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Comment: Re:I'd prefer they stay armed, TYVM (Score 1) 67

by Ol Olsoc (#49801489) Attached to: The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT

A few conflicts where 20,000 people die is far better than a World War II sized event where 60 TO 85 MILLION die. And that total only includes ~130,000 from the use of primitive nuclear weapons.

Are small wars bad? Of course they are. But big honking all-in fuck-up-entire-continents wars are FAR worse.

And of course that is assuming that the nuclear weapons somehow majically keep the big wars from happening.

There are at least two groups who want the world to end. One is kooky, and the other is bat shit crazy. What do you think they are going to do if they get the chance of issuing a 10 negation weapon of God?

Never underestimate large numbers of people to lose their sanity. It happened twice last century.

As Albert Einstein said:

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Comment: Re:Malthus Will Sort It Out! (Score 2) 626

by Ol Olsoc (#49797977) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

Death is not a bad option, really.

Good to see that someone else is talking sense. The concept of human immortality is silly, and not well thought out.

Certainly the religious who believe in a second life after death would be deprived of meeting their maker, and would cosider immortality as cheating their maker from his justice on the newly immortal.

But even so, after the first thousand years or so, it would have to get pretty boring.

I listened to a TED talk the past weekend about this immortality. These people were crazier than shithouse rats, assuming how 100 percent of us feel, making pie in the sky predictions and completely ignoring anything that didn't suit them.

And its funny, listening to the people speak, the first thing I thought of was religion. More silly religion. Which of course, won't work because in a world where everyone is immortal, who are ya gonna kill? Can't have religion without popping a few nonbelievers now and then.

Comment: Re:reproduction up to the first 65, then stop (Score 1) 626

by Ol Olsoc (#49797907) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

Sure you can mandate when people have to stop reproducing. If we get to the point that it's a real option to, "halt", father time, then we should put a hard limit on when you can actually reproduce, not have sex, just have babies. In a case where false immortality is an option, we'd have to look very seriously at something like this as.

The Duggars called. They said they are going to keep flailing that thing until it dries up and nothing more will pop out. They're doing god's work, and your puny mandates mean nothing.

Comment: Re:suckers (Score 0) 122

by hairyfeet (#49789317) Attached to: Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion opposed to the AGW lobby which is run by such selfless companies as Goldman Sachs while pushing cap and trade which has the rules written by the same one who cooked up credit default swaps and is the kind of scam frankly a kid could see through, meanwhile you have Rev Al setting himself up to be a carbon billionaire while driving a fleet of SUVs like a third world El Presidente and living in a McMansion with ACed basketball court while he says that YOU need to pay more, you filthy climate damaging peasant you.

Do we need to pollute less and save more? Of course, this is common sense, but we will get NO common sense approaches offered because companies like Goldman Sachs and scammers like Gore couldn't make out like highway robbery on common sense so we'll get scams like crap and trade pushed where the worst polluters get their carbon "indulgences" so pay nothing, scammers like Gore will pay themselves in carbon credits from their own company so he can have the brass balls to fly a lear jet for one and ride in a fleet of Caddie SUVs while claiming he is "carbon neutral" so who does that leave to pay these shitbags for their magic beans? Why that would be YOU, you filthy peasant who can't afford your own offshore LLC, why you are killing the planet!

Comment: Re:Wishful Thinking (Score 1) 67

by hairyfeet (#49789253) Attached to: The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT

Actually it was four, you forgot the wargame Ronnie Reagan had in western EU that had many of the bigshots in Moscow thinking it was a secret build up for a first strike so they pushed for a first launch. IIRC it was the spies the KGB had in the west that stopped it, as they reported the aircraft didn't have weapons loaded which convinced them it was an exercise.

That doesn't change the fact that if it weren't for the bomb Korea would have probably triggered WWIII as you had generals like MacArthur pushing to roll into China and the prevailing domino theory which stated if you let one fall to communism the rest tumble down, it was only the possibility of an exchange with the USSR that kept it and Vietnam limited in scope.

Comment: Re:I'd prefer they stay armed, TYVM (Score 1) 67

by Ol Olsoc (#49787437) Attached to: The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT

So we've entered the endless small war phase.

Try to find a time in history when the world wasn't in the endless small war phase (other than when the world was in a big war phase of course)

I think you might take a look at Afghanistan and what it helped do to the soviets. Those endless small wars do a great and inexorable job of Bankrupting countries. I'll take a few nukes every hundred years to a bnakrupt country fighting for gawd knows what in gawd knows where for people who want us dead anyhow, and are just using whoever sides with them at the moment.

Are you willing to bankrupt America to support these folks?

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins