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by Negated
Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 565871

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

And after a relatively quiet couple of weeks, two rockets just landed in Israel. And Israel push forward a plan to build another 1100 homes on settlement. I want to be clear here: did you just compare building houses on land somebody else wants to violently attacking civilians? Also, the settlement...
by Negated
Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 565871

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

And after a relatively quiet couple of weeks, two rockets just landed in Israel. And Israel push forward a plan to build another 1100 homes on settlement. A move that promises to gain them some new friends. With Turkey and Egypt both becoming more hostile, I thought Israel would scale down the sett...
by Negated
Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 15051

Re: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011

Fuck all this shit. Disregard jobs; acquire basic income guarantee. I can put together a long essay on the matter from my Reddit comments later, but basically, our economy has shifted to a structurally low demand for labor. We need to make life livable with the jobs people can get. Have a read of w...
by Negated
Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 15051

Re: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011

But, it is arguable that the first stimulus did have a positive effect on the recession of 2008. It may not have been an excellent success, but there was growth again, and it is arguable that it would have been worse without it. The reason you're facing a recession again (we might be too, but not n...
by Negated
Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 15051

Re: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011

Who said that the stimulus package didn't work? Hasn't Krugman argued that it was a failure? (He thought it should have been bigger, and a too-small stimulus wouldn't work and would make it more difficult to do a stimulus large enough to work.) Whether the stimulus worked depends on what you think ...
by Negated
Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 15051

Re: Presidential jobs address, 9-8-2011

This is a sensible short term solution to the weak job growth. It is no secret that infrastructure in US is deteriorating. If well-planned and carried out, this can turn out to be money well-spent. And at a time when economists are pondering whether we will head to a double-dip recession, this boost...
by Negated
Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NDP Leader Jack Layton dies of cancer.
Replies: 10
Views: 2068

Re: NDP Leader Jack Layton dies of cancer.

R.I.P. I generally do not agree with his views (or NDP's), but I find this man exceptionally charismatic and outspoken. He deserves all the respects people thrown at him. He pretty-much single-handedly made NDP the main opposition in Canada at the expense of the traditional political powerhouse of L...
by Negated
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks
Replies: 394
Views: 38715

Re: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks

Why ought it be that the success of someone under a natural economic system is any more just than that under a regulated one? That's a value judgement but one you seem to take as a given. That something done in the natural state is more ethical than one done in a non-natural state. I never quite un...
by Negated
Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P
Replies: 139
Views: 16008

Re: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P

Is gold still a safer investment than US treasury bonds? Its price nearly tripled in 5 years and may well be considered in the bubble territory by now. It is traditionally a safe harbour to invest in difficult times, but we are in the 3rd year since the crisis and it may be too late to invest in gol...
by Negated
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P
Replies: 139
Views: 16008

Re: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P

US Treasury bond is still a very safe investment. In fact, its rates have not gone up with the downgrade. There is virtually no risk of a sovereign default in foreseeable future even though Washington looks more worthless than any time in US history. It should not be a surprise that investors flock ...
by Negated
Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks
Replies: 394
Views: 38715

Re: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks

Cutting social programs won't make the country healthier or safer. Some countries don't have social programs at all, I suppose. Like Somalia. Or how about Hong Kong? That's not to say I really particularly disagree with anything else you said, but using Somalia as an example of a country without so...
by Negated
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greece Debt downgraded "virtually %100 chance of default"
Replies: 31
Views: 3398

Re: Greece Debt downgraded "virtually %100 chance of default

I don't think he means unification will resolve the Greece economic crisis. But rather in the process of handling this crisis, the need of closer co-operation of European countries will drive the creation of a framework that promotes integration, which eventually will lead to a "United States o...
by Negated
Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iranian Scientist killed in front of Home
Replies: 402
Views: 26266

Re: Iranian Scientist killed in front of Home

Not saying that I'm certain Iran wants to drop a nuke on Israel at first given chance, but I have a hard time believing Iran will use nukes for self-defence only. Middle East is too hostile and unstable of a place to entrust nukes to any country in there. If possible I'd like to see Israel getting r...
by Negated
Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iranian Scientist killed in front of Home
Replies: 402
Views: 26266

Re: Iranian Scientist killed in front of Home

Several Middle-Eastern countries have been invaded by a Western coalition in recent years. It is a plain fact that most of NATO want the Iranian regime brought down. How unreasonable is it for Iran to believe that it is at risk of being invaded in the next half-century and that nuclear capability w...
by Negated
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greece Debt downgraded "virtually %100 chance of default"
Replies: 31
Views: 3398

Re: Greece Debt downgraded "virtually %100 chance of default

Congrats on being a self-serving asshole who doesn't give two shits about people. You know what not giving a shit about the well-being of people in other parts of the world gets you? Disaffected marginalized people? You know what that gets you? Terrorists. So, it's far from fucking hardly a big con...
by Negated
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents Sell Children for $500
Replies: 29
Views: 5079

Re: Parents Sell Children for $500

Dongguan is a major city in Guangdong province. I thought parents in Chinese cities are only allowed to have one child. Irrelevant point aside, I think there are many potential buyers in China. Many parents have only one child because of the one child policy. And if they lost their only child, for e...
by Negated
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greece Debt downgraded "virtually %100 chance of default"
Replies: 31
Views: 3398

Re: Greece Debt downgraded "virtually %100 chance of default

And what are they supposed to say? That austerity sucks. We know that. People are going to lose jobs. Retirement benefits are going to be cut. Retirement will probably be pushed back. Unemployment insurance will likely be decreased. I mean, sure they media could repeat that over and over, but I don...
by Negated
Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks
Replies: 394
Views: 38715

Re: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks

It's not empirical but is based on the principle behind the curve. Let me try to clarify what I'm talking of with the slope by hypothetical: say in a given year N you have $10 trillion of income but there's no income tax at all. In year N' there's still $10 trillion of income but there's a 10% inco...
by Negated
Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: POTUS Libya Speech
Replies: 121
Views: 12150

Re: POTUS Libya Speech

I think the risk of stalemate is overblown. Unlike Iraq and Afghanistan, this operation is much less involved, and the risks are already identified at an early stage, which makes it easier to prevent the risk from becoming a reality. The locals appear to have no interest in prolonging this conflict....
by Negated
Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 53223

Re: Libya's Protests and Civil War

I wonder what would happen in cities and towns that genuinely support Gaddafi, such as his birthplace Sirte, which happens to be the rebel's next major target. Since the UN mandate is all about protecting civilians, it may be hard for the allies to help out. Tripoli will be even trickier, but that's...
by Negated
Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Election in Canada this Spring
Replies: 108
Views: 9828

Re: Election in Canada this Spring

I am thinking about Green Party as well, even though I have not heard of any news about them for a long, long time. It seems to me they have not progressed to make themselves known and present themselves as credible alternative to the other 3 (or 4 if you live in Quebec) larger parties. Perhaps they...
by Negated
Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 53223

Re: Protests: Libya's turn

I worry that the media is understating how much power Gaddafi still has (although admittedly from his speeches he sounds truly desperate, and it's hard not to believe everyone now thinks he's completely insane). Tripoli and the surrounding area is still under his control, as I understand it, and wh...
by Negated
Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 53223

Re: Protests: Libya's turn

His speech basically says he will kill his people in order to hang on to his power. It's do or die for Libyans now.
by Negated
Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0844: "Good Code"
Replies: 100
Views: 29067

Re: 0844: "Good Code"

You need goto to get to good code.
by Negated
Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'
Replies: 121
Views: 14719

Re: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'

Also, the actual use of a mastercard is unaffected, they're only attacking the corporate website. I can't decide if that's good or bad. Mastercard claims that payments are not affected. But BBC reports that some customers are unable to use their card: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11935539 S...
by Negated
Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'
Replies: 121
Views: 14719

Re: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'

I'm a bit surprised to see people in agreement here; MasterCard customers, card holders, have done nothing wrong. While I agree that hitting the company where it counts is the best way to send a message, think of all the people whose potential livelihoods will be affected, for politics they are nei...
by Negated
Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What Tea Partiers Really Want
Replies: 341
Views: 27094

Re: What Tea Partiers Really Want

The only problem with these diagrams is that they are inaccurate. Canada's NDP is closer to center than Obama? They are borderline socialists. They promote social equalities a.k.a. social benefits for the poor, at the expense of taxpayers and corporations. UK's Labour party increased government annu...
by Negated
Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Republicans threaten TAX CUTS...OR ELSE.
Replies: 123
Views: 9232

Re: Republicans threaten TAX CUTS...OR ELSE.

Obama caved in to Republican demands when his party had majority in both Senate and House for no good reasons. I really cannot see how he can suddenly become a competent negotiator and stand his ground this time. The Republicans will get their ways more often than not. In a democracy, you get the ki...
by Negated
Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google to Reconsider Chinese "Approach"
Replies: 132
Views: 14267

Re: Google to Reconsider Chinese "Approach"

And China has replied...





...with a truck load of bullshit.
by Negated
Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google to Reconsider Chinese "Approach"
Replies: 132
Views: 14267

Re: Google to Reconsider Chinese "Approach"

Google is fine with Chinese censorship. But Google also know that if they keep complying with demands and abuses from Chinese government, they risk losing faith and support from people elsewhere. What Google really says is "this is enough, I cannot afford to give you more ground," hoping t...

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