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Comment Re:DNC Hates middle class (Score 1) 527

So your plan is a massive corporate tax cut (without removing any of the corporate deductions) AND an individual tax cut when your country is already running a huge deficit?

When do you plan on paying down that deficit?

I'm not the OP, but I'm responding because this question gets asked often.

An economy in motion is a lot like an airplane in flight - you have height, and airspeed to manage. Ideally, you want both height and fast airspeed. A bad situation is low elevation and slow airspeed. At worst, you stall, then crash. Game over.

Right now, our elevation isn't very good, but our airspeed is getting critically slow! We need drop the elevation to pick up airspeed. To do that, we need to reduce taxation and overall burden on the economic engine. Once airspeed has been regained, and increasing on its own, only then can we pick up elevation (start increasing taxes again). But if we were to start taxing more, we will stall and crash the economy.

Comment Re: 4 meter wing spans? (Score 5, Interesting) 182

Indeed, an ammo dump at Slinfah was hit by one of them as well - it was first assumed to be an Israeli airstrike, and only later determined to be a drone attack. The drones are perfectly designed for hitting soft targets - rather than single powerful charges, they use 8-20 PETN bomblets, packed full of ball bearings.

Concerning tracking them... these are not that large, and made of wood. I imagine they're pretty hard to track and home in on. Plus, having to waste an antiaircraft missile on someone people glued together with bargain basement parts is asymmetric to the benefit of the rebels. Russia's Hmeimim base is packed full of their most advanced antiaircraft systems, yet they still lost planes (ironically, as usual, they spent the next several days both simultaneously confirming and denying that they got hit ;) ). Locals described the sky as lit up by antiaircraft fire.

The US should take a lesson from this and seriously up their efforts toward anti-drone defenses. For now, I expect Russian/Iranian/Assad/Hezbollah/etc forces to put more effort toward hardening depots, airfields, etc against attacks from the air. The drones have a 100km range, which lets them reach from well behind the frontlines.

I would expect GPS to have been jammed at Hmeimim. If not, Russia is incompetent. If so, the drones would appear to be prepared to deal with the loss of GPS signal. Russia was apparently caught off guard with the sophistication of the drones and is now trying to claim that they couldn't have figured out how to make them on their own. I don't buy this at all; both anti-ISIS rebels and ISIS have long been working on drone technology, as well as other "advanced" technology (such as remote-controlled robotic guns).

Comment Re:what about nagging? (Score 4, Insightful) 95

I'd put up with that if they'd go back to the days before they assumed that all of their users are 12 years old. I can't begin to express how annoying it is when I'm in a chat display and the screen gets flooded with animated hearts, or I hold down too long when scrolling and the interface tries to make me randomly insert an emoji. My phone has accidentally sent way too many emojis, often in completely inappropriate contexts. FB has also entirely thrown out the notion of "screen real estate", deciding that the goal is to fit as *little* info onto the screen as possible.

Oh, and let's not forget the incredible "walled garden" annoyance wherein they try to make you use Facebook as your web browser on cell phones.

And as for the "public content" reduction, sounds like they're just trying to encourage providers of "public content" to pay them, otherwise their posts get hidden. I "like"d various public content pages because I *want* to see their posts; if I didn't, I wouldn't have liked them :P

Comment Re:What if he actually WAS an ambassador? (Score 5, Informative) 252

Where does this notion come from that a nation can "force" another nation to grant a particular individual diplomatic status? Diplomatic status is requested by the sending state, and then the nation in question either approves or denies their request.

The exact same thing applies to asylum. You can say whatever you want about a person "having asylum". Nobody else has to listen to your declaration. Some states have treaties mutually recognizing each other's asylum cases, but the vast majority do not.

And it's a damn good thing that international law works like this.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 1008

Yup. And the "free market" is anything but. If we truly had a free market, we wouldn't have so many regulations that are specifically created as a form of protection racket.

People clamor for more Gov. The Gov creates more problems in the form of a solution. People claim the Gov isn't doing enough, and double-down. Problems get exactly worse.

Pain is supposed to mean "don't do that". Unfortunately, the populous aren't interpreting the signals properly, if at all!

Comment Re:This will impeach Trump (Score 1) 225

It's classic Democrat Party diversion. The ultimate form of projection. Whatever they accuse others of doing, it's to hide and divert the fact they're doing exact that.

This really two-fold. Protecting Hillary Clinton (Uranium One deal), and the FBI that protected her, and via extension, the Democrat party.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 1008

I'm not opposed to minimum wage (and frankly I wish we'd just tie it to inflation so we don't need to constantly adjust it

I agree 100% with this, but not for the reasons you're aware of. In the US we have a nation debt of over 20 TRILLION. If we tied the minimum wage of inflation, that would cause a recursive (feedback) loop. You see, automation and robotics inherently is a deflationary pressure on the economy, because it keeps humans out of picture as un/der employed. Now, the Feds have to "print" (it's all electronic), money to be redistributed back to those un/der employed so they can pump the money back into the ownership class of those that hold land, intellectual property, and automated technologies in perpetuity. The profits are then re-invested in further automation. Rinse, lather, repeat. There's a reason the disparity in wealth has grown exponentially for the top 1% and beyond.

These uber wealthy exasperate the problem worse by buying congress off. The strongest stench of corruption you can imagine!!!

Welcome to a new era, where neo-feudalism becomes not just an American, but a global phenomenon. Where a society of haves and have-nots becomes the norm. And yet again, proves that a middle-class is but an abortion in human history, doomed to never be repeated.

Comment Re: Of course (Score 0) 1008

There's a reason villas are walled; and depending on in what nation, armed to keep the unwanted out. Their function is popular in parts of South America, specifically in nations were the income disparity is the greatest. Overtime, culturally, they've become quite popular in California and among other parts of America of the wealthy elite. Now, it's more form over function, but, you get the idea.

Comment Re:It may be lost .. it may be not (Score 4, Interesting) 171


Right now the focus is being put on the payload adapter, which mates the spacecraft to the stage. Normally SpaceX provides their own adapters, but for this mission, Northrop created a custom adapter for the spacecraft (makes you wonder what the unusual requirements were?)

If the satellite was to be some sort of "stealth" payload, capable of hiding from ground observation, then "faking a separation failure" might be a perfectly prudent course of action. However, for most satellites, it would be immediately obvious whether it had separated or not, to any nation paying attention. And I'm sure lots of nations were paying attention to this.

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