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Comment Re:End is Nigh (Score 1) 149

Also, the system has a weakness in it, in that it will incorporate the results that it helped create. Also, there will be competing programs, all influencing each other. We've had (we're continuing to have) broker prediction programs that suffer from the same. The result is never pretty.

Comment Re:Can you handle the truth? I didn't think so. (Score 1) 314

Well.. maybe. I mean, the finding that the CO2 levels rose almost immediately after the start of the Industrial Revolution (and, for example, the fact that there was a drop around the 1940's) suggests that the CO2 levels in the atmosphere respond more quickly to our producing it (both in up and downward direction) than was previously imagined. That gives a pinch of hope, doesn't it? I mean, if we somehow have all or most of our energy produced from CO2-less renewables (tides, sun, water, etc), then the situation could turn around pretty quickly. And that would be a deviation from the story we've been told until now.

Comment Yes. (Score 1) 264

The city of Amsterdam has, by its own last estimate, 100000 people living in it that it has no idea of. And I don't mean the homeless: these people live in houses, pay and receive money (cash), have cellphones and children that go to school, and show up in hospitals which provide them with free healthcare (which those hospitals then have to balance against the people that /do/ pay). There are laws (and local regulations because, hey, it's Amsterdam) in place for each and every one of those aspects of their lives.

Sometimes, in this country, it makes sense to stop and wonder why on earth you should choose to live a, you know, /regular/ life.

Comment Humbug (Score 1) 259

Since Mr Farage held or holds no executive power, he cannot say that the money saved will go to the NHS, or that it be spent on growing daisies, for that matter. Those are not his political promises to make, or break. He _can_ say that it might be used for the NHS, and he _can_ say that it might not.

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