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The 'easiest' to solve would be ISIS. The problem with ISIS is not military, but political and ideological. If the US seriously wanted to end ISIS it could be done within three months, including time to deploy forces to the region. Thee would be two problems with this though. One, the US government doesn't want to get mired back in the middle east. Two, the problem of Syria. We could easily remove them from Iraq and the Iraqis would be fine with that. But Syria...probably not. So basically we could force them to the border of Syria.

And all the players in the region, while they may want to defeat ISIS, have higher political priorities. Assad, Russia, and Iran's primary goal is to suppress the anti-Assad Syrian rebels. While ISIS is included with this, the other rebel factions have priority. The Kurds are probably the ones most interested in defeating ISIS, but every victory they have makes Turkey nervous. Turkey's primary goal is to keep the Kurds down. The Iraqis also want to defeat ISIS but their army is not really up to the task so they rely heavily on the kurds and Iranians. Meanwhile the Gulf States led by Saudi Arabia have an interest in keeping ISIS going to keep Iran, Syria, and Iraq distracted with fighting them.

ISIS survives because the Middle East is a political mess.

ISIS though is a symptom of a much larger issue: the issue of political Islam. This is a much larger and worldwide problem of Islam not respecting the Liberal West's view of a separation of church and state. To many Muslims there is no and should not be a separation between the sectarian and secular and they seek to impose their religious worldview on the secular west.


The next easiest would be solving world hunger. This one should be easy. There actually is, even accounting for first world food waste, be enough food on Earth to feed everyone. The problem is not material, but once again political. Through the social safety net, first world countries have largely ended hunger in their societies. There exists multiple programs for the underprivileged to get food in the United States and across the rest of the first world. People not taking advantage of these programs or not using them to their advantage notwithstanding.

Globally, famine exists because local politicians want it to exist. They are using food as a method of controlling their captive populations or have egregiously mishandled their own food production like in Venezuela. The solution is these leaders need to be removed and replaced by competent politicians that are not petty tyrants or corrupt kleptocrats.

Hunger exists because third world countries are a political mess.



Space travel is also with mankind's reach. There are experiments involving warp fields underway at the JPL in the United States and similar research across the world. If I could solve one problem this would be it. Because then I could leave this screwed up world behind.
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Defeating ISIL: I'd start by gathering the largest military force the world has ever seen made up of soldiers & mecha from every armed nation on Earth. Then I'd inform the civilians in the region that it's pretty much a join us or die situation. ISIL has the same offer but I could promise resources and an increased standard of living that ISIL could not once were victorious. We'd map out how we could divide up the areas so different sects and ethnic groups could establish their own independent nations so they could see the vision of the future I have. But I'd make it clear that those who do not join us will be decimated. Then I'd invade their areas with superior numbers and firepower and crush them. We wouldn't take prisoners. Once the enemy was no more, I'd keep my word and rebuild the nations. BUT...any aggression, attacks or terrorism on the part of any of these new nations against another nation will be met with equally swift and brutal action. If they have resources they don't have to fight over them. If they fight over ideology and ethnicity they'll quickly learn the world won't tolerate such behavior and the cost would be higher than the majority of their populace would want to pay. This would force the nations to police themselves or understand their most violent radicals would speak for their entire nation, and the world will not stand for such behavior.
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1. Solving world hunger for or at least minimizing it.

Riot the Rothschilds until they give us enough money.

2. Space travel, finding a proficient way to travel to distant stars, planets.. for colonization.

Well to be honest that isn't a problem yet.

3. The Eradication of ISIS.

Terrorize the terrorists.
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People that like space travel should check out the link from NASA I posted, pretty cool stuff about EM Drives.
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2 and 3 can be solved with cannibalism.
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Islamic State:

The entire claim to existence for ISIL is land occupation. If ISIL loses all the land it occupies then it would dissolve.

There's a way to eradicate ISIL land holdings in Iraq but not much of any way of doing so in Syria. The only way would be for Sunni Muslims in Syria and Shia Muslims in Iran to work together... Not sure if that could ever happen.

American involvement is a non-starter. It just furthers the "Crusader" argument and gives ISIL more recruits.
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

First of if by building a device on a base in space. something like a rail gun that can send you deep into space with much more speed than any known rocket we have at this time, Also have you ever heard of solar sails used to move in space. Kind of like how a sailboat catches wind. to move, solar sails catch the solar photon energy coming from stars and suns, and utilizes it to move forward.

Warning: incoming math/physics related babble:

Note, this was pornographically sloppy math with gratuitous rounding, but the point remains: Space is big. Really big. Really, really big. Stupidly big. Seriously, space, what the hell.

Oh, and using a railgun to send colonists to another galaxy would turn them into a Rorschach blot test.
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

First of if by building a device on a base in space. something like a rail gun that can send you deep into space with much more speed than any known rocket we have at this time, Also have you ever heard of solar sails used to move in space. Kind of like how a sailboat catches wind. to move, solar sails catch the solar photon energy coming from stars and suns, and utilizes it to move forward.

Warning: incoming math/physics related babble:

Note, this was pornographically sloppy math with gratuitous rounding, but the point remains: Space is big. Really big. Really, really big. Stupidly big. Seriously, space, what the hell.

Oh, and using a railgun to send colonists to another galaxy would turn them into a Rorschach blot test.

I just finished righting an entire explanation on how it would work that took some time, only to have my computer delete it just before posting. Fu^%. Instead I am not going to retype the entire thing again, I will only write the main factors. You seem good at math so assume you can understand what changes you have to do to your formulas. 1. The railgun is on a space station not on earth so G-force is not a factor.(allowing to reach greater speeds much quicker without affecting the passengers. 2. The computer onboard the shuttle controls the sails, not to be used to propel the object, but instead used to adjust the path in witch the shuttle is moving allowing shuttle changes to direction, course correction. 3, structural soundness of shuttle (shuttles outer shell will be shaped almost egg like, created from a titanium, Tungsten highbred created using explosion welding.) 4. Of course targets for colonization will be found before launch. After all we are already doing that, and found 138 or so possible earth like planets that can meet are needs. 5. you forgot to add in speed + time dilation into you factoring. 6. this is a one way trip so landing would be most likely a parachute style. Now with those factors feel free to readjust your numbers.
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End world hunger:

Educate the world that kelp, insects, bamboo, and many other quick growing and nutritious foods can actually sustain people.

If people still want to keep their heads in their asses... Simple, mix the DNA of quick growing fruits and vegetables with that of slower ones (via cross pollination). This will create faster growing crops. Added bonus people will freak out about GMO. You know, the same GMO's like the corn you eat anywhere in the world (corn used to not be yellow, or tasty). The act of artificially pollinating 2 different trees is GMO too.

People are just too ignorant when it comes to what a GMO actually is as well as the various sources of protein and iron that people don't use because they find it disgusting. I personally enjoy meal worms, kelp and bamboo sprouts.
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Dark_Alma wrote:

End world hunger:

Educate the world that kelp, insects, bamboo, and many other quick growing and nutritious foods can actually sustain people.

If people still want to keep their heads in their asses... Simple, mix the DNA of quick growing fruits and vegetables with that of slower ones (via cross pollination). This will create faster growing crops. Added bonus people will freak out about GMO. You know, the same GMO's like the corn you eat anywhere in the world (corn used to not be yellow, or tasty). The act of artificially pollinating 2 different trees is GMO too.

People are just too ignorant when it comes to what a GMO actually is as well as the various sources of protein and iron that people don't use because they find it disgusting. I personally enjoy meal worms, kelp and bamboo sprouts.


'add in for meat lovers.... It is also possible to grow meat in labs, with no need for farming animals. So you can have healthy meat, not subjected to outer possibilities of being tainted grown right in a lab. no animals harmed, no life taken.. so yes we can have a healthy diet and live well and abundant and same time cure world hunger. Never happen though, food is one way governments control their people.
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


Dark_Alma wrote:

End world hunger:

Educate the world that kelp, insects, bamboo, and many other quick growing and nutritious foods can actually sustain people.

If people still want to keep their heads in their asses... Simple, mix the DNA of quick growing fruits and vegetables with that of slower ones (via cross pollination). This will create faster growing crops. Added bonus people will freak out about GMO. You know, the same GMO's like the corn you eat anywhere in the world (corn used to not be yellow, or tasty). The act of artificially pollinating 2 different trees is GMO too.

People are just too ignorant when it comes to what a GMO actually is as well as the various sources of protein and iron that people don't use because they find it disgusting. I personally enjoy meal worms, kelp and bamboo sprouts.


'add in for meat lovers.... It is also possible to grow meat in labs, with no need for farming animals. So you can have healthy meat, not subjected to outer possibilities of being tainted grown right in a lab. no animals harmed, no life taken.. so yes we can have a healthy diet and live well and abundant and same time cure world hunger. Never happen though, food is one way governments control their people.


Not sure where you are from but Americans themselves are the gatekeeper on foods. GMO's, Kelp, Insects etc (Ewwwww). Americans are the pansies that wont eat this stuff, it isn't that the government tells them not to.
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1. world hunger. even if you teach people how to grow food and give them supplies and equipment to grow, it won't work. Something will break, they won't know how to fix it, then they just ask for more. Happens allllll the time. So, create virus that kills off 80% of the population. solved!

2. until we make warp tech, folded space, or hyper drives, this isn't going to be a reality.

3. see one, probably solves a lot. no, isis isn't killing everyone else because of food. They do it because everyone else doesn't believe in their religion. This could backfire as there would still be a considerable number left, and likely little defense to counter them at this point, and likely they would praise allah for the virus and become more radicalized, Having all but the leaders synchronize a suicide bombing at what is left of major population targets in the world., Potentially killing a few more million people....but the leaders survive to slowly grow the following again. It won't end!
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Sir_jamesalot wrote:

2 and 3 can be solved with cannibalism.


I contend that problem 1 can also be solved with cannibalism.
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

You seem good at math so assume you can understand what changes you have to do to your formulas. 1. The railgun is on a space station not on earth so G-force is not a factor.(allowing to reach greater speeds much quicker without affecting the passengers. 2. The computer onboard the shuttle controls the sails, not to be used to propel the object, but instead used to adjust the path in witch the shuttle is moving allowing shuttle changes to direction, course correction. 3, structural soundness of shuttle (shuttles outer shell will be shaped almost egg like, created from a titanium, Tungsten highbred created using explosion welding.) 4. Of course targets for colonization will be found before launch. After all we are already doing that, and found 138 or so possible earth like planets that can meet are needs. 5. you forgot to add in speed + time dilation into you factoring. 6. this is a one way trip so landing would be most likely a parachute style. Now with those factors feel free to readjust your numbers.


iriomote seems to know what he's talking about. All of these points (except the relativity one) are basically irrelevant to the calculations - and the part in red is complete nonsense: Newton's second law says that force equals mass times acceleration. Gravity is not necessary for acceleration. If you're being accelerated by a railgun, that's acceleration, and you're going to experience a force (crushing you). Whether or not you're in space has nothing to do with it.

Now, if iriomote did indeed forget the relativistic correction - which we don't even know - it wouldn't change things much: at 8.5% of the speed of light, you'd multiply the distances by about 0.97 - and hence the necessary time by 0.97. I don't remember the correction during acceleration off the top of my head, though.

For the other questions, I think I agree with Ravenstein's opinion. I should also say that EM drives are nonsense, because they violate conservation of momentum.
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


iriomote wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

First of if by building a device on a base in space. something like a rail gun that can send you deep into space with much more speed than any known rocket we have at this time, Also have you ever heard of solar sails used to move in space. Kind of like how a sailboat catches wind. to move, solar sails catch the solar photon energy coming from stars and suns, and utilizes it to move forward.

Warning: incoming math/physics related babble:

Note, this was pornographically sloppy math with gratuitous rounding, but the point remains: Space is big. Really big. Really, really big. Stupidly big. Seriously, space, what the hell.

Oh, and using a railgun to send colonists to another galaxy would turn them into a Rorschach blot test.

I just finished righting an entire explanation on how it would work that took some time, only to have my computer delete it just before posting. Fu^%. Instead I am not going to retype the entire thing again, I will only write the main factors. You seem good at math so assume you can understand what changes you have to do to your formulas. 1. The railgun is on a space station not on earth so G-force is not a factor.(allowing to reach greater speeds much quicker without affecting the passengers. 2. The computer onboard the shuttle controls the sails, not to be used to propel the object, but instead used to adjust the path in witch the shuttle is moving allowing shuttle changes to direction, course correction. 3, structural soundness of shuttle (shuttles outer shell will be shaped almost egg like, created from a titanium, Tungsten highbred created using explosion welding.) 4. Of course targets for colonization will be found before launch. After all we are already doing that, and found 138 or so possible earth like planets that can meet are needs. 5. you forgot to add in speed + time dilation into you factoring. 6. this is a one way trip so landing would be most likely a parachute style. Now with those factors feel free to readjust your numbers.


G-Force is a measurement of acceleration, to be more precise 1G = the Acceleration of Gravity acting on a body on Earth at Sea Level, or 9.8M/s/s so being launched from a railgun that would accelerate you to even 1% of the speed of light in a few seconds would end up with you resembling a puddle of vomit. A more feasible propulsion system is an EM Drive (See page 1 of thread, I posted a link to NASA about it) since you would just need a power source, say a nuclear reactor, and you would be able to constantly accelerate at a safe G force. The advantage is since no propellant is required you can keep the spacecraft relatively small, heck, even with conventional rockets it is impossible to reach even a small fraction of the speed of light due to the mass of the propellant needed. Another benefit is with a constant easy acceleration of say, .7G you would be simulating gravity for the passengers of the spacecraft and preventing the longterm side effects of living in space. Weightlessness very bad for a human body.
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