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Comment: Re:[T]hings that ... fail: lots of experience at t (Score 2) 201 201

Libya: Obama's exercise in failed "regime change" has left Libya more fucked up than what W did to Iraq. Why'd Obama depose Qaddafi again?

From my reading, that was actually Europe, mostly France and Italy. They were willing to push their agenda and get rid of Qaddafi, got Europe involved, and then realized that they couldn't carry out such a mission without NATO resources, which meant dragging in the US. I can't find real reference to it, but I suspect that Europe basically said "we supported you in Iraq, now you can support us in this" and we had to get involved in North Africa to scratch Europe's back. Notice that that was the NATO operation that we were not in charge of.

Comment: Re:Nope! (Score 1) 404 404

Even if we believed the lunacy that the US put Saddam up to invading Kuwait, why didn't Saddam get the clue to leave when Bush, Sr. massed hundreds of thousands of US troops on his border? Hell, since, according to you Saddam did whatever Bush wanted, why didn't the "This will not stand" speech do the trick?

We didn't put him up to it, but he did approach us diplomatically three times, twice in person, to make sure we weren't going to mass our troops on his border if he did invade Kuwait and kept all of it, to which we replied "We have no opinion on your Arab – Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait." After that, it becomes a much different issue of saving face and maintaining power in his own country, and not believing anything the US has to say.

Comment: Re:Nope! (Score 1) 404 404

I've also always wondered why the U.S. put all its money on the Arab countries instead of Iran.

My understanding it that is all comes down to a end of WW2 agreement with Saudi Arabia. We aid and protect them and they will keep the oil flowing. The invasion of Kuwait really put a emphasis on this as at the time Iraq and a five million man army while Saudi Arabia had 15 million total population. that's why we still deal with them even though it is the well spring of anti-American terrorism in the middle east and why they still deal with us although they support our enemies.

Comment: Re:Nope! (Score 1) 404 404

Is there any other way for a Middle Eastern country to earn our respect, other than to be able to nuke us?

Probably not. Saddam and Iraq tried to play our friends, deferring to us as to if they should invade Kuwait or not, yet even though the US gave permission, it then moved in to attack Iraq once they did. After 9/11, Iran offered their sympathies and offered to aid in finding and stopping who did this, and we put them on the "Axis of Evil" list. It seems that the US has its own agenda and it doesn't matter what other countries do as to how they figure into it.

Comment: Re:Cost of making the USA piss their pants: Pricel (Score 4, Interesting) 404 404

"it's all about Islam."

DING DING DING!!! We have a winner. You wins the internet. I wish the rest of the world would fucking get it. You can't rationalize radical religious convictions.

Well, until you realize that those religious lines are conveniently following ethnic lines that have existed much longer than islam. The main driver in the middle east is sunni-shia politics which equates to arab-persian politics. The west is just an issue to be dealt with after the shia issue has been dealt with ti the IS.

Comment: Re:Cost of making the USA piss their pants: Pricel (Score 1) 404 404

You're forgetting that everyone in the region hates Iran... except syria... and syria is falling apart.

Well, you're forgetting Iraq. Iraq is also falling apart, but one of the biggest pieces is the shia part of Iraq which is more than happy to deal with Iran. The Kurds are the Kurds, and an issue they, Iraq, and Turkey have always dealt with. The other, smaller part of Iraq, which used to be in control but is no longer is the sunni part which is joining the IS. The IS had already stated that they wish to see all shia dead. The middle east is in the middle of a religious war that falls closely along ethnic boundaries with the arabs and persians being the main contestants.

Comment: Re:Why is Uber better? Serious question. (Score 1) 228 228

Uber is 1000 times better for transportation than the taxi cartel

Why? Seriously, I haven't used Uber and the last time I rode in a taxi was years ago so I have no dog in this fight. Why did you think Uber is better? Better service? Better value? Or is just that they are sticking it to The Man? I'm legitimately asking because I just don't really see what is so amazing about Uber as a casual observer. Saying they are "1000 times better" is obviously hyperbole but what makes them better if indeed they are better?

I'm in the same situation as you, but from listening to my friends here in Seattle that love Uber so much, they are more expensive than Seattle cabs, but they show up quickly, you can see their status on the phone, they are clean, the drivers have been polite, and will even have things like free bottled water on hot days in special cases. On the flip side, Seattle cabs have a habit of not showing up, lying about having shown up and trying to call you (this has happened to me several times*), have old, dirty cars (all are old cop cars bought at auction), and several people I know have had drivers get angry and yell at them (usually about news such as when something is going on in the middle east).

*This is the primary reason that I have not used cabs in years. Not only do they take forever, understandably that when I want to use them, probably lots of other people do to, but that they will just not show up and lie to the company about it. It creates a pretty bad impression calling the cab company three times over an hour and having them tell you that they driver said they stopped at the address each time but nobody was there and did't answer the phone. Of course, I was on the sidewalk outside my apartment with my suitcase and cell at the time, and no time in that hour did a taxi even drive down the street, let alone park infant of my house. I could see it creating jobs as people who have given up on cabs have taken up using Uber.

Comment: Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 1) 609 609

No the shame is that most Americans don't believe that social consequences are their problem. This is why your society looks more and more like a toilet every day.

It's not so much that most Americans don't believe that social consequences are their problem, but rather getting them to agree as to what the problems are and what the solutions might be.

Comment: Re:London's fantastic... (Score 1) 410 410

I don't get why people want to live in cities - I really just don't understand it. For example:

From stations within a few minutes walk of where I live, I can be at Victoria station in less than 20 minutes and London Bridge in less than 25.

By comparison, from my land in 25 minutes I drive past my neighbor's waterfall on the other side of my canyon, past the fjord, down between the mountains and the ocean and into town. You share a ride with little personal space with strangers in an underground tunnel.

I just don't understand why people want that kind of life.

Because some of us like people, places to go, and things to do, especially in an urban setting. Lived in a town before. Lived in a 25 minute drive to the city before. I found it boring, didn't like the culture that came with it, and don't want to live like that. I like being in a place that has things I want to do, places I want to go to, and people I like. I also like mountains and ocean. In Seattle, I have all the urban setting by walking and the mountains and ocean in the same 25 minute drive. Now, if we'd just get more public transit (like London) so I didn't have to drive everywhere.

Comment: Re:Update the resume (Score 1) 229 229

These people have already lost their jobs. The only difference is how much longer they collect the checks, and how much Disney forces them to shut up next time.

It wouldn't be the first time I've seen somebody quit and then get rehired on as a contractor at a much higher rate to do their old job because the company really needed that person.

Comment: Re:Effect of nukes on NEOs (Score 1) 272 272

Most of the damage from a nuclear weapon comes from the overpressure created by superheated air. There's no air in space. So apart from being hit by tiny fragments of bomb casing and part of the object being heated a little not much would happen, even if detonated on the surface of such an object. Drilling into it on the other hand might - MIGHT work. Now, how'd you like to drill a couple hundred feet into solid iron-nickel alloy?

It's possible to make a kinetic weapon out of a nuclear bomb. The principle is similar to a hydrogen bomb, but instead of surrounding the initial atomic bomb with an x-ray reflective shell to focus them on hydrogen to cause intense pressure and cause fusion, the x-rays are instead focused in a single direction at an x-ray absorbing material. This material is turned into a plasma traveling in a relativistic speed in the intended direction where it will slam into and impart its energy to a desired target. Originally designed for space combat, it hasn't been tested, but is pretty simple in theory.

Comment: Re:Wait a friggin minute... (Score 2) 180 180

Okay, opinions and feelings inside, the veteran in me demands to know: "WTF, have you idiots never heard of COMSEC/OPSEC?"

This is all part of Russian PSYOPS. You can practically hear Putin saying "Ya, we have soldiers there. So, whatcha gonna do about it? You don't have the balls to do what it takes and counter us Russians."

Comment: Re:Absence of OPSEC is compensated by disinformati (Score 1) 180 180

You won't find many such comments here. Not that they don't exist - it's just that the Russian propaganda workers are focusing primarily on Russian-language media.

I think there are plenty of such comments here, however, they do not have karma and are ACs.

Comment: Re:Because colleges and universities have forgotte (Score 1) 306 306

... what their role is.

Higher education is there to train people to - get this - FILL JOBS! But these days, universities believe that their job is to just 'educate students' in whatever curriculum they (the universities) see fit.

They forgot that the curriculum itself is not the ultimate goal. Gaining the skills necessary to be able to successfully fulfill the job role is the actual goal.

I really think you have gotten this exactly backwards if anything. It varies by college, but most are there to pass along pure knowledge and pretty much groom those who are looking at academia. That the way it was for my physics degree. My physics councilor had my degree and had no idea what jobs there were in the real world. When I went to engineering college, it was much more oriented towards at least thinking about what happens after graduation.

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