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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

towermac Re: A fool and their money (125 comments)

"Hey I saw it work a few times that proves it's true so I believe it!"

But he didn't actually say that, did he? He said he'd seen it work a couple of times. Everyone here knows the difference between plural anecdotes and data.

He presented it as an anecdote, and you still feel a duty to run him into the ground?

I'm actually interested in the discussion. What the fuck are we supposed to talk about here then, anyway?

2 hours ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

towermac Re:Putin: "Your move, West" (615 comments)

"They ousted a lawfully elected president"

Ousted? He abandoned his post and fled.

8 hours ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

towermac Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (587 comments)

If you want federal funding in your community, you've got to fill in the blank

Yep.

I think it was Montana that once tried to refuse the federal money over the speed limit (not many here have driven a Montana highway at 55).

I don't think they can even refuse the money..

yesterday
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

towermac Re:This is good! (506 comments)

Hm. Let's look at the actual language in question, rather than Ars highly politicized take on it, shall we?

"The standards in science shall be based in core existing disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics; incorporate grade-level mathematics and be referenced to the mathematics standards; focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes; and prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another."

I see the part about focusing on knowledge rather than scientific processes, but in no way can one read 'forbidding the scientific method to be taught' in there. Not only that, but I could see a good reason for it: they have around 160 hours, total, to teach a year of science. Maybe they want to cram as many facts in as possible, and save the science for it's own sake stuff for those in advanced classes considering a scientific career. If they had a history of wasting precious school time teaching bunsen burner techniques to second graders, then we would all be asking for language like that to be added.

That was off the top of my head. Perhaps the guy does have an agenda, I know nothing about Ohio. But he seems to have done it wrong in that case; that last sentence *is* pretty clear about forbidding intelligent design, or young earth, or anything like that being taught.

yesterday
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

towermac Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (236 comments)

Yeah, Jobs and Gates and Woz, or even the giant egghead, Einstein; never got a shred of respect in our society, did they?

It apparently bugs you that the religious still exist, and from that, I bet you can make any point you wish.

From your link:

"The standards in science shall be based in core existing disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics; incorporate grade-level mathematics and be referenced to the mathematics standards; focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes; and prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another."

OMG. Freakin' Christians just won't get their foot off your neck, will they?

yesterday
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

towermac Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (236 comments)

Yeah, they did that whole LHC thing without us.

In fact, probably in spite of us...

As long as it's 'them' and 'us', right?

yesterday
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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

towermac Re:Goddammit! (97 comments)

I'm going to guess that's because the muon has a lifetime of 2.2 microseconds, whereas the tau has a lifetime so short I can't even type the number, making the muon far easier to study.

about a week ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

towermac Re:Invasive obsession (180 comments)

the term you're looking for is 'white guilt'.

about two weeks ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

towermac Re:California At It Again (97 comments)

They might, as they might here in the States.

I might even be in that group; I pay out the ass in taxes now; I don't want new ones.

Nevertheless, it would still be good law, and if it was worth it, my conservative ass would sign off on it, but political compromises would have to be made.

What if you traded it for some other tax? Pick an big, unpopular one. I've got a good one... The 35% corporate income tax.

Heresy? The Republicans would be jizzing their panties for the chance to combat man-made climate change. Worth it?

This would be where you separate the men from the boys, or rather; the socialists from the true greens. (Greens don't have to be socialists.)

about two weeks ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

towermac Re:California At It Again (97 comments)

The answer to that is a simple flat carbon tax.

Lobby all you want, you might even get the rate changed, for next year. But this year's rate is this year's rate. We're all paying it, and bitching about it, and gas is $.50 higher or whatever, and heating oil is higher, and coal gets hit the hardest. Everybody pays the same, because the carbon is taxed at the source.

Notice the first thing they have to do, is throw out equality under the law. This government created scheme of carbon markets only applies to the emitters, and polluters, and whoever else they lay down in their narrow and specific hundreds of pages legislation; it doesn't apply to everyone else. If this BS applied to everybody, they wouldn't stand for it, and carry signs if they had to, to get the law changed to something reasonable. Nobody cares about what are seemingly minor regulations that apply only to power companies or big business or whoever. As long as it's not you.

Pass a good, simple law, that applies to every living soul in the land, and it will be effective.

about two weeks ago
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

towermac Re: Amazing quality (146 comments)

It's funnier than that.

I showed it to 3 people in the office that don't know what WoW is. All 3 said it was really cool, and were glued to it. One, (a 50+ year old man) quizzed me on what kind of computer it runs on, can he get it in the living room, etc.

You just wanted more, man. It's a decent trailer.

about two weeks ago
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

towermac Re:Enough World of Warcraft already (146 comments)

Well don't blame PvP directly; it's Blizz's reaction, and 'fix' that was the problem.

You spent a month and a half; I spent a year and a half learning how to play that bear. And still got creamed in Wintergrasp for a year. And still had a blast.

The fact is, in good PvP, some classes will be better than others, given the same player skill.

That was fine. Tehy 'fixed' what wasn't broken.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

towermac Re:Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

That's because you've exceeded the maximum benefit you're going to get for that income. It would be 'illogical' to tax you for benefits you have no chance of getting.

Assuming that the 'rich' (heh, as if $117K in NY or SF makes one rich) cannot be taxed too much in your world; would it not be more logical to simply raise the income tax, which is arbitrary; rather than Social Security, which is ostensibly tied to benefits?

about two weeks ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

towermac Re:Intellectually dishonest (254 comments)

"It's one thing to be poor, it's another to have to survive day to day worrying about food, shelter, health care, etc."

No, that's not another thing. That's exactly what 'being poor' means.

I don't think you've ever been poor, or you would know this.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

towermac Re:Not about leverage or influence (266 comments)

"Snowden won't because he is a coward "

No, he's not. A coward (or even just the non-brave) would have continued to take the 6 figure salary for an easy job in Hawaii. He gave up everything. Do you really think he's living large in Moscow?

"Putin wouldn't allow it "

He wouldn't like it. But a public offer and Snowden's public acceptance would sure put him on the spot.

"Obama won't willingly take the domestic political hit ..."

No, I doubt that he will. He campaigned against this exact thing, and now he is its biggest defender. But he could grow a set, show some leadership, and get the job done, if he wanted to. The only thing stopping him is himself.

about three weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

towermac Re:Not about leverage or influence (266 comments)

Yep.

And to answer the summary; the positive PR value is enough.

Since you already know this is the kind of guy that will fall on his sword, bullying him would get you little of value, while throwing away the 'useful puppet' advantage.

If we don't like the situation, nothing is stopping Obama from offering him a deal.

about three weeks ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

towermac Re:minutes to midnight (252 comments)

"in a fascist country the corporations control the govt."

You made that up, or maybe it was fed to you. That is not what fascism is.

"The socialist party (Democrats) and the fascist party (Republicans)"

Ah, now I see; stumping for your side. Which means there is nothing you can say that is too outrageous or hateful. I guess all is fair in love, war, and politics...

Carry on then.

about three weeks ago
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The Social Laboratory

towermac Re:Education? Affordable housing? Healthcare? (79 comments)

One thing you haven't taken into account is the size of Singapore, and their government. A tiny thing, sandwiched between giant, and far worse neighbors, as pointed out below. They have a sort of community thing going on, and are far closer to their government (just based on numbers), than we could hope to be here in the US.

What seems to be working for them, and apparently it is working well for them, would not work for us here. To compare a large powerful country; 1930s Germany, Russia, China, the US, whoever, to Singapore; is compare apples to, .. well, cinder blocks or something else very unlike apples.

about three weeks ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

towermac Re:Good progress, still needs more work (176 comments)

What does two hops mean, exactly?

To me, it means they can monitor everyone the suspect contacts. Monitoring them, means listing who they talked to; that list of people, being the second hop. You can't monitor them, at least not on this warrant.

Now, that's exactly what I expect them to do, if they are investigating a possible terrorist. You run that second hop list of names, and see if you hit on anybody else of interest. Maybe you already have a warrant on them. Maybe there's other probable cause. Maybe it was Bin-Laden who was the second hop, and you just fuckin' found him. Good job.

That's what the FBI has done our whole lives. Don't take away their ability to do basic police work.

Like you, I suspect a trick. Let's hope they don't pull the half-million suspects thing. But maybe you're smarter than me, so look closely at it, and tell me why I should be against it if I should be.

about a month ago

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