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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

tsqr Re:Quite the poker player (285 comments)

(Today the USA emits about 14 tons per person, compared to China's 7 tons.)

So yeah, you're right, that is some powerful negotiation right there as China is making a much bigger sacrifice...

Are you sure tons per capita is the appropriate metric? Stats from 2010: Trinidad and Tobago (38 tons per capita), Aruba (22.8), Luxembourg (21.4). AGW evil-doers, or bit players in the greater scheme of things? And no, I'm not proposing that the USA is a bit player.

China has a population 4.3x greater than the USA, in a land area slightly smaller (3.7 million sq mi vs 3.8 million sq. mi). Looking at tons of carbon per square mile, China is currently emitting carbon at over twice the rate of the USA.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

tsqr Re:Ted Cruz is Already Attacking Net Neutrality (704 comments)

The fact that liberals finally caved and accepted it as a compromise solution since they are never going to get socialized medicine in this country doesn't mean conservatives get to disown their own plan.

Caved? To whom?? Are you talking about special considerations given to Democratic legislators and labor unions? Passed by reconciliation without a trace of Republican support != compromise.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

tsqr Re:Ted Cruz is Already Attacking Net Neutrality (704 comments)

You guys keep calling it the conservative approach... but it was born from liberals, and implemented by liberals every single time. Never was there a conservative government that did it.

OH WAIT! I get it

OH WAIT! No you don't. The Heritage Foundation is not a government, and has never implemented any legislation. "Born from liberals" means "legislation written by Democrats". "Implemented by liberals" means "passed by reconciliation without a trace of Republican support."

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

tsqr Re:Diversity bullshit (123 comments)

when has Asian been oppressed in U.S.

Suggest you research the origins of the phrase "Chinaman's chance in hell."

about three weeks ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

tsqr Re: Abrupt, but like 100 years abrupt? (132 comments)

There is plenty of other evidence supporting this conclusion - it is hardly just his "bombing" policies

Sure. And people wishing to paint him as a leftist can convince themselves they see evidence in support of that, as well; see, for example, his stance on immigration reform and statements regarding the Treyvon Martin and Ferguson "situations".

Personally, I don't see him as a "leftist" or as a "righty"; he seems to lack the intestinal fortitude for either. I see him as more of an old-school political opportunist with a defective moral compass and a spine too week to stand up for what he claims to believe in, whatever that might be (see his evolution from "fierce advocate for gay rights" to "God's in the mix" to ... well, it's not too clear where he stands on the issue right now).

about three weeks ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

tsqr Re:Selective? (357 comments)

As has been said before (and roundly ignored), they're not keeping you from bringing Glass into the theatre; they just want you to turn it off and put it away. Just like your cellphone.

about three weeks ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

tsqr Re: Abrupt, but like 100 years abrupt? (132 comments)

Well, given that Obama is a centre-rightist I can't see that you have demonstrated any problem with the premise at all.

The problem with the premise is that it's based on the tried-and-true No True Scotsman logical fallacy, as in "no true leftie would bomb brown people." Obama may indeed be a center-rightist, but only someone preoccupied with ideological purity would reach that conclusion merely by observing his predilection for bombing brown people.

about three weeks ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

tsqr Re: Abrupt, but like 100 years abrupt? (132 comments)

Premise: Only righties bomb brown people.
Observation: Obama bombs brown people.
Conclusion: Obama is a rightie.

...or maybe there's a flaw in the Premise.

about three weeks ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

tsqr Re: What is critical thinking? (553 comments)

Oh, I understand his usage. But considering the person who brought the word to national attention, he got the state wrong.

about a month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

tsqr Re:What is critical thinking? (553 comments)

you should ask them if they refudiate their party platform.

If you want to pass yourself off as a critical thinker, you probably shouldn't use refudiate in your sentences.

about a month ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

tsqr Re:um, BIG difference omitted... (163 comments)

He didn't say he hated anyone; he said he had experience with being discriminated against based on appearance-based assumptions. You seem to be suggesting that a moderately successful person should be OK with being gouged. Pretty screwed up, if you see a difference between "he looks rich, let's rip him off (he can probably afford it)" and "he looks poor, let's spit on him (he's probably used to it)."

about a month ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

tsqr Re:I've come up with lots of good ideas (150 comments)

Where is this "box" everyone's always talking about, and what does it look like?

If you look around yourself carefully, you should be able to make out the inside surfaces of the box.

about 1 month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

tsqr Re:1..2..3 before SJW (786 comments)

In before SJW brigade comes in demanding everyone involved apologized.

wow, you anti-SJW people really got your knickers in a bunch don't you. Leave it to America to came up with stirring anger against social justice, and use it pro-actively as a straw-man in any debate.

Hmm. That seemed shallow and not well-thought-out. The common usage of "SJW" is pejorative by definition. From Urban Dictionary:

"SJW: Social Justice Warrior. A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet, often in a shallow or not well-thought-out way, for the purpose of raising their own personal reputation."

about a month ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

tsqr Re:Much as I despise trolls (489 comments)

Not according to the Supreme Court

Do you honestly, truly believe that I care what those authoritarians think? There is no such single tribunal, and they are not always correct, and have been wrong many times (like with the example you just cited, thanks).

Thank you for the shining example of rationality. You are surely an exemplar member of civilized society; the polar opposite of a barbarian.

about a month ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

tsqr Re:Much as I despise trolls (489 comments)

Then you're not exactly a rational being; you're just a barbarian.

Not according to the Supreme Court:

In Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire (1942), the Supreme Court held that speech is unprotected if it constitutes "fighting words". Fighting words, as defined by the Court, is speech that "tend[s] to incite an immediate breach of the peace" by provoking a fight, so long as it is a "personally abusive [word] which, when addressed to the ordinary citizen, is, as a matter of common knowledge, inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction". Additionally, such speech must be "directed to the person of the hearer" and is "thus likely to be seen as a 'direct personal insult'".

about a month ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

tsqr Re:Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (111 comments)

Lack of access to the First Lady's workout schedule is not what the people complaining about lack of transparency are upset about.

about a month ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

tsqr Re:What Makes For a Stable Marriage? (447 comments)

My wife and I have been together for ~40 years. When people ask us our secret, we say we're both too lazy to pack-up and leave.

Funny, but there's an element of truth there. The more time you have invested in a relationship (30 years here), the more likely you are to work through problems than to throw up your hands and call it quits. Divorce is messy, expensive, and exhausting, and rarely leaves a person where they want to be.

about a month ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

tsqr Re:Correlaton? (447 comments)

Just wondering how 1. The more you spend on your wedding, the more likely you'll end up divorced and 2. How many people attended the wedding ("Crazy enough, your wedding ceremony has a huge impact on the long-term stability of your marriage. Perhaps the biggest factor is how many people attend your wedding

Would seem to be correlated. Normally the more you spend the more people you have attending the wedding ie it costs more to have a wedding with 100 people than with 25.

So how can one lead to more stable marriages and one to less??

Simple. Get someone else (e.g., the bride's parents) to pay for the wedding. The results said, "The more you spend on your wedding, the more likely you'll end up divorced."

about a month ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

tsqr Re:Awesome (283 comments)

1/3 of your income for the monthly payment on a depreciating asset? That's just crazy. The payments on my family's TWO cars comes to less than 10% of my gross income, and I think that's too high.

You financed a depreciating asset? That's just crazy. (It's all relative)

You're right on both counts - depreciating asset AND crazy. Like I said, I think 10% is still too high. The only saving grace (and it's a minor one) is that I put enough money down on both vehicles that even with depreciation, they've never been worth less than the amount owed.

That said, even without considering depreciation I think that a person of average means spending 1/3 of their income on a car payment is probably lacking in prioritization skills.

about a month and a half ago

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