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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

avgjoe62 Re:...a doubling of carbon-dioxide levels in the a (846 comments)

February 2014 was the 21st warmest February on record since 1880. The temperature was yet again above the 20th century average, for the 348th consecutive month. That is every month above the 20th century average for the last 29 years. Please, tell me just how you determined the temperature is going down?

4 days ago

Waves Spotted On Titan

avgjoe62 Re:Why doesn't it explode (73 comments)

Alex, what is "Lack of sufficient free oxygen to react with"?

about a month ago

Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

avgjoe62 Re:Winding down? (111 comments)

That "Obamafone" program that you are referring to was actually started during the Reagan Administration. Kinda hard for something that happened in the nineties to predate that...

about a month ago

Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

avgjoe62 Re:If you don't like it.... (431 comments)

I hereby sell my soul to Satan for a bag (let's be specific here - biggest size currently available, not a snack size) of Cheetos. Also included in this deal are the souls of everyone in my family.

Now let's see if my fingers turn orange...

about a month ago

NASA Wants To Go To Europa

avgjoe62 Re:What could possibly go wrong (216 comments)

The first person to write it down - in other words, history is told by those that wrote the book - is the "Discoverer", because when people two hundred years later wonder who 'discovered" this place, they go look in a book.

about a month ago

NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft

avgjoe62 It's The Same Old Story (166 comments)

Like in any relationship, thing are always changing. One partner moves a little further away, the other becomes disinterested and soon one of them just doesn't understand the other.

I would suggest couple's therapy.

about a month and a half ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

avgjoe62 Apples and Oranges (794 comments)

I regularly shop at three different supermarkets, one of which is Whole Foods. I like their produce. I like Publix for bulk goods like pasta and flour and TP. I like The Fresh Market for their fish and meat. I can separate the pseudo science at any one of these from the products I am buying. I only worry about price and quality of what I am buying, not the hype that surrounds it.

The Creation Museum does not sell me anything useful. The hype surrounding their "product" is exactly what they are trying to sell and I am not buying any of it.

At Whole Foods I can buy an orange without buying a belief system. At the Creation Museum, the apples come with a whole set of beliefs attached to them.

about a month and a half ago

Facebook Analyzes the Impact of Love On Their Business

avgjoe62 An Old Quote (37 comments)

Why are there so many sad love poems as opposed to happy ones? When you're happily in love there are better things to do than write poetry.

I suppose the same applies to Facebook postings - when you're happily in love, there's better things to do than write on someone's wall.

about a month ago

A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

avgjoe62 Re:Not going to help (119 comments)

I am certainly no fan of Castro's, but I do not blindly hate the man and froth at the mouth every time his name is mentioned. While I do not think it is worth anywhere near the price the people have paid, there are some things that Cuba does get right.

Look at this page from the CIA World Fact Book and look at the relative positions of the US and Cuba.

about 2 months ago

A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

avgjoe62 Re:Not going to help (119 comments)

The U.S.. and a bunch of exiles still pissed about losing their wealth...

When Pope John Paul II visited Cuba in 1988, he and Fidel Castro went on a boat tour of the harbor in Havana. About half way through the tour, the boat sank. Fidel picked up the pope and carried him back to shore, walking on the water the entire way.

The next day, the newspaper headline in Tribuna de La Habana read "Castro Displays Superiority of Socialist Man".

The newspaper headline in L'Osservatore Romano read "Pope Helps Fidel Perform Miracle".

The newspaper headline in the Miami Herald read "Fidel: Can't Even Swim".

about 2 months ago

Dirty Tricks? Look-Alike Websites Lure Congressional Donors

avgjoe62 Re:Ah, politics (157 comments)

The ultimate object in politics is to WIN.

And in the end, what does that get you? What do you "Win"? When you are dead and gone, what difference will any of it make?

The world today sees "enemies" in far too many places. Our enemies are across the field in a football stadium, applying for the same job we want, working at a competing company, immigrating to our towns or just members of a different political party.

And the truth is that real enemies, those that want to see you dead, benefit from you seeing everyone as an enemy. When you see most everyone as an enemy you have far fewer friends. You fail to see what that you have far more in common with your perceived enemy than those things that make you see a Democrat or Republican or Libertarian as an enemy.

The truth is that there is a difference between an enemy and an opponent, between those that want to destroy you and those that you will have to live with and cooperate with once the football game, job interview, work day, naturalization ceremony or political campaign is over. This country was founded on the idea that we could disagree, put it to a vote and still live peaceably with each other once the decision has been made.

Stop acting surprised if one party or another engages in devious activity to reach that goal. It's been happening for thousands of years. It's never going to stop.

No one is really surprised by this, but we can be disappointed. And we can demand better, that those that want our votes show us that they can be trusted to act in a decent and ethical manner most of the time. We can't expect perfection but we can ask that the ultimate object in politics is to govern well and honorably.

about 2 months ago

Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

avgjoe62 Working Just the Way it was Supposed to... (304 comments)

...that's going to leave many readers unable to buy DRMed ebooks.

Oh no, it won't. They'll be able to buy all the DRMed books they want, just with the new DRM. And they'll have to, because they won't be able to use the old ones they purchased from a company that no longer exists. Do you think this isn't what they had in mind? You insisted on buying a copy instead of a license to use the content for a set time, so the publishers have found a way to make you pay again...

about 2 months ago

How the Black Hole Firewall Paradox Was Resolved

avgjoe62 Re:I always thought... (118 comments)

To be more detailed, the black hole is creating (in this fanciful theory) a new universe that is the size of the black hole from the outside but that is the size of a universe from the inside.

So what you're saying is it's larger on the inside?

about 2 months ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

avgjoe62 Re:good! (393 comments)

While I don't expect you to really be bothered by such things as facts, you might be surprised to learn that the University of Pennsylvania is different and distinct from Pennsylvania State University, the university where Jerry Sandusky committed his crimes.

about 3 months ago

In Greece, 10 Months In Prison For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

avgjoe62 Re: Violation of ECHR (324 comments)

...hires prostitutes to do his bidding

Doesn't everyone that hires prostitutes hire them to do their bidding?

about 3 months ago


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