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Old 12-18-2013, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Was reading an O'Reilly tech book describing the importance of "big data", how companies utilize it, how it will affect various industries and stumbled on this passage mentioning North Carolina. The chapter was on the "dark side of data".

"One can see the opposite happening, too: the recent legislation in North Carolina that you can’t use data that shows sea level rise. Open data may be the only possible resource against forces that are interested in suppressing science. What we’re seeing here is a full-scale retreat from data and what it can teach us: an attempt to push the furniture against the door to prevent the data from getting in and changing the way we act."

O'Reilly Media Inc. (2012-10-23). Big Data Now: 2012 Edition
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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VASpaceMan, NC is like the whole US. We're just as polka-dotted red and blue. We're not particularly moderate these days. We've got folks who are way left of Obama and are very disappointed in his policies because they aren't liberal enough and we've got folks who are way right of Ted Cruz and John Boehner. Some of the folks on the right passed that legislation. There's a nice article in Spiegel that gives a little more background: Contradictory Climate Change Planning in New York City and New Bern - SPIEGEL ONLINE
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:47 AM
 
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That passage describes the Republican party.
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:52 AM
 
Location: The Emerald City
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BILL O'Reilly?
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:01 AM
 
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BILL O'Reilly?
No, Tim. Tech books publishing company. "Santa is white" BO would never fess up to his party's tactics like that.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:15 AM
 
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The regression to dumbness in this state (and the country) is frightening.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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the regression to dumbness in the politicians of this state (and the country) is frightening.
fixed
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:28 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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VASpaceMan, NC is like the whole US. We're just as polka-dotted red and blue. We're not particularly moderate these days. We've got folks who are way left of Obama and are very disappointed in his policies because they aren't liberal enough and we've got folks who are way right of Ted Cruz and John Boehner. Some of the folks on the right passed that legislation. There's a nice article in Spiegel that gives a little more background: Contradictory Climate Change Planning in New York City and New Bern - SPIEGEL ONLINE
You know, I keep hearing about this far left equivalency to the far right that has been shaping NC's public policy this past year or so. I'm sorry, but exactly where is/has been this actual policy shaping voice in NC? What I mean by that is when did the "way left" actually exhibit the sort of policy shaping power evident by what the Republicans have done since taking power in the state? Where's the legal marijuana? Where's legal same sex marriage? Where's socialized medicine? Where exactly are the tangible examples of this equivalency? I just don't see it. What I see is a former moderate Democratic governance of this state replaced by a very hard shift to the far right of the general constituency.
As for the passage of this "anti-data-the sea isn't going to rise" legislation, it wasn't enacted by just a few on the far right, it was enacted by the Republicans in general.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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I agree rnc. I never said that the far left was in power or even elected. I think there have been a few more progressive voices in the legislature (Ellie Kinnaird was one before she resigned in disgust), but most of the Democrats are moderate, and even those are drowned out at the moment by the far right. That's not to say that there aren't people who live in NC who are far left. I know many of those living in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. When I made my initial comment I was thinking more in terms of voters than elected officials. If you look at some of those election result maps you can really see how polka-dotted the state is. Interactive: NC precincts | NewsObserver.com

I thought the Spiegel article was interesting perspective from an international audience. I hadn't ever read about Tom Thompson in New Bern and his lobbying for the anti-sea level rise legislation.
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