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Althea: Alright, alright, hang on, stay calm. I need an orderly with a wheelchair, I got a robot hand grasping a man's penis out here.
Howard: You think you could be a little more discrete?!
Althea: I'm sorry, we don't have a code for a robot hand grasping a man's penis.
Here's the best take I've read on what happened and what should have happened:
Adria Richards, PyCon, and How We All Lost http://amandablumwords.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/3/
Everyone involved could have handled the situation better. I'm annoyed that this one incident, important for those directly involved, got blown way out of proportion and has shit on all the great things that PyCon achieved this year. Adria Richards does not deserve the abuse she's received even if she handled the situation wrong.
Scientists can't definitively say that Hurricane Sandy was caused by global warming any more than doctors say that one particular home run by Barry Bonds was as a result of steroid use. What both can say is that the likelihood of either is much increased by their respective underlying conditions.
I see little difference between Creationists who think the Earth is 6,000 years old and global warming deniers who think that humans aren't responsible for changing the climate by burning millions of years worth of sequestered carbon in less than three centuries. I'd really like to know how releasing gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere in the geologic blink of an eye doesn't have an effect. On a separate note, humans have altered the nitrogen cycle through the Haber-Bosch process by removing nitrogen from the atmosphere and put it into the biosphere. That amount of nitrogen in the biosphere hadn't changed in over a hundred million years.