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Messages - DaveGodfrey

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IIRC while a bunch of them were going down the pan for whatever reason, quite a few of the stores were happily ticking over a profit. Just because of the shady as fuck financial shit that's not actually illegal but you can't understand why it isn't or why you'd do it (oh yes, fucking each other over for the last dime is the Amerikan Way, I forgot), everything was too fucked by then.
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Dave, what year is it?
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I wouldn't be so sure. NK probably think their bikes are good enough for their purposes. And the real prize will be sitting down with Trump and trying to wrangle confessions from sanctions out of him.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43847845?
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I don't get why you'd bother editing that kind of thing like that. It seems completely pointless to me.
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They inhabit a biome that Dave seems to think goats and sheep will do just fine in provided you follow the HMG rules.

Unless he'd like to backpedal furiously?
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Just remember that "best" is merely a synonym for "least worst".
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Ignore what Borealis says.  She likes to run her mouth and it's almost all completely irrelevant.
Dave, if you had half a brain...
He'd still only have a quarter of a brain.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
Yes, but it was much more like the events of WWII than anything else.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
I feel like US interventions in the Balkans were actually pretty successful, all said and done.
also, the first gulf war was basically a clean, positive success.  unfortunately, its results are lost in the mess bush junior created with his needless follow up.

there won't be greater nato involvement in syria than we already have, because russia thinks of their military bases there as their last major outposts beyond the old USSR and won't back down as a matter of national pride.
The first Gulf War was one nation launching an unprovoked attack on another. Intervention was limited to kicking them out and restoring the status quo. I don't see it as the same thing at all.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
I feel like US interventions in the Balkans were actually pretty successful, all said and done.
Given what the alternative would have been like, yes. But it wasn't just the US, you had the whole of NATO getting involved, as well as UN peacekeepers. I don't see anyone offering that as a solution to the Syrian civil war, or until recently, the Syrians themselves wanting that kind of intervention.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
See I always thought of the CIA as being all about conspiracies until after the fact when they were all "damn straight we organised a coup in your country and replaced a democratically elected socialist with a totalitarian military regime"...
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Nothing in there that says the deserts weren't already there. Just that they're expanding due to human activity. Try reading all the words on the page.

Moron.
Bullshit

You just can't read properly because of your Darwin glasses.
Feel free to quote the relevant passage that states that entirety of these deserts were man-made...
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
I've seen a few people throwing out the whole "how do we know its not a false flag" thing. Now some of them are definitely on the side of "make sure we know what happened before doing anything- and make sure what you do will improve things", as with this woman, but there are a few of them who have definitely bought into some of the conspiracy theories.
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Nothing in there that says the deserts weren't already there. Just that they're expanding due to human activity. Try reading all the words on the page.

Moron.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
We-ll Saudi Arabia have that proxy war going on in Yemen...

The problem is that defeating Assad will take a couple of months at most, but actually turning Syria back into a stable state will take years. Its not like there's one clear opposition who should be the interim government. We didn't plan on how to do it in Iraq, or in Afghanistan. I don't think we've learnt anything from those to apply to Syria.
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Ok then Dave, what about preserving the rainforest in Guyana. Fragmented patches don't work you need large uninterrupted swatches to have a hope of preserving a decent amount of biodiversity.

The conservation area in Guyana is exactly the kind of place where you want people who control the land doing nothing with it other than observing and recording the biodiversity.
Well a couple of thoughts on this.

First of all what they are doing now IS fragmented patches. 1 patch for the main village. Another patch for a smaller Village a quarter-mile down the path. 10 patches dotted around the first Village for their cassava fields, and 5 more patches dotted around The smaller neighboring Village for those people's cassava fields. Each of these patches for growing cassava is a slash and burn patch of ground.

And this is with only 200 people. Keep in mind that there are another 4000 of these people over the Border in Brazil which could potentially come to the Guyana Conservation Area. I don't think there are any rules that would stop them from doing that because they are indigenous people.  If that happened, given their current agricultural practices, I already know what that would look like. If you end up with 4,000 people total, they would probably have 10 to 20 Villages each with 200 to 400 People living in each Village. So take the information from my previous paragraph about fragmented patches and multiply X 10 or 20.

No, I mean fragmented patches of forest. Not agriculture. You need to have continuous swathes of forest. Like I said. Read what I wrote. I'm talking about preserving the forest by having very few people living there. Slash and burn can work as long as you have very low population densities, and give the forest plenty of time to recover as you move around. Which is fine if you want to live in a society that doesn't have iPhones. Or heroic medicine. or a bunch of other stuff.

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Now the question arises... What is the carrying capacity of 1 million Acres of rainforest under the current Wai Wai agricultural model of cassava Fields + hunting and fishing?  Can my holistically managed animal systems be adapted to the rainforest to provide for a higher population density while preserving a high degree of rainforest biodiversity? 

Given that you have no idea about how to measure biodiversity on your own patch I'm going to say "no". Just a hunch mind you.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
That would depend on what the strategy *was*. That way congress/the UN/NATO could sit down and have a rational discussion about whether this would work, and whether it should proceed. 
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Ok then Dave, what about preserving the rainforest in Guyana. Fragmented patches don't work you need large uninterrupted swatches to have a hope of preserving a decent amount of biodiversity.

The conservation area in Guyana is exactly the kind of place where you want people who control the land doing nothing with it other than observing and recording the biodiversity.
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Yrs Dave, textbook socialism can be summed up as "from those according to their ability, to those according to their need". Why should I lose my land if my Hawkins Approved Rotational Grazing System doesn't produce 2m calories because I live on the side of Etna and a lava flow steamrolled through my pasture? I can't do anything with that for years until it starts to erode. Or say I live in Egypt and a sandstorm blew through killing all my animals. Or the Mississippi shifts its course again after a flood and everything is screwed for me.

I can't control any of those things. Hell just the fact that I live on marginal land where any agriculture is difficult might mean 2m calories a year is hard to achieve. Or what if I discover a colony of gorillas? Do I clear their habitat for pasture? Do they have no value? Surely if I spend my time looking after their habitat that's more valuable to the world than feeding myself and allowing them to go extinct. Not everything can be measured in calories.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
Thing is they're right. Without a strategy its just dick-waving, and its nit actually going to make anything better for anyone. Other than maybe IS and a bunch of people just as bad as Assad.
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Dave, have you heard of Stephen Hawking? Do you think his family could cope unaided with his needs?
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Science / Re: Heh!
No, no we did not get rid of the dildoes. But happy birthday!
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
We really have, always been at war with eastasia.
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstein are dead