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Comment Re:Why does Russia... (Score 1) 251

I'm still rather skeptical of it being Russia, or any of the above having a clue who it was. The DNC/Podesta security was a complete laughing stock, and AFAIK, the only people that have actually looked at any direct evidence are Crowdstrike, who will blame any nation-state for any attack if the money's right.

As for why Russia would have an interest if they were truly to blame, it's not rocket science. Clinton supported a "let's escalate to WWIII with Russia" policy (no-fly zone in Syria), which Russia has obvious and rational reasons to be against. The downside for the Ruskies is that hawks like McCain are trying to goad him into the same stupid policies.

Comment Re:Let's be clear on what we mean by election hack (Score 1) 251

Superdelegates are not a "checks and balances" thing. They aren't part of the government, and they exist only to undermine the primary process. The superdelegates were used to prop up Clinton's campaign. Clinton managed to lose to the most hated candidate ever. Voters aren't perfect, but superdelegates drove the Dems right into an iceberg.

Comment Re:Bernie was an actual Socialist (Score 1) 251

Trump won because two thirds of the country already hated Clinton, which is the only way he could win against anyone in a general election. A ham sandwich could have annihilated Trump. Many of his own votes hated him, but they hated Clinton more. Meanwhile, Sanders is the most popular politician in the country, and he does especially well with working class white men, the demographic that Trump banked the most on.

Comment Re:Bernie was an actual Socialist (Score 1) 251

Please, Sanders had net favorability, spoke about the issues people actually care about, and BOTH Clinton and Trump were trying to ape the rhetoric he's been using for 30 years. You also pointed out that whether or not Sanders is a socialist is irrelevant, because they are going to paint the Dem candidate as one anyway. An admitted socialist is nowhere near as scary as "secret socialist."

FFS, I live near one of the biggest hives of Trump fans, and there were countless people around here that wanted to vote for Sanders, but voted for Trump to keep Hillary out.

Comment Re:Translation: (Score 1) 723

They all have what would be widely considered a "universal" health care system. They wouldn't be considered truly single payer, and there are probably some other exception that wouldn't be even be classified as universal systems, but the underlying point is that the US health care system differs from most of the rest of the world, and those differences fuck the American people in the ass. That's why we pay about double what other countries with comparable economies pay.

Comment Re:Train as you do (Score 1) 285

The question isn't whether or not they can reproduce those factors, but rather, whether or not they can reproduce those factors "well enough," possibly weighed somewhat against how much cost savings could allow for additional training. I would think they are more similar at shorter range, and as long as they have most of the effective range covered, that would allow for most practical tactics outside of snipers.

Comment Re:And the next food craze starts (Score 1) 176

Unless you belong to the 75% of the population that is lactose intolerant, or if you have a milk/dairy allergy. Milk is pretty nutritionally complete, as it is used as the primary food source for newborn mammal offspring. However, processing milk as adults, and processing the milk of another species is a fairly novel evolutionary adaptation picked up by groups of nomadic herders. There are still some kinks, and there's definitely reasonable limitations on too much milk, even for the minority that doesn't have any issues with moderate amounts.

Comment Re:Creative solution to patent trolls (Score 2) 455

No, the whole point of patents is to be a subsidy via monopoly for inventors. If you could reliably keep a valuable secret while in operation for 20 years or more, you'd have to be an idiot to get a patent. However, if anybody can figure it out after you've sold one, than a patent could be useful.

Comment Re:Tit for tat (Score 1) 574

I'm not saying that there aren't downsides to the US going down in flames, but assuming that a power vacuum is always worse than the status quo is unwise. Iraq was a relatively stable dictatorship that didn't pose a major threat. The US is not content on just screwing over its own people, or even just its neighbors, but instead is causing global chaos on multiple fronts.

Plus, we're not a balanced power, and global power would be closer to equilibrium if the US fell down significantly. The US today is the horrific result of the power vacuum created by the fall of the USSR. And yeah, we'd ideally want to get off the petrodollar and other such things before a collapse.

Let me once again clarify, I would very much rather the US NOT go down in flames. And all that it really takes is for reasonable adults to be in charge. But both parties have been fighting tooth and nail against that for decades, which may mean that there is no longer a reason for the world to maintain hope that we'll get our shit together.

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