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Comment: Re:I never have understood (Score 1) 258

by MrBigInThePants (#48673119) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Depends which big business you are talking about. The donation levels change per term and per party but the basic rule is the same.

I at no time said that their policies WORKED. Short-sighted greed rarely works in the long term when talking about countries and company strategy.

Comment: Re:Allow me to point out... (Score 1) 336

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48672595) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Bizarre argumentation. One hardly knows where to begin with your assumptions and red-herring analogies.

To address your first point - with it's ill-considered implications of parity between democracy, capitalism and actual worth or value: Commercial success at this scale simply indicate how thoroughly that vulgarity and thoughtlessness have been cultivated and encouraged by this media-driven culture over the past 90-100 years or so.

When people make "free choices" in such a society, they do so in appalling ignorance, with a maximum of empty stimulation. This is the post-Edward Bernays world.

Comment: Re:Rifle-shooting is a sport in the olympics... (Score 1) 216

by Your.Master (#48672095) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Snooker can deal with strategic thinking, and both are both driving you up to the upper edges of hand-eye coordination.

Really, any competition that is not totally random (like a coin-tossing competition) is about driving you to the upper edges of something. Poker would fit. It seems we lack a consistent definition of what the Olympics are about.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 1) 311

by Richard_at_work (#48671649) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

We aren't punishing him for swearing, we are punishing him because his actions have a negative effect on people around him. Just like playing music, having sex, talking etc etc etc. All are fine when they dont affect other members of society in a negative manner, and again all have cases brought because of them.

I dont see why people around him should have to put up with his swearing.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759