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by Eowiel
Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Europes Debt Crisis
Replies: 28
Views: 3553

Re: Europes Debt Crisis

Europe has already lent money to Greece, Ireland and recently Portugal with a low intrest rate. So basically Europe is already assuming the debt and if Europe is paying for something that more or less means that it's really Germany that is paying for it. I personally think the current course of acti...
by Eowiel
Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brit charged with Harassment for exposing affair
Replies: 11
Views: 2795

Re: Brit charged with Harassment for exposing affair

I don't see how posting this on a website should be treated any different than calling friends, family and colleagues. Harassment is basically possible trough any medium I think. Whether or not it is harassment should depend on the nature, the intensity and the severity of the communication, not the...
by Eowiel
Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The role of government wrt social/economic well being...
Replies: 32
Views: 4327

Re: The role of government wrt social/economic well being...

At least in Europe, part of the rationale behind agriculture subsidies are that those subsidies level the playing field on the international market. In Europe (and I guess also in the US),the agriculture sector is heavily regulated because of food safety, environmental issues and animal wellbeing. S...
by Eowiel
Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape legal in NYC if the victim is sufficiently drunk...
Replies: 236
Views: 21015

Re: Rape legal in NYC if the victim is sufficiently drunk...

tyvm point of clarification; "forced to have sexual intercourse" in this study is just legalise for rape; and doesn't imply a smaller/larger set of actions correct? I wonder about that too. It would have been nice if they added the questionnaire that lead to these results. If you look at ...
by Eowiel
Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 30999

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

This is just laughable. Free markets, by and large, distribute resources efficiently. Governments do not. This isn't some old notion that's just held by internet libertarians, it's held by most economists (same citation as above). Free markets also work under the false assumption that people with m...
by Eowiel
Mon May 30, 2011 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany to Decommission All Nuclear Power Plants
Replies: 132
Views: 14508

Re: Germany to Decommission All Nuclear Power Plants

I am rather skeptical about this. I wonder what they would do when they realized they can't reach energy requirements without coal or nuclear plants? Voting a law that you will do something in 10 years is a bit silly. Chances are that the ones who voted this law won't even be in power anymore by 20...
by Eowiel
Sat May 28, 2011 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape legal in NYC if the victim is sufficiently drunk...
Replies: 236
Views: 21015

Re: Rape legal in NYC if the victim is sufficiently drunk...

From an article on findlaw about the case brought against 20th century Fox by frat kids in the Borat movie... Moreover, general contract-law principles suggest that an intoxicated person can sign a contract unless he is "so intoxicated as to be incapable of understanding its nature." That...
by Eowiel
Fri May 27, 2011 7:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ratko Mladic arrested 16 years after war crimes indictment
Replies: 21
Views: 1932

Re: Ratko Mladic arrested 16 years after war crimes indictme

Also, while all sides were guilty, the war crimes of the Serbs were more numerous and more gruesome and systematic than those of the other sides. The Serbian government has also actively or passively aided in hiding key criminals, which makes those arrests more spectaluar and thus more reported when...
by Eowiel
Thu May 26, 2011 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legitimacy of Israeli Land Claims
Replies: 214
Views: 17621

Re: Legitimacy of Israeli Land Claims

Allow me to explain: every action on the part of the Arabs and the Palestinians has lost them land. they would have had about half of the land under the '47 partition plan, but they went to war rejecting it. They would have had everything on their side of the '49 armistice lines, but they went to w...
by Eowiel
Thu May 26, 2011 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme Court to California: Reduce Prison Population
Replies: 83
Views: 9029

Re: Supreme Court to California: Reduce Prison Population

Any consideration of past offenses should not be allowed in court. Juries don't let it affect their verdict, courts shouldn't let it affect their sentencing. If I pickpocket somebody for the third time and he just happens to have enough money in his wallet for it to be considered a felony, that's n...
by Eowiel
Sat May 21, 2011 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Prom=economic drain
Replies: 96
Views: 10366

Re: Prom=economic drain

When the economy is in a downturn, a part of the production capacity isn't used. The factories are available and the people are ready to work but yet they aren't producing anything. So all that production capacity is wasted. So if someone smashes a window and that window needs to be replaced, it wo...
by Eowiel
Sat May 21, 2011 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Prom=economic drain
Replies: 96
Views: 10366

Re: Prom=economic drain

Why does no one consider that, if the shopkeeper has too many unintended expenses (eg, people keep smashing his windows) he might decide that his profit is too small, or he might not even be able to afford rent, and close down his shop altogether? You might as well say that hurricanes are good for ...
by Eowiel
Fri May 20, 2011 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Prom=economic drain
Replies: 96
Views: 10366

Re: Prom=economic drain

You say that you're not arguing that smashing the window is the preferred option. But given your reasoning that it eventually benefits everyone, I wonder why you're not arguing for it?
by Eowiel
Fri May 20, 2011 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Colonialism and Education
Replies: 23
Views: 3691

Re: Colonialism and Education

My history education in Belgium, from what I remember, was similar to the curriculum described by Zamfir. Colonialism got some attention, but even then it was mostly about the major colonization powers like Spain, Portugal, the UK and the Netherlands (where Belgium used to be a part of though). I re...
by Eowiel
Fri May 20, 2011 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Earnings Taxes
Replies: 32
Views: 4735

Re: Earnings Taxes

I don't see anything wrong with this, the city is simply taxing people who will be using it's facilities. I'm interested in your views on sales taxes. If someone spends a holiday in Australia they will be paying the GST (a value-added tax) on anything they purchase but they aren't represented in pa...
by Eowiel
Fri May 20, 2011 8:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Europe's farmers fear drought
Replies: 22
Views: 2438

Re: Europe's farmers fear drought

I assume that they're utilizing such (relatively) modern technologies as drip irrigation and recycling waste water for crops? Depends on the circumstances, mostly only in greenhouses. You can't build an infrastructure to save a single harvest. What about to save all harvests during drought seasons?...
by Eowiel
Thu May 19, 2011 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 55918

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

bittyx wrote: And it's easy to find out pretty fast if a specific person is a part of the rape culture, or if they understand it and actively fight against it.


I've indeed noticed in this thread how easily and fast some people judge other people to be part of the so called rape culture...
by Eowiel
Wed May 18, 2011 9:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 55918

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

Also: For several months, I asked for Dominique to never be without two ot three bodyguards. He should never be left alone. Not to defend him against whatever attack, but _let me pick the right, non diffamatory words_ to stop my friend from, let's say... give in to the complexity of his sexual life...
by Eowiel
Mon May 16, 2011 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 55918

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York

Good thing this is a message board and not a courtroom then, huh? So because this isn't a courtroom I should just let myself be called a "subhuman fuck" because I'm not entirely convinced of his guilt at the moment? Guess that is some sort of forum etiquette noone told me before. Given th...
by Eowiel
Mon May 16, 2011 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 55918

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York

LISTEN UP YOU SUBHUMAN FUCKS. If you honestly think that some conspiricay setting the whole thing up to look like he raped the maid (with the fucking subtext that the maid was a part of the whole thing) and his god-daughter is more likely that him being part of the 5% of the male population that we...
by Eowiel
Mon May 16, 2011 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 55918

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York

Could be true ofcourse, but it strangely coincides with the fact that he has, according to most of the recent polls, become the most probable winner of the French Presidential election in 2012.
by Eowiel
Fri May 13, 2011 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 35433

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

Good, by definition (as opposed to your definition of evil), is the "attempted prevention or absence of violence against the innocent". Western militaries, since the Geneva Convention, have done so, minimizing the collateral damage caused by war with new technologies and tactics. So, de f...
by Eowiel
Fri May 13, 2011 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Prom=economic drain
Replies: 96
Views: 10366

Re: Prom=economic drain

I was responding to the claim that prom is an economic drain, when it clearly is not. How much value people get from the activities of prom is a different matter, and there are a number of reasons one may attend or not attend prom, but prom being an economic drain in and of itself is not one of the...
by Eowiel
Tue May 10, 2011 9:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wealthy people to be allowed extra uni places in UK
Replies: 97
Views: 10130

Re: Wealthy people to be allowed extra uni places in UK

We should stop wealthy people from buying BMWs as well, that way there'd be more for the poor people. Education is, for people without a lot of money, the best way to improve their standard of living. For people born "poor", this is often the only feasible way to increase their standing o...
by Eowiel
Tue May 10, 2011 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Greece dropping the Euro
Replies: 15
Views: 4350

Re: Effects of Greece dropping the Euro

It not only facilitates trade between Euro countries but also between Euro countries, the Euro is so big that it's a lot less susceptible to "small" market forces than any currency of an individual European nation. If countries like Spain and Portugal would still have had their own currenc...
by Eowiel
Mon May 09, 2011 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Greece dropping the Euro
Replies: 15
Views: 4350

Re: Effects of Greece dropping the Euro

For Greece it might therefore be a good idea to switch back to their old Drachma and insist on paying their loans in that currency (which would be under their control as opposed to the Euro) Greece needs to pay its debts in euros. As far as I understand that means there's no way for Greece to get a...
by Eowiel
Mon May 09, 2011 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Greece dropping the Euro
Replies: 15
Views: 4350

Re: Effects of Greece dropping the Euro

For Greece, I think leaving the Euro behind is an option. Deciding to pay back their debt in whatever their new (strongly devalued) currency would be, is hardly an option because this would be the same as defaulting on a major part of their debt. This would mean they won't get any credit to repay wh...
by Eowiel
Mon May 09, 2011 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Osama bin Laden is Dead
Replies: 952
Views: 87837

Re: Osama bin Laden is Dead

Who knows, maybe the name Geronimo is chosen as some sort of acknowledgement that the US was partially to blame for the crimes of these two men, that the US military in both cases had to clean up a mess the US itself was responsible for. Both intentionally targeted civilians and both men their behav...
by Eowiel
Mon May 09, 2011 7:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Osama bin Laden is Dead
Replies: 952
Views: 87837

Re: Osama bin Laden is Dead

I don't believe that the conquest and annexation of the American West was "right" but I'm not prepared to call it wrong either. I believe wars over land and resources are essentially neutral ground- just because two or more powers are in competition doesn't mean any kind of moral hierarch...
by Eowiel
Fri May 06, 2011 9:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Saint
Replies: 162
Views: 15232

Re: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Sain

It is never the place of a private entity to determine whether an accusation of crime is credible - the powers law enforcement is given exist for that exact purpose, and due to those powers they are generally more capable of doing so than any other entity. I know of no other organization which make...
by Eowiel
Thu May 05, 2011 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Last known WWI combat vet dies
Replies: 13
Views: 1460

Re: Last known WWI combat vet dies

I know Germany was certainly not the only one to blame for causing the first world war, but in the eyes of the winners, Germany was (Germany was even forced to agree with this in the treaty of Versailles). I don't think any country ever admitted after winning a war that they were the ones to blame f...
by Eowiel
Thu May 05, 2011 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Last known WWI combat vet dies
Replies: 13
Views: 1460

Re: Last known WWI combat vet dies

The Treaty of Versailles sought to make Germany repay the damage it had caused. It's a pretty basic legal principle, you break something, you pay for it. If you would crash someone else his Porsche, I don't think a judge would forfeit the damages based on the fact that you don't earn enough to repay...
by Eowiel
Wed May 04, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Saint
Replies: 162
Views: 15232

Re: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Sain

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Nobody has used the word "Mafia" outside of your hyperbolic strawmen.


netcrusher88 wrote:No, I make arguments for opposing the Catholic church. Any other organization that behaved that way would be recognized as organized crime and dismantled.


Emphasis mine
by Eowiel
Wed May 04, 2011 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Osama bin Laden is Dead
Replies: 952
Views: 87837

Re: Osama bin Laden is Dead

I doubt it would really matter that much from a safety perspective. They are going to be angry anyway.

But showing a mutilated body from a killed enemy is bad taste, certainly so soon after the facts, so I'm glad they won't do it.
by Eowiel
Tue May 03, 2011 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is a university degree in the UK worth the money?
Replies: 84
Views: 11533

Re: Is a university degree in the UK worth the money?

I also believe that if you live abroad for 5+ years (Im not sure on the exact figure, I might be wrong) then your loan gets forgiven, I've heard of a few people tottering off to Australia for this purpose. Whats the rationale for that? It makes no sense to me. It probably has something to do with t...
by Eowiel
Mon May 02, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Osama bin Laden is Dead
Replies: 952
Views: 87837

Re: Osama bin Laden is Dead

I'm just saying that the Nazi's were tried based off the International Laws of the day. There are no set policies for an organization. What would you have charged him with? Where would you have held the court? Who would have been impartial to preside over his trial? These questions, thankfully, do ...
by Eowiel
Mon May 02, 2011 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Osama bin Laden is Dead
Replies: 952
Views: 87837

Re: Osama bin Laden is Dead

Why did this take so long? Why wasn't a more thorough and ongoing search being made during the last 10 years? Is it really this difficult to get one guy, and if so, what does that tell future terrorist leaders? Wow...are you freaking serious? We waged a WAR to find him. How many hundreds of soldier...
by Eowiel
Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Credit Rating May Be Cut by S&P Unless Lawmakers Agree
Replies: 15
Views: 1662

Re: U.S. Credit Rating May Be Cut by S&P Unless Lawmakers Ag

All irrelevant. S&P's failure to correctly rate a single type of mortgage derivative hardly disqualifies it from rating anything else, ever. These organizations have been rating government bonds for generations, and there's no reason to suspect they're any less accurate now. If this were any ot...
by Eowiel
Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parasites in your brain, affecting your behaviour
Replies: 75
Views: 7870

Re: Parasites in your brain, affecting your behaviour

Whether cows are grass fed depends on the area where they are raised, in some areas the grass alone is enough to fatten the cattle; in other areas the quality of the grass isn't high enough to make it economically feasible to let them graze. Giving cattle other food than grass wil almost always make...
by Eowiel
Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama, harsh words about the GOP
Replies: 49
Views: 5821

Re: Obama, harsh words about the GOP

This means that, lucky for the government, when Social Security "asks for their money back", the US Government can just issue more notes at today's Market Value (perhaps a little bit more, say at 4.6%) to pay back Social Security. In this case, the US Government will save money: because b...

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