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"Information itself has a liberal bias." - Steven Colbert, 28NOV2006
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And now my head hurts. Alice doesn't know my head hurts, but Bob does, and Bert isn't sure.
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Pick one, any one, they all seem to be pretty damn good.
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The idea of using a GA to design games had occurred to me. It occurred to these authors too.
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Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
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"A new study has for the first time comprehensively accounted for permafrost carbon release when estimating emission budgets for climate targets. The results show that the world might be closer to exceeding the budget for the long-term target of the Paris climate agreement than previously thought.

Emissions budgets represent the upper limit of total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with remaining below a specific global average temperature. The simplicity of the concept has made it an attractive tool for policymakers to use in efforts to remain below dangerous levels of warming, even though it is strongly dependent on the assumption of a linear relationship between global temperature rise and cumulative CO2emissions due to human activity. In their study, the researchers investigated how current emission budgets are impacted by the non-linear feedback phenomenon of CO2and methane emissions caused by permafrost thaw.

Permafrost is soil that has been frozen year round for at least two years. Due to the long periods that it remains frozen, the soil stores large amounts of carbon and other nutrients from organic matter, and thus represents a large carbon reservoir, which is seldom considered in projections of potential future global warming. The upper layer of permafrost (the active layer) periodically thaws in the summer, but in recent years, the active layer of permafrost has gradually been expanding due to increasing temperatures. This means that more permafrost is thawing and thus releasing the previously trapped carbon into the atmosphere.

"Permafrost carbon release from previously frozen organic matter is caused by global warming, and will certainly diminish the budget of CO2 we can emit while staying below a certain level of global warming. It is also an irreversible process over the course of a few centuries, and may therefore be considered a "tipping" element of the Earth's carbon-climate system that puts the linear approximation of the emission budget framework to the test," explains Thomas Gasser, a researcher with the IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program and lead author of the study published in Nature Geoscience".

(Posted by +rasha kamel )
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If you wait 15 minutes to read this article, I'll post another good one for you.
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This is delightful!!

In retrospect, we shouldn’t have been surprised. While all of the art on the Playa is eye-catching, a lot of it is extremely technical as well: lasers that continuously outline your shadow, sensors that sync the Man’s heartbeat with your own, huge kinetic sculptures, interactive digital art (which is either highly random or unobviously complex), and on and on. A moment’s thought would have revealed that there must be an army of scientists and engineers behind the scenes. Fortunately for us, through our booth we were rapidly introduced to the healthy math, science, and maker communities of Black Rock City. There’s even a ‘‘Math Camp,’’ built in and around a second-order Sierpinski gasket the size of a truck and located (we were absolutely thrilled to learn) at E and 3:14. There they have guest lecturers, an ‘‘open problems’’ board, and tequila shots.
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Since I bothered to write this up for FB, I may as well get toss it in here too. To set the scene, this is in response to a friend who is ... well ... you will figure it out.

A Proposal for Firearms Insurance

The idea is something like Life Insurance, but paying out to the injured for damages caused by inappropriate use of insured weapons. >>Liability for use of a firearm is transferred to the new (properly insured) owner on completion of a legal sale, and remain with the owner until the weapon is legally sold.<<

Increased costs are a red herring, because WE ARE ALREADY PAYING THIS COST. The burden of paying for most firearms injuries already comes out of our taxes. One study estimated that 95% of firearms victim are on public insurance. This proposal should, over time, shift the burden of paying for damages and injury caused from the victim (and the public tab) onto gun owners. If this succeeds at lowering injury rates, there is potential for total cost savings. Are are details to figure out, but insurance companies are very good at this sort of problem.

This is a Libertarian approach to the problem, which ought to be to your liking. If you want firearms you can have them, but you must also accept responsibility and consequences for their use and legal resale. Nothing in 2A says the the right to bears arms must be cheap and easy.

This proposal won't solve all the problems, not will it do so immediately, but it should drive up the cost of guns and reduce their availability. Printable guns are a difficulty, and I think they would be uninsurable, making the owner/producer fully liable. Careful monitoring of ammunition and gunpowder would help too, but I'm pretty sure the FBI is already on this case for reasons of domestic terrorism.

Those who do not recall my blog posts are doomed to re-read them. ;-)
https://dreadtomatoaddiction.blogspot.com/search?q=firearms
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