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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jklovanc Re:Here we go... (345 comments)

Okay, find me a biased American reporter who writes articles asking Americans to sympathize with Al-Qaeda.

Maybe he is not a reporter but this guy is an American on al-Qaeda's side.

That should be enough evidence to show that the Israeli attack on Gaza more morally ambiguous than the American attack on Afghanistan.

Sorry but the opinions if two biased people don't make what they say true.

Okay, maybe in your mind the prisoner swap was unjust. But it was still legally binding.

It is common law that any contract signed under duress is null and void. I would say "Sign or we keep your soldier" would be considered duress.

You mean the tunnels that were built so that Gazans could smuggle in the fuel ...

And arms and rockets into Gaza. They will also be used, as Hamas has stated and is doing now, to strike at Israel.

Abbas has already said that he supports the Israeli bombings in Gaza

Do you have any reference for this statement?

Maybe the PLA would have caught the criminals if they had a real police force, but Israel will not allow them to maintain one.

Did you even look at the date of that report? That happened twenty years ago. Things have changed.

Fatah = Israeli military government 2.0.

So if Fatah is a sham then any coalition between Hamas and Fatah is also a sham. You can not have it both ways.

Israel has "warned" the civilians to leave, but the Egyptian border is closed, so where can they go?

They have not been told to leave all of the Gaza Strip. They have been told to leave certain areas where operations will be held. Operations outside those areas are in direct retaliation to Hamas rocket attacks. Maybe Hamas should stop using their own people and human shields?

Then ninety Palestinian civilians are dead. Ninety for three.

It is not just about the deaths of 3 Israelis. It is also about the launching of rockets into Israel. While they cause few deaths they cause great terror. Would you feel safe if at any moment a rocket or mortar round could fall out of the sky and kill you? Read this for some perspective. It is like poking a bear. If Hamas pokes Israel enough times with rockets and terrorist attacks they will be swatted by the IDF.

This is what will happen to you if you vote for Hamas. This is what we will do to you. Some democracy those West Bankers have, eh?

I see no problem with that. If the Palestinians vote for Hamas they are voting for more rocket attacks and more Israeli retaliation. If they vote for a terrorist organization bent on the destruction of Israel they deserve to bear the consequences of that vote. Showing those consequences is not a bad thing.

4 hours ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jklovanc Re:Here we go... (345 comments)

Care to back that up with any references to recent statement about Israel not recognizing Palestine's right to exist? Here is evidence counter to that argument. As for Hamas, destroying an organization who's main stated goal is the destruction of one's country seems to be a prudent thing to do. If Hamas get what it wants Israel will not exist. If Israel gets what it wants Israel and Palestine will exist.

4 hours ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jklovanc Re:Here we go... (345 comments)

In a word, yes. Where in recent history has Israel stated their desire to eradicate Palestine?

5 hours ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jklovanc Re:Here we go... (345 comments)

How about the following;
1. Recognize Israel's right to exist
2. Stop shooting rockets across the border
3. Stop sending assassins over the border
4. Stop building tunnels under the border
5. Actively stop their people from attacking Israel.

Obviously the most important one is the first one. There can be no peace when one side is still trying to destroy the other.

7 hours ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jklovanc Re:Here we go... (345 comments)

Do you know history at all? From 1516 to the end of WW2 the area was controlled by the Ottoman Empire. After WW2 it was controlled by the British. The British the partitioned it. Palestinians never had the land to want back.

12 hours ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jklovanc Re:Here we go... (345 comments)

Amira Hass and Gideon Levy are by no means unbiased reporters.

Sure the demands to not seem unreasonable but what has Hamas offered? Nothing at all. Until Hamas changes their views on the existence of Israel there will be no peace.
I would also like to point out that you have no references for what you call the Hamas conditions. As far as I can tell you might be making them up and/or embellishing them to make them look better.. Lets assume they are true look at a couple of demands

allowing farmers to work their land up to the fence;

So tunneling can be done without discovery.

release of all prisoners from the Gilad Shalit swap who have been rearrested

The swap which should never have been done as it rewards kidnappers.

expansion of the fishing zone

So fishing vessels can meet ships at sea and return with a "catch" of missiles

an Israeli pledge to a 10-year cease-fire

No pledge of a 10 year Cease fire from Hamas. A one sided cease fire is no cease fire at all.

closure of Gaza’s air space to Israeli aircraft;

So Hamas can fire rickets without danger of air strikes.

Lets look at the next few statements

Go back a few months: the breakdown of negotiations by Israel;

Maybe the refusal to even talk about removing their insistence of the destruction od Israel might have something to do about it.

the war on Hamas in the West Bank following the murder of the three yeshiva students,

Did the Palestinian Authority or Palestinian people do anything to catch the criminals?

stopping payment of salaries to Hamas workers in Gaza

According to this it was Fatah that cut off the funds and not Israel.
As to the opposition to a Hamas/Fatah Unity Government, who is to know which faction will come into control. It is just as likely Hamas will gain control and start up attacks again. Would you trust a government where one faction wants the destruction of your country? Again, as long as Hamas holds to the objective of the destruction of Israel all violence in the conflict is on their heads.

13 hours ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

jklovanc Contrived (77 comments)

All the examples look very contrived. They show specific tasks where the extra fingers would be useful. For me the extra fingers would probably be useful 1% of the time and get in the way 90% of the time.

4 days ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

jklovanc Re:Another boondoggle (90 comments)

And the last time Marines stormed a beach was?

Kuwait

The last time US ground forces were put in the fight prior to aerial decimation of the opposition was?

Grenada, Panama, Kuwait City. Aerial bombardment has limited effects and can not completely wipe out opposition. It will weaken them but ground forces still need to go in and hold the land.

5 days ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

jklovanc Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

I think what the OP was trying to say was that most Universities already have a policy against sexual harassment as is stated in the summary.

Universities and other workplaces have codes of conduct guarding against sexual harassment.

What the summary suggests is there is no explicit policy for fieldwork. Why is there a need for an explicit policy for fieldwork when it is already covered by the University's general policy?

5 days ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

jklovanc Re:FBI crime prediction (435 comments)

You missed the point. Even 22% is "once in a while". I hate exaggerations. By the way, most murders, rapes and kidnappings are not in the FBI jurisdiction They are a local matter.

5 days ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

jklovanc Re:One legit use of the commerce clause (382 comments)

Take a look at this. There are several instances where the SCOTUS has thrown out federal laws as not being valid under the Commerce Clause.

about a week ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

jklovanc Re:One legit use of the commerce clause (382 comments)

In the end it would be the same effect; the vehicle would not be allowed to be driven.

about a week ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

jklovanc Re:So then no public funded internet? (148 comments)

Not necessarily. It just means no public internet funded by a tax paid by people who pay for internet access and Internet-only services. The funding could come from general taxes.

There is also no guarantee that such taxes would go to fund public internet. It is quite possible that they would go into general revenue and be use to fund other things.

about a week ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

jklovanc Re:FBI crime prediction (435 comments)

How about they actually solve a murder, rape, or kidnapping once in a while? 35% of murders don't get solved

The second sentence contradicts the first. They do solve murders quite often; 65% of the time in fact.

about a week ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

jklovanc Re:One legit use of the commerce clause (382 comments)

My particular favorite is when a man tied a shoe string around a rifle's trigger to simulate automatic fire and the BATFE declared shoe strings to be machine guns under provisions of the NFA

That was a stupid ruling by a single bureaucrat which has since been rescinded.

because it has never stopped them before from stepping all over state's sovereignty.

That is actually difficult to prove or disprove. Sure there are cases where the feds have stepped all over States Rights but it is also difficult to prove there were no cases where the feds didn't even try because it was a States Rights issue.

about a week ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

jklovanc Alternative (89 comments)

While that may seem slow, people in remote areas may have few alternatives.

Try this or this as alternatives.

about a week ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

jklovanc Re:One legit use of the commerce clause (382 comments)

Long story short the federal government doesn't seem to particularly care if something is actually a state issue and will use the commerce clause to justify just about anything.

The petition the House and not the Whitehouse as the President can not make laws; he can only sign them. By the way The issue with guns in schools is a easy thing to fight for. Noone in their right mind would vote against such a law even if it was not valid under the Commerce Clause. The issue of dealerships is very different in that there are arguments on both sides and it would probably be shot down by the Supreme court.

The Gun Free Zone Act of 1995 was shot down by the Supreme court and the amendments have yet to be challenged there. National Firearms Act of 1934 was a tax and not a ban. Gun Control Act of 1968 is definitely about interstate commerce. Here are a couple of provisions;

Private sales between residents of two different states are also prohibited without going through a licensed dealer, except for the case of a buyer holding a Curio & Relic license purchasing a firearm that qualifies as a curio or relic.
Private sales between unlicensed individuals who are residents of the same state are allowed under federal law so long as such transfers do not violate the other existing federal and state laws. While current law mandates that a background check be performed if the seller has a federal firearms license, private parties living in the same state are not required to perform such checks under federal law. State laws however can prohibit such sales.

The Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 was also another "vote against and lose the next election" bill. Whether or not the law was valid if one did not vote for it they would be out of office.

about a week ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

jklovanc Re:The American way? (382 comments)

What state has that florist regulation?

about a week ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

jklovanc Re:Move to Canada (382 comments)

Actually it does not. NAFTA states that the US can not treat Canadian made cars any worse than American made cars. Since the dealership requirement is there for American made cars NAFTA would have no effect.

about a week ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

jklovanc Re:One legit use of the commerce clause (382 comments)

That is a very simplistic view of a very complex subject. That would mean that anything that is produced out of state would be federally regulated and that is completely untrue. For example California has certain emission standards and they are applied to all vehicles sold in California. These standards are different than other states but they do not put an unfair burden on out of state manufactures are are therefore the Commerce Clause does not apply.

about a week ago

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