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Comment Re:Was there any doubt? (Score 1) 84

I'd say the multiple mass extinctions argue against that.

Animals overbreed. New invasive species drive out existing species and take over ecological slots quickly on a geological time scale.

There is a balance- but it's not stable long term. In the short and mid term, it's often driving by one species eating too many resources and so it starves off in large numbers.

Comment Re:incomplete sentence... (Score 2) 84

You are absolutely correct.

"Sheppard Krech III's book The Ecological Indian sets out to probe the basis and historical validity of the idea that people of native descent are, and always have been, caring towards the environment, a characteristic commonly claimed by or attributed to them. With a series of empirical case studies he investigates whether their ideas and actions were always those of ecologists and conservationists. He finds that the Ecological Indian proposition is of doubtful validity, concluding that, for example, Indians needlessly killed many buffalo, set fires that got out of control, and over-exploited deer and beaver for their skins.

For me, this chapter provides the book's most serious challenge to The Ecological Indian. While Indians had uses for every part of the buffalo, their practice of slaughtering whole herds, at a buffalo jump or in an enclosure, sometimes produced more carcasses than a group could possibly use. As a result, waste occurred. He documents instances of Indians leaving animals to rot, utilising only the cows, or taking only the tongues and the humps. However, the overkilling did not cause the extermination of the species, which only came after non-Indians and Metis hunted them commercially for fresh meat, pemmican and hides. "

Indians were not really ecologically aware until the 19th century.

They were not into any naturally sustainable processes. As their population grew, they would have had the same problem.

Too many humans (even indians) is the problem.

Comment Re:The Message (Score 1) 84

I think you are right.

Plus it's perfect setup for adaptation.

Fresh stock from surrounding areas.
Mild selective pressures in low radiation zones.
High selective pressures in high radiation zones.

30 to 40 generations to adapt.
High litter sizes for the ones who do well (6 to 9 per birth vs 1:1 for humans)

Comment not sure this is the real interpretation (Score 1) 84

Could it also be that animals just have shorter generations and the first few generations did poorly ( I remember reading stories about badly mutated animals) but ultimately radiation is just a selective pressure so after 30 generations, those that do well in radiation have come to dominate the population. Because their generations are one year long, they don't die from the effects of radiation before the ones who are doing better can reproduce. It would be hard for humans to survive 18 years to reproduce (as well as other species that must mature for multiple years before reproducing).

just speculating...

Comment Re:People are missing the point. (Score 1) 52

I think your second sentence is wrong.

Shouldn't it read, "Stop using.. it."

I did years ago.

I have set up a fake name account to communicate with one person who is facebook only. When it's burned, I'll set up another fake name account.

Most people I know who still use facebook only use stub accounts.

Comment Re:The answer is, "Republiucans and Democrats" (Score 1) 18

Let's parse that:

You're just in denial of your own self

"You're" contracts "you are". How do you use "are" without judging what "is"?

As you you refuse to acknowledge, there is no judgement being made.

I genuinely don't understand how you can use the third person of the verb "to be" as an assertion in a non-judgmental mode. A call is being made. This is where I endeavor to point out where the ruler is located, lay it down alongside the subject, and say "yeah, that looks about X inches long". But the key is not that *I* can lay down a judgment; rather, that the *other* person can look at the fact of the length of something, judge for themselves, and grow thereby.

You prefer charades, that's cool. Who's winning?

You seriously think me that intellectually dishonest?

Comment Re:The movie was good because the book was short. (Score 1) 211

If you want to keep "doing the math" and if you want to be called "hard sci fi", you need to do the math right. You can't say that because you've got 50 liters of oxygen that you're going to get 100 liters of water because O2 + 2 H2 = 2 H2O. Yet Weir does exactly that, over and over and over again, mixing up moles, liters, and kilograms. One of dozens of categories of huge fundamental science mistakes that he keeps repeating.

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked several questions about gun control during his press briefing today. Breitbart summarizes his responses, which were more of the same: endless references to "common sense" reforms which are never specified. Earnest wants to keep firearms out of the hands of "criminals and others who shouldn't have them"; so do we all, but how?

Comment Re:The answer is, "Republiucans and Democrats" (Score 1) 18

You're just in denial of your own self

Well, Judge, tell me what that is, then, as I've already stated it, only to find I've fallen short of your glory. I stand astonied at your willingness to assert wisdom, open your mouth, and emit what sure sounds a river of foolishness.

Comment Re:Never seen it?? (Score 1) 237

I used to. Personally I think it's gone the way of the Simpsons. Used to be insanely good, a real gem of prime time TV, close enough to me actually honestly thinking about getting a TV again, but it jumped that shark somewhere. I dare say it was somewhere after Sheldon got a girlfriend and Leonard got together with Raj's sister.

I can't put my finger on it, maybe the jokes started to repeat or maybe it just got a bit too outlandish for my tastes.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky