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Comment: Re:Lost that war (Score 1) 273

Worse than that. One of the principal public spokesmen for the movement to sell out South Vietnam (along with Cambodia and Laos) to Russia is now pretending to object to the base's use by Russia, as if he cares about such things, and it's not only being reported with a straight face by the media and places like Slashdot, but it's being accepted with a straight face by people like you. I find this to be a veritable tsunami of ignorance about the history of the era and John Kerry's role in it.

Comment: Bush Vetoed this, apparently (Score 5, Informative) 632

by Phil-14 (#46752921) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

I just checked Wikipedia, according to which Bush vetoed the linked "Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008" on May 21, 2008, and had the veto overridden the same day, by a Congress run by Nancy Pelosi and whoever was Senate leader then. (checking... oh, Harry Reid). While I am anxious to find out which Republicans did vote for that bill, it looks like Bush didn't.

If that's the wrong bill I'd like to know about it, since they seem to be linking to it in every story I see on this issue.

Comment: Re:I dont get it (Score 1) 551

by Phil-14 (#46566777) Attached to: Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

Well, this is what I see forwarded to me from a Russian friend here in the West:

If this is true, the takeovers are being done in such a manner that a) it generates a lot of bad publicity for the Ukranians if they resist ("They're shooting civilians!") and giving Russia a pretext to take away the Eastern part of the country, which is mixed Ukranian and Russian.

Comment: Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

by Phil-14 (#46464409) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

"The flight in question had GPS tracking for flight arrival information.
It went dead the same time as everything else. (EMP pulse?)"

Based on the reports I read yesterday, the pilot turned off the location transponder and took a right angle turn on a course that's roughly headed towards Bandar Aceh. (I think that's how it's spelled). The initial post's idea would work well if the plane only had mechanical difficulties and crashed. This does not seem to be the case; it was on the other side of the Malay Peninsula from where it was supposed to be when the military radar lost it; that wasn't something it did because of mechanical difficulties or engine failure.

Comment: Re:I'm amazed... (Score 1) 1737

by Phil-14 (#44287475) Attached to: George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

"What would have them spinning at 5000 rpm in their graves is Guantanamo Bay, not this trial and public reaction."

Well, except for Benjamin Franklin, who argued against trading his Loyalist POW son William Franklin to the British during the war. Washington overruled him on that, btw. (Seriously: look it up on Wikipedia, it's interesting).

Comment: Re:Nothing New (Score 1) 628

by Phil-14 (#43318623) Attached to: North Korea Declares a State of War

Unified Korea and scores of dead North Koreans.

But the people in North Korea have created this mess, so it's only right they take the heaviest losses.

I must have missed the part where the government of North Korea was truly democratic instead of a bunch of despotic thugs installed by Russia and China back in the Cold War.

Comment: Too Late (Score -1, Troll) 279

by Phil-14 (#41892417) Attached to: New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles

Over the last two years we gave the Moslem Brotherhood two countries (Libya and Egypt) with very substantial military arsenals, including a large stockpile of shoulder-fired missiles of Russian origin that are arguably better than 1980's-era Stingers. Two months ago these people _we put in power_ apparently killed our ambassador to Libya on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. It's too late to apply any technical fixes to the problem of whether-or-not we can trust them.

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 173

by Phil-14 (#39531977) Attached to: Smartphones Invade the Prepaid Market

Chickety-china, the chinese chicken.

I'm fairly certain that people in the computer/IT world eventually go insane once they hit a critical age. Every once in a while you see bat-shit crazy posts. They usually come from ACs or users with really low UIDs. Someone should do a study on this; with government funding of course.

This all goes to show how the universe is all ronzelle between.

Disc space -- the final frontier!