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Comment Re:Minor problem (Score 1) 170

Most of "renewable" energy is hydro and biomass, neither of which is environmentally friendly or scalable. Hiding the tiny contribution of wind and solar in there just shows the dishonesty inherent in green propaganda.

From 2014 to 2015, wind went from 18% to 35% of renewables, solar went from 4% to 5%, hydro went from 26% to 46%, and biomass went from 50% to 11%.

Hydro isn't very environmentally friendly, but I don't think we're building large new installations of it in the U.S. And the ones that already exist aren't causing ongoing damage, like non-renewables do.

Comment Re:Minor problem (Score 1) 170

... and the fact that renewable provide a tiny amount of energy today.

According to the US Energy Information Administration renewables make up 12% of worldwide energy production, compared to 33% for liquid fuels, 28% for coal, 23% for natural gas, and 4% for nuclear.

Growing the industry by orders of magnitude will ...

... cause renewables to produce 1200% of total worldwide energy production.

Comment Re:Trump's job just got easier (Score 0) 31

OK, couple things:

Imagine that - more votes counted than ballots cast in DEMOCRAT-controlled areas of Michigan.

Nowhere in the article does it say which number was higher: votes or ballots.

But let's suppose your assumption is correct. Is there any possible explanation given in the article?

"He blamed the discrepancies on the city’s decade-old voting machines, saying 87 optical scanners broke on Election Day. Many jammed when voters fed ballots into scanners, which can result in erroneous vote counts if ballots are inserted multiple times. Poll workers are supposed to adjust counters to reflect a single vote but in many cases failed to do so, causing the discrepancies, Baxter said."

So shitty old hardware in the poor neighborhoods doesn't work well. And your solution isn't to fix or replace the shitty old hardware, it's to throw the votes out.

I think there's a term for that, and it might rhyme with "voter suppression".

Comment Re:How can you even argue with Netflix? (Score 1) 158

Honestly, I would likely cancel my Netflix subscription if it didn't keep some $100 cable package at bay for the rest of my family (mostly my son).

Yes, that. They've got a few series with seriously deep catalogs: Law & Order (in several flavors), CSI (in several flavors), NCIS (in several flavors) ... hmm, I'm seeing a pattern here.

Short version is everyone in my family would have to binge for weeks to get through all the stuff we have in our queues. And that's not even counting the 30 or so movies I've got in there after reading interesting reviews. It's not the blockbusters, but I don't like a lot of those anyway.

Comment Re:Mandate reporting when antibiotics are prescrib (Score 1) 75

Yes. But we need to be aware that man is not the only source of antibiotics. They naturally occur. We get a good lot of them from plants and bacteria, starting of course with penicilin which we got from mold, and which was already present on salted food and damp environments. What we did was to make antibiotics present in organisms other than their natural sources.

Comment Re: Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 376

It reminds me of Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange. He realized that any real-world slang would soon become out of date so he invented his own slang language, Nadsat, for the characters to speak. Of course, this can be taken too far, where the made-up language comes to dominate the work with the story being an afterthought. Like some of JRR Tokien's works, for example. In fact you could say that TAOCP is the LOTR of computer science.

Comment Re: Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 376

See what Joel Spolsky wrote:

If you show a nonprogrammer a screen which has a user interface which is 100% beautiful, they will think the program is almost done.

People who aren't programmers are just looking at the screen and seeing some pixels. And if the pixels look like they make up a program which does something, they think "oh, gosh, how much harder could it be to make it actually work?"

Comment Everything Old is New Again (Score 2) 75

The Andromeda Strain was published in 1969.

The United States has some disease reporting, it started at least 75 years ago before the antibiotic bubble. This CDC Report summarizes the present state of disease reporting, in two pages. We need higher standards of reporting and legal penalties for failure to report.

Comment Re: I call bullshit. (Score 1) 367

One of the largest dangers in a car accident is being thrown out of the car (in the car you are, after all, surrounded by protecting metal), and leaving the doors unlocked increases that danger.

Being thrown from a vehicle (or not) is almost entirely a function of whether you were wearing a seatbelt. If the only thing keeping you from leaving the vehicle is the door, chances are all you accomplished is saving the road crew the hassle of scraping you off the pavement.

Comment Re:Retail and Driving (Score 1) 120

>This is not Europe where govt pays for you to go to college

Doesn't matter because it's a broken assumption to think that college is for everyone.

That's not the entire answer, but it's a huge part of it. Even if every unemployed person without a college degree were willing and able to get one, that would put downward pressure on salaries for the people they're now competing with.

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