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by Eowiel
Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 53135

Re: Libya's Protests and Civil War

I don't really understand why some people assume that France and the UK have a lot bigger interest in Lybia than the US and other countries. As I see it, there are two major issues with Lybia that are improtant for the international community. Oil supply and the possibilty of Khadaffi funding terror...
by Eowiel
Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 53135

Re: Libya's Protests and Civil War

If it was only about self interest, the international community would have done either nothing in Lybia or would have supported Khadaffi. Should we have supported Khadaffi, the outcome would have been much more predictable since now we don't really now who is going to take control in the country and...
by Eowiel
Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parasites in your brain, affecting your behaviour
Replies: 75
Views: 7878

Re: Parasites in your brain, affecting your behaviour

I've heard of parasites in insects that can make them do a lot of weird thing like drowning themselves in water when the parasite is ready to reproduce (which can only happen in water), protecting the offspring of the parasite after it leaves the host trough it's skin and other weird and scary stuff...
by Eowiel
Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ivory Coast govt cuts power and water to opposition movement
Replies: 11
Views: 2302

Re: Ivory Coast govt cuts power and water to opposition move

The UN Forces commander is from Togo but I would be surprised if France wasn't the de facto leader in this mission. It's probably coincidence but it seems like France is assuming a much more active role in international conflicts. At least part of the reason why the UN is so involved is that Gbagbo'...
by Eowiel
Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?
Replies: 132
Views: 13308

Re: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?

Neither side wants to make real changes, neither side proposes anything that has a remote chance to fix the budget. Instead they nearly shut down the government over things that have nothing to do with the bugdget at all. The US is in three wars, has major budgetory issues, faces a lot of unemploym...
by Eowiel
Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6775

Re: The Price of Taxing the Rich

Progressive systems are the only way to ensure that the tax burden falls squarely where it belongs--on the rich, who can afford it and benefit disproportionately from government. Arguments that the rich benefit disproportionately ignore the fact that the rich also provide us not-rich with jobs, foo...
by Eowiel
Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?
Replies: 132
Views: 13308

Re: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?

I do have one further question: How can this possible be legal? I can understand a situation where government is running out of money. But that is not the case here. It has the money, it just decided it doesn't want to spend it. But it has contractual obligations to its employees. If I run a compan...
by Eowiel
Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564928

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Its more complicated than that. Nasser expelled the UN observers in the Sinai, clearly showing that he was about to attack. Egypt also closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli goods, blocking off the port of Eilat, Israel's main connection to the East and through which Israel received most of her oil...
by Eowiel
Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Earnings Taxes
Replies: 32
Views: 4737

Re: Earnings Taxes

Internationally, where you pay your income taxes is in most cases based on a mix of where you reside and where your income originates from. Which country can tax some specific income (residency country or source of income country) is dependant on the type of income, interest is treated different tha...
by Eowiel
Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why do people blame 12+ UN killings on Pastor Terry Jones?
Replies: 124
Views: 15662

Re: Why do people blame 12+ UN killings on Pastor Terry Jone

A sane person cannot claim responsibility for the actions of madmen. They are, quite by definition, incomprehensible, unpredictable and unimaginable. The protests I can certainly understand, and would fully expect. But murder is not an act of any moral, rational being, and I would not expect a prea...
by Eowiel
Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Socially Responsible Investments
Replies: 29
Views: 5537

Re: Socially Responsible Investments

Thanks for all of the help. I still haven't made an investment decision, which at the moment adds up to approximately two tenths of a percent interest in the ol' savings account, and the knowledge that if I ever buy a house, I'll be happy to pay off as much of it as possible as quickly as possible ...
by Eowiel
Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: POTUS Libya Speech
Replies: 121
Views: 12128

Re: POTUS Libya Speech

irregardless ಠ_ಠ Hmm, it never crossed my mind that "irregardless" wasn't correct English, but apparenetly it isn't. Thanks for clearing that up. Even more, they took the blame on themselves for the incident, stating that they would ensure they would avoid confusing behavior in the future...
by Eowiel
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: POTUS Libya Speech
Replies: 121
Views: 12128

Re: POTUS Libya Speech

The slowness of the intervention is mostly to blame on the need to minimize the negative diplomatic impact with the rest of the Arab countries, China and Russia. At first we didn't arm them, so that can't be the reason for the delay. Anyway, these insurgents keep showing how pro-West they are: they...
by Eowiel
Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6775

Re: The Price of Taxing the Rich

Flat taxes also have other problems, one is the residency one that has already been mentioned. It might be tempting to use an easy rule to determine whether someone should be taxed in the US, but the US has signed tax treaties with a lot of countries to deal with just that problem. You could ofcours...
by Eowiel
Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6775

Re: The Price o' Taxing the Rich

The "more taxes means less likely to work" thing never made any sense to me. I mean, either you're working because you need the income to support yourself, in which case an increased tax rate might mean you'd have to work more, not less. Or you're working because you enjoy what you do, in...
by Eowiel
Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6775

Re: The Price o' Taxing the Rich

"Why is stable good? Isn't instable in the direction o' growth the optimal situation? Yes that would indeed be best ofcourse, but when choosing between an average economic growth of 3% with a growth of 10% during goods years and -4% during bad years or 5% during good years and 1% during bad on...
by Eowiel
Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Kill Team
Replies: 21
Views: 3288

Re: The Kill Team

irregardless is totally a word. From Bosnia & Herzegovina.. Back on topic, these men could be tried for war crimes. Not only have what they done undermined the work that good soldiers have been doing over Thor but it is disgusting and unacceptable. The problem is that those good soldiers have n...
by Eowiel
Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6775

Re: The Price o' Taxing the Rich

Increasing taxes when the economy is going up and decreasing taxes when an economy goes down is economically the most sensible policy a government could have, that way they make the economy more stable as a whole and stable is good. Ofcourse that implies that a government should have a long term vie...
by Eowiel
Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bankers - that's with a B!
Replies: 37
Views: 4915

Re: Bankers - that's with a B!

. This would still lead half-two to question why finance seems so much more exposed to collapse though. Do we necessarily know thats true? That finance is more prone to collapse? I mean we juſt saw the auto industry nearly collapse and the construction industry isn't doing so hot. We nearly saw a t...
by Eowiel
Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bankers - that's with a B!
Replies: 37
Views: 4915

Re: Bankers - that's with a B!

I've taken the example of Lloyd Banking Group in the UK. They have a total of 864.000.000.000 UK pounds of interest bearing liabilities (2009 figure), the bonuses that were granted for 2010 are approximately 80.000.000 UK pounds, so on average, people would have received an interest rate that is abo...
by Eowiel
Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 53135

Re: Libya's Protests and Civil War

Maybe somewhat offtopic. But something has been bothering me a bit. Why is everybody pretending this is an American initiative? Here on the forums, but all American media too. Even Jon Stewart, who is usually better informed. The initiative for these actions came from France, and they were initiall...
by Eowiel
Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are Unions Still Relevant?
Replies: 129
Views: 15358

Re: Are Unions Still Relevant?

In your quote they speak about "any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation". They clearly mention "company". I don't know much about US anti-trust laws, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were only applicable to companies, and unions aren't companies.
by Eowiel
Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Helen Thomas interview
Replies: 117
Views: 7448

Re: Helen Thomas interview

And why is she mentioning the bulldozing of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem: since when is enforcing the violation of building codes relevant to anything? Every country does that. I won't comment on your other remarks because they seem fair but the bulldozing of illegal houses in East Jerusalem...
by Eowiel
Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 77055

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

That's a broad definition of pollution considering that Uranium is naturally occurring on earth. Synthetic toxic chemicals are one thing, but burning fossil fuel and putting co2 that was once in the atmosphere back in and using a naturally occurring radioactive element as fuel really isn't pollutio...
by Eowiel
Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bullied kid fights back and wins
Replies: 176
Views: 16512

Re: Bullied kid fights back and wins

I rolled my eyes when the parents said they taught Casey not to hit people. I see that Casey, technically, followed their teachings. Anyway, hopefully the kid will learn when it's quite proper to use force. And then learn how to use that force at appropriate levels and become capable of doing so. I...
by Eowiel
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pepsi unveils first 100% petroleum free PET bottle
Replies: 27
Views: 4088

Re: Pepsi unveils first 100% petroleum free PET bottle

Is this stuff any better than glass or aluminium? I understand that aluminium is cheaper to recycle than to produce, where I'm from almost 100% of can get recycled (10 cent deposit in Michigan, like on Seinfeld). I would like to see a comparison done between the footprint of a can/glass bottle/ PET...
by Eowiel
Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 77055

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

Germany is closing all its nuclear power plants built before 1980. I've always kind of liked Angela Merkel, but this is so mind boggingly stupid that I've instantly lost all my respect for her. Worst of all is that she actually studied physics. She knows better. She fucking knows better. God, stupi...
by Eowiel
Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 77055

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

I know that share prices are not a good indicator to predict future ecomic performance; but he asked for citations and the most recent explosions only happened a few hours ago. It's not as if I'm currently going to be able to give anything better than this.
by Eowiel
Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 77055

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

Well, yeah that is true. However I'd accept economist opinions, forecasts by various bodies or even market data showing that people are dumping TEPCO disproportionately compared to the rest of the Nikkei. As if Tepco is the only one going to suffer from this. Real estate and agriculture are two sec...
by Eowiel
Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 77055

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

I'm not sure if it's fair to say that the media is completely overblowing this. What is happening now would be deemed as good as impossible just a week ago or even just after the initial problems occured in the reactors. Even in this thread there are links to specialists that state the problems are ...
by Eowiel
Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 77055

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

There's already been a quite big explosion, so while it still may not be a Chernobyl, stating that if everything goes wrong it'll compare to Three Miles Island isn't correct either. Edit: In reply to Thesh's quote, is that information still correct because Japanese officials have already confirmed r...
by Eowiel
Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 77055

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

Just when the nuclear lobby had actually convinced me that modern reactors were foolproof.
by Eowiel
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethical issues of mutations and drug resistance.
Replies: 15
Views: 2654

Re: Ethical issues of mutations and drug resistance.

This reminds me of ethics related to drug trials. One of the key points is "The investigator's duty is solely to the patient or volunteer, and while there is always a need for research, the subject's welfare must always take precedence over the interests of science and society , and ethical co...
by Eowiel
Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korean protests
Replies: 51
Views: 5314

Re: North Korean protests

Who says South Korea wants them? Just to throw that out there. Nobody really wants refugees, but even half decent nations would grant them asylum if the alternative is sending them to a certain death. I'm not sure how welcome they are in South Korea, but given that they legally aren't considered im...
by Eowiel
Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korean protests
Replies: 51
Views: 5314

Re: North Korean protests

Agreed, but this is not morality determined by convention. Social etiquette is determined by convention, manners are determined by convention, even degree of punishment can be twerked by convention. Valuing a human's life over an additional .00001 yuen per day in tax money is not. I mean really, if...
by Eowiel
Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Browncoats - Help Nathan Buy Firefly!
Replies: 89
Views: 9928

Re: Browncoats - Help Nathan Buy Firefly!

No problem, then we just need to buy the rights on Castle too, so we can cancel that show. :)
by Eowiel
Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34393

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

If you tax the richest, who are generally the most productive, then you will see a brain and productivity drain, businesses will move elsewhere, jobs will dry up and the economy is in even worse shape than before. I fucking hate this sentiment. If you're rich, why are you automatically more product...
by Eowiel
Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Destructable Environments
Replies: 39
Views: 4603

Re: Destructable Environments

Clonck is a nice game where altering your environment is often the point. You can download the latest installment at http://www.clonk.de/ , the previous one can be played for free, and is actually quite similar to the newer, paying version. You control one or more characters and you can for example ...
by Eowiel
Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Riots in Egypt
Replies: 380
Views: 39274

Re: Riots in Egypt

Why is there such a thing as a pro-Mubarak protestor? Why are they out in numbers today but nowhere to be seen in the last week? I don't understand why people would be against forcing a snap election, then they can vote Mubarak back in if they wish, but currently he is in through non-free elections...
by Eowiel
Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Is Beaten to Death
Replies: 37
Views: 4311

Re: Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Is Beaten to Death

I completely agree these people aren't helping at all, but why are they being reported on so heavily? I have yet to see an article or hear a news report on this story that doesn't mention this group of American that was in the country 2 years ago. It seems like the players are the man who was kille...

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