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Only one word comes to mind - asshole.
 
Business as usual for the Harper "government."
Harper voted against protecting an endangered species from international trade. 76 times.
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I gotta run

So, umm, have a nice weekend!

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Where's the harm in doing the right thing?  That is the real question in all this.  Great post Deborah.
 
Let's skip to the end of this tired public conversation between blinkered ignorance and actual reality, shall we, Jack Fitzgerald? You are in laughably complete denial of widely observable facts, but even if we pretend that there was any intellectually honest basis for your position, which there is not, it would all boil down to a simple logical argument: 

Either the science is correct, or it isn't, but whether we're asking the right questions and understanding the information correctly doesn't matter. We don't get to choose the facts. So let's imagine that we make a chart where column A says “the science is right” and column B says “the science is wrong.” We are in one of those columns, and we don't get to pick which one, we can only make the best educated guesses that we can. There is one thing that we do get to choose, though, and that is how we respond to the science. We either ignore the science and carry on with business as usual, or we take the science seriously and make changes to the way we collectively do things, so make those line 1 and line 2 down the side of our chart. Line 1 looks like this: If we follow business as usual, and the science is right [column A], it spells the end of human civilization as we know it. If we continue running our civilization the way we do right now, and the science is wrong [column B], the world stays pretty much the same. We're still running out of oil, damaging our environment, and widening the gap between rich and poor in a world where billions are crushingly poor, but we might be lucky enough to keep a climate we can effectively live with. So those are the possible outcomes of choice number one. Here's line two: If we make the kind of changes climate science calls for, and the science is correct [column A], we save civilization from oblivion and assume the mantle of greatest generation ever, revered by millennia of future humanity. If we make those changes and the science is wrong [column B], we reduce health and environmental hazards associated with dirty technologies, we have fewer global conflicts over depleting fossil fuel resources, and essentially, we make a better world for ourselves by accident. Oops. We don't get to choose whether the science is right, but we do choose how to respond to it, so which line on that chart would you rather live in? By the way, since 1991, 13,950 peer reviewed scientific articles on the climate have been published, of which only 24 of them reject human caused climate change, a ratio of more than 581:1, and this in a world where all the most powerful vested interests would do just about anything to prove column B, so how lucky do you feel? 
http://scienceprogress.org/2012/11/27479/

I personally find it valuable to look at denial of the science and the reality of our world changing around us as a pathological problem. Consider this article on "panglossian disorder" by noted psychologist Kathy McMahon on the subject.
http://www.peakoilblues.org/blog/?p=132

There's no credible argument for avoiding action. It's inexpensive as well as a moral imperative. 
http://www.motherjones.com/.../climate-action-cheap-david...

I've asked this again and again, but the trolls stubbornly refuse to even acknowledge that the question has been posed. 
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And I've posed the question in meme form again and again.
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and
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and it doesn't matter how baldly the issue is staring us in the face,
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or that the best and brightest minds who have dedicated their entire adult lives to the subject take it seriously,
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the deniers are going to keep telling us it's the sun
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or that temperatures declined over a short term period, conveniently ignoring obvious long term trends
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or that it's a natural process a measly seven billion of us couldn't possibly be having any impact on
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while natural feedbacks stand poised to crank up the heat no matter what we do on a truly terrifying level,
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and it doesn't even matter that humans are the only species in denial about this particular reality
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or that the predictions of those warning us about climate change continue to come eerily, devastatingly true,
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or that it spells doom for major cities the world over,
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and
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that we are overwhelming all natural systems' ability to adapt,
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that some of our smartest people are beside themselves with dread,
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that we are about to make most of the world uninhabitable to humans
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for the next 200,000 years
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and collapsing the global food supply
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even though the cost of taking it seriously and averting catastrophe is tiny
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All that matters, as far as I'm concerned, is this argument: 
We who are concerned about climate change do not have to make an argument to justify taking action. The shoe is on the other foot: deniers must justify calls to inaction. If there is ANY possibility that the impact is what we expect (hint: check the news and you'll see it all over the place), HOW DO DENIERS JUSTIFY TAKING THAT RISK? 

So there are two possibilities. One is that you alone among millions of deniers have a reasonable intelligent response to that question, and post it here. The other is that we don't bother wasting any more time on your public declarations that climate science is going to go away just because you use ALL CAPS to declare publicly that not only don't you know what you are talking about and are proud of that fact. Also: try using punctuation, it comes in handy when you want to tell the difference between "Let's eat, grandma!" and "let's eat grandma!" and gives you just a tiny bit greater chance of not looking like your communication skills haven't advanced beyond grade three at the same time as you are trying to convince us you personally know better than every single academy of sciences on the planet.
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For those of you new to iOS, heres a handy post about how to get the most out of your battery life. IMO the most important one here is Step 3, which involves telling you why you shouldn't be force closing your apps.

Step 3: Stop Quitting Your Apps in Multitasking
iOS 7 made it super fun to close your apps: all you have to do is double-click the home button and swipe up on the app preview to blast it into a digital black hole.

What most people tell you is that closing your apps will save your battery life because it keeps the apps from running in the background.

Wrong.

Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don't know is that you are actually making your battery life worse if you do this on a regular basis. Let me tell you why.


By closing the app, you take the app out of the phone's RAM . While you think this may be what you want to do, it's not. When you open that same app again the next time you need it, your device has to load it back into memory all over again. All of that loading and unloading puts more stress on your device than just leaving it alone. Plus, iOS closes apps automatically as it needs more memory, so you're doing something your device is already doing for you. You are meant to be the user of your device, not the janitor.

The truth is, those apps in your multitasking menu are not running in the background at all: iOS freezes them where you last left the app so that it's ready to go if you go back. Unless you have enabled Background App Refresh, your apps are not allowed to run in the background unless they are playing music, using location services, recording audio, or the sneakiest of them all: checking for incoming VOIP calls , like Skype. All of these exceptions, besides the latter, will put an icon next to your battery icon to alert you it is running in the background. 

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http://www.scottyloveless.com/blog/2014/the-ultimate-guide-to-solving-ios-battery-drain
Updated April 7, 2014: added Step 8 to the list. * Added Korean Translation (provided by Yoon Jiman) * Added French Translation (provided by Guillaume Haben) * Added Chinese Translation (provided by Jamie Sa) * Added Spanish Translation (provided by Eduardo Gutierrez) * Added Russian Translation (provided by Vitaly Barilo) * Added Vietnamese Translation (provided by Lê Đình Bảo) I worked on the Genius Bar ...
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