Laguna's past comments

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    Laguna

    Bgood - please. This "scandal" will prove to be less productive for the GOP than Benghazi!©, and not only because no laws were broken but because, as mentioned above, many GOP leaders are "guilty" of the same conduct. Attempting to inflame this scenario will only come back to bite the GOP. I'd vastly prefer time be spent on issues. Read this for a bit of background:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-governor-jeb-bush-used-e-mail-to-discuss-security-troop-movements/2015/03/14/0d7fae16-ca49-11e4-b2a1-bed1aaea2816_story.html

    Posted in: Clinton: I didn't 'stop and think' about email system

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    Laguna

    Outrageous! Double standards! Send your complaints to jeb@jeb.org - the private account with which, as governor, Jeb conducted official, political and personal business, including plans to woo new businesses to the state, judicial appointments and military matters! (This time period included 9/11 - and remember, the pilot terrorists attended flight school in Florida.) Sure, he "says" that he "provided" to the government "up to 50%" of his "correspondence", we'll never really "know," now, will we?

    Fortunately for the GOP, Jeb remains a second-tier candidate, far behind front-runners Trump and Carson, so this won't necessarily become a problem for them unless, inexplicably, Bush finds himself in the lead and under scrutiny.

    Posted in: Clinton: I didn't 'stop and think' about email system

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    Laguna

    Hmm. Thought the more conservative of our brethren would have had something to say about this, but it appears they're taking the McConnell route.

    Posted in: Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in U.S. Senate

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    Laguna

    Actually, the pie is getting bigger, and those eating it are not equally comparable. Not only is MHI the supplier of the wings for the Boeing 787 - the most sophisticated passenger jet ever flown with its made-in-Japan wings a unique selling point - it has received much basic technology from Boeing. Also, Japan airlines constitute a main global aviation market, so not only will MHI be provided a captive group of customers, Boeing and other American companies will likely put pressure on other airlines to purchase the plane.

    Posted in: This battle is going to get nasty. Embraer and Bombardier are not going to give up the fight. We don’t know if there’s room for three players. The pie’s not getting bigger.

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    Laguna

    Posters such as Smith have pointed out the obvious: Off-the-shelf translators are inadequate for an application so narrowly targeted to medical vocabulary. Allergies, pre-existing conditions, medications currently taken and such need to be identified accurately and quickly to enable proper treatment. The type of translation required, therefore, is less syntax and more lexis. Whether the result will be worth the investment will be seen.

    That said, I work in the graduate department at a university and - publish or perish! - spend much time editing English or translating J-E, and if a student submits an English paper obviously just copy-pasted from Google Translate, I'll ask for the original: Translation is much easier than trying to make sense of that muck.

    Posted in: Gov't to develop speech translation app for ambulance crews

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    Laguna

    Really? Do you really believe McConnell legislatively proactively gave Obama his way because they TRUST him - this, from a party whose majority still doubt in both the president's birthplace and religion? From a party which turns its back even on legislation they themselves formulated the moment the president expresses interest? A bridge awaits sale for you, if so.

    Posted in: Obama gets Iran deal win as Democrats amass enough votes

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    Laguna

    Bass, if the GOP leadership is as convinced of the horridity of the deal as you apparently are, why did they structure the vote in this way?

    The answer is clear: There is no better alternative, so they duplicitously allowed themselves to stamp their feet without having to worry about screwing up the consequences. Or can you discern another reason?

    Posted in: Obama gets Iran deal win as Democrats amass enough votes

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    Laguna

    Gee, Mark, if you could successfully persuade a nation to love the US with the threat of bombing them back to the stone age if they failed, you'd get a helluva Noble.

    Posted in: Obama gets Iran deal win as Democrats amass enough votes

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    Laguna

    Any Republican upset with the outcome may lay their disappointment at the feet of congressional GOP "leadership" - it is they, after all, who constructed the vote to hinge on "disapproval" - in which case, the Dems need only 36 votes to uphold a veto - rather than "approval," which would have required 66 votes, an impossibility.

    Again, this is just another chance for the GOP to impotently throw a tantrum as the adults in the room proceed with responsible leadership.

    Posted in: Obama gets Iran deal win as Democrats amass enough votes

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    Laguna

    A further point regarding soot, Arimura, is that it has been indicated by many scientists as a major factor in the increased melt rate of glacial ice as its dark color heats the surrounding area. So even when not airborne, the stuff is damaging.

    Posted in: Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier to sound alarm on climate chang

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    Laguna

    Arimura, I'm not aware of which photos you are referring to. Regarding "incomplete combustion," I am afraid that you are mistaken: any combustion of a hydrocarbon will result in CO2 - which, as its name implies, no longer contains hydrogen. Incomplete combustion may result in soot, which is a powder-like form of amorphous carbon that not only acts as a greenhouse gas but is responsible for particle matter (PM), which is particularly dangerous for humans, scarring lungs and inducing asthma. Soot has been discerned in ice as a thin sheet; scientists have noted increased deposits coinciding with the industrial revolution.

    Posted in: Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier to sound alarm on climate chang

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    Laguna

    Well, I'm not a scientist, but I know the president using all that fuel to fly to Alaska can't be good, not to mention we all have to pay for it,

    The former is apparent. As for the latter, according to Wikipedia, "the United States Department of Defense is one of the largest single consumers of energy in the world, responsible for 93% of all US government fuel consumption.... if it were a country, the DoD would rank 58th in the world, using slightly less than Denmark and slightly more than Syria."

    Fortunately, the DoD is aggressively developing renewable energy sources not only to extend its ability but as it recognizes that climate change-based conflicts - a major factor behind what is happening in Yemen and, to an extent, Syria - will dominate conflicts going forward.

    So the question is, why do you hate the American armed forces?

    Posted in: Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier to sound alarm on climate chang

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    Laguna

    The "Police" logo is there to indicate that he is not a total nerd.

    Posted in: On patrol

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    Laguna

    Carbon does not exist as an "element" in the atmosphere just as plastics are not composed of carbon dioxide. Plastics come in a variety of compositions, but the most common is ethylene, which is the "e" in PET, PE, HDPE and is a hydrocarbon composed of four hydrogen atoms bound to a pair of carbon atoms. Ethylene is produced by "cracking," in which petrochemicals are heated to simplify complex hydrocarbons.

    Disregarding the energy inputs required for this process (which are considerable but could come from renewable sources), the carbon content of the source material remains locked into the resulting material. If recycled, the net carbon addition to the atmosphere would thus be zero.

    Combustion would free the carbon from its bonds with hydrogen (in fact, the hydrogen would be consumed), and the free carbon would immediately combine with oxygen to form CO2. Fundamentally, the same process occurs when petroleum-based fuels are burned. If recycled, however, within the constraints noted above, plastic would be carbon-neutral.

    Posted in: Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier to sound alarm on climate chang

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    Laguna

    My iPhone has oil in it, without it, how will they make plastic?

    Anyone with a modicum of science education would instantly recognize that carbon locked within a physical item is not the problem; excessive amounts of carbon in the atmosphere is. This is, you see, why carbon was not a problem before.

    Glaciers always melt this time of year. Scientists call that phenomenon "summer."

    This may be of a JHS level, but there exists a difference between "weather" and "climate."

    Troglodytes may beat their chests, but truth always prevails. Really, the only question is how much damage will be incurred before stabilization is restored.

    Posted in: Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier to sound alarm on climate chang

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    Laguna

    Scandal! If she'd only followed the example of her Republican predecessor, Colin Powell, she would have - wait, what? He used a private email address for much of his communication?

    Okay, but what about setting up your own server! That's gotta be bad, and something what the GOP establishment is peeing-in-their-pants hoping will be their nominee Jeb would never dream to have done - wait, what? He conducted the majority of his governorship business over his own server?

    Okay, but what about the clean wiping thing. Ah - the previous two also did the same, you say?

    But wait, not only are Powell and Bush both Republicans, they're both also not a Clinton! - who are, of course, judged by very different standards.

    Posted in: 150 more Clinton emails retroactively classified

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    Laguna

    I am still waiting for Obama to show he cares about white people. He doesn't of course - he actually believes his own mother is a racist. He seemingly believes that America is so unfair that Bush caused Katrina to spare white neighborhoods and directed the storm to hit only black communities.

    Perhaps the corrupting influence of which Trump is but a symptom has metastasized to the extent in which such comments may be professed in the light of day; still, a tad of support for your assertions might aid turning your rant into a plausible argument.

    Trumpism seems to have infected several posters on this board, and it only seems to be getting worse. I'd worry about how they'd handle another four years (at least) of a Democratic president if I discerned any sense of reality-based cognition, but as it is - nah.

    Posted in: George W Bush visits New Orleans disaster zone, 10 years after Katrina

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    Laguna

    One wonders how long China will bother to keep this up. With its slowing economy and no sign of improvement from the Hermit Kingdom, a day may come when China calculates that a united Korea would be a better deal. After all, the North would require a huge amount of investment to bring its infrastructure up to even minimal standards, and much - if not most - of this would be purchased from China, resulting in a boon for the border regions and beyond.

    Posted in: What the blowup between North, South Korea may really have been about

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    Laguna

    Clinton's predecessor, Colin Powell, was guilty of the same "crime," as was Jeb during his years as Florida governor. It will be interesting to see how Jeb plays this if he indeed faces Clinton in the election.

    Posted in: Clinton email imbroglio isn't just politics

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    Laguna

    Whatever your position on "anchor babies" (and I do agree that it is a legitimate topic of debate, though very complex), it is hard to deny that Jeb has flubbed this about as massively as possible.

    Those Jeb need to attract now have zero interest in Chinese "anchor babies" - most probably don't even know they exist. They're panic-stricken about the brown man from the south, and Jeb claiming that this is not a problem will simply infuriate them.

    At the same time, Jeb's pissed off another growing constituency - Asians - many of whom would naturally gravitate to the GOP.

    Finally, his ineptness gives his enemies a field day.

    Again, the topic deserves serious consideration, but Jeb should know better that a primary campaign is not the time or place to do so - particularly a GOP primary, in which, like religious dogma, the answers are set in stone ("brown man bad"), with only the route to those answers negotiable. Silly man.

    Posted in: Bush hit from both sides on birthright citizenship

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