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Comment Re: Unlikely (Score 1) 146

We heard the same sort of claims made about climate 'science'. We were told that 'the science was settled'. Then it turns out that it actually wasn't settled at all. There was much to be doubtful about. The accuracy of measurement techniques became doubted. Questionable assumptions were made. Data had to be 'adjusted' to fit models. All in all, it left a bad taste in the mouths of people who strive to apply the scientific method rigorously and properly.

Anthropic climate change is very much "settled", except in the minds of conservative conspiracy theorists who's opinions don't count towards "the scientific consensus" (Principally because they are wrong).

Where was the data "adjusted". Time and time again when these claims where made, when people look into it, the evidence disapears. And "the measurements" are the same.

The whole "urban heat island" thing was unscientific nonsense thats been debunked time and time again. And that whole "hide the decline" nonsense was a specific case where a known deviation from observations regarding arctic tree ring samples in the 50s (Likely from nuclear testing pounding the trees in the area with radiation) was removed from a dataset to make the data *MORE* accurate.

But hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory.

As for dating, we're talking Thorium/Uranium dating here, which is very robust to the time span we're refering to with an accuracy to within 1% (Much better than the 1std-deviation of carbon).

All of these figures fall out the apriori calculations that derive from fundamental physics and observation.

Much like modern climate modelling, actually.

Comment Re:Unlikely (Score 1) 146

Another problem is the new date is almost an order of magnitude older than all prior evidence. One isolated sample set is not sufficient evidence to revise the estimate that much. We'd need more samples from the likes of say 40k and 90k to give more credence to the 130k date.

Needing samples from other dates is unnecessary. A quick search of the journals will show thousands of samples from various time periods tested with the method. Its a solved problem.

More samples from the *same* source however will reduce the error margins

Comment Re:Unlikely (Score 1) 146

Nah. These new methods aren't accurate either. Everyone said carbon dating was accurate for decades, but it really wasn't. Don't believe everything you read.

Where are you getting this guff from? Carbon dating is precisely as reliable as it always has been, within one standard deviation. We've always known that, and the accuracy can be derived a-priori from fundamental physics.

There are more accurate methods, but all are basically derived from the fundamental determinism that radioactive decay occurs at a predictable rate.

Source: I dont read creationist propaganda.

Comment Re:European vacuum cleaners, regulatory consequenc (Score 1) 245

The "one" you refer to is more like "one half".

No, it is actually at least two -- state and federal -- and some people pay three (city). In two counties in Oregon, you are also paying a COUNTY gas tax. When I said "one tax", I meant "one kind of tax".

We haven't increased the tax in proportion to increase in price, it was a fixed amount, and we used to up in every couple years, until 1993.

You know, it is pretty easy to google this stuff and see that you are wrong. Oregon, for one, increased their tax rate in 2011, and according to the font of all knowledge, Wikipedia: "While most fuel taxes were initially levied as a fixed number of cents per gallon, as of 2016, nineteen states and District of Columbia have fuel taxes with rates that vary alongside changes in the price of fuel, the inflation rate, vehicle fuel-economy, or other factors." Portland added yet another hand to the pocket-dipping by creating their own gas tax that took effect on Jan 1 of this year. New Jersey increased their gas tax by 23 cents a gallon (not TO 23cpg, BY 23cpg) in 2016. No increases? Hmmmm....

And so we have crummy roads because few states have the ability to pay for them.

We have crummy roads because costs for road construction have skyrocketed and we have poor project management.

Even if you don't believe in science,

Pure flamebait.

Comment Re:It's a joke (Score 1) 245

The best I've seen were the "smart" power strips with timers and motion sensors and whatnot they went around installing without permission.

When did this happen? I've not seen anyone in my house doing that, nor have I seen any different power strips there.

If you mean "at work", then I am positive that they had all the permission they needed to do this: the owner of the company.

Comment Re:European vacuum cleaners, regulatory consequenc (Score 1) 245

Rather than set fuel efficiency targets, tax a vehicle's registration based on its fuel consumption. Lets people have the freedom to drive an old, less-efficient vehicle if they wish, as long as they are willing to pay for it.

In the US this is already taking place. It's called a "gasoline tax", and both the feds and the states have their hands in the pockets of those who buy gas. Buy more gas, you pay more in taxes.

You just want another tax to do the same thing, as if one tax isn't enough.

Comment Sure, Uber is evil. (Score 2) 257

It's an anti-social company that's a horrible place to work. Everybody knows that by now.

What nobody can know for sure is why an individual takes his life, or what circumstances would have to be different.

Take Google, which in several recent lists is the best company in America to work for. Google has just shy of 60,000 employees. Given the US suicide rate of 46/100,000, if Google were largely reflective of that you'd expect 28 suicides/year among Google employees. Of course (a) not all Google employees are Americans and (b) Google employees are economically better off than most people in their societies, so you'd expect there to be a lower rate of suicide. But it's safe to assume a dozen Google employees a year take their lives.

And if you look at them as individuals, you'd inevitably suspect work stress was involved, and if you'd look you'd probably find it -- because it's a chicken-or-egg thing. Suicide is a catastrophic loss of coping ability; when you head that way you will find trouble everywhere you turn.

When something like this happens to an individual, everyone feels the need to know why -- even strangers. But that's the one thing you can never know for certain. Now if suicide rates were high for Uber, then statistically you could determine to what degree you should be certain that Uber is a killing its employees with a bad work environment (or perhaps selecting at-risk employees).

I think its inevitable and understandable that this man's family blames Uber. And it's very likely that this will be yet another PR debacle for the company. But the skeptic in me says we just can't know whether Uber has any responsibility for the result.

Submission + - Popular belief that saturated fat clogs up arteries is a myth, experts say (

schwit1 writes: The authors, led by Dr Aseem Malhotra, from Lister Hospital, Stevenage, wrote: “Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong.”

Dr Malhotra and colleagues Professor Rita Redberg, from the University of California at San Francisco, and Pascal Meier from University Hospital Geneva in Switzerland and University College London, cited a “landmark” review of evidence that appeared to exonerate saturated fat.
They said relative levels of “good” cholesterol, or high density lipoprotein (HDL), were a better predictor of heart disease risk than levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as “bad” cholesterol.

High consumption of foods rich in saturated fat such as butter, cakes and fatty meat has been shown to increase blood levels of LDL.
The experts wrote: “It is time to shift the public health message in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease away from measuring serum lipids (blood fats) and reducing dietary saturated fat.

“Coronary artery disease is a chronic inflammatory disease and it can be reduced effectively by walking 22 minutes a day and eating real food.”

Comment Re: Ontario, largest subnational debtor on the pla (Score 1) 506

You possess whatever you physically have... you cannot really physically possess territory, although you can occupy it which is a form of possession, but only to the extent that you cannot be removed from it by someone or something else. In nature, the number of things that we truly own is typically quite small. Ownership is slightly more persistent encompassing anything that we possess as well as anything that we *can* possess, but only to the extent that others cannot alter that.

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