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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Sigmon Re:wat (163 comments)

INDEED! I was thinking the same thing... Believing infinity can't be 'real' or doesn't exist (because we can't model it) is very similar to saying a circle can't be real or doesn't exist... Because a 'perfect' circle can't be described mathematically... without using something which represents an infinite value! (Pi) Yet I would hope no rational thinking human would make such a claim as circles do not exist.... They certainly do! It's just not something you can model perfectly. And just because we can't create a perfect model - or completely understand a thing or concept doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

8 hours ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Sigmon Re:Supreme Court did *not* say corps are people .. (1330 comments)

This whole 401k thing is out-of-hand... Generally, an employer who offers a 401k or other like option to its employees doesn't sit around and decide which specific companies to invest in... First... it's usually the EMPLOYEE which decides. And that employee generally chooses from a limited list of mutual funds - provided by whatever brokerage the employer has contracted with... Those mutual funds may invest in hundreds or thousands of companies around the country or world. To make some sort of moral equivalence between these two situations is intellectually disingenuous... I suppose, arising out of some general ignorance of how retirement plans, such as a 401k work. Heck, I don't even know much about them - but know enough to realize what these hysterical people would expect out of Hobby Lobby to absolve themselves from this perceived hypocrisy would be highly impractical or impossible... short of eliminating their 401k program entirely.

about three weeks ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Sigmon Re:Here's a link to a story about it. (932 comments)

I fully understand the argument of the article to which you linked... and i'll let it stand on its own merits. I'll only address your assertion that my own commentary contained contradictions: Bull-crap. It would appear so if you are conflating the 2 different data sets as representing the same thing... (short-term vs. long-term)... they don't. The short-term data indeed shows zero warming trend for the past 15-17ish years. FACT. Not arguable. The long-term data does... even though the recent observed data points don't match up with what the trend says they should be... there is still an upward trend. The point is... We've got quite a few more years of actual data from when the IPCC first published its report (and model predictions)... The data shows their models weren't just wrong... they were HORRIBLY wrong - way, way overestimated. That doesn't mean there won't be any more warming in the future... it just means that the long-term trend plot (at present) is nowhere near where they said it would be at this point in time. In other words - the models considered where we are right now to be way outside of the realm of possibility... therefore one should carefully consider how much faith one invests in these models' ability to predict the future.

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Sigmon Re:Here's a link to a story about it. (932 comments)

Dude. Chill. Sounds like you've done considerable research on the subject and I salute you for that. I wouldn't consider myself a 'climate scientist'... or even a statistician, but we have a saying where I'm from: "Figures don't lie but liars will figure." Yes, indeed, no doubt, I do not argue against that there has been a warming trend. But I've seen these long-term plots now in quite a few places here or there...from different sources... they all seem to be in basic agreement. One doesn't have to be a genius or perform all kinds of complicated mathematical analysis plotting trends to see that YES, the global temperature rise has indeed leveled off for the past 15-17ish years. This should not even be arguable... but it means just that and only that. Anybody with any kind of sense knows that we're only talking about 15ish years out of a much longer time scale. You can plot long-term trends all you want and you'd be correct, mathematically! It still doesn't negate the FACT that there hasn't been any observed warming recently. The only thing that continues to show a warming trend at this point is your imaginary plot... which doesn't match up with reality. This 'statistical noise', if it continues, will be knocking on the door of 'trend' in the not too distant future... so I guess we'll see.

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Sigmon Re:Here's a link to a story about it. (932 comments)

Hey... Citation was requested... I provided. No idea to whom the website belongs. It very well may be a 'denialist' site... but the author of the article seems to clearly and honestly outline the important details and scope of the data presented. Indeed, one of the longer time-scale graphs shows a warming trend... The author doesn't appear to DENY this. He simply exhibits the data from this particular source and indeed the data shows no warming trend for the last ~17 years. He also observes that the longer-scale actual OBSERVED warming trend is significantly less than the IPCC 1990 PREDICTED trend... even significantly less than the low-end of their predictions. Right this moment - the global warming appears to have leveled-off. These are simply facts... no parlor tricks here. In fact the author states that the warming could crank right back up next year.

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Sigmon Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

And, clearly, an 'Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change' could never publish anything that is false... I mean... They're intergovernmental and everything!

about a month and a half ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

Sigmon Re:Government of the people ? (347 comments)

Really? Seriously? Do you ACTUALLY believe that people having a sense of patriotism is how we got to where the U.S. is now? (Meaning it's not so much a government for the people, by the people, but more-so a ruling class lording their power over us.) How shallow. No, my dear fellow... We USED to have something to be relatively proud of... and still do to some extent, but it's almost gone. Freedom has been under assault for almost a century in our country... by men who believe they can make better decisions than I could and should make for myself. They go by many names... Progressives, Liberals, Democrats, Socialists... even some call themselves Republicans. All of them thirst for power and consider the 'masses' to be dumb hicks who couldn't feed themselves if the 'elite' weren't in charge. You are like one of these. Do you think a people smart enough to govern themselves are so dumb that they would just 'believe the hype'? Not at all. The sense of patriotism is toward the ideal this nation represents... not toward the government. Indeed, part of that ideal is quite suspicious and wary of people in government gathering too much power unto themselves.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Sigmon Re:Something that's always bothered me... (784 comments)

The idea that the oceans may rise any civilization-threatening amount in the next century is laughable. If they had said 10,000 years... I might have been interested enough to look into it. Consider the surface temperature in Antarctica year-round and compare that to the melting point of H2O... The temps are going to have to raise a HECKOFALOT to get anywhere close to -32 F.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Sigmon Re:Something that's always bothered me... (784 comments)

Not in the slightest. I didn't say there wouldn't have been ice (or won't be in the future) at the south pole... I said there wouldn't have been (and won't be at some point in the future) on the continent of Antarctica... as plate tectonics shoved the plate toward... and eventually will shove it away from the south pole. The water evaporating from the oceans over the eons... and precipitating it on land above sea-level at the pole -as ice- slowly drew the ocean levels down by some amount. This process will inexorably reverse. Any ice that may have existed at the south pole before Antarctica drifted there would have no effect on ocean levels... much like the north sea presently.

I've read about some scientific theories that postulate a trigger for planetary ice-ages is, in fact, a continent drifting across one of the poles... creating a run-away effect of increasing the albedo of the planet. One possible consequence of these theories is that we are currently smack in the middle of one of these ice-age phases - and that the "normal" state of the globe is, in fact, very little or NO ice... anywhere on the entire planet... with possibly a few seasonal exceptions in extreme locations.

The point is, the Earth will do what the Earth will do - and there is nothing we can do to stop it or change it. As any kind of Earth-science should teach us - change is the only constant in this world... Look at the fossil record! How many thousands of species lived and passed away? I live a thousand miles from the nearest ocean - yet there are fossils of sea-creatures here! Things change. And the factors that govern our climate are HUGELY more complex than than our politicians and their useful idiots are prepared to accept. Yes, we humans could wipe ourselves out someday - but its not going to happen by using the natural resources given unto us by mother nature herself to survive.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Sigmon Re:A crisis? (784 comments)

Your argument is amusing considering it is generally (historically) GOVERNMENTS that 'disrupt our lives' much more so in the manner you describe.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Sigmon Something that's always bothered me... (784 comments)

Nobody seems to stop and consider: According to plate tectonics, Antarctica wasn't always at the south pole... presumably, that ice hasn't _always_ been there. Where did it come from? The ocean, duh! In other words... All this ice was previously in the ocean to begin with... The Earth is just slowly cycling back to a state where we've been before. With continued plate tectonic activity the Antarctic continent will (eventually) move away from the south pole again anyway... and the ice will surely melt. What will we do to stem THAT tide? (if you'll pardon the pun) It's just always seemed absurd to me that people display a significant amount of panic over something that is GOING to happen... on its own... whether we like it or not. So what if we are or aren't accelerating it? Even if every ice crystal on Antarctica melts on significantly less than geologic time-scales... it's still only going to happen on a time-scale in which entire civilizations rise and fall. Knowing that the Earth has experienced warm periods and ice ages and at the same time exclaiming that the ocean level today is exactly what it should always be is the epitome of arrogance. Don't be arrogant.

Venice, Italy has been inhabited for well over a thousand years... slowly sinking into the sea... and people still live there. Rest assured, the future inhabitants of the shoreline (where ever it may be) will likely be toiling away, trying to make a living, much as we are today - and have been for thousands of years. Don't panic.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Sigmon Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

Huh? First of all - define 'wealth' - then define what it means to: "hoard wealth"... and if you can pull that off then explain to me why taxing ONLY somebody's 'wealth' would eliminate the incentive to hoard it. I don't think you've thought this through.

about 4 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Sigmon Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

Cap somebody's worth at $500 million? Judging from your user ID - and barring any other weirdness - I'd guess you are likely at least in the general neighborhood of my age and, presuming you are serious, find it a bit shocking that you would express such sentiments as a naive 12-year-old. I realize this is just /. and all... where anybody can just spout off about anything... but do you have the slightest clue of the magnitude of actually implementing anything like what you just said? I'd normally just ignore such a comment - but these days I am increasingly concerned that you - and many others like you - truly believe such things and would actually like to see them implemented. Please tell me you're joking.

about 4 months ago
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Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

Sigmon "To Stop Fracking"? (317 comments)

Seriously?... Forbes throws up a headline like that and if you RTFA it's all about a freaking municipal water tower... only a single throw-away line about the tower providing water to a nearby drilling operation. That's quite a stretch... What a troll!

about 5 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Sigmon No, The bigger question is... (712 comments)

Why is it any of my business what corporation X pays their executives - save that I am a stock-holder of that company.

about 5 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

Sigmon Re:nobodies phone is banned (366 comments)

Well, I agree that the 1st amendment is not at issue here... but could somebody please explain to me specifically which article or amendment to the constitution grants the U.S. Federal government authority to ban voice telephone calls on a private flight? Yes, I imagine people squawking on their mobile phones the whole flight would be annoying... and not a desirable thing. But I don't see a "Congress shall have the authority to regulate transportation of persons and their in-transit communication methods" clause in the constitution. Is the concept of enumerated powers finally so utterly and completely lost?

about 5 months ago
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Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

Sigmon Re:YOu clearly don't understand the (871 comments)

I remember thinking the very same thing while reading this guy's first opinion piece on the subject. I mean.. seriously. I'm all about people being able to freely express their opinions, but history didn't begin the day you were born, dude. It's strikes me as follows:

"ZOMFG! I totally just found this thing called... the 5th amendment, or something... and it... like... doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me because it says... like... bad people don't have to tell anybody that they did something bad, you know? And it's... like... a law and stuff. So I think we ought to change it."

If this kind of tripe passes for intelligent debate these days we're in trouble.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

Sigmon Re:THIS... (607 comments)

Prat, eh? I presume you're a Brit...
I shall forgive your apparent ignorance of American politics - or perhaps I should have mentioned that I'm a conservative in the context of American politics.
There are differences - some subtle, some significant - between the meaning of liberal and conservative in American vs. British politics.

I define 'big government' by the scope and breadth of its power over its governed. A government so powerful it can record virtually ALL of its citizen's electronic communications - and even decode supposedly private communications - is decidedly 'BIG'. If you disagree with this, fine... but you and I have nothing to discuss. It's not a meaningless phrase, however...

Liberal political ideology leads directly to government having these kinds of unchecked powers - that are sometimes secret and shrouded in mystery... Powers that will eventually be abused - no matter how good the intentions were at the start. Political leaders are not angels - they are humans who, like everybody else, are fallible, imperfect, greedy and power-hungry to one extent or another. Conservatism seeks to limit the scope and power of a centralized government - and guard against too few people gathering too much power unto themselves.

about a year ago

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