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  • I was checking the recent activity and saw that you and others had edited the section "Retarded Conservatives".  For some reason, the phrase "Retarded Conservatives" made me wonder, "isn't that an oxymoron?"  After all, don't both terms mean; slow to progress, slow to change, slow to learn, etc.

    So, is a retarded conservative a super slow conservative, or a person who is slow to adopt slowing of learning or what?

    Also, if we're being PC, as conservatives are always accusing Liberals of being, should we stop calling Conservatives Conservative, and instead call them developmentally disabled?

    It's just too confusing .  I'm going to have another cup of coffee and try to wrap my mind around all this. 

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  • As I've watched you edit entries about trees and fossil fuels over the last week or so, I've noticed a bit of a trend.  When thinking about global warming it's very easy to get confused.

    You see, some years back, petroleum companies started funding environmental concerns.  It may seem strange that this would be the case, but it should be remembered that many of the materials we use can be produced either from naturally growing plants, or from fossil fuels.  Much effort has been devoted to quantifying the "global warming" effects of deforestation.

    While it's true that both biological and geological carbon compounds can add atmospheric carbon, a couple facts should be remembered.  Living things grow and die.  In the case of a tree, it grows by biological processes of taking elements from the soil and air, and with the use of energy combining them into semi-stable organic compounds.  The tree keeps adding these compounds to it's body throughout it's life.  Throughout it's lifetime it is subject to attack by animals, fungi, and natural disasters like fire.  Like all living things, the tree eventually loses it's battle and dies.  Ultimately, the tree decomposes.  During it's decomposition, or it's natural destruction by fire, all the atmospheric carbon it had sequestered is reemitted.

    Over millions of years, a tiny part of the carbon based compounds of plants and animals can become trapped within the earth and form stable geologic organic compounds.  That's where coal, petroleum, and natural gasses come from.

    The point of this rant is to bring up the point that all the research on the "pollution" of logging or cow farts is just another distraction, one of many that have appeared as geo-carbon interests have realized their responsibility, and have tried to shift the blame.  Yes, it may be true that animal husbandry is an inefficient way to produce food, but the only carbon added to the biosphere in farming is the carbon from the use of fossil fuel.  Carbon in the life cycle of an organism is a zero sum equation.  Organisms neither create nor destroy carbon in the biosphere, they just change it's state.  All the new carbon in the system has been released by man's use of geologically stable sequestered carbon, or has come from some other geologic source. 

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    • Thanks, I guess.  To tell you the truth, I'd actually feel better if I were wrong about some of these things.  This whole situation of constantly having to "peek behind the curtain" to see who's pulling the strings isn't making me feel better about things.

      So, if I'm wrong, please tell me so.  I'm as capable of being wrong as anyone. 

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    • You understand the United States better than I do. I'm sure publications like Scientific American are very protective of their reuptation for following the scientific method. Still if the fossil fuel industry pays for the research scientists will research what the fossil fuel industry wants them to research and will be more likely to publish results that please the fossil fuel industry.

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  • I'm not sure if you get talk page notifications from that wiki here, so I'm posting here just in case you don't :)

    Please see the request at http://whyweprotest.wikia.com/wiki/User_talk:Proxima_Centauri#Appearance_of_References

    We've just added ~50 names to the big list who "liked" FB posts others wrote and I want visitors to see the message from the reference that the names all share in-place whenever the number next to the 👍 is hovered on, without needing to click/scroll down to the reference at the bottom, and instead of me pasting the same message into the wiki 50 times.

    It's now the only wiki with the list on it, so everyone is pointing to it.

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  • Don't hate me for coping your userboxes. I feel very strongly about Europe and I wanted to express it.

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  • looks like we were both working on it at the same time, and now it's messed up.  Sorry about that.  I hope you an fix it.  If you have to just undo it, and put it back to what it was before my ates, do what you have to.

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  • very nice edit.  I like it

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    • clap clap* Love how warped this whole thing is. Your a "liberal" who lives in Europe. Wait what? Yeah thats not possible. Do us Americans over here a favor chick, stay outta our politics you communist trashbag. Your views on everything are only your own, and you cant stand anything else.
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  • You love science and that's a star! So to show your love of science you named yourself that!

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  • The reason I added the countries of the UK to the Former Countries category is because they were once sovereign states (independent countries), but no longer are. Doesn't mean they're not countries in the cultural scene of the term, or can't be in the Countries category. My impression is that the Countries category includes both sovereign states and "cultural countries" (not sure what the proper term for that is).

    On a related note, is there a reason England isn't in the Countries category, yet the other UK Countries are?

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    • How do you access the page code?

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    • The edit button, but it might be different for you then for me. I seem to recall that wikia had some fancy page editor instead of the regular media-wiki editor, or something like that, which I disabled on my account.

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  • Why'd you leave?

    --Ibexgod, the current "highest ranking" active member of the wiki.

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