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Comment: Re:No mention of sulfur (Score 1) 417


Are you reading the same thread?

It's not. But politically, he's calling it the most important because it's something humans can't do anything about. If fits in perfectly with the right's narrative on AGW. By making the problem out of their control, they can claim anyone wanting to do anything about it just wants to "kill jobs" or "redistribute wealth."

Comment: Re:I don't agree that cars cost more. (Score 1) 292

by samwichse (#49415923) Attached to: EFF Fighting Automakers Over Whether You Own Your Car

The '05 Corolla is 5 inches shorter and 3 inches narrower than the '15.

It also weighs 2,530 to 2,670 lbs, vs 2,800 to 2,875 lbs for the '15.

Sadly, Toyota no longer sells a car that size to compare to. Nissan sells a Versa sedan (ugh) that is a lot closer in size than the '15 Corolla (it's a bit smaller). Base price is $12k.

Cars always bloat and become larger with time. Then they introduce a "new" small car at the bottom. People love it, but they think "it'll sell better if it were just a bit bigger" every time they redesign. Rinse, lather, repeat. The size/weight of a brand new Honda Civic is actually larger overall than a 1987 Accord. Go figure... now we have the Fit. Which jumped up in size with the '09 refresh.


Comment: Re:Phew! Finally! (Score 1) 120

I know you were speaking ironically, but I've hired goats for old-field recovery (rehabbing a field site that infilled with exotic shrubs like english/eurasian privet, honeysuckles, multiflora rose, buckthorn, russian and autumn olive).

They bring in the goats, stake them with a 15-20' chain and let them eat to their heart's content. You're paying for transportation to the site, veterinary care, water, and supplemental feed (the food quality is so bad, the goats can starve to death packed full of roughage).

We did a chunk of land like this, and a chunk of land with volunteers with swedish axes, saws, and loppers. The goats did a more thorough job and MUCH faster (and you didn't have to burn a brush pile after). The only downside to the goats is they're non-selective... you can't leave any nice native species you find (bye bye hazelnut!).


I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky