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Comment Re:Next Thing You Know... (Score 2) 418

Of course, that didn't work out [] too well []

It is still ongoing story and too early for any conclusions.

If you read a more detailed description, you'll see that it is a mixed bag, with a mix of both good and bad consequences. Also, note that some of the biggest current hardships (legal issues) are totally independent of the $70K wage.

Comment Re:Point was made but wrong (Score 1) 409

No he isn't. The summary is correct, and he is wrong. Americans are one inch taller than in 1960, not two inches. In 1960 the average man was 5'8", today he is 5'9". The average women went from 5'3" to 5'4".

So... an inch for men and an inch for women. That makes 2 inches.


Comment Re:And 4) (Score 2) 639

What is the temperature of the Earth *supposed* to be?

This whole question misses the point. As you correctly observe, there is not temperature that the Earth is *supposed* to be, and in fact there have been wild fluctuations in the Earth's temperature over the past million+ years.

The trouble with man-made climate change isn't that the Earth is going through changes. The trouble is that the Earth is going through a very rapid temperature change that will have significant impacts on humanity (as well as the rest of the world).

These rapid changes will do things like cause glacial melt, increase the severity and variability of weather, change habitable zones for various species, etc.

Those changes in turn lead to water shortages, sea level rise, death and destruction due to storms, pests and pathogens moving to places where they haven't been before, etc. Those factors will have a huge impact on human habitation and the global economy.

Will the Earth survive? Of course. It has been through much worse. That's not the point.

The point is that there is a huge cost to humans with the pace of the shifting climate, and we can either eat the costs trying to minimize the shift or we can eat the cost in terms of displaced people, drought, famine, etc.

The responses being advocated mainly involve shifting away from fossil fuels (which are a fixed, non-renewable resource) towards an economy of energy production that comes from renewables. Isn't this a good idea anyway?

Comment Re:You should title this "Patriot act to be repeal (Score 1) 188

However, something tells me "This bill might be a trap", an item with no chance of passing

I doubt it, largely because of who is sponsoring this. Specifically, Mark Pocan, who is my representative and who has been a prominent state representative for many years. From what I've seen of his record (and from actually running into him and talking to him at the liquor store), he would be one of the least likely people to perform this kind of trap. .

Now, if others take this as an opportunity to see who might be a good candidate for a "re-education" camp, that's a whole other story...

Comment Re:Not Health but Money (Score 1) 342

How about this: The ice truck workers are paid hourly. They would rather get paid for an all-day episode of unloading ice rather than just 2-3 hours.

Wrong. The people doing the actual ice moving/selling are all volunteers. In fact, the overwhelming majority of people doing any of the infrastructure of the event are volunteers. (The one notable exception is cleaning the port-a-potties.)

Comment Re:My only question... (Score 1) 478

That, and the fact that he is not obtaining or even seeking to obtain congressional authority to do so, unlike his predecessor.

In a large part, that was because with all of the post 9/11 hoo-ha, there was an "Authorization for Use of Military Force" that was worded broadly enough that it has basically served as a legal foundation for pretty much indefinite military action. Specifically, see for the text and for a rundown of how it's been used.

The real trouble is that the office President has too much power these days, and the military has too much influence in how the US acts.

Comment Re:Buggy whips? (Score 1) 769

Actually, I would like to rephrase your option #1:

People who make a lot of money using a particular technology/technique will do what they can to try to keep doing so.

We have seen this pattern multiple times. When scientists showed that lead in gasoline was causing problems, the oil and gas industry fought that claim for years. When scientists said that smoking caused cancer, tobacco companies fought that claim for years.

Now, scientists are pointing out the overwhelming amount of data showing that the climate is changing rapidly and that our spike of CO2 emissions is driving it. Meanwhile, those who make a lot of money off dumping CO2 into the atmosphere are denying it.

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.