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Comment: Re:Please stop and think (Score 1) 353

by Major Blud (#47695209) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Unfortunately, I think the only way to stop such corruption in Liberia would be through massive aid combined with a foreign military presence (probably a U.N. peacekeeping scenario). Such scenarios end-up lasting years with no end-game in sight, and are almost always labeled as empire-building or meddling in the country's internal affairs (like happened in Somalia). It's a nasty catch-22 that doesn't work out for anyone in the end.

I'm not saying that help shouldn't be offered in some way, but as long as such countries have illegitimate governments, I'm not sure there is going to be a non-violent solution.

Comment: Re:November? (Score 1) 148

by Major Blud (#47469347) Attached to: US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Interesting, thanks for the info. So is this a tax on service fees or products purchased over the Internet (or are there separate taxes for both)?

Is this tax earmarked for a particular item, or added to the country's general fund? Sorry I realize you may not know the answers to these questions.

Comment: Re:yep, thanks for pointing that out (Score 1) 389

by Major Blud (#47419505) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

That makes sense.

Here in Louisiana I've been seeing more and more houses with solar panels on the roof. This is awesome, but at the same time I'm wondering how they are going to hold up when the next hurricane comes rollin' through. I guess it's a "wait and see" type of thing, but at the same time I'm sure it's something I could research.

Comment: Re:Too late. Fission 80,000 times safer than hydro (Score 1) 389

by Major Blud (#47419193) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

31 people died in the initial blast. Alas, there are no hard figures for the full toll, but last time I checked, 31 > 5, which is what I was replying to raymorris about.

Why in the hell did my comment get modded down? I was just trying to point out a simple fact, not try to get involved in the fission vs fusion vs solar vs hydro vs wind etc etc. I guess that makes me the asshole now?

Comment: Re:How is encryption different from a safe? (Score 1) 560

IANAL, but the government can open the safe themselves, but I'm not sure that they can "force" you to open your safe. Same thing with the encrypted drive; the government is free to spin their wheels trying to figure out their keys on their own, but they can't force the key from you directly.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 84

I get all that. I think the article may be misread as him "breaking a record" of some type, when all he's actually doing is staying in an undersea lab longer than his grandfather. I'm not downplaying the research aspects of it, but one could question how much serious research is being done if they have to promote the endeavor on social media the way that they are.

This has been done before (, and I don't believe that it was turned in a huge PR stunt (barring Carpenter's hilarious phone call with LBJ).

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