“Do Nobel laureates have each other's phone numbers? How does something like this get organized?”
stciappelletto on Dec 9, 2013 at 22:22:46
“Resourceful people can find contact information.
Around 15 years ago, when there was still some debate about global warming, I was doing a climatology project and wrote to the two lead scientists on each side of the issue. There was some dispute about whether satellite measurements showed actual global cooling.
3 out of the 4 guys emailed me back, one of them giving me a quite lengthy reply that explained how the debate was effectively over.
A lot of important people are actually quite approachable.
Nobel laureates shouldn't have any trouble getting in touch. If you're shy about sending an email or picking up the phone you probably don't get that far.”
Wyvern Wycliffe on Dec 9, 2013 at 22:00:03
“I envision a newsletter... Something with a crossword puzzle... a comic page... a survey on NSA spying ... restaurant coupons...”
EdWatters on Dec 9, 2013 at 21:22:11
“They're writers, they have agents.”
peacekitten on Dec 9, 2013 at 21:20:40
“it's kind of a small club.”
Abbey Normal on Dec 9, 2013 at 21:20:35
“Nobel prize winner telepathy. Why do you ask, mere yoomaan?”
“Although the atheists are involved this time around, it was religious people - Jehovah's Witnesses - who challenged the pledge in the past. The pledge is to the flag, after all, and a flag is an image. They did not want to be compelled to pledge to anything but their god.”
grandmablue on Sep 6, 2013 at 21:05:03
“It was Jehovah's Witnesses who got all the holiday celebrations removed from our schools - ALL holidays. The schools went to a Fall, Winter, and Spring festival instead. They don't believe in celebrating holidays at all (they don't even celebrate or acknowledge birthdays).
I laugh when theists claim that it's atheists who got Christmas and other celebrations taken out of the schools, when so often, it was actually very religious people who did it.”
taddles on Sep 5, 2013 at 15:27:55
“And they were making the mistake that a pledge to a flag or a country is somehow a religious act.”
Cold in Michigan on Sep 5, 2013 at 14:44:25
“When I was raised it was not just Jehovah's Witnesses...it was a lot of what would today be called far right religious. Frankly, I am surprised how things have changed and that the Christians of today are so ready to pledge to anything other than God. I spent many hours in the office for refusal to say it, missed many and assembly and listened to many an argument between my grandfather, parents, and the principle.”
“If perpetual war and the growth of the domestic surveillance industry are the objectives of all this blather, then it makes some kind of twisted sense. Otherwise, it's just another stumble in the dark for the blind giant our nation has become.”
mingo374 on Sep 4, 2013 at 19:17:08
“he yelled about america in war He yelled about the econmy he yelled about america being spied on by the goverment Each one has become far far more then when he started office Seems he gets you to believe him then he does the opposite He went after the insurance companies to get Obamacare The bill was signed and they got $70 billion Now after each year they get 50% of the goverments intake which is at least 1.6 trillion of our dollars He also wanted to beef up medicare lol then he took 1 trillion from it”
“One night a skunk raided my campsite trash bag and got its head stuck in a vegetable oil bottle that had a few drops left in it. It got free eventually, but there was no way it was getting any help from me.”
Doogs62 on Jun 18, 2013 at 11:13:59
“Once a black bear went after the cooler we had tied up in a tree (always a good idea in bear country). It was smart enough to chew through the rope but not smart enough to realize he was underneath the cooler when it came down. He took off like a scalded cat. It went from a rather nerve racking experience to a comical one. The bear never did come back.”
“The obvious solution is for a member of the House of Representatives to introduce a bill to cut funding for NOAA. Absence of scientific evidence is proof positive that there's no scientific evidence.”
TJCharles on May 2, 2013 at 00:02:32
“What absence of evidence are you talking about? There is plenty of evidence for AGW.
Granted, there are any number of wingnuts in the House who might introduce the bill you want.”
“Those of you who have done titrations know that it is the last drop that changes the color of the indicator and everything in the beaker. It is the threshhold that makes the difference. From the article, it appears that if the phytoplankton get it trouble, there's a threshhold effect on the way. Also, since the water up north is warmer, doesn't that mean it won't sink as fast near the pole, meaning a slowing down of the thermohaline circulation? That could be big time trouble.”
alteredstory on May 2, 2013 at 17:29:38
“There was a study a couple years ago indicating the phytoplankton are ALREADY in trouble, to the tune of a 40% population decrease.”
StephenBP on May 2, 2013 at 11:29:56
“Yeah, most people don't seem to witness phenomenon with much art or science, so zhit just happenz in their world.
We are dealing with business, sales, lobbyist, money, power, energy, defense types who think that they understand the complexities of our world, but they don't have a clue beyond their little bunker window, and even that is frosted .
I think that the best we can hope for is that the climate gives us all a wake-up slap before it goes into lethal over drive.”
Climate Lurker on May 2, 2013 at 09:15:48
“That's at least how it works with indicators. There are, I'm certain, other chemistries happening in the water that don't respond the same way as with a titration, gradual effects that are creeping up on us.”
jimboy71 on May 2, 2013 at 00:52:18
“That, combined with cold freshwater on the surface is destabilizing the gulf stream. Some think it may even collapse, and reform, this time, staying in North America, leaving Europe to freeze, like it did this past winter.”
“Media gets it wrong is the same as saying that news outlets gets it wrong or that readers gets it wrong, or viewers gets it wrong. Should we just admit that Latin is a dead language and English is dying and refer to media as mediums? And while we're at it, let's be consistent and use datums instead of data, stratums instead of strata, alumnuses instead of alumni.”
“The very last 'graph of the story, under the photos of all the senators for and against, shows that Harry Reid voted against it it so that it could be brought up again and he could then vote for it. The divinely inspired marvel of our system of government is apparently that you can vote against a measure you support in order to save it. Kafka lives.”
“I've thought about that as an alternative to above-ground living, but the trouble is that the micro- and macroscopic beings that live down there have a taste for human flesh - or any other kind of free protein that shows up. Maybe if you dug a trench an buried on old freight car, got some ventilation pipes into the car, you'd have some bug and rodent barrier. Otherwise, these impromptu homeless shelters are nothing but havens for disease vectors.”
jb england on May 3, 2013 at 12:55:12
“Cover and concealment are two very important principles I learned for wilderness survival. Underground abodes, if concealed properly, definitely provide respite and a place to crash unmolested. The problem is that when more and more people show up, they bring in contagious diseases, bacteria strands, and all sorts of unwanted pathogens. Personally, I wouldn't consider an underground dwelling unless I had carved out some means of evacuating waste. That said, I can completely understand the allure of carving out underground dwellings. ALSO: who made these dwellings? There was probably some serious work that went into these. Whoever thinks homeless folk are too lazy to work and simply love to live in their own squallor need check the amount of labor that goes into building a tunnel - it's extensive. Too bad who ever made it didn't have any engineering supports or beams to ensure the place didn't fall down around their ears.”
“Why can't friendly countries be warm countries? Iceland and Norway and the like are all very hospitable, but people like me die in those climes. (See Descartes, Rene.)”
doorlie on Apr 10, 2013 at 07:41:30
“Because 'friendly' is how you get warm in those countries. But hey, Bukina Faso is on there. And Senegal. Morocco. Get out there and live a little.”
chicgogo on Apr 10, 2013 at 01:22:25
“Surprisingly, Iceland is relatively temperate due to the gulf stream from North America and country's name obviously belies this fact (didn't we all learn in school that Iceland is Green and Green land is ice?). They have these massive lakes/hot springs with steaming water over simmering volcanic eruptions that are like giant lake size hot tubs--under the northern lights with outside temps outside often around 40-500 even in the winter. Nothing like it anywhere on earth. And the music is great (Bjork, Sigur Ros).”
Rene Sosa on Apr 9, 2013 at 23:47:36
“ok, I will.”
SouthrnPrincess on Apr 9, 2013 at 23:23:09
“Have you been there? The nordic people are extremely cold and not friendly like we think of friendly. They are fairly open though I think this gives them the friendly reputation, but seriously - not super friendly lol”