I feel this video series explains the problem very well and shows potential solutions.
The Problems with First past the Post Voting
There's often talk about whether there is a lot of Helium-3 under the surface of the moon since the astronauts brought back rocks containing lots of it. Shouldn't this helium show up in a spectrum analysis of the dirt plume from the crash?
So even though the fault clearly lies with the moderators, they're trying to blame the person at the top, the founder.
If you demand censure of someone's speech, you allow him a loophole to demand the censure of yours.
Then I wish someone would explain to me how WBC can picket almost anywhere with relative ease, but something like "Occupy Wall Street" gets relegated to "free speech zones" out of the way of all eyes and ears.
If that's not censure, then I don't know what is.
I don't know how posted this, but I read it on here and found it to be a very good idea.
The more they spend, the greater their savings.
It's funny you should mention something like this. In Japan, there is a lack of an online purchasing system. Stuff like Newegg/TigerDirect don't really exist and there are loads of brick and mortar stores to shop at, meaning shopping around in Japan can be quite a challenge. One of Japan's version of BestBuy, YodobashiCamera, actually has a system where you sign up for a point card and then everything you buy and use the point card with accumulated points. It just happens to work out such that the points equal the sales tax usually, and sometimes you even get sales that let you acquire say 5% more points from the purchase price. These points then work as real money where 1 point = 1 yen and you can return and buy items in nothing but points. So if I bought a 10,000yen item I would get 1000 points back if I paid in cash (credit cards only got you 8%). I always thought this system was somewhat ingenious as it sort of created a system where once people started buying big price items from there and started getting points, its likely they would want to continue to return. Even with the point savings though, many other stores still tended to have much better prices on some items than Yodobashi did; you just couldn't use those points there
The drinking culture there is completely different from the culture in the states. There alcohol is treated as just another beverage that can make you sick if you drink too much. No one thought it really odd to have someone passed out on the street or throwing up on the side of the road, it was normal. That would get you jailed in the states for public drunkenness. Craziest thing I still remember and I had already been there for 7 months so it shouldn't have caught me off guard, I walked into a liquor store to buy some import beer and the guy at the register after I bought it asked "” took me a second to realize he was asking if I wanted to the cap removed so I could drink it on the go. Even after having been there almost a year, the idea of walking down the street chugging a beer still seemed foreign to me.
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