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Comment We Have 2 Choices (Score 1) 676

authorities may begin relying more heavily on citizens reporting suspicious behavior of others

This is how Police States get started. We can either go the way of the Surveillance/Police State or we can take responsibility for our safety through things like Concealed Carry.

It's one or the other, not both.

Submission + - "Massively Altered" German Professor Examines NASA GISS Temperature Datasets (

BECoole writes: Veteran journalist Günter Ederer* writes a piece reporting that massive alterations have been found in the NASA GISS temperature data series, citing a comprehensive analysis conducted by a leading German scientist. These results are now available to the public. — See more at:

Submission + - How do black holes, from which no light escapes, make the brightest quasars?

StartsWithABang writes: One of the most interesting classes of objects in the entire sky is one that’s invisible to the naked eye, yet appears brighter than anything else in radio wavelengths: the quasar. Originally coined as an acronym (QSRS) for Quasi-Stellar Radio Source, these were later determined to be incredibly energetic sources of accelerated matter powered by a supermassive black hole. But black holes aren’t supposed to emit matter and radiation; they’re supposed to absorb it and never let it out again! What’s going on with these weird objects? As it turns out, they’re behaving exactly as they’re supposed to, and it’s only our own popular misconceptions of what a black hole is that causes the problem.

Submission + - And the Pulitzer Prize for SQL Reporting Goes To...

theodp writes: Over at the Stanford Computational Journalism Lab, Dan Nguyen's Exploring the Wall Street Journal's Pulitzer-Winning Medicare Investigation with SQL is a pretty epic post on how one can use SQL to learn about Medicare data and controversial practices in Medicare billing, giving the reader a better appreciation for what was involved in the WSJ's Medicare Unmasked data investigation. So, how long until a journalist wins a Pulitzer for SQL reporting? And for all you amateur and professional Data Scientists, what data would you want to SELECT if you were a Pulitzer-seeking reporter?

Comment Re:Climate has never not been changing. (Score 1) 369

Not the point.
Point: it's never changed this fast, and it's our fault.
Denier doesn't get it, news at 11:05.

What are you talking about? Climate has changed in a matter of hours.

Mastodons have been found frozen with summer fruit still in their mouths. That means they were in a temperate climate one moment and within the next few hours, frozen for the next several thousand years.

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