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Jul 28 ferret commented on Ira Glass Tweets: "I Think I'm Realizing: Shakespeare Sucks".
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy".
- Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio
Jul 24 ferret commented on The New Body of Microsoft: Nadella Is Lean, Ballmer Is Not.
@20 Dude, give it up. You are really bad in sophistry. The quacks with medical degrees most of the time have a vested financial interest in spewing non scientific based medical cures. Perlmutter has his wellness clinic and health resort that pays it bills on quackery..

I would be the biggest fan of Dr. Perlmutter or Dr. Andrew Weil etc. etc. if they based their conclusions on science based mediciine from peer review studies. They are basing it on getting stupid, fat and neuroitic people to buy their books or check in to their health spas..

Continue being fat, stupid and neurotic, it will help with your Global Warming denial silliness..
Jul 24 ferret commented on The New Body of Microsoft: Nadella Is Lean, Ballmer Is Not.
@15 Some of the biggest medical quacks out there are Medical Doctors... with Dr. Andrew Weil MD as the number one culprit. There is a cottage industry for those like Dr. Mark Hyman MD who just pure quackery for money....

Much like Huffington Post can have good articles, but they also peddle some of the biggest quack based advice out there.
Jul 24 ferret commented on The New Body of Microsoft: Nadella is Lean; Ballmer Is Not.
@4 Microsoft has run into many dead ends with their hardware products because they have so paranoid about software integration and paranoia to psychosis on proprietary format. Their business model of the 1990s doesn't work now.

The Surface was in many ways doom to fail. The build quality was good, the design was fine with maybe one or two little flaws. The Surface RT OS should be the star not the software, and it was self defeating... Ditto with how Microsoft shot themselves in the foot on 3rd party app development...
Jul 21 ferret commented on New Report Claims US Agents Are "Directly Involved" in Most High-Profile Terror Plots Since 9/11.
These are the infamos entrapment cases, in which they get alienated teenagers and help them along or basically dragged them along in terror plots, like they did with a Somalian Teen in Portland a couple years ago...
Jul 18 ferret commented on Russia Accused of Shooting Down Malaysian Passenger Plane in Ukraine, Killing Nearly 300 People.
@60 What can OTAN/NATO do? There is not much, given Ukraine isn't a NATO member, it was a Malaysian registered airliner, over territory that isn't in control by the Ukrainian Gov't.

The best thing that UN, EU. the US and NATO can do is get a ceasefire and some sort agreement to a new treaty for Russia and the Ukraine. No matter how reckless Russia is in this conflict, both Ukraine and Russia have to work together. As much as there are plenty of ethnic Russian in Eastern Ukraine, there are plenty of Ukrainians who lived in Russia, especially around Moscow. They have to live with each other. Even though Russia is the one causing the problems...
Jul 17 ferret commented on Russia Accused of Shooting Down Malaysian Passenger Plane in Ukraine, Killing Nearly 300 People.
@47 Don't make it personal... I am not being dishonest, I am trying to explain that Hitler's intentions have always been to expand Germany's power no matter the means. France wouldn't have crushed Germany, it could had beaten Germany in 1936, but the technology of war had changed by 1936, that technology that the Germans championed like HEAT Rounds and hollow charges were not part of French's military strategy..

If the US went to war against Russia or China in the present, it wouldn't be "world war" but it would be a horrible scenario, of nuclear arms nations fighting each other with unimaginable casualties.

Germany, France, Great Britain were the top or close to top powerful nations on the planet in the late 1930s. They already thought the bloodiest human conflict in human history up to that point, any war between all three would had disastrous, and their leaders knew it. The difference was that Hitler didn't care, except for his own self survival...
Jul 17 ferret commented on Russia Accused of Shooting Down Malaysian Passenger Plane in Ukraine, Killing Nearly 300 People.
@44?!?!? Hitler Germany was willing to risk a major second European War in order to achieve its aims. They didn't want a "world war", but they were willing to fight a war against France and Great Britain on a hopefully a short term basis to get what they wanted.. Whether it is a "world war" or a huge major European war is immaterial.

I don't think any political leader in the 1930s could had imagined what damage and pain that the Second World War would caused, but Hitler was willing to unleash the dogs of war in order to achieve his aim. Much like he had numerous occasions to make peace with the Soviet Union after Stalingrad debacle of 1942-1943, and he refused them outright...

Before you go on how much you know, I am not stating my position out of ignorance. You can read what Ian Kershaw to Richard Evans, or Gordon Craig have written on this time period for Germany.
Jul 17 ferret commented on Russia Accused of Shooting Down Malaysian Passenger Plane in Ukraine, Killing Nearly 300 People.
@45 France wasn't reluctant in declaring war. France declared war only a couple hours after Great Britain on Sept. 3rd, 1939. France and Great Britain knew they couldn't realistically stopped German Aggression against Poland.. They declared war because Hitler was threatening the balance of power in Europe..

I don't think Britain and France "blinked". They tried to avoid war at all costs, to the point they tried to appease the Nazis.. Both Britain and France didn't start re arming after Munich in Sept-Oct 1938..

Hitler did more than prepared for War. Nazi Germany spent up to 30% of the GDP on the Wehrmacht and armaments before the Second World War. . The US right now spends around 5% of its GDP on its military and combat operations as a comparison.. Hitler rejected countless peace offers, including mocking President Franklin Roosevelt's letter about non aggression to 30 or so countries in a speech to the Reichstag (aka Kroll Opera House) in April 1939..

Hitler, much like Mussolini and Stalin thought war would come later before Germany went on its conquest from 1938 onward, rather than in 1939.

If Hitler did not want war, he wouldn't do the actions he did since 1933, nor he wasn't surprise by Great Britain and France going to war with Germany in 1939. The Soviet German Non Aggression Pact wouldn't had happened if Hitler did not war with UK and France...
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Jul 17 ferret commented on Russia Accused of Shooting Down Malaysian Passenger Plane in Ukraine, Killing Nearly 300 People.

Willing to risk war to achieve Nazi Germany's aims is pretty much wanting war. Hitler risked war by re militarizing the Rhineland in 1936. He was risking war with the UK, France and even Italy by the Anschluss in Mar. 1938. He was risking war in Oct. 1938 with the threats against Czechoslovakia. He was risking war in March 1939 with the invasion of Czechoslovakia, and he was told in no uncertain terms by France and the UK that any military invasion of Poland would be met with force by France and Great Britain.

Hitler signed a Non Aggression Pact with Stalin in Aug. 1939 to dampened the threat of the Soviet Union, but it never stopped his desires of colonizing parts of the Soviet Union, especially the Ukraine.

Great Britain and France did not want war for many reasons, and it showed with their dealings with Germany up to the Invasion of Poland, but they declared war because they saw there was no other way to stop Hitler.

Hitler wanted Germany as a dominant power in Europe, and had no qualms in unleashing war to get that goal.. Hitler did want war in order to achieve his goals...

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