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  • #25176

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    Just don’t buy Chinese. DJI drones are documented as feeding video files to servers in China. They’re very open about it; it’s even in their privacy statement.

    You most likely don’t want videos of your home or retreat property out there like that.

  • #25049

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    So, if “standard” minimums have an effect (debatable), and things are still heating up, something else is going on. I wonder what that is?

    Social disintegration and climate chaos. What a wonderful combination.

  • #25009

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    Looks like it was just a means to make a buck. From Wikipedia:

    Sixteen of 18 US climate scientists interviewed by Knight Ridder said the author was bending scientific data and distorting research.

    Several scientists whose research had been referenced in the novel stated that Crichton had distorted it in the novel. Peter Doran, leading author of the Nature paper, wrote in the New York Times: “our results have been misused as ‘evidence’ against global warming by Michael Crichton in his novel ‘State of Fear'”.

    And anyone who bothered to actually read those references could have figured it out themselves. Very few actually did.

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by  Mouse Wizard. Reason: Added last two sentences
  • #25006

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    Correction to the above: …article 2 referred article 3…

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  • #25004

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    This is quite possibly a made up conversation. National guard units, any military unit, and any major governmental or corporate organization has strict requirements about who gets to talk to members of the public. The position is typically called Public Information Officer. Unless the guy who picked up the phone identifies himself as a representative of the PI office, and I didn’t hear that, it’s probably a bogus conversation. To confirm the conversation is real, look for a press release from them with the same information. Stuff at that level of impact will always be backed with a formal press release.

  • #25003

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    A good question. Always question everything.

    Propaganda pieces typically are short, have a strident tone, and have zero to two references. If you follow the links, they usually point to another opinion article. I once saw a set of three articles that each had one reference. Article one referred article 2, article 3 referred article 3, and article 3 referred article 1. A closed loop of opinions. Not an empirical fact in the lot, and an obvious attempt to try to generate some real validity. Lotsa laughs all around for that one.

    Non-propaganda pieces are full of references, typically several for each major point made in the article. Following those links leads to structured articles that discuss verifiable results, and those articles have references, and so on down to studies and textbooks going back decades. This is how PhD’s are trained and graded. High quality stuff gets referred to by others coming later. The number of articles referencing your article defines the influence your article — and thus you — have on the field under discussion. Einstein’s writings: gazillions of referrals to them. Pons and Fleischmann? Not so many.

    The difference is in the anticipated audience. Most propaganda outlets know that their readers don’t follow links or attempt to verify any of the points made in the article. Scientific outlets know that their audience will follow the links in detail, and complain vociferously if they’re not up to snuff. It turns out to be an Achilles’s heel, because propaganda outlets will take a critical comment out of context and use it to refute a science-based article to their audience, who again, won’t be reading the article the comment is about. Often they don’t even provide the article reference. I’ve seen it happen time and again.

    So.. strident, opinion-focused, light on references: most likely propaganda. Formal, multiple points, measured pace and moderate language with multiple references per major point: science is happening.

    Science-based reading is harder, because you often have to follow the references to get the background so you can understand the main point being made in the original article. It’s harder, so very few people actually do it. Propaganda outlets count on this.

     

  • #25002

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    Yep. Social disintegration in a nutshell. It could lead to civil war, but I’m thinking class war is more likely, and that would hit the economy.

  • #24998

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    Temp is going up. Everywhere. Volcanos aren’t everywhere.

    Throwing in magnetic pole movement is like saying “Look! Over there! Something to distract you from the conversation!”

    Solar activity isn’t the cause. Otherwise we’d see a different pattern of atmospheric heating. Instead, we see a pattern associated with atmospheric composition.

    Ya guys gotta stop depending on the propaganda bubble.

    https://skepticalscience.com/solar-activity-sunspots-global-warming.htm

     

  • #24967

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    But it’s supposed to usher in an ice age. Where’s the ice?

  • #24874

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    Wow.

    • #25005

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      I just got this in. Hardbound. Good paper. Good content. Well worth it as a library asset.

  • #24731

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    Low-Tech magazine has just released the second volume of their web site as a printed volume. This accompanies volume 1 and has quite a few interesting articles. This one may be a keeper.

  • #24673

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    It better be satire, since they’re imposing all that on her while continuing with their happy motoring lifestyle, vacations, etc.

    Here’s what really needs to happen.

    And it won’t, since that scenario = death for the majority of folks.

    Climate change is a part of that environmental destabilization predicament, so no technology fix is available.

    We’re just going to have to ride it out.

    Got wasteland survival skills?

     

  • #24645

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    I agree, it’s everyone. The alt-media sites declare all the msm sites as fake news. The whole thing has split this nation right down the middle and made sure we can’t anticipate, or even respond properly to current or future problems.

    It’s a symptom of social disintegration, and it will just have to run its course along with the other predicaments we’re living in. There will be no winners.

  • #24642

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    Goes both ways. Lots of examples, but ad hominem attacks are a particular favorite of Turnip and his supporters.

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