM

Re: “The Weirdness of English

Ing From Middle English -ing, from Old English -ing, -ung (-ing, a suffix forming nouns from verbs), from Proto-Germanic *-ing, *-ung, from Proto-Indo-European *-enk-. Cognate with West Frisian -ing (-ing), Dutch -ing (-ing), Low German -ing (-ing) Low German -ink (-ink), German -ung (-ing), Swedish -ing (-ing), Icelandic -ing (-ing).

Do from Middle English don, from Old English dn, from Proto-Germanic *dn, from Proto-Indo-European *deh- (to put, place, do, make).
The past tense form is from Middle English didde, dude, from Old English dyde, *diede, from Proto-Germanic *ded/*ded, from Proto-Indo-European *ddehti, an athematic e-reduplicated verb of the same root *deh-.

The use of do in interrogative, negative, and, formerly, affirmative sentences, unusual in Germanic languages, is thought to be calqued from Welsh.

Posted by Daniel Alan Goodman on 03/09/2019 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Cancer, Part 1: The Unwinnable War

I think Dr. Nelson is unduly optimistic with his use of "will." But he's certainly correct in emphasizing the fact that there's no single "cancer" disease, but many (hundreds?) diseases sharing the common feature of invasive abnormal cell growth.

Posted by barryevans on 01/24/2019 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Cancer, Part 1: The Unwinnable War

Dr. William Nelson, director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins said it best, "The war on cancer will not be won in one dramatic battle, it will be a series of skirmishes."

Posted by j_luh on 01/19/2019 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Correlation ≠ Causation

I agree with a lot of this, you correctly note the serious limitations of research that depends upon 'correlations' but you do not go far enough. To clarify, I have to comment on your comparison of what you term;

"Solid Correlation-causation: Smoking and lung cancer." and "Shaky Correlation-causation: Breakfast and obesity."

To put it lightly, BOTH are 'shaky'! The problems associated with the 'shaky' are EXACTLY the same with the 'solid' - and those problems are many.

The only difference between your 'solid' and 'shaky' is that your 'solid' was effectively the first use of that methodology - it was novel, and several $billions have been spent over several years to disseminate propaganda to reinforce it and promote the 'everyone knows' slogan that many have internalised as (wrongly) definitive. The 'shaky' is a mere a copy of the 'solid'.

"Evidence for the increased-risk causation is solid, starting with statistical studies in the 1950s."

In the 1950s there were very few NON smokers - how many of that cohort were NON smokers? 1950s epidemiological 'evidence', and repetitions of the same, is the ONLY evidence suggesting harm. No other research using alternative methodologies have corroborated those early correlations and as smoking prevalence has declined, there are now far more NON smokers who die from lung cancer (over 80% are never and ex-smokers)). ie the correlation is now an inverse one - smoking has NEVER been proven to have caused any harm!

Correlations can never prove causation, they can only ever 'suggest' a 'possible' link. It does however provide the propagandist with any number of possibilities to manipulate the publics consciousness, as you point out with "If I was a doctor..." comment.

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Posted by Kin Free on 01/18/2019 at 2:49 AM

Re: “Cancer, Part 1: The Unwinnable War

Thanks for saying what needs to be said.

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Posted by Audrey Silk on 01/17/2019 at 2:32 AM

Re: “Physics' Beautiful Crisis

...essentially at a standstill for four decades.
I should have allowed that the discovery that neutrinos have mass was an unexpected and important breakthrough.

Posted by barryevans on 01/16/2019 at 11:21 AM

Re: “The Voynich Manuscript

There is a key to cipher the Voynich manuscript.
The key to the cipher manuscript placed in the manuscript. It is placed throughout the text. Part of the key hints is placed on the sheet 14. With her help was able to translate a few dozen words that are completely relevant to the theme sections.
The Voynich manuscript is not written with letters. It is written in signs. Characters replace the letters of the alphabet one of the ancient language. Moreover, in the text there are 2 levels of encryption. I figured out the key by which the first section could read the following words: hemp, wearing hemp; food, food (sheet 20 at the numbering on the Internet); to clean (gut), knowledge, perhaps the desire, to drink, sweet beverage (nectar), maturation (maturity), to consider, to believe (sheet 107); to drink; six; flourishing; increasing; intense; peas; sweet drink, nectar, etc. Is just the short words, 2-3 sign. To translate words with more than 2-3 characters requires knowledge of this ancient language. The fact that some symbols represent two letters. In the end, the word consisting of three characters can fit up to six letters. Three letters are superfluous. In the end, you need six characters to define the semantic word of three letters. Of course, without knowledge of this language make it very difficult even with a dictionary.
If you are interested, I am ready to send more detailed information, including scans of pages showing the translated words.
And most important. In the manuscript there is information about "the Holy Grail".

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Posted by Николай Аничкин on 09/16/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Early Routes Out of Humboldt

Hi John, thanks for this. Apologies for the belated response.

The original Harris is sometimes referred to as Old Harrissee this obit, for instance:…
The junction is, as you say, at (Old) Harris, not New Harris.

I did check again with Jerry Rohde re the Dyerville Loop. He is of the opinion that it runs from the Avenue of the Giants at the Founders Grove south to Alderpoint Road, east of Garberville. Jerry writes, This is what Google Earth shows and it also conforms to my recollection of the road signs. Almost all of Dyerville Loop Road approximates the Mail Ridge trail, except in the north where the trail would have crossed the river at Camp Grant and continued north over the ridges to the Van Duzen. The road between Camp Grant and the Founders Grove replaced the West Side Road (built c. 1877) that ran near the river and connected Camp Grant with Dyerville and point north. In the south, the Mail Ridge trail picks up Alderpoint Road briefly, heading east, and then branches south on Bell Springs Road. The "paved loop" Rose refers to, between Myer Flat and Miranda is not a loop, and it is part of the Avenue of the Giants. New Harris is several miles south of the original Harris, which is where the route coming down from Spruce Grove (now called the Bell Springs Road) met the Overland Road coming south from Aldrpoint (now called Harris Road). Spruce Grove, on the Mail Ridge trail, was about 2 miles NW of Harris.

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Posted by barryevans on 09/03/2018 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Early Routes Out of Humboldt

Should have run this by Jerry one more time. Dyerville Loop Road refers to the paved loop between Miranda and Myers Flat. The Dyerville Road does head in the direction of New Harris if you continue south, but by no means meets the Mail Ridge/BellSprings road at New Harris. There are no road junctions at New Harris. Also, there is no Old Harris, only Harris and New Harris.

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Posted by John Rose on 08/26/2018 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Early Routes Out of Humboldt

Thanks Jerry Rohde for all your help with this one!

Posted by barryevans on 08/23/2018 at 7:38 AM

Re: “The Roots of Homeopathy

@RosettaJonas, we _are_ all healthier. Especially children. What kind of pre-scientific, unfounded claims are you even making? I am not clear.

Posted by SpankyMcDoogle on 07/27/2018 at 2:25 PM

Re: “The Roots of Homeopathy

It would be such a novelty if those who seek to discredit Homeopathy actually did some research. But I guess knowledge puts paid to prejudice and that can be disconcerting.

You clearly have no understanding of Homeopathy or theories on 'vitalism.' And if materialistic modern medicine was the answer we would all be healthier, not sicker, and even worse for children.

Hahnemann was a hero for challenging the ignorance of allopathic medicine of the times and Homeopaths today are also heroes for continuing in that tradition.

The third biggest killer is conventional medicine, most of it from prescribed medication. And you wonder why Homeopathy thrives?

p.s. BigPharma does fight it.

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Posted by RosettaJonas on 07/26/2018 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Alice in Photography Wonderland

This is a wonderful post! So glad to have found it. I've been researching Carroll's photograph of Alice as The Beggar Maid for about a year now, but this post introduced me to a lot of new information. If you're interested, I recently put together a website detailing how the wet collodion process may have influenced the creation of Carroll's Beggar Maid, as well as how the changing modes and methods of photography have influenced our modern perception of the medium. You can find it here: If you get a chance to check it out, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Posted by Sasha Aleph on 07/14/2018 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Colorado Brown Stain and Fluoridation

Steven Scott, DDS, would put neurotoxic poison in my body against my will, even despite countless alternatives.

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Posted by Art Spelling on 06/25/2018 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Colorado Brown Stain and Fluoridation

Still got somebody putting stuff into your body, Art? Gee, you really should notify the authorities.

Steven D. Slott, DDS

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Posted by Steven Slott on 06/24/2018 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Colorado Brown Stain and Fluoridation

Beginning to see how lobbyists work in this golden era, Barry? It's all about that top spot. Steven Scott aka "Ramdy Johnson" would put neurotoxic poison in my body against my will, even despite countless alternatives.

Posted by Art Spelling on 06/24/2018 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Colorado Brown Stain and Fluoridation

Wow, Art, you have people putting stuff into your body against your will? Do they kidnap and tie you down, or what? This is really concerning. You probably should report this to the proper authorities as soon as you can get away. However, this bizarre situation of yours, as upsetting as Im sure it must be for you, is of no relevance to water fluoridation.

I certainly hope you get your problem resolved. In the meantime on this forum, lets stick to that which is relevant to the topic. Okay?

Steven D. Slott, DDS

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Posted by Steven Slott on 06/23/2018 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Colorado Brown Stain and Fluoridation

Would you force me to ingest alcohol, Barry? "Randy Johnson" Steven Scott and yourself would put neurotoxic poison in my body against my will, even despite countless alternatives to your same desired end.

Posted by Art Spelling on 06/23/2018 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Correlation ≠ Causation

"Randy Johnson" would put neurotoxic chemicals in my body against my will, even despite countless alternatives.

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Posted by Art Spelling on 06/21/2018 at 5:58 PM

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