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GreenStrong89 karma

DeBeers was a monopoly that inflated diamond prices (it has broken up), this is a fact; you may read a case study on it by Harvard Business School students.

But one often hears the idea that "diamonds are actually common". That is logically inconsistent with a monopoly. Diamonds are durable, so they survive in river gravel for eons, and they are dense enough to concentrate with gold panning equipment, then they are super-hydrophobic, so the dense fraction of the gravel can simply be exposed to grease and blasted with a hose, the diamonds are attracted to the grease. This isn't done because diamonds aren't common. If you found a diamond, you could learn to cut it in an afternoon; the standard round brilliant is often a student's second cut.

People often complain about the price they get for a used diamond, but they don't consider the economics of the situation. A jeweler buys it, based on an inexact estimate, since few jewelers have a professional diamond grader. The jeweler can get any stone he wants in 48 hours, so he isn't going to have the diamond grader send it back. Instead, the jeweler sells it to his supplier. Naturally, the wholesaler pays less than wholesale, and the jeweler pays the consumer less than that.

GreenStrong61 karma

The kamikazes had a fairly low chance of hitting their targets, the Japanese didn't have the resources to properly train them at the desperate point when they began using them. They were extremely effective overall, but each individual pilot's odds of success were low.

GreenStrong33 karma

Did it hurt? Was it expensive? I have a rather long uvula, although I certainly can't clench it in my teeth.

An acquaintance of mine had his uvula removed, he said it was fairly painless, but I'm not sure the procedure he had was the complete one. He was a medical corpsman in the Navy, while at sea the entire medical staff removed each other's uvulas out of boredom. Naturally, drugs were necessary during the procedure and recovery...

GreenStrong30 karma

Is this not more of a hypothesis than an accepted explanation? The first round of drugs that blocked amyloid plaque from forming failed in humans. I think a sigificant number of researchers people believe tau protein is the primary driver. Other hypotheses that are less probable, but credible, suggest that the immune response is the primary cause of the formation of amyloid plaque. Many causes for the inflammation are mentioned, from excess blood sugar inside the blood brain barrier, to nanoparticles from air pollution, to fungal or viral infections.

What makes you believe that Amyloid is the first cause, rather than a secondary effect?

GreenStrong19 karma

Right, they don't really have the capacity to predict the consequences of their actions, especially with regard to how the car's owners would feel, their economic problems, etc.

A 14 year old who grows up around people who don't steal, won't steal. A 14 year old who grows up around people who steal is too young to use reason and life experience to determine that stealing is wrong.