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by johnny_7713
Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: London Olympics 2012
Replies: 265
Views: 39824

Re: London Olympics 2012

What counts as a "catch" when it comes to javelins? "Still be able to throw it back" would cover it quite nicely I think. I'd add on "no penetration of the catcher's body must have occurred". If people can keep running with a broken leg I'm sure they would be able to p...
by johnny_7713
Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: London Olympics 2012
Replies: 265
Views: 39824

Re: London Olympics 2012

I wonder. There was some outrage at the result with Dujardin. Apparently she made a major mistake but still one, while the (dutch) number two was faultless and (according to my dutch countrymen) should have won. Some neutrals apparently also expressed some surprise. Anyone else hear something about...
by johnny_7713
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: London Olympics 2012
Replies: 265
Views: 39824

Re: London Olympics 2012

I don't mind dressage I guess, but giving the medals to the human riders is bullshit. Man up and give them to the horses! And count them for whichever country the horse is from. The names of both the rider and the horse were announced during the medal giving ceremony, even if only the rider receive...
by johnny_7713
Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: London Olympics 2012
Replies: 265
Views: 39824

Re: London Olympics 2012

I don't see why we can't charge the rest of the world ludicrous sums to experience what we do. Here in the Netherlands the public broadcaster has a live stream duplicating the TV coverage, as well as twelve livestreams covering all the other events, so if you're not interested in the event being sh...
by johnny_7713
Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Socialist literature
Replies: 40
Views: 40127

Re: Socialist literature

Is anyone else seeing that part where I insist about Marx having large amount of theories on how to structure a society ? P.S. Your last sentence doesn't make any sense for me. How about the part where you said: "The theories in it have failed numerous times in numerous places (greetings from ...
by johnny_7713
Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: London Olympics 2012
Replies: 265
Views: 39824

Re: London Olympics 2012

I literally did not know about the triple jump until about a month ago. My bf explained it to me as a 'hop, skip and jump' and so I really thought he was having me on. It's not a sport we do down here (I asked someone else here who also hadn't heard of it, so at least I'm not alone). I still think ...
by johnny_7713
Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 19773

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

There's the implication that "paying in cash" = "tax evasion". That's clearly what he's thinking, but for many people, in many areas, that's a huge jump, and many other valid reasons for such a discount exist, so it seems like a remarkable over-generalization. The statement wasn...
by johnny_7713
Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 19773

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

If I sell you something in a context that would make any reasonable person suspect that it's stolen, then many would argue that by not doing your due diligence to make sure it's legit, you are behaving immorally. You're relying on words that are just not the case for the original example. Someone o...
by johnny_7713
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Morsi Meter
Replies: 10
Views: 3923

Re: The Morsi Meter

To be fair, I do not think politicians *should* be doing anything for their first month in office. I solemnly promise, that if I ever am elected as president or prime minister, I will make only decisions that absolutely can not be delayed, during my first month in office. I will instead spend my ti...
by johnny_7713
Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: London Olympics 2012
Replies: 265
Views: 39824

Re: London Olympics 2012

Really enjoyed watching our Crown Prince and Princess support the Dutch swim team. (http://nos.nl/os2012/video/400007-koningshuis-leeft-mee-met-zwemsters.html, not sure if it will play outside of Holland though). The Dutch TV also had the same surprise at the 'Golden Girls' (4x 100m free stroke rela...
by johnny_7713
Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 19773

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

How do you go about authorizing a bank transfer? ... There are other ways to authorize transfers, ... they're usually more effort than writing a check. You don't. I just give my bank account number (or IBAN + BIC for inner-European transfers) to the seller and she can transfer money from my account...
by johnny_7713
Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 19773

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

Except, they are writing the agreement with the merchant. And when I talk to merchants, from what I can tell the CC company just screws them. It isn't as if the CC company would (usually) have to sue the merchant, if they set up the agreement aggressively. Simply set up the agreement such that, in ...
by johnny_7713
Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Triple-Jumper Barred for Twitter Joke
Replies: 58
Views: 6163

Re: Greek Triple-Jumper Barred for Twitter Joke

It is only politisising if your 'politics'? don't agree with basic tenants of competitive sports. Where any one person can be just as good as another at a certain objective and within relatively small constraints, and we seek to find out who is the better. Sports do not have affirmative action in i...
by johnny_7713
Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 7697

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

But there is no tax on money that you simply have. So if I take $1000 and put it in a swiss bank, no government can do anything about that. That's the same if you have $1000 or $100 million. Only if you do and make absolutely nothing with that money. If you earn interest or make investments with it...
by johnny_7713
Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages
Replies: 51
Views: 7464

Re: Paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages

Aerospace is also a highly regulated industry, for much the same reasons. Yet production shut downs by the regulatory agencies due to safety issues is not a common occurance. Is the FDA (and co.) that much stricter, or is there something inherent in producing drugs that make quality control that mu...
by johnny_7713
Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages
Replies: 51
Views: 7464

Re: Paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages

They have also been caught (many times) evading the direct comparison by illegally marketing their patented drug for off-label uses for which it has not been approved To be fair, requiring proof of efficacy, rather than just safety, is a tremendously harmful practice. The jellybean effect is just s...
by johnny_7713
Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2714768

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

Mr Lopez has no regrets about losing his $8.25-an-hour (£5.30; 6.60 euros) job. Wow, lifeguards get paid so little? I guess it's not a highly educated job, but it's a job with a fairly high degree of both responsibility and risk. That is a really shitty wage. Far below minimum here in NL. Also, reg...
by johnny_7713
Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 13019

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

I'm posting this after reading just the first page, so… The reason why it is usually women who wonder why they can't have it "all" is that, as others have pointed out, women (in general) have a much more expansive definition of "all" than men. I'm not really sure what could be d...
by johnny_7713
Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 13019

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

In the Netherlands it's pretty standard in some sectors to be able to convert money into leave days and vice versa, within certain limits (i.e. there's a max number of days you can buy and there's a max number of days you can sell). You will still get 20-odd days without having to hand in salary th...
by johnny_7713
Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 13019

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

As employees, it be great if we could get together and demand at least an option for more leave time - paternity, maternity, and vacation. I'd like more vacation at the cost of less pay, honestly. I would be right there with you. Perhaps this is because I expect a relatively high paycheck, but I'd ...
by johnny_7713
Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2714768

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

Hold on, the fact that 'Zionists' don't use drugs is proof that they have drugs? Am I missing something here? Presumably the 'logic' goes as follows: drugs are part of a Zionist plot to take over / control the world. Since Zionists are behind the plot they will make sure never to get a fellow Zioni...
by johnny_7713
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 13019

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

Still, I do think the solutions that were lined up in the article were ones that would benefit both fathers and mothers - and frankly, not just parents! Indeed, many measures that would make it easier for a woman to combine work and having a family would make it easier for any person to combine wor...
by johnny_7713
Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE
Replies: 97
Views: 11265

Re: China sends her first female astronaut to SPACE

Well, yay for her. However, when it comes to China I.... don't like their government and therefore need to urge the US to get back into a new space race of dominance. The new space plane the military just tested seems to be a somewhat adequate response. But anyways, yes, congradulations to her. If ...
by johnny_7713
Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2714768

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

Uhh. Good. I hate cities doing shit like that. It just creates a mentality that the country promotes religious belief and isn't welcoming to others that are different. What's wrong with using public space to celebrate a festival that is important to a large portion of your population? Celebrating a...
by johnny_7713
Sat May 26, 2012 3:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years later
Replies: 184
Views: 23045

Re: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years lat

. Also: Why the hell was she allowed to sue the school in the first place? What did the school have to do with anything other than being the place where the event supposedly took place? This seems like a really weird aberration in the law that this money was allowed to play a part. For the people w...
by johnny_7713
Sun May 06, 2012 9:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA Somehow Getting Worse
Replies: 31
Views: 6557

Re: TSA Somehow Getting Worse

Can someone please point out any cases where the TSA has managed to stop any attacks? Because I'm not sure they are worth the cost. Can someone please point out how many burglaries the locks on my doors have stopped? Because I'm not sure they are worth the cost. I can agree with much of the critici...
by johnny_7713
Sat May 05, 2012 11:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's official, Hollywood is fucking with us
Replies: 120
Views: 19791

Re: It's official, Hollywood is fucking with us

I note Star Trek etc. tend to use very close range battles with ships almost in spitting distance, as visually it's much more exciting. And Star Wars. And Battlestar Galactica. And pretty much any other sci-fi movie or series. Star Trek is actually still pretty good. At least they don't have to mov...
by johnny_7713
Fri May 04, 2012 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's official, Hollywood is fucking with us
Replies: 120
Views: 19791

Re: It's official, Hollywood is fucking with us

That said, I don't think a naval battle movie would be very entertaining. Ships move too slowly. Infantry move even slower, but I'd still watch a bunch of spearmen stabbing each other. Also, Horatio Hornblower had even slower ships. You know, I debated using that word when I posted. Instead, let's ...
by johnny_7713
Wed May 02, 2012 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 88159

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

I acknowledge the fact that math is an incredibly useful subject, but I also know that I haven't used any in my day to day life. Then again I might have dyscalculia so there you go. The same sort of argument could be applied in regards to history, since I don't really plan on being a historian, but...
by johnny_7713
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch coalition falls. Noone knows why
Replies: 22
Views: 5420

Re: Dutch coalition falls. Noone knows why

For Europe's sake, I hope Wilders fails spectacularly and it sets off the dominoes. The fact is austerity does not help struggling economies, it hurts them. I've been reading a bit about this - spurred on by Paul Krugman's columns in the NY Times - and as far I've seen austerity plans have never wo...
by johnny_7713
Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 50679

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

I think this ignores the issue of rape. We can't, in good conscience, allow a situation in which we know rape will happen a lot. That's a problem that needs to be solved before substantially more women are admitted into the military. I'm pretty sure in that case we should ban women from a lot more ...
by johnny_7713
Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Breivik sane?
Replies: 37
Views: 7262

Re: Breivik sane?

Yep. I read that, too. What about this group he is talking about. The knights Templar? Is that real? If, he has a bunch of imaginary friends, that is O.K. Imaginary friends that tell him to kill people, that is not O.K. One must be as careful with one's imaginary friends as one is with real friends...
by johnny_7713
Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korean rocket launch (womp womp)
Replies: 44
Views: 7832

Re: North Korean rocket launch (womp womp)

I read somewhere that at least one westerner who had seen the satellite thought it looked more like a 'mockup or model' of a satellite than anything that could actually work. I'll have to see where I saw that and post a link to it. Edit: found it. Here it is An NBC interview with James Oburg, a NAS...
by johnny_7713
Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reproductive rights in Europe
Replies: 21
Views: 4526

Re: Reproductive rights in Europe

It doesn't make sense to ban gay couples from using donated sperm/eggs, but single parents are a different issue. Children have the right to be supported by both parents (in the case of gay couples, one biological parent and one effectively adopted, non-biological parent) but anonymous sperm/egg do...
by johnny_7713
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reproductive rights in Europe
Replies: 21
Views: 4526

Re: Reproductive rights in Europe

Also: And nearly everywhere in Europe except Ukraine, couples are banned from hiring a woman to carry a pregnancy for them. This is most certainly false, or at least misleading. I personally know a woman who carried a child for another couple. And judging from the lack of police raiding her house, ...
by johnny_7713
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SS refuses to pay prostitute, "scandal"
Replies: 47
Views: 9534

Re: SS refuses to pay prostitute, "scandal"

Do you really not think that someone working for the United States government engaging in an activity that is illegal in the United States is not at least somewhat damaging? It's legal in 2 states, and should be legal (albeit heavily regulated) in the rest. This is a Big Deal, at least in part, bec...
by johnny_7713
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study Suggests Politicians Should Be Chosen at Random
Replies: 38
Views: 6808

Re: Study Suggests Politicians Should Be Chosen at Random

In another interesting twist, instead of a single president there is a seven-person executive council, elected by the Duma. To paraphrase Oscar Nuñez of "The Office": Look, it doesn't take a genius to know that every organization thrives when it has seven leaders. Go ahead, name a country...
by johnny_7713
Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korean rocket launch (womp womp)
Replies: 44
Views: 7832

Re: North Korean rocket launch (womp womp)

Like maybe they were just testing a prototype ballistic missle and blew it up themselves once they were sure they could launch one so they wouldn't have to explain why it didn't actually have a satellite on board? I believe the satellite was shown to press before the launch (notably in non-clean-ro...
by johnny_7713
Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First road-legal flying car
Replies: 35
Views: 6540

Re: First road-legal flying car

What's this bullshit about needing an airport. I'll just use the freeway and dare the cops to ticket me before I take off. And hope that Fighters don't get pissy about illegal takeoff without registering flight routes and filling official info. Because, last I heard, breaking flight plans without a...
by johnny_7713
Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Navy jet crashes into building at Virginia Beach
Replies: 10
Views: 2517

Re: Navy jet crashes into building at Virginia Beach

Navy F/A-18s are used for carrier operations and as such are able to jettison fuel for that reason - it's possible to fling a heavier fighter into the air that you can safely land back on the carrier. In fact, there's even a procedure for when that happens unintentionally ( page V-12-15 ). I stand ...

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