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Comment: Re:errr. huh? (Score 1) 532

by Nutria (#49099473) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

It was a possible outcome.

The words "possible" and "chance" don't give a responsible scientist the right to claim that the sky is falling.

It wasn't a prediction.

Of course it was. That's why he wrote an Op Ed in a major East Coast newspaper.

and a paper on volcanic eruptions?

Where the hell did I say that his paper was on volcanic eruptions?

What was in that koolaide, mercury and lead paste?

What's this fixation you have with koolaide[sic]?

Comment: Re:errr. huh? (Score 1) 532

by Nutria (#49099263) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

Did he ever say that volcanic eruptions and petroleum fires are the same thing?

If he didn't think the oil fires would not cause an "Oil Fires Winter" just like nukes would, why then would he then sound the alarm about the global catastrophe from the oil fires?

Did anybody say the academic paper was "on volcanic eruptions?"

Have you already forgotten what you wrote just 2 hours ago? Carl Sagan... is actually an expert on the subject, with academic papers on nuclear winter effects that analyze known past events like volcanic eruptions.

Comment: Re:errr. huh? (Score 1) 532

by Nutria (#49098993) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

because he doesn't say anything incorrect.

Except for stuff like:

The fires would burn out of control until they put themselves out...

and:

This endangerment of the food supplies... appears to be likely enough that it should affect the war plans...

But, you say, he wrote an academic paper on known past events like volcanic eruptions. Except that he didn't know enough to realize that petroleum fires aren't volcano eruptions and still played Chicken Little.

Why do you hate Carl Sagan?

I hate Carl Sagan as much as I hate politicians pontificating outside of their own fields of expertise.

Comment: Re:errr. huh? (Score 1) 532

by Nutria (#49098485) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

discovered you're probably a credulous right-winger, or ...

or I'm actually reading his own quotes instead of relying on someone else to interpret them..

http://www.nationalcenter.org/dos7124.htm

"Quickly capping 363 oil well fires in a war zone is impossible. The fires would burn out of control until they put themselves out... The resulting soot might well stretch over all of South Asia... It could be carried around the world... [and] the consequences could be dire. Beneath such a pall sunlight would be dimmed, temperatures lowered and droughts more frequent. Spring and summer frosts may be expected... This endangerment of the food supplies... appears to be likely enough that it should affect the war plans..." - Sagan in op/ed he co-authored with Richard Turco, The Baltimore Sun, January 31, 1991, commenting during the Gulf War on the impact of oil well fires

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