Profile overview for SixBarns.
Submission statistics

This user has mostly submitted to the following subverses (showing top 5):

15 submissions to Boston

6 submissions to news

3 submissions to CraftBeer

3 submissions to Beer

1 submissions to Worldnews

This user has so far shared a total of 28 links, started a total of 0 discussions and submitted a total of 174 comments.

Voting habits

Submissions: This user has upvoted 90 and downvoted 59 submissions.

Comments: This user has upvoted 797 and downvoted 197 comments.

Submission ratings

5 highest rated submissions:

Hawaii Becomes First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21 , submitted: 6/20/2015 2:04:13 PM, 137 points (+138|-1)

California Legislature passes mandatory vaccination bill, submitted: 6/30/2015 2:23:44 AM, 101 points (+105|-4)

Story about an imminent 'mini-ice age' may be trending on social media, but it's not true, submitted: 7/15/2015 8:17:47 PM, 46 points (+49|-3)

Islamic State suffers 'biggest setback' as Kurds take key town - BBC News, submitted: 6/16/2015 7:18:19 PM, 21 points (+21|-0)

After Pluto, what's next for New Horizons?, submitted: 7/16/2015 12:53:21 AM, 14 points (+14|-0)

5 lowest rated submissions:

$1.3 Billion Wynn Casino Project Displaces Boston-Area Brewery, submitted: 6/17/2015 3:31:43 AM, 1 points (+1|-0)

Start-ups fight for a place in Bostons biotech hub, submitted: 6/14/2015 5:14:49 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)

Trooper kills man near BU, submitted: 6/20/2015 2:16:15 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)

Craft brew fans in Georgia celebrate easing of beer regulations, submitted: 7/2/2015 1:03:44 AM, 1 points (+1|-0)

FBI: ISIS-supporting son of police captain planned campus explosion, submitted: 7/14/2015 12:40:54 AM, 1 points (+2|-1)

Comment ratings

3 highest rated comments:

U.S. just admitted that cannabis DOES kill cancer cells submitted by axolotl__peyotl to news

SixBarns 0 points 54 points (+54|-0) ago

You're assuming marijuana is a silver bullet for cancer. It's more likely (if it's ever approved) that marijuana would be used in conjunction with existing treatments. Guaranteed, the pharmaceutical industry would still make money off of it. Either by selling it themselves, producing strains that are more effective, purifying the active compounds and selling it in pill form, creating cannabinoid derivatives, or any number of other ways.

Many European kids learn two foreign languages by age 9. Most Americans? Zero submitted by mortiis to news

SixBarns 0 points 45 points (+45|-0) ago

Although I do agree that it would be better if more Americans spoke more than one language, you can't really compare the US to Europe in that sense. I don't think the problem is necessarily that we're not being taught additional languages, it's that we don't maintain them. Between middle school, high school, and college, I had about 6 years of Spanish. But after not using it for 10 years, it just went away. In Europe, it's easier to maintain your language skills because you're exposed to other languages constantly. And it's not because they value being multilingual for the sake of being multilingual. It's because they need to be.

New Study: GMO Soy Accumulates Cancerous Formaldehyde submitted by AaronSwartzrolling to news

SixBarns 1 points 22 points (+23|-1) ago

I skimmed through the paper quickly, and I'd agree with your take on it. This paper isn't demonstrating that there's increased formaldehyde - they just made a model based on other work that predicts an increase in formaldehyde. This difference is apparently too subtle to notice for most people, but those are two entirely different things. He admits this point at the end of the paper:

The substantial and material difference in the levels of biomarkers of formaldehyde and glutathione, across non-GMO and GMO of soybean, predicted from this in silico systems biology analysis, however, demands such in vitro and in vivo testing.

Okay, you have this prediction. Now go test it. Measuring formaldehyde levels should be pretty trivial. I mean honestly... you think the entire world is being poisoned by formaldehyde-laden food, and you just... stop? You don't stop at the prediction. You take that prediction and test it.

Another really big thing stood out to me that I had to check out. In 6.1.1 he says:

Catalase has a feature of functioning in two modes: 1) the catalatic-mode: catalyzing the direct decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, or 2) the peroxidatic-mode: the utilization of hydrogen peroxide to oxidize organic substrates such as methanol, yielding formaldehyde

I've worked with catalase a little bit, and it seemed a bit odd because catalase is pretty much universally thought to be protective against that sort of stuff. So I followed his sources... and the very first sentence of Havir & McHale 1989 says...

Catalase (EC can function in the catalatic or peroxidatic modes, catalyzing either the direct decomposition of H202 to 02 and H20, or the oxidization by H202 of substrates such as methanol, ethanol, formaldehyde, formate, nitrite, or elemental mercury.

The results are only as good as the model they used. If mistakes like this wound up in their model (either intentionally or unintentionally), I wouldn't have much confidence in their results.

I would spend more time on this, but this is almost too frustrating to read.

3 lowest rated comments:

ISIS barbarians plumb new depths of depravity with horrific video submitted by tooducky to news

SixBarns 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

It's not just you - I thought this sounded pretty tame for them. I mean, amputation isn't even an uncommon form of punishment in some parts of the world. The beheadings are still pretty horrific, if only because they're done with a knife instead of a sword or something. But eventually, more and more people are going to be desensitized to it. If this is how they respond to perceived losses on their part, I wonder if they'll start coming up with crazier things as they lose ground or people stop taking them as seriously.

I don't know if this has been posted here or on another subverse, but can we please avoid the whole "cake day" foolishness. Especially the attempts at coy karma whoring. I do not miss that. submitted by AdolphHeckler to ideasforvoat

SixBarns 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Does voat even do anything for cake days currently? I haven't noticed anything yet, and I can't find any information about it.

Panel OKs ban on Ohio abortions relating to Down Syndrome submitted by SixBarns to news

SixBarns 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Maybe I should say instead that the child deserves the right to NOT be brought into the world with an easily preventable disorder. Otherwise, I'll stick with my last statement - I don't think a fetus is a person. And I care more about the quality of life of the child than the "life" of the fetus.