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Comment: Re:"The Internet" (Score 1) 209

by EverlastingPhelps (#47283251) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

More importantly, it isn't an attempt to get MONEY out of politics, it is an attempt to get non-establishment MEDIA money out of politics.

All this does is turn politics back over to Time Warner, Fox, Disney, etc, who own the news stations and papers, and out of the hands of the People.

No thanks.

"We don't want your money in politics... but would you like to buy our news station?"

Comment: GIGO (Score 1) 869

All that they did here was run a statistical analysis on the same flawed, "adjusted" data that Mann used on his initial "hide the decline" fraud. Even if the math here is sound, it doesn't matter because it is all based on deeply flawed, horribly bad data.

Garbage in, garbage out.

Comment: Sound Logic (Score 2) 1746

by EverlastingPhelps (#46653057) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
So, in order to support free speech, we are now destroying the livelihoods of people who support legislation that was passed by a majority of the voters in the state. This is a sad, sad day for the internet. When our kids ask us why the Internet isn't free, we can tell them it is because we were more worried about the feelings of 5% of the population than principles.

Comment: Training Device (Score 1) 298

by EverlastingPhelps (#46557791) Attached to: Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier
It's pretty obviously for training. Even if Iran wanted to do some sort of fake film, it would be easier to do it digitally (and that is how they have done it -- poorly -- before.) It's much more likely that this is a training target, and not for shooting at. The painted marks are the key. This is for training on and testing optical devices. They want to train their people -- probably their speedboat fleet -- on how to recognize and pick out the carrier in a fleet.

Comment: Re:Just start the war already! (Score 1) 498

America, the UN, and the EU are not going to sanction Russia. They simply aren't. They are no more sanctionable than America is.

Not only can they easily get around pretty much any sanction, the act of sanctioning them is still an Act of War under international law, which would give Putin a casus belli to invade even more countries, which he is obviously itching for.

The troops are on the field. The question is simply how well dug-in does Russia get to be in Crimea before they launch their attack.

Comment: Re:Just start the war already! (Score 4, Interesting) 498

Not because we are bored. Because the war has already started on the Russian side, and all the Ukraine is doing now is losing. There is no way to avoid the war any longer. The invasion has happened. The only question is when Ukraine is going to fight -- when it can be confined to Crimea and the east, or when they are fighting an existential fight in the west?

Comment: Re:A Better Reason (Score 1) 530

by EverlastingPhelps (#44706389) Attached to: How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

I have my own theory. First we need to set the stage. One of two things is true, either human activity causes global warming or it does not. Either way we have two choices, either we choose to reduce carbon output or we choose not to. We are assuming that global warming would suck for us, if we assume otherwise then the point is moot. If global warming does not suck then we have nothing to argue about.

It's even more complicated than that. First, either human activity causes climate change or not. (I think virtually everyone agrees yes, as a concept.) Next, either human activity causes significant climate change or not. This one is much, much more debatable, even among climatologists. Next, either that significant change is something that the climate doesn't already compensate for as part of it's normal feedback loops or it isn't. Finally, either the change is something that is harmful for human life, or not.

If we hit "not" on any of those, then we are wasting our time with climate change carbon nonsense. That isn't to say that we shit on the ecology -- no one likes to live in filth. However, we do need to recognize that "green" is a luxury, and one that frankly most of the world can't afford. American and European poor are rich, compared to the poor in... well, any place that isn't America or Europe. The rest of the world's poor need electricity, healthy water, medicine, and transportation any way they can get it.

Frankly, at this point, to impose any sort of "carbon" standards on any part of the world is tantamount to genocide, because the economic costs associated with it contribute directly to the starvation and disease related deaths in Africa and Asia.

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.

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