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Comment: Re:This is just fucked (Score 2) 173

by HiThere (#47914427) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

If you don't see, it's because you aren't looking.

OTOH, I will agree that not anything like all of the protestors of the 1960s & 70s were basically idealistic. Many just didn't want to die in a war they could see no justification for. How terrible.

Perhaps the worst thing to come out of the Vietnam War was the abolition of the draft. Now nobody with power has to even notice that unjust wars are being perpetrated, and certainly they don't feel a direct affect on their children. Perhaps if they did things would be different. OTOH, the government has gotten very good at ignoring opinions that it doesn't want to hear, so it might not have made any difference.

Comment: Re:Absolutely false (Score 1) 173

by HiThere (#47914367) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

This doesn't mean the convention has nothing to do with it, but it's not surprising that the Geneva convention would choose to adopt the rules that everyone was already following a lot of the time.

Also note that your history indicated that "sawback" bayonets were mainly used by the German armies. Adopting a prohibition against them may have been a political move to allow retroactive condemnation of the "uncivilized" enemy army.

Causation in the real world is usually a complicated thing. Especially when politics and treaties are involved.

Comment: Re:Lets not forget (Score 1) 558

by HiThere (#47914297) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

I do not believe that "cap and trade" is a viable solution. There doesn't seem to be a single implementation around the globe that isn't a nest of loopholes.

Carbon tax could be implemented in quite a straightforwards way internally to a single country. Imports and exports would need a more complex adjustment, however, to balance things so that penalties were not unfairly assessed or bypassed.

OTOH, I'm actually more in favor of a more general "environmental degradation tax", though I can't imagine any generally acceptable way of figuring it.

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 1) 558

by HiThere (#47914243) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Sorry, but while it adds fresh water *ICE* to the ocean, it gets added almost entirely as ice without undergoing a melt phase until it gets far north of Antarctica. So you aren't getting a lot of fresh water added to the Antarctic ocean. You're getting ice (which is, indeed, fresh water) added to the ocean. It gets a considerable distance from Antactica before it typically melts. (Except, of course, a little bit, which lubricates the flow of the glaciers.)

OTOH, if the sea ice were trapped around Antarctica, I suppose it would melt. Fresh water has a higher freezing point than salt water. But I don't believe that's what typically happens.

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 1) 558

by HiThere (#47914217) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

AGW?? I read that as "Anti-Global Warming", but it doesn't match the rest of your message. Perhaps you should spell out your abbreviations a bit more. I suppose it could also be "Anthropogenic Global Warming", but I see that phrase much less often.

When the same TLA could mean two totally opposite things, it might be a good idea to avoid it...or at least to define it in context.

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 1) 558

by HiThere (#47914181) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

unhhh.... you do know that the Arctic Ocean is essentially clear of ice during the late summer these days don't you? And that passenger ships are starting to ask for the right to route their trips through that area? (It's still not safe enough for a standard ship, because one iceberg can ruin your whole day...but it's getting there.)

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 1) 558

by HiThere (#47914167) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Sorry, the *sea ice* volume is probably much higher. You can't as easily measure that from a satellite, but it's what is to be expected. What's happening is the glaciers that were on the Antarctica land mass are moving out into the ocean and floating. This increases the area of sea ice coverage and decreases the amount of ice on land. But sea ice melts as it moves around, so it keeps disappearing as it moves towards the equator.

P.S.: Another way of saying the same story is "Antarctica has been spawning icebergs faster than the bergs have been melting".

Comment: Re:Where is the misuse of military equipment charg (Score 1) 283

I don't believe "he was convicted of and illegally broad search", as I don't believe that any such charge was ever filed in that court.

Please note, this doesn't mean I believe that he shouldn't be charged and tried for such an offense (though I'm not sure what the charge would be, precisely). Merely that he has not, as of yet, been so convicted. And "improper use of military equipement" should be an additional charge filed at the same time, as it was comitted as a part of the same offense.

Caution: IANAL. These are just my opinions. Adopt them if you wish.

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