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Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 4, Insightful) 122

by gtall (#49493321) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

That's not sophisticated enough. The problem is we're taking eons of sequestered carbon and dumping it into the atmosphere all at once. Trees only sequester carbon for about 100 before they're broken down into CO2 and other stuff again. Think of it as time dilated burning. And planting the world over with trees cannot possibly capture all the sequestered CO2 we're dumping.

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 698

by gtall (#49478879) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

No, Scientology should not have tax exempt status because they produce no charity benefits to balance what some of their followers produce. The same cannot be said for the other religions. If it were up to me, you only get tax exemption based on the level of your charitable work, quantifiable charitable work that is. Getting tax exemption just because you have a religion is plain silly.

Comment: Re:How have we ruled out measurement or model erro (Score 1) 116

by gtall (#49477931) Attached to: Hubble and the VLT Uncover Evidence For Self-Interacting Dark Matter

Because to physicists who spend their time working this problem seem to agree that 1 is most likely. 3 is being attacked all the time with new theories but it is sort of an unlimited well of human imagination.

In my opinion, it is like the WTC "theories". They get started because some yokel cannot understand the official explanations when others seem as likely. However, if you pick up Popular Mechanics book "Debunking 9/11 Myths" (especially the newer addition), they pretty much destroy the reigning alternative alleged theories. Why should I accept the book's version? Because they worked with scientists, engineers, and demolition experts who concur on the official explanation. Why do I not accept the alternative theories? Because they have little scientific analysis backing them. So I bow to the physicists who work the dark matter issue as being the experts and in a much better position to judge because, as intelligent and wonderful as I believe myself to be, I don't have their expertise.

Comment: Re:Pretty safe bet this happens everywhere. (Score 1) 294

by gtall (#49477151) Attached to: Denver TSA Screeners Manipulated System In Order To Grope Men's Genitals

TSA agents are mirroring society. Does your workplace only hire saints:

Hiring Supervisor: We like your credentials, are you certified as being a saint?

Prospective Employee: Yep, see these affidavits, I'm considered quite holy.

HS: So you wouldn't do anything untoward toward customers?

PS: Of course not, I'd jeopardize my saint status, I like being holy.

HS: Okay, you are hired, but be good!!

Comment: Some Chimps use tools to hunt (Score 2) 88

by gtall (#49477115) Attached to: World's Oldest Stone Tools Discovered In Kenya

If poking at bush babies with a broken stick to hurt them enough to come out to be eaten constitutes a tool, then Fongoli chimpanzees of Senegal (NYT article) use tools. At least the females do, the males do he-male things like chase down their prey. It is thought the females do this because they are not big and brawny like the males. Actually, the males just feel like they are losing their testosterone if they stoop to using tools...or asking the females which direction their prey went.

Comment: Re:Why does anyone do STEMS (Score 2) 499

Women thrive on social skills, it is impossible to encourage them to to have rubbish social skills. It is precisely because science and engineering do not foster social interaction that women find them, frankly, boring. So they eschew these careers.

Academic is a special case. They will accommodate oddballs more readily than business. You can be terrible socially in the business world, but that doesn't make you an oddball. It doesn't surprise me that academics misread the lack of women in science and engineering, they are quick to blame everything of social constructs because that is how they view the world. Thus academics see themselves as fixing the problems "created" by the business world, and tend to hire oddballs and women.

Comment: Re:Just curious (Score 1) 245

by gtall (#49470751) Attached to: Turkish Hackers Target Vatican Website After Pope's Genocide Comment

Why stop there? We must consider the Romans, the Greeks, the Egyptians, Genghis Khan, etc. Let's regurgitate all the past sins from 1000s of years ago and bring them front and center so we can have new culture wars over them. Let's consider the murders Mohammed committed because the twit heard voices and presumed they were Gabriel.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 1) 173

Please step away from the 50's and 60's, the "military-industrial" complex is way to small to effect the economy. DoD spend about $600 billion a year (of which about $300 Billion is spent on salaries, benefits, etc.) and that pales in comparison to the rest of the nearly $4 Trillion federal budget and won't budget the $17 Trillion U.S. economy. In fact, even large companies are doing all they can to get away from reliance on DoD because of uncertain funding and small ball funding.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 1) 173

So, following your logic, the Eisenhower should never have started the interstate highway system since it wasn't part of the bare basics. Come to it, we should halt all federally funded cancer research since that's not a basic either. And Grandma can come and live with you, affording her is not a government bare basic. Neither is the EPA and all those emission controls, a round of mercury for everyone. Airline safety can be left to the airlines, auto safety to the car companies, drug safety to the drug companies. I can see the light!!!

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