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Comment Re:that's an understatement (Score 3, Interesting) 124

Which is fine, depending on how fast we get there.

It's like this: you're standing on the balcony of your Miami hotel room. It's on the top floor. It's a warm summer night and you look down at the pool. A dip would be just the thing, so you put on your bathing suit and take the elevator down to the ground level. Refreshment accomplished.

Now imagine the same scenario, only you decide to dive off your balcony into the pool. You've traveled exactly the same vertical distance, but the rate at which you did it (well, technically the rate at which you stopped doing it), made a difference.

Comment Re: Good thinking (Score 1) 136

Probably worth noting that to compare crime rates reported, you have to use a similar method of counting. In every country something like a murder-robbery will be counted at least twice, once under the homicide category and once under property crimes. Sweden's rates are inflated by a system in which the same crime can be categorized more ways.

So simply adding up all "reporting offenses" confounds two factors: the rate of underlying social disorder and the practices of the reporting system.

If you want to compare social disorder across reporting regimes, probably the best approach is to compare murder rates. If a murder is involved in an event then that event will always be counted in the murder category:

Japan, Singapore, Iceland: 0.3 per 100,000
Sweden, Portugal, UK, Iceland: 0.9
France: 1.2
Cameroon, Bangladesh: 2.8
India*, Moldova, Montenegro: 3.2
United States, Thailand, Iran: 3.9
Lebanon, Turkey, Ukraine: 4.3
Somalia: 5.6
Cambodia, Afghanistan: 6.5
Palestine: 7.4
Iraq: 8.0
Chad, Gabon, Togo: 9.4
Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau: 10.3
Mali, Antigua and Barbuda: 11.2
Democratic Republic of Congo: 13.5
South Sudan: 14.4
Namibia, Panama: 17.2
Brazil: 24.6
Trinidad and Tobago: 25.9
Columbia: 27.9
Guatemala: 31.2
South Africa: 33
Jamaica: 36.1
Venezuela: 62
El Salvador: 64.2
Honduras: 84.6

Comment Re:Who's gonna pay "THEIR FAIR SHARE"?!?!?! (Score 1) 136

as long as you hand over 2/3 of all your profits to the state , runing an business is not that hard Sweden. Maktintressen an living as an small business is bloddy hard , growing is even harder. And if you start an small business and cash out you are looking at 2/3 tax on the cash out.

Running a small business is hard anywhere.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 4, Interesting) 516

So basically these developers are intolerant of any type of political message other than their own.

You have no evidence upon which you can draw such a broad inference.

The only thing you can conclude with any certainty is that these developers are intolerant of some messages different from their own, delivered in certain ways. That probably describes everybody who cares about anything.

Take me for example. I'm a nerd. That makes me intolerant of political messages based on sloppy logic.

Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 1) 793

OK, a couple of things. The site you linked to hasn't published all Hitler's speeches. Just the ones they thought reflected best on him. If you want to know what Hitler was saying about the Jews, I refer you to Mein Kampf.

As for Mr. Trump's position on Muslims, he did not specifically call for internment of Muslims (as far as I can see) but invited comparisons by suggesting his policies were akin to FDR's policies on Japanese Americans. However when challenged point-blank about interning Muslims he ruled it out (at least for now). But here are some of the measures he has either suggested or refused to rule out when asked point blank:

(1) Warrantless searches targetted at Muslims
(2) Requiring Muslims to register in a national database
(3) Requiring Muslims to carry special identification papers.


These have prompted condemnations from most Congressional Republicans. There are, of course, the requisite oddball or two, mostly crackpot state legislators and a few ex-Congress critters . I wouldn't dream of hanging these kooks around most Republicans' necks -- living by the sword and all that you know.

Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 1) 793

Of course Trump isn't a Nazi. He doesn't have the style. American fascists don't have their continental counterparts' pretenses of cultural sophistication. When they gain power they won't sit around the dinner table bragging about the art they've stolen. They'll steal sports teams and golf courses; stuff like that.

All those would-be American Hitlers in their Hugo-Boss designed uniforms were undermining their own case; branding themselves as foreigners. The native style of the American authoritarian is vulgar. Wealthy vulgarity, it is true, but vulgar nonetheless.

Now I can tell that you're barking up the wrong tree here, because of course Trump isn't a Nazi. Even Nazis weren't Nazis -- when it didn't suit them to be Nazis. Fascist ideologies are slapdash things, their ideas are to be used when they're handy and then ignored when they're not. Inconsistency doesn't bother fascist followers, because fascism isn't an ideology; it's a disease of ideology. It is what happens to an ideology, right or left, when pure feeling trumps fact and principle.

This is why that no matter how many times Trump is caught lying, even when he contradicts himeself, it has no effect on his credibility. The appeal of fascism is how it makes you feel in the moment. It offers the bliss of relief from the pressures of past obligations or future consequences; the permission to say, even act out things that in another context would be shameful or disgusting. In a way, it's a lot like falling in love. You never see your boyfriend's faults until his betrayals become undeniable.

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