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  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    No, how did your pigeon poop across the room? I tried doing the mirror test with my pigeon, using a laser pointer to put the dot on the bird. Trouble was, he saw the dot on his body so fast...
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    Hmm. I'd suggest that the Baltic States' strategy is akin to South Korea's "shrimp among whales" strategy for dealing with Japan and China. Either can conquer South Korea, but if you're thoughtful with a) not pissing off anyone too much,...
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    You have our sympathy and support. I hope everything goes as well as it can....
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    A couple of things I'd disagree with, although I take your points. One is the idea that you can easily separate hardware and software in a living organism. If an organism (like a hummingbird) lives at different time, spatial, and...
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    Not clear what flying or olfaction have to do with scales of intelligence... They're two things we're inherently bad at. Yes, people can learn to fly and learn to use a gas chromatograph to characterize odors. However, human vocabulary is...
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    Yes. Frans de Waal's latest book (Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are) gets rather eloquent on the subject. He strongly disparages the idea that animals think like us, though. His tl;dr point is that, contrary to...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Well, there's always the problem of ratios vs. absolute numbers. How does the genocide of a small tribe compare with the war losses from WWII, the Mongols, or the Mughals? Or do we talk about the Shuar and their high...
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    Looks like he's in postdoc hell with the rest of his intellectual generation. Given what you've said about his thesis, his chances of emerging from it intact seem rather low....
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    Point taken, although I think the generations most poisoned--the baby boomers and the Gen Xers (my people) are killing ourselves off well enough, with or without the NRAs help. And yes, I do fantasize about a gunfight starting at an...
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    No, the NRA is not right. What the NRA is, to put it bluntly, the advertising arm of the firearms industry in America. That's not quite true (reference): the NRA is after members and power, the firearms industry is after...
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    According to a couple of accounts (reference) pineapple cheese was a novelty 19th century cheese shaped like a pineapple. It was commercially produced until 1931....
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    I don't know the whitelist approach, but I do know that things like Datura are legal in the US because doctors want people who ingested them to have no qualms about going to the hospital. There's a reason most of...
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    Thanks Bill. I hadn't been following it, since it didn't seem like there was serious interest in getting it passed and I've part of a crew working on other, more specialized issues that I do want to see passed. In...
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    Wow, you are scraping the bottom of the barrel to try to get a response from me. So anyway, as noted, feeding trolls is amusing, especially when the person responding wasn't the person targeted. As for Sacramento, I don't know...
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    Ah yes, feeding trolls for amusement. Such a wonderful use of time in the summer....
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    What's so weird about Echidna penises? Turtles are weirder, and so are ducks. Echnidas are cool, actually: closest thing to convergent evolution we have in mammals in so many, many ways. If you want body horror, though, higher on the...
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    And I think you're pointing out why the old-school epidemiologists (plant and animal, possibly human), as well as the old-school field biologists, are getting shown the door. For example, plant pathology departments are either getting shut down or turned into...
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    So what? I had a couple of future presidential advisors for my lecturers at UC Berkeley. They weren't the best teachers I had, although they were far from the worst. While we don't have the British equivalent of a tutor,...
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    STEM Education and the huge drives to increase STEM in schools. Is there really a shortage of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians? Probably not, with some few exceptions. The evidence: --How many PhD students in any field get to work as...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I'm not sure what all to say about roads, because everyone seems to have their own view. For example, in San Diego, the official county estimate is that about 55% of greenhouse gas emissions come from vehicles using roads (there's...
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    Four reasons for thinking carefully about locating huge solar farms in the Sahara: 1. Sand scour is a bitch, and so are haboobs. I've been out to the Algodones Dunes near the Arizona border. It's a park on dunes, and...
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    I'm glad the Australian grid is so intelligently designed. The US is a bit more ad hoc and messy. As an example, the 2011 blackout I went through was caused by a single technician making a single mistake. It's worth...
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    I'm confused. How is this different than what I said? Nothing much will change if she's in power, particularly because she's hated as much as Hillary Clinton....
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    I've never set foot in a control room, but until recently, Sempra has acted very much like load balancing with lots of solar and wind is impossible to do, which is why they need all their shiny new natural gas...
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    My thumbnail on the current situation: Since the USSR collapsed, we've had this unipolar, English-speaking world. With Trump and Brexit, we're kind of seeing a hiatus in that, perhaps permanently. And the resulting multipolar world will be unstable, until the...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Since I've used this article to pitilessly whip SEMPRA over their proposal to route a new 36" gas main into San Diego, I'll post it here. http://inewsource.org/2017/05/26/sempra-100-percent-renewables-pxise/ The tl;dr version is that the Sempra is a big, for-profit energy company...
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    Enjoy the weather!...
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    Personally, I hope she invites the current US president over to help her out with her spot of trouble. After all, by his own admission, he's the greatest negotiator ever, and even wrote a best-selling book on the subject. I'd...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    That's the fiction conundrum, isn't it? The author spends months to years inside the head of some dufus, while we the audience read the resulting book in a few hours and clamor for more. Of course we want more Bob....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Of course, thinking about it, an England permanently deprived of tea and sugar by a time slip might not be worth living in either, stiff upper lip notwithstanding....
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