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by TheStranger
Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: blink = think? (Interview[s] with Sarah Palin)
Replies: 98
Views: 7608

Re: blink = think?

But 2 years of being governor isn't enough time for me to agree that she necessarily sticks by her beliefs, add a 'so far' to the start of that statement and then maybe I'd be inclined to agree. Does the "so far" need to be stated? It's true about any person still living that we can only ...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexual Marriage?
Replies: 394
Views: 35504

Re: Homosexual Marriage?

I think that we should remove marriage from the government. Replace it with "domestic partnership" contracts that offer similar benefits and obligations to marriage, while bundling in prenuptial clauses. These contracts would be open to any two adult individuals, regardless of their other ...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6574

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

Leading freedom. That's an interesting notion. Many successful countries have nationalised banks such as India, Israel and China. All three of which are technologically capable [they all have the bomb]. *Ignores "Freedom"* The proposed reforms in the video go more then a few steps beyond ...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: blink = think? (Interview[s] with Sarah Palin)
Replies: 98
Views: 7608

Re: blink = think?

Nothing Palin has said, and nothing factual that I've heard about her has suggested to me that she deserves any of my respect. That she has risen to Governor of a state. That she has/is raising a family. That she sticks by her beliefs. That she is a skilled politician. All of these things make her ...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6574

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

I guess if you ignore "have tense relationships with", you can throw out my statement like you did. Perhaps I am missing something... what defines a 'tense' relationship? What free democratic states, using an 'alternative' economic model does the US have a tense relationship? Note that I ...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6574

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

We're at war with or have tense relationships with every culture in the world which has or flirts with a different monetary system. That doesn't seem like a coincidence, does it? And the number of those states that we are at war with that are free democracies? Islamic law (like all major religions ...
by TheStranger
Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Appealing to self interest in politics (republican policy)
Replies: 76
Views: 6475

Re: Appealing to self interest in politics (republican policy)

I'm not seeing how trickle down helped the economy. Apparently, the poverty rate was raising during Reagen's first term, fell a little bit, then raised again in Bush Sr.'s term. Then fell during Clinton's term. So the poverty rate climbed about 3% (and about 7 million) under trickle down and fell a...
by TheStranger
Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Appealing to self interest in politics (republican policy)
Replies: 76
Views: 6475

Re: Appealing to self interest in politics (republican policy)

On a different note, here's my idea for a tax plan: 1. Figure out how much the government needs. 2. Figure out if the economy needs more saving or more spending. 3. Figure out if there is too much or too little equality 4. Increase or decrease various bracket taxes and/or sales taxes. With those 5-...
by TheStranger
Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6574

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

Some interesting research there, it really helps clear up some of the points regarding lending (assuming that it is accurate) but for the most part there was no new info in it for me. It is HEAVILY biased against the modern banking system though, and does drop into crazyland towards the end. It also...
by TheStranger
Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: blink = think? (Interview[s] with Sarah Palin)
Replies: 98
Views: 7608

Re: blink = think? (Interview[s] with Sarah Palin)

Hey Americans :) Just out of interest, how do you think the average American voter would react to knowing the rest of the world wants Obama to win and is terrified of a potential President Mccain? (or should the worst happen President Palin after a few years) Would that make the average American mo...
by TheStranger
Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lady News!
Replies: 300
Views: 34964

Re: Lady News!

Gunfingers wrote:I hope i'm not cheating by posting here without having a uturus, but...

Lady videos! Sarah Haskins amuses me to no end.


Is it OK for me to find those videos funny? I don't want to be a sexist SOB!
by TheStranger
Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Appealing to self interest in politics (republican policy)
Replies: 76
Views: 6475

Re: Appealing to self interest in politics (republican policy)

This is true, but it's a simplistic view. Gov't has the option of taxing businesses on profit only. What if all businesses paid a percentage flat tax only on profits? This wouldn't require an increase to the cost of goods at all. Any price change would be a strategy choice rather than a necessity b...
by TheStranger
Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24691

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

1) It could unduely influence Voters. If a moron who plans on voting, believes that the military, or post office, or police endorse a certain party or person, it could influence their decision. 2) I am more worried about the "Gays are an abomination" button. or the "Blacks are Inferi...
by TheStranger
Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What creates a long lasting country?
Replies: 22
Views: 2352

Re: What creates a long lasting country?

Access to a good stock of natural resources (ancient Egypt) or a strong position in a trade network (Rome). Isolation can also help (Japan). As can a a rigorously enforced culture (China). It takes more then one element though, the condition of neighboring countries is also an important factor (weak...
by TheStranger
Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of the current financial crisis - cultural?
Replies: 36
Views: 3463

Re: It all looks the same on their credit cards

Steady growth is unmaintainable--it's a question of when and how the limits are reached. Though steady growth is not maintainable, it is the desirable state to be in (as a significant portion of the population wants to be wealthier then they are). It is an accepted truth that the economy needs stea...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of the current financial crisis - cultural?
Replies: 36
Views: 3463

Re: The cause of the current financial crisis - cultural?

The current 'slump' is a function of the market system, which will have "highs" and "lows" of activity. People do have to worry about "now" much more then they need to worry about later because: 1) now is... well NOW... I can fix the problems today because they are toda...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dinosaurs helped build the pyramids
Replies: 16
Views: 2498

Re: Dinosaurs helped build the pyramids

And after the invention of hats, they all mysteriously disappeared and are now thought to be extinct. I once knew someone who thought that there were still dinosaurs running around, he claimed he'd seen them. But then one day some men came and dragged him off, and he hasn't been seen since.... at l...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The British government (and the West Lothian question)
Replies: 16
Views: 2060

Re: The British government (and the West Lothian question)

Except that the EU seems to have been designed as an alliance of independent states, not a central government. As an "outsider looking in" I'm rather fascinated by this... and in compare/contrast with places like the US and Canada. The fact that England is not a political unit(state/provin...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Would a global Totalitarian regime be REALLY that bad?
Replies: 32
Views: 4085

Re: Would a global Totalitarian regime be REALLY that bad?

But then again, we are only a group of university students, so correct me if I'm wrong, or have a less than correct something in my argument. (sorry for the awkward sentencing, always been a problem of mine) There is an old quote that goes along the lines for the following: "Democracy is the w...
by TheStranger
Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill Gates Reveals the Future to Jerry Seinfeld
Replies: 13
Views: 1895

Re: Bill Gates Reveals the Future to Jerry Seinfeld

I don't know about chewy, but I'll jump through all sorts of hoops for the promise of a cake both 'delicious' AND 'moist'.
by TheStranger
Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Introducing Mozilla Labs Ubiquity: mashup while you browse
Replies: 9
Views: 1118

Re: Introducing Mozilla Labs Ubiquity: mashup while you browse

I'm liking it... but it's a shame that Chrome came out at almost the same time (now I've got to many toys...)
by TheStranger
Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where are we?
Replies: 53
Views: 4929

Re: Where are we?

We're circling the drain. There is no way this upcoming generation(speaking as a member of it, though I disdane the vast majority of my peers) is going to be able to keep this country running between commercials. I can't imagine 99% of my graduating class holding a job entailing any more responsibi...
by TheStranger
Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lowering Drinking Age
Replies: 158
Views: 10679

Re: Lowering Drinking Age

There is a tendency to flat out reject changing the minimum drinking age... but such 'knee-jerk' reactions are rarely found to be reasonable. There is little that will make me more interested in something then saying that there is no reason to discuss it anymore. For myself I think that it should be...
by TheStranger
Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 31480

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

Jack Saladin wrote:There's a pro-Alaskan secession movement? Lawl.


There is also a pro succession movement in Texas, and there was one for a time in Vermont.

Whats the point really? Unless it can be demonstrated that she was actually a member then I don't really see the point.
by TheStranger
Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14222

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

Ya, and the gov't turns that gas tax money around and uses it for road maintenance, which provides jobs. Oil company profits can, but don't necessarily do the same thing. Because the oil companies take that money and put it under their mattresses? The point was more that additional taxes added will...
by TheStranger
Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14222

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

Simple - the oil companies will jack up gas prices to make it look like the tax is having a negative effect. So yes, in some twisted, obscure sense, taxing the companies will increase gas prices. Nothing twisted or obscure about it... taxes are factored into the cost, and pushed through to the cons...
by TheStranger
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14222

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

Yet windfall taxes are more of a limiter on growth then anything else, and (in the case of the Oil Industry) are arbitrarily applied for political gain... not for economic purposes.

we just have to look back to what happened under Jimmy Carter to see what will occur.
by TheStranger
Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23166

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

I'm not sure where you are getting this from. The anarchists in Spain were crushed on all sides by a number of different external forces; Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Soviet Union and to an extent the western powers. Seeing as how liberal democracies were also crushed by those powers around the...
by TheStranger
Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23166

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

qbg wrote:If you are referring to Franco, he was outside of the anarchists...


While that is true, it does show that the anarchists were unable to muster the force needed keep Franco out.
by TheStranger
Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 31480

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

That glass ceiling, and consequentially, the breaking of it, will mean nothing if Sarah Palin is the one to do it, piggybacking on John McCain's ticket. The real breaking of the glass ceiling will take a woman who got there by her own merits, and wasn't chosen by a man for her reproductive abilitie...
by TheStranger
Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lance Bass To Dance......With A Woman
Replies: 31
Views: 2681

Re: Lance Bass To Dance......With A Woman

In that case, though, the solution, as near as I can see, isn't to have two men (or two women) attempt to dance within the strictures of dancing that wasn't designed with them in mind. It's to popularize styles of dancing that work for same-sex couples, or partner-neutral dancing. Of course, all of...
by TheStranger
Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sweatshops
Replies: 80
Views: 10872

Re: Sweatshops

o it because they expect it to be cheaper). That depends on what was available before. Is the factory taking the place of local industry? The problem with foreign factories isn't when they provide jobs, but when they replace foreign industry and ship all of the money outside of the country. Except ...
by TheStranger
Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 31480

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

Furthermore, does anyone have any doubt that they picked Palin solely because she's a woman, and that looks good in print? A VP pick is very much about balancing out a candidates weak areas (Biden is a good example of this). Palin is a woman, which does play into the selection, but she is also very...
by TheStranger
Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 19405

Re: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)

Malice wrote:Group chemistry experiments can also teach teamwork and dealing with success and failure. And they can teach them to everybody, not the few who happen to have a talent for the work.


Doesn't that cut out Art and Music?
by TheStranger
Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nationalism
Replies: 28
Views: 4795

Re: Nationalism

More in general what is the difference between a single collective looking out for its own interests, and a nation state? If I understand your idea, your arguing that the US should consist of a lot of small nations and states, instead of a single nation and a single state. Which is the inherent pro...
by TheStranger
Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 21874

Re: Artificial Intelligence

1) Physicality - or being in one place and lump it - (or if you want to get philosophical about it, the horizon of your existence towards death) is a necessary condition of both self-awareness and "Mind", and we're pretty sure its necessary. Are we though? Though self-awareness is needed ...
by TheStranger
Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18278

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

Capitalism "sucks" because 1/3rd of your population end up obese. That's not a function of Capitalism, it's a function of the changing nature of society (as the move is made away from physically demanding labor. It's somewhat of a good sign, as it indicates the productive power of Capital...
by TheStranger
Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 19405

Re: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)

Anyways, what does everyone think about athletics in high schools? Unlike colleges, high schools are completely state founded, and football, etc. doesn't bring in much money (not enough to make a profit (at least in most places)). As most of the arguments for athletic scholarships is that they brin...
by TheStranger
Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia. Again. But now Poland
Replies: 66
Views: 10226

Re: Russia. Again. But now Poland

in my understanding (and I probably didnt make it clear) I thought the laser didnt have the power to vapourise the weapon, only "heat it up enough to blow up". i.e. if there is a spin on the missile, it wont affect it Lasers do damage by rapidly heating a section of the target. It would t...
by TheStranger
Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paranoia and Game Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 4579

Re: Paranoia and Game Theory

You can't compare weather predictions to sociology like that. Human beings are individuals in so many ways that air molecules are not. The movement of a fluid can only be predicted because all the fundamental particles are identical. It's not that the particles are identical. Calculating the moveme...

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