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Or Kill Me / Re: Short rant on CLIMATE CHANGE.
« Last post by Doktor Howl on February 10, 2018, 02:07:31 am »
Update:  In 2013, Canadian Prime Minister Harper destroyed the fisheries libraries containing meteorological data going back to 1850 (including, I might add, my father's work from the 1970s).

Because if you have no historical data, you cannot observe rate of change.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by Doktor Howl on February 10, 2018, 01:55:08 am »
I meant demand in the sense of "would be required to do if he wants to stay in his job, and alive". The Russian far-right are especially prevalent in the military, and Russian paramilitaries returning from Ukraine, as well as the Russian Orthodox Church, and a lot of them don't like Putin already.  If Putin led it slide, there'd be serious repurcussions.  He'd look weak.  And Putin's reputation is all about how he's a strong leader...

You make an excellent point.  But Putin could also use the resulting chaos for a purge.  It would be a gamble, but nobody ever called him timid.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by Cain on February 10, 2018, 01:35:51 am »
I meant demand in the sense of "would be required to do if he wants to stay in his job, and alive". The Russian far-right are especially prevalent in the military, and Russian paramilitaries returning from Ukraine, as well as the Russian Orthodox Church, and a lot of them don't like Putin already.  If Putin led it slide, there'd be serious repurcussions.  He'd look weak.  And Putin's reputation is all about how he's a strong leader...
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by Doktor Howl on February 10, 2018, 01:05:13 am »
Yes, but that's assuming there are strategic thinkers on both sides.  I'm not convinced there are enough on either side any more.  Putin keeps stoking the Russian nationalist fires...dead Russian troops at the hands of the hated Americans would demand a response, which would have to be overwhelming both in other to succeed and to quieten Putin's nationalist critics who are waiting in the wings.  Trump wants to devolve decisions regarding small-yield nukes to battlefield commanders, so even if Trump himself doesn't want war with Russia, some idiot on the ground, likely of the "lets start fighting Iran and Hezbollah and Russia in Syria" variety will take the decision for him.

Thing is, leaders aren't really interested in answering demands.  Putin does what Putin wants, and Trump does what Putin wants.

But yeah, local control of nukes is gonna be a festival.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by Cain on February 10, 2018, 01:02:44 am »
Yes, but that's assuming there are strategic thinkers on both sides.  I'm not convinced there are enough on either side any more.  Putin keeps stoking the Russian nationalist fires...dead Russian troops at the hands of the hated Americans would demand a response, which would have to be overwhelming both in other to succeed and to quieten Putin's nationalist critics who are waiting in the wings.  Trump wants to devolve decisions regarding small-yield nukes to battlefield commanders, so even if Trump himself doesn't want war with Russia, some idiot on the ground, likely of the "lets start fighting Iran and Hezbollah and Russia in Syria" variety will take the decision for him.
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Apple Talk / Re: More Futurisitic Fun Than You Really Wanted, part I of V
« Last post by Doktor Howl on February 10, 2018, 12:28:38 am »
So what happen?
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by Doktor Howl on February 10, 2018, 12:16:38 am »
Yeah, that plane incident and follow up.  Once again, the Donald, clearly picking the best people.

In other news, WWIII nearly started in Syria a few days ago.  SAA (Syrian Arab Army) forces, using Russian "contractors" attacked a rebel command being "advised" by US troops, so the US retaliated...killing over 100 SAA soldiers and some of the Russians too.  Fortunately, Russia wanted such troops to be deniable for reason, and so is in little position to forcefully complain.

But what if Russian soldiers had been part of the attack?

And in other Russia news, the CIA are apparently buying stolen NSA data back from the Russians...and got a mysterious extra-helping of Trump data too!  How kind.

I am reasonably certain that US and Russian troops could slaughter each other in carload lots, and it wouldn't lead to a general war.

Troops are fungible, and nuclear war harms actual assets.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by Cain on February 10, 2018, 12:13:34 am »
Yeah, that plane incident and follow up.  Once again, the Donald, clearly picking the best people.

In other news, WWIII nearly started in Syria a few days ago.  SAA (Syrian Arab Army) forces, using Russian "contractors" attacked a rebel command being "advised" by US troops, so the US retaliated...killing over 100 SAA soldiers and some of the Russians too.  Fortunately, Russia wanted such troops to be deniable for reason, and so is in little position to forcefully complain.

But what if Russian soldiers had been part of the attack?

And in other Russia news, the CIA are apparently buying stolen NSA data back from the Russians...and got a mysterious extra-helping of Trump data too!  How kind.   
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by Doktor Howl on February 10, 2018, 12:08:09 am »
This is kind of the state of my head these days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9WgtlgGAgs

Well then that explains things. You mind is a hot chick doing 80 on Garlock Rd.

In the wrong lane.  With a rock on the accelerator.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by Cain on February 09, 2018, 10:46:03 pm »
Yeah.  She also wrote me an email (which I've not read) and bought me a present to say sorry (which I've not looked at).  6 weeks after the event, no less.

Id read that email, It would be very accommodating if that email is an apology admitting her crime

Oh, she's already done that.  Both in a text to another member of staff and, more importantly, to HR.
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