I spent a month in Italy, during the G8 Conference protests (I stayed outside Genoa at the time).
I find Italians very nice and cheery. The countryside was beautiful. However, damn Genoa felt like a warzone. Very riotous. The policemen, throughout the country, carry small semi-automatic Uzi lookalikes. In Venice, you’d find squads of policemen with these, some even sporting bigger weapons.
I saw a documentation on the Genoa G8 summit… and the protest…
There was one (!) group, that said it would use violence. And only against things that are “capitalistic”… Still, other groups were treated the same, medical doctors were beaten up, one demonstator shot by the police, at least one journalist beaten into coma with his lung punctured (he spent several month in hospital after that). Peaceful groups of demonstrators attacked by the police before they reached the place that the government actually allowed them to go!..
“Also there may be life in ways that we do not understand it . . . using non-organic metabolites and structures, with/out systems of respiration reproduction etc. different then we’d imagine. I’m not too sure about the little green men concept, but i do wonder if there were aliens, what they would be made of, look like, and would they bear any resemblance to life around here to an extent that we would even recognise it as life?”
CC is hitting on something important here. There’s a whole other universe out there and what we know as the basic building blocks of life could be radically altered somewhere else. I guess the question is that if we encounter such a thing, can be classify it as alive? Time will tell. I think what CC, was referring to about viruses being machines was no so much in a metaphorical sense (as animals being machines), but in the fact that viruses are unable to replicate without a host cell, and therefore are typically not considered living organisms.
For the 12 IPCs just for germany: That means that Leningrad falls in G1 (building a second TRN in the baltic).
Is it worth it tho? Russia can retake it pretty easily, before Germany has any chance of reinforcing Leningrad.
Well, it puts severe pressure on them, if you take the other baltic countries as well. The allies won’t send in fighters en masse, and even if russia starts to concentrate on the north, they have to do it on costs of the precious south (which also means that usually the middle east falls quickly).