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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re:In highschool (199 comments)

It has been so far - you can see the charts in any serious discussion of population. Moreover, that's the simplified model that Malthus proposed.

Now of course reality never complies exactly with simplistic mathematical models. But the population of any species that isn't constrained by food, disease, space, predators, etc. tends to grow exponentially. Until it runs hard into one or more of those limits - at which point it usually crashes.

There are many arguments about human population growth will level off and even go negative - but always at some time in the future. When I was a young man the world population was 3 billion; today it's over 7 billion. Now we're told it will hit 11-12 billion at least before it starts to level off (if that even happens).

11 hours ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Archtech Re:The "City of London" - A Lawless Square Mile (296 comments)

" I direct you to this Guardian story that explicitly states that as a fact".

Wow. The Guardian! Well, that certainly is an impeccable source. It's not as if the Guardian has ever got its facts wrong, still less deliberately distorted or suppressed facts it didn't like.

yesterday
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re: So what? (199 comments)

OK, I withdraw the "ignorant" bit. Everyone has at least one nationality they like to mock.

yesterday
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Archtech Re:Police?? (296 comments)

"In a mature society, 'civil servant' is semantically equal to 'civil master.'"
- Heinlein, "Time Enough for Love"

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re:Ukraine just got screwed (199 comments)

Actually Russia doesn't even want the rebel south-eastern part of the Ukraine, even though it's by far the most valuable part of the country. Putin and his representatives have repeatedly told the rebels that Russia will not annex their territory even if they ask it to. Crimea was a special case, as it is historically part of Russia AND the great majority of its inhabitants voted to rejoin Russia.

Especially since the EU has gone out of its way to harm Russia, the best outcome from the Russians' point of view would be for the Ukraine to join the EU. Then it will have to support that basket case of a nation indefinitely, at great cost to all the idiots who decided to try to harm Russia.

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re:inb4 (199 comments)

That won't happen. The USA never tackles any nation that can defend itself, and Russia is just as well equipped for war as the USA is. Moreover, it has ample thermonuclear weapons and delivery systems. Attacking Russia would be racial suicide.

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re:hahahahaha russia wins (199 comments)

And THAT is why Russia will be arranging, promptly, to make whatever it needs internally. When the USSR was dissolved, many Russians believed the ideological propaganda from the West about how sweetness and light would ensue if they just let "the market" rule. They did that, and oligarchs (not all Russian) ran away with about a third of their wealth. Now they have discovered that the USA and EU are quite happy to blackmail them with sanctions and financial weapons.

So naturally they will turn away from the West, and find other trading partners and allies. Starting with any nation that has been bullied and exploited by the USA - that would be several dozen at least. Most recently Argentina.

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re:Time for a new date (199 comments)

It looks like the date for "peak cheap oil" just pushed out awhile, again. Unless you're American and you want to pay for it with dollars.

FTFY.

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re:In highschool (199 comments)

Yeah, smartass, just like Malthus' warnings about population - which have been consistently "proved wrong" as the linear improvements in crop yield, etc. have kept marginally ahead of the exponential rise of population. You may believe that linear increases can stay ahead of an exponential curve, but mathematics is against you. Just stick around a while.

Of course if those crop yields turn out to be unsustainable... or large areas of arable land turn into dust and blow away, as looks like happening to the western USA right now... you just got an extra 2 billion mouths to feed with food that won't necessarily be there.

Likewise, you have an entire civilization that's utterly dependent on cheap oil. Not just oil, but CHEAP oil. Good luck with that when no one but the government can afford petroleum products.

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re:Ukraine just got screwed (199 comments)

Actually Crimea became part of Russia a few years before the USA came into existence. And about 50 years before it stole Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico and what became parts of other states from Mexico - cutting Mexico's territory by more than half.

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re:Western tecnology (199 comments)

Yes, thank goodness the stupid Russians are so inept when it comes to technology and heavy engineering. Remind me, how do you Yanks get up the ISS these days? Some of the stupid Russians have been suggesting you try using a trampoline, since you don't want their rockets.

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re:Sanctions against Russia -- Obama's staying pow (199 comments)

Actually any "get out of jail free card" had a very short lifespan. Look at Libya now - and look at Qadafi.

In fact Libya suffered severely when the USA decided to court Iran when it was building up a coalition against Iraq. It seems very likely that the Lockerbie bombing was an act of revenge for the shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes just a few months before. US intelligence agencies immediately blamed Iran for Lockerbie - until the administration decided that it wanted to cozy up to Iran, when Libya was abruptly switched into the "guilty" seat.

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re:Sanctions against Russia -- Obama's staying pow (199 comments)

"...Also it doesn't make sense to carry a grudge forever... "

Although the masters of the universe in Washington, with their short attention spans, will perhaps whimsically decide to raise their sanctions when they decide that Russia has been "punished" enough, Russia will not reciprocate. That's because its sanctions were not imposed out of a sense of grudge or malice, or to "punish" anyone, but in the long-term interests of Russia. The USA and EU have demonstrated that they cannot be trusted, and no matter what they do or say in future that will not change. A liar and a cheat remains a liar and a cheat regardless of how many promises and fair words he utters.

Consequently Russia will obtain most of its food imports from South America, Africa and Asia; manufacture far more of its own machinery and electronics; sell its oil and gas within Asia; and deal, as far as possible, in roubles, yuan, and other currencies other than the dollar and sterling. Not because its leaders are in a towering snit, but because they are calm and rational.

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re: So what? (199 comments)

It's mildly annoying when ignorant, arrogant Americans suggest that France is a nation of cowards. Perhaps you should read your Mark Twain: when he visited France over 100 years ago, his main complaint was that every square foot of its territory had been drenched in blood through centuries of warfare. You might also reflect that, without the decisive help of a French fleet and army, the American Revolution would almost certainly have been defeated.

Had the German invasion of 1940 somehow been launched into the USA rather than France, it would have been just as rapidly decisive. Roosevelt deliberately set up Poland to resist German demands for Danzig, and then demanded that Britain and France guarantee Poland's integrity. He promised that if they declared war on Germany, the USA would join them... real soon. Then he sat on his hands and did nothing while the war raged in Europe - largely because 95 percent of US public opinion was against war, but also because the USA had hardly any weapons or trained men. Please recall that the USA remained steadfastly neutral for two years, three months, and a week until Japan and Germany declared war on IT. And you accuse the French, who did declare war on Germany two years earlier, of being cowards?

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Archtech Re: So what? (199 comments)

1. The two helicopter carriers are of marginal value to the Russians; many of their decision-makers would be happy if the sale were cancelled.

2. The Russians have already paid, so if the French don't deliver they have to repay the money plus penalties - and their reputation for being reliable and trustworthy is shot.

3. A large part of the ships is to be added in a Russian shipyard - so if the French keep the ships, they will be useless.

But the US administration has certainly succeeded in its main objective of driving a big wedge between the EU and Russia. The Europeans have cooperated in harming themselves - serve them right.

If you look closer, of course, you see that certain European politicians have done themselves a lot of good by carrying out Washington's instructions. In due course they will retire and mysteriously become multi-millionaires. Meanwhile, the European people and nations whom they are supposed to serve will suffer. Thank goodness for democracy!

2 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Archtech Re:"Stranger in a Strange Land" (402 comments)

I prefer the original uncut version, although the rewritten (160,000 words reduced from 220,000) edition also had some good points. Unlike most authors asked to cut their books, Heinlein didn't just remove text - he wrote new text to "pad the corners".

However the burnability quotient is about the same.

about a week ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Archtech Re:"Stranger in a Strange Land" (402 comments)

As I happen to be re-reading "Stranger" at the moment, I see a parallel with Heinlein's expressed views on metaphysics. He said that the questions it poses are invaluable, even though they have no answers. "Stranger" is a bit like that: it raises all sorts of profound and stimulating questions, but it doesn't offer any (serious) answers. You have to think the issues through for yourself.

about a week ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Archtech "Stranger in a Strange Land" (402 comments)

Preferably in the uncut edition published at Mrs Heinlein's behest after RAH's death. After all, it was deliberately written as an attempt to offend as many moral beliefs as possible - and, I think, succeeds brilliantly in that. It's also clever, entertaining, thought-provoking, and very funny indeed (in parts). Recommended for anyone too young to have caught it yet.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Archtech Re:MAD (340 comments)

It's also quite something to reflect that Hitler did a far better job fixing his country's economy between 1933 and 1939 than Roosevelt did. Things are seldom what they seem.

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

about a week ago

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