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Comment: Re:Proportionate response? (Score 1) 254

by phantomfive (#47528217) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate
All the farmers in California are digging deeper/bigger wells. So they feel ok for the next few years. Of course it drains the aquifer, but no one seems to care about that, for some reason.

I kind of feel like every story is sensationalized so much, whether a celebrity tweet or a war in Iraq, that people have trouble remembering what a true crisis is like. It's just another story, I need to water my lawn and the water still comes out of the hose.

Comment: Scope creep (Score 1) 204

prohibit scientists at the Energy Department from doing precisely what Congress should mandate them to do—namely perform the best possible scientific research to illuminate, for policymakers, the likelihood and possible consequences of climate change.

I'm in favor of more research, but we already have several different departments that are researching that. The DoE is a department that has suffered from scope creep, they are in charge of unrelated things like genomics research. I'm in favor of genomics research, but once again, it's not really something you'd expect to see in the DoE.

Comment: Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (Score 1) 165

by phantomfive (#47523471) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Yes you should know some VERY BASIC statistics but the idea that everyone needs a university-level course in it is flawed.

Our world would be better if everyone took an advanced statistics class, starting with the presidential debates wouldn't be so utterly inane. If you don't use the stuff you learned in a statistics class, it's because you didn't learn anything.

Comment: Re:2+2=? (Score 1) 218

by phantomfive (#47520809) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

So perhaps he can reconcile those two concepts and explain why we allow H1Bs when we have MILLIONS of unemployed college grads?

That one's easy, English majors who've never taken a Shakespeare course aren't worth very much. Kids graduated thinking their piece of paper was worth something......turns out it's not worth much if you can't do anything.

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