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Comment Re:Expats? (Score 1) 289

I think for most people in the Netherlands the biggest difference would be that we hardly hear of criminal or rioting jews. Not saying they don't exist but it's a pretty safe bet if there's a wanted person on the news or a riot happening nowadays it's either a Turkish or Moroccan person / group. Statistics from our prisons also back this up with a majority of about 60% of all incarcerated criminals having a migration background. I personally blame the failed immigration policies of the last 70 years in the Netherlands. Originally these people came in on the equivalent of H1B visa's so no pressure to integrate, then they could stay for a prolonged time but still no pressure to integrate. And then we kind of decided they could stay forever and bring over their families but we gave them little to no help to integrate. We gave these people no perspective and no incentive to integrate and now people act shocked that they indeed have not integrated and at least some of them don't see themselves as part of the Netherlands.

We have had trouble with people from Indonesian descent as well in the past and it follows a similar path. After the Netherlands lost their overseas colonies we promised the Moluccans they could stay in the Netherlands for a while while the government of the Netherlands made a deal with the Indonesian government for an independent Moluccan state. Then the government of the Netherlands kind of forgot about the whole issue and the Moluccans and we ended up with a two train hijackings. After they spend 25 years in limbo in old concentration camps I think they where fairly patient with it all.

So yea, not saying I condone the behaviour but I can kind of see where they're coming from.

Comment Re: "Super-Efficient"? (Score 1) 119

Not that some random comment on Internet will convince you but yes we're the first species to change the environment in this short a timescale. Until we find something really unexpected in the fossil beds we really are the first. Can also be logically deduced by the fact that there was still oil and coal left in the soil when we first started looking for it.

Comment Re:Is there any truth to what they're saying? (Score 5, Insightful) 656

To quote Isaac Asimov who put it more eloquently than I can: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

Comment Re: This is the same guy (Score 1) 385

Be that as it may, Bluetooth still uses more power then an audio jack: And that's not even counting the fact that this just covers transmission. You have even higher power requirements when you take the battery on the other end into account, but of course you won't notice that in the battery life on your phone

Comment Re: As it's been said... (Score 1) 621

Well of course it will only work when you have a profitable market. No-one deals with North Korea for that reason. That's about as insightful as saying the sun will come up tomorrow in countries that have had a night today. I always see this over regulating proposed as well, but that goes for every country : they all have regulations to make sure their internal market has a level and safe playing field. Even China has rules and regulations. And as for banking reform. I believe the UK blocked that one...

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