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Comment Re:Why build one (Score 1) 331 331

There's already a rail connection between China and Europe. It's hardly used, the amount of traffic through this route is pretty much negligible. Most of the Chinese manufacturing is close to the Pacific Ocean, so it's much more efficient to actually _ship_ goods to Europe. The shipping time matters, but not that much.

Comment Re: So much stupid (Score 1) 106 106

Of course something can be done. But it's politically incorrect to do so. The most violent gangs are thick with illegal aliens from Central America.

That's actually not true. The most violent gangs (how do you measure that, btw?) are made from local citizens. Chiefly out of 'ghetto' neighborhoods.

Comment Re: So much stupid (Score 1) 106 106

I said there aren't enough SWAT teams around to all handle the gangs

So right now all SWAT teams are at 24/7 utilization, barely having time to sleep and eat?


A typical SWAT team is deployed less than once a week. That's a reason why we have increased cases of excessive force used - the idle SWAT teams just make it too easy to over-react.

By the time SWAT got there, they'd have scattered like cockroaches.

Another BS.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312 312

Over the top, much?

So you don't have any other objections to my post? And no, it's not over-the-top - children statistically are at greater risk from your gun than from being killed by intruders.

So in essence, you want to kill small defenseless children.

There's one common thread in these murders. The overwhelming majority occurred in a "gun free zone" but hoplophobes refuse to acknowledge or address the fact that cowardly murderers prefer defenseless victims.

So you want everyone in a theater to be on guard 100% of time and be ready to shoot back at the sound of a gun discharge? Ok, so you're a nutty idiot. That's pretty clear now.

It's people that ignore reality and push to disarm law abiding citizens and prevent them from protecting themselves, their families, and others that create helpless victims.

No. YOU are ignoring reality - the advanced countries with less guns have less crime and far less murders than the US. So it's you who want people to be killed by guns, especially small children.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312 312

You quote a NIH study when the NIH is ideologically opposed to firearm ownership to begin with. Lies, damn lies, and statistics. I dismiss this for the same reasons you'd dismiss a study funded by the NRA that contradicts it.

I won't dismiss a study that is conducted properly. Even if it comes from the NRA. And NIH studies are pretty accurate - they are actually used to working with clinical studies.

The Wiki page you cite does not address mandatory licensed firearm instructor run safety courses in any way.

So pick 5 states. I'll give you details. For example, Washington (where I'm staying right now) doesn't require anything but a cursory background check (which can be avoided through the 'gun show' loophole). No training necessary.

You outdo yourself here with both a baseless ad hominem *and* a sweeping generalization with no evidence whatsoever. How "open minded" and Progressive of you.

So tell me, why do you want to KILL CHILDREN?? Do you hate them so much?

Since you've been in the military, you are a high risk for PTSD. So then, you're fine with being forbidden to obtain a driver's license and placed under constant surveillance, since you might snap at any time and decide to plow through a crowd with your 2-1/2 ton missile or go nuts with an axe, right?

I haven't seen combat so I'm not at higher risk of PTSD. And to get a driver's license in my home country, you actually do have to get a certificate from a mental health hospital that you're not under observation for any mental disorders.

A free and open society comes with risks.

Can I shoot you in the head, please? After all, you so want to live in a free society! And I totally should be free to minimize potential harm to me, right? In ANY way that I'd like, including gunning down all the gun owners.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312 312

Care to explain the (any) logic in that?

I'm more at risk of dying from my spouse shooting me or from a weapon-related accident than from being shot at by criminals. See here:

There are laws requiring mandatory safety & competency training for legal handgun owners in nearly every jurisdiction.

Incorrect. There are no such laws in pretty much EVERY state in the US: In most states you can just come in and buy a handgun with only a cursory background check (if that). A nice article:

FYI, most legal gun owners are more competent and safe with a gun than many, if not most, law enforcement officers, and LEOs carry 24/7, even off-duty.

Complete BS. Most gun owners have trouble distinguishing which end of a gun actually shoots bullets.

It's your right to be a defenseless victim for any armed criminal that comes along. You have no right to make that choice for others.

I also have a right not to be shot by you, because you mess up the safety switch.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312 312

Yes, I win the Internets. And yes, the actual law-abiding citizens are much safer when only criminals have weapons.

For the record, I went through military training and I can use automatic weapons, RPGs and grenades. And I still don't even _want_ to have guns at home (And carrying them everyday? That's insane).

Comment Re:I see theyre using the Step 2 profit model (Score 1) 188 188

Electric cars don't mandate the use of rare earths (apart from minute amounts in LCDs and microelectronics). It's totally possible to use AC motors that don't require anything more exotic than copper. Tesla does this, for example.

Comment Re:Before you get all excited (Score 4, Informative) 171 171

Tesla has liquid battery cooling that can dissipate quite a lot of heat. It was quite difficult to hit throttling even during a race on a real racetrack (and impossible on regular public roads). And they've also reduced the throttling in recent software updates.

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