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Comment: Re:This solves nothing (Score 2) 233

by TheUglyAmerican (#44993193) Attached to: Producing Gasoline With Metabolically-Engineered Microorganisms
Not true. The problem isn't that we're pumping co2 into the atmosphere, it's that we're pumping co2 into the atmosphere that was sequestered millions of years ago. If we had a process to remove carbon from the atmosphere today only to put it back a week from now, that's effectively a zero impact.

Comment: Missing the point (Score 2) 976

I think many of you are missing the point by engaging in the merit of the argument. Politicians raise taxes to gain and extend their power. If they could do so at will they would. However they need some level of acceptance by their marginally informed constituents. So they throw out explanations that only need to sound legitimate enough to let them proceed. I doubt the good congressman cares squat about the co2 generated by a biker.

Comment: The Art of 3D (Score 2) 436

by TheUglyAmerican (#42394169) Attached to: Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?
I went to my first 3D over the weekend, The Hobbit. Here's my take. First the technical aspects are challenging, e.g. holding your head properly aligned, objects near the screen edge get funky, fast moving objects can show color fringes, etc. that gave he headaches at times. More importantly though, I don't think the film industry has learned the art of 3D. There were too many gratuitous 3D effects (like objects flying toward you) that are more appropriate at Disney - they do nothing to enhance the presentation of the story. There were times though when the effect was quite nice and made the characters more real. I'll try 3D again but the film industry needs to figure out how to use the technology to enhance the presentation of the story, and not to be the story itself.

Comment: Picture and Bio (Score 1) 216

by TheUglyAmerican (#38425478) Attached to: IBM Tracks Pork Chops From Pig To Plate
I think we should do more to honor the creatures we eat. There is no greater sacrifice than for a creature to give its life to sustain the life of another. Instead of the nihilism vegetarians would desire for our fellow creatures, I say we give these creatures life, a good life, then celebrate that life as we dine on their flesh. So yes, give us a picture and bio of our creatures.

Comment: Re:Hopefully (Score 5, Insightful) 747

by TheUglyAmerican (#34499026) Attached to: Doubling of CO2 Not So Tragic After All?
The science has been overcome by the politics. Let's take anthropogenic global warming as fact. What next? Obviously the offending anthropogenic behavior must be controlled. This leads to an increase in wealth and power for a select few; the natural evolution of institutions.

At this point I don't care about the science. The politics must be stopped.

When big government and big science collude, we all get screwed.

Comment: Several explanations (Score 1) 201

by TheUglyAmerican (#32758396) Attached to: Empathy Is For the Birds
Well, stock answer "A" is that empathy can impart benefits to individuals of a species thus giving them an edge in natural selection.

Stock answer "B" says we're anthropomorphizing (a sort of imperialism I suspect) and that birds have no such emotions.

The fun answer is that life is special - a gift from God and that echos of the creator can be found throughout life.

Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.