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Comment The one good thing abut Batman Vs. Superman (Score 1) 217

I shouldn't really say "the one good thing" because I didn't see the movie yet so I don't know if there's more I would like...

But what Batman Vs. Superman did set up was a lot of really great ongoing batman/superman at the diner scenes the end most How It Should Have Ended episodes.

Comment Re:Sea ice extent in Medieval Warm Period? (Score 1) 100

The medieval warm period did not affect sea ice at all.

It also did not affect the global temperature at all.
On your weird definition of global?

It was a localized effect in such a small area that the global average didn't even move.
No it wasn't. We just have no data about the _global_ temperature at that time, but we have reports from many places of the world, notable China and Japan that it was warmer than normal there, too. So: very likely it was at least on the northern hemisphere a global phenomenon.

So: the lack of written evidence, because we have none from Inka, Australians, Africans, does not mean it did not happen there.

And: if you talk about a/the medieval warm period, it would be cool to add which one you mean. There where three AFAICT.

Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 175

So basically all the money the government has collected as fines and penalties is distributed evenly to all taxpayers. That money was collected as compensation for crimes against society, and this way it gets distributed back to society.

Even your seventh-grade Social Studies teacher wouldn't buy that as having any chance of happening. An empiricist would say that you're being farmed for tax money to be distributed to political cronies for favor and power and that this recalibration is a response to simmering unrest which is building due to the abuse.

They have the right idea in Britain - there they climb the pole, throw an old tire around the red light camera, fill it full of diesel fuel, and light it up. At least some of their citizens realize that red light cameras haven't really ever been about safety, except on the overt marketing literature.

Comment Re:Junk Science (Score 1) 362

Tibet is in the Himalaya.
Of course they have perma frost areas. This type is called "altitude perma frost".

North of China is Russia ... and it takes thousands of miles till you reach arctic or so called "latitude perma frost" in the north.

However I'm unsure about the north/east tip of China, it is quite northward.

Comment Re:This will be denied by all the idiots (Score 1) 362

Yes, I saw the part about "forests extending to the south pole"

But it is IMHO wrong. It is unlikely that a tree can grow at a place where it has a 3 month total night. Antarctica was covered in forests before it reached its position at the south pole. When it was there most likely only the edges were under forests.

On the other hand it is thinkable that trees at those times had a different metabolism than our times trees. Trees in our times basically shut down because of the cold. Perhaps they also can shut down because of lack of light? Or don't really need to shut down as long as it is warm enough?

Anyway, if we talk about "the south pole" as 0" position on earth: it is extremely unlikely that there ever was a forest.

Comment Re:Let's put tons of ammo together in a massive pi (Score 1) 91

I would expect any significant ammo storage facility to consist of a series of bermed bunkers with enough concrete or earthworks to contain or redirect blast forces up, far enough away from the next bunker that any fire wouldn't easily spread to the next one.

At a minimum this could be hand-dug trenches lined with sandbags and sheet metal roofs and at maximum concrete bunkers.

Comment Re:Maybe not (Score 1) 204

Well, if you start with the premise that you're engaging in an unsanctioned protest with violent elements you're already risking a lot of legal exposure. You can be charged in Federal court with felony riot, so if you want to avoid exposure to non-ideal justice then maybe the best advice is stay home and rant on social media.

Obviously coordinating a disinformation campaign targeted at undermining and misleading Federal police agencies is dicey business to put it mildly. That being said, planting useless information on burner cell phones is a kind of passive resistance. You're not being *asked* for this information, it's being taken and they will be interpreting it under their own discretion.

Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 2) 175

I think you'll always have police groups lobbying for increased funding based on citation amounts generated, no matter where the money goes. If you put it into the general fund, they'll claim that increased spending on police budgets is net-zero budgeting because the spending is balanced by the citation payments. Even returned to the tax payer they will assume that the same amount as increased spending is offset by tax credits and not an additional tax burden.

I think the only sane solution is that fines and citations should be earmarked for the Public Defender's office. They're chronically underfunded anyway and it seems to me that a balance is created when increased enforcement winds up increasing the resources of criminal defense.

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