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Comment: Re:Nice to see. (Score 1) 216

by qpqp (#47328667) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Who is going to keep thousands of fully charged 1000lb batteries all around the nation so you can visit your site of the day?

Why, the gas stations, of course. They gotta make use of all that infrastructure that they already have somehow, and with the downward slope of the demand for gas, (and depending on what the next mainstream is going to be, since it could as easily be LPG), they'll have little choice.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 179

by qpqp (#47252983) Attached to: Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

Otherwise it would have simply said, "Vote B to remain a part of Ukraine".

Well, that's what it meant, except with more autonomy (e.g. with the ability to keep Russian as an official language inside Crimea).
Huffington Post has a pretty one-sided narrative of the events from what I've read in recent months. They also miss a lot of information.

Not that I can do anything about it except yammer on message boards.

Dito... :-/

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 179

by qpqp (#47248811) Attached to: Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

I.e. " Do you want to be part of russia, or not part of Ukraine".

Huh? The 1992 constitution of Crimea sees it as an autonomous republic of Ukraine. Maybe You, I or both of us are misunderstanding something here.

Regarding the Russian passports, I guess it has something to do with dual citizenships, i.e.:

[...] if [a Ukrainian] citizen acquired citizenship of (was naturalized by) another country, then in legal relations with Ukraine, the person is recognized as a citizen of Ukraine only. Thus, presently, according to the legislation of Ukraine dual citizenship is not prohibited, but also is not recognized [...]

It's also pretty much plausible and conceivable that the passport was used only for ID purposes and they had lists of eligible voters beforehand (at least that's the way it works in Germany: you just have to present a valid ID and be on the list).

And, re: "beating non russian looking voters", regardless of whether it actually happened (source?), there were not too many of those:

where they now form ~ 12% minority

(Crimean Tatars & ethnic groups in Crimea).

I'm not a jingoist. America (and any major power) is going to have black marks on it's record.

What I'm really trying to achieve here, is to cut through the thick fog of propaganda (from all sides) and get at the core of the issue (i.e. discrimination of a large part of the population by a (then) unelected government).
If I put myself in their shoes, I can totally understand the wish to distance themselves from a seemingly oppressive regime (not everyone welcomes their new overlords as we do here on /.), and being a semi-autonomous region (e.g. unlike Kosovo), they made use of their right to do so.

In addition, there were international observers present during the referendum.
And, as a last one, (internal Russian politics notwithstanding,) this is long but raises some interesting points:

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 179

by qpqp (#47246197) Attached to: Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry
I dunno, I feel uncomfortable with the whole "invasion" term.
Difficult to put it in US terms, but imagine, if the Canadian government would decide to revoke the official status of the French language (or the other way around); I guess they'd be pretty fucking pissed as well.
Georgia is a whole different story altogether: South Ossetia "declared independence from Georgia in 1990" and Apsny/Abhazia is similar.
The point is that if an ethnic majority of a region wants independence, they should be able to attain it, isn't that what democracy is all about? The right to self-determination? It makes little difference anyway, because eventually we will all be globalized (economically and politically) or perish.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 179

by qpqp (#47246009) Attached to: Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

ad 1, possibly. So? (see next point.)

ad 2, the point is that once people started realizing that the newly formed "government" is going to abolish Russian as a language and treat the majority of the people of Crimea as if they were a small minority, the sentiments changed abruptly.

ad 3, a,b: what's your point again?
ad 3 c: Yes, see point 2. The putschist government did exactly that acting illegal and without consent of the people.

ad 4: First, it's Bandera, not banderol. Second, they came to secure their assets and were allowed to do so (i.e. perimeter around their bases and up to 20k soldiers).

ad 5: They do have bulletproof vests, sponsored by EU & US; I don't watch Ukrainian TV, I get my information from the ground; please explain, why so many military units defected. Lugansk and Donetsk are not Crimea.

ad 6: It's just pointing out the hypocrisy of the EU, US and new "government". What Russians do in their own country is their business.

ad 7: It's fine, if they did it 200+ years ago. Why do people keep forgetting that Crimea used to be a part of Russia? Seems convenient.

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