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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-03-06 04:35
Subject: [links] Link salad thinks about clinical trials
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From a Garret Near Holborn — A number of interesting squibs anent publishing from Scrivener's Error.

Coffee-Powered Car Sets Land Speed Record

Photograph of dirigible race in the Dominguez Air Meet, Dominguez Field, Los Angeles, 1910 — Cool. With bonus hot air balloon.

Flying robots learn mind-boggling tricks

Ancient crocs swam to North America

Canada’s North, Home to Bears, and Once, Camels

On Jupiter's Moon Europa, Underground Ocean Bubbles Up to Surface

Chasing the Higgs BosonAt the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, two armies of scientists struggled to close in on physics' most elusive particle.

Protesting Too Much About #OverlyHonestMethods — This is both funny and not. Which is kind of the point of the article.

Two beautiful stories: Death and rebirth

Christian college fires woman for not getting abortionGiven the chance to choose between “saving babies” and controlling women, both the magazine and the college instinctively opt for controlling women. Women who have sex must be punished. Men who have sex — the very same sex — can be rewarded.

Bikes cause global warming because you exhale CO2, GOPer says — Being a conservative mean never having to keep in touch with reality. And people vote for morons like this...

QotD?: Got control group issues?




3/6/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (busy with healthcare stuff)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike, yay hotel gym!)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for climate change: 0
Currently reading: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2013-03-06 13:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So, is it your position that humans do not exhale CO2, or that they do not exhale more of it when exerting themselves by biking, or that CO2 is not a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming?

You must agree with at least one of those three positions, or else you must admit that the GOPer in question was right about the science.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-03-06 13:29 (UTC)
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Heh. Come on, dude, you know better. Absent industrial processes and/or major volcanic eruptions, the O(2)/CO(2) cycle is roughly balanced between animal and plant respiration. *That* part of the equation works just fine, thank to a billion years of planetary homeostasis and biological evolution.

Comments like this are facile anti-science idiocy like Ronald Reagan blaming trees.
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2013-03-06 14:10 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
Hey, your side's the one that decided to call CO2 a pollutant, not mine. People who insist on cycling instead of staying home on their couches are putting more of that pollutant into the atmosphere. Are you going to deny Science?

(The GOPer was obviously being snarky to tweak the environmentalist bike shop owner, just as I'm being snarky to tweak you.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-03-06 14:19 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
Anything's a pollutant in sufficient concentrations, just like anything's a poison in sufficient concentrations. Just sayin'...
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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2013-03-06 19:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just curious, is your argument here that CO2 isn't a pollutant at all? Or that it isn't an important one? Or it isn't a green house gas? Or none of the above?

Snark aside, I'm not clear on your position with this.

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russ
User: goulo
Date: 2013-03-06 22:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What is the purpose of such pointless snarky tweaking?

Are you are claiming that riding a bike is just as environmentally damaging as driving a car?
Are you claiming that bikes cause as much damage to the roads as cars do?

Surely not... so what's the point of such snarky tweaking? I honestly don't get it.
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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2013-03-06 19:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's two parts here. Firstly, the wear and tear argument he makes, which, I think we can toss out as bollocks from the get go. I don't know many 1500kg+ human cyclists... at least I haven't seen many around Seattle's roads myself, can't speak for Olympia or Eastern Washington.

Secondly, the CO2 production.

I found this handy graphic: http://www.sightline.org/research/graphics/climate-co2bymode/

Which looks about right. So yes, a human on a bike produces CO2... it just doesn't look like it really impacts the numbers much compared to a solo driver in an SUV...
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