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Comment: Re:Hey NASA... (Score 1) 357

by LynnwoodRooster (#48835981) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

instead of making questionable measurements of the planet, why don't you figure out how to build a decent space vehicle? Which is your raison d'etre.

One of them. NASA was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958. In the list of what NASA was established to do, the first item is: (1) The expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space;

(building space vehicles was number 3 on the list)

Then why are they trumpeting the results of land-based measurements and ignoring the space-based measurements that measure the atmosphere, and show no warming?

Comment: Bad science, at least the claim... (Score 3, Interesting) 357

by LynnwoodRooster (#48835959) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record
The year was the warmest on record by 0.01 deg C. Yet the error bars are 5 times that amount for this year (and 20 times that amount just 30 years ago). Statistically - it's among the warmest dozen or so, but you can't claim beyond that because of the measurement error.

Comment: Re:Biased Institutions FTW (Score 2) 778

You just explained pretty much every Government agency ever. They are in charge of creating rules (rules which, of course, require more "work" for them and justify their position - and more positions as well), but never feel the costs of implementing those rules - because it's bought-and-paid-for by the same people now under control of the agency: the taxpayer. Governments grow in scope and size and totalitarianism unless RUTHLESSLY watched and pruned.

Comment: Re:The Dangers of the World (Score 1) 778

I feel the parents were stupid to allow their children at this age to walk that distance alone.

What distance is appropriate, then? I think it's much more an "either/or" - you are either too young or old enough to walk home alone. Distance is immaterial.

That said, the neighborhood/region may be more than safe enough. I know I wouldn't sweat it in many locales, but others I wouldn't feel safe walking alone...

Comment: Re:Dirty Little Secret (Score 1) 450

In most countries, making an honest mistake on your taxes doesn't expose you to criminal prosecution. In the US, you sign an affidavit on penalty of perjury that everything is accurate to the best of your knowledge. And if there is an error (and the tax laws are so conflicting and obfuscationary that there is ALWAYS an error), you have to essentially prove it was an honest mistake, not a purposeful action. Innocent until proven guilty doesn't apply to tax law/tax courts - it's guilty until proven innocent.

In the US, tax laws are complicated to buy off constituencies, reward donors, and criminalize every single taxpayer.

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...