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[#] Fri Aug 09 2019 15:54:29 EDT from LoanShark

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(Hiring autorickshaw drivers is tough. They see you're the white guy, and then you open your mouth and they know you're an American, so the rate they quote you is probably 5-10x the going rate for locals. 200 INR for a 5 minute ride is peanuts to me, so I would happily pay it, but my Indian friends would hate me for it if they knew; I'm considered a market spoiler, who's either driving up prices or making it so that whites get more attention from drivers.)

[#] Thu Aug 15 2019 09:13:35 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Those look like they'd be fun to drive. But they're probably not street legal here, are they.

[#] Fri Aug 16 2019 10:24:36 EDT from LoanShark

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Maybe it's just a matter of time. We've got rickshaws, and we've got e-bikes. Put the two together.

[#] Sat Aug 17 2019 11:15:02 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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So ... treat it like a moped? That would make sense ... and of course the laws on moped use vary wildly from state to state.

Here in NY they're called "limited use motorcycles" and the laws are pretty strict.

[#] Mon Aug 19 2019 16:35:06 EDT from LoanShark

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I disagree. I've been seeing too many bicycles with ZPMs on board. These things could (highly theoretically) outrun my 328i.

And that's not allowed.

[#] Tue Aug 20 2019 15:31:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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According to a quick read of the NY laws, the rules change once it's capable of going more than 20 MPH.

[#] Tue Sep 10 2019 12:22:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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This is interesting.

The regulations which made incandescent light bulbs illegal by mandating specific lumens-per-watt minimums, are now being rolled back. [ ]

I'm a big fan of LED lighting. It's got to be low color temperature, high CRI lighting, but the right LED's are great, and they're energy efficient.
BUT at the same time, I am opposed to the government deciding what kind of light bulbs I am allowed to buy. This is the kind of thing the market can decide on its own, so I'm glad to see the regulations being scrapped.

I fear that the same kind of "efficiency requirements" will some day be used to create a de facto ban on gasoline and diesel powered automobiles.

[#] Fri Sep 20 2019 13:54:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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...but THIS time you MUST listen to the boy who cried wolf!

  1. 1967: Dire Famine Forecast By 1975
  2. 1969: Everyone Will Disappear In a Cloud Of Blue Steam By 1989 (1969)
  3. 1970: Ice Age By 2000
  4. 1970: America Subject to Water Rationing By 1974 and Food Rationing By 1980
  5. 1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030
  6. 1972: New Ice Age By 2070
  7. 1974: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast
  8. 1974: Another Ice Age?
  9. 1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life
  10. 1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent
  11. 1980: Acid Rain Kills Life In Lakes
  12. 1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend
  13. 1988: Regional Droughts (that never happened) in 1990s
  14. 1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs
  15. 1988: Maldive Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they’re not)
  16. 1989: Rising Sea Levels will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000
  17. 1989: New York City’s West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)
  18. 2000: Children Won’t Know what Snow Is
  19. 2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don’t Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy
  20. 2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024
  21. 2008: Arctic will Be Ice Free by 2018
  22. 2008: Climate Genius Al Gore Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2013
  23. 2009: Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World
  24. 2009: UK Prime Minister Says 50 Days to ‘Save The Planet From Catastrophe’
  25. 2009: Climate Genius Al Gore Moves 2013 Prediction of Ice-Free Arctic to 2014
  26. 2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2015
  27. 2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2016
  28. 2014: Only 500 Days Before ‘Climate Chaos’
  29. 1968: Overpopulation Will Spread Worldwide
  30. 1970: World Will Use Up All its Natural Resources
  31. 1966: Oil Gone in Ten Years
  32. 1972: Oil Depleted in 20 Years
  33. 1977: Department of Energy Says Oil will Peak in 90s
  34. 1980: Peak Oil In 2000
  35. 1996: Peak Oil in 2020
  36. 2002: Peak Oil in 2010
  37. 2005 : Manhattan Underwater by 2015
  38. 1970: Urban Citizens Will Require Gas Masks by 1985
  39. 1970: Nitrogen buildup Will Make All Land Unusable
  40. 1970: Decaying Pollution Will Kill all the Fish
  41. 1970s: Killer Bees!

[#] Fri Sep 20 2019 15:46:24 EDT from zooer

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Reference please.

My fav is Tiny Tim singing about the melting ice caps.

[#] Sat Sep 21 2019 10:27:34 EDT from darknetuser

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Gotta love the press.

They make their living selling fear, what did you expect from them.

[#] Sat Sep 21 2019 11:40:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Reference please.

If you want the entertaining read, there is none better than John Nolte:
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He references the original citations as well, which include highlighted newspaper clippings:
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If you consider these 50 predictions to be hypotheses, and the time since they were made passing without doomsday coming to be the experiment ... then "the science is settled" as they say.

I'd be interested in climate science if there were such a thing.

[#] Fri Oct 11 2019 14:54:21 EDT from zooer

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For the text clients:
'Climate Change Trans Counselling' by Will Franken (inspired by Greta Thunberg)


It gets a little stale in the middle.


[#] Wed Oct 16 2019 17:26:45 EDT from fleeb

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Tiny Tim's Melting Ice Caps performance:

[#] Wed Oct 16 2019 17:31:04 EDT from fleeb

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Oh, heh, that URL is not right. I should have checked it before posting.

This is more true to his performance:

[#] Fri Jan 24 2020 20:02:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Trippy! I wonder how much LSD those kids dropped before watching him.

[#] Mon Apr 13 2020 14:04:02 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Sure feels like the sky is falling today. Rain and very heavy wind all over the east coast.

The IGlet and I went out to run a quick errand before starting the work day (returning some rental equipment involved in our drive-in church service for Easter -- and yes, we cleared it with the town *before* doing it) and while out we got caught in the stormy weather. We had to try four different routes to get home before we found one that wasn't blocked by fallen trees and/or power lines.

We watched a complete idiot back his car directly into a 13KV wire. I suppose it wasn't energized because he is still alive.

When we got home, the power was out. Generator ... dead battery. I had to jump start it from the truck. Then I discovered that there was something wrong with the wiring -- after switching to generator power, only half of the house was energized. I scratched my head for a while on this, then connected to the other half of the brain compute cluster (Ragnar) and his best guess was something I had briefly thought about -- perhaps it was a malfunctioning circuit breaker.

Thankfully I had another 30 amp breaker on hand. Even though it's the wrong shape for the interlock, it fits, and it works.

What a day! Work started at lunchtime.

[#] Mon Apr 20 2020 20:57:25 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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[#] Wed Apr 22 2020 06:26:47 EDT from zooer

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I want to wish IGnatius T Foobar a very happy earth day.

[#] Mon Apr 27 2020 13:50:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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It's spelled "birthday" and it isn't until May 28.

[#] Tue Apr 28 2020 19:46:53 EDT from zooer

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Everyday should be Earth day, you should care about the planet everyday not just one day a year.

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