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Comment: Re:We forgave the Russians once... (Score 1) 80

by Karmashock (#49373661) Attached to: NASA Denies New Space Station Partnership With Russia

I'm not suggesting they'll surrender anything. I'm saying they'll be too weak to hold it.

Their population is declining, their economy is declining, their neighbors are becoming wealthier and more technologically sophisticated...

Russia is the sick man of Asia. It is headed for the same crack up that the Ottoman empire went through.

We offered them a way out of that. A way to keep everything they have and become wealthier and more powerful than they've ever been. And they spat in our faces...

They're idiots.

Russia must ally with the west. It cannot survive another cold war with the west. The last one crushed Stalin's empire... What Putin has is a remnant... the end game is unavoidable.

This is a game of attrition. We will grab them by the throat economically and squeeze. And in 30 years... what is left will either be ignorable or more pliable.

The Russians have asked the west a very dangerous question "oh yeah, what will you do to make me, huh?"... We are not without resources. If the Russians were wise, they'd stop this stupidity, sue for peace, and try to patch relations. Then the isolation might only last 5 or 10 years. If they don't stop... the isolation could last 30 years or more.

Comment: Re:We forgave the Russians once... (Score 1) 80

by Karmashock (#49373609) Attached to: NASA Denies New Space Station Partnership With Russia

Which Americans would you say have committed war crimes?

And in what court would you try them?

The underlying fallacy of your position is these two concepts:

1. World court.
2. International law.

Neither one exists. There is no such thing.

For there to be a world court, you'd need a supreme international authority was above every nation.

No such entity exists.

For there to be international law, you'd need an international senate or law making body that every nation on earth was responsible to and then you'd need to empower that law making body with an executive capable of overwhelming any nation on earth. No such senate or executive exists.

You are basically presuming that there is a world government when there clearly isn't one.

That there is international law at all is due to nations like the US enforcing treaties and punishing people it feels need to be punished. Absent the US's military might... exactly who is gong to enforce your rules, little one? No one.

You're spitting into the wind. Every little bit of phlegm you tried to speckle on my face is rust running down your own stupid cheeks.

Comment: Re:News for nerds (Score 1) 207

by ScentCone (#49372877) Attached to: Attempted Breach of NSA HQ Checkpoint; One Shot Dead

But why didn't the FBI's country-wide license plate trackers not catch them?

Hint: not everything you see on NCIS or CSI:Wherever actually works like it dos on TV.

Or is that only to trace their movements after they do something bad?

It can definitely help to be able follow the trail after someone does something especially awful - sometimes bad guys actually have accomplices.

But more to the point in this case: reports are that the vehicle they used was stolen, along with its license plates.

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 1) 73

by khallow (#49372541) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

It seem you are implying that corruption cannot happen in the free market without government involvement. The government is a tool, just like guns. The biggest evil bogeymen are the ones that use that tool to do evil, which are typically corporations.

Government agencies are corporations with sovereign immunity.

Comment: Re:Social scientists (Score 1) 373

by khallow (#49372429) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Until we can produce a case of a planet where the temperature rose 1.5 degrees and civilization got into trouble, then there is absolutely no reason to just go for it and see.

Well, Earth is going to do that. So we'll have our test case. But what reason is there to expect that we'll see trouble from such a small rise in temperature?

What ever happened to scientific curiosity? Doesn't anybody want to know what will happen if we heat up the planet?

Last I looked, scientific curiosity hasn't gone anywhere. It's still there, should you decide to reach for it. And add me to the list of people who would like to know, beforehand, what happens when we "heat up the planet".

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 286

by ScentCone (#49371907) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

Sending to the Senate and Congress would ALSO likely qualify, since they are Federal systems.

No, that doesn't cut it. Each agency/department has its own archiving systems, especially those that deal (as State does) with sensitive and frequently compartmentalized information. That's why FOIA requests go to the agency and to "the government." And of course that still doesn't have anything to do with all of her correspondence with other governments and other parties.

Let's ignore Blumenthal, since you have lots of patience still waiting for him to say that's not his correspondence with Clinton. He's only had a couple of years, so I'm sure he's still gathering his notes. Happily, he's apparently not nearly as clever as Clinton herself, and used an AOL mailbox while routinely sending her his intel memos. And AOL will have retained all of that, and is very responsive to subpoenas.

Thus, it just may be impossible to prove that Mrs. H "never sent a compliant copy of message X"

But the existence of a single piece of correspondence with her long-time aide/confidant Blumenthal or anyone else outside of State will show where she was violating the law. Why? Because two years worth of FOIA requests to State turned up no such emails. You're saying that maybe she CC'd them to unknown mailboxes at State in order to archive them. If so, multiple exhaustive FOIA requests would have turned up perhaps ONE email, yes? State's mail servers contain untold thousands of messages between staffers there and correspondents throughout the rest of the government and other third parties around the world. But not a single one tucked away as a CC or BCC from Clinton's home-based private server that shows sending or receiving such mail. State's IT people responded to FOIA requests saying there was no such data. They have her notes to staff, but nothing between her and third parties that she CC'd in the way you're suggesting. None.

Comment: Re:I'm pretty sure Jesus said not to do this (Score 1) 531

A better question. Why would you want someone photographing your wedding that hated you?

I'd prefer to spend my money on someone else.

Paraphrasing Ben Franklin. 'Why would you want to shut-up your opponents. Let them talk, encourage them to talk. That way everybody knows they are idiots.'

The world is a large place, gays will find photographers and bakers. Holy rollers will lose money. It's not 1950, assets are not so closely held and there are plenty of heathens, even in the bible belt.

All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.