This Week In Comments: July 24th—31st

Did you win our Comment Of The Week? Only if you're funny, eye-opening, and informative. 

Another week, another installment of our This Week In Comments series! Each week we pick a few of our favorites to showcase the awesomeness of our readership. Without further ado, here's what made the cut this week: 


Tech May Give Us a Life of Leisure in the Future. Is This What We Want?

Andrew Doser: The question is then, what is driving the economy? Fewer jobs = less consumption. Less consumption = fewer robots and a much smaller economy. Last I checked, corporations thrive because people with jobs, not robots, buy their stuff. Where does the money come from to feed this new leisure life paradigm? Robots don’t buy shit and drive economy, people do. Will universal income give you the lifestyle you are currently living? Or will it be barely enough to survive?

Caroline Nelson: That's when your education kicks in. You get the leisure of researching whatever you want without someone breathing over your shoulder. You define your own daily goals... imagine that.

How I Overcame Homelessness Twice to Become a Billionaire

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Gabriel Smith: He owns a liquor company and a rehab. I can appreciate the business acumen, but can't respect Gus Fring tactics. 

 

Ginger Haycox: I think you're missing something in your summation. Not all people who enjoy alcoholic drinks become addicts. He produces a company that supplies people with alcoholic drinks. And for those who suffer from addiction due to his product, then he's provided a place for them to get help. How many other companies, or company owners do that? The tobacco companies never did certainly, nor do the pharmaceutical companies provide for those who get addicted to their product. You look at this as having a double standard. I look at this as someone who is willing to help those less fortunate who don't tolerate a product.

Price of Lab-Grown Burger Falls from $325K to $11.36

 

Arlen Kundurt: The idea of meat that can be free of parasites and other meat-based pathogens, plus not killing an animal. What's not to love? Oh right, it's not "natural" so therefore that makes it dangerous. News flash people, plenty of "natural" things will kill you too. Made in a lab doesn't make something dangerous.

Dogs Are Better at Reading Emotions than We Thought

Matt Bowser: To all the people commenting on how obvious this is: For the 10000000th time, anecdotal evidence IS NOT evidence. This is why everybody's political opinions are so warped too, because people think everything's obvious from their own personal experience. As the article states, "the first demonstrative evidence of such an ability from non-primates" DEMONSTRATIVE. We all know how much our dogs can follow our emotions, but now it's proven through evidence and experimentation. People used to be happy when their biases were proven through science... Now science is apparently redundant because everyone believes their biases are objective truth.

How to vaccinate the world’s most vulnerable? Build global partnerships.

Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.

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  • Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
  • Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
  • Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
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Why the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner won’t feature a comedian in 2019

It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.

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  • The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
  • The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
  • Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
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Juice is terrible for children. Why do we keep giving it to them?

A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.

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Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you. 

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A new study says alcohol changes how the brain creates memories

A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.

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  • A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
  • This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
  • The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
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