atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3696: The limits of science never stop 'em.

Arse Technica. *sigh*

But we need dark matter to explain how galaxies stay together because there's no possible other explanation. That should be appended to the headline and lede of that article: "Astronomers puzzled over huge black hole in the middle of small galaxy--Violates established relationship between black holes, galactic bulges masses."

And then, in the same vein, "the global warming resource" pipes up with this: "How sensitive is the climate to added CO2?--65 million years of Earth's history suggest we're in uncharted territory."
More disturbingly, however, they calculate that we can go back to roughly when the dinosaurs died off and not see another period like the present: "Present-day atmospheric GHG [greenhouse gas] concentrations and the radiative perturbation due to anthropogenic emissions increase much faster than observed for any natural process within the Cenozoic era." We really do seem to be into uncharted territory here.
Apparently, because some of the CO2 in the atmosphere is man-made, it doesn't act like CO2 from natural sources--do I understand that correctly?

The article also claims that "...a large group of researchers has gone through millions of years of data on the Earth's past, incorporating information from a number of past studies. In the end, the group decided that the IPCC estimates are more or less on target."

This is obviously some new meaning for the phrase "on target" with which I was previously unfamiliar.

Basically? This study is meant to do away with the fact that CO2 concentrations in the past have been much higher than they are now and did not lead to runaway global warming of the kind they predict is going to happen now.

Climate "scientists" must explain away past anomalies in order to "prove" that global warming is man-made and happening now, else the gravy train ends and they have to find real jobs.

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Arse Technica should confine itself to posts like this one where they compare the merits of two different "under $70" computer cases. This kind of article is why I originally began reading their page, and why it's still on my daily surf list despite their ascientific nonsense.

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This article's headline is wrong. It reads "The Oregon dad who used his scantily clad daughter to sell his Datsun" but the word "daughter"--while technically accurate--should be replaced with "crack ho". Jesus.

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So let's move on to NEWS OF THE BLEEDING OBVIOUS, shall we?

Iran may be working on a nuclear bomb! Well, shut my mouth! Who could possibly have foreseen this? I thought they were enriching uranium to 20% U-235 because they were interested in the peaceful applications for FUCKING WEAPONS-GRADE FISSIONABLES.

The Laffer curve: it works, bitches. 60% of British millionaires are leaving Britain in order to avoid the new confiscatory 50% tax rate. British government tax revenue suffers. Why, it's almost as if those rich fucks had options or something!

Despite the rhetoric from both sides, the Democrats and Republicans will make a deal that increases taxes and doesn't curtail spending. It's almost as if both parties don't want to reduce spending because that would mean curtailing their own power!

Burning food makes it more expensive. Holy sheep shit! How could that be? A scarce commodity sees price increases when it becomes more scarce? That's just frightening! Will the madness never cease?

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By the way, Advice Goddess gets it right in the terminal paragraph of her post at that last link:
Don't kid yourselves that the Republicans are, as they claim, the party of small government. They're the party of politicians making greasy deals, same as the other side, to benefit themselves in votes and cushy deals. This sometimes looks like they're benefiting the people who voted for them, but that's usually just a happy coincidence for those voters.
This is not bleeding obvious, but it's damned close if even I can figure it out....

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"At what point, though," asks JayG, "do we start to re-evaluate the market for so-called 'green' technology?"

That will be approximately an hour after they've hanged the last congresscritter and the new provisional government begins hacking all the deadwood out of the federal edifice.

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Vox Day says we have a basic choice between Christianity and islam. Countries like Denmark are proving that there ain't gonna be, in Vox's words, a "secular enlightenment".

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I like how the LA Times calls him "Richard J. Durbin" rather than the name by which he goes here in the Peoples' Demokratik Republik of Illnoistan: "Dick".

Hereabouts, he's "Dick Durbin", and let me tell you, that's probably the best possible diminutive for this anus.

But of course in sophisticated LA, "dick" means something else entirely and is never used as a diminutive--at least, not for someone the liberals like--so they can't possibly call him the name he uses everywhere. The sophisticates in LA would be giggling like schoolgirls: "Tee hee! 'Dick Durbin'! Tee hee hee hee! It sounds like the name of a porno actor!"

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Yesterday I got a call from one of my classmates in Bible study, and apparently her employer is looking for a part time computer technician. I schlepped a resume and cover letter that way. It'd only be 20 hours a week, but it'd be a technical job and it might eventually allow me to get a full-time job somewhere doing actual real technical work.

Wouldn't that be a hell of a thing?

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