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Comment Re:Hey, wait a minute (Score 1) 460

Assuming you are not trolling...

There is no event which would disprove global warming nor is there any event which would prove global warming. Global warming is global, so individual weather events are statistically insignificant.

Both the observations you mention are symptoms of weather instability. It is not inconsistent to say that some areas will receive more snow/rain and others will receive less and that these areas may be the same in different years or even months.

As for the likes of Al Gore, I must ask - Why you are taking him to be an oracle of science? I'm sure you are an intelligent person and if you wish to have an intelligent opinion then you should be relying on reliable sources, not on a politician-cum-climatologist.

Submission + - James Randi Comes Out of the Closet (

ffflala writes: James Randi, is the 81 year old founder of JREF who has debunked countless fraudulent claims of paranormal abilities, recently and publicly declared his homosexuality. Randi's announcement describes changes in cultural perception he has observed throughout his life.

"Well, here goes. I really resent the term, but I use it because it’s recognized and accepted. I’m gay. From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there’s not much “gay” about being homosexual. For the first twenty years of my life, I had to live in the shadows, in a culture that was — at least outwardly — totally hostile to any hint of that variation of life-style. At no time did I choose to adopt any protective coloration, though; my cultivation of an abundant beard was not at all a deception, but part of my costume as a conjuror. Gradually, the general attitude that I’d perceived around me began to change, and presently I find that there has emerged a distinctly healthy acceptance of different social styles of living — except, of course, in cultures that live in constant and abject fear of divine retribution for infractions found in the various Holy Books In another two decades, I’m confident that young people will find themselves in a vastly improved atmosphere of acceptance."

PC Games (Games)

An Early Look At Civilization V 286

c0mpliant writes "IGN and Gamespot have each released a preview of the recently announced and eagerly awaited Civilization V. Apart from the obvious new hexagon shape of tiles and improved graphics, the articles go on to outline some of the major changes in the game, such as updated AI, new 'flavors' to world leaders, and a potentially game-changing, one-unit-per-tile system. No more will the stack of doom come to your city's doorsteps. Some features which will not be returning are religion and espionage. The removal of these two have sparked a frenzy of discussion on fan-related forums."

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.