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Comment: Re:Ignore the draft registration issue. (Score 1) 236

by CrimsonAvenger (#49192503) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?
I admit to a slight amount of bias, since I was born in the magic period when draft registration was never required. But my little brother, who wasn't so lucky, never registered for the draft, and it was never an issue.

I suspect that your problem was that you were talking to the Feds regularly. Your average American citizen hardly ever encounters, much less has to deal with, a Federal agent/officer.

Comment: Re:Compare the alternatives (Score 1) 344

by CrimsonAvenger (#49190993) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

Are people living in the Chernobyl area? No? THAT is my point.

Yes, actually a few are.

Illegally mind you, but so what? The only real problem with living there is the law against it and a slightly increased chance of thyroid cancer (for values of "slightly increased" that are smaller than your chances of increased lung cancer deaths living near a coal-fired plant)

Comment: Re:Compare the alternatives (Score 5, Informative) 344

by CrimsonAvenger (#49187787) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

So, tell me about the number of fatalities associated with coal power. Include coal-mining deaths, since that's the only reason for them.

I note that there was a coal-mining accident in Ukraine the other day. It killed 30 people. Just that one accident.

Chernobyl killed about 60. Over the period since the accident, since that includes thyroid cancer deaths that are estimated to have happened due to the accident.

Oh, and since Chernobyl, the USA alone has suffered in excess of 830 coal mining deaths (in excess because I don't want to find a breakdown of 1986 coal mining deaths by month/day to allow a more exact number. But 1987 to 2014 add up to more than 830 by themselves).

So, coal is definitely safer. It pollutes, it does the CO2 thing, and it kills more people in normal operations that the worst nuclear disaster in history. Yeah, definitely safer...

Oh, and did you know that wildlife in the Chernobyl area is in much better shape than outside the exclusion zone?

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 1) 344

by CrimsonAvenger (#49187729) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

WTF did they put those plants so close to the water? What would it have cost to build the very same plants only fifty feet higher, just a little further inland?

If I were guessing (and I am), I'd guess that the Japanese didn't want the plant anywhere near where people actually lived, so they put it as far away as feasible. Which happened to be on the coast.

Note that a quick check of maps shows that the plant was about as far from the surrounding towns as it was possible to be - inland would have put it closer to several towns.

Yes, sometimes fear of a thing can cause more problems than the thing itself....

Comment: Re:No, the film is *bad* satire. (Score 1) 317

by CrimsonAvenger (#49182315) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Apparently, the "scientfiically verifiable theory of morals" (exact phrase from the book) proves that the way to keep society from collapsing is through corporal punishment in schools and public flogging, just like there is NO way to housetrain a puppy without hitting it.

No, what it attempts to prove is that an arbitrary transition based on age from "slap on the wrist" as punishment for a particular crime to "execution" for the same crime is insane.

Do try to keep in mind when the book was written, and how society behaved then....

Comment: Re:Crime (Score 2) 534

The really one remaining significant difference between the parties is that public shaming is still a career-ender in the Democratic party.

Not that being a "career-ender" actually matters to either Dems or Reps - if you're worth millions, who cares if you don't have a job?

And Bill Clinton, like Barack Obama, came into the office basically upper-middle to lower-upper class, and left or will leave as multimillionaires (Clinton is worth double-digit millions, Obama is approaching a billion).

Comment: Re:Split on this. (Score 2) 534

I'm curious as to whether the "official" State Department email was encrypted by design, and whether her private email was encrypted at all. Seems to me that a lot of State Department secrets might be laying around in various places if her emails weren't encrypted.

I'm also curious as to how she proposes to PROVE that she's turned over all of her official emails to the State Department. After all, it might behoove her to "overlook" certain emails that portray her or the Administration in an unflattering light....

Comment: Re:Lost focus (Score 1) 52

by CrimsonAvenger (#49166975) Attached to: Interactive Edition of the Nuclear Notebook

Unless the number of each of those "billions" is only 2, then that's just about the entire human species.

If 90% of humans were killed in a nuclear exchange (or any other mass death event), we'd still have a population considerably higher than it was 2000 years ago.

If 99% of humanity were killed, we'd still have a population considerably higher than it was 3000 years ago....

Comment: Re:Armegeddon for indigenous marine life. (Score 4, Insightful) 187

by CrimsonAvenger (#49166311) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

England have about 16.000 miles (kilometers? I don't remember) of coast. The proposed generators will take about 30 miles. There will be plenty of coast left to all marine species. It's not a full perimeter siege, it's just a few barricades here and there.

The USA has thousands of miles of coastline too. Alas, salmon were only interested in a tiny fraction of those thousands, and the dams built on that tiny fraction were a major problem for salmon.

So, what's going to be the problem fish/crustacean/whatever for these installations?

Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.