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Comment Large Majority Believes Climate Change is Happen (Score 2) 737

A survey from 5 years ago found that a large majority of Americans (75%) believe in human caused warming of the atmosphere.

When respondents were asked if they thought that the earth’s temperature probably had been heating up over the last 100 years, 74 percent answered affirmatively. And 75 percent of respondents said that human behavior was substantially responsible for any warming that has occurred.


Fully 86 percent of our respondents said they wanted the federal government to limit the amount of air pollution that businesses emit, and 76 percent favored government limiting business’s emissions of greenhouse gases in particular.


Large majorities opposed taxes on electricity (78 percent) and gasoline (72 percent) to reduce consumption. But 84 percent favored the federal government offering tax breaks to encourage utilities to make more electricity from water, wind and solar power.

And huge majorities favored government requiring, or offering tax breaks to encourage, each of the following: manufacturing cars that use less gasoline (81 percent); manufacturing appliances that use less electricity (80 percent); and building homes and office buildings that require less energy to heat and cool (80 percent).

So Americans are in favor of tax incentives but are against tax increases to solve the problem. The debate needs to shift to dealing with solutions and promoting solutions now. The longer we wait the more the unpopular choices will be needed. We need to highlight to the politicians that the public is in favor of tax incentives and by opposing these measures they are in the minority and are less electable.

Comment Accuately read my mind (Score 1) 276

To give me search results that accurately are what I meant to type and not what I did type. And a bonus would be if it would accurately know better than me what I am looking for an give me those results. In other words read my mind and correctly anticipate when I am wrong and still give me the correct answer.

Comment Not much said (Score 3, Informative) 137

Here is the question and answer:

Second, a report says that a US website was under hacker attack, and the source of the attack was from China. How do you respond?

On your second question, it is quite odd that every time a website in the US or any other country is under attack, there will be speculation that Chinese hackers are behind it. I'd like to remind you that China is one of the major victims of cyber attacks. We have been underlining that China hopes to work with the international community to speed up the making of international rules and jointly keep the cyber space peaceful, secure, open and cooperative. It is hoped that all parties can work in concert to address hacker attacks in a positive and constructive manner.

Comment Earth Fossils on Mars? (Score 4, Interesting) 88

A large meteor smashes into a planet, Mars for example, and blasts material into space. That material eventually finds itself landing on another planet, Earth in this case. Mars rocks have been discovered on Earth since the 1980s.

If we are finding rocks from Mars on Earth, it is likley there are rocks from Earth on Mars and possibly fossils from Earth on Mars. And I wonder about bacteria from Earth on Mars. It is possible. This complicates the "finding life on Mars" projects. Is it martian life or transplanted life from Earth?

Comment Broken (Score 1) 323

Each generation, of course, has its own child-rearing prophet, complete with magical gospels, and Siegel may be just another.

People through out the ages have tried fix society and produce well behaved people. They all have failed. Some have had some good ideas, but I believe they fail to get to the root of the problem. Each and every one of us is selfish. We want things done our way to benefit us. We are able to dream of utopia, where everyone is well behaved and loved, and everyone works for the common good, but we are not able to achieve that. We are broken. No amount of proper child-rearing, programming, or law making will solve that problem. Deep down inside we are still selfish, wanting to be in control with everything benefiting us. And yet we can dream of a better society. We know that something is wrong and something is broken. Unfortunately we are unable to fix it ourselves.

I believe there is a solution. We can not fix ourselves but God can. God loves each and every one of us. He desires that we would all be fixed without turning us into little robots. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we can have new lives and live in love. Though we yet perfect, you can see many Christians around the world working to make things right. We, Christians, are in the process of being fixed ourselves. We are not there yet. I know that I am a better and more loving person today than who I was 20 years ago. I am still broken but God is at work in me making me better. That is the solution that works. That is what I have experienced.

Comment Dysfunctional NOAA (Score 2) 76

It seems that NOAA's administration has become dysfunctional. They should have notified Commerce Department Inspector General immediately but they did not. I wonder why they felt they had to shut down a variety of data feeds. Minimal impact they claim but there was definitely an impact. Money has been tight for them but Congress gave them $25 million for a new supercomputer. That was 18 months ago and it looks like nothing has been done on that front. They will lose the money in September 2015 if they don't do something. You can sign a petition asking the Whitehouse to get them to spend the money for that needed supercomputer.

Comment And the U.S. falls further behind (Score 4, Interesting) 125

The current NWS computer is only capable of 0.21 petaflops. There is an upgrade to bring it up to 0.8 petaflops, After Sandy (1.5 years ago) Congress gave money for a new computer but nothing seems to be happening with that money. Sandy's forecast was good not because of the American forecasts but because of the European forecast. I believe American forecasts were wrong in predicting Sandy's direction because America lacks of a decent supercomputer for forecasting.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"