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  1. PhillJones

    College Police group get taser happy on annoying Florida student

    Sure, the stretch reflex thing was just an aside, it's not really what happened here, I'm just saying that grasping at peoples arms seems to me to be a sure fire way of escalating a conflict, it's the physical equivalent of telling somebody to 'calm down'. As far as the incident in question is...
  2. PhillJones

    College Police group get taser happy on annoying Florida student

    We're probably closer in opinion on this point than it seems. If what you posted in that quote is in line with what you meant, then we actually agree and are just talking at crossed purposes. I took the phrase 'extremely intimidating to mean something stronger than increased height and...
  3. PhillJones

    College Police group get taser happy on annoying Florida student

    I'm sorry if I offended you, I was merely drawing on the experiences that I have. I've seen or been involved in maybe a dozen or so incidents; I just happen to have lived in several places which had on-going social problems with anti-social behaviour. Like I said, I'm from a fairly rough...
  4. PhillJones

    College Police group get taser happy on annoying Florida student

    It's not about hurting somebody's feelings, it's about the best way to resolve conflict without it escalating and my experience tells me that the way American police behave, in this way, is precisely the wrong way to handle conflict unless you specifically want it to escalate. As a martial...
  5. PhillJones

    College Police group get taser happy on annoying Florida student

    I've waited quite a while before posting in this thread because I wanted to see how the discussion turned out but now I'm going to put my 2c in. It seems to me that this, like many other controversial use of force incidents is not an example of police brutality but of police incompetence and...
  6. PhillJones

    Cop outburst caught on dashcam

    It looked to me like the young man who recorded the incident had watched this video from the ACLU and was trying to exercise his constitutional rights. I'm not sure if this video was discussed here or not in the past but I remember commenting on it somewhere that following the advice in...
  7. PhillJones

    What illnesses can coke fix?

    That's an unusual explanation for it's active mechanism. One of my collaborators did some of the basic research that suggested that Sumatriptan (Immatrex) would work for migraines and the model that the drug was based on was that cortical spreading depression leads to hyper-excitation of the...
  8. PhillJones

    What illnesses can coke fix?

    That sounds nasty. Have they put you on Serotonin uptake inhibitors? My wife had transformed migraine syndrome at point and that's what they put her on.
  9. PhillJones

    What is a good starter Scotch brand?

    Lagavulin is the odd man out of the Isleys, because they have a strong sherry cask flavour as well as the classic Isley peak and smoke. If you're after peak, try Ardbeg, their 10YO has the highest ammount of peak of any distillery bottle on the market. The Bowmore and Laphroig are also good. If...
  10. PhillJones

    Video Compression Question

    Koepi's Xvid codec is pretty damn good as far as I can tell. I use VirtualDub as a front end for it.
  11. PhillJones

    What are the rules for mail order/distance selling accross state lines?

    Thanks for the reply Chris. I thought I might be screwed. The number of times I've bought something since moving to the states, or in this case had things bought for me and I've just ended up out of pocket without the thing I paid for is just silly. I've already gotten to the point where I...
  12. PhillJones

    What are the rules for mail order/distance selling accross state lines?

    I can never get the hang of all this different laws in different states so I thought I'd just ask you guys, as you seem to know everything. Anyway, it was my birthday just recently, happy birthday to me, and my parents bough me some martial arts equipment, some pads and stuff. Since it was a...
  13. PhillJones

    .AVI Files - No Video On New Laptop.

    You could just download ffdshow and never give video codecs another thought. That's my solution, it's a lot cleaner than dowloading lots of codecs or codec packs and making a quagmire of direct show filters.
  14. PhillJones

    More than 50% of Apple Juice comes from China?

    I thought they were refunding. a replacement seems a poor deal for a parent who no longer trusts the supply chain. having said that I think Metell toys are probably the safest imported toys right now as it looks like they're rigorously testing everything. As for the paint supplier. The...
  15. PhillJones

    More than 50% of Apple Juice comes from China?

    If they're part of the specific recall, then yes. If not, then no. The thing is Matell found a small batch of toys (1 million) contaminated with lead and recalled them. Two weeks later they recalled an order of magnitude more (9 million). I don't know but I suspect they decided that they'd...
  16. PhillJones

    What is a good starter Scotch brand?

    If you like the slight briny fresh sea flavour that hidden in the Glenmorangie, then that the Highland character coming through. A stronger sence of that can be got from the Clynleish or Oban. If, alternatively it's the lightness, the way it evaporates and fills your sinuses with spirity...
  17. PhillJones

    What is your favorite You Tube video?

    They're not really the same sort of thing. The Sun claims to be a real newspaper, although many of their 'stories' are apocryphal celebrity gossip. They don't make up obviously nonsence stuff just for a laugh like supermarket tabloids do. They're low brow, highly political, and owned by the new...
  18. PhillJones

    More than 50% of Apple Juice comes from China?

    Lead paint toy story update http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1187...googlenews_wsj More toys to be recalled. This won't be the end of it. Toys'R'us have announced that they're expanding their American and European manufactured toy section.
  19. PhillJones

    What is it about the internet that brings out such awful feelings in people?

    What, make ill-advised drunken advances to the attractive women, throw up in the bathroom then try and make off with the contents of the hosts liquor cabinet?
  20. PhillJones

    What do you suppose the Salary is for middle class?

    It varies by subject though doesn't it? At least it does here. In physics, if you're lucky enough to actually land a post-doc, the starting salary is about $55k, which ain't bad. In biology though, the starting salary is $35, which is less than that for a primary school teacher in rural Texas...
  21. PhillJones

    What do you suppose the Salary is for middle class?

    The estate agent said: Apparently, it's built on the site of an old Native American burial ground, which is an interesting local fact. The local kids cal it "The Murder House" but that all happened a long time ago.
  22. PhillJones

    Fake gin flavoring for non-alch gin & tonics?

    I dunno, maybe. Certainly formation of Complexes is a step beyond solvation, so to speak. In a solvate, the molecules aren't actually physically connected they're kind of evenly distributed. For example, the salt in brine isn't chemically bonded to the water, so merely being soluble isn't...
  23. PhillJones

    More than 50% of Apple Juice comes from China?

    Apparently, they were using lead paint to color the plastic itself. The most concerning thing is that a plastic bath toy, which didn't look or feel 'painted' was running. If you handled it for a while, you got red and yellow stains on your hands. It's not the first time this has been a...
  24. PhillJones

    Fake gin flavoring for non-alch gin & tonics?

    I'm sorry I didn't mean to imply that all of a component vanishes as soon as you hit boiling point and none of it leave before. At a certain temperature, a give liquid will evaporate at a certain weight. In statistical thermodynamics you can work it out using the fluids molecular energy...
  25. PhillJones

    What is a good starter Scotch brand?

    Just MHO and all that but I'd suggest you try some other Speyside or Highland next. Something like Speyside 10YO or Tamdhu if you like the sweet sherry notes in the Glenlivet. These will be presented with less roughness than I find in the Glenlivet. Alternatively, if you want something light and...
  26. PhillJones

    More than 50% of Apple Juice comes from China?

    That might mean that the grow them in the US, ship them to China to be juiced and ship the juice back. On a side note. This week-end, we threw away all of our sons toys that were made in China. He stick some of those in his mouth and after reading this...
  27. PhillJones

    What is a good starter Scotch brand?

    Laphroaig is an excellent malt. I like all the Isley's. Have you tried some of the Bruichladdie's that have been coming out. I'm a huge fan of that distillery at the minute. All their distillery bottles are non-chill filtered and they don't use caramel, like the vast majority of distilleries...
  28. PhillJones

    What do you suppose the Salary is for middle class?

    It depends where you live, that wouldn't cover my rent and health insurance.
  29. PhillJones

    What do you suppose the Salary is for middle class?

    The thing is I'm a post-doctoral fellow. Right at the bottom of the ladder and am paid off somebody elses grant. There's a big post-doc crunch in the US with lots of people at my level trying to get into real jobs. I don't know what the average length of time at this level is now but I hear...
  30. PhillJones

    Fake gin flavoring for non-alch gin & tonics?

    I'm not a chemist but I always thought what evaporates isn't related to what's disolved in what, it's because the temperatures at which the different components evaporate are quite close together. So if you evaporate the alcahol off slowly at a lower temperature, less of the less volatile...
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