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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Probably lies again. Just give it a few days. (823 comments)

Steel. Ukraine is a large manufacturer of steel which Russia would utilize in revamping its economy into a war mode. This is only a regional war if Russia loses. If Russia is allowed to win this, it will creep its way into becoming a World War.

2 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

Until Russia pulls out of Ukraine and Crimea, don't expect to be winning too many arguments. Being wrong is wrong no matter how much you may try to nuance it.

2 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

Ukrainian armed forces just indiscriminately shells the city while the separatists are nowhere near.

Even if the Russian terrorist forces were nowhere near (something that is hard to establish in the first place because terrorists operate in secret), all that would mean is that Ukrainian artillery is acting on bad intelligence. Intelligence, which for you know is fed to them by the terrorists. The terrorists' aim is always to create maximum casualties on both sides to create instability.

showing how full of manure you are

Could be worse. I could be you -- defending a regime of thieves who are trying to take by force what couldn't take through bribes. I've seen the Russian terrorist training videos on YouTube (no link because they get removed pretty fast). But they do glorify maximum gore and casualty count. I am aware of the Ice Cream joke that circles Russia in reference to Alaska. Don't bull shit me. I know exactly what Russia is today.

2 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

Besides, you keep using the word "terrorists".

I know exactly what it means. The Russian forces operating on Ukrainian territory without declaration of war, without identifying themselves as acting on behalf of the Russian state, acting with the sole goal of destabilizing the legitimate government through terror do qualify every standard definition of the word "terrorists". They most definitely are (and therefore so is the Russian state) guilty of all the bloodshed in Ukraine. Even the blood of the civilian causalities in the terrorist-occupied parts of Ukraine is the blood that is on Russian hands. Russia organized this. Russia sent the people who started this. Russia continues to support this military operation without admitting to it (in fact while claiming that the president of Russia no longer has a Duma authorization to use armed forces on Ukrainian territory). By acting contrary to even its own laws, Russia is acting as a terorrist state and the civilian whom it puts in the harms way are harmed by Russian actions. There is no ethnic cleansing of Russians. There is no Ukrainian army going around rounding up ethnic Russian and sending them to camps. The artillery fire that harms the civilians in Eastern Ukraine is only a defensive fire meant to thwart the clandestine Russian aggression and campaign of terror.

Ukrainian armed forces just indiscriminately shells the city

What an outrageous lie! It is not indiscriminate. Russian terrorist forces are embedding themselves in civilian population. And when shooting at the Russian terrorist forces, Ukrainian sometimes miss. Missing the intended targets is not (ever!) called "indiscriminate" bombing. The civilian casualties are only due to the fact that Russian terrorists are cowards hiding behind civilians.

2 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

Politicians ain't allowed to run countries anymore,

They are in Russia. Well, it's either the political class or the military that's running things right now. It's certainly not the corporations (as you, no doubt, will try to suggest). Russia has fundamentally transformed itself since adopting its National Socialist agenda. It is now ethnic-centered para-military dictatorship.

2 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

Of course, there is. Russia is the villain. It is the aggressor trying to invade and extort its innocent neighbor. While trying to defend itself from the unprovoked Russian aggression, Ukraine is forced to fire on enemy Russian units which often embed themselves in civilian centers (a well-known terrorist tactic which goes by the name "human shields"). Ukraine doesn't censor media. The links you posted simply showed that Russian channels would no longer be carried on Ukrainian cable subscriptions. I would imagine that any country A that is being invaded by country B would not allow country B to use its infrastructure. That's not censorship. That's war. Russia doesn't just stop channels from broadcasting. Russia has passed draconian laws which give the government free reign over ALL sources of information.

2 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

France has entered into a material agreement to sell Russia an aircraft carrier. This would be a NATO aircraft carrier. France, consistent with its traditions, surrendered before the war began.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

I am still hoping to wake from this nightmare, so I will not try to contemplate the actual details of a war between Russia and Ukraine. If you think majority of Russians living in Ukraine will consider themselves Russian and be happy to be invaded, remember this: national identity is formed by 2 components (not ethnic, but national). These components are a legend of a traumatic event and a history of blood sacrifice. Russia is now supplying Ukraine with both. Whatever their ethnic denominations are, the ethnic Russians living in Ukraine will take pride in being Ukrainian citizens who stood up to the aggressors. If you don't think that's possible, just remember that Russia now is what Germany was in WWII. And the Germans who opposed the Nazis did so proudly and fervently. So will the Russians who oppose Russia. Let me put it this way. I never gave a damn about having been born in Ukraine. It never meant anything to me. I shared the common Russian view of Ukraine as being overly folksy. Until now. Nothing makes people prouder than righteous indignation. And for all the giddiness that Russians feel about their self-ascribed military superiority, Russia will be fought because it's the right thing to do. There is no longer an option for a peaceful resolution left to the world. Russia is quickly becoming the monster to be vanquished.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

I especially enjoyed the bit about the Kiev controlled press. Russia has, by all accounts (on slashdot alone) has re-instituted the censorship levels almost to the Soviet levels.... almost. Kiev-controlled press. That's fantastic. That the people behind this unprovoked military aggression would try to accuse those who are defending themselves of being sinister. That's chutzpah.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Probably lies again. Just give it a few days. (823 comments)

If the reports are, in fact true, and the Russian troops have crossed into Ukraine, there are no good choices left. It's regional war now or World War later. Putin has been positioning to break NATO for the past few years. If he takes Ukraine, he'll put it into full military production mode (it's a large producer of steel). And once he can steam roll over Balkans, he will have invaded a NATO member. France has entered into a material agreement to sell Russia an aircraft carrier within the past 6 months (effectively surrendering in this war before it started... France does have its traditions). Which means France will not honor its NATO obligations. Germany will surrender (out of guilt if nothing else... they will not want to fight a war against Russia). Who's left? Spain? Portugal? Italy? Poland? Actually, Poland might save Europe again. It'll be a tough fight, but if it gets that far, it's already a World War. Regional war now or World War later. No good choices left.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

Steamrolling over Ukraine is not hard.

Not impossible, maybe. Don't count on it being a walk on the beach though. Every domino will fall after if this happens, but don't expect it to be another Georgia.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

Europe != Ukraine.

"How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing. It seems still more impossible that a quarrel which has already been settled in principle should be the subject of war." --Neville Chamberlain, 1939

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

I mentioned in a previous comment that if this aggression is not stopped NOW, then it would not stop until a nuclear exchange. If Russia is allowed to take Ukraine, they'll keep going until the world decided that this is for real. I don't think anyone believes it just yet.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Putin: "Your move, West" (823 comments)

Also don't forget the keyword "corrupt". Once a leader is thoroughly corrupt, he has put himself outside of the restrictions of the rule of law. His removal becomes both legal and illegal (and so does his staying in power) because the rule of law no longer applies. But, of course, the last straw was his ordering of shooting of peaceful unarmed protesters. It's a tall order to prove that a leader rules by law (rather than by force) after such an act.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Putin: "Your move, West" (823 comments)

he Fact is the previous president was compelled to leave office via extra-legal means.

Technically, he left the country on his own accord. But he only did so because he was no longer credible as a civilian leader after forcing police to shoot scores of peaceful unarmed protesters.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Send in the drones! (823 comments)

Been asleep for 10 years, have you? Russia is now the sole owner of the largest Oil company in the world. It is also the largest member of OPEC. It has fallen behind in the aviation technology, but it has (in the past few years) renovated it's military industry. It has already learned Western logistics methodologies. The hardware they use is mostly outdated. But you are kidding yourself if you think they can't switch to the military mode. If they take Ukraine, they'll increase their population by 1/3rd overnight. They will also retake the main steel production centers (currently owned by Mittal). Moscow is the 2nd largest WiFi hub in Europe (Frankfurt is the 1st). Still don't think they can roll through Europe? Is Europe united? Can it master a defense? Can it be conscripted for the purposes of defense? You think professional army is enough? I hope you are right. Because from everything I read (in Russian), they are giddy about the prospect of a war.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:"I consider this an invasion." (823 comments)

No, the current regime of Russia is a text book Nationalist Socialist regime. Russia is currently a text-book Nazi state. So the factions in Russia which are Nazi are not minor. They are the government.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re: Putin: "Your move, West" (823 comments)

Ukraine is responding to military attacks by the Russian military personal calling itself "separatist forces" who are led by a "former" KGB officer. The civilian blood of the people whom Russia is using as human shields is on the hands of Russian aggressors as is all blood of all human shields used by terrorists everywhere.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Putin: "Your move, West" (823 comments)

Removing elected officials from office because of their corruption is not contrary to the rule of law. And Yanukovich was a corrupt Russian puppet. Eastern Ukraine was not cut off from the vote. That's a lie. Not that it would matter. The winner of the election got 53%. The next highest runner up (and there were a few) got less than 20%. This election was about as clear-cut as they ever get.

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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

superwiz Re:Probably lies again. Just give it a few days. (823 comments)

What ragtag rebels? There are no separatists. The "separatist" forces are trained Russian military personal. They are led by a "former" KGB officer. And they are supplied by Russia with heavy armament. They managed to shutdown a plane flying above the shooting distance of most ground-to-air missiles. They are extremely well-armed. One could argue that the best of Russian military equipment is what these "separatists" were using. And Ukraine has been holding off against them ok so far. If Ukraine is equipped better, Russia would be forced to start paying real prices for the gas pipe its renting from Ukraine (not to mention that it would forget any dreams of military conquest).

3 days ago

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Scientist Claiming Threat to Polar Bears Suspended

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global warming movement. Now, the wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct."
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A teen simplified Bernoulli formula

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "Fox news reports this (oddly enough I can't find this story on the AMS website, so it might be a hoax):

I am wondering if he found a formula for Bernoulli denominators. But so far I can find little details beyond the "he simplified the formula" statement."
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Does ABC populate discussions with fake comments?

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "I just read this story http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4933727&page=1 on the ABC news web page and naturally I was tempted to comment on it. After registering as a member of the ABC news (first and last name were required for the registration, mind you), I tried to post a comment and was no longer able to load the website. Each browser that I tried was stuck in set-user-name-cookie/reload infinite cycle. I tried multiple browsers. And yet when I loaded the page without loging-in, there were already comments posted. If I wasn't able to log in and post comments, I would assume that neither could anyone else. So is ABC news putting up fake comments to the story as part of their attempt to control the content that they deliver? Is this astro-turf? Or is it a bona fide technical problem?"
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HP makes memory from a once-theoretical circuit

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "
Thirty-seven years ago, Leon Chua, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, mathematically theorized that scientific symmetry demands that there should be a fourth fundamental circuit. Engineers were already familiar with resistors (which resist the flow of electricity), capacitors (which store electricity), and inductors (which resist changes to the flow of electrical current), which can be combined to build more complex devices. The fourth circuit, which Chua called a "memristor" for memory resistor, would register how much current had passed.
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9932054-7.html?tag=nefd.lede"

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Progress And Nihilism

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

A lot of soul-searching is happening in light of the Virginia Tech shooting. Many people sighed with relief that the shooter was not a video game player. Many others sighed with relief that he wasn't a Muslim. Everyone is shockingly asking "why?" Far be it from me to know what was the last straw that made him snap. I've known angry people in my life. I've known people fascinated with the truly morbid. None of them snapped. The last I heard, they were all living productive lives. So what made Seung-Hui Cho snap?

While this may be an unpopular position during this time of our unsuccessful prosecution of the war in Iraq and the all-too-obvious fact that the war on terror was hijacked to become a war to grab oil, I will still make the claim that this was a terrorist act. And I will attempt to say why terrorism occurs and why it is the scourge of civilization. While the term "civilization" is often used to distinguish those within one's group from those outside of one's group, I will try to be more precise in defining it. I will say that a civilization is a society that is committed to progress. Where progress is a process of making physical life (not spiritual, but physical) more comfortable. That is progress is the process of improving creature comforts for people so as to relief the suffering and discomfort that is caused to them by the mother nature.

Progress has a certain life-cycle. First, it is born. It is born out of innovative thinking of visionaries or out of aimless wondering of the curious. But it always starts with a new way of seeing the world. That is followed by a period of convincing the general population that this particular piece of progress is a good thing (tm). This is not always successful. Often the new and innovative ideas die at this stage. But those ideas that succeed, attract a following of the competent (often confusingly called "technologically elite") that wish to profit from blessing the world with this new way of living. As they go through the iterative stages of making the new progressive idea more usable and acceptable to the world, the "technological elite" earn enough power in the form of the world gratitude (usually expressed in financial compensation) to join the ranks of the actual elite -- the people who wield actual power over the general population.

Those who don't see the hard work, ingenuity and talent that is involved in creating progress don't see why it happens. All they see is the progress' missionaries' rise in power or affluence. They feel that they are not part of this rising tide (even though they do become benefactors of progress) and as a result they loose hope. For what is hope? It is the belief that future will be better than today. And once the rise of others is clear and is accompanied by realization that one cannot participate in that rise, it becomes very easy to believe that endeavors of one's life do not improve one's condition are not fruitful. Many times this is a fallacy because one's "moment of greatness" simply hasn't come, yet. Alas, sometimes it is, in fact, true. There are those who just coast through life not trying to improve it. Their moment of greatness never comes.

So what is the next step after the hopelessness sets in? Well, inevitably it is nihilism. And that is the last stage in the life-cycle of progress. Those who did not participate in progress' fruition loose hope and become nihilistic. Nihilism is a destructive tendency. As a matter of fact, it can be defined as taking joy in destruction (not necessarily caused by one's hands).

Nihilism takes many forms. Communism is one of the most grandiose nihilistic movements because it wishes to reverse the clock on progress and to re-distribute the wealth created by progress so that those responsible for it get no more benefit than those idly standing by. Large scale terrorism is a smaller scale nihilism. It only wishes to wrest the laurels of progress from the peoples that created it in order to give it to those peoples that did not. Mass murder is an even lesser scale and harder to understand form of nihilism because it is always impossible to predict when it so happens that a single individual passes that threshold of having a glimmer of hope and having none.

It is the wish of everyone involved in the work of bringing progress to fruition that they be recognized for the great benefit that they bring to the world. They are the only ones that separate us from savages. Social scientists and clerics would argue that they contribute a great deal, too. But their work has not changed much in 2000 years. Civilization has improved in that time tremendously though. So what can a civilization do in the face of nihilism? Well, its only choices are to surrender to it or to fight it. Now I can feel the reader's eye rolling up at the word "fight". How can I suggest that destruction be met with something so uncreative as more destruction? I am doing nothing of the kind though.

This fight must be for the minds of those without hope. It must be waged by teaching the world how to become active participants in the work of progress. The primary goal of governments must be not only protecting the civilization from the destructive drive of those who surrendered to the nihilism, but also the educating of those who have a glimpse of hope -- educating them how to create. The missionaries of progress must walk hand-in-hand with those in power so as not to isolate themselves from those who can contribute and who wish to contribute to the work of creation. It is very tempting to argue that it is a basic human right to be left alone. But that won't stem the building tide of nihilism outside of one's castle.

In the end stage of life-cycle of progress is a test of civilization. The test of whether a civilization can fight nihilism without itself becoming more destructive than the nihilists. The civilizations that pass this test get to part-take in the next wave of progress. The ones that fail it, get to be fondly remembered as the "good old days".

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