Do we hamper evolution by artificially correcting minor conditions that might have killed us off in the past with things like glasses or insulin?

LOL! Do we hamper evolution by artificially providing protection against cold and rain? Like houses and raincoats. Let’s face it, cold winters killed us off in the past. Getting wet in the rain leads to several different types of infection, not to mention hypothermia.

How about vaccines? Smallpox used to kill us off in job lots up until about 200 years ago. Now smallpox is all but extinct due to vaccines. Did that hamper the evolution of our immune system?

While we are at it, how about fire or spears? Both of those correct “minor conditions” of not having fur to keep warm at night or being prey.

The question presumes that some traits are absolutely good, like 20–20 eyesight or producing insulin. But in evolution every trait has a cost as well as a benefit. Whether a trait is beneficial or detrimental is completely relative to the environment. And traits don’t exist singly in an individual. A type I diabetic might also be very inventive. Inventing new technology to make the person wealthy benefits not only him/her in finding a mate, but also benefits the rest of us.

Humans change their environment by their technology. As the question points out, traits that might have been detrimental in the old environment are neutral in the new. That’s not “hampering” evolution, it is just evolution happening.

What the question does do is put human judgement values on certain traits — like 20–20 vision or functioning islet cells — and then wants to impose those judgement values on the rest of humanity. I’d like to make a wager: the questioner does not need glasses and is not a Type I diabetic.

Would it be illegal to say I was a former cop in NYS, while in CT, while claiming no jurisdictional power in CT?

That depends…if you say to a person that you used to be a cop and you do not expect anything from them or attempt to assert any will over them, you should be ok. Not sure why you would want to say that you used to be a cop but whatever, lol. You will get in to trouble if you attempt to assert your will on someone or attempt to detain them in any way while using a fake badge, or fake police ID or by making your vehicle look like a police car.

Here in my state of Florida if you do assert your will or force someone to assist you while pretending to be a cop you are committing a crime.

843.08 False personation.—A person who falsely assumes or pretends to be a firefighter, sheriff, officer of the Florida Highway Patrol, officer of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, fire or arson investigator of the Department of Financial Services, officer of the Department of Financial Services, officer of the Department of Corrections, correctional probation officer, deputy sheriff, state attorney or assistant state attorney, statewide prosecutor or assistant statewide prosecutor, state attorney investigator, coroner, police officer, lottery special agent or lottery investigator, beverage enforcement agent, or watchman, or any member of the Florida Commission on Offender Review and any administrative aide or supervisor employed by the commission, or any personnel or representative of the Department of Law Enforcement, or a federal law enforcement officer as defined in s. 901.1505, and takes upon himself or herself to act as such, or to require any other person to aid or assist him or her in a matter pertaining to the duty of any such officer, commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. However, a person who falsely personates any such officer during the course of the commission of a felony commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. If the commission of the felony results in the death or personal injury of another human being, the person commits a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. The term “watchman” means a security officer licensed under chapter 493.

What is the difference between a feminist and feminazi? Are there feminists who oppose feminazis?

It's Rush Limbaugh's fever-dream of "militant feminists" being some sort of actual military out to seize control of the world and force an orthodoxy of abortions on people, though Rush himself claims that an economist friend coined the term.  He has said that there are about twenty-five such women, including Gloria Steinem, Susan Sarandon, Christine Lahti, and Camryn Manheim, who I imagine he hallucinates goose-stepping wherever he goes.  He blames this group for a "trend of penis-shrinking," which is either a metaphor or far too much information about his personal state that isn't shared by the rest of us.

In other words, it's any woman an ideologue doesn't want to listen to any more, like calling a politician a fascist, a human rights protestor a communist, or anybody who fights government abuses an anarchist.

Steinem herself has pointed out that the Nazis banned family planning and called abortion (Rush's big focus, here) a crime against the state, and most feminists fled Germany due to persecution, so when looking for analogous views…

What is 'justice'? If someone has done something horrible, why do something horrible to them, like locking them up for the rest of their life?

Hi Maddy, thank you for the question.

I have a hunch you will not like my answer too much, but here goes. Having a BA in Corrections, I do know the inner workings of the penal system. I also have a good bit of knowledge of the law enforcement and prosecution of offenders. I will say that I do not support the death penalty, unless you can guarantee me that the offender sentenced is the correct person being put to death. Too many times, our society had locked up people for offences they did not commit. That is just unacceptable.

You do have to look at the “big picture” though, and realize that most first, second or even third time offenders are not sentenced to prison. They may be locked up in a local jail for a short time, but long prison sentences are a rarity. Most offenders who are sentenced to long prison terms have been down that road before. That is to say, this is not their first rodeo.

You must also think about the victims that have been harmed by an offender. For example let’s assume that an offender has been a “career criminal”, and finally does the unthinkable and he kills the driver of vehicle he wants to car-jack. My question then is it right to let him off with a light sentence when he has purposely, and forever harmed an innocent family? I mean let’s say that the person he killed was a mother to two kids, and a wife with a husband. Now, the husband has the responsibility for raising those two children. Is that fair? I don’t think so.

Prisons in our society are there to punish the offender first by restricting his freedom. It is also there to hopefully let the offender reflect on his actions, come to terms with them, and show some true remorse for what he did. Further, the prison system is there to potentially “rehabilitate” the offender so that he may come out of prison with the skills necessary to be a functional member of society, and hold a job upon release. That is the goal. Is it always possible? Does it always happen? NO. Many times the prison system fails the offender by allowing some to be brutalized by other inmates. Some have guards that truly neither care about the offender or the purpose of rehabilitation.

The Cook County Jail (Chicago, IL) was the first jail facility in our country. The system expanded from there. Today, we see more and more private prisons doing the job of the Government. I do not agree with private prisons, because there is little oversight from the Government who incarcerated the offender. It does leave an offender in a bad position when this happens. You must also look at the pay that is received by a prison guard. It is extremely low for the risks faced everyday.

In closing let me say that if an offender is not mentally capable of understanding the ramifications of what he has done; if he cannot tell right from wrong, then you are correct. That individual needs to be placed judicially in an institution for treatment, and not in prison. However, if on the other hand, they do know right from wrong, and just chose to ignore the consequences of their actions, then prison is the correct place to put them. It ensures that society is protected, and the offender is punished. To fail to do this would result in victims seeking revenge on their own.

Which is the best area for a PG if a student is taking classes for the IAS in Vajiram Karol Bagh?

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What is one trait or habit I can develop to turn around from being unsuccessful to successful?

It goes without saying successful leaders work hard, but it may not be on what you think. Yes, they work hard at their careers, at understanding people and making informed decisions. Although what they work hardest at and will never stop working on is themselves. This will put you in a position to take advantage of successful opportunities and provide the confidence to keep working toward your biggest goals, even when everyone else doubts them.

To answer your question, the one trait you should be working on right now to become successful above all else is SELF-DISCIPLINE.

Successful People Practice Discipline

The practice of discipline is one of the most difficult habits to form and yet the most rewarding. What if you were disciplined enough to act on everything you knew you should do, but neglected? When used correctly discipline can be a powerful source and is something you learn over time.

You can start practicing self-discipline by creating new habits. Test yourself and pick something that you thoroughly enjoy and go without it for 30 days. Learning to say “No” over time will become easier and will build discipline into your work and home life. All it takes is making the commitment to your new habit/routine. If you need help staying on track, look towards your friends or family to find ways to be held accountable. Through the use of humiliation, failure or loss of money, find a consequence that will help you stay on task. You can also create a reward at the end of your goal for accomplishing what you had set out for.

By staying disciplined you will be able to prioritize your tasks more efficiently and stay focused on your goals. Create small goals and do little things to begin your practice of discipline and over time you’ll grow accustom to it. In the words of Mark Sanbord, writer of Up, Down, or Sideways: How to succeed when times are good, bad, or in between

“Discipline requires farsighted faith, not blind faith. Discipline is a present investment with the goal of future gains.”

This post on Habits of Influential Leaders will provide further insight on habits that you can implement into your life to become successful.

What presentation medium is more engaging, Prezi or PowerPoint?

The level of engagement of your audience depends on how well they understand and relate to the presentation. The technology you use should reflect the venue and purpose of the presentation. PowerPoint is better for some presentations and Prezi is better for others. Prezi excels at showing the context of your message. If properly constructed, it can make your content more memorable for future recall. When presenting out of sequence to adapt to your specific audience, Prezi is the best choice. For adaptability and features, PowerPoint is best.

It all depends on what you want to convey and how you want to present it. See my video for a direct comparison.

What is the reaction of the polymerization of polystyrene?

Polystyrene is produced like other plastic polymers through a polymerization process. This polymer result when the styrene monomers interconnect with each other during polymerization.

In this process the carbon IT bond of the vinyl group breakdown and form a new carbon bond, further attaching to the carbon of another styrene monomer in the chain. The newly formed bond is much stronger than the last one that is why it becomes difficult to de-polymerize the polymer.