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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Religion Outdated?

Originally posted by beauval:

But you’ve already got that. Practising religion is optional in the USA, same as it is over here. So what else do you want?

From my experience the USA has a very similar situation then the former GDR. Atheists in this country are tolerated, but nothing more. You can get through and by law you have the same rights, but if you want to get into any leadership position or get into education, you are de-facto required to have the correct religion. Because as an atheist (or as Christian in case of the GDR) you are missing the moralistic basement that is required by such a position. At least this is the argument used in both cases.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Changes to the Climate...

Climate is a complex topic. It’s actually the result of adding dozen of different effects together. And there is nothing like a fourier analysis to break things down. And many effects also interact with each other in complex and often unknown ways. The butterfly-effect says everything: Even a minimal change in the starting parameters in the size of the wind cause by a butterfly can totally change the result. Which means we are in the domain of the chaos theory.

When it comes to this theory, normally the first thing scientists do is ignoring peaks and looking at everything else. Peaks may be very visible to the general public, but it’s impossible to tell if this is an unlucky combination of effects in a certain direction or if it’s actually meaningful. What matters are the 360 days in a year which aren’t special. I tried to dig a little bit into this topic. But to be honest, I gave up pretty fast.

What I personally extracted was, that Global Warming happens. And we are also in the beginning of an Ice-age. And this two effects don’t necessary apply to the same areas, so the climate don’t change equally. Which leads to bigger differences in temperatures and we will most likely see stronger hurricanes in the future. Bad luck for all US-Americans, that build wooden houses next to the ocean.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Learn coding! Java,HTML,Ruby, etc.

As alternative people can just visit processing.org, which is a great point to start if you want to learn coding. And now that you can export the result towards HTML5, sharing the result works a lot better. And there nobody has to register.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / World Cup 2014: The Ugly

I really can’t see how this event will help Brazil in the long term. One important point to know is, that such projects normally aid the construction industry of a country. But in the case of Brazil the work was done by foreign companies, who took their worker with them. Sochi 2014 was (rightfully) criticised as Strabag-olympics, but at least Strabag worked together with local companies and hired people from Russia en masse. Although it of course mainly aided Austria. Which isn’t true in this case, because no local construction companies are involved. Something that isn’t really covered by the media is, that in general people in Brazil are strongly against the USA. If a bottle of water is spilled, you can count on somebody blaming the USA for it. (And yes, this isn’t something rational.) And this very country profited a lot from the construction contracts. And now people ask, why they are paying taxes, that is spend on a project that mostly aid a hated country and they don’t even have a plan for the subsequent usage.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Will we see another war with Japan?

Originally posted by Mafefe_Classic:

I agree, Japan is going to invade China with that army they dont have.

They would actually do this quite literally. Section 9 of their constitution don’t allow them to rear up and they have not a single regular soldier. The SDF is officially part of the police, similar to Cobra in Austria or the SWAT in the USA. Unofficially it’s of course questionable, why the SDF has enough intercontinental ballistic missiles and super-cavitation torpedos to bomb most countries into the stone age. Not to forget their ground-forces, marine and their absurd numbers of drones.

The SDF is of course not as over the top, as Japan sometimes imply. But China for sure has reasons to be worried.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why Do People Celebrate Christian Holidays The Way They Do?

Originally posted by KingZeldar3:

Ideas taken from Pagans. I see it as a family get-together event. The ‘deep meaning’ in it in my opinion no longer contains any meaning anymore. I mean, I’m not a believer, but still.

Pagans may refer to a lot of things. But if you mean the indigenous Central-European religions, I have to disappoint you. There you had normally a certain period of abstinence. And at the end of it a giant party. Mostly centred around the “Herma” of a town. Which in most cases was nothing else then a two metre high phallus. Wikipedia isn’t really representative in this case. In most cases people took a big boulder (preferable granite) and sculpted it, until it looked remotely like a penis. (Most of them had a really low aesthetic quality.) And then women got banged, while leaning on these stones. Personally I wouldn’t call this a “family get-together event”.

With Christianity this changed into the unified 40 days of Lenten fast. And at the end there was a big celebration, although centred around Jesus Christ instead of the local god of group sex. Over time, the lent was taken less and less serious. While on the other side merchants are interested into selling their products and having an event where parents give presents to their kids.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / American Government discussion

Originally posted by Kasic:

Alright, I admit I’m wrong on this one. Waiting times on average are higher in Canada than in the US. I’ll include this bit, though.

The challenge is, that pretty much every non-critical treatment is rejected in the USA, if you don’t pay an obscene amount of money. But if you pay it, you will get the treatment almost immediately. If this is a good or bad thing is open to discussion.

In Canada far more people are accepted and it’s possible to “bribe” your way into a better position in the line, but little to no data about this is available. Hospitals are normally very discrete about such “customs”. So even if you have lots of money, Canada might be the better place to live.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / American Government discussion

Originally posted by Kasic:

And let’s stop the discussion about Communism, right? Socialism /= Communism. The brand of socialism wanted by the Democratic party isn’t even extreme socialism, it’s moderate compared to other first world countries that aren’t even socialist. Our typical Democrats would be considered MODERATE in Europe.

By European standards the democrats can be considered fascists and the republicans too dumb to live.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / American Government discussion

Originally posted by issendorf:

As for learning, I mean, I’ve read Marx. I’ve read the Communist Manifesto. I studied the Soviet Union pretty heavily. I’ve heard all the arguments before. Again, he’s fascinating, but he isn’t exactly teaching me anything since I’ve already heard the Communist schtick.

I would be happy if you would at least read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism . And I don’t mean everything, but the 4 paragraphs above the word “Content” should be enough. Because to be honest, I’m under the impression that you don’t know what the word Communism means.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Government shutdown

Originally posted by issendorf:

Here’s something to hopefully end your baseless (dare I say, childish ; ) fear that we’ll default and be loaning out the Washington Monument to Chinese dignitaries. And no need to thank me for my adult realism.

The USA has pretty much the same problem as Greek: If every company that make business in this country would pay the taxes, which they must pay by law, then they would have no problems with debt. And I’m mostly speaking about big companies. I don’t want to say that small companies can’t be corrupt and evil, but they simple have no choice. If they don’t pay their taxes, then it’s game over for them.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Government shutdown

Originally posted by dd790:

Plus China pretty much owns America now so if they have to bail you out then you may as well become the United States of iPhone Factories

The communistic China in fact owns a lot of real estates and fabrics in the USA.

But they aren’t related to Foxconn, which is a Taiwan/Czech company. In fact, the majority of iStuff is actually produced in Czech, the factories in Taiwan are comparable small. The workers in Czech are mostly permanently unemployed person, who are forced to do this work in order to get governmental aid. And because this factories help to reintegrate these worker into the job-exchange, they don’t have to pay them wages. It’s de-facto forced work in the heart of Europe. That you see “Made in China” on every IPhone is, because the communistic China claims control over Taiwan. Plus it’s a great propaganda move, considering the constant waves of worker protection laws in China. It gives people the feeling, that no matter how badly they are treated by their employer in the USA, at least all the people in China are in a much worse position. (Although workers in the USA are in fact in a much better position then workers in China. But the margin is much smaller then many might imagine.)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / how Australia is seen by the rest of the world

They have evil animals that murder people. Seriously, I know Kangaroos and Ostrich. Both of them drink human blood. Trust me, my last encounter with an Ostrich resulted into two days of sickness absence. People from Australia tell me, that crocodiles are friendly animals that are recommended as peaceful pets. But I don’t trust them any more and stay with Austrian animals like Deer or Mouflon. By Austrian standards a boar is dangerous, but I guess this became relative after I met a god damned Ostrich.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Government shutdown

Originally posted by samuro2:

Honestly, the government is a huge joke. How is it Belgium hasn’t had a government for hundreds of years and they don’t care, but when America gets their government shit down for a couple days everyone goes insane? Nothing is really going to be effected by this. I’m pretty sure Obama is just sitting at home watching tv…

The USA has a huge media presence in general. In case of Austria the election of the US-American president is covered in much greater detail then the election of the Austrian president. Which is absurd, if you think about it. It’s not like we have any influence of who is becoming president. To be fair, it’s not as if we even care. But the USA spends a lot of money to get this kind of news into the newspaper of the world. And don’t forget the golden rules: Whoever has the gold, makes the rules. If they pay, that every newspaper in Austria only covers cupcakes as top-story, then so be it.

And yes, this is what the US-American tax-money is used for. As Austrian I would love, if the USA cut this budget.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Government shutdown

Originally posted by beauval:

My mistake, I was forgetting what a convoluted process the American budget is, and how ludicrously easy it is to hijack it. It wouldn’t happen that way here – the ruling party presents the budget to Parliament, the opposition complains about it, and then everyone gets on with their job. Much easier that way. And the civil service remains permanently funded throughout.

The USA is ruled by a coalition (if I may use the European term) formed by Republicans and Democrats. The opposition are parties like for example SPUSA, Constitutions Party or The Greens. And that a coalition disagree about the budget is also pretty common here in Europe. The difference is, that institutes have a decent amount of reserve funds in most European countries.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / How Venezuela is seen by the world?

I know Venezuela mostly because people from there visiting the council housing where I live a lot. They plan to build similar places for their worker and look how things work here. They speak Spanish, which is a language I don’t understand at all. But I heard enough that a lot of worker in this country live under piss-poor conditions and have to pay almost their whole income for their flats. And the owner do everything to prevent the building of high-quality housing for a fair rent. The government already finished a few projects, but from my information there are only few poor people in there. Most of them got these flat for the loyalty for the party and weren’t really in need in the first place. But there is no hint that they stopped building these houses and it’s only a question of time until the poor also get a worthwhile living place.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Syria

Originally posted by onlineidiot1994:

While I’m sure we’d all like to point fingers at the US, or Israel, or France, or whosoever the fuck else you think may have done it, it just doesn’t seem likely.

The current opinion of independent™ experts on this questions depends, where they live. In Russia/China they seem to be pretty sure, that the Rebels did it. Although they have no actual proove. Independent experts, hand-picked by the German government, aren’t sure if the Rebels did it, although it would be an option. But they are sure, that Assad isn’t the driving power behind this attack. Experts from Western countries are completely clueless and deny answering this question. They say, it’s the job of the UNO to judge this. Which by the way is also my opinion, but without a mandate for this special question, the UNO isn’t allowed to comment on it. And it’s also not public, who blocks this mandate.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Syria

A little bit of background information I have, but which isn’t really clear in the news: The UNO is supposed to verify, if there have been chemical weapons used in Syria. But that people there have died because of chemical weapons is already well documented. The real question would be, if Assad fired them or the rebels killed their own people or an evil force™ was involved. But the UN-inspectors actually don’t have the mandate to comment on this question. So the UNO itself isn’t sure, why they endanger the life of their inspectors.

So don’t expect any new information from them. It’s such a wonderful case, where everyone wants to see an omelette. But don’t dare breaking a single egg!

Source: http://www.ardmediathek.de/ndr-info/ndr-info-redezeit?documentId=16796228 (Govermental German Radio/Podcast)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Paper...

Originally posted by vikaTae:

Ebooks don’t have to be observed remotely, or updatable remotely. It all depends on how you handle them.

Yes, it don’t need to be. But so far every E-Book I’m aware of was pretty aggressive in collecting data and sending it to it’s master. Even with Wifi disabled and settings at “don’t spy on me and I don’t care for the damn cloud”. In the end it’s all about trust. The possibilities for the government are limitless. It’s amazing what kind of profiles you get from public libraries or loyalty cards of book-stores. But this really takes it up to 11.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Paper...

Personally I don’t like the idea that entities can observe which books I read at which speed. And as a bonus are also able to update/censor a book as needed, even after it has been released. And at least here in Europe the sells for E-Books really went down since the NSA-scandal. So I’m definitely not the only person concerned about this.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I love socialism!

Originally posted by jhco50:

Sanii. our county chose a representative republic for a reason, we didn’t want a powerful government telling us what to do. The people who want an all powerful nanny government are those who are either incapable or to lazy to do anything for themselves. The producers are tired of our country being a welfare state with half the country living off those who get out and achieve. There is really nothing to discuss. You take care of yourself or die. Life can be tough.

Your country has the choice between a liberal-conservative party and another liberal-conservative party. Just take the party-program of each party next to each other and look how they are totally equal in pretty much any point. The only differences are, how these goals should be achieved. It’s pretty much like asking a slave, if he prefer a salt-rod or a whip and then saying, that the slave has chosen to be punished for every tiny offence out of his free will.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Watch Dogs

The idea of the game itself is great. And with the current NSA-scandal and constant spying on customers through big companies an current topic. But to be honest, from all information I have, this game will most likely be just another non-subtle war propaganda game. To be honest, I’m not much into modern FPS. And it’s pretty obvious, that killing people will be mandatory. If it has an interesting story, it may be worth watching it as Let’s Play. But I really doubt this.

I guess it’s better to spend the money on books. Russia really brings more good books to the market then anyone can read, when it comes to agent stories in a modern setting. Speaking English don’t give you much of value in this direction. There is of course “body of lies”, but this is first of all from 2007 and second it’s more like a diet agent story. It pretty much ignores all the nice tricks that a cellphone in the pocket of your enemy make possible. Honestly, at the moment I feel like I don’t get too much value from being able to understand English. At least entertainment-wise.

Hopefully it will be at least a solid shooter, so fans of this genre will get enough value from this game.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I love socialism!

Originally posted by JohnnyBeGood:
In for example Germany you would find most of the liberal rights in the Free Democratic Party, while most of the liberal left are found in the Green Party and the Pirate Party. Interestingly they(FDP and Green) tend to ally far more often with their “totalitarian/authoritarian” counterparts than each other, both generally sacrificing “small government and liberal human rights” for economic issues.(though that might in part be because together they would rarely archive a majority).

The FDP is a liberal/conservative party. From the political goals pretty similar to the two major American parties and also get a lot of monetary support from this direction. To be straight, they are the party of corruption, aiding the richest 5% and working for the goals of major companies. The Greens on the other hand had always a strong anti-corruption and aiding SME theme. And they really mean it. Pretty much every corruption scandal in Germany in the last 10 years was discovered by this party or at least with huge help of it. The Greens have been also a driving power behind the end of aiding coal-mining. Which is strictly against the interests of the USA, who finance the FDP.

Because of these reasons a coalition between this two parties would surprise me. We should be happy, that they don’t try to kill each other on sight in public.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I love socialism!

@jhco50: Wow, you are confusing a lot of things. May I explain the three major political movements to you: Socialism, Liberalism, Conservatism.

Liberalism is this thing, where if you reduce government and let competition do his work, everything will magically turn out fine. Combined of course with strong emphasis of personal freedom and private property.

Socialism is defined by the holy trinity of public freedom, equality of opportunity and solidarity. Real socialism is pretty much non-existent in the USA.

Conservatism: This is all about custom and practice. Combined with strong cult of personality and religion as drug for the mob. It’s also about the idea that people are inherently different and shall stick to their god-given destiny.

If you need more information about basic political science, then consult Wikipedia. They have pretty exhausting articles on this topic, also explaining the different sub-movements. Anyway, saying that liberals like big government is wrong by definition. Either you are liberal or you like big government, you need to choose on of these two things. And how religion shall be related with a political movement makes no sense to me at all. Most likely because I’m not Conservative. And how a few Muslims in the US-government have a major relevance is also something you need to explain. I know that a lot of people want to see Muslims getting stoned in public for their believes. But the majority of the USA don’t agree with such hate-groups.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Goldman Lowers Tesla Price Target To $84--Time To Sell?

In my personal opinion GM is the strongest sell I can imagine.

The US-American part of this company was always a burden and at least two decades behind the rest of the company technology wise, while the fabrics of the foreign GM-subs had to cover the costs, so that workers in the USA can work in a museum. And when GM ran into bankruptcy, the US-government took over control. And for obvious reason they didn’t closed the US-American loss-making fabrics. But they saved the company by selling or closing foreign fabrics for short time gain, most of them are profitable. To be fair, non-US-American subs of GM got closed pretty quickly anyway, if they had difficulties not earning them 2 Bucks for every Dollar tossed at them.

Opel Bochum was always the big exception. The GM model-fabric was never a gain, but they had a lot of R&D and experimental machines there and in my humble opinion can be considered the backbone of GM. Bochum already lost pretty much all of their key-engineers and is a shadow of itself. From my current (over one year old) information they will no longer exist in 2016, although things change almost weekly.

The US-government will do everything to keep the jobs of the US-American as long as possible. But to be frank, if they don’t have a major positive surprise hidden, then they are done in the long run. But so far they only had negative surprises. I thought they will focus on modernising their US-American fabrics. But the higher degree of automation would mean, that they would easily fire 9/10 of their worker. Which seems to be politically not wanted. And a R&D-focused GM under the control of the government isn’t really the style of the USA, no matter how much I personally love this idea.

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This thread is also about Tesla. In my honest opinion they are a little bit fishy and definitely have more shadows then substance. But most US-American companies are like this. Their technology is interesting, but nothing I would consider as a retirement arrangement. If this looses 50% in one week without warning, you shouldn’t be surprised. It could also sky-rocket for no sane reason. Who knows? But I’m for sure curious how everything turns out in the end.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Obama to Blame For Benghazi Attack?

Originally posted by PatriotSaint:

“But prove to me a source is left-leaning and it gets a “credible-source” badge, awarded by “that guy”. That’s what I call qualifications for journalism!"

Please don’t forget, that it’s part of the left-wing agenda, not to treat their people like idiots. Which includes to convince their people with actual arguments and don’t tell them bullshit, which can be disproved with 2 minutes of research. There is actually no straight left-wing counterpart of FOX, because it would be torn into pieces by their own people.