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Comment: Re:We can do good technology when we have the will (Score 1) 136

Machinery doesn't need life support. Thats the challenge.

Maybe we should send a comatose guy and a woman in an iron lung up there. For the challenge.

Try operating a machine like Opportunity on a planet like Venus or Earth for ten years. That would be very difficult.

And we could eat a bag of pine cones as well.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 703

by KeensMustard (#49583395) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

That's true about all facts, whether identified by denialists or alarmists.

Not sure who you mean by "alarmists" unless you mean those people who erroneously claim that we don't know what has caused the recent warm spike (and we are therefore doomed). I just lump those deniers in with the rest of the gibbering mass of deniers.

If you'd like to talk about particular ones, however, please, see my challenge in the post higher up [slashdot.org].

You aren't in a position to proffer challenges. Your only role is to prove either (a) that the laws of physics can be defied or (b) that a vast time travelling zombie conspiracy rages across the planet, and the invisible ghost of Tyndall has tricked us into believing that CO2 is a greenhouse gas.

The zombie Tyndall version is slightly more entertaining, but I'm sure the magical explanation will amuse as well. I leave the choice up to you. Now hop to it.

Comment: Re:Excommunicate the liars (Score 1) 703

by KeensMustard (#49580809) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

I strongly suspect that you will find most American and British conservatives are Protestants.

Denying Climate Change requires you to lie, to perpetuate lies, to frame lies in such a way that the truth is obscured, to slander others and bear false witness. This is incompatible with Protestant theology.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 703

by KeensMustard (#49580765) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

The point is that the pontiff's — or, for that matter, any other non-scientist celebrity — agreement with a supposedly scientific argument, adds no more weight to it, than a disagreement by the same celebrity would have removed.

That's right.

Claims by denialists: be they celebrities, shock jocks, politicians, random guys on the internet, make not one speck of difference to the actual science, since the laws of physics can't be defied, no matter the the strength of opinion otherwise.

It turns out that facts are, in fact, factual.

Comment: Re:Australian here (Score 1) 85

Point of order, Brandis in NO SENSE the ACT Attorney General. The ACT Government does a lot of strange things (think "monorail! monorail! monorail!") but neither party in the ACT would field Brandis or anyone resembling Brandis as a candidate let alone give him a position of authority.

Comment: Re:Hypocrites, liars and communists. (Score 5, Insightful) 441

by KeensMustard (#48825851) Attached to: Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now
I love the framing of this issue: as if only a fringe of people think global warming is an issue, whilst 'we' sit skeptically waiting for a presentation on how 'we' benefit from taking action.

Grow up, and learn how the world really works.

Nobody is going to come back with a half way narrative, a compromised view of global warming for you to sign up to. Nobody is going to say: "Oh I see you won't agree that 5 degrees of warming is too much - let's say 7.5 degrees is the acceptable limit, deal?" Neither is the issue just going to quietly go away if you ignore it for long enough. It's a simple, brutal fact - the warming just keeps getting more and more obvious.

Grow up, get over it, and get on with it.

Otherwise, you can wait for us to get angry enough to sue you for the damage you've caused, take your stuff, and use the funds to make the necessary changes.

How bout them apples?

Comment: Re:Great to see (Score 4, Informative) 152

by KeensMustard (#48801249) Attached to: Chinese Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around the Moon
We stopped sending humans to space because technology progressed and humans are no longer needed.

How can you say that technology has receded? That is so far from the facts that I cannot believe that you said that deliberately.

Did you forget that last year we landed on a Comet? Did you forgot the Titan Landing, the minor issue of our presence on Mars for what - 15 continuous years now? Did you forget Cassin, Voyager, MESSENGER? Did you forget that even at this moment we are on the brink of our first good look at Pluto?

You live in a bizarre world.

Comment: Re:Great to see (Score -1, Troll) 152

by KeensMustard (#48799975) Attached to: Chinese Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around the Moon

Since 1969 there have been people living on Earth who have visited another world. It would be a terrible failure of humanity if one day this was no longer true.

Why is that? We don't consider the passing of other outdated technology as a failure. For example, "It would be a terrible failure of humanity if one day no one was ale to make a buggy whip"

Comment: Re:keep on calculating [Don't speculate, calculate (Score 1) 719

by KeensMustard (#48643283) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
Sure. Once you've done the numbers to support your hypothesis then get back to us. At the moment, to be honest, it sounds like more wild speculation. Let's say your hypothesis is correct and undersea volcanoes have reduced the ability of the ocean to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Wouldn't this act in such a way as to increase the sensitivity of the climate to anthropogenic CO2 emissions?

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