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Comment: Re:The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 2) 56

by HBI (#49613089) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

To further elaborate, Elrong makes direct reference to sending the Ring over the Sea. "And they who dwell beyond the Sea would not receive it: for good or ill it belongs to Middle-earth; it is for us who still dwell here to deal with it."

The Eagles are representations of those who dwell beyond the Sea, Manwe in particular. Tolkien answered your question fully.

Comment: Re:The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 1) 56

by HBI (#49613039) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

Admittedly, their helping at the end is *after* the Ring is destroyed and at the direct request of Gandalf, right?

I don't think it's a really big plot hole. If that's a plot hole, why didn't Gandalf send a letter to Valinor along with some Exiles (who were leaving constantly) asking for another Host of the Vanyar and Maiar ala the breaking of Thangorodrim? The answer is "because he knew the answer: they would not come". Same with the Eagles.

Comment: The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 1) 56

by HBI (#49612905) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

More specifically, Manwe. If Manwe and Varda and the rest were to just solve all the problems for Middle-earth, you'd have no plot. Furthermore, if you were in their shoes, would you be all that interested in fixing all their problems? I know I don't even like doing that for my daughters. Also, they'd "laid down their guardianship of Arda" with the fall of Numenor. Strictly speaking, it wasn't their job to fix all problems anymore.

Still, they did care about Middle-earth. So they sent five Istari - weaker spirits who were clothed in flesh and made to feel mortal cares and wants. They were intended to be messengers and encouragers of the good nature of the Free Peoples. They were forbidden to challenge Sauron's power directly. In extremis, one of their Istari could call on the Eagles of Manwe for assistance, as was done a few times during the novels. But any of the Istari calling on them to solve the problem by flying over Orodruin and dropping the Ring into it - I don't think they would have responded to that.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 699

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49611365) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

Species that are unable to adapt have been going extinct without mankind's help for 9/10ths of the planet's history. For the remaining 1/10th, we've been a major motivator of evolution, that's true- Dodos and wooly mammoths and the like. But we are also to the point with GMO research that we can be a major cause of increased adaptation- we can speed up evolution, and likely will, because beef is tasty (among many other species that are directly useful to us, such as bees). Speaking of that last, just saw a report on OPB about a pair of beekeepers with a unique solution to colony collapse disorder- they're breeding stronger queen bees that can live through Oregon winters.

If mankind wants to survive, food needs to be our top priority. Luckily, as I mentioned someplace above I think, food production is also an answer to excess atmospheric carbon. Especially if we keep locking our own carbon up in airtight containers buried in concrete when we die.

Comment: Re:Firefox's downward slide... (Score 1) 222

by HBI (#49611363) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

I'd point out that Firefox hasn't made a change to their browser in about six years that I liked. Stop satisfying your audience, and you lose market share and adherence. Surprise surprise

When it dies, either a team that IS interested in writing a web browser will take over instead of the current team that cares more about social justice, or it'll just die. Either way, a new browser will be born. Or I'll just suck it up and use Chrome.

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Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 699

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49596307) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

California has been in drought for 9000 of the last 12000 years. It's the normal state there. Switch from avacado to chia, and you'll be fine.

The Midwest is another story. We've been planting our favorite foods there so long that we've destroyed the ecology of the place. Thus the "Dust Bowl" phenomenon.

But there is one way to deal with this- bunch grass grazing. It's working well in the Eastern Oregon Desert; but it's hard to manage.

Adapt, work with the ecology, not against it, with climate change, not against it. The earth will survive, human beings are not guaranteed to; but we do have one advantage- invention.

Comment: Not everyone is a wingnut like the submitter (Score -1, Troll) 81

by HBI (#49595115) Attached to: American Psychological Association Hit With New Torture Allegations

"Surprisingly cozy relationship" my ass. This is what real work is like, you advise people who do things. The fact that you don't like them after the fact is an irrelevancy.

You wave your bias way too openly to be taken seriously. Then again, this is pretty much the wingnut witch hunt site nowadays. Sanity is not easily to be found.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 699

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49594463) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

I know of only one desert on earth that is entirely life free, and it's prevented from having rainfall by elevation (it's higher than most clouds, and in the rain shadow of the Andes which are even higher and prevent weather patterns from reaching there- hasn't had rainfall in 10,000 years).

Global climatic climate change droughts are different, they're more of the flash flood once in a blue moon variety, more like Death Valley in California- where the Native Americans have been agricultural for centuries, just on foods you won't eat.

And that is the real key. We have to get *real local* to survive this.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 699

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49594425) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

Cost? Responses to global climate change have nothing to do with cost.

You also misunderstand the main use of urban farming: increasing vegetable biomass is the point, not eliminating agricultural chemicals. Increase the vegetable biomass and you *will* remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and replace it with oxygen, that's how plants breathe.

http://www.towergarden.com/ is usable on household scale in high density urban areas.

Poor Japanese fishermen have been seasteading for centuries, using bamboo as their primary construction material. And yes, barnacles do get on everything, but once again, plant mass is the answer- when your mooring post grows faster than the barnacles attack.....

Comment: Re:It changes when the 'wrong' people do it. (Score 1) 18

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49594315) Attached to: When did Net Neutrality change?

I'm glad you haven't met such a sorry man, I have a couple of times. They strive to be, but priests and monks fail like the rest of us, sometimes spectacularly.

Having said that, the group I'm thinking of is now long gone; they volunteered in 1991 to be a control group for an AIDS infection study. They're all dead now, but their generous donation of their lives is why we have HIV drugs today.

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