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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Using a rough rule of thumb that the square root of the population would be the minimum sample size, it works out to 5,100.

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DeathRayDesigner 5 points ago +5 / -0

Pardon me, but is this an instance of NCSWIC?

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DeathRayDesigner 7 points ago +7 / -0

I think we can trust the Russians to put any NATO-nationals under extreme duress to disclose their allegiance and purpose in being captured as (potential) non-combatants.

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DeathRayDesigner 6 points ago +6 / -0

A foreigner who is also a battle commander is like a gold coin: valuable if treated with care, worthless if thrown in the furnace.

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DeathRayDesigner 16 points ago +16 / -0

Nothing sudden about it. it's always been this way. You have to be an enlisted combatant wearing the national uniform to be counted under the convention. This is why it is hazardous to urge un-uniformed civilians to take up arms; they could be denied combatant status if captured.

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DeathRayDesigner 12 points ago +12 / -0

Don't be too sure. The Azovites are marked by arrogance and foolishness. They have "left things behind" elsewhere. They may have a grudge against a central government that put them into this position. One can hope for small treasures.

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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Then commission a regular expedition. If you just show up unannounced and with no invite, expect this sort of thing. Still no obstacle to circumnavigation. There even used to be tourist flights over the continent. There are tourist flights to the south pole itself. (https://www.polar-quest.com/trips/antarctica/fly-to-the-south-pole-20222023) Your objection is bullshit. Buy a ticket and go there, and stop making excuses.

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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Why would you think that would be perceptible? Everything on Earth is moving at the same speed. The acceleration is imperceptible. You see, nothing is amazing if there is nothing exceptional going on. It is, in fact, boring.

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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

I could handle only the first guy (the AF major) and he was just a flunky parrot. He wasn't saying anything that wasn't previously scripted for him. I guess major may be as high as you can go as a tape recorder.

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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

The coast of Antarctica does not prevent research into the interior. A famous example was the 1957 expedition to the South Pole. Wernher von Braun was the man who helped to confirm that the Earth was round, by making it possible for us to go to the Moon and see the Earth at a distance---but this roundness was known for a fact by the time of Magellan; you can't go "around" something that is flat. With half a dozen nations claiming overlapping sectors of Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty was a way to resolve the conflicting claims and interests. You want to go there? Go. It is certainly possible to circumnavigate the Antarctic coast in international waters. Ah---but it would only prove the Earth is round. Why would you want to do that? Truth, so unwelcome to faith...

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DeathRayDesigner 2 points ago +4 / -2

First, your "facts" are bogus. Second, Genesis tells us only that we have heavens overhead. "Firmament" is an idea derived from the Egyptian and Mesopotamian universe concepts, and in any case does not compel a flat Earth description. Siding with the truth, sides with God. Denying truth, denies God. The Book of Job describes the Earth in passing as hanging in space from the arctic regions, which fits exactly with the reality of the Earth rotating about it's north and south poles.

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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yes, 66,600 mph is a fantasy---particularly when the equatorial speed of rotation is more like 1,200 mph. Very slow rotation, however. About 0.0007 rpm. It can be measured, but it can't be felt. It can be observed; just watch the motion of the sun across the sky. "Common sense" is very unreliable if you are not familiar with the facts of your surroundings.

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DeathRayDesigner 0 points ago +1 / -1

What epaulets? What makes you think this person, be he admiral or not, was bothering to wear epaulets? Admiral Hyman Rickover was notorious for wearing only a civilian suit when on duty.

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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

No, we had Project Paperclip to appropriate the German military and scientific materiel, knowledge (documents), and expertise (personnel). Nazis per se did not need to be rescued. Essentially all adult Germans were Nazis; Party membership was obligatory. The problematic ones were elements of the SS involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity. The U.S. (Allen Dulles) allowed the SS elements in Ukraine to avoid war crimes prosecution, later giving rise to the Azov battalions of today.

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DeathRayDesigner 2 points ago +2 / -0

If a retired officer of the U.S. military is drawing retirement pay, he is subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He is also subject to being called back to duty, which can involve classified activities.

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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

Actually, if one wrote that into a comedic script, the audience would be annoyed because it is too inane even for comedy. (I admit, it is a matter of taste.)

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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

There is a real meaning behind that advice. It simply says you should have an introduction that outlines what you are going to say (so the audience has an idea where this is going), say it in detail, then finish with a conclusion that reiterates the main points (so the audience is clear on what to take away from the exposition).

As for Harriss, it is almost unbelievable.

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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

I seem to recall that a rough rule of thumb is that a measure of the sample error is the square root of the sample size. For a sample of 100, this would be 10...or 10%. So, the answer would be 5% bots---plus or minus 10%.

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DeathRayDesigner 3 points ago +3 / -0

I like to say that, given how much of a puppet he is, Joe Biden's middle name should have been "marionette."

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DeathRayDesigner 1 point ago +1 / -0

I guess you miss my point about the logic involved.

Funny that the history of virus identification involved demonstration of infection (i.e., proof that one can catch a virus).

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DeathRayDesigner -2 points ago +2 / -4

In search of enlightening information. Don't always find it. (Case in point.)

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DeathRayDesigner 2 points ago +2 / -0

This environment is too reactive. There is a strong tendency to take Rorschach blots (Q posts with occult meanings), read them, proclaim imminent this or that, and it is followed by nothing. Or something else. Vexation at all this teasing prompts people to insist on recognizing reality. Thus, dooming.

Just let up on the Rorschach blots, already. There is a fine line between cleverness and mystification (ref. Edgar Allen Poe). Don't get lost in it.

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