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commented on Get Fuzzy
23 days ago
“I’ve never been so insulted in all my week!”
That makes me laugh ever time I read it.
commented on Nick Anderson
2 months ago
Simply put humans cover a small percentage of the earth. I find it hard to believe that we are so powerful that we can affect the climate of the earth. It is our responsibility to take care of what we have, but not to go to an extreme one way or the other for something that we understand so little about. Lets try not to be Chicken Little, because I would have a hard time telling my children that they a live in third world conditions due to a science we didn’t understand but overreacted to.
Right now the air is great but if you look at the history of Salt Lake City it has always had bad air quality since before it was populated.
Look up the worlds largest database. You will find that it is the WDCC or World Data Centre for Climate and they are only bringing in a fraction of all the data that is generated on a daily bases.
With what part do they disagree? That major world events can change the climate? That we don’t have hundreds of years of accurate daily temperature measurements from every region of the world? Is it that the data right now is trending up, or that we don’t know if humans are causing the change? Or is it that we are unable to process all the worlds weather data that comes in daily into one database?I being a computer scientist have a good understanding of the last issue and have worked on that exact thing. We used one of the Universities Super Computers and we where able to only upload about 10 years worth of data (which was many thousands of billions of entries) for the Salt Lake Region before it became to slow to work with.
Here is my personal experience. 5 years ago I took a class at the University of Utah on very large data structures. One of the issues we talked about was that we don’t have a way to process the flood of data that comes in for the weather each day in just small regions of the US. In other words we don’t have the technology to be able to get a day by day reading of what is going on around the world and be able to compare current trends to the past with accuracy on a large scale. A few things to also consider. How long have we been able to get and have records of accurate temperatures? I would say we have in a few select areas less than 100 year the rest would be less than 50. That is not much data to work with to get a good understanding of what a climate is. (we would need 100 or so years of good data from around the world to begin to understand a climate) We also know that there are many events that cause changes in the climates around the world. (Volcanoes, Forest Fires, Changes with the Sun …) Does that data that we have right now seem to trend upward? With the tiny bit of data we have, yes it does. Are humans causing this? We don’t know.
commented on Lio
4 months ago
Let me get this straight it is bad to kill a turkey, but it is ok to kill the turkey farmer?
commented on The Other Coast
4 months ago
and the wolf wanting to see her family one last time uses the rest of her energy to drag herself home. She collapse as her 5 puppies gather around her beg for something to eat. A tear falls as she realizes that her failure to capture the deer not only will cost her, her life, but also the life of her children. A few days later they all starve to death… Sad ending
commented on Candorville
4 months ago
Have you ever seen Disney’s Peter Pan? They have a whole song about this, and nobody has ever complained.
commented on Dilbert Classics
6 months ago
Take it one step further. By Dogbert’s logic we should just drink water, use some minerals in the dirt, and photosynthesis.
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