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That Mentos Gum tweet you illustrate shows what can go wrong if brands try to leverage events via Social Media. Adds nothing to the conversation and is not the least bit funny. Hope others did better.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Why Brands And Publishers Are Being A Part Of The Game Of Thrones Hype

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@Gingerbaker  Re: "The ONLY reason we are not still in an ice age is because of the rise of CO2 starting with the beginnings of agriculture". There have been at least five major ice ages in the Earth's past, so clearly they can end just fine without agriculture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_age

1 month ago on The thorium solution to climate change

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@Gingerbaker @PeterAustinNatural climate variations are very large. We're between ice ages at the moment, but they reshaped many northern hemisphere countries - visit Yosemite or the Scottish highlands. Britain was populated by people who walked across the English channel and lived on what is now the sea bed, back when the sea level was much lower than now. More recently, the Mount Saint Helens eruption was like 400 Hiroshima atomic bombs.

1 month ago on The thorium solution to climate change

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@Gingerbaker @PeterAustinIt's not true that "temperatures have been rising ever since agriculture (which releases CO2 into the air) was invented". The climate has continued to change, getting warmer and colder at different periods of history, for example see links. This is probably because the Greenhouse effect is only one driver of climate - others include solar activity and volcanic eruptions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_Warm_Period
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ice_Age

1 month ago on The thorium solution to climate change

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Extremely good article. Best I've read on Pando.

1 month ago on The War Nerd: Everything you know about Crimea is wrong(-er)

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The title is puzzling. There's been climate change for several billion years and it will doubtless continue for billions of years more. If you mean global warming, the average temperature of the places we live has risen and fallen many times. Most recently, temperatures have been rising on average as we leave behind the "LIttle Ice Age" (16th-19th centuries), which was long before Mankind started generating significant electricity, so there cannot be a straightforward cause-and-effect relationship. 

In short: there's no need for a solution to climate change; the very idea is somewhat silly; and generating electricity in a different way wouldn't do it anyway.

As for thorium reactors: one downside is that nuclear reactors produce long-lived radioactive waste, regardless of their technology, because materials such as steel which are used to build them become radiactive as the reactors run. Thorium has advantages, but it doesn't fix all problems, such as waste disposal

1 month ago on The thorium solution to climate change

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