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[edit] Climate Change

Truth or Fiction. Robert Scribbler put on his blog that the "Wrecked Jet Stream Now Runs From Pole-to-Pole". Now, one might dismiss this as pretty Pseudoscience that puts actual climate scientists in the toilet. However, a Mr. Paul Beckwith from the University of Ottawa, according to this washington post article picked up on Mr. Scribbler's blog post and decided to investigate himself and published a youtube video about it. After hearing critics, Mr. Scribbler posted updates that "However, the inference taken from my article was somewhat misconstrued. Stating that a global climate emergency due to loss of seasonality is currently upon us and is far-reaching. The message in my article is that the situation appears to be worsening and that this particular global climate crisis may be something that we’ll face over the coming years and decades." Also, Professor Beckwith has added an update on his youtube video that reports he was misquoted by the post in that he says "Unfortunately, the Washington Post article erroneously attributed my "climate emergency" claim to one jet stream behaviour in one video." So, the question is, is this a clog or a good blog? Psuedoscience or sound science (considering the level of peer review is in question here).— Unsigned, by: Sascholl / talk / contribs 17:09, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Turkish coup conspiracies

Should the conspiracies about the coup in Turkey being false flag go to Clogosphere or the Blogosphere? On one hand they're unsubstancied and unfounded conspiracies, but on the other hand Erdogan is Islamist-friendly and became increasinly authoritarian in the months leading up to the coup (after all he did shut down the largest newspapper in Turkey)? Tuxer (talk) 04:25, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

[edit] lol @ reddit

Anyone who thinks there's a biologically identifiable marker that you could use to identify the "bottom 90%" of intelligence with time, effort, and any modern lab equipment you wanted is most definitely in that bottom 90%. We can scarcely identify any genes that predict intelligence at all, in spite of gene sequencing, much less in a way we could engineer a plague to specifically eradicate some arbitrary slice of.

This is over and above the extremely stupid ethics of their ideas. Pragmatically, the reactos are just completely and utterly full of shit and it floors me the irony of talking about intelligence while knowing so little about it. They take a flying leap from "IQ appears to be pretty heritable" to "obviously g is so simple to identify a bacteria could do it" ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 17:11, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

Welcome to SlateStarCodex! Here's your unfortunate historical connotations of the otherwise-wonderful word "eugenics" - David Gerard (talk) 12:10, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Bioengineering is magic, just like computers. Haven't you watched the documentary Jurassic Park? This is why GMOs are evil, because Monsanto will inject sterilization genes into our food! --Ymir (talk) 19:15, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Blockchain garbage

Corporations thrive on secrecy, duplicity, and obfuscation. A blockchain eliminates all of those things. They don’t want it, and any corporation relying on a blockchain would be at a disadvantage against those who aren't. Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 16:05, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

The actual objection to blockchains is that they solve made-up problems that wouldn't exist without them, and the few advantages they give, they do a bad job of. They are bad and useless technology. The closest to useful the vaporware "blockchain" products for businesses come is being able to quickly cryptographically verify that the transaction record is the one you think it is - and you get that with anything with a Merkle tree, e.g. just putting it into git (which is super-fast) - David Gerard (talk) 18:51, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
The impression I'm getting here is that, at it's most benign, a blockchain is a Rube-Goldberg implementation of open-book accounting[wp]. Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 19:08, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
With the addition of a libertarian's understanding of human nature, and that if you make a "trustless" system it attracts, like flies to shit, people who can't be fucking trusted - David Gerard (talk) 10:53, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

[edit] The Alt Right supports all nationalisms and the right of all nations to exist

*Sound of Europe shattering into a hundred nations*

And lo did the Mighty White Civilization devolve into dozens of tiny, weak, bickering nations. Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 04:49, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

So let all of Europe Balkanize into tiny, homogenous states with few resources. Since the alt-right opposes the EU, on anti-"multicultural" grounds, and would like to see tougher border restrictions you would end up with WW1 all over again.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 05:28, 25 August 2016 (UTC)
If only ethnic groups people lived in nice neat separate but contiguous blocks. And didn't intermarry. Europe already has some ridiculously complex borders, e.g. between Italy and Switzerland or Belgium and the Netherlands, that depend on free movement and absence of customs barriers to function. Annquin (talk) 10:08, 25 August 2016 (UTC)
The thing that really gets me is how rabidly atheist some of the alt-right is, but how freely they also accept the idea that Christianity is an intractable part of their identity. It's bizzare. "Feminism is YOUR RELIGION, but Vox Dei, a literal theorcrat is okay by me". I mean, everyone knows that when extreme right wing groups get power the first thing they do is start arresting and killing their allies who differ in small subtle ways, but it's weird how none of them see this in each other. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 13:54, 25 August 2016 (UTC)
^^This. --Castaigne2 (talk) 15:20, 25 August 2016 (UTC)


Who found this? It's AWESOME. (It seems to be parody - he has a page on how Canada was behind 9/11, with speculation on whether the Towers even existed or not!) Will Drumpf be revealing the TRUTH about the sun conspiracy and Crooked Hillary's part in it at his next rally? Will Conservapedia save us from the solar lie machine? What is this horrible light shining in my window, REALLY? Pere Ubu (talk) 14:54, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

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