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Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 379

No, we're all too focused on "Who's fault is it?" and nobody has properly considered "What do we do about it?"

We know exactly what to do about it: move to less convenient fuels (excuse me, "renewables") , adopt less comfortable living conditions (aka "reduce energy consumption"), reduce the amount of disposable consumer goods in our lives, etc. And those of us in the developed world have to cut enough from our carbon budgets to make allowances for the populations of the developing nations who want to better their standards of living, a move that is guaranteed to build resentment on both sides of the equation.

What you're missing here (either honestly or deliberately) is that the problem is ongoing, and that because it's caused by economic activity, the people who are profiting from it want to continue to profit from it, and they are actively working to derail efforts to correct or even acknowledge the problem.

And those of us in the developed world are not too excited about fixing it. The benefit we get from fossil fueled energy is great and immediate; the impact we feel from CO2 emissions is so low we have to be 40 years old before we have enough experience to notice the impact on our own lives. Rising water levels on a few tropical islands is a long way from stepping on a gas pedal in North Dakota.

So yeah, we need to do both: stop the people who are encouraging the growth of the problem, and we have to accept some sacrifices as a result. Neither is fun, so ... you first.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 380

Every single argument I've ever heard from the "deniers" is based on either a real lack of understanding of science, or they've assumed an argumentative position based on their political leanings. They don't understand the difference between weather and climate. They don't understand trends or statistical sampling. They don't understand the difference between tolerances and allowances, accuracy and precision, or how averages are computed. They don't understand how data from ice cores is calibrated and tested. They don't understand how geologic climate data works. They make faulty assumptions about CO2 data collection methods.

And you know what? That's OK. Not everyone can be expected to learn all that. But if they can't, then they at least need the honesty to either try to learn from people who do understand, or at least refrain from echoing arguments made by others - because those others aren't making those arguments out of pure stupidity. They are making them to advance their political agenda, or to at least delay someone else's agenda.

In any collection of people, there will be some "deniers" who will not listen to reason, meaning we will never see unanimity. The trick is recognizing when enough rational people have accepted the arguments. Once the percentage of "deniers" drops far enough below the population of rational people, it's time to stop trying to convince everyone and moving on to accomplish tasks. We have to know when the delays have run their course, because nothing will ever get done if we wait for every last denier to come into accordance.

As far as your argument goes, there are 50 years of science, 150 years of direct climate measurements, thousands of years of indirect climate measurements, and geological evidence going back much further. I think climate science is a lot further along than still trying to establish first principles.

Comment Re:Laughing myself out of the room (Score 1) 527

Come on a few hundred miles south to austin, where our brain dead road crew failed to properly stripe the lines on mopac during construction and people were crashing in to each other left and right until they fixed it.

What you can get away with in a relatively less populated area is different than what you can get away with in a heavily congested area. People are not going to slow down when their commute is already >1hr. They're going to drive like cows in stampede.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 527

I'd expect drivers are slowing down because the road is less safe without the lines, and are adjusting their speed to reclaim that lost safety factor

And as we know, people are capable of deciding for themselves what is safe. Said every drunk driver, and/or lead foot, ever.

This is clearly an example of cheaping out on proper road work hiding behind some bleeding heart cause. Tar and feather em.

Comment Re:Education is getting better (Score 1) 194

I have noticed that Public education is getting better in the US

I disagree, the article has some very telling things to say between the lines:

The students are being produced by a new pedagogical ecosystem—almost entirely extracurricular—that has developed online and in the country’s rich coastal cities and tech meccas.

Parents of students in the accelerated-math community, many of whom make their living in stem fields, have enrolled their children in one or more of these programs to supplement or replace what they see as the shallow and often confused math instruction offered by public schools, especially during the late-elementary and middle-school years

My conclusion is, also based from what I see from my own kids in Texas public schools, are that parents who know what they're doing, and are already in the field, are feeling compelled to give their kids extra-curricular instruction in math, wherever they can find it, to augment the generally poor math being taught to "the normals" (by which I mean everyone who simply attends public school). Not only is there no push for better math, it is intentionally dumbed down even from when I was in school. What school or government sponsored math enrichment exists, exists in precisely the form the article describes: math competitions. To take the math programs here in Austin (varies wildly by school and ISD), you have to commit your kid to participating in these stupid competitions. It's not about learning math, it's about being #1. Bad news: only one guy can be #1. But the world needs many, many people who know math and science very well in order to field the workforce required for further progress, or indeed simply to staff existing jobs as us old farts age out.

Public schools themselves are still very much behind the ball, all we're actually seeing is our elite outperform the other team's elite. What we need to see is a significant rise in overall mathematical literacy across the board.

Comment Re:In Alaska... (Score 1) 527

For turn markings and the like, there's no reason not to have marking 100 yards each side of the turn.

Curiously, in Britain, it's the narrow winding roads that are the least likely to have road markings in the first place. And compared to the nice broad straight roads that are pretty much the norm in the US, some of our country roads are extremely narrow and twisty.

Submission + - EPA to Attempt Destruction of Aftermarket Automotive Industry (sema.org)

drinkypoo writes: The EPA is proposing to make it illegal to convert street vehicles into race cars, and to make it illegal to sell certain automotive products used for that purpose. This has severe ramifications for the right to repair and modify other types of hardware as well, but the direct impact alone would affect the activities of millions of Americans.

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