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Forum: General Discussion 08-10-2011, 01:52 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 14,694
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: New NASA Data Debunks Global Warming

You know you actually touch on a pretty good question, and a pretty tough one to answer. There are a lot of things you can speculate with that question, but lets focus on simply what happens to CO2...
Forum: General Discussion 08-04-2011, 07:01 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 14,694
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: New NASA Data Debunks Global Warming

To be fair, plants also undergo respiration (the process that emits CO2). However the net result of all successful plants is that they fix more carbon than respire.
Forum: General Discussion 08-02-2011, 12:26 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 14,694
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: New NASA Data Debunks Global Warming

Yep. Ultimately people have an issue with the political side of the issue. I don't have a stance really when it comes to political stuff because I really don't know. I hate politics, and I'm much...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2011, 11:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,352
Posted By SecretMaster
Does anyone else look at their posting history?

...And cringe at what you wrote/posted?

This probably doesn't apply to a lot of you folks, but I was still uh, "growing up" for most of my tenure at IW. I joined when I think I was in 6th or 7th...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2011, 11:26 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 14,694
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: New NASA Data Debunks Global Warming

Give specific examples of "articles and studies." Actual things we can discuss, not just some wave of your hand that is supposed to support whatever you are saying. I think you have gross...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2011, 11:45 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 14,694
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: New NASA Data Debunks Global Warming

Maybe I'm being dense but I think we are saying the same thing. In regards to the tampering and deliberate altering of data, it wasn't demonstrably shown that the CRU actually did that.

The big...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2011, 08:15 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 14,694
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: New NASA Data Debunks Global Warming

Except they didn't. Every "denier" went into a tizzy with the climate-gate scandal over nothing. If you take anything without it's full context it can be dangerously misconstrued. The only problem...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2011, 03:54 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 14,694
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: New NASA Data Debunks Global Warming

False. False false false false. There is an overwhelming consensus with regards to climate change, especially amongst scientists.

http://tigger.uic.edu/~pdoran/012009_Doran_final.pdf

"...the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2011, 03:48 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 14,694
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: New NASA Data Debunks Global Warming

Whoah whoah whoah. Take some time to write something well thought out and not written in the heat of passion. It leads to a much more healthy debate.

1. Which reports/papers are you referring to...
Forum: General Discussion 07-29-2011, 01:57 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 14,694
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: New NASA Data Debunks Global Warming

I haven't been on in awhile, and I'm glad most people responded with good arguments! I actually got a chance to look at this paper which "debunks" global warming. There are some serious, serious...
Forum: General Discussion 01-10-2011, 04:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 878
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Wikileaks: Source of massive honeybee die-off known for ages, EPA doesn't care

Ugh this is not the case at all.

It's possible that the pesticides in question aggravated bee declines, but in no way is it suspected to be the predominant culprit. Colony collapse has been...
Forum: General Discussion 12-12-2010, 12:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,935
Posted By SecretMaster
ES: V Skyrim announced

It's official baby!

http://elderscrolls.com/

Here is to hoping it isn't a bust!
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2010, 07:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,312
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Evolution in Action

Whaaaat?

I think your notions on evolution are misguided.
Forum: General Discussion 09-02-2010, 08:17 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,345
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Ground Zero mosque

Not true.



So in short, no one is forbidding them to build. They just didn't get the funding they wanted.
Forum: General Discussion 09-01-2010, 11:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 507
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: [BREAKING NEWS 2:25pm EST] Hostage taken at Discovery Channel HQ [Video link]

Man this really irritates me. The points he was making were extremely valid (Discovery Channel is garbage programming, his environmental concerns are spot on), however the manner in which he...
Forum: General Discussion 08-29-2010, 08:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Circus music is ruining my day

The best part about this thread is that the "similiar threads" finder has a number of threads from the circus in Waukeens Promenade from BG II. Ahhh memories :)
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2010, 08:55 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,345
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Ground Zero mosque

Keith Olbermann (of all people) actually did a really good segment on this ground zero mosque.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZpT2Muxoo0

As a New Yorker who knew many people affected by this...
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2010, 01:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,189
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Double dip Recession?

Oh, I wasn't aware of that association with the term "Green Revolution" I think the more recognized "GR" is the one I mentioned, and also the one that the article was mentioning. Regardless of the...
Forum: General Discussion 08-25-2010, 10:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,189
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Double dip Recession?

I'm not quite sure what you mean by that, but I think I can maybe explain.

The Green Revolution is often referred to as the huge "advancements" of the 1940's-1970's in agricultural productivity....
Forum: General Discussion 08-24-2010, 05:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,189
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Double dip Recession?

This might be a bit too "doomer"esque for people, but I think it is a good article that raises some points worthy of considering.

http://campfire.theoildrum.com/node/6877#more
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2010, 11:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 806
Posted By SecretMaster
Forum: General Discussion 08-10-2010, 06:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,189
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Double dip Recession?

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2010/08/16/100816ta_talk_surowiecki
Forum: General Discussion 08-10-2010, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Putting the unemployment status into visial understanding.

I do a lot of spatial modeling (land use/land change stuff), so using naturally GIS software is essential for what I do.
Forum: General Discussion 08-09-2010, 08:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,189
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Double dip Recession?

I'm going to throw a book recommendation out there for anyone interested. It's called the Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph Tainter, and he has a very interesting/thought provoking hypothesis. ...
Forum: General Discussion 08-09-2010, 01:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Putting the unemployment status into visial understanding.

All I'm going to say is Woooo! Go GIS technologies!
Forum: General Discussion 08-09-2010, 01:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,135
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Congressman loses his nut on the House floor

It is indeed very weird, but I don't think the senator genuinely believed the island would tip over. Actually I think it is very akin to how Felix communicates. When looked at in greater context it...
Forum: Dragon Age™ Origins 08-09-2010, 03:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,168
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Dragon Age 2 (Rant included, PG)

Figured I'll throw my two cents in as well since I'm going through my second run of DA:O (never finished the first time).

Dragon Age: Origins feels much more like NWN than BG IMO. The only...
Forum: General Discussion 08-07-2010, 05:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,135
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Congressman loses his nut on the House floor

The Democrats opted for a majority vote after learning about how the Republicans wanted to attach this illegal-immigrant stipulation. So a basic chain of events:

Republicans tack on this amendment...
Forum: General Discussion 08-07-2010, 03:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,135
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Congressman loses his nut on the House floor

The Republicans ruined it for everyone this time. Saving a person's life transcends all human concepts of nationality, ethnicity, origin. It is a matter of empathy and concern for another life. To...
Forum: General Discussion 08-05-2010, 01:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,135
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Congressman loses his nut on the House floor

Yeah but realistically that's never going to happen. They're all clowns and I loathe them all.



I don't think that is quite true at all. I think the Republican party started the fight with...
Forum: General Discussion 08-05-2010, 03:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,135
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Congressman loses his nut on the House floor

What the Republicans did is utter bullshit. What jives me even more is the whole ideology of "lets not give fudning to the illegal immigrants who were first responders"

Whether or not they were in...
Forum: General Discussion 08-05-2010, 03:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: People Who Fake It

I need to get my mind out of the gutter...
Forum: General Discussion 08-04-2010, 01:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Hey Ayatollah

I'm surprised this is news now... this song was made public awhile ago. 6 months ago or so.
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2010, 09:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 957
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Cash Study, Senator Kerry

I can't think of a single American who doesn't try to reduce the amount of taxes they have to pay. Hell Americans pay people to make sure they pay the least amount possible in taxes.
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2010, 09:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,121
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Every Nuke test ever done [video] -- pretty horrific...

This doesn't really answer your question too much but I'll have a go at it.

A fun bit of trivia is that part of the reason why the field of ecology gained some semblence of popularity and respect...
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2010, 07:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,623
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Majority of Americans lack faith in Obama

Duh.

Edit:

It's not an issue of the politician that offends me, it is the condescending and outright dickish attitude that is assumed upon anyone who voted for said politician. It's not witty,...
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2010, 01:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,623
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Majority of Americans lack faith in Obama

No but many people are truly convinced he is the Antichrist. Just type in "Is Obama" into google and its the second suggestion that comes up.
Forum: General Discussion 07-20-2010, 03:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,623
Posted By SecretMaster
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2010, 01:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,890
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Would you be willing to stand up in a plane flight for a lower price?

Being packed like a sardine on an airplane for 4+ hours... PASS!
Forum: General Discussion 07-01-2010, 09:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,049
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Date of Birth

I noticed that too. It changed waaay back when Ziroc implemented the new forums IIRC. My date of birth got messed up on the transition (and has been incorrect ever since). I tried changing it and got...
Forum: General Discussion 06-21-2010, 03:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,413
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Giant Plumes of Oil... A way to clean those up?

On a somewhat related note, Jon Stewart did a really good piece on energy. Probably one of his best, though I don't really watch his show.
...
Forum: General Discussion 06-19-2010, 02:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,413
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Giant Plumes of Oil... A way to clean those up?

To be fair, TL's known experience as a lawyer makes his assessment more trusting than a quote from Wikipedia which can be freely altered and toyed with.
Forum: General Discussion 06-18-2010, 12:11 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,413
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Giant Plumes of Oil... A way to clean those up?

To be fair, he's a businessman and not a politician. I don't exect any CEO in these circumstances to be able to deal with our clowngress.

I'm not trying to defend the actions of BP here, I think...
Forum: General Discussion 06-17-2010, 06:59 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,413
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Giant Plumes of Oil... A way to clean those up?

On a side note, here is an editorial I submitted to my local newspaper.

Oil Spill a Time for Reflection

The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf Coast is a catastrophe by any standard. The...
Forum: General Discussion 06-17-2010, 06:57 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,413
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Giant Plumes of Oil... A way to clean those up?

It's an interesting story and account, but I feel that people are still putting too much blame on the side of the government. BP is solely responsible for this catastrophe. This isn't Obamas fault,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-14-2010, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 603
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Test your international dining savvy!

That also brings up the point I wanted to make (but forgot). A handful of those questions had nothing to do with food etiquette. Some of them were purposely meant to trick you, which sort of annoyed...
Forum: General Discussion 06-13-2010, 11:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 603
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: Test your international dining savvy!

10/11

The Polish food one really caught me offguard. Especially since I'm half polish!
Forum: General Discussion 06-13-2010, 01:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: How should I reply to this email?

I second this opinion.
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2010, 07:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,105
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: they're here !!!!!

But only Priests can levitate.
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2010, 12:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,105
Posted By SecretMaster
Re: they're here !!!!!

I could have sworn reading a few months ago that this similiar phenomena happened in another country, and it was determined to be from some rocket activity.



Hehe. I've wondered the same myself.
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