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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Grey Geezer Re:LEDs (595 comments)

Not all dimmer switches are rated for CFL bulbs either. It seems that you need to pay attention to the packaging when purchasing both the bulbs and the switches. Some old dimmers will need to be replaced if CFL bulbs are to be dimmed.

5 days ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Grey Geezer Nonsense..saying science can't give "ultimate" (794 comments)

answers is nonsense. We don't know, can't know, what answers science will provide, nor can we know ahead of time which questions it will answer. Just because science has not advanced to, will never advance to, the point where everything has been explained, we are not excused from pursuing knowledge within the scientific method. Religion is faith...organized in a dogmatic and doctrinal system, and to some extent, is required to exist outside of rational, honest, intellectual argument . Science is, in part, changing your mind when observation and experiment dictate that you were wrong. I am not aware of any religionist who has express a willingness to change their mind about the existence of supernatural forces causing stuff to happen. Nonsense

about two weeks ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Grey Geezer Re:Excuse me?...excuse me?... (794 comments)

What does God need with a Starship?

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Grey Geezer Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

True...Einstein's theories state that all mass distorts space/time.

about two weeks ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

Grey Geezer Bad title..Manufacturing is (191 comments)

NOT rebounding because of the fracking boom. Only a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs lost to globalization are being replaced by the fracking industry.

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Grey Geezer Re:Inconsiderate (819 comments)

There is nothing inconsiderate about doing something that they remind you to undo before landing...

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Grey Geezer I never recline anyway BUT (819 comments)

It would be my right to do so. The knee defenders are narcissistic jerks. The airlines should just disable the recline option to save the narcissists from their necessity to demonstrate their self absorption.

about three weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Grey Geezer Baby, can you dig (409 comments)

your man?

about a month ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Grey Geezer Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (377 comments)

The aquifers are not recharging at a rate that matches our withdrawals.This fact is not much impacted by snowfall trends.... either lower the withdrawal rate to match the recharge rate, or admit you intend to drain the aquifer. Those who depend on wells will be out of luck in that case, snow or no snow.

about 2 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Grey Geezer Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (377 comments)

By moneyed interests I was thinking more of those whose wealth strategy is based on constant growth. More people, to buy more stuff...even if we have to degrade one region of the country to do it. The folks who will not concede that, maybe, we need to limit growth in areas that can not sustain unlimited growth. Water is just now becoming a very conspicuous symptom of this philosophy, or so it seems to me. I could be wrong. Bur I think there is a least a bit of truth to my observation.

about 2 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Grey Geezer Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (377 comments)

There is a proposal to built a freshwater pipeline from Lake Superior. I'd prefer to see growth limited to sustainable levels before they start pumping water out of the Great Lakes...but moneyed interests will probably get their way...they usually do.

about 2 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Grey Geezer Re:An implementation detail not a cause ... (619 comments)

Yes and no. I was not suggesting causation. Merely putting it into historical context. You are not denying that Corporate/State partnership was a characteristic of the Nazi rise to, and hold on to, power are you? I ask because the historical truth of that fact is there to find for anyone who cares to do the research.

about 2 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Grey Geezer See Nazi (619 comments)

partnership with corporate interests in the lead up to WWII.

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Grey Geezer Reminds me of the Patriot missile success rate (454 comments)

claims during the First Gulf War. George H. Bush early in the conflict claimed that the missile was 41 of 42 against scuds. Later analysis showed that the success rate may have been less that 10%.

about 2 months ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

Grey Geezer Re:Wow. (204 comments)

As a backpacker I try to cut weight because each fraction of an ounce is something I have to lift with every step I take. I do a performance to weight calculation for each contemplated gear upgrade. There are many lightweight stoves for instance that are not such a good idea because slightly heavier stoves require less fuel to bring water to a boil, and so, because of the smaller volume of fuel required, give better performance to weight. How much more does a cast aluminum pot weigh compared to a simple light weight titanium pot? Now, take that weight differential and calculate how much fuel (of that weight) that would equate to. Does that (heavier) cast pot really give you a performance boost? Will your hike/climb really be more efficient with that piece of equipment?

about 3 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Grey Geezer And besides.... (567 comments)

we kind of like the longer growing season. Please don't do anything that would shorten it.

about 3 months ago

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This really blows

Grey Geezer Grey Geezer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Grey Geezer writes "Perhaps because I live in Southwest Indiana I’ve been interested in the New Madrid fault system. Several articles on the web mention that through the study of sand blows, and the artifacts buried in them, an earthquake of a magnitude roughly equal to the 1812 event happened about 1450.
        Equally of interest to me is are the Indian mounds found at Angel Mounds near Evansville, IN. Articles on the web say that the Angle Mounds site was the most Eastern chiefdom of the Mississippian Culture. This site (and all other known chiefdoms) seems to have been abandoned sometime around 1450. All signs of the Mississippian Culture seem to disappear after this date. There is some discussion of climate change, war, disease, etc being the cause of this decline, but I can find no articles on-line that discuss a link to the 1450 earthquake.
          I do not have a theory on how an earthquake would cause a whole culture to disappear, but it could explain why the Angle Mound site was abandoned if the course of the Ohio River changed (as it did in the 1812 quake) and made river access difficult to the residents.
      Are any of you aware of a study linking these 1450 events?"

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