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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-03-28 03:58
Subject: [links] Link salad comes from somewhere back in your long ago
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Dear Science Fiction Writers: Stop Being So Pessimistic!Neal Stephenson created the Hieroglyph Project to convince sci-fi writers to stop worrying and learn to love the future. (Via Dale Smith.)

The World’s Largest Atlas: Cheers Bests Klencke — Mmm, books.

Air Ship No. 9: 1904 — Coney Island, back in the day.

The Mighty Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of — (Via [info]danjite.)

NASA re-creates huge Mars dust devil in 3-D video — Taz!

'Thermal cloak' hides objects from heat

Single molecule circuit controlled through quantum interference

Alien viruses from outer space and the great Archaeopteryx forgery

Global Warming Close to Becoming IrreversibleThe world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday. Those pesky facts, biased against the conservative position. That's what happens when you build your ideology on opposing the reality-based community.

Get the lead out: Have we already forgotten this lesson? The elimination of lead from gasoline is a paradigmatic triumph of American environmentalism. A danger to health was discovered by scientists. Public-health advocates and greens pushed and pushed for decades, often futilely, to get the government to take action. When EPA finally cranked up efforts to do something about it, the agency was viciously attacked. Industry shills said it was an agenda to control Americans’ lives, driven by scientists who wanted research money and a cabal of extreme environmentalists. They said there were no viable alternatives to lead and the regulations would raise gas prices and destroy the economy. They paid their own scientists to produce counter-evidence. They flooded politicians with money. Sound familiar? Climate change denial, anyone?

Pro-Compassion Of course I hated Planned Parenthood. The thing is, I didn't know anything about Planned Parenthood. There wasn't one in my town. I didn't know anyone who had visited one. I certainly didn't know anyone who worked at one. My anger and hatred was borne completely out of my ignorance. I chose only to listen to one set of stories, rather than to all of the stories. Modern conservatism in a nutshell.

‘Drive a wedge between gays and blacks’ — And the reason we're supposed to vote Republican is because liberals and atheists are immoral?

'Obamacare' and the Right's Own Private UniverseWe have half the country living in its own universe of belief, with its own history, its own politics, and its own physical laws. It's like running elections against the anti-gravity party. It is not healthy for any of us. The Right explicitly and in so many words opted out of the reality-based community years ago. Unfortunately the rest of us still live here, suffering the consequences of blatantly counterfactual conservative delusions on a vast array of topics.

Dr Strangelove: Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love Rick Santorum — Charlie Stross on American politics.

?otd: Do you have the power to reason away what seems to be?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (0.5 hours on a nonfiction piece, 1.5 hours on Sunspin)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-03-28 15:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

In the past several million years the planet has, in fact, been several degrees warmer than the projected temperature over the next decade. If such temperatures actually do create tipping points that cause irreversible warming then it those tipping points would have been reached long ago and current temperature would be impossible. Since the current temperature is obviously not impossible, the claims of tipping points that will cause irreversible warming are clearly bunk.

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User: mastadge
Date: 2012-03-28 17:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Are you sure about that? Because while we may have reached higher temperatures in the past, have those temperatures not been reached more gradually, allowing the terrestrial carbon and sulfur cycles time to kick in and do their thing? The temperature is not in effect without a context including composition and volume of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, ocean temperature and CO2 absorption, volume and cover of terrestrial and aquatic vegetation, the fact that, in the past century or two, we've been busily dumping billions of years of stored solar energy in the form of hydrocarbons into the system, arctic shelf methane releases, etc.

In short, while there have been all kinds of interesting climate changes in earth's history, of varying duration, intensity, and effect, none of them are similar enough to the climate change we're experiencing now that we can reliably use them as a model for what happens in the decades to come. Maybe generations to come will laugh at our paranoia as we misread the signs, or maybe Earth will pass a trigger point and cascade into another Venus, or maybe it'll be somewhere in between.
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Chris McKitterick: stone monkey
User: mckitterick
Date: 2012-03-29 04:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:stone monkey
See, now those last few stoires are why I've been avoiding the news for the past week. Rather, the "bad news" about how our fellow human beings are insane and evil.

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