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by Le1bn1z
Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21753

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

omgryebread is absolutely right about the utility of the notions of left and right wing. The terms originated in the French revolution to denote the differences between the power blocs vying for power in the National Assembly. As the political language of the time could not define them using common...
by Le1bn1z
Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Harper gov't (Canada) bans trans* people from flying
Replies: 31
Views: 4082

Re: Harper gov't (Canada) bans trans* people from flying

Happily, the fixes for this should be simple enough - adopt a "T" or "X" option, as with New Zealand or do away with gender on ID all together. Alternately, make the ridiculously minor change to the legislation required to fix it - remove the gender provision, for a start. Unhapp...
by Le1bn1z
Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21753

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

The confusion from Nazism stems from its relation to Fascism. The Fascism of Mussolini and Franco was very right wing. Nazism was a spectrum buster - mostly because of Hitler's madness and the mass PTSD mental-health catastrophe that was post-WWI Germany. Hmm...let me see if I'm reading the wikipedi...
by Le1bn1z
Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21753

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

Perhaps I am just cynical, but I don't believe that the genuine menaing has changed much from when the terms originated in the various government assemblies during the French Revolution. To the right of the speaker sat the "right wing" - largely the nobility, who advocated for greater inst...
by Le1bn1z
Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Divorce Law Reform
Replies: 34
Views: 6170

Re: Divorce Law Reform

Some practical experience: 1) The vast, vast majority of cases never go to court. These are relatively inexpensive. So long as both sides operate on good faith, there is minimal capital consumed in the court case. Remember, just shy of the majority of marriages end in divorce. If they all went to co...
by Le1bn1z
Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 48675

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

First, I want to take issue with the OP notion that imperial/american is superior because it was grown from hundreds of years of usage, and so is the product of some sort of "natural selection" which makes it "better." This is terrible logic. Zombie Francis Bacon has risen from h...
by Le1bn1z
Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 51980

Rebels find Gadhafi album of Condoleeza photos

Wow. Uhhhh..... awkward. In the latest twise of Gadhafi weirdness, it seems he had a serious thing for the esteemed former Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice. In addition to giving her a diamond ring + extras (safely stored now in a warehouse), he kept a photoalbum of pictures of her. Just her. Smi...
by Le1bn1z
Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NDP Leader Jack Layton dies of cancer.
Replies: 10
Views: 2016

Re: NDP Leader Jack Layton dies of cancer.

For those who may have missed it, this was a truly beautiful farewell to his nation. Written two days before his death Monday, Jack penned a farewell letter to his party and to his fellow Canadians. HIs last words: "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is be...
by Le1bn1z
Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada rebrands armed forces.
Replies: 13
Views: 2378

Re: Canada rebrands armed forces.

OK, hate to rain on the Harper-hate parade (normally I'd be out front with the giant hat and baton), but this has very little to do with Harper. In fact, I think its a good thing for those of use who wouldn't trust Harper to be dog catcher of Orillia (those poor puppies...) Harper's spent the past s...
by Le1bn1z
Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Billionaire funding artificial libertarian islands
Replies: 387
Views: 34523

Re: Billionaire funding artificial libertarian islands

So, let me get this straight. You're going to move a buch of rich people who've just given a giant middle finger to their home nations to a floating island-country in the middle of nowhere, with no military, police or other protections to speak of. I think somebody's about to learn the importance of...
by Le1bn1z
Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NDP Leader Jack Layton dies of cancer.
Replies: 10
Views: 2016

Re: NDP Leader Jack Layton dies of cancer.

Very sad day. While I was always virulently opposed to his party, Jack Layton was a very effective party-leader, and would have made a superb Leader of the Opposition. Jack's legacies - such as the crushing of the seperatist Bloc Quebecois, real support for affordable housing in major cities, rallyi...
by Le1bn1z
Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police in Canada can commit perjury without consequence
Replies: 6
Views: 1965

Police in Canada can commit perjury without consequence

Link here In other news in Canada's swiftly deteriorating policing situation, police strip searched a man in front of members of the opposite sex, and then lied about it, and other matters in court. They will not be charged with perjury, investigated in any way or disiplined. If anyone else lied in...
by Le1bn1z
Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The world's best thermal barrier - still unused
Replies: 38
Views: 5844

Re: The world's best thermal barrier - still unused

Hiding your discoveries out of inflated ego puts you on a pantheon of douchebaggery with the likes of Issac Newton (MP, PhD, DB etc.) On the other had, in our system, he's just begging for someone to go all Leibniz on his ass, duplicate his discovery and spread it far and wide to the benefit of all ...
by Le1bn1z
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vancouver riots after Canucks loss.
Replies: 31
Views: 4835

Re: Vancouver riots after Canucks loss.

According to the Star and the Globe, the girl was hurt in the riots. Her boyfriend rushed to her side and was trying to calm her down and comfort her. No word on how far that comforting went. See the story at http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1010521--i-can-t-believe-that-s-us-says-woman-in...
by Le1bn1z
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Europes Debt Crisis
Replies: 28
Views: 3450

Re: Europes Debt Crisis

I guess you could call those cultures of contempt and entitlement too. But there is enough contempt and entitlement to be found in all upper classes, perhaps all classes really. In the US, I know a number of bartenders and waitstaff at various restaurants/bars. Most earn a large chunk of their inco...
by Le1bn1z
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vancouver riots after Canucks loss.
Replies: 31
Views: 4835

Re: Vancouver riots after Canucks loss.

Well, its finally official. After a year of suspicion from coast to coast, its safe to say the obvious truth to come out of this: Vancouver fans are the biggest douchebags in Canadian sportsfandom. Of interest, though, are the Good Samaratins who risked life and limb to protect stores, homes and pas...
by Le1bn1z
Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Europes Debt Crisis
Replies: 28
Views: 3450

Re: Europes Debt Crisis

There has been massive coverage of the absurdity of Greek Tax statistics. According to them: 1.) Only six people in Athens own pools. 2.) Doctors make, on average, less than the national average income. 3.) The sum total of corporate and pesonal income and expenditures reported is massively less tha...
by Le1bn1z
Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brit charged with Harassment for exposing affair
Replies: 11
Views: 2762

Re: Brit charged with Harassment for exposing affair

This is bizarre. Fine. Now I'm waiting for the suit against this . We're now really, really streaching the definition of harassment to protect people from.... what, precisely? Having their affairs exposed by scorned spouses? This is going to result in a further fruitless clogging of the courts. Husb...
by Le1bn1z
Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Europes Debt Crisis
Replies: 28
Views: 3450

Re: Europes Debt Crisis

You have a country where the rich categorically refuse to pay taxes, and the poor demand massive social outlays. What did people expect was going to happen? The solutions are not great. The nation needs to crack down on tax evasion. I do not know whether, in a politically unstable atmosphere, the go...
by Le1bn1z
Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pakistan Arrests CIA's Bin Ladin Informants
Replies: 26
Views: 2564

Re: Pakistan Arrests CIA's Bin Ladin Informants

Don't forget a couple of things: 1.) Pakistan has given more blood in the fight against the Taliban than anyone, and has had more victims to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban than anyone else. Accusing them of indifference is slightly more ridiculous than accusing New York of indifference. 2.) Still, if Amer...
by Le1bn1z
Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The world's best thermal barrier - still unused
Replies: 38
Views: 5844

Re: The world's best thermal barrier - still unused

Meh. As I understand it, artifical sweetener, scotch tape, the cure for scurvy and antibiotics were all invented under similar circumstances. Under similar circumstances meaning "mostly by accident"? Sure, I'll grant you that. Under similar circumstances meaning "by people who refuse...
by Le1bn1z
Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The world's best thermal barrier - still unused
Replies: 38
Views: 5844

Re: The world's best thermal barrier - still unused

Meh. As I understand it, artifical sweetener, scotch tape, the cure for scurvy and antibiotics were all invented under similar circumstances. I'd give the guy benifit of the doubt. But after a certain point, you'd think the government would step in and say "we'll buy for $1 billion, straight up...
by Le1bn1z
Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In Defense of Flogging
Replies: 35
Views: 6139

Re: In Defense of Flogging

Of course, there are cheaper means of incarceration, too. House arrest would be a good compliment to a shit-kicking, and makes sure that people don't just get used to it. Problem is that you have the glass-jaw danger. You hit the wrong person, the wrong way, and he dies... you've got a major problem...
by Le1bn1z
Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CEO of PayPal pays students $100K to NOT attend college
Replies: 61
Views: 6101

Re: CEO of PayPal pays students $100K to NOT attend college

Glad to see this. I worked in university recruitment, so am well aware just how much of a sham it is, especially here, in Canada. We're second only to Spain in university grads working outside their fields of study. This CEO's hit the nail on the head, in terms of the problem, at least. The issue is...
by Le1bn1z
Wed May 18, 2011 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Queen's visit to Ireland, related terrorism
Replies: 24
Views: 2475

Re: Queen's visit to Ireland, related terrorism

Visiting the Guinness Storehouse is always a good idea. I hope everything turns out all right there. I'm not sure what the current feeling about the UK is in Ireland these days, either. Next Headline: Drunken Queen Decides to Reclaim Ireland, Move Court to What She Now Calls the United Guinnessedom...
by Le1bn1z
Wed May 18, 2011 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Debt Ceiling reached
Replies: 61
Views: 5075

Re: US Debt Ceiling reached

To those who say its politically or economically impossible to cut spending and raise taxes, a quick thought: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_XOa7roZi1HU/SmKwWa3DcJI/AAAAAAAAAjo/_QuW25vjzOg/s320/_39568355_chretien_ap203.jpg His reaction to your economics: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Hl-fw99PSlw/STGAiUMnA8I/...
by Le1bn1z
Tue May 17, 2011 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Debt Ceiling reached
Replies: 61
Views: 5075

Re: US Debt Ceiling reached

We did warn you about cuts to math in schools.

To balance a budget you need to raise taxes and cut spending.

Now, if you look at your work for the past 10 years.... ok, see the mistake?
by Le1bn1z
Mon May 16, 2011 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 19474

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

Myth 1: More advanced weaponry has led to higher death rates. Please see the 30 Years' War (1618-48) for details. 1/3 to 1/2 of German population evaporates in 30 years. War is a consequence of human nature, not human technology. Myth 2: All war is morally equivalent. War is violence writ large. If ...
by Le1bn1z
Fri May 13, 2011 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Florida bans sex
Replies: 20
Views: 3581

Re: Florida bans sex

I support this law entirely. From what I've seen of Floridans, they ought not to be having sex with one another or with outsiders. Its morally unconscionable. This is further supported by the fact that neither ought they to procreate. The last thing the world needs are more Floridans. This law strik...
by Le1bn1z
Tue May 10, 2011 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: W(h)ither the Liberal Party of Canada?
Replies: 4
Views: 1970

Re: W(h)ither the Liberal Party of Canada?

They didn't really have a choice. When ministers start openly lying about costs and forging documents to procure funds for projects, that's the definition of Contempt of Parliament. And if found in Contempt, its kind of hard to then express confidence. Fortunately for the Conservatives, most Canadia...
by Le1bn1z
Mon May 09, 2011 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: W(h)ither the Liberal Party of Canada?
Replies: 4
Views: 1970

Re: W(h)ither the Liberal Party of Canada?

I'm curious to see what people think about four issues which I'm sure are burning in every Liberal's mind: 1.) Where did the Liberals go wrong? 2.) Upon what values and policies will they base their renewal? 3.) Having lost the multicultural values pillar and brokerage-party pillar of their voting b...
by Le1bn1z
Mon May 09, 2011 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: W(h)ither the Liberal Party of Canada?
Replies: 4
Views: 1970

W(h)ither the Liberal Party of Canada?

For those who missed this past May 2nd election, three bizarre and tectonic shifts happened in the Canadian political landscape: 1.) The Conservatives won their first Majority since 1988, despite having been caught forging documents to procure funding for pet projects. This allows them to push their...
by Le1bn1z
Mon May 09, 2011 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British voters say "no" to AV
Replies: 94
Views: 9266

Re: British voters say "no" to AV

So you guys are basically calling 68% of voters stupid for not agreeing with you, and you're both calling the other side insulting to the voter's intelligence, and wondering why AV lost? If this was what you were saying before the referendum, the "No" campaign should probably pay you as s...
by Le1bn1z
Mon May 09, 2011 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections
Replies: 46
Views: 5169

Re: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections

The problem is the substantial transfers to Scotland from That Place Which Must Not be Named. They can't simply "carry on" without changing their economy substantially or accepting a lower standard of living. Unless they're counting on continued, no-strings-attached (I mean real strings, n...
by Le1bn1z
Mon May 09, 2011 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections
Replies: 46
Views: 5169

Re: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections

Maybe they could balance the books through a major international trade investment scheme. I hear that Latin America is understaturated for trade purposes. Perhaps they could set up a trading port there. They could invest half of the GDP of the country into the venture, pooling capital for maximum re...
by Le1bn1z
Mon May 09, 2011 2:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British voters say "no" to AV
Replies: 94
Views: 9266

Re: British voters say "no" to AV

The bottom line is that under AV, the British people would need to be capable of simple math, or of concentrating on something for more than five minutes without being distracted by drunken arguments about football or someone doing a mediocre job on reality TV, yea? This is, as everyone there but a ...
by Le1bn1z
Mon May 09, 2011 2:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections
Replies: 46
Views: 5169

Re: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections

Of course there are other countries of similar size in the region. I just checked wikipedia and apparently Scotland has a bit more than 5 million people living in it. Similar to Denmark and Finland, and slightly more than Norway. Other countries with comparable sizes in Europe would be Switzerland,...
by Le1bn1z
Sat May 07, 2011 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British voters say "no" to AV
Replies: 94
Views: 9266

Re: British voters say "no" to AV

Wow. From the makers of such hits a deregulated banking sector, an overregulated everything else and the invasion of Iraq we bring you.... EPIC FAIL 4: DEATH OF AV! You'd think that after a certain number of horrible, horrible voting decisions, the sort of people who voted "no" would reali...
by Le1bn1z
Fri May 06, 2011 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections
Replies: 46
Views: 5169

Re: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections

So... Anyone want to posit as to why the Scotish population chose to elect this government? (And just saying 'They're all idiots' isn't a real answer...) Also, what exactly happened to Iceland and Ireland? In 2008, the economy around the world slumped. Except in places like Iceland and Ireland. The...
by Le1bn1z
Fri May 06, 2011 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections
Replies: 46
Views: 5169

Re: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections

Fascinating. From what I've seen, they are a truly incompetent bunch, with a vision for the future so blinkered it makes Bush look like a broad minded visionary. For years, their website proclaimed that if only they could seperate, they could follow the model of Ireland and Iceland to prosperity. I'...

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