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4th March 2014
13 minutes ago
It's not radioactive particles that are causing nuclear winter, it's particles of dust and aerosols, thrown out because of explosion, which may increase overall earth's albedo. But no ice age could turn on snowball-earth scenario again, because currently solar activity is increased for about 1/4 of what was in last snowball-earth period. So, tropics and subtropics will not suffer much of such scenario, and they are richest for species count. So... a LOT could be a loose concept. A LOT of species would go extinct in any way, because of human oppression, climate change or alien species invasion (which is special form of human oppression). Anyway, no one will nuke most of Africa, central Asia, Syberia, South American's jungle and most surface of oceans, because it doesn't make any sense. Most strikes will concentrate on eastern America and central and western Europe. Which will raise dust mostly in Northern hemisphere of the planet (because winds flows mostly along of longitude). But it's highly doubtful that explosions will raise dust above troposphere into stratosphere, so dust will not be dangling in the atmosphere for a long time. Volcano eruptions can raise dust into stratosphere because their flow are directed upward, but nuclear explosion doesn't directed.
45 minutes ago
That is a rather rosy scenario of nukes. Even the "clean" nukes kick out a lot of radioactive particles, and depending on detonation they could kick off a new ice age in what we colloquially call "nuclear winter."
A LOT of species would go extinct, though "life" in general would bounce back. Humans would survive, we would simply die in hordes, have our lifespan drop to mid-thirties, and mostly get cancer.
One problem is that something like full-on nuclear war had never been done. When we noticed global warming we thought all that would happen was oceans rising, we didn't foresee polar vortexes, Siberian dehydration, or the king crab devastation.
No wait, King Crabs are Stalin's fault.
1 hour ago
And even if 60% of the Crimean populace liked Russia, what about the land being stolen, the 40% with a REAL history of being slaughtered by Russians (look up "Tartars" sometime, or even "Chechnyans" if you want a sad)?
Chechnya wants independence, but since they want to leave Russia (and WERE independent recently) we should just ignore them. Only Ukraine deserves to be parted and parceled.
1 hour ago
BTW, no, all nuclear and even thermonuclear weapon cannot destroy planet, nor even life on surface. It would be catastrophic for human society, it can slightly change climate (just like large volcano erruption), it may lead to extinction of some rare species, but for nature it would be only for good - not much weapons are 'dirty' and fills region with by radioactive particles, most are quite "clean" and are producing mostly highly radioactive isotopes, which will decay in days, maybe years, not centuries. But even 'dirty' ones - exclusion zone of Chernobyl is now are wildlife sanctuary, because main effect of radiation is corruption of DNA, which shortens lifetime, but without human oppression wildlife even with shortened lifetime begins to grow and repopulate successfully.
Not that I'm approve a nuclear war, I said it more likely just for info... But at least we may don't worry about the nature and the planet.
1 hour ago
I know that violence is in our human nature, but the nucreal weapons we use aren't natural and they will distroy whole planet and after the war no one can't live here, so it's better opinion to change human nature than distroy our home. But you look like you want a war, so tell me where are we going to live after the whole planet is gone?
1 hour ago
Russia, what the f*ck. Stop the dick moves.
2 hours ago
It's anything but clear that eastern Ukrainians, or even the people of Crimea welcome Russian rule. There are even substantial reports that the "Supporters" and "Crimean Militia" were bussed in from Russia. They seem to be using trucks with Russian licence plates, and Russian army equipment.
There's also... an unrest about the idea of a "referendum" conducted in the country by that "Crimea Militia". Would you vote not to be Russian when there are lots of people with Russian flags and guns standing around the ballot box. And if you did, could you be sure your vote wouldn't be thrown away?
Any election in Ukraine needs to be conducted under strict scrutiny of international observers.
2 hours ago
The control and check on the Rada's power are standing outside in the Maiden. Protest leaders have explicitly told them to stay on protest till there have been legitimate elections. There are strong memories from the Orange Revolution's long term failure, and the Maiden protesters do not seem to be under the control of any one party or political group, nor willing to accept anything less than a Democratic Ukraine that is not treated as a Russian Puppet State.
In the long term, the controls and checks on the Rada's power will be at the ballot box. And then if they accept it, the EUHR Court. Frankly, the "Constitutional Court" was seen, and had basically operated as, a rubber stamp on the decisions of and protection for the President. The 2010 amendments to the constitution, and arrests of opposition leadership, clearly show Yanukovich had all but appointed himself president for Life. Checks and balances on power have not been removed, because they were entirely absent under Yanukovich. Checks and balances are in the progress of being restored. Perhaps it is truly confusing to regions where elections are choices to vote for the Kremlin candidate, to consider elections a check on political power. But truly free and democratic elections are possible.
And more frankly, political analysis in the west are now operating under the assumption that Putin made a catastrophic error throughout this, and has been reacting with knee jerk responses out of fear his own political power might be diminished by being "defeated". Putin is, like Yanukovich, someone who equates the safety of his political power with the safety of Russia. His greatest fear right now is not that Ukraine might join the EU, his greatest fear right now is Sergei Glazyev. He fears that the hardliners will topple him if he allows "The West" to win.
I do wonder if anyone in the Russian press has ever asked Putin what the checks and balances on his power are?
3 hours ago
: as a swede I say not realy and hell yes. Ukraine is far away from Sweden and used to be under Russian anyway. However the problem is the excuse: to protect russian-speakers in Krimia. Its Sudethenland all over again, and thats bad news for Poland and the Baltics. And also bad news for russian minorities.what people forget is that after WW2 all germans in eastern europe was expelled, despite living there for generations. They where clearly a treath, a tool for next german aggression. Russian minorietes now (migth) face the same fate because of Moscow!
But realy this problem of ethnicisity(?) causing nations to disintigration and war has been going on for a while now and it is in the way for an economy where people are allowed to immigrate without having to totaly give up theire old country. And the world will be a poorer place without multietnicity.
4 hours ago
Rada had the right to do this, but the question is why did it do this? What was so important about it that made them do this?
Now Rada, with half of "Party of Regions" MPs missing and Communist party members not voting, with the Acting President being at the same time also Rada's chairman, who was elected from "Batkivshina" party in this position February 22nd especially to become the Acting President in February 23rd, with the Prime Minister being also leader of "Batkivshina" party, with the mob standing outside of Rada's building for intimidation - now Rada, i.e. "Batkivshina" and "Svoboda" parties, purges Constitutional court February 24th and now controls all branches of power. Then it gets High Commander position for Acting President and imposes new governors in regions to take full power in the country. There's simply no one left to check on them, to control them, to oppose them.
Two parties having ALL the power in one country - yeah, that's so democratic. They care not for investigation on who killed people during protests, they care not for the opinion of regions, they care not for upholding the division of powers, they care not for the disastrous economical situation in Ukraine - they care for power.
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