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Comment not terrorism (Score 1) 393

Terrorism is indiscriminate violence against the public to cause wideparead fear for political purposes.

Assassination of a bad ruler is not indiscriminate, not directed against the public, and not intended to cause fear. So not remotely terrorism.

Symbolically dumping tea into the harbor - again not even violent.

The democrats formation of the KKK - yes, THAT was a terrorist group. So you were saying that terrorism is NOT the legacy of the Democrats and their unionist supporters starting around the turn of the century, as I had said?

Comment ISIS governs territory. Terrorists SUPPORT ISIS (Score 1) 393

ISIS holds a huge swath of territory, which it in fact governs (brutally). ISS, as stated in its name, is a de facto state. There are terrorists, such as those in Paris, who -support- ISIS. The primary activity of ISIS is to control and a defend a territory in which they make an administer the law - they are fundamentally a (very bad) government, not a terrorist group. They are friendly with terrorist groups, of course.

So no, when people like Greenpeace co-founders, the UN, and myself point out that terrorists are associated with and supported by these green and leftists organizations, it does NOT mean they are a government or state like ISIS or North Korea. It means they, like al Qaeda, engage in violent acts against civilian targets intended to cause fear and alarm for political purposes (such as bombing various civilian buildings). That terrorist tactic of bombing civilian buildings was INVENTED by the American left. That's terrorism. Terrorism doesn't mean "occupying territory ", occupying is what militaries and states do, not terrorists.

I gave you a good representative list if you want to start adding up the death and disfigurement caused by all the eco-terrorist bombings. Based on the ones I've listed, I'd guesstimate a thousand or so, meaning they're in the top ten most lethal terrorist movements.

Comment Hoped. Cuban missile crisis, etc. Win wo shooting (Score 1) 125

> I think all the players knew that, by the early 80's, the Cold War would never be fought with guns (except by proxy), but rather by the manipulation of spheres of influence and politics

I think HOPED it would end without nuclear war. The Cuban missile crisis, the events described in TFA, etc suggested that it was entirely likely that one day, eventually someone would fire a missile which would in turn trigger nuclear armageddon- unless one side won before that happened. The trick was how to win without shooting. Kennedy and Reagan both handled that masterfully.

Comment Arson, bombing favored by leftist terrorists since (Score 1) 393

I guess you're young. Terrorism by right-wing groups is a fairly new thing in historical terms. Terrorism in the modern sense was more or less invented by the labor movement of 1890-1920, from which it spread to other left-leaning groups. The right-wing didn't pick it up until really the 1980s, with a couple of incidents in the 1960s.

  Greenpeace co-founder / early member Paul Watson has said publicly "There's nothing wrong with being a terrorist, as long as you win."

See the Haymarket Affair (bombing crowd-control police in the middle a crowd) by unionists, the Los Angeles Times bombing (unionists), The Preparedness Day Bombing (anti-war), 1920 bombing of Wall Street, 22 anti-corporatist bombings in NYC in 1940, anti-war activists like Sam Melville and Jane Alpert bombing banks, courts, and other buildings through the 1960s, Sterling Hall bombing (anti-war activists, 1970), Weather Underground bombing of the White House and other buildings (communists/ Leninist, black power), 1983 bombing of the Senate building by anti-war activists, etc.

Since then it's been picked up more by green terrorists such as Earth Liberation Front / Animal Liberation Front, while the UN has officially added Greenpeace to its list of known terrorist organizations.

As the FBI counter-terrorism chief writes:
During the past decade we have witnessed dramatic changes in the nature of the terrorist threat. In the 1990s, right-wing extremism overtook left-wing terrorism as the most dangerous domestic terrorist threat to the country. During the past several years, special interest extremism, as characterized by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), has emerged as a serious terrorist threat.

Earth Liberation Front terrorists such as Tre Arrow, Marie Mason, and Jeff Luers favored arson, using the techniques described on the ELF/ALF web site. On the other hand, SaveThePlanetProtest.org author James J. Lee used the traditional bomb to take hostages at Discovery Networks headquarters. Daniel G. McGowan (Earth Liberation Front) used arson.

Comment Gorbachev's off the cuff comment I heard live (Score 5, Interesting) 125

I was at an event where someone asked Gorbachev about the major economic changes in the early 1990s as the Soviet states re-organized into various coalitions after the USSR dissolved. In his reply, Gorbachev's main point was that it took longer for private industry to ramp up than had been hoped. I don't remember the exact words from the meat of his response; it was an "unimportant" preface clause that caught my attention. He replied:

"After Reagan defeated us Perestroika wasn't moving as quickly as we had anticipated and ..."

"After Reagan defeated us", that's how Gorbachev thinks of the fall of the Soviet Union. I'm no expert on US-Soviet relations in the 1980s, but Gorbachev certainly is. He knows the private discussions of the Politburo that historians can only guess about. And his four-word summary of the Soviet Union's fall is "after Reagan defeated us". Very interesting, I thought.

Comment or -effective- against the infidel imperialists (Score 5, Insightful) 393

Perhaps liberal social scientists who want to get rid of infidels invading their lands tend to get "a great new idea" and decide to sing a song to a the imperialists. Surely that'll work!

A conservative, by definition, values the lessons of history , the engineer seeks"solutions that actually work. The conservative engineer determines that singing a song has been ineffective, while blowing the bastards up more reliably stops their influence. So this conservative engineer takes the more effective action.

I'm kidding. Actually the terrorists they chose to study are probably the ones in the news right now - the ones who feel they are protecting their ancient traditions from the increasing influence of the western sodom, from Hollyweird movies celebrating promiscuity, homosexuality, etc. They aren't running their stats on Greenpeace terrorists. The people who seek to protect ancient traditions will tend to be conservative and work in traditional fields such as engineering. If Greenpeace extremists was your sample of terrorists, you'd find they tend to be liberal and have degrees in social sciences , environmental science, etc.

Comment ^ this guy for president. Which end game reasonabl (Score 3, Interesting) 534

Please run for president, or at least go explain to the president what a reasonable strategy might be. Based on your understanding, which is more thorough than 99.9% of people's, what do you think would be a reasonable strategy for the US going forward, considering the end game?

It seems pretty clear we don't want Daesh in control of the territory; which group(s) can we support which have a reasonable chance of establishing some stable control and aren't barbaric, and how should we be doing that? As a voter who hasn't heard of most of the groups you mentioned, what main point(s) do I need to hear from a candidate to think he or she might have stumbled on a reasonable approach?

Comment Can't see Circuit City anymore. CEO seeking a gig (Score 1) 164

> Just look at Circuit City, where the MBA fired all the high paid employees (who were making that much because they were highly knowledgeable and good at making sales)

I can't look at. Circuit City, they're gone. Moves like this which increase costs while reducing revenue and causing bankruptcy are self-limiting for private companies. And to be honest, "bankrupted Circuit City" as actually a -bad- mark on one's resume. The former Circuit City CEO is currently unemployed/ self-employed, looking for gigs himself.

Comment ISO 80000 weight unaffacted by atmospheric buoyanc (Score 1) 191

Weight does not vary by drag or buoyancy.

ISO 800000, which defines mass and weight, defines weight as Fg= mg. g is a locally constant value, NOT a property of object. g is ~ 9.8 m/s/s on earth. Weight is mass times g. To avoid any confusion, ISO 800000 explicitly states that atmospheric buoyancy is excluded for weight, that weight is the -local- g times the mass of the -object- . (Not the other way around, a -location- has gravity, an -object- has mass. Multiply the two to get weight.)

Also, as mentioned the SUBJECT line of post you replied to, and also your own post, FAA weight is EMPTY weight. It doesn't include the weight of any fluids including fuel, coolant, helium, etc. Guess you didn't bother to read your own subject line.

Comment freelancers end up more expensive overall (Score 1) 164

I've been closely involved with top-performing sectors of internet (including web hosting, etc) businesses since the around 1995-1996. It started out as mostly freelancers, mom and pop shops, doing business with each other. It's been cosolidating into much larger companies in a very noticeable way. The reason is cost. It costs more to have have 400 seperate companies, each employing one or two people, then to have one company employing 400 people.

Consider but two examples - taxes and insurance. If you have 400 people each having self-employment taxes to deal with, all separately buying individual insurance policies, you have to pay them enough to make it worth payng for and dealing with. The company down the road can save money while offering employees more by getting group insurance and filing -one- business return, not 400.

Sure, if you only need a CISSP certified security expert for 60 hours per year, you contract that out. But for most of your workforce, you want them 40 hours per week, all year. In those cases, the majority, employees end up costing less overall. Of course, the exact number of hours that's the cutoff will depend on the current federal and state government policies. California is a clear example - if following state and local laws and regulations cost $20,000 per employee per year, that'll make contracting out more attractive than if employer costs are $5,000 per employee per year.

Comment quads brought noobs. (Score 3, Interesting) 191

I first joined AMA 30 years ago. I've flown fixed wing, helicopters, and rockets. I've also climbed into something slightly larger and flown it. My next purchase will probably be a quad. I don't think that owning a quad will make me become stupid. The craft is not the problem.

The AMA used to work with manufacturers and retailers to have a very strong presence- every $12 kit included AMA information in the package. The AMA managed to reach a high enough percentage of purchasers that most were well-behaved.

Quads brought a ton of new people into the hobby and the existing community hasn't reached them effectively. Part of that is probably because models (other than rockets) used to be harder to fly, so newbies NEEDED an experienced pilot to train them. Clueless newbies who wouldn't learn from others quickly destroyed their new toys.

On the other hand, rockets could be flown without training, yet AMA dis a good job of getting the message of responsibility out to rocketers. How can this (large) new generation of flyers be reached and educated? Blaming it on the number of props won't do the trick, of course.

Comment (empty) weight has worked for aircraf for a long t (Score 3, Informative) 191

Weight is an extremely important and controlling parameter for aircraft. It has worked well as an important parameter for classification. For example, the smaller two classes of manned aircraft are called Ultralight and Light Sport Aircraft.

"Maximum" speed, range, and altitude are less useful because they are highly variable under different conditions and impossible to test for a true maximum. Maximum design ratings are used, but weight it the major criterion, the criterion that the classes are named after.

The FAA also regulates lighter-than-air craft such as hot air balloons and blimps. It turns out that by using the EMPTY weight of the craft, you totally avoid the issue of filling it with helium balloons- and the trick of having the gas tank only 1/4 full when it's weighed. They are all measured empty, and it's the empty weight the classifications are based on.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang