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Comment: Re:How fucking tasteless (Score 1) 331

by fnj (#49331985) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

Nonsense. The US dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, a military base []. That was because they wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.

Oh, bullshit. Hiroshima was no more a "military base" than were any number of American cities.

A total of some 40,000 military personnel were present in the city. The rest of the approximately 350,000 population were civilians.

The number killed was very approximately 100,000. It is plain that not even the majority could possibly have been military personnel.

Comment: Re:Teddy Roosevelt rides again! (Score 1) 309

by fnj (#49325551) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

Why is it people who make comments like this never realize those in government are even more greedy? Income tax rate in CA on top incomes is over 50%, but the guy paying it is the greedy one. lol

Sorry, but that won't wash with most thinking people. They realize that the taxes government raises are not to aggrandize the government, but to pay for programs intended to benefit people. The issue of whether many people IN government get unreasonably rich while performing their service is one which is completely separate from the issue of taxes.

Self-aggrandizement is a natural human tendency. One can try to limit it using social policy, or one can just let it run wild. I would say present policy, though it does aid the poor, hammers the middle class, and does next to nothing to inconvenience rich assholes in any way.

Comment: Re:Teddy Roosevelt rides again! (Score 3, Insightful) 309

by fnj (#49325535) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

So are you a degenerate liar or just dumber then a box of rocks?

Calm down and cool it with the name calling. He is neither. He is not even mistaken. You add the top CA rate of 13.3% to the top Federal rate of 39.6% - a CA resident has to pay them both, you know - and, duh, the total is over 50%.

Comment: Re:And now why this can not be done in the USofA (Score 0) 312

by fnj (#49322277) Attached to: Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy

Nuclear has by far the lowest [environmental impact], but for the same reason that many environmentalists are still opposing the Keystone pipeline despite the reality of more incidents of environmental damage from the alternative (inefficient rail shipping with nearly 100x the rate of environmental exposure), it's all about emotion for many in the movement, not about what's truly, measurably better for the planet.

Yes, the total economic loss due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, estimated at $240-500 billion, is nothing but emotion.

The total cost of resettlement, cleanup, and paying medical claims due to Chernobyl is estimated by Belarus at $235 billion.

A hypothetical nuclear disaster in France similar to Fukushima is estimated to cost $580 billion. Other estimates run much higher.

Comment: Never understood the sophistry (Score 1) 1080

by fnj (#49259347) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

I never understood the sophistry involved in the quest for a "humane" execution. You are depriving someone of their LIFE. How humane can that be?

OK, I can hear you guys before the chorus starts. "But, but, suffering!" I'm not sure why that bothers certain people so much in this particular context, but rather than going down a long path of logic against deaf ears, I'm perfectly willing to concede it. There are methods that are guaranteed to involve no physical suffering or discomfort whatsoever. Inhalation of 99.995% helium or nitrogen is one. A fully encirling explosive helmet would be another. Just a hand grenade under the chin is pretty goddam instant and sure.

I'll give you another one. You know all those amps in a electric chair? Skull sizzling; eyes popping out; convulsions? It's utterly pointless horseshit. You don't need that. Two tiny needles with a local anesthetic, insertied to touch the heart, with an AC current of literally microamps will cause instant fibrillation and consciousness will be lost in a few seconds with no drama whatsoever. Lights out, baby.

Comment: Re:There is no way. (Score 1) 1080

by fnj (#49259225) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

The death penalty should only be used when there is absolutely no doubt of guilt.

It's a coward's way out, and I'll tell you why. Guilt is never 100% certain. I mean that literally. NEVER. Not ever. Eyewitnesses can be deceived or malicious. DNA tests can be in error (that has happened). There are situations where the probability of guilt is very, very high. Close to 100%. So close that the uncertainty approaches zero. But it will never BE zero.

This is why the concept of "beyond a reasonable doubt" evolved. It is a high standard, but there is no metric. It is by definition a judgement. If "beyond a reasonable doubt" isn't good enough, the only honorable decision is that you don't favor capital punishment, period, end of story.

I can respect both the viewpoint favoring capital punishment for heinous crimes, and the viewpoint that capital punishment is NEVER justified. But I could never respect the concept of "capital punishment, but only when guilt is magically certain". It is a dodge.

Comment: Re:What about military satellites (Score 1) 178

by fnj (#49215705) Attached to: MH370 Beacon Battery May Have Been Expired

Also, Iridium was built for voice communications only. It will only get data support in a couple of years when they will literally send up a completely new full set of satellites.

Data has been sent via Iridium as a matter of course for years. I know from experience with floats and autonomous underwater vehicles that modems are commercially available and used every day. We got usable throughput on the order of a couple of hundred bits per second with a very unfavorable antenna location inches above the sea surface.

Here is such a modem.

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.