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by kiklion
Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 12482

Re: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaught

And it would make sense for insurance to cover it, if the process is cheaper than covering the babies/mothers health issues.
by kiklion
Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lugo impeached, forced from office
Replies: 5
Views: 2083

Re: Lugo impeached, forced from office

Assuming their system works similar to america's, since the VP is still the same party as the president, they should still be able to appoint a new person to VP and continue their proceedings. I wouldn't view it as a coup then, as unless they can impeach every person in the chain of inheritance at t...
by kiklion
Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 73616

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

You were wrong. You created a strawman by using the wrong definition of the word 'owe'. OTOH, you were right when you said we've wasted more than enough of our lives on this banality. You communicated poorly, this is no ones problem but your own. When you use a rare, incorrect, and meaningless defi...
by kiklion
Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Purdue employees take on the Mushroom Kingdom for charity
Replies: 8
Views: 2186

Re: Purdue employees take on the Mushroom Kingdom for charit

Ruled still a double post. Poster should be given 1000 lashes. Off topic but related to the previously mentioned 'Video Game Bar', starcraft has had some success with BarCraft. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCraft Essentially, convince bar owners to purchase a viewer pass to some event and to displ...
by kiklion
Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 12482

Re: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaught

As others have said, I don't like the choice of words used in some places. Namely asking why someone can not 'have it all'. Because you are simply limited to the same hours everyone else has for the week. Anyone who was promised that they could 'have it all' and believed it, I quite frankly don't kn...
by kiklion
Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 30343

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

Our argument is that cheap sugar A is bad for consumption, why would we look at what would happen if sugar B got cheaper? That won't help at all with the obesity epidemic. Clearly, you're in bed with Brazil's Big Sugar. Oh, sure, you could take a tangential conversation and apply it directly to the...
by kiklion
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 30343

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

As for the ban itself, I find it horrible. First off it is incredibly easy to circumvent. Grab food from place A and buy a 20 ounce from a deli, or just get a refill, or buy 2 etc. In this regard I feel the ban is unenforceable and a waste of time. Getting a refill or buying two is not circumventin...
by kiklion
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic
Replies: 70
Views: 7690

Re: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic

I might be reading this wrong, this is only an issue for a select few people. This is only for people who wish to dual boot windows 8 and another OS? I would wager almost all people who use an OS other than windows or iOS, build their own computers so they wouldn't be affected, right?
by kiklion
Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 30343

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

And now for something completely different than tyranny... http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_nutrition/thank_you_for_guzzling_corn_syrup T-Nation is a site dedicated to bodybuilding/powerlifting and general fitness. While there is an artistic flair in their...
by kiklion
Fri May 25, 2012 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Public Funds Meant For Needy, Diverted to Private Schools
Replies: 25
Views: 4579

Re: Public Funds Meant For Needy, Diverted to Private School

Guys, the issue in the OP isn't over school choice, the article pretty much takes school choice as a given. The issue is over a particular method of granting "scholarships" funded in part by taxpayers that makes an end-run around certain restrictions on public money by.. and oh can we...
by kiklion
Wed May 23, 2012 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quebec Student Protests
Replies: 46
Views: 8108

Re: Quebec Student Protests

Yes, I ignored those two as I assumed canada would have a similar item. SS, Medicare, Unemployment and I think there is one other, but this only further strengthens the point that canada taxes aren't significantly above the US's if Canada does not have them. They may even be lower.
by kiklion
Wed May 23, 2012 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quebec Student Protests
Replies: 46
Views: 8108

Re: Quebec Student Protests

I think he's mostly talking about income tax. The highest income tax bracket in Ontario is 49.5%. I don't think any state / federal income taxes come close to that, with the bush era tax cuts in effect. I think your numbers are wrong, or this site is out of date. http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/...
by kiklion
Wed May 23, 2012 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quebec Student Protests
Replies: 46
Views: 8108

Re: Quebec Student Protests

However as an American I can't help but feel... I dunno, part jealous of you Canadians and Englishmen (since the English were rioting over this .. last year I think), part indignant I suppose for lack of a better word, that you've got these tuition prices that are post-price-inflation still half wh...
by kiklion
Tue May 22, 2012 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Public Funds Meant For Needy, Diverted to Private Schools
Replies: 25
Views: 4579

Re: Public Funds Meant For Needy, Diverted to Private School

[deleted] I misread it. I may be understanding this wrong, but it seems that the goal was to help struggling parents afford private schools. It's billed as a private school scholarship program, and it's supposed to "give poor children the same education choices as the wealthy." Obviously t...
by kiklion
Mon May 14, 2012 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gun Owners Outraged Over Imaginary Gun Ban
Replies: 78
Views: 11329

Re: Gun Owners Outraged Over Imaginary Gun Ban

ryebread, I generally don't consider "It's strange, I don't understand it and it scares me" to be sufficient justification for banning things, though. It generally indicates a problem or flaw in the person rather than the thing they can't understand. I mean, at least you a...
by kiklion
Thu May 10, 2012 11:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.
Replies: 92
Views: 12814

Re: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.

Either way, unless the government requires companies to use these credit rating agencies (do they?), the only problem seems to be that they bailed out anyone. AIG went under because they made mistakes. Investor's should have lost loads of money for mistakenly believing the credit rating agencies and...
by kiklion
Wed May 09, 2012 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.
Replies: 92
Views: 12814

Re: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.

They had a financial adviser firm, that firm may have been considered a 'sophisticated investor'. If i gave a firm that is a 'sophisticated investor' all of my money and told them to do what they think is best with it, they would be able to engage in transactions that were limited to only sophistic...
by kiklion
Wed May 09, 2012 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.
Replies: 92
Views: 12814

Re: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.

These deals were routinely made between the investment banks and individuals and organizations that had no direct connection to the finance industry. Right, I understand that. Like I said I think the government absolved itself from the sophisticated investor rules. I'm not sure about the specifics ...
by kiklion
Wed May 09, 2012 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.
Replies: 92
Views: 12814

Re: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.

Yes, it seems that becoming a 'sophisticated investor' should be a more regulated event. Perhaps a special license and test. While I am loathe to tell people they cannot spend their money on X under any circumstance, I feel most would agree if they could spend it on X as long as they took this test...
by kiklion
Wed May 09, 2012 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.
Replies: 92
Views: 12814

Re: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.

Yes, it seems that becoming a 'sophisticated investor' should be a more regulated event. Perhaps a special license and test. While I am loathe to tell people they cannot spend their money on X under any circumstance, I feel most would agree if they could spend it on X as long as they took this test ...
by kiklion
Wed May 09, 2012 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.
Replies: 92
Views: 12814

Re: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.

This is nonsense. The ratings agencies didn't buy and sell or insure derivatives, they rated them. AIG didn't believe nearly as many would fail, if they did they wouldn't have sold as much for the prices they did. No one at these institutions believed this was going to happen, much less know. Your ...
by kiklion
Wed May 09, 2012 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.
Replies: 92
Views: 12814

Re: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.

iamspen wrote:They say so in the Frontline piece linked above.


Ok I will need to watch it when I get home.
by kiklion
Wed May 09, 2012 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.
Replies: 92
Views: 12814

Re: Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street.

Dauric do you have any sources of nuns that purchased a CDO? I feel they would have a very good case against the seller by proving they were not a sophisticated investor and should not have been sold to. Just as we punish the seller of a firearm to one who is not licensed, or the seller of alcohol t...
by kiklion
Thu May 03, 2012 11:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ExxonMobil:Private Empire
Replies: 53
Views: 6030

Re: ExxonMobil:Private Empire

“Presidents come and go; Exxon doesn’t come and go.” - Former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond, capturing in a nutshell why we need to drastically reduce corporate power and influence. On the heels of the big fat thread Ayn Rand thread inspired by strip 1049, here's a piece about one of the biggest, most...
by kiklion
Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 290708

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Kind of on topic, anyone know where in New York I could go to vote in the primaries? The school is usually used for federal elections but I am not sure if it would also be used for the private primaries. Actually, none of the 12 people in our house are positive where it would be.
by kiklion
Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 290708

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

the Ronpaul may have just picked up 14 delegates in Iowa , giving him the majority of delegates from that state (despite coming in third) as well. According to http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6a360905cf984c2faa684b47a2828c3d/IA--Iowa-GOP-Conventions/ which I am not sure about how reliable it ...
by kiklion
Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 290708

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/04/23/ron_paul_wins_minnesota_delegates_by_a_landslide.html So the Ronpaul ends up winning the majority of Minnesota's delegates after losing the popular vote. Still not going to be enough to get him to win, but its surprising to see his rhetoric about using d...
by kiklion
Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 48414

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school in Quantico, Va. to wom

In US prisons, around 30% of prisoners report being raped. That's not a good reason to stop sending people to prison. Perhaps not, but certainly I feel the US government is liable. Forcing people into essentially an unsafe environment is just not acceptable. Corollary? I could see people arguing th...
by kiklion
Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 35229

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

No Child left behind -> Punished those who are worse off (the students), by making them more worse off (by withdrawing funds the school needs to help them), as an attempt to make everyone better off. Current proposal -> Punish those who are worse off (the children of poor mothers with poor judgemen...
by kiklion
Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 35229

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

Are you assuming additive utility? No. When someone answers the question "many people alive at low standard of living" or "few people alive at high standard of living", typically they do so based on the question of "low standard of living" vs. "high standard of li...
by kiklion
Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 35229

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

maybeagnostic, I can't speak for others, so, despite the fact that I have lived in and enjoy living in the city, it's simply... not worth it. A 2 hour daily commute (two way, walking and subway for me) just... really isn't that bad - it forces me to spend a portion of the day ou...
by kiklion
Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15108
Views: 2521910

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Yeah, but if the government say, intended the loan thing to make it easier for poor/middle class people doing start-up companies, and the rich people don't really care if they take out the loan or not but are doing it solely for the purpose of getting the tax break, don't you see a differen...
by kiklion
Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CISPA: Worse Than SOPA.
Replies: 93
Views: 96979

Re: CISPA: Worse Than SOPA.

Why wouldn't companies like Facebook love this bill? It removes any liabilities from them for sharing information with the government. It gives more power to those companies while lowering their legal (and through that, financial) risks. What is there for them to not like about it from a business s...
by kiklion
Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obsession over grades is killing American Education
Replies: 188
Views: 24008

Re: Obsession over grades is killing American Education

That's because the world is elitist. Yes, I'm painfully aware. If you embrace that as a goal, good luck to you. But how is it an illusion? If you doñ't know what to do anjd take a dead-end job, you also end up without marketable skills, but then without a degree. Which is not an enviable situation,...
by kiklion
Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 71900

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Part of the problem is that that $100 cost to the insurer comes as the result of heavy negotiation that brought the sticker price down from $150. Maybe what we really need is a law requiring providers to charge private and commercial buyers the same amount. (Of course, that would be irrelevant if w...
by kiklion
Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 71900

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Again, I'd gladly pay a couple more bucks a month to medicare/medicaid taxes if I knew I could count on there being a system present for when I start down the long, slippery slope toward death. Assuming you are a millenial, Social Security is going to collapse looong before we see one red cent of i...
by kiklion
Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obsession over grades is killing American Education
Replies: 188
Views: 24008

Re: Obsession over grades is killing American Education

Problem is that college has become "that thing you do after high-school" like "High school is that thing you do after Junior High" and "Junior High is that thing you do after Elementary school", "elementary school...pre-school", etc. etc. etc. It's not really...
by kiklion
Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 71900

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Sure, if you've got the money and you're single and don't do anything all that interesting (or are just rich) then going without insurance is pretty viable. If you're married and have a small child who is in daycare, you want/need insurance (little kids get sick almost all the time). If you want to...
by kiklion
Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 128112

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

I'm kind of worried that he's gone to trial basically because of public outcry. The idea that the public can demand that somebody go to trial regardless of what the prosecutors think at the whims of the populace bothers me. Criminal justice shouldn't be subject to the majority rule of the populace ...

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