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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.

Comment Re:Tit for tat (Score 1) 574

You agree with me on a number of points. I want to stop selling arms to horrible people. "Moderate rebels" are basically always horrible people. I agree with cutting off the Saudis.

The major points of disagreement seem to be on Israel and the US. The US topped an international Reuters poll as the biggest threat to world peace by a wide margin, and basically everybody but the US hates Israel. As far as the 'real world' goes, it would seem that you are deluded by virtue of being in the American bubble, and falling victim to old propaganda.

Comment Re:Tit for tat (Score 1, Interesting) 574

Look, basically everyone in the Middle East is shitty. However, we are an enabler for the shittiness of both Israel and Saudi Arabia. We could easily tell them, "we aren't going to give you billions of dollars in aid and weapons unless you follow the UNDHR and follow international law." But we don't. We suck both of them off every single time, and anybody who complains is [current stock insult here].

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 574

It should be deeply concerning, but that's effectively the result of the complete lack of care regarding OpSec and vital infrastructure. We've had reasons to be deeply concerned about that for years, if not decades, but now seems like an awfully convenient time to trot out a fact that would likely have applied at just about any point in time if we did an audit of our power grid.

Comment Re:Tit for tat (Score 5, Insightful) 574

Our posture is fucking horrific. We support Israel even when they blatantly violate international law. We've long sided with Saudi Arabia, the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism. We overthrew Iraq, creating ISIS. We're largely responsible for arming a good chunk of the terrorists in the world. Yeah, Russia does shitty things, but our problems are big enough that our first concern should be fixing our own problems. Not understand that, along with the unbelievable hubris of the Clintonites, is why the Democrats got their asses kicked in this election, and why they've been getting their asses kicked for so long.

As it stands right now, the best thing that could happen for world peace is for the US to go down in flames. I would rather that not happen, but if we listen to people like you instead of behaving like adults, the rational choice for the world at large is to get rid of us.

Comment Re:Bigoted much? (Score 1) 404

Here's the pickle. There are multiple leaks and multiple hacks, and the ones from Guccifer2.0 have the strongest Russian ties, but are arguably the least damning. And to call it "strong" is a joke. Nothing cited as evidence is something that wouldn't be pretty standard false flag operations. Russians likely hacked the DNC, but I don't believe for a second they are the only ones that did, and I trust Wikileaks more than any source that has pointed the finger at Russia.

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