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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

locallyunscene Re:I don't think so. (1128 comments)

Trust is not inherent in science as an ideal(which is one big thing that makes it different from religion), but as a social construct it is unavoidable. When scientists say they've detected a neutrino even if I were provided the equipment and methodology the results would be meaningless to me and others without understanding the subtleties in what I was detecting to prove the hypothesis. Basically specialized knowledge is required to make such observations worthwhile.

I don't know what fake "AGW fisaco" you're referring to, but here's some data that you claim the scientists don't have.

about 2 years ago
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Campaign Urges People To Send MPAA and RIAA Copied Currency

locallyunscene Re:Genius. (413 comments)

One can endlessly reinterpret a symbolic act because metaphors are always imperfect.

And the entomology is interesting, I wonder how the term became so completely opposite of the base components.

more than 2 years ago
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Campaign Urges People To Send MPAA and RIAA Copied Currency

locallyunscene Re:Genius. (413 comments)

That's begging the question. The protesters aren't denying that licensing exists; but that technology has diminished it's value as an idea.

Well I'm sure not all of them are arguing that, but what is protesting but a pithy slogan or action to represent broader and more nuanced goals?

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Work Towards Naturally Caffeine-Free Coffee

locallyunscene Re:Caffeine-free coffee (312 comments)

Because it's /. and most of this is tongue-in-cheek anyway.

Personally, I would love to have non-processed coffee after dinner and not be up the rest of the night.

more than 2 years ago
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Melting Glaciers Cutting Peru Water Supply

locallyunscene Re:criminal (421 comments)

I think your definition of sustainability is flawed, but I don't think you're going to change your mind so I'm going to leave it at that.

more than 2 years ago
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Melting Glaciers Cutting Peru Water Supply

locallyunscene Re:criminal (421 comments)

Petroleum is a finite resource; we can and are using all of it up. That is the very definition of non-sustainable. Beyond that were we able to replace our petroleum-based fertilizer with another equally cheap fertilizer the result would still not be sustainable. Both the pesticides and nitrogen runoff that comes from maintaining these vast monocultures cause massive fish kills. Check out the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

more than 2 years ago
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Melting Glaciers Cutting Peru Water Supply

locallyunscene Re:criminal (421 comments)

Relatively, it was much more sustainable. Sure they would have to leave areas fallow, but they didn't need to use petroleum fertilizers and vast monocultures the scale of which we have today were completely unheard of..

more than 2 years ago
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Melting Glaciers Cutting Peru Water Supply

locallyunscene Re:"Earlier than expected"? (421 comments)

You sound hopelessly confused. First you needlessly dispute the meaning of conservative by providing two definitions and then apply them differently to the same scenario. Then you throw in a non-sequitur reductio ad absurdum claiming "climate science" has no place estimating fresh water supply. The only way this argument is remotely coherent is if you assume that "engineering" is unrelated to science. However, that is completely ridiculous as engineering is applied science.

more than 2 years ago
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Melting Glaciers Cutting Peru Water Supply

locallyunscene Re:"Earlier than expected"? (421 comments)

What a troll. This has nothing to do with the IPCC, and the scientists in this case were being the opposite of alarmist.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Granted Your-Paychecks-Are-What-You-Eat Patent

locallyunscene Re:Stop Using Stress as a Policy Tool (455 comments)

This is the guise fascism takes in America; outsourcing the abrogation of rights to private industries as an end run around the constitution.

more than 2 years ago
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Democratic Super PAC Buys Newtgingrich.com

locallyunscene Re:How about both (630 comments)

Dirty trick agreed, but I like how some of it is pointed towards substantial issues like Newt taking part in the revolving lobbyist door with financial firms. Most of the other stuff is distracting smear.

more than 2 years ago
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Democratic Super PAC Buys Newtgingrich.com

locallyunscene Re:You know (630 comments)

Never happened. You can read about ancient Greeks accusing each other of things that would unspeakable in public and libelous today. As long as there has been public political discourse there have been smear campaigns.

more than 2 years ago
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Democratic Super PAC Buys Newtgingrich.com

locallyunscene Re:Waste of money (630 comments)

Except for the republican president currently in the whitehouse. Hawkish, cuts deeper into civil liberties than ever before, promotes a healthcare bill that hands money to the private sector, doesn't press "liberal" issues he has direct control cover such as Guantanamo, DADT, Iraq war, and Afghanistan war. He doesn't use the bully pulpit to advocate for a balanced budget, which is different from even recent Democratic presidents (although ALL presidents of the past 30 years have been BIG spenders).

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Cybercrime Director Comments On Hacktivism

locallyunscene Re:Seems you missed Dr. King's point (254 comments)

Personally I think when corporations act as political entities they become legitimate targets of hackivism, like the case of credit card companies and Wikileaks.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Cybercrime Director Comments On Hacktivism

locallyunscene Re:Mod parent up. (254 comments)

You're semantically sidestepping the root of his complaint. Corporations, and similar private interest groups, should be able to make contracts as legal entities. That is not Tastecicles issue with commercial law. It is that corporations are treated as citizens despite not having the same physical and sometimes legal restrictions as citizens.

more than 2 years ago
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Environmental Enforcement Agents Targeting Guitars

locallyunscene Re:I love hearing right-wingers complain about EPA (379 comments)

Price and wage controls, economic planning, progressive taxation, ceding individual property rights to the central government, no right to bear arms, comprehensive social welfare.

These some of the original cornerstones of fascist ideology. I fail to see how they square with the American right-wing (note that militarism, nationalism and etho-centrism, the other pillars of fascism, plague communist and socialist countries, also). In any event, early fascists called themselves both anti-marxist, anti-capitalist, and anti-clerical. That claim seems accurate; making most modern uses of "fascist" as an epithet ridiculous.

Five out of the first six have nothing to do with fascism. They are more akin to socialism than anything else, but fascism was a reactionary response against socialism. And out of your second list you're missing the lynch pin of fascism a strong police state which the current right promotes .

more than 3 years ago

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Free charging for Tesla S

locallyunscene locallyunscene writes  |  more than 2 years ago

locallyunscene (1000523) writes "Tesla has created the first solar charging stations for its Model S and plans to offer free charging. Is free fuel enough to for the electric car to finally gain traction?

The technology at the heart of the Supercharger was developed internally and leverages the economies of scale of existing charging technology already used by the Model S, enabling Tesla to create the Supercharger device at minimal cost. The electricity used by the Supercharger comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity, which results in almost zero marginal energy cost after installation. Combining these two factors, Tesla is able to provide Model S owners free long distance travel indefinitely.

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Supreme Court Gives Immunity to Vaccines

locallyunscene locallyunscene writes  |  more than 3 years ago

locallyunscene (1000523) writes "In a ruling Tuesday the US Supreme Court upheld a law that provides immunity from lawsuits for vaccine companies and requires that

going before a special tribunal set up by Congress is the only way parents can be compensated for the negative side effects that in rare instances accompany vaccinations.

The dissenting justices in this case were Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg who argued this is a

regulatory vacuum in which no one — neither the FDA nor any other federal agency, nor state and federal juries — ensures that vaccine manufacturers adequately take account of scientific and technological advancements

Is this law necessary to protect vaccine companies from pseudo-science like the autism and vaccine linked studies, or is it too much of an overreach by removing the power to decide from The People and The States?"
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New Form of Matter?

locallyunscene locallyunscene writes  |  more than 3 years ago

locallyunscene (1000523) writes "

'Back in 1970, a young physicist working in the Soviet Union made a counterintutive prediction. Vitaly Efimov, now at the University of Washington in the US, showed that quantum objects that cannot form into pairs could nevertheless form into triplets.
In 2006, a group in Austria found the first example of such a so-called Efimov state in a cold gas of cesium atoms. [...]
Today, Nils Baas at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology makes another startling prediction. He says that the strange, unworldly bonds that allow cesium atoms to stick together in triplets should allow much more complex objects to form too. In fact, he says we're on the verge of discovering a brand new form of matter governed by an entirely new branch of physics.'

Looking at the pictures in the article and trying to imagine how they work in multiple dimensions only makes my brain hurt a little bit. Here is the arxiv paper the article references."
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AT&T Investigated for Astroturfing Net Neutral

locallyunscene locallyunscene writes  |  more than 5 years ago

locallyunscene (1000523) writes "

The AT&T letter, sent this week by Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs, asks employees to go to OpenInternet.gov and use a personal e-mail address to join the discussion forum there.
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The letter is a "kind of astroturfing," the act of creating fake grassroots opposition to an issue, said Tim Karr, campaign director for Free Press, a media reform advocacy group and net neutrality supporter. "Coming from one of the company's most senior executives, it's hard to imagine AT&T employees thinking the memo was merely a suggestion," Karr said

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FCC Warns of Wireless Spectrum "Gap"

locallyunscene locallyunscene writes  |  more than 5 years ago

locallyunscene (1000523) writes "

"We are fast entering a world where mass-market mobile devices consume thousands of megabytes each month," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski warned at CTIA Wireless yesterday. "So we must ask: what happens when every mobile user has an iPhone, a Palm Pre, a BlackBerry Tour, or whatever the next device is? What happens when we quadruple the number of subscribers with mobile broadband on their laptops or netbooks?

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Should Corporations Have a Right to Free Speech?

locallyunscene locallyunscene writes  |  more than 5 years ago

locallyunscene writes "You might have heard about the controversy surrounding Hillary: The Movie. Despite the possible narrow scope of the case, the Supreme Court seems set to rule on whether corporate entities should have free speech. Does the right of free speech possessed by individuals apply collectively to a corporation? Or is a corporation so far removed from a person that the right to free speech does not apply to it?"
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