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Comment Re:Sea level rise isn't the main problem (Score 1) 227

Some people think it is going to be gradual but there are people who think it could be sudden for a few reasons.

Antartic ice sheets are melting at this time, but it is currently trapped by the ice there.

Most people don't think these sorts of things happen regularly, but glacial floods have been seen in the earth's history (as long as you believe the earth older than 6000 years).

Also, the reason that ocean sea level rise has not been seen everywhere up to this point is because the Arctic ice was over water, which meant that no water was added to the ocean. Antarctica and Greenland's ice are not currently a part of the ocean, so when this makes it to the ocean, things are going to go bad around the world.

Aside from the climate change aspect the more immediate problem is acidifcation and warming of the sea which has already killed off a quarter of the barrier reef and is having serious effects elsewhere with plankton.

And this is the other point, we have no idea what effects we are having on plankton populations. But then again, why do we need plankton, it isn't like we need to breathe.

Comment Re:Anti-science censorship (Score 1) 634

Most vaccines do not have a 100% efficiency rate. This means that some people who get the vaccine do not actually get immunity from it. Also some folks have compromised immune systems and cannot be given vaccines to begin with. But they are protected by the fact that most people around them are vaccinated, therefore the disease can't spread easily through the population.

Most anti-vaccination people don't understand that they are actually putting other people in danger by not getting their child vaccinated. Also some of the diseases that there are vaccines for still exist, in small pockets of the world whether it is carried by unvaccinated humans or animals.

But the problem with anti-vaccine people is they don't understand these facts. And they also don't understand how terrible some of the diseases we get vaccines for can be.

Questioning a particular vaccine's side effects or ingredients are fine, under the right circumstances. But when a medical professional does this in public or encourages their patients to not get vaccinations, society can begin to suffer. These laws are for the good of society as a whole.

Comment Bigfoot (Score 3, Funny) 173

"They typically dwell just behind rocks, but are also sometimes playful bounding into thick fogs and out of focus areas."

Unfortunately this is on Slashdot for some stupid reason, but that doesn't mean I can't mock the story with a good Futurama reference.

"Bigfoot is a crucial part of the ecosystem, if he exists. So lets all help keep possibly Bigfoot alive for future generations to enjoy, unless he doesn't exist."

Comment Re:more and more and more (Score 1) 225

Something is going to need to be done soon about the space debris issue.

Otherwise more satellites are going to start being taken out which will created more debris, which will take out more satellites...

This issue was first recognized almost 40 years ago and no solutions have been found yet.

Comment Why does this matter? (Score 4, Insightful) 704

The real issue is the fact that DNC tried to stop Bernie with a few underhanded tactics.

The DNC is now trying to redirect the focus everyone to say the Russians did this rather than asking why Bernie didn't get a fair shot or why Hilary was basically given a free pass. I am more worried about why these emails were written in the first place and why the people at the DNC were stupid enough to think their email server couldn't be hacked.

Comment Re:Yep - impersonation (Score 1) 565

Additionally and more importantly why the fuck should the *center for disease control* be funding gun studies? Shouldn't congress make them spend their money on fucking fighting disease, instead of our constitution?

Part of the reason why cars are safer today than 40 years ago is because the CDC did studies examining car safety and provided the results and recommendations to Congress.

Yes, they should be fighting disease as well. But when they request money to prevent and study possible epidemics like Zika and Ebola, Congress takes forever to pass anything (if they do) and normally under funds them.

Comment Re:countersue (Score 1) 571

Actually this is the solution. He needs to counter sue for lost time and wages, and for his lawyer's expenses for these lawsuits and the counter suit one.

I am pretty sure that if these facts are all accurate and true, he could easily get a judgement of about $100,000 in his favor. And he might be able to stop this guy from doing this to other people.

Unfortunately this is the only way that Doug Costello could probably get our legal system to work for him.

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Al-Qaeda Calls For the Execution Of Bill Gates and Others To 'Damage the US Economy' ( 486

An anonymous reader writes: Al-Qaeda's official online propaganda magazine, Inspire, contains a montage of violent images -- things like guns and blood -- next to an image of Bill Gates. The terrorist group is urging its followers to murder successful business folks, such as Gates, which is absolutely sickening. The terrorist group says that murdering high ranking people can damage the U.S. economy.

Comment Why would you only get your news from Facebook? (Score 1) 215

I don't trust any single source for news. Why would anyone think that they were getting unfiltered news from a website like Facebook?

I know folks are going to have to report to a Congressional Committee over this, but why is this a story? NBC leans heavily liberal, Fox leans heavily conservative, CNN does something which only people in airports actually see.

Facebook may get sued by those who pay for advertisements on their website, which may be fair, based on the wording of contracts.

Is it just because Gawker is screaming about this at the moment, that this is news? There is no unbiased news anymore, why does this shock or confuse anyone?

Comment Re: What about (Score 1) 530

The better argument would be to argue that they kill bats, which they are known to do via causing their lungs to explode.

But fossil fuels have killed at least hundreds of thousands (most likely higher) of animals via spills, pollution from burning, and transportation.

Everything we do has an impact. But continuing to burn things, will endanger the entire planet, where killing birds or bats in an area will have a much more minor impact on the global environment.

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