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Comment Re:WOW, this is fucked (Score 1) 430

Well, a big part of India cozying up was because of Nixon and his threat to Ghandi. I could not believe that he actually threatened her with a nuke. How stupid can you be.
The other issue is that India got invaded by China back in the 60s and had to cozy up to somebody since they were surrounded by East and West Pakistan, along with China to the north. So, they picked Russia (who also saw china as a threat).

BUT, India continues to work closely with Russia, and I can tell you that there is nearly 100% chance that most of the Western companies that have been cracked by 'russians' , had just outsourced parts of production (not code, but admin) to India within the previous year. Sadly, ppl like Krebs ignores these issues, and I can not talk further about it. BUT, India is a VERY REAL THREAT to the west.

Comment Re:WOW, this is fucked (Score 1) 430

there are many companies that work with TLAs that do NOT get their security clearances. As snowden and a large number of chinese spies has shown, they are a joke. Instead, by focusing on hiring Whites (non-russian), blacks, and Latinos, they can reduce their risk a great deal.
Im all in favor of preventing race based hiring in NORMAL companies, which accounts for more than 99% of them. However, when it comes to national security, we really need to disregard these kinds of laws. They are KILLING US. LITERALLY.
And BTW, I HAVE dealt with Chinese spies.

Comment About to be a none issue (Score 1) 228

Seriously, German car makers are pouring in BILLIONS in hopes of stopping Tesla.
Oddly, they should be more worried about Chinese car makers since they have the financial backing of the Chinese gov, who will stop at nothing to beat down western companies.
However, within 5 years, it will be apparent to all, that NOBODY WANTS TO BUY AN ICE CAR. That might even apply to ICE based trucks and SUVs.

Comment WOW, this is fucked (Score 5, Informative) 430

This company works with TLAs so they are obviously working hard to hire ppl that are NOT SPIES. Yet, we have 2 main types of Spies to be concerned about: Russian and Chinese. Chinese and Indian account for the vast majority of the Asian ppl. Obviously, the CHinese are going to be looked over hard. So, that leaves the Indians. And oddly, within India's military, they are VERY close to Russia. Much closer to Russia than to the west. As such, Indians are going to be looked at as well.

And dept. of Labor is saying that we must hire ppl of which a known quantity is going to be spies.

I have dealt with 1-2 spies already and both were Chinese. I would hate to have Dept. of Labor be able to control a company that deals with national security to this degree.

Comment Re: Mature technology (Score 1) 240

no. closing nukes is the issue. We desperately need it. Without it, we will continue to burn coal and nat gas just like Germany is doing.
As I have pointed out elsewhere, no nation that has very low emissions is based on solar and wind. It is based on Hydro, geo-thermal, and nukes.
Personally, I'm a fan for wind and solar and actually want to see these keep going, though subsidies are all wrong.
However, wind and solar CAN NOT cover the situation. We NEED to have base-load systems, and since we are not capable of doing full geo-thermal, we MUST have nukes.
However, doing the old gen 3/3+ is a HORRIBLE mistake. Those are not safe enough, too expensive, and are NOT the right solution.
BUT, with the new SMRs, they ARE the right solution. All of them are capable of passive safety and are cheap to install. In addition, the ability to burn up the waste is very important.

Comment Re:This isn't really that hard to understand (Score 1) 649

The problem with climate science is that it's so difficult.

No, it is actually VERY VERY SIMPLE.
1. To show that CO2 has an effect on heat, get two glass jars. One filled with CO2, and one filled with air. Shine an infared lamp (or even just sunlight) on both jars. You can measure that the CO2 jar absorbs more heat, because it's hotter than the air jar. This principle has been known and well-understood for over 100 years, and you can demonstrate this in an elementary-school classroom.

2. To show that human industrial activity releases a shitton (ie. enough to affect the whole world's climate) is also relatively simple. Get in a plane, and fly over the Los Angeles basin. Just look at the carpet of constantly running automobiles, as far as the eye can see across many hundreds and hundreds of square miles. Wrap your brain around this happening 24x7, week after week, month after month ... for decades. Get on Google Earth, and look at the land-area we're talking about; and multiply that by all the major cities of the world. This is completely non-mathematical, but very easy for most people to visualize, if they've ever had the opportunity to fly over any urban sprawl area and just watch it happen. Maybe with a little observation of a car exhaust, and how the engine works, and what kind of volume of gasses it puts out while it's running. Also think about jet engines, and the volume of gas they put out as they're running, and think about the tens of thousands of flights happening right now, and every single day: again, 24x7. Non stop. For decades.

These two simple observations are obvious and plain enough that it affected me on a gut-level. No math required. It's plain and obvious. Not at all subtle.

Now: to observe the actual effects on the world, is not so easy. One way is to look at photos, over decades, of glaciers that have receded. If you've been alive for 30+ years (or longer), you know damn well that even though we've had a couple of harsh winters, it's certainly not like it was when we were kids. If you ask older people, they can tell you that things have definitely changed. But this effect is subtle enough that even the very old people who remember Minnesota winters 70 years ago, don't seem to be able to grasp how very different the climate there is now.

Comment Attack the Economic Position (Score 1) 649

They have very convoluted and complicated arguments against Climate Change.

On the Economic side, you hear that the Carbon Tax, and funding for research into renewables (and smart grids, and mass energy storage, and electric cars, and etc); will have a net positive effect on the economy. Yet when you're talking with a denier - they're arguing that any tax is going to cause economic devastation and abridge everybody's quality of life and standard of living, and that shutting down all the fossil fuel jobs will leave millions unemployed. Nobody questions this claim (in the newsmedia), and rarely are the economic arguments compared or scrutinized. This is also an important point that needs to be made to climate change deniers. Where renewable investment has been made, where carbon taxes were enacted, positive, measurable benefits have been observed. Most mainstream economists actually agree with this, but those arguments are silenced in the mainstream newsmedia.

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