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Comment Re:Now lets see. (Score 1) 1544

President Obama had a super majority congress when he was elected too. Don't worry, they never last long.

I wouldn't bet on that. The vast majority of congressional districts are gerrymandered so that only a very significant change in political preferences will change which party wins the seat. Obama managed that in 2008 but Trump (and the rest of the Republicans) will have to colossally screw up to make things change significantly in 2018. The Senate is even worse, as I understand it, most of the seats that come up for re-election is 2018 are already held by Democrats.

Comment Re:It is Inevitable (Score 1) 436

How do we figure we make ANY difference, when one volcanic eruption spews more toxic fumes, ash, and other pollutants than humans ever could?

For starters, they don't. Volcanic eruptions are less than 1% of the annual human emissions.

I think there are a few people out there that give humans way too much credit for what we can do to change something as big as the weather on the planet.

Rather, you give humans way too little credit. We've been influencing the climate for a long time now.

Comment Re:There is a legitimate dispute (Score 1) 534

I don't think the speeding analogy is a fair illustration because there you are dealing with a clear law and two absolute, fixed values: 150mph vs 70mph. But tax valuation and fair market value are two different things. Also, I suspect the lowball figure is Trump's opening offer, subject to negotiation. Which is what you would expect from a sharp businessman.

It's also what you would expect from a conman.

Comment Re:There is a legitimate dispute (Score 1) 534

Taxable value and fair market value are different things, and it is not surprising (to me, anyway) that Trump would say the market value of his property is higher than it's taxable value

Did you notice he's claiming the taxable value is 3% of what he says the actual value is? That's kind of like saying it's "just speeding" when someone gets caught doing 150 mph on the highway...

Comment Re:We're so screwed (Score 1) 293

Well, according to Environmental Change in Siberia: Earth Observation, Field Studies and Modelling, parts of Siberia were already seeing temperature increases in the 3 - 10 degree C range in Winter by the year 2000 (page 68, I think), that's higher than the thermal maximum indicated by your link and, of course, global temperature have continued to rise since then.

So, the answer to your question might be that the methane could be released now because the areas where the methane is stored could already be warmer and they are likely to continue to warm.

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 220

The labels also invest in talent they hope will make it, spending huge sums on teaching them to play in sync, variations on playing styles, introducing them to different instruments and sounds, fitting songs to bands, practice studios, recording studios, sound engineers, etc etc etc etc. That too all costs money, and most recorded artists probably never make it really worth while, but without that support the real gems are even less likely to make it.

The problem is that from the anecdotal stories that I've heard about the music business, the RIAA and the major labels don't actually do any of that stuff. What I've heard is that most of that is done by the actual artists on their own time and their own dime. That doesn't mean that no label associated with the RIAA ever does that, it's just that none of the stories I've heard mention anything like that. In fact, most go into excruciating detail about how the labels are loathe to give anything at all away. The general story seems to be that they are billed by the music label for anything the label does for them and sometimes for anything the label could have done, even if it didn't. In particular, I remember one band complaining that they were charged a hefty fee because they didn't use the label's recording studio, and that was in addition to the fees they paid to the recording studio of their choice.

Maybe that's standard practice and I have just never heard anyone ever mention it, but I'd like some evidence that it's common for anything other than label organized boy bands.

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 3, Insightful) 220

Labels affiliated with RIAA are already finding your "favorite" bands for you. If I go through your music collection, 99% of it will be music from RIAA affiliated labels (or whatever IFPI affiliated marketing/promotion entity is in your part of the planet).

I think the point was that, while most of our current favourite bands might have be found by the RIAA, we'd still have favourite bands if the RIAA and it's affiliated labels didn't exist. In fact, there are arguments that can be made that we might actually have better music if the RIAA affiliated labels weren't picking our favourite bands for us. They have been accused many times of producing cookie-cutter music and drowning out diversity with conservative musical picks.

Comment Re:Michael Flynn Jr believes it (Score 1) 789

The fact that Congress is so reviled yet stable indicates we're no longer a functioning democracy. We're a plutocracy, where elections are determined by overwhelming advantages in fundraising.

That's the wrong lesson. Most congressional elections are determined by gerrymandering. The point of gerrymandering is to generate certain victories and subvert the will of voters. If you want to control congress, you have to control the state legislatures.

Comment Re:treating the symptoms (Score 2) 360

Trump was supposed to learn the job and start acting presidential during the primary. He didn't.
Trump was supposed to learn the job and start acting presidential during the general. He didn't.
Trump was supposed to learn the job and start acting presidential once he became President-elect. He hasn't.

FYI, according to Trump's campaign manager, Kelly-Ann Conway, since Trump is now president elect whatever he does is now "presidential".

When is the right going to stop being in denial and realize there's no brilliant statesman hiding under the hair extensions.

So don't hold you breath. They'll be in denial until at least 2026.

Comment Re: Which media company would refuse to stir up sh (Score 1) 588

Will you help when Elizabeth Warren asks you to join the death squads to kill bourgeoisie fat cats?

Of course, somebody is going to have to help her fight the Kzinti. After all, that seems like the most likely scenario where that might actually happen...

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