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Ray Cromwell
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I've already seen some blowups on forums by people concerned they'll be downranked for climate denialism or anti-vax. I don't think the knowledge graph has "facts" like "climate change is caused by man", it has facts like "John was born on Jan 25th, 1829", and "The Earth is 93 million miles from the Sun", or "Barack Obama's spouse is Michelle Obama".  You can tell when you hit a fact because you get a big box ("google for 'How old is the earth'"), or a right-side info box or carousel.

If you ask Google "what is global warming caused by", you don't get a fact box, you get an article excerpt from a NASA article.

If you Google "What is Barack Obama's Nationality", you do get a fact box. Sorry Birthers, but that kind of junk will get downranked in this kind of theoretical system, no matter how popular it is.

On the flipside, 'Google Bombing' problem won't work as well as it did (e.g. Santorum)
 
Ironic that the headline is directly contradicted by the text in the first and second paragraph.
"this is 100 percent theoretical"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/03/02/google-has-developed-a-technology-to-tell-whether-facts-on-the-internet-are-true/
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By contrast, almost all facts involved in creating Google Maps can be independently verified.
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BAM! Finally, now that's what I'm talking about! 
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Disney Marvel Fanboys are slaves to the same content.
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About twice a day, I get an anti-vax post in my stream, despite blocking the posters, there seems to be no way to indicate to G+'s algorithm "This is some real stupid shit here, please filter it from Hot/Whats Recommended"
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I've decided that the action of muting a post somehow indicates to Google that I'm interested in it. Clearly the algorithm needs work.
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Confirmed.
There’s an electricity in the moon. A pulse, a magic, an energy. A bewitching entrancement unlike that of the sun.
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I used to to go to bed at 2am before my son rise up at 4am... now i just fall asleep at 10pm... kids get you dumb I guess 
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A bunch of senior citizens (ok, one of them is only 44) cover Bruno Mars, and awesomeness results.
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I dunno, that track sounds more like a Morris Day track than anything, anyway :P
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Like a piece of software with a bug, and the Supreme Court as code reviewers, we are left with the absurd conclusion that either a) the bugs are a feature and working as intended by the programmers (Congress) or b) the bugs don't implement the feature spec properly, however by reading the code, you can tell what it was intended to do sans bugs, and run it anyway with runtime patches (executive actions)

I find Scalia's position in this case particularly gauling given his supposedly "objective" algorithm for interpreting law by table lookup in dictionaries (http://www.newrepublic.com/article/magazine/books-and-arts/106441/scalia-garner-reading-the-law-textual-originalism)

It actually might be good for Democrats to lose this case. Most of the states that will be hard hit are those governed GOP governors and legislators. It would likely produce a large backlash. There would be a rush to either setup state exchanges, or patch quickfix the law in Congress in time for the 2016 election.  The tea party would drag  it's feet, and any grid lock would look extremely bad.
On Wednesday, March 4, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in King v. Burwell, centers around the availability of subsidies for states that opted not to establish their own exchange under the Affordable Care Act. In this po...
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Even if it were like Windows Vista, the Republicans are not proposing an OS X or Linux, they're proposing you get a computer with no OS.  They're not proposing to even fix it temporarily until it can be replaced. In short, they don't want socialized medicine to cover the uninsured period, for the same reason they tried blocked Medicare, and the same reason they tried to block Social Security. It's ideological and has nothing to do with whether or not it works.
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Said it a dozen times now: I really think Oliver just has a list of all the things in the world that piss me off, and he is just moving through them one by one.
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China's "An Inconvenient truth". I wonder if the same political and scientific denialism will happen in China that happens here.
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+Ray Cromwell Paper consumption is at an all time high and is increasing. You may think paper is just used to write on, but it is actually a very important material that can be used in a variety of ways. Look at east Asia, they have been using paper for many things from umbrellas to blankets. Presently we use petrochemicals as a material for many things, but we could easily use paper. When we can use an alternative that pulls carbon from the air it would be attractive in the Gore-ians, no? Sure it isnt perfect, but neither is a carbon tax.

Which brings me to two points: 1) You dont need to subsidize something in order to encourage it, especially when it involves a popular social movement 2) Putting a carbon tax on manufacturers or products is not in the slightest capitalist-loving, just because something manipulates a market does not make it friendly to capitalism or capitalists.

Now that I got your misconception that I am in favor of tree-farm subsidies out of the way let me move onto your misconception on "propping up" the battery sector. Funding research (via government or private grants) is not "propping up" a sector, it is investing resources to expand the sector. Power storage technology is incredibly out-dated and we rely more and more on power. Developing better technologies would not only expand the battery sector, but other sectors as well and open up new uses for existing technologies.

Investment in solar technologies would be a gigantic social benefit as well. We have already made significant leaps in this field and can continue to do so. With our current technology we harvest only a very small fraction of solar power and tbh there is no way we could not continue to exist as a planet without eventually using this as a large source of energy. So why not encourage it now.

With a carbon tax you are ignoring 2 very prevalent characteristics of humanity: people lie and empires fall. If you would have a carbon tax you would absolutely increase corruption and non-compliance. Investing in technology growth that would make green energy sources the most logical method of power. Now you may be saying technology development would take too much time, but I would say other nations complying properly would take too much time. Industries would simply move to nations that oppose a carbon tax. And oh yea, empires fall buddy but widespread technological advancements are rarely lost. Who is going to enforce the carbon tax in 150 years - big, bad USA? Not likely.

Like I said, you guys have a disconnect with reality.
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Wow, I admire him even more now,
When a young girl with a black mother and white father wrote to a teen magazine in 1968 about not fitting in, the Star Trek actor responded at length about how Spock navigated two cultures.
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This together with Greenwald's apparent uncritical acknowledgement of UK_CAGE's "explanation" that Jihadi John (the guy who keeps beheading people in Syria) is the result of MI5 harassment has pretty much vaporized whatever credibility Greenwald had left.

There's lots, heaping tons actually, of really bad foreign policy and domestic policy to criticize about the United States, but the false equivalences and routine apologetics by Greenwald, on any issue involving the US on one side, and a non-US criminal on the other,  make it hard to take anything he says seriously.
Glenn Greenwald thinks that Americans have no right to defend Charlie Hebdo's publication of cartoons satirizing Islamic belief until we break the non-existent taboo against criticizing Israel.
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He was the greatest star on Star trek
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