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    [–] Trump on Hannity: We Know There’s No Russia Collusion, Because Putin Said So Ozimandius 1 points ago in worldnews

    So this is Trump's version of flopping on the ground like a fish trying to get a penalty called?

    [–] Germany: We can no longer fully rely on U.S. White House Ozimandius 1 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in worldnews

    Middle eastern countries provide 33% of our oil imports. That is twice as much as Germany's total imports (of which 40% comes from russia).

    So that means we import about 4x as much oil from opec as germany does from Russia.

    Edit: I guess the math wasn't clear, so here it is: 33% of 7.9 million bbls is 2.607 bbl/day of oil from OPEC countries. Germany receives 40% of its 1.7 million bbls or 0.68 million bbl/day from russia. So yes, the U.S. receives 2.607 million / 0.68 million 3.83 times as much oil from OPEC as Germany does from Russia, despite having to ship it across the ocean compared to running it through a pipeline.

    I mean, I am fine if Germany decides to stop buying Russian oil, all well and good. But we still import more crude from Venezuala, who we have a travel ban against, than Germany does from Russia. We import more from Saudi Arabia and other countries who participated in the 9/11 attacks than Germany does from Russia. It is just an absurd thing to try to pick on Germany for.

    [–] Germany: We can no longer fully rely on U.S. White House Ozimandius 2 points ago in worldnews

    No. Countries are interdependent and by every measure when they work together they all see immense growth. At the same time, they become less likely to fight and more likely to support each other through hard times.

    The more isolated and 'self reliant' a country, the worse off it is. Show me a country with low imports per capita and I will show you a country that is flat broke, with 50% of its population in poverty. Countries with highest imports are all wealthy and well off despite their lack of self reliance.

    [–] Germany: We can no longer fully rely on U.S. White House Ozimandius 3 points ago in worldnews

    The US is the only country who has invoked article 5 and compelled NATO forces to come to its aid. The idea that the other NATO countries are the ones always needing US to rescue them is just a farce. The US wants to project power everywhere and get involved in everything, fine... but saying that Germany needs to up its military contribution to NATO because of that seems silly.

    [–] Germany: We can no longer fully rely on U.S. White House Ozimandius 20 points ago in worldnews

    And the US is and has been entirely too reliant on Middle East countries like Saudi Arabia for their oil.

    Germany has focused on reducing their usage of Russia fossil fuels in recent years and have reduced their purchases by huge amounts every year - currently import 1.7 million bbls a day. How much does the US import? US Total imports: 7.9 million bbls/day.

    [–] Germany: We can no longer fully rely on U.S. White House Ozimandius 4 points ago in worldnews

    The EU spends more than twice as much as Russia each year on military. Their armies stand on their own feet just fine.

    [–] Can We Just Admit that Trump Is Captured by the Russians? Ozimandius 1 points ago in politics

    Russian has more of just one thing that is very important to Trump.

    Kompromat.

    [–] Can We Just Admit that Trump Is Captured by the Russians? Ozimandius 42 points ago in politics

    Knowing he is overseas representing us and just shitting all over our allies ratchets my stress up a bit, personally. It's the same feeling I get when I know my 2 year old is having a rough day on the verge of a meltdown and I just leave him with a babysitter like: Well shit, sorry but he's your problem for now.

    [–] Trudeau Defies Trump at NATO Summit: Canada Refuses to Increase Defense Spending Ozimandius 1 points ago in politics

    You are very confused. Canada actually spends a larger share of its GDP on NATO than the US by a fair margin. 3.5 times more in fact.

    So I guess US should increase its NATO spending to catch up?

    [–] Tesla to open plant in Shanghai with annual capacity of 500,000 cars Ozimandius 3 points ago * (lasted edited 11 days ago) in technology

    Fair enough, but overall labor force participation rate has seen a small decrease of about 2-4% since 1990 and that is mostly because of the huge drop in employment during the great recession and the completely predictable continued retirement of the baby boomers that we've known would happen for 50 years.

    We have 63% labor participation, despite our demographics being pretty unfavorable (37% of population over 60, 10% in the 15-20 range that is counted as part of the labor force)

    [–] Tesla to open plant in Shanghai with annual capacity of 500,000 cars Ozimandius -2 points ago in technology

    People have been saying that all our jobs have been moving to china for 30 years, and yet we have 30 million more full time jobs today than we did in 1990. Wage growth has stagnated some, but that has as much to do with the decimation of unions and pressures of mega corporations like WalMart who have a lot of bargaining power against workers after driving out every other business in town.

    [–] Year-Old Baby Appears In Immigration Court, Cries Hysterically Ozimandius 3 points ago in politics

    Yeah, if we could calculate the amount of money to watch a 1 year old 24-7 for weeks to months and then escort him back to meet his father in honduras.... the legal fees... etc etc... probably by the time it is all said and done we will have spent a million dollars to deport this baby.

    [–] Merica Ozimandius 3 points ago in funny

    Well, we kind of have agreed to keep fighting out of space because it is just so ridiculously easy to destroy an enemy in space. If we start fighting in space it really will just keep anyone from going to space for a long time.

    What would a space force honestly do? We have a treaty not to put weapons into space, and if we break it .. seems like an invitation to just start shooting down satellites all around.

    [–] What character trope do you wish would just die already? Ozimandius 1 points ago in AskReddit

    The child orphan. Why every freaking children's movie features an orphan or someone without two parents I will never understand. I know Walt kind of accidentally killed his mom or whatever but he's been dead for more than half a century, can we get a few more stories with two parents?

    To clarify, the Disney thing is just that Walt had someone fix his parent's furnace and then his mom died from carbon monoxide poisoning, nothing sinister.

    [–] Merica Ozimandius 1 points ago in funny

    There are 2.37 x 1022kg of aluminum just in the earth's crust. At ~1$ per kilo that is 23.7 sextillion dollars worth of aluminum.

    And it is so much closer... all within 18 miles of the earth's surface.

    [–] Madeleine Albright: ‘The things that are happening are genuinely, seriously bad’ Ozimandius 9 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago) in politics

    The context really doesn't ameliorate it, I have to say. It's mostly about some long running sanctions that targeted iraqi water purification supplies. As a result of the lack of clean water, many children died. Best description I could find were here (a bit hard to find good information on things from a couple decades ago sadly). There's a bit of other good info here.

    Edit: Whoa, getting downvoted... I just want to mention that I completely agree with Albright on the Trump thing, but she definitely isn't someone I always agree with. On this particular issue (the iraqi sanctions) my opinion is that she was incredibly wrong, but I am happy to hear some other perspectives on it.

    [–] Putin Woos Trump by Saying “Deep State” and “Fake News” Are Against Their Friendship Ozimandius 5 points ago in politics

    Dream on. He would use Trump as his puppet and talk about how the deep state has taken over the US and Trump would help him rile up his ardent supporters to take up arms and take their country back by force.

    [–] “Can I see the Manager” Mom does not want Beach Balls at the children’s concert. Ozimandius -1 points ago in funny

    You and I have very different definitions of 'work'. That sounds like a great way to go to jail to me, not my idea of a good time.

    Not saying she doesn't deserve it, of course, but it just isn't how the world works. Getting in her face until she hits you or getting her to do damage to something worth more than 50 cents would be your best bet.

    [–] “Can I see the Manager” Mom does not want Beach Balls at the children’s concert. Ozimandius 1 points ago in funny

    Not true. She will devote her life to fucking yours up if you beat her ass and she clearly knows how to suck the joy out of something. You would be in court from here till eternity and she would make so many people's lives miserable about you that they would want you locked up just to shut her up.

    [–] TIL of Wait Calculation, a dilemma stating that during the millennia long trip to another star system, humanity would easily find ways to increase travel speed greatly, meaning any new expeditions would arrive much earlier. Therefore, no-one would risk wasting their lives on such a meaningless trip. Ozimandius 1 points ago in todayilearned

    First of all - wouldn't we send probes and supplies and stuff first? Heck, we won't even send people to the nearest planet without sending 50 missions there first. Secondly, I imagine by the time we were ready to send a second, much faster, colony ship to a planet we would have picked a whole new and much better planet to send them too. There are, after all, a whole lot of planets out there.

    [–] TIL of Wait Calculation, a dilemma stating that during the millennia long trip to another star system, humanity would easily find ways to increase travel speed greatly, meaning any new expeditions would arrive much earlier. Therefore, no-one would risk wasting their lives on such a meaningless trip. Ozimandius 9 points ago in todayilearned

    Well, if you can achieve that you can probably create a ship that could be upgraded in flight. Although that would be significantly challenging I would imagine most advancements could be applied as long as the parts could be produced with a reasonable sized 3d printer or something of that nature. Obviously might require some rare inputs that you wouldn't have on hand so might be out of luck on some advancements....

    If you go all out on the bones of the ship, and make the rest modular enough, you could plan upgrades to be launched as the technology increases that could catch the original ship and then speed it up and provide more materials for upgrades.

    [–] The lottery winner giving her winnings away: Rachel Lapierre, from Montreal, Canada, won the lottery, with a prize of $1,000 a week for life. Ozimandius 2 points ago in UpliftingNews

    This is not something I like to say to people, but you seem to be a truly horrible person.

    I expect you like to say that to people though, so we can just agree that we don't like each other and move on with our day. I hope something turns your head around and you can start looking for the good in the world. Good luck!

    [–] The lottery winner giving her winnings away: Rachel Lapierre, from Montreal, Canada, won the lottery, with a prize of $1,000 a week for life. Ozimandius -1 points ago in UpliftingNews

    In America money that you give away is usually tax deductible - though you would have to give to charities rather than directly. If you gave away all your winnings and you were making over a certain amount a year in income, you'd quite quite a nice return actually.