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This one? First of all, you should watch this video. It’s by a scientist instead of a lawyer.

The author of that article is an analyst for The Heartland Institute, which was called “the primary American organization pushing climate change skepticism” by the New York Times. The Heartland Institute is funded by many prominent conservatives, including the Koch family. Heartland worked with Philip Morris to try and defend the idea that secondhand smoke doesn’t have ill health effects. 

This is a lesson in being careful where you get your news from. You should even be careful getting it from me, I have been known to make mistakes. Curiosity without skepticism is dangerous.

But beyond just pointing out his serious bias and conflict of interest, his claims also happen to not be true. I suggest you head to RealClimate or How To Talk To A Climate Skeptic to see why. Weather is not climate. Twenty year samples aren’t useful for climate science. Would you claim to know anything about the stock market by looking at a week of the Dow?

tomakeabetterworld asked:

Hey, Joe! What suggestions would you have for a 15-year old who is striving to get into space? Try to get into the Air Force Academy, (or by some other means) become a pilot, log a few thousands of hours, then try to get into NASA, or try to get into a private space company like SpaceX or Boeing or Virgin or Paul Allen's endeavors, or something altogether different? P.S...Your blog is awesome.

Well, first you have to get one of these and start training: 

But beyond that, your plan is pretty sound. The future of spaceflight will be a mixture of public and private ventures, so you’ve got the right targets in mind.

My only suggestions would be to meet some people interested and connected to various parts of the space industry, from engineers to pilots, and absorb all you can from them. You are never too young to meet people and form a network of knowledge. Also, remember that it takes a lot more than being a pilot to get into space. Space is just a place, it’s what you DO up there that is interesting. So develop a specialty in another field, like geology or biochemistry, that you can apply to experiments having to do with space travel.

Most of all, good luck!

tomakeabetterworld replied to your posttomakeabetterworld answered your question: Can I…

Hey, hey! Oh, I’ve been floating around, just thought I’d make myself known… Actually, I do that. I have sent people cookies in a box before in the mail!! Seriously.

You are perfect did you know that? Like seriously you are the most wonderful guy ever. You’re so kind and wonderful and you are an amazing writer and you are a great friend and you’re so sweet. And you make cookies. 

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is this not normal?

For me it’s normal. I like to see how long I can keep them puffed up before I forget that I’m trying to keep them puffed out and they un-puff. Is that normal? 

tomakeabetterworld replied to your postDo you ever just… blow up your cheeks full of…

YES!!! Because then it makes you look and feel like a PufferFish, and Pufferfish are amazing and hilarious and adorable and…yeah. Oh yeah, and because it’s just fun to do!!! :D

Micah I LOVE YOU! You are the absolute best! <3

tomakeabetterworld replied to your postSo snow then!!! This is the view of part of my…

WHAT??? You’re getting snow, too? That’s awesome! …But that picture I took is about two hours out-dated, just add about a half-inch of white to it! :D

I LOVE SNOW!!! I even plan on making some hot chocolate and then going outside just to let a few flakes float into my cup. I woke up to about 2 inches of snow. It is so different here though, because in Wyoming there is ALWAYS wind so it snows sideways. I like watching the snow drift down slowly, softly, and not sideways. 
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Aww, thanks. Utah sounds fantastic, and what’s 10 bucks? :P Anyways, I’m off to bed now…why do I always say something to you right before I got to bed? Anyways, night!! Sweet dreams! :)

Do you ski and/or snowboard? Because I love Utah snow. I have a cabin (well my family does anyway) up in Utah and we have snowmobiles up there and sleds and we could do that too because nobody ski’s with me ‘cept my dad but he’s got a bad knee or hip or something so he can’t anymore. 

Anywho, sweet dreams. 

tomakeabetterworld replied to your postI just want to go to an amusement park…

Yes, yes, YES!!! So here’s the deal: Powell’s Party, then we’ll go to the amusement park and ride some fantastic rides!! :D

You’re kind of the best. This sounds fantastic. That particular place is in Utah and I used to go every summer. That ride costs $10 extra to ride though. But it’s so much fun! 

tomakeabetterworld replied to your posttomakeabetterworld replied to your post: Have you…

Augh…I’m sorry. I was up till 3:00 last night, but was having a blast with a bunch of guys for a bachelor party cause my friend got married tonight and I got 6 really sketchy hours of sleep last night and really really need to head to bed soon…..

That’s wonderful! The having a blast thing. 

You should get some sleep. It’s good for your health. 

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Really? Well, it’s a (relatively) fairly large boat, 50 feet and all, and has a large, spacious inside cabin and three staterooms and a large deck on the outside, really nice and comfy! But if you get good a wind you can get her listing - fun stuff!!

That sounds absolutely wonderful! Sometimes I forget that you like boats but then I remember what your book is about and I’m like, oh yeah. lol. 

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This keeps sounding more and more amazing and perfect!!! Yes! Awesome and fantabulous and…I think I’ve exhausted the English language of such words :P

It would be wonderful to actually be able to just take off for a while. 

You know what I just realized though? I have no idea if being on a boat would freak me out. I’ve never been sailing before. 

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Awesome!!! So we’ll have my parents and my best friend (Who’s a girl, by the way :P ), maybe my brother (who’s kind of a dork :P) if he wants…and there’s room for at least two more. Or maybe just the five of us…? That would be the best thing EVER

Um… we could bring my best friend (who is a guy) and then it would be all even and stuff! This would be so much fun!