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let the market squabble it out for an extended period of time
Thing is, the definition of 'market' has changed considerably since the time I was taught what a market is ("The market is the place where supply and demand meet"). Go check for yourself and apply the 'old' definition to whatever markets you are most familiar with, and you'll probably find they rarely work that way anymore, and many don't mess much with supply and demand, but are -- as you state -- playing for time.
Curiously enough, the page's fortune tells me: "'Free markets select for winning solutions.' -- Eric S. Raymond" They certainly used to, but do they still -- or rather: how free are they?
by following turkey's authoritarian freedom crushing instructions that would otherwise get facebook banned, facebook remains influential in turkey in a positive way, in more subtle ways
Not a very nuanced view, and even complex matters can be surprisingly simple if you have values. -- "by following turkey's authoritarian freedom crushing instructions that would otherwise get facebook banned," facebook remains in business there. This and nothing else matters to corporations. Please don't pretend that FBs mission is to propagate free speech, because that would be
Article: 2014: Hottest Year in Recorded Human History, Dr. Jeff Masters' blog entry at wunderground.com.
The simple fact is MOST people will ignore limits that re too low
I'm not sure if this is true or if it applies to MOST. I don't know where you live, but I am quite certain that where I live it doesn't work that way (fines
Avoiding accidents involves way more than simply braking.
Sure, but that wasn't my point. It is actually all about the time it takes the human body to react to stimuli. The average best case response time seems to vary from 215 milliseconds (humanbenchmark.com) to 166 ms (sprinters at the Beijing Olympics as of Wikipedias Mental chronometry entry). My point was: the faster you go, the more can happen within those ~180ms that you cannot respond to. We're not even talking about the forces involved at the respective velocities, or worst case response times of distracted drivers etc.
Comparing German accident rates to U.S. rates with very different driving situations makes no sense
In that case, physics might make sense. Just compare how many yards you make in a second at 55 mph vs. 85 mph. Also, compare stopping distances. Driving faster is more dangerous unless you bend the laws of physics.
Also, there's nothing controversial about geo and climate engineering, it's just a dumb idea, since we don't actually understand climate yet, or even just the weather. Let 'em write papers, but make sure they keep their hands off of actual "engineering" for a few more decades. We'll be busy coping with our most recent climate engineering attempt and its results, the release of several hundred million years' worth of carbon.
I want people to get off this planet.
It's the updated version of get off my lawn.
Valid points within the science we know, but it is probably wise to consider aspects outside of settled scientific knowledge:
- So far, Ebola outbreaks were confined primarily to tropical regions of Sub-Saharan Africa; we will only just now be able to study how "well" the virus spreads "airborne", i.e. by commercial airlines, and we do not yet know what happens when the virus encounters a completely different set of hosts/environments/influences it wasn't exposed to so far.
- While Gorillas are often associated with Ebola outbreaks, bats are considered the most likely natural reservoir of the EBOV. You'll probably have a hard time finding gorillas in your neighborhood, but bats
In the 100 or so years we have been really studying viruses, we have seen a virus mutate and change its infection vector exactly ZERO times.
While this is probably true, the science we acquired during these 100 or so years is often based on epidemiological conditions and assumptions that no longer apply, or have changed dramatically, or which have been made considerably more complicated because of the way the world changed since the Spanish Flu -- not talking about those things we just kinda missed. Point being: aside from hemorrhagic fever making clickbait headlines right now, it's the same with influenza: we'd better not underestimate it, be it airborne, avian or whatnot.
And in other, completely unrelated news, MS has announced that it's moving it's German HQ to.... yes, you guessed it.... Munich!
While you are correct, it's rather old news: the lease agreement was signed back in 2013, and the building will be finished 2016. Still, interesting fact to keep in mind.