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by Ghostbear
Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 17079

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

Except, they are writing the agreement with the merchant. And when I talk to merchants, from what I can tell the CC company just screws them. It isn't as if the CC company would (usually) have to sue the merchant, if they set up the agreement aggressively. Simply set up the agreement such that, in ...
by Ghostbear
Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 17079

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

No. I'm pretty sure if you dispute a charge on a CC, the merchant takes the hit, and doesn't get to keep the money. It can actually be both. If the credit card company determines that you (the purchaser) are in the right, they will often refund you the purchase before getting an agreement with the ...
by Ghostbear
Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13947
Views: 1882321

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I dunno, there is a mindset many people have, where when an outsider criticises one of us and ours, we get defensive. I know I do it sometimes, along with much of the Internet, when someone outside attacks nerd culture, or gaming, or the like. Could be that being pilloried by the UK press will help...
by Ghostbear
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does a 21st Century Library Look Like?
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: What does a 21st Century Library Look Like?

A lot of this is stuff libraries can and should do already. Subscriptions to scientific journals and academic journals are expensive. Things like the Cook Political Report are something normally only people working in the field can ever read. It would be really cool if libraries could work out dist...
by Ghostbear
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Fiber
Replies: 39
Views: 9234

Re: Google Fiber

Irregardless, you can still connect to everything through HTTPS to encrypt the content, which only lets them see what site your household is connecting to, with multiple people in your house and an open wi-fi you still have the same plausible deniability that you would get with TOR AFAIK. You may n...
by Ghostbear
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13947
Views: 1882321

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Jumble wrote:Thanks for sending him over guys! Can we send him back now?

Nope, sorry, no re-gifting. Just put him over in the Pitcairn Islands or something.

bigglesworth wrote:He was getting campaign donations from US expats.

Mostly for positive press.. which he kind of fucked up. The donations were just a side goal.
by Ghostbear
Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does a 21st Century Library Look Like?
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: What does a 21st Century Library Look Like?

And at the moment, libraries seem be gradually losing that access function. Not because people care less about such access, but because it is becoming ubiquitous and no longer needs a physical place. I can imagine that, perhaps, physical libraries (or something like them) can become relevant as pla...
by Ghostbear
Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does a 21st Century Library Look Like?
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: What does a 21st Century Library Look Like?

The difference between things like ancient Greece and the age of discovery is that learning was generally focused on a few people. In the modern era, we try to educate everyone -- the number of people that use their knowledge for discovery and advancement is staggering compared to the past. The anci...
by Ghostbear
Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Fiber
Replies: 39
Views: 9234

Re: Google Fiber

Endless Mike wrote:The actual cost is that you have to live in Kansas City, and that's nowhere near worth it.

Very true, but I think the hope is that if this succeeds, Google will expand it out to better places. Though I think I remember them talking about this in the 4-5 year ago range, so that might be a long wait.
by Ghostbear
Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Fiber
Replies: 39
Views: 9234

Re: Google Fiber

The "free" option for people who have paid the connection fee intrigues me quite a bit. My only worry with this is that Google is quickly growing to become the information juggernaut of the web, and acting as ISP might be the final push in that direction without some significantly improved...
by Ghostbear
Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 59553

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

People used to say the same about democracy - "Sure it was OK in Athens, but there's no way you can scale it up to a whole country!" Are you aware of how Athenian democracy worked? We didn't scale it up to a whole country -- their system was one of direct democracy. Modern democracy as im...
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 20452

Re: Voting Third Party.

My sister voted for Harry Browne in 2000. She lives in Florida. This lead her to vowing to never vote for a third party presidential candidate again. Similar with my Dad -- we live in New Hampshire and he voted for Nader in 2000. I was too young to vote at the time, but for me that has acted as eno...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 29416

Re: Animal Rights?

The Great Hippo wrote:Okay. So go raise some cows.

I'm a vegetarian, so that doesn't really apply for me. :D

We do have over a dozen chickens though (and have cycled through several groups of them over the years), and my oldest sister does raise cows, so I also have you there.
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 29416

Re: Animal Rights?

I'm not going to burn myself out. I'm only willing to put up with so much of my own emotional nonsense before I tell my emotional nonsense to piss the fuck off. Well, that's fine for your specific goals, but I think in a general sense if you want people to get the context of where meat comes from, ...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 29416

Re: Animal Rights?

Shouldn't it be similarly important to get the context of how the animals are raised? There's a huge difference in the life of a chicken or cow raised by a few individuals on a small time farm and a chicken or cow raised on a giant commercial farm to be turned into fast food. I wouldn't even say tha...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.
Replies: 45
Views: 7234

Re: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.

All this discussion about rockets and IC's misses the point that none of that has to do with the HUMAN BEING you're launching into space. Exploring space need to be completely separated from HUMANS in space. They are completely separate and often directly opposed goals. Rockets and ICs are just eas...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.
Replies: 45
Views: 7234

Re: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.

But they didnt develop those things afterwards with the lessons incorporated. They partially even predate Apollo. TTL was developed for air-to-air missiles in the early 1960s, then became big with the cheap 7400 stuff from Texas Instruments. At that time, the Apollo computer was still under develop...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 6127

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

Iceman wrote:There's over 10 Million Millionaires in the world, if we start getting worried about those guys, you're seriously diluting the world 'Elite'

I don't think it's a dilution of the word elite to apply it to wealthiest ~0.14% of the world population.
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28225

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

I think the social stigma is another important point that probably impacts how lousy our state of mental health is. Almost certainly. Fortunately, I don't think it's a chicken-egg problem -- I suspect that with proper funding and good policies, the mental health system could be improved without nee...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.
Replies: 45
Views: 7234

Re: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.

At first it sounds obvious that the Apollo program contributed largely to rocket technology, but is there really much evidence for that? Even with things not be based directly on that technology doesn't really mean that it didn't contribute to the advancement of that technology. Sure, they might ha...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28225

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

I disagree, I think there's a lot to discuss about the mechanics of these kinds of issues and I think there's a lot of potential disagreement on these issues among us if we delved in to them. [...] Sure we all probably agree that mental health issues need to be addressed, but that's the end of the ...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.
Replies: 45
Views: 7234

Re: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.

Well since I don't believe in magic, I don't think it's possible for those leaps of technological progress to happen. I'm pretty sure we are not going to get past the problem of limited resources. So I am not interested in throwing money in that particular black hole, so to speak. By 16th century s...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 6127

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

Because it transfers wealth from people-who-are-not-the-government to the government. No tax I've ever heard of also transfers wealth to people (completely unaffiliated with the government) who hold debt. Or was selective only to people that hold wealth in the national currency. More accurate is to...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.
Replies: 45
Views: 7234

Re: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.

If it's so little, I'd like some. Seriously, the Apollo program cost significantly more than, for example, the first Gulf War and the RBS bailout combined, with none of the upsides. While that's true (my search indicates a cost of ~$170 billion for Apollo vs a $91 billion for the 1st Gulf War , bot...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 6127

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

Ok this is getting a bit confusing. I assumed you were complaining that people with hidden money weren't being taxed on the profits of interest, so I assumed you understood (which you do) that only the interest above inflation is profit. You post was about how hidden money doesn't pay capital gains...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 6127

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

...I assumed everyone was aware of that, which is why I was responding to someone complaining about the capital gains tax. But.. you were responding to me , and I only tangentially alluded to capital gains ("investments" in this case). I'm confused -- did you mean to quote somebody else?
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 6127

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

If you do nothing with the money, you get hit by the inflation tax. If you have money at the beginning of the year, there is 5% inflation each year, and you only get 3% interest, at the end of the year you have less money than you did at the start, even though you have '5% more monies'. It's part o...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 6127

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

Yes, and you are being taxed on the interest . You're not being taxed on the money itself. If you've got $100 million in a Swiss bank earning 5% per year, your 15% tax rate works out to $750,000 in taxes, not $15,000,000. I know. The problem is that if the money and subsequent returns on that money...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 6637

Re: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

And just as there are people who can gamble or whatever without it becoming an addiction there are people who can drink alcohol or snort opiates on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. Which is why I have been saying things like " conductive to addiction" -- something that creates a physical depe...
by Ghostbear
Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28225

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

You are completely missing the point. The US and Canada are different countries that are different socially and culturally. You can't just go from "This number is bigger than that number" to "Therefore, it's gun regulation". Funny, I remember you linking their homicide rates jus...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28225

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

Yeah, that wasn't directed at you in anyway, just a general comment on the topic. Apologies if it came off differently. Oh, sorry, looks like I jumped the gun there. I assumed it was directed towards me because it was against the general attribution people had erroneously been making to me in all t...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28225

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

I don't know your name, I could only see your handle. Is there some way to access people's names? The handle is what I was speaking of -- which is why I said "forum name" instead of just "name". I'm sorry, but that's completely insufficient. In formal statistical analysis, the d...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28225

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

For example, the previous post tries to take one datapoint (Canadian homicides) over time against a very different data point (American homicides) over time. Not only does this completely ignore the multiple differences between the two societies, and any potential confounding variable, but the post...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28225

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

I didn't miss it, I ignored it because it is completely irrelevant. Based on the data, firearms legislation in Canada has had no noticeable effect on the amount of people dead - that's the only thing that actually matters. Are firearm deaths worth more points than stabbing deaths? Only if you refus...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28225

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

The principal difference is that the US and Canada are two completely different countries. The only thing you can do is look for a country with similar trends in homicide rate and see if legislation made any difference in the trends. Canada didn't start banning certain types of firearms until 1969,...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 6637

Re: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

I think we have a fundamental disagreement here. You appear to hold the position that addiction, in and of itself, is intrinsically harmful. Which is why I clarified for "serious addiction". Nicotine addiction is bad for you for more than the fact that cigarettes have detrimental health a...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28225

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

Considering the US and Canada homicide trends have been roughly the same over the last 20 years, I doubt that the firearms legislation passed by Canada is the cause. I went ahead and plotted the data, because I thought visualizing it would be easier (spoilered for size): http://i.imgur.com/4iOa4.pn...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 6127

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

But there is no tax on money that you simply have. So if I take $1000 and put it in a swiss bank, no government can do anything about that. That's the same if you have $1000 or $100 million. Only if you do and make absolutely nothing with that money. If you earn interest or make investments with it...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 6637

Re: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

In This Thread: Ghostbear considers water to be the most seriously addictive drug, and that addiction to water causes huge problems. Or you confused the word definition for reliance. I would assume that anything that is necessary to continue living would not qualify as an addiction. Otherwise I hav...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28225

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

The number of deaths reduced would be statistically insignificant, if it reduces any deaths at all since they will most likely just get replaced by something else. The result of this legislation you are proposing, is that you are forcing hundreds of thousands of law abiding citizens to give up thei...

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