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Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 573

by flyingsquid (#47780357) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Putin is doing everything 100% right (this article about invasion is total BS by the way). He is staying out of direct conflict, while supporting the rebels.

Explain how invading and annexing the Crimea is 'staying out of direct conflict'. Even Putin eventually got to the point where he couldn't deny they were Russian troops and keep a straight face, and admitted his Little Green Men were in fact Russian military. And explain how Russian troops, captured on Ukrainian soil, are 'staying out of direct conflict'. Russia doesn't even deny they're Russian troops. And explain why NATO satellites have caught Russian artillery on Ukrainian soil and that's not 'direct conflict'. And last of all, explain how Russian SA-11 surface-to-air-missiles shooting down Ukrainian aircraft and a civilian airliner is 'staying out direct conflict'. A SAM battery is a complex system, not the kind of thing where you can just pick up the instruction manual, and they're typically operated by a team. How would a popular uprising find a trained crew for a SAM battery? The Ukrainian military doesn't even use the SA-11, so the only place to get a trained crew is from Russia.

Comment: Re:Her work (Score 1) 905

if you read more feminist writing, you will discover that feminists are just as opposed to the stereotyping of men in these commercials as they are the stereotyping of women.

True, but if you pay attention, you will discover that's typically little more than lip service, often included as a coda, or twisted to blame the victim.

There's feminism, and then there's radical feminism.

Many feminists in the 1970s were against gay rights (for homosexual males) because it would be lifting a group of men up from their current situation, and they wanted only energy that lifts women up to be spent.

Comment: Re:Her work (Score 1) 905

You do realize that "politically correct, professionally offended people" is a stereotype, right?

Sometimes, some people actually fit a stereotype.
That's the biggest problem with a stereotype -- it's an picture that is true a not-insignificant amount of the time, but not enough that it should be the default assumption.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 573

by flyingsquid (#47780177) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

We don't need to send "boots on the ground"; just help Ukrainian defenders with weapons.

It's not even clear that the issue is weapons. This isn't 1980s Afghanistan we're talking about. Ukraine is a former member of the USSR and was within spitting distance of NATO, so they're armed with fighter and attack aircraft, helicopter gunships, transport aircraft, artillery, armored personnel carriers, etc. etc. The Ukrainian military clearly has issues that have nothing to do with armaments- early on in the conflict, a group of soldiers simply surrendered their armored personnel carriers without a shot being fired, so there are major issues with leadership, discipline, morale, and organization. This is where U.S. military advisors could play a key role, and the U.S. has sent advisors over there, and presumably they're offering intelligence support such as satellite photos as well. The fact that the Ukrainian army is getting its shit together may be related to this. The fact that Russia has kept escalating the situation is in fact evidence that it's working; if the rebels were doing well against the government, they wouldn't need to intervene.

But the charlatan-in-chief would not even send Ukrainians the perfectly defensive helmets and body armor

This is just misleading. The US has sent body armor and night vision goggles. Perhaps more importantly, the West has committed $27 billion in aid to Ukraine over the next two years. With that kind of financial backing, they can simply buy whatever equipment they need.

Comment: The problem with beaurocrats. (Score 1) 37

by jedidiah (#47780111) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Before you can pay for it or get it for free it's got to be authorized first. While actually being responsible for yourself can be a burden it also allows you to take command of the situation. That's something that is typically overlooked by people rushing to worship nanny state polices.

See the VA.

Comment: Re: Her work (Score 1) 905

FYI, 48% of gamers are female. []

Does it break down by genre anywhere? My mom loves to play Solitaire, Solatile (sortof like Mahjong ), and some other similar types of puzzle games, but as much as I love my mother, I'm not sure I'd classify her as a "gamer," and certainly not an a multiplayer gamer.

Comment: Re:I AM MAD, MALE, AND I HAVE A COMPUTER, GRRRRR! (Score 1) 905

Well that's the problem, if it only were just A boy you would be correct. There is widespread racism, homophobia, and misogynous behavior in the gaming community, and yeah, there needs to be a change.

There's widespread racism, homophobia, and misogynous behavior among teenage boys in general. That's the peril with giving them an Internet connection and a platform.

Comment: Re: Her work (Score 1) 905

It's a pretty well-done parody of a fairly egregious poster:
Avengers Parody Pose poster

(Hulk is the most over the top, and thus, my favorite)

That being said, I never say the poster on the left which is being parodied. The posters for the movie had a similar layout, but different body poses. The two I've seen the most either featured Black Widow in a frontal shot (kindof a bland pose compared to everyone else...) and one where she's facing left but head slightly turned to viewer. Butt is covered up by Thor's hammer in that one.

Comment: Re:Just proves the point (Score 1) 905

Mind telling me which one that was? I just watched "damsels in distress (part one)" and it seemed pretty reasonable, handing out a lot of criticism but also pointing out some positive examples as well. Did she get a lot more vitriolic in later videos or something?

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 573

by flyingsquid (#47779807) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine
There is a saying, attributed to Napoleon, 'never get in the way of your enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself'. Putin may score points at home by annexing the Crimea and invading Ukraine. Internationally, however, Russia moving towards becoming a pariah state, like Iran, North Korea, or Libya under Qaddafi. He's invaded and annexed part of his neighbor, shot down a civilian airliner, imprisoned political opponents, clamped down on free speech and murdered journalists, criminalized having a different sexual orientation. If the long-term goal is to politically isolate Russia, to help contain Russian influence like during the Cold War, well, Putin is doing a fantastic job of it.

War has been called "politics by other means". Putin has launched this war because he is desperate not to let the Ukraine fall into the Western political sphere- probably the best analogy would be the way the U.S. got defensive about having communist governments in Cuba and Central America. At best, he'll manage to carve off the eastern edge of Ukraine to create some tiny, pro-Russian buffer states. In the process of gaining this territory, Russia will isolate itself and its political sphere of influence will shrink. Putin will never give up power, and the West will never trust him again, so we could be looking at another 10-25 years of this sort of behavior, before eventually someone succeeds him and tries to normalize relations with the West.

Comment: Re:All new passenger cars and light trucks (Score 1) 248

by BronsCon (#47779383) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
So you require seatbelts in commercial vehicles and vehicles carrying passengers. I don't think I've ever been in a taxi that had airbags (in the back, where I was sitting) and some people prefer not having them in the first place.

Having a $16k vehicle totaled after a 10MPH crash that barely cracked the bumper ($500) because the river-front airbag ($1600), driver-side airbag ($1600), passenger-front airbag ($1600), passenger-side airbag ($1600), center console airbag ($1600) -- and now, moving to the back seats, driver-seat-back airbag ($1600), pasenger-seat-back airbag ($1600), rear-driver-side airbag ($1600), and rear-passenger-side airbag ($1600) went off. What should have been an injury-free incident with a $500 repair bill now comes with a $14,900 repair bill, likely with airbag-related injuries. Will they protect me in a more serious accident? Maybe, maybe not.

Attentive driving and separating myself from the pack whenever possible has done a fine job of keeping me safe on the road for the past 15 years, though; proper lane discipline, so assholes who insist on doing 100 on the highway can stay in the left lane where they belong, rather than having to weave through other assholes who have no clue what they're doing on the road (not saying that the 100MPH crowd knows any better, either, making a point about lane discipline) would go a long way toward keeping everyone else safe on the road, as well. Statistics to back this claim? They're out there, google for them; compare the number of freeway deaths in the US to the number in Germany, where the difference is that Germany has higher (or no) speed limits, but the drivers stay the fuck to the right.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 573

by flyingsquid (#47779083) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Whatever you blame Bush for, the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq are squarely Obama's doing.

Bullshit. Obama might not have handled things terribly well, but Bush bears most of the blame here. Let's look at the first issue: former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Maliki pursued a divisive, sectarian agenda that caused the country to split along religious lines. Could Obama have done more to influence Maliki to be inclusive? Maybe. But who created him in the first place? That's right- George W. Bush. Maliki was brought to power in 2006 with extensive US involvement and support. If Maliki's politics are to blame, then Bush is ultimately the one to blame for Maliki.

Second Issue: withdrawal of US forces from Iraq. Damn you, Obama! Except wait a minute, who was it who approved a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq that called for all U.S. troops to leave in 2009... hm, it'll come to me... oh, that's right, it was BUSH! Maybe Obama could have pushed harder to keep a residual force, but he wasn't able to get an agreement. Turns out, he couldn't negotiate with Maliki. The guy, you will recall, put in power by the Bush administration.

Third Issue. These ISIS guys. Where do they come from? They're pretty badass, they act more like an occupying army than a terrorist organization. Turns out, there's a reason for that- they include a whole bunch of former Iraqi Army officers, who went to military academy and everything. Iraqi army officers who joined the insurgency after the Iraqi Army was disbanded by, wait for it... George W. Bush. Disbanding the Iraqi army was arguably the stupidest move of all, possibly even stupider than invading. It took the only force capable of holding the country together, destroyed it, and then then turned a bunch of disgruntled, unemployed soldiers and military officers loose to create an insurgency.

Fourth, Iraq invasion. It should be pretty obvious where the blame for that lies.

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