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  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    Native Americans came from Siberia, Siberia belongs to Russia, ergo the Americans are properly Russian....
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    From what I've heard, religion has made a comeback in Russia. And whether or not he believes, Machiavelli notes that a prince should appear pious to the people....
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    I think the story would actually sell quite well in the US. I've heard people say that Putin is the candidate that the GOP desires. :) It is still far out from the election, but right now the leading candidate...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    In the English-speaking world (many other areas too) there is still an idea that idleness is sinful. Maybe we don't call it sin anymore because we aren't a very religious culture, but the feeling is still there in the background....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Hey, here in the US most internships are unpaid, *and* you don't get any sort of financial support from the government. :) Technically they are supposed to be for education purposes, but that is frequently abused. The fashion industry is...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Oh, I know it is rarely the fault of the unemployed person. I've been involved in making people unemployed myself, after all. And had family members who are unemployed. But, the only thing we can reliably direct the actions of...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I work in HR (in the US), and I can say that big gaps in employment without what the interviewer views as a good reason are problematic. Now, it the US at least interviewers aren't supposed to ask about family...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Yeah that's one of the "funny" things. The same people who get up in arms about welfare and the idea of a basic income have no problem spending and average of $30,000 a year to lock people up....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I've tried arguing the basic income point with American libertarians and conservatives. Some are receptive to the idea, when they realize that it is a much simpler plan than dozens of little programs addressing each and every need. Most are...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    For a second when reading the headline I thought you were talking about an AH world where there were actual modern nations of chattel slaves. :) But on to the actual subject. I'm a libertarian which puts us on different...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    My pet theory right now is that hijackers took over the plane, but didn't reach their destination. Either at some point the passengers/crew tried to take back the plane and caused it to crash, or the hijackers wanted to go...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    Looks like Satoshi Nakamoto has been identified: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2014/03/satoshi-nakamoto-identified/ Turns out that is his real name, and he's a 64 year old American living in California who collects model trains. Also a libertarian, though that will come as a surprise to...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    I believe in the US it stems from people not giving up rights when acting collectively that they have individually, unless that right is only applicable on an individual basis. In that regard corporations are treated the same as clubs,...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    Technically both would be in trouble in the US. The person taking the photo for producing and distributing child pornography, and the person receiving the photo for possession of child pornography. Though if you turned it in or it was...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    The lesson is that if you find a gun in your yard, quickly throw it in your neighbor's yard or the street. It is the only way to be safe....
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    What's the age cut off for child pornography in the UK? In the US it is 18, which leads to an odd situation where people can legally have sex but not film themselves doing it. Or where a 16 year...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    Some of them may be doing that, but not using a government currency doesn't mean you don't owe taxes. Barter, income in foreign currency, digging gold out of the ground and trading it -- all of those are taxable. Right...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    You know, I've always thought there was a similarity between UFO sightings/abductions and stories about elves and fairies. A flying saucer would look a lot like a hollow hill. Both take people for odd reasons, and return them with missing...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    The revolutionary thing about bitcoin and other cryptocoins is that they found a way to create a currency that wasn't backed by either a state or a physical commodity....
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    There's an overlap between bitcoiners and goldbugs in people who want a medium of exchange outside of government control as a matter of principle. But there are other bitcoiners and goldbugs who are radically different from each other. Some bitcoiners...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    You know, one interesting thing about the myths about elves, is that for all of their weirdness and nastiness they seem to have been more or less on the side of the "good guys". Which says something really nasty about...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    They probably don't take the threat seriously. And/or their are "influences" on people in decision making positions....
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    And if they have advanced magic tech they can probably make themselves appear youthful and beautiful for that entire 140 years....
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    I think this is the show he's talking about in regards to "The King In Yellow": http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/02/20/true-detective-references-boost-the-king-in-yellow-book/ I hadn't heard of the show myself, but then again I only watch HBO for Game of Thrones, and cancel my subscription when...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    You know, one thing I've always been curious about in the Laundryverse is what other countries have for their own version of the Laundry. We've seen some of the US's answer, of course. But what about Italy, or Turkey, or...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    The Victorians did a good job of making the elves and other fair folk seem nice and cute and friendly. Almost like there was a a PR campaign... When you look at legends like changelings, the Wild Hunt, lost time/abductions,...
  • Commented on Drinks, Boston, tomorrow night
    So, who has worse winter weather -- New England or Scotland?...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I like those hornet's nest topics, I hope you do ask them at some point. (The libertarian/leninist one sounds interesting, and fairly plausible since they ultimately have the same ideological roots back in the 19th century). As for the housing...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Looks like the US-based online retailer Overstock.com is planning to start accepting Bitcoin in 2014: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d5f2f096-6907-11e3-996a-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2nxTQGoVT The decision was made by the CEO, based on his own political beliefs: “I think a healthy monetary system at the end of the...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I'm a libertarian, and I'm one of those who thinks the hype around bitcoin is silly. I'm all for private currencies, but the price of bitcoin is nonsense - pure speculation. And since you mention basic income, I'm one of...
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