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Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by ella on July 24, 2017, 11:46:21 PM »
Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #628
« Last post by Isranner on July 24, 2017, 11:40:47 PM »
In addition, I think that Michael Mann is remarkably thin skinned about dealing with any potential criticism, even from people inclined to agree with him:
"I was careful to note, as I wrote, that I am not really myself a 'lukewarmist' on climate change; I’m less skeptical of high warming projections than they are, and more importantly, I think that even a relatively small risk of catastrophic warming -- say 1 percent -- is worth ensuring against. It is not the conclusions of the climate activists that I disagree with, so much as their methods of advocating for them. I’d rather see fewer vilifications and more extended debate.
In response, climate scientist Michael Mann tweeted this:  'Kudos to Megan Mcardle for most intellectually bankrupt and misguided #climate piece yet...'
Then he blocked me."

— Michael Mann is a clear case of "sostenella y no enmendalla":

Al hidalgo pendenciero:

“No la saques sin razón,
pero después de sacalla,
con razón o sin razón,
sostenella y no enmendalla”

— Los maestros forjadores de Toledo.

At this point, he needs to double down no matter what and hope for the best.
Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by Morvis13 on July 24, 2017, 10:46:53 PM »
General Discussion / Re: Sexism & Mechanics
« Last post by nameofthewave on July 24, 2017, 10:46:19 PM »
Its stating the bleeding obvious but I think one possible answer to this is to learn enough about how cars work to be able to ask the right questions when talking to a mechanic. If it is a new garage and they are irritated at someone asking questions or asking for further explanation then that is the sign of a bad garage. I did a course on basic car maintenance a few years back and it definitely helped, there were a few women on it too, not only helped me confidence wise but it was surprising how easy it was to do basic maintenance that garages charge a lot for, eg changing brake discs and pads, not that I do any of this myself being a lazy bastard, but at least I know when they need changing now.
Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Choices in organic farming
« Last post by superdave on July 24, 2017, 09:12:34 PM »
I tend to agree more with the SGU pov on this, but consumer reports had a pretty thorough and convincing article about the dangers of pesticides.

At very least, I would say that the risk from pesticides is high enough that it's worth at least doing the simplest steps to reducing your intake, such as making sure to wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly.  They also have a list of specific foods, like strawberries and greenbeans, that you should buy organic, even if you don't otherwise buy organic. 
Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by ella on July 24, 2017, 09:05:23 PM »
I think I've heard Steve refer to Hickam's dictum: "Patients can have as many diseases as they damn well please". This is a good reminder that not all symptoms stem from a single, unifying cause. Obviously applies to other areas besides medicine.
Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by Morvis13 on July 24, 2017, 08:06:06 PM »
Forum Games / Re: The question game?
« Last post by Morvis13 on July 24, 2017, 08:03:51 PM »
was it really that bad?
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