cahth3iK

cahth3iK

  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Quite. There are two unspoken hypothesis behind my "only chance": "we" refers to all the people in the European Union, many (most) of whom are not Anglo-Saxon and thus would be considered Untermenschen even if the UK joined a union...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    The EU is not particularly corrupt. There are problems, but they exist because were are presently in the process of building the thing. I still fail to understand what you want; a proud Britain standing alone, beacon of democracy? That...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Since a strong, federal European Union could grow corrupt, we have to surrender our lives to foreign super-powers among which the best practices torture, arbitrary executions, unlimited detention without trial, and does not recognise us human rights? And you think...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    You don't get high-end mathematicians, or do ragged-edge electronic development, on the cheap; you start with M.Sc and Ph.D Right... and how much do you suppose a post-doc is worth? They are paid less than mid-ranking non-commissioned officers....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    I am talking of security clearances for "secret", "top secret" or above. Yes, I too know people cleared for such documents too and who are neither spies nor soldiers, but they do orbit the security apparatus....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    The number of people currently holding security clearances in the USA is 3.5 millions. That means that a significant percentage of the US population works for the security sector (for any person holding a security clearance, several colleagues do not)....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Meanwhile there is the slight problem that the entire "Euoropean justice" so-called system is deeply inimical to Common Law. ZOMG!!! Almost the entire European Union drives on the wrong side of the road! We must correct this problem or...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    That is already the case. Are you by any chance thinking of Julian Assange as a case showing faults with the European warrant?...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Spirit of habeas corpus? The Habeas Corpus is typically Anglo-Saxon law. I fail to understand why the European Union, which is overwhelmingly using the Roman legal system, should use such idiosyncratic standards as measuring sticks for fundamental rights. Especially in...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Incidentally, both Ted R & cath3iK are wrong about the "class" system - this would have been true in 1945-7, yes, but it is presently dead, except in the minds of some deluded people still trying to fight the...
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    I think that your faith in the US Constitution is misplaced. We have seen that when confronted with texts that directly contradict their intended policies, US politicians resort to secret interpretations of the law. They blur things so that nothing...
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    The question is not if quaint artists who do not annoy anybody get shot, but whether things that sting a bit are allowed to get any traction. What happens with The Death of Klinghoffer is an example of the sorts...
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    At the risk of sounding a bit harsh, I think that the UK is a satellite of the USA pretty much as the DDR was a satellite of the USSR. The way the GCHQ implements US surveillance policy is telling:...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    I think that we are witnessing a drift between the USA and UK on one side, and Europe on the other (defining "Europe" as "The European Union, possibly minus Hungary and Poland on their bad days, and adding things like...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    The only illegal "speech" should be that which is a direct incitement to violence. Sure. I agree 100%. Now define "direct", "incitement", and "violence". Gets complicated, doesn't it? Err... is it? That is what we have courts for: given...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    The French don't seem to be ahving these problems with their islamists (etc) do they? Somoene, somehwere has lost the plot & another group - the real right-wingers behind Camron are using this as an excuse. (13) The French...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Anyway, the other problem with nuclear fuels is that the fuel is around for 20-50 years, while the resulting pollution is around for, what? 20,000-50,000 years? It doesn't matter, really. The 1000s:1 reward to crap ratio is massively unsustainable....
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    To use the Soviets as a metaphor and Leninist praxis as the trajectory, what we're looking at now is probably 1917-18. (9/11 was the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, or maybe the revolt of 1905.) Actual seizure of power...
  • Commented on The morning after
    The number of bits is just not a good indicator of quality of political debate. The French keep trying the keep the number of candidates at their presidential elections close to an optimum, but they have more trouble with too...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    The Venus project features a serious risk that the Filthy Rich would end up owning the planet. I know it is tempting to send your problems away to some faraway land, hoping that they die en route, but look how...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Right, so just because you can conceive shittier jobs (bargaining you go to Bangladesh...), he should be thankful and work for glimpses of illusion of getting shitty jobs here? By your account, the coal miners of the 1850s were not...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Ooooh, learn to programme. Of course. Programming cannot be mastered properly without some serious background education. Furthermore, all he would be doing is join the cohorts of the modern proletariat, and adopt one of the most stressful careers in existence....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    France actually has a slightly stronger natality than is necessary to renew the population, and also stronger than is typical in Europe. But yes, you get my drift....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    The thing is, "Liberty" is a multivalent concept -- as used in American political rhetoric it is usually applied to economic liberty Some of the fiercest defenders of liberty are those who want the liberty to reduce others to slavery....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I just don't understand how you jump from "sustainable" to "sclerotic". You seem to assume no possible progress and extrapolate that growth needs to be unsustainable, but that is just not true. In the 60s, the use of CFCs was...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Nah. Look at the number of children per woman in Iran. I am confident that population will stabilise. What I am worried about is whether ecological footprint will....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I mean "corruption" as any process whereby influence in government is traded for money or services, not necessarily something defined as corruption by law. By my standard, corruption is basically legal in the USA. So, depending how you mean is,...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I don't think that you need to curtail liberties to have a zero or near-zero population growth: look at Germany or Japan. All you need is a sufficiently advanced society. We'll get there everywhere long before population becomes a problem....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Your problem is not inertia, it's gravity. Different problems, same mass (or two different masses with precisely the same value for a large number of decimals)....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I do not mean to accuse you of rooting for the Chinese government, sorry if what I've written comes across like that. I was thinking of the useful idiots of the rent-seeking entertainment majors who sometimes praise the Great Firewall...
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