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by Eowiel
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace process
Replies: 72
Views: 6505

Re: Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace pro

I think the major difference between Canada and Palestine is that, after emigration, those Palestinians were not Israeli citizens. Under the new laws, they didn't own those houses. I _think_ this is the case. I'm not, at the moment, going to examine the morality of this because I'm bloody tired and...
by Eowiel
Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace process
Replies: 72
Views: 6505

Re: Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace pro

So, the Israeli government took abandoned homes and sold them. I'm not sure I see the problem with this. Should they have protected them for years in the expectation that some would eventually come back? Remember that those homes were abandoned because of a war started by the Arabs. If a Palestinia...
by Eowiel
Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Statute of Limitations
Replies: 25
Views: 4030

Re: Statute of Limitations

Isn't ithe statute of limitation also a way to ensure a fair trial? I always thought that was the reason. I mean, if someone now comes up with a claim and some evidence that I'm guilty of fraud 20 years after the facts, I will have a very hard time to find evidence to the contrary. Most witnesses wi...
by Eowiel
Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Riots in Tunisia
Replies: 27
Views: 4447

Re: Riots in Tunisia

It's sobering to realise that so many people, I suppose mostly Europeans, go on holiday in Tunisia and that most had, until now, no idea there were any major issues with the regime in the country (including myself). It shows how selective we are in our outrage against dictators. As long as they don'...
by Eowiel
Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2010 is warmest on record
Replies: 21
Views: 2580

Re: 2010 is warmest on record

For my own part I'm all for regulating industry emissions under the concept that one doesn't "shit where you live". Since that's under the assumption of non anthrocentric global warming; what emissions are you talking about? I'm not that familiar with environmental science, but isn't the ...
by Eowiel
Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Neo-Fascist Project in Israel"
Replies: 29
Views: 4252

Re: "Neo-Fascist Project in Israel"

The difference is that in the past real estate bought by Israelis meant that the territory was pretty much annexed to the state Israel. What do you think the reaction of the US would be if real estate bought by Mexican immigrants was de facto annexed to Mexico? I'm pretty sure the sale of land would...
by Eowiel
Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: French Flag Insulter Fined Fortuitously
Replies: 67
Views: 7210

Re: French Flag Insulter Fined Fortuitously

While I think it's dumb and injust to forbid people to express the fact that they don't like the country they happen to be born in, I do want to comment on some people here stating that in the US this wouldn't be possible because freedom of speech is considered invaluable. While it may be true that ...
by Eowiel
Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks cable: Cubas amazing heath care system is a myth.
Replies: 50
Views: 4623

Re: Wikileaks cable: Cubas amazing heath care system is a my

So, torture of non-protected* POWs is worse than killing off his political opponents, crippling the economy, silencing the media, etc? Call me a conspiracy nutcase, but if free speech isn't allowed, there is definitely something very wrong going on. *Most of the Gitmo inmates are POWs that were cap...
by Eowiel
Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Republicans continue anti-science agenda
Replies: 25
Views: 2797

Re: Republicans contine anti-science agenda

The system is exactly the same, the question whether the government is taking away your money or whether the government is taking back what was her's in the first place is a purely philosophical question. The end result is that you have less money to spend or save, whatever the answer to the questio...
by Eowiel
Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Republicans continue anti-science agenda
Replies: 25
Views: 2797

Re: Republicans contine anti-science agenda

The thing is, there is no such thing as true "public money". There is money that was either A) taken from taxpayers, or B) produced by the treasury, the free spending of which is generally frowned upon in economic discussions. Couldn't you just as well say that there is no such thing as p...
by Eowiel
Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Traffic congestion
Replies: 72
Views: 11321

Re: Traffic congestion

Short of stopping traffic, how can they start moving at 70 km/h? The average speed of the pace-making cars cannot pass the average speed of the traffic in front of them. So while this can be used to prevent the traffic from getting worse, it cannot make it any better than the traffic already in fro...
by Eowiel
Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Traffic congestion
Replies: 72
Views: 11321

Re: Traffic congestion

I'm not sure to which extent this method also used in other countries, but where I live, when the roads are congested, the police uses a system where they drive some police cars on the highway at a constant speed of 70 km/h and noone is allowed to overtake them, when a sufficient amount of vehicles ...
by Eowiel
Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How the internet will affect the coming generation
Replies: 31
Views: 7065

Re: How the internet will affect the coming generation

They should indeed. The need for anonymity should be drilled into their heads before they are allowed to open an e-mail account or create any sort of profile (I absorbed the need for anonymity from the internet itself (internet forums IIRC)). When you're thinking about what a safe environment for k...
by Eowiel
Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How the internet will affect the coming generation
Replies: 31
Views: 7065

Re: How the internet will affect the coming generation

Yes those pictures of you on facebook might follow you if you don't make your profile private or if you're foolish enough to set up a facebook. So the internet is safe, but making a public profile or even having a facebook account is dangerous (and according to you this is so obvious a 12 year old ...
by Eowiel
Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taxes and International Competition
Replies: 9
Views: 1953

Re: Taxes and International Competition

US corporate income taxes are not low, on the contrary, both the nominal and real tax rates on corporate income are one of the highest when compared to other industrialised nations. The effective tax rate is sometimes, depending on the method of calculation, even the highest of all the OECD countrie...
by Eowiel
Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better
Replies: 46
Views: 4842

Re: So Maybe Things Won't Get Better

There is also the fact that the most measures we use to measure economic wealth, like GDP, are only mediocre at measuring economic wealth. Suppose there is a country which produces one car, it's wrecked in an earthquake and then replaced with another car so they have produced 2 cars during that year...
by Eowiel
Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Old enough for preschool, old enough to sue
Replies: 29
Views: 3564

Re: Old enough for preschool, old enough to sue

Imagine I borrow your car. When I arrive at my destination I carefully park it, making sure I have plenty of space on all sides so that the car won't be damaged. I even make sure to park it in a good neighbourhood on a well-lit street, to reduce the chance of theft. Then it's struck by a comet. I'm...
by Eowiel
Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Old enough for preschool, old enough to sue
Replies: 29
Views: 3564

Re: Old enough for preschool, old enough to sue

Ehm, this makese sense, doesn't it? The kid caused an accident, obviously you want your expenses caused by that accident reimbursed. The parents are responsible. Noone is arguing the kid should do time. But it's the kid who caused the accident, not the parents, so even if the parents are responsibl...
by Eowiel
Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rare Earth Mineral Embargo
Replies: 38
Views: 4057

Re: Rare Earth Mineral Embargo

You mean just like the oil crisis made us less dependant on oil? :-p
by Eowiel
Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: medical ethics and the power of placebo
Replies: 40
Views: 6070

Re: medical ethics and the power of placebo

I'm not sure why you think it is obvious that this would be unethical by current standards. I think giving out placebos is happening often and is, as far as I know, not considered unethical. Even if the drugs given are not always real placebos, doctors often give some pills that they know will only ...
by Eowiel
Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?
Replies: 66
Views: 10790

Re: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?

I read some remarks about this before, and indeed some sources quote the US debt excluding intergovernmental debt. But why? It's still money owed right? And no European country seems to distinguish between the two. It's money owed by one branch of the government to another. If for example a city le...
by Eowiel
Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?
Replies: 66
Views: 10790

Re: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?

I think you are comparing apples to oranges. the 94% includes intergovernmental debt, while the European percentages are only public debt. It's better to leave intergovernmental debt out of the equation as this is merely a result of the government system. If the US would have a system whereby only t...
by Eowiel
Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?
Replies: 66
Views: 10790

Re: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?

Europe is much better off. Our debts are, on average, smaller, but our political situation is much better to. Enacting new taxes is easier, and since the European nations already have bigger governments, it is a lot easier to reduce spending. We have much smaller private debts as well. And in many ...
by Eowiel
Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: That's what a bubble means
Replies: 65
Views: 6220

Re: That's what a bubble means

Gold's valuable because it's rare and useful. Any good which shares these two characteristics will be sought after. But yeah. It's also real bubbly right now. It's going to be... impressive... when that pops. Since people view gold as 'a stable store of value', I wonder what they'll think when it a...
by Eowiel
Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK tax body wants your paycheck
Replies: 26
Views: 2986

Re: UK tax body wants your paycheck

Supposing that the UK already has a witholding tax of which the amount is calculated based on the income of an employee, doesn't the governement already have records of how much any employee earns? Even if they do not know it on a monthly basis, they surely do an a yearly basis. So there isn't an in...
by Eowiel
Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: France bans burqa
Replies: 27
Views: 2958

Re: France bans burqa

Here's a radical idea: keep the second part of the law, where people that force a woman to wear the burqa get punished, but get rid of the first part of the law (were women get punished for wearing a burqa). Now women are free to wear whatever they like AND people get punished for forcing a woman t...
by Eowiel
Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: France bans burqa
Replies: 27
Views: 2958

Re: France bans burqa

I think you're missing the point of why the burqua is banned. The wearing of the burqua itself is considered part of the abuse, it's not just a symbol that represents the abuse. Women are forced to wear a burqa because they are considered as inferior, the culture that lets womens wear burqas in Fran...
by Eowiel
Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: France bans burqa
Replies: 27
Views: 2958

Re: France bans burqa

So ... women who are part of a particular type of Muslim culture, and don't want to incur a thousand kinds of personal hell by defying it, can no longer leave the house? The law does also include a much more harsh sentence for the people causing the thousand kinds of personal hell. It will be bad f...
by Eowiel
Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fixed fines create class justice?
Replies: 72
Views: 9594

Re: Fixed fines create class justice?

So if fines should be increased for the wealthy, shouldn't prison sentences be lessened? I'm playing Devil's Advocate here, but the law should never change based on your wealth, gender, race, age (once 18 anyway), height, or eye color. You are wrong on the fact that a law should never change based ...
by Eowiel
Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China and World Trade
Replies: 7
Views: 1708

Re: China and World Trade

China is hardly the only country that is using the WTO to sue other countries while breaking the rules themselves. The US and the EU both have a lot of disputes (more so tha China) that are being handled by the WTO. I'm not sure about the total amount of money involved in those disputes though. Als...
by Eowiel
Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Honour Killings
Replies: 38
Views: 3977

Re: Honour Killings

I think Kyrn is, intentionally or not, using another definition for the term honour killing than this which is generally used. In general, when the term "honour killings" is used, it's meant to refer to a killing in which a family, clan,.. kills a member of their "group" that has...
by Eowiel
Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China and World Trade
Replies: 7
Views: 1708

Re: China and World Trade

China is hardly the only country that is using the WTO to sue other countries while breaking the rules themselves. The US and the EU both have a lot of disputes (more so tha China) that are being handled by the WTO. I'm not sure about the total amount of money involved in those disputes though. Also...
by Eowiel
Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hamas kills 4.5 in drive-by shooting.
Replies: 38
Views: 3499

Re: Hamas kills 4.5 in drive-by shooting.

Diadem wrote:I thought all settlers had left Gaza strip some years ago?


They left the Gaza strip but not the West Bank, East Jeruzalem an the Gholan Heights. These incidents happened in the West Bank.
by Eowiel
Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German law could ban bosses from "friending" employees
Replies: 23
Views: 3148

Re: German law could ban bosses from "friending" employees

Disagree 100%. If you do get stoned on the way to work, but still get there on time, and get the job done, there should be no reason why you should be let go. Inversely, regardless of the reason, if you always turn up late and/or not get the job done, that is a reason why you should be let go, rega...
by Eowiel
Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Spanish Government reportedly gave funds Al-Qaeda
Replies: 27
Views: 2735

Re: Spanish Government reportedly gave funds Al-Qaeda

BlackSails wrote:And I bet that we would not negotiate, and instead send the FBI HRT or some special forces team. Can you imagine the precedent it would set if you started paying for kidnapping the president?


People would kidnap him every other week? :?
by Eowiel
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 9009

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

Of course, those are all small fry. I'm not sure how ugly it'll get when one of these brave fools crosses a line and the Party thinks someone is threatening their grip on power. This already happens at the moment, Chinese people are being locked up and sometimes even tortured for their political an...
by Eowiel
Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grönd zero musque ox
Replies: 396
Views: 43878

Re: Ground zero "mosque"

It's a free country, they have a right to build their mosque wherever zoning allows, and I think that if it goes to court they'll win. We have the freedoms of speech and assembly even when what you plan on saying might not exactly be the best idea. Freedom means you're allowed to do it. On the othe...
by Eowiel
Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15371

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Claims without data are useless to evaluate anything which is the point of Russell's Teapot. Claims supported by data have validity but the reverse is not true since you face the problem of imperfect or nonexistent data. With zero data you can't define the data space, therefore any odds you can quo...
by Eowiel
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15371

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Note the quotes around prove and reread. People keep throwing "truth" around, and odds. There is no "truth" to be found here. No facts to parse, merely reasoned arguments. Odds require some "facts" to calculate and they are only as good as those facts. As always these ...
by Eowiel
Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why does unemployment exist now?
Replies: 40
Views: 7045

Re: Why does unemployment exist now?

It would have to be the government gives every person in the US X dollars/hr plus whatever the employer is willing to pay. That still gives incentive to pay 0/hour. There is probably a much more efficient way then what you are suggesting, but any government subsidizing of employment is going to lea...

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