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Comment Re: 3 years probation (Score 1) 155

As long as the number of people saved exceeds the number of people wrongly killed, then the intervention is justified. Accidents happen always. Currently, they happen excessively often and it's a worrisome trend which should be corrected, but only when SWAT kills more innocents than would people SWAT is called to, it needs to be dissolved entirely.

Comment Re: 3 years probation (Score 1) 155

While the police reaction was justified, the situation so often turns to the "wrong" target dead, that 3 years of probation for exposing someone to this kind of danger is a joke.

It shouldn't be that the police doesn't react to reports of hostage situations. It should be that nobody ever knowingly, falsely reports such a situation - for fear of the consequences.

Comment Re:* AT LEAST 88 of them, probably all (Score 1) 157

While that's all true, A LOT of debris don't end up in random stable orbits everywhere. A tiny percentage of the total, but still a large number, simply due to the absolutely massive total.

The crash literally produces millions of pieces. Metal splashes droplets everywhere. Solar panels turn to shards. Electronics scattered in tiny pieces. All these can cause damage to other satellites and produce more debris. And even if 0.5% of them end up in a moderately higher orbit, once you have full-scale Kessler syndrome at one orbital altitude, it's only a matter of time until it spreads to all of them.

Comment Re:* AT LEAST 88 of them, probably all (Score 1) 157

It's a good rough estimate. A very small number of shards will move a little faster than that, most will move slower. This is the max any considerable number of shards can reach.

These new satellites are in polar orbit, so collision with (not all that uncommon) equatorial orbit satellites will be perpendicular. And ALL objects in orbit are traveling at orbital speed or very close to it, so is that really what you meant?

Comment Re: I'm sure he had nothing to hide (Score 1) 891

Iraq is paying its foreign debt to USA in oil.

The debt it got for a loan for rebuilding oil production infrastructure.

Infrastructure bombed by USA and rebuilt by US companies. Loan approved by puppet government.

In other words, USA robbed Iraq of its oil, legitimizing it through the process bomb-loan-rebuild-collect loan in oil.

Comment Re: I'm sure he had nothing to hide (Score 1) 891

Yeah, "Puppet governments don't count." Nice handwave there.

The US has enough sway to drain these countries' resources dry and by not absorbing them it doesn't have to provide any support that would be normally benefit them as US citizens.

If anything, the Russian method is less harmful to the conquered in the long run.

Comment Re:* AT LEAST 88 of them, probably all (Score 1) 157

No *current* problem. But a risk.

Every satellite can fail, and get out of control. The more satellites, the higher the chance.

As two satellites crash, they create thousands of tiny debris of space junk - that can crash in other satellites creating more space junk. Some of that junk will be sent into higher orbits (due to energy of the crash), endangering other satellites and creating more space junk that will take longer to decay...

We're not far from the Kessler Syndrome. I don't mind a launch that delivers one or five good 1-ton satellites. But the hundreds of cubesats give me creeps.

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