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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:Weakest Russia ever (566 comments)

Assume I didn't miss the point, okay? Don't be an ass and assume anybody who thinks differently than you "missed" the point. You're not going to be right about everything, so when you say something like that, you can be sure that there is a chance you're full of shit. You can disagree without going there, and thereby reduce the total amount of BS that you spew; without changing your views or opinions or anything. ;)

If he crashes the economy his country is no longer a threat to the world. That they just had a good decade economically is why they're integrated with Europe enough to make countries like Italy nervous about imposing sanctions; they have to hurt themselves to hurt Russia right now.

And that economic success has been largely based on the high price of oil and gas. His popularity is widely credited as resulting from the economic success. If the economy crashes, and he cracks down internally at the same time, that is going to turn a lot against him. Starting a war in Georgia won't help with any of that. And there are no cheap wars available. Why would people in Moscow be cowed by a war in Georgia? Such a war would be popular with a strong economy and chances of battlefield success. But just invading Georgia would cause further problems in Europe.

So I don't see any "point" there, except that the things you mentioned support my statement. Everything Putin is likely to do is short-term tactics, and many of the available tactics have negative strategic effects that will weaken both his leadership, and the Russian state. Strength comes from money, money comes from trade. Wars that increase trade would increase his power. But this war is threatening trade, and all the actions you describe would interfere with trade and scare trade partners.

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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:Great... (566 comments)

Trust that I'm a native speaker with 99th percentile reading comprehension. I meant what I said and I said what I meant.

If your assumption is that somebody with different ideas than your own must not understand the language, in addition to perpetuating your ignorance you'll also be stuck in a bubble.

And self defense is not "in anger." It is simply not. There is nothing angry about self defense. Anger is a real word, it has real meaning. Self defense is a real phrase, it has a real meaning. You can simply look up the terms and find out that the guy above was just spewing Anti-Americanism without thought.That is what led him the complete idiocy of claiming that "the term [in anger] has nothing to do with anyone's emotional state." That is complete hogwash. Talk about not being a native speaker! lololol

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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:Great... (566 comments)

Normally these types of systems are expected to park, set up, and plug in. No, they don't remote control it over the internet.

2 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:obviously a NATO plot (566 comments)

You can't watch a rocket be fired and see that it was supplied by Iran. Especially when the rockets from Gaza are homemade.

Not only that, I'll bet you couldn't even see your own propaganda if it was right in front of you.

Iran supplies the rockets that Hezbollah uses to protect Lebanon from Israeli aggression. Those are different people, and different rockets, than the ones that Gaza attacks Israel with to protest having their civilian economy blockaded.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:So much unnecessary trouble (566 comments)

Well, at a minimum it explains all the topless photo shoots he poses for.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:Weakest US President ever (566 comments)

Well, I would send in the Unicorn Ponies to subdue the Russians with their Mind Control Rays. Then it would be like My Little Pony over there.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:Weakest Russia ever (566 comments)

The price of oil is expected to drop next year, and the US is building export terminals for Canadian gas and oil so it can be exported to Europe. Sanctions came first, and when the next cyclic shock hits the Russian energy-based economy, it will crash hard.

If it takes 2 or 5 or 10 years to get rid of him, that is fine. If his hold strengthens in the short term, that is expected; Putin is a tactician with little interest or skill in long-term strategy. Fighting him with short-term moves is more likely to backfire. He has no way out long-term, though. Not with sanctions in place. The Russian economy won't have access to loans at the bottom of the economic cycles.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:Great... (566 comments)

Self defense is not "in anger."

And every serious analysis agrees that more Japanese civilians would have been killed by a traditional invasion, because the women and children had been told that they Americans were taking all civilians as slaves, and they had been armed, and were hiding in bunkers without any contact with other bunkers or the outside world for them to learn that no children were being eaten and no women sold as slaves.

If you're looking at cases where the US lashed out in anger, there are lots of them, but none of them involved nukes.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:Great... (566 comments)

Yes, there is supposed to be a 4 vehicle fleet, but they only had the launcher. It only has target control radar. The regular radar that reads things like civilian transponders is on a command vehicle, which Russia didn't equip them with.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:Great... (566 comments)

Except for the fact that there were civilian flights averaging every 4 hours in that area. They were not only stupid, they were probably watching the contrails all day with their tinfoil helmets on thinking the enemy was flying over all day. I guess they figured Kiev was trying to resupply... Russia? I guess they were drunk enough they didn't think about where their "enemy" was flying.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Aighearach Re:Great... (566 comments)

Yes but what a lot of people missed was that "reset" button starts us over back in the Cold War.

3 days ago
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The Truth About Solar Storms

Aighearach Re:Another ignorant fearmongering article (90 comments)

Often there is a security tag on the meter and you can be fined for cutting it. It depends heavily on local law.

How they respond to a storm depends partly on what the public instructions are. If there is a need to remove meters, which is highly unlikely to be needed, they will say so in advance.

3 days ago
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The Truth About Solar Storms

Aighearach Re:Another ignorant fearmongering article (90 comments)

Most states have laws against meter tampering. By "fine" I was assuming that misdemeanors of this nature will be punished by a fine + probation and not by jail time.

Some states, such as California, have a traditional intent-based law. In California you can certainly replace the meter, unless you're doing it to reduce your rate, then it is considered tampering. However, many states have a "strict liability" anti-tampering law, where it is illegal regardless of your state of mind.

I'm surprised you haven't heard of it, there have been lots of anti-utility-theft advertising campaigns in the past. I've certainly seen ones that warned people it is illegal to tamper with a meter. They usually go with the dual-threat: you can go to jail, or DIE! lol

3 days ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Aighearach Re:No one RTFA (as usual) (157 comments)

If you're going to call physical sports ability intelligence, then you'd have already known he was more intelligent than the "common soccer player" before this study.

Everything uses the brain. A person more practiced at willful ignorance might, for example, use less brain power overcoming cognitive dissonance than a "common partisan mouth-breather" without the same level of experience. Does that make them more intelligent, less intelligent, or just better at a certain arbitrary skill?

Humans are generalists, most things we do will involve the brain. But that doesn't make everything we do intelligent.

4 days ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Aighearach Re:Yeah, like a soccer player would never bite ... (157 comments)

You're almost there, buddy. Now the next step to understand is that being a meditative performance state, or being in a rage state, is temporal. A person might be a meditative state at one moment, and then get frustrated that they didn't score a goal, lose their meditative state, become enraged, and bite your ear off. None of that contradicts anything, or claims that it is somehow the nature of the human. You can be normal, too, and you can be momentarily enlightened, just like most other people. Don't sell yourself short.

4 days ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Aighearach Re:Duh (157 comments)

Where does this "muscle memory" sit, in the muscles? I doubt it. So how is low brain activity explained by "muscle memory"?

In the nerves that attach to the muscle, yes. It is distributed.

When other parts of the nervous system are taking on a load, there is less load in the brain. The same thing is true in any similar system like an electrical circuit, hydraulic system, or heat distributor.

It is well established that the limbs can respond, in certain situations like this, faster than the most simplistic analysis would presume. If you measure the amount of time it would take the signals to go from the eye through the brain to the conscious parts and then send a signal to another part of the brain to send a signal to the limb, well, an advanced athlete already moved before that signal would arrive.

The details of that are not well known yet. Certain things like flinching from a poke to the finger are well understood; the nerve in your arm tells your muscle to move at the same time it is forwarding the signal up to your brain. UNLESS before the poke your brain was sending a "don't react" signal of some sort. How that part works is unknown, except that people can do it.

Martial artists sometimes have similar response abilities to a soccer prodigy. It is usually called "mind of no mind," the ability to move and think with your whole body, without invoking the conscious part of the brain. It is generally believed to require extensive meditation practice in order to program the nerves with the catalog of responses.

Muscle memory is a totally different thing, though.

4 days ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Aighearach Re:expert skill-based integration (157 comments)

That's exactly what it is. Like a master level chess player plays 20% by calculation and 80% by pattern recognition while with a recreational player it is the opposite.

As a rated chess player I have to say, "What a load!"

Calculation vs "pattern recognition" isn't even the dichotomy used in chess. And pattern recognition is mostly considered to be part of the calculating process. The strategic process ("positional" play) is based on a wide variety of things, very little of which is pattern recognition. For the master, anyways. For the club player it is pattern recognition because they have little understanding and just have to match the learned rules of thumb (patterns) to the position.

But at the higher levels of chess it is well established that the top players (for decades!) use a balanced style that doesn't favor any part of the game or any particular style, and the players with a strong style or preference do not score consistently and are lower rated.

Strategic play is not pattern matching, it is based on extensive understanding, on having studied a large number of games, broken them down into concepts, and then deciding which concepts overlap in which places. You can't just match patterns, you have to have an understanding, and apply it. Pattern matching is without that semantic element. The same pattern will have a different meaning depending on edge subtleties, and those subtleties are what positional play is about.

Pattern matching is mostly part of "tactical" (non-strategic) play, where you find a type of weakness that can be exploited by force. Pattern matching tells the chess player which lines to calculate. So calculation cannot be the opposite to pattern recognition.

4 days ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Aighearach Re: No shit, it's soccer. (157 comments)

I've never heard football called "elegant," but in soccer they have flop plays where you elegantly throw yourself to the ground and squeal like a stuck pig.

4 days ago

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