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Comment Re: Phrasing! (Score 1) 118

Not even the police should be above the law. If police behave like they are above the law then the very child rapists you talk about avoid punishment because the police have not observed the law. Worse is if they punish the wrong person due to their assumptions.

Your premise is mired in your anger towards the type of offender as opposed to protecting the integrity of democracy. No one wants these sorts of crimes, which also means we need to better ways than destroying freedom to prosecute them.

Comment Re:It is interesting (Score 1) 174

How much an Apple is like a Big Mac.

What, good looking in pictures and tasty in theory but actually a disappointing mess of crap?

How dare you. Hundreds of millions of independent creative individuals, who are not sucked in by all of the advertising hype bought these products _because_they_know_what_they_want. They're not like the sheep and clones who bought, you know, the other, thing. How Dare You!

how dare you.

Comment Re:Professional attention whore strikes again (Score 3, Insightful) 920

The dishonesty and cynicism here shown by allegedly reputable mainstream media outlets here is astonishing.

Why? It's always been there. Media have always used publicly leased airwaves to perform mass brainwashing under the guise of "Culture", all the while forgetting that culture comes from the people being brainwashed.

He may well be a troll.

He is a troll, and that's the point. He is trolling the media, using comedy as an instrument and now the media will show their furiously fapping hypocrisy as ppd tries to get them to invoke the striesand effect on themselves. They will shrug saying 'you all know we're lying hypocrites', people will shrug and say 'oh well, at least they're not lying' and go on letting them write history, live.

After some years some media executives will fellate ppd and offer him money because his ideas are accepted as culture. Bill Hicks went through *exactly* the same thing for criticizing culture.

Trump, did the same thing, only skillfully. He utilized the media into saying his message no matter what to humiliate the democrats and as a result whole swaths of political science was created. Trump represents the epitome of the media savvy personality president which clearly shows how bad things have got because Trump and Clinton were the *best* candidates that the media savvy political apparatus could offer. Something is clearly broken.

This is the media

FTFY

On a personal note here: it's not like I really fear some totalitarianism of the left, either. But I do rather fear the consequences of proving Trump right, of validating the echo chambers of tens of millions of people who were right-leaning fence sitters until they saw the proof stack up that the mainstream media really is full of hysterical, baldfaced lie

I sense the US faces a different threat. There is no fear of a left led agenda in the US because there is no left wing politics in the US, it's painted that way to make it appear 'fair and balanced'. Politics in the US has become right wing or more right wing. The polar opposite of what the USSR was the US still suffers from corruption and faces a slide into meaningless nihilism where corporations replace the state and corporately owned prison camps assume the role of the soviet gulag.

And to cite Benjamin Franklin, who predicted this moment with words "I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other. "

I single out the media as the key vehicle for that corruption that seeks to 'de-educate' the citizens from critical thinking, and an education system that teaches people to obey and comply. If the USSR is analogous to Orwell's 1984 then the threat to US citizens is similar to Huxley's 'Brave new world' or even Collin's 'The Hunger Games'.

This is the outcome Franklin was trying to draw peoples attention to, that in time the power of domestic enemies (corrupted people - corporations in 21st C) would over power the populous using government as a vehicle. Be under no illusions, the US can suffer the same way as the USSR because the saying 'All roads lead to Rome' isn't talking about roads.

Has it always been *this* bad?

No, it's always been worse. If we all tried as hard as we can, maybe it can be better. That is why left and right wing politics are obsolete.

Comment AP1000 (Score 1) 87

It's not a very good product. That's why Toshiba is loosing money on this business.

The suspended emergency cooling system makes the containment building a heat exchanger and a pressure vessel in case of an emergency. Not that that's a bad idea, however it's an untested design improvement. It's little wonder clients would be wary, with all the terrorism now a days.

Its primary competitor is the EPR reactor whose containment building is double walled and resistant to military attacks, so it's a much tougher product in comparison.

It's a shame that Toshiba's business is affected by this, but if it means no more AP1000s, that's probably not a thing to be too upset about, these are not the only flaws in the design and it doesn't make sense to complain about capitalism when it is working.

EPRs were planned for US deployment last time I looked at the NRCs proposed deployments so perhaps EPR deployments will take over the AP1000s proposed there. The most appealing features I see is that EPR buildings are divided into four functional trains that can assume control of functions of the other buildings, and the control room is detached from the reactor, which mean better survivability for the operators, which means they have a better chance of getting things under control when there is an emergency.

So it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Comment I don't know why they have to make a car that does (Score 1) 641

that.

Because that's what she wanted. She wanted performance, risk and excitement in a car and was prepared to mix it with alcohol. She was at her limit and someone else screwed up. Was the vehicle in control? No. Both parties to blame? Yes. Case closed.

Personal responsibility.

Comment Re:Radiation wrecks robots? (Score 1) 307

That's quite a lot of off-topic blathering Shane. It shows you have a fixed ideology and a closed mindset which produces that kind of lunatic emotional outburst when an idea in your mind is replaced by the chaos of reality. I laughed a lot!

An explicit analogy, in the form of a simile, is not and never can be a strawman argument.

However you didn't provide one. You provided something about a chemical fire burning coal at 540 degrees Celsius as opposed to a radioactive fire burning plutonium 3000 degrees Celsius. Vaguely related at best because not even the 'fire' is the same and your effort to construct something resembling a strawman is hopelessly knobbled by a lack of any prescient fact regarding the subject matter. Your overly emotional reply is evidence of that.

An ad-hom is not an "attack", you pathetic whiny schoolyard twat. You fucking moron. You're just making shit up, thus confirming my original and overarching point about most vocal anti-nuke people being hysterical morons

You've made quite a fool of yourself today Shane, what makes you think I'm anti nuclear?

You are like the seventh person

Wherever you go, there you are.

I would look up and calculate the answers to these questions if I thought you were capable of registering when you are wrong. These things have fairly well understood mathematical properties, albeit with some variables like the wind and precipitation patterns. You could easily come up with reasonable back of the napkin numbers with under an hour of effort.

I'd only do that if nothing was being done. It's been done now because it was a serious threat that most people would not be able to comprehend. Look at how knowledge of it has destabilized you, you've gone off into such a temper tantrum.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.

I made no claims whatsoever except to say that his claims appear to be hysterical fabrications.

Crybaby Shane said: Also, there's some common sense shit like designing reactors and sites that can store all of their waste on-site that no one seems to be talking about, but is perfectly doable in principle and would at the very least least nerf one very common complaint. Except it doesn't nerf anything but your sense of security.

His response has been to spam irrelevant links and then essentially lie by pretending they prove his assertions

SOMEONE CALL THE WHhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance, Shane needs to have a cry and wait for the world to say sorry.

4 articles, 2 from highly respected Japanese news agencies on the damage to the spent fuel cooling pool, followed by 2 published works on plutonium fire. Your thought bubble exploded when Mr Trump grabbed you by the pussy, Shane.

and now pretend that I'm the one making arrogant and unsubstantiated claims... as opposed to the guy who just claimed that the entire northern hemisphere would be killed off if the spent fuel from a single nuclear power plant were incinerated.

I said: No. Another of the many lessons the nuclear industry had to learn about nuclear safety is that spent fuel has to be moved away from the reactor or you risk a plutonium fire. In Fukushima's case there were so many fuel rods in the collapsing structure that the plutonium fire would be an extinction level event for the northern hemisphere.

and

However none of [Shanes strawman arguments] them are 1500 spent fuel rods, in cooling facility with failing foundations next to a facility with another 6000 spent fuel rods. Nor have they been the focus of an urgent effort to remove the risk because anyone with a brain and knowledge can recognize the risk. Fortunately the people who decided to act on it had a much better information set than you do.

So your attempted mis-characterization of my argument is also evidence that you don't pay attention. Coupled with your last reply that consisted of nothing more than *how* I argued as opposed to answering the facts in the links presented to support your idea about spent fuel storage, I can't really see you contributing much more to this discussion.

Comment Re:Radiation wrecks robots? (Score 1) 307

That's like saying the coal mine fire in Centralia is going to grow until it kills everything in the northern hemisphere.

Are you serious, a strawman argument. It's not even a very good one - at least put some effort into it.

This was a quantitative claim you made, not merely a qualitative one. A large plutonium fire would be very bad, yes. I never disputed that.

See, here, this is where you could of backed away, reconsidered your argument with humility and retained your dignity. As simple as saying, oh yeah, maybe in light of this new information storing this stuff on site is a bad idea and I understand now why geologically sound spent fuel containment is a requirement for improving nuclear safety. Thanks for not excoriating me too much MrKaos.

But it turns out there is a lot of "very bad" stuff that happens all the time (including stuff connected to nuclear power, fossil fuel power, and damn near every other major industrial thing we do) that doesn't escalate to an "extinction level event for the northern hemisphere".

However none of them are 1500 spent fuel rods, in cooling facility with failing foundations next to a facility with another 6000 spent fuel rods. Nor have they been the focus of an urgent effort to remove the risk because anyone with a brain and knowledge can recognize the risk. Fortunately the people who decided to act on it had a much better information set than you do.

It would be like you stepping out in front of a fast moving bus on an expressway and then wondering if the kinetic energy in the bus is sufficient to kill you. Chernobyl pumped out roughly 5 tons of material to irradiate 3500sqKms. Are you able to challenge your idealology and conceptualize what burning roughly 850 tons of plutonium in the open air would do over the course of weeks or months that it burned? Inevitably it would spread to the other 6000 fuel rods as they also burned at 3000+ degrees C spreading plutonium oxide and chloride in the smoke for months into the atmosphere all over the northeren hemisphere via the jetstream.

You can't compare it to anything else because there is nothing else to compare it to.

You're just making shit up, thus confirming my original and overarching point about most vocal anti-nuke people being hysterical morons (which does not then imply that the pro-nuke people or the people who designed many of the operational plants in the world today are geniuses.)

Here we go with the predictable ad-hom attacks everytime your idealism is shattered, poor shaney wanyney needs comforting. Here is more from the person who describes the international community that created the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale as a blend of supefyingly dull simpletons, hysterical dolts and Machiavellian assholes .

You admitted "I didn't know what I was talking about" then suggested I'm autistic because you didn't have enough knowledge to understand a joke about tritium.

You may think your "arguments" are new however they are the same rhetoric of the previous generations who are politically attached to this argument with the same old re-hashed dogmatic skepticism that demonstrates your inadequate knowledge. Those "arguments" are only new to you so since you are unable to come up with something original, why don't you try inquiry so that we can have an intelligent discussion?

You said: Also, there's some common sense shit like designing reactors and sites that can store all of their waste on-site that no one seems to be talking about, but is perfectly doable in principle and would at the very least least nerf one very common complaint.

Now you have been provided with citations about the damage that occurred to the buildings that held spent fuel during the Fukushima disaster and citations about what a plutonium fire is you know it's not common sense at all. Clearly it must have taken you weeks of effort coming up with this flawed argument as you are so emotionally attached to it you require emotional support to deal with the new information now that your thought bubble has now been burst.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.

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