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Once you slacken your truth standards and buy into one kooky conspiracy theory, you'll buy into several or many more. It's a slippery slope into madness.
So far we got 9/11 and that kooky Bin Laden thing documented for you. Madness seems to be beckoning. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Thinking that there are major problems with the official stories on 9/11 and the 9/11 anthrax attacks doesn't make one a believer in or proponent of any particular conspiracy theory. Sometimes one strongly suspects that matters are being covered up, but you don't know precisely what. Leaders of the 9/11 Commission didn't believe their own report -- they were convinced that they had been given the runaround. And there are still those 28 censored pages on the Saudi connection that are raising questions. - Sean McBride
Ditto for the JFK assassination: asking questions and pointing to problems with the official story is sane. Pushing a particular conspiracy theory in a dogmatic way without concrete and solid evidence -- only speculation -- isn't. - Sean McBride
Here is a kooky conspiracy theory I have bought into explained by a Princeton Physics professor. - Eric Logan
Will Happer quote: "The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler." (Kooky doesn't begin to cover it.) - Sean McBride
"If Schmitt and Happer want to dispute mainstream science, they should do so in a peer-reviewed science journal, not The Wall Street Journal. Neither of them have published any peer-reviewed articles on climate science, despite being experts in other fields." - Sean McBride
He is not disputing science CO2 is plant food that's a scientific fact not a hypothesis. - Eric Logan
Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Your command presence is iffy. - Sean McBride
Your truth standards are iffy. - Eric Logan
Truth standards: on scientific matters, the views of reputable scientists and scientific publications count more than the views of political zealots who lack scientific credentials. - Sean McBride
How To Talk To Your Climate Denier Uncle This Thanksgiving | ThinkProgress #SmartNews
How To Talk To Your Climate Denier Uncle This Thanksgiving | ThinkProgress #SmartNews
Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 - Mac Rumors -
Sony Planning to Launch E-Paper Smartwatch in 2015 - Mac Rumors
A critic of intermittent fasting gets seriously owned -- check out the well-informed comments: [4 Reasons NOT to Try Intermittent Fasting]
Everyone I know who has tried it agrees: intermittent fasting works. They are IF evangelists. Opponents of intermittent fasting never seem to know what they are talking about. - Sean McBride
[Rotten Tomatoes] is arguably the best designed website on the planet -- maximum functionality, minimum clutter and noise. Intelligent.
Great design is the product of intelligence; ugly design is the product of stupidity. Regarding design, the motto should be: don't be stupid. - Sean McBride
The opposite of maximum functionality and minimum clutter: maximum clutter and minimum functionality. Ugly and stupid websites abound -- why in the world does anyone create them? - Sean McBride
Websites should be as well-designed as a Porsche, BMW or Audi -- understated power, craft, elegance, excellence. (German engineering?) - Sean McBride
Data From Satellites Confirm: Glaciers Are Retreating | Popular Science -
Data From Satellites Confirm: Glaciers Are Retreating | Popular Science
"Glaciers are having a hard time all around the world. A new book outlines the findings of a years-long effort by researchers and research groups across the world. Titled Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS), the book isn't going to hit bestseller lists anytime soon (it's a scientific tome, geared towards professionals), but it is the first truly comprehensive look at the state of the glaciers all over the globe. And that state is... not good." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"“We have definitely confirmed that the great majority of the world’s glaciers are retreating, thinning, or losing mass” says Jeffery Kargel, a hydrologist from the University of Arizona and principal investigator of the GLIMS project." - Sean McBride
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Stroke of genius in a black slab world | ZDNet -
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: Stroke of genius in a black slab world | ZDNet
"Larry Page often seems to inhabit an alternate universe, where the future has already happened" - @mhelft — u7karsh
Johnny Depp: "For everybody, the clock's ticking. The main thing is whether you sit there and stare at the clock in fear of your ultimate demise -- which is pointless -- or you just live."
Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App |... #SmartNews
Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App |... #SmartNews
# a few revelations about the 5:2 diet
1. 600 calorie days are doable and painless once you fine-tune them through experimentation, trial and error - Sean McBride
2. it's easy to lose 2 pounds a week over months (or even years) - Sean McBride
3. fast days force you to become quickly educated about the minute details of food and nutrition - Sean McBride
4. fast days permit you to permanently break bad eating habits -- to completely reboot - Sean McBride
5. fast days do not trigger binge-eating on non-fast days -- in fact, they make it easier to eat less on on-fast days - Sean McBride
6. it's a great relief not to be focused on calorie-counting 5 days a week - Sean McBride
7. a single chocolate chunk (3 calories) can be as satisfying as a chocolate chunk cookie (300 calories) - Sean McBride
8. once you master the 5:2 diet, doing 1500 calorie days at will and on a whim is a snap - Sean McBride
9. once you master the 5:2 diet, you realize that most Americans are overeating to a degree that is insane -- restaurant servings in particular are grotesque - Sean McBride
There are many satisfying food options to mix and match on fast days: almonds, apples, bacon, balsamic vinegar, bananas, beans, beef broth, beef jerkey, black coffee, black espresso, blueberries, cantaloupe, celery, chicken, chicken broth, chocolate bits, coconut, cucumbers, edemame, egg whites, eggs, fish, frozen fruits, grapes, grated cheese, hot sauce, lemon juice, lettuce, lime... more... - Sean McBride
The trick to fast days: find the most nutritious foods with the least calories that are the most delicious and filling for you personally. Once you get that figured out, you are good to go. You want to minimize the pain and maximize the pleasure within a 600-calorie limit. - Sean McBride
Fast days are very difficult during the beginning weeks of this diet but become increasingly easy -- until they require no thought, pressure or feelings of deprivation at all. If you can get through the first two months, you will probably be permanently on track. - Sean McBride
The 5:2 diet teaches us that we eat for many reasons that have nothing to do with hunger or nutritional needs -- boredom, the need for distraction, habit, addiction, anxiety, self-sedation, gluttony, advertising and marketing stimuli and mind control, the craving for particular tastes, etc. - Sean McBride
World locked into 'alarming' global warming: World Bank -
World locked into 'alarming' global warming: World Bank
"The world is locked into 1.5°C global warming, posing severe risks to lives and livelihoods around the world, according to a new climate report commissioned by the World Bank. The report, which called on a large body of scientific evidence, found that global warming of close to 1.5°C above pre-industrial times – up from 0.8°C today – is already locked into Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas emissions. Such an increase could have potentially catastrophic consequences for mankind, causing the global sea level to rise more than 30 centimeters by 2100, droughts to become more severe and placing almost 90 percent of coral reefs at risk of extinction." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"A world even 1.5°C [warmer] will mean more severe droughts and global sea level rise, increasing the risk of damage from storm surges and crop loss and raising the cost of adaptation for millions of people," the report with multiple authors said. "These changes are already underway, with global temperatures 0.8 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, and the impact on food security, water supplies and livelihoods is just beginning." - Sean McBride
Artificial Intelligence Company Sentient Emerges From Stealth - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ -
Artificial Intelligence Company Sentient Emerges From Stealth - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ
"Sentient, which has about 60 employees, has been operating in stealth in San Francisco under the name Genetic Finance Holding Ltd. The company was started nearly seven years ago by a team that worked on the technology that later became Siri, the voice recognition software in Apple Inc.’s iPhone that understands and learns from human speech." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Sentient was inspired because of its team’s work on Siri, which exposed them to “actual real applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence,” Mr. Blondeau said. They saw what they thought was a unique opportunity to combine that technology “with what the Internet gives us now in terms of the ability to reach and harness enormous amounts of compute—things that couldn’t be dreamt of 10 years ago, and could be done five years ago but nobody had done that.”" - Sean McBride
"He said Sentient combines technologies in evolutionary computation, which mimics in software the way biological life evolved on Earth, and deep learning, which looks at the way nervous systems are architected and work. These technologies are used either independently or together and are scaled across millions of nodes." - Sean McBride
Even Global Warming Can't Convince Republicans That Global Warming Exists | Mother Jones -
Even Global Warming Can't Convince Republicans That Global Warming Exists | Mother Jones
"Scientists and science journalists like to say that one of the best ways to tell that climate change is real is to take a look at the changes we can already see: This year is on track to be the hottest ever recorded, and glaciers, corn, and even grizzly bears are responding to the warming. But all those shifts won't be enough to convince most conservative climate skeptics, a new study in Nature Climate Change finds." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"A growing body of recent research suggests a person's political ideology, economic philosophy, and religious beliefs tend to overwhelm observed facts about global warming. The new study, which was released Monday, put that hypothesis to the test by analyzing Gallup polls taken just after the unusually warm winter of 2012. It found that both Democrats' and Republicans' perceptions of... more... - Sean McBride
"In other words, the actual temperature had no bearing on whether people believed in climate change. Instead, McCright says, "one of the strongest predictors" is party affiliation: Republicans were far less likely to attribute the warming they felt to man-made climate change than were Democrats. Other variables—gender, age, and level of education—were far less reliable as predictors of a person's global warming beliefs." - Sean McBride
Top comment: "Debating with right wingers about global warming is a complete waste of time and energy. It was 190 years from the time of Galileo's argument with the Pope until the Catholic Church officially accepted the fact that the Sun does not revolve around the Earth. Climate change is no different." - Sean McBride
"Conservatives are so emotionally and ideologically invested in their position, and are so inherently anti-science by nature, that they will never admit they are wrong...period. Just as the leadership of the Catholic Church had to 'die off' and their opinions relegated to distant memory before truth prevailed over dogma, so it is with contemporary science deniers. Forget it...just laugh at 'em and let it go...." - Sean McBride
[Google > global warming > past month > sorted by relevance]
How is expert analysis and opinion currently sorting out on the issue of global warming? Mine the top 100 hits. - Sean McBride
[Google Scholar > global warming > since 2014 > sorted by relevance] - Sean McBride
The more messianic the political movement, the more likely it is to self-destruct. Messianism tends to encourage magical thinking, delusional ideation, misreadings of reality, political miscalculations, etc. Just stand back and watch.
# messianism -- a few key signs 1. bombastic 2. declamatory 3. ecstatic 4. euphoric 5. grandiose 6. overconfident 7. ranting 8. strident 9. weepy - Sean McBride
Semantic is a UI component framework based around useful principles from natural language. - Sean McBride
Semantic markup, data mining and data visualization in combination provide the quickest way to get a handle on people, organizations, situations, events, knowledge domains, etc.
abbreviations - When "etc." is at the end of a phrase, do you place a period after it? - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange -
Google is an amazing tool for resolving questions about grammar and usage -- the equivalent of having thousands of language reference works instantly at one's fingertips. - Sean McBride - Find where to instantly watch your favorites movies and TV shows - - Find where to instantly watch your favorites movies and TV shows - Streaming Movies and TV to watch instantly on Netflix -
"Introducing Charted"
"Introducing Charted"
Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence
Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence
Find thanks to Lillyhammer and the great Steven van Zandt. - Sean McBride
Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park - -
Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park -
"What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone? A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets, many of them scores of feet thick, plastered across summits and tucked into rocky fissures high above parabolic valleys. Today, perhaps 25 survive. In 30 years, there may be none. A warming climate is melting Glacier’s glaciers, an icy retreat that promises to change not just tourists’ vistas, but also the mountains and everything around them." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
# my personal global warming predictions for the coming years and decades
1. warmer temperatures worldwide 2. melting Arctic ice 3. melting glaciers 4. rising sea levels 5. more beach erosion 6. more disruptions of normal weather patterns 7. more climate chaos 8. more radical fluctuations in temperature 9. more rain and snow in some areas 10. more drought in some areas 11. more extreme weather events 12. more powerful blizzards 13. more powerful hurricanes 14. more powerful tsunamis 15. more powerful tornados 16. more wildfires - Sean McBride
A no-brainer -- just scan the reputable scientific literature. - Sean McBride
And the consequences: intensifying stress on food and resources and increasingly intense national, regional, ethnic and religious conflicts and wars. - Sean McBride
Trying to predict specific weather conditions in specific places and at specific times beyond the range of a few months -- forget about it. - Sean McBride
Worst-case prediction: we succeed in wiping out all life on Earth through sheer greed and stupidity. - Sean McBride
A big reason climate change isn’t a priority: The apocalypse - The Washington Post -
"If you want to understand how little urgency there is among the American public about climate change, consider this: A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute asked people about the severity of recent natural disasters. About six in 10 (62 percent) said climate change is at least partly to blame. About half -- 49 percent -- cited the biblical end times (as in, the apocalypse) for the recent natural disasters. That latter number is up five points from 2011." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The fact that half of Americans cite the end times as a cause of recent severe weather events suggests a kind of fatalism that would certainly lead to less urgency when it comes to issues like climate change. Even many of those who believe in climate change -- and about one-quarter of Americans don't, per the survey -- seem to think natural disasters are part of something that is preordained." - Sean McBride
"In addition, 39 percent of Americans say God would not allow humans to destroy the Earth (53 percent disagree). So, apparently, most of those who believe we're in the end times also believe God would intervene. Basically at least four in 10 Americans see little reason for a human response -- or, at least, doubt things will wind up being catastrophic." - Sean McBride
Knowledge Discovery – Text Mining Using R | -
"Expect More Giant Snowstorms as Climate Warms"
"Expect More Giant Snowstorms as Climate Warms"
Innovative ways to tell the climate change STORY. Now weather is climate change. The absence of snow was climate change fourteen years ago and now lake effect snow is climate change and you wonder why I laugh at you. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Climate change as weather circa 2000. Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Most serious climate scientists don't try to make short-range predictions about the weather in specific regions of the world -- they focus on long-term statistical trends globally -- over decades, centuries and millennia. Most global warming deniers, many of whom are militantly anti-scientific religious fundamentalists, still don't grasp the distinction between weather and climate.... more... - Sean McBride
It's easy turn up many expert predictions about the future of artificial intelligence from the 1960s and 1970s that were far too optimistic about how soon strong AI would appear in the world -- but the rightness of these predictions was far more important than their wrongness -- with major world revolutions, misreading the unfolding of strategic trends by a few decades is not a big deal. - Sean McBride
Climate Change Hits Home: Snowboarders and Skiers Mourn Loss of Winter. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Laugh at the fact that no matter what happens you have a catch all at the ready. It's an un falsifiable hypothesis presently. What happens when two hundred year old temperature records start falling is it still the green house effect? - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Eric -- let us know when the leading scientific publications in the world begin to pay notice to your emotional beliefs about climate science, which are clearly being driven by a political agenda. Until then, you are flailing away at windmills. - Sean McBride
The above link is from 2009 lamenting the lack of snow during a hot year due to climate change in 2006 and warning against sensationalist tripe. Hottest year ever early skiing season now. Do you not see the discontinuity ? - Eric Logan from FFHound!
You put denier and laugh at in the same paragraph like derision of skeptics isn't part and parcel of the politics. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
A single scientist made that prediction -- Charles Onians. You simply don't know how to look at the big picture on scientific issues -- at overall statistical trends. You are more interested in trying to win a political argument than in objectively evaluating the science -- this is true of most global warming deniers. - Sean McBride
From the LiveScience article : "If you look at model projections of climate change for the next few decades under 'business as usual' carbon emissions, what they show is that you'll still have 'winter' over regions like the United States — that is, there will still be a wide seasonal window where it is cold enough for snow,'' Mann said. "But because winters will be warmer, the... more... - Sean McBride
"The models all agree there will be more precipitation in the northern United States as global temperatures continue to increase," Wehner continued. "This translates to more snow as long as it stays below freezing. However, at some point, winter temperatures will be high enough that this extra precipitation will take the form of rain instead.'' - Sean McBride
"Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction"
"Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction"
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