No test for age.

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No test for age.

Postby Lance Kennedy » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:03 pm

Reference, New Scientist, 21 April 2018, page 22.

Something else to be skeptical about.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that refugees under 18 years of age must be provided protection and assistance by governments. This creates an incentive for would-be refugees to pretend to be under 18 years of age. In Britain, where the age of refugees is in dispute, it is estimated that at least 65% are over 18 in spite of their claims.

How can anyone tell ? This issue goes beyond just refugees. A lot of government regulations are age dependant. The short answer is that you cannot.

There is no reliable medical or scientific test for age. Growing up is incredibly variable, with some children looking like adults and some adults looking like children . Wrist x rays and tooth development are used to give a better idea, but are also incredibly misleading, due to the massive variability in rates of development.

How do you cope ? What if you need to judge someone's age where there is no documentation ? How can it be done ? The truth is that it can not.

Are you one of those people who kids him/herself on the ability to judge age ?

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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:39 pm

"Rights" are to be recognized: GENEROUSLY. Any doubt whatsoever to go to the advantage of the person requiring protection.

the problem with the set up is the notion that "rights" even should be age dependent. The dithering from here on should be obvious.............. so....... go ahead and disagree.

As to determining age: how close can we get? Length of telomeres I assume is too imprecise.....=/- a few decades? Length of earlobe...same deal? How about what tune you hum when you are asleep????
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Re: No test for age.

Postby Io » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:41 pm

Chop 'em in half and count the rings. That's what I do.

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Postby Aztexan » Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:51 am

That won't work because now you have twice as many refugees coming in.
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Postby ElectricMonk » Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:01 am

make them try to sing a song of their favorite band currently in the charts.
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Postby OlegTheBatty » Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:50 pm

Aztexan wrote:That won't work because now you have twice as many refugees coming in.


Yabbut then you will know how old they are.
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Re: No test for age.

Postby Io » Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:03 am

OlegTheBatty wrote:
Aztexan wrote:That won't work because now you have twice as many refugees coming in.


Yabbut then you will know how old they are.


And once you've done it they leave a trail. Like slugs. :twisted:

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Re: No test for age.

Postby TJrandom » Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:18 am

What do you do when the two halves come up with different ages?

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Re: No test for age.

Postby Io » Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:16 pm

TJrandom wrote:What do you do when the two halves come up with different ages?


That's a maths problem I'm not prepared to deal with.

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Re: No test for age.

Postby Aztexan » Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:16 pm

A caravan of immigrants is heading north at 2.3 mph and a Russian agent is heading towards the white house at 300 mph to set the agenda for America. How big of a {!#%@} moron is trump?
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Re: No test for age.

Postby Lance Kennedy » Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:48 pm

Aztexan

Divide the result by zero.


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