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Comment: Not Ukraine, no. But Russia... (Score 2) 623

by halivar (#46518939) Attached to: Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

We have no interest in the Ukraine. This is true. We do, however, have interest the resurgence of Russia as an international antagonist. If we can stop Ukraine from entering into the Russian fold, we can put a kink in the establishment of the Eurasian Union (tentatively with Ukraine, Georgia, and Azerbaijan), which would otherwise negatively impact our economic clout.

Fact is, in an almost totally globalized economy, almost everyone has an interest (either direct or indirect) with every event in the world, whether you like or approve of it or not.

Comment: Last Minute Reveal of Sucralose (Score 2) 543

by DrewBeavis (#46045415) Attached to: 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent
They may have obtained $2 million in pre-orders, but just last week they revealed that the shipping version will contain Sucralose, an artificial sweetener. If they can't figure out a way to manage the PR issues besides just saying "You people are ignorant, sucralose is fine," then Soylent may not last long. Regardless of the pros or cons of artificial sweeteners, you have to give the customer what they want and not what they don't.

Comment: Who would be surprised by this? (Score 0) 221

by daveschroeder (#45857111) Attached to: NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

One of NSA's chief missions is breaking encryption. So (for the US folks among us) it's okay when it's the German or Japanese codes in WWII, but somehow sinister when the reality is that much of the world now shares the same tools, systems, services, networks, encryption standards, etc.?

In a free society governed by the rule of law, it is not the capability, but the law, that is paramount. And for all of the carping and hand-wringing about what NSA is doing because its capabilities continue to be laid bare, where is the worry about what states like China and Russia are doing?

Comment: They're destroyed first...that's the whole idea (Score 5, Insightful) 174

by daveschroeder (#45571237) Attached to: Mediterranean Sea To Possibly Become Site of Chemical Weapons Dump

The whole idea is that the chemical weapons are destroyed FIRST...they are being destroyed AT SEA, not "destroyed" by simply dumping them into the ocean.

The fact that the other blog entries hosted at the same site as TFA include:

- Rihanna Displays Illuminati Hand Gesture at Latest Music Award Performance

- SSDI Death Index: Sandy Hook 'Shooter' Adam Lanza Died One Day Before School Massacre?

- 15 Citizens Petition to Secede from the United States

- Will U.S. Troops Fire On American Citizens?

- Illuminati Figurehead Prince William Takes the Stage with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift

- Has the Earth Shifted â" Or Is It Just Me?

- Mexican Government Releases Proof of E.T.'s and Ancient Space Travel ...should give you a hint as to the veracity of the content. (And yes, I realize it's simply a blog site with a variety of authors and content.)

As should the first comment, from "LibertyTreeBud", saying:

"Why not add it to some new vaccine? Or, perhaps add it to the drinking water and feed it to the live stock? These creatures will do anything for profits. Lowest bidder mentality rules."

What "creatures", exactly? The international organization explicitly charged with the prohibition and destruction of chemical weapons? What alternatives are people suggesting, exactly?

If you want a real article discussing this situation factually, not the tripe linked in the summary, see:

Comment: Re:Please Leave the Gun Rights Debate Out Of This (Score 1, Offtopic) 159

by halivar (#44869059) Attached to: Reddit Bans Subreddit Dedicated To Finding Navy Yard Shooters

This is getting tedious. America has had more guns than people since Euros first stepped foot on it 500 years ago. If guns haven't turned the US into a lawless Mad Max apocalyptic wasteland by now, chances are it isn't going to anytime soon.

Oh wait you mean the real solution is too hard so you have to have to run and hide under so called gun rights?

And WTF does it even mean to "run and hide" under gun rights? This is histrionic babble.

Comment: Re:For what I hope is the last time (Score 1) 1255

by halivar (#44855845) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

Fascism has a very specific meaning that excludes Stalin and Mao. It is not a general term meaning "autocratic assholes." We already have a term for that: autocratic assholes does pretty nicely. They were Big-C Communists. And they were autocratic assholes. The problem with /.'ers is they confuse communism on a whole with their own particular favorite flavor of anarcho-communism, and then pronounce the others No True Scotsmen.

Comment: Re:The US should stay out of it (Score 1) 222

by halivar (#44636157) Attached to: Syrian Rebels Claim Hundreds Killed By Poison-Gas Attack

I understand what he meant. I was commenting because he was apparently ignoring the overwhelming weight of historical and archaeological evidence that says the Jews/Hebrews/Peoples-Front-Of-Whatever came from exactly where they said they were. This isn't a because-the-bible-or-torah-said-so thing.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell