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Comment Re:Maybe, but not from us (Score 1) 531

Remember that the "great men" in Rand were born that way and the ones that got somewhere on their own ability like the slimy little chief scientist are figures to hold in contempt and be bullied by the "great men".

I'm thinking you read some different books than I did. That's pretty much the opposite of what I took from Rand's writing.

Comment Re:So then Hillary is the warmonger (Score 1) 531

No, Trump is bringing to light that most NATO countries aren't paying their share of the deal.

That may be the case but the answer to that problem most definitely isn't to appease Russian aggression. The only result there would be an exponentially increasing cost to stop them as each act of aggression is appeased.

Comment Re:So then Hillary is the warmonger (Score 1) 531

You'd do well to read up on what actually happened regarding Chamberlain, appeasement, and the ramping up pre-war manufacturing under his watch rather than believing the shit you've been spoon-fed in school, mostly due to his political opponents at the time.

I have. His guaranty of Poland and at least standing up at that point took some backbone. The problem is it was too late then. German had caught France and Britain in base strength and surpassed them in production at that point. He probably takes more blame than he deserves primarily because he was being provided bad information about pre-war manufacturing ramping. The facts at that time were Germany was ramping up much faster than England and France combined and was starting from a much lower base. Chamberlain was told England wasn't ready for war in 1938 and needed time wherein he brought home the Munich accord. The problem is Germany was even less ready than England and France at that point and that year (really 2) allowed Germany to surpass England and France. It also threw away a strong allied force in Czechoslovakia. If either had said 'Boo' during the re-occupation of the Rhineland or the Sudetenland crisis Germany would have been forced to back down or get run over. At that point even the incompetent French military leadership, especially with Czechoslovakian help, almost certainly could have rolled over the scrap of a German army that existed then. Now I realize this is all hindsight but it doesn't lessen the fact that the Munich accord was a disastrously bad case of appeasement diplomacy.

Comment Re:Maybe, but not from us (Score 4, Insightful) 531

That is inevitable at this point anyway because Russia has not been countered for eight years.

If that had even an inkling of truth to it the Ukraine and Baltic States would have been gone years ago. The Crimea was a difficult one to oppose. Historically it was never a part of the Ukraine and even after it was assigned to the Ukraine in 1954 (by the Soviet government) it retained a certain level of autonomy. Add to that the native population of the Crimea was relocated and/or killed after WWII for Nazi collaboration so the population was close to 50% pro-Russian. On top of all that Putin performed a fairly masterful job of brinkmanship maneuvering to split it off. Yes the West was badly out maneuvered but it was also a bit of a wake up call. And key, the Ukraine is not a member of NATO.

But regardless it wouldn't be AMERICA starting the war, as it would be under Hillary.

If you mean Hillary would actually oppose a Russian invasion of say Latvia rather than sit blindly on the side as Trump has hinted he might, I would back Hillary 100% in that. Trump's appeasement stance would result in a situation much like that which occurred in WWII. At some point you would have to oppose him. Do you do so when he invades Latvia? Or do you wait until he goes into Poland? Or even wait until he crosses the German border? The longer you wait the stronger his the position will be and the weaker the West's will be.

Comment Re:This will be interesting (Score 1) 531

Good, this sort of thing is supposed to be their job. Given that they've been so focused on domestic surveillance since 9-11-01, let's see how well they do at it.

Come on. They're way too focused on SERIOUS domestic threats like OWS and Black Lives Matter to squander resources on stopping foreign spying and misinformation campaigns inside the US. Besides, spying on innocent US citizens and coercing half wits into FBI originated terror plots is far easier than catching foreign spies. It gets them bigger headlines too.

Comment Re:So then Hillary is the warmonger (Score 4, Insightful) 531

The media try to paint Trump as some kind of warmonger, but he's not even sure about backing all NATO countries!

Wow. You Trump supporters are terrifyingly ignorant. It should be obvious (at least to anyone who's read even a bit of history) that Trump's wishy washy support of NATO is far more likely result in war in Europe than strong support for NATO would. If or when the US participates is another question but I would strongly suggest you read about a little period of recent history in the 1930's. Putin wants his Empire back and one requirement to accomplishing that is the weakening of NATO to the point they don't oppose Putin when he starts taking it back. You sound like you would be a Neville Chamberlain fan. You might ask him how well an appeasement policy against an aggressive state works out. You'll see how well a weak Western Europe and an isolationist US turned out last time. The most efficient and effective time to oppose an aggressive state is before their tanks start rolling through neighboring countries.

Comment Re:The only way the public will learn... (Score 2) 95

show everyone how undermining the security measures of the global tech. economy and culture is tantamount to shooting yourself in the foot.

Are you kidding? The powers that be will spin this as proving their point:

If it weren't for all this evil encryption they would have no problem catching the villainous hackers that perpetrated these crimes against humanity by these supporters of terrorism and child pornography for the children. It's only because of un-backdoored evil encryption that the angelic powers of all good failed to stop these terroristic endeavours which exposed this good company that has help the FBI foil 1 million terrorist plots by providing means of accessing evilly encrypted systems.

Comment Re:Drone It (Score 2) 843

I honestly don't think a real "organized" war of that kind is likely to ever happen again. We have long since passed the point where the major actors are just too big and powerful to risk war with eachother, so they engage in little more than proxy wars against eachother's minor interests.

Even that doesn't really seem to describe the present day since the major powers major interests are so aligned they don't even proxy war with eachother so much as with the fallout from the decades worth of mess they made with their proxy wars.

Man are you out of touch with what's happening in the world. It's exactly that type of thinking which predominated prior to WW I and is considered a major contributing factor to it starting. Putin's rhetoric and brinkmanship likely has the risk of a major war closer now than it was during the cold war.

Comment Re:Liberty? (Score 1) 241

I feel for the guy--his job is to prevent another 9/11. He gets the call if a city blows up. And he probably really cares about defending liberty.

Bullshit. They've got you brainwashed by the "terrorism" threat also. You're misunderstanding the whole function of his job. He is not trying to protect the American people. The FBI/NSA/CIA strayed from that goal long ago. Their job is to protect the government from anyone who opposes it including the American people. The kind of access they're asking for could serve no other purpose than to find and neutralize anyone who might oppose the powers that control the government. If the desired goal was to thwart "terrorism" their resources should be much more focused. Unless you consider things like OWS or protests against the police "terrorism".

But unfortunately, pervasive surveillance without amazingly well-engineered procedural oversight and security will inevitably lead to tyranny.

With the level of information gathering and access they're asking for absolutely no amount of well-engineered procedural oversight and security will prevent tyranny. It supplies WAY to much power.

Comment Re: Well, then I guess (Score 1) 284

What is the rationale for treating real property differently than other property?

The rational for the value of real property is scarcity. There is only so much and only one person can use it at a time. It cost time and money to produce more in the case of goods and services.

Then again, copyright and patents are like real property.

No they're are not. Scarcity is what gives property value. Copyright and patents are a way to artificially create scarcity. In a market economy the the price of a good or service should approach it's marginal cost over time. Copyright and patents prevent that. Copyrights are an artifact from a bygone age where publishing creative works was expensive and difficult. The current copyright laws address a 20th century problem. The rapid evolution of most technological areas means patents primary function is to retard advancement and provide rents for unproductive entities. I neither case are these the intended functions of there respective laws. There intended (and in the US only Constitutional purpose) should be to encourage advancement.

Comment Re:Fascinating ship (Score 1) 114

Even if Musashi and Yamato had been deployed for key battles such as Midway and Guadalcanal, it's unlilkely they would have made much difference.

Ummm...Yamato was deployed at the Battle of Midway. She was Yamamoto's flagship. Guadalcanal wasn't really a single naval battle per say. There were a series of naval engagements that occurred as a result of one side or the other trying to reinforce thier ground forces. The naval forces involved in any given engagement ranged wildly from full blown carrier battles to night destroyer skirmishes.

Comment Re:Flawed Statistics (Score 1) 201

Seriously, if you think this makes the statistics "flawed"... then you don't know anything about statistics.

It doesn't make the statistics flawed. It makes the conclusion flawed.

The more churches there are per square mile the more crime there is per square mile, ergo churches cause crime.

Statistics are numbers. They don't lie. It's the people twisting conclusions from them that are the liers.

Comment Re:Gibson Guitar SWAT raid ... (Score 1) 327

Some departments deploy SWAT for non-high risk situations because they see it as a convenient training exercise. The close quarter skills employed by SWAT are perishable, they need constant rehearsing. The low-risk deployments provide a certain amount of randomization to further enhance their skills, unknown buildings, unknown layouts, etc..

Except police don't provide information on where, how often and on who they deploy SWAT. Nor do they keep records on violence used by police. That kind of information would be inconvenient in the hands of the public.

I made a joking comment about police calling out SWAT for someone with parking tickets. A cop I know was there. He commented in a very exasperated tone that it was "command" that called in SWAT not the line cops. He seemed very frustrated by it and as confounded as I am.

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