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If You Support Alternative Energy, You Support Enormous Tubs of Ocean Lard

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Seals have far surpassed Americans in their support for offshore wind energy:

The scientists observed eleven harbor seals outfitted with GPS tracking tags in the North Sea frequenting two active wind farms, Alpha Ventus in Germany and Sheringham Shoal off the southeast coast of the United Kingdom. One seal even visited 13 times, according to a report published this week in the journal Current Biology.

The wind turbines make up a grid. When foraging for food, the seals moved “systematically from one turbine to the next turbine in a grid pattern, following exactly how the turbines are laid out,” says study author Deborah Russell of the University of St. Andrews. “That was surprising to see how much their behavior was affected by the presence of these artificial structures and how they could actually adapt their behaviors to respond to that.”

If the Republicans nominated a seal for president in 2016, it would be an improvement over the current possible candidates.

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  • Warren Terra

    Nobody tell N__B.

  • Ken

    Excellent. This will make it easier to harvest and render the seals for biofuels. Now if only we could train the few remaining whales to do the same.

  • R. Johnston

    If a chatbot beats all the Republican Presidential candidates in a primary debate, does that mean that the chatbot passed the Turing test or that the Republican candidates failed? How long before a Republican tries to cheat in a presidential debate by getting a well programmed chatbot to feed him answers?

    • Snarki, child of Loki

      “How long before a Republican tries to cheat in a presidential debate by getting a well programmed chatbot to feed him answers?”

      Negative 10 years.

      • wjts

        The technology’s been around longer than that.

        • grouchomarxist

          I think a tweaked version of ELIZA — with keywords echoed along with random selections from Newtie’s List of words to describe Democrats — would do the job. (Ah, what fond memories of my Kaypro II …)

          • cpinva

            “(Ah, what fond memories of my Kaypro II …)”

            wow, haven’t seen that mentioned in over 20 years. for what it was, it was actually a decent machine. beat the trash 80. kind of heavy though.

            • Lee Rudolph

              Yeah, the Family Linguist broke a toe when she dropped hers (presently residing in our barn…) on her foot at an airport once. “Luggable”, not portable, was the watchword.

            • I see your Kaypro and raise you an Osborne 1.

          • Pat

            My kids told me an apocryphal story about a Chatbot – that an engineer programmed the thing to agree with the second person to speak, and use random facts to support its agreement with the second person, and to attack the first person who spoke. Then, they claimed, the engineer used the Chatbot in a meeting with Sales so he could get some work done.

            I have zero knowledge on the truth of this story, but it was cool, so I share. Perhaps the strategy could be fruitfully employed on some comment streams?

      • Warren Terra

        I’m very nearly serious when I say that’s how George W Bush did well enough in 2000 – that he was very well trained with a library of set-piece mini-speeches timed to the debate rules, and when given a prompt would deploy the most closely related prepared speech.

        • witlesschum

          That’s basically what Palin was trying in her debate, but she was really, really bad at making it seem natural. Bush was pretty at good at making things sound natural.

          • NonyNony

            Bush was raised in an aristocratic political family and had a lot of examples of how to speak a lot of bullshit without actually saying anything real around him for his entire life.

            His mother was an expert at it and she wasn’t even a politician, let alone what he would have picked up from his father and his brothers. And that’s before we get to the people he would have been to school with at Yale. Plus he had an MBA from Harvard which you’re not going to be able to get without learning out to speak a lot of bullshit without actually saying anything.

            Palin, on the other hand, was mostly self-taught given that her family background was more middle class. I’m not surprised that her ability to catapult the propaganda wasn’t up to par with someone who was a second generation propaganda catapult.

            • StellaB

              Third generation propaganda catapult.

            • Pat

              Most of her “education” in that regard would have come from her evangelical church, where you can get away with chanting nonsense as long as you use the right words and tonal emphasis.

    • joe from Lowell

      I remember a gag in which someone approached public figures as if a member of the press and gave them the Turing Test from Bladerunner. My favorite was a candidate from San Francisco.

      “You’re in the desert and see a tortoise. It’s on it’s back, and it can’t turn over. It’s baking in the sun. Why aren’t you helping it?”

      “Um…because I’m a Republican?”

  • DrDick

    A seal would certainly be smarter and more articulate than any of the Republicans.

    • Grumpy

      Left unsaid is how cruel this would be to the seal.

      • DrDick

        All too true.

      • cpinva

        no kidding. seals are, by nature, caring creatures. they look out for each other, don’t hurt other creatures just because they can, and don’t knowingly destroy the environment they live in. in short, the antithesis of your average republican.

        • Malaclypse

          There’s nothing in the rules that say the seal can’t switch parties post-election.

          • They’re slippery that way.

          • Warren Terra

            They are notoriously leery of clubs.

  • If you like oceanic mammals, vote Dwight F. Munroe, for a sense of porpoise.

    • cpinva

      i am constantly surprised by the length and breadth of rowan Atkinson’s career. the first thing i ever saw him in was “Black Adder”, and have been a confirmed fan ever since. even bad stuff he’s been in, make someone like jim carrey look like a bumbling, rank amateur, by comparison.

  • Jewish Steel

    the seals moved “systematically from one turbine to the next turbine in a grid pattern, following exactly how the turbines are laid out,”

    This is a good short term strategy, but those seals are never gonna survive unless they get a little crazy.

    • sibusisodan

      Oh, well played.

  • Pseudonym

    I thought this was Campos’ territory.

    • My thought as well. Fat-shaming language. Google informs me that 130 kg is well within the healthy weight range for a 1.85-m Phoca vitulina.

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