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Comment Re:And all they wanted was a faster horse (Score 2) 732

If all the other side has are planes that are capable of out-dogfighting the US planes, they'll endeavour to close with US planes quickly. Unless the F-35 can take down any and *all* comers at range, without fail, it's going to lose out to that tactic.

An SU-27 costs $30 million, an F-35 about $148 million at the cheapest, and $248 million at the more expensive end. So as long as you produce enough pilots, you can field five to eight times as many planes for the same amount of money, and those planes are better at dogfights, and reasonably capable at long range as well.

Comment Re:I'm still shaking off the crappiest winter ever (Score 1) 385

What continent am I on? Europe. All of Europe had a record warm winter. As a point of interest, Europe's bigger than Florida, so we more than cancel each other out. Anecdotes aplenty.

I'm 36 years old. I remember we used to get snow here in Holland, so we could sled. Barely happens these days. The last time we had an Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour, an ice skating marathon) was 1997, and before that 1986. The other years, we didn't have enough frost.

It's entirely possible global climate change means Florida's going to be colder. I hope you enjoy skiing, at least until your state floods.

Comment Re:Why such short employment (Score 1) 381

Alternative view: Places where employees are encouraged to change and grow over their decade(s) of employment are more innovative, yet more stable, than places that encourage drive-by work. New ideas only get implemented in a half-assed way if the person who promoted the idea is already two jobs further in his career.

Comment Re:UK needs to be run by corporations like America (Score 1) 266

Seems to be working okay. My country (The Netherlands) is consistently in the top happy countries, definitely near the top healthy countries.

You seem to be under the misapprehension that European countries are communist. We're not, but by and large we've heavily regulated and, in some cases, nationalized things that should not be run for profit, like health care. I'm still miffed that the train system was privatized. It's gone down-hill since then.

Comment Re:USA in good company... (Score 1) 649

That might make you feel warm and fuzzy, but it's not actually true. US foreign policy is based on US interests.

Ron Paul took a lot of flak years back for saying that the US is responsible for creating a climate that allowed Al Qaida to strike on 9/11 2001, but he was absolutely on the money.

Media in the US, however, don't exactly report on what the US actually does. Just one of many parallels between the soviets and present day US (besides propaganda, this includes comprehensive spying on its own citizens, disappearing citizens and use of torture). This used to be something that would upset Americans.

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