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Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 450

by dcw3 (#48030085) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Sorry for some of the random stats...it was a cut and paste.

The primary point is that government spending on education has outpaced inflationary costs, and provided no measurable improvement (that I'm aware of). Throwing money at something isn't always the best way to improve things...witness our healthcare. Why should there be any increase after inflation if it's not providing benefit? Is your comment about real wages not also non sequitur, or is there some link to educational expenses and value?

Again, I'm fine with increased expenses if they're used toward areas that have a demonstrable return in educational value.

Comment: Re:The whole article is just trolling (Score 1) 794

by Alsee (#48026195) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

You are suggesting that every single one of a multitude of completely independent temperature records are all wrong. You are trying to dismiss them on the irrational basis that they all point in the same direction by slightly different amounts.

Furthermore you are assuming that every single one of a multitude of completely independent temperature records are all wrong in the same direction, imposing your pre-determined bias upon them.

You are baselessly filtering out any satellite data that doesn't fit the story you want to hear.

You are baselessly filtering out ocean temperatures, which account for 90% of climate heating, because it doesn't fit the story you want to hear.

You are engaging in wild conspiracy-theoryism claiming (or implying) that some hundredthousand scientists are ALL too stupid to account for novice-level obvious measurement difficulties, or that they are ALL conspiring to deliberately lie.

And most of all you're denying THE LAWS OF PHYSICS.
CO2 lets sunlight in and blocks the escape of thermal radiation. There is no possible dispute there. End of argument. The science is utterly and unarguably settled. All that's left at that point is determining the size of the effect.

It's astounding that it somehow doesn't make it into your conscious awareness that you are baselessly ignoring anything and everything that doesn't fit the story you want to hear.

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Comment: Re:So? (Score 3, Insightful) 450

by dcw3 (#48026145) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

I want my taxes raised to properly fund schools too, there is an excess of dumbasses in this country.

I'm all for paying for good education. But, I'm also against government waste. If you can show areas where the monies spent would provide an educational ROI, I'd jump on that bandwagon.

Data published by the U.S. Department of Education in its annual Digest of Education Statistics shows that per student expenditures are high across the country and they have continued to rise.

        $553 billion was spent on public education in 2006-2007. This figure represents 4.2 percent of GDP.
        An average of $9,266/pupil is spent in American public schools.
        Of the $71.7 billion spent by the Federal government on elementary and secondary education programs in 2007, $39.2 billion was spent on K-12 education. Of this amount 67% was spent on Special Education and Education for the Disadvantaged programs.
        Between 1994 and 2004, average per-pupil expenditures have increased by 23.5% when adjusted for inflation.
        Between 1984 and 2004, real expenditures per pupil increased by 49%.
        Between 1970 and 2005 per pupil expenditures increased three times from $311/pupil to $971/pupil.

Comment: Re:A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare (Score 1) 450

by K. S. Kyosuke (#48025957) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Except that a large number of these solar electric plans are grid-tied systems that attempt to use the power company as its battery.

In fifty years, that's how things will probably work anyway. Right now, we just have to use more batteries (or pumped storage of some kind) than strictly necessary.

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