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Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 305

The field wouldn't exists without government grants for the research.

Are you suggesting that only private industry should be allowed to fund research? That would mean only research that could result in profits would be funded. That can't possibly be what you're saying, but considering your other notions, I can't rule out the possibility that's what you think.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 3, Insightful) 305

Technically, the climate scientists are the "friends" here, of the politicians who have latched onto this as the latest excuse to take your money and give it to their friends.

Wait. Let me try to wrap my head around this argument. You're saying that global warming is an excuse for politicians to steal our money so they can give it to climate scientists? Because climate scientists are their buddies?

I'm speechless. Gobsmacked. Utterly bereft of words to express the stupidity of this argument.

Let me read what you wrote again, in case I missed something and have got it wrong:

Technically, the climate scientists are the "friends" here, of the politicians who have latched onto this as the latest excuse to take your money and give it to their friends.

Nope. That's what you said. I think I need to sit down. This level of stupidity is giving me vertigo.

Comment these are not the shopping droids ... (Score 1) 473

Lost in all of this is that people who run software ad blockers probably also run mental ad blockers (in my case, this can not be uninstalled), so our response to the advertising—even if they manage to shove it down our throats—is not going to generate any significant net cash outflow.

For a while, Wired can monetize the increasing number of eyeballs, but then the advertisers will normalize to the newly deflated advertising conversion rate (down 20%? who would have guessed?) and Wired will eventually end up getting exactly the same money as before.

Nice business model you've got there. Shame if anyone connected all the dots.

Barker: Hey, I'd like to interest you in a new business model!

Banker: How does it work?

Barker: You plant a suggestion, then people buy your shit.

Banker: A suggestion?

Barker: A Loud, Noisy, Flashy, Wheezy, Spinning, Popping, Sliding suggestion.

Banker: I think you missed a dwarf. Somebody steal your March?

Barker: Him, too.

Banker: But—the suggestion isn't actually binding on the bumpkin, and surely you must give them something in return just to get their attention in the first place?

Barker: Cheaper than you think.

Banker: But—I'm still having trouble with the fundamentally non-binding nature of the transaction.

Barker: A new day, a new dawn! We'll make this Silverado shitstorm so ubiquitous, it'll soon become regarded as a moral crime to respond to our everlasting fusillade of suggestive schlock as anything less than simply irresistible.

Banker: You certainly have big plans.

Barker: And you certainly have big bucks.

Banker: I won't have to actually drive a Silverado, will I?

Barker: Oh, no. You can drive a Bentley.

Banker: Funny you say that. I was looking at one just the other day.

Barker: A red one?

Banker: Just how would you know that?

Short, conspiratorial silence.

Barker: [whispers] Pull up a chair, here's where it gets real interesting ...

Comment Re:Economics is a social science (Score 1) 305

Some economists can very accurately be called scientists because they use the scientific method and economics is quite properly categorized as a social science.

If this is enough for you to say Economics is a science, then it is the softest science of all. Parapsychology (and I'm absolutely serious about this), is based more on data and scientific rigor than economics. Psychology is many times more rigorous than Economics. Fucking Gender Studies is more rigorous and data-based than Economics.

I'm guessing you don't actually know any real economists.

I am probably the only Slashdot user who has actually taken a course from Milton Friedman. My views on the pseudoscience of Economics is based on 30 years experience having economists as colleagues, friends, neighbors and lunchmates. I have played in a weekly poker game with economists. I lived next door to a Nobel-nominated economist for years back in Chicago. I watched Superbowl XLI with him and had to explain what it means to arbitrage a point spread that has moved 10 points.

Plus, if you read any Economics articles, you will find that their math is very unimpressive, and even suspect.

Comment Re:If it's "settled", it ISN'T "science" (Score 1) 303

Just like government power over people leads to mass murders and genocides.

I agree. That's why I find it extremely worrysome that the 1% now holds over third of all economic power in the US, wields it unelected and answering to nobody, and is getting more powerful by the moment. Do you have any specific ideas on how to adress this threat before it extinguishes the last remnants of freedom?

But to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

Indeed. The for-profit industrial prison system holds more victims than any country in the world. Even Comrade Stalin and his gulags have been superceded.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 303

When you hire a consultant to tell you what's wrong with your organization, it's bad practice to hire the same people to do the cleaning up; it creates a perverse incentive.

What's almost always wrong with a dysfunctional organization is that people are either afraid and thus focus on covering their asses rather than working or in worst case sabotaging each other to make themselves look better, or just plain hate you.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 303

Climate scientists aren't qualified to answer most of those questions; you need to hire economists and agronomists.

Economists aren't really useful for anything except propaganda, because you can always find one who'll tell you what you want to hear, no matter how stupid. The combination of nigh impossibility to isolate variables and high economic stakes makes the whole field a bad joke.

Comment Re:And, will the Martians stop driving? (Score 2, Interesting) 305

And, since we know Mars and Venus are also getting warmer, it must be the Martian's fault.

If I'm getting warmer because of a fever, and the chicken breast in my oven is also getting warmer, they must be related or neither is really getting warmer. CHECKMATE AL GORE!

Delete your account you stupid fuck.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 2, Funny) 305

Take money away from the people who earned it so we can spend it on ourselves and our friends. Obviously.

Yes, that's what climate scientists are trying to do. They want to take your money and give it to their friends.

It must be a burden for you to have such brilliant insights in the face of all the stupid, stupid scientists.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 5, Funny) 305

you need to hire economists

Absolutely not. Economists are not scientists. They are data-free advocates for a world-view. They're the last people you want around any discussion of solutions to a problem.

Better to have parapsychologists than economists. At least the parapsychologists have a little bit of rigor in their discipline.

Comment "fuzzy math" with letters instead of numbers (Score 1) 183

"Melvin’s comments led Sen. David Bradley, D-Tucson, to ask him whether he’s actually read the Common Core standards, which have been adopted by 45 states.

“I’ve been exposed to them,” Melvin responded.

Pressed by Bradley for specifics, Melvin said he understands “some of the reading material is borderline pornographic.” And he said the program uses “fuzzy math,” substituting letters for numbers in some examples".

Submission + - LIGO Scientists Will Make Gravitational Waves Announcement Thursday (

mdsolar writes: First proposed by Albert Einstein 100 years ago, gravitational waves set off a media frenzy last month when theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss tweeted about their potential discovery using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), which is run by Caltech and MIT.

Now, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration has invited journalists to Washington, D.C.’s The National Press Club for an update on the search for gravitational waves, which will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

According to the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the announcement is meant “to update the scientific community on the efforts to detect (gravitational waves).”

LIGO, designed to detect the tiny vibrations from gravitational waves, consists of two identical detectors, one located in Livingston, La. and the other in Hanford, Wash.

Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time, and are thought to be caused by some of the largest objects in the universe. Their discovery would give scientists a new way to view the cosmos and may lead to new information about tumultuous cosmic events, such as black hole collisions and supernovae explosions.

Last week, the rumor flames were fanned when Science Magazine reported that LIGO physicists observed gravitational waves stemming from two black holes merging with one another. The media outlet based its report on an email from McMaster Univ. theoretical physicist Clifford Burgess, which ended up posted on Twitter. In the email, Burgess wrote that the discovery will be published in Nature on Feb. 11.

“This is just from talking to people who said they’ve seen the paper, but I’ve not seen the paper itself,” said Burgess to Science Magazine. “I’ve been around a long time, so I’ve seen rumors come and go. This one seems more credible.”

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