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Trevor Noah | Is Trump to blame for the Christchurch shooting? 94% Posted Mar 2019

Trevor Noah | Is Trump to blame for the Christchurch shooting?

Comment: 2 days ago

Nope. But even though I can throw research literature at you, I don't think I can ever convince you. 

However, I do hope that you have those words from Trever Noah in your mind in the future. 

The moment Triscuit figures out that Shadow is blind 94% Posted Mar 2019

The moment Triscuit figures out that Shadow is blind

Comment: 10 days ago

Or Triscuit tries to move as slowly as possible, i.e. as little provocative as possible. I don't think we shoud conclude about motives by observing behaviour. 

The moment Triscuit figures out that Shadow is blind 94% Posted Mar 2019

The moment Triscuit figures out that Shadow is blind

Comment: 10 days ago

Triscuit appears afraid of what he sees as aggression and tries not to provoke. But he doesn't make himself small, instead moves very slowly, carefully.

I think we far to easily believe in our own interpretations of animals' behaviour and motives. But then, it's more than 30 years since I had a cat, so I'm definitely no expert. 

Thought experiment: If Triscuit understands that Shadow is blind and wants to get away... Why not simply make use of that explosion of motion that cats are capable of? A blind cat would never be able to follow. 

The moment Triscuit figures out that Shadow is blind 94% Posted Mar 2019

The moment Triscuit figures out that Shadow is blind

Comment: 11 days ago

- Triscuit figures out that Shadow is blind

Are you sure?

AOC questions Cohen over Trump's dubious tax schemes 87% Posted Mar 2019

AOC questions Cohen over Trump's dubious tax schemes

Comment: 19 days ago

Nope, you can't.

Flat-Earther sets up experiment to prove Earth is flat 87% Posted Mar 2019

Flat-Earther sets up experiment to prove Earth is flat

Comment: 19 days ago

Thank you!

Prius owner confronts pickup driver 86% Posted Mar 2019

Prius owner confronts pickup driver

Comment: 20 days ago

I mean, she will easily became the target of bullying. Her life might turn into hell now, because of a video on the internet. If you believe in such public punishment, then we differ. 

I don't see her action as bullying. She wants to change the behaviour of someone to the better, that's not within my understanding of bullying. But she crossed a line, you're right. I still don't understand why the Boreme editor posts videos that contribute to bullying.  

It's Okay To Be Smart | Fact vs Theory vs Hypothesis vs Law 86% Posted Feb 2019

It's Okay To Be Smart | Fact vs Theory vs Hypothesis vs Law

Comment: 20 days ago

There's one thing I like in your writing. 

"Anyway, it would be more believable if they would just [...] say that it’s not only burning fossil fuels and transportation that is causing it.  Maybe if they say it’s agriculture, deforestation, raising livestock for human consumption, production of cement, CFCs, natural cycles of the planet entering and leaving ice ages, and more, then I might start believing it."

So you are more open-minded than I believed. Sorry. Agriculture, deforestation, and meat production are certainly great contributors, and CO2 is not the only greenhouse gas. I haven't seen anyone claim that CO2 is the only cause.

But I totally disagree with your claim that the 95% of papers are cherry picked. That's not how peer reviews work, and as a scientist you should know that (even though I know about the problems of peer reviewing). BTW, the "brainwashing" started after the theory of man-made global warming moved from being a reasonable hypothesis (Act according to it if you believe in the precautionary principle) to an established, strong theory (Act on it if you believe in science). 

And even if you doubt the evidence... Do you believe your house will burn down? No? But still you have an insurance, don't you? The probability of your house burning down is not anywhere near the probability of a disasterous global warming due to CO2 and a few other green house gases we as a race (and our animals) deliver to the atmosphere. Already now we see insects are starting to disappear. 

But... I agree with you. This is by no means just about CO2.

Flat-Earther sets up experiment to prove Earth is flat 87% Posted Mar 2019

Flat-Earther sets up experiment to prove Earth is flat

Comment: 20 days ago

Wow.

Has anyone seen the documentary and would care to discuss how they reacted to their "interesting" experience, an experiment giving strong evidence for the world not being flat (i.e., a falsified hypothesis)?

Prius owner confronts pickup driver 86% Posted Mar 2019

Prius owner confronts pickup driver

Comment: 20 days ago

Another meaningless video at Boreme.

No, you're not getting yelled at for the truck you drive. You're getting yelled at for idling that particular car, letting the engine run without moving. That causes a lot of local pollution. 

I guess that moster of yours is a diesel. If I understand correctly, some diiesel engines are even worse polluters if you turn the engine on and off (unlike the Prius, which switches between petrol and electricity and can to some extent be idling without polluting the neighbourhood). So IF one drives a diesel (which a few have good reason to do), then idling might actually be a good thing if your stop is brief. I guess this what not the case here, that women would probably not be so mad if your stop was brief? 

The women appeared to go well beyond decent behaviour, assuming there was no prior communication. But putting that video on the internet is far worse. It is beyound me why the Boreme editor is so fond of numerous videos that contribute to bullying. 

It's Okay To Be Smart | Fact vs Theory vs Hypothesis vs Law 86% Posted Feb 2019

It's Okay To Be Smart | Fact vs Theory vs Hypothesis vs Law

Comment: 22 days ago

With a brief statement ("For a hypothesis to become a proven theory, you need to test that hypothesis.") ... you show that you have very little understanding of science. Yes, even of my earlier reply. I don't think you read it. Testing a hypothesis does not prove a theory, even if that single hypothesis has received support in a study. 

Concerning man-made global warming: No facts are ever going to change this man's view. Arrogant ignorance is not a blessing. But for everyone else out there, the information is available, easily accessible for those who have access to the internet. Apart from scientific papers, you may take a look at NASA's discussion of the issue (including alternative explanations failing to explain global warming, like sun activity). Or, you can look up other sites written by scientists rather than lay people full of denial. 

It's Okay To Be Smart | Fact vs Theory vs Hypothesis vs Law 86% Posted Feb 2019

It's Okay To Be Smart | Fact vs Theory vs Hypothesis vs Law

Comment: 23 days ago

As a scientist, I find it both fascinating and depressing what the internet can give us of ridiculous claims.

The claim that God created the Universe has not been proven wrong. So this man will (should) tell us that the theory of evolution is not a theory.

Noone has proven the theory of gravity, but it's a pretty strong theory... And the theory of evolution, as well as the theory of man-made global warming, make it possible to deduct hypotheses, which can be tested. Underestimating the development of global warming is not an argument against the theory. If you knew a little more about unknown unknowns and spin-off effects, you would be a little less selfconfident and much more humble. 

It's so depressing when lay people declare themselves to be know-it-all in science. 

Cop messes with wrong Lamborghini owner 87% Posted Feb 2019

Cop messes with wrong Lamborghini owner

Comment: 26 days ago

1. Please consider what it means to fly a car from one corner of the world to the other. 

2. "if he is driving withint the limit then I doubt that it is much different to a conventional car." Please do some research before you state your opinion.

3. "You sound bitter and twisted, there are people in the world with far more than you and others that have far less. Grow up and stop taking cheap shots."

No. s/he did not sound bitter or twisted, but rather seemed to be a concerned and thinking citizen. And rather mature in this context. 

 

Introducing Tesla's Dog Mode 88% Posted Feb 2019

Introducing Tesla's Dog Mode

Comment: 33 days ago

- Nor kick out the Labour Communist Traitors.

Communist??

Traitors?

We may note that your words are without substance. But your words are also the words of Anders Behring Breivik. 

Or, seen from a different view point: being exposed to such thinking and those particular words made Anders Behring Breivik into a mass murderer. 

Those words are not only ignorant, my friend. They are also dangerous. 

Greta Thunberg | The disarming case to act now on climate change 88% Posted Feb 2019

Greta Thunberg | The disarming case to act now on climate change

Comment: 34 days ago

I should of course have mentioned the obvious: It makes no sense to compare the survival of the sun in billions of years with the current question of survival of intelligent life on the planet (threatened by a possible extinction within hundreds of years).

 

As a comfort, and as a warning:

"The sun is now in the middle of its life cycle, and will explode in about 4-5 billion years In the few hundred million years before the explosion, it will swell up and become a red giant as big as the Earth's orbit. It will therefore swallow the Earth. Don't worry, this is a long time from now, and if our civilization survives even a million years we will surely have a way to move the Earth to safety. If we humans kill ourselves off and no other creatures evolve high intelligence, then Earth might be in trouble."

Government criticises school children for climate change strike 93% Posted Feb 2019

Government criticises school children for climate change strike

Comment: 35 days ago

Fascinating. Not very informed about how we learn and develop as individuals. Even a hint of ageism towards young people here.

Greta Thunberg | The disarming case to act now on climate change 88% Posted Feb 2019

Greta Thunberg | The disarming case to act now on climate change

Comment: 35 days ago

One day you will die. Your heart will stopp beating, and you will stop breathing. Maybe when your are 70, maybe when you are 95 or even older.

In the meantime, you can make your life a good one, make sure your health is adequate. And you can extend your life expectancy by about 10 years by having healthy habits. Yes, there is a solution for that.

Congrats for this weeks' most stupid comment. 

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Fascinating to read comments from people who argue against trying to limit the damaging effect we have on the environment.  

It's Okay To Be Smart | Is there life on Earth? 87% Posted Feb 2019

It's Okay To Be Smart | Is there life on Earth?

Comment: 37 days ago

Some people are immune to humour.

Trump's State of the Union fact-checked 94% Posted Feb 2019

Trump's State of the Union fact-checked

Comment: 37 days ago

I'd like to respond.

... “Real wages for the average American worker are lower today than they were in 1973.”   
Google, what were the average wages in 1973? Answer: $34,378 (in 2011 dollars)  In 2018, $61,372. ...

RESPONSE: Please read on real wages. Then ask Google a different question. 

 

... Besides, a 2 cents an hour increase is still an increase so you cannot say there was no increase.  This is actually in Trumps favor.... 

RESPONSE: Sigh.

  
... “Germany, Japan, and Norway have lower unemployment rates.”  United States= 3.9%, Germany 3.3%, Japan 2.4%, Norway = 4.0.  So you’re 2/3rds right.  But why didn’t you pick Cambodia at 0.3%, Qatar at 0.6%, and Thailand at 0.7%.  Simple, you’re cherry picking countries that sound good.  But you could also have picked Syria = 50%, Senegal = 48%, and Djibouti at 40%. ...

RESPONSE. Seriously? Please read on how comparisons between countries are made. 

 

...So what point are you trying to make here again?  Why not just compare today’s unemployment rate with what it was in October 2009 when it was 10%.  The unemployment rate is definitely better now than it was then. ...

RESPONSE. Seriously? October 2009?

 

... Trump Talking “We passed a massive tax cut for working families.” Idiot talking: “83% of the benefits of your tax giveaway is going to the top 1 percent over a 10-year period.”  So?  That means 17% is still going to the other people.  17% of tax cuts is still a tax cut. ...

RESPONSE. So you are calling another person an idiot.  

1 percent (Group A) of the population gets 83%, the remaining 99 percents (Group B) of the population gets 17%. Now do some simple maths. Group B consistes of approx 99 as many people. Thus: 17/99 = 0.17. 

Now compare again: The figures are 83 versus 0.17. That, dear reader, represents indeed a 'massive tax cut for working families', doesn't it?

Let's not call other people idiots. 

 

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PS. I didn't even see the video, so I have no comment on it. But a read a strange comment. 

 

John Barnes | Liam Neeson deserves a medal 87% Posted Feb 2019

John Barnes | Liam Neeson deserves a medal

Comment: 43 days ago

Bravo.

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