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Comment: Re:One sample (Score 1) 126

by wbr1 (#48209733) Attached to: Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals
What if he is descending from one wandering group that ran into and and interbred once in their history. There would be no genetic fragmentation with this individual, however yet another find could be from a different group that interbred at a different time or times. This would result in many different, geographically isolated, groups of humans with different genetic histories of interbreeding with neanderthals.

Comment: Re:What happens to that heat? (Score 1) 423

by wbr1 (#48072511) Attached to: Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming
An interesting question. Perhaps hurricane formation is down because the temperature gradient between areas of the ocean is decreasing? Maybe it is not warm water only, but the difference between the hot and cold areas that are a large factor in development/strength of large storms?

Comment: Re:Say "No more!" to Climate Posts (Score 1) 423

by wbr1 (#48072225) Attached to: Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming
Vehicle safety does have many associated costs. Manufacturing costs for cars have risen due to safety stndars.. crumple zones, airbags.. all these things require advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Then there is the bureaucratic cost, in inspections, tests, etc.

I would argue that there has been a significant cost in pursuing vehicle safety in this country. There is a reason Indian and Chinese cars are not sold here (yet).

Comment: Re:Say "No more!" to Climate Posts (Score 5, Insightful) 423

by wbr1 (#48071993) Attached to: Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Enough already. The Earth is warmer, probably. We don't know for how much longer. We don't know how much warmer. We don't know how it's happening, mostly. We don't know why it's happening.

That's climate in a nutshell. Do you want a _government_ ringing in new policies based on that? A government can't even get well understood problems under control ... like say, traffic, or urban development. And if you dare say, "Hey, traffic is hard to model!", well guess what, climate is harder.

We know car accidents happen, probably.
We don't know when you will be in one
We don't know what type of accident you will be in.
We don't know the severity of the accident you will be in.

This is car travel in a nutshell. Aren't you glad that the government mandates safety belts, airbags and car seats for children?

Just because something is not 100% does not mean we should not protect against it. I feel like using some ad hominem against you but I will refrain today.

Comment: inb4 Obama haters (Score 1, Informative) 126

by wbr1 (#48034441) Attached to: The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

On December 4, 1981 President Ronald Reagan signed Executive Order 12333, an Executive Order intended to extend powers and responsibilities of US intelligence agencies and direct the leaders of U.S. federal agencies to co-operate fully with CIA requests for information.[1] This executive order was entitled United States Intelligence Activities. It was amended by Executive Order 13355: Strengthened Management of the Intelligence Community, on August 27, 2004. On July 30, 2008, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13470[2] amending Executive Order 12333 to strengthen the role of the DNI.[3][4]

- From WIkipedia

Thanks Obama

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