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  • With Russia’s Dep. Army Chief due in Israel, Moscow posts 64 S-300 ship-to-air missiles...

    10/05/2015 2:35:41 PM PDT · 55 of 64
    Greysard to Little Ray
    Just something that I found on the Internet:

    Even so, the regime does retain small numbers of advanced systems that are technically capable of taking out multiple simultaneous targets, including cruise missiles and highly maneuverable fighter aircraft. After Israel's unimpeded 2007 airstrike on the nuclear reactor at al-Kibar, Syria invested heavily in modern Russian systems to bolster its air-defense network. The focus was on upgrading the network's backbone, composed of Soviet-era SAMs from the 1950s and 1960s, including SA-2s, SA-5s, and SA-6s. Serious steps were also taken to upgrade the regime's SA-3s into a more mobile and digital system. In addition, Damascus acquired more sophisticated tactical SAMs, such as three batteries of the very capable SA-17 and three dozen of the close-range SA-22 systems that reportedly downed the Turkish jet in 2012.

    So the answer is no, Syria never had anything advanced enough to counter a well planned, unexpected, peacetime attack of modern Israeli airplanes. Their SAMs were four decades old! It's miracle if they even were operational, if the maintenance could find the right vacuum tubes for them :-) Russia doesn't seem to have these anymore, except one SA-6 at a training facility and one at a base abroad.

  • With Russia’s Dep. Army Chief due in Israel, Moscow posts 64 S-300 ship-to-air missiles...

    10/05/2015 12:57:49 PM PDT · 38 of 64
    Greysard to 2ndDivisionVet
    Almost every nation state that touches water has submarines of one kind or another.

    That's what NK thought when they attacked and sunk the ROKS Cheonan. Who'd blame them if nobody saw the submarine?

    In practice, though, all major local players are on board. Turkey is the least compliant one, but they were put on notice today by a small "navigational mistake" of a Su-30. Russia apologized, of course - words are cheap.

    The USA is the only player who is not entirely in agreement about what's happening. We can also sink the ship, as there is no shortage of submarines [so far.] However it would be very obvious who did it, and - even if it doesn't start the World War III - one of our aircraft carriers may one day, entirely unexpectedly, hit a large floating mine that wasn't there a minute ago. Stones, glass houses... Among all the leaders today, Putin is probably not the safest to cross.

  • With Russia’s Dep. Army Chief due in Israel, Moscow posts 64 S-300 ship-to-air missiles...

    10/05/2015 12:45:26 PM PDT · 31 of 64
    Greysard to allendale
    Netanyahu realizes that he is better off dealing with Putin than Obama.

    He gave Obama several YEARS to do something - and nothing was done. Now Israel is facing a real danger of Assad's regime running out of cash and people and collapsing. Then ISIS overruns it, loots the country, and... guess what? What would a good Jihadi do, standing a few feet away from Israel's border with a gun in hand and with nothing else to worry about? A Jihadi who is fed and financed by the combined wealth of at least two countries? Israel is well equipped for singular, accurate strikes, but they don't have enough manpower to wage a low-tech land war of the type that ISIS prefers.

    I'm sure Israel has some conflict of interest with Assad; but the latter is a reasonable person, as opposed to the ISIS crowd. Additionally, Russian presence in Syria somewhat shifts the control away from Assad. One can always invite a foreign army to fight your war, but it's never free of consequences.

    1/4 of Israel's population are Soviet Jews. Russia will not be fighting Israel - especially because there is little difference in interests of the two countries. The origins of enmity between USSR and Israel were rooted in the position that USSR chose at that time - to support Arabs who were promising to turn toward Socialism real soon now. As Israel beat those Arabs and imposed controls over Palestinians, it forced USSR to declare Israel a bad boy. After the fall of USSR Arabs went away, and the new state (Russia) is not bound by old, Soviet obligations and affiliations. As result, relations with Israel quickly improved, as Israel is one of precious few sane states in the Middle East.

    I think the end goal that would satisfy both countries is simple: ISIS is destroyed; nearby countries are brought back under control (preferrably under native control by carefully chosen dictators Presidents,) and the area is made safe. This will also put an end to the US's experiment with democracy in those lands. Some countries are not yet ready for democracy, just like a baby is not yet ready to responsibly use their parents' credit card.

  • With Russia’s Dep. Army Chief due in Israel, Moscow posts 64 S-300 ship-to-air missiles...

    10/05/2015 12:16:04 PM PDT · 17 of 64
    Greysard to 2ndDivisionVet
    Is that ship somehow unsinkable?

    By ISIS? Certainly. By other players? They want to live. And besides, Israel has nothing to worry about; Syria is in; does anyone else matter? Iran is on board; Iraq as a state is nonexistent outside of the Green Zone; Turkey will be wise to join the winners; Jordan is already wise enough to not interfere. There is yet another minor player there, the USA, but the USA has no strategy and no goals; as Yogi Berra said once, "If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else."

  • Emails: Russia-Linked Hackers Tried to Access Clinton Server

    10/01/2015 11:53:25 AM PDT · 49 of 52
    Greysard to Jaxter
    "The fact that she received those emails means little."

    In fact it means her server wasn't protected with a good email malware filter.

    Yes, that too. A decent commercial email filter is not too expensive, is easy to install, and *nothing* bad passes through it if properly configured. Sometimes I look at the logs, and they are full of junk from all kinds of places, reporting of payments, FedEx packages, and other bait. Our employees never see even a bit of that. HRC would be much better off if she hired a basement-dwelling, Linux-running, GnuPG-using geek to set up her server. Would be still illegal, of course, but at least it would be a challenge to break in. But a Windows server? Hah. Thousands of vunerabilities for it are floating around, and zero-days are an easy purchase for any government.

  • Fiorina: 'We must be prepared’ to use force on Russia

    10/01/2015 11:42:13 AM PDT · 143 of 266
    Greysard to EinNYC
    WHAT “force”? Odungo has gutted the army, replaced soldiers with social experiments

    You just don't understand his wonderful plan to defend the country. His plan involves making the country so broken down and revolting that no sane enemy will ever want to invade!

  • New credit cards could mean serious hassles at checkout (for 10/1 deadline on who pays for fraud)

    09/30/2015 7:44:57 PM PDT · 10 of 64
    Greysard to Vision Thing
    Well, the banks did their part. They spent a lot of money on new cards. However I haven't yet seen even a single store that supports "dipping." Some stores have the machines with a smartcard reader, but when I ask they say "No, that doesn't work yet." Promise of liabilities is a good stimulus for the corporate IT to get moving.

    The fraud is not a significant drain on banks; it's just cost of doing business. The problem is that the fraud feeds the criminal industry of card theft, counterfeit, and other misuse. I'm not sure that the banks would have done anything without those massive breaches like at Target. Those incidents created enough pressure on banks to "do something," and so they did.

  • Did Russia Just Touch Off WW3 ?

    09/30/2015 5:42:08 PM PDT · 141 of 208
    Greysard to Blood of Tyrants
    Russia claims to be only bombing ISIS. Others say he is bombing the rebels. But they are one and the same imho.

    I would agree with that. It is not the soldier's duty to investigate on the spot who is who. The soldier's duty is to force the other side to drop their weapons and surrender. The rest is handled by civilian prosecutors, judges, and lawyers. It does not even matter if Assad's regime will preside over the trials. It's just too hard to explain to the court why someone "had to kill people" for a political cause.

  • Emails: Russia-Linked Hackers Tried to Access Clinton Server

    09/30/2015 5:29:36 PM PDT · 23 of 52
    Greysard to kristinn
    Clinton received the infected emails, disguised as speeding tickets, over four hours early the morning of Aug. 3, 2011.

    The fact that she received those emails means little. We all receive such emails (unless we use good email security software, like the one I have at work.)

    You begin to worry when hackers STOP hacking into your system. It means that they are already in.

  • How to Deport 30 million people. ~Vanity

    09/30/2015 5:16:58 PM PDT · 15 of 54
    Greysard to LydiaLong; GraceG
    And most importantly, jail anyone who hires them.

    That is, actually, the only necessary step, along with stopping the welfare. Usually a hit in the wallet is the most painful one. If illegals cannot earn money to eat, and to live, and to send back home, they will self-deport at the light speed or faster. You only need to focus on those who get their money by committing crimes. But even then the cost of each punishment shouldn't exceed, say, $0.50 per convict.

  • Japan says it must look after its own before allowing in Syrian refugees (11 refugees! LOL)

    09/30/2015 2:37:19 PM PDT · 22 of 25
    Greysard to rightwingcrazy
    “robots do not need to embrace the Japanese culture.”

    Nor do they ever complain, nor reproduce. They don’t have temper tantrums, and you don’t need to change their dirty nappies. The perfect labor force.

    Let's say that Japanese can invent mechanical "slaves" who would look and act like those that Romans had, but with gears and wires inside. Then Japanese could lay by their dinner tables all day long, eat, talk, relax, while being served by those mechanisms - again, just like Romans, but without the stigma of using slave labor. Would that be socially acceptable? (Note: this is Asimov's Solaria.)

    Ultimately, Solaria became totally dependent on robot labor; roughly 10,000 robots existed for every human. The world was extremely sparsely inhabited, with only 20,000 humans (and 200 million robots) inhabiting 30 million miles² (78 million km²) of fertile land, divided into over 10,000 huge estates (the exact number is unknown, since some of the estates were inhabited by couples). The population was kept stable through strict birth and immigration controls. In the era of Robots and Empire, no more than five thousand Solarians were known to remain. 20,000 years later, the population was 1200—one human per estate.

    If that's the direction that Japan has in mind, no wonder that they don't need additional people. They already have too many.

  • Japan says it must look after its own before allowing in Syrian refugees (11 refugees! LOL)

    09/30/2015 2:00:06 PM PDT · 10 of 25
    Greysard to rightwingcrazy
    They prefer robots to immigrants.

    And not without a reason. For example, robots do not need to embrace the Japanese culture.

  • Russian air strikes hit three Syrian provinces (Rus Orthodox Church calling it a “holy battle”)

    09/30/2015 11:51:53 AM PDT · 43 of 156
    Greysard to Trumpinator
    This, perhaps?

    The strike was about a mile away from the camera's position.

    I personally don't care what language is used for marking the ordnance. The world does not need the ISIS gang.

  • 4 dead, 19 wounded in Chicago since Saturday, including 14-year-old boy

    09/20/2015 8:43:52 PM PDT · 27 of 36
    Greysard to umgud
    It is not their number of guns driving these stats, it is the available number of thugs.

    Yes, and the government does not know what to do with so many thugs and thugs' supporters (such as their families.) It is nearly impossible to imprison and keep imprisoned everyone who deserves it, as lawless way of life spread and crossed barriers, however weak, that separated criminals from honest workers. It does not help that runaway unemployment in the age of automatic factories and offshoring nearly guarantees that none of those people will be ever working. This is a serious social problem, but the government keeps feeding them painkillers (social security, obamaphones, obamacare, EBT cards, etc.) instead of treating the disease.

  • Jeb Bush: "Barack Obama is a talented man -- and by the way he's an American. He's a Christian."

    09/19/2015 1:54:47 PM PDT · 230 of 311
    Greysard to for-q-clinton
    Obama can tell me if he is one.

    The test is in the Bible, and it does not depend on what someone says - especially about themselves.

  • Christian Syrian Refugees Driven From Safe House In Sweden By Muslims

    09/15/2015 6:59:14 PM PDT · 8 of 12
    Greysard to Titus-Maximus
    This is just economic immigration under the guise of false war refugee status.

    No. This is an invasion under the guise of economic immigration under the guise of false war refugee status. Young, strong men are coming because they are soldiers; some have recent battlefield experience. This is why Muslim countries don't want them - because they want them elsewhere, occupying new lands. Saudis will finance the mosques for them, which are essential for their plans. There will be no shortage of weapons and ammo when the time comes; Libya and Syria alone are generating mountains of entirely, totally unaccounted for war materiel of any caliber.

  • GOP candidate Ben Carson says he probably wouldn't have shot Michael Brown

    09/12/2015 3:21:23 PM PDT · 67 of 211
    Greysard to apocalypto
    Carson made a truly stupid answers. More and more he is revealing himself as clueless and on the wrong side of issues.

    IMO, here is a better answer:

    Q: "If you were a police officer, would you have shot Michael Brown?"
    A: "If you were a surgeon, would you apply a ligature within plexus choroideus?
    Q: "I'm not a surgeon to answer that."
    A: "And I'm not a police officer to answer your question."

  • GOP candidate Ben Carson says he probably wouldn't have shot Michael Brown

    09/12/2015 3:08:20 PM PDT · 48 of 211
    Greysard to Catsrus
    There was no time for backup and how was he going to arrest a 300 plus pound thug charging you?

    His radio was on a wrong channel after the struggle for the gun within the vehicle. His call for backup - which he made eventually - was not heard by anyone. IIRC, other officers came to the area because they heard gunshots.

  • German tabloids print Arabic refugee welcome guides

    09/09/2015 7:44:18 PM PDT · 15 of 30
    Greysard to ponygirl
    I simply do not understand any of this. How can the importation of car bombs, suicide bombers, gang rapists, etc. be considered positive?

    "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

    The politicians do not care what kind of people they are presiding over, as long as they are on the top. How many EU politicians ever paid a personal price for their public initiatives? The only danger to them comes from their own peers, who sometimes use a misdeed of a fellow politician - not because they hate the misdeed, but because they hate the man, or simply because they want his office.

    The whole EU becomes a war zone? Wunderbar. The governments now can run the countries with iron fist; now they can demand any sacrifice, any tax, any restriction of freedom from the population. What's not to like?

  • A New Wave of Migrants Flees Iraq, Yearning for Europe

    09/08/2015 2:22:13 PM PDT · 20 of 21
    Greysard to C19fan
    Note the scar:

    He claims that he was fighting against Assad, but not for ISIS. Well, there is no way to be sure where his allegiances are.

  • Clinton Says No Email Apology: 'What I did was allowed'

    09/07/2015 12:28:09 PM PDT · 9 of 92
    Greysard to kristinn
    Nobody expects her to confess to such a crime. It will be denials all the way down.
  • Why Is Putin Sending Troops to Syria?

    09/03/2015 8:23:41 PM PDT · 22 of 28
    Greysard to ChicagahAl
    7. Because the army should be supplied with realistic training and targets that shoot back, even though that costs some serious money and is bound to incur losses. An army that is sitting in barracks for decades cannot be an effective force. Russia will rotate a whole lot of crews through this conflict.
  • Sorry, Donald Trump: America needs birthright citizenship

    08/24/2015 6:08:40 PM PDT · 55 of 65
    Greysard to Mr Rogers
    But assuming you ship the parents out, and let them keep their kid - how will he learn “American values” while growing up with his parents in Mexico?

    Perhaps he will do that the same way as many legal immigrants do?

  • Mac user installs Windows 10 and he can’t stop raving about it

    08/20/2015 1:54:59 PM PDT · 12 of 67
    Greysard to SeekAndFind

    I have Win10 Technical Preview on one of my computers. It will be removed once it expires, and replaced with Windows 7 (most likely) or Linux Mint (less likely.) I will not be using Win10 at all because I cannot be sure that I can disable *all* spying features. That OS is contaminated. Once the trust is gone, it’s gone.

  • Judge Nap: 'Gut Feeling Is Hillary Will Be Charged Over Private Emails'

    08/18/2015 12:29:49 PM PDT · 37 of 80
    Greysard to ctdonath2
    I’m struck by nobody discussing that (presumably) those emails would ONLY be sent to her address if the sender CONFIRMED security of her system

    The sender has no authority to make judgements on such a matter. The rule is much simpler: classified information may be transferred only through approved channels, and you are trained on proper use of those channels. For that reason the very fact that those emails ended up on her server indicates that someone, somewhere, broke the law. Who is that "someone?" Most likely it's the sender, and their name is printed right in those emails. Detective skills of Hercule Poirot's level are not needed here.

  • Moscow Art Smashed as Orthodox Activists Denounce 'Blasphemy'

    08/16/2015 12:00:45 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    Greysard to marshmallow
    They should just say that the smashing of avant-garde sculptures was their own avant-garde performance.
  • Why parishioners are packing heat at one Alabama church [on-site firing range]

    08/15/2015 12:18:22 PM PDT · 2 of 2
    Greysard to markomalley
    The photo in the article shows that paper targets are attached to a welded wire fence. It may cause ricochets, especially when the shooter is standing just a few yards away. They might want to use soft target frames there.
  • Donald Trump Gives Helicopter Rides To Kids At Iowa State Fair (8-15-15)

    08/15/2015 11:55:42 AM PDT · 21 of 56
    Greysard to al baby
    I bet the trumpster would go ballistic as soon as little kid puke is hurled at the fine leather interior

    Of course - because Trump personally cleans all his houses, his offices, and his vehicles. Not only he can't afford a janitor; he is also treating each vehicle as precious commodity because he has so few of them, and cannot afford to repair or replace any. /s

  • Obama administration still predicts 'Assad's days are numbered'

    08/15/2015 11:48:23 AM PDT · 11 of 28
    Greysard to BeadCounter
    Assad has been like a cat with nine lives, I think he holds on to power but Syria breaks up; as if it already hasn’t.

    Assad is hardly a good guy here, but ISIS is immeasurably worse. Areas under ISIS control are brought fifteen centuries back. That's why Assad still has the army - soldiers on his side are primarily fighting against ISIS, for a modern, civilized Syria.

  • State Dept: Looks like someone in Hillary’s inner circle stripped classifications from e-mails

    08/14/2015 10:36:46 AM PDT · 57 of 62
    Greysard to tacticalogic
    I think you could probably remove classification tags and markings by selectively copying content from a classified email and pasting it into an new, unclassified email.

    Not on the same computer, though. The person would have to bridge the air gap between classified and unclassified systems. That is not easy, and it had to be done intentionally, with use of unorthodox methods. You can copy and paste whatever you want on a secure computer, but the bits will stay there. FSOs and their IT staff spend a lot of time on making sure that unauthorized copying of data is as difficult as possible.

  • State Dept: Looks like someone in Hillary’s inner circle stripped classifications from e-mails

    08/13/2015 5:01:07 PM PDT · 46 of 62
    Greysard to Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    If someone is hacking your email server it does not matter how long the email is there. It’s compromised no matter how long it was there. End of story.

    Indeed. All modern SMTP agents can be configured to copy all email to other locations upon reception. Storing is not necessary; in fact, SMTP software does not store anything permanently anyway, it's done by IMAP like Cyrus, or in MS SQL databases on Exchange.

    Creation of such a copy is a legitimate function that is often used for archiving. Here is just one example. An unsophisticated attacker wouldn't even need to hack the system - he'd only need to reconfigure it. A better prepared attacker would replace the SMTP executable with a hacked one; that hack would be invisible in the logs. It would be detectable with a Tripwire - but that requires a certain level of expertise to set up and maintain, as every update introduces a bunch of changes all over the place. I doubt that HRC had anything above and beyond a standard MS Windows Server with MS Exchange; that configuration can be hacked in a million ways, depending on what remote administration methods were enabled.

  • State Dept: Looks like someone in Hillary’s inner circle stripped classifications from e-mails

    08/13/2015 4:44:16 PM PDT · 36 of 62
    Greysard to Mr. K
    Commit a felony just so your boss- who HAS a top secret clearance- cannot see the classifications?

    If I were to think of the most benign interpretation, HRC did not want to drive to the office and sit in a small, dark room for many hours, reading top secret documents. She wanted to read what she needed to read on her cell phone, wherever she is. She did not want to be at a party and receive a phone call like "Come to the office, there is a report you need to read right away." She had probably received such calls a few times, and then started demanding that the staffer emails her the relevant portions of it.

  • State Dept: Looks like someone in Hillary’s inner circle stripped classifications from e-mails

    08/13/2015 3:48:49 PM PDT · 13 of 62
    Greysard to Sean_Anthony
    From an IT perspective, I’m not even sure how you would do that. Of course, I don’t use the government’s e-mail server, so I’m not familiar with how they mark or unmark items classified.

    The original, classified information could be only handled inside a SCIF, on computers that are installed there and connected to whatever secure network they may be connected to, through the encryption hardware. One would presume that the State Dept. has a good number of SCIFs, as most of what they do is expected to be classified in some way.

    If we presume that the secure computers don't have USB ports or other I/O that is suitable for exfiltration of information, then the criminal could smuggle a cell phone into the SCIF and capture the screen with a camera, or just retype relevant parts of the message into the phone. This would also remove classification markings, as they would not be copied. Naturally, phones and other such equipment is not allowed into a SCIF. But who is going to search high-flying officials of the department?

    The easiest way to find out who sent the stolen classified information is by looking at the headers of those emails. They say something like "" - and you can take it from there. Given that there are many such emails, the senders are going to die in prison unless they make a deal with prosecution - and that means revealing the whole scheme. Managers are well known for insisting on their own IT solutions, but here the senders had to commit an obvious federal crime. What were they thinking?

  • UFO? Virgin Atlantic Video Claimed To Be A New York UFO Sighting

    08/04/2015 10:34:14 PM PDT · 21 of 29
    Greysard to Talisker
    That the object seems to change shape significantly indicates to me that it’s a real UFO.

    There doesn't seem to be a good aerodynamical reason to change shape back and forth, and aliens are not entitled to their own laws of physics.

    The most likely explanation is that the large airplane in foreground creates a lensing effect, as the airflow around it is quite significant - and it doesn't take more than a hot parking lot to see trees and parked cars "changing shape" behind it. But we don't really think that those objects are changing shape.

    This UFO is probably just another airplane that goes much faster and much farther behind the one in foreground. It's hardly a surprise that there are airplanes around a major airport. An aircraft at takeoff is moving pretty slowly. Also a long-focus lens can flatten the distances quite a lot:

    Comparing magnification by using a long lens to magnification by moving closer, however, the long-focus-lens shot appears to compress the distance between objects due to the perspective from the more distant location. Long lenses thus give a photographer an alternative to the type of perspective distortion exhibited by shorter focal length lenses where (when the photographer stands closer to the given subject) different portions of a subject in a photograph can appear out of proportion to each other.
  • Trump: "Disgraceful" That Marines In TN Couldn't Carry Guns And Were Just Sitting "Targets"

    07/16/2015 8:58:52 PM PDT · 55 of 79
    Greysard to yefragetuwrabrumuy
    If they carry weapons, they have to be military issue weapons if they are in uniform. This means checking them out from a secure military arms room.

    Isn't this how it works for the LEOs? They can carry 24/7, and not only the department-issued firearms.

    Probably this military policy of "no weapons outside of the battlefield" comes from the obsolete thinking that enemies cannot get into the USA. Well, now they can - why not, the border is open. If a soldier wants to be efficient in his job, he should be trained and armed. Even the clerks at the local gun store, in CA (!), carry.

  • Four Dead, Ten Shot In Baltimore City Over The Weekend

    07/13/2015 2:08:49 PM PDT · 25 of 38
    Greysard to KGeorge
    Maybe Darwin was right- at least about “survival of the fittest” Fine with me. It’s sad for their loved ones, but that leaves us with the good people.

    Darwin was writing about animals. There is no concept of a good animal vs. a bad one; they are all the same (from our point of view.)

    Among humans good people are often unarmed, untrained, and incapable of defending themselves. Bad people, on the other hand, are strong, trained, armed, and ready to kill. Darwinian evolution, if allowed to occur among humans, will result in tribal warfare, with strongest fighters becoming kings. Street gangs are a great illustration of that principle. In such a world good people can only hope that none of the bad people want them dead today.

  • Microsoft giving up on phones? Naaahh, Windows 10 Mobile lumbers toward release (build 10166)

    07/11/2015 11:00:33 AM PDT · 3 of 11
    Greysard to dayglored
    "The colors in apps should now appear correctly," Aul said.

    That's funny :-) The developers checked the code in without ever testing? What kind of a coding culture could allow that? Are they all loose cannons on a death march?

  • Iran deal ‘done,’ Israeli report says, after major US concessions

    07/10/2015 4:16:02 PM PDT · 53 of 73
    Greysard to gwjack
    A New Moon occurs next Wednesday (7/15). I wonder I’d Israel will act then?

    Too late. Iran has tens of nuclear sites, hundreds of underground bases, and there is little visibility into their doings. A fission device can be assembled anywhere; first US bombs were even assembled in flight, after the airplane took off. It'd be a disaster to bomb an empty facility - a PR disaster and a political disaster, as that would give Iran the right to speak at the UN and accuse Israel of unprovoked attack - and the right to demand compensation.

  • Jeb Bush: If we’re going to grow the economy, people should work longer hours

    07/09/2015 5:27:18 PM PDT · 35 of 55
    Greysard to Jonty30
    I think he is saying is that American workers are too well paid and need to accept a pay cut, so they can work longer hours.

    That's hardly a surprise, given that US workers compete against Chinese workers on the world market. The Chinese are working long hours for a bowl of rice. US workers must do the same to match their labor costs. That's what happens when globalists' dreams become reality.

    There are so many unemployed in the USA simply because they cannot compete with low prices and acceptable quality of Asian products. A US company would have to pay so much in taxes and fees and payroll that their product typically costs 10x more than the competition. The math just doesn't work out; that's why so many businesses are closing.

  • LA WOMAN EXECUTED by Shotgun Blast to Back of the Head By Black Man on Hollywood Sidewalk

    07/08/2015 11:31:48 AM PDT · 58 of 79
    Greysard to thefactor
    Unless they find out this aspiring actress/waitress was a drug kingpin. Which is unlikely.

    The police should suspect some other aspiring actress.

  • Is it Time for Civil Disobedience?

    07/07/2015 2:23:56 PM PDT · 21 of 126
    Greysard to Noumenon
    Civility means nothing to those who do not respect it.

    I'm afraid that you are correct. There can be disobedience, but in most cases it will be violent. Peaceful protesters will be villified; shots will be fired into or from the crowd; the police will step in and arrest everyone in sight, like the bikers in that restaurant. Eventually the most active protesters will be punished enough to stop fighting - or they will be unable to fight.

    There are only two obvious possibilities here. First, the protesters must make themselves safe enough to fight tomorrow and day after tomorrow. This requires either a weak police or a strong group of protesters. Second, the numbers of protesters can be very high; then the government cannot arrest enough to suppress the protests.


    07/05/2015 4:25:49 PM PDT · 33 of 117
    Greysard to Darksheare
    How is if that he never read Mark 10:6 and Matthew 19:4?

    The science of the question was settled well before Jesus. In Matthew 19:4 Jesus refers to concepts of gender and marriage as axioms for a logical proof.

  • For Many, Obamacare Is Becoming The Unaffordable Care Act

    07/05/2015 1:46:18 PM PDT · 10 of 52
    Greysard to Brad from Tennessee
    In other words, these people are finding themselves facing enormous out-of-pocket health expenses — sometimes leading them to deplete their savings and rack up serious medical debt.

    Well, it's of course totally unacceptable that someone purchases a service and has to pay for it out of their own pocket. Instead one should use the power of the government to force other people to pay his bill. /s

    Medical costs are a painful issue, of course. But the sad fact is that there is no upper limit on these costs. As people get older, their healthcare needs grow exponentially - and at some point there is just not enough money to pay for all that.

    Socialist countries dealt with this problem by providing medical services that were of low quality. Today healthcare in some countries (UK) is socialized, rationed, delayed, and denied to many.

  • Former CNN journalist kills man in shootout at NW Albuquerque motel

    07/01/2015 1:54:04 PM PDT · 18 of 84
    Greysard to CedarDave
    De Caro fired six rounds, and when he was finished the suspect was still firing.

    What was it, .22 short, or Super Colibri? The suspect even made it to the parking lot...

  • Brave new world: Mayor de Blasio bans NYC employers from asking applicants about criminal history

    06/30/2015 11:48:18 PM PDT · 47 of 49
    Greysard to RetiredTexasVet
    You mean those sophisticated employers of NYC won’t be able to spot the 5, 10, 15 year etc. gaps in the resume?

    The resume is hard to check these days. Nobody is willing to say anything about former employees except the dates of employment. Companies that went out of business do not provide even that. The applicant can also claim to be self-employed, and that cannot be checked at all (except by a test of his skills.) HR people are not professional investigators. If an applicant gives a certain phone number as a reference, there is no guarantee that it's not the applicant's friend or a relative on the line - who will say whatever, as there is no duty to tell the truth. For that reason the value of unchecked references today is near zero.

  • Transgender is yesterday's news: How companies are grappling with the 'no gender' society

    06/30/2015 10:50:40 AM PDT · 13 of 38
    Greysard to driftdiver
    Unicorns are asexual.

    You are misinformed. We, unicorns, simply do not talk about such things. Only monkeys and humans are obsessed with sex.

  • Two Uber bosses 'held by police' in France

    06/29/2015 10:59:00 PM PDT · 14 of 25
    Greysard to lacrew
    Why can’t two consenting adults agree to one paying the other for a ride?

    That is one of several possible configurations of the society. That's how it works when colonists arrive and set up first villages. They buy and sell directly, treating each other as individuals, not as companies.

    However today France - and any other modern country - is not set up that way. It has a government, and that government is tasked with collecting money from taxpayers and spending it on defense, on social security, or - among other programs - on spaceflight. Taxpayers are individuals and businesses.

    Uber apparently is skipping the obligations of a business, but enjoying the privileges. Paying the taxes is just one, most obvious aspect of it. But I'm sure there are more. How about business insurance? Does the driver carry a business policy, one that will be valid if he has an accident while transporting people for profit? How about work hours? How about making sure that his car is checked by a mechanic every day? (Or, does the passenger want to ride in a car that makes one million miles per year but rarely gets checked?) Does the vehicle's design protect the rider from the driver, and vice versa?

    The business license may look like a bureaucratic excuse for grabbing some money, but *in this world* it is also a stabilizing factor. If you buy a pizza, you can be more or less sure that it is made in sanitary conditions, from fresh ingredients. That's one aspect of regulation - enforcement of some standards that are required for safety.

    I can definitely see that Uber is a disruptive technology. Taxicab drivers were always a special club that is expensive (or impossible) to enter. Cities used sales of permits (medallions) to raise lots of money. Cab companies and drivers then charged the riders with high fees to cover these costs and enjoyed their monopoly position. Uber makes them all obsolete. The problem is not with old companies, and not with new companies, but with the fact that both exist in the same space and at the same time.

  • Opinion: Europe’s war on Greek democracy

    06/29/2015 5:34:40 PM PDT · 13 of 16
    Greysard to Kolokotronis
    Why did you say the retirement age in Greece is 35? As I asked, what’s in it for you? Are you a partisan of the Germans?

    It's a number that is well within the range. The article may be misleading, but if so it did its job, and I used those numbers. Millions more were similarly informed (or misinformed.)

    I do not support Germany here; I am not even sure who to root for. One relevant question here is very simple: WHY is Greece unable to pay its debts? Insifficient productivity of workers, compared to their pay, is one possible answer. Are there other reasons? If there are, perhaps it would be useful if those who know clearly enumerate them. Many people who post on FR have never seen Greece, don't speak the language, and have to depend on articles like the one that you identified as misleading. The article mentions that 3/4 of retirees retired before the legal age - and you list some possible reasons for that. If so, is it because there are too many disabled public workers, or wounded soldiers, or mothers in age 50-61 with "young" (?????) children under 18 (??????) How many workers in other countries are allowed to retire and to draw pensions in similar circumstances? What's the point of a high retirement age if the law is full of loopholes and exceptions that 3/4 of the population qualifies for?

    All those are interesting questions that directly relate to the problem at hand. As I said earlier, Greece can fix their economy only if it has workers who are eager to work, produce goods, sell those goods abroad and to each other, and create wealth. The opposite to that is drawing pension and sitting on a couch. What is the ratio between these two polar groups? How many workers are banging on the gates of factories and demanding to let them in, to work from 9 to 5 for a modest compensation, competing with Chinese?

    Let me reiterate: I do not pretend to know specifics. Perhaps you do - and then please explain what is the lay of the land from your vantage point. There are not too many dogmatics on FR; but correct information is always in short supply.

  • Opinion: Europe’s war on Greek democracy

    06/29/2015 4:33:50 PM PDT · 11 of 16
    Greysard to Kolokotronis
    The retirement age in Greece is 67 as of this year. Last year it was 66.

    Well, how about this article, for example, written in Dec. 2014:

    On Wednesday, Greek Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis presented data to the parliament, explaining that almost 75% of Greek pensioners are trying to secure their early retirement through legal provisions that allow them to stop working before the age of 61.

    “In the public sector, 7.91% of pensioners retire between the ages of 26 and 50, 23.64% between 51 and 55, and 43.53% between 56 and 61. In IKA, 4.44% of pensioners retire between the ages of 26 and 50, 12.83% retire between 51 and 55, and 58.61% retire between 56 and 61. Meanwhile, in the so-called healthy funds, 91.6% of people retire before the national retirement age limit,” Vroutsis said.

    As you can see, the article claims that despite the high national retirement age limit many people retire much earlier - sometimes as early as being of ripe old age of 26. Is the article wrong?

  • Opinion: Europe’s war on Greek democracy

    06/29/2015 3:16:59 PM PDT · 3 of 16
    Greysard to Hojczyk
    Greeks might gain the opportunity to shape a future that, though perhaps not as prosperous as the past, is far more hopeful than the unconscionable torture of the present.

    The choice of one type of colored paper (Euro) vs. the other type (Drachmas) is not as important as choice of one type of a Greek (a hard worker) vs. another (a lazy 35 y/o retiree from a government job.) The latter type will not succeed even in the most favorable business environment.