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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-23-2011, 12:33 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 21,874
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Lessons Learned: Iraq War Redux? (Robert Wright & Heather Hurlburt)

Far fewer corpses than in Iraq. But then we were operating from "good intentions" so that doesn't count.



Wink wink, nudge nudge. You don't like Mao's beliefs (assuming he had any), but...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-23-2011, 12:20 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 21,874
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Lessons Learned: Iraq War Redux? (Robert Wright & Heather Hurlburt)

TR said "speak softly and carry a big stick".

GWB said scream your bloody head off and beat your stick into splinters against a rock to prove how serious you are.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-23-2011, 12:07 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 21,874
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Lessons Learned: Iraq War Redux? (Robert Wright & Heather Hurlburt)

Right. Wherever would they get that idea? Keep in mind that we don't always look as rational to other nations as we do to ourselves. Also there's this bit about calling Iraq, Iran, and Korea an...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-22-2011, 11:51 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 21,874
Posted By Hal Morris
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-22-2011, 11:45 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 21,874
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Lessons Learned: Iraq War Redux? (Robert Wright & Heather Hurlburt)

Democratization of Iran would probably lead, IMHO, to a majority of people wanting to get back to fairly normal lives without stupid sabre rattling that it apt to provoke a preemptive strike and at...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-22-2011, 11:34 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 21,874
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Lessons Learned: Iraq War Redux? (Robert Wright & Heather Hurlburt)

It's not relevant in that destruction is only "assured" for the relatively small country with a few nukes should they decide to use one.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-22-2011, 11:29 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 21,874
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Lessons Learned: Iraq War Redux? (Robert Wright & Heather Hurlburt)

The Republican war on Obama makes the rest of the world doubt his strength - i.e. ability to deliver a threat or a quid pro quo (which in effect makes America weaker for the time being). In this...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-22-2011, 11:11 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 21,874
Posted By Hal Morris
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-04-2011, 07:15 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 10,703
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: The Week in Blog: Defense Against the Political Dark Arts (Bill Scher & Matt Lewis)

That has a vaguely impressive, sort of rolling oratorial sound to it, but WTF does it mean?

It's clear that you accuse someone of feeling "the need for the hand of the state in most aspects of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 11,584
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Worldwise: The Geopolitics of Hope (Robert Wright & Nitin Pai)

If you hate the condescending sneers so much (as I do), why not try to be more creative than just trying to do it better than the guy you consider to have sneered at you.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2011, 02:34 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 11,584
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Robert Wright & Nitin Pai

It isn't only that; rather by waging half-assed ward with no plans for the peace, we've created failed state situations, which the lesson of Al-Q and 9/11 should have revealed can pose a greater...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2011, 02:26 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 11,584
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Worldwise: The Geopolitics of Hope (Robert Wright & Nitin Pai)

If they did a thorough enough job, the Pakistanis would kill themselves, if more slowly from the fallout. A lot of stupidity over nuclear weapons, going back to the Cold War comes from failure to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 11,584
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Worldwise: The Geopolitics of Hope (Robert Wright & Nitin Pai)

W.T.F. is that supposed to mean? What a waste of time, all of this clever innuendo about what some class of people you disagree with would say. Obviously nobody's going to answer to the name...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-20-2011, 06:49 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 26,105
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Values Added: Expanding the Circle (Robert Wright & Peter Singer)

So you think maybe they happen because of inferior races? Or because races have differences that someone might construe as inferiority? No, I don't think that would help prevent genocide. Maybe I...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 10:48 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Dennis Ritchie

Actually about the time the PC/MSDOS juggernaut came along, with the Charlie Chaplin ad campaign if you can remember that, we had a lot of little companies trying to take off and it was feasible with...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 10:38 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Science Saturday: Dirty, Clunky, and Corrupt Edition (Andrew Revkin & David Roberts)

Don't be daft. Read The Mythical Man Month

Fair enough.

Well, the population growth can't go on forever (oh, yeah, we'll just go to other planets). But the main thing that has brought...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 10:29 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Science Saturday: Dirty, Clunky, and Corrupt Edition (Andrew Revkin & David Roberts)

That may be true, and if we use the time to get the rest of the world living more like the West and Iran(yes, Iran! though only in this sense) -- very well educated women and the almost directly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 10:25 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Science Saturday: Dirty, Clunky, and Corrupt Edition (Andrew Revkin & David Roberts)

If Al Gore didn't exist, you'd have to invent him. He's just the perfect guy to pick on - the odd kid in the schoolyard who looks like he has a stick up his ass. Before climate became a big deal...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 10:18 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Science Saturday: Dirty, Clunky, and Corrupt Edition (Andrew Revkin & David Roberts)

Um .. people who say there's no such thing as Solyndra or that they aren't going bankrupt?

Or is this just tit for tat?
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Science Saturday: Dirty, Clunky, and Corrupt Edition (Andrew Revkin & David Roberts)

This sounds kind of reasonable, but not really. Modern civilization at present couldn't deal with the level of climate variability of the last say 20,000 years if it were accelerated, let alone the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-02-2011, 12:19 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,351
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Science Saturday: Invasion of the Synthetic Bacteria (Christina Agapakis & Maggie Koerth-Baker)

Things I think the education system sorely lacks are
* Critical and analytical thinking (1st step: define them)
* How to learn, both while in school and after
* How the world works, including...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-25-2011, 11:56 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 9,952
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Worldwise: Islam's Silent Reformation (Mustafa Akyol & Matthew Duss)

Good idea; just make themselves totally irrelevant; that would be very useful.

As long as any religion has the "God intends to torture unbelievers for eternity" thing (see...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-11-2011, 11:19 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 26,654
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Glenn; The ultimate dirty elitist?

So the question becomes "What is the potential for oil production of the tar sands?" - a question for a geologist, assuming anyone can really answer it. If you know that, probably anyone with a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-01-2011, 07:47 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,901
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: harkin, Harkin, ... HARKIN!

Ah, so it's one of those things for people with a bit of a martyr complex or maybe I should say martyr schtick who always imagine they're fighting the overwhelming forces of ignorant orthodoxy --...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-23-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,082
Posted By Hal Morris
Re: Texas Forever (Amanda Marcotte & Joshua Trevino)

If he is ridiculed for that, there is no way it's going to hurt him, which I thought was the point. It would totally backfire. Actually, I think a few people will do this, and the right wing media...
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