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Comment: They'll mod you down for telling the truth (Score 1) 159 159

But you're completely correct. The world is going back to a bi-polar state, with the democratic westernized economies on one side, and authoritarian non-democratic countries on another (Russia, Iran, China ect...). To the victor goes the spoils. For there to be victory, the USA (and her many allies) must stay on top of the game.

Comment: Snowden is a rube (Score -1, Troll) 113 113

This is how the great game is played. The US just happens to have the deck stacked in their favor; is this a new revelation? Hardly...and Snowden thinks this is a bad thing. So he runs off to China and then Russia with his stolen data, which just happen to be America's key rivals. Let it be known, Snowden will never leave Russia alive, not because he doesn't wish to, but because his current paymasters will never allow it.

Comment: Keeping a multinational spacestation in orbit (Score 1) 4 4

is vital to the long term viability of the humanity. Think about it, space exploration and exploitation on an industrial scale only works with multinational involvement. The presence of the space station promotes peace, cooperation, and invaluable R&D. Not to mention, the 100 billion cost only amounts to a few months in Iraq/Afghanistan. Cost is irrelevant compared to the long term goal of making space sustainable.

Comment: Speaking as a non-American (Score 3, Insightful) 285 285

But I have observed that whether there is a big D or R as POTUS, it doesn't really affect political outcomes as much as it may seem. Take for example the relatively new in vogue maneuver of 'redistricting' and 'gerrymandering', perhaps the true root of systemic dysfunction. Essentially a practice of 'divide and conquer', where private interests successfully co-opt larger societal movements. Witness the dysfunction in Congress --- the power players love it! All those political lobbyists, media manipulators, spin doctors, fringe politicians preaching destruction of the government, fat cat hedgefunders, and sycophants of every political and religious affiliation ect... Who would want to change the status quo when they're making so much money from it?

Comment: What's the fuss? (Score 2) 228 228

The Internet Kill switch is located on the twentieth sub-floor of the White House, in a small room right beside the cot Dick Cheney hid under in 2001 for three weeks. The switch is enclosed in a nondescript beige controller box with a large round red button that blinks with the pulse of the internet. A sign above reads, only switch off in case of emergency, or alien invasion.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?

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