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Comment: Re:obviously a NATO plot (Score 0) 361

by Aighearach (#47547161) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

You can't watch a rocket be fired and see that it was supplied by Iran. Especially when the rockets from Gaza are homemade.

Not only that, I'll bet you couldn't even see your own propaganda if it was right in front of you.

Iran supplies the rockets that Hezbollah uses to protect Lebanon from Israeli aggression. Those are different people, and different rockets, than the ones that Gaza attacks Israel with to protest having their civilian economy blockaded.

Comment: Re:Weakest Russia ever (Score 1) 361

by Aighearach (#47547101) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

The price of oil is expected to drop next year, and the US is building export terminals for Canadian gas and oil so it can be exported to Europe. Sanctions came first, and when the next cyclic shock hits the Russian energy-based economy, it will crash hard.

If it takes 2 or 5 or 10 years to get rid of him, that is fine. If his hold strengthens in the short term, that is expected; Putin is a tactician with little interest or skill in long-term strategy. Fighting him with short-term moves is more likely to backfire. He has no way out long-term, though. Not with sanctions in place. The Russian economy won't have access to loans at the bottom of the economic cycles.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 361

by Aighearach (#47547085) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Self defense is not "in anger."

And every serious analysis agrees that more Japanese civilians would have been killed by a traditional invasion, because the women and children had been told that they Americans were taking all civilians as slaves, and they had been armed, and were hiding in bunkers without any contact with other bunkers or the outside world for them to learn that no children were being eaten and no women sold as slaves.

If you're looking at cases where the US lashed out in anger, there are lots of them, but none of them involved nukes.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 361

by Aighearach (#47547069) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Except for the fact that there were civilian flights averaging every 4 hours in that area. They were not only stupid, they were probably watching the contrails all day with their tinfoil helmets on thinking the enemy was flying over all day. I guess they figured Kiev was trying to resupply... Russia? I guess they were drunk enough they didn't think about where their "enemy" was flying.

Comment: Re:Another ignorant fearmongering article (Score 1) 90

by Aighearach (#47546555) Attached to: The Truth About Solar Storms

Often there is a security tag on the meter and you can be fined for cutting it. It depends heavily on local law.

How they respond to a storm depends partly on what the public instructions are. If there is a need to remove meters, which is highly unlikely to be needed, they will say so in advance.

Comment: Re:Another ignorant fearmongering article (Score 1) 90

by Aighearach (#47545833) Attached to: The Truth About Solar Storms

Most states have laws against meter tampering. By "fine" I was assuming that misdemeanors of this nature will be punished by a fine + probation and not by jail time.

Some states, such as California, have a traditional intent-based law. In California you can certainly replace the meter, unless you're doing it to reduce your rate, then it is considered tampering. However, many states have a "strict liability" anti-tampering law, where it is illegal regardless of your state of mind.

I'm surprised you haven't heard of it, there have been lots of anti-utility-theft advertising campaigns in the past. I've certainly seen ones that warned people it is illegal to tamper with a meter. They usually go with the dual-threat: you can go to jail, or DIE! lol

Comment: Re:No one RTFA (as usual) (Score 1) 145

by Aighearach (#47539601) Attached to: Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

If you're going to call physical sports ability intelligence, then you'd have already known he was more intelligent than the "common soccer player" before this study.

Everything uses the brain. A person more practiced at willful ignorance might, for example, use less brain power overcoming cognitive dissonance than a "common partisan mouth-breather" without the same level of experience. Does that make them more intelligent, less intelligent, or just better at a certain arbitrary skill?

Humans are generalists, most things we do will involve the brain. But that doesn't make everything we do intelligent.

Comment: Re:Yeah, like a soccer player would never bite ... (Score 1) 145

by Aighearach (#47539583) Attached to: Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

You're almost there, buddy. Now the next step to understand is that being a meditative performance state, or being in a rage state, is temporal. A person might be a meditative state at one moment, and then get frustrated that they didn't score a goal, lose their meditative state, become enraged, and bite your ear off. None of that contradicts anything, or claims that it is somehow the nature of the human. You can be normal, too, and you can be momentarily enlightened, just like most other people. Don't sell yourself short.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 145

by Aighearach (#47539443) Attached to: Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Where does this "muscle memory" sit, in the muscles? I doubt it. So how is low brain activity explained by "muscle memory"?

In the nerves that attach to the muscle, yes. It is distributed.

When other parts of the nervous system are taking on a load, there is less load in the brain. The same thing is true in any similar system like an electrical circuit, hydraulic system, or heat distributor.

It is well established that the limbs can respond, in certain situations like this, faster than the most simplistic analysis would presume. If you measure the amount of time it would take the signals to go from the eye through the brain to the conscious parts and then send a signal to another part of the brain to send a signal to the limb, well, an advanced athlete already moved before that signal would arrive.

The details of that are not well known yet. Certain things like flinching from a poke to the finger are well understood; the nerve in your arm tells your muscle to move at the same time it is forwarding the signal up to your brain. UNLESS before the poke your brain was sending a "don't react" signal of some sort. How that part works is unknown, except that people can do it.

Martial artists sometimes have similar response abilities to a soccer prodigy. It is usually called "mind of no mind," the ability to move and think with your whole body, without invoking the conscious part of the brain. It is generally believed to require extensive meditation practice in order to program the nerves with the catalog of responses.

Muscle memory is a totally different thing, though.

You see but you do not observe. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes"

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