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Comment Re:Still wondering (Score 1) 592

If, as the article states, the Russian pilots came down in Syrian territory, then why should we believe they were flying above Turkeye?
Further this incident gives Putin the possibility to start downing the French, German, Britain planes within Syria.
The only thing I anticipate 'The Allied Forces' to do is bomb the hell out of Assad's infrastructure and military facilities.
Just like what happened in Syria. 'The Allied' got permission to establish a no-fly zone and took the opportunity to destroy pretty much the whole irrigation system that Ghaddafi had installed.

The downing of the plane is a nice precedent making it easier to down NATO planes once they fly over Syria and bomb or supply the 'wrong' side.

Comment Re:bad idea :) (Score 3, Informative) 592

One important reason of the destabilization of the area near and including Syria, is to get Putin's influence out of Syria and put Biden's in.
Qatar wants to sell its gas to Europe through a pipeline through Syria, but Assad wants Putin to supply his gas to Europe. So Saudi-Arabia buys a lot of Toyota's while USA (McCain) supplies weapons for some fanatics that were trained and supported by the USA to fight the Russians in Afghanistan.
Of course you can't simply dismiss these people without expecting some major problems, so they are now directed at Assad after a brief period in Lybia.

Saudi-Arabia already saw that the USA was fracking too much and made that a losing proposition by lowering the oil prices through oversupply.

Further, as Brzezinsky writes in his book, the US, in order to maintain its hegemony as a superpower, has to do anything it can to prevent other powers become too strong and successful. Creating chaos is one way of obtaining that goal so no, I don't think the USA would reduce its presence there if there were no oil.

Comment Re:Pretty standard procedure on a large campus (Score 1) 284

To be practicle, isn't it possible to already call 911, and then security, who will call 911 again and tell the ambulance where exactly to go to?
This way the ambulance is already on its way while security goes to the spot and try to treat the patient, so it will be there faster than when you first call security, who only later will call 911.

Comment Re:Climate change vs. Nuclear accident (Score -1, Troll) 313

The problem with nuclear is that it is and always potentially will cause an apocalyptic event that maybe won't eradicate the cockroach, but possibly all human life.
Coal fired plants in my opinion do not have that possible outcome.
That's why in my opinion nuclear power should be completely abandoned.

Comment Re:Because it is designed to fail (Score 1) 437

1. People that do illegal things, like drug dealers, use dollars as an exchange.

2. Traders play the dollar market to try and make a quick buck.

3. Maybe they're not so bad at math, but accept some losses in dollars for helping create a 'greater good', i.e. a non-centrally controlled currency.

The deflation part also concerns me a bit, but that will be resolved as soon as all bitcoins have been minted. Then we'll see what's the reality with bitcoins.

Comment Re:What's with all the hostility? (Score 1) 437

Every currency has both
1. an objective (intrinsic) value,
2. a subjective (speculative) value.
The objective value of the dollar is zero, that of the bitcion is the energy put in generating it, that of gold is the gold itself.
That would make me prefer gold over bitcoin over dollar.

Comment Re:Bitcoin is going to CHANGE THE WORLD! (Score 1) 437

I'm not sure.
Governments can...
- order ISPs to close bitcoin-specific ports
- close down the exchanges
- make transactions illegal
- insert all kinds of tyrannical measures they can take in order to protect the interests of the private banks (and of their--the private banks', that is--central banks).
- oh, and they (especially US/NATO) can bomb the hell out of countries that continue supporting transactions in bitcoin.

By then the situation will be back to what it was before bitcoins were used.

Comment Re:An old saying. (Score 1) 443

Yes, and the people have accepted that process of corruption of power for so long now, that they are filled with fear for the government (which indicates a state of tyranny), instead that the government fears the people (which would have meant democracy).
I think it was Jack Otto who said: "The land will only be 'of the free' for as long as it's the home of the brave."

The more the government is flexing its muscles in civic areas, the more the civilians should cling to the second amendment.
And requiring licensing to have the right to bear arms *is* already the infringement of a right that 'should not be infringed upon'.

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.