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Comment Re: "captured" (Score 1) 197

Holy shit, baking soda (trona ore) really is mined! Yes, in that case, it would offset some of the energy used to mine the ore. And as that PDF lays out, there are many other uses for baking soda. I knew of some (deodorizing, leavening, buffer) but not as a grease/electrical fire retardant. Pretty cool stuff!

Now if only we could turn it into solid rocket fuel! Just add vinegar?

Comment Re: "captured" (Score 1) 197

So, if the bank robber is eventually released from jail after serving their sentence, then they weren't ever captured.

We've already thrown logic out the door by comparing CO2's effect on the atmosphere to a bank robber. But yes, if that bank robber immediately began robbing banks, I would consider him to have been only temporarily captured.

How temporarily equates to never in your mind . . . I guess, education fail?

Comment Re: "captured" (Score 2, Informative) 197

When the cops announce they've nabbed a bank-robber, do you only consider him captured if they killed him in the process? Your standards seem either not well thought out or simply unrealistic.

If the cops nab a bank robber and then release him, I don't consider him captured. Jail would suffice; I don't see that execution is necessary.

Are you inhaling the baking soda? Is it floating in the atmosphere helping insulate the planet?

Carbon from fossil fuels is captured only if it is prevented from entering the atmosphere. If the baking soda is used for, y'know, baking—and then those baked goods are eaten—the carbon will end up in the atmosphere. In other words, not captured.

Comment Re:Service guns (Score 0, Offtopic) 197

1. taking a third (or more) of his paycheck
2. taking out credit in his (and everyone elses) name, leaving him and the rest of society with the debt and compounded interest
3. regulating his speech
4. surveilling his behavior
5. trampling his due process rights

Holy crap, I had no idea service dogs were so versatile!

Comment Re:Typo (Score 1) 371

I think it's dangerous that the masses are being told that we should believe climate change is caused by man simply because the "consensus among scientists" is pointing to that direction.

You shouldn't. "Scientific consensus" is misleading because it's the wrong phrase. Scientists didn't get together and agree that green is the best color. That's utter nonsense and shouldn't be accepted by anyone. Rather, climatologists have arrived at a consilience of evidence. Many varied experiments have converged to the same result, over and over and over again.

* Green paint in hospitals correlates to faster healing of patients.
* Students in classrooms with green chairs achieve better test scores.
* Football teams wearing green jerseys win more games.
* Tax forms filled out in green ink are audited less often by the IRS.
* Moths with green spots on their wings produce more offspring.
* . . .

As the evidence from more and more experiments point to the same conclusion, we don't need detailed models of how many points green walls will shave off the recidivism of parolees—and if the model predicts 2.1729 but we measure 2.1726 it's wrong. Rather, it has simply become utterly clear that green is the superior color. Not because painters took a vote but because the evidence is overwhelming.

As an aside, the model for the strength gravity will only be accurate at one specific altitude, and even then will vary across the surface of the Earth due to the thickness of the crust and the density of magma beneath it. Your exacting requirement for proof of climate change would stop you from leaving your house in the morning if applied to gravity for fear of spontaneously flying off into outer space.

Get a grip, literally!

Comment Exxon + Putin (Score 0) 371

Putin and his sanctions-busting minions are out in full force today, which makes it like every other day. Who needs fake news when you can instantly blackhole rational discussion?

Insightful snarky comment? Gotta mod that shit into oblivion before it catches on! When I comment mid-stream, I easily earn 15 mod points for insight. Post first in a discussion on climate change? Instant karma destruction. This is why I rarely bother commenting anymore.

It isn't Slashdot's fault—though poor summary editing doesn't help inspire discussion. It isn't even the fault of regular commenters. The old crew is still here and trying our best. No, the fault lies squarely with the paid trolls. If you dare seek the truth of the scientists paid to deny the science of climate change, cancer from smoking, the ozone hole and more, watch Merchants of Doubt. Where you suspect the scientists studying climate change of being a secretive society bent on profiting from false science, you'll find a true industry paid to flat out deny actual science without evidence. But it's not even their fault. They were sold on anti-Communism and are acting out of a belief that addressing climate change will kill capitalism.

Comment Close (Score 5, Funny) 371

Five-Step Program to Greatness

1. Trump references the Wisconson website and takes credit for fixing climate change in a 3 am tweet.
2. Kellyanne Conway goes on Sunday talk shows to deny climate change exists.
3. Trump doubles down and claims the Clintons created the problem with all that darned economic growth in the 90s.
4. Putin publicly thanks Trump and Exxon for helping him annex climate change.
5. America is somehow great again.

Comment Re: JOURNALISM (Score 1) 113

It's an ellipsoidal orbit because the shape of the orbit is an ellipsoid.

Ellipsoid: A three-dimensional figure whose plane sections are ellipses or circles.

Satellite orbits are planar, i.e., two-dimensional. No need for ellipsoids.

Lots of people want to try to appear smart.

. . . by unnecessarily complicating things.


Naw, it's simply human nature. Welcome to humanity!

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