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    Laguna

    ...the recommended amount of marijuana cookies....

    We live in a wonderful, brave new world, what with recommended amounts of marijuana cookies and all.

    Posted in: Colorado mom gave pot brownie to son who jumped from window

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    Laguna

    what facts are talking about?

    Back on that regressive merry-go-round:

    What is the evidence?

    Well, okay, maybe, but that's only according to scientists.

    No, I'm not anti-science, but they likely have ulterior motives that others, like big business, wouldn't have.

    Stop laughing. Of course, the climate is clearly changing; it always does, but that doesn't mean it's anthropogenic.

    Oh, right: science. Even if it were anthropogenic, people who have drawn up plans to mitigate it are equally culpable, and therefore their plans are worthless hypocrisy.

    Plus, we can't afford it. It would be cheaper to relocate the world's major cities than to wean ourselves off of coal.

    Wait - did I just say that? Anyway, what is the evidence?

    Posted in: Obama says climate change can no longer be denied

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    Laguna

    i can remember when "97% of scientists " believed the the earth was flat.

    Wow. And I thought that I was old. Funny thing about the idea that humans "control" nature being hubris is that humans DO have a very significant impact on the climate of the Earth, good or bad and whether you like it or not. That has been true since humans first began deforesting the planet to create agricultural space for our burgeoning numbers, and it accelerated as we took to carbon-based energy and began using the atmosphere as a dumping ground for its inevitable results. Accept it or not, that humans are currently the dominant driver of medium-term climate change is an equally inevitable situation. How we deal with it is the question, not whether it will happen.

    "Sorry; it was Mother Nature" is not an excuse I want to give to my grandkids when they point out these facts, as they inevitably will.

    Posted in: Obama says climate change can no longer be denied

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    Laguna

    MarkG: Do not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. "Human influenced climate change is not fact" - well, neither is it that the solar system is heliocentric, but it can be inferred via hypothesis, multiple measurements, and its influence on other hypotheses. Global warming is quite similar.

    Posted in: Obama says climate change can no longer be denied

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    Laguna

    Ah, Dr. Patrick Moore, PhD. How does he make his money? According to Greenpeace:

    Patrick Moore, a paid spokesman for the nuclear industry, the logging industry, and genetic engineering industry...

    There is more about the good doctor here: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/about/history/Patrick-Moore-background-information/

    He clearly knows who butters his bread. Funny how some will eagerly cite the minuscule and dwindling number of scientists who deny anthropogenic global warming (who are usually in the employ of industry) and ignore the vast majority of scientists whose research indicates that it is happening.

    Posted in: Obama says climate change can no longer be denied

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    Laguna

    Florida is not only vulnerable to rising sea levels, its porous ground threatens its fresh water supply, and yet its Republican (duh) governor, Rick Scott, allegedly banned the use of the phrases “climate change” and “global warming” in reports or other documents.

    Climate change deniers (or those who admit it is changing but is not anthropogenic) can go ahead and keep banging their heads against a wall, but it will not change the immutable laws of nature. Someday, Gov. Scott or his successor will demand federal dollars to save Miami, but by then it will be too late.

    Posted in: Obama says climate change can no longer be denied

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    Laguna

    In Los Angeles, 90% of arrest warrants for murder are issued to illegal immigrants, and the local, state, and federal prison systems are heavily populated with criminal immigrants.

    Oh, so true! - except for the complete lack of veracity. Note that while the foreign-born percentage of the American population is rising, the crime rate (particularly violent crime) is plummeting. One report notes:

    A June 2008 report from the Public Policy Institute of California found that foreign-born adults in California have lower incarceration rates than their native-born counterparts. Based on data from 2005, the report found that “the incarceration rate for foreign-born adults is 297 per 100,000 in the population, compared to 813 per 100,000 for U.S.-born adults. The foreign-born, who make up roughly 35% of California’s adult population, constitute 17% of the state prison population, a proportion that has remained fairly constant since 1990.”

    http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/anecdotes-evidence-setting-record-straight-immigrants-and-crime-0

    Posted in: Prison sentences should be capped at 20 years

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    Laguna

    "Excuse me, ma'am, but may I have directions to the Uncanny Valley?"

    Posted in: Robot receptionist welcomes shoppers

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    Laguna

    Will they be wearing little ruminant hard hats?

    Posted in: Weeding test begins with sheep, goats at solar plant

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    Laguna

    No; they will still be protected by the IWC. I have mixed feelings regarding this; on one hand, though their population has rebounded, it still consists of only 80,000 worldwide - not much room for error; on the other hand, if the classification system is to be taken seriously, it must reflect actual conditions.

    Good news, though. The curious, friendly and elegant humpback has always been my favorite cetacean.

    Posted in: U.S. says most humpback whales no longer endangered

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    Laguna

    “We’re just standing here. We’re not models,” one said when asked about his role.

    Save that for your resume, young man! "Experience: Standing; pretending not to be a model."

    Posted in: Cover-up at Shanghai auto show as scantily clad models banned

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    Laguna

    For two and a half years, the Yokohama District Court heard arguments back and forth, ruling finally in March this year that Maki’s determined pursuit of education was admirable and the city’s proceedings against her were “cruel.”

    Two and a half friggin' YEARS?! THAT is cruel.

    Posted in: Family branded welfare cheats because daughter gets part-time job

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    Laguna

    Republican Graham has 0% chance of being elected President.

    Posted in: Republican Graham says 91% chance he'll run for president

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    Laguna

    Sushi and lucrabrasi, too bad we'll probably never meet up. I'm guessing we're about the same age and would view this new movie through similar experiences. Today's my 50th birthday, and I'm happy that I can still feel passion about certain things.

    Posted in: Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams

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    Laguna

    Seems that many posters here do not understand what a "free trade agreement" is. It does not require purchase; it simply aims to level the field by standardization of taxes and regulations. If you do not like cars or food or whatnot from any given country for whatever reason, it will remain your right not to purchase it. To restrict others in their choices, however, is not fair.

    Posted in: Japan stands tough against rice imports in trade talks with U.S.

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    Laguna

    Importing food from the US(!) is already risky to begin with.

    Imagining Japan without US food imports is quite difficult. In this era of climate change and consequential food production disruption, Japan would be wise to build bridges with their food suppliers rather than burn them.

    Posted in: Japan stands tough against rice imports in trade talks with U.S.

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    Laguna

    Funny thing, this concept of a "deep" Republican field. Rumor has it that Bush may skip the race entirely, and even if he does enter, if he loses the second primary in New Hampshire (he's certain to lose the first in nutcase Iowa), there will be a movement to draft Romney.

    Clinton leads among Democrats for various reasons, but at least she does lead. For the Republicans? - I would not lay down any money at this point.

    Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world

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    Laguna

    Every Republican "leading!" screech brings to mind Charlie Sheen's pathetic "Winning!" stage. Pathological, really.

    Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world

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    Laguna

    This kind of policy, depending on how it is executed, can only have two outcomes -- high levels of inflation, or, more likely in Japan's case, even greater levels of debt.

    We're in uncharted territory here. Historically, economic imbalances were resolved by war, and I don't see any reason to return to that method. Japan's case is interesting in that the vast majority of its debt is owned by itself. With deflation the predominant concern, and with potentially valuable assets being rapidly liquidated in rural areas of Japan, it is quite possible that Japan could nationalize a good portion of its debt with neither inflation nor a weakened yen. Investors here are conservative; any windfall due to QE actions will likely remain in the local economy. I'd say suck it up and see how it goes; that uncharted territory is preferable to the known shoals of austerity.

    Posted in: Japan's population falls for 4th straight year

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    Laguna

    Tell me about it. My son left two years ago, and my daughter is scheduled to leave this summer, marking a 50% population decline in our household. We plan to acquire more dogs to compensate.

    Posted in: Japan's population falls for 4th straight year

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