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Comment: Re:Divest of Electrical Use Too? (Score 1) 208

by alexibu (#46944245) Attached to: Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock
So by your logic : no one can use electricity and be non hypocrites if they are not coal supporters.

This means that you think all electricity does and must always come from coal burning.

In fact electricity also comes from generators not powered by coal now, and in the future, all electricity will come from generators not powered by coal.

Comment: Re:Where will this coal go after divestiture ? (Score 1) 208

by alexibu (#46944147) Attached to: Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock
While understanding US politics is always a struggle for me, I think this attitude is particularly noteworthy.

I think what you are suggesting is that to be a good Non Liberal you must invest blindly and only consider short term share value - even if you don't like the industry you must buy their stock if it is seen as a reasonable investment option on a profit basis only.

Does this imply that an authentic Non Liberal would need to invest in abortion pills, pornography, islamic religous organisations and prostitution where they are shown to be good investment options.

+ - Russian spy Anna Chapman tweets marriage proposal to Edward Snowden ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Is this a sort of reverse "honey trap?" :"Super hot suspected Russian spy Anna Chapman appears to be a fan of former NSA defense contractor Edward Snowden, tweeting on Wednesday that she would like to marry him.

Chapman — who first came to the public eye after the FBI arrested her in 2010 as part of a cell of Russian sleeper agents and then sent her back to Russia in a prisoner swap — sent her marriage proposal to Snowden via Twitter.

Snowden, will you marry me?!

— Anna (@ChapmanAnna) July 3, 2013

Snowden, who is on the run from the U.S. government for exposing portions of the NSA’s global surveillance apparatus, is currently believed to be stranded in a Moscow airport and running out of options for asylum." More at NY Daily News."

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+ - Graphene gets even cooler->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "For a two-dimensional material, graphene is certainly punching above its weight in terms of potential applications. Already set to enable faster, stronger and foldable electronic devices, researchers have now found that the single layer lattice of carbon atoms can help keep electronic components up to 25 percent cooler, giving it the potential to significantly extend the working life of computers and other electronic devices."
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Comment: Re:Type in the summary (Score 1) 420

by alexibu (#37712524) Attached to: Columbus Blamed For Mini Ice Age
I disagree - all science that relies on evidence is by definition historical.
It's a theory - we can look for evidence that supports it or disproves it, it doesn't make sense to just discount it because it is in the past.

Another line of evidence that would support such a theory:
It appears that there is historical evidence of large agricultural civilizations living in the Amazon basin before contact with European diseases and them all disappearing a short time after. This guy was the first European to sail down the Amazon river and described cities etc and then they could not be found later. So the humans die out and large quantities of fertile land return to rainforest from agriculture, sucking up huge amounts of carbon, reducing green house effect.
The soil improvements that they made remain and are called Terra Preta.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_preta#Pre-Columbian_Amazonia

Comment: The goal of this policy (Score 1) 172

by alexibu (#37580034) Attached to: State Dept. Employee Investigated For Linking To WikiLeaks
It has been claimed that Bradley Manning had access to all this stuff, at the time it was leaked allegedly by him, so others would also had this access too.
What they would not have had is the equivalent of the journalists, media and social networking able to make sense of a lot of boring documents to find the important parts and put them in context.

Do they want to have a situation where every politically aware, literate citizen of the USA (and the rest of the world) knows more about what the US government has been up to than employees of the US government ?
That would appear to be the end result of this policy, and seems a bit silly.

Comment: Re:Cognitive dissonance endgame (Score 3, Interesting) 638

by alexibu (#36499234) Attached to: Aussie Climate Scientists Receiving Death Threats
Since you have no feelings on the issue, and are interested in more evidence, why not stop waiting to be yelled at and research the issue in its details at whatever technical level you can manage.
I am fairly sure any level of honest investigation on this subject by anyone with reason and understanding of the difference between faith and science, will find themselves yelling in favour of prevention of this experiment during their or their descendants time on earth.
The arguments against action on climate change are so specious and contradictory that they can only be intended to fool those who want to be fooled.

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