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The coming ass age

dhensley813 Wrote: 9 hours ago (9:26 AM)
You can put aside all science, everything technical and complicated, and still find solid evidence of global warming. Farmers find that Spring comes earlier these days. Almanacs record it. Gardeners are adjusting what crops they plant. The zones where you can grow this or that are drifting north. The glaciers of Glacier National Park, immortalized in memory by the photos of Ansel Adams, are now shrunken remnants of what those photos showed. In all recent decades, far more record highs are being hit, in the US and around the world, than record lows. All this is happening against a background of massive fossil fuel use. Trains run nonstop from Wyoming, loaded with coal. China builds a new coal-fired electric plant hourly. (No, I exaggerate...but they do build a lot of them and now use more coal than the US.) And the atmospheric concentration of CO2 is up from 280 ppm before the industrial age, to about 400 now. It all fits together. The science just refines and firms up the case.
Actually, in the Franco-Prussian war, after the huge German victory at Sedan, the Germans moved on to Paris. Paris stood a long siege before finally surrendering. It was tried, that once.
The law means whatever the president says it is. And if he changes his mind, the meaning of the law changes. It can change overnight. And change back the next morning. The courts will pretzel themselves however much they need to to make their rulings of the day fit his wishes.
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A Truly Great Phony

dhensley813 Wrote: Jul 22, 2014 12:57 PM
"We have hard working successful black people in our nation. That it can be done does not fit the narrative and must be suppressed." Indeed we do. The nature vs nurture question as to why the success rate is different when it comes to Asians, Whites, Blacks, etc. can be put aside for now because there is so much low-hanging fruit on the nurture side. Asians, for instance, outperform and out-succeed whites even after you adjust for differences in raw brain ability as measured on tests. This can only be because of shortcomings in white culture and attitudes toward schoolwork.
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A Truly Great Phony

dhensley813 Wrote: Jul 22, 2014 12:50 PM
On top of everything else, you'd think that living in America you'd pick up enough of the tone and ring of Spanish to know that "Maldives", pronounced Mall Dives, hasn't the chance of a snowball in hell of being a Spanish place name.
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The Threat To The Scientific Method

dhensley813 Wrote: Jul 22, 2014 9:53 AM
If you would carry over what you know about guns to what you think about science, you would realize that a gun may put the bullet in pretty much the same place every time if aimed in the same way---and that likewise, a thermometer may register pretty much the same temperature every time the temperature is the same, even if that registered temperature is off because the thermometer is incorrectly calibrated. That sort of fault in a thermometer will not meaningfully interfere with collecting correct values of the change in temperature from one winter to the next. Of course, it would be nice to have perfect data from a network of thermometers spaced one km apart, spanning the entire globe, and read twice daily. But the cost would be prohibitive. We have to make do with what we can get. The census bureau tries to count everybody. But if they just can't get anybody at a particular house to answer, even though they see people coming and going, they're going to estimate the population of that house rather than just recording a zero because they don't know whether the answer is 5, 7, or 8. Infilling data, and reporting that you've infilled and how and why, is better census taking than reporting zeros that you positively know are wrong. Same goes for climate science.
That won't happen. Ebola hasn't ever gone on to become a pandemic in a first-world country. And as to hepatitis, the disease is already a problem here. You can't blame it on immigrants. There are plenty of what biologists call "reservoirs" here.
"We"? "We" are the people now here. Our own government doesn't like us. "We" might not vote for them again. The cure? Bring in enough sure-thing new voters that "we" won't have that option in the future.
According to the government, 90% of illegal immigrants released and given court dates never show. The whole fuss about immigration law is a fuss about the other 10%.
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Turning up the Heat on Gore

dhensley813 Wrote: Jul 08, 2014 11:37 AM
All this chitchat about changing lifestyles is kind of beside the point. It's been mooted by the recent dramatic technical advances in solar power. We can so eat our cake and have it too. All that will be needed will be to clear away regulatory barriers to transmission lines, and we can build solar power farms (plus put solar on our roofs) and we're done with energy crises. It'll be cheaper than coal and quite without cap and trade, or rationing, or any other meaningful inconvenience, global warming will be put on hold. *There's always some inconvenience when investing on a major scale. The cost will be considerable, but we built transcontinental railroads, and an interstate highway system, and neither of those wrecked the economy. The long-term result will be that we profit. Cheaper energy, and the only people who have to abstain from consumption in the interim will be the investors, who abstain willingly in hopes of later benefits.
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