Andy Ihnatko agreed with the main thrust of the comic, but wrote something of a rebuttal to what he calls an "unintended point" of the cartoon: "The single least-attractive attribute of many of the people who download content illegally is their smug sense of entitlement....
"If you avoid purchasing the media in some form, however…you’re just one of those people who prefer to steal things if they think they can get away with it. Simple as that. Get off your high horse."
This is an important point. If you want to have moral grounds for illegal downloading, you should a) have already paid for the content at least once (e.g. if you are an HBO subscriber, and could have time-shifted the content, but found downloading easier) or b) pay for it when it does become available.
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The thing most people need to understand about this debate. Is it's not even really a debate. It's undeniable scientific evidence going up against big oil capital interests.
As to your question is 1 degree C significant. Yes, without a doubt it is. 1 degree C global temperature is extremely significant. 2-3 is drastic. Now I know the 1 can be deceiving, it's the lowest number above 0 after all but you have to take into context that what we're referring to is Global temperature. This includes oceans which heat much more slowly (require more energy) and tend to have a moderating effect. If you take 1 degree C in the ocean storms that used to have only tropical storm capability now have the energy required to become hurricanes (the magic # for hurricane formulation is 23 degrees Celsius ocean temperature).
Your right in that some localized hot spots are understood weather patterns, but studies have also been done to account for these values and even these localized phenomenon are amplified. It's too dynamic of a process (weather changes consistently every day, and drastically based on fronts and pressure etc.) to say if X were true, we'd expect to see Y exactly there all the time. But what you do see is general warming patterns over the industrialized North elevated significantly above those of the unindustrialized South. If you watch the South you'll even notice patterns begin much later in the cycle of their warming.
To address your point about rates of warming comparable to past cooling events it was generally believed we were heading into a cooling period before anthropomorphically generated climate change took over. Varying results have calculated just how significant that reversal is, but the general trend in all the models is at best, quite significant, at worst devastatingly significant.
If you were to say this issue is too large to wrap up in one article I would without a doubt agree with you. However the body of evidence out there is extremely substantial and significant. Scientists know it, and the overwhelming majority of scientists agree on this issue. The reason it gets segmented down to these bite-sized charts is to communicate to the masses a specific concept or part of the greater dynamic process of climate change. That's where the confusion, debate, politics and opinions really step in.
It's statistics, like predicting the path of a hurricane... I can't tell you exactly where it's going depending on how far out, but I can tell you a very specific pattern of how it's going to move, and I can tell you places it certainly is not. Scientists know for a fact that if you don't factor in greenhouse gas emissions and anthropomorphic effects into climate models you can not possibly end up with the warming were currently seeing. Not to mention trends coincide probabilistically with trends in industrialization.
Being as we're both in AI I think it'd be interesting to assess some studies that have been run using pattern recognition algorithms. That side of this is quite relevant to something we both have interest in.
So please, everyone reshare.
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