Cute dragon voice of world wide wired porn – 3

Warning: Are you wondering what this is all about?
No porn or dragon voice here, just pimping the searches.

Tesla has its troubles: It’s not that common to hear of car companies denouncing the reviews by reporters over simple facts (opinions on likes or dislikes of the car, sure, but whether it broke down during test drive?). So both sides in this story claim the other side is not telling the truth (why would NYT lie, some grudge against Tesla or Elon?) I’ve always been skeptical of Tesla (despite liking electric and/or hybrid cars) because it’s the playtoy of rich techies, not really a consumer’s car. All the electric cars are a bit outside of consumer range, but Tesla decided to ignore even trying to make theirs affordable so they could go for making a status symbol toy.

Side-effects of global warming most people probably don’t know about: First, in this article is a description of the relatively simple idea of how water runoff in relatively hot and dry areas, i.e. the U.S. southwest will decrease due to higher temperatures. So good old Arizona, home of many of the Repug deniers will have less water for their golf courses (as it is, curses, all that increase in those “others”, i.e. the darker-skinned people, Arizona isn’t going to be a white enclave much longer). Second, on the other end of the globe, the permafrost in cold areas is melting and a great deal of carbon is tied up in the frozen biomass and what happens to that. Previously scientists were concerned about the release of methane, created in anaerobic breakdown, but now it appears that other surface breakdown releases CO2 as well, for a second whammy. Interestingly, one of the comments for these articles has that kind of bitter nastiness the Ron Paul crowd puts out since they resent the idea that any unrestrained human activity could ever have adverse consequences. And here’s a later article showing how severe AGW is on ground water in the middle east (they’ve got the oil that is ruining the world but lack the water to survive).

Getting pimped by bloggers: One big risk of writing posts based on “news” articles found on the Net is simply that the original article may be untrue, or slightly less bad, may be subtly different than a quick read reveals. So for someone like me, no big deal is if I base on a comment on an incorrect interpretation of another blog article, but for a real journalist (presumably what the people are who write stories for the Washington Post) it’s a serious mistake. Perhaps the journalist is hard up for enough column inches and was lazy and grabbed a quick tidbit from a blog, but failing to see irony (in just the literal bits of this story) or the satire (scattered all over the blog page) is pretty dense.

Typical irresponsible nutrition article: This kind of thing really galls me, misinformation that the story itself even suggests is probably misinformation. But how many people read the story carefully, much less do any background research. Or how many people know the difference between: association, correlation, and causation, yet will probably assume causation just based on the headline. The article does state only an association is found (in other words two things happen at the same time but there is no indication of a link between them). It also indicates the far more likely cause (that people with weight issues, who are more likely to have diabetes, are more likely to drink soft drinks with artificial sweeteners). And it clearly states there is no causation link (at least proven, they hint it’s merely lack of data and therefore still probably true even though they have no grounds at all for establishing causation). Now in this case I doubt an article like this makes any difference. People who drink diet soft drinks will probably continue to do so, so this is just some stupid posturing by food nazis who want to crow about their superiority because of whatever trendy liquid they drink or just to get their anti-technology shots in. But the cumulative effect of all this wrong information put out without scientific merit about nutrition just means the public reaches warning-fatigue and eventually doesn’t believe any of it, including the parts that are true and that they should believe. So articles like this (and there are many many more) do a huge disservice.

The continuing Repug war on the Volcker Rule is criminal: I just can’t believe these scumbags. There is no valid argument against the Volcker Rule (just that it limits greed and the bonuses of a few traders and CEOs which isn’t exactly why we should risk the entire financial system). But the Repugs bring it up over and over – why, simple, they’ve been paid off since the lobbying campaign against the Volcker Rule is intense (stockholders of banks should object to their money being spent for no purpose, certainly not return to stockholders, other than enriching a handful of extremely privileged people, sorta like the stupid “carried interest” rule that enriches just a handful of people at the expense of stupid financial moves just to get that kind of comp). Of all the things Congress does to hand out goodies to the rich nothing is more egregious than what they do to enrich just a few hundred individuals on Wall Street and it’s not those individuals who are paying all the lobbying costs and bribes to Repugs, it’s the shareholders, who then are getting screwed twice by the greedy incompetents they allow in management. It is organized theft and the Repugs are co-conspirators.

About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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