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Comment Re:This is nothing. Think of the Syrians. (Score 1) 618

a mist of VX at a moderate altitude over an Israeli city might as well be.

I'd say it'd be even worse than a nuclear bomb. Weaponized VX can, if the wind direction is right, can theoretically "cleanse" a small country of any advanced life forms without those pesky side effects such as irradiation preventing a later conquest. Sure, nukes are great bunker busters and their symbolic effect is not to be understated - but if you want to go for true mass destruction, nerve gas is much more effective.

Comment Re:LOLwut? (Score 1) 298

[...] political correctness [...] not followed in Europe

You haven't been to Europe recently, have you? There may be quite a few things that aren't so great about the US, but it still is one of the few western countries that actually has free speech (and no silly hate speech laws restricting it) and has better things to spend money on than gendering the stickers in subway trains asking you to give your seat to mothers with small children (oh, apologies: *fathers* with small children) or handing out government prices to people who waste their time in a similar fashion.

Comment Re:Sounds like a plan (Score 1) 222

A Clockwork Orange (and similar works of fiction) differ from the aforementioned rape simulation in that it's point is a completely different one. The point of Clockwork Orange is of a sociological (or political, if you wish so) nature; the point of a pedophile tentacle rape comic is to satisfy the sick desires of those who get a hard-on over it.

Also, your post got modded troll because certain people here are idiots >.> .

Comment Re:Sounds like a plan (Score 1) 222

But these are mentally ill, and even if they can somehow control their illness, I still find it rather dangerous or, at least, irresponsible to reward them for living out their illness. A cure would certainly be better - but the first step in curing someone's mind is by making them realize the wrongness of their believes. Curing a disease is much better than suppressing it, for both it's sufferer and his fellow humans.
The Military

Submission + - Could Terrorists Get Hold of a Nuclear Bomb? 2

Hugh Pickens writes: "BBC reports that Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a former investigator with the CIA and the DOE who led US efforts to determine whether al-Qaeda possessed a nuclear bomb in the wake of 9/11, says there are three headlines that keep him awake at night: Pakistani 'loose nukes' in the hands of terrorists, North Korea supplies terrorists with nuclear bombs, and Al-Qaeda launches nuclear attack. While the good news is that Mowatt-Larssen thinks "the odds are stacked against" terrorists acquiring a nuclear bomb, the low probability has to be weighed against the awfulness of the consequences. In Mowatt-Larssen's view, there is "a greater possibility of a nuclear meltdown in Pakistan than anywhere else in the world" because the region has more violent extremists than any other, the country is unstable, and its arsenal of nuclear weapons is expanding. While Mowatt-Larssen says the possibility of a Taliban takeover is a "worst-case scenario," Al-Qaeda's experience on the nuclear black market has taught its planners that its best chance lies in constructing an "improvised nuclear device (IND)," using a quantity of plutonium or 25kg- to 50kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU), the size of one or two grapefruits. HEU is held in hundreds of buildings in dozens of countries. "Security measures for many of these stocks are excellent, but security for others is appalling," according to a report published in 2008 by the Nuclear Threat Initiative and there is no global inventory of either material, so no-one can be sure how much has gone missing over the years. "It is a stark and worrying fact, therefore, that nuclear materials and weapons around the world are not as secure as they should be," writes Ian Kearns, Research Director of the British-American Security Information Council, adding that the future of nuclear security hangs on this week's summit in Washington."

Comment Re:The fun is in the simplicity (Score 1) 322

When you're playing competitively, the moment you have a significant skill imbalance the fun disappears.

Not necessarily. In fact, in many online games, I quite enjoy playing against "the pros" every once in a while. Sure, I may get blown to pieces, but by carefully watching how my enemy manages to outskill me, I learn, and that's easily one of the most important aspects of competitive gaming.

Comment Re:Largest Nuclear Disaster? (Score 1) 413

In any case, both cities are off limits to non-Muslims, so it's not like any innocent people would be killed.

I'm not exactly someone with a positive conception of Islam, but to say all Muslims are guilty of the acts committed by a few is as much as a fallacy as calling all Christians responsible for the acts of the Branch Davidians, the Lord's Resistance Army or various Irish terrorist groups.

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