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Comment Re:American problem is American (Score 2) 433

Over here in Europe 3 hours is a bit long but most washing programs take at least an hour and most hover around the one to two hours. If I run the "allergie+" (removes allergens, handy for babies and hay fever season!) program in eco-mode I believe I can push it past three hours. Having said that, my shortest program is just 20 minutes long. I do believe it doesn't spin up to 1600 RPM then but just 800 or so, so it won't get out almost dry as with the 1600RPM cycle.

Good explanation why this is:

One good thing about the internal heater is that it can push my water temperature to 194F. If that doesn't clean thing nothing will!

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.”

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