- Mar 21, 2006
- The banana republic of Ukania
- Honda Accord 2.2 i-Dtec Sport Estate.Hyundai Ix20
Once trains become as fast as planes, they'll inherit all the cost and headache associated with planes. No thank you.300 km/h is still to slow. 300km here will get you to Canberra or in the middle of no where. It needs to be atleast 500km/h IMO for it to be viable here.
Well, not quite. They're still grounded. You can still make emergency stops. A mechanical failure does not lead to a deadly crash as long as the structure is intact.Once trains become as fast as planes, they'll inherit all the cost and headache associated with planes. No thank you.
And getting on and off the train is much easier than plane, and you can take alot more stuff with you. (you don't have to wait it)Well, not quite. They're still grounded. You can still make emergency stops. A mechanical failure does not lead to a deadly crash as long as the structure is intact.
I once took a train from the South of France to Brussels the ticket cost 90? one way, on the way there I took a bus to some remote airport and flew with Ryanair, including the bus fare that was around 60? and took less than the train.Once trains become as fast as planes, they'll inherit all the cost and headache associated with planes. No thank you.
My state is about 350km wide. There's three ways to cross it:
1. Spend about $125 to take a plane, which takes about three hours with a connection.
2. Spend about $35 in gas to take a car, which takes about three hours.
3. Spend about $35 to take a train, which takes five hours.
If having a car when I got there didn't matter, I'd always take the train. There's no hassle trying to get on, you get comfy seats and better food, and the scenery is better.
You still seem to miss the point.I suspect had a different author wrote the book the final opinion of the CIA could be substantially different, even with the same evidence. He choose to emphasize specific parts of CIA history and leave others behind.
When you rely on a single source, such as this text, to form your opinion then outside help is needed to rectify any errors in that text.
I have heard the whole "CIA was a complete failure" spiel before, generally from journalists mind you, and most actual scholars and historians do not agree. The problem is that you are forming overarching opinions about the CIA based on an incomplete and biased text. Any informed opinion requires additional reading of various sources.
Great news!!! Increased defense spending is something I have been advocating for years. It is quite unfortunate that neither Congress nor the White House will listen. They seem to be fixed on a future idea of combat that is unwavering. This idea in a nutshell basically dismisses the concept of combat between nations. They believe that combat in the future will consist solely of actions against Al-Qaeda like actors. This is short sided and indeed quite dangerous. Yes, conflicts aimed at terrorist organizations will occur and that is something we need to prepare for but there is also a strong likelihood that not too far in the future the world will see war between powerful nations. That is also something that we need to be prepared for. It would not be difficult really. The funding is there, the spending just needs to be increased to a higher percentage of GDP. Historically speaking the current percentage is still quite low.Two Cheers for the Independent QDR Review Panel
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Defense News has had a look at an advance copy of the Congressionally-mandated Independent QDR Review Panel report which will be briefed to Congress this week by its study leads.
There's apparently a lot here to like--criticism of DoD's (lack of a) force planning construct, some goodness on reforming the National Security decision making and planning apparatus, and what can only be seen as a rebuke to the QDR drafters for its lack of effort in the 15-20 year view.
Most heart-warming of all for this navalist is the clarion call to grow the Navy. That this independent, bi-partisan review panel came to a conclusion many of us support doesn't make it right or self-evident, but it sure does add some weight.
What did "growing the Navy" cost--bureaucratically--within the Panel? I suspect that the support of land forces folks was purchased with the report's recommendation to support current force levels in the Army and Marine Corps. Which brings us to my primary criticism of this report--that it doesn't make (or advocate) strategic choices. As defense spending is increasingly pressurized by a sputtering economy and other priorities, this report advocates growing the Navy (and Air Force) and enshrining the surge-inspired growth in land forces. I suspect that this will not be taken seriously by the White House or the Congress.
But all in all, the QDR Review Panel did an able job. I hope to link to an online version when I find it.
whole storyComputer Evidence Ties Leaks to Soldier
Investigators have found concrete evidence on computers used by Pfc. Bradley Manning that link him with the leak of classified Afghanistan war reports, a U.S. defense official said.
Looks like wikileaks record may be shattered in grand fashionThe release of the documents, Mr. Gates said, potentially harmed U.S. relations with Pakistan and other countries, and put in danger Afghans who had cooperated with the U.S. Defense officials are taking steps to figure if Afghans mentioned in the documents may now require help. "That is one of the worst aspects of this: will people trust us?" Mr. Gates said.
Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said WikiLeaks's founder Julian Assange would be responsible for any harm that came from the document release. "Mr. Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his sources are doing, but the truth is they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier, or that of an Afghan family."
It's beginning to look like a pattern. Just like Nixon basicly created the underlying reasons for the Cuban missile crisis. From time to time, you have been governed by idiots.Ironically, 20 years ago he advocated leaving Saddam Hussein in power to maintain stability in the middle east.
The criminals were found guilty, by some very sick logic the state got the impression it has the right to take life, and the sentence was carried out. Hanging is probably an okay way to die, though, so I'm not that outraged by the particular method of execution. I do think it's a fucking disgrace that a state gets the deluted idea it can take life, but I guess it's not for me to decide. Only American presidents get to decide what's right or wrong, and what warrants action.I fail to see what Japan has done wrong. The criminals were sentenced to death and received their just punishment. Hanging, if done right, is cheap and effective.
Yup. And Assange totally threw Manning under the bus with this, despite his "our sources remain confidential" credo.Looks like wikileaks record may be shattered in grand fashion
?Looks like wikileaks record may be shattered in grand fashion
Korea Times said:North Korea wants to pay back debt in ginseng
North Korea has offered to pay its debt to the Czech government with ginseng, according to a local Czech daily newspaper.
MF DNES, a daily newspaper based in Prague, reported last Saturday that North Korea has recently suggested to the Czech Finance Ministry that it would pay 5 percent of its debt ? approximately $500,000 ? with ginseng.
?We are trying to persuade them (North Korea) to give us, for example a bulk of Zinc instead, so that we could sell it to someone else,? Tomas Zidek, deputy finance minister, told the newspaper in Czech.
North Korea is believed to have a significant amount of zinc in deposits.
The paper went on to say the consumption of ginseng in the Czech Republic is very small, and it only imported 1.4 tons last year. The amount of ginseng worth $500,000 will be roughly 400 tons, securing the supply for more than 200 years.
But, to Czech?s disappointment, North Korea seemed to have made up its mind, as it sent a delegation with samples of ginseng.
North Korea is known to be Czech?s 10th biggest debtor, which goes back to the communist governments. The North bought many trams and vehicles from former Czechoslovakia.
I wouldn't be so sure. He knowingly released classified information, which is a crime.As for the second paragraph thats just silly and wouldnt hold up in court, not even an american one.
No it isn't.I wouldn't be so sure. He knowingly released classified information, which is a crime.