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Comment: Re:Alternatively... (Score 1) 50 50

According to the military, that isn't the problem. Apparently the current generation is more willing to kill than any prior generation that they kept records for... WW1's generation had a really hard time actually intentionally shooting someone.

Even up to Vietnam it was quite common for US soldiers to intentionally miss.

The military is saying the problem is not that people are sissies so much as they're fat and weak. So they've shifted a lot of the training from bits where they key up people's killer instincts and instead spend that time running laps and doing push ups.

I can send you reports from the marines and army. They're very happy with the "grit" of the men showing up to serve. They're just annoyed out how out of shape they are.

If the military requires drone pilots then the requirement for fitness in military service drops a lot. Which helps the USA a lot because the majority of 'Murcans are not fit for military service at all.

Just set the flabby fatty 'Murcan in the chair in front of the drone controls and let them murder as many people as they like cos they LOVE killing.

Comment: Re:What happened to basic training standards? (Score 1) 50 50

We have become a nation accustomed to throw money at every problem. Looking back at the conflicts we have been involved since WWII, I guess we have also forgotten how to win wars. What is the end result? A very expensive and sophisticated army that can't win a war?

In the meantime, the Chinese and the Russians are threatening the sovereignty of their neighbours. Strange days indeed.

The USA has been at war for a lot more of its history than any other country, and thats with a very short history indeed.

The USA has a strong tendency to be more belligerent, more likely to go to war, more likely to fuck with its neighbours than China has ever been in its entire history (except when it was ruled by the Mongols but thats completely different).

Comment: Re:What happened to basic training standards? (Score 1) 50 50

Ah how the U.S. Military has softened up. I remember pushups, kick in the helmet, and more pushups, sweat in the eyes, drill sergeant fear and pushups to correct my shooting posture and shaking.

I am sure it is a cool corrective tool to use, but its a crutch. But we have been shooting guns for centuries and using less-than-accurate firearms than we have now, its a matter of attention, caring and wanting to be good with your firearm.

And icing on the cake: When I was in the 'motherland' for OIF, it was a great feeling to know I had good shooting mechanics and trusted my shot. I couldn't imagine being in the military and sucking at that.

Can't have people being afraid of joining the military because they are worried about the discipline!

BTW the USA has the lowest 'fit for military service' per head of population than any other country on Earth. They are desperate to get people in the military and desperate to get them fit for service. Why do you think the USA is so keen on drones, fighting robots etc?

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 248 248

no, just make it illegal under penalty of long prison sentences for businesses to use public arrest records when considering hiring people. maybe if that hr person was afraid of squatting over a filthy toilet clutching her underwear while looking over her shoulder in fear, 4 times a day for 4 years, she might think twice about denying someone a job for being arrested in a police state. just saying.

Unfortunately its not fear of the punishment that makes someone think twice before committing a crime. Its almost only the prospect of being caught that figures. And of course they think they are awesomely clever so they underestimate the prospects of being caught. So they still commit the crime even if the sentence for, say, stealing a loaf of bread is death by hanging or, possibly worse, being deported to Australia.

Punishment is pretty meaningless in this context. You have to make it really stupid easy for them to be caught so that even their arrogant minds can see it.

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 5, Insightful) 248 248

Why do arrest records have to be public?

Would you like them to be not public?

"No, we have no idea where your hubby Joe Smith is. We haven't arrested him"
'But he was seen in the back of your patrol car!'
"Nope, sorry lady"

Theres a country where employers do background checks including looking at arrest records. If you've ever been arrested you'll never get a decent job again. So you were wrongfully arrested, acquitted, maybe the cops were even punished. You were still arrested and you still won't get a job.

Still want arrest records to be a matter of public record? Better also have laws prohibiting people from refusing a former arrestee a job, just like they do for gays and racial minorities. Mr "Sorry but my religion won't let me hire a gay" has a problem. Mr "Sorry but you were once arrested, I can't give you a job." should also have a problem.

At most the background check shouldn't be for arrests but for convictions...

Comment: Re:of course they do (Score 0) 81 81

Taps that feed the NSA/CIA are FBI property. So they want the TPB webserver logs? The people wanted the FBI to do something about organized crime back BEFORE it promoted the corruption it has on the scale it is at this point. Subsequently, "There's no such thing as TPB bay logs". -and I doubt that there is any interest in copyright trolls other than FBI shits and giggles and exactly what do they propose to do with these logs if they existed by submission to a 'broken system'?

The FBI operate within the USA. The NSA and CIA are supposed to operate outside the USA. So one would assume that either GCHQ, CSIS, NZSIS or ASIS are the ones feeding the data since, due to 5 eyes, these guys are all spying like crazy on 'Murcans and feeding their intel to the NSA/CIA/FBI

Comment: Re:Fee Fees Hurt? (Score 2) 259 259

The USA's famous "right" to free speech only applies to dialog between you and the government.

Other citizens don't have to put up with your bullshit and your right to free speech isn't being violated in the slightest when they tell you to STFU.

And the government can tell you 'Murcans to exercise your 'free speech' in special fenced areas.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 0) 819 819

Drone pilots more removed from the action than infantry? Hell yes.

More removed then the rest of the Air Force? Hell no.

The way a drone strike works is a drone loiters on station for weeks on end. During this time the drone's pilots figure out who is in the house when, so they can avoid blowing it up when the local equivalent of the Girl Scouts are in the living room. Which means drone pilots know when their target takes the trash out, whether the teenage daughter has a boyfriend who sneaks in sometimes, etc. This makes for attacks that are much easier on the civilian population then normal bombing, because you can skip the night when the girl and her boyfriend are enjoying themselves, but it makes for very stressed out drone pilots.

OTOH, an F-16 would only be able to loiter on target for a half-hour at a time, and the pilot would be spending his time there focussing on the attack, so he has no fucking idea that the terrorist mastermind he's about to attack has a daughter up to hijinks. He'll drop the bomb, write on his paperwork that the building was totaly destroyed, and dance the Dance of Successful Combat Missions.

So why is it they keep blowing up weddings? And then blowing up everyone who comes to help?

Cowards. But thats become the American way.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 2) 819 819

It's not as easy to sneak onto a military base (where, you know, base housing is located) as the TV/movies would have you believe. You do know that, right?

Grandparents included, I bet they don't all live on base. Aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews etc, you can't keep them all under armed guard all the time. Any relatives who live overseas get big giant targets painted on them. Oh and this info was all recently leaked. It shouldn't be too hard to find them.

Its ugly but thats how you have to fight against an opponent who acts like this. Its basic Sun Tzu; in response to an enemy who takes shelter in an impregnable position you attack something (outside of that position) they MUST defend.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 819 819

Drone pilots are actually burning out due to extreme crisis of conscious issues. They work 9-5 killing people, then go home to their families; they're not living in a constructed fantasy of good versus evil fueled by the fact that other people are living in the same fantasy and mutually trying to kill you under the impression that you're the invader. They see themselves as terrible assassins, not righteous heroes fighting a murderous enemy.

Well good then because they are terrible assassins.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 0, Troll) 819 819

Drones with weapons aren't autonomous.

Drone pilots don't seem to have much of a conscience either. They are far removed from the action, the consequences, less involved.

If I were up against drones my first response would be infiltrators who would target the drone pilots families, the shops they go to, the people they owe money to, people who owe them money etc etc. Go Kaiser Sose on them. If they want to hide behind drones let them face the consequences.

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop