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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.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / AX: Hell Exists

My grand parents believed in the 7 hells and on all souls day they lit a special fire, because they believed that our clan will at some day end up in the cold hell. Which by the way was serious business. For children it was strongly recommended to stay at home and be quiet. The penalties for mocking the dead have been pretty draconian. So please don’t even think about mistaking this for Halloween, although it has the same roots.

They were never real Christians (not even closely) and they didn’t separate the world into good and evil. So they believed that anyone will end up in one of the seven hells whatsoever. The cold hell is pretty much the closest to the Christian paradise. Just that in heaven you don’t have eternal winter, need to work hard for even the most minimal luxury and have to flee from evil hordes that are attracted to human souls and force you to change your home all the time. But my grand-parents told me that everything is better then Valhalla, the bloody hell. Where you are forced to die and get tortured until the end of times. And in contrast to every other hell, the living aren’t able to help them. And someone who slaughters humans, their very own race, also don’t deserve any help.

So, the seven hells are:

The cold hell, eternal winter for the hard working men. Who has to work even harder. The mortals can aid them by lighting a fire.
The hot hell, eternal summer for the rich men serve as slaves for the devil. The mortals can aid them by giving them a coin, so they can bribe their masters. Even the tiniest piece of mortal money is worth a lot down under and they can’t take away the money forcefully. Although I doubt that the devil is giving them a good deal. But it’s rumoured, that certain dead people are able to live a pretty luxurious live.
The soft hell, a giant swamp that hand out all kind of fancy illnesses to it’s immortal inhabitants. The mortals can aid them with certain herbs. Of course ones that don’t have their season at all souls day.
The hard hell. Pretty much a desert without water. And without sand. And without pretty much anything. Just rocks. Water helps, Beer is preferred. Even more considering the wasteful went there. Sharp tongues say, that seeds would help them more, but considering their inhabitants it’s a wasted effort. And yes, there are actually 364 of each year, when mocking the death is common place.
The dark hell, where everyone is only a shadow of himself. Unable to communicate with each other and forced to live in solitude. Sacrificing a chicken helps, because their blood gives them substance. Also, it makes a good meal for the living. Just saying.
The loud hell. A special place for certain people who loves to play off somebody against somebody else. And for traitors. And for bootlickers. A silent and honest prayer strengthen them. Sharp tongues says it’s better to went to another hell, because hoping for a honest prayer is something no sane person shall do.
The bloody hell. Once there you can abandon any hope. You may fight and even win for some time. But in the end you will be beaten and tortured and have to fight again. Plus no mortal can help you.

I should add, that the number of hells differ a lot depending on the town and what shall be done to help the poor souls leaded in more then one fist-fight in an inn. The thing about avoiding the bloody hell at all cost was common place, but not really liked by the administration. Personally I’m atheist and in this region this kind of believe has mostly vanished. Last all souls day the didn’t even sacrificed a chicken near the graveyard. And the last time a chicken was sacrificed in the graveyard was over 30 years ago. It was that year, when the village got a cop from the outside, who wasn’t willing to look away. In another 30 years nobody will remember this. And there isn’t really anything written down about this and personally I also only know the very basics.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do you believe in global warming?

Originally posted by Ungeziefer:
Look at the Kyoto protocols invoking global warming to sledgehammer wealth redistribution, China arguably the worlds largest Co2 producer is held accountable to nothing.

About 75% of the energy in China is produced by coal. Most of this coal comes from the USA and they also have pretty good contracts. I mean good for the USA. Coal pretty much became the most important export goods of this country. And although China is much more relevant then 10 years ago, they got no chance for better contracts, because they depend so much on this coal. And the USA really want to squeeze out as much money as they possible can. To make thing worse, other cheaper sources for coal aren’t available any more, because the resources where faster exhausted then planned. Which of course rises the question, how much of this “black gold” the USA really has left. A question that I simply can’t answer.

The point is, that China is really motivated to change to renewable energy. And they really take things seriously, although a lot of their solar projects didn’t worked as planned. In general, they have power-breakdowns all the time, because their plans don’t really work. And the USA of course tries everything to fight renewable energy, to keep the US-American / Chinese “friendship” alive. But it seems like they slowly get things under control. Even if they have to use rather unorthodox methods: http://9gag.com/gag/aAYVxLR . (And yes, the usage of coal in private households is relevant in China. So using solar grills helps.)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / International Media And Gezi Protests

Originally posted by Pulsaris:

To this day, I think nobody has ever conceived a workable way for that without making great sacrifice in human liberty and free will. Perhaps the difficulty isn’t in carrying it out, but in inventing it out of thin air.

So far the problem was, that the elite has pretty good protection against the common mob. Also, last time I checked the Nordic countric, France and Switzerland were doing pretty well. Damn well, to be exact. And they are pretty close to the republican/communistic ideal.

As sidenotes: Pure Communists are actually anti-democratic and have their system of councils and cambers; critic and self-critic. Someone who fights for democracy is actually called a republican. (As in someone who promotes a republic, the opposite of a monarchy.) But in reality I can’t remember meeting a single communist who argued against democracy. And because there is often confusion with an US-American party with same name but opposite goals, republicans tend to call themselves communists, or democratic socialists. There isn’t that much difference between them anyway. At least there aren’t any differences, that can’t be solved with a reasonable compromise, which is pretty much the favourite word of all socialists anyway.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Could Kongregate be a publisher like Adult Swim?

Some of the games from Kong are at Greenlight. Here is Epic Battle Fantasy as example:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=133229519&searchtext=epic+battle

and here you can read, how much success (or lack of it) it has:
http://www.deviantart.com/art/EBF4-post-mortem-376532871

Plus there is this ongoing controversy for streamlining the process of getting games to Steam. Which means, that having a publisher won’t be enough in the future. Adult swim games play even a massive role in this discussion, as you can read here: http://kotaku.com/steam-sends-indies-who-got-publishing-offer-back-to-gre-510922011 (There are other sites with better coverage, but here you can get the basic facts). Although there are games that are too good for greenlight, like for example cranky cat. Here is an 8 minute rant about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um_rftrTNcs . But in general Steam wants, that nice games need to get through the Greenlight-process, if they want to be on steam.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Fingerprint police state

Originally posted by vikaTae:

I’d be more worried about implanted electronic IDs or passive identity techniques like gait identification than fingerprinting.

I can only second this.

Although most people already carry an easily traceable personalised object with them all the time: A cellphone. And the newest generation of “smartphones” with GPS even create movement profiles. Implanted IDs that you can’t leave at home are only a little step forward. Compared to this, a fingerprint is pretty harmless.