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Comment EPCOT was scaled down form Disney's dream (Score 1) 112

EPCOT as envisioned by Walt Disney was to be an actual city where people would live and work. He designed it in concentric rings, somewhat resembling a wagon wheel with spokes. The inner zone would have towers and was supposed to be where people work. The middle ring was a park and retail area, and the outer-most ring was residential. Walt Disney had the idea that all major American corporations would want to relocate their R&D to EPCOT, so if you could get GM next door to GE and might get an electric or atomic car sooner. So was the thinking. The conceptual designs had a very mid-century futuristic look to them. Walt Disney even proposed covering the city in a dome, so the weather would always be perfect. But I'm a bit skeptical about being able to keep a dome cool and dry in the Florida climate.

Comment Re:the REAL reason for this might surprise you. (Score 1) 146

.... we can all take comfort in knowing Korea, both north and south, have taken the important first step of solving the major global defecit of a 160 mile audible pissing contest.

There are no civilians within miles of the DMZ. "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

Comment Re:Just in time (Score 1) 420

It's ready for a certain someone to create a derivative work.

"Mein Kampf" was arguably a derivative work itself. There were a lot of others writing similar racialist pamphlets or books in the late 19th- and early 20th- centuries. The only difference is this author had a political career and started a war. Otherwise, he would have just been another forgotten blowhard. IMHO, the book is probably only interesting to historians, in the same way early Marxist or Leninist literature might be... to understand the political debates of the time against the backdrop of the industrial revolution and families being uprooted from their homes to work in cities, etc.

Comment Re:Constitutionally, the FAA should lose (Score 3, Interesting) 115

The FAA has no jurisdiction over hobby drones in my neighborhood.

Yes they do.

Those drones cannot fly high enough to even risk an incident with interstate air travel or the military.

Are you even familiar with your local airspace? Do you have a copy of the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and keep it updated? Do you have a current VFR sectional? Have you checked the NOTAMS (Notices to Airmen)? Do you know where military training routes and training areas are located? Do you know what the performance of all drones are?

The US Constitution affords no such authority to the federal government in such matters and there is no nexus which can be stretched to create one...

Along those lines of logic, what if each municipality or State decided to create their own airspace definitions and issue their own pilots licenses? What if for example, the State of Louisiana decided to have their ATC only speak French? French is after all one of the official ICAO languages and is spoken by a sizable population in that state.

Comment Re:Innovation (Score 1) 98

In some other country somewhere, I'm sure there there will be an official looking at this and thinking Red Star OS is a very good idea.

If the NSA were doing the job they were supposed to be doing all along, this would be the ideal distro to target for a backdoor.

Comment Re:Tactics of a different time (Score 4, Insightful) 166

....Less than 100 years ago we were, and we did carpet bomb cities and nuke cities into the ground....Our new-found humanity prevents us from committing some horrible atrocities...

In the Second World War, we were fighting enemies who also carpet bombed cities and targeted civilian populations. Two examples: the Germans carpet bombed Rotterdam then later London. The Japanese carpet bombed Chongqing in China. The British didn't start targeting German cities until after the London Blitz.

If we fought against Al Qaeda and ISIS like we fought against Germany and Japan, those organizations would not exist and new similar organizations would not take there place.....

That is an assumption that you are making. As you stated, we are not fighting nation states, but we are fighting a political ideology that is promoted by several terrorist organizations and lots of self-radicalized individuals. I don't see how targeting civilian populations in the middle east would ensure peace. It would for one thing result in a mass exodus of refugees headed to Europe and it would wreck the already fragile economies in these countries. Paradoxically it would strengthen ISIS and other similar organizations; they would proclaim themselves to be the protector, and would have no opposition once the educated middle class (who knows better) packs up and leaves. What is needed to end these conflicts are legitimate political solutions, not incoherent tactics based upon false assumptions.

But it would likely take the slaughter of tens of millions of innocents, which we are no longer able to accept.

That is a good thing. Especially if the slaughter of innocents has no benefit whatsoever.

Comment Re:Sold Out: The American Worker (Score 1) 331

You miss the fact that as people age (which many of the Obama supporters have), they tend to mature from D to R.

That might have been true in your father's Republican Party. But the current party has become an activistic party and activists scare off most voters over a certain age and life experience.

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