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Comment Re:Don't move to Canada, liberals. (Score 1) 2837

The reason is simple: people who live in close quarters have learned that it's important to get along.

Which is why cities consistently have higher crime rates than rural areas. Jesus Christ, I don't exactly live in the middle of nowhere either, but could you have your head any further up your rectum.

Comment Re: Ionic Breeze Quadra Mark 2? (Score 1) 166

While I always appreciate a good guilt trip, Japan had equally significant pollution issues before they passed the general environmental act somewhere in early 1970s after which they nonetheless continued to flood the United States with cheap cars. Granted, that was partially possible due to the Breton Woods system, but considering the portion of Chinese population still living on under 2$ a day, as emotionally appealing as it is, your argument does not really have a leg to stand on.

Comment Re:Childish... (Score 1) 412

Untag yourself and unfriend your parents on Facebook. Done. Nobody but their friends will see it. If it is embarrassment you are afraid of, there are many more ways they can humiliate you without any malice or you having legal recourse.

Really, the article should have been titled "18-year-old Is Suing Her Parents For Posting Embarrassing Childhood Photos To Facebook", because this is what becomes immediately apparent even before you start reading the text itself.

Comment Re: justice demands (Score 1) 72

They are not bad law, they are laws you personally think are bad. This is generally a fairly common practice among individuals without legal training. Furthermore, the idea that lobbies are somehow restricted to the rich and powerful is rather absurd. You are more than welcome to donate to a number of foundations, whose exact purpose is representing your interests. If your opinion is popular enough, it will get traction. You should also watch fewer legal dramas.

Comment Re:Benign dictatorship (Score 1) 205

A benevolent dictatorship is an established term for a dictatorship where the dictator pursues national interests rather than his own, as opposed to a dictator who pursues his own interests over those of national ones. There are a million ways to weasel about how this definition is bad—in which case you would be late, since Nietzsche has already raised this criticism of definitions in general—but it is one all development economists are very familiar with and nothing to sneer at. A go-to example is South Korea under Park Chung-hee, who is generally considered to be a benevolent dictator and has considerably contributed to the nation's development through his macroeconomic policies, versus his successor Chun Doo-hwan, who is best known for his impressive ability to receive bribes through establishment of foundations. You are wrong about the term having any relation to success of the dictator and JasterBobaMereel is equally wrong about there being any relation to his popularity.

Comment Re:justice demands (Score 1) 72

Don't take it the wrong way, but "biased courts" in developed countries are usually synonymous with bitter losers. You can argue that the laws are biased—some of them are, but arguably justifiably so—in which case you should really be running a lobby to append them, but if you feel that the judge is the one who is not applying the law correctly, you always the have option to appeal. At a certain point, it is a question of whether the whole justice system across multiple courts consists exclusively of biased hypocrites or if it is the individual refusing to understand why a certain judgement was applied.

Comment Re:Requires a knowledge of the job (Score 2) 205

Coincidentally, the Industrial Revolution occurs in the same time and is entirely oligarchic in nature. You may be interested in reading some works by Robert C. Allen, in particular the very concise Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction. There are a number of hypothesis for Europe's industrial success and subsequent increased living standards, from Braudel's coal and colonies to Black Death changing the institutional structure of Europe to be more capitalistic to Europe always being richer but having less food due to lack of rice. However, I am afraid that I am yet to hear a persuasive argument for peasants' suffrage being one of them. In fact, if we look at late comers in East Asia, you would get the very opposite impression with unelected elite bureaucrats largely detached from the political process running the country much more successfully than their democratised counterparts with democracy only coming as a latter bonus and in a form factually very different from liberté, égalité, fraternité.

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