I like Neil fine, but him discussing science with people of less than questionable values just cheapens his status. Seriously, why would anyone care about Snowden’s views of extra-terrestrial life? Even on his podcast, look at the comments. No one is the least bit concerned about the alien discussion, it’s all about what Snowden did. The science was completely dismissed and cheapened.
Don’t do that any more Neil. Talk to stars who have a brain that most people look up to.
“One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation-state of Syria, the rise of ISIS, was the effect of climate change and the mega-drought that affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis [that] created the … conditions of extreme poverty that has led now to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence,”
OK, so let’s go with this. Let’s let him have his point. Let’s say the mega-drought did create a humanitarian crisis and lead to violence and all that. That’s simple logic after all. When you have to live in cities, you want to cut off other people’s heads. Happens all the time. The PROBLEM I have with O’Malley merging every politically correct theory together as one is that this is what Syria has looked like since at LEAST the first century when Bedouin tribes started living there:
OK, how exactly did climate change make that worse? Who do you suppose was farming there in the last couple of thousand years? Given that ISIS has sprung to existence within the last decade, are we REALLY supposed to believe it was any better than this a decade ago?
Now, while you’re watching Omar Shariff in the desert, I’d love nothing more than to sit down with O’Malley during this movie and have him explain to me, in great detail, how a mega-drought in a desert would cause someone to cut people’s heads off while praising Allah.
And more importantly, does he really think, as President of the United States of America, that pissing in the desert will stop ISIS from killing non-Muslims?
We need a President that understands what the problem really is and addresses it in that manner. Haughty political correctness is getting innocent people killed.
Some people immediately felt that this puts SpaceX seriously behind Boeing in the race for manned space flight. 19 of 20 isn’t so bad. I think SpaceX is still right there in the mix. 95% success rate is still about as good as Atlas.
There, you have it, yet another nail in the global warming square-Earth haters. Never ever in the history of the world has Houston had to issue a flash flood warning. Ever. Implication made, it’s never rained like this in Houston.
I immediately did a “huh?”.
It floods all the flipping time in Houston. It’s perfectly flat. It doesn’t take much rain to flood a perfectly flat place.
The reality here is that the rains in Houston are not that unusual. When it rains there, it pours. And about every decade or so, you’ll have floods. Some worse than others. A city officially declaring a flash flood warning has absolutely no relevance to the amount of rain that part of Texas gets.
This has been all over the net for years. I still love it tho:
In the article Scientists Claim the Universe is a Giant Brain, they rely on a whole bunch of circumstantial evidence that the universe, as we know it, is actually a huge brain. Well, a lot of stuff in the universe does look like brain stuff. But, a lot of it looks like sand and dirt as well. Hard to go terribly far with that concept. But, it’s still cool to ponder. And, oddly enough, that concept has actually been around a while in slightly different formats. 2001: A Space Odyssey, the book, basically implied that the “gods” were merely a body-less mind with super-powers. Their desire to become physical was embodied by Dave Bowman’s transformation into the Starchild. In essence, they were nothing more than a brain. They probably looked like that pic up there.