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Comment Re:Yes. Yes it is. (Score 1, Informative) 534

You seem to have misunderstood it. (One of the hazards of TL;DR + TSOTWTSWS*)

If Sweden and Germany Became US States, They Would be Among the Poorest States

The nationwide median income for the US is in red. To the left of the red column are other OECD countries, and to the right of the red bar are individual US states. These national-level comparisons take into account taxes, and include social benefits (e.g., "welfare" and state-subsidized health care) as income . Purchasing power is adjusted to take differences in the cost of living in different countries into account.

*Throw Stuff On The Wall To See What Sticks. And you got a +5? Impressive

Comment Re:Yes. Yes it is. (Score 1) 534

NATO countries agreed to spend 2% of GDP on defense. That isn't outlandish, but few of them meet that, or even come close.

The true folly is putting yourself at risk of living under the rule of a foreign enemy that conquers you. Perhaps you should speak to some of the people still alive in Europe that remember how that worked out before you cheer the folly that refusing to provide for an adequate defense enables.

Military spending by NATO members - Does America contribute more than its fair share?

Ah, but I forget . . . Europe is headed for ruin anyway since it chooses not to control it borders, native Europeans are failing to reproduce in meaningful numbers, and the EU and many national governments are inviting in the foreign replacements for the European population which has little or no love for Europeans or their values. It turns out that you will live under foreign domination of those hostile to your values after all . . . just give it 30 years or so unless things change drastically, and soon.

Comment Re:Shitty wat to wake up (Score 1) 224

It seems to me you have a few things wrong there. There will still be survivors of an attack by a 150kt nuclear warhead, it just becomes more difficult or less likely as you get closer to the explosion. But ultimately you are going to reach an area where the force of the explosion attenuates to the point it is no longer a major threat (a cube root function) The same goes for larger warheads. Next, it is reasonable to doubt that North Korea has enough warheads to cause nuclear winter. Finally, there seems to be reason to doubt that North Korea will be allowed to progress much further in developing its combined nuclear warheads and long range missiles. I doubt that President Trump will stand for it, and he has already launched missiles at another country that was transgressing.

Comment Re: If the title is in the form of a question... (Score 2) 534

But Trump asking for fewer people from a black country and more people from one of the whitest countries is almost explicitly indicating a preferred race.

Of course Leftists think that. As a practical matter race is very likely to be a key lens for them, and a distorting one at that.

Meanwhile others might look at the issue and consider the fact that Norway's population is highly educated, has a generally similar culture, society, government, values, is a peaceful society with an advanced economy. Many speak English. They are NATO allies. As such Norwegians might be likely to both fit in well to American society and make significant contributions. Why, it's almost a shame that they're "white", eh? Well, at least many of them are probably both atheists and socialists, so no harm in letting them into the US, eh?

By the way .... the obtuse AC you were answering was complaining about comments by Progressive American PopeRatzo .... making what is obviously a joke . . . unless you're sufficiently "woke" . . . I guess.

Comment Re:No, No its not.. (Score 2) 534

These countries are NOT America. They may have their own issues (and certainly do), however they are a very very different place.
Unfortunately they are being slowly infected by 'American Exceptionalism' and all the BS that seems to drag along with it, however they are less far along that diseased path.

You've got it backwards. The Scandinavian countries have been infected by "socialist exceptionalism" but may be throwing it off to return to Scandinavian exceptionalism.

Debunking the Myth of Socialist “Success” in Scandinavia

As Sanandaji explains clearly in his meticulously sourced book, though, what most Big Government advocates see as desirable outcomes in Scandinavia — relative prosperity, high levels of income equality, long lifespans, good health, low levels of poverty, and more — all predate the welfare state. On life expectancy, for example, four out of the top five OECD nations were in Scandinavia in 1960, with Norway at the very top. On income, meanwhile, most of the shift toward “equality” happened between 1870 and 1950 — long before the welfare state took over. Ironically, the emergence of Big Government even put some of that at risk, along with the long-established cultural norms such as the Protestant work ethic, honesty, social trust, entrepreneurship, innovation, and more that made those advances possible to begin with.

Indeed, before the emergence of welfare-state policies beginning in the 1960s and 1970s, Sweden was among the most prosperous and fast-growing economies on the planet. Between 1870 and 1936, when Sweden was characterized by relatively free markets, the nation enjoyed the highest rate of growth in the industrialized world. Innovation and entrepreneurship flourished, making Sweden one of the richest countries on Earth. Then came the radical Social Democratic period characterized by an ever-larger and more expensive government. Between 1975 and the mid-1990s — marked by the radical, if short-lived, experiment in “Third Way” socialism — Sweden dropped from being the fourth richest nation in the world down to the 13th richest.

Fortunately for Swedes, as the giant welfare state's harmful effects became increasingly obvious, the Swedish political class began to reverse course. From lowering taxes and government spending to deregulating and privatizing broad swaths of the economy, policymakers realized that the nation's continued success depended on freer markets — not total government. Still, the damage was severe. As Sanandaji explains, citing his earlier research on the subject, the rate of business formation during the “third-way era” was “dreadful.” In 2004, none of the 100 largest firms ranked by employment were founded within Sweden after 1970. “Furthermore, between 1950 and 2000, although the Swedish population grew from 7 million to almost 9 million, net job creation in the private sector was close to zero,” he observed.

Today, Denmark, despite higher taxes, has more economic freedom than the United States. Sweden and Finland are both catching up, too. And interestingly, despite Sanders' recent pronouncements on ABC News about Scandinavia having “more income and wealth equality,” Sweden still has a great deal more “wealth inequality” today than the United States, according to a study cited in the monograph.

Comment Re:Yes. Yes it is. (Score 1, Flamebait) 534

Most European countries are not living up to their defense obligations, relying upon the US to backstop them. That isn't a trivial matter.

Here is an interesting read: If Sweden and Germany Became US States, They Would be Among the Poorest States

Many European nations are endangering their future with the policy choices they are currently making. In 30 years it is possible that Europe will be almost unrecognizable, including the country you live in. Demographic decline, immigration, the EU is under great strain already and the heavy hand of Eurocrats may push other countries to leave the UE. Russia is resurgent, Eastern Europe is terrified, and Western Europe is intent on suicide it seems.

Be sure to turn off the light before you go.

Comment Re:Inquiring minds want to know (Score 1) 224

You really want to do some preparation since your situation improves considerably with it. Neither a standard wood frame house nor car is going to be much protection if you are in them, and remember the radiation would come from above as well. You want to be in the shelter for 14 days if possible to allow the radiation levels to drop. If possible you want to get at least a meter of soil between you and the radiation - in all directions, including above you. The radiation will be the worst at the beginning and then fall off over time.

If nothing else, you could dig a trench and park the car over it. Ideally the engine would be over you, and you could put sandbags on the floor.

Maybe you want to peruse the following.

General background is here:
Fallout Protection - What to Know and Do about Nuclear Attack
FEMA TR-87 Standards for Fallout Shelters

Plans for Expedient Fallout Shelters
Below Ground Corrugated Steel Culvert Shelter Model

There are, of course, companies that sell shelters.

You might even be able to use something like this for a starter, just put about 3+ feed of earth around / above it.

SafRoom 8 ft. x 8 ft. x 7 ft. Steel Tornado Shelter
8 ft. x 7 ft. 14 Person Underground Tornado Storm Shed

Comment Re:Shitty wat to wake up (Score 3, Interesting) 224

Bring them to shelter. People have survived nuclear attacks before, no doubt they will in the future as well. If you avoid being killed by the initial blast and radiation you want to shelter from the fallout, most of which fades in two weeks.

Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Fallout Protection - What to Know and Do about Nuclear Attack

Nuclear Strike Drills Faded Away In The 1980s. It May Be Time To Dust Them Off

Nuclear weapons and their effects operate according to the laws of physics, not magic. The physics, effects, and countermeasures are known.

Comment Re:State Exercise? (Score 5, Informative) 224

Scaring the crap out of everyone is considered "a state exercise?"

It was a mistake by state officials, plain and simple.

Hawaii officials give timeline of events surrounding false alarm

Approx. 8.05 a.m.: A routine internal test during a shift change was initiated. This was a test that involved the Emergency Alert System, the Wireless Emergency Alert, but no warning sirens.

8.07 a.m.: A warning was erroneously triggered statewide by an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA).

8.10 a.m.: State Adjutant Maj. Gen. Joe Logan validated with the US Pacific Command that there was no missile launch.

Honolulu Police Department notified of the false alarm by HI-EMA.

8.13 a.m.: State Warning Point issues a cancellation of the Civil Danger Warning Message. This would have prevented the initial alert from being rebroadcast to phones that may not have received it yet. For instance, if a phone was not on at 8.07am, it would not receive the alert later on.

Comment Re:Quantum Domination / Supremacy (Score 1) 204

I don't think you understand the difference.

How does superposition help?

The difference between regular computers and quantum computers boils down to how they approach a problem.

A regular computer tries to solve a problem the same way you might try to escape a maze – by trying every possible corridor, turning back at dead ends, until you eventually find the way out. But superposition allows the quantum computer to try all the paths at once – in essence, finding the shortcut.

Two bits in your computer can be in four possible states (00, 01, 10, or 11), but only one of them at any time. This limits the computer to processing one input at a time (like trying one corridor in the maze).

In a quantum computer, two qubits can also represent the exact same four states (00, 01, 10, or 11). The difference is, because of superposition, the qubits can represent all four at the same time. That’s a bit like having four regular computers running side-by-side.

If you add more bits to a regular computer, it can still only deal with one state at a time. But as you add qubits, the power of your quantum computer grows exponentially. For the mathematically inclined, we can say that if you have “n” qubits, you can simultaneously represent 2n states.)

Qudits: The Real Future of Quantum Computing?

The superpositions that qubits can adopt let them each help perform two calculations at once. If two qubits are quantum-mechanically linked, or entangled, they can help perform four calculations simultaneously; three qubits, eight calculations; and so on. As a result, a quantum computer with 300 qubits could perform more calculations in an instant than there are atoms in the known universe, solving certain problems much faster than classical computers. However, superpositions are extraordinarily fragile, making it difficult to work with multiple qubits.

I'm pretty sure your PC isn't going to be able to do that.

Comment Quantum Domination / Supremacy (Score 5, Informative) 204

Intel’s New Chip Aims For Quantum Supremacy

. . . those 49 qbits can already do something that almost no traditional computer, even a supercomputer, can: solve a sorting problem that has up to 5.63 trillion possible outcomes. This is right around a milestone called “quantum supremacy”–the point at which a standard computer can’t even simulate a quantum machine.

The promise of a quantum computer comes from one of those spooky aspects of quantum physics, whereby each qbit can hold two (or more) values simultaneously. Each time you add a qbit, you raise two to a higher exponent value. In this case, two raised to the 49th power yields 562,949,950,000,000 variations that can be compared at once. This technique is ideal for certain types of calculations, like speculative chemistry research that simulates the interactions of dozens of electrons, around multiple atoms, at once. It’s also useful for cracking digital encryption.

Submission + - Intel Unveils 'Breakthrough' 49 Qubit Quantum Computer (extremetech.com) 1

cold fjord writes: Extremetech reports, "At CES 2018 this week, Intel’s CEO . . .declared the company’s new 49-qubit quantum computer represented a step towards “quantum supremacy.” A 49 qubit system is a major advance for Intel, which just demonstrated a 17-qubit system two months ago. Intel’s working with the Netherlands-based Qutech on this project, and expanding the number of qubits is key to creating quantum computers that can deliver real-world results. . . . “Qubits are tremendously fragile: Any noise or unintended observation of them can cause data loss. This fragility requires them to operate at about 20 millikelvin – 250 times colder than deep space.” This is also why we won’t be seeing quantum computers in anyone’s house at any point."

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