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Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 1) 639

by pastafazou (#49800583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
Hold on there mister, the Laschamp event only lasted less than 500 years, and occurred in the middle of an ice age, over 41,000 years ago. I don't know about you, but I see a whole lot of unknowns that make it very difficult to conclude that "the climate didn't change".
How much of the surface of the earth was already covered with ice/snow -unknown
How much of an increase in annual cloud cover over non-ice/snow regions did the planet experience during this event -unknown
How accurate are the ice cores in capturing relatively short events measuring hundreds, not thousands of years -unknown
How much variation was there during this event in terms of the strength of the field -unknown I would prefer to not draw any conclusions from what little data we have of this event. We have the technology to measure GCR's, and we have the technology to measure cloud cover. Let's verify the theory of GCR's and cloud formation, let's quantify it, and then let's see if we can accurately predict cloud cover and irradiance fluctuations based on this data.

Comment: Re:King Midas in reverse (Score 1) 126

by pastafazou (#49768049) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly May Acquire BlackBerry
Wow, way to link to some obscure student essay just to have an argument. Maybe you could've pulled the actual financials from google instead:
Q4 2015: positive cashflow of $76Million versus a negative cashflow of 784Million in Q4 2014
Q4 2015: cash and investments of $3.27 billion, up $608Million from Q4 2014
Q4 2015: earnings of $0.04 per share, versus loss of $0.08 per share in Q4 2014

I would say the original claim of them pulling out of a nosedive would be accurate. It doesn't mean they're flying high again, but they did manage to generate some positives.

Comment: Re:It's not limited to the US (Score 1) 220

Peer reviewed paper, huh? You know Nature rejected Lu's submissions, right? He ended up publishing his work in a "pay for play" journal known for publishing research rejected by mainstream journals. Lu Debunked: http://www.geneticliteracyproj...

"Many of the world’s top scientists have challenged his research. Dennis vanEngelsdorp called Lu’s first study “an embarrassment” while Scott Black, executive director of the bee-hugging Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, characterized it as fatally flawed, both in its design and conclusions. University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum, who chaired the National Academy of Sciences 2007 National Research council study on the Status of Pollinators in North America called it “effectively worthless” to serious researchers. “The experimental design and statistical analysis are just not reliable,” she said."

As far as cold in Europe, cherry picking a few UK averages doesn't actually impart much information about what's happening. Wikipedia lists unusual cold waves in Europe for 2004/5, 2005/6, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012. It's funny you ask me to stick to actual science and data, when I'm the one who pointed out that the actual science and data overwhelmingly support the case that neonics likely aren't the cause of CCD. You sound like a Greenpeace brainwashed whacko who refuses to examine the evidence. Enjoy your envirocult worshipping, I'll stick with the science that's enabled our society to feed 7 billion people worldwide and land rovers on Mars.

Comment: Re:It's not limited to the US (Score 1) 220

Well first off, you're linking to the debunked work of Chensheng Lu. And I don't know where you're getting your info about Europe's cold and mild winters, but here's the top link from google when I search: Finally, you fail to address the fact that Australia is one of the heaviest users of neonics, yet they have not suffered any issues at all with bee colony collapses. Oh, and they're also free of the varroa mite incidentally.

Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1092

by pastafazou (#49736723) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
Sorry, but this isn't true. And I work for the province in health care, so I should know a bit about it. Hip replacements and knee replacements have been prioritized by the provincial government. It comes at the expense of many other services, such that arthroscopic surgeries for all other joints now have waiting lists longer than 2 months. However, things like MRI's, X-rays and CAT scans are often sought by Canadians south of the border simply because the wait times can be outrageous. There are multiple MRI clinics in the Buffalo region boasting dozens of machines each. Yet we have hospitals here with a single MRI machine and a 6 week waiting list. Many patients will simply cross the border and pay for an MRI same day simply because they can't wait two months in order for actual treatment to begin. This is where the provincial government will massage the statistics. Even though the patient needs to wait 6 weeks to get the MRI, that's not counted in wait times for the actual surgery. Once the MRI is done, a specialist will consult with the patient. It's at that point that they start timing how long it takes.

Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1092

by pastafazou (#49736607) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
The article you're linking to is actually very weak on facts. There was never any claim that Canadians are flocking to the US to get medical care. HOWEVER, wealthy Canadians regularly DO head to the US in order to get immediate treatment. We have wait times for almost all medical services, not because of a decision to save money and be fiscally conservative, but simply because our health care costs continue to rise faster than revenues. The provincial government of Ontario, for example, has been running a deficit for the past decade, and our debt is now approaching $300 billion for a population of 13 million. This has resulted in several credit downgrades. We simply can't afford to increase spending any more. Unfortunately health care costs continue to rise, so people end up having to wait longer and longer for service. 1 in 9 Canadian doctors have left Canada to practice in the US, simply because there's no budget to hire them on at the hospitals, and the pay for family physicians is low compared to the US. 1 in 5 Canadian specialists have left for the US:

Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1092

by pastafazou (#49736303) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
I'm from Canada, and I can tell you that comparing US and Canadian taxes really isn't valid. First off, we have multiple layers of taxes beyond simple income tax. We have a 13% sales tax on almost everything. We have both provincial and federal taxes on gas, resulting in a per gallon price over $4. We have additional taxes on tobacco and alcohol beyond anything you pay in the US. We have 'service' taxes for many different government services. And all of these taxes go to a government that has a puny defense budget and no space agency. Our health care system is a mess, as costs continue to spiral and our largest province population wise continues to drown in debt. The solution to the health care costs is to simply put people on waiting lists. The government has prioritized the most common surgeries needed for an aging population, as those are the ones who tend to vote. As a result, hip, knee, and heart surgeries take priority and get the majority of the funding. All others are left underfunded and with long waiting lists. Those with lots of money (politicians) buy additional health insurance and seek medical treatments in the US.

Comment: Re:It's not limited to the US (Score 1) 220

The decline in honey bee populations in North America correlates very well with 2 factors: varroa mites and cold winters. The mortality rate for bee colonies over winter correlates very well with both the spread of the varroa mite, as well as the development of resistance in the mites to treatments. We also see spikes in the mortality rates for bee colonies in regions that suffer an unusually cold winter. I didn't claim that neonicotinoids can't be to blame. I claimed that the data didn't correlate, and I claimed that it was more likely to be the varroa mite. And if you actually looked at the data yourself, you'd see that for yourself.

Comment: Re:It's not limited to the US (Score 1) 220

Here's your citation: Annual Colony Losses If you're too lazy to actually read it, here's the relevant numbers: Alberta 13% loss in 2012, 23% in 2013, 18% in 2014 Saskatchewan 17% in 2012, 27% in 2013, 18% in 2014 Manitoba 16% in 2012, 46% in 2013, 24% in 2014 You can read more about the devastation the varroa mite has caused here: Varroa Mites The varroa mite is developing resistance to our normal methods of treating them, resulting in a decreased ability to control and limit the damage they cause. The Canadian Honey Bee council lists the varroa mite as their primary concern.

Comment: Re:It's not limited to the US (Score 4, Informative) 220

Complete bullshit is right! How is it that some regions that use neonics are not suffering any bee colony deaths at all? Australia is one of the heaviest users of neonics, yet their bee colonies are quite healthy. Canada's prairies also use neonics, yet their bees are doing absolutely fine. Neonics were in use for 15 years before these bee colony deaths began to appear. Certainly not very much correlation at all between usage of neonics and bee deaths. It's quite likely that the real culprit is the varroa mite, and the bee viruses it carries. The mite has become a serious problem in both the US and Europe, and the spread of the mite correlates much better with the spread of CCD.

Comment: Re: Meh (Score 1) 372

by pastafazou (#49647789) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record
If you can turn the earth into a snowball in a single year, then yes I would think we'd suffer a massive loss in population. But if you want to have a logical discussion, you need to ditch the hyperbole. There's no way our planet is going snowball lightning fast without some sort of catastrophic asteroid or volcanism event. As for which is more survivable, cold versus hot, all evidence points to life flourishing with warmer worldwide temperatures. What we don't know is the optimal temperature, after which increasing heat will begin to hamper life instead. But whatever, you're entitled to your opinion, and I thank you for sharing and defending your wrong opinion.

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