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Comment: Perfect Question (Score 0, Flamebait) 124

by Trails (#43293543) Attached to: Ask Nathan Myhrvold What You Will, Live Q&A April 3

Why are you such an asshole?

How do you justify the burden you've placed on North American innovation, and the harm that's caused? Can we move past your typical defense of IV based on the ridiculous and yet-to-be-realized anti-mosquito laser system, and discuss the actual harm and actual benefits (if any) provided by IV?

How does it feel to be a pariah?

Comment: Re:Doubtful (Score 4, Interesting) 157

by Trails (#42651507) Attached to: Earth May Have Been Hit By a Gamma-Ray Burst In 775 AD

That's a bit of a backward way to approach it.

Normally, when we make observations that don't line up with our current understanding (e.g. "Where did all this carbon-14 come from?") we look for explanations. The most likely known sources of carbon-14 spike are GRB's and solar flares. Discounting those because the overall event is unlikely, in spite of the evidence, is what scientist dub "stupid".

Comment: Re:Profits will suffer (Score 1) 518

by Trails (#42055705) Attached to: Climate Contrarians Seek Leadership of House Science Committee

Or like the time the gov't stopped me from using Agent Orange in my backyard. I had to go buy roundup instead and that shit is expensive. So what if some little shitheaded brats get cancer in twenty years, not my fucking problem!!!! My quality of life took a serious dip there.

Dead? No excuse for laying off work.