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Comment: Re:The Republicans are right (Score 1) 486

by rahvin112 (#49185437) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

You have to wonder how afraid the Republican party is of the day the Supreme court agrees and yanks the Health Insurance on 9 MILLION people. There will be so many stories like 8 year old kids with leukemia that die because they lost their health insurance that it will absolutely trash the reputation of the GOP. The media will have a field day with it running a constant stream of tear jerking stories about people who lost their health insurance. These stories are perfect ratings drivers and will draw huge viewership (which is all the media cares about anymore). The outrage will be extreme.

I almost want the court to rule against the obamacare subsidies just to see the backlash. Anyone that thinks this will be a win for the GOP are probably the same dumb-asses that thought shutting down the government was a good strategy. Of course I hope they don't because I don't want a bunch of poor people to die because they lost a subsidy the government really did intend to give them. Other than Scalia pulling out 200 year old dictionaries to justify a completely illogical opinion I do believe the court will side with the government.

Comment: Re:Why can't they fairly negotiate? (Score 2) 61

by rahvin112 (#49184789) Attached to: SpaceX's Challenge Against Blue Origins' Patent Fails To Take Off

Or Westinghouse or any of the major other industrial era inventors. In fact the more things change the more they stay the same.

Could you name a single person that developed something, patented and built a business on it? People like Edison that manage the development or purchase/steal the idea are the norm, not the solitary inventor who becomes a millionaire.

Comment: Re:God Republicans are Stupid (Score 1) 125

by rahvin112 (#49182361) Attached to: The Mexican Drug Cartels' Involuntary IT Guy

I think what she did was wrong. But it's not like there isn't precedent for it at this point. Between the Bush Admin doing the exact same thing including major staffers (I remember it being 3 key staff) using private email completely to "losing" the entire email server and all backups right before he left office including the total loss of all communication in the run up to the Iraq war. And it runs on down the chain to governors and others that violate these rules all over the country. It's actually quite common behavior.

Yes it should be stopped and they should follow the damn law, but there is a little hypocrisy in the people railing on Hillary and making this huge attack out of it when they were defending Bush for doing the same damn thing. Pardon me if I'm a bit skeptical about your outrage being entirely partisan and engaged as propaganda.

Comment: Re: Jerri (Score 2) 533

Obama can't countermand the order?

Obama can't force the Iraqi's duly elected government to sign an agreement they won't sign without using force and forcibly removing said elected government that we supported. How hard is it for you to fucking understand that. They did NOT want us there anymore, and there is NOTHING anyone could have done to keep that going short of military force against the Iraqi government. Maybe we should have pulled another Bush and dissolved the existing government and watched the whole thing slide into anarchy with the US troops as the pin cushions everyone is shooting at.

Is that what you are suggesting? Obama should have used military force to force the Iraqi's to do what you think they should have? You know the American people didn't want to be there anymore either, by a WIDE margin. So fuck the Iraqi's and the American people, you will force EVERYONE to have American troops in a shithole country that doesn't make 2 whits of difference to the US.

So, the civilian uprising that happened when we left was better than the one that the Shia would have stage-managed?

Yes it would have been far worse, the Shia's and their militia's would have turned against the US harshly. The highest violence of the Iraq war was when the Shia militias and the Sunni insurgents were both attacking the US forces. Had we breached the agreement and remained it wouldn't have just been the militias, it would have been everyone. Only a fool would ignore such strong public opinion.

ISIS is a catch-22. Either you fix it from outside or acknowledge that a Caliphate is in the cards.

Or we could simply let them do their thing and let them turn the Muslim world against them. Personally I'm of the opinion that we should just let the middle east have the war that the western world has been suppressing for the last 100 years. The same war they've been fighting for the last 1000 years. But you know, fools like you that ignore history and want to play world cop just don't get it. This fight is none of our fucking business. We shouldn't risk a single American life. We should have never invaded that area to begin with and caused this whole problem and we will only make it worse by being involved.

But you are clearly the same as those fuckers that want America to play world police while cutting taxes and running up huge deficits. You want to go to war and be the worlds big bad bully but you aren't going to pay for it. You're the same as those ignorant politicians that want to ignore the bad stuff America has done in history, probably in the hope that we can do the same bad stuff over again.

This country would be far better off if we start worrying about our own problems rather than the rest of the worlds.

Comment: Re: Jerri (Score 2) 533

Bush signed the withdrawl order, not Obama. That's the reason people keep bringing it up. Discount history all you want.

Had we refused to leave on the withdrawal date we would have been the center of the largest civilian uprising ever. The entire country would have turned against us. The Iraqi's are uniformly against ANY foreign troops on their soil. After a 10 year occupation and millions dead I hardly blame them.

Here's something else to consider. ISIS is an end of the world cult. They believe there is going to be some final battle that ends the world in the area they control between the forces of Islam and the forces of "Rome". They NEED foreign troops to engage them to prove their end of the world scenario. You want to give them what they want?

Comment: Re:This should be upmodded (Score 2) 533

What you mean is he should have imperialistically intervened in a grassroots campaign to overthrow a dictator and helped that dictator suppress the wants and needs of the people. Neocons like you are disgusting people.

It's time America stopped trying to play the worlds cops. These conflicts have LONG been simmering. It only ends badly when we get involved. Freedom isn't free, if these countries and people really want freedom they are going to have to shed blood and kill the fuckers that are in the way. Only then will they truly appreciate freedom and it's costs.

Comment: Re:Okay, didn't want to go here but... (Score 1) 253

by rahvin112 (#49161855) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

A foreign entity wouldn't have targeted a 20 year old weather satellite. They would have hit a major new spy sat. The only one with an interest to target a bird that old would be the US. If the argument is that it was shot down with some energy weapon the most likely perpetrator is the USA.

Comment: Re:Cheaper in Vietnam (Score 1) 85

by rahvin112 (#49147459) Attached to: Microsoft Closing Two Phone Factories In China

China might have supported Vietnam during the US war but Vietnam and China have gone to war and not just once and if you go far enough back in history you will find China and Vietnam have been enemies far longer than they've been friends. IIRC China has actually invaded and occupied vietnam several times.

Comment: Re:Realistic (Score 2) 372

by rahvin112 (#49130533) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

You appear to be unaware of how power is priced. I suggest you research the matter before you make comments such as the one you did.

Here's just a few things to think about.

Power prices fluctuate all day long. Residential prices are regulated at the average price the utility pays for power. This is frequently well above the price they pay for the power in all but the one or two hours a day where there is peak use.

Solar power generates the bulk of it's use when commercial power rates are the highest. So the utility is paying the customer 12 cents a kilowatt but then selling it to the business down the road for 32 cents.

Power is purchased in two ways. There are long term contracts where pricing is very low but the utility is required to take all the power. And then their is peaking power where payment is made on a supply-demand model. For example, the utility purchases their base load at somewhere around 4-5 cents a kwh, but peaking prices could reach 20+ cents.

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 3, Insightful) 398

Instead you need to compare the costs and benefits of legalized dope

The only comparison that should be made is, does the guy smoking/drinking "X" impede on your personal rights. If the answer is no there shouldn't even be a law on the subject. Alcohol and drug prohibition do not work because they are trying to protect people from themselves. Prohibition actually makes the problem far worse by not only increasing the desire to do them, but putting crime networks behind the highly lucrative trade and sale.

Prohibition has failed twice now, it doesn't work and you'd do well to acknowledge that fact. You'd also do well to get off the Nanny state bandwagon.

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