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Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 358

Let's talk about the current paper: what do you think of the way Mann calculated error bars and uncertainty?

LOL, you mean you are not going to let me get away with being "sceptical of any only recently published paper" while the actual experts in the field boot it around for a year or so; you want me to read beyond the abstract?! I really ought not allow you to draw me here ...

To be frank I lack the expertise to form any reasonable opinion (which is why I defer to the orthodox position). My own science degree (and it was a mere BSc) was in Pharmacology & Psych, where papers were altogether an easier beast methodologically to pull apart. Moreover, there's a lot of water under the bridge and my NY resolution finally to learn 'R' and revivify my stats is yet to come to fruition ...

Sooooo you'll forgive me if I'm very slow on the uptake here ... but unless you are pointing to the fact that there are no error bars on the graphs per se, the uncertainly expressed (in Table 1) is +/- 1 SD. That would be a fairly common measure of uncertainty. You find that inadequate to the task?

Comment Re:[cough]poor education on display[cough] (Score 1) 189

When did regulate ever mean "to make regular". The word "regulate" comes from the Latin "regula" which means "to rule", and even as early as Middle English, meant "to direct, to make rules". You're just inventing a fake etymology to further a false argument about what the framers of the Constitution intended.

"Regulate" meant the same in 18th century English as it does today.

"regulate (v.) Look up regulate at
early 15c., "adjust by rule, control," from Late Latin regulatus, past participle of regulare "to control by rule, direct," from Latin regula "rule" (see regular). Meaning "to govern by restriction" is from 1620s. Related: Regulated; regulating."

Comment Re:Goodbye Karma (Score 0, Troll) 281

How about you let your personal morals dictate your decisions, admit that in a large society you're going to have to accept that you're side doesn't automatically win and further accept that conflicts of liberty are inevitable and complex.

As to martyrdom, spare me. They doctored their recordings. That isn't just breaking what they may feel is an unjust law, that's a violation of one of the Ten Commandments; thought shalt not bear false witness.

At any rate, you seem keen to hand wave away bastards who insist impregnated victims of incest and rape are examples of God's mysterious ways, meanwhile basically asserting anyone who is pro choice is an uninformed ignoramus.

How about this. You don't tell me what my personal medical choices will be, and I will keep my nose out of yours.

Comment Re:Kangaroo Court (Score 2, Insightful) 281

So you don't think using fraudulent ID, secretly recording conversations in a two-party state, and then editing those recordings to make the people involved sound like their breaking the law when there's no evidence forthcoming that any law is broken is somehow an example of favoritism towards the aggrieved party?

Comment Re:They are not government employees (Score 0) 281

And that, to my mind, is the real crime. By the time these people were done, the claims from the pro-life crowd almost reached the hyperbole that they were making sandwiches out of the aborted fetuses. I suppose that aspect of it could be covered under libel laws, and I certainly do hope that once the prosecutions are done, a nice batch of civil lawsuits follow, where the editing these assholes did to try to make Planned Parenthood seem like a pack of baby-eating monsters is also revealed.

Comment Re:It's obviously not that. (Score 4, Insightful) 281

That would certainly appear to be the underlying reason for the entire Pro-life movement, and often enough they don't even bother disguising it. When you have elected representatives declaring that that pregnancy produced by rape is somehow "God moving in mysterious ways", you're dealing with people who have a pretty clear idea that women's only real purpose in this world is to collect semen and pop out babies.

Of course, once the baby is born, those fine God-fearing men could care less.

Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 555

Spain is not going to get Gibraltar back. There is no way that a sitting Tory Prime Minister would ever alter or abrogate the Treaty of Utrecht. Not going to happen, and it is of sufficiently small importance to the EU (technically Gibraltar isn't even part of the EU, or at least the customs union) that I can't imagine Germany even concerning itself with it.

Comment Re:A completely unaccountable governing body (Score 1) 555

I agree that the GE is a major push for getting Brexit completed by 2019. It's optimal, as it means the full effects, whatever they may be, won't be felt until after the 2020 election. But remember, the Tories' have their "bastards" (as John Major so infamously and yet aptly called them), the strong contingent of Eurosceptics in the Conservative Party, and while at the moment May has the chief bastards close to her (except Michael Gove, who is now sitting in a richly-earned political version of the Gulag), she has to stick to the timeline they want as well, lest the current sense of unity among the various Tory factions unravel.

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