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Victor Ganata
Report: Climate Change Skeptics Could Reach Catastrophic Levels By 2020 - The Onion
"In a worrying development that could have dire implications for the health of the planet, a report published Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that the number of climate change skeptics could reach catastrophic levels by the year 2020." - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Hot Town: The Shape of Los Angeles and the 'Heat Island' Effect - KCET
This Chart Shows Which Cities Are The Biggest 'Heat Islands' In The Summer - Business Insider Australia - Victor Ganata
Strong contributions of local background climate to urban heat islands - Nature - Victor Ganata
Too much concrete and asphalt, man... - Spidra Webster
L.A. actually isn't that bad compared to a lot of other cities, but partly that's because of the natural climate. - Victor Ganata
What kills me is that I learned of heat islands in high school. Back in the 80s. The city and surrounding communities could have made green roofs mandatory back then. Parking structures in the city with green rooftops would've been awesome. I find it interesting that the city council could never make their way to see that, but could approve pools on top of hotels. - Anika
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Hottest June On Record Since 1880 - Informed Comment
Global temperature reaches record high in June, following record warmth in May - State of the Climate - NOAA - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Does Gell-Mann's Totalitarian Principle—"Everything not forbidden is compulsory" —qualify as scientific knowledge (Class IV: consensus or expert opinion), or is it just a blind leap of faith? #FaithInScience
This isn't just some esoteric philosophical point, either. It actually affects how you set up your wave equation. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Carl Sagan denied being an atheist. So what did he believe? [Part 1] - WaPo
This is pretty close to my own thinking. I can't really explain why, but claiming 100% certainty when you have 99.95% +/- 0.05% certainty just seems problematic to me. - Victor Ganata
From a broader perspective, this seems to be discussing the fine line between denialism and scientific skepticism: "If you’re only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You never learn anything. You become a crotchety misanthrope convinced that nonsense is ruling the world. (There is, of course, much data to support you.)" - Victor Ganata
"Since major discoveries at the borderlines of science are rare, experiences will tend to confirm your grumpiness. But every now and then a new idea turns out to be on the mark, valid and wonderful. If you’re too resolutely and uncompromisingly skeptical, you’re going to miss (or resent) the transforming discoveries in science, and either way, you will be obstructing understanding and progress. Mere skepticism is not enough." - Victor Ganata
In science, you can't just say "No, that's not true" and expect people to take you seriously. You also have to explain what's actually happening. - Victor Ganata
Scientists and Belief - The poll was done 5 years ago, but still relevant: - Ken Morley
"An atheist is someone who has compelling evidence that there is no Judeo-Christian-Islamic God." That seems, implicitly, to be the common understanding of "atheist" in the US. Maybe without the "Islamic" part, as that religion is obviously made up. - Eivind from Android
Reminded me of this: " What gets called “philosophy of religion” in most philosophy departments and journals is really the philosophy of Abrahamic religion: basically, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Most of the questions addressed in those discussions are simply irrelevant to most of the world’s other religious traditions. Philosophers look at other religious traditions with the... more... - Eivind from Android
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Free Gul'dan? I'm sure nothing bad will come of this.
OK, even though I've spent hours of my life killing Drek'Thar, it was kind of cool to save him. - Victor Ganata
Brad DeLong
RT @LemieuxLGM: Conservatives Find Typo In Obamacare, Try To Kill People With It via @mtomasky
BREAKING: Politicans actually read something they were voting on. - Johnny from iPhone
Except, they're not politicians. They're judges. At least, there used to be a distinction. Separation of powers? LOL. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Victor Ganata
The 15 Sassiest Anderson Cooper Comebacks - Buzzfeed
Anderson Cooper doesn't pull his punches :D - Victor Ganata
Dave Winer
The Lakers should try to hire Mike D'Antoni. Jeremy Lin is the kind of point guard he likes.
LOL. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
US: No Evidence of Direct Russian Link to Plane - AP
"Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17." - Victor Ganata
Sen. McCain is undoubtedly disappointed we won't be invading Russia any time soon. - Victor Ganata
They have weapons of mass destruction, though... - Jenny H. from Android
Well hello, wall of beer.
Spent way too long thinking about what the wall of beer's voice would sound like when it said hello back. - Meg VMeg
Wall of beer is a great band name, and the voice sounds like - Joe
Does one worship at it? - Steve C
*loses consciousness* - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
All hail the Wall of Beer. - Victor Ganata
Rep. Michael Burgess Has a Horrible Plan for Dealing With Child Immigrants | Dallas Observer -
Rep. Michael Burgess Has a Horrible Plan for Dealing With Child Immigrants | Dallas Observer
"Burgess has introduced legislation that would slash $15,000 from U.S. aid to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala or Mexico each time an undocumented child from one of the countries was found to have entered the U.S. "That's quite a policy," says Glen Biglaiser, a UNT political science professor and expert in U.S.-Latin American relations. "[Burgess] assumes that Central American countries can control their own borders. It seems a bit ironic that we would want to impose that policy when we are not so great at controlling our own borders."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
So, basically, worsen the conditions that drove them to come to the United States in the first place. These guys really don't understand cause-and-effect, huh? - Victor Ganata
Or math: "Between October 2013 and May 2014, more than 13,000 Honduran children have been apprehended after crossing the border, according to the Pew Research Center. If Burgess' bill were law, the U.S. would be expected to deduct around $195,000,000 from its aid to Honduras because of those kids. According to the U.S. plans to give Honduras $54.5 million in aid in... more... - Jessie
Sarah G.
Have terrible cold still. Looking for book on kindle to read on plane. Pick "The Stand." Sarah Glassmeyer, Girl Genius.
Now I'm really freaked out about the CDC finding out their avian flu samples were all screwy. - Victor Ganata
Whatever was bopping around San Antonio last week is tough - Sarah G.
Speaking of the con crud, you heard one of our mutual friends got a positive test for whooping cough right? Freaked me the hell out, but my doc confirmed that I *just* have bronchitis. - Elizabeth
OH SHIT. - Sarah G. from iPhone
Eeeek, I thought you had heard, sorry! Steph posted it on FB this weekend. - Elizabeth
oy! - lris
I knew I shouldn't have let any one hug me!!! ;) - Sarah G. from iPhone
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Why a Bunch of Science Writers Are Writing About a Fictional Planet - SciLogs
Tatooine Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report 1: Summary for Tatooine Policymakers - David Ng - Victor Ganata
Functional Anatomy of Tatooine Megafauna (Hyperspace Transmission Received) - John Hutchinson - Victor Ganata
Science of Tatooine: Water - Adrienne Roehrich - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
I haven't seen CARS, but I gather there are farm harvesters. Who are they farming for in their no-meatbags world?
Corn for ethanol for fuel? - Jennifer Dittrich
Cars takes place in the same universe as The Matrix. There are still stashed meatbags they have to feed. - Victor Ganata
Stupid E85, messing up a perfectly good joke. - Andrew C (✔)
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Why was MH17, a civilian airliner, flying over a war zone? - The Economist (via kenyatta)
"Taking a detour to avoid an area of conflict means spending more time in the air, burning more fuel. So airlines go direct if they consider it safe. Malaysia Airlines was not the only operator crossing eastern Ukraine at the time of the tragedy. L980, the route in question, was the flight path chosen by many passenger jets travelling between the big cities of Europe and South Asia. In fact, wars usually have little impact on commercial flights. As fighting raged in Afghanistan, for instance, in the skies above it was mostly business as usual for the world’s airlines." - Victor Ganata
Sarah G.
RT @opencontent: "Students are widgets. They move through the factory (school) and we add value to them" - Jose Ferreira. I'm seldom speechless, but… wow.
Well of course. Duh! - Joe
You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. - Victor Ganata
Brad DeLong
RT @AmandaMarcotte: Nice to see a wingnut admit he opposes contraception because he wants to conquer a woman’s body through pregnancy.
Gross. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
The thing I learned from the Big Bang and Cosmological Inflation is that the fate of the universe is indeed governed by very low probability events.
But having won that lottery, we're probably going to only get the most likely outcomes from here on out. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
It's only in retrospect that most events look inevitable, though. Just the fact of our existence is the ongoing culmination of billions of years of very improbable events. - Victor Ganata
John Dupuis
RT @qui_oui: Laughing an unreasonable amount at this. "Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed)" @m_m_campbell
"At least I've got a nose" #ouch - Victor Ganata
studying such a tiny sample :) hilarious. - Christina Pikas
Victor Ganata
The free market is an impossible utopia - WaPo (via azspot )
"Polanyi’s core thesis is that there is no such thing as a free market; there never has been, nor can there ever be. Indeed he calls the very idea of an economy independent of government and political institutions a 'stark utopia'—utopian because it is unrealizable, and the effort to bring it into being is doomed to fail and will inevitably produce dystopian consequences." - Victor Ganata
"While markets are necessary for any functioning economy, Polanyi argues that the attempt to create a market society is fundamentally threatening to human society and the common good." - Victor Ganata
"In the first instance the market is simply one of many different social institutions; the second represents the effort to subject not just real commodities (computers and widgets) to market principles but virtually all of what makes social life possible, including clean air and water, education, health care, personal, legal, and social security, and the right to earn a livelihood." - Victor Ganata
"When these public goods and social necessities (what Polanyi calls 'fictitious commodities') are treated as if they are commodities produced for sale on the market, rather than protected rights, our social world is endangered and major crises will ensue." - Victor Ganata
"Free market doctrine aims to liberate the economy from government 'interference', but Polanyi challenges the very idea that markets and governments are separate and autonomous entities. Government action is not some kind of 'interference' in the autonomous sphere of economic activity; there simply is no economy without government rules and institutions." - Victor Ganata
"It is not just that society depends on roads, schools, a justice system, and other public goods that only government can provide. It is that all of the key inputs into the economy—land, labor, and money—are only created and sustained through continuous government action. The employment system, the arrangements for buying and selling real estate, and the supplies of money and credit are organized and maintained through the exercise of government’s rules, regulations, and powers." - Victor Ganata
In summary: libertarianism is bullshit. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
First six months of 2014 were warmest in California's history - L.A. Times
That record won't stand. Shit's getting worse :-( - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
"The period was nearly 5 degrees warmer than the 20th century average and more than a degree hotter than the record set in 1934, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said." — +5°F = +2.77°C. So pretty much a preview of the catastrophic global future. #TheFutureIsHere #ItsJustNotEvenlyDistributed - Victor Ganata
"The prolonged statewide drought means it will be 'harder to break the cycle,' much like some thirsty regions in Oklahoma and the entire state of Texas, which have been struggling with drought since 2010…." - Victor Ganata
m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
RT @bibliotech: Pro-life nurse sues Family Planning Center for not hiring her to not do a job | Death and Taxes
I still want to punch this lady in the face and step on her neck. Imagine if we all sue for not getting jobs we can't or won't do? So much dumb. - Anika
Yes and by all means lets tie up the courts and the health care providers while we sue. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Since it's Florida, I can only assume a judge is totally going to hear this case and might even punt it up to a higher authority. - Victor Ganata
CAJ hates pants
RT @brainwise: Party Spock.
RT @brainwise: Party Spock.
Someone needs to make a dubstep or trap remix of the "Amok Time" battle music, stat! - Victor Ganata
BTW, earwormmed myself with that post. "Everyday I'm shufflin'" - CAJ hates pants
Victor Ganata
I wish I'd gotten more sleep last night, but I guess I'm driving a hundred miles or so this afternoon.
HIGHWAYS ARE NOT FOR SLEEPING! Or at least not when you're the driver. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
"Driving is unproductive and a waste of time." (Louis Grey's new saying 5 year from now when Google Autonomous cars are taxiing everyone everywhere) - Me
I feel much better after my two hour nap :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
Seen on CL:"The Offer to Lease process requires a $500.00 earnest money deposit, payable by personal check or a money order. You will receive a receipt. If we decline your application and choose someone else to be the tenant, we'll promptly refund your earnest money deposit. (cont)
" If we accept your application, the $500.00 earnest money deposit will be applied to your first month's rent." - Andrew C (✔)
You gotta be kidding me. - Andrew C (✔)
Looking for an apartment in NYC? - Victor Ganata
Welp, I guess they're catching up up there. Damn. - Victor Ganata
i guess there's finally more people than apartments. - Big Joe Silence
From what I've heard, SF has turned into a housing nightmare (even compared to NYC). - Meg VMeg from Android
I seem to remember seeing an ad for an apartment in Chicago that required one month's rent with application. - Betsy
The entire Bay Area rental market is insane. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Victor Ganata
The climate change deniers ought to love *Snowpiercer*'s premise, though: an attempted intervention to stop climate change goes awry and plunges the Earth into an Ice Age, killing almost everyone.
ALMOST everyone? disappointing. - Big Joe Silence
John Galt's perpetual motion engine manages to keep a select few alive. (Well, it's not really John Galt's engine, but that's what it totally reminded me of.) - Victor Ganata
I just thought it was a dumb movie. It didn't occur to me there was any political bias. Actually it appears to oppose much of Ayn Rand's philosophy, e.g. the social uprising against a caste-like system. It also doesn't deny climate change, although Earth was made freezing by a failed attempt at reversing it. - Professor A.I.
I guess you can see a political agenda if you look hard enough—whether it actually exists or not. - Professor A.I.
LB says, "TGIF!"
Yes, but are you a lyrical Jesse James? :) - CAJ hates pants
of grayskull? - Sir Shuping is just sir
CAJ, I will attack, and you don't want that. - LB says, "TGIF!" from Android
Lemme just drop the mic for you. :) *boom* - CAJ hates pants
It's getting, it's getting, it's getting kind of hectic - Victor Ganata
LOL @ the name change. :) - CAJ hates pants
Victor Ganata
Powerful Buk missile launcher suspected in Malaysia Airlines crash - L.A. Times
"Experts have also said the missile system cannot be operated by one person. 'This is a sophisticated crew-served weapon system,' said John Pike, director of 'It’s not like a guy can learn how to shoot one of these in an afternoon. They have entire schools dedicated to teaching people how to operate them.'" — I guess the implication is that this act was almost certainly committed by military personnel of whatever faction, not just some random dudes who were recently gifted a missile launcher? - Victor Ganata
yes, Victor. the other side pretends that region has enough human resources with necessary mil. training codes in their records. but I doubt records and recruiting system is in place and working. meanwhile unofficial intelligence network messaged Tymchuk that last few weeks all heavy and specialized machines pumped from Russia supplied with crew. And if previously those "green men" had been contractors, now they presumably send drafted i.e. those taken in without choice. oh, mind you, I'm biased. - непростые коротышки
Just a picture of the Buk launcher: - 9000
@silpol, there is 99.9% of complicated conspiracy theory speculations in your argument. Much simpler explanation is that there are hundreds of trained Buk units in Ukraine already in operation. Just yesterday I would believe that Donetsk guards fired one, but if it is so complicated, then it is more likely mistake of Ukraine nationalistic brigades (situated there by default) rather than some unproven green men. - Scrolling. Judging.
@romanovskis I guess you have to discuss that "unproven green men" theory with Alexei Balabanov from 51st armour infantry brigade who fell into custody of Ukrainian army few days ago. Or two artillery correctors caught yesterday by SBU. Or many others - until recently they had been mostly contractors, but now more and more they are conscripts. And we don't touch fallen ones - they're the most numerous and often they left mines to corpses so you have to go check yourself. - непростые коротышки
are we playing guessing game here? You just mentioned several surnames that do not lead to anything you are trying to imply. But, hey, bring any proofs to the table when yoy have something credible. - Scrolling. Judging.
Victor Ganata
This is pretty much a cross between an Ayn Rand novel and a China Miéville novel #Snowpiercer
Spoiler: the Objectivists get literally hacked to bits by the collectivists. #RuggedIndividualism - Victor Ganata
Probably got tired of them asking who John Galt is all the time. - Eivind from Android
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