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Comment: Re:Is the US government really so dysfunctional (Score 1) 93

by jp10558 (#48659657) Attached to: Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

I'm not a lawyer, but cities and towns can pass their own laws with the permission of the State, but only with permission isn't exactly true.

I'm not aware of any local government asking permission for passing a law of any higher government.

Tangent: what's the ordering, and does it vary with state? In NY we have county govt, town, city / village.). My understanding is that each level down can be more restrictive, but not less so, than a level above. That is, NY allows alcohol sales, but not cocaine sales. A local town can make selling alcohol illegal in their town (called a 'dry town'), banning selling in stores and banning bars. But they can't make it legal to sell cocaine.

Of course, what's less clear to me is if County govt overrules City govt, or if they are also orthogonal. Also, apparently, states can choose whether to enforce federal laws apparently - see recent marijuana news. I suppose that cities can choose whether to enforce state laws also? It's quite confusing, and I live here.

Comment: Re:Study financed by (Score 1) 281

by jp10558 (#48652935) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

I imagine all this becomes moot as we get self driving cars. Heck, there are a bunch of cars, down to Subaru and Dodge price ranges with camera or radar based pre-collision braking and warnings that will mitigate this as well.

  Technology will route around the problem. It's still stupid to create this problem though.

Comment: Re:keep on calculating [Don't speculate, calculate (Score 1) 718

by KeensMustard (#48643283) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
Sure. Once you've done the numbers to support your hypothesis then get back to us. At the moment, to be honest, it sounds like more wild speculation. Let's say your hypothesis is correct and undersea volcanoes have reduced the ability of the ocean to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Wouldn't this act in such a way as to increase the sensitivity of the climate to anthropogenic CO2 emissions?

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 718

Funny, because the science that I learned about in college was ALL ABOUT being constantly questioned.

Presumably they mentioned at your place of learning that to question science you need to use science, not superstition: e.g. "I don't trust this science because that scientists has a beard and he might be a hippy"

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 718

When climate alarmists stop pretending that the dispute is over the degree of human influence on climate, and how much different countries should spend to mitigate anthropogenic climate change (or other kinds!), they might start to get traction with skeptics. Also when they start acting like the situation is as bad as they claim it is.

Funny how the view of 'the dispute' is so inconsistent. You say the dispute is not about the science, yet there are denialists posting in this very thread who say that it IS: this guy , or this guy or this guy. You guys need to sit down and nut and what it is, exactly, that you have against the more commonly held position on climate. At the moment, you look like clowns.

I know that when I used an electric sous vide cooker to make pork chops for dinner last night, it was worse for the climate than if I ate raw vegetables, and better than if I grilled a slab of steak over a bonfire. I know that living in the suburbs emits more greenhouse gases than living in a tiny apartment in a big city. I am thoroughly unconvinced that forcing most people to live like the alarmists claim we should (but usually don't live themselves) will yield the claimed benefits, or be worth the costs even if the benefits would be as claimed.

If I wanted to classify your position I would call it "superstition". It is, essentially a belief that climate change is about good people and bad people. Various (curiously unnamed) people you claim are "alarmists" and are hyprocritical, and therefore the scientific basis of their position is wrong. One would think that if the science of mitigation were actually wrong, if the economic model was wrong, that you could find and demonstrate those flaws, rather than engage in bone pointing ceremonies.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 718

Not only the data and the conclusions, the models themselves. If you use a model to analyze the data and draw some conclusions from it and this model is unable to predict phenomena correctly you can certainly become skeptic about the conclusions you drawn from it.

What phenomena?

Recently, many models were put exactly in that position.

Which models?

Calling everyone a denier because he/she express some doubts about the conclusions of a model without any decent prediction capability is certainly an abuse of language and even bullying toward legitimate skepticism.

That is not the denier position. The denier position is that a (pre-supposed) lack of correlation between model predictions and observed climate means that we can continue dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and nothing significant will happen. The deniers would have us accept their predictions about climate sensitivity whilst simultaneously claiming that science is insufficient to make predictions. The denier claim (that adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere will not cause significant warming) is something that ought to be handled with healthy scepticism.

Because what a lack of correlation actually means is that we can't predict what will happen if we continue our buildup of atmospheric CO2. We know there will be some effect (by thermodynamics) but can't predict the scope of it. The only logical conclusion is that to avoid potential disaster we need to stop doing that. Right Now.

If the model deniers are right and there is no correlation then what they are really saying is that we must take immediate action to mitigate the risk of disastrous warming.

Comment: Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 100

by KeensMustard (#48576177) Attached to: Australia Pushes Ahead With Website Blocking In Piracy Fight
More like "War on Poor People/Pensioners","War on Small Business", "War on Manufacturing", "War on Wind Farms", "War on Students".

But of course, the fact that this government has announced an intent to do this is almost certain death for the idea. They are so disorganised and so incompetent that they could never get it done.

Comment: Re:One good turn... (Score 1) 235

by KeensMustard (#48567439) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

More generally, he stated that there is no actual data to support the notion that race does not contribute to intelligence, making a specific reference to Africans, and which happens to be a politically incorrect notion, but is still an accurate statement.

So he is saying that Africans are more intelligent than Europeans?

Comment: Re:"Expected" to release methane (Score 1) 329

by KeensMustard (#48566087) Attached to: Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

That climate science, to date, has been poor at prognostication is indisputably true.

Actually the point of this discussion is that the statement One must note that environmental science is best at observation, and typically poor at prognostication. is in fact unsubstantiated. Simply repeating that assertion multiple times does not substantiate it.

Comment: Re:the evils of Political Correctness (Score 1) 201

by KeensMustard (#48544885) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

For science to work you must be able to state an unpopular opinion and not get slaughtered for it.

No. You need to be able to present your research without being slaughtered for it. When it comes to opinion, scientists have the same rights and are subject to the same criticisms as anybody else.

How many white people do you see in professional sports?

Heaps.

Cricket, for instance, is dominated by white guys in Australia and England. On the other hand, India, Pakistan and the West Indies have very strong teams - why? Because cricket favours places where kids can play the game in the street. Genetics don't enter into it.

Another example: Aussie Rules versus Rugby. Aussie Rules has a disproportionate number of Aboriginal players, whereas Rugby (in Australia/NZ) is dominated by Maoris and Islanders (Samoans, Vanuatans etc). Are Aboriginals genetically pre-disposed toward Aussie Rules, or is it actually because they grow up playing and loving Aussies Rules (Whereas Samoans grow up loving and playing rugby)?

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