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Topic: Serious Discussion / Immigration and citizenship

Originally posted by fma1:

Self sufficient societies have existed in the past and the United Stated has the potential to be one… Outsourcing is unnecessary. Just because my opinion is different than yours, that doesn’t make it naive. The belief that an economy can be self sufficient is not naive, it has been done successfully in some past societies. A self sufficient America would still have a separation of different economic classes based on what type of jobs people do. But outsourcing those jobs is not necessary.

Can you name any of those self sufficient societies? Not even Cuba and north Korea are self sufficient. The belief that an economy can be self sufficient is not naive the idea that in this day and age a big country can become so is naive. Especially a country thats at the top of the food chain. Why should Americans in general give up their current average life style and decide to live a life style that makes migrating to Cuba or even south Korea like a good idea?

When I say it should be easy for people to become citizens, that would be under the condition that they can perform work that would benefit the society in some way.

In the self sufficient society I refer to, public services will be available only to those who are in the country legally, and becoming legal would be a very simple process as long as there is useful work that the immigrant will do.


You can disagree with my opinion, but that does not make me naive.

Pro-Tip your going to need a wall to keep people in and not out of your self sufficient society.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Immigration and citizenship

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
Originally posted by JohnnyBeGood:

Now thats even more naive than both the stuff that Karma was criticizing and what he was himself claiming.

Please explain the part in bold.
Obviously, I understand the naivete of fma1’s point; but, what part of mine was “lacking”?
Keep in mind any hyperbolizing was done for comparative impact.


Plus, it appears that I failed to place a very import word in one sentence:
“So, to solve all of this….we IMPORT labor which we can NOT find work for and so we put them on govt. assistance that is paid for by money that doesn’t exist because no one is drawing a paycheck that can be taxed?”


Also, I likely should make it clearer that the imported labor (immigrants…legal or not)I infer would be massive due to fma1’s “easy enter program” and is of a nature that is, for the most part, not skilled beyond “menial” labor.

The part i found lacking was the “We are EXPORTING American Jobs” and “we IMPORT labor which we can NOT find work for”. I already Explained the first one quite a bit in my comment on how Outsourcing works and why it used to be actually beneficial.

I find the “we IMPORT labor which we can NOT find work for” lacking because 1st generation of immigrants from less well off nations tend to be the most and hardest working People in a 1st world society. Due to the fact that the hardships of life in the place of origin(and the threat of having to go back) sets their expectations low regarding working and life conditions as well as pay.

With the “import” of these People jobs are actually kept/created in the 1st world countries that would otherwise be outsourced or even cease to exist. Together with the fact that these immigrants also have needs that need to be serviced. The number of jobs/work in the society actually increases. So the problem is generally not the amount of Jobs available but other things.

Like for Example 2nd generation immigrants that lack the hardship experience necessary to do unhealthy jobs for below minimal pay but lack education just as much or even more than their Parents. Or the fact that these hardworking 1st generation immigrants naturally put pressure on all those nationals that lack skill beyond menial labor, because the land in a direct market competition with the new comers. Or that some/many of the immigrants come illegally and such create a shadow economy and increase crime.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Immigration and citizenship

Originally posted by fma1:

Karma, I believe that we should stop outsourcing to other countries. It is completely possible for this country to sustain itself. And I think that it should be easier for determined people to be integrated into that self sufficient economy if it arises.

Now thats even more naive than both the stuff that Karma was criticizing and what he was himself claiming. Outsourcing is the basis of the great Wealth difference between 1st, 2nd and 3rd world countries. 1st world countries being able to outsource both bad working conditions and poor paying jobs/work into 2nd and 3rd world countries, due to the great difference in infrastructure, while keeping the good paying jobs/work under better working conditions. With the people in the first World profiting from the jobs/work in 2nd and 3rd world countries due to the Capitalist setup. The profit of the outsourced jobs/work is split between the consumers and the 1st world Companies who use it to finance work in 1st World countries(At least as long as the infrastructure difference remains).

It is currently impossible for any 1st World country to sustain its current state of life and be self sufficient at the same time. That would be like the owner of a big company firing all his workers with the goal of becoming self sufficient.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Immigration and citizenship

Originally posted by fma1:

“Citizens” was too specific of a term. I meant to refer to all people who are in the country legally. I changed it to be more clear.

Well then the question remains: How easy should(would) it be to become a legal immigrant? There are reasons why illegal Aliens are cared for by society to a certain degree.

For example not providing certain services for illegals does not get rid of the illegals and their needs. Instead it creates a illegal shadow economy both to provide for the needs as well as to provide for the money.

Now if your plan includes making it easier for illegal immigrants to become legals, then this problem could be solved. But it might create a new problem of causing such a rise in immigration that other problems associated with immigration increase.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Immigration and citizenship

Originally posted by fma1:

I will now present when some might call an unpopular opinion.

I believe that illegal immigrants should not have access to things paid for by taxes, such as public schools or socialized healthcare. Only citizens should have access to these things. However, I also think that the process of becoming a citizen should be made much easier. That way, immigrants can come and be able to access these things more easily. These two things must both happen at the same time. If the government wants to restrict all public services to use by citizens only, then it must also make the process of becoming a citizen significantly easier.

What are your thoughts on this?

Well depends on the why and how. Why do you think that things paid for by taxes should only be available for Citizens? Is it because you think that citizens have no self interest in having taxes spent on someone else than themselves? What about legal Aliens that don´t want to be citizens or what about foreign companies? How easy do you want to make it, for immigrants to become legals?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is it time to drop the death penalty?

Originally posted by vikaTae:

The legal system isn’t enough. To be absolutely sure you need the medical system in there as well. Only a medical diagnosis would be acceptable to determine eligibility for treatment. Their legal past history is not acceptable for a medical treatment.

1. The medical system is also not infallible. Especially in the case where the convicted was not actually the criminal. Since those people can not feel real remorse for something they did not do.
2. Right now the medical system can not claim that anyone (that is not a vegetable) is beyond treatment or if treatment will be or even has been successful with the necessary degree of certainty.
3. Even talking about case in the near future with a better medical system. What we know now points out that even Personality Traits that can not be treated can change over long periods of time. So one would actually have to keep People imprisoned for life just in case they change or in case a treatment is found in the future.

I also do not see your idea reducing the cost of Death Penalty. What it might reduce (if the medical system was better) is the cost of normal prison sentences aimed at rehab. It in no way reduces the costs for the Death Penalty because the extra cost come from 1) making extra sure that the System(s) have not failed, 2) the costs associated with Killing them(for example extra pay for wardens and medical executioner).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is it time to drop the death penalty?

Originally posted by vikaTae:

I consider the death penalty ok in those cases (retraction of breathing priviledges) because by that point we have an iron clad case that they will never improve, and likely will never feel remourse for their actions. Keeping them in prison is thus not a punishment for them, and is frankly a waste of money.

There are two Reasons why i don´t think the death sentence can ever be OK.

1. The legal system is never infallible.
2. Killing the criminals is not worse to them than life imprisonment.

Additionally.

Your claim that keeping them in prison is a waste of money has already been pointed out as wrong. A Death sentence costs more than Prison for life.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Food science

Originally posted by vikaTae:
Originally posted by Aleazor:

Many of us who work hard for low pay spend our off days in physical pain and psychological turmoil as a result of our jobs.

Many of us who work hard for good pay spend our on days as well as our off, in considerable physical pain, and constant psychological turmoil from past life experiences.

What’s your point here? That you’re human?

Yes. That seems to be in fact his point. For me the Question is, is he just pointing out the flaw(lack of freewill) in the guilt-based
moral system or is arguing within that moral-system and claiming a special excuse from responsibility.
Considering that from as far as i can see DD was the first one in this thread to bring into the play the guilt-based moral system, in a rant attacking a post of Aleazor, i have the feeling its the first option.

Physical pain and psychological problems are nothing unique to those with low-paying jobs. The rest of us just deal with it, and don’t let it win. DD understands that, and I think his job is low-paying. He refuses to let it define him from what I can see, and as a result it doesn’t.

As you might imagine, I deal with a lot of people with physical disabilities either through assessment for a replacement bodypart, or general interaction inside and outside of hospital environments. Broadly, I can categorise them into two types: Those who let their disability define and control them, and those who do not.

Always I find that those who refuse to let their circumstances define them, are happier, and in relatively less pain than those with the same condition who choose to be defined by it, constantly bemoaning how their circumstances stop them from doing anything.

Personally i can digest what your saying on two levels so that i can both agree and disagree with it(though i do have to over read the “just” in any case). It depends on the definition of key words like “deal with it”, “let”, “choose”. Fact is the way people in general experience reality as being in control and having the ability to make choices, is objectively a flawed perception. Objectively people have no more of choice to do or not do something as any object.
Still, its the way people generally perceive reality. And with a slight nod to acknowledging this, i can agree and disagree at the same time.

Some people can manage a (hard) working life, with both a social life and a healthy personal life. Some can´t. Nods and cheers to those who can. Sympathy for those who can´t.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 600

Originally posted by thepunisher52:

This part always makes me wonder,
How can one be so lacking in sense of self preservation to charge at the enemy head first?

Because those who did not charge were commonly shot as deserters. Add in the fact that such charges were generally a lot less bloody at the time. Even more than 70% of the light brigade survived. And they did not just charge the enemy head first, but through this and back:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Charge_Timeline.jpg

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah: Resistance movement or terrorists?

Originally posted by Labayka:

continuation of shooting rockets as an achievement of the Hizbullah?

Nasrallah is honest about bombing civilians.

Does not matter even if it were true. Either you use the same standards for both sides or continue being nothing more than Troll. Since you never started counting based on Humanitarian Achievements i suggest you stay honest about that.

I disagree with those numbers.

Nice catch, the Israeli number is a couple of billions short.

Those are the official numbers of 2007. With Isreals being 2 Billion higher than your claim. I disagree with both those numbers (ours and the official ones of 2007). I was trying to explain how an official damage of X billion can be many times more in real. Its because such damage estimates generally look at the data thats easiest to get. And thats what it cost to make the damaged good in the first place(you generally have such data archived). Problem is you won´t get a new object for that money. Its generally gonna cost many times more. The older an object is the greater the difference is going to be.
Why do i increase the Lebanon numbers while decreasing the Israeli number. Several reasons. 1. Israeli infrastructure and buildings tend to be newer than those in the Lebanon. 2. The Lebanon has been going through an economic boom before the war far greater than Israel which means as Wages went up so did production prices. 3. While the foreign Aid to the Lebanon was greater than that to Israel if compared directly it was not in terms of damage received.


But while Israel has recovered to postwar Status, the Lebanon has not

Really?

“hey they destroyed the bridge.”
“Oh how much did it cost.”
“About 2 million”
“Well we got 2 million lets rebuild it”
“Sorry, but thats gonna cost 200 Million”

Its like being a Hotel owner who´s hotel was making 20k $ before the war, who looks at his income sheet and says yay i made 100k this year. Ignoring the fact that those 100k were foreign aid/debt and that he had to spend those 100k on a new hotel because he lost the old one.

Is that your proof? At least there are no sports analogies. So, basically Israel recovered because they they lost 1.5 billion less?

Nope. Israel recovered because the damages were small compared to their GDP of around 140 billion at the time. Most of the Damages were paid for in advance or by foreign Aid.
Lebanon did not and has not recovered because the damages were a substantial part of their 20 billion GDP of that time (by my estimate actually equal to the GDP). While the GDP in the Lebanon has increased greatly most of that Money is being sunk in repairing the damages. The increase is still good, since it means that the Lebanon is certainly recovering. But there is deference between has and is.

Lebanon recovered. Get over it, Israel made zero accomplishments. Silly analogies don’t change anything. The statistics say that Lebanon recovered and the suffered again because of the Syrian civil war. Let’s ask the UN

Your source nowhere says that the Lebanon has recovered after the 2006 war. The most it comes to is saying that after debt went up to 180% of GDP it went down to 134% (which is not that grand considering the post-war increase of GDP).

You have yet to explain how that affects Hezbollah. Lebanon doesn’t pay their salaries or expand their arsenals, or control them. The extent of the damage to the Lebanese economy has pretty much zero influence on Hezbollah’s army.

No, i don´t. Its enough to know how it effects Israel. Again Lebanon was the greatest threat towards Israels Zionist policies and propaganda. Just by the Lebanon becoming a prosperous modern multi-ethnic democratic Country as direct Neighbor to Israel. Which would undermine their greatest propaganda selling point the image of: Israel as a bastion of Western-Civilization in a uncivilized Region.
Thats something that Israels Zionists do not have to worry about for now.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah: Resistance movement or terrorists?

Originally posted by Labayka:

Because your forgetting the economical, infrastructural and political damage done to Lebanon. Before the War Lebanon was on its way to becoming one of the top 2nd Worldword countries, with prospects of even making the jump to 1st World Nation in the next decade or two. That was a dangerous situation for Israel in itself because having a prosperous and stable multi-ethnic democratic Country with a working civil Law Code as a Neighbour would undermine Israels propaganda that they are the only country like that in the area.

Wow, so indiscriminate bombing civilian infrastructure is an accomplishment in what way? Every war has “economical, infrastructural and political” damages. Stop trying to exaggerate this war crime into an accomplishment.

Sigh. 1.Are you trolling or just Stupid? You make this argument after citing Hamas continuation of shooting rockets as an achievement of the Hizbullah?
2. In Wars winners and losers are not chosen by who or what was morally right but by looking at the factual outcome.


Thats where the 20 points to 1 come from. 20 billion economic damage against about 1 billion (it gets even worse if you figure in GDP).¨

No. Inflating numbers by yourself is a bad idea. It’s 5 billion USD in direct and indirect damages versus 1.5 billion USD for Israel.

I disagree with those numbers. If you take the Raw data of 2007 it would be around(Source Wiki):

for Lebanon, with an official estimate of a fall in growth from +6% to 2% and US$5 Billion (22% of GDP)304 in direct and indirect costs, while the cost for Israel was estimated at US$3.5 billion.305 Indirect costs to Israel include a cut in growth by 0.9%.306 and the cost to tourism was estimated at 0.4% of Israel’s GDP in the following year.307

But that data is limited and misses major points. Both the Lebanon and Israel had financial help. Several Billions worth in both cases. But while Israel has recovered to postwar Status, the Lebanon has not. Thats because making Estimates of Damages can be done in many ways. The four most important are initial-value, market-value, rebuild-value and return-value.
Initial-value is the value that it cost to buy/make, market value is the money it would take to buy a similar as possible object on the market, rebuild value is the value it takes to rebuild it, and return-value is either the market-value or replacement value plus the upkeep/income generated for the rest of the objects life-expediency (or until the next expected major life prolonging overhaul becomes necessary).
To me the 5 billion and 3,5 billion represent the market value or even the initial building costs. Kinda like this:
“hey they destroyed the bridge.”
“Oh how much did it cost.”
“About 2 million”
“Well we got 2 million lets rebuild it”
“Sorry, but thats gonna cost 200 Million”

And Lebanon recovered by 2008. Look at their GDP.

Sigh. Gross domestic Product is the value of all final produced goods and service in a country. Thats naturally going to go up during a rebuilding process. So much destroyed stuff to replace and paid for either through debt or foreign Aid. Its like being a Hotel owner who´s hotel was making 20k $ before the war, who looks at his income sheet and says yay i made 100k this year. Ignoring the fact that those 100k were foreign aid/debt and that he had to spend those 100k on a new hotel because he lost the old one.

Please, no more stupid analogies.

Their not stupid just wasted if you don´t know sports/soccer. I tried using different and more simple ones above.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah: Resistance movement or terrorists?

Originally posted by Labayka:

Israel lost almost every battle in the war, made zero accomplishments but they weren’t defeated? Makes no sense.

Because your forgetting the economical, infrastructural and political damage done to Lebanon. Before the War Lebanon was on its way to becoming one of the top 2nd Worldword countries, with prospects of even making the jump to 1st World Nation in the next decade or two. That was a dangerous situation for Israel in itself because having a prosperous and stable multi-ethnic democratic Country with a working civil Law Code as a Neighbour would undermine Israels propaganda that they are the only country like that in the area.
Thats where the 20 points to 1 come from. 20 billion economic damage against about 1 billion (it gets even worse if you figure in GDP).

And your sports analogy is ridiculous, and it implies that Israel was close to reaching their goals. This is far from the truth, Hezbollah’s rockets continued to fall, their invasion was defeated and they didn’t get their 2 soldiers back until 2008. So it’s more like saying the first place club was defeated by the last place(very unfair btw) because they they made 0 points (one if you count damage to civilian infrastructure) to whichever amount of points the last place club got, it has to be less than zero for your stupid analogy to work.

I don´t see that at being Close. In Most sports games is a very big differnce between having the opponent score 0 or 1 point. Likewise getting more points becomes harder after each one since a match has limited time. But too make the analogy better i will refer to a soccer match where the 1st placed Club stated the Goal of beating the last Place 11 goals to 0 and only played 7:1, with the 1st place Clubd making terrible mistakes all the time and having even the individual bench players(those that did not even get to play) earning more than the other clubs total Assets are worth.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why american soldiers should not be allowed in ukraine?

Originally posted by Winnabago:
Originally posted by RollerCROWster:

I agree, they VOTED to be annexed!

Its like how Texas became an independent country after they VOTED to leave the US!

discuss

Are you referring to when Texas left the United States to join the CSA? Because the war against the CSA was only justified in the sense that slavery was an institution that violated human rights. What other reason besides slavery makes CSA secession seem morally wrong, if we are to assume that people have a right to self-determination?

Because self-determination has to necessarily be limited by practical considerations. Otherwise self-determination will be totally annihilated by the consequences. Its the reason why larger communities above the family level were created in the first place. Numbers provide security and prosperity.

A better comparison: Puerto Rico has a significant pro-independence movement today. If they wished to leave the USA and form their own constitutional democracy, shouldn’t they be allowed to?

Whats the difference between Puerto Rico and any single landowner just claiming independence and making his own country on his land?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah: Resistance movement or terrorists?

Originally posted by thepunisher52:
Originally posted by JohnnyBeGood:
Originally posted by thepunisher52:
this is where I disagree with you, Technological difference is not that great, also it can be minimized but sheer numbers cannot be done so.

Sorry but if that was true Israel would not have existed beyond 1948. History is full of examples of how sheer numbers can be minimized.
The basic 5 are:
Superior Weapons and Armour(better range, faster firing rate, better accuracy, greater destruction radius)
Superior reconnaissance (and stealth).
Superior Mobility/Logistics.
Superior Coordination.
Psychological shock through disorientation.

Israel easily beats its current enemies in the first 2 and overpowers them in Point 3 and 4. Point 5 is easily achieved by applying the advantages of the first 4. A great Example is the Six-Day-War.
The only real thing keeping Israel in check right now is its dependence on good relationship with G7. Which means they have to be careful not to kill/harm to many civilians.

I agree with the weapons, but, Armor? Not so much, if a ragtag group of Idiots LIke Hezbullah can Blow their tanks, a well organized army can surely do better.

Yes, but even if they could do it much much better, that does not make it sufficient easy to say that Armor that superior Armor is not greatly effective. Its especially important to not that the tanks Israel lost were not lost due to Numbers but the opposite. It took limited available equipment and specific and rare circumstance to pull it off.

Originally posted by thepunisher52:
Recon is not much of a factor given the size of Israel, old school ways will do just fine too. Al though I do Admit the skill of their inteligence services.

Your underestimating the scope of Recon. Old School ways are useful for a small tactical force but not a large army(compared tp modern ways), because old school ways involve sending a small number of people on foot to go take a look and then report back up the chain of command. The time delay is bad enough, but made even worse by the fact that every step deeper into contested or enemy territory increases the chance of losing the team and getting no report.

Originally posted by thepunisher52:
Mobility can be negated by well placed rockets, some goes for logistics.

In very very specific cases, but not in general. And i don´t see any of those specific cases applying here in a way to have a significant impact on the superior Mobility/Logistics in place(and thats even ignoring the fact that Israel has a much much larger number of rockets which are much much more accurate).

As for Co-ordination, That is Israel’s X-factor, they are united they pursue common goals rather than having different agendas.

Thats one factor nice you noticed. It also refers to the ability to quickly and accurately (and secretly/securely) communicate with the different elements of an Army. More important the larger your numbers get, because without good coordination

Originally posted by thepunisher52:
The point I’m trying to make is, Israel can not survive a Total war with conventional weapons for far too long and if nukes are brought in the game, well then all bets will be off on either side. Then it will be a matter of who wipes out whom first. and this time this time arabs are not as ill prepared as previous wars

Your wrong. Total war means little to no consideration for civilian casualties and actually includes specifically aiming at them. If that where to happen Israel would win big time. It would really be akin to Vika´s description of pouring boiling water down a anthill. currently Israel is using drops of boiling water trying to just hit specific Ants. Thats hard, especially because the equipment they are using is more suited to killing lots of ants.

Originally posted by Labayka:

The only real thing keeping Israel in check right now is its dependence on good relationship with G7. Which means they have to be careful not to kill/harm to many civilians.

Israeli intelligence was useless in 2006, most of what they bombed in the first days, when they actually had military targets, were decoys purposefully built under Israeli surveillance. Hezbollah’s vast tunnel networks was a surprise to Israel. Until the Hanit was hit, Israel had no idea that Hezbollah possessed anti-ship missiles. And Israeli air superiority was of no help either, they failed to destroy Hezbollah capacity to launch missiles, or cripple their leadership. Israel failed in the 2006 war. Accept it.

Sorry but it seems your confused. There is a difference between Israel failing to achieve their Goals (what your listing here) and Israel losing/being defeated by Hizbollah (the claims you repeatedly made and that i am denying).
Thats like saying the first place club of a sports league was defeated by the last place, because the first place only made 20 to 1 points and did not achieve their goal of making 25 to 0 points.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Prostitution

Originally posted by thijser:

Vika you really believe it’s a good idea to have every traffic violation be brought to court? And what abou those who can neither afford to pay the fine nor miss the day of work? Plus how often would you have to liqudate a large sum of your property to pay the biggest of 1% of you annual income or 1/20% of your total net value? Even if you a worth 3 million that is only 1500$ for a traffic fien (sure it would otherwise have been around 150$ but still).

I think your underestimating total net value. 1% net value is generally more than 100% net annual income for the average person. Suggest sticking to daysets (1/365% of net annual income) and applying a number of those according to the severity of the issue.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah: Resistance movement or terrorists?

Originally posted by thepunisher52:
this is where I disagree with you, Technological difference is not that great, also it can be minimized but sheer numbers cannot be done so.

Sorry but if that was true Israel would not have existed beyond 1948. History is full of examples of how sheer numbers can be minimized.
The basic 5 are:
Superior Weapons and Armour(better range, faster firing rate, better accuracy, greater destruction radius)
Superior reconnaissance (and stealth).
Superior Mobility/Logistics.
Superior Coordination.
Psychological shock through disorientation.

Israel easily beats its current enemies in the first 2 and overpowers them in Point 3 and 4. Point 5 is easily achieved by applying the advantages of the first 4. A great Example is the Six-Day-War.
The only real thing keeping Israel in check right now is its dependence on good relationship with G7. Which means they have to be careful not to kill/harm to many civilians.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah: Resistance movement or terrorists?

Originally posted by thepunisher52:

You know, every Game boss has a weak point which is usually shining so you know where to hit?
Israel has one too, well, the point is, they can not take too many losses, its just Russia vs Germany. Germans were well trained and equipped but there were just too many Russians.

The Russian colossus…has been underestimated by us…whenever a dozen divisions are destroyed the Russians replace them with another dozen.
August 1941, from “The World at War” – Page 129 – by Mark Arnold-Forster – World War, 1939-1945 – 1981


Same is true here.

I disagree. Germany could and would have beaten Russia despite Russia’s numbers if it had not run out of fuel. Fact is superior numbers of troops become meaningless with a sufficient technology and/or skill difference.
The tech and skill gap between Israel and its neighboring countries and even more between Israel and the terrorist/militia groups targeting it is just to big.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah: Resistance movement or terrorists?

Originally posted by Labayka:
Originally posted by JohnnyBeGood:
Originally posted by thepunisher52:
only military force will solve the problem of Israel.

This I do agree with but unfortunately, no one in the area has enough military might to face the zionists.

I agree that there is no military power in the Region that could and would fight the Israeli Military and win. Even if such a military power would exist that would just get the EU and USA involved. Additionally it raises the threat of MAD.

The only real solution available is building up political and economic pressure. A pressure that can only be gained by getting popular opinion in Western countries to change. Something the Hizbollaha, PLO and Hamas are terrible at, since they are quite frankly mentally and emotionally to scarred to think straight.

Hezbollah defeated Israel twice, in 2000 and 2006. What makes you think they can’t do it again?

I don´t know which world you live in, but not in this one.

What do you mean by Hezbollah not being able to think straight? Hassan Nasrallah is a very smart man, in my opinion the most charismatic Arab leader.

Being smart does not protect from the emotional and mental trauma caused by traumatic experiences. And traumatic experiences are quite common in the waring Nations of the middle East.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah: Resistance movement or terrorists?

Originally posted by thepunisher52:
only military force will solve the problem of Israel.

This I do agree with but unfortunately, no one in the area has enough military might to face the zionists.

I agree that there is no military power in the Region that could and would fight the Israeli Military and win. Even if such a military power would exist that would just get the EU and USA involved. Additionally it raises the threat of MAD.

The only real solution available is building up political and economic pressure. A pressure that can only be gained by getting popular opinion in Western countries to change. Something the Hizbollaha, PLO and Hamas are terrible at, since they are quite frankly mentally and emotionally to scarred to think straight.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Airplanes just dont disappear, they have to go somewhere... right?

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

But, vika….key to my point is that it SHOULD NOT be capable of being switched off FROM the plane. In fact, should it be shut down for any reason, military planes equipped w/ radar would be launched right along w/ very fast fighters….asking via radio and “eyes-on” contact w/ the pilot.

Your idea is not that easy to implement. Simply due to the fact that planes cross boarders. There are countries and Airlines that can´t afford the costs to implement the system and infrastructural upgrades it would need. Which makes it largely useless for those countries and Airlines that could afford such systems to implement them now.
Considering that such cases as this one are fairly rare, its not going to whip the current State of Art up to first generation level.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why american soldiers should not be allowed in ukraine?

Originally posted by fma1:

One thing I don’t quite get about the Ukraine issue is Russia’s attempts to annex a region of Ukraine. The people of that region voted on it and the vote showed that those people want to be annexed by Russia. So if there was a succession vote, why is the west so upset about the idea of Russia annexing a place that wants to be annexed?

Because the Issue is much more sophisticated than you make it seem. Even if Russia did not practically invade the Region before hand and the Vote was actually more than shame and Russia did not actually have an treaty with the Ukraine stating that it would respect the territorial Independence of the Ukraine (for wich the Ukraine gave its atomic stockpile and allowed Russian troops to be stationed in the Krim), then the West (aka as the NATO) would still have an Issue with Russia taking over the Krim or any other region for that matter.
Fact is the Nato has been encroaching into former Soviet territory and gaining members there even though they promised not to. The planned missile defense in Poland was also not exactly reassuring for the Russians. These things have lead to re-rise of the old Coldwar mentality. With the Ukraine replacing former divided Germany and the Krim replacing Berlin.
Add in the fact that the territory grabs of Putin look disturbingly like the territory grabs of Hitler before WW2, it makes one want to cringe. Put up the Armageddon clocks.

And how does any of this affect the western countries at all?

Globalization. Colliding Spheres of Influence and Economic interests.

Doesn’t the American government have more important things to deal with? Things like fixing the issues in our own country before going off to try to fix other countries.

1. That implies that the USA could fix their own important issues at all. Which seems kinda doubtful.
2. American foreign policy is actually the second* most major thing keeping America at float economically. And thats even considering all the recent and less recent mess-ups (from Vietnam to Afghanistan).

1* the first is having the most important market due to having a both a relatively very large and relatively very wealthy consumer base.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why american soldiers should not be allowed in ukraine?

Originally posted by issendorf:
The problem the EU has, is 40% of the gas the entire continent uses, comes directly from Russia.

The EU’s reliance on Russian gas is more out of convenience, not necessity. The US is beginning to ramp up our own exports of gas, as well as an expansion of gas from nations like Qatar.

1. The US is a net-import Nation of Gas.
2. Transporting Gas is not that easy, the capacity for using modern techniques(like Liquid Natural Gas) that make shipping it reasonable are limited.
3. The production in Europe is slowly but steadily going dropping(and will continue to drop).

So the Gas from Russia can´t be replaced with Gas from elsewhere so easily. On the other hand European countries could replace the Gas easily with other forms of Energy. The reason they don´t want to do so(and in some cases can´t) is that the current gas deals are generally quite below World-market level. Buying on the World-Market is gonna hurt especially when the demand/supply effect of an Russian Embargo kicks in.

Still its very certain that the EU is going to take a much harder Stance than was the case with Georgia. Because its never been an issue of courage/spine but of interest. And the EU has very strong (conservative not humanitarian) political and economical self-interests in the Ukraine.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should Psychological Data really be Your Exclusive Property?

Originally posted by vikaTae:

There was a nice opinion piece in the front of Nature magazine this week (16th January 2014, Vol 505, No. 7483, page 263) arguing that as our study of the brain progresses ever deeper into the recesses of the organ, and we use vision tracking techniques, invasive and non-invasive brain machine interfaces to ever greater extents, there is a danger of eventually, through shared data repositories and data mining of the resultant big data, we could very well wind up with complete and in-depth psychological profiles of essentially every person in the country.

Personally i don´t see it as Danger. For many especially those suffering from psychological conditions that impair their lives. A better, complete and in-depth psychological profile is something to look forward to.
The dangers lie more in wrongful application of such Data, which is indeed frighting when one can think of all the possibilities to abuse and the self interest of many to abuse such.
One example of such would be using such data to better indoctrinate shit into Children, so that their Parents/the Government can “program” exactly what kind of personality they want. While many tricks in that regard are already being used, those tricks are not as good as the tools that will be available in the future.

So far I agree with it, but the piece goes on to suggest that because of the immense ramifications of use of this data to predict what you desire and what you will do even before you are really aware of yourself, it would be better if every person’s psychological map was owned in entirety by that person.

I agree. Its certainly necessary to limit the amount of abuse that can be done. But there are going to be exceptions anyway. Just like there are already a lot of exemptions regarding all types of personal data that are supposedly to be protected.
Fact is three things generally automatically lead to such protections being largely voided. 1. Government Benefits 2. Crime 3. Taxes (in that order).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What would you do?

Originally posted by vikaTae:
Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
Why on earth would he assume any of us want to film such a thing….at least in the manner he is implying? I think it has been suggested that such be done IN ORDER TO ASSIST any forthcoming PROSSECUTION of those breaking the law. Shit, even THAT effort could get a person beaten or killed. At the very least, they will no longer have their phone.

Johnny and I would likely both take this recourse. However neither of us would be storing the data on our phones. Johnny has software that live-streams video to the German police if he needs it to. I have significant amounts (2TB I think the limit currently is) of cloud storage on the net. Both of us would be pointing out to the attackers at the time, that the incident and their faces are now on video. Prominent witnesses would also be on video (business owners / employees in the area. Maybe residents peeking out their windows.

If our phones are taken away, well, Johnny’s video is with the police, and mine, well, it doesn’t require a manually entered password to upload stuff, it does require a manually entered password to delete stuff. So even if they have the phone, they cannot alter or remove the video.

I would as mentioned also use the filming and even just my presence as a Witness as an immediate threat to get the attackers away from my friend. But only because i have the confidence that i can survive the immediate attention of the attackers, with better chances than Jhco with him pulling his gun. By not using a gun or other dangerous weapon i don´t escalate the conflict.
At least as long as the worst case scenario does not apply and it becomes necessary for me to use force to get the attention of the Attackers away from my friend.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Jerusalem Syndrome & Stendhal Syndrome

Originally posted by vikaTae:

Sounds like it is what is known as a somatoform issue. That is to say it is a condition entirely caused by the way the brain is processing information, as opposed to any physical reason. I would extrapolate from the basis for both conditions, that they are triggered by a disorder in how the person’s emotional state is interacting with the information being processed visually…

…So it is not too great a leap to suggest that the relationship can go the other way as well: The visual patterns received by the eye are triggering excessive emotional responses…

… if you’re seeing something that you perceive to be beautiful (highly spiritual would I suspect trigger the same circuits as highly beautiful to a believer of that spirituality) then your positive emotional sensation gets caught in something of a feedback loop; it is like it doesn’t know when to stop, and continually enhances your mood.

For many it does not even need a feedback loop. Instead for many people who otherwise live more emotionally detached lives, when they are suddenly confronted with even relatively small amounts of such emotions, they are overwhelmed.