On UW wins federal grant to study greenhouse gases
I stand corrected, RAF. I'm willing to listen to what you meant, and if you say you didn't mean what I interpreted, I certainly can't argue that point. If you explain your brief comment a little further as it relates to this story, that would help me understand your point better, avoiding further misunderstandings.
DonnaW and RAF: I gather from your statements that you seem to believe that new knowledge gained from government research will never lead to new developments that can actually return on their investments and create new or better industries that create jobs and lower costs. The method by which we are communicating right now is based on a governmental program that spawned industries that are integral in our modern economy. I wonder what spending hawks would have say today if a sitting president like Kennedy (please don't go off on an Obama rant) announced we would land on the moon by the end of the decade? That accelerated the transistor technologies that gave us modern computers and cell phones. The DARPA project gave us the Internet. What would our economy be now if we missed the information revolution brought on by these governmental projects? Not all spending is good, of course, nor are all projects bad. Being a fundamentalist about either approach is taking a lazy approach to evaluating policies.
On Wisconsin residents weigh in on gay marriage debate
I am so proud to be from 'Merica. Are those banjos that I hear playing in the distance? I done heard the other day that you can catch "gay". We can't let our children catch gay, can we? It's true! Someone on the Internets said it. </Satire>
On Ryan says he misstated marathon claim
I can't believe that I am going to defend Ryan, but I think it's fair to draw a clear distinction here. Repeated studies show that we all tell these types of lies about ten times daily! They are typical of all h. Sapiens. This may show a lack of self-control for a man of his stature to not better control this tendency in a public interview, but it is not necessarily an indication of a truly dishonest man. On the other hand, the GM comment at the convention was a premeditated comment that demonstrates a willingness to engage in deceit to win at all costs.
On Calculating drought's impact might need to wait
Good answer Steer. Sigma, It is pretty serious for farmers. We've lost 70% of our crops, and the 30% that have survived are helped by every rain. If we can save the remaining crops, we may be able to keep our losses to under $30-$40K. We don't qualify for insurance and yes we worked all year for a loss. So yes, it's bad either way, but it could have been even worse. We are grateful for every break we get.
On Rain provides little drought relief
It's not about being negative. It's reporting the reality of a natural disaster and the impact of that disaster, which many do not appreciate unless their livelihood is directly tied to agriculture. It can rain almost daily now and it won't improve most of the crops. We have experienced over a 70% failure on most of our crops on our farm. It's the everyday life of a farmer and we are used to it. It doesn't hurt for us to realize that this is a serious natural disaster with economic ramifications as large as a major business laying off a few thousand employees in our county. The reality is, almost everyone will eventually feel the impact of this disaster.
On Hug a farmer now.
It's true that the consumer will pay more. The consumer has gotten off easy by having food prices subsidized by the government both directly and indirectly. The consumer rarely pays the real cost for raw food. Speaking as a farmer, until you have worked 60 - 80 hours/ week for a year for a net take home pay 0f -$30,000, (That's a minus in front of that number) then I think the farmer may actually have the consumer beat on this one.
On This US summer is 'what global warming looks like'
Mteg, You are right (mostly) about the cows, but wrong on the gas. It's methane that is the problem from cows.
Good points Fear! For current proof of what CO2 does to a planet, see Venus. For the right-wing impaired, Venus is a real planet located just to the left of heaven caught in a runaway greenhouse effect. We've known about this for long before Al Gore came along.
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