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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

tsotha Re:I suspect the KKK is involved in this some how. (1087 comments)

The KKK? Seriously? The organization that's down to 2000 members total, 10% of which are FBI agents? Did you just wake up from a sixty year nap?

2 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

tsotha Re:Pathetic (1087 comments)

Nope. When a black guy gets shot the state gets a second bite at the apple in the form of a civil rights prosecution.

2 days ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

tsotha Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (307 comments)

So... someone out there is going hungry because you'd rather they had no job instead of a shitty job? And furthermore this makes you feel good about yourself?

about two weeks ago
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A Mysterious Piece of Russian Space Junk Does Maneuvers

tsotha Re:No big issue (146 comments)

Because there wasn't then, and still isn't, any reason to send men to the moon. There are today about a dozen countries that could do it if sufficiently motivated. The problem (if you want to see it that way) is finding a reason to go.

about two weeks ago
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A Mysterious Piece of Russian Space Junk Does Maneuvers

tsotha Re:No big issue (146 comments)

And for the military it was a ridiculously good value, because NASA paid $109 million of the initial development before it lost interest.

about two weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

tsotha Doesn't matter (594 comments)

The pilots knew the score. If the risk was worth it to the people who were actually taking it, then I don't see how it's anybody else's business.

about three weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

tsotha What a joke (331 comments)

Only for-profits, huh? So this is really more about politics than education.

about a month ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

tsotha Re:Politics (384 comments)

Wow. Just wow. I can't tell if... oh wait, no, it's actually pretty obvious you're just an idiot.

about a month ago
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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

tsotha Of course (308 comments)

A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents.

No doubt. Legislation is written all the time and filed away until the public is sufficiently swept away by momentary passion. In the US gun control proponents have cabinets full of bills they pull out, like ghouls, every time there's a school shooting, just as the government has legislation that trims away privacy rights ready to go the next time the head-loppers hit the news.

about a month ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

tsotha Re:my thoughts (372 comments)

Ebola is impossible to catch unless you are directly exposed to someone who is symptomatic.

Technically, yes. As doctors define direct exposure that's true. However, doctors and normal people don't define it the same way. If I have Ebola and get bodily fluids on a doorknob, then you come along an hour later, touch the doorknob and then rub your eyes... you can become infected. That fits the CDC's definition of "direct exposure", because you've been directly exposed to my bodily fluids.

So don't get complacent thinking as long as you don't actually touch an infected person you can't become infected.

about a month ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

tsotha Re:Politics (384 comments)

First of all, we already have a "Czar" for this sort of thing. Her name is Dr. Nicole Lurie. That's the real reason we don't need a "Czar" - we already have one.

Secondly, the president can't give the CDC more funding. That's Congress's job.

Thirdly, in the last fifteen years the CDC budget has doubled, so they already have plenty of money. In fact, they have too much money, which has allowed them to ignore their primary mission and go off and do things like stump for gun control, study why lesbians get fat and gay men don't, and determine most monkeys are right handed.

about a month ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

tsotha Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

It wasn't even that. It was illegal to create new embrionic cell lines using federal money. In other words, if you wanted to do stem cell research you could use one of the existing lines, or you could use private money.

The whole controversy was just red meat for abortion supporters. Didn't have anything to do with science.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

tsotha Re:good (331 comments)

It's difficult to imagine you couldn't get backing from Putin, or the Iranians, or the Saudis. And if you have money the French will sell to anyone.

about a month ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

tsotha Re:All about perception (200 comments)

This is just nonsense.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re: a quick search (334 comments)

Just give 'em a coke.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re: a quick search (334 comments)

Hrm. And what would they be expected to do if there actually were a war?

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re:May I suggest (334 comments)

Modern infantry tactics are all about suppressive fire. Which you can't do with a bolt action rifle. There's a reason everyone uses assault rifles. I would be shocked if the reason this is just happening now isn't just a combination of neglect and lack of funds.

Beyond that, soldiers do carry more stuff. Depending on the situation, a US soldier may have 120-150 pounds ("Emergency Approach March") to carry plus body armor and rifle. There's simply more useful gear than there used to be. Everyone complains about it, but nobody wants to get rid of anything. Soldiers would like to ditch the armor, but they're not allowed to because their commanders don't want to explain to grieving widows (and the press) why Joe wasn't wearing his armor when he got shot.

It's probably even worse in Northern Canada, since you'd have all sorts of extra stuff to deal with the cold.

So yeah, you shave off pounds where you can. Not only is a modern assault rifle lighter than an Enfield (I own one - holding that sucker level from a standing position gets old really fast), more importantly the ammo is much lighter.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tsotha Re:May I suggest (334 comments)

Right, which is why the US army has been unable to get the money to replace the M16/M4 in the half dozen times it's tried.

about a month ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

tsotha Re:Link to the study. (422 comments)

Wait, what? So to give you shorter telomeres it has to be sweetened and carbonated? That seems... unlikely.

about a month ago

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