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Comment Re:When will their price be on par with ICE cars? (Score 1) 107

This concept of "oil subsidies" is just nonsense.

Oil subsidies are huge, a fact you can easily confirm with a few seconds of Googling. Here's what I found in less than 10 seconds:

Comment Re:What about a bus? (Score 3, Informative) 280

Bicycles and walking are powered by very non-green energy sources. An engine that spews CO2 from one end and methane from the other end.

I don't know if you're being funny or serious, but that's a common misconception so I'll assume you're being serious. The CO2 and methane that we animals spew all came directly from the atomsphere through the food chain or through breathing. It's a closed cycle - plants and animals take CO2 from the atmosphere, store it a short while, then release it back into the atmosphere. That closed cycle is the gold standard of sustainability, pretty much the opposite of "non-green".

Comment Re:Unless (Score 1) 301

Son of Sam laws - which the courts have held to be unconstitutional.

From your link -

Though this original New York law was struck down, the Supreme Court ruling actually stated that Son of Sam laws could conceivably be constitutional, but only if written very carefully, with regard to First Amendment rights. Various states (including New York) now have laws to prevent felons from capitalizing on their crimes written with an eye towards adhering to the ruling laid out by the Supreme Court concerning the First Amendment.

After numerous revisions, New York adopted a law in 2001, again known as the "Son of Sam" law.[1] This law requires that victims of crimes be notified whenever a person convicted of a crime receives $10,000 (US) or moreâ"from virtually any source.[2] The law then attaches a springing statute of limitations, giving victims an extended period of time to sue the perpetrator of the crime in civil court for their crimes.[3] This law also authorizes a state agency, the Crime Victims' Board, to act on the victims' behalf in some limited circumstances.[4] Thus far, the current New York law has survived constitutional scrutiny.

So only the first New York law was held unconstitutional. Son of Sam laws in place now seem to be okay.


Comment Re:Wheel Group (Score 1) 118

RedHat distros set a root password during install, but also require the creation of a non-root user; this user is added to the wheel group.

I don't know if you meant to include Fedora but on all my Fedora installs the only member of the wheel group has been root. I believe the same is true of Centos but I don't have it installed anywhere right now to check.

Comment Re:If only that were enough... (Score 1) 236

It doesn't exonerate Captain Rogers, nor can it explain why his crew was seemingly unable to read the information that was staring them in the face, specifically the fact that the aircraft was climbing the entire time they tracked it. That flight profile screams "NOT A THREAT" to anyone versed in anti air warfare, which you would expect the crew of an air defense cruiser to be, yet somehow they reported the contact as descending on an attack vector. There were doubtless many reasons for this failure, combat stress, the newness (at the time) of the AEGIS combat system, the double IFF response, the failure to establish communications with Iran Air 655, and so on. None of those facts excuse the failure though, at the end of the day the Captain of a ship is responsible for the happenings aboard ship, whether he could have influenced them or not, and Captain Rogers certainly had control over the training of his crew.

I seem to recall stories at the time of the shoot-down that the F-14s operating from the dual-use airbase Flight 655 took off from would routinely set their IFF transponders to Mode III (Civilian). If the crew of the Vincennes was aware of that then the IFF response from Flight 655 would have looked no different from an F-14.

This doesn't excuse Capt. Rogers since the flight profile and heading were, as you say, non-threatening, but it does remove a useful piece of information that might have led to a different decision.

Comment Re: Obviously. (Score 1) 695

Roy Spencer? - 10 to 1 the data is stratospheric temps presented as surface temps..

No, the data is accurate. It's a common method of cherry-picking used by deniers. All you have to do is pick a local maxima (like 1998) and run the average from there for a small period like 10 or 15 years.

A 15-year average doesn't mean anything - in climate science you need at least a 30 year average to see a meaningful trend.

Comment Re:Sugar only - not diet (Score 1) 422

Of course, other articles and studies are telling me that my diet pop is messing with my brain and making me crave more sweets anyway.

Oh, it's much worse than that!

A few choice quotes from the article:

"Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death."

"Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells."

"The absorption of methanol into the body is sped up considerably when free methanol is ingested. Free methanol is created from aspartame when it is heated to above 86 Fahrenheit (30 Centigrade). This would occur when aspartame-containing product is improperly stored or when it is heated (e.g. as part of a "food" product such as Jello). Methanol breaks down into formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin."

"DKP is a byproduct of aspartame metabolism. DKP has been implicated in the occurrence of brain tumors."

Then there's the phosphoric acid content in diet soda that erodes tooth enamel and promotes kidney stones.

Needless to say, I don't drink diet sodas.

Comment Re:Translation: Let's FORCE it on them! (Score 1) 324

the EPA can't force large manufacturing firms to curb their water usage or limit how much they're allowed to pollute.

EPA action is not the only means to that goal. I work for a "large manufacturing firm" and we work hard to reduce water usage and limit energy use. It's not because the suits suddenly got the green bug, I assure you. The reason we do this is because it saves money.

Comment Re:Nuclear Disarmament didn't cause... (Score 1) 324

Increasing or introducing taxes means prices go up.

It also means that government revenue goes up, which leaves room for lawmakers to lower other taxes to compensate.

But that's not really the point. The production, sale and use of fossil fuels imposes an external cost on everyone in form of more severe weather - longer droughts, more floods, higher food prices, etc. Raising taxes on fossil fuels merely recovers the the cost they impose on society. To do otherwise would constitute a hidden subsidy of the fossil fuel industry at the expense of everyone else.

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