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  • (Finland) Police: 10 known rape suspects are asylum seekers

    11/28/2015 6:05:10 AM PST · 10 of 10
    MirrorField to Steely Tom
    Governments will clamp down on the release of information that will help the public track the pattern of offenses perpetrated by the "refugees."

    Oh, they have tried. They have tried hard for last 10-20 years, but in this age of social media and international news the old-school Finlandization-era self-censorship simply doesn't work any more. It's only recently that they started to give out even ethnic backgrounds or asylum seeker status and that was in direct response to the fact that public confidence to police and government was starting to fray dangerously and people (or at least those interested in facts) found out anyway.

    After all, here in Finland the age of Finlandization is well within living memory and the skills of "reading between the lines", while possibly slightly rusty, are still quite functional.

    While multiculturally blinded, the estabilishment and media (which btw. have large numbers of old stalinist ideological hazardous waste here) aren't that stupid.
  • Anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats now the biggest party, according to poll

    11/20/2015 9:27:45 AM PST · 7 of 7
    MirrorField to dila813
    I notice how the press in Europe want to tarnish any party that leans nationalist as neo-nazi.

    Just because someone supports their country doesn't mean they are nazi supporters.

    Well, with Sweden Democrats the truth is bit more complicated. Truth is, the party did have national-socialistic connections historically. However, the party was purged around '95 and currently have a very low tolerance towards the ol' nazism and racism.

    That hasn't stopped the entrenched parties and all sorts of antifa anarchists from claiming that they're the second coming of NSDAP, though.
  • Spectre review: James Bond is back, stylish, camp and sexily pro-Snowden

    10/22/2015 4:31:21 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    MirrorField to NurdlyPeon
    Spectre: SPecial Exective Council for Terror, Revenge, Extortion.

    Sorry, close but no cigar. It's SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. Ah, those fun acronym-laden days of fifties-sixties spy craze... (And I will personally be disappointed if there is no white persian cat with diamond collar.)
  • Melissa Harris-Perry on Rachel Dolezal: ‘It Is Possible That She Might Actually Be Black?’

    06/15/2015 9:37:39 AM PDT · 120 of 121
    MirrorField to davius
    CIS is an academic construct to describe a person who identifies with the sex they were born with, in other words, normal. If it helps, you can think of it as 'Comfortable In Skin'

    Nnope. Thanks for playing.

    "Cis" is a latin preposition and means "on this side of". It's widely used in scientific terminology (eg. "cislunar space" meaning "on this side of moon" ie. "inside lunar orbit", etc.). Yes, "cisgender" basically means identifying into gender one is born into, but the preposition is far more generic.
  • Rachel Dolezal Postpones Meeting to Discuss Her Race

    06/15/2015 9:13:35 AM PDT · 40 of 40
    MirrorField to Pollster1
    Well, there's one classic from the other perspective.
    Watermelon Man (1970)
  • Rules of Logic, Reason, and Debate for Radicals (Satire)

    05/01/2015 1:25:47 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    MirrorField to IronJack
    What you describe is better known as a kafkatrap. Eric S. Raymond as a very good analysis.
  • Three of Utah's eight death row inmates have CHOSEN to die by firing squad

    03/25/2015 1:44:52 AM PDT · 14 of 40
    MirrorField to doug from upland
    Actually, it is exactly what they deserve: Death. Reasonably instant and reasonably painless.

    This is the maximum penalty allowed by the Law and Constitution in US. Anything more and you're getting into territory forbidden by the Eight Amendment for very good reasons.
  • Want to Understand ISIS?

    02/18/2015 2:41:43 AM PST · 34 of 36
    MirrorField to The Sons of Liberty
    Want to Understand ISIS?


    I'll leave it to the bleeding heart liberals to psycho-analyze the animals.

    And this is why United States failed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sun Tzu put it IMHO best:

    "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
  • How ISIS Drives Muslims From Islam [And towards atheism]

    12/10/2014 6:17:52 AM PST · 17 of 19
    MirrorField to SeekAndFind

    Let’s use teenage drinking as an analogy for religion.

    *Your average semi-secular guy is drinking a wide variety of low-alcohol beers or wines. There are endless debates which is best.

    *More hardcore guys are hitting whisky, brandy, etc. with gusto. The Average semi-secular guy is getting bit worried and uncomfortable how these guys slur their words and entertain crazy ideas. These guys know what they want and won’t settle for anything else.

    *ISIS, in comparison, is the guy guzzling down undiluted Bacardi 151 without ice and insisting that you do the same. No wonder that even ...less enthusiastic rum drinkers (some heretics even dilute the stuff with Coke!) are trying to politely decline and avoid the guy. Some are even trying to swear off the booze entirely...

  • ISIS Says It Seized U.S. Weapons Intended for Kurdish Forces

    10/23/2014 4:10:10 AM PDT · 15 of 15
    MirrorField to terycarl
    That pallet should have a chip on so we’d know EXACTLY where it was. Every military piece of equipment should have the have captured an American humvee????, better get out of the way because 30 seconds from now it will be scrap metal.

    Very, very bad idea. About 10 seconds afterwards every opponent of US military will have that system cracked, have live updates on location of every american military asset and will be able to turn them off at will.
  • Obama Unveils Strategy, Says ISIS 'Not Islamic'

    09/12/2014 2:58:35 AM PDT · 95 of 97
    MirrorField to BobP
    He also said ISIS "threatened a religious minority with genocide."
    They're called Christians, Mr. President. Christians. Say the word, sir. "Christians."

    This might go into nitpicking, but I believe Obama meant Yazidis, a religious minority who are being threatened by genocide by ISIS, who are considered satanists by ISIS (and other muslims) due to the certain doctrinal and theological twists and who are not "people of the book" eligible for protection after paying the Jizya-tax.
  • Australian couple 'leave [their] disabled baby with Thai surrogate'

    08/02/2014 2:33:22 AM PDT · 30 of 32
    MirrorField to Slings and Arrows
    Little detail that seems to have slipped few news sources: The Surrogate mother was diagnosed bearing fraternal twins and that the second twin (the boy) had Down's Syndrome. The Australian couple wanted neither twins nor Down's Syndrome child, so they asked the surrogate to abort the boy. The Surrogate refused this request on religious grounds.

    To put this very coldly, the surrogate bears the responsibility.
  • Duke of Edinburgh's best gaffes

    06/23/2014 11:01:57 AM PDT · 16 of 20
    MirrorField to Dallas59
    Well, he did once call Helmut Kohl "Reichskanzler"...
    Hint: The Title is obsolete and it's last bearer is not remembered fondly...
  • Report: Florida man may be 1st American suicide bomber in Syria

    05/31/2014 5:45:23 AM PDT · 37 of 39
    MirrorField to combat_boots
    No. Abd is slave. Abu is father.

    And Abdullah translates to "Slave of Allah" (or "Servant of God", if you like...)

  • World War Two as you have never seen it: extremely rare colour footage of D-Day invasion released

    05/31/2014 4:59:40 AM PDT · 12 of 44
    MirrorField to OpusatFR

    War is hell. Always has been, always will be. I count myself highly fortunate for not having to live through one. At least thus far...

  • World War Two as you have never seen it: extremely rare colour footage of D-Day invasion released

    05/31/2014 4:53:07 AM PDT · 10 of 44
    MirrorField to SuperSonic

    History channel take on this film:

  • Does Harry Reid Want the Koch Brothers Murdered?

    03/14/2014 2:11:43 AM PDT · 27 of 38
    MirrorField to VerySadAmerican
    The Leftists call this "stochastic terrorism". Idea is to agitate enough and sooner or later there will be some already-unstable individual who'll "independently" decide to take "direct action". The Agitator himself will be able to claim innocence, because he hasn't directly ordered anything and even most diligent investigation will find no connection because there is no such connection. If you want to read leftist (projective) viewpoint, here's a Kos Kid take on it.
  • ‘Tis The Season For Militant Atheists To Whine

  • For Richard Dawkins Muslim-Bashing is Different Than Christian-Bashing

    08/11/2013 11:25:05 PM PDT · 19 of 25
    MirrorField to bigbob
    Today? Emeritus. The Man is 72, after all. Before that, he was assistant professor of Zoology in Berkeley and Professor of Public Understanding of Science. Among other things (look it up).

    Also, if anyone is interested, here's little elaboration on the twitter kerfuffle.
  • Experts: 'Treason' a Tough Sell in Edward Snowden Case

    06/13/2013 9:09:25 AM PDT · 23 of 28
    MirrorField to trebb
    I guess the Founders were also guilty of treason then.

    Oh, the founding fathers of USA were most definitely guilty of treason against their lawful government, each and every one of them liable to hang had they failed. The Only reason they got away with it was that they succeeded, thus fulfilling the old epigram:

    Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
    Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.
    --Sir John Harington, Of Treason--Epigrams (bk. IV, ep. V)

    If a government gets out of control, it is the DUTY of the People to resist it. Like the guy or hate him - he points out a government that oversteps.

    Indeed. Whether Snowden is a hero or a traitor has no bearing on the (il)legitimacy of the NSA program he revealed.
  • Hacking the Papal Election

    03/15/2013 4:25:02 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    MirrorField to zeugma
    "When an election process is left to develop over the course of a couple of thousand years, you end up with something surprisingly good. "

    One should not forget the fact, that the history of the catholic church and it's politics contain some nasty and murky periods. For example, the word nepotism evolved from practice of appointing relatives as cardinals. Along bastards the supposedly celibate clergymen could pass as their "nephews"...

    In short, you can be pretty sure that some of the sharpest and most crooked minds along millenia of church history have considered (and sometimes tried) about every angle they could think of. Don't forget that the papacy was not only a spiritual, but secular position of significant political power until only recently.
  • CA: InXile raises more than $1 million online in one day (Video Games)

    03/08/2013 12:58:04 AM PST · 3 of 4
    MirrorField to Ernest_at_the_Beach
    Such is the result of:

    a) Big game companies neglecting several niche areas, in this case single-player computer RPGs.

    b) Deeply-held belief in dumbing down their products for lowest common denominator and escheving of deeper and more complex plots by aforementioned.

    c) Rock-solid team with significant prior archievements. Hear about little game few years ago called "Planescape: Torment"?

    Btw: Kickstarter itself is located here.
  • Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway (Great Article)

    02/11/2013 11:32:36 PM PST · 74 of 85
    MirrorField to BobL

    Well, well, well... Elon Musk fires back with great force and claims that NYT was screwing around:

    I think this is getting interesting.

  • Russian court turns down Pussy Riot appeal

    01/18/2013 10:52:03 AM PST · 16 of 18
    MirrorField to Navy Patriot
    From his actions, it would be easy to prove Putin authoritarian, one who seeks publicity, and Russia/Slavic culturally centric, and very hard to prove him a Communist.

    Hardline and authoritarian Russian nationalist? Most definitely. Communist? Don't think so.

    Putin lived through the fall of the USSR while working as a KGB officer. He has personal experience on the subject of communism and knows that that dog won't hunt.

    As Reagan once put it: "How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."
  • Dog-Whistling Past the Graveyard

    09/01/2012 11:55:37 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    MirrorField to Amberdawn
    As an aside, beer was drunk so heavily by our ancestors because the water supply often made us sick, literally to death. The alcohol in beer killed off many or all of the germs in the water it was fermented with.

    Actually, more important is the fact that nearly all beer recipes start with boiling the water...
  • Improving Life for Workers

    05/30/2012 6:57:42 AM PDT · 4 of 5
    MirrorField to Kaslin
    Employers have an incentive to maintain a good relationship with employees -- one that keeps them reasonably loyal -- because workers can quit and go work for a rival.

    Or the employer can move the production to country where workers can't quit or work for a rival.

    Slave labor is lousy for anything creative or inventive, but it's very effective for routine tasks where performance can be easily and consistently monitored. Like ...say, assembling electronics from components and specifications designed elsewhere.
  • Be afraid, exultant Greek neo-Nazis warn rivals

    05/07/2012 11:39:48 AM PDT · 35 of 36
    MirrorField to DeaconBenjamin
    You may want to view a clip from press conference Golden Dawn leader held...

    The "Nazi Card" has suffered severe inflation and dilution around europe due to overuse by left-wingers, but these guys give out vibes of being the real thing...
  • The History of U.S. Paper Money

    04/26/2012 2:01:14 AM PDT · 16 of 20
    MirrorField to QT3.14
    Why are you so uptight? Since it was humor would a help you get it?

    Because I'm bit worried about global economy and annoyed at some (religious) conservatives focusing large amounts of money and effort on things that have very little significance in mundane scheme of things?

    If it's humor, okay. Poe's Law and all that. Sorry for misunderstanding.
  • EPA Official: EPAs "philosophy" is to "crucify" and "make examples" of US energy producers

    04/26/2012 1:51:34 AM PDT · 41 of 54
    MirrorField to JRandomFreeper
    Still stuck at 301. But the number of likes is growing. I wonder what happens when the number of likes is greater than the number of views?

    As someone commented on YouTube thread, it's apparently an automatic process to freeze the display when number of views on otherwise unexceptional clip (ie. not Lady Gaga's latest music video, official Avengers trailer or something similar that'll draw instant crowds) exceeds about 300 so that YouTube can investigate whether views are real or if someone is cheating. If they find no cheating, the number then jumps to the 'real' count and continues updating normally.

    The Counter was at 31,409 when I last looked at it.
  • Secularism in America: Growing American Movement Raises Concerns

    04/25/2012 1:03:52 AM PDT · 23 of 26
    MirrorField to allmendream
    Statistically atheists are overrepresented in the military and underrepresented in prison.

    I think that most significant reason for the latter is how much "finding God" can help you to get into the good graces of the parole board...
  • The History of U.S. Paper Money

    04/24/2012 11:48:16 PM PDT · 7 of 20
    MirrorField to QT3.14
    Times have changed. To celebrate PC and Diversity here is the proposed $100 bill.

    Who cares whether God is praised in money? There are far more important things wrt. currency. Things like it's value, stability, acceptability and exchangeability.

    USD is currently heading into very bad directions. And none of these directions has anything to do whether USD bills are printed with religious slogans.
  • Sex robots the future of sex tourism: Academics

    04/20/2012 2:58:16 AM PDT · 46 of 50
    MirrorField to Teflonic
    Would it still lead to people basing their lives around a biological function (gays, sex addicts, adulterers, etc) or would it just be an advanced form of masturbation?

    I'd say latter; most people would think of them as equivalent of a glorified vibrator. Remember that unless it's equipped with a human-level AI (which would open an entirely another can of worms), it's not good for pillow talk or psychological support after a rough day at work.

    Very few people base their lives around a biological function even today and many of those understand that they have a problem. Alcoholism, sex addiction, chronic cheating... It'd just be another new vice.

    Also note that without human-level AI these things won't make appreciable impact on higher-class prostitution where the working girl is expected to be sharp, charming, suave, know etiquette to accompany their client on a formal function, etc. It would have a significant impact on low-level market of streetwalkers and lot lizards.

    Would it become popular for wives to buy their husbands a sex robot for their anniversary? Or vice-versa?

    Probably not. Think about what your wife would think of you giving her an expensive vibrator as a gift...

    Would they advance the societal slide into degeneration or serve as a stopgap making sex just like a pill to take allowing society to move away from its sexual obsessions?

    It probably would have very little effect on societal degeneration; just an elaboration on something that humanity has practiced since dawn of time (ie. masturbation).
  • James Cameron Reaches Deepest Spot on Earth

    03/26/2012 3:35:15 AM PDT · 51 of 52
    MirrorField to al baby
    Navy did it 50 years ago in the “Trieste” spelling ?

    Yes, and nobody has been there since. 50 years ago, for few minutes (Cameron had hours available) with mud flowing around from propellers (Cameron's design puts propellers at top to minimize turbulence precisely to avoid disturbing bottom mud). Trieste also didn't have much in way of cameras or external lights and (I think) one lousy viewport was all they had. And let's not even talk about what 50 years means in scientific instrumentation...

    The Guy might recoup quite a lot of his initial investment from the film footage and the scientific data collected will be ...quite valuable.
  • Finland to buy air-to-surface cruise missiles from Lockheed Martin in $237 million deal

    03/03/2012 5:12:56 AM PST · 12 of 12
    MirrorField to elcid1970
    I forgot, every Finnish soldier had his knife and used it. Don’t they call it “ukko pekka” or something?

    "Ukko Pekka" (trans. "Old Man Pete" after beloved ex-president) was the nickname for M39 version of Mosin-Nagant M/91 rifle.

    The Knife ("Puukko") is a different beast altogether.
  • NTC says Gaddafi buried in secret grave

    10/25/2011 2:58:48 AM PDT · 5 of 21
    MirrorField to SF_Redux
    anyone else notice how the video and pictures flood the net moments after .. but, obama thought OBL’s pictures (1 shot to head) was not allowed to be shown?

    The Reasons for this are not that complex: SEALS are bit too disciplined to leak their "private snaps" if those even exist and the official photos remain controlled. Which is quite a different situation to few dozen militiamembers with camera cellphones, little training and more enthusiasm than discipline.

    There are also cultural and situational considerations: You can't underestimate the liberating effect of being absolutely, positively and definitely certain that a dictator who has killed&tortured your relatives will never be coming back via some backdoor deal or shift in prevailing political winds. Arabs tend to be big conspiracy theorists, whether this is cultural or results from living under dictatorship is uncertain, but body on public display is very hard proof.

    Obama wussed out with OBL: Putting his head to public display on a pike at Ground Zero for 24-48 hours would have been easy 10 points in popularity, guaranteed...
  • Indiana man, 87, nabbed with 228 pounds of cocaine, police say

    10/25/2011 2:44:09 AM PDT · 12 of 20
    MirrorField to Ken H
    Too much coincidence for me. My guess is a rival snitched on him.

    Possibly. Or intel was leaked via some other way. Nevertheless, IMHO the "failing to change lane" doesn't pass the smell test. Cops wanted to search the car and lied through teeth to get "probable cause".
  • Libya’s Transitional Leader Says Islamic Sharia Law Will Be the “Basic Source” of All Law

    10/24/2011 6:42:47 AM PDT · 28 of 28
    MirrorField to george76
    Little fact to put this decision into context, straight from wikipedia: 96.7% of Libyans are muslims and vast majority of those are Sunni.

    Now, whether the next paragraph that promises freedom of religion to remaining religious minorities becomes a dead letter or not remains to be seen...
  • Is the Zurich Alleged Global Super-Entity Real?

    10/24/2011 6:19:57 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    MirrorField to Razzz42
    If you want the original paper, it's available here

    . BoingBoing's take on subject is here and New Scientist's here.
  • Saudi beheading of eight Bangladesh workers condemned

    10/09/2011 6:38:37 AM PDT · 19 of 19
    MirrorField to decimon
    >We should give public executions a shot in this country.

    A shot or a slice?

    Rope. In old school fashion with stout wooden gallows and hemp rope, like they used to do before that newfangled electric chair.

    Oh, and a stiff police presence against any sort of "carnival atmosphere". However deserving the "main guest" may be, execution should always, always be a rather somber occasion...
  • $100,000 Razor Is Made From the Rarest Stuff on Earth

    08/24/2011 5:05:50 AM PDT · 20 of 25
    MirrorField to BuffaloJack
    Sorry, using iridium, platinum, paladium, nickel or any other metal with good catalytic properties for shaving is just stupid.

    Actually, Iridium is not hazardous because of it's lack of reactivity and most of the iridium compounds are insoluble. I don't expect this to be a problem.
  • $100,000 Razor Is Made From the Rarest Stuff on Earth

    08/24/2011 4:56:39 AM PDT · 19 of 25
    MirrorField to nickcarraway
    Well, I'd think this is mostly for "snob factor", but the seller may have few points.

    Selling only 99 is a big "collectivity" issue that helps to pump air into the prices. Manufacturer's website also offers something called "Zafirro Gold" for $18,000 which looks pretty similar; I suspect it's pretty much an "unlimited edition" of the same.

    Iridium has some rather interesting properties if price is truly not an object: It's one of the least corrodable materials known (basically only few molten salts and halogens at high temperatures can touch it) along being extremely durable and rigid (which also makes it extremely difficult to machine). I can easily believe that unless you manage to lose it or deliberately use a sledgehammer on it, it can last indefinitely. Note that there are no plastic parts; you could probably sterilize it in an autoclave and/or with some truly nasty chemicals without any problems.

    Electron-beam sharpened single-crystal sapphire blades with nanometer-scale edge... Well, I think one of the top blade technologies currently available. Something one would expect on a high-quality microtome.

    Nevertheless, IMHO $100k is bit much. Given materials involved (which are pretty much best available with current technology), I'd easily believe four, may be low-end five figures, but that's it. The Rest is snob factor.

    Damn cool idea, though. I can easily believe that razor to last longer than human lifetime.
  • Sam Harris: How Rich Is Too Rich? (Barf Alert)

    08/19/2011 12:57:06 AM PDT · 21 of 22
    MirrorField to Beave Meister
    I want these idiots to tell me what is that dollar amount.

    There is no absolute amount, only degrees. However, here are few things to ponder: After first few million dollars there are very few things that can improve your personal lifestyle. The Curve of diminishing returns starts to bite sharply. After that, money becomes just a marker in a game.

    Money is power. A Wealthy person wields political power that is not democratic and not subject to public approval. Although simpler and more blatant examples of this sort of abuse are somewhat rarer these days ("Let me put this simply, mayor: That charge of drunk driving goes away, or your opponent in next election receives $BIGNUM anonymous donation and that factory this town is dependent on starts laying off people."), the power has not.

    Think carefully what it means when Soros was called "man who broke the bank of england". A Single, unelected man with no official position was able to destabilize the financial system of a democratic country. If that is not wielding power, I don't know what it is. In our previous example we weren't even talking billionaires, just millionaires. An Unelected billionaire can do that sort of things to countries, make a mint at the side and international financial system means that he can do it from other side of the planet, safe from retribution.

    That, my friends, is the problem. Not the fact that some people are financially successful.
  • Thief freed for heart transplant chance arrested for shoplifting

    08/15/2011 10:44:03 AM PDT · 6 of 11
    MirrorField to ClearCase_guy
    My long-standing belief is that people in prison should not have access to health care. No check-ups. No dental visits. Nothing. I don't have free room and board and free medical care -- why should they?

    Why are we giving prisoners food and water? I don't have free food or water -- why should they? Besides, after few weeks without food and water they're permanently much easier to handle... (ObNote: If someone missed, that was sarcasm.)
  • NATO plans campaign in Syria, tightens noose around Iran - Rogozin (beachhhead?)

    08/06/2011 3:44:00 AM PDT · 21 of 25
    MirrorField to GeronL
    free market supporter, thats why he’s taking control of the press and TV? He’s been busy trying to throw businessmen who oppose him into prison, or poison/kill them (like independent journalists).

    Because press and TV are political weapons and only businessmen he's going after are those that have politically opposed him.

    Putin isn't stupid. He lived in soviet communism and all it's idiocies, gaining insight that few westerners can match. He wants Russia to regain the superpower position that USSR, knows it needs a well-functioning economy for that and is simply smart enough to avoid unnecessary meddling.

    Business itself doesn't care for freedom. As long as the regulatory environment is stable and predictable enough, property rights are honored and taxes (or bribes) are reasonable, business can prosper even if the country is ruled by a strongman.
  • World To Watch Assisted Suicide Live On Internet

    07/29/2011 7:27:15 AM PDT · 18 of 20
    MirrorField to Pinkbell
    Well, this is not even particularly new.

    In 1987 Budd Dwyer called up a press conference after being found guilty in a certain corruption mess. The videoclip(Warning: Graphic!) from that conference remains a trailblazer. Of sorts.

    Note: R. Budd Dwyer was a Republican. We will not lower ourselves to playing "guess the party"-game.
  • Iran tests missiles capable of reaching Israel, U.S. bases

    06/29/2011 12:03:08 AM PDT · 10 of 14
    MirrorField to cpdiii
    With just a handful of atomic weapons Israel could be taken out as a functioning society. Even if all her ground based weapons were destroyed, Israel has enough weapons on submarines to make any country in the Middle East a smoking ruin. I would be very surprised if Israel did not have the designs of our W80 warhead which is our most advanced. An attack on Israel would be a death wish.

    The Calculation is that while Israel may cause grievous damage to Iran, Iran and more importantly Islam will survive while Israel will be destroyed. There will be time and opportunity to rebuild, for their great-grandchildren after those nasty isotopes of Strontium and Cesium have decayed if necessary (these guys can think on generational timescales). Besides, if Israel uses nukes, it will be remembered among Islamic world as a grievance against jews forever, as crusades are still remembered against christians and westerners.

    "We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah, for patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world." --Ayatollah Khomeini, Speech in Qom in 1980
  • Obama: We're Working on Gun Control 'Under the Radar'

    05/25/2011 11:13:00 PM PDT · 41 of 46
    MirrorField to Dustoff45
    If there is no record anywhere that you ever possessed it, then they can never find the probable cause to search your property to take it from you.

    I remember cops that would wear a second weapons (ankle holster). They never obtained permission but held to the rationale that they would rather be alive and facing discipline for carrying and using in self-defense a 2nd weapon, then to ask for permission, be denied and turn up dead because someone got their hands on their primary weapon.

    No, they wore and carried it as a "drop gun" to retroactively justify shooting someone unarmed. (I'm bit more cynical than usual today...)
  • Timo Soini: Why I Won't Support More Bailouts

    05/09/2011 1:38:37 AM PDT · 1 of 3
    Well, the EU support package for Portugal is in some serious trouble. Hopefully it won't pass...
  • Finland: What can the True Finns truly do?

    04/19/2011 10:50:51 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    MirrorField to wac3rd
    True Finns, from what I’ve read, are like Geert Wilders-Le Pen, anti-Islamification political groups that the Jihadists and PC-stricken Liberals call “racists and Islamaphobes”. Ironically, the Right in Europe is beginning to rise, look up English Defence League and some other native European groups rising up to combat the Muslim hordes that the open borders diversity fools have thrust upon them. Sound familiar?

    It's the same story and reason why I don't believe Europe will be Islamic in future. Things can get ...messy... if the Islamics won't adapt, but they'll either adapt or perish.

    I can tell that here in Finland the local "multiculti" Greens and Reds are going absolutely apesh*t, especially on social media. Note that nobody except the mentally disturbed doubt the validity of the elections themselves: Even most disappointed Communists (yes, we have communists here, including a bunch of genuine Marxists) admit that the people have spoken. Of course, many claim that the people were misled and bamboozled by Soini's populism and "voted wrong"...

    True Finns are being openly condemned as fascist and racist, but most people are starting to see through the BS. Especially the Internet is seriously crumbling the "right-thinking" narrative pushed by the local mainstream media. Which, unsurprisingly, tried to heavily keep the True Finns down. (Nothing new here, see Finlandization...)
  • The Navy's X-47B Will Be So Autonomous, You Can Steer It With Mouse Clicks

    04/14/2011 2:38:05 AM PDT · 62 of 76
    MirrorField to CodeToad
    You forgot one thing:
    "Imagine a fighter / bomber that can be sent on explicit one-way mission if necessary and can be expended (eg. rammed against opponent) with only concern being taxpayer expense."