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Comment Re:Coal's not cheap (Score 1) 197

You can talk about that when wind and solar no longer need endless, catastrophically-indebting levels of State subsidies.

But fossil fuels are already getting endless state aid in the form of tax breaks and access to public lands. If you want to set the bar there, I'm all for ending that aid as well.

Comment A well-written headline (Score 1) 53

Army Vehicle Disappears (after being camouflaged)

Porn Star Sues over Rear End Collision

Oh Hail No

There Will Be Hell Toupee

The whole point of a headline is to be attention-getting. If you can make it clever, all the better. Nuclear Plants Leak is pure gold. Don't pretend people don't make jokes about how wind farms are hot air yuk yuk yuk. On the other hand, if you're a bit sensitive about jokes about nuclear plants leaking, well... u mad, bro?

Comment Re: Notice the timing on the propaganda piece (Score 1) 592

Not according to every single UN report on the subject, up to and including just days ago, but by all means, keep being a dictator's internet propagandist.

FYI, since you're late to the party, there no longer is anything called "Al-Nusra". The name changed to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham when they broke from al-Qaeda.

Comment Re:Paranoid Russia (Score 1) 592

Actually, my question is, what do any of these three nations have to gain by invading any of one another? We all have the same stuff, which is to say that we all have land, water, oil, and mineral resources. Even in that case, where they have a shared border so it's relatively convenient, what is there to gain? Certainly nothing that couldn't be had cheaper at home.

Comment Re:No, they didn't. (Score 1) 592

Thank you, I read this headline and immediately sighed at the stupidity of it as well.

Russia likes doing these sort of braggadocious product unveilings; they're often rather disconnected from the reality of how their development goes. That's not to say that Russia can't develop good products - they can. But every time they make these product announcements it's like "The world will imminently fall at our feet due to the obvious revolutionary technological superiority of our latest offering!", when it's most often anything but.

Comment Re:Feeding the trolls (Score 0) 592

You have to be either a troll or a completely moronic fanboi to actually believe that statement.

Does Trump have any other kind of supporters? AFAICT there are only two kinds. The trolls are trolls. The fanbois are suffering from cognitive dissonance, specifically they have to think they're great because in their model anyone who isn't great is a turd. Trump makes them feel embiggened because he's just as much of an asshole as they are, and he could become president if we're not careful.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 2) 592

Aluminum was largely the key to the "missile gap" that developed between the US and USSR in ICBMs in the 1960s. Before that, ICBMs had been liquid-fueled, which presented storage, complexity and bulk problems (also prevented underwater launch on submarines). The US discovered that the addition of aluminum powder to solid rocket propellant mixes would simultaneously increase ISP, thrust, density, and burn stability, and moved immediately toward the development of a series of solid ICBMs; the Soviets were late to catch onto the significance of aluminum in propellant mixes, and fell over half a decade behind as a consequence.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 592

Here's the fundamental problem: we need a hippie solution. Nothing but making the world more peaceful is going to reduce the risk of nuclear annihilation. Why's that? Because even if one nation conquered the planet, it would only wind up splitting from within and becoming multiple competing nations again. And it's a problem because warmongers tend to react violently against... well, everything. And violence is something that hippies aren't prepared to deal with.

I guess what's needed is a sort of warrior hippie.

We could call them Social Justice Warriors ;)

Seriously, though. There's no military solution to the threat of endless war. It really is true that only cooperation can solve this problem. It's not enough to hold hands and wish real hard, though. The lovers of peace have to become as creative and determined as the makers of war.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 5, Insightful) 592

Quotation needed. And no, Ukraine does not count. They had a vote and voted to be part of Russia; that's a far cry from rolling in the tanks and taking it by force.

They did send in their military, that's who the "Little Green Men" were. Even Putin has publicly admitted this. The "vote" was held under occupation, not internationally recognized, boycotted by significant segments of the population, and even Russia at one point accidentally released the "real" numbers from the vote which didn't match the official ones.

Do recall that Russia is a country where Chechnya "voted for" United Russia (Putin's Party) 99% in 2001. Some parts of Grozny voted for "The Butcher of Grozny" by well over 100%. You seriously think that's legit?

Amazing how many apologists for Russia there are here. False equivalencies are clearly alive and well.

Comment Re:Ummm... (Score 1) 76

Amazon Prime's video selection was quite horrible for the several years that I had it, at least an order of mangnitude worse than Netflix's current selection, and the streaming performance was pretty bad too. Has that gotten any better lately? That's the main reason I didn't bothering addressing Amazon until you brought it up.

The selection is now pretty good, while Netflix's has decreased to only being pretty good. And yes, the streaming performance is now better than Netflix, at least here it is. In the evenings I can barely use Netflix. And I have the bandwidth setting set to be inoffensive.

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