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Comment: Re:Amazing... (Score 1) 205

Japan invaded China in July of 1937. The American ultimatum to Japan to withdraw from China did not occur until after the Japanese signed an accord with Vichy France that allowed the Japanese to station troops in Indochina, arguably to help prevent the flow of supplies to nationalist Chinese forces fighting Japan. That occurred in September of 1940. The US had not deign it fit to demand the Japanese withdraw from either location at those times. Then along comes July 1941 when Japanese invade other portions of Indochina. The US immediately embargos Japan and freezes it assets, which is a fine response, but also demands that Japan withdraw their troops not just from the countries they just invaded, but also from Vichy territory in Indochina on top of their troops in China, neither of which the US had previously made a squeak about. Arguably, the Japanese could have also been worried that the US was also including Manchuko in the China element.

The US was not taking a position that was optimal towards achieving peace but rather chose a course that was going to prod Japan along towards war with the US. A more peace-oriented President or Secretary of State could have likely avoided conflict with Japan but Cordell Hull was not interested and FDR was by no means a peace-loving President as it's fairly obvious he was itching to get into the war and side with Britain. There were plenty of people in charge that peace with Japan was going to be a much harder task to accomplish.

The question I had answered was whether peace with Japan was achievable and war could have been avoided. I wasn't addressing whether letting the Japanese continue doing what they were doing in China was a good decision.

Comment: Re:Amazing... (Score 1) 205

The Pacific theater for WW2 is an interesting study. I suggest you read up on it. If FDR had been more anti-war he would have fired Cordell Hull or reigned him in. Among other things, they wouldn't have demanded that Japan withdraw from Indochina and China after Japan occupied French territory in Indochina. Hull and others through the FDR administration had absolutely no understanding of the Japanese psyche and how much losing face impacted their decisions. That is the lead up to Pearl Harbor. The US declined various diplomatic talks with the Japanese because they were insistent on agreements before the meetings occur. A more anti-war President could and should have at least entertained the meetings rather than just tossing them off because some agreement beforehand couldn't be met.

Comment: Re:What's so special in walls built in garage? (Score 1) 63

by Talderas (#49429619) Attached to: Radar That Sees Through Walls Built In Garage

I'm glad you asked this question! All walls built within garages are effectively invisible to this radar. If the wall is removed from the garage and installed elsewhere it is still a garage-built wall and continues to remain invisible to the radar system.

You may be thinking, "What if I take one of these garage-built walls and build a garage out of them?" Let me warn you against this. We've tested this very scenario and it didn't turn out well. Lemons started spontaneously combusting and I think we might have contacted Cthulhu. It's still a little risky at this point but we're pressing on towards the next stage of the project which is creating clothing that is invisible to the radar.

Comment: Re:only government? (Score 4, Informative) 370

by Talderas (#49421273) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects

yeah it's a mercenary army, they're all getting paid and benefits and none of them were forced to be there at the moment

They're professional, or regular, soldiers rather than conscripts and certainly not mercenaries. Mercenaries are defined by the Geneva Conventions.

Art 47. Mercenaries
1. A mercenary shall not have the right to be a combatant or a prisoner of war.
2. A mercenary is any person who:
      (a) is especially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict;
      (b) does, in fact, take a direct part in the hostilities;
      (c) is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a Party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party;
      (d) is neither a national of a Party to the conflict nor a resident of territory controlled by a Party to the conflict;
      (e) is not a member of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict; and
      (f) has not been sent by a State which is not a Party to the conflict on official duty as a member of its armed forces.

Comment: Re:True for other mega-series? (Score 1) 360

by Talderas (#49386723) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione), and Elijah Wood (Frodo) have gone on to other respectable bodies of work in and out of acting.

Viggo Mortinsen (Aragorn) has his fame significantly elevated by LotR, previously he was really only known for his supporting role in GI Jane, and hasn't seemingly been hurting for work. If anything, the film allowed him to showcase his exceptional talent at swordplay which helped him land one or two other jobs.

If you mean mega-stars like Brad Pitt, then they haven't really produced any.

Comment: Re:QuikClot and Celox (Score 1) 76

by Talderas (#49369929) Attached to: Material Made From Crustaceans Could Combat Battlefield Blood Loss

QuikClot is a powder that activates the appropriate agents in your body to jumpstart the clotting process. It is not perfect and it doesn't work well with heavy bleeding or anyone who is on blood thinners. Additionally, since it is directly used to create the clot you can't remove the shit without removing the clot... which will restart the bleeding. However that last point isn't that critical as you should only be removing the clot when in an appropriate medical environment to treat the wound.

This form would be a lot more robust. It will work with people on blood thinners and it will work with heavy bleeding.

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 0) 326

by Talderas (#49348781) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

All you get is overweight, butch lesbians in flannel shirts, sweatpants and Birkenstocks!

What man wouldn't want to behold the power of his dick turning a lesbian straight, or at least bisexual?

And if that turns you on, they'll switch over to information kiosks narrated by an asexual monotone computer.

I'm sure someone is turned on by that.

And if that turns you on, well, I don't know what they'll do.

Gelatinous cubes. Because that's basically acid... on your dick. Who wants that?

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein