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Comment Re:What a coincidence. (Score 4, Informative) 67

What? You think the Chinese fucking CARE?

This is from a 2013 Time article (emphasis added):

In a 2007 survey, the IFAW [International Fund for Animal Welfare] discovered that 70% of Chinese polled did not know that ivory came from dead elephants. This led to the organization's first ad campaign- a simple poster explaining the actual origins of ivory. A campaign evaluation earlier this year found that the ad, promoted by the world's largest outdoor advertising company JC Decaux, had been seen by 75% by China's urban population, and heavily impacted their view on ivory. Among people classified as "high risk"- that is, those likeliest to buy ivory- the proportion who would actually do so after seeing the ad was almost slashed by half.

Comment Re:Exactly who does this surprise? (Score 1) 143

I'm always hearing about cars hitting deers. In my neck of the woods it's cars hitting squirrels.

Maybe in your neck of the woods. I-70 in Pennsylvania has those Jersey barriers running all up and down the road, with no gaps or dips or anything.

One night at 4 AM I was driving down I-70 and right after a blind curve my headlights fell across a herd of deer in the middle of the freeway, all trying to figure out how to get past this stupid concrete barrier that's too high for deer to jump over. So of course I find myself slamming on the brakes and swerving the car through a wild stampede at about 50 mph. The car slammed into one of them. It rolled up the left side of the windshield and landed on the asphalt behind the car, like a soon-to-be-converted atheist in a Christian movie.

I pulled over, and was trying to figure out WTF to do, with an injured deer lying in the middle of I-70 struggling to move around. A minute later a beat up Ford F-150 came down the road, swerved around this deer, skidded around, and managed to come to a stop on the shoulder.

A scary-looking old dude jumped out of the car and ran over to me and this deer. He said its leg was broken and it was going to die anyway. Then he said he had a tire iron in the truck.

He fetched it and came back. As he approached, it was still wriggling around on the road and glaring at this old haggard dude, like Hank Schraeder in his last Breaking Bad episode. Then he bashed it in the head with the tire iron. It struggled to drag itself away and he bashed its skull again. Then it stopped moving.

We both managed to drag the deer off the road just as a cop pulled over. We explained what happened, and he decided, "OK, I don't see anything I really have to write up here."

All three of us ended up hauling the deer into the back of the guy's pickup. He must have been eating that thing for weeks.

But I digress. Most roads don't have dividers and animals can make it across if they can avoid the cars. But roads that are set up like the Berlin Wall are a problem. Animals like deer are going to evolve into two species separated by I-70.

Comment Re:wrong (Score 1) 137

When do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that dumbness of yours still to mock us? When will there be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now? Do not the readers armed with mod points- and the hostile responses you receive- does not the alarm of the people, and the union of all good men, when faced by your outrageous opinion, have any effect upon you? Do you not feel that your bullshit is debunked? Do you not see that your conspiracy theory is already arrested and rendered powerless by the knowledge which every one here possesses of it? What is there that you did, and what outrageous assessment was there which was adopted by you, with which you think that any one of us is unacquainted?

Shame on this age and on its principles! The public is aware of these things, and yet you defecate them into public deliberations; some of you are watching and marking down and checking off for slaughter every principled individual among us. And we, gallant men that we are, think that we are doing our duty to the nation if we keep out of the way of these frenzied attacks.

You ought long ago to have been led to execution by command of your own mother's gynecologist. That destruction which you have been long plotting against us ought to have already fallen on your own ass.

Comment Re:Definition of a scientist... (Score 0) 137

...a political activist that also wants to take credit for advances actually developed by engineers, entrepreneurs and lay inventors.

We have got to decide this day whether we prefer for the future to deprive frantic and profligate scientists of the protection of wicked and unprincipled citizens, or even to arm them with the cloak of scientific illiteracy due to the mortal God in which they hold only approximate esteem, and the invisible hand in which they hold none. For if that pest and conflagration of the public succeeds in defending its own mischievous and unprofitable community by appeals to divine stupidity, when they cannot maintain it by any considerations of objective reality, then we must seek for other ceremonies, for other sources of unquestionable truth, or for other interpreters of the requirements of politically unbiased facts. But if those things which are done by the madness of wicked men in the republic at a time when it was oppressed by one party, deserted by another, and betrayed by a third, are abetted by their data and its statistical analysis with no return on investment, then we shall have cause rightly and deservedly to praise the wisdom of ourselves in selecting the most honorable men of the state for the executive with which to purge their undue influence.

Comment Re:Access court for cited paper skyrocketing (Score 1) 137

I encourage everyone to read the article cited and post a comment as informative as the original article!

And, to those in my audience, this beginning of my defense seems to be most appropriate concerning the standing of this man so that I should tweet first to those things which his haters and accusers and dummies in the media have advanced with the general view of disparaging him and for the sake of detracting from his honor and despoiling him of his dignity. His father was cast in his teeth on various accounts, at one time as having been a man of no great respectability himself; at another, he was said to have been treated with but little respect by his son. On the score of dignity, our subject, to those who know him and to the best people among us, is of himself, without speaking, himself able easily to take a very sufficient expression, and without anyone having any occasion to suppress any tweet from him; but as for those to whom he is not equally well known, on account of his great stature, which has now for some time hindered his mixing much with us in the forum bigly, let them think this: that whatever dignity can exist in an individual- and certainly the very greatest may be found in that family- has always been considered, and is to this day considered, to shine out in great luster in his case; and moreover it is so considered, not only by his own relations and friends, but by every one to whom he can possibly be known on any account whatever to be a real citizen.

Comment Re:fascinatingly crafted reply... (Score 1) 302

Did you mean reply to me or the GP?

The "global pause" was 18 years long so they can cherry pick 1998 (an El Nino year) as the baseline. Nowadays, the average normal year is about as hot as 20th century El Nino years, so they argue there's been no change since 1998. I don't think the 2015-2016 El Nino will put an end to the nonsense.

Comment Re:fascinatingly crafted reply... (Score 1) 302

First of all, what does a decaying orbit have to do with anything,

Because the distance to something affects the intensity of radiation measured by the satellite. If you walk toward a light, it looks brighter. Try it sometime and you'll see. That satellite was actually measuring the temperature of only one layer of the atmosphere. When scientists corrected for the decaying orbit, it seemed like there was no warming. Then, they realized they were overcorrecting for the orbital decay, adjusted the data to account for that, and suddenly it's a conspiracy where scientists are "ignoring data they don't like".

and why would you imagine there's just one satellite up there monitoring terrestrial temperatures?

Actually, that's the exact question I would ask you. All of these "global pause" arguments are based on the cherry-picked data from that one satellite. Data from other satellites isn't politically acceptable.

Comment The Wall (Score 2) 302

I met a traveler from the borderland
Who said, "A vast unfinished concrete wall
Stands in the desert. Near it, on the sand
Half-sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And puckered lips, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these unpaid for things,
Small hands that mocked them, and the sons that led;
And on the concrete wall, these words appear:
My name is President Trump, King of Flings,
Look upon my Wall, Mexicans, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
It's one hundred fifty degrees today."

Comment Re:Or denier of climate change hoaxes (Score 1) 302

Yes, people have made a lot of foolish claims, like trying to pin an exact year on when cities go underwater. And conservatives often paste a big list of hundreds of predictions (deserts, floods, famines, etc.) to mock scientists.

But let's be realistic. No one has never changed the composition of the atmosphere before, raising the concentration of its most optically active constituent by 30%. Nobody knows exactly what will happen. But it's probably going to include things we don't like, some of which are on that list.

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