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by Alexius
Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131994

Re: Obscure Language Game

Wón je so na wčerawšim zeńdźenju hłowneho wuběrka w Podstupimje wobdźělił a naroki rady, zwjazane z nowelěrowanjom, rozłožił. W běhu zeńdźenja sej wón wuwědomi, zo njeje dźewjeć čłonow wuběrka zasadnje wo mjeńšinowych prawach w Europje wobhonjenych. Tak skedźbni jich na Europsku chartu regionalnych...
by Alexius
Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 242505

Re: Citizen's Wage

The CW does not assume economic growth at any point. It only assumes tax income (which is what actually ends up funding it). Even in a zero-growth economy, there will be tax income and money will be passed around and the CW can still function in that system. I disagree. If it can work than it shoul...
by Alexius
Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 242505

Re: Citizen's Wage

The issue is not about who chooses to work and who chooses not to. There are something like three and a half billion working age people alive in the world right now, and about one and a half billion paying jobs. There simply aren't enough paying jobs to go around. Ramping up production to employ th...
by Alexius
Fri May 31, 2013 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 242505

Re: Citizen's Wage

Derek wrote:Also known as a negative income tax. It's actually a pretty good idea, at least as welfare programs go.

I think negative income tax and citizen's wage are slightly different things. The effects of both are very similar, though.
by Alexius
Fri May 31, 2013 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 242505

Citizen's Wage

A citizen's wage is a system where the government gives every citizen a sum of money that is sufficient to live on, regardless of their other income or whether they have worked, are seeking work, etc. This sum is roughly equivalent to what someone in receipt of full unemployment benefit (plus relate...
by Alexius
Fri May 31, 2013 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131994

Re: Obscure Language Game

eSOANEM wrote:IIRC Slovene is sometimes written with ł. Maybe that?

Given a certain Evil Space Emperor of our mutual acquaintance, did you really think I'd do Slovene?
by Alexius
Fri May 31, 2013 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131994

Re: Obscure Language Game

It is a living language, and is neither Czech nor Polish.
by Alexius
Thu May 30, 2013 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131994

Re: Obscure Language Game

Time for a new challenge, I think... Wón je so na wčerawšim zeńdźenju hłowneho wuběrka w Podstupimje wobdźělił a naroki rady, zwjazane z nowelěrowanjom, rozłožił. W běhu zeńdźenja sej wón wuwědomi, zo njeje dźewjeć čłonow wuběrka zasadnje wo mjeńšinowych prawach w Europje wobhonjenych. Tak skedźbni ...
by Alexius
Thu May 30, 2013 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131994

Re: Obscure Language Game

Not sure if SNF has come back to the thread.

As for the creole, could it be something from Dutch Indonesia? It looks Dutch, but isn't Dutch or Afrikaans.
by Alexius
Fri May 24, 2013 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack
Replies: 153
Views: 29567

Re: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack

Ormurinn wrote: I don't think there would have been a less global response if the "Woolwich soldier" had been BME either.

One of the soldiers murdered outside his barracks in Northern Ireland a few years ago might count as BME (he was half Turkish Cypriot). There was a fairly major response to that.
by Alexius
Fri May 24, 2013 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack
Replies: 153
Views: 29567

Re: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack

Also, they were in plain clothes in the UK, which at very worst makes them spies, which afaik removes all rights as prisoners of war even if they weren't British. It's not just British citizens who can be charged with treason, it's anyone who "owes allegiance to the Crown", which includes...
by Alexius
Sun May 19, 2013 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pilotless Passenger Flight Tested
Replies: 64
Views: 13726

Re: Pilotless Passenger Flight Tested

The world does not consist of limited access highways. The Glorious Juggernaut of Progress has not yet got to the point where the vast majority of the world is open only to suitable corporate-run computer-controlled vehicles, and I hope it never does. Except it kinda does. You need both a governmen...
by Alexius
Sat May 18, 2013 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Fast Food Strikes
Replies: 327
Views: 86001

Re: US Fast Food Strikes

There is a shortage of decent jobs that pay significantly more than minimum wage. Mainly due to government mistakes; if people are perpetually out of work, somebody done fucked up. Although you don't want zero unemployment either, as in that case it's difficult to impossible for businesses to expan...
by Alexius
Sat May 18, 2013 1:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pilotless Passenger Flight Tested
Replies: 64
Views: 13726

Re: Pilotless Passenger Flight Tested

people used to ride horses everywhere. people used to enjoy it. people still ride horses but they just aren't allowed to do it while blocking a 5 lane highway because everyone else would lose the efficiency gains of using cars instead of horses. Your rich-kid hobby is less important than everyone e...
by Alexius
Fri May 10, 2013 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 367492

Re: Gun Control

Uh, make sure you're noting the difference between the rate, and the standard error. The resistance of victims table is on page 12, halfway through it. It's been a while since my last statistics class but I believe standard error has to do with the margin of error, man I really should know this. =\...
by Alexius
Tue May 07, 2013 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 367492

Re: Gun Control

I read about this one. I don't like the sound of it as it will probably mean more illegal guns here in the UK. Ammunition is pretty strictly controlled here, though. You need a licence to buy it, and I think that for anything other than shotgun shells you have to store it securely and account for w...
by Alexius
Mon May 06, 2013 9:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Distributed Defense
Replies: 171
Views: 32160

Re: Distributed Defense

Iulus Cofield wrote:...don't barrels normally only shoot one size bullet?

They changed the barrel.

(Each barrel takes 4 hours to print)
by Alexius
Mon May 06, 2013 9:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Distributed Defense
Replies: 171
Views: 32160

Re: Distributed Defense

I hope to god they take proper safety precautions when testing. IE, remotely triggered, not held in hand, LOTS of safety gear. I've got a flak vest for this very purpose. You don't want a gun to kaboom when you're holding it. They did , which is kind of good since the gun did end up in several piec...
by Alexius
Fri May 03, 2013 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 107749

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

It looks like some college kids tried to help a buddy out, and they are going to catch hell for it. None of what I read implied that they had anything to do with the actual rampages, they just threw out some fireworks. Some adults determined that their friend was likely a mass murderer. Their react...
by Alexius
Fri May 03, 2013 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 367492

Re: Gun Control

5-year-old boy accidentally shoots and kills 2-year-old sister with 'My First Rifle' http://www.nypost.com/r/nypost/2013/05/01/news/web_photos/ksa399132245--525x215.jpg Actual guns are being sold to kids as toys. Is there anyone here who thinks that this shouldn't be grounds for some kind of regula...
by Alexius
Wed May 01, 2013 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitational mass of an electron?
Replies: 35
Views: 11818

Re: Gravitational mass of an electron?

The first experiment to measure the charge/mass ratio of the electron, the Millikan Oil Drop Experiment , involved measuring the different rate at which drops of oil accelerated (due to gravity) after a single electron ionized off. So, in fact the first experiment measuring the mass of the electron...
by Alexius
Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 367492

Re: Gun Control

sardia wrote:Are you complaining about an Israeli bill? And you're saying it's gonna pass? Or is this part of the Reid bill? Because I'm not sure how this relates. I'm not saying you can't talk about it, but are there implications for us?

No, it's an American bill. It was introduced by Rep. Steve Israel.
by Alexius
Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?
Replies: 77
Views: 31204

Re: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?

Incorrect in hindsight or blatant incompetence in the face of obvious information? Hard to say, and probably differs from action to action. I lean towards hindsight for the decision to sell HMS Invincible- the politics that went into the existence and design of that ship are bizarre, deciding to se...
by Alexius
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?
Replies: 77
Views: 31204

Re: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?

That seems like sketchy logic. If the Argentinans thought the islands were to be given to them, why the need to invade? You don't fight for what you're going to be given for free. Could they be better defended? Well, yeah. But everything always can be. Not having enough military forces to repel a s...
by Alexius
Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Tobacco and radioactivity
Replies: 6
Views: 1485

Re: Tobacco and radioactivity

Hi all, I have a question that i have found it quite hard to google the answer for - there is plenty of data but I dont think i can get to the bottom of it without some pretty serious digging through piles of some fairly dry journals. I have heard that tobacco contains radioactive isotopes of I thi...
by Alexius
Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?
Replies: 77
Views: 31204

Re: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?

It came up because Alexius claimed that cutting defense spending is tantamount to surrendering territory. I think we ended up moving a bit closer in positions, in retrospect. You're putting words in my mouth. What I claimed was that withdrawing your garrison from territory that another country has ...
by Alexius
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Boys but not Gay Leaders
Replies: 125
Views: 25053

Re: Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Boys but not Gay Leaders

The UK has scouts. AFAIK they're not generally linked to churches so much (and even those organisations (scouts or otherwise) which use church halls generally don't have to do anything to convince the church to hire it out to them other than pay). They also don't seem to care too much about gay mem...
by Alexius
Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?
Replies: 77
Views: 31204

Re: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?

Here's the sticking point, paraphrasing: Britain (Thatcher) purposely cut defense, knowing full well that it could cause a war. All the other stuff is just evidence that the UK cut defense spending. I think that is a flawed theory. There's more to war then just basic I spent more money on guns then...
by Alexius
Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?
Replies: 77
Views: 31204

Re: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?

Not being up on UK politics, I was given to understand that her handling of the Falklands was a big part of her fame. Do her detractors admit that was a good thing, or do they also take issue with it? While it isn't the same as fighting off Hitler, exactly, repelling invaders is the sort of thing t...
by Alexius
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 107749

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

I'm not saying I support cameras everywhere, but doesn't the UK have CCTV cameras everywhere? Is it controversial over there or is it accepted security measures? People moan and gripe about it, but ultimately don't kick up too much of a fuss about it. I could easily be very wrong about this, but I ...
by Alexius
Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131994

Re: Obscure Language Game

The best I can come up with for the ones at the moment (without Googlecheating): at fravaxshyâ nû gûshôdûm nû sraotâ ýaêcâ asnât ýaêcâ dûrât ishathâ nû îm vîspâ cithrê zî mazdånghô-dûm nôit daibitîm dush-sastish ahûm merãshyât akâ varanâ dregvå hizvå âveretô My first guess is Old Persian, because o...
by Alexius
Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 367492

Re: Gun Control

"We need guns to hunt" Nobody NEEDS to hunt nowadays. As a people we're able to farm any animal with a much smaller environmental impact then to go out and shoot them. If a life in captivity is not suitable for a perticular animal, we need to change our diet. Hunting is luxury. A sport. I...
by Alexius
Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 107749

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

I just read that the bomb was detonated at 4hrs 9m, a fairly average time. Whether or not that was intentional, I feel my previous insistence that runners weren't targeted may have been to optimistic. Scary day indeed. The Boston Marathon is unusually fast. Because it's so oversubscribed, you usual...
by Alexius
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 367492

Re: Gun Control

If all adults were intelligent about guns, noone would die accidentally. As it is... you can't legislate stupid. Not past where it is now, at least. Depends how you define "intelligent"- there would probably still be the odd hunting accident. Not to mention that the USA, as far as I know,...
by Alexius
Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 367492

Re: Gun Control

EDIT - Laser - Well-regulated in the 1700s does not mean what it does in the 2000s. It did not mean regulated in the sense of legislated and restricted - it meant, at most, "smoothly running." And in the 1700s, "arms" were muskets and bayonets. That argument can also be used to ...
by Alexius
Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why did we RETURN to the moon?
Replies: 20
Views: 7735

Re: Why did we RETURN to the moon?

I think Thunderbird 5 is a good symbol of the underlying issue. In those days, spaceflight and electronics were both new and promising fields. In hindsight, people generally overestimated the difficulties lying ahead for electronics and underestimated those of space. The Thunderbids were fictional,...
by Alexius
Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Genetic Engineering Leads To Turduckens
Replies: 19
Views: 2922

Re: Genetic Engineering Leads To Turduckens

Ah, right, most of the controversial findings are being reported in 'Journal of EcoMinded Holism and Wellness' or such. I have not seen anything about Bt food crops which are supposed to only express the gene in parts that people don't eat. But yes, that was rather my point; Bt is being expressed p...
by Alexius
Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Genetic Engineering Leads To Turduckens
Replies: 19
Views: 2922

Re: Genetic Engineering Leads To Turduckens

But Bt is a protein that has been introduced to some GM plants for it's pesticide functionality, and I doubt it's been expressed in a 'all tissues but the tissues people eat' kind of way. There have been some controversial findings about how toxic it is to humans and how much remains in GM plants. ...
by Alexius
Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 131994

Re: Obscure Language Game

goofy wrote:
Alexius wrote:at fravaxshyâ nû gûshôdûm nû sraotâ ýaêcâ asnât ýaêcâ dûrât ishathâ nû îm vîspâ cithrê zî mazdånghô-dûm nôit daibitîm dush-sastish ahûm merãshyât akâ varanâ dregvå hizvå âveretô


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