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Comment Re:It's all relative. (Score 1) 264 264

Racism?

More often than not, those people are not as good as you are, because they haven't had as good an education, and:
- they don't speak English as well as you do
- they live in a different time zone
- their culture is different, as in "Everything is OK!" when actually it's not
- they are not as settled and dependable, and you will be working with a different person every 4 months
- their country can be invaded by Russia

Okay, the last one is perhaps unlikely, but it has happened at least twice in the last 8 years.

Comment Re:Methamphetamines age you prematurely. (Score 2) 285 285

Not sure about that. One of my best friends leads a very relaxed lifestyle in Berlin. Only works 4hrs a day, 4 days a week, no kids, no family, just his very own, slow-paced life and hobbies. He manages that because he lives in a cheap room in a shared appartment without a car and has in general a very frugal lifestyle. He is two years younger than me, in his early thirties but he has lost almost all of his hair, and what is left around the sides has turned grey.

Comment Re: Good for greece (Score 2) 1307 1307

I'm sure that corruption in Greece (the highest in the Eurozone) huge, ineffective government, people not paying taxes, lots of people receiving dubious benefits and tax exempts, high military spending, on average 10 year earlier pension age than EU and comparatively high pensions compared to richer nations have absolutely nothing to do with Greece problems.

It's all Nazi Germany's fault.

Comment Re:Port it away from Java... (Score 1) 56 56

Don't know what is wrong with your system. I also have a beefy rig, i7, GTX 980, 16GB RAM, and I get consistent 60 FPS running Minecraft, except for the slight lagging when there is world loading going on of course.
The graphics card is not even trying hard, staying in the 50Â's at about 30-40% capacity, and I'm also running 20 mods.

Comment Re:Nope! (Score 2) 409 409

Basically significant segments of the Iranian government and a good number of the population (not necessarily a majority, but enough to have influence) have anti-Americanism as their raison d'Ãtre

Correct, but as you mention yourself, the arab countries have the same problem. Perhaps not so much with the leaders, but I would guess that a majority of the population, likely more than in Iran, are Anti-American.

The Saudi government has been pretty good friends with the USA

I can't shake the feeling that behind closed doors, most arab leaders are also very condescending of the US and mainly regard it as a source of military technology and aid dollars. For example, Pakistan, a country which is perhaps 80% anti-american and whose secret service plays a game of duplicity, sometimes helping the US and sometimes collaborating with the Taliban and Al-Quaida, nevertheless receives US military aid... hard to follow that logic.

Sometimes I think these countries keep the instabilities and insurgencies running on purpose, to keep the American dollars flowing.

Comment Re:Drone It (Score 1) 843 843

We have long since passed the point where the major actors are just too big and powerful to risk war with eachother,

Not only that. Globalization has many downsides, but one undoubtedly good thing about it is that most economies today are so interconnected and dependant of one another, that conflict between two developed nations would be extremely disruptive and harmful to both.
Russia and Europe, or the US and China, while rivals in some respects, thanks to globalization, direct, large-scale conflict is unthinkable.

Comment Re:Nope! (Score 5, Insightful) 409 409

This.
I've also always wondered why the U.S. put all its money on the Arab countries instead of Iran. Iran at least has basic level of Democracy with presidential elections. Irans youth is, in general, more progressive and open minded that in most other islamic countries.
The U.S. big ally and arch-enemy of Iran, Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is a practically an absolutist monarchy practicing extremely conservative interpretation of Sharia law. It's also interesting to point out that many high-profile terrorists, such as Osama bin Ladin, were Saudi Arabians. I wouldn't be surprised if elements in Saudi Arabia's government secretly support or at the very least condone IS in Syria and Iraq. They seem pretty single-minded about supporting Sunni Islam against everything Shia.

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