Tim: The one thing Islamists understand is force. Osama bin Laden’s 2001 remark that, “When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse”, explains well the Islamic mindset. You want to impress or stop the Islamist? Demonstrate overwhelming strength. Diplomatically you get the Islamist world to isolate itself with one simple communication followed, if necessary, with one demonstration of overwhelming force. The communication is thus: “If another terrorist...
R.: That’s the American experience with such. European licensing is more like, fill out all the forms and if we don’t have a plausible reason to reject them, we’ll approve them. Yeah, but actual shall-issue gun permits IIRC only exists in one EU country, Czech Republic. Also, it gets dicey, getting a gun permit if you ever been depressed and admitted that to a psychiatrist. You’ll have to see some psychologist, and some of these are incredibly ornery bastards who deal with people as if everyone...
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R.: I’m surprised that the airship’s cargo capacity is so high by weight but so low by volume. Presumably because it's intended for moving cargo and not apes.
Jehu: When Americans think gun licensing, they think of an unbelievably corrupt process intended to ban guns by making the licenses unattainable by ordinary people who aren’t politically connected. That’s the American experience with such. European licensing is more like, fill out all the forms and if we don’t have a plausible reason to reject them, we’ll approve them.
Isegoria: It was a perfectly plausible theory, Scipio — one I’m sure most of us shared.
Scipio Americanus: So much for my theory that Jörg is what you get in societies that limit firearms ownership.
Slovenian Guest: Best part: “You have to have a permit. I happen to have five of them! Because you can only get eight guns per license.” We have similar, even slightly more liberal gun laws here in Slovenia.
Isegoria: You know, medicine is not an exact science, but we are learning all the time.
Isegoria: It’s a hybrid airship because it’s not actually lighter than air. Just 80 percent of its lift comes from buoyancy; the rest comes from aerodynamic lift. This video explains (slightly) more.