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Comment Re:Found the perfect way (Score 1) 164

The rule I like to follow for tattoos is this:

Did I want this tattoo 10 years ago, and do I want it now?

This prevents fads from ending up permanent on me, and gone to everyone else.
This also prevents undiscerning phases of development from being displayed to the world.

It should be noted that I currently do not have any tattoos, though I'm getting close to getting something rude tattooed onto my underarm for some unsuspecting medical examiner.

Comment Re:Heh... (Score 1) 110

Concerning divergent hypotheses on climate change cause:
The article on scientific opinion on climate change ( is twice as long as the one for climate change itself. This is mainly because it is a very dear topic that is constantly, erroneously (but effectively) 'discredited' by 'news outlets'. It is very important that the world know, beyond a doubt, that there is a scientific CONSENSUS that climate change is caused by human activity -- specifically the release of CO2 into the atmosphere through combustion of fossil fuels.

Yes the models need to be adjusted, they will be, repeatedly. But it doesn't change the fact that the problem is somewhere between bad and hellish.

Cosmic rays, as the previous comment suggests is an example of a differing hypothesis that may explain the same observations, is the theory that decreased activity from the Sun (sunspots and related activity) decreases the protection provided from solar wind and increases the effect of cosmic rays on the planet (reducing cloud formation/cover). This hypothesis has been calculated to contribute, at maximum, 10% of the change we have observed, and, since this is a cyclic process(the ebb and flow of solar activity) on the order of 11 years, historic data can show the effect during previous cycles*.

*'Cosmic rays, solar activity and the climate',T Sloan and A W Wolfendale, 2013, Environ. Res. Lett., 8, 045022
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Comment Re:A clear pattern (Score 1) 71

The system is broken.

It has been for a long time.

I've used to dream of leaving and not looking back and I have the means, but where would that leave this place?
Down one educated individual.
Down one tax payer.

I have no idea what to do.

I could fight it. I could spend my whole life fighting it. To what end?
I do not want power. I just want the power that exists to not be abused.

Could some scientist/engineer out there run on that platform? You'd have my vote.

Send out mailers to your constituents with randomized logins to your polling web-site. Do what they say. Post the results. Keep public records. Be accountable. Only for 1 or max 2 terms, and then go back to your day job. Please.

Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.