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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

Comment: Re:I'm gonna go with (Score 2) 200

by wbr1 (#47994241) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap
But it does infect your life. It is not on the same level, but it does so much more subtly.

When big pharma patents a drug and makes it so expensive people die, or they push a drug that is useless and even dangerous.

When Monsanto controls a significant portion of how food is produced.

When you cannot look to a local provider for nearly anything (internet, clothes, etc), because either they cannot compete or their prices are too high for everyman.

When laws are passed that curtail your freedoms in exchange for better profits to the few.

It does infect your everyday life, and I would argue that your have even less power to confront it as you would a direct bribe.

Comment: Re:I'm gonna go with (Score 5, Insightful) 200

by wbr1 (#47993319) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap
That is because in the US, it is the upper crust who are allowed to bribe. Regular everyday bureaucrats and gov. officials are fired/prosecuted for bribing. However once you climb above the bottom tier or two you find a good old boys network full of corporate campaign donations, lobbyist dinners, regulatory capture, backroom deals, etc. The corruption is there, but the public is blinded to it, because at least the police busted that person expediting taxi licenses for coke, and the clerk that was deleting parking tickets for half price. Oh and football!

Scientists will study your brain to learn more about your distant cousin, Man.