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Comment Re:Resonating with Americans (Score 3, Insightful) 94

If you want "change", you need to know what kind of change. Some changes would be good, some would be worse than the status quo.

The problem with Trump is that he's fighting the last war. Much of the public is afraid because their lively-hoods are in peril. Trump says it's because of immigrants and government corruption. That's no longer the case; it's actually because technology and automation will be putting most jobs on the entire planet in jeopardy within the next few decades.

Trump's proposed solutions would not solve anything, and they're aiming at issues that this country has already successfully dealt with since the 18th century: We've always been a nation with "unsavory" immigration and corrupt politicians, and somehow we've muddled through and even thrived. The actual root cause of the current public angst is an elephant in the room that NO politicians are talking about, even ones from the fringe parites.

So while the status quo isn't ideal, it's better than Trump's disruptive ham-handed proposals which would solve nothing. (And it doesn't help that he's an unhinged megalomaniac on top of it all.)

Comment Re:But what part of the plant. (Score 4, Funny) 55

It was the reactor core.

Some salesmen convinced management to install the new "AtomikRodz" smart controllers into the reactors. They monitor power demand levels, and over time they learn to automatically adjust power output in advance, cutting down on personnel costs. Even better, the associated app allows operators to manually adjust the control rods with their phones from anywhere in the world. No need to run down to the station just to fiddle with power output.

Unfortunately, as with most IoT gear, this product was riddled with security holes.

Comment Re:Syrian drones (Score 0) 154

Thanks to the incompetence of the US not being able to figure out the right group to back in Syria

That reminds me of a very prophetic point made by some Middle East expert I saw on a news program during the run-up to the 2003 Iraq War:

"I don't know what they expect the outcome of this is going to be. There are no George Washingtons in Iraq."

Well, that certainly turned out to be the case.

The same undoubtedly applies to Syria. The set of "right groups to back in Syria" is empty.

Comment Re:Executive Orders (Score 2) 169

I don't care. I'm just trying to give them advice on how not to get killed. Setting up a tempting camp with their fishing buddies is not going to help them.

The only survivalists that I think have a chance in that environment are the ones who have prepared hidden spider holes and can exist almost invisibly. If they can hold out there, more power to them.

Comment Re:Executive Orders (Score 1) 169

If you need to fend for yourselves, that means there's no effective government.

But by definition, somebody is going to have the government's weapons. They're not going to be sitting unused in empty army bases.

I don't think that you were actually planning to do the same, because you had chosen an innefective defensive strategy from the start. You'd be a day late and a dollar short.

Comment Re:Executive Orders (Score 0) 169

You people are laughable. The winners in that environment would be modeled on a mixture if Genghis Kahn, ISIS and Mexican drug gangs.

"Camps" like yours would be nothing but prey for mobile terrorists. If you didn't agree to hand over your loot, you'd quickly meet the same fate as the Waco cult.

No advanced preparation will be required to dominate a post-apocalyptic landscape, only a willingness to be inhumanly ruthless. Everything else, including weapons and fuel to smoke out opponents, can be looted in real time.

Comment Re:Proof her perf evaluations weren't fair (Score 1) 566

You don't think that if there happened to be a radar malfunction at NORAD while he's up in the wee hours of the night posting enraged tweets, that he might not be in the right frame of mind to rationally analyze whether or not we're actually under a nuclear attack?

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