RRP, as a Russian, I'm telling you right now, Russia is a broken country, barely a shadow of it's former USSR 'menace' or capability.
They barely have enough money to keep their own industry, which is good 20 years behind the world, afloat. The population is in a near-revolt state. Most everyone's absolutely fed up with the corruption and dismal living conditions, lack of future for the children. The only thing that keeps people down is the chap (i'm not kidding you) bread and alcohol prices. And now that world oil/gas demand sky-rocketed, Russians have a few other gadgets to waste their life running after.
They're not digging or practicing or doing anything that's threatening to anyone. That country is in economic, cultural, societal, military, educational, and every other type of shambles one can think of.
Here's the real Russian Army. http://imgur.com/a/TNfTc
Consider for yourself how threatening this is. Posted: March 25th, 2013 @ 3:39PM
And I will double-agree with you, Nate, on the shooting up innocent people. However, this whole imminent threat does just that, Nate; it seems to let cops to use lethal force when they have a reasonable certainty they're shooting at a perpetrator. I'm sure those cops were 100% they were shooting Dorner and not the two Ladies before they pulled their guns out.
As for me, I just think they were cowards, hiding behind badges and guns. Posted: February 14th, 2013 @ 12:09PM
There's the due process that the law enforcement must abide by. Unless, of course, it's LAPD, where they decide to dish out 'justice' the old-school style. I have no sympathy for murderers of the innocent, but even those folk must be TRIED and CONVICTED, and sentences before execution. This was vigilante justice that those cops administered.
Also, remember that there was no 100% evidence that it was Dorner inside that cabin or that he hadn't had anyone with him. I'm almost rooting for Dorner to show up somewhere else to teach those bone-head idiots to check before shooting (and definitely before burning). It's been a day since the stand-off, and they still can't give us the guarantee. Posted: February 14th, 2013 @ 10:13AM
Nate, I wasn't very impressed w/ Utah when I first moved in, but as it turned out, I just lived in a crappy city. Once I moved to Salt Lake and got to travel around the state for my job I absolutely fell in love with the place.
We got lakes, tons of mountains, salt flats, tons of national and state parks that are actually worth spending time in. There's LOTS of outdoors stuff to do: hiking, biking, skiing, anything water related, or anything that involves parachutes.
Also, this is the state that was hit the least by the economy struggles and it's super cheap to live here.
I honestly think it's best kept secret in the US! Lots of mormons in Utah is actually a good thing: it would've been overrun a long time ago. Posted: February 8th, 2013 @ 1:00PM
I'm sure glad I didn't take the job in LA when I had a chance. $40K in Utah ended up being virtually identical to almost $70K in L.A. with the cost of living. And that was w/out counting up all the taxes.