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Comment Re:Well so much for Democracy (Score 1) 485 485

Viewed from the point of view of what the Greek people are asking (telling) the Greek government to do, I totally agree with you. I think it was more the Greek government twisting the meaning of that statement (A "democratic" decision in Greece should force other democratic countries to fund them).

Comment Re:Pipistrel did not buy the motors? (Score 1) 107 107

Public campaign donations != privately bribing public officials. Voters can make decisions based on the former. For the later, voters can make a decision only if the perpetrator is caught. We may hold different views on money in politics, but let's at least have a reasonable conversation, minus the hyperbole.

Comment Re:Pipistrel did not buy the motors? (Score 1) 107 107

I don't think the NSA was spying for economic gain (France was). I do agree that having a government spying for economic gain is very "Anti-American," and I don't know what they'd do with the information. So, it may just be paranoia.

Comment Re:Pipistrel did not buy the motors? (Score 1) 107 107

My understanding is that corruption is more expected and accepted in Europe. In the US, it is illegal for a corporation to pay a bribe and is certainly not tax deductible. I believe this is now true in Europe, but is a much more recent phenomenon. I was shocked in the 80s and 90s when I learned that France actively spied on foreign corporate interests for economic gain (I guess I shouldn't be shocked now at how the NSA has gone in that direction after 9/11). There is an idea of fair play here, even if it is often violated.

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