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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

WrongMonkey Re:Would be more interesting with better analysis (445 comments)

Note that your wedding wasn't really cheap, you just spread out your costs through expected reciprocal obligations. The biggest cost is that you'll be expected to continue giving 10% of your income to the Church for the rest of your life. At future weddings, you'll be the one expected to provide food, cash, gifts, etc. You probably consider your tithe and participation in your community barter economy to be a sunk cost, so it seems like a good deal. But from a outsider view, you're actually spending a whole lot more than someone who just rents a banquet hall and hires a caterer.

about a week ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

WrongMonkey Re:Supreme Court (112 comments)

I was trying to provide a broad overview and I don't disagree with your minor corrections. But there's still nothing about BRIBES.

about a week ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

WrongMonkey Re:Can't eat oil (213 comments)

Fossil fuels sustain life. Without heat, millions would freeze. Without fuel to operate machinery, modern agriculture would be impossible and billions would starve.

Almonds, though? You can live without almonds. We definitely don't need use a trillion gallons of water each year to grow almonds in a desert during a drought.

about two weeks ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

WrongMonkey Re:Supreme Court (112 comments)

The Citizens United decision has nothing to do with bribes. In 2004, Citizens United (the group) wanted to block Micheal Moore's anti-Bush movie from being advertised during an election. The FEC rejected that, ruling that documentaries were protected by the first ammendment. So in 2008, Citizens United made an anti-Hillary movie and started to advertise it during an election. They were quickly struck down by FEC, who were then struck done by the Supreme Court. If you're such a "staunch defender of the near-absoluteness of the first amendment", how can you honestly say that Micheal Moore (and Miramax films) can make a political documentary, but other people (and corporations) can't?

about two weeks ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

WrongMonkey Re:Prove him right some more (263 comments)

You seem to operating under the assumption that the only insights that are valid are those that can be supported by per reason. Is there no music in your world? No art? If someone smokes some weed and writes a song, is that song less valid that one that's written sober?

about two weeks ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

WrongMonkey Re:Prove him right some more (263 comments)

You're moving the goal posts a bit. Your previous post claimed that a "sense of the profound" from marijuana was somehow distinct from what occurs "naturally". But both are just brain chemistry. There is no rational basis for a objective measure for profoundness of an idea.

about two weeks ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

WrongMonkey Re:What 20 years of research on pot has taught us (263 comments)

the scientific journal Addiction

That's sound like an unbiased source.

Even if we take all of those adverse affects at face value, they're either statistical noise or questionable casual link. It's not like smoking tobacco where the odds of developing lung cancer go up 23 times that of non-smokers. It's also not like alcohol, where tens of thousands of people die from overdose alone each year.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

WrongMonkey Re:Something More Modest (269 comments)

That's why it makes sense to colonize the moon first. The moon is a harsher environment, but it's easier to deliver emergency supplies or launch a rescue mission. Colonize the moon, develop the technical experience and Mars will be a cakewalk.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

WrongMonkey Re:Not Just Mars One (269 comments)

The only assumption is that the colonization would be done with CURRENT technologies. The Mars Colonial Transporter, algae or bacteria as primary food source: these are still all on the drawing board, at best. Even the Falcon Heavy is a still in development.

The big problem is all the rocket jocks think that getting to Mars is hard part and they have the idea that since biology and ecology are "soft" sciences that those are just details that will work themselves out. Until someone starts a long term self-sufficient colony on someplace like Antarctica, its really hard to take an Mars colonization plan seriously.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

WrongMonkey Not Just Mars One (269 comments)

The paper uses Mars One as an introduction, but its really a rebuttal of any attempt to colonize Mars using current technology.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

WrongMonkey Re:Humans are not only not the only intelligence (152 comments)

Animals do not achieve an equilibrium by choice. They just die of mass starvation whenever they exceed the carrying capacity of the local environment.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

WrongMonkey Re:Good luck with that. (652 comments)

Why exactly do you think germans or frensh or british or italian or spanish or norwegian or finnish or swedish or ... insert random country ... have a lower standard of living than you americans have?

Because we have much bigger houses with more appliances. Your flat is less than half the size of the average American home. Based on your energy consumption, I'm guessing that your flat lacks a washing machine, dryer, dishwasher or air conditioning. You don't have better technology, you have a lower qualify of life in a very real and measurable way.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option For Mars Mission

WrongMonkey Re:Even better idea... (236 comments)

When the sun goes red giant, Mars is likely to be engulfed, too. Feel free to try again.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option For Mars Mission

WrongMonkey Re:Even better idea... (236 comments)

There are no conceivable circumstances where Earth would be less suitable for life than Mars. Even during the worst extinction level events, Earth was a paradise compared to Mars.

about two weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

WrongMonkey Re:While we're all fired up with outrage... (242 comments)

Have you been in a cave to 30 years? When was the last time you heard the n-word used in commercial media? What TRADEMARK (not copyright) includes the term?

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

WrongMonkey Re:Why? (549 comments)

Adapting to new environments is exactly what humans are good at. From the arctic tundra to the Kalahari desert, humans were living in every environment earth has to offer long before we even got around to agriculture. If you don't think that humans can adapt to living on a post-asteroid Earth, something that a myriad of other animals actually did accomplish, then we're certainly not going to adapt to living on Mars.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

WrongMonkey Re:Why? (549 comments)

Seen any (non-feathered) dinosaurs lately?

You defeated your own point with that parenthetical. If birds, turtles, crocodiles, mammals, sharks and many other branches of animal life all survived that last asteroid impact, why do you think it would be a threat to human survival?

about three weeks ago

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