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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

conureman Re:Sudden Oak Death (312 comments)

Some fungus is getting a few of the Lithocarpus and Quercus around here.
It seems to be hitting like a new/exotic thing.

13 hours ago
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Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

conureman Re:Who would have guessed? (217 comments)

increase the number of beehives by a factor of ten

What new arable lands have you discovered?

about 3 months ago
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Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

conureman Re:Who would have guessed? (217 comments)

Organic farms use pesticide and fungicides

No, they don't.

about 3 months ago
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Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

conureman Re: Trolls (282 comments)

I am curious about the troll quotient in the responses to this submission. Could someone do a quantitative analysis to dispel my suspicions of Astroturfing?
I think some professionals are attempting to hijack the thread.

about 3 months ago
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Workers at Chile's ALMA Telescope Strike Over Working Conditions

conureman Re:Early September this year. (274 comments)

God damn this place went down hill once they started issuing six digit ID's.

Ain't it the truth!

about a year ago
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Parrot Drives Robotic Buggy

conureman Re:Awesome (182 comments)

My conure died. I'd get a parrot if I wasn't such a short-timer myself. Maybe adopt, but people are such idiots, I'm afraid I'd get a broken bird.

about a year and a half ago
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FTC Whacks "Rachel From Card Holder Services"

conureman I know that bitch! (289 comments)

How she got my number is beyond me.

about a year and a half ago
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Beware the Rings of Pluto

conureman Re:Charon (96 comments)

I think my transfer expired.

about 2 years ago
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German Copyright Group To Collect From Creative Commons Event

conureman Re:Milking obsolescence (349 comments)

This is basically what I tell OWS supporters, that they're outside the wrong offices. The government is supposed to protect us, but have been made into another flailing arm (the one holding the PR-24, actually) of the dying monster.

more than 2 years ago
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German Copyright Group To Collect From Creative Commons Event

conureman Re:Yeah, but no. (349 comments)

So, when you get convicted of that Capital Offense that you did not factually bear any relation to, I too, will share your lack of outrage. Simple logic is for Simpletons.

more than 2 years ago
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UN Backs Action Against Colonel Gaddafi

conureman Re:Similar Revolts (501 comments)

I haven't done the math, but I've always heard that @$100/Barrel it becomes viable to squeeze oil out of shale. "They" say that's all that keeps OPEC from reaming us any worse than at present. I'm fencing in a little bit more pasture for vegetables this year and buying more spare tires for my bikes in anticipation of the next big news.

more than 3 years ago
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UN Backs Action Against Colonel Gaddafi

conureman Re:Smoke and mirrors (501 comments)

My highly developed cynicism sez we let Tunisia, Pakistan and Egypt off the hook because we had an understanding with the new "Rulers". West Point Man Qadafi needed to stay put until we could cut a deal with whoever is running things in Bengazi. The Saads just want to keep OPEC stable, and that's good for the Oil Men. Code word is "Stability".

more than 3 years ago
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UN Backs Action Against Colonel Gaddafi

conureman Re:A day late and a dollar short (501 comments)

I think that any plane flying over Qadafi's forces could "draw fire" and justify some MASSIVE retaliation, effectively bringing an air strike on the heavy equipment that is giving them the big advantage. I really don't see how we can justify waiting for "authorisation" on this, considering the U.S. history of foreign policy.

more than 3 years ago
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Experiment Shows Not Washing Jeans for 15 Months is Disgusting But Safe

conureman Re:Pathogen control (258 comments)

I always drop the lid before I flush, because of the invisible plume of spray that rises up and out. I've trained the rest of the household as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Airborne Prions Prove Lethal In Mouse Studies

conureman Eeeew. (116 comments)

Seems like it'd be sort of unnatural if it WASN'T unhealthy to blow brains out of a pig with compressed air.

more than 3 years ago
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The Continued Censorship of Huckleberry Finn

conureman Re:words (1073 comments)

I was born white, in California, so I have that culture's perspective. I've been called "cracker" more than once by a black man. The intent seemed offensive and intended to incite violence, but I let it slide at the time. (I try to shun violence, even when I've been drinking.) Once a Mexican fellow called me gabacho, but he was smiling, and corrected it to "my friend" when I stated larfing. I imagine he didn't mean to be TOO offensive; I could be wrong. I am fairly certain that my membership in the dominant ethnicity has affected my sensitivity to this sort of slight. OTOH I have known enough racist dickheads to understand why some people might be driven to some scarcely credible over-reaction to the existence and use of certain words. In the end, I don't see this having any lasting impact, some back-country schools and libraries will squander their public resources actually purchasing this landfill, but it won't have much intrinsic or collector value. I'd pay money for a copy of Jefferson's, or also Bowdler's version of the Bible, but this publication doesn't seem like a worthy item.
It's a shame this attitude exists, I'd love to see a faithful cinematic production of Huckleberry Finn. I've actually been thinking of this particular issue in light of the recent production of "True Grit". My thought was that we aren't ready for (worthy of?) Twain, (and this "news" proves it) but it's time for a remake of "Little Big Man".

more than 3 years ago
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The Continued Censorship of Huckleberry Finn

conureman Re:activist citizen (1073 comments)

Groups? I've read about a fellow named John Beeson, but IIRC the "group" was a lynch mob, and Beeson only just managed to escape with his life after having the temerity to write "A Plea for the Indians".

more than 3 years ago
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Saudi Arabia Requiring License For Online Media

conureman Defenestration (175 comments)

At some point, the mob will rise up, again; It all depends on who picks up the reins when they hit the furrow.

more than 3 years ago
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Rushkoff Proposes We Fork the Internet

conureman Re:He's right (487 comments)

I vote for "C", but don't claim to be really trying. I just use it as an excuse to rip on all the fools who elect "A" or "B".
"I vote, but they always elect one of the assholes anyway." Or; "Vote as if it mattered." As an extra dose of futility, I serve on the local Election Board and work 16 hours or so for $100. whee.

more than 3 years ago
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Republicans Create Rider To Stop Net Neutrality

conureman Re:BBC (528 comments)

I feel the BBC puts a teenchy bit of conservative spin on news. IMO Reuters and Al-Jazeera are more spin-neutral. I like to check them all; I balance the extremes and juxtapose them for yucks. Okay, I think maybe I'm a bit liberal since mostly I laugh at the hillbilly hijinks on foxnews.com and presstv.ir, but I check out the conservative stuff at sites like the guardian.co.uk and nytimes.com to see what new horrors are coming down the pipes from our Fearless Leaders. I try to interpret each site from the mindset of their intended audience and imagine what my state of delusion will be. I have a wild-ass theory that the hard spin steers each group along in its (separate) path and prevents any useful dialog or progress, or thought. It's almost as if democracy was a vast conspiracy to transfer power to the Merchant Class.

more than 3 years ago

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