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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

microbox Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (420 comments)

Revenue neutral carbon taxes have been successfully used to reduce the amount of dirty electricity being used (by raising the price of produce), and still leave home owners with more money in their pocket. They drive economic growth (energy innovation, home modernization, grid modernization), and they also cause economic harm (fossil fuel interests are losers). When you tally up the growth and harm, they come feakily close to zero. So, on average, it costs nothing, but Koch and Koch will need a new business model.

2 days ago
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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

microbox Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (420 comments)

There are always winners and loser when incentive structures change. The real question is who is being subsized by the status quo, and is it fair. Fighting AGW will produce winners and losers but the consensus among economists it that it will have a negligble effect on overall economic growth. That means we can move away from fossil fuels and, on average, we will still be as rich in the future even if AGW is a hoax. If it isn't a hoax, then we will be a lot richer in the future if the USA still keeps all the naval bases and city facilities and property that are at sea level -- to name merely one certain economic downside of warming.

A revenue neutral pollution tax can be used to compensate the losers, other than the fossil fuel industry, who are enjoying huge negative externalities right now. No wonder Koch and Koch are spending so much money shaping political perceptions on the issue.

2 days ago
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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

microbox Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (420 comments)

It is a fallacy that we must sacrifice much to fight climate change. The real alarmists are the economic alarmists. (Sure there are far left weirdos who use AGW as cover for their anti-capitalist economics, but their lunacy does not reflect the reality of the problem.) The consensus from economists is that a lot can be done with zero net effect to the economy. This is not just technology. We must change incentive structures that are already biased toward drawing down on fossil fuels. (Remember, we are not paying the true cost of our energy, for a lot of complex reasons.) The technology is already ready, with wind energy already having a total cost of ownership lower than coal. Solar is more expensive, for now, but will soon be cheaper. The only reason why we burn coal is because it is subsidized. Thus, pricing in the cost of pollution will lower the overall energy costs of the nation, and also drive economic growth. This is because most of the world is using revenue neutral taxes -- taking money from polluters and then creating incentives for housing and grid modernization. We already have more people working in renewable energy than in coal in the USA. Sure renewables do not supply reliable baseline energy, but that is a grid problem that is being solved by technology. You can look up the solutions if you are interested. The main obstacle in the USA is the nimby crowd. (The USA needs more high voltage transmission between parts of the country.)

2 days ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

microbox Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

. Climate "science" on the other hand does exactly what you describe here. It looks at past data and attempts to fit it to a hypothesis. That's not science at all.

You are talking about one small vein of climate science -- and creating and testing models is actually science. It's part of "signal processing". I know you will get distracted by that last comment. So again, and speaking very, very, slowly. Modeling is a tiny part of climate science, and the AGW hypothesis does not depend on it in the slightest. See here and here.

about three weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

microbox Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

The political argument is only choking on its own blood within conservative circles in the USA, Australia, and Canada -- with the later two making some discernible progress. The GOP is not equal to the entire world.

about three weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

microbox Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

No amount of sound argumentation will help you phantom, because, as we both know, you are only interested in tickling your own motivated reasoning. It doesn't matter that the AGW theory doesn't rely on models. It doesn't matter surface temperature has next to nothing to do with it. It doesn't matter that 2014 was warmer than 1998, when there was no El Nino in 2014, and a record El Nino in 1998.

What matters is that you are right, and you are going to prove it, no matter what.

about three weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

microbox Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

Do you know what a mimophant is? Either Mann is one, or his detractors are. Hint, his detractors came after him -- personally -- and now they are playing the victim if he so much as protests, let alone follow sound legal council over witch-hunts.

about three weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

microbox Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

Well, you probably know too much about the "science" to actually understand one of Mann's papers -- so it is really pitched at your level.

about three weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

microbox Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

And perhaps a combination of Ralph Nadar, and the US Supreme Court had something to do with Al Gore losing as well. I sure miss W. though. I time when the economy boomed, deficits came down, and the US garnered the world's respect.

about three weeks ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

microbox Re:"Could", (401 comments)

They don't see it as pollution, but an assault on the very moral fabric of their being. If they are wrong about AGW, so then think about the consequences!!! TEH SOCIALISM!!! And so the cogs turn in the mind of the ideologue who, with no trace of irony sees themselves as balanced, nuanced and reasonable. Hence all the projection and gnashing at teeth.

about a month and a half ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

microbox Re:"Could", (401 comments)

It only takes a microsecond for a claim to be generated, and another microsecond of the ideologue to convince themselves it is true based on its pleasant chime. It takes forever to disprove the claim because, as the Japanese say, he who doesn't listen cannot hear. Thus it is, has been, and always will be. I'm convinced that the name "homo sapian" is a failed attempt at irony.

about a month and a half ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

microbox Renewables are cheaper than you think (401 comments)

You probably believe that renewables can never compete with carbon energy on price alone -- unsubsidized. The simple truth is that after subsidies are removed, only gas can compete with renewables. Gas wins handily, for now. The main obstacle for renewables in that the USA needs more high voltage capacity -- blocked by the nimby crowd -- to move electricty across the country. With more high voltage power lines, it would quickly start to cost more to mine and ship coal to existing coal power plants than build wind power. Solar is close behind, and the prices are coming down fast.

Now it is not true that the above pricing estimates are purely subsidy free. Coal, oil and natural gas are still given huge subsidies in the calculations: private profits, socialized losses. You see, coal/oil/gas does not pay for the significant health burdens, or the trillions in wars. And that is leaving aside using the atmosphere as a free waste tip.

If your main concern about climate change action is "ruining the economy", then pull your head out of partisan news sources, and go look at the actual figures that businesses and governments use to make decisions. Most economists believe that climate action costs are negligible, but that not doing anything will cost a lot -- starting with all the beachfront property on the East coast, which will have moved in land within 100 years.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

microbox Re:its not as if american cops have anything to fe (515 comments)

Haha! He said he couldn't breath like six times before being murdered by the cop choking him. Did you not watch the tape? Did it cause a mental syntax error or something?

about 1 month ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

microbox Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

Yeah, the police feel they are under assault. Yet there is almost a live-stream of police abusing the moral privilege they are given, even though the job is far safer than many other jobs. I've seen a good friend enter the police, and adopt the cultural talking points. There are real systemic problems with how police do their jobs, and how interrogations and prosecutions are done -- and at no point do police seem willing to accept any criticism or feedback at all. If there is video evidence, then the problem is that there is video evidence.

about 1 month ago
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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

microbox Re:Really!?!?!? (145 comments)

It's amazing how replete with projection "skepticism" is. You probably don't even know what that means, and almost certainly couldn't process it if you did.

about 2 months ago
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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

microbox Re:Senate approves international treaties (145 comments)

Yeah, I think that "skeptic" groups specifically target slashdot as a way to skew the conversation in their favor. "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." -- Russell

about 2 months ago
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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

microbox Deal is the opposite to what you think. (145 comments)

The deal is actually the opposite. America doesn't really need to do much to meet Obama's target. The natural market-driven growth of renewables will do it, so long as the GOP doesn't play pick the winners and losers by slapping regulations. (*cough* Kansas *cough*). It may well cost the US consumer $0. China, on the other hand, is deploying huge amounts of new energy, and will fundamentally need to shift their plan in order to have emissions peak in 2030. But they want to do it anyway, since -- pollution, and they will be at the bleeding edge of renewables technology with will own carbon by 2030. Heck, wind is already price parity with coal, and solar is dropping fast. See Levelized cost of electricity by source. And I say all of this knowing that you cannot understand it, because you are a "skeptic" with the "truth". (Somehow not a contradiction -- but that's human nature for you.)

about 2 months ago
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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

microbox Re:Too weak because humans are not the cause (145 comments)

If only the sun's output showed a trend. Gee, a bunch of ideologues with ties to industry providing you with the "truth" of climate change, eh? Sad.

about 2 months ago
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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

microbox Single-year does not make a decadal trend. (145 comments)

A single year does not a trend make. It's a decadal trend. Average the temperatures on a decadal basis, and you will see that there was never an abatement from warming. Furthermore, most of the heat (90+%) goes into the oceans, which makes them rise (because they expand) and the signal is much less noisy. No abatement there either. And besides, 1998 wasn't the hottest year on record -- that's is an ambiguous statement -- and it was hot because of a record El Nino. The next record El Nino will blast 1998 to bits, unless there is some mitigating circumstance such as huge volcanic eruptions in the same year. And I say all of this fully aware that you cannot possibly understand it -- being a "skeptic" and all.

about 2 months ago

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Studies show cap-and-trade is net economic benefit in 6 US states

microbox microbox writes  |  more than 2 years ago

microbox writes "t is axiomatic to some that cap-and-trade will wreck the economy and promote the type of corruption that both extremes of the political specturm decry. Vitreol and name-calling aside, both the science and the economics come down to an empirical question. For those who do not know, six US states have implemented cap-and-trade since 2001. On average, these states have faired as well or better than the rest of the USA according to standard economic indicators, and quantitative studies now show a direct economic gain to the region from cap-and-trade. Are conservatives too invested in nay-saying cap-and-trade to make an about face on the issue (e.g., Tony Abbott's expensive direction action alternative), or is the issue too polarized? When does empirical evidence make a difference to peoples beliefs?"
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US health administrative costs 4x that of Canada

microbox microbox writes  |  more than 3 years ago

microbox (704317) writes "Free-market healthcare is a hot political topic, with both Republicans and Democrats heavily invested in their positions. Republicans often claim that US healthcare is the best in the world thanks to Adam Smiths' invisible hand. The US system certainly has advantages; however, no other country spends anywhere near as much on healthcare, and US physicians and administrative staff spend 4x as many hours per week dealing with payers and insurance companies as their colleagues in Canada. Is it possible that laissez-faire health-care is an inefficient solution, or are high administrative costs nothing to be concerned about, and reflect a more efficient and higher quality healthcare system?"
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Mac savvy woman remotely photographs thieves

microbox microbox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

microbox (704317) writes "1010 Wins brings us a story about a woman who nabbed the two guys who stole her laptop. When they went online, she connected to it using "Back To My Mac", and then she used the laptop's camera to photograph the thieves. I'm not sure if that's a great sales pitch for potential switchers, however, I think that's kinda cool [dons tin-foil hat]."
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Do schools educate students out of creativity?

microbox microbox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

microbox (704317) writes "Sir Ken Robinson wittily makes a profound case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. The universality of his message is evidenced by its rampant popularity online: "If you have not yet seen Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk, please stop whatever you're doing and watch it now." A transcript of his talk can be found here, however, the transcript is missing Ken's superb comic timing."
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Typing faster than Intelligible Speech

microbox microbox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

microbox (704317) writes "According to this article, an average speedy "typist" works at about 35-40 words per minute — a professional around 70-95 words per minute. Yet I recently came across an article on machine shorthand that purports that a typist can reach 225-300 words per minute. That's faster than intelligible speech! The trick is to use a chorded keyboard where-by a user types whole syllables or words by striking multiple keys at once, a technique called "chording". Specialized hardware goes for between $US 1000-4000, however, I see no reason why we couldn't use a regular keyboard for chorded input. I failed to find any FOSS software like a text editor that lets you use your keyboard in "chorded" mode. Is this a better mouse-trap that's just waiting to be built?"
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