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Comment: Re:Return, Reload, Repeat as necessary. (Score 1) 833 833

Everyone needs to remember that the F35 is not the military's primary air superiority fighter. The F22 is meant for this role. Which means that in a combat situation, the F22s would come in first, or along with the F35s to establish air superiority and knock down any enemy fighters. F35s would likely be tasked with taking out any SAM, ground radar or other ground-based threats.

Comment: Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 1) 609 609

Because they have a lot of guns, but no ammo. The majority of the guns are militia issued weapons. Most men between 20-30 years old are conscripted into the militia, and thus have a firearm in their house. Before 2007, limited ammunition was issued with these guns in sealed cans which were periodically inspected to make sure the seals were not broken. Since 2007, militia issued ammunition is no longer allowed to be stored with the guns.

However, ammunition can be bought privately at shooting ranges, however, such ammunition typically has to be used at the range.

Also, unlike the US, all guns have to be registered, and there are background checks for purchases of all weapons.

Finally, Switzerland's gun homicide rate isn't as low as you'd think. They have 3-10 times as many gun homicides as other nearby European countries (France, Germany, Netherlands, etc). They're just very low compared with the US.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576 576

If they have starships then they can likely use relativistic weapons. The theory behind these is you accelerate a mass towards a target up to or near light speed (potentially taking many years). This means that the weapon won't be far behind the light front emitted from the weapon, so it is pretty much impossible to detect until very close to impact. And the kinetic energy from such a weapon would have devastating effects on a planet. With such a weapon, there would be no need for any kind of invasion, just kill everything from afar, while staying undetected.

Comment: Re:not complicated...monopology (Score 2) 346 346

The Swedish model is a lot like the French model - Orange (formerly France telecom) owns all of the last-mile infrastructure, but any provider can use it for their services. So there was a large amount of competition, especially after the company Free came along. So you can get TV, phone (free calling to 100+ countries) and >50Mbps internet for about 30 Euros a month (roughly $40). Now I'm back in the US and I'm getting raped by Comcast for their 'high speed internet' which costs around $100/mo.

Comment: Re:Even higher! (Score 1) 1040 1040

Actually its been shown that in a slow economy, giving money to idle workers has a stimulating effect on the economy since those workers will spend pretty much all the money they get. With a stronger economy there is more job creation leading to less unemployment and reducing the need for money to be given to idle workers.

Regarding your 'point' of a job, economic value is twofold - first is the worker's contribution to the end product (whatever that may be); second is the worker's participation in the economy by spending the money they make in their job. These two things are inextricably linked to have a functioning economy - without production by workers, there is nothing to buy; without spending by workers, nothing gets sold. So an increase in standard of living can come about two ways - lower prices via higher productivity, or more purchasing power by workers via increase in salary or other means.

We all live in a state of ambitious poverty. -- Decimus Junius Juvenalis

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