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The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

berbo Re:so dont eat them (274 comments)

People aren't picking up 'random' mushrooms. They are deliberately seeking mushrooms that they "know" are good to eat, and making a tragic mistake. Amanitas can be easily mistaken for other mushrooms.

about 7 months ago
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The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

berbo Re:Why the hype? (274 comments)

The point of the article is that the mushroom is becoming more widespread.
Its true that only a small number of people will eat mushrooms that they encounter in the wild. But the number of encounters is going up.

about 7 months ago
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Science Museum Declines To Show Climate Change Film

berbo Re:Complex topics? (398 comments)

There is no "other side", scientifically speaking. Sun spots? give me a break.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice For Summer Before Ph.D. Program?

berbo Re:bike trip! (228 comments)

I found biking an excellent way to relax during graduate school as well.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice For Summer Before Ph.D. Program?

berbo Re:psilocybin mushrooms (228 comments)

Seriously, take drugs, sleep. when you're awake and sober, read anything that isn't in your academic field.

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

berbo Re:He ended his speech by saying (976 comments)

Brought to you by Carl's Jr

My bike ride is powered by Extra Big Ass Fries!

about a year and a half ago
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Over the Antarctic, the Smallest Ozone Hole In a Decade

berbo Re:Why does it have to 'ozone' or 'climate change' (174 comments)

You are wrong. CFCs are chemically stable, non-toxic and non-flammable. There only so many permutations possible in chemistry, and CFCs are truly a wonder of chemistry. Alternatives are only partially up to be replacements, and are more than often corrosive, toxic, unstable.

You are correct on the facts.

Banning CFCs was at best a big mistake, if not outright a crime. It is inevitable that CFCs prohibition is ended at some point, because it simply makes no sense at all.

You are totally wrong on the conclusions. Long term destruction of the ozone would have been a disaster.

about a year and a half ago
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Michael E. Mann Sues For Defamation Over Comparison To Jerry Sandusky

berbo Re:Same realm (371 comments)

I don't recall that E=mc^2 needed peer pressure (consensus) to win converts.

That's because there wasn't a propaganda industry fightingt its acceptance.

about 2 years ago
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Police Close Climategate Investigation

berbo Re:Uncertainty = Doubt (277 comments)

In other words, I don't care about the physics or the chemistry or the meteorology. CO2 can't possibly cause global warming because it would interfere with someone's profit margin.

more than 2 years ago
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Exxon CEO: Warming Happening, But Fears Overblown

berbo Re:C'mon (288 comments)

Tillerson blamed a public that is "illiterate" in science and math, a "lazy" press

The irony is the majority of people who are *literate* in science and math (including, what, about 95% of climate scientists?) agree that global warming is real and we need to do something about it. It's the scientifically illiterate who keep trying to claim (with their scientifically illiterate arguments, of course) that it's all a big conspiracy with no scientific support...

Ignore all the stupid people, they don't understand it. Also, ignore all the smart people. Just listen to me, I'm the only one you can trust.

more than 2 years ago
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Exxon CEO: Warming Happening, But Fears Overblown

berbo Re:C'mon (288 comments)

Yes, its true that many people are illiterate in math and science. But most of them are aware of the limits of their understanding.

For the past 20 years corporates like Exxon have been trashing the scientists who actually are quite knowledgeable about science, match, climatalogy, etc. They've been undermining public education efforts. They've demeaning any scientist who speaks out as 'greedy', while raking in record profits.

If the public is misinformed about climate change, its largely Exxon's fault.

more than 2 years ago
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NSA Claims It Would Violate Americans' Privacy To Say How Many of Us It Spied On

berbo Re:everyone but.... (221 comments)

I'm guessing that the answer is "everyone except the following....." and that list would immediately put those few dozen people under a spotlight, destroying their privacy.

Then everyone would learn how boring that one guy is.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Solution For an Email Discussion Forum?

berbo Re:Mailman is likely the best available (131 comments)

Mailman is widely supported at many hosting services. It comes already set up on my mine.

Because its ubiquitous, you'll find it easier to find people to help you manage your list .

about 2 years ago
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Heartland Institute Learning To Troll On Billboards

berbo Historical precedent (735 comments)

You know who else used propaganda to demonize his enemies? Hitler!

more than 2 years ago
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Massive Methane Release In the Arctic Region

berbo Re:Methane Trapped in Ice (264 comments)

That's great. Now we just have to adjust our civilization to work the same as that other advanced civilization that existed 2.5 million years ago, and we're all set.

--Jeremy

Who needs fire anyway?

more than 2 years ago
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Massive Methane Release In the Arctic Region

berbo Re:Wait, wait, wait... (264 comments)

Right. Maybe everything we know about chemistry is all wrong! who can say?

more than 2 years ago
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Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming

berbo Re:How does this make a difference? (1181 comments)

$4 billion is 0.0003% of our national economy.

Then it shouldn't be a big deal to invest that much in alternative energy and conservation?

more than 2 years ago
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Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming

berbo Re:The problem is chicken little (1181 comments)

This is stupid 10 ways to Sunday. No wonder you're posting AC. To list just one example:

The real shame is that while they've been preaching, real issues are being ignored. Mountain top mining goes on. Coal ash fallout continues. The irony is that if they addressed these real and obvious concerns about which few disagree, then carbon emissions would be reduced as a side effect.

Yeah, nobody in the climate change community talks about mining http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2009/2009-06-23-01.asp

more than 2 years ago

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