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Comment Re:Even more fake news (Score 1) 335

These numbers don't add up. The entire NSF budget (NSF is the primary federal source of funding for science research... individual state funding combined contribute around a third what the NSF does) for 2016 was just over 7 billion, with 6 billion of that for research. The allegation seems to be that about a third of that went to AWG research. I find the prospect that a third of their funds go to any single category difficult to believe without any evidence. (Reasonable minds may differ. Unreasonable minds believe whichever trending social media story best agrees with that they already think.)

By the way, I'm pretty sure the second largest source of federal funding for science comes from the NIH. They offer greater detail regarding their budget on their website. They spend about 7 million on climate change research each year.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1560

What race did he spout off about? Was it black people, white people or asians?

Learn the meaning of words, and you don't look so foolish. Also, you should actually watch the videos where he actually fails to say anything about any race, religion or ethnicity.

This gets my vote for most inaccurate statement in a wikipedia article (and I'm sure there are plenty to choose from):
"In the United States, views of race that see racial groups as defined genetically are common in the biological sciences although controversial"

While it may be true that "views of race that see racial groups as defined genetically are common" among lay people and the uneducated, I would bet that you would have a hard time finding actual biologists with this view, and an even harder time finding geneticists. From a genetic perspective, the concept of race is meaningless.

Comment Re: Bradley Manning needs a HOSTS file (Score 1) 384

Bringing up "abnormal" (your classification) humans is irrelevant to a discussion about someone who would fit that classification? If that's the way your mind works, I've got an abnormal classification for you, and a current DSM to back it up.

The military already defined male and Manning accepted it at the time.

Well, you know what they say about military intelligence...

Comment Re:Random aspersions (Score 2) 280

And once again, I have to ask: is [what you said] this important? Is *why* someone is hired more important than their competence?

And once again again, I have to ask: compared to what? Is hiring Giuliani any worse than the practices of the previous administration or the runner-up candidate?

For contrast, note that Bush appointed a crony as head of FEMA who completely fell on his face during Katrina, and Obama appointed Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan, who was completely outmastered in our recent Japanese treaty negotiations(*).

Ambassador appointments have a very long history of being handed to political insiders with questionable qualifications. Cabinet level positions are a completely different matter. Your point might be valid, but it would be better served by a less weak example.

Comment Re: Ah, I get the definition (Score 2) 333

Um, there have been 45 presidential elections which were bigger "landslides" than Trump's. 77% of past presidential elections had bigger margins. (Source:

When you consider that Trump lost the popular vote by a relatively large margin, it is a huuuge stretch to call his election a landslide.


Comment Re: GNU+Linux is better (Score 2, Interesting) 102

Aesthetics are subjective. In my opinion, Windows has been just plain uglier than the defaults in Gnome, KDE, and Unity for quite a number of years.

Also, I guess you don't count hanging, freezing, lost windows and dialog boxes, inconsistent or inaccessible user interfaces (try reinstalling the default photo viewer, or the calculator app in Windows 10) as rough edges. Windows is way behind on these also.

Comment Re:Dear Matthew (Score 1) 531

I am baffled why Americans believe they have a "right" to tax the sale of a product made in China and sold in France.

I am baffled why Americans believe that corporations have a "right" to a lower tax rate than individuals. After all, the Supreme Court has decided that they are persons, a position most corporations have supported.

Comment Re:Good luck (Score 4, Informative) 531

Were you alive, then? Because it was a 14-month march to war.

Wow are you confused. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. The Taliban in Afghanistan admitted to hosting and supporting Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, who were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

I know we're living in a post factual world where empirical truth doesn't exist. But the fact is that the U.S. led a coaliton of forces against the Taliban in Afghanistan beginning on October 7, 2001. Less than one month after the September 11 attacks.

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