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Comment Re: They could always work elsewhere. (Score 4, Insightful) 203

It's weird how lefties hate Walmart for the same thing, but love amazon.

Hating Walmart is party-line obedience to union leaders. Plus classism. Amazon hasn't become a big focus for union organizers yet, and Amazon employs many members of the progressive tribe in The Seattle area. So they get a pass, for now.

None of this has ever had anything to do with actually caring about the employees of these companies.

Comment Re: Yeah fuck this (Score 2) 125

But seriously, lawsuits can't succeed without laws

Lawsuits succeed based on proving you were actually harmed and that the actual harm was wrongful. It takes very few laws and only a little enforcement. Local judges have been settling disputes between neighbors for many centuries.

none of my examples require imagination, they're real

You should have no problem proving them in court then. You don't need to police your neighbors' private actions because (unless you are a liar) you have proof that their actions aren't private and that they actually harmed you.

Everyone else who is minding their own business should have the opportunity to be safe from having their behavior policed.

Comment Re:It's slowing down, and not spinning faster (Score 1) 134

Actually, the largest component of the change is from the Greenland icecap. Since it is not even vaguely symmetrical around the north pole (the north pole is not within the area of the Greenland icecap) , AND it is considerably above sea level (average surface elevation 2100m), then the melting of ice from the icecap and moving it down to the sea adds up to most of the effect. (Antarctica is higher than Greenland, but much more symmetrically placed.)

Comment Re:I'm missing something. Leap seconds .. (Score 1) 134

The article says 2 milliseconds per century, [...]So, what am I missing..?

2 milliseconds per day per century,

A change of 2ms per day would add up to a difference of 1s in about 500 days.

I make the Julian Day for 1972-01-01 (ISO8601) to be 2441318 and for 2017-01-01 to be 2457755 (because I've done the legwork previously for calculating Julian Days) for a difference of 16437 days. At about 1 second per 500 days, then there should have been about 32 or 33 leap seconds since 1972-01-01.

we've already added 27 leap seconds since 1972

given that tidal couping between Earth and Moon is somewhat variable (it depends on what you could well describe as the friction between the oceans and their coastlines, which is at least weather dependent. Shape of the Erth (therefore earthquakes) have a noticeable effect too.

Comment Re:Slowing is not "news", the rate of slowing is. (Score 1) 134

This article is a perfect example. Every article I've seen on sites that are not hard science reports it as if the fact that the earth is slowing is a new discovery. It's not, we've known for decades (at least) that this was the case.

Centuries. The first mention of this that I've seen was by Great Britain's Astronomer Royal in about 1735. George Darwin (son of Charles) did detailed mathematical analysis of the problem in them late 1870 to 1880s.

Comment Re:2 milli-seconds per century? (Score 1) 134

I understand 2 ms per day, but what does the century mean?

A century means (approximately) 36,525 days.

Actually, once you get to that sort of duration, it's damned difficult to define durations in astronomical terms because both the rotation axis of the Earth, and the plane of orbit of the Earth around the Sun change noticeably over such time periods. And since you're also getting to the level where you need to take into account the gravitational influences of Venus, Mars and Jupiter on the Earth's motions.

Probably, you'd need to define the century in terms of the Earth crossing the line joining the Sun to the centre of the galaxy. That should be good for a decent fraction of a million years, which should see our species out.

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