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  • Scott Adams again

    That was good.

    There's the flip side to that.
      >:)

    'The Drunken Driver Has the Right Of Way'

    ETHAN COEN

    The loudest have the final say,
    The wanton win, the rash hold sway,
    The realist's rules of order say
    The drunken driver has the right of way.

    The Kubla Khan can butt in line;
    The biggest brute can take what's mine;
    When heavyweights break wind, that's fine;
    No matter what a judge might say,
    The drunken driver has the right of way.

    The guiltiest feel free of guilt;
    Who care not, bloom; who worry, wilt;
    Plans better laid are rarely built
    For forethought seldom wins the day;
    The drunken driver has the right of way.

    The most attentive and unfailing
    Carefulness is unavailing
    Wheresoever fools are flailing;
    Wisdom there is held at bay;,
    The drunken driver has the right of way.

    ...

    ...  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103175352

    mboli
  • Scott Adams again

    What, does he want money for it.
    Why doesn't he just do it?
    Another case of the fool believing he's smarter than experts.

    Thanks for not posting the link and I'll do my best to resist the morbid urge to go over there.

    If you engage them, maybe share this link.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_WLArrksB4
    Published on Aug 24, 2015 - 1:40 min
    Prof Alley gets passionate about the motivation of scientists.

    Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial in Denial101x, a MOOC from UQx and edX.

    Denial101x isn’t just a climate MOOC; it’s a MOOC about how people think about climate change.
    Any research used to develop this content has been cited on a references page within the subsection for this lecture. 
    To register and learn more: http://edx.org/understanding-climate-...


    mboli
  • Climate scientists versus climate data - what's the deal with John Bates

    Sou, I should have contacted you before hand, but you've let me REPOST some of your article before and I'm hoping you'll understand.  And I really did need some backup information available for that letter to Waldman.

    I know you don't have a CC license and am not sure what your current policy is.

    Hope you don't mind,  

    Sou reviews the John Bates / David Rose affair. NOAA data protocols

    http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com/2017/02/john-bates-affair-davidrose-hotwhopper.html

    for the curious there's also this. Part of my charm offensive, I reckon.

    Open Letter to E&E News reporter Scott Waldman" Global? What global?

    http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com/2017/02/eenews-scottwaldman-global-whatglobal.html
    PG_Antioch
  • DIEHARD CODERS JUST RESCUED NASA’S EARTH SCIENCE DATA


    This seems important and worth circulating among the educated crowd, a few of whom may be able to help.

    cheers
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    DIEHARD CODERS JUST RESCUED NASA’S EARTH SCIENCE DATA
    MEGAN MOLTENI. 02.13.17 - 

    http://fortune.com/2017/01/22/climate-data-trump-admin-hackers/


    ON SATURDAY MORNING, the white stone buildings on UC Berkeley’s campus radiated with unfiltered sunshine. The sky was blue, the campanile was chiming. But instead of enjoying the beautiful day, 200 adults had willingly sardined themselves into a fluorescent-lit room in the bowels of Doe Library to rescue federal climate data.

    Like similar groups across the country—in more than 20 cities—they believe that the Trump administration might want to disappear this data down a memory hole. So these hackers, scientists, and students are collecting it to save outside government servers.

    But now they’re going even further. Groups like DataRefugeand the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, which organized the Berkeley hackathon to collect data from NASA’s earth sciences programs and the Department of Energy, are doing more than archiving. Diehard coders are building robust systems to monitor ongoing changes to government websites. And they’re keeping track of what’s already been removed—because yes, the pruning has already begun.

    Tag It, Bag It

    ...

    Future Farming

    Later that afternoon, two dozen or so of the most advanced software builders gathered around whiteboards, sketching out tools they’ll need. They worked out filters to separate mundane updates from major shake-ups, and explored blockchain-like systems to build auditable ledgers of alterations. Basically it’s an issue of what engineers call version control—how do you know if something has changed? How do you know if you have the latest? How do you keep track of the old stuff?

    ...

    There was still so much work to do. “Climate change data is just the tip of the iceberg,” says Eric Kansa, an anthropologist who manages archaeological data archiving for the non-profit group Open Context. “There are a huge number of other datasets being threatened with cultural, historical, sociological information.” A panicked friend at the National Parks Service had tipped him off to a huge data portal that contains everything from park visitation stats to GIS boundaries to inventories of species. While he sat at the bar, his computer ran scripts to pull out a list of everything in the portal. When it’s done, he’ll start working his way through each quirky dataset.
    PG_AntiochSou
  • American Dreams

    Thanks for the tip about Indivisible, coolest thing I've seen in a while.
    Am working on mirroring their videos at my blog, 4 down, 7 to go.
    The videos are simple with posters of talking points that I'm taking screenshots of and posting under the embedded video.


    One reason I got into blogging was because I was sick of seeing the internet crowded with astro-turfed repetition of fraudulent denier memes.  We need more bloggers to start sites and drive home the consistent truth of science and such.  Something to counter the internet contrarian machine which seems to be getting bigger all the time.

    Now off to bed, I've got a couple days of serious snow shoveling ahead for me, need my sleep.  Getting too old for that shit, then again, nice to be capable of still doing it.   cheers
    dcpetterson
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