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Comment Re:No (Score 5, Interesting) 169

And even if the current crop of voters *did* learn their lesson (which they did not), the next generation has not learned it, and will make the same mistakes all over again.

I don't think the next generation will side with law enforcement. What did the police ever do for them besides hassle them, give them traffic tickets, and threaten to raid their parties? We have the lowest crime in decades and safest highways ever. Law enforcement is generally not needed and increasingly feared by regular people.

The people who like law enforcement are 55+ and remember trying to raise a family during the crime wave times of 1970-1990.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 0) 551

Tenured academic jobs are usually easier and often pay considerably more than private sector jobs.

And it's not a "fraud". It's a field that reached a conclusion with a very high degree of uncertainty. The conclusion is true. There's a real phenomenon. It either means a lot or a little.

Then billions were taxed and spent by power-hungry people based on the possibility that it means "a lot". If it means a lot, then that opens the door for power-hungry elites to micromanage the lives of everyone else, just like they've always wanted to do.

Scientists are incentivized to hype one side versus the other. The high degree of uncertainty allows for a defense of any particular claim. If you want to study something, you can make a defendable claim, raise the alarm, and often get funded to study it.

No wacky insidious conspiracy needed. (But people "conspire" all the time. They discuss a how to present ideas. It's an ordinary thing to do.)

Comment Re:If it's "settled", it ISN'T "science" (Score 1) 551

Just like government power over people leads to mass murders and genocides. The big government fanboys are like tobacco company executives telling people to smoke more and more, even today. (Not every smoker died from smoking, after all. Not everyone who experiences big government will get massacred or oppressed. But to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.)

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score -1, Troll) 551

"How Fast?"

Alarmingly fast. Longer answer: we don't know but can tell whatever story you need to justify whatever economic policy you want. It depends on whose money we are trying to take.

"Will the extra CO2 help crops or weeds grow faster?"

You don't need climate modeling to analyze plants, you just grow a bunch of plants in different conditions and see what happens.

"What can we do about it?"

Take money away from the people who earned it so we can spend it on ourselves and our friends. Obviously.

"Will such-and-such course of action have enough effect to avoid such-and-such consequences?"

Only conferences in Hawaii, Geneva, Kyoto, Sydney and other fun travel destinations can answer this important question.

Comment Re:Surprise (Score 1) 239

I like how people are complaining that you included guns as a "new technology" but no one has argued that guns aren't being scapegoated in a moral panic like games and movies were. Apparently everyone now recognizes the scapegoating and moral panic aspects of the anti-firearms crowd.

Comment Re:Surprise (Score 1) 239

And the kid who drank a beer.
And the kid whose family owned a pit bull.
And the kid whose father owned a handgun.
And the kid who read Huck Finn (no matter how boring he thought it was).
And the kid who never sat in a child safety seat in the car.
And the kid who occasionally skipped school.
And the kid who played football.
And the kid saw scary movies at a young age.
And almost all the rest of the kids who didn't follow the rules we are all told are so critically important.

Comment Re:You didn't learn the lesson of the movie Avatar (Score 1) 277

As someone above stated...

Probably me.

...this is a fight between the pro-science left and the SJW wacky-left. And unfortunately it looks like the wacky-left is winning.

Yeah. The astronomers thought they were elite, ruling class leftists in good standing. Now they're finding out they're just another group of wrong-race, wrong-culture little people getting bent over like the rest of America.

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