Joss Delage

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  1. if you initiate the attack, you cannot then use the "stand your ground" part of the law for self defense.

    That's beside my point. Whether or not one uses SYG, there's something that appears screwed up in the self-defense concept. Take the situation of a person with a conceiled gun initiating unarmed assault on a non armed person. There's only two likely outcome: either the assaulter stays "on top" and has his way with the defender, or the defender gains the upper hand which means that the assaulter is now in his right to shoot him. (Only combat experts can safely gain and keep the upper hand in an unarmed fight without inflicting grievous injury.)

    This creates a kind of prisoner's dilemma where the only rational thing to do is for everyone to carry a gun.

    This ignores the fact that Martin threw the first punch.

    Is that so? My understanding is that we had no idea who started the physical assault.


  2. I have misgivings on the "stand your ground" laws, as I understand them. The problem I see is that conceivably someone could initiate a fist fight (assault someone else), find themselves on the loosing side and at real risk of great bodily arm, and then pull a gun a shoot the person they attacked.

    If I'm not mistaken, the only thing that matters is whether one is at risk of material injury or death.

    If this is true, it is easy to manipulate and it makes it hard for unarmed people to defend themselves: they can only fight to a draw, they cannot risk having a significant advantage. This is not how a fight is terminated safely.


  3. Snowden didn't endanger Americans - terrorists endanger Americans. The government's role is not to protect certain rights at the expense of others, it is to protect all rights according to an objective standard, ideally defined in the law. I'm not sure Snowden is a hero, but he's closer to being one than to being a traitor.


  4. The problem with nutrition is that we have no way of really testing long term effects of things. Personally, I am convinced that both *what* and *how much* we eat will have an impact on our quality of life and/or lifespan. The more I read and learn about the subject, the clearer it is that our knowledge is fuzzy. The field is also as polluted with politics as is climatology.


  5. I think that regulation is largely to blame for the blandness. All the cars have to fit such narrow standards that they end up looking very similar.

    My dad used to have a vintage Mercedes Benz (early 50's 220). It was lovely, but you had to constantly polish the chromes and treat the leather. That was a pain in the neck.

    But then again, that was the luxury side of things. On the other side of the spectrum you had things like the original VV beetle and the French 2CV - horrible cars.


  6. You could try some lifestyle changes. I am not sure exactly what causes your high estradiol levels, but I have read that at least the following can all impact the aromatization of testosterone into estrogen, or the production of t. to start with:

    - diet: testosterone requires saturated fat and cholesterol.

    - stress levels / sleep quality: low stress, good sleep quality is required to produce testosterone.

    - Weight lifting: heavy weight lifting promotes testosterone (endurance work doesn't)

    - High body fat levels contributes to aromatization.

    Also, there's some evidence that consuming content of an erotic nature boosts testosterone (although maybe only temporarily).... :-)

    The problem with supplementing is that once you go that route, you might have to continuously do so, or maybe increase the dose over time. Hormones are tricky that way.