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Comment: Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 550

by Steemers (#26737321) Attached to: Obama's Proposed Space Weapon Ban

That simple truth has never worked to demonstrate what it is supposed to. The reason is that it is true for everything. If you outlaw rape, only criminals will rape. If you outlaw toys, only outlaws will have toys. Well yeah, at that point one cannot own a toy without being a criminal.

You need to find a different phrase.

Comment: Re:Always the dutch .... (Score 4, Informative) 336

by Steemers (#26518295) Attached to: Dutch Study Says Filesharing Has Positive Economic Effects

The reason that you cannot find a reference is because it did not happen.

First off, the Dutch were not a part of any slave trade in Europe and slaves were not generally kept there (in the Netherlands).
A quick search led to page three and four of
http://books.google.com/books?id=jvno7nJsMycC&pg=PA3&dq=Dutch+Golden+Age+%22slave+trade%22#PPA2,M1

Second, the canals were either being dug or already finished (1480 instead of a more slave-possible date like 1650, for example) around the time that the colonization of the Americas was in progress, and it was after that colonization that the colonists started trading in slaves.

Comment: Re:...as many Chinese citizens seem to like it tha (Score 2, Insightful) 242

by Steemers (#26152501) Attached to: With Olympics Over, China Re-Censors Internet

I disagree with your reasoning. You quote things, then say they are true for every Muslim. Like an individual Muslim cannot have their own opinion on any subject.

The same can be said for Americans, but that still doesn't make it correct.

The American president says that same-sex marriage is wrong, guns are an important right, privacy is not (he should be able to look at everybody he wants in great detail, without their knowledge), America brings democracy where ever it goes and if he thinks your middle eastern village has a terrorist in it, he should be able to bomb it.
You know that being American actually means something. It is not just a name. Being American means that you consider these things a virtue.

Comment: Re:...as many Chinese citizens seem to like it tha (Score 2, Insightful) 242

by Steemers (#26151433) Attached to: With Olympics Over, China Re-Censors Internet
You seem to complain about media laying blame for whatever bad thing at the feet of Americans, but immediately you do the same thing with Muslims. If you think that 'the other side' is doing something wrong, then I hope you see that you are making the same mistake as they are: making a complex situation easy for yourself by blaming the people you do not associate with for anything that you perceive is wrong with that situation.

Comment: Re:The first thing that comes to my mind is... (Score 1) 271

by Steemers (#23989223) Attached to: Blizzard Introduces One-Time Password Devices For WoW
My bank (ING bank, I know it is Dutch but I don't know if it operates international) has used a (as far as I can tell from the Blizzard press release) similar but more advanced device from almost the beginning of its online banking service. I don't know why other banks don't since it is such a simple yet very useful thing.

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