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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

blue9steel Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (422 comments)

I'd argue that the rule of law is a result of applying the scientific method to social structure and governance.

That's a much more optimistic view of how societies are formed than I think is warranted. You're suggesting that A) The scientific method arose prior to the rule of law B) That the earliest civilizations were deliberately structured and C) That there was some kind of rational review process that went on to throw out bad social structures and try new ones

1 hour ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

blue9steel Re: I like... (458 comments)

Republican positions have gotten significantly more extreme starting with Nixon and accelerating as they approached the present. Most previous Republican presidents would never make it out of the primaries today. I was originally registered as a Republican but when they started purging all the moderates and proceeded to go full on crazy it just didn't make sense any more. *shrug* Demographics are going to tear them apart if they don't change their message, it's going to be interesting to watch.

2 hours ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

blue9steel Re:I like... (458 comments)

Well, in 2010 the bottom 50% owned 1.1% of the nations wealth, so if they're paying 2.5% of the taxes then they're probably getting a raw deal.

4 hours ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

blue9steel Re:I like... (458 comments)

Maybe due to the fact that they seem to have gone off the deep end over the last few decades?

4 hours ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

blue9steel Re:stream the video remotely (458 comments)

I'd fine with it even going to another police department, in another state, that doesn't have a reciprocal agreement for the same.

4 hours ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

blue9steel Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (458 comments)

While I hate to say it, Dick Cheney was right, "deficits don't matter."

Well, he was half right. Deficits don't matter as long as they're smaller than GDP growth after adjusting for the trade imbalance and any change in savings preferences.

(S – I) = (G – T) + (X – M)

4 hours ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

blue9steel Re:Now add nukes (394 comments)

That depends on the size of the nuclear exchange. Modern nukes are airburst, low radiation weapons (in comparison to the old style ground impact weapons). A major exchange could pretty easily mean the end of our current technological civilization but one big enough to actually wipe out all human life is pretty unlikely.

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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

blue9steel Re:Impacts (394 comments)

In the worst case scenarios it could be quite bad indeed, but that's not the same as "it will get too warm for food growth anywhere". Even in the probable scenarios food prices are likely to rise significantly and many of the worlds poorer citizens will experience famine, war and social collapse. The chances of species extinction however are quite slim.

4 hours ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

blue9steel Re:Impacts (394 comments)

It depends on where the current water is coming from. For example, coastal areas backed by a mountain range with onshore breezes would probably get wetter as greater amounts of seawater evaporate, form clouds and then dump precipitation before going over the mountains. For areas that rely on lakes and rivers the situation will be the opposite as evaporation rates exceed the natural refill rate, see northwestern Kenya for an example.

4 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

blue9steel Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (422 comments)

It depends on how you want to define the terms of course, but essentially what I'm talking about is that society is run by an agreed on set of rules that transcend individual rulers. You don't need lawyers or a written legal code to live under rule of law. For example, some biker gangs are ruled by the strongest most dominant member who does whatever he wants and tells everyone else what to do, or else. That is not rule of law, that's barbarism. On the other hand, other biker gangs have a set of bylaws that are in effect that determine appropriate behavior, how the leader is selected, etc. that is rule of law despite the fact that it's a biker gang. As with most things, it's not a binary issue, instead it's a continuum that flows from barbarism to civilization.

5 hours ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

blue9steel Re:Impacts (394 comments)

Well, obviously impacts will vary depending on the local geography, but for the most part I was talking about lakes and rivers drying up. In general, higher temperatures lead to more frequent & more severe droughts.

8 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

blue9steel Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (422 comments)

The "rule of law" is badly broken, have you noticed?

It's been bent, that's for certain but it takes quite a bit more bending than we've experienced before it actually breaks. See Somalia for an example of what it looks like when it's broken.

8 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

blue9steel Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (422 comments)

Technically that would be either tribalism or barbarism, not the same thing at all. Either way, my point stands, not much science going on there.

8 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

blue9steel Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (422 comments)

I really appreciate the scientific method and I agree it's a major milestone but it's not our most important discovery, that would be rule of law. Without rule of law there can be no civilization and without civilization there wouldn't be much science going on.

9 hours ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

blue9steel Re:Impacts (394 comments)

Yes, we should prepare, but we can not adapt. With are current Greenhouse gas release, there isn't an endpoint survivable by humans. It will get two warm for food growth, anywhere. People act like, well it will happen and we will just farm 200 miles more north.

Hogwash. Even in the IPCC A1FI scenario, the most pessimistic case presented, total global warming by 2100 is 1.4C to 6.4C. Yes, that would have significant bad effects but it's not going to mean the end of agriculture across the entire planet. Earth isn't going to turn into Venus. The average temp at the equator now is 30C while in Siberia it's only 0.5C. So, if we look at the average high temperature for Novosibirsk during the hottest month of July (25.7) and add the high end of the worst case scenario (6.4C) then we only get 32.1C, so yeah moving north will be an option. I'd expect massive droughts in the equatorial zones, the collapse of many third world governments and a huge refugee crisis but that's not the same as saying it's unsurvivable by humans as a species.

9 hours ago
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The Evolution of Diet

blue9steel Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (276 comments)

Having everybody live off a high protein diet is unsustainable. There are whole segments of American society that couldn't afford it, never mind the third world, and even if money was no object it would be completely unsustainable from an environmental standpoint.

I was arguing in favor of a low glycemic diet, which while it might have a higher complete protein content than say vegetarianism, is far from unsustainable. If we're going to talk specifically about the paleo diet, yes it tends to be more expensive but that's why we have this thing called the free market to let us sort out everyone's priorities and claims to resources.

Of course, physical activity is even better. I eat whatever the hell I want. You can do that when you're averaging 30 miles a week of running. Pass the cheesecake, mmm'kay?

You can't out train a bad diet. You might be able to suppress the weight gain effects but there are plenty of other bad things that come along with eating cheesecake regularly.

10 hours ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

blue9steel Too Late (138 comments)

We're already engaged in geo-engineering so I'm having trouble seeing how doing it in a smarter more rigorous way is a bad thing.

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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

blue9steel Re:My opinion on the matter. (778 comments)

How old is SysV init? How has its "Well I assume I started something, JOB'S DONE!" interface with the rest of the system benefitted us all this time? How can you even connect that to something? You can't trust the exit codes from.. well anything, start/stop/or status because too many scripts just return 0. You can't trust status to exist everywhere or even work right. You can't trust a stop to actually kill all processes.

If nobody is going to make init in its current bounds _determinate_, then who really cares if the replacement is more or less modular.

*shrug* I wasn't suggesting that SysV init was awesome, just that I don't like the design philosophy behind the replacement. They're throwing out modularity, expanding scope, trading text logging for a database and generally making things more "magic". If you want that kind of philosophy why not just go use Mac and call it a day? All that said Init probably does need replacing or at least multi-threading support added.

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The Evolution of Diet

blue9steel Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (276 comments)

Try running a marathon while being anti-carb and let me know how it works out for you.

Yes, because marathon runners are the average use case.

yesterday

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