<Uni> What do you think of the different interpretations of quantum mechanics? by zyxzevn in AskScience
[–]wendolynne 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 1 day ago (0 children)
You cannot observe something without affecting it. Like wildlife photography, in order to get that picture of the heron chicks, you had to invade their nesting site. Or debugging software, to see the value of the variable you had to interrupt the operation. there is no passive observer. Everything you observe is changed because you saw it.
Autoharp Solo by magnora7 in music
[–]wendolynne 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun - 1 day ago (0 children)
We had autoharps in elementary school music class. We were taught to strum chords. Picking tunes like this was not taught, and a revelation the first time I heard/saw it done.
We’ll soon know the exact air pollution from every power plant in the world. That’s huge. - Satellite data plus artificial intelligence equals no place to hide. by magnora7 in environment
[–]wendolynne 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 1 day ago (0 children)
here's an interesting web site. click on "earth" in the lower left to get to the menu, to see the different types of data.
What conspiracy theory do you believe to be true? by EndlessSunflowers in MeanwhileOnReddit
[–]wendolynne 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 3 days ago (0 children)
Perhaps something similar has been discovered,
and we have no idea what it really is.
So, the attributes of an advanced civilization: plastic technology and a short attention span.
The word 'plastic' means changeable, by the way. Our plastic technology is approximately 100 years old. plastics deform easily - relatively low heat deforms them. grease reacts with tupperware. Hard plastics are brittle, shatter easily. If an ancient civilization had invented DVDs, and Medieval people found one, would they have any idea how to read it?
And just like that... by useless_aether in memes
immigrants work. Farmers rely on cheap labor. Their economic contribution is larger than their drain on services. The real problem is they drive wages down. Part of the race to the bottom.
"Origins of the Bible" - William Propp by wendolynne in AlternativeHistory
[–]wendolynne[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 3 days ago (0 children)
he's like a Jewish Bart Ehrman, a historian looking at the origins of the Old Testament.
[–]wendolynne 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 4 days ago* (0 children)
Once you abandon the "young Earth" mindset, you can look at certain things in a different light. Egypt has some artifacts created with technology at our level or better.
[–]wendolynne 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun - 4 days ago (0 children)
Every so often a religion or a nation will come along that feels obligated to destroy the works of previous civilizations. A recent example: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/1326063/After-1700-years-Buddhas-fall-to-Taliban-dynamite.html
It's not hard to imagine the Christians of yore destroying any evidence which contradicted their assertion that the earth was created 6000 years ago. they certainly destroyed the histories and science maintained by pagan people of Northern Europe (i.e. the witch burnings) and the Inca in South America. It's not hard to imagine that something similar might have happened over and over in the past 200,000 years that homo sapiens has been around, according to the current theories of modern anthropologists.
Objects made of metals oxidize fairly quickly - copper buckles have turned into green smears in archaeological sites only 500 years old. While hiking in the wilderness I have come across abandoned automobiles less than 100 years old that are just rust, barely holding the shape of a car. I sincerely doubt micro-circuitry is going to last for millennia without careful conservation. Plastics either.
Glaciers have tremendous power to grind stone objects into gravel, very little would still be recognizable if it was built in the path of the Ice Age glaciers.
So I think your estimation of probability is a bit low.
"The last thing we should do is cut back on policing the world. I remember when World War 2 ended the great depresssion." by JasonCarswell in WarWatch
[–]wendolynne 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun - 6 days ago (0 children)
"It's the economy, stupid." -James Carville.
the argument is that the "war economy" spreads money around, jump-starting spending.
On the other hand, using valuable resources for destruction makes us all poorer - a negative-sum game.
Is it war? Or murder? by magnora7 in WarWatch
[–]wendolynne 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun - 6 days ago (0 children)
and occasionally you can hear the overtones suggesting the intention of genocide. It is hard to see a path to peace, as Israel is unlikely to eliminate all its neighbors that it has animosity towards, yet shows little inclination towards abiding by treaties or respecting boundaries. The US taxpayer is unlikely to subsidize the conflict to the level of eradication, so the conflict simmers. Over the 70-some years of Israel's existence we see very little progress towards peace. Perhaps, like the storm that is Jupiter's red spot, this war will continue in perpetuity.
when abortions were illegal: a true story
6 days ago by wendolynne to /s/politics from newyorker.com
April 19, 2019 Topic- Is Illegal Immigration a Financial Drain on the US Economy? by SecretlyHistoric in PoliticalDebate
[–]wendolynne 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 1 month ago (0 children)
thanks for the warning. Links have been added to support my position.
[–]wendolynne 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 1 month ago* (0 children)
And the focus on financials runs roughshod over human decency, environmental concerns, and the rule of law. Why should your corporation be allowed to ruin our quality of life? https://helpsavenature.com/externalized-costs
[–]wendolynne 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun - 1 month ago* (0 children)
Here in Iowa, back in the 1970's, meat packing was unionized, and a meat packer could make a good living, support a family, save for retirement. http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/250/meat-packing.html Field work like detassling corn was a quick way to make some money. Now these are low-wage jobs, and every so often ICE will come, arrest and deport a bunch of people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postville_raid But meat prices are lower, so there is that. Small family farmers are no longer the norm. The economics are quite different. You ask "Do illegal immigrants help the US financially?" but I don't see a monolithic "the US", I see a many-faceted economy and culture. Corporate interests are served by the low-wage workers that are easily cheated and manipulated with threats of deportation, and this erodes a certain level of decency in society. When I approached a lawmaker about wage theft - workers not being paid https://www.wagetheft.org/faq - he seemed to think that only citizens deserved the protection of government. Your question seems to suggest that our neighbors are not deserving of public services. Shame on us if we fail to be compassionate!
[–]wendolynne 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun - 1 month ago (0 children)
the study you linked was published in 2008. People's opinions can change. Get some more recent data. A city does not become a sanctuary city by unilateral decision of the mayor. Rather, the general population is involved, and often is the driving force to make it happen.
Maybe we need a sub called "Not The Yes Men", kind of like "Not the Onion", for this kind of thing
1 month ago by wendolynne to /s/environment from reuters.com
[–]wendolynne 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun - 1 month ago (0 children)
Seattle begs to differ:
Seems like a good idea: Tax Corporations on the profits they report to shareholders
1 month ago by wendolynne to /s/politics from theintercept.com
AOC's Green New Deal
3 months ago by wendolynne to /s/environment from apps.npr.org
Saidit, what if we showed who voted on everything? by magnora7 in AskSaidIt
[–]wendolynne 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun - 3 months ago (0 children)
it would be like facebook 'likes'.
you could see who agrees with you. cliches would form.
Welfare is designed to keep you poor. As soon as you start earning more money, they cut all of your benefits off faster than they are replaced by wages. by magnora7 in politics
[–]wendolynne 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 5 months ago (0 children)
Another line is Disability. So sad that the disabled are discouraged from trying to do anything for economic gain because the fear of losing financial support. Earning a few dollars can build confidence.
Learn from the French! Protesting works. by magnora7 in WorldPolitics
[–]wendolynne 4 insightful - 3 fun4 insightful - 2 fun5 insightful - 2 fun5 insightful - 3 fun - 5 months ago (0 children)
I've heard it said that in the US, the people fear the government, while in France it't the other way around - the government fears the people.
politics of necessity: pipeline monkey-wrenching
6 months ago by wendolynne to /s/environment from wired.com
Are Sloths Low Tier? by magnora7 in videos
[–]wendolynne 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun - 6 months ago (0 children)
David Attenborough says boo to a sloth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndMKTnSRsKM
Although the extremely weak muscles insure that the meat is stringy and there's not much of it, and the moss growing on the fur would make them unappetizing for most predators, so it should get some survival points for that adaptation. Sure they are easy to catch, but why would you want to?