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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

blue9steel Re:Breaking news (616 comments)

And you think party members can't be influenced via gifts or bribes? Transparency international rates them the 175th most corrupt country out of 177 total.

7 hours ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

blue9steel Re:I don't see how Jackson isn't a racist.... (479 comments)

Wouldn't it be more fair to be colorblind in the workplace and hire people according to skill?

There are two different schools of thought when it comes to solving racial inequity issues. Once school recommends that we strive towards colorblindness in decision making, the other school suggests that we deliberately take color into account but in a more positive way. The justification for the first school is that "two wrongs don't make a right". The justification for the second school is that "the situation won't resolve itself naturally". It's the whole equality of opportunity vs. equality of outcomes argument that tends to dominate our political discourse.

yesterday
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

blue9steel Re:medical services need a billing time limit (553 comments)

We all hate the system but as with many things we can't agree on what the replacement should be. Solutions from the left would probably work, solutions from the right would probably work, instead we get the worst features of both.

yesterday
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

blue9steel Re:Radicalization (834 comments)

If the Israelis are carrying out an extermination campaign they're not doing a very good job. So far they've killed 1065 Palestinians out of 1.816 million in the Gaza Strip, so that's like 0.06%. They've been at it for 22 days, if they kept this pace continually they'd kill just under 1% per year which is lower than the population growth rate. Unless they seriously step up their game the Palestinians are in no danger of extinction.

Or perhaps we could just acknowledge that Hamas is deliberately siting their weapons near civilians in order to increase the collateral damage of Israeli strikes. Frankly I think the Israelis are being pretty restrained given the scope of the problem. I can guarantee you that if the Mexicans were lobbing rockets into El Paso, Texas we'd be lighting them up like the 4th of July. (No offense to the Mexican people who for the most part would rather move here than lob rockets at us).

2 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

blue9steel Re: Great... (571 comments)

The US isn't some white knight, we do underhanded things all the time. We've routinely overthrown democratic governments and backed dictators around the world when it suited our interests. Here's a nice quote from Smedly Butler, a man I consider a hero and patriot:

"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."

Those sorts of interventions didn't end when gunboat diplomacy went out of style, we just shifted to more covert tactics. Most evidence suggests we had a hand in the overthrow of at least twenty different governments (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covert_United_States_foreign_regime_change_actions).

President Viktor Yanukovych was incredibly corrupt even if he was legitimately elected. (in a technical sense, he used a variety of dirty tricks including possibly poisoning his opponent) I'm not surprised that the Western Ukrainians wanted to get rid of him. Since he was pro-Russian I'm not surprised we gave things a bit of a push in the right direction. Heck, in a realpolitik kind of way, it may even have been a good idea. It's a bit disingenuous to suggest we're innocent impartial observers to the whole mess though. The State Department has been waist deep in that place since at least the Orange Revolution in 2004 when we backed Victor Yushchenko.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

blue9steel Re:GET THIS CRAP OFF OF SLASHDOT! (571 comments)

I have to agree. As an example, when Hitler first invaded the Ukraine the people were so happy they cheered the Nazis for throwing out the Soviets. Of course subsequent events showed that optimism to be seriously misplaced but it demonstrates how much they hated the Soviets. (Although I used the word Soviets in this context for all intents and purposes they were the Russians)

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

blue9steel Re:Great... (571 comments)

I remain quite suspicious of Kiev - although I'm not yet willing to state anything like "Kiev did it in an attempt to gain world support for a genocidal campaign in the east of the country." Not willing to commit myself to such a statement yet, but I'm leaning that way.

That seems like a higher level of competence than we should give them credit for. Based on the evidence I've seen so far I'm thinking it's more "Rebel forces with a poorly understood but shiny new toy accidentally shoot down a civilian airliner they thought was a government transport plane".

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

blue9steel Re:Great... (571 comments)

Absolutely not. Russia is the villain. US is an impartial observer not participating (yet) in the events, but US is being a prudent observer in stating that it would not do business with a bully (at best) or a madman (at worst). That doesn't make US a villain. It makes US sane.

We're not exactly as lily white as you're portraying here. The ouster of president Yanukovich was encouraged and covertly supported by Western intelligence agencies including the CIA. So essentially we're got a proxy conflict between two puppet states, one backed by the West and the other by Russia. The whole thing reminds me of the 80s.

3 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

blue9steel Re:Breaking news (616 comments)

I just find it pretty naive to suggest that a corporation the size of ExxonMobil has "zero influence", have you never heard of lobbyists or campaign contributions?

3 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

blue9steel Re:Once again, resource shortages come down to ene (376 comments)

Well, lets use commercial grade bulk purchase instead the retail price which works out to about $0.91//ft^2 (http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/3mm-19mm-Clear-Tempered-Glass_273110379.html?s=p) With that sort of volume I'm sure you could probably get it even cheaper. Additionally, there is no need to pay for it all up front, issue some bonds and pay for it over 30 years. With that in mind you're looking at $8.6 Billion for the glass total and less than $300 million per year as payments, a large project to be sure but quite doable if we wished.

3 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

blue9steel Re:Once again, resource shortages come down to ene (376 comments)

You're talking about indirect solar & reverse osmosis, that's a different ballgame. In direct solar basically they pump the seawater into into an evaporation pond that has a transparent ceiling and a gravity collection system for the water. No power involved except the pumps to get the water into the pond.

I am not an industrial engineer and I'm sure there are many factors to consider, however small scale systems generally have a production value of around 6 liters per square meter of collection surface per day. (http://pure.ltu.se/portal/files/2778020/soa-seawater_desalination.pdf)

Groundwater usage is only about 20% of total, so about 310,403 million liters per day. (http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2009/3098/pdf/2009-3098.pdf) I don't think there is any point in trying to replace surface water usage since that appears to be functioning normally. Given that amount we're looking at 51,734 sq. km. worth of collectors. The land area of the US is 9.872 million sq. km. so that's about 0.5%, not nothing but it sounds roughly workable.

To put some scope on this, lets talk about my home state of Oregon. Just eyeballing the water usage map, we probably use 5,678 million liters of groundwater which is 946 sq. km. of direct distilling capacity needed. If we assume 10 plants (for which there is plenty of room in the near coastal areas) and include some room for overhead you're looking at 3000 acre parcels. Throw in some space for pipelines and solar power generation for the pumps and it looks pretty feasible from an engineering and land use perspective.

5 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

blue9steel Re:Once again, resource shortages come down to ene (376 comments)

Actually if you have some land it really doesn't take much more energy than to run the pumps using direct solar desalinization. There are plenty of areas near the coast that don't see much use currently that could be repurposed for this if we had some sort of rational water policy. Good luck on that though.

about a week ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

blue9steel Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (376 comments)

Yes, and with their aggressive nature and huge military force that's something we should really be worried about.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

blue9steel Re:Breaking news (616 comments)

ExxonMobil is worth over ten North Koreas, and has zero influence.

Excuse me while I laugh myself sick.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

blue9steel Re:Breaking news (616 comments)

The inverse is not really possible as the state is just too damn big to be captured.

How quaint. Tell us, which alternate reality do you live in where the top corporations don't have earnings larger than the GDP of most countries?

about a week ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

blue9steel Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

No one who wasn't literally insane would try to use smallpox as a weapon, the infection would inevitably spread back to the country which initiated it

Yes, because there aren't any insane people around who carry a grudge against us.

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

blue9steel Re:Um, ok. (616 comments)

That seems to be the best compromise for the moment, though there are signs that this system trends towards Fascism.

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

blue9steel Re:Um, ok. (616 comments)

If you have a better system we're listening. I know I've looked and ever other alternative is either worse even in theory or based on wishful thinking.

about two weeks ago

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