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Comment But... why? (Score 1) 225

I'm unclear on what his edge is here, other than maybe he enjoys the idea of digging stuff? Tunnel boring is an existing market with a number of players. Will the borer also install the road? Seems more likely he's trying to cover up the installation of a secret underground lab.

Up in Ottawa we've been digging tunnel for several years for our new light rail. The machines doing the digging are probably the least complicated part of the project. The real issue is varying soil and rock conditions and trying not to cause things like this.

Comment Re:Censorship. (Score 1) 405

you "don't know if those videos exist."

That's right. I haven't seen them and I wasn't taking the AC's word for it, but the video's existence was irrelevant to the point I was making, which you completely missed.

"blah blah blah nazis, blah blah blah fuck the left"

Great argument. .

Comment Re:Obama already did the same thing, no out cry (Score 1) 952

There's a very good rebuttal to that statement here. There are similarities but they are VASTLY different in scope and purpose. The points are quoted below:

1. Much narrower focus: The Obama administration conducted a review in 2011 of the vetting procedures applied to citizens of a single country (Iraq) and then only to refugees and applicants for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), created by Congress to help Iraqis (and later Afghans) who supported the United States in those conflicts. The Trump executive order, on the other hand, applies to seven countries with total population more than 130 million, and to virtually every category of immigrant other than diplomats, including tourists and business travelers.

2. Not a ban: Contrary to Trump’s Sunday statement and the repeated claims of his defenders, the Obama administration did not “ban visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” For one thing, refugees don’t travel on visas. More importantly, while the flow of Iraqi refugees slowed significantly during the Obama administration’s review, refugees continued to be admitted to the United States during that time, and there was not a single month in which no Iraqis arrived here. In other words, while there were delays in processing, there was no outright ban.

3. Grounded in specific threat: The Obama administration’s 2011 review came in response to specific threat information, including the arrest in Kentucky of two Iraqi refugees, still the only terrorism-related arrests out of about 130,000 Iraqi refugees and SIV holders admitted to the United States. Thus far, the Trump administration has provided no evidence, nor even asserted, that any specific information or intelligence has led to its draconian order.

4. Orderly, organized process: The Obama administration’s review was conducted over roughly a dozen deputies and principals committee meetings, involving Cabinet and deputy Cabinet-level officials from all of the relevant departments and agencies — including the State, Homeland Security and Justice Departments — and the intelligence community. The Trump executive order was reportedly drafted by White House political officials and then presented to the implementing agencies a fait accompli. This is not just bad policymaking practice, it led directly to the confusion, bordering on chaos, that has attended implementation of the order by agencies that could only start asking questions (such as: “does this apply to green card holders?”) once the train had left the station.

5. Far stronger vetting today: Much has been made of Trump’s call for “extreme vetting” for citizens of certain countries. The entire purpose of the Obama administration’s 2011 review was to enhance the already stringent vetting to which refugees and SIV applicants were subjected. While many of the details are classified, those rigorous procedures, which lead to waiting times of 18-24 months for many Iraqi and Syrian refugees, remain in place today and are continually reviewed by interagency officials. The Trump administration is, therefore, taking on a problem that has already been (and is continually being) addressed.

Comment Re:Malignant narcissist upset, news at 11. (Score 2) 760

your old sig was something like "SJW: Someone I disagree with and by the way I'm an idiot"

In the context of almost every discussion where the term "SJW" is flung about, I think that sig was a pretty accurate analogy.

Disclaimer: One time I agreed with something AmiMoJo said.

Comment Re:Fails The Sniff Test (Score 1) 745

Yes it's all gibbering. None of this is specifically particularly likely, it is just seems more likely than before Trump was president.

The people around him would obviously not let him do that

That would depend on who he has around him. I don't know how trigger happy his military picks are, but some of the others seem to exist in a completely different reality so who knows what they'd go along with.

Comment Re:Fails The Sniff Test (Score 1) 745

Meh, you can argue the intention behind the meaning of "doomsday", I'm sure it was supposed to sound shocking rather than be literal. Regardless of how it comes about, the first step to global thermonuclear annihilation is launching the first nuke.

How close we are to that first step is a matter of debate, and these scientists think we're closer than we were. It probably comes down to just how big you think Trump's ego is, and based on what I've seen so far I bet you can see that fucker from the moon.

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