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Comment: Re:dumbo (Score 1) 288

by harvey the nerd (#47489505) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax
Most advanced STEM people I know (PhDs, 1500+, patents, etc) have refrained from expressing their concerns and doubt for a long time, some figuring they missed some details or not worth the hassle. Now they can be reasonably certain how busted the CAGW data, models and technical processes are. Politically this becomes an existential fight to remain somewhat free, while some totalitarians are making the big grab. It has become worth the hassle.

Comment: dumbo (Score 0) 288

by harvey the nerd (#47483767) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax
CAGW is a scam that has become a religion seeking justification to mulct, enslave and decimate the world while ignoring the real threat, lesser global cooling periods and the main ice ages.

Only now has a public debate about the science actually begun and already it should be clear that CAGW promoters are more than a few cards short of a full deck. Altered data, history, obvious discrepancies of prior warmer periods like higher water or abandoned high altitude terraces, missing physics in models, gross errors in feedback like positive instead of negative, and the general use of character assassination rather than refutation.

Comment: one way tickets... (Score 1) 749

by harvey the nerd (#47452147) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours
Perhaps the US gov will save money buying one way tickets for their minions trying to access these foreign servers. Snooping on various kinds of information are criminal privacy invasions in some countries and need serious consequences. Something about their previous bad experience with murderous dictators. Hopefully criminals from the US won't get a free pass just because they are US gov employees.

Comment: side effects, measurement and false claims (Score 1) 186

If it were that wonderful, it might save more like 1,000,000 lives a year. 100,000 is potentially a rounding error or redefinition game in measurement.

Major poicy mistakes that enslave us or cause a social meltdown like a revolution, might cost millions of lives per year.

One of the principal problems with health and healthcare today is that individuals, groups an corporations have been shaving and flaking largely unseen pieces of the public's health off for a lousy "profit" this past century with scams, defective goods and techniques known to somebody. We should trust you now with our most personal information that be used as weapons and chains ?

Comment: smart hippies ...what could possibly go wrong (Score 4, Interesting) 396

by harvey the nerd (#47246039) Attached to: "Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa
Beta carotene is only one of hundreds of carotenoids. We know that there are other carotenoids with important properties for human health e,g, lutein, lycopene, astaxanthin.

Better to think of beta carotene as a marker in foods rather than a be-all, end-all carotenoid. Also balance with other oil soluble and anti-oxidant nutrients can be important.

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