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Comment: Wow (Score 5, Insightful) 1198

by Poorcku (#47111507) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
"No, not the straw man that all men are constantly plotting rape, but that we live in an entitlement culture where guys think they need to be having sex with girls in order to be happy and fulfilled." I really don't know where to begin and which line of thought should i follow when answering this idiotic sentence. From the meta-level fact that we as a species need to have sex in order to survive? From the evolutionary point of view, where lust is a mechanism of encouraging and rewarding intercourse? From the psychological point of view where the need for intimacy self-fulfillment and for high self-esteem is highly entangled with need of finding a partner? So "what the fuck is wrong with us?". Maybe the correct question is: "what the fuck is wrong with him?"

Comment: Re:Not so easy to do (Score 1) 126

by Poorcku (#46531971) Attached to: Scientists Publish Letter Saying, "We Need More Scientific Mavericks"

Absolutely true, but it does not explain everything. Talking as a psychologist, I can unfortunately report that this letter has some merit to it, and I can back it up with at least an example: Zimbardo's prison experiment regarding the psychological effects of being a prisoner and a prison guard have deeply changed the way we perceive group dynamics, in-group vs out-group processes and so on.

It is however impossible to replicate it, or do derivative work because the ethics guide of the APA forbid such treatment of individuals (except when torturing them for the "good of the country" - then APA has no problem sending psychologists to Guantanamo). Milgrams work on conformity would be another perfect example. The ironic part is that APA recently had a posting on their webpage celebrating 50 or so years since the groundbreaking experiment.

Many other experimental designs are also not possible due to strict ethic codes, though this was not the case before the 70-80s.

A bit of freedom is badly, badly needed and it does not involve financial aspects.

Comment: Re:Don't worry guys (Score 1) 346

by Poorcku (#45402503) Attached to: Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It
I logged in just to answer this knee-jerk reaction that i see so often pretty much where I am: at the workplace, with friends etc. Assuming we are not talking Anarchism (which we are hopefully not):

1. A regulated currency does not protect from theft.

2. You are implying that because of Free-Market ideas or rules and regulations, we as a society should not follow and punish theft. This idea is so false I really hope I don't have to underline the obvious, or do i?

The customer should be free and invest in whatever place and idea he chooses to. Being the Wild West in currency terms as it is, Bitcoin exchanges are notoriously unsafe. This fact is and the associated risks/rewards are also known. Why do you want to interfere?

And to your point - The Government in a Liberal (European perspective) - Libertarian (American one) has the RIGHT and is EXPECTED TO provide courts of LAW in which corporation /entities that deliberately conceal information may be sued for fraud. Individuals are NOT exempt from this obligation of a FREE society.

May I ask you, in this big government orgy that protects us from theft, how much time has the HSBC management have done? Than at least i will take the small government, thank you.And why do some people always leave out the part where the desired small government is not a weak government?

And yes, that is as a Liberal (as I live in Europe) what I wish for.

Comment: Re:Repulsive! Government Waste! (Score 1) 752

by Poorcku (#45398709) Attached to: Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners
I don't get these numbers because I am no economist. So AC says low debt/gdp is good because it doesn't incur further debt (A low debt-to-GDP ratio indicates an economy that produces and sells goods and services sufficient to pay back debts without incurring further debt) and gives sweden as an example. Wiki says the US is on the other side of the scale and that is, again... good?

Comment: Re:Who's surprised? (Score 1) 310

by Poorcku (#45239419) Attached to: NSA Monitored Calls of 35 World Leaders
Our generation was no part of those atrocities. Blaming us for actions that took place over 70 years ago is pretty insidious. You however sanctioned and continue to sanction the current government with your vote. Oh and of course in exchange for the Marshall plan you are so fond of, you've got our gold as hostage. http://nsnbc.me/2013/07/31/mystery-about-germany%C2%B4s-gold-in-the-us-solved/ What, you didn't know? how inconvenient... Again, stay the hell away.

Comment: Re:Who's surprised? (Score 1) 310

by Poorcku (#45238279) Attached to: NSA Monitored Calls of 35 World Leaders
True. How very true. But since everything has a consequence, please don't come to my country (Germany) never in your life.

You are not welcome anymore. Go to Las Vegas, gamble a bit, see Disneyland and absorb all the culture your society has produced. Don't bother coming here. Spy on me from where you are and don't hope for reconciliation any time soon. /Vented :)

Comment: Re:Bragging about torture (Score 1) 390

by Poorcku (#45238163) Attached to: Citizen Eavesdrops On Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's Phone Call
True. However Obama can release ANY and ALL prisoners at will - and blame it on Congress - and would still be right, as you astutely pointed out. But since it is all very convenient for him, he won't do it. So there facts for our skeptical friend: Obama can still close the joint at will.

Comment: Re: FFS (Score 2, Insightful) 456

by Poorcku (#44980495) Attached to: Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks
Usually these kinds of "phobias" are described as fear, prejudice, hatred, discrimination, or hostility towards the object of the "phobia".

But our Barilla guy did not any show any of these: disapproval was all it took to get labeled. I call shenanigans. And as a psychologist I am terribly upset by the lack of harsh positioning on the APA's side. While they disapprove of liberal use of clinical terminology they do not do anything more.

Comment: Re: FFS (Score 2, Insightful) 456

by Poorcku (#44979837) Attached to: Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks
It is one of the most obscene and vulgar uses of a non-scientific term. Not only it isn't a valid scientific construct (Homophobia is not listed in any version of DSM and/or ICD) but it masquerades as one (since it has the suffix -phobia) which makes it even more dangerous. It implies a disorder when there is none making your "opponent" defending his ideas from an untenable position. The one who came up with this idea is a genius and should go to hell.

Comment: Re:Remind me,,, (Score 1) 327

We pay taxes to the government. We expect services in return. If this government is unable to return the services we pay for, then yes, it the government doing wrong not the corporations. The government is invested with POWER by the people. It should very much exercise that power.

Those anarcho-capitalists want a small and powerful gov. not a big and weak one.

"Regardless of the legal speed limit, your Buick must be operated at speeds faster than 85 MPH (140kph)." -- 1987 Buick Grand National owners manual.

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