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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WrongMonkey Re:Send in the drones! (827 comments)

I guess that makes it ok to provoke just a *little* nuclear exchange. I assume that you're willing to sacrifice the state or country that you live in for this noble cause?

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WrongMonkey Re:Send in the drones! (827 comments)

Not often than someone manufactures a fictitious quote, attacks that strawman, then condescendingly lectures about logic. All in just 3 lines.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WrongMonkey Re:Ukrainians are a modern civilized people ... (827 comments)

Ukrainians are a modern, western, civilized people. Arming them is quite different than arming religious fanatics looking to recreate the middle ages.

We can trust them! They're white people, like us!

4 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WrongMonkey Re:Send in the drones! (827 comments)

Can't help but notice the obvious omission in your strategic analysis: nuclear weapons. Both sides have them, both side would use them if left with no other choice. The full scale confrontation between NATO and Russia wouldn't last long enough for any those other factors to matter.

4 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WrongMonkey Re:Send in the drones! (827 comments)

"So, if all the Chinese Americans in California decided they were forming their own country, how would you feel about that?"

Yes. It is totally unAmerican for a bunch of recent immigrants to form their own country. Which is why the American Revolution was fought by full-blooded natives and the US fought on the side of Mexico to ensure Texas did not secede.

4 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WrongMonkey Re:Send in the drones! (827 comments)

The USSR, at the peak of its military strength, went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan thirty years ago. The idea that a significantly weaker Russia would steam roll through Europe is absurd. The days when any superpower can make massive land grabs are long over.

4 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WrongMonkey Re:Send in the drones! (827 comments)

This is a neighborhood bully that has the capability of wiping out all life on the planet if they think they're in a no-win situation. You'd be suicidally insane not to be scared.

4 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WrongMonkey Re:Send in the drones! (827 comments)

What, do *you* suppose would happen? The US is still licking its wounds from two drawn out wars with 3rd world countries. I can't imagine that direct confrontation with Russia would be consequence free.

4 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WrongMonkey Re:Baltics are next if the West fails to respond (827 comments)

Don't be absurd. Unlike Ukraine, the Baltics are NATO and EU countries with stable governments. If Russia invaded, nukes would fly and both sides know it. It's not even a feasible scenario to speculate over.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

WrongMonkey Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (1218 comments)

The Anonymous Coward trolls contribute to the conversation by proving that the problem exists.

4 days ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

WrongMonkey Re:Cities: an obsolete solution (276 comments)

You have a very anti-social, suburbanite view of what cities are and what they have to offer. The most interesting, valuable thing about cities isn't the huge, commercial cultural events that you list. Sports events and concerts are mostly attended by suburbanites who drive into the city. The best thing about city living is the ability to foster niche interests that might only appeal to one person in ten thousand. Want to put together a steam-punk LARP event? Open a Moroccan-Thai fusion restaurant? Put on a Doctor Who themed burlesque show? Then you need the population density of city to bring together the minimum number of interested people to make that happen.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

WrongMonkey Re:Stupid (561 comments)

The average black applicant has as much in common with the "inner-city ghetto culture", as you call it, as the average white applicant has in common with "white trailer-park trash".

That comparison doesn't help your argument. Depending on how you classify it, "trailer trash" is the predominant white subculture in America. College educated, urban professionals are a minority, even among whites.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

WrongMonkey Re: Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Go ahead and link the paper. I'll bet it takes all of 5 minutes to find the study flaws that make the conclusion worthy of vitriol. Without even reading the paper, I'll almost guarantee that your colleague used college students as a study subjects (selection bias) and self-reported sex activity to establish experimental groups (even more selection bias).

about three weeks ago
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Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

WrongMonkey Re:More like "We don't want to hire milennials" (120 comments)

A matter of priorities is right. If you have a type of job that you enjoying doing for its own sake, then working more than 45 hours per week might be something of a success. But working just to accumulate wealth that you don't have the time to enjoy is not success by any measure.

about 1 month ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

WrongMonkey Re:You having problems, John Galt? (114 comments)

"And all on his own dime...."

"As of May 2012, SpaceX had operated on total funding of approximately $1 billion in its first ten years of operation. Of this, private equity provided about $200M, with Musk investing approximately $100M and other investors having put in about $100M"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

I think SpaceX is doing some neat stuff, but let's not pretend they're any different than any other government contractor.

about a month ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

WrongMonkey Re: Here we go... (454 comments)

It's not the Israelis who are blocking the border crossing into Egypt. Which is one the problems overlooked in the media: even other Arab states, like Jordan and Egypt, won't allow Palestinians to immigrate.

about a month ago
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The debate over climate change is..

WrongMonkey There is more than one debate (278 comments)

1) Is climate change occurring? Scientific debate

2) Is the climate change due to human activity? Scientific debate

3) What will be the impact of climate change? Evenly political/scientific debate

4) What should be done in response to climate change? Entirely political debate

about a month and a half ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

WrongMonkey Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

SpaceX is not competing with NASA, because NASA doesn't make rockets. NASA has input on the design requirements, but all the real work is done by private contractors, like Lockheed and Boeing. SpaceX is just a new contractor and they operate just like the others. They have some interesting new engineering approaches that may reduce costs, but it's not any fundamentally new business model.

about a month and a half ago
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Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

WrongMonkey Re:Wonders (78 comments)

Maybe you're talking about this list of 7 Modern Wonders? http://www.asce.org/content.as... What do they all have in common? Utility. They aren't just statues or publicity stunts. They serve a purpose that has direct impact on the lives of millions of people. Something that manned space programs have failed to deliver.

You talk about inspiration, but it was quite the opposite. Men walked on the moon, showed that its a barren rock and people lost interest almost immediately. All the romance and excitement was wiped out in the face of cold reality: men stuffed in aluminum cans and struggling around in awkward suits. They didn't even accomplish that much in terms of scientific discovery. What kind of inspiration is that?

Manned spaceflight is a dead end. We're not in the wooden sailing ship stage, we're in the fish flopping onto the beach stage.

about 2 months ago

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