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Comment: Re: "What happened to the dinosaurs?" (Score 1) 425

by O('_')O_Bush (#49781155) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results
Some reptiles had fur (see Synapsids) and only one branch of dinosaurs developed feathers at some point (Therapods). Obviously not all dinosaurs had feathers (for example, a large portion of them were aquatic, filling the same roles as modern whales), so it is hardly a stretch to think that many of them looked like reptiles.

Especially since the appearance of reptiles then could have been mammalian for some values of reptiles.

Comment: Re: Motorcycle Safety Perceptions (Score 2) 233

by O('_')O_Bush (#49756477) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone
There are 7m+ motorcycle riders on the road. There are 115,000 major motorcycle accidents per year. Assuming everyone only has one major accident, a person, on average, would have to be riding for 60 years before they have their first motorcycle accident. The average motorcyclist rides for 6 years.

Therefore, the vast majority (something close to 80-90% of riders) never have a major accident and never will have a major accident.

Sure, most motorcyclists know other motorcyclists that have had major accidents, but the idea that "there are only two types of riders, those that have had a major accident and those that will have a major accident" is just FUD and bullshit.

Comment: Other examples (Score 0) 233

by O('_')O_Bush (#49752497) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone
You are about 4x more likely to be killed by a cow, per year, than you are to be killed in a mass shooting with an assault weapon in the U.S. But look at the mouth-frothing AW ban insanity after Newtown.

I'm much more concerned about things like society's inability to cope with resource loss and our exploding population, and things we know will happen like Yellowstone going up sometime in the next who knows and the next worldwide plague (see Spanish flu v2 with Fox News doomsday panic), than I have been by asteroids.

Comment: Re: Responsibility lies with the Taxpayers (Score 0) 201

The problem isn't that punitive damages are high, the problem is that punitive damages are high AND the plaintiff+lawyers get to keep it. There are lots of ways to financially punish without awarding obscene amounts of money to the one filing the suit. The latter behavior is what causes the trolling behavior.

If instead, that money went to pay legal expenses and reasonably compensated the person, and then the vast majority of the remainder went to some other cause, this would be a non-issue. Preferably something still tax payer funded, like transportation or education, so it isn't taxpayers getting screwed in the end.

Comment: That last sentence... (Score 5, Insightful) 529

by O('_')O_Bush (#49708041) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint
"The complaint seeks a federal investigation and demands Harvard "immediately cease and desist from using stereotypes, racial biases and other discriminatory means in evaluating Asian-American applicants.""

OR... we could just evaluate students on their merits, rather than their skin color. Remove the race/ethnicity indicators from the application forms altogether and don't make them a factor during interviews.

Comment: Re: I swear, I've heard this before somewhere. (Score 4, Funny) 42

by O('_')O_Bush (#49647953) Attached to: NASA Images Massive Solar Flare
We have found countless fossils of dinosaurs with burnt out blutooth headsets and seen the patterns of chaos when said dinosaurs lost their nightly Fox news feed.

I kid. Doing some very light reading, apparently no evidence has been found that the Sun is the kind of star to produce a super flare, and the presence of one would probably be quite devastating (1000x sun luminosity baking the earth for a few hours with no ozone layer to protect us). Definitely not something that happens in the solar system every 10k years.

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