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Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins

Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins
Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins

This is great news!

I feel like I should just quit the internet for the rest of the day. Nothing's gonna top this, and I'll just feel inevitable sadness.

Everytime Chile has been in the news recently it's been for good little acts like this. Go Chilean government!

I'm from Chile and I've heard more good news like these from my country here on reddit than on tv or the papers.

India to buy US$1 billion of US crude for the first time ever

India to buy US$1 billion of US crude for the first time ever
India to buy US$1 billion of US crude for the first time ever

I wonder how OPEC, the Saudis, and the Russians feel about the US selling crude directly to countries?

This is just another reserve battle in the ongoing war with OPEC.

OPEC saw that crude reserves were rising across the globe. That's not good for them, since they export oil. Higher reserves, lower returns on their exports. So they instituted a plan to cut production in an effort to drop reserves. This was meant to be temporary, basically "float on your cash reserves for a while, let the prices come back up, then we'll get back to pumping". It was a gambit OPEC played and they're currently losing.

More info on the output-deal OPEC instituted here. This plan has a time limit, and I'm curious as to where it's going to end. Worst case for OPEC, oil drops to $25-40 a barrel before they realize they shot themselves in the foot and cut their losses. Best case for us, OPEC waits so long that they can't justify pumping again when prices have dropped further than that.

All in all, fuck OPEC. If they're upset, I'm happy.

I've got a theory that while climate change is absolutely real and important as a species to address, the western world leaders never would have made an issue of it at all if not for OPEC existing. Reducing dependence on oil is great for climate change, but that's never been important historically to governments.

It's like the space race. It'll take us forever to build a moon base to explore the solar system at this rate, but if we were at war and an enemy was on their way to build a strategic base on the moon, we'd get that shit done real quick. OPEC presents an economic power that is at odds with the western nations, and that's only gotten more exacerbated in the last sixteen years. We're at war with them, an economic one, but a power struggle nonetheless. Globalization means wars are fought with dollars in boardrooms, not bullets on battlefields.

So reducing dependence on oil is a war effort. On a more global scale, that's why Russian propaganda tends to labeling climate change a myth. They export oil. They want more oil spent. You hear the same arguments from propaganda originating in middle east countries. It's also why China is reducing oil but pollution is still running rampant: the environment isn't the issue, it's the money. The bullets in the boardrooms.

Tldr governments never act in the best interests of the planet, and if an asteroid were coming for a extinction level impact, the west would only stop it if they thought Russia or some other enemy sent it our way. And vice versa.

Shouldn't it be, "A company within India is buying crude from a company within the US for the first time ever"

Surely these aren't state purchases/sales.

Edit: Or maybe the headline should be, "Redditors debate what an acceptable headline should be in the most sarcastic manner possible."

I just don't enjoy seeing the lines of public/private sectors blurred like this. It only creates more Trump talk.

Trump says US troops will remain in Afghanistan as rapid exit would leave 'vacuum' for terrorists

Trump says US troops will remain in Afghanistan as rapid exit would leave 'vacuum' for terrorists
Trump says US troops will remain in Afghanistan as rapid exit would leave 'vacuum' for terrorists

People are saying he is being a hypocrite for campaigning on pulling out and then saying they will be remaining. In the speech he admits that he thought pulling out was the best decision until he met with Mattis and other generals. I don't care for Trump as much as the next person, but calling someone a hypocrite for gaining more information on a situation and changing his mind is a poor move for people to make.

Edit: Based on several replies to this, all I have to say is this comment section was originally filled with blanket statements of people calling him a hypocrite for changing his opinion on the matter. I agree Trump's ego was huge during the campaign, and possibly still is as bigly. And I agree that him attacking Obama over similar matters was a stupid and very cocky thing to do. My point was that you shouldn't delve to his pre-candidate/President level and attack those you don't agree with by calling him a hypocrite. For all I know he could be lying through his teeth, but at face value he made it clear that his earlier assumptions were wrong, and remaining in Afghanistan is the best choice.

It feels like a never ending conflict. Maybe we are stopping current terrorists but are we really getting to the root of the problem? It feels like all these foreign powers in the middle east are just breeding resentment which will find it's way into future generations. Of course what the military is saying is true too, that withdrawing will create a vacuum in which whoever has the most force will end up taking.

Trump told everyone in very plain language that he knew more than the generals, so this explanation of learning from them cannot be true.

It feels like a never ending conflict.

It is a never ending conflict, because we are "fighting bad guys", but we don't really have any goal in mind or any plan to reach any goals.

Ukraine has removed all 1,320 statues of Lenin

Ukraine has removed all 1,320 statues of Lenin
Ukraine has removed all 1,320 statues of Lenin

I see the opportunity for a crazy bigger than life size chess board !!

Lenin wouldn't be a good chess figure. He would constantly try to kill both kings and queens while taking the most complicated route around the board

Oh god, now everyone is going to immediately forget about Lenin! /s

There is still a statue of Lenin standing in Donetsk at the Ploshad Lenina (Lenin Square).

Lebanon has foiled an ISIS plot to blow up a plane with a bomb hidden in a Barbie Doll on a flight From Australia to Abu Dhabi

Lebanon has foiled an ISIS plot to blow up a plane with a bomb hidden in a Barbie Doll on a flight From Australia to Abu Dhabi
Lebanon has foiled an ISIS plot to blow up a plane with a bomb hidden in a Barbie Doll on a fligh...

The suspect did not take the devices, which were hidden inside a handbag, onto the plane because they weighed 15 pounds over the airline's limit.

Sounds like the would-be terrorist foiled himself... We can only hope the rest of the ISIS martyr corps is this boneheaded.

Yeah this needs to be higher up. The title is a bit misleading. They did however of course apprehend him so that he could not repeat the plot and carry it out successfully. But they didn't foil it, he literally decided not to bring it on board.

Which is interesting in and of itself. The idiot plans on blowing himself up and obviously dying but his thought process is "ugh, over the weight limit. Well, I can't leave any of these clothes or other things behind. No choice but to leave the bombs I guess.."

Earlier reports indicated that he may have been an innocent in all of this and his brothers gave him the bombs as carry on luggage. Still way too much back patting from authorities for what appears to have been self foiled

edit: spelling

Great! Now all children's toys will be banned on flights! Prepare for more screaming babies on flights.

The world's largest floating solar farm has begun producing energy atop a former coal mine — The 40-megawatt power plant consists of 120,000 solar panels covering an area of more than 160 American football fields. The $45-million investment could help power 15,000 homes.

The world's largest floating solar farm has begun producing energy atop a former coal mine — The ...

I'm glad that someone converted acres into football fields, I'd never have understood it otherwise. 🙃

How many Hockey rinks is that? I'm still confused.

I was wondering why the Chinese chose to utilize a floating solar farm, instead of a land based one. The article explained that the choice is often made because the water obviously acts as a cooling/insulating feature. The floating solar farms are more efficient in that respect. Though I expect there must be some downsides when it comes to repairs, maintenance and the issue of flooding.

european or north american size?

Sons confirm death of US soldier James Dresnok, who defected to North Korea

Sons confirm death of US soldier James Dresnok, who defected to North Korea

What the honest fuck. The thought of Americans who defected to North Korea never occurred to me.

His wife was divorcing him and he was about to be court martialed, so it wasn't just the appeal of dictatorship and famine that drove him to defect.

Just so I could say I've done it.

I didn't get much out of it except a heavy sense of guilt for having gone at all.

Well, as luxurious as NK can be. I was there this past November. Bless their hearts, they really do try to pull out the red carpet for their few tourists but the best NK has to offer is still not that great.

Edited to add photo. Also I am American.

Well, as luxurious as NK can be. Bless their hearts, they really do try to pull out the red carpet for their few tourists but the best NK has to offer is still not that great.

Edited to add photo. Also I am American.

Breitbart mistakes German footballer Lukas Podolski for human trafficker

Breitbart mistakes German footballer Lukas Podolski for human trafficker
Breitbart mistakes German footballer Lukas Podolski for human trafficker

They must have gotten their journalism degree from Trump University.

There is no evidence Mr. Podolski is either a migrant gang member, nor being human trafficked," the note read.

Either they are joking about it too, or that's some terribly weirdly worded statement.

"mistakes"

Breaking News! Shots fired by a migrant gang member in a crowded field!

Thusands of sport fans have left the field in mourning, as shots have been fired during their cherished festival. Multiple performers have required medical assitance, due to extensive leg injuries.

At least one of the shooters has been confirmed to be a migrant gang member.

"He's a master shooter. He rarely misses" says Podolski's gang leader "They had no chance. We destroyed them all"

Though little is known about the incident, it's been confirmed that Germany claims responsibility for the incident.

US destroyer collides with merchant ship near Singapore

US destroyer collides with merchant ship near Singapore
US destroyer collides with merchant ship near Singapore

What is going on with the Navy these days?

So all North Korea has to do is send a container ship on a constant course and eventually a US Navy ship will just run into it?

"Bad seamanship" was the reason for the last one near Japan.

Edit: FA - https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/18/us-navy-citing-poor-seamanship-removes-commanders-of-warship-in-d...

US Navy, citing poor seamanship, removes commanders of warship in deadly crash

"The collision was avoidable and both ships demonstrated poor seamanship." the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a media release. In the first detailed account from one of those directly involved in the collision, the captain of the cargo ship the ACX Crystal said his crew signaled the USS Fitzgerald with flashing lights around 10 minutes before the collision. The Fitzgerald did not respond or alter course, it said. The commercial vessel had the right-of-way under maritime rules and the Fitzgerald, which was hit on the starboard side, was likely at fault.

Huh, if this collision was found to be the Destroyer's fault then it could mean there's inherent issues within the Navy. Back in 2013 I remember hearing that Navy recruitment levels were low and that it would be problematic for the future because the Navy is expanding the fleet.

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots - Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots - Open letter signed by Tes...

Optimistic. Pretty sure they are already well on their way to do this anyway.

We have to have giant killer robots to save us from their giant killer robots.

"After seeing what the giant killer robots we have designed are capable of, we are urging you all to ban giant killer robots. They are, quite simply, too powerful. Any nation employing our giant killer robots will eradicate their enemies instantly with absolutely no friendly loss of life. Failing unprecedented cooperation to outright ban these terrible weapons, the only chance a nation-state could hypothetically have in the face of our giant killer robots would be their own force of our giant killer robots, which we will of course be compelled to sell in order to preserve national sovereignty should our giant killer robots fail to be banned. So ban these awful machines. But if you fail to unite around banning our giant killer robots in the name of world peace, there are always our giant killer robots to consider to protect yourselves from our giant killer robots."

UN blocks use of lethal autonomous weapons China decides to disregard the block China establishes massive army of robots UN has no choice but to repeal the ban

You can switch out "China" for Russia, Israel, or the USA.

I mean, this is realpolitik 101, Mr. Musk. You can't just ban things and expect them to go away. Some people thought they were smart trying to ban guns so militaries could only use bows and swords. Those same people would later get obliterated by foes using guns.

It only takes one.

Another problem that I see with killer robots - as with drones - it lowers the threshold for war.

The moment the cost in human lives on the side of a beligerent is 0, it makes it easier to decide to attack - but civilians will still get harmed.

Try one of these subthreads