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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dave420 Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (574 comments)

Yes, unless you can offer evidence to the contrary, and publish your method and findings in a reputable journal. That's how science works. Cherry-picking some numbers or misunderstanding findings do not constitute research, no matter how easy it is.

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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dave420 Re:Let Me Gaze Into My Crystal Ball (574 comments)

Global cooling: A fringe belief in the 1970s, and never the prevalent theory (but oft reported as such in media which seeks to lampoon actual scientific discovery)
Global warming: The increased heat in the Earth's system (in the atmosphere, seas, etc.)
Climate change: Changes to the climate, which might result from cooling or warming
Climate disruption: The specific changes to the world's climate which cause disruption to the existing industries and societies

You playfully confusing these terms only shows your ignorance, and does not cast dispersion on the people who use them, or on the phenomena they describe.

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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dave420 Re:Sure (574 comments)

They're not comparable, as one side is accepting the scientific method, and the other side is ignoring it. You calling those who believe the results of the scientific method (which gave you the computer you're looking at now) a church only shows your bias, and doesn't reflect poorly on them.

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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dave420 Re:Scandalgate! (574 comments)

English is a descriptive language, not prescriptive, so if a word or suffix is used in a particular fashion by enough people, that becomes the meaning. You should probably get over that, as otherwise you'll have a very annoyed life. Language evolves, as do the meanings of the words we use.

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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dave420 Re:Science is on the skeptical side of this debate (574 comments)

The science is on the side of AGW. That's it. Challenge all you want, but when you start ignoring study after study and claim they're all wrong or in some sort of conspiracy, you are not engaging in science or skepticism but block-headed cynicism.

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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

dave420 Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (574 comments)

Precisely - question the science and listen to the answers given. That's where this 'denialism' ceases to be skepticism and becomes cynicism - if one asks a question in order to learn, then that is skepticism. To ask the question and then ignore the demonstrated answer, or claim it's nonsense (without evidence), is not skepticism, even if it uses the same words and starts off looking identical.

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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

dave420 Re:That's not what happened at all (216 comments)

That is a massive amount of guesswork that any rational person would feel ashamed to vomit on the internet. If you can back it up with sources, that would be something different. The sheer number of generalisations you've made, seemingly based solely on the idea of sexism, is incredibly telling.

By "white knight" you seem to be meaning "non-sexist". It's weird you'd think that would be something to be ashamed of, but in light of your eagerness to throw around allegations of sexism and self-proclaimed omniscience of the business world, one could not really expect you to behave like a rational person.

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Satellite Captures Glowing Plants From Space

dave420 Re:Why bother? (40 comments)

Or we could just stick with the science, which has roundly demonstrated climate change, and pinned the cause on AGW. If people want to dissent and be taken seriously, they should publish papers in respected journals, as we as a society demand our scientists do. Giving equal time to people who are just spouting off nonsensical gut-feeling arguments or who are woefully ignorant of the data and the implications drawn therefrom, is only going to hurt us all.

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Satellite Captures Glowing Plants From Space

dave420 Re:The presumption is: carbon is bad... (40 comments)

You are the one apparently peddling nonsense. If you don't like the scientific method, stop using your computer now. You using it is hypocritical, if you are going to turn around and say the very method itself is intrinsically flawed. Either your computer works and there is indeed anthropogenic global warming, or your computer doesn't work and there isn't. You can't really have both.

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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

dave420 Re:Ethics? (515 comments)

epyT-R, I also seem to remember you making many utterly misogynistic posts in the past, such as "women shouldn't/can't be scientists" and so on, so it's not really surprising that you'd be complaining about people calling other people out for being narrow-minded and intellectually lazy. When you're being socially unjust, I guess people looking for social justice are your enemy, hence your tirades against them.

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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

dave420 Re:Ethics? (515 comments)

Calling something "social justice" does not immediately relegate it to obscurity. "Social justice" is just a term to mean "admit less-than-stellar behavior towards minorities or the underrepresented, and earnestly try to improve it". Unless you'd call Rosa Parks a SJW you really should stop trying to use terms like that pejoratively - it makes you look like a tiny-minded, scared child, who is worried their favorite toys aren't as awesome as they always thought, and lashes out at anyone who might point that out to them.

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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

dave420 Re:Media blackout (515 comments)

The initial corruption turned out to not exist, so it's no wonder it wasn't reported on. After that the hate-train was already at top speed and it was too late to stop it.

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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

dave420 Re:Land of the free (566 comments)

So instead of fixing the actual problems, such as poverty, the answer is to just fill the area with guns. You could try turning where you live into civilization, instead of just keeping the status quo. Where do you live, late-90s Mogadishu?

In the city where I live (not in the US, in a country with relatively few guns), there was a robbery involving guns. A policewoman was shot in the leg (and the robbers killed or caught). People still talk about it. That happened ~three years ago. It was so unusual, so unthinkable, that it sticks in peoples' minds. I can't imagine living in a place where that would be considered normal, expected behavior.

So yeah, I think filling society with guns then saying you need more guns to fix the problem of so many guns is pretty irrational, but then we don't have much crime, and certainly very little gun crime.

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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

dave420 Re:Land of the free (566 comments)

They most certainly are - it's very hard to shoot someone without a gun, and very difficult to shoot someone if you only have a knife.

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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

dave420 Re:Myth Confirmed... (87 comments)

Of course. Maybe not where you live, but in a great many parts of the world public transport is excellent.

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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

dave420 Re:Good (579 comments)

He was unarmed, in another country. Summary execution for crimes committed is something tyrants and despots do, not supposedly civilised governments.

You can reduce it to a pithy generalisation if you want, but that simply shows you can nor argue the actual facts of this one particular instance, where an unarmed man who easily could have been removed and taken for trial was simply shot on sight for no other reason other than vengeance.

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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

dave420 Re:MS would like to become a service company. (215 comments)

Sehr gut, aber:

  • too late
  • too good
  • too much
  • too expensive
  • there are the devices

Native speakers can make those mistakes, too, so don't feel downhearted :)

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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

dave420 Re:Terrorists Win (579 comments)

Al Qaeda can be, or at least could have been (before the death of OBL), stopped by simply addressing their manifesto, and highlighting any actual cases of wrong-doing on the behalf of the countries/parties named, and dealing with them honestly and earnestly. If the manifesto is full of outright nonsense, the world can see that attempts were made and that the manifesto is indeed nonsense, gaining widespread support. If the manifesto has real points, then by addressing former wrong-doings (and making up for them by deed, promise, compensation, whatever), you cause them to want to disarm themselves, so they can go back to simply living.

Happy people don't wake up and decide to be a terrorist. It takes years of systematic abuses and the ignoring of issues. Once that's more than a generation, your work is really cut out for you.

Oh, and early Americans would just kill nearly everyone who remotely looked like the people who were causing them problems - it worked with the Indians, didn't it? Your appeal to nostalgia isn't doing you any favours.

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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

dave420 Re:Terrorists Win (579 comments)

Precisely - the UK figured out that it's much better to talk about the issues at hand, rather than to ignore them and simply try to brute-force the symptoms away. Earnest dialogue with the terrorists (or, preferably, their political factions) is the key to disarming them - if they have real grievances, address them (even if it means taking a big bite from a shit sandwich). If they are simply insane, you've just proven to the rest of the world that they are insane and you are righteous, which can only gain support. It also bears repeating that it's better for governments to engage in dialogues with concerned citizens than ignoring them and waiting for the citizens in question to take up arms. The UK knows this better than pretty much any other country out there, considering the length of the issue, the speed of progress, and just how recent it was. Countries which don't mercilessly screw over people don't get attacked by terrorists - weird, huh?

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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

dave420 Re:Home of the brave? (579 comments)

If the amount of guns was increased, the amount of lunatics with guns would also increase. That means you've just raised the chances of a bad situation occurring in the hope that when these now-more-common scenarios occur, they can be dealt with more easily by having untrained people firing guns off in public, doing what their complete-lack-of-training tells them is the right idea. Australia is of the mindset that the only people who should be firing guns off in public are those with sufficient training, frequent mental health screenings, and with medical, intelligence & logistical support.

Judging by their homicide rate compared to that of the US, it looks like Australia is on to something.

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