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Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 277

by phantomfive (#49368293) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

Stating facts is "emotional"?

No, emotional is the way you state them. And your posts are full of emotion.

Since when is "emotional" an insult.

When it prevents you from thinking clearly. And you aren't thinking clearly, you are defending a politician.

Since you don't want to look up the relevant policies, here is the retention policy, here is the state department communications policy. In case the documents seem unclear to you, Scott Gration was fired by Clinton in part because of not following email procedures.

But none of that matters. Who cares if it was illegal? Nixon's "18 lost minutes" were not illegal, but that doesn't make it right. Even if somehow she thought it was ok to run her own email server, deleting half the emails and sending the rest over on paper was something she knew was bad.

Comment: Re:Let's see (Score 1) 276

by phantomfive (#49367549) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

"Specifically, H.R. 3964would undermine years of collaboration between local, State, and Federal stakeholders to develop a sound water quality control plan for the Bay-Delta.

That's a joke.....the Bay-Delta water plan is not sound, and no one is happy with it. Everyone agrees it needs to change.....the problem is how to change it.

Comment: Re:Produce in your garden? (Score 1) 187

We've been carefully growing for two full seasons, with some plants getting multiple cycles. No losses at all, other than one hailstorm, which we now prophylactically deal with by having the project under a bit of roof where it can still get the sun it needs, but hail can't hit it straight on. Not a perfect solution, but it's something. And it has worked.

I am convinced that the details matter.

Comment: Re: Wasted Energy? (Score 1) 187

Well, not really. The issue is that there are lots and lots of AC devices out there, so what you're doing is converting to a form that is in most common use. If you have surplus power that is free (solar as under discussion), there's no problem, resource-wise, in doing it just that way. Which makes it not very moronic at all. Kind of convenient, actually.

Considerations for a free, non-polluting resource have to be approached with an open mind. The range of consequences is different. They can be quite favorable.

Comment: Re: Wasted Energy? (Score 1) 187

It is MUCH easier to power them off than to build a solar+battery+inverter+separate cirquit[sic] to power them.

Oh, no doubt. But that wasn't what the GP was saying. Also, even though it's easier, it uses up a costly resource when it's on. The solar powered widgets do not. So you save some; the solar system saves all. Food for thought. Gotta figure the ROI. It's not that hard, either. Plus there's the dependability issue. Power fails, your devices keep running... that's nothing to sneer at.

Comment: Here's the thing about change. (Score 1) 276

by fyngyrz (#49367385) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

*change* that undermines human plans represents a big challenge.

Not when the change is so slow that you have generations to decide to move away from it, or alter your investments, it isn't. Every generation typically goes into new homes. Somewhere. Eventually, a generation (not this one or any one soon) will go... "y'know honey, instead of moving here in Miami, let's check out Vermont." Or where ever.

And you know what's kind of irritating? I never hear anyone going on about sea level rise mention this little fact: Change is the hottest possible breeding ground for opportunity. Change means employment, undertakings, recovery, rehabilitation, relocation, new methods, new ideas, new crops, new businesses. And so on.

Comment: Ocean Levels (Score 2) 276

by fyngyrz (#49367361) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Since you obviously haven't been here for a while, many parts of Florida are underwater at high tide.

But not newly underwater. Sea levels have risen about 200 mm, or about 7.8 inches in the last century (1910 to 2008) (also, the rate of rise hasn't changed much, either -- see linked graph again.) Which time period has to include almost all, or perhaps all, of Florida's sewer infrastructure -- Miami was officially incorporated as a city with a population of just over 300 on July 28, 1896. Fort Lauderdale was incorporated even later -- 1911. This tells us quite handily that region's sewage infrastructure was built during that 7.8 inch rise.

So if Florida's infrastructure is seeing drainage run backwards due to an 8 inch change in levels, that is clearly related to absolutely dismal design and implementation -- not to sea level rise. I mean, good grief. What do you think the design criteria were? "If anything at ALL happens, sewers should overflow?" Please refer to the actual data when making claims. Also: If your public officials have been telling you that this is due to sea level rise, they are lying through their teeth, and you should take them to task for it. Good luck with that.

Florida is fighting that losing battle quietly.

Yes, no doubt. But they aren't fighting with sea level rise. They're fighting with incompetence.

Comment: Records? Let's look: (Score 2) 276

by fyngyrz (#49367221) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

you can say the drought was exacerbated by record high temperatures

You can say it -- the question is, can you show it? Take a look at the actual data and you will see that although the average is running a little warm, all of 2012, 2013, 2014 and what we've had thus far of 2015 are just about devoid of record temperature excursions.

My understanding is that it is lack of precipitation -- not high temperatures -- that account for California's current problems. Which you can also see on that same page on the bottom graph. The span from March through October is devoid of precipitation. In the background in the darker color, you can see the "normal" (the average) for the region.

Dustbowl, anyone? Much, much worse than California's problems -- and definitely not attributable to "global warming" in any significant way.

There is no distinction between any AI program and some existent game.