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British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

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Re: 9mm?

"Since when has the UK military EVER had the best tool for the job?" History has shown many times that the tool is often no better than the training and commitment of the man holding it. Outnumbered and underequipped British troops with the "outdated" SLR won the Falklands War for a reason.

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Re: Re: Meh!

"A gun is pulled by horses and fired at the French." I think the previous query was to that old song from the film "Full Metal Jacket" - "this is my rifle and this is my gun, this is for fighting and this is for fun!" Must say your idea of fun sounds quite odd!

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Re: Re: shooting Glock 17 from a UK newbie.

".....The country was largely settled and tamed before firearms even appeared....." Nope. Victorian Britain had such endemic levels of crime that gentlemen in cities like London carried firearms as a matter of habit. The popular "Bulldog" pocket revolvers of the 19th century originated from British designs, notably that of Webley & Sons, and were widely sold and copied across Europe and the US. In the mid-1800s, you were actually more likely to die due to criminal violence in London than on the Frontiers of the Wild West! Up until the 1920 Firearms Act (which was spurred by a fear of the "Bolshevik" revolutions sweeping Europe), many small villages in the UK had popular shooting clubs and rifle ranges were very common. I was reminded of this only a week ago when I visited friends in Jersey, which has always had very low crime rates, and we walked past the Victorian rifle range outside the tiny hamlet of Grouville (still in use by the local club).

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Re: madra

"Ooh! a conversation about guns. Let me paint my neck red, get my cock out and start wanking." Better still, you could drop one of those groundless prejudices you have been spoonfed and actually hear from people that actually have shot weapons, rather than just people that hate those that have. For a start, this is one of the ranges I've shot at, not a redneck in sight, but plenty of bankers, several politicians, some civil servants, and even a doctor, but no wanking (maybe that's just some subconcious, Freudian, homo-erotic slip on your part?): http://www.serc.org.uk/

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"....if you go by the MSRP that they charge civilians......" The source in question works at the MoD. Allegedly, etc. I have friends in all types of low places.

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Re: I bleive that US army used to allow privatly owned wepons

"......Well, then his a sidearm is a cucumber. Doesn't make it a very effective weapon....." I don't know, if some Marine was to come into the room with a mean look in his eye and a cucumber in his hand I'd sure be leaving fast!

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Re: a note on calibres and stuff

"..... the mythical L1A1 SLR. .....FN FAL....." The SLR was NOT the same as an FN FAL. Apart from the SLR being semi-auto only (because the Brass in the '50s worried about the squaddies shooting off all their ammo in a few minutes), it had some unique touches like sand-clearing grooves which helped make it much more reliable than the bog-standard FAL. The Enfield modifications not only made the SLR 2 inches longer but also slightly heavier than the fully-auto FAL, but in the Falklands War the Argentinians made many complaints about their FALs jamming whilst the SLR had no such issues. In short, the SLR was long, heavy, and only went bang once for each pull of the trigger, but the squaddies loved it because it always went bang with very good accuracy every time you pulled the trigger, and would do so after you had tabbed across tundra, desert, or up a mountain. The Aussies in Vietnam moaned about the weight but still prefered it to the M16s the Yanks brought with them. The reason the L85A1 came in for such a bashing was because it was compared to the tried'n'tested "mythical" L1A1 SLR.

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Best of luck!

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Re: Meh!

"......but I'm not a big fan of plastic guns....." Don't worry, Gumbers, I hear a lot of the old-timers back in the day refused to take "them new-fangled automatics" over a trusty revolver.....

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"....what is the attraction to concealing a weapon?....." Well, it's not as much the concealing it as the carrying it somewhere on your person in the first place. Not many people actually want to walk around with a holster strapped to their leg, most people want a weapon they can drop into a coat pocket or - in the case of women - into a handbag. Of course, doing so automatically makes it "concealed" by definition even if you didn't have a nefarious reason for doing so. It's one of those neat legal tricks the anti-gun lobby came up with to discourage ordinary citizens from protecting themselves.

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Re: Re: a note on calibres and stuff

".....Guess those broomhandles wouldn't have seen much desert except in Sergio Leone movies." Ah, you were watching "Joe Kidd" the other night too!

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Re: a note on calibres and stuff

".....I'm also slightly surprised that the UK govt didn't go with something from H&K. After all they are owned by the UK Gov's favorite armsdefense company BAe....." Nah, another "triumph" of Blair's was to sell H&K back to the Germans.

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Re: Sig Sauer

"I find it odd they didn't adopt the Sig Sauer pistols. They already have some & costs are comparable....." Word from a mate in the know is that the Glock quote worked out £200 cheaper per weapon. Due to the size of the contract that's quite a bit, probably enough to offset the cost of new training manuals, new cleaning regimes, stocking spares, etc. Up until price came into it the Glock was only winning on being lighter, the SIG was matching it in all other measures.

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Re: Re: shooting Glock 17 from a UK newbie.

".....to be able to simply own a few hand guns and be allowed use them at a target range...... all i can use now is black powder guns..." Well, not quite. You can still purchase and use a lot of rifles that in many US States you would be refused, and keep them all at home in your approved gun cabinet. And shotguns too. Both a lot more deadly than handguns. For a bit of pistol-shooting it's still possible to nip over to France or Norway and go guest on one of their ranges. But, what the Heck, banning handguns in the UK cut down on guncrime, didn't it? Oh - no it didn't.

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Re: Suck my Glock..

".....The trigger insert does not qualify as a real safety in my book......" IIRC, it was blamed for the infamous incident when a cop giving a gun safety briefing to school kids managed to shoot himself with an "unloaded" Glock:

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=2442_rmiidY&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D2442_rmiidY

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Re: 9mm?

".....Where and by whom? [citation needed!]....." AFAIK the FN P90 is only used by specialist teams and police units, not as a main sidearm of any NATO partner and not at all in the UK.

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Re: Suck my Glock..

".....Why U buy fancy stuff? Standard ball not good enough?" If your life depends on it, and Mundo seems to have believed he was in danger in SA, then you will want the "best" bullet hitting the target. After all, even Hydra-Shok is cheap compared to the value you put on your own life.

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"......every shot is a kill shot....." Go back to Counter Strike. In the real World, shot placement is much more of an issue, and the weapon you can bring quickly to bear with the least pre-aim fiddling (such as cocking the slide or thumbing back the hammer or disengaging any safeties) will usually win the argument, especially if you can bring it back to bear for a second shot quickly. In that respect the Glock is excellent, but it is lighter than the SIG and Hi-Power so may suffer more from recoil. With the Desert Eagle your second shot is going to be long after the Glock shooter has put four or five rounds in you.

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Re: Desert Eagle? Are you kidding?

"...... it's a gun favored by insecure man children desperately trying to overcompensate for something......" On visits to ranges in the US it used to be almost certain you would find someone swaggering around with one. Nearly every bloke in the place would want to shoot it once, just for the experience, but none but said "compensators" would want to shoot it again. Amusingly, I did note that most women at the range also wanted to shoot "a big one" just as much as the average guy.....

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"No idea why it took 2 years to pick the exact gun almost everyone would have suggested...." The British Army already had three versions of the SIG Sauer P226 in use, the L105A1 (standard P226), L106A1 (improved P226) and L117A2 (P229). Needless to say there were many in the Army that were quite happy with the SIG and thought it was better to buy more rather than introducing another pistol, another cleaning routine, more spares, etc. TBH, given the reports of happiness with the SIG, I'm surprised the Glock won unless there was some heavy discounting involved.

The really funny bit is the EU spent lots of UK taxpayers' money giving out thousands of Glocks to the Iraqi police and national army after the invasion at the same time the MoD was still debating the best pistol question.

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Anger grows over the death of Aaron Swartz

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".....Identify a first-time offence suspect or someone who is otherwise impressionable...." Which is where your great theory on victimhood falls over - even "impressionable" first-timers have legal advice from their lawyers, it's what they are there for. What you failed to include was it is usually impressionable sheeple that get talked into stupid acts like LOIC attacks without considering the consequesnces, and then crap themselves when they lawyer says "well, you're fucked, best take the plea bargain and pray the judge takes it into account".

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Re: Can someone explain?

" Ezra Pound...." And therein lies one of the great failures of the sheeple that listen to others simply because they are famous luvvies rather than thinking "what the fudge qualifications or knowledge does that person have to actually make them qualified to comment?" I'm sure you laughed at those that calmly accepted Jenny McCarthy's unqualified blathering on about autism being caused by the MMR vaccine, yet I bet you wouldn't have accepted Ezra Pound giving advice on brain surgery. In the legal sense, Ezra Pound made his speeches after the declaration of war, and therefore was a traitor. It does not detract from his literary achievements, but by the same token his literary achievements do not exonerate him from his crimes.

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"Freedom is the new Homosexuality...." Hoooboy, isn't about time some people went and actually READ about Swartz before trying to turn him into some form of gay martyr? Swartz expressly said he did not want to be "classified" as gay as he did not want his actions to be commandeered by the Gay community for their political benefit. Start here: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/notgay

The problem with far too many of the "internet community" rushing to eulogise Swarz is they haven't a clue about him, he's just the latest trend-du-jour, and will be forgotten in a few weeks just like Chen Guangcheng, Hu Jia, and anyone else not getting mentioned weekly on Oprah.

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".....Hadn't stolen anything...." Technically, I can "borrow" the e-books in my local library ten at a time. If I help myself to as many e-books as I like, and use means to circumvent the systems designed to limit the number of e-books I take out, they will eventually call the Police as they do class it as theft. If I should computerise those means and introduce a computer into the library's network to do so, against their access rules that I have agreed to by taking out a library card, then I am also in breach of the comupter laws of this country or the US's. Simple, every day example.

Going by the evidence publically available for comment, Swartz broke the rules of his access to JSTOR, then added illicit computer equipment to the system and used another login as well as his own, and they can apply a monetary worth to what he downloaded. So legally he was pretty much toast by his own admission. What he did may not constitute "stealing" to the freetards, but then the law is not set by freetards, in this case it was set by the US government, and what he did was "illegal". Until the freetards opinion becomes the mainstream, and it probably never will, those laws will not change. Therefore, by definition, he stole, get over it.

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Re: @ Hanki Poo Re: Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!

".....does it make it right if the authorities heavy-handed him....." The law needs to be applied to all. For all the authorities knew, he could have been faking, you need to get to the stage of actual legal proceedings and court before you can produce evidence of mitigating circumstances such as psychiatric records. Swartz seems to have taken the exit before that could happen. What is alarming is that his family and friends do not seem to have caught on to the self-destructive nature of his actions and the possible cry for help therein. With hindsight (admitedly always 20-20), it is not hard to realise that Swartz was looking for a confrontation over the JSTOR affair. The awful possibility is those around him didn't see the signs but instead patted him on the back and said "Great idea, that's one for the poor/freetards/revolution!", rather than saying "Dude, what's driving you to do this?"

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Re: Re: Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!

And there's the cheerleader of the LOIC fodder!

"i got about 2 sentences in before looking at the by line...." I'm impressed you managed that much alone, you are a shining example of what remedial reading can achieve.

"......All Realy Stupid Ejaculations Have One Logical Explaination...." And what great and eloquent arguments you bring - not! I'm betting it's not even your original work.

"......matt bryant said it......" And you have failed in this opportunity to state some counter thought or provide any insight, but that would appear to be beyond you. Usual fail!

"....final thought...." I would suggest you and thought are such rare coincidentals that even one original thought would be too much for you.

".....what have _you_ ever accomplished....." You'll never know, but it's probably going to really wind you up to say I don't think I'll be ending my days by hanging myself.

"......and who will miss you when you are gone?" Well, seeing as I shall be past caring why should I worry? I already have years of "positive feedback" from friends, family and colleagues. But I'm not the self-centered type that wants dozens of people crying at my graveside, I'd rather they were happily getting on with their lives.

Enjoy!

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"I wonder if Anonymous will feel the need to somehow punish those responsible in the US government." Don't worry, governments all over the World will be ordering their TV channels to show more cartoons this weekend to distract them.

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Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!

In Turing's case, he was a brilliant man that served his country, made massive advances in computing, yet was punished for what was then illegal homosexual activities. I fully support the idea of a posthumous pardon for Turing and think he should be awarded for his work. I'm sorry, but Swartz does not compare, if only because he was not persecuted for his sexual activities (if anything he seems to have been bi-confused). Even his work on RSS was based on that of others, particularly Apple and Netscape, IIRC, and in no way compare to Turing's achievements. Schwartz gets brownie points with the LOIC fodder for claiming to have killed SOPA - big deal. Again, not his work alone. This drive to venerate him and at the same time "punish those responsible" for his committing suicide is missing the glaringly obvious - Swartz had been depressed for a long time and had talked of suicide long, long before the JSTOR incident.

I have known people that have been extremely depressed to the point of suicide, and it does not have to be something major that eventually triggers the act. A very old friend that had lived with depression for over twenty years one day went upstairs and hung himself, having accidentally broken a family heirloom. For him it was the last straw of guilt, having beaten himelf up for years thinking what a burden he had become to his family, that finally broke the camel's back. Aaron Swartz could have gone to trial, won, and still hung himself afterwards. His family will want to blame someone, it is only natural to do so as if you can't blame an outsider then the guilt will eat at you, but at some point they're going to have to face the fact that Aaron Swartz killed Aaron Swartz because Aaron Swartz decided he did not want to go on living.

Let the down votes roll in, those without experience of friends or family going through depression or suicide will shriek as they are told to.

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ANOTHER Huawei partner accused of slipping US tech to Iran

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Re: Are you sure your sides are aching from my comment...

"....If those first anti-Shah demonstrations began at his son's death...." They weren't, that's just the way the Islamists want the story to be told. October 1977 was when Khomeini began mobilising his stooges. Opposition to the Shah had been bubbling for years, with probably the first big protests back in 1971 at the celebrations of the founding of the Persian Empire, which were extremely lavish at the same time as many poor Persians were struggling to put sangak on their tables.

".....what would Khomeini's assassination have brought about?...." Khomeini was a unique at that point - the majority of the Shia priesthood with political aspirations had already been killed off or imprisioned, and there was simply no-one that could have stepped into his shoes. Khomeini was not only charsimatic to his followers, but also a very good organiser and good at predicting the reactions and weaknesses of his opponents in both the Shah's administration and the opposition. There was already a government in power, that of PM Bakhtiar, that had removed the Shah before Khomeini even returned from France. All Khomeini did was remove that government and replace it with the figurehead administration of PM Bazargan, a moderate that Khomeini had duped into believing Khomeini would allow a secular and democratic government. Having got rid of Bakhtiar, all Khomeini did was to out-manouvere the ineffectual Bazargan and the rest of the opposition, who were too disparate in thought to oppose him, and force the theocracy down the Iranians' throats.

"......5 to 6 million Iranians demonstrated in Tehran when he returned....." If Khomeini had been killed prior to his return, especially if he'd been killed in Iraq, you may have had "5-6million" (a much quoted figure never verified) angry Iranians, but without anyone to manipulate, guide and focus them they would flounder and fail in the face of more capable Iranian politicians in the opposition. The Shah would almost definitely still have fallen but a more moderate administration, not completely hostile to the West, would probably have replaced his rule.

".....I don't blame him for things he wasn't responsible for." Sorry, but Carter's overall responsibility for the American failure in the lead up to the Revolution, culminating in the bungled handling of the run up to the Iranian Hostage Crisis and subsequent failed rescue, was his responsibility as Prez. As another Roosevelt put it, "speak quietly and carry a big stick" - Carter didn't even do the speaking part, letting Khomeini spread lies about the "Great Satan" without a murmur, and was far too nice to use the stick.

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Re: I knew Carter wasn't sitting on his hands.

".....Brzezinski wanted to control the revolution and increasingly suggested military action to prevent Ayatollah Khomeini from coming to power, while Vance wanted to come to terms with the new Islamic Republic of Iran....." OK, concentrate real hard - Brzezinski was National Security Adviser, Vance was Sec of State, Carter was the President, which one was not only the boss but the one supposed to make final decisions? No-one was sitting on Carter's hands, he was just such a bad president he didn't know he should have been using them to slap his staff into shape and get on with the job. Carter was a nice guy, and probably not too shabby a politician and diplomat, but about the only good thing about Carter as President is that he just about guaranteed Ronald Reagan's election.

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Re: Re: Aha So that's the way Christianity works.

"......You probably would have included Nixon for his bold use of napalm....." Nope, I simply chose a list that had direct dealings with the whole Middle East issue in one form or another. And Nixon was neither the original approver of napalm or the prez in office when it was first used, that "honour" goes to Roosevelt. I also included Roosevelt as I know it will make a died-in-the-wool Libtard like yourself rotate like a top at the idea of having to bitch about a Liberal icon like Roosevelt.

"..... If Hitler and Stalin (Eastern Orthodox) had called themselves Christians, you'd disqualify....." No, I have no problem with either of them calling themselves Christian as I have no ties to that religion. You're doing that assumption thing again.

".....If you denominate yourself Christian....." I don't so your barking up the wrong tree. As usual. I'm agnostic. Sorry, not even a follower of the Great Spaghetti Monster.

".....Would any other president on your list have gone public like Carter did?" Carter's naive handling of a Playboy interview doesn't exactly get him off the hook for his rediculously naive handling of foreign policy. But Obambi is even worse - he actually grew up in a Muslim country and learned all about the implacable nature of Islam. He was right in that stroking their egos in the Cairo speech by saying what great accomplishments Islam had made (ignoring that they were all off the back of Greek, Persian and Roman achievments), but he was way wrong in thinking this would somehow make them malleable to his will. It was like patting a rabid dog on the head and saying "good boy, great teeth" after it had spent several hundred years savaging everyone within reach, including other dogs.

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Re: Are you sure your sides are aching from my comment...

".....And I also agree with you that the ocean is wet." Ah, but you are assuming I would believe so, seeing as I am certain I have not posted that the ocean is indeed wet. You should always confirm rather than making assumptions, otherwise you fall into the Carter trap of thinking "hey, seems reasonable to me, why would anyone else think otherwise?". In this case I agree the ocean is wet. Unless Chuck Norris says it is not.

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Re: Re: Are you sure your sides are aching from my comment...

".....France would not do that without American approval...." Nope, the Fwench were going through one of their regular periods of doing anything to prove the independence of France, regardless of whether it was in France's actual interest or not. You also have to understand that France had suffered much worse than the US from the 1973 Oil Embargo, to such a point that the Giscard goverment had implemented the massive nuke power station building projects to ensure at least electrical power in the event of another Arabic spasm. The DSG was all for ejecting Khomeini, and certain more right-wing members of the French Giscard government even conspired with Tehran and looked at assassinating Khomeini in return for political favours (it's mentioned in the Wiki article I linked to earlier). The Carter administration was not included in those discussions. When the Shah wouldn't concede the French what they wanted (allegedly preference for French arms sales and oil companies) they left Khomeini to his own devices.

".....but because it wasn't Christian to do so. So Christian-based democracy was responsible for the Sharia-based theocracy in Iran...." I think you'll find Roosevelt, Truman (who nuked Japan), Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush Snr and Bush Jnr, and even Bill Clinton, were all Christians presidents, yet not as given to sitting on their hands as badly as Carter. Clinton may have been a bit late getting the message, but when he did he was ready to swing the hammer. It was not being Christian that was Carter's problem, it was his obtuse belief that non-Western people would behave, act and hold the same values of equality and rights as Western people, despite the decades (centuries in Europe's case) of evidence of how that just didn't work in the Middle East.

"....According to MB interfering in the Iranian Revolution was a slam dunk and there was no chance of 'unintended consequences'....." No, it would have taken considerable thought and energy, but Carter didn't even try. The actual Revolution was largely the work of non-Islamic progressives that had no intention of instituting the theocracy that Iran became - if Carter had simply put some energy into cultivating that democratic, secular vision, maybe the people of Iran could have been saved the years of oppression that followed. No slam dunk, but just sitting back made it far too easy for Khomeini and co.

"....You need to do better than that....." Khomeini's preachings, including his vision of an Islamic theocracy, had been distributed throughout the Iraqi Shia population, which Saddam had riddled with spies. But even more damning than the Saddam link was that Khomeini's manic views were even reported on in the West. Khomeini's book was published in 1970 and copies were available in Islamic bookshops in Europe (especially London) by the mid-'70s. If that was not enough, Berkeley professor Hamid Algar was very knowledgeable about it (later doing an English translation) having met Khomeini in Paris, and Algar gave four lectures in English on the subject in London long before Khomeini made his move in Iran, these being published as the book "Roots of The Islamic Revolution in Iran" in 1979. At the time MI5 were watching all parties at the Islamic Institute at which Algar gave his lectures in London, and sharing their intelligence with the FBI and CIA, so it is almost certain that the contents of Algar's detailed lectures on Khomeini would have reached Langley via MI5 even if they were not aware of Khomeini's book already. The question is whether the information reached Carter's desk.

".....Hey, your Tourettes is getting better...." Sadly, the visual impairment of those chips on your shoulder does not seem to have lessened.

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Re: Re: Are you sure your sides are aching from my comment...

".....from that ginormous bong hit you took....." Unlike you I am not a druggie.

"..... THE SHAH NEEDED NO HELP GOING DOWN THE PLUGHOLE....." Too true, but a bit of diplomatic effort/bribery of many of the more moderate elements of the groups that finally toppled him would have defused the Revolution into a more controlled hand-over to democracy without Khomeini and his fellow loons getting involved. Putting two in Khomeini's chest and one in his head whilst he languished in France would also probably have been a good idea, especially as it could have been painted as any number of Khomeini's enemies doing a little delousing. But Carter wasn't for "getting involved".

"......Unadulterated HUMBUG, Sir. You should be arguing with Ebenezer Scrooge....." Oh dear, time to add to your reading list. So as not to overload you too much, here is Wikipedia's summarization:

".....In early 1970, Khomeini gave a series of lectures in Najaf on Islamic government, later published as a book titled variously Islamic Government or Islamic Government: Governance of the Jurist (Hokumat-e Islami : Velayat-e faqih). This was his most famous and influential work, and laid out his ideas on governance (at that time)..... A modified form of this wilayat al-faqih system was adopted after Khomeini and his followers took power, and Khomeini was the Islamic Republic's first "Guardian" or Supreme Leader. In the meantime, however, Khomeini was careful not to publicize his ideas for clerical rule outside of his Islamic network of opposition to the Shah which he worked to build and strengthen over the next decade....." So it is clear Khomeini had both the intention of forcing a Sharia-based theocracy on Iran long before his return from exile, and that he tried to hide it from - amongst others - the Fwench and American governments. There is, however, reason to believe that when Saddam kicked Khomeini out of Najaf for agitating the local Shias, Saddam gave the CIA information on Khomeini's plans, which begs the question of how much did Carter not know and how much did he ignore?

".....You must have meant that you finally agree with ME!....." I am only agreeing in that you are now agreeing with me.

".....You should have worked for Enron or Goldman Sachs...." Well, I have contracted for one of those companies.

"......Your dimestore su knowledge....." Really? Well, seeing as I don't seem to have any trouble in exposing the shortfalls in your knowledge, and debunking your many frothing arguments with ease, I would have to suggest your knowledge is sub-flea market, verging on bankrupt. More extra schooling for you!

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Kill that Java plugin now! New 0-day exploit running wild online

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Re: can't resist

Damn, that's the second asdf post I've upvoted in 24 hours - what is the World coming to!?!?

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Israel taps teens to become 'interceptors' in cyberwarfare

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Re: "It was not immediately clear, however...

"Im sure you are quite capable of using Wikipedia....." But you seem unable to, which begs the question have you even bothered to ever read anything about the whole Middle East situation, or just gone on what you have been told is The Truth?

".....I leave filling pages with lame sounding crap to you....." RICHTO, every post you make in every forum is complete crap, as evidenced by the response you get from other posters.

"....There is overwhelming evidence that this is not the case....." The survey you link to proves nothing of the sort, it's just an opinion piece on a survey of a small group and does not reflect the Israeli governement's views, the laws of Israel, or even the general population's opinions. Simple straight comparison - an Israeli Muslim Arab can, by law, be a citizen and vote in Israel, they can even be elected as members of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, but NO Jew can have the same rights under the laws of the PNA, Hamas, or any number of Arab governments. You are just too blinkered by hate to see those simple facts.

Since you are so concerned with opinion pieces, it's my opinion that you should stop wating bandwidth and go learn something.

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Re: Re: "It was not immediately clear, however...

LOL, another case of "I know I'm right 'cos so many people told me so, so don't pop my bubble by asking me to actually show evidence for my beliefs".

"You are a very poor appologist for an apatheid and terrorist state....." I thought you were the one blindly defending the Fakeistinians? As I have already pointed out, Israel has Arab Muslim citizens (and Christian and Druze ones) with equal rights that can vote and own land, and are not threatened with ejection. But in the PNA (and Jordan) it is illegal to sell land to Jews, for Jews to even own land, Jews cannot gain citizenship, and all Jews in the West Bank are threatened with expulsion. Rights for Jews in many Islamic states are very strictly limited and Jews are often victimised even in so-called "moderate" Islamic states such as Malaysia. Want to rethink that little rant?

"....I don't need to post any evidence...." Well, actually you do or everyone will assume - quite rightly - that you can't support your statements with any facts, and that they are just dearly-held propaganda masquerading as a reason to hate.

".....the general aspects of what happened and continues to happen in Israel are widely known and even more widely documented....." If they're so widely documented then why can't you demonstrate the truth of what you claim? I have no problems providing evidence, it is you that is floundering around and repeating unsubstantiated bile as fact.

Sorry if it blows a big hole in your faith, beliefs or whatever you want to call them, but if you want to repeat such statements then you'd better be ready to defend them. This is not like Malaysia, where you can just outlaw any counter-thought.

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UK armed forces could be 'fatally compromised’ by cyber attack

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Re: Re:The right evidence?@Matt Bryant

"MY experience was that of sending off US SF forces and NATO forces to scrounge up 9mm ammunition from supply and signal units in Afghanistan....." I have to sympathise, but also point out the budgets for the MoD to buy said ammo was set by politicians, and then even more constrained by the politicians wanting to give jobs tied to their constituents and not those of their political opponents. It's proably not any consolation, but in 1998 when the UK outlawed handguns I had to surrender a fully-working Browning Hi-Power to be destroyed, one which had not fired more than a few hundred rounds since it was manufactured in WW2, plus a considerable amount of matching ammunition that I no longer had a need for. At the time I did ask if I could donate it to the Paras but was told I could not. As a final example of political bungling, please note that the same 1998 Act means the MoD is (finally) buying Austrian-made Glocks to replace the Brownings you were probably scrounging ammo for, having killed the UK companies that could have made a competing weapon.

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".....The MoD are consulted by the pols, and had they declared that they couldn't fight the war, and that they'd go public about the kit if one were launched, then the pols would have had to have slunk off and found something different to do....." The MoD told Thatcher that they didn't have the kit to kick the Argentinians out of the Falklands, she decided to disagree. The press at the time was full of stories about who in the forces was short of what, but I don't remember anyone getting fired as you insist they would have. Maybe because it's all just male bovine manure.

".....I do apologise to other readers for having to spell out the fucking obvious for Matt....." Don't worry, anyone that has to suffer your attempts at wit will be used to you apologizing and mis-stating the obvious with alarming regularity.

".....why not give us the benefit of your deep expertise and wisdom in this field?" I fear I'd have to use far too many long words for somone of your limited abilities to comprehend. Might be best if you left the conversation to the adults.

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Re: The right evidence?

"......The MoD are the same people that launched two separate wars of choice....." FAIL! The MoD has never launched any wars, they're launched by politicians, usually the same ones that castrate the MoD's budgets and lead to shortages in kit. And how did those politicians get in charge? Well, they were voted for by numpties like you.

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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".....land hits = bad

ocean hits = very bad

shallow sea hits = very very bad...."

Has anyone looked at the chances of it hitting the Moon and playing a bit of inter-planetary billiards? A collison with the Moon could lead to much bigger problems for the Earth than a direct hit by Apophis alone.

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Re: Wait, this may be a good thing...

"......good riddance to a state that cannot stop spending what it doesn't have." In that case, can't we send up Bruce to divert it into the Med, aiming for just off Athens?

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Re: Friday 13th

"...... It'll do a damn site more than "sandblast" the west coast of the US , the debris will wipe out the entire continent and will fuck up the world climate for decades......" Cool, could you just repeat that a bit louder as I have a few spots left to sell in my bunker complex.....

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

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Re: 1500 Watts? Colour me impressed

".....It'll be very nice to be able to go to the corner shop, hand over my meter key and them give me money ....." Not when the rebates disappear.

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Re: Gas Fridge?

http://www.camperlands.co.uk/dometic-combicool-rc-2200.html

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This is how Greenpeace want EVERYONE to live.

Instead of thinking "how can I improve the leccy supply in my house", they want us all foraging for donkey dung to use on the hearth and using hand-powered washing machines. There is no technical reason why every house in Europe could have as much electricity as it wants.

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Re: Re: I think the problem is...

So that's what a Spaniard on a hook posts like.

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Integrator-reseller 2e2 'broke banking covenant', hits credit buffers

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Re: They ate Morse?

".....Their customers can be picked up for nothing when they go out of business." I assume the 2e2 CRM system, along with all the details of all the deals that have made when and which kit is coming up for refresh, might be of value to another reseller.

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They ate Morse?

Looks like they're dying of food poisoning then. I'm not sure how the reseller could be "broken up and sold" unless they mean split off from the main group and sold, but which other reseller has the cash to buy in the current market?

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'Physical pressure' from Iran’s cyber cops killed blogger

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"I'm under no illusions that many, many atrocities DO take place in Iran, and are sanctioned and encouraged by the state....." Yet you somehow think this is a superior performance to the UK's authorities. Let's see - the Iranians are accused of offing 30,000 opponents in custody during their "clean-up" after Khomeini came to power, let's see if you can find even a dozen similar cases in the UK in the same period, shall we?

"....but no person was held responsible for their actions....." But the matter was thoroughly investigated, and probably much more openly (and definitely more openly criticised) than any Iranian investigation. No person was found responsible as the killing of Menezes was an unfortunate result of a catalogue of minor and unintentional errors, and incomplete and incorrect intelligence, brought about by the circumstances and the pressure put on the Police to avoid another Tube bombing. Even Cressida Dick, the Gold CO in the operations room during the shooting, therefore the officer with ultimate responsibility, was cleared and promoted less than a year later, something that would not have occured if she had had a "black mark" on her career. The actual undercover and specialist coppers involved in the shooting really did believe they had a suicide bomber on their hands and had to kill him before he detonated a bomb, in line with the Operation Kratos "shoot-to-kill" guidelines. The difference with the Iranian matter is the killing in custody of opponents of the regime is a frequent happening, and the only reason there is any investigation/cover-up at all is because Beheshti's online presence meant he was not as easy to disappear as the average unfortunate Iranian.

".....When someone cannot rebut an argument I make and instead descends to snide remarks or personal attacks...." LOL! Your rediculous "argument" was completely debunked, the added joke was an insult meaning to imply you weren't actually as completely clueless as you made out, just that drugs may have affected your judgement and coloured your perception of the Police.

".....that's one indicator that what I said is reasonably correct." Obviously I was wrong - you are that completely clueless.

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