US FDA on ingredients of hand sanitizers:
#Unsafe : Triclosan, benzethonium chloride, and 26 others.
#Safe : nothing
#Further_Investigation : ethyl alcohol, benzalkonium chloride, and isopropyl alcohol
#Recommendation : "If soap and water are not available, the CDC recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol."
Nitpicking on the Oxford Comma
Recently, @APStyleBook@twitter.com (henceforth, AP) was criticized much after posting a 9 tweet thread explaining their usage of the #OxfordComma (henceforth, OC). Criticism was for the length of explanation (9 tweets!) by those who don't see the grammatical role of OC. Essence of AP's guidelines, given with examples of usage, is two rules:
1. Do not use OC in simple series or anywhere else where it is not needed to bring clarity or accuracy. (the "no OC rule" of AP)
2. Use OC in complex series, where the final phrase of series includes a conjunction, and wherever it brings clarity.
Philosophy behind these is encapsulated in general rule for punctuation: Use punctuation that is needed; don't use what is not needed.
Missing was a demonstration of how blatant ambiguities arise if OC is used everywhere without discrimination. This, I indicate here by borrowing examples given by @email@example.com :
... If "I want to thank my parents, Ayn Ran and God" is confusing, then so is "Donald will be accompaid by his three nephews, Huey, Louie, and Dewie."
NOTE ON CONSISTENCY OF OXFORD COMMA
The "do not use OC" policy misses the point entirely, while the "use OC everywhere" policy misses is that without AP's "no OC rule", OC in itself becomes totally pointless, while it serves a useful, even essential, grammatical function if used as per AP style. Thus, consistency for OC renders it useless and serves no purpose.
What do you think of warrant canaries? Do you think that Canary Watch should had continued?
My answer to #RandomQuestion on dietary preferences. CW: #LongText ( > 1000 characters)
Good #RandomQuestion, from the birdsite.
I'll attempt to answer where I stand. Consider the following:
1. It is generally considered bad (kinksters, kindly excuse me) to capture, enslave, kill, or eat humans.
2. Animals are much like us. In particular, their flesh and blood is like ours. They even die by same mechanisms as we do. To see an animal in pain invokes empathy in many of us.
3. Insects are not as much like us as animals. Many of their organ systems are totally different from those of animals. Their blood isn't even red!
4. Insects, alive or dead, provoke disgust (or fear, in many of us), rather than empathy. To see an insect in pain doesn't change that.
To summarize: Most vegetarians avoid eating animals because of empathy; but they avoid eating insects for different reasons - disgust and fear.
I come from a largely lacto-vegetarian community. Personally, while I occasionally consume animal meat, I find the idea of eating insects as disgusting even to consider.
Replicability in social sciences.
Only 13 out of 21 (about 0.62) major studies of decade past (which were attempted to be replicated) were found replicable to significant (more than 0.75) extent.
Sample size used in replication was 5 times of the original studies. These replication efforts have been described as 'collaborative' as against 'hostile' efforts from earlier.
A good thing about the #qoto instance is relative absence of cat pics (or dig pics, or... well insert your preferred aninal), compared to, say, mastodon.social, where nearly half my TL was cat pics. Not that I hate cats or have something against them, but there is more to life than cats!
Qoto's ad on the birdsite, mentioning its character limit (2^16-1) sold it to me, besides the fact that it focuses on STEM. One can basically post a decent sized novel here, or an essay, or a research paper here. I intend to use it for something like that.
One may also find me at the birdsite as @MadhurVarshney@Twitter.com, or as @Muo.
QOTO: Question Others to Teach Ourselves. A STEM-oriented instance.
An inclusive free speech instance.
All cultures and opinions welcome.
Explicit hate speech and harassment strictly forbidden.
We federate with all servers: we don't block any servers.