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Old 10-22-2018, 07:37 PM   #3401 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard
We started to burn fossil fuels around 1850, and that is what is causing the rapid changes in the climate.
The hockey-stick curve? Here's a video that pins it all on one Frenchman:



He contrasts French, English and American 'machine thinking' and says the American strain was jump-started by Thomas Jefferson. The one guy, Vaucanson's, claim to fame wasn't the lathe-turned metal shaft that allowed extraction of power via steam &etc., but a automata duck that pooped. It sounds like he'd fit right in in modern times.

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