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In Topic: Former UK ambassador says Syrian Chemical Attacks were Staged - BBC interview.

22 May 2019 - 09:12 PM

View PostGeorge Rowell, on 22 May 2019 - 06:48 PM, said:

An engineer you are not. If that were the case the bomb would of gone right through the bed and the floor below too.
No "bombs" involved here.

All this report indicates is that no one knows exactly how that cylinder got there, that's it. Just like my first post said, this is just people studying something, trying to figure out what might have happened and selective leaking is sending every wack-a-doodle Assad sympathizer jumping on it like it is evidence of some multinational conspiracy.

In Topic: Former UK ambassador says Syrian Chemical Attacks were Staged - BBC interview.

22 May 2019 - 06:33 PM

Has anyone read the actual document? I just started reading it, now I know why this is a non-story:
When you get to page 6, item 25 you can see what this is all about. The physical characteristics of this particular strike differ from other observed stikes in that the cylinder in question didn't suffer any damage passing through the ceiling of the room it landed in.. because the hole in question was probably made by mortar or artillery round.

In Topic: Former UK ambassador says Syrian Chemical Attacks were Staged - BBC interview.

22 May 2019 - 04:34 PM

This whole thing is just the equivalent of someone FOIAing the emails of a prominent scientist and then finding that scientist and another scientist arguing about something in a paper and then concluding on that basis that the paper is invalid and thus global warming is a giant hoax. The whole point of this is to use some technical squabble to somehow refute the enormous amount of evidence that the Syrians have gassed their own people many, many times. And then after that we are supposed to decide that despite the government bombing hospitals and schools the White Helmets are the real terrorists.
This is just getting played by very basic propaganda techniques, it is stupid.

Or Roger Waters will show us all the real truth I guess.

In Topic: Former UK ambassador says Syrian Chemical Attacks were Staged - BBC interview.

19 May 2019 - 10:32 PM

View PostGeorge Rowell, on 19 May 2019 - 10:17 PM, said:

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Susan Sarandon

This is really important. Why aren’t we talking about it?

"We may have just discovered a major piece of the puzzle explaining how seemingly independent international organizations help deceive us into consenting to wars and regime change interventionism around the world."
Her endorsement of this is right up there with her endorsement of Jill Stein in terms of credibility building..

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17 May 2019 - 08:17 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 17 May 2019 - 11:59 AM, said:

That story goes a long way back. The mining&refining town of Globe, AZ, used to be so choked with sulfur oxides in the air that cars' paint peeled. One of $HERSELF's high school classmates [1] fresh out of law school represented a public-interest firm in going after the mining companies with a clean air suit. They screamed that scrubbing their emissions would run them out of business [2] but they lost and lost big. So they scrubbed the emissions, which produced a vast amount of sulfuric acid. Sulfuric acid is fair-to-middling expensive to make from sulfur (which the USA imports) and since it was a byproduct of their refining copper they took what they could get -- which turned out to be a significant profit center, worth much more than the cost.

In case anyone wonders why I am so disrespectful of Randian "captains of industry."

[1] The whole story is a hoot, but maybe someday
[2] That's original
It is notable that Incco took the opposite approach in Sudbury, the CEO said, "we made this mess when we didn't know what we were doing and now we know better and need to clean it up" - mind you I don't know if he said that before or after the acid-rain cap-and-trade system came into effect!

That regulation generated bigger margins and more innovation is a good reminder of just how inefficiently capital is allocated in general. I think about how this pertains to Facebook, Google, and Twitter all the time.