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Comment Re:Worse than that! (Score 1) 466

Anyway as pointed out, it is simply a PR campaign and an awareness thing. Anyone who believes they are actually doing something significant should be looked at with an arched eyebrow.

When a notable portion of the worlds people unite for the same cause, telling the various leaders that YES, WE DO CARE, they are doing something significant.

Comment Re:Flat-rate benefits (Score 1) 224

The difference between rich and poor, is that to poor people money is a means of survival, to rich people its a reward to make them feel important. (IMO)

Perhaps given your experience you can understand that ?

When rich people want to take back, or give less to society i feel its because they want their contributions to be recognised and not taken for granted. The best way to respond to that is to do everything possible to make sure that money IS spent wisely. If government basically just gave high income earners a refund because government isnt using it properly it would indicate the government is totally incompetent.

I dont think its unfair to take more from people who use money as an ego trip.

Comment Re:Flat-rate benefits (Score 1) 224

in any country where the wealthy carry the majority of the tax burden ( = the bulk of tax income comes from flat or progressive taxes) it's hard to justify them receiving fewer direct benefits than the poor

Benefits are given to those who need it most.

The government would be very inefficient if they gave out benefits to people who dont really need it.

Greater incentives for the poor to work harder.

Have you considered people might be poor because they dont have the opportunity to work "harder" (or work at all), that their wages are so low already they struggle to survive even with full time work.

Smells like indentured servants.

Comment Re:Just a desperate PM (Score 3) 224

Election at any cost, screw Australia. Reality and what's even good or necessary for this country to 'move forward' are irrelevant to this woman who's twice got into the role via a backdoor.

Whats good for this country is implkementing the Goonski recommendations, something this PM is committed to.

Twice go in through the back door... its called politics mate, she was pushed to the top by her peers, and she deserves to be there, best PM since Hawk.

Comment Re:Just a desperate PM (Score 4, Informative) 224

This is just a ploy by a desperate PM ...

Oh lovely, its blame Julia time again, do you have a spare pitchfork and ditch the witch badge ?

the public doesn't actually get the real facts...

Many in academic circles have stated that there is a clear media bias against the government. I guess its Julias fault people watch MSM too ?

Comment Re:Nope. (Score 1) 309

You forgot to mention that Norht Korea can be currently seen invanding the USA. (in the movie Red dawn)

But seriously, you automatically assume the worst of country your leader has previously told you is bad, dont cite and evidence or even speculation. And you think North Korea isnt free, look at yourself.

Comment Re:God, not this again. (Score 1) 292

It is with nonsensical replies such as yours that I end up wondering if eugenics was such a bad concept.

But im sure you are otherwise a wonderful caring person....

Lots to discuss, but to point out your consistent failing in all your responses is that you seem determined to understand things within the context of your own knowledge. But i suspect your mind is big enough to understand its own limits (like every human mind). That is what i was alluding to when i stated that "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail". For a mind to grow it has to consider things it is not presently capable of understanding.

Yes one word can describe many different things, and many different words can also be required to describe one thing. Language is not supposed to be a science, and the human brain is not a scientific instrument. The right meaning is usually interpreted from context, its supposed to be fuzzy.

When Heraclitus said (paraphrased) "You can never step into the same river twice" he was using two meanings of the word river (as a flowing body of water, and as a path) to make a statement is moronic on the surface and yet on another level is profound. Some statement are profound not because of its meaning, but because of thought process it promotes in the reader. You could persuade yourself of almost anything, but the path you choose is your choice, a choice you can learn from.

You look for complex answers and ignore the simple ones, something exists subjectively if they think it exists. And for all sciences advancements from objective truths, what a person thinks subjectively will always be of immediate importance. You cannot measure love, security or happiness of a Human objectively, with good is your m-theory or spacetime static waves theory of existence then.

One of the greatest failings in the field of physics is the failure to understand that time is just a concept, stuff exists and that stuff changes. The fact that stuff changes doesnt make time (a measure of relative change) real.

Comment Re:God, not this again. (Score 1) 292

"Science is not done by straw poll, so the views of most (uneducated, I might add) people is unimportant. What matters is that physicists and mathematicians ..."

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Regarding your simplistic definition of existence, ask yourself, does a person exist after they die ?

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