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Comment: Re:Competent Authorities (Score 1) 143 143

Snort, sure it does, as long as "the powerful" are those that Assange has an axe to grind on. Why doesn't Assange have any dirt on Russia? China? France? No other countries in the entire world merit a little of the light he claims to be bringing to society?

And this is what it all comes down to. You're trying to turn attention from documents published by Assange to Assange himself

Nope. Just pointing out that the claims of the church of Assange's faithful that the Holy Member is a counter to "the powerful" are only for those that Assange has an axe to grind on. @lt;- See that there? It's called a period, also known as a full stop. It isn't the starting point for all your fantasies.

Even if you manage to smash the mirror, it's still your image it showed, and you need to either live with it or change.

Hey, I'm French. I don't have the hangups with nudity/morality/etc that they have in the US. I'd love for Wikileaks to get off of Assange's axe grinding with the US/UK. How come the only image that matters to Assange (& you visibly) is the dark side of the USA? The DGSE Is white as snow somehow? They DON'T perform the same data collection that the NSA does? It matters less how?

I have expat friends from Russia & neighbouring countries that dismiss Assange as he refuses to publish anything about Russia. Why are Russia's adventures in the Crimea, in Georgia, in the Ukraine, etc undeserving of any attention by Assange/Wikileaks?

Or, I suppose, you could continue coming up with reasons why the mirror is immoral to distract from your image and keep your delusions. But that's unlikely to end well for you. Ignoring reality for self-adoring fantasy rarely does.

I'm not the one claiming that Assange deserves asylum for crimes, thus veiling myself away from the reality of who the man really is (and he is indeed a man, and thus not above our laws).

Comment: Re:Did you even read my post? (Score 1) 60 60

"did I read your post" That's rich coming from someone attempting to justify NZ as a launch site to ISS for a company making sounding rockets and now hoping to make the move up to a Falcon-1 sized launcher. You clearly have a lot emotionally invested in RL and/or NZ to the point that rational arguments explaining why RL will never launch to ISS are perceived as "emotional rantings". Sit down, imagine that RL was an Argentinian company & reread my posts. Without your emotional blinders on you might be able to get beyond your emotional blocks to perceive the truth in what I've told you. If you cannot, well then that's your problem, not mine.

Space-X abandoned Falcon-1 because the market is miniscule so they moved up to Falcon-9, something impossible for Electron without developing a new motor. Thus whether or not NZ is well suited to launching to a 51.6 is irrelevant. One can launch to 51.6 from anywhere. To launch to ISS, one must start with a launcher capable of lofting over 5 metric tons to 400KM orbit.

Comment: Re:Competent Authorities (Score 1) 143 143

He's shown wikileaks is about his ego, not truth.

Right. So did he lie?

Yes. Repeatedly and publicly (ex: his acceptance of bail conditions before fleeing justice), yet somehow for the true believers like you, every instance can be argued away.

Read the original quote. Notice how it talks about Wikileaks not being about truth. The issue is not whether Assange has ever told a lie in his life (because everyone has, and frankly it doesn't matter except for a smear campaign),

And as predicted, the attempt at explaining away the unexplainable starts.

Sure, not sharing your messianic opinion of Assange and wanting him to be judged like a normal person is capitulating...

Right. So do you think a normal person would be judged like this for not wearing a condom?

Eminently. According to the statements Assange didn't have consent to unprotected sex. Without consent it's rape.

Assange thinks that rules don't apply to him & people like you have their logic ass backwards in attempting to paint this as Assange being unfairly victimised. People could have had their doubts about his innocence until Assange turned this into a circus by first off claiming that it was all a smear campaign so that the US could snatch him easier from Sweden than from the UK & then breaking bail instead of facing justice.

Because that is what the Swedish lawsuit is nominally about.

Lawsuit?!? In what reality do you live in that you can conflate criminal justice proceedings with a civil lawsuit? Ah, I forgot, the church of Assange...

But ultimately, what does it matter? Even if you proved mathematically that Assange is the Devil himself,

YOU need for the man to be proven to be the devil to invalidate your current belief systems. I just want him to be treated like everyone else, answerable to the justice systems of the countries where he has in all probability committed rape & in jumping bail.

that still wouldn't change the fact that Wikileaks merely unmasks the sins of the powerful.

Snort, sure it does, as long as "the powerful" are those that Assange has an axe to grind on. Why doesn't Assange have any dirt on Russia? China? France? No other countries in the entire world merit a little of the light he claims to be bringing to society?

Comment: Re:Competent Authorities (Score 1) 143 143

He's shown wikileaks is about his ego, not truth.

Right. So did he lie?

Yes. Repeatedly and publicly (ex: his acceptance of bail conditions before fleeing justice), yet somehow for the true believers like you, every instance can be argued away.

But France is capitulating, again, to the skull-caps.

Sure, not sharing your messianic opinion of Assange and wanting him to be judged like a normal person is capitulating...

Comment: Re:Two corrections (Score 1) 60 60

So? Electron is still a tiny launcher with little hope of upsizing like Space-X did from Falcon-1 to Falcon-9, no governmental support & no well paying objectives like ISS resupply. I see nothing stopping them from burning through their cash & then closing like so many others have done.

Comment: Re:Let's try technical instead of emotional (Score 1) 60 60

Sorry I popped your rosy dreams with a dash of reality. History is littered with failed aerospace companies that ran out of money. Those that do not fail are the exceptions and have to prove themselves before their claims can be taken seriously.

Rocket Labs forecasts that Electron will be able to loft 125kg to 400Km (roughly ISS's orbit). 125 Kg is total payload. Subtract everything needed to keep active control over whatever they would be hoping to deliver to ISS. There is nothing that RL could possibly deliver that would justify taking the risk of their flying anywhere near ISS. Even your 20 year old orbital mechanics should be able to grasp that, no? Again:
Rocket labs will never launch anything to ISS. In the time it would take them to be big enough to be used to launch anything serious, ISS will be long gone.

Comment: Re:Not really a US company? (Score 2) 60 60

The claimed advantages of launching "deep in the Southern Hemisphere" are bunk. Unless you're launching into retrograde orbits there are no advantages to launching far from the equator. It's more likely that someone is running out of money and has to move back in with his parents.

Comment: Re:Totally worth it. (Score 1) 80 80

And we managed to expose hypocrisy in all other governments too, as for instance the U.S. was assuring everyone: "We don't spy on friends".

"Assured"?!? No, the gullible & the innocent assumed that the US wouldn't collect info (spy) where it could. Anyone with any knowledge of history knows that todays friends can be tomorrows enemies so it is prudent to avoid getting blindsided.

Those crying "How could they" clearly have little knowledge of how the real world works. They "discover" that the US has plans to invade Canada and breathlessly scream how evil the US is for planning ahead for every contingency.

Comment: Re:Just doing their job. (Score 1) 136 136

The job of the NSA is to spy and if they don't spy on everything spyable they aren't doing their job. Can't even figure out why this would worthy of a ./ headline.

Maybe it is. But I'm pretty sure if the USA found out that the French had our Presidents office/phone bugged, we'd (the USA) would have a shit about it.

Of course you would, Candide...
The only difference between the NSA & the DGSE is that the DGSE has essentially no legal limits, as confirmed by a recent French interior minister. When asked if the DGSE performed the same data collection that was so scandalous for the NSA, he replied "Yes, but here it's legal". Result? One line in French Newspapers...

You can continue to be "shocked, just shocked" that spying is being performed by organizations who's explicit mission is to spy, but we all can see through your Capitaine Renault impressions.

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