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Comment Re:Too good to be true. (Score 1) 202

The effect depends on the fact that outer space doesn't radiate much at those frequencies.

Under clouds there is more of a thermal equilibrium. So there will be about as much IR energy in that band being emitted from clouds and entering the building as leaving it. It's the same reason that cloudy nights usually stay warmer than clear nights.

Comment Re:You don't own common sense (Score 1) 1094

Of course guns are dangerous. That's the point. The answer may be gun control to limit the number of guns in a society. Or perhaps the US feels that the freedom to own guns is, as previously stated,,something more important that the concerns that people will do deadly harm towards others.

Of course guns are dangerous, but to whom? According to the numbers of the CDC, they are mostly dangerous to yourself. Of the 30,000 gun related deaths per year, 18,000 were of people who killed themselves, either deliberately or accidently. They are also quite dangerous to family members and acquaintances, as 9,000 people per year are killed either deliberately or accidently with a gun by family members or acquaintances. Only in 10 percent of all cases, guns were dangerous to someone you didn't know before. Of the 30,000 gun related deaths, 27,000 were by people having access to the weapons of the victim.

Comment Re:You don't own common sense (Score 2) 1094

Given recent events in Europe, with so many people getting killed by being run over and stabbed, I don't think Europeans have any standing to be smug about their gun laws.

We had exactly two cases in Europe where a terroristic attack was performed with a truck, and at least in one case, it was gun related (the Berlin attack), where the suspect captured the truck at gunpoint. At both occasions, the total number of people killed in car accidents in Europe at the same day is about the same range (the average number of traffic deaths per day is about 70 in the E.U.). Stabbings happen, but most of them are between family members and acquaintances (as most homicides are in general). Terroristic attacks with knifes are a very rare occurrence. Right now, I remember only three cases with only one victim dead that was not the attacker himself.

So yes. Europeans still can be smug about their gun laws. Given U.S. numbers, it saves us about 40,000 gun related killings per year in the E.U.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 1094

From a language point of view, Caucasian and Aryan is synonymous. The proto-indoeuropean or proto-aryan languages developed between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, which are connected by the Caucasus Mountain Range. There is a western branch of the languages (celts, romans, germans, slaws, baltians, albanians, greeks, armenians etc.pp.), and an eastern branch (sanskrit, hindi, urdu, bengali, persian, pashto, kurdish...). Two other branches of the languages have died out, the Anatolian and the Tocharian languages.

Comment Re:Should have listened (Score 1) 1094

That excludes everyone coming from the Mayflower and anyone arriving later. The 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower will be Nov 21 2020. On the other hand, Nieuw Amsterdam, today's New York, was probably founded between 1611 and 1614, so the descendants of the founding fathers of New York would be admitted.

See, how arbitrary even "400 years" is? Cape Cod no, New York (in its incarnation as Nieuw Amsterdam) yes.

Comment Re: s/drug trials/climate change/g (Score 1) 326

The same experiment has been done for 100 years, and consistently reproduces the same results. Take a sealed, transparent tank of air. Shine sunlight on it. Take the temperature. Increase the percentage of CO2 in the tank. Shine sunlight. Take the temperature. The CO2-richer air has a higher temperature.

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