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Comment: Re:But dude, there was a snowball (Score 1) 639 639

If it doesn't matter if you adjust one up or the other down, why did they choose to adjust the more accurate data up instead of the suspect data down? What happens to the trend if we in fact adjust the ship data down to match the buoy data? I'm guessing the trend DOES change, since this particular adjustment changed the trend from a 15+ year pause that very few disputed and spent countless hours trying to explain and solve into a "hey, look, the pause is gone" moment.

Comment: Re:But dude, there was a snowball (Score 1) 639 639

I don't understand why the more accurate buoy data needs to be adjusted. Shouldn't the discrepancy reveal a problem with the ship data, resulting in that entire set getting adjusted downward instead? If I have a map and a roadsign and an atlas that all say the distance between two landmarks is 14km, but using a GPS system reveals the distance is actually 13.5km, do I adjust the GPS data upwards to get it closer to the older data, or do I assume the older data wasn't as precise or had some errors?

Comment: Re:Not very confidence-inspiring (Score 2) 639 639

  • 1. claiming scientists are failing to correct the data for urban island effect means you're a troll?
  • 2. incompetence is exclusive to one side?
  • 3. do you have a list of those being funded to instill anti-science propaganda? Proof of the funding? Or is this an unfounded accusation based on an assumption?
  • 4. why is it okay to accuse one side of being bought with money, but not the other? US Climate Science research spending is in the Billions of dollars.

Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 225 225

I don't know or care much about this story at all, but please don't trivialize selling drugs as something minor. There are literally tens of thousands of people being killed because of drugs and drug wars. That's not even mentioning the many lives ruined by drug addictions. So while this guy may not have been directly guilty of killing and raping, he is supporting, helping, and profiting from an industry that is directly murdering, raping, and torturing innocent people on a regular basis. He did this knowing full well that it was illegal and there were steep consequences. So if he got what the law says is the punishment for the crimes he committed, tough luck guy.

Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 1) 692 692

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) 129 129

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: http://press.blackberry.com/co...
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) 220 220

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) 220 220

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: http://www.theguardian.com/env... 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) 1094 1094

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.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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