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Comment Re:"Failed" push for renewables? (Score 1) 254

Speaking as someone who, back in the late 80's, out of my own fear due to ignorance and a lack of foresight, voted to shut down Rancho Seco, [...]

If it's any consolation, you were probably right at the time. We can only talk about how good nuclear power is now because of the moratorium on new plants which let us skip a generation of reactor design. If the US had been building nuclear plants in the 80s, your electricity bill today would still mostly be paying off the capital costs.

Comment Re:Litigious Much (Score 1) 806

I don't want to get into an argument about biblical exegesis (reading ancient texts with our post-Enlightenment mindset is fraught with difficulty at the best of times). My point is that what Ussher did wasn't at all stupid. Actually it was remarkably smart and scientific by the standards of his day, and given what little he had to work with.

Comment Re:Litigious Much (Score 1) 806

Some bishop interpreting the old testament came to that conclusion, [...]

James Ussher gets a lot of crap for this, and I think it's quite unfair. He didn't just use the Hebrew sacred texts, he actually used all ancient texts at his disposal, such as Greek mythological texts, and found that they all stopped at around the same point. When you consider the constraints that he was working with, this is actually quite a scientific approach. Moreover, 4000 BCE is probably close to the limit of human cultural memory, given that writing wasn't developed until about 3000 BCE.

Ussher was neither the first nor the last person to try this and come up with a similar figure. We probably wouldn't remember Ussher's chronology today if it weren't for some idiot adding it to annotations in the King James Bible.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's the problem (Score 1) 137

Well I don't know about the Republican plan, but a Republican plan was much like Obamacare, only less watered-down. RomneyCare was, of course, based on Nixon's health care plan which was never passed.

Oh, you mean the current crowd of what-passes-for-Republicans? Yeah, pretty much what you said.

Comment Re:Quicker (Score 1) 488

Specifically, there are Syrian rebels who have nothing to do with Daesh, and the Russians have been attacking them along with Daesh in their support of Assad.

That is true. It is also true that some of the rebels joined ISIS.

Syria is a big goddamn mess right now, and there are no "good guys".

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.