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Comment: Re:Should the United States accept more foreigners (Score 1) 368

by airdweller (#47532963) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

You're wrong. By your logic, all poor people in the world would be obese.
Poverty causes obesity only partly and indirectly. There's plenty of fat middle-class people.
Average obesity is caused by - in no particular order and overlapping - stupidity, lack of education, laziness, over-processed food, excessive intake of carbs, general overeating, low physical activity, constant psychological stress and a distorted culture of food preparation (or more like the lack of thereof); as well as the imperfect human biology not evolved to deal with all that.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 956

by airdweller (#47516743) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

" Didn't you hear your sisters in arms giving you your marching orders? You're not supposed to admit that women are more sensitive to abuse... You're supposed to tow the party line, claiming that the only cause is evil men are being more verbally abusive to women."
What's with this lame attempt at sarcasm? I thought we were adults discussing a serious issue here.

"Carrying a knife will even things out quite nicely, though. Clawing out eyes works pretty good, too."
You really don't understand that not everyone is capable of fighting? How old are you? Ten?

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 956

by airdweller (#47516531) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

"How many men, or even black man or gay men get threats like that?"
Umm... You do remember what used to happen to black men who the white folks didn't like just about 50 years ago (or, even 20 years ago in South Africa), don't you? You do know what used to happen to gay men in the US about 20 years ago (and still happens in the third world countries), don't you?

I don't think any normal man would argue that there are no assholes among men. And threatening with violence is what they usually do. Women don't usually behave like that.

Now, let's try "pissing off" a woman (regardless of the "offense" being real or just in the woman's head) and see what happens. A tiny number will pick a fight. A small number will threaten violence (directly or thinly veiled). Another small group will do the same and/or damage your property. But a huge number of them won't do anything like that. No way. The life will go on as usual. Shortly though, you will start noticing that something is off. You'll get invited to less social events. Your mutual female friends will behave differently towards you. Their female friends will behave differently towards you. Their boyfriends/husbands will hang out with you less. And so on...

Luckily for me, I tasted just a bit of that treatment, but I've seen that happen to other people (men and - MUCH MORE OFTEN - women) plenty of times. To a different degree, obviously. Don't even start me on female cliques. Why the hell can men who hate each other's guts just nod to each other and behave like nothing is wrong if they happen to be at the same party? Why the hell does it take one insensitive remark for women to hate each other and split all the people they know according to "Whoever is not with me is against me"?

I know which one I prefer - the male way. It's usually in your face and you know it's 90% only talk anyway. Threats don't bother me a bit. Insulting me is pretty much impossible. I have a problem with a surreptitious poisoning of my social life though.

Of course, I understand WHY I prefer the male way - because I feel confident enough that I can handle most potential violence. Due to biology and history, women have to worry more about violence.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that we need to work to eliminate ALL kinds of bad behavior. Right now, women are still more vulnerable so we need to work on helping them a bit more. BUT we need to work on fixing THEIR behavior too. My guess would be that IT IS the cause of a lot of bad male behavior.

Comment: Re:cause and/or those responsible (Score 1) 667

by airdweller (#47502657) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

"The Soviet shootdown is a simple case of browbeaten lackeys under a tyrannical regime making what they figured was the best choice to cover their asses. There was no threat to them. "
It must be so nice to know everything for sure. I'm really envious of you.

"In 1983, Cold War tensions between the US and USSR had escalated to a level not seen since the Cuban Missile Crisis because of several factors. These included the United States' Strategic Defense Initiative, its planned deployment of Pershing II missiles in Europe in March and April, and FleetEx '83, the largest fleet exercise held to date in the North Pacific.[26] The military hierarchy of the Soviet Union (particularly the old guard led by Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov and Soviet Defense Minister Dmitry Ustinov) viewed these actions as bellicose and destabilizing; they were deeply suspicious of US President Ronald Reagan's intentions and openly fearful he was planning a first strike nuclear attack against the Soviet Union. These fears culminated in Operation RYAN, the code name for a secret intelligence gathering program initiated by Andropov to detect a potential nuclear sneak attack which he believed Reagan was plotting.[27]

Aircraft from USS Midway and USS Enterprise repeatedly overflew Soviet military installations in the disputed Kurile Islands during FleetEx '83,[28] resulting in the dismissal or reprimanding of Soviet military officials who had been unable to shoot them down.[29] On the Soviet side, Operation RYAN was expanded.[29] Lastly, there was a heightened alert around the Kamchatka Peninsula at the time KAL 007 was in the vicinity, because of a Soviet missile test that was scheduled for the same day. A United States Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft flying in the area was monitoring the missile test off the peninsula.[30]"

Comment: Re:Propaganda won't help this time (Score 1) 503

by airdweller (#47501767) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

"Then go to a website for a Ukrainian embassy in an English speaking country and you will see that they only say Ukraine and not "the Ukraine". I've been to Ukraine. I know. "
Yeah, great logic. Is English the native language of Ukrainians? Is the ultimate authoritative body on the English language located in their country? Why would anyone care what they think their country's name in English is? Oh, you've been to Ukraine? I'm so sorry, you must really know what you're talking about then :D

I don't really give a damn whether it's Ukraine or The Ukraine. I suspect that only butt-hurt nationalists care. Neither Ukrainian, nor Russian languages have articles (as in "a word (or prefix or suffix) that is used with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun") so there's only one name and it sounds the same in both languages, but you know that, don't you? You're an expert on Ukraine after all.

PS. What's your opinion on "The Hague", I wonder?

Comment: Re: 04.10.2010 (Score 1) 503

by airdweller (#47501423) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

You'd better follow your own advice and read up on the circumstances of the Korean Air 007 case. For instance:
"In 1983, Cold War tensions between the US and USSR had escalated to a level not seen since the Cuban Missile Crisis because of several factors. These included the United States' Strategic Defense Initiative, its planned deployment of Pershing II missiles in Europe in March and April, and FleetEx '83, the largest fleet exercise held to date in the North Pacific.[26] The military hierarchy of the Soviet Union (particularly the old guard led by Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov and Soviet Defense Minister Dmitry Ustinov) viewed these actions as bellicose and destabilizing; they were deeply suspicious of US President Ronald Reagan's intentions and openly fearful he was planning a first strike nuclear attack against the Soviet Union. These fears culminated in Operation RYAN, the code name for a secret intelligence gathering program initiated by Andropov to detect a potential nuclear sneak attack which he believed Reagan was plotting.[27]
Aircraft from USS Midway and USS Enterprise repeatedly overflew Soviet military installations in the disputed Kurile Islands during FleetEx '83,[28] resulting in the dismissal or reprimanding of Soviet military officials who had been unable to shoot them down.[29] On the Soviet side, Operation RYAN was expanded.[29] Lastly, there was a heightened alert around the Kamchatka Peninsula at the time KAL 007 was in the vicinity, because of a Soviet missile test that was scheduled for the same day. A United States Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft flying in the area was monitoring the missile test off the peninsula.[30]"
What do you think would happen to an unidentified aircraft crossing into the US airspace border and approaching, say, Seattle during the Cuban Missile crisis?

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