Re: Mysteries from the internet dating website

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Is the ellipsis in the original?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 12:41 PM
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am drawn to Buddhism and Hinduism.

But does not neccessarily believe in them.

I believe there is only one God

But which one God?

and no religion is right or wrong."

Ah. A Universalist! Lot of that going around.

max
['Not that they seem to know.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 12:42 PM
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I added the ellipsis.

I debated enclosing it in square brackets, since after all people do include ellipses their own selves, but I thought it wouldn't be necessary. Showed me!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 12:44 PM
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Wow. Which dating site is this?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 12:49 PM
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3: I debated enclosing it in square brackets, since after all people do include ellipses their own selves, but I thought it wouldn't be necessary.

I usually use [...] for the removal of large chunks of text. Newspaper ellipses style is usually word... ... ...word to indicate words removed from the middle of a sentence, isn't it?

max
['Or something like that.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:00 PM
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That would be telling, Paren.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:16 PM
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Which dating site is this?

Could be any of them, really.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:16 PM
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I believe there is only one correct life partner, and no dating site is right or wrong.


Posted by: Molly | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:25 PM
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That would be telling, Paren.

And what is so wrong with telling? Isn't honesty a good thing?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:28 PM
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Is it an anagram of "poi duck"?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:31 PM
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I'm not being dishonest in not revealing something.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:33 PM
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7: Chances are it isn't JDate, though.


Posted by: the Other Paul | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:45 PM
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12: It actually could be, but yeah, fair enough.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:47 PM
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Is it an anagram of "poi duck"?

Oud pick? That's an odd name for a dating site.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:48 PM
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ExistentialCrisisDating.

max
['The place where singles meet to...no. That's not it.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:51 PM
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14: No, everyone should let me pick. It would be the awesomest dating site ever.

I once saw a car with two bumperstickers: STOP THEOCRACY NOW and FREE TIBET. Not exactly contradictory, but likely more complicated than the driver had considered.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:51 PM
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14, funny, I was just thinking "dickopu? That's an odd name for a dating site!"


Posted by: Molly | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:52 PM
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Incidentally, if you're looking to buy oud picks from Amazon, you'll have to settle for the plastic kind at the moment.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:53 PM
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"O! dick up!", on the other hand, makes more sense.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:54 PM
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14: Maybe it's dutch.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:56 PM
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18: Or perhaps you are interested in these oud picks.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 1:58 PM
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I once saw a car with two bumperstickers: STOP THEOCRACY NOW and FREE TIBET. Not exactly contradictory, but likely more complicated than the driver had considered.

Heh. Indeed.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:08 PM
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"I ... am drawn to Buddhism and Hinduism. I believe there is only one God and no religion is right or wrong.LOL

Fixed!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:16 PM
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16.2: Not unlike the car I saw with a "LUDDITE" bumpersticker, or the pickup with one that read "COOKED FOOD IS POISON" right above the tailpipe.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:19 PM
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Maybe () wants to look up your profile so that she can see if you meet her stringent standards, neb. Ever think of that?

(lolgirl has messaged back. My banter: apparently pleasant enough after all.)


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:20 PM
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Wait, who's lolgirl?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:26 PM
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26: She who is discussed starting here.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:32 PM
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"Lol" was an expostulation before it was a verb phrase, so there's really nothing wrong with "I like cheese lol" (except perhaps for the absence of a comma and the fact that there's NOTHING FUNNY about liking cheese). "This makes me lol" is the innovation.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:35 PM
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Google says

Results 1 - 10 of about 144,000 for "I like cheese lol".

But then only shows seven pages of actual results. Such a disappointment.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:38 PM
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28: See, this is the reason I come here with my questions.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:39 PM
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Remember, "lol" primordially stood for "laughing out loud". So perhaps she meant that when she is laughing out loud, she likes cheese. You wouldn't find "I like cheese on Tuesdays" grammatically objectionable, would you?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:41 PM
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I think she means that she likes her cheese to laugh out loud. I wouldn't trust someone who has such hallucinations.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:44 PM
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Especially not a pharmacist.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:46 PM
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I might trust her to hook you up.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:47 PM
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11: Oh, true enough. I didn't actually mean to imply that you were being dishonest.

I'm just curious as to what dating sites people actually use.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:52 PM
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re: 18

Heh, I do actually have an oud. I use normal picks rather than a risha, though. Although I do use cow-horn:

http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/7006


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 2:57 PM
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35: Doing research for a "friend", I suppose?


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 3:02 PM
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31: Yes, yes--I realized this shortly after I posted my initial critique. Really this whole kerfluffle has been an object lesson in the importance of removing the beam from one's own eye before picking the speck out of another's. See? I've barely restarted online dating and yet I'm already experiencing enormous personal growth.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 3:03 PM
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37: Just genuine curiosity.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 3:03 PM
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32: I think she means that she likes her cheese to laugh out loud.

Maybe she likes to lol when she cuts the cheese.

38: I've barely restarted online dating and yet I'm already experiencing enormous personal growth.

Soon you'll be a being of pure energy?

max
['Reaching a pseudopod out to the world.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 3:24 PM
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I ... am drawn to Buddhism and Hinduism.

"You like the ecumenical movement? I love the ecumenical movement! Hans Küng and me, we're like this!"


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 6:57 PM
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Maybe the author of the ad is just trying to cover all the bases and doesn't want to drive away anyone of any religion.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 7:06 PM
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Not that it's likely to be a successful effort. Seems more likely to drive away everyone of every religion.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 7:07 PM
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Or at least one person from every religion. Maybe that's the idea!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 7:14 PM
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"I'm not Buddhist or Hindu, I'm just drawn that way."


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 7:36 PM
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I believe there is only one God and no religion is right or wrong.

I would guess that this is the datingsiteperson's inartful way of saying something along the lines of "I believe that all religions are just different ways of experiencing the same god". It's a fairly common "I'm not religious, but I'm spiritual" type of formulation.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 7:50 PM
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See? I've barely restarted online dating and yet I'm already experiencing enormous personal growth.

You jumped straight from online dating to hott chat?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 7:52 PM
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Careful, Josh, or Otto will ask you what you're wearing.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 7:54 PM
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46: Yeah, I'm sure that's what it is. Putting it right after the Buddhism and Hinduism line still shows a certain lack of awareness, though.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 7:56 PM
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46: It is phrased humorously but, yeah, it sounds like Integral Yoga's "Many Paths, One Truth".


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:06 PM
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I would hate to grade Integral Yoga.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:10 PM
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45: "Why do all these polytheists keep concerning themselves with my soul?"


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:15 PM
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Many tests, one grade.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:16 PM
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I'm siding with the original post. One of the best parts about online dating is the judging.


Posted by: pm | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:19 PM
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Or at least one person from every religion. Maybe that's the idea!

Gotta catch 'em all? There must be extra points for tracking down someone Baha'i.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:22 PM
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That would be cute if you commented as "am" in the mornings.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:22 PM
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B'hai is a little bit of everything.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:23 PM
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Way to steal read's ideas, heebie.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:23 PM
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read pwned me on grading Integral Yoga?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:25 PM
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56, other thread: That's the plan, to the extent that I'm online in the mornings. And to the extent that I stick around.


Posted by: pm | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:25 PM
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Would it just be one from every religion, or one from every denomination within each religion? The latter would be a lot harder, but the former would require some tricky decisions about where religions begin and end.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:25 PM
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read pwned me on grading Integral Yoga?

Possibly; I haven't been reading every thread. But she definitely had the am/pm idea in one of them.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:26 PM
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Better drive away a Shaker soon. On the other hand, all the work is already done.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:29 PM
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56, other thread: That's the plan, to the extent that I'm online in the mornings. And to the extent that I stick around.

Poor Lizardbreath.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:29 PM
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Can I just be am when I want coffee, and pm when I want beer?


Posted by: pm | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:29 PM
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But she definitely had the am/pm idea in one of them.

There are many paths to the One True Joke.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:32 PM
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There must be extra points for tracking down someone Baha'i.

I know someone Baha'i. Even better, I have a t-shirt from the Yukon Baha'i Institute.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:40 PM
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There must be extra points for tracking down someone Baha'i.

UNG's girlfriend is Baha'i.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:54 PM
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I know someone Baha'i. Even better, I have a t-shirt from the Yukon Baha'i Institute.

That's quite the lefthanded compliment there. "I'm glad I know you! Not as glad as I am about owning this t-shirt, but glad all the same."


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 8:59 PM
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Thanks for making that clear, Myotch.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 9:07 PM
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"I know a Baha'i person, but at least I also got this crummy t-shirt."


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 9:14 PM
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It is kind of a crummy t-shirt. The design is cool, but the fabric is, like, half polyester. Some religion.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 9:18 PM
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Well, I'd expect it to contain a multitude of fibers.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 9:21 PM
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Many fibers in the One True Shirt.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 9:40 PM
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They have a pretty bitchin' building in Wilmette. And they have Dwight Schrute.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09- 6-09 9:46 PM
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Results 1 - 10 of about 144,000 for "I like cheese lol".

Exactly the same number of hits as Jehova's Witnesses think there will be people in heaven. Coincidence? I think not.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 4:53 AM
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HOUSTON -- The natural gas industry has enjoyed something of a winning streak in recent years. It found gigantic new reserves, low prices are encouraging utilities to substitute gas for coal, and cities are switching to buses fueled by natural gas. But its luck has run out in Washington, where the industry is having trouble making its case to Congress as it writes an energy bill to tackle global warming.
For all its pronouncements that gas could be used to replace aging, inefficient coal-fired power plants -- and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process -- lawmakers from coal-producing states appear committed to keeping coal as the nation's primary producer of power. Those influential lawmakers, from both parties, say that new technologies under development to capture and bury emissions of coal are a better bet than gas for long-term solutions to climate change. [...]
"Never in my life have I been confronted with something so obviously easy and good to do and have such Congressional apathy," said Aubrey McClendon, chief executive of Chesapeake Energy and a leading voice in the industry. He added that he was still hopeful the Senate can improve the House bill. But the coal industry will also be active. Vic Svec, a senior vice president at Peabody Energy, a large coal company, said coal was still a better fuel because its price is more stable than gas. "Coal with carbon capture and storage is the low cost, low carbon solution and has fantastic implications for the nation's energy security," he said.
But it is not only coal-industry lobbyists and their Congressional supporters who favor the concept of carbon sequestration. David Hawkins, a climate change expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said simply replacing coal with natural gas for power generation was "not a viable strategy" because that would merely delay climate change by a few decades. "A coal plant with carbon capture and storage is a cleaner plant than an uncontrolled natural gas plant," he said.
Wow. That's shockingly stupid. I can understand the coal guys, they just want the money and employment. The other guy... the ultimate case of making the perfect the enemy of the good.
The Environmental Protection Agency projects that if the House bill became law, electricity generation from gas would increase by less than 1 percent from 2015 to 2025, while generation from coal would remain nearly unchanged. There will be more use of renewables, but power generation as a whole is expected to decline because of conservation efforts, including tightening of building energy codes.
The phrase 'fat chance of that' wanders across my mind.
"By allowing free emission allowances to maintain coal production from existing coal plants, while providing mandates that there be more wind and solar, you squeeze gas out in the middle," said William F. Whitsitt, an executive vice president at Devon Energy, a major natural gas producer. Without any new legislation, and if current policies remain in place, gas would beat out coal by a far larger margin, according to E.P.A. projections. There would be nearly 30 percent more power generated by gas by 2025 than in 2015, while coal fired generation would grow by a more modest 7 percent. Many legislators believe that carbon capture and sequestration -- a largely untested system that would bury carbon at power plants so it does not escape into the atmosphere -- can be made to work.
SNORK. And if it doesn't, oh, well! Darn.
Senate officials and energy officials say it will be difficult to develop legislation that benefits both the gas and coal industries and reduces greenhouse gases.
I see our priorities are in order. So. What do the rich right-wingers at Forbes, who will support an R in 2012 and may well win have to say about all that?
Rich Karlgaard's recent column on energy and the Waxman-Markey carbon trading bill should be required reading for every high school and college kid. They should have to read it three times. Adults should have to prove they've read it before being allowed to vote. The column outlined the harsh reality of renewable energy. In this country 89% of electricity comes from three fuel sources: coal, natural gas and nuclear fission. That fraction won't change dramatically in the next decade. If you want your air conditioner to work in 2014, you'd better hope that more fossil fuel plants get built.
I'm riding down the road in a friend's electric Tesla Roadster. Sounds clean, doesn't it? But we are burning 49% coal, 21% natural gas, 20% nuclear and little else. Wind power? Zip! How will we run Teslas without fossil fuel? We won't. How will emerging markets, with a combined gdp already bigger than America's, grow without more fossil fuel? They won't.
Nuclear power might provide for our needs (and, if you believe in the global warming theory, protect our atmosphere). If the French can get 70% of their electric energy from nuclear safely and cleanly, then we can. But will we? Politically, it will be difficult. Many of the same people screaming that fossil fuel creates global warming are also adamantly against adding clean nuclear power. There are a lot of nuclear reactor applications pending in the U.S., but the permits will be few, and slow in coming.
That situation, and the fact that other energy-hungry countries will also be demanding fossil fuels, tells me you should be overweight in energy stocks. That means at least 12% of your equity in energy companies, and most of that in companies with a fossil fuel emphasis. Here's a hefty handful I like now.
Blah blah blah. Given the need to craft legislation to 'benefit both the coal and gas companies', he ain't wrong about the percentages. My, it's going to be an ugly four years.

max
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Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 7:15 AM
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Dammit, max, I was in a good mood this morning.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 7:22 AM
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Just to repeat, this:

David Hawkins, a climate change expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said simply replacing coal with natural gas for power generation was "not a viable strategy" because that would merely delay climate change by a few decades. "A coal plant with carbon capture and storage is a cleaner plant than an uncontrolled natural gas plant," he said.

is stunning. I hope there's missing context. Long-term, yes, natural gas is not a viable strategy. But... there's no such thing as a coal plant with CCS. We'd be a hell of a lot better off burning natural gas than coal in the short-term.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 7:24 AM
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M. Tourettelotte, an expert at an Important Organization, said changing anything about power generation was "not a viable strategy" because that would not address the ultimate limits on human energy use. "This planet is fucking toast in the long-term anyway, and besides, we can't afford it." he said. "This is a nice little red, though."


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 7:47 AM
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78/80: There actually is reasonably viable CCS technology. It's just really expensive - something like $50 / ton of CO2. Seeing as how carbon prices prices under Waxman-Markey are projected to be 1/4-1/3 of that for the next couple decades, nobody expects widespread use of CCS. Emissions cutbacks scheduled for 2020-2030 are probably achievable with stuff like energy efficiency, doing some shifting to renewables (and maybe gas), that sort of thing. But numbers like "80% by 2050" just aren't gonna happen with lots of fossil fuel-based energy and no CCS. So, something's gotta give.

As for not replacing coal plants with gas, well, I don't know that that's shockingly stupid. You're right that it prioritizes big reductions over small, but these plants are freaking expensive. Once they're built, they're going to be used for a long time.


Posted by: am | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 7:58 AM
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As for not replacing coal plants with gas, well, I don't know that that's shockingly stupid. You're right that it prioritizes big reductions over small, but these plants are freaking expensive. Once they're built, they're going to be used for a long time

True, but the UK managed to make pretty serious carbon reductions by (partly) switching from coal to gas in the 80s and 90s. Obviously it would be better if all new power stations didn't use either, but that doesn't seem to be an option at the moment.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 8:20 AM
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75 - African-American Poet Laureate Robert Hayden! Scrappy Cardinals shortstop Khalil Greene! '70s soft-rock superstar Jim Seals! Dizzy blonde Carole Lombard! You might as well ask who isn't Baha'i.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 8:33 AM
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You're not Baha'i.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 8:40 AM
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Baha'is don't get to drink.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 8:43 AM
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Baha'i men let the dogs out.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 8:49 AM
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I'm reading something that repeatedly contains the word "ansätz" [sic], and trying to imagine the thought process that led to the umlaut.

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Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 8:58 AM
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When I was a first-year in college, I had to critique another student's essay, and it contained "ubiquitous" about seven times. I finally looked it up, then wondered if the student was fucking with us.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 9:03 AM
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88: Faulty backformation from the plural? I know some people who thought the German "land" had an umlaut because they'd only seen the plural.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 9:04 AM
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90: Probably. But now I'm imagining a metal band called Ansätz.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 9:10 AM
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Baha'is don't get to drink.

And Catholics don't get to use birth control...


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 9:10 AM
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Bahai temple in Samoa.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 9:24 AM
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93: Well, not without feeling guilty.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 9:26 AM
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Probably. But now I'm imagining a metal band called Ansätz

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Induction?


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 9:35 AM
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78: You know, heebie has a standing offer for guest posts . . . .


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 9:57 AM
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Scott Aaronson's Worldview Manager should be built in as a module to every dating site. (Actually, now that I think about it, I bet that there are relatively few modifications that could be made to WVM to make it a passable nerd-dating-site in and of itself.)


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 11:46 AM
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Is any of the debate referred to in 78 influenced by NIMBYism? Most of the discussion I remember from a few years ago was about the instability of liquid natural gas and the dangers involved in transporting it.

I don't have the technical knowledge to assess the truth of those claims, and I don't doubt that hysterical post-Sept. 11 security fears played a role, but it was certainly a often-raised question when LNG terminals were proposed in a couple of locations on the East Coast.

I guess I'm just wondering if the NRDC position is influenced by some donors or board members, something like the Kennedys and the wind power kerfuffle from a while back.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 12:18 PM
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I nominate this for a post:

Maarten Selfhout-van Zalk, a researcher with the youth and society research group at Orebro University in Sweden, says that for teens with few friends and weak friendships, more time spent online is a good thing.

"We found if they chat more, with strangers specifically, they increase in their well-being over time," he says. "They gain positive feelings from that; they actually experience better self-esteem."

He said they expected Internet usage to have detrimental effects on lonely teens who were investing more time in online friendships than real ones. Instead, their research suggests the Internet acts as a social training ground, where such teens can meet people, create support networks and build their confidence and social skills for real-world interactions.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 12:40 PM
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Further to 78, and now 99: C'mon guys, skirt up! Send your posts right to heebie (or whoever).


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 12:51 PM
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But then I'd have to log in to my e-mail.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 12:53 PM
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And Catholics don't get to use birth control... if they want any chance of going to heaven.


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Librarians get used to such onerous tasks, eb.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 09- 7-09 1:03 PM
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I'll start e-mailing heebie with post suggestions after I finish my degree and get a job.


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