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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

sithkhan Re:A bit rich (786 comments)

When the good doctor and his associates release all this data that was used to create their model, he is guilty of cherry picking data points and data manipulation. All the secrecy and denial of data release makes his conclusions suspect, regardless of their accuracy.

about two weeks ago

South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

sithkhan Rethink this ID process (59 comments)

The South Koreans need to learn that requiring individuals in society to proved identification to verify their identity is as racist as a Texan GOPer.

about 3 months ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

sithkhan Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

Homework assignment: compare Eich's opinion of 5 years ago, when he made donation to President Obama's from 5 years ago.

about 10 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

sithkhan Re:How is this (903 comments)

Did you know? Catholic teaching states condoms are immoral, as they prevent fertilization. The more you know!

1 year,26 days

Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

sithkhan Re:How is it their fault? (653 comments)

Yeah, because all the money we have been pouring into school systems the past 30 years made such a difference until now. Our per capita spending per student is abysmal for our ROI. But we keep voting in the people on the school boards who hire the people who make and execute the budgets for the schools, so there is no one to blame but the person in the mirror. I love the cycles where a new administrator in a district will institute a construction program within their first two years so that people will know they are 'serious' about education. The declining average testing scores may not give community pride, but the [INSERT BUILDING OR OTHER EDIFICE NAME HERE] sure is magnificent/breathtaking/bold/needed/awesome. School property is massively underutilized. Too bad people wouldn't be willing to have school in shifts.

about a year ago

Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

sithkhan Re:How I see it... (1144 comments)

You would quote: " really appreciate it if you could follow the rules on these here bill thingy's" - Is that so? Then please be sure to mention your outrage at the actions our Dear President has taken in arbitrarily moving the requirements for businesses to provide health care for their employees for one year. Please tell me more about how the Executive Branch can choose and pick which parts of a signed law to enforce. Then remember that when a conservative is elected President and pulls the same trick. I bet THEN you start crying, Anonymous Coward. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/07/02/obama-delay-health-care-law/2484623/

about a year ago

IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

sithkhan Re:Very un-PC (719 comments)

I'm a conservative who was once very hopeful that the Tea Party might help turn around the Republican Party (which is more about expanding the government and the debt than anything else). Then I went to a Tea Party rally, where I got to hear all about how it's the duty of all Americans to NOT pay taxes, and how the niggers are taking over. So yeah, audit them. All of them.

Care to share the date, time, and location of those Tea Party rallies where they stated "niggers are taking over?" If it is so commonplace, how has it never been caught on film, audio track, or digital media?

about a year and a half ago

Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

sithkhan Re:So about the world (848 comments)

A solid argument. I have a short, and perhaps rude retort. When those who state this is a dire situation start behaving like it is a dire situation, I will consider the argument. If Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, et. al. are going to be held up as paragons of truth, who bring the message to the masses, then they damn well better live by their rules. If they won't or can't, then I won't consider this to be a serious threat, and that those who say it is are only mewling to control our way of life.

about 2 years ago

NRC Chairman Resigns

sithkhan Re:no brainer (100 comments)

Amazing how the kind submitter was unable to place this in the fine summary, and that as of this posting - yours is the first comment to remark upon his behavior.

more than 2 years ago

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

sithkhan Re:Obvious (1128 comments)

I guess the submitter did not read the actual question posed in the poll: “The GSS asked respondents the following question: “I am going to name some institutions in this country. As far as the people running these institutions are concerned, would you say you have a great deal of confidence, only some confidence, or hardly any confidence at all in them [the Scientific Community]?”(page 172) The confidence in “people running these institutions” was being measured, not “Science”.

more than 2 years ago

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

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

Mod this up. This is what conservatives are distrustful about - how the results were obtained.

more than 2 years ago

Is Poor Numeracy Ruining Lives?

sithkhan Re:Other subjects require more instruction time (489 comments)

But those points are not mathematics - those are data interpretations. Is statistics a math? Yes. The interpretations? No. A salient point, nonetheless.

more than 2 years ago

Is Poor Numeracy Ruining Lives?

sithkhan Other subjects require more instruction time (489 comments)

I wonder if they are able to name the great LGBT scientists, or explain how evil Western Culture is today, or demonstrate how to properly apply a condom to a banana. I understand this is an article bemoaning the fate of the UK - but it is coming to the States, and we happily grease the tracks for the train.

more than 2 years ago



Leaked Heartland Institute Memo Authenticity Questioned

sithkhan sithkhan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sithkhan writes "After the explosive leak of the Heartland Institute documents on Thursday, the documents were looked over by a reporter for The Atlantic. Seems all the leaked documents are similar and consistent, with the exception of one: that damning memo.
" 1. All of the documents are high-quality PDFs generated from original electronic files . . . except for the "Climate Strategy" memo. (Hereinafter, "the memo"). That appears to have been printed out and scanned, though it may also have been faxed.
Either way, why? After they wrote up their Top Secret Here's All the Bad Stuff We're Gonna Do This Year memo, did the author hand it to his secretary and say "Now scan this in for the Board"? Or did he fax it across the hall to his buddy?
This seems a strange and ponderous way to go about it--especially since the other documents illustrate that the Heartland Institute has fully mastered the Print to PDF command.
It is, however, exactly what I would do if I were trying to make sure that the document had no potentially incriminating metadata in the pdf."

There's much more to read and consider at the link.

The author gives two caveats, which are somewhat at odds with one another."

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