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Comment: Re:Or (Score 1) 415

by Uberbah (#49361129) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

they could sit down and face the fact that there is clearly too many people in the area

Red herring. Residential use in California is about the same as what's used for almonds alone. And much of that residential use is by 1%ers on lawns, swimming pools and golf courses. California has more than enough water for it's people. What it doesn't have is enough water to use billions of gallons on thirsty rice, almonds, fracking, etc.

Comment: Re:Randian Dumbfuckery (Score 1) 314

by Uberbah (#49359977) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

DDT ban has literally killed more people than Hitler.

Speaking of Randian Dumbfuckery, this canard was debunked years ago. DDT wasn't banned for malaria prevention, it was banned for agricultural use - which was breeding DDT-resistant mosquitoes. Which means you just made a self-debunking argument.

Any more dumbfuckery, or are we done here?

Comment: Re:Explain this to me. (Score 1) 147

by Uberbah (#49359905) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

You're requesting a cite for remedial knowledge of the subject? This is no more obscure than Saddam not having WMD's or Bush ignoring the Taliban's offer to hand over Bin Laddin before he invaded Afghanistan.

  • SECRETARY LEON PANETTA: ....I think the pressure of the sanctions, I think the pressure of diplomatic pressures from everywhere -- Europe, United States, elsewhere-- is working to put pressure on them, to make them understand that they cannot continue to do what they're doing. Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No.

Comment: Re:Explain this to me. (Score 1) 147

by Uberbah (#49359891) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

We're comparing Jordan and Iran

It's Americans wagging their finger at Iran, which is like watching Jack the Ripper telling Larry Summers that he has a bad attitude when it comes to women. The only country to have ever used nuclear weapons has spent a decade threatening to bomb a country for the nuclear weapons program the CIA says Iran doesn't have.

Comment: Re:Explain this to me. (Score 1) 147

by Uberbah (#49342381) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

2) Because their government has a reputation for trustworthiness rather than a reputation for being batshit crazy?

Because that's not the worst case of projection in history? Iran hasn't attacked another country in hundreds of years. It hasn't overthrown democracies around the world to satisfy it's thirst for empire and capitalism - it was the recipient of such a 'regime change' courtesy of the CIA. Iran hasn't had a worldwide kidnapping and torture program, isn't sending robot planes to blow up teenagers in Mexico and then call them "military aged males". Etc.

For more than 10 years now, both the CIA and Mossad will tell you flat-out that Iran has no nuclear weapons program. Iran wants nuclear power for the same reason the U.S. was offering it to the Shaw it installed as dictator of Iran - so it can sell more of it's oil rather than using it for power.

Comment: Or it's a recipie for selective enforcement (Score 5, Insightful) 147

by Uberbah (#49333697) Attached to: Draconian Australian Research Law Hits Scientists

Whisteblowers have been sent to Federal Pound-Me-In-The-Ass Penitentiaries under the odious Espionage Act at a higher rate under Obama than all previous presidents combined.

But Petraeus, who casually flashed Specially Compartmented Information - a much higher classification than any of the Top Secret information released by Manning to Wikilieaks - just to impress his mistress, will only face probation.

Or the cable operator who was sentenced to years in jail for carrying a Hezbollah tv channel, because it's on a State Department list of terror groups, while at the same time prominent politicians from both parties openly accepted large amounts of money from MEK to lobby on the group's behalf. A group also....on the State Departments list of terror groups.

So we could see the same thing in Australia. Defense contractors will be free to skirt the law and sell to any shifty customer. People who annoy the state, though, will feel the full force of the law.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.