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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion
Tue Nov 01st 2011, 09:04 PM
Top 10 Conservative Idiots would return.

am I alone on this?

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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion
Wed Oct 05th 2011, 11:42 AM
and hank calling Obama hitler,

The Bushes really are fascists. Prescott Bush/Business Plot anyone?
Just throwin' that out there.

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Posted by Soilent Brice in The DU Lounge
Thu Aug 19th 2010, 02:11 PM
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Posted by Soilent Brice in The DU Lounge
Fri Aug 13th 2010, 02:10 PM
Ihatethemotherfuckingdmv.

Shoot me now.

Shoot me now.

Shoot me now.

Please. Thank you.



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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jun 14th 2010, 07:45 AM
October 7, 2009

IN Afghanistan’s Logar Province, just south of Kabul, the geopolitical future of Asia is becoming apparent: American troops are providing security for a Chinese state-owned company to exploit the Aynak copper reserves, which are worth tens of billions of dollars. While some of America’s NATO allies want to do as little as possible in the effort to stabilize Afghanistan, China has its eyes on some of world’s last untapped deposits of copper, iron, gold, uranium and precious gems, and is willing to take big risks in one of the most violent countries to secure them.

In Afghanistan, American and Chinese interests converge. By exploiting Afghanistan’s metal and mineral reserves, China can provide thousands of Afghans with jobs, thus generating tax revenues to help stabilize a tottering Kabul government. Just as America has a vision of a modestly stable Afghanistan that will no longer be a haven for extremists, China has a vision of Afghanistan as a secure conduit for roads and energy pipelines that will bring natural resources from the Indian Ocean and elsewhere. So if America defeats Al Qaeda and the irreconcilable elements of the Taliban, China’s geopolitical position will be enhanced.


is this why China has no problem whatsoever footing the bill for our debt? we are an investment, for the future energy needs of their country.

This is not a paradox, since China need not be our future adversary. Indeed, combining forces with China in Afghanistan might even improve the relationship between Washington and Beijing. The problem is that while America is sacrificing its blood and treasure, the Chinese will reap the benefits. The whole direction of America’s military and diplomatic effort is toward an exit strategy, whereas the Chinese hope to stay and profit.

But what if America decides to leave, or to drastically reduce its footprint to a counterterrorism strategy focused mainly on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border? Then another scenario might play out. Kandahar and other areas will most likely fall to the Taliban, creating a truly lawless realm that wrecks China’s plans for an energy and commodities passageway through South Asia. It would also, of course, be a momentous moral victory achieved by radical Muslims who, having first defeated the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, will then have triumphed over another superpower.


more: http://china-defense.blogspot.com/2009/10/...

i'm not sure whether to take all this on its face, or if i should be more skeptical. anyone else no more about this?

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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed May 12th 2010, 07:34 AM
The implants would use light pulses to activate certain brain regions and reroute function

Traumatic brain injuries affect as many as 20 percent of warfighters returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the Pentagon's whiz kids at DARPA have turned to optogenetic brain implants that use light pulses to control brain cells, and hopefully reroute brain activity, Wired's Danger Room reports.

Such brain implants made from electrodes or optical fibers would sit on the brain's surface and monitor the electrical signals sent among neurons. They would also beam light pulses to stimulate specific parts of the brain in response, and ideally help the brain function normally despite having damaged areas.

The appropriately-named REPAIR (Reorganization and Plasticity to Accelerate Injury Recovery) project involves a team led by Stanford and Brown universities working with a two-year budget of $14.9 million. First up for the optogenetic tests are mice, rats and eventually monkeys.

Learning how to manage the human brain has been a top priority for DARPA in recent years, given the mad science lab's orders for technology such as cryogenic methods to freeze traumatic brain injury in its tracks. But they also seek to co-opt the brain's power for directly controlling prosthetic limbs usable by wounded warfighters. Even if this latest venture does not directly heal, it may at least help negate the effects of brain injuries so that it's as if they never existed.


link: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2...



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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Mar 19th 2010, 01:21 PM
The U.S. military is bankrolling all kinds of projects to harness the power of directed energy, from laser-equipped aircraft that can shoot down ballistic missiles to smaller beam weapons mounted on Humvees that could zap mortars or artillery shells. The Navy is no exception: It wants a shipboard laser that is powerful enough to destroy anti-ship missiles.

Defense giant Boeing now says it has completed the preliminary design of one such weapon, the Free Electron Laser, or FEL. In a news release today, the company said it had presented its FEL design, which will operate by forcing a stream of high-energy electrons through a series of magnetic fields, creating a weapons-grade blast of laser light.

If it works, it would be the holy grail of military lasers. For starters, it would able to blast though the atmosphere without losing too much strength (see explanation here). And it would have an unlimited magazine: As long as the ship provided enough electrical power, it could keep on zapping.

Boeing isn’t the only company working on such a project. Last year, the Office of Naval Research awarded contracts to both Raytheon and Boeing for preliminary design work on FEL. As we reported, this laser would be capable of reaching up to 100 kilowatts. In theory, it would be a potential long-range replacement for the radar-guided Phalanx gun, the Navy’s current system for close-in defense from cruise missiles and other threats.


Read More http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/03/bo...
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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Mar 18th 2010, 01:13 PM
LOS ANGELES - Condoms might be the only thing porn actors are required to wear if the state's workplace safety board approves a petition mandating their use.

In a hearing Thursday, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will hear testimony from the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The advocacy group filed a petition in December to require condoms be used in porn.

The advocacy group wants the same sort of workplace protections in place for nurses and doctors to be extended to porn, to protect actors from sexually-transmitted diseases like HIV.

By law, U.S. adult film actors must prove they have tested negative for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases within 30 days of going to work on a film.


link: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/201...

the comments are DUzy worthy.

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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jan 29th 2010, 01:32 PM
Iraq

Pfc. Gifford E. Hurt | 19 yrs old | 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, 214th Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Yonkers, New York Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related vehicle accident in Mosul, Iraq, on January 20, 2010

Pfc. Michael R. Jarrett | 20 yrs old | Company D, 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade North Platte, Nebraska Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Balad, Iraq, on January 6, 2010

Spc. David A. Croft Jr. | 22 yrs old | B Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Plant City, Florida Died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a roadside bomb and small arms fire in Baghdad, Iraq, on January 5, 2010

Spc. Brushaun X. Anderson | 20 yrs old | Company C, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Columbus, Georgia Died of wounds suffered from a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on January 1, 2010

Afghanistan

Sgt. Daniel M. Angus 28 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force Thonotosassa, Florida One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 24, 2010

Lance Cpl. Timothy J. Poole 22 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Bowling Green, Kentucky One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 24, 2010

Lance Cpl. Zachary D. Smith 19 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force Hornell, New York One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 24, 2010

Lance Cpl. Jeremy M. Kane 22 Company B, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve Towson, Maryland Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 23, 2010

Petty Officer 2nd Class Xin Qi 25 Navy corpsman assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan Cordova, Tennessee One of two Marines killed when a roadside bomb detonated while supporting combat operations in southern Afghanistan, on January 23, 2010

Staff Sgt. Thaddeus S. Montgomery 29 Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division West Yellowstone, Montana Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident at Korengal Outpost in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on January 20, 2010

Tech. Sgt. Adam K. Ginett 29 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, 31st Mission Support Group, 31st Fighter Wing Knightdale, North Carolina Died of wounds suffered from a roadside bomb near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on January 19, 2010

Capt. Paul Pena 27 Company B, 2nd Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division San Marcos, Texas Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a roadside bomb in Arghandab River Valley in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on January 19, 2010

Sgt. 1st Class Michael P. Shannon 52 Individual Ready Reservist assigned to International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Kabul Canadensis, Pennsylvania Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 17, 2010

Spc. Robert Donevski 19 Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Sun City, Arizona Died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire in Abad, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on January 16, 2010

Sgt. Christopher R. Hrbek 25 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force Westwood, New Jersey Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 14, 2010

Sgt. Lucas T. Beachnaw 23 Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Lowell, Michigan Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire in Darya Ya, Afghanistan, on January 13, 2010

Staff Sgt. Daniel D. Merriweather 25 118th Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade Collierville Tennessee One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb at Combat Outpost McClain in Logar province, Afghanistan, on January 13, 2010

Pfc. Geoffrey A. Whitsitt 21 118th Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade Taylors, South Carolina One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a roadside bomb at Combat Outpost McClain in Logar province, Afghanistan, on January 13, 2010

Spc. Kyle J. Wright 22 Company A, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Romeoville, Illinois Died on January 13, 2010 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered earlier that day when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a roadside bomb in Kandahar province

Staff Sgt. Matthew N. Ingham 25 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Altoona, Pennsylvania One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Now Zad district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 11, 2010

Cpl. Jamie R. Lowe 21 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Johnsonville, Illinois One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Now Zad district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 11, 2010

Cpl. Nicholas K. Uzenski 21 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Tomball, Texas One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Now Zad district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 11, 2010

Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Meinert 20 Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin Killed when a roadside bomb detonated in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 10, 2010

Lance Cpl. Mark D. Juarez 22 Headquarters & Service Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force Bakersfield, California Killed when his MRAP armored vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 9, 2010. Rupert Hamer, a British newspaper correspondent, also died in the blast.

Sgt. 1st Class Jason O. B. Hickman 35 Company A, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Kingsport, Tennessee Died on January 7, 2010, at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a roadside bomb and small arms fire earlier that day at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana

Spc. Brian R. Bowman 24 Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Crawfordsville, Indiana One of three soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit with multiple roadside bombs and small arms fire in Ashoque, Zhari district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on January 3, 2010

Pvt. John P. Dion 19 Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Shattuck, Oklahoma One of three soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit with multiple roadside bombs and small arms fire in Ashoque, Zhari district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on January 3, 2010

Sgt. Joshua A. Lengstorf 24 Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Yoncalla, Oregon One of three soldiers killed when insurgents attacked their unit with multiple roadside bombs and small arms fire in Ashoque, Zhari district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on January 3, 2010

Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith 24 10th Air Support Operations Squadron, 3rd Air Support Operations Group, 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing Troy, Illinois Died of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on January 3, 2010


http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forc...

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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Dec 23rd 2009, 12:06 AM
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen /

most recent casualty was 12/20/2009.

Pfc. Serge . Kropov from Hawley, PA. 21 yrs old.

12/22/09 DoD: Marine Casualty Identified
Pfc. Serge Kropov, 21, of Hawley, Pa., died Dec. 20 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

http://icasualties.org/oef /

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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Dec 11th 2009, 11:03 AM
we all need to work together.
we are all individuals with individual opinions and beliefs.
the one thing that brings us together is that we want better for our fellow man/woman.
we see the injustices against a great many of our fellow citizens, and non-citizens of the world alike. we want things to be better.

we must use our skepticism of our president to hold not only our leader accountable, but to hold ourselves accountable.

we must use our unwavering support for our president to show him that we have his back, and that great things are possible with us in his corner.

we must have PEACE with ourselves. a happy medium. both sides are integral parts of DU. we keep each other in check because FACTS are important to us. the personal desire and drive to disprove each other, and the attacks, are getting us nowhere. just as the partisan attacks in congress make it impossible to get anywhere, so it goes here as well.

we need to focus on dialog, accuracy, our desire to make a difference and inform each other, and we should do so with respect. i've been coming here since '04. finally joined in '06. and in the last few months i have purposely avoided discussing many topics after viewing some of the replies thereafter.

i implore all DUers to please think about this before posting yet more tedious flame-bait, because IT IS COMING FROM BOTH SIDES.

PEACE and RESPECT. for ourselves. for each other.

thanks for listening.

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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Dec 01st 2009, 11:34 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIL-uFB7cIc

History repeats itself...


Remnants of an Army by Elizabeth Butler depicting William Brydon who was the sole British survivor after Britain's catastrophic retreat from Kabul.

Coiling down into the future...


Mujahideen convene outside a Soviet garrison, preparing to launch a mortar attack.

When it's one second to twelve...


Soviet troops withdrawing from Afghanistan in 1988

The hands touch and follow deeper...


Afghan mine victim

History repeats itself...


U.S. Army troops in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

I didn't learn, I wouldn't listen...



I couldn't see the books were on the shelf...



For my good sense, I never missed 'em...



Wish I was standing by the shore...



Feel the wind blow in my face...



See the waves roll in for an encore...



They take a bow,



...they know their place...



I do not want, I do not feel...



I've turned away in myself...



I can't find anything that's real...







But history repeats itself.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...



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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Nov 30th 2009, 09:24 AM
i am curious if there is a correlation between the two, and whether religion trumps politics.


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Posted by Soilent Brice in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Nov 05th 2009, 02:15 PM
A robotics expert, a physicist, a bioethicist and a philosopher have founded the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) to campaign for limits on robotic military hardware.

Roboticist Noel Sharkey at the University of Sheffield, UK, and his colleagues set up ICRAC after a two-day meeting in Sheffield earlier this month. Sharkey has spoken before of ethical concerns about military systems that make their own decisions.

"Robot weapons are likely to change the character of warfare," Sharkey told New Scientist. "We seem to be rushing headlong into the development of autonomous weapons systems without any real concern for the long-term impact on civilian populations."


*snip*

Among the most advanced military robots are Talons – small tractor-mounted units with chemical, temperature and radiation sensors that can also carry grenade launchers, machine guns and 50-calibre rifles.


read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1788...



i had never heard of these before, so i did a quick search and here's what i found:

TALON Small Mobile Robot

TALON is a powerful, lightweight, versatile robot designed for missions ranging from reconnaissance to weapons delivery. Its large, quick-release cargo bay accommodates a variety of sensor payloads, making TALON a onerobot solution to a variety of mission requirements. Built with all-weather, day/night and amphibious capabilities standard, TALON can operate under the most adverse conditions to overcome almost any terrain. The suitcase-portable robot is controlled through a two-way RF or F/O line from a portable or wearable Operator Control Unit (OCU) that provides continuous data and video feedback for precise vehicle positioning.

Built with all-weather, day/night and amphibious capabilities standard, TALON can operate under the most adverse conditions to overcome almost any terrain. The portable robot is controlled through either a two-way RF or F/O line from a portable or wearable Operator Control Unit (OCU) that provides continuous data and video feedback for precise vehicle positioning.

TALON’s payload and sensor options include: multiple cameras (color, black and white, infrared, thermal, zero light), a two-stage arm, gripper manipulators, pan/tilt, two-way communications, NBC (nuclear/biological/chemical) sensors, radiation sensors, UXO/countermine detection sensors, grenade and smoke placing modules, breaching tools, communications equipment, distracters and disrupters.


images:











um... wow.
money for war, never to heal.




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