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These Stereotypes About Book Lovers Are Absolutely True, And That's A Good Thing

These Stereotypes About Book Lovers Are Absolutely True, And That's A Good Thing

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 17:33:23 in Books

“I like your style...happy to friend.”
When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 17:29:33 in Science

“I agree. The Titanic is an apt metaphor. We are juggernauts of consumption and destruction - even when we think we're treading lightly. Too many people, too much "stuff". I have to focus on my own - and my families - choices, or it's overwhelming. Not saying aspiring to do grander things isn't important, but if we're not trying our best to live right we aren't in much of a position to proselytize. The arguments about cause and effects is beside the point, in my mind. We should aspire to very low impact living as a benchmark of how "developed" we are.”

Polar Shift on Dec 10, 2013 at 00:14:55

“iccheap, I agree. I combine my errands into one day a week, so I drive maybe three days a total of about 50 miles in a week. Bank, pharmacy, groceries. I buy carefully, recycle, and buy local produce and meat from my local co-op. I heat only the room I'm in. I refuse to shop at places like Walmart, never put a foot in one. Water is going to be the next big war, I believe. What we have is being polluted, and the seas are also in sad shape. I don't understand, with all the smart people on the planet, why can't we do the big things?”
When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 21:21:19 in Science

“yes, although nature wasn't properly equipped for such a high level of fecundity and survival and now we're living with some of the consequences. Hopefully we make the demographic transition quickly. attrition, attrition, attrition....”
When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 21:18:10 in Science

“very bad analogy. you can actually select for traits in species and get a sense of potential changes. any college student who has taken genetics has likely raised fruit flies and selected for sternopleural bristles. it is a documentable shift in a relatively small number of generations.”

flipacoin on Dec 8, 2013 at 21:36:48

“Creationist believe in selection as you do. It's a genetic principle of flexibility of genes that does not change the DNA sequences. It's epigenetics. It's horizontal change of animals, not the vertical change of species taking on new DNA blueprint changes into new species. Those are only theorized, modeled, and computer simulated. Evolutionist think they have 'corollary' evidence but they only have mischaracterization of epigenetics. Want to see huge, big corollary evidence? See my link I already provided for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYlKkIoavnA
When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 21:13:05 in Science

“Human civilizations starting influencing flora long ago. The record of vegetational shifts in areas surrounding large indigenous communities is well documented by pollen analysis from sediment cores. We can't help ourselves. Maybe we can improve on that historical legacy....I hope.”

Polar Shift on Dec 9, 2013 at 02:29:04

“iccheap, I think we aren't doing enough soon enough. Just as our gov't seems to function in a series of 'emergency' measures, long term thinking is gone when it comes to the environment. I don't see the world doing enough soon enough and especially in the US.We are still debating the pipeline from Canada, and that is CRAZY!”
When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 21:06:36 in Science

“at a minimum, that is highly debatable.”
When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

When Did The 'Anthropocene' Begin? Scientists Outline Plan For Settling Debate

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 21:04:53 in Science

“Holding sway...that's funny. The Earth moves forward through it's existence, our presence and influence is ultimately inconsequential. Having said that we should be doing a much better job supporting the historically conserved cycles and life forms that are present - in that regard our "sway" has been disappointing. A truly low impact existence is a measure of our degree of refinement, at least as I see it. I suppose that leaves us with lots of room for improvement.”

colorperdaughter on Dec 8, 2013 at 22:25:33

“Yep, it is all going to end and we will change along the way dramatically.”
San Francisco Bay Water Clarity Improvments Leading To Threatening Algae Blooms

San Francisco Bay Water Clarity Improvments Leading To Threatening Algae Blooms

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 20:51:55 in Green

“Tried sending this earlier....round 2

“I was actually referring most specifically to the academic understanding of P and N relationships with eutrophication - just that the data were available, and understood, before the EPA and CWA establishment .

I'm in total agreement with you that this should be addressed in our WWTP processes, never mind our non-point sources contributions. I think we do a grave injustice to our aquatic resources by not righting our chronic nutrient overload. It's a true crime against nature (ourselves).”
San Francisco Bay Water Clarity Improvments Leading To Threatening Algae Blooms

San Francisco Bay Water Clarity Improvments Leading To Threatening Algae Blooms

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 20:26:02 in Green

“I was actually referring most specifically to the academic understanding of P and N relationships with eutrophication - just that the data were available, and understood, before the EPA and CWA establishment .

I'm in total agreement with you that this should be addressed in our WWTP processes, never mind our non-point sources contributions. I think we do a grave injustice to our aquatic resources by not righting our chronic nutrient overload. It's a true crime against nature (ourselves).”
San Francisco Bay Water Clarity Improvments Leading To Threatening Algae Blooms

San Francisco Bay Water Clarity Improvments Leading To Threatening Algae Blooms

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 17:09:10 in Green

“as others have stated it isn't the clear water, it's our lifestyles and activities that create this condition through mobilized nutrients.

one other point - sunlight isn't "trapped" by clear water. the clear water allows the transmission of energy to larger volumes of water and consequently creates higher levels of primary productivity. unfortunately favoring cyanobacteria and other "undesirable" algae.”
San Francisco Bay Water Clarity Improvments Leading To Threatening Algae Blooms

San Francisco Bay Water Clarity Improvments Leading To Threatening Algae Blooms

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 17:03:13 in Green

“actually the cost of tertiary treatment is very expensive. the biology and chemistry of eutrophied waters was understood long before the EPA appeared.”

12PeterM on Dec 6, 2013 at 14:24:30

“Not true.Even EPA in one of its reports in 1978, not only acknowledged that much better treatment (including nitrogenous waste) was available, but actually could be built and operatedat lower cost than conventional treatment plants, that are still designed based on a century old technology, solely to prevent odor problems. In 1978 EPA should have used their own data to set the treatment standards of best available treatment, as it was required, but never did, under the CWA.”

12PeterM on Dec 5, 2013 at 19:02:51

“Not true. EPA already in 1978, in one of its reports, not only acknowledged that better sewage treatment (including nitrogenous waste) was available, but actually could be built and operated at lower cost, compared to conventional sewage treatment that still uses a more than century old technology, solely developed to control odors.
With that data, EPA should have established what Best Available Treatment (BAT) was, as was required under the CWA, but also ignored by EPA.”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 16:38:54 in Politics

“Hmmm, your reference intrigued me as I know very little about Alinsky, beyond cursory references. I just quickly read the prologue to RFR and I'll take a bite. You'll need to give me some time to get through it and respond, but I will get back. Noting this was written in 1971 reminds me that large segments of any population never truly change. Not unlike my take away message from Zinn's A Peoples History of the US.

Regardless, thanks for the assignment.”
NSA Tracking Billions Of Cellphone Records Daily: Report (VIDEO)

NSA Tracking Billions Of Cellphone Records Daily: Report (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 20:26:07 in Politics

“yeah, try asking a teen/twenty something if there are any pay phones around. it makes for some interesting looks.”
NSA Tracking Billions Of Cellphone Records Daily: Report (VIDEO)

NSA Tracking Billions Of Cellphone Records Daily: Report (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 19:03:20 in Politics

“Bwahahaha, I don't have a cell phone.....”

KOisGod on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:07:42

“yeah, there are always pay phones...

Oh wait -”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 06:50:49 in Politics

“If you can explain the linkage between liberal progressivism and the failure of our educational system, I'll be happy to do so. Blanket condemnations do such an inadequate job of explaining - that is all I meant. Secondly, it makes absolutely no sense for anyone, of any legitimate political ideology, to desire the failure of their countries educational system. Finally, the idea that any faction could orchestrate such a coordinated program is unfathomable. You can't get twenty activists of any philosophy to have a cohesive strategy, much less a nationwide, executable plan. Total tin foil hat stuff.”

justme2011 on Dec 5, 2013 at 13:27:31

“That's pretty much what I thought about 20 years ago. I didn't believe it either. Read the book 'Rules for Radicals' by Saul Alinsky. It's spelled out in the book.”
Incredible Stories Of Life After Cancer: What's Yours?

Incredible Stories Of Life After Cancer: What's Yours?

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 20:51:07 in Good News

“I'm curious, did she have a high fever, or a systemic infection during that time? Regardless, congrats, I am happy for you.”
John Boehner On 113th Congress Being Least Productive Ever: 'We've Done Our Work'

John Boehner On 113th Congress Being Least Productive Ever: 'We've Done Our Work'

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 20:44:52 in Politics

“yes, I just naively believed that those running our country might be more interested in actually doing so. you'd think i'd know better at my age........”
John Boehner On 113th Congress Being Least Productive Ever: 'We've Done Our Work'

John Boehner On 113th Congress Being Least Productive Ever: 'We've Done Our Work'

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 20:34:19 in Politics

“"We've done our job"

There, in a nutshell, is a large reason why we've had the problems we've had. So much for "doing your job".”

Chem Doc on Dec 3, 2013 at 20:45:58

“Doing nothing is the new doing your job”

educatedsoccermom on Dec 3, 2013 at 20:42:45

“Well, since they define their job as blocking anything from the Dems or the President then I suppose they did accomplish that”
Detroit Pension Cuts 'Inhumane,' 'Morally Corrupt,' 'Nuts': AFSCME President

Detroit Pension Cuts 'Inhumane,' 'Morally Corrupt,' 'Nuts': AFSCME President

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 20:28:51 in Politics

“Bad situation, but Detroit was going to default regardless of whether they went bankrupt, or not. If I heard right today they were paying upwards of 35% just to service their debt. That is exclusive of running the city, or managing bills. That's a frightening proportion of income going to "pay the interest" on your debt - never mind meeting current obligations, or planning anything in the future.”
Eric Cantor's Security Scare Fact Checked

Eric Cantor's Security Scare Fact Checked

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 20:20:56 in Politics

“Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to Cantor over the years knows that he has a flair for inaccurate hyperbole.”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 17:24:44 in Politics

“statistically speaking, rankings may have no meaning whatsoever. If there are statistically significant differences in the scores then there is a problem. But, just reporting rankings says little about the degree of importance, beyond cosmetic bragging rights. Ultimately, it may be significant, but it should be reported in that manner, so we can all be informed consumers and make appropriate and targeted changes.

Agree with you on fundamentalist relativism - it's a problem, especially in the sciences.

As to TX, if they are doing that, then they do indeed have serious problems.”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 17:18:26 in Politics

“Not at my daughter's school. It's a public school and the demands put on students who want to achieve (or are forced/coerced) is stunning.”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 17:15:44 in Politics

“I don't think it is intelligence, or lack thereof. I'd say it's nothing more than the drive for ever increasing profit margins.”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 17:13:16 in Politics

“your analysis of the education system needs some remedial revision.”

justme2011 on Dec 3, 2013 at 23:23:23

“Enlighten me”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 17:06:43 in Politics

“Putting aside whether this exam is a good benchmark, I think the Economic Policy Institute likely has a very valid point in saying "averages" may not be the best measure of where we are as a country. I'd like to see the raw numbers parsed a bit more and see median and standard deviations. We'd get a much better picture of how significant the testing results are. Furthermore it'd be interesting to compare segments of the US population, say the top scoring 10% against the top scoring 10% of other countries. These are a few of the many considerations that would be useful to tease out what these scores really mean and possibly provide some insight in where we need to improve.”

Viper on Dec 3, 2013 at 17:14:05

“Blame the message... your arguments bare merit if deciding whether we should be 24th in education or 25th only.... Not why we are way down at 25th.

And of course when w were #1 30 years ago, the same benchmarks were used...

Welcome to the dumbing down that occurs when religious fundamentalism rises.. see ARAB world.

See texas trying to take Jefferson out of history books, and even the word slavery!”
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