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Comment: Re:That's Great But... (Score 1) 688

by Peaker (#32563516) Attached to: $1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

Who do you think works for the corporations? Answer: The taxpayers.

That's the wrong question. The right question is who owns the corporations. And that's not the taxpayers. At least not substantially.

Also, do you think mining is going to be a nonprofit organization? They'll pay taxes to the government.

Corporations, especially large ones, find ways to avoid paying most of the taxes they should.

This is great news because this could help wipe out Afghanistan's poverty, the actual biggest obstacle to a functioning government.

You are naive.

Comment: Re:Wow! (Score 4, Informative) 198

by Peaker (#31646306) Attached to: Israel's Supreme Court Says Yes To Internet Anonymity

In 1967, Arab armies were holding offensive formations next to Israeli borders, so Israel had to build up a reserve force for defense.

Israel's economy couldn't sustain holding the reserves for so long, so eventually Israel decided it had to either call of the reserves (and risk being defenseless against the coming Arab attack) or perform a preemptive strike.

Comment: The Israeli high court (Score 1) 198

by Peaker (#31646298) Attached to: Israel's Supreme Court Says Yes To Internet Anonymity

The Israeli high court is truly a beacon of democracy and considered relatively left-wing inside Israel.

It has quite a bit of opposition inside Israel.

In my opinion as an Israeli, it is often hated in Israel for upholding Israel's actual law (including those about preserving human dignity) even when it contradicts the right-wingers goals or sometimes even the interests of the Israeli state.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.