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    Bizarro World Famous Movie Lines

    The Empire Strikes Back
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    Toward a Judeo-Marxist biology

    Reality doesn’t give a crap about ideology or politics. The only scientifically valid approach to anything is the scientific method, and that method presents evolutionary biology as a well tested fact about reality. If that makes you feel sad, that’s just an unfortunate side-effect of your...
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    Roe v Wade is on deck

    Yeah, saying that we shouldn’t allow abortion because people could just abstain from sex if they don’t want to cause pregnancies, is as sensible as saying that we shouldn’t allow first responders to save people from wrecked cars, because people could just abstain from driving if they don’t want...
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    Caption Contest

    Some excellent ones here, but this one made me LOL. Winner!
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    If you did, you were wrong. You cannot buy such plants. You may be able to buy a very expensive plant that addresses a minuscule fraction of that problem; But that’s not a solution. Did I not point out that plans, ideas, and research don’t store electricity? That seems wasteful. Betting $100M on...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    Why would I notice, or care much about, Texas? I don’t live in Texas. I don’t live in the same country as Texas. I don’t live in the same hemisphere as Texas. Texas is utterly unimportant to me. Texas isn’t the world. It’s not even a significant fraction of the world. Though none will solve the...
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    Redistricting for the US House and the US state legislatures

    Single member districts’ sole benefit is that they minimise the transportation and communication requirements for both voters and representatives. Hence medieval - travelling further than you can walk is neither difficult nor necessary today in order to speak to your representative, nor in in...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    Long term, we cannot keep burning fossil fuels. Gas is a fossil fuel. And Wind + Solar is ALWAYS Wind + Solar + Gas. I can understand why the frackers and fossil fuel merchants of Texas love wind and solar power; I cannot understand why anyone else, in Texas or anywhere, who gives a shit about...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    Reality said that on a windless night, renewables generate 0% of your energy requirements. If you don’t like that, take it up with reality.
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    What you or I like has fuck-all to do with it. My question is ‘why are you trying to get a second rate solution to do things it’s fundamentally incapable of, when we already have a first rate solution that is better in pretty much every regard?’. We don’t have 25 years. And in 25 years, we will...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    But we DO HAVE a perfect solution. You just don’t like it, for no good reasons. Nuclear power is the safest way of generating electricity yet developed. It’s the most reliable. It’s the lowest in carbon dioxide emissions (onshore wind is the only technology that is comparable on that score)...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    And at trough, they can get “down to” 0%. And they get no choice whatsoever about when the peaks or troughs will be. At peak, Ontario gets 100% of electric needs from nuclear and hydro; And at trough, well over 80%. Installed solar panels generate zero power at night, no matter how many of...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    Who are not even reaching 10% of ‘doing it’. The only state or national scale grids to achieve Carbon Dioxide emissions routinely below 100gCO2eq/kWh are those that are close to 100% Hydro, nuclear, or a combination of those two. Propaganda is cheap. Bragging about things you hope to achieve...
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    The Remarkable Progress of Renewable Energy

    The nuclear waste "problem" is a propaganda tool. Nobody's demanding that chemically toxic heavy metals from other industries (including, incidentally, wind turbine and solar panel manufacturing) be sequestered for geological timescales. The fact is that we already have a completely safe...
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    Caption Contest

    Thanks! Try this one:
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