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Comment: Re:Why do thei retire the ISS? (Score 1) 148

by painandgreed (#49366677) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

Seals can be replaced. And I have no idea what "not radiation rated" means. If materials succumb like that, then they should be shielded better.

The entire space station thing smells suspiciously like a welfare program for the military-industrial complex.

Thank you mister "I have no idea". Replacing the seals would take a dismantling and reassembling project costing more than putting up a new station. Sending up more shielding would have probably also cost more than sending up a new station later. In the end, it's up there to do experiments enabling them to to build a new space station after twenty years so three can then build a better space station.

Comment: Re:Non-linear gravity (Score 3, Interesting) 233

by painandgreed (#49358309) Attached to: Dark Matter Is Even More of a Mystery Than Expected

We're trying to explain inflation and the motions of stars orbiting galaxies not matching our naive model.... couldn't a non-linear gravity model explain all this without the dark energy/matter hocus pocus?

Sure, but that would involve even greater hocus pocus than the current theory and fails at explaining other observations. So far, trying to come up with any hypothetical explanation involving MOND has been so complex that nobody has been able to come up with one that explains even the rotation of galaxies. If you or any other person could come up with a good law of nonlinear gravity that works, even if it completely fails at any of the other observations, there's a paper in a prestigious journal and some physics cred for you.

Comment: Re:They don't have the funds for that also that pa (Score 1) 226

by painandgreed (#49346799) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

I didn't realize putting thieves and liars in prison for their crimes is 'revolution'. In my dictionary this is called 'due process' and is a function of a properly functioning government.

Yes, but in these cases it is less about due process and rule of law and more about a shift in power between rival factions. Sort of like one Chinese Communist party memeber being kicked out of the party and then tried and convicted of corruption that all the other party members are also part of. Or Hitler having somebody executed for murder when he was probably the one that gave the order to do the killing in the first place.

Comment: Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 339

by painandgreed (#49338387) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

ISIS is worth an estimated $2 billion and has been around since 1999 and would love to nuke any Western target but they haven't. That they haven't tells me they don't have a bomb. That they don't have a bomb tells me that it isn't that easy.

They might be able to, but would we let them? Building a bomb might be easy, but building a bomb in secret is much, much harder. The infrastructure needed is large and still requires expensive equipment which is why people are all on Iran's office.

Comment: Re:the US 'probably' wont use a nuke first.... (Score 1) 339

by painandgreed (#49337981) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

That's odd because Japan was on the brink of surrender anyway.

Well, Japan's idea of "surrender" was returning to previous borders, which would still include Korea and Manchuria, and then forgetting WW2 ever happened with no occuptation. They were no where near the unconditional surrender that the US was demanding. As it was, the Emperor said it was the bombs that made him to decide to surrender, and even then, there was an attempted coup by the military to keep the war going. Certainly, they could have tried using the bomb in Tokyo bay or out to sea as a demonstration attack. However, we were at war. Had Japan not surrendered and we would have invaded including dropping any more bombs we got made. I can't see any reason for a demonstration attack when they might have to just bomb those cities later.

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 1) 493

by painandgreed (#49336665) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

No more sweet tea, coke, or adding sugar to my coffee. Sucked for about a week, after that, no problems, and I've dropped 30lbs with no real effort other than breaking the sugar habit in that first week.

Anedote time. Same here. I quit having soad in the fridge and switched to unsweetened tea and water and ten pounds disappeared pretty quick without any work. I started using dumbbells for some simple weight lifting, built up my upper body strength, and another ten pounds (besides the muscle built up) disappeared. However, I tried cardio, and while I felt great and could run for an hour on a eliptical at what was supposed to be heavy exercise mode several times a week, it didn't affect my weight at all.

Comment: Re:This is the cost incurred for outsourcing defen (Score 1) 337

by painandgreed (#49321099) Attached to: German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden

I have been to Europe many times. I like it there and might even think about moving to Germany if it wasn't for my conscience not letting me subject new coworkers to my horrible American accent on a daily basis. But by dominance, I do not mean strict military oppression. It's all about the dollar and economies and the Euro has enough troubles and the EU fractured enough that there is no need for any military against them. Instead we use our military as leverage for them against others in many cases so they will fall on our side. The only reason the US was involved in Tunisia is because Europe discovered it couldn't run large operations there without NATO/US resources. When push comes to shove we'll use our military like we did in Iraq. The only countries against our adventurism there were France and Germany, coincidentally the countries running the oil operations already for Iraq. In the end, they had to deal with it. Russia doesn't want to deal with it, but we'll probably not encounter them directly, but just sell arms to their enemies like we have been doing since the end of WW2. The idea of actually using the military for acquisition of land has pretty much been put to bed along with installing noble houses. Instead, militaries are being used to keep economies strong.

Which worries me some. The US is spending lots of money on the military and it doesn't seem to be making us money. Well, I'm sure it's making somebody money, but is the US coming out in the black? If we shrink our military, would our economy shrink with it, causing a lack of confidence which will cause it to shrink some more in a vicious cycle?

Comment: Re:This is the cost incurred for outsourcing defen (Score 5, Interesting) 337

by painandgreed (#49301983) Attached to: German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden

The only reason Germany ran wild twice was because we (the victors of WWI) botched the unholy shit out of things the first time, basically wrecking Germany and creating a power vacuum.

I'd say it was a bit more complicated than that. The issues were not Germany's alone, nor that of the losers, nor even the occurance of the Great Depression. The entire 20's and 30's was a three way battle between the idealogies and factions of Democracy, Fascism, and Communism. Italy, Spain, Austria, and Germany fell to fasicsm before WW2 even started.Before they did, there was a see-saw battle in the streets. The foundations of the Nazi party gained prestige when they helped overthrown a communist coup in Bavaria. There was even debate in the US along those idealogical lines.

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