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Comment Stop it. (Score 5, Insightful) 376

Once again, you're plowing your way though the comments with a reckless lack of perspective. There's no need to run a police state in order to institute universal healthcare, expand education programs, or build on welfare mechanisms. Nor does running a progressive agenda inevitably give way to the construction of a police state. There is nothing inextricable about the two ideas, and as usual, you don't even attempt to back up your flamebaiting claim. Knock it off.

Comment Not just a Romanian problem. (Score 5, Insightful) 156

This is a worldwide issue - when budgets get tight, science and research programs are always the first to go, despite the fact that it's been shown that increased funds to research and basic technology development benefits the economy much more than financial investments, and even more than education programs.

Comment NBD, it seems (Score 5, Insightful) 159

"These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground," NASA officials explained in a statement. [Solar Max Photos: Sun Storms of 2013]

Wednesday's solar storm erupted just 21 hours after another powerful coronal mass ejection (NASA calls them CMEs) on Tuesday (Aug. 20). That solar tempest also sent billions of tons of solar particles on their way to Earth.

So maybe if you have satellite TV you'll see a few spotty moments, but nothing to worry about.

Submission + - Endangered Bird Makes A Comeback On US Navy Bombing Range (ibtimes.com)

minty3 writes: The San Clemente Island loggerhead shrike was believed to be on the brink of extinction with just seven breeding pairs in the 1990s until their numbers started to rise to 140 thanks to a federal program that protected the endangered species on the nation's only ship-to-shore bombardment range.

Comment Re:Missing the point. (Score 4, Insightful) 214

That article (and many other half-baked clips that were popular earlier this year) was based on a very weak report by AAA. Weak because it relied upon self-reporting, rather than accident report statistics.

The more I read into it, it's just a mess. Graphs correlating phone use with internet use (no bearing on safety?), alcohol use during the last year with phone use during the last month, and importantly, correlates the frequency of car crashes over two years with cell phone use over one month. In that point, which should have been their most relevant, it even showed no statistical difference between the self-reported phone use of "once/rarely" and "often/regularly."

Here is a link to the primary source.

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