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(ABC)   Politicians meeting with Egypt's president on Monday proposed hostile acts against Ethiopia to stop it from building a massive dam on the Nile River upstream. Some of the politicians appeared unaware that the meeting was being carried live on TV   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 183
    More: Fail, Nile River, Ethiopia, Egypt, hydroelectric plant, Morsi, dams, cubic metres  
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2013-06-04 10:12:51 AM  
If only CSPAN were so entertaining.
 
2013-06-04 10:22:36 AM  
That's not terribly surprising. If Canada were to dam up the Rio Grande, the US would probably consider action.
 
2013-06-04 10:23:33 AM  
Err. The Mississippi.
 
2013-06-04 10:24:17 AM  

Aarontology: That's not terribly surprising. If Canada were to dam up the Rio Grande, the US would probably consider action.


Um....

www.eoearth.org

But that's alright:  it wasn't over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, either.
 
2013-06-04 10:24:31 AM  

Aarontology: Err. The Mississippi.


That one doesn't go through Canada either.
 
2013-06-04 10:25:20 AM  
De Nile USED to be a river in Egypt.
 
2013-06-04 10:25:29 AM  

wxboy: Aarontology: Err. The Mississippi.

That one doesn't go through Canada either.


Doesn't the basin start just over the border?
 
2013-06-04 10:26:09 AM  

wxboy: Aarontology: Err. The Mississippi.

That one doesn't go through Canada either.


Dammed if you do, and dammed if you don't
 
2013-06-04 10:26:12 AM  

Aarontology: Err. The Mississippi.


COLORADO!
 
2013-06-04 10:26:47 AM  
godammitsomuch.
 
2013-06-04 10:27:17 AM  

Aarontology: wxboy: Aarontology: Err. The Mississippi.

That one doesn't go through Canada either.

Doesn't the basin start just over the border?


Not enough that anything Canada could do would be worth a military response.
 
2013-06-04 10:27:44 AM  
You mean the Muslim Brotherhood (spiritual fathers of modern Terrorism) are not adverse to using terrorism when convenient? I'm shocked.
 
2013-06-04 10:28:41 AM  

Aarontology: wxboy: Aarontology: Err. The Mississippi.

That one doesn't go through Canada either.

Doesn't the basin start just over the border?


It's time to stop posting in this thread, my friend.
 
2013-06-04 10:29:07 AM  

wxboy: Not enough that anything Canada could do would be worth a military response.


No but you see, if some government does something or threatens to do something stupid or evil, it is mandated by fark that within the first five replies someone mentions that America would do just the same.

It's in the Terms of Service.
 
2013-06-04 10:34:21 AM  

Tatsuma: You mean the Muslim Brotherhood (spiritual fathers of modern Terrorism) are not adverse to using terrorism when convenient? I'm shocked.


Tat's on this one even I have to call you out, Israel has threatened actions against dam projects in Syria before. Water rights are/is the next big issue. Clean water is not easy to come by without restoring to nuclear power. I cannot blame Egypt for being worried but hope they and Ethiopia reach a compromise
 
2013-06-04 10:35:12 AM  
So they're going to tear down the Aswan then?  After all, it IS downstream from Ethiopia.

/people are nuts
 
2013-06-04 10:35:59 AM  

Aarontology: Damming a major river that is central to a nation's agriculture is a relatively valid reason for military action since it represents a very real threat to the security of said nation. Any nation would consider it.


So like I said, the Aswan has to go then?
 
2013-06-04 10:36:49 AM  

Tatsuma: No way America would ever consider actual military strikes against Canada over a dam.


If it meant a significant risk to Midwest farming, we sure as hell would.
 
2013-06-04 10:37:54 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Aarontology: Damming a major river that is central to a nation's agriculture is a relatively valid reason for military action since it represents a very real threat to the security of said nation. Any nation would consider it.

So like I said, the Aswan has to go then?


The Aswan was built in order to better control the ebbs and flows of the Nile flooding.
 
2013-06-04 10:39:07 AM  

zedster: Tat's on this one even I have to call you out, Israel has threatened actions against dam projects in Syria before. Water rights are/is the next big issue. Clean water is not easy to come by without restoring to nuclear power. I cannot blame Egypt for being worried but hope they and Ethiopia reach a compromise


Two major differences here:

1) These guys wanted to use rebels and terrorist groups (or intelligence officers posing as terrorists) rather than do open military strikes.

2) In 1967, Israel did strike a dam in Syria in order to stop them from carrying their project. However the situation was completely different: The Headwater Diversion Plan was not meant to create a hydro dam that would power Syria without diminishing the water that would flow into Israel, as the current Dam in Ethiopia is going to. Experts everywhere said that there would be no difference for Egypt. The Headwater Diversion Plan of the Arab League was to literally stop all water flowing into Israel, in order to dry the Galil and prevent us from having water period.

Surely you can appreciate those two differences.
 
2013-06-04 10:39:48 AM  

Aarontology: If it meant a significant risk to Midwest farming, we sure as hell would.


I really like you. I have you favorited with my 'Cool guy' color.

Please stop digging.
 
2013-06-04 10:40:59 AM  
Egypt being concerned about their access to water is somehow bad because Muslims.
 
2013-06-04 10:41:51 AM  

Aarontology: Marcus Aurelius: Aarontology: Damming a major river that is central to a nation's agriculture is a relatively valid reason for military action since it represents a very real threat to the security of said nation. Any nation would consider it.

So like I said, the Aswan has to go then?

The Aswan was built in order to better control the ebbs and flows of the Nile flooding.


So what?  The purpose is immaterial.  The dam is there, and it's downstream from Ethiopia.  They can use the Aswan water to make sure the northern Nile levels are maintained properly.  Nothing the Ethiopians do will change that.
 
2013-06-04 10:42:05 AM  

James!: Egypt being concerned about their access to water is somehow bad because Muslims.


No, what's funny is that they said openly on television that they might resort to terrorism to stop it until they realized it was live then said 'Uh kidding guys we'd never do that'.
 
2013-06-04 10:43:11 AM  
This is bad news...for the Lost Tribe.
 
2013-06-04 10:45:55 AM  
♫  Hawk like an Egyptian.. ♫
 
2013-06-04 10:46:09 AM  

Tatsuma: James!: Egypt being concerned about their access to water is somehow bad because Muslims.

No, what's funny is that they said openly on television that they might resort to terrorism to stop it until they realized it was live then said 'Uh kidding guys we'd never do that'.


Some politicians in the room suggested open action.  As an American I'm quite used to random politicians making asshole threats that are never seriously considered by the government.  John McCain's "Bomb, bomb Iran" springs to mind.
 
2013-06-04 10:47:55 AM  

James!: As an American I'm quite used to random politicians making asshole threats that are never seriously considered by the government.


Yes an Egyptian minister of an far-right Islamist party saying 'I got contacts with the Ethiopian rebels, I can get them to start shiat up until Ethiopia desists' is the same as John McCain singing a song. Exactly the same thing.
 
2013-06-04 10:49:03 AM  

Tatsuma: James!: As an American I'm quite used to random politicians making asshole threats that are never seriously considered by the government.

Yes an Egyptian minister of an far-right Islamist party saying 'I got contacts with the Ethiopian rebels, I can get them to start shiat up until Ethiopia desists' is the same as John McCain singing a song. Exactly the same thing.


Fine, wet your pants.  I really don't care.
 
2013-06-04 10:50:20 AM  

James!: Fine, wet your pants. I really don't care.


So you don't really care, you're just concerned people will misinterpret this?
 
2013-06-04 10:51:41 AM  

Aarontology: That's not terribly surprising. If Canada were to dam up the Rio Grande, the US would probably consider action.


Well, if they do, I suggest we drop hundreds of alligators in the waters off their capital, Toronto.
 
2013-06-04 10:51:46 AM  
Are we sure they know that a TV is?
 
2013-06-04 10:53:12 AM  

Tatsuma: James!: Fine, wet your pants. I really don't care.

So you don't really care, you're just concerned people will misinterpret this?


You can go apoplectic all day about the Muslim brotherhood's dastardly plans in Ethiopia and it won't effect them or me or anyone but you.  So what benefit is there for me to argue with you about it?
 
2013-06-04 10:55:28 AM  

James!: Egypt being concerned about their access to water is somehow bad because Muslims.


Aren't they on the Medeterranean?  Let them drink saltwater!!!
 
2013-06-04 10:57:10 AM  

I_C_Weener: James!: Egypt being concerned about their access to water is somehow bad because Muslims.

Aren't they on the Medeterranean?  Let them drink saltwater!!!


Silly Penis, they would die.

Although, technology to convert seawater into drinkable water would be quite valuable in the region.  Egypt could use this as an opportunity to fund that kind of research and become a front-runner in the field.
 
2013-06-04 10:57:37 AM  

James!: Tatsuma: James!: Fine, wet your pants. I really don't care.

So you don't really care, you're just concerned people will misinterpret this?

You can go apoplectic all day about the Muslim brotherhood's dastardly plans in Ethiopia and it won't effect them or me or anyone but you.  So what benefit is there for me to argue with you about it?


What if I told you that by arguing with him, you'd be entered into a raffle to possibly win a 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman?
 
2013-06-04 10:58:05 AM  

I_C_Weener: Aarontology: That's not terribly surprising. If Canada were to dam up the Rio Grande, the US would probably consider action.

Well, if they do, I suggest we drop hundreds of alligators in the waters off their capital, Toronto.


Oh please, the squirrels in Queen's Park could take out an alligator easily.
 
2013-06-04 10:58:57 AM  

sigdiamond2000: James!: Tatsuma: James!: Fine, wet your pants. I really don't care.

So you don't really care, you're just concerned people will misinterpret this?

You can go apoplectic all day about the Muslim brotherhood's dastardly plans in Ethiopia and it won't effect them or me or anyone but you.  So what benefit is there for me to argue with you about it?

What if I told you that by arguing with him, you'd be entered into a raffle to possibly win a 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman?


I don't really need a car.
 
2013-06-04 11:00:43 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: I_C_Weener: Aarontology: That's not terribly surprising. If Canada were to dam up the Rio Grande, the US would probably consider action.

Well, if they do, I suggest we drop hundreds of alligators in the waters off their capital, Toronto.

Oh please, the squirrels in Queen's Park could take out an alligator easily.


We shall instigate violence by funding your Quebecois cheeseeaters!!!  There will be polite finger wagging in the streets of Montreal!!!!
 
2013-06-04 11:01:03 AM  

James!: So what benefit is there for me to argue with you about it?


Get full value on the 5 bucks a month you spend on this website?

Really I'm asking because I'm in the same boat....
 
2013-06-04 11:01:20 AM  

James!: Although, technology to convert seawater into drinkable water would be quite valuable in the region. Egypt could use this as an opportunity to fund that kind of research and become a front-runner in the field.


Yeah a bit too late for that.

Israel leads way in making saltwater potable
31 Jan 2013

We're already busy making it a reality and getting ready to export the technology worldwide so everyone can benefit from it.
 
2013-06-04 11:02:29 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Really I'm asking because I'm in the same boat....


So you don't want a car either? Unless you live in Venice, it seems like that's kind of a crazy alternative frankly.
 
2013-06-04 11:03:03 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: James!: So what benefit is there for me to argue with you about it?

Get full value on the 5 bucks a month you spend on this website?

Really I'm asking because I'm in the same boat....


I'm hear to make jokes and call Subby names.
 
2013-06-04 11:03:25 AM  

James!: sigdiamond2000: James!: Tatsuma: James!: Fine, wet your pants. I really don't care.

So you don't really care, you're just concerned people will misinterpret this?

You can go apoplectic all day about the Muslim brotherhood's dastardly plans in Ethiopia and it won't effect them or me or anyone but you.  So what benefit is there for me to argue with you about it?

What if I told you that by arguing with him, you'd be entered into a raffle to possibly win a 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman?

I don't really need a car.


This man is made of stone.
 
2013-06-04 11:06:19 AM  
I'm also here to grammer and speel gud.
 
2013-06-04 11:08:48 AM  

wxboy: Aarontology: wxboy: Aarontology: Err. The Mississippi.

That one doesn't go through Canada either.

Doesn't the basin start just over the border?

Not enough that anything Canada could do would be worth a military response.


The Mississippi starts in Minnesota folks.
 
2013-06-04 11:09:44 AM  
I_C_Weener: God Is My Co-Pirate: I_C_Weener: Aarontology: That's not terribly surprising. If Canada were to dam up the Rio Grande, the US would probably consider action.

Well, if they do, I suggest we drop hundreds of alligators in the waters off their capital, Toronto.

Oh please, the squirrels in Queen's Park could take out an alligator easily.

We shall instigate violence by funding your Quebecois cheeseeaters!!!  There will be polite finger wagging chain smoking whores in the streets of Montreal!!!!


It's a great city.

You know, I've never understood "cheese-eating" as an insult. Who doesn't like cheese?  Vegans, that's who. Are you saying you're a vegan?
 
2013-06-04 11:10:26 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: You know, I've never understood "cheese-eating" as an insult. Who doesn't like cheese? Vegans, that's who. Are you saying you're a vegan?


I was a vegan and cheese broke me. Now I'm a vegan except for cheese.
 
2013-06-04 11:11:21 AM  

Aarontology: wxboy: Aarontology: Err. The Mississippi.

That one doesn't go through Canada either.

Doesn't the basin start just over the border?


BUY A DAMN MAP.
 
2013-06-04 11:11:32 AM  

Aarontology: That's not terribly surprising. If Canada were to dam up the Rio Grande, the US would probably consider action.


You'd have been much, much better served to pass this off as a "Germans bombed Pearl Harbor" deliberate snerk.

Instead.... BWAHAHAHAHAHA

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