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Comment: Re:How propaganda decides wars (Score 1) 257

by k6mfw (#49357339) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

Where is the "question authority" sentiment now

it's there but when you speak out, you will get flamed for it as unpatriotic terrist commie pinko. or you get ignored. Getting back to media, nobody knows what is going on in Iraq or Afghanistan. Information is out there but difficult find. i.e. nobody in US knows the difference between a Sunni and a Shia. Or how did ISIS become so strong so quick. Information is out there but many articles either veer toward putting blame on someone (i.e. Obama's or Bush's fault). Or article is very long and very esoteric, will take many years to fully understand. Or what about all that money spent but infrastructure is still very third world country?

Comment: Re:trashing a dream job (Score 1) 378

by k6mfw (#49357239) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
150 lives lost is a huge tragedy and no doubt this is a case of mass murder that has effected many others beside those on board. I was highlighting there are many other pilots that could have been hired and this situation would never have occurred. But then humans are unpredictable, as itzly pointed out when someone no longer thinks rationally then normal rules don't apply. It appears next step is the 2-person rule like in other critical positions so if one person goes nutzoid, the other can prevent an irrational action.

Comment: trashing a dream job (Score 1) 378

by k6mfw (#49355499) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
There are thousands (and many more) pilots of outstanding skill, character, values, etc. that dream of being an airline pilot. No shortage of pilots, and yet here we have someone that has done something horrible and thrown that opportunity away. Ok so we all have problems, even pilots dealing with many airlines skimping on pay and benefits (that's another story). It reminds me of the unabomber who had top career choice of a math professor at Berkeley but threw away that job to move into the backcountry to build mail bombs.

Comment: Re:How propaganda decides wars (Score 2) 257

by k6mfw (#49355121) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate
I think for Korean War it was 1950s and less than 10 years since WWII, there was no counterculture/question authority types during that decade. Also wartime coverage was limited but skyrocketed during Vietnam War. Though video was 16mm film, it quickly be developed and broadcasted on TV (there was less TV sets in homes in early 50s than in 1960s). Also during Vietnam War, media had much free access to battle zones. If there's room in the Huey, a reporter or camera guy can hop on board. Military only denied them on special ops missions. Of course all that had major impact on opinion. Civilians can see what battles are really like (chaos, nobody knows WTF is going on,etc.) and not like choreographed battles in the movies. After Vietnam, military forces realized they need tight control of media. We witnessed that during Falklands campaign which news was sporadic with much unsaid, first Gulf War where CNN kept showing the same footage of a cruise missile impacting a rooftop door but not much on the biggest tank battle since WWII.

Comment: Re:do you really want the uninformed voting (Score 1) 1089

by k6mfw (#49301241) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

So do you really want the uninformed/non interested making a vote. Then it really could become a popularity contest instead of more on the facts.

There was an article, "Guns, God, and gays" where it talked about wedge issues that are hot button items for some people but really doesn't effect most people like low job prospects and environmental issues.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 112

by k6mfw (#49292609) Attached to: How To Make Moonshots

Yes everyone knows they set out with failure in mind with the Moon landing.

To deal with failures, Apollo program also consisted of a huge infrastructure to deal with failures. Many test stands and test articles were built, a lot of F1 engines were built as one failed after another. I'm sure many a thousands of engineers pulled many allnighters trying to make things work including s-band transmitters. First flight of Saturn V rocket had significant pogo oscillation problems (heck many other rockets had same problems). Immediately many engineers and techs built a test stand to learn how to mitigate pogo oscillations. And there was Apollo 1 capsule fire. Lots of resources were poured into complete redesign and construction. Lots of problems occurred i.e. computer problems on Apollo 11 lunar lander but there were resources of engineers and programmers to attack and solve that problem before it became a disaster. And Apollo 13 but there was a huge infrastructure of people and hardware to come up with contingencies to deal with the situation that allowed crew to safety return.

Comment: Re:Can you please give us a fucking break?? (Score 1) 416

by k6mfw (#49279769) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

... nearly all anti-science people are Republicans

Not only what you have said is baseless, it's utterly

it seems to me anyone that is member of Republican party has to be anti-climate research. Two examples that stand out are a PBS documentary about congress debating climate research is one longtime congressman that was voted out of office, he is a Republican but voted on a bill to fund a program relating to climate research. Another I was talking about a presentation by Neil DeGrasse Tyson I attended, a friend that shares same interests in space and technology as I do commented "ugh, I'd run out of that theatre as fast as I can." Apparently since NDT promotes climate research but my friend being a Republican has to oppose NDT because conflict with "party requirements." Yes, it's all political but geez you guys. At least collect data and do analysis. You may not like the results. We don't argue about whether E=mc^2 is correct or not.

Comment: Re:There is no way. (Score 1) 1081

by k6mfw (#49258921) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

I second what you say and I want to add the death penalty also prevents learning what motivates murderers and also other despicable people. Psychologists can study these people like Charles Manson. Then there are others that were put to death such as Rosenbergs (sp? the couple accused of selling atomic secrets) so as time goes on and viewpoints change, we miss on what there side of the story is. Saddam Hussein was hanged shortly after US occupation, supposably he really believed he had WMDs because his staff said so out of fear so they propped up this myth. And another was Saddam was more concerned of invasion by Iran instead of US. I also think he could have spilled a lot of dirt on various world leaders including those in US during his time in power. But he is conveniently dead so all this is subject to conjecture.

Getting back to life in jail means innocent people have a chance, few years ago Michigan (or some other state in that region) the governor put a halt on all death penalties even though he was pro-death penalty. Reason was a study showed 160 death row inmates were found innocent due to DNA testing. I don't have details on the story, I heard of it briefly mentioned on a radio news program.

Comment: Re:At this point Mars is running before you can wa (Score 1) 228

Of all the reasonable candidates, (Low earth orbit, the Lagrange points, the Moon, Mars, Asteroids) Mars is about the worst.

Reason everyone loves to talk about Mars is because the task to build hardware is deferred to smucks 20 years into the future (Mars is always 20 years away so it's easy to crank out papers, graphics, PDFs and PPTs). That's why nobody talks about the Moon unless you start building hardware now. Though things like a earth transfer stage and a lunar lander takes time but if you don't have something substantial to demonstrate in 10 years, your credibility will be very low.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir