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Comment Re:It's all BS (Score 2) 302

To some extent that's true, but generally the US intelligence does its best to keep the secrets that it gains from its allies under wraps. The free exchange of intelligence between Britain and the US has been a cornerstone of the Atlantic Alliance since WWII, and Britain has every right to be furious that classified information it exchanged with partnering agencies in the US ended up on the front page of newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic.

This wasn't strategic leaking of information. This wasn't some scheme to use classified information to gain some advantage. It was just the big mouths that currently run the Administration spouting off because they're a band of irresponsible children. Like Trump blabbing off about Israeli intelligence, this is going to have ramifications, both for information sharing between the US and its allies, and likely between the White House and the three letter agencies. It's becoming crystal clear that the current Administration cannot be trusted with classified information, and Congress and the three letter agencies are probably simply going to start withholding information, both to preserve active operations, and to preserve critical foreign alliances that the Trump Administration is putting at risk.

Comment Re:We are suck (Score 1) 302

The whole "red in tooth and claw" crowd never really understood that Spencer himself to some extent misunderstood how nature works. Nature certainly has its share of violence and bloodshed, but it also has a considerable amount of cooperation. Canids, like Hominoids, are social creatures where competition is balanced by an extraordinary amount of cooperation and coordination.

Comment Re:Ahh... (Score 2) 358

And what is it you're supposed to do with a warning. Their could be dozens or hundreds or probably more individuals whom authorities are being warned about; terrorists, murderers, rapists, Mafioso and plenty of other people that some foreign and/or domestic intelligence agencies are warning any government about. In a lot of cases until they actually strap on a nail bomb or gun down a competing mobster, any government is stuck with finite resources and trying to find the most efficient way to use them.

The fact is that even when Britain probably new the identity of almost every significant IRA member or sympathizer they still couldn't prevent terrorist attacks. Even truly authoritarian regimes like China and Iran can't prevent all terrorist attacks.

Comment Re:Allegation, not fact. (Score 1) 125

Regulations definitely made it more expensive, but without regulations, coal is bloody awful; both in the mining and burning. Would you want to live anywhere near an unregulated coal-powered plant? Seriously? You understand that coal is pretty close to the worst polluting way to generate electricity there is, and it's only through regulation that the coal industry ever cleaned up. I don't know how anyone can defend deregulating coal, it would be insane, polluting the air and waterways.

But natural gas, particularly with all the fracking, is so cheap right now that there's no point in refurbishing existing coal plants, and certainly no point in building new ones. Where there is demand for coal, the mining is increasingly automated, so even where it makes sense to mine it, you won't get the jobs back.

Coal is dying, and any skill set that is limited to coal extraction is dying just like buggy whip manufacturing. I enjoy how you've become some sort of champion of coal miners, but I think we both know you're full of shit.

Comment Re:Which comes at the cost of environmentalism (Score 1) 125

Coal wasn't killed by environmentalists, it was killed by natural gas. Coal mining regions around the Western world have seen labor declines for years, and while I'm sure environmental regulations play a part (as they should, coal is just plain fucking to mine and burn, it's a dirty fuel from beginning to end). Even where coal is still being mined, it's increasingly automated, so any kind of recovery in coal isn't going to deliver the jobs from that region which you seem to care so very much about.

Sometimes, you just have to sit the buggy whip factory employees down and explain to them "It's over". Coal is never coming back. Natural gas is killing it, and renewables will be the death blow, if it doesn't die long before they dominate. It would be better to encourage all those miners sitting around waiting for the jobs to come back to seek job retraining, and yes, maybe they will have to move. This is like bitching because the Klondike can't support thousands of prospectors anymore.

And really, do you give even the tiniest shit about coal miners?

Comment Re:Which comes at the cost of environmentalism. (Score 2) 125

Oh fuck off. Natural gas killed the coal industry. It had nothing to do with the New York Times or the DNC. Jesus Christ, the Alt-right really are some of the dumbest fucking idiots the world has ever known. "Da Libewals did it!" is just a mindless mantra.

Jesus fucking christ, you halfwit, coal country is hardly the first time a major industrial region has faded, and it almost inevitably is simply a factor of some new competing technology or jurisdiction doing it better. The last thing any government should do is artificially support a fading industry. Britain spent untold amounts of money propping up industries in the 1960s and 1970s, until finally the pricetag became so high that Thatcher had to finally kill the subsidies and let those industries either fade or stand on their own.

Comment Re:You're false on that one. (Score 1) 125

Well, he said he was going to embrace them, but the fact is those jobs are gone, and gone forever. Coal mining is a fading industry, largely killed by natural gas, but in the end renewables will deal the death blow. What needs to be done is job retraining and economic diversification, not selling people fantasies of coal's return. A leader should seek to better peoples' lots, not simply tell them what they want to hear, and then pursue policies that will in fact do them great harm.

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