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Comment: Re:We certainly can't thank Stephen Harper (Score 1) 118

by dryeo (#47780903) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

But, but he claims to be the leader of the most scientific government in our history with billions spent on proving that bitumen floats and more billions spent on proving bitumen sinks, not to mention the billions spent proving that bitumen is oil rather then a tar like substance.

Comment: Re:The problem with beaurocrats. (Score 1) 118

by dryeo (#47780813) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Our health care system is pretty stressed out by all the average Americans sneaking up here and pretending to be Canadian so they can get some treatment. I pity the poor American who can't even afford to come up here.
Of course the wealthy people go to Cuba, India, Thailand or such for inexpensive medical care.

Comment: Re:NASA needs to get it's act together (Score 1) 106

by dryeo (#47771785) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

We already have lots of experience building things to stand up to one gee, a suspension bridge for example can be extended until its ends meet and its cables can be attached to the opposite point. The important thing is having light strong cables.
What is really needed is some information on just how much gravity we need. I'd guess we'd do fine with Venuses 90% but what about 50% or Mars with its 33%?
Seems that fetus development would also be dependent on close to normal gravity.

Comment: Re: Global Warming? (Score 1) 272

by dryeo (#47756643) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

I'm actually in BC and haven't been to Baker since I was a kid, over 40 years ago. Considering went there in the summer up to the glacier and the local ski reports include Baker, you must be able to get a ways up the mountain without a helicopter. Getting to the peak might be different though, it's a big mountain.

Comment: Re: Global Warming? (Score 1) 272

by dryeo (#47753261) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

For Mt. St. Helens, it wasn't so much predicted as the first signs of an impending eruption were noticed and acted on. There's a similar volcano close to where I am (Mt Baker) and all science says is it is currently quiet and very unlikely to erupt real soon. It can't say 10 or a 100 years or even if it will erupt again though it is likely to.
Earthquakes are similar, there seems to be early signs that some animals pick up on and may be measurable but for the fault I live by, all science can say is statistically we're due for an earthquake. Could be next week or next century.
And yes, the question is whether the methane release is normal or not along with other methane releases. This one could be normal and others could be recent. Climate change is complicated and we don't really know how things will evolve but there is a good chance that the world will warm up and it safer to act on that just like it was safer to evacuate Mt St Helens even though it may have been more of a fizzle then a major eruption.

Comment: Re:Global Warming? (Score 2) 272

by dryeo (#47753155) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Petroleum and coal have only been forming for some 100's of millions of years, basically since plants colonized the land and pseudo-forests started to grow. (Some petroleum may have been formed earlier by algae). For the first period of perhaps 60 million odd years there were no fungi to break down the plant matter and much of current fossil fuels were created, sequestering lots of carbon which we're now releasing.

Comment: Re:Actually, it does ! (Score 1) 375

by dryeo (#47729567) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

The proverb you are grasping for with lethologica is "together we stand, divided we fall" how do you think George Washington et al would feel about that statement if you had a time machine and suggested that to them?

He'd probably say, "you're right, lets have a Continental Congress and unite the colonies, at least diplomatically and militarily"

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 338

by dryeo (#47725455) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

I'm not even American and even I know that only Texas and Hawaii were ever separate countries that gave up their sovereignty to join the USA. It can be said that the original 13 colonies had a choice between signing the articles of confederation or being sovereign countries after the war of separation but as far as I know all 13 signed the articles of confederation and later the constitution.
Seems most of the rest were conquered or purchased territory rather then sovereign independent states that decided to join the USA. At that even some of the original 13 had to be reconquered and forced back into the union, which shows how much sovereignty they actually had.
As for expansion of federal power, its been ongoing ever since 1776 with notable events being the US Constitution, written up by a bunch of guys at the pub who didn't have a mandate to write a constitution (at least the 13 voluntarily signed it), Andrew Jackson who ignored the judiciary branch as he practiced genocide to add States to the USA, and the big one, Lincoln and the new Republican party who actually went to war to push the Federal agenda and after the war, occupied State Legislatures and forced them to pass amendments at gunpoint.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked! (Score 1) 181

by dryeo (#47709799) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

.Perhaps I don't quite understand your wording and this is not double speak, but assuming you wrote correctly this is a Government problem.

That's true, the government has been implicit in enclosing the commons since 1235 and without common land to drag cable/fiber across you can't just start an ISP.

The majority of monopolization in the US is due exactly to monopolization by Government intervention.

Perhaps we need to stop the government from giving the aristocracy (the rich) the right to own the land and infrastructure built on our land. Traditionally there was private land, eg your house and immediate property and their was common land for the use of all. Government has removed the common part and given it to the lords and now naturally those who own the commons want to profit off it.

Comment: Re:Falling energy prices and weak demand? (Score 1) 248

by dryeo (#47700325) Attached to: The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

Here in BC the government cut income taxes by 25% and have been making up the shortfalls from hydro so prices are really going up. They also want to build a new large damn on the Peace river for liquifying natural gas for export (they think they're going to make a fortune exporting gas) which will jack up our prices and flood a lot of nice farmland.
We have some ideal country for solar which combined with hydro would help the load as it produces best in the summer when the reservoirs are low but the first test just started and wind hasn't even been looked at.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold