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[edit] Kim davis

How is it that you cannot sack someone refusing to do their job but you can lock them up for it? I get that its an elected position so sacking them isn't easy, but why is it an elected position anyway? AMassiveGay (talk) 21:02, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Short answer? Because America. Long answer: because for good reasons as well as bad reasons many positions that are appointed / earned through merit in other places are elected in the US Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 21:08, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
Actually, the short answer is that it's an elected position, and the only people who can fire her are the people or the legislature, who actually support her. So the only recourse is a federal court order to either fine her into oblivion or jail her for failing to comply with a court order. She hasn't been sentenced to any time, that would require a trial, she holds the keys to her freedom if she complies with the order, or resigns her position. Hentropy (talk) 23:09, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
I was answering as to why it is an elected position in the first place. Most other countries don't elect people to such an office Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:15, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
That has more to do with the US's fetish for elections, in that case. County clerks were originally made to be elected positions in a lot of cases because they oversaw things like elections and ensuring the integrity of government licenses and records. If these positions are appointed, problems can arrive with corruption and cronyism by putting his friend in the clerk's seat and having them accept/deny certain things based on personal relationships. This has never been a real problem until recently. I'm not one to apologize too much for the stupidity of American politics, but European politics is certainly not a squeaky clean bastion of reason. Hentropy (talk) 06:06, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] All Hail the Judge!

Thank goat that Kim Davis is rotting w/her ugly face in jail! Zexcoiler Kingbolt (talk) 22:04, 3 September 2015 (UTC)Zexcoiler Kingbolt

What if some tough on crime judge puts her there forever? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 22:23, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
I wouldn't use her looks as a reason to insult her, you certainly wouldn't accept that if someone said it about a liberal woman like Hillary Clinton. Disagree with her all you want but don't resort to frat-boy political debate. Hentropy (talk) 23:13, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
I wouldn't jubilate about people rotting away in jail either. Even if some deserve it. (talk) 00:30, 4 September 42015 AQD (UTC)
If we have reason to pity a guilty person being in jail, we have to seriously think about criminal justice reform. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 10:52, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
If I had my way, no, she wouldn't be locked up in a cage, but if she continued to refuse to issue marriage licenses, she would be forced to pay back to the government all of her income she collected while she issued licenses, which would be about $100,000 or so. Meanwhile, while she does rot in jail, I laugh at the whining and complaining of conservatives and Republicans that yip and scream about her rights being violated. Pbfreespace3 (talk) 00:55, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] "Four times married"...

... proves what? Ad hominem isn't excusable, lads. FrothyCatPotato (talk/stalk) 00:19, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

'Tis that her 'Christianity' has changed - divorce was OK but gays aint. Hypocracy? Scream!! (talk) 00:22, 4 September 2015 (UTC)r
The double standards of fundies are well-attested. Though complaining about divorce being commonly accepted, even in many Christian circles, while homosexuality isn't, sounds like a rather undistinguished thing to do. (talk) 00:30, 4 September 42015 AQD (UTC)
The whole Southern Baptist culture focuses on fiercely preaching virtues about which they're well aware they don't do well at practicing. I find it a bit hard to fault them for this, though it has bad side effects. The Baptist drinking culture is an unfortunate side effect. The preachers knew full well that their society had a problem with drunkenness. So they made teetotalism one of the marks of salvation. Through much of the territory, people who drink alcohol absolutely do not mix socially with those who do not. (This was pointed out to me at one of the strangest wedding receptions I've ever been to.) The downside is that the first Fatal Glass of Beer confirms you as a reprobate on the road to Hell. This means that moderation isn't a reasonable expectation. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 02:49, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Easy yes or no absolute rules are a good thing when dealing with children, as they usually cannot handle nuance ambiguity and having to decide on a case by case basis. Adults should have grown up enough to know that waiting at a red traffic light as a pedestrian at 2:00 AM on a deserted street makes no fucking sense. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 10:55, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Say what you want, but her rhetoric is consistent with Christian logic and morality according to most sects. You're allowed to be a horrible sinner in your past, so long as you come to Jesus and stop your sinnin' ways you'll be forgiven. Homosexuality is such a flashpoint in Christian morality because you can't really live a gay lifestyle and "come to Jesus" at the same time, it's like trying to ask for forgiveness while still routinely sacrificing children to Molech. There's many reasons to criticize this woman, but even if she were a lesbian in the past it still wouldn't be hypocrisy, at least not in that way. Hentropy (talk) 06:19, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
If she was refusing marriage licences to divorcees, her own marriage record could be seen as hypocritical. If she had been in a same sex marriage, refusing marriage licences to same sex couples would be hypocritical. As it is, her marriages & divorces have nothing to do with her stance on same sex marriage. We can't insist that people who oppose same sex marriage must also oppose divorce; they're really not the same issue. €₳$£ΘĪÐWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 07:27, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, both divorce and SSM are unbiblical to some fundies.. So there's that. Although that would depend on picking apart which flavour of stupid-ass Christianity she followed. Queexchthonic murmurings 11:43, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
That she doesn't have the moral standing to make personal interventions on other peoples' marriages. Since the law has spoken, there's not a platform for a universal standard she's standing up for, thus the strength of her personal convictions are a valid point of contention. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 13:04, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
The bible also permits me to marry/rape a prisoner of war, so long as I shave her and wait a month. CorruptUser (talk) 13:18, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] David Cameron breaks international law

So David Cameron has, in essence, committed a violation of Great Britain's laws and international law by personally ordering British citizens to be blown up by a flying robotic machine: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/07/david-cameron-justifies-drone-strikes-in-syria-against-britons-fighting-for-isis

Western news media outlets barely reported this at all. Apparently they don't care that the leader of the UK ordered drone strikes on British citizens without the legal ability to do so (there was no Parliamentary authorization to conduct bomb Syria). The actual morality of what occurred is debatable, but the main point here is that the leader of a Western country violated international law willingly, following in Obama's footsteps. It is true that the people killed were members of ISIS, but the point is the law was broken. Laughably, the justification offered by the British government was that these individuals were an immediate threat to the security United Kingdom. As if they were in Calais about to shell Dover with a 122mm artillery gun.

What I want to know is: what do you think about this? What is your opinion about the illegal use of drone strikes overseas? I have a feeling I already know, but I just want to see you discuss this. Pbfreespace3 (talk) 00:47, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

The point is: Fuck the DAESH, that's the point. Cameron, you're right! Why should an Air Force risk the lives of their pilots, if they can drones do it?!--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ ∈)☼(∋ 00:51, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
No that is definitely not what happened here. I don't know British law but in the US we have three constitutional amendments that force the state to give every prisoner due process and a fair trial. In the US we aren't allowed to do a trial in absentia unless the person doesn't show up to the trial or is disruptive during trial. The exception being in the case of execution.--Owlman (talk) 01:18, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
In order to give a prisoner a trial of any kind, you first need a prisoner. In military situations, this usually comes about when an enemy surrenders. This fellow hadn't surrendered. He remained a target. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 03:52, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
I see the point, but how is one to surrender to a drone? You are always unaware of its presence and cannot be captured. This is more of a general question on how the Geneva Convention works for aerial attacks. I would also like to expand my comment and say that the difference between the US killing Anwar al Awlaki was that he was not a combatant while these Brits were.--Owlman (talk) 04:01, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
No, of course, he could no more surrender to a drone than he could surrender to a bullet that had been shot at him. That's more or less the point of surrendering; the soldier who surrenders changes his status from 'person who can be shot at' to 'person who can't'. But by joining a hostile military force, he assumed the risk that enemies would be shooting at him, and that he can get shot and might die. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 04:22, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

I agree with your sentiment, Arisboch, but the point is we need to follow international law while doing it. If you break international law, you are crossing a huge line that really shouldn't be crossed in all but the most extenuating circumstances. This is not one of those circumstances. It is easy for Western powers to follow the Geneva Convention, their own laws, and prosecute the war on ISIS in a legal and responsible way. The US and UK need to vote in the Congress/Parliament to go to war with ISIS, go before the UN Security Council, and obtain a resolution to do so. I'm sure Russia and China would agree, as they have shown they are willing to do with the Iran nuclear deal. We don't need to be breaking laws here. We can fight and defeat ISIS the right way, or we can do it the wrong way and make even more enemies we will be forced to confront later on. Which would you prefer? Pbfreespace3 (talk) 02:42, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

This is a noble naive sentiment, since there is no political support for boots on the ground in Teh West, which would be necessary to catch these fuckers to drag their asses to court. But dropping bombs on them or even better, drone (I made a noun into a verb) their asses, is politically no problem at all, since it causes no casualties on the Western side and produces a steady stream of dead terrorists..--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ ∈)☼(∋ 14:34, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
The west is not going to commit itself to another decade+ ground war in the middle east after spending a long time laying the groundwork for this problem in the first place --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 03:32, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
So we are going to bomb the problem away?--Owlman (talk) 03:39, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Well i mean if we carpet nuke the middle east, there won't really be much of an ISIS left. or much of anything, really. | Wasn't there some presidential candidate who seriously suggested we nuke some ME countries?--"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 03:42, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
I think so but I don't remember. It had to have been the 2012 election which I can't recall well. Regardless won't all this bombing lead to more refugees and more legitimacy for DAESH. as far as I am aware they are the strongest force right now and they seem keen on provoking a massive war between the Sunnis and Shias.--Owlman (talk) 03:52, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
The bombings, in particular without a real mandate, are not a good solution, but the alternatives that have any chance of happening (as i said, they will never sell another ground invasion of the middle east to the western population) are either "do fuck all and let it just happen" or "somehow make the anti ISIS armies actually worth a damn" which seems unlikely. All the options available are shit.--"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 03:59, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Back to the original story. It seems that Cameron specifically ordered the execution of British citizens. Yes, this is part of a bigger picture as described but it is also a very specific charge. At the least, this charge needs to be scrutinised very carefully. --TheroadtoWiganPier (talk) 04:06, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Actually, some countries have been removing DAESH fighters from their civil registries, which seems pretty reasonable given that they went off to fight for an openly hostile foreign entity that proclaims itself to be a state. Typifying these men as "British citizens" is rather misleading. (talk) 17:19, 8 September 42015 AQD (UTC)
Actually, a significant portion of DAESH consists of non-Middle-Eastern Muslims, so unless all their supporters have already made their way to the battlefield in Syria/Iraq, nuking them to oblivion isn't gonna get rid of the problem. Not to mention Western war crimes are the perfect recruitment tool for terrorists. (talk) 16:48, 8 September 42015 AQD (UTC)
Daish is one of the further examples of middle-eastern armed forces not being worth their salt. I mean, right now there is an "army" of barely a few ten thousand, that is able to overrun two mid-sized Middle Eastern countries (with armies numbering in the hundred thousands), that were even considered regional powers at one time. And neither the Saudis nor the Egyptians nor Iran can do anything to effectively curtail this threat. Which raises the question: Are they unwilling or unable? Israel of course would be able to bomb IS into oblivion and if given the order the military would probably be highly motivated. However, for obvious reasons, I wish for Israel to stay as far away as possible from the Syrian Civil War. And the same thinking is probably consensus in the Israeli political sphere as well as the high command. Point is: There is another option besides supporting one group within Syria against another and intervening directly: That option is relying on a regional nation-state as a "proxy" (in this case almost all regional powers have a vital interest in the disappearance of Daish; basically all except Iran, because the existence of Daish makes them appear sane by comparison) Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 17:02, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Iran has the biggest interest in making DAESH a thing of the past, cause they're very high on DAESH's shitlist as Shiites.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ ∈)☼(∋ 19:15, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Yes and no. On the one hand a IS strong enough to actually harm or threaten Iran or the Shia dominance of Iraq is bad for Iran. But currently Iran enjoys being a de facto ally of the US in the fight against Daish and has notably gained in respectability due to it. Furthermore, the Sunni forces in Iraq, be they political military or both have been discredited by the association of all things Sunni with Daish in the minds of many Iraqis. All in all, Iran probably wishes Daish gone or at least weakened, but the emergence of this group was a godsend to Iran's foreign policy ambitions. They can export their revolution and their Shia dominance and the US are even thankful to them... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 20:29, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

In the US, at least, a citizen who commits an act of treason or voluntarily joins a foreign army engaged in hostilities against the US is considered to have renounced their citizenship. Is there anything similar in British law? Frederick♠♣♥♦ 06:37, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Not really. If you were born in the UK, it's hard to give it up and you basically can't be forced out. It's a sort of genetic affliction - David Gerard (talk) 10:20, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
Most countries don't have any way of renouncing citizenship. The only exceptions are those where you lose it "by default" through military service for a foreign power or accepting a citizenship of a country that does not allow dual citizenship with yours... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 11:53, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, Russia, at least, has. I know that,since me and my parents did renounce our Russian citizenship to get the German one.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ ∈)☼(∋ 13:40, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] President Lessig

So let's assume Lessig wins would it be possible for him to transition to public funding for political campaigns? Besides that he seems to be concerned about gerrymandering and proportional voting but these seem to be his only policy positions. How long would this take? And once he leaves office there would still be significant issues to deal with such as global warming, the refugee crisis and immigration reform, Daesh and the Middle East, etc. This would all fall onto the VP, whoever that would be. On the bright side it would make this one of the most important VPs ever.--Owlman (talk) 04:52, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Some of this would take constitutional amendments or at the very least a reversal of how the SCOTUS sees certain things... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 11:54, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
I agree, but I can't see how an amendment could br passed by the national government. Republicans know it is one of their biggest advantages and the Democrats would be hard to convince. Even if the Democrats are convinced they will have to win all of Congress back and enough state legislatures and governorships to ratify it (assuming the state Republicans would be uncooperative). We could always try to pass it through a constitutional convention, e.g. WolfPAC, but that process seems like it will take too long.--Owlman (talk) 12:39, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
If he manages to ever get out of the one percent black hole, where will his support come from? People who wouldn't have voted otherwise? Hillary supporters? Sanders supporters? People who don't know yet? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 20:31, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Sanders supporters are "Sanders or nobody" voters, him not being the nominee will just make them stay at home, not vote some random guy who promises to step out of office if he wins.--"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 22:57, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
[citation needed] Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 15:19, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
Well I support Sanders and I would vote for O'Malley if he won the nomination, but I am still not sure if I would vote for Hillary just yet. She has recently come out with a plan to reform campaign finances, but I still think an amendment is the only way to pass anything permanent. But back to Lessig, I, personally, like the guy, but I don't think he could munster support in a first past the post voting system.. The only way people would support him is if he got every activist group to agree that campaign finance reform must happen first before any issue they want addressed can be resolved.--Owlman (talk) 15:39, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
I'm a staunch Sanders supporter, and "Paravant" is correct, we generally support Sanders only. I think Lessig is a good guy, but him throwing himself out there really isn't doing much useful, and if anything will detract from Sanders' momentum, possible causing him to lose and getting another Republican in office. So no, I'm with Sanders. Pbfreespace3 (talk) 01:07, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
More worried about McAfee's candidacy. Because it won't matter who you thought you were electing. McAfee will have installed himself without asking. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 00:36, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Onozomg.gif Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:46, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Senator McCaskill criticizes anti-GMO activists

I can't add stories to the WIGO, but maybe someone'd find this interesting and add it:


The relevant parts in case the article can't be accessed:

"It's ironic to me that the same group that's pounding the table about climate change wants to ignore the science with GMOs," she said. "If you believe in science, you believe in science. You can't just pick and choose depending on the issue."

She also told the agricultural genetics researchers in the room to toughen up and ignore "a small group of people (protesting the growth and sale of GMOs) making a lot of noise."

But McCaskill was alarmed when Tom McFadden, director of MU's division of animal sciences, told her the National Science Foundation seems to avoid funding the application-based research agriculture embraces, and agricultural researchers have learned to frame their projects as more academic research to receive money.

"You shouldn't have to disguise it," she said. "That's something I'd like to go to bat for in Washington if bias exists."

USDA funding for research is comparatively paltry, McFadden said, so "it would be helpful to have more access to the NSF money."

McCaskill also heard about a wealth of advancements being made in drought prevention, genetic research and energy efficiency, but there were complaints of unreliable state funding for several projects. Several researchers said they'd made progress on an idea, only to have funding pulled unexpectedly.

Yeah, it's a week old, but still it resonated with me. Granted, I don't know much about McCaskill's positions other than being the incumbent opposite Todd "legitimate rape" Akins back in 2012. --Chukar (talk) 22:37, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

What she said is so full of vague generalities I don't see where it is anything but lip service. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 14:56, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Russia and homeopathy

An interview in The Moscow Times gives some surprising and scary ways pseudoscience has become a lot more powerful in Russia compared to the US. They didn't even need Dr. Oz! -Einstein95 (talk) 22:46, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Don't be surprised. Pseudoscience and homeopathy remedies are much more common in the Third World, and former Soviet republics. Zexcoiler Kingbolt (talk) 23:00, 16 September 2015 (UTC)Zexcoiler Kingbolt
I thought the USSR was the second world? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:02, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
That is kinda weird, since, at least according to my father, the Soviets didn't like homeopathy very much.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ ∈)☼(∋ 00:14, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
Officially the USSR hated religion and was anti-nationalist (at least in rhetoric). Now look at Putin and whom he relies on most... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 12:03, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Darwin's letter

The article really needs a better headline. His letter doesn't say he's an atheist, it says he's no longer a Christian. Big difference. Thanos6 (talk) 03:43, 12 September 2015 (UTC)

I've changed the WIGOW to reflect that. Frederick♠♣♥♦ 04:32, 12 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Corbyn New Leader

As a Labour member I will support Corbyn, but after the good news of Khan winning mayoral selection, this is not good. {{SUBST:User:Mkbw50/sig}} (talk) 15:15, 12 September 2015 (UTC)

Why? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 16:36, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
He's allegedly unelectable. Socialist stigma. Blitz (Complaints Box) 00:19, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
I just find it funny a party explicitly meant to be socialist and calling itself a labour party would have a socialist stigma. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 00:21, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
That is mostly due to Thatcher winning the Falklands war and hence the 1983 election. Had the war not happened (or - which is totally unlikely - been lost for Britain) the Alliance would have swept up a lot of seats, with Labour getting most of the rest. The Conservatives would have been wiped out as a credible force for the time being with the result a hung parliament or an outright majority for one of the right wing parties. The ultimate result would have been that Britain would be having two left wing parties instead of two left wing parties. In essence: Fuck Galtieri and fuck Thatcher a thousand times! Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:45, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Really? I will give you partly due to Thatcher/Falklands War etc, but not mostly. As a teenager I campaigned hard for the Labour Party in 1983 in two different inner London constituencies, and there was much more to the disaster than the Falklands. Memories of the chaos at the end of the last Labour government were still very fresh, the Labour Party was handling itself incredibly badly, and dear, dear Michael Foot was 70 years old, looked frail and was unelectable. I adored the man but the wider electorate didn't. As for the Alliance - in the unlikely event of the SDP surviving, the Alliance would never have become a 2nd left wing option. The Gang of Four and their groupies left Labour for the very reason of escaping any association with socialism. They just might have morphed into a New Labour type thing, thereby saving Peter Mandelson the job - i.e a centrist party. But the Liberal bit of the Alliance was already that and had been forever, so what would have been the point? And sadly, the Conservatives could never have been wiped out then as you contend, any more than they were wiped out by the Blair landslides. Too much money, strong grass roots organisation, vested interests etc. Totally agree with you on your last sentence :) 1983... pah. Dammit! --TheroadtoWiganPier (talk) 15:40, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Be that as it may, the Falkland war seriously fucked up the British political landscape for - well basically it hasn't even ended yet. Are there good alternative histories without a Falkland war (that focus on the impact that would have had on Britain)? Also, I just checked Corbyn... He seems to have decent views on a great lot of things, but unfortunately he is a Hamas/Hezbollah and IRA fanboy (for the record, I don't care about Northern Ireland one way or another, but the IRA are certainly not the innocent heroes some mistake them for). Also, homeopathy... Other thaen that he is a needed breath of fresh air to push Labour to the left on economic and domestic issues. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 15:57, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
There may well be some alternative history. Given the awful, fragmented state of the Labour Party at that time, it might not make for good reading. Quite coincidentally, Jeremy was first elected as an MP in that same 1983 election, defeating a particularly foul Alliance defector. His IRA views are in line with most left wingers of that era - Ken Livingstone etc. Given his general all round decent views, I can live with some of the rest.--TheroadtoWiganPier (talk) 16:07, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
For me, and many others, this is a repeat of Michael Foot in 1980. I respect them both and they both appeal to my socialist sensibilities but.... There's a reason Michael Foot's top of the range Duffel Coat was mistakenly lampooned as a donkey jacket - looking like "an out of work navvy" - when he wore it to the cenotaph on Remembrance Day - that's the way sincere socialists come across and, in politics, image is everything. However, Foot was a necessary part of the healing process post the winter of discontent and I'm pretty sure Corbyn will be seen in the same light. Doxys Midnight Runner (talk) 16:14, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

Corbyn is a loon, he wants open borders and no immigration control. As Nigel Farage has recently stated, Corbyn will turn loads more voters to UKIP. Jeremy Corbyn Labour Leader Huge Boost for UKIP Krom (talk) 17:51, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

Well, he would say that, wouldn't he. Doxys Midnight Runner (talk) 17:53, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Labour lost millions of votes to UKIP in the recent general election -this was mostly based on immigration concerns. So electing Corbyn who wants complete open borders is even more a disaster for Labour. Corbyn is the best thing that could happen to UKIP.Krom (talk) 18:11, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Rival candidate Andy Burnham, who has conceded that the last Labour government made mistakes in relaxing visa controls with Eastern Europe, accused Mr Corbyn of being out of touch with opinion across much of the country. "If we deny there is an issue there - we will drive people to Ukip." Krom (talk) 18:32, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Krom politics in a nutshell: "We lost votes because of an issue so we should sellout on that issue!" I don't know, id rather my leaders hold to principles, even if it loses them votes, than sell out on issues to gain votes. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 20:00, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Why exactly is immigration a bad thing? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 21:31, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Krom, People have always been on the move. Migration is the reason why we survived as a species. Look around you. Those dreaded immigrants are already here, and you're one of them. You don't live in a world where you can stop people from moving around from one place to another. People will keep moving, and like it or not, they will share what you have.
The point here is that the idea of open borders is the natural state of things to begin with. We only started creating borders when people fought each other and drew a line around their land. But that won't work anymore; the humanitarian needs of millions of refugees trumps any 'right' that a nation might have to keep its borders secure. Plus, I'm pretty sure the UK is already pretty lax with its border controls. As someone not from britain, Corbyn's general policies seem pretty good to me, and I'm glad Labour has finally elected a leader that believes its founding principles, which make sense and are good. The real question is can he whip his party into line, or will there be a fracture where people leave Labour for other parties. Either way, it is nice to see a revival of Old Labour. Pbfreespace3 (talk) 23:24, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Back in the days, we were fighting for a revolution. Now we are just hoping for a revival of Old Labour. O Tempora! O Mores! Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 01:28, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Re: New Heidi Hole for Homeopathy Funding

From the article,

I must admit I’m not totally convinced at the moment but I’ll have to look at it. I know my own parents are great believers in homeopathy. It’s not something that I would immediately support but I’m going to have to look at a whole range of issues. It’s not something that I have given hours of consideration to.
—Heidi Alexander

It's just political posturing to keep neutrality for now. She even mentions she isn't convinced that public funds should go to homeopathy. Let's not panic just yet. (Then again, contrary to what the edit suggests, I'm not entirely convinced this is dog-whistling from the lack of codewords, so meh)

Personally, I'm more wary about shadow environment minister Kerry McCarthy's stance and relative inexperience on animal testing, which has gone with relatively little comment (except for people pointing out that she's vegan). ℕoir LeSable (talk)

[edit] Cameron and the pig

Love that it's the Daily Fail that's gonna serialise it! Scream!! (talk) 00:15, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

(Still keeping Daily Fail blocker though Scream!! (talk) 00:15, 21 September 2015 (UTC))
OMG, my fave episode of Black Mirror is real?---Mona- (talk) 02:32, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I am still struggling to believe that is mere coincidence :) . The joy of many years of pig puns to come is just overwhelming. --TheroadtoWiganPier (talk) 14:21, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
It's been a festival among my pals on Twitter, to wit: "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that fucks a pig with me shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile..." "Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this loin of pork." "Check your privilege! I'm picking up some disturbing porciphobia.[mine]" "Oink means no!" "Now, who among us has not wanted to fuck a p- oh wait." The photoshops are also hilarious. And, someone created a "Cameron's Pig" account and tweeted: "Look, it's embarrassing for me, too." To which one "Bilmon" replied: “'Just close your eyes and think of England.'-- Lucy Baldwin, wife of British PM Stanley Baldwin" ---Mona- (talk) 14:41, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
A prime minister who violates dead pigs and a future king who desired to be a tampon. The future of Britain is in fine hands.--TheroadtoWiganPier (talk) 14:44, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
People's obsession with VIP's sexual hijinks is soooooo ridiculous. Coupla a years ago, a US prez got almost impeached, cause he got his cock sucked (or lied about getting his cock sucked, but who wants to talk about where one is getting his cock sucked with everyone getting their panties in a bunch?). What's next time, Bibi sticking his cock into a shawarma with yogurt sauce at his stag night?--14:55, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Once they were an empire. Now they worry about the (future) King's relation to tampons and the prime minister's relation to pig's heads... O Tempora O Mores Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:49, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Depends. Lamb or chicken shawarma? Or perhaps an illicit porky shawarma. Now that would be front page news. --TheroadtoWiganPier (talk) 15:00, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
A Jew eating pork? In other news, water is wet and Trevor Noah has one white and one black parent... That's really not at all newsworthy. Jews are about as observant on average as Christians in the US. Sure there are some people who take it very seriously indeed. But thaen there are the bacon wrapped shrimps guys ;-) Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 15:04, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Oh yes, the religious getting their panties in a bunch about the secular breeding, selling and/or eating pork or similar is a perennial issue in Israel (or before there was any Israel, many kibbutzim didn't gave a hoot about religion) or the diaspora (trying to get kosher meat outside of the big Jewish population centers (in, say, Germany, cause even in Berlin or Frankfurt on the Maine it's rather hard) is giant bitch and often, people just can't afford to have the stuff shipped from, say, Belgium).--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ ∈)☼(∋ 15:11, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

In fairness, the politician sex scandal is the definition of pseudo-news. Unless they harm somebody, I couldn't care less where a politician puts their junk or which junk they have had put where. Unfortunately infantile nations with infantile media obsess about it. And to clarify, my previous post was criticizing the obsession and the media frenzy... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 15:01, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

good to see you using the British "couldn't care less" rather than the offensive American variant ;) --TheroadtoWiganPier (talk) 15:28, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Actually, the complete idiom is "I could care less, but I'd have to try." Shortened to "I could care less..." it is still idiomatically meaningful, and those who insist on "couldn't" are just the sort of arrant pedants up with whom no-one should have to put. But yes, props to Avenger for using British English. CamelCasePragmatist (talk) 15:40, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
You did see my wink right? --TheroadtoWiganPier (talk) 15:43, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Assbolutely, and hence the praise for Avenger finally realising that UK English is best English. (no winkie-smiley for you!) CamelCasePragmatist (talk) 15:52, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I could actually care a bit less about this debate. I think that's a problem. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 15:59, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I don't give a flying fuck where each of those versions comes from. I take the one that sounds more logical. Just as I do with spelling. American spellings are more logical, hence why I prefer them. As for most words, I watch a lot of US series and TV, so there you go. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 19:19, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

I could not give less of a shit about how many pigs he may have fucked. I am more concerned about his rank hypocrisy over his fucking stupid drug laws. AMassiveGay (talk) 19:15, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Or his hypocritical porn block. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 19:19, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I don't give a shit about that either. AMassiveGay (talk) 19:21, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Oh, his repugnant positions, including on drug laws and his porn bans, outrage me. Indeed, such a prig being saddled with pig (sex), j'ai trouvé ça très amusant.---Mona- (talk) 19:27, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Please refrain from speaking obscure half dead languages on talk pages that everybody could read... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 22:38, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
French isn't half-dead, but I know a few others, who are.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ ∈)☼(∋ 22:56, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Ah well, some people might still speak it. Who cares, they're French. (In case you don't get it, I am joking. Mostly) Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:00, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Ben Carson

I'm not sure what the etiquette is for changing someone's WIGO, but I don't see what Ben Carson being black has to do with his islamophobia (other than the vague connection that black people have been discriminated against too,in which case it shouldn't be held against him), and I don't want to try to start a debate.TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 00:25, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Have to agree. Scream!! (talk) 00:33, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Starting a talkpage thread might not be the best thing if you don't want to start a debate then. I edited the WIGO a bit btw. As for relevance, black people and Muslims are both ethnic groups (the latter more specifically ethno-religious, of course) and black people have previously experienced exclusion and segregation from general (white) society in America, something Ben Carson now seems to be proposing to do with Muslims (at least politically). (talk) 00:37, 21 September 42015 AQD (UTC)
My 'Political Correctness' lobe doesn't like it but not gonna argue. Scream!! (talk) 01:00, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Agreed, but there is also something about a person coming from a background of segregation and oppression that's endorsing doing something similar to a new group that's...just messed up. Especially when it took several centuries to reverse it after the suffering of millions. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 16:32, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I know, I just didn't want to accidentally piss someone off by messing with their stuff without asking. Also, I meant that I wouldn't mind if a debate started, just that I wasn't trying to start one. Just wanted to figure out what the deal was with editing people's WIGOs.TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 00:41, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

It doesn't strike me as fair when black people (or other minority groups) are singled out on some issue (especially by white people) with the suggestion that "you should be on our side". I've seen this attitude quite a lot on RW (here's another recent example) & I'm sure the people thinking like this think they're promoting tolerance or identifying hypocricy, but really they're just perpetuating a double standard where minorities are shamed or challenged for opinions or behaviour which would be tolerated (at least to a greater extent) from a white person. When people say stupid & intolerant things, as with Ben Carson, by all means call them out on it, but don't make a big deal about their ethnicity unless it's directly relevant. €₳$£ΘĪÐWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 17:51, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Dawkins

Wish he'd just shut the fuck up! Scream!! (talk) 00:35, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

I don't think it's possible for me to simultaneously love and hate someone as much as I do him. ArcticVixen (talk) 00:36, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I love nor hate the guy. He just makes me facepalm. >.> (talk) 01:05, 21 September 42015 AQD (UTC)
He's a guy who's said/done/written some great things and said/done/written some really stupid things. He ought to think before he says/does/writes anything - think for a week at least. Scream!! (talk) 01:10, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Eh, no matter the person, they'll have some flaw you don't like. That darn telephone has you youngins spoiled. In my day, you were friends with your neighbors no matter how much you wish they'd just die already, because you didn't have a choice. CorruptUser (talk) 01:59, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I think that was a critical part of "The Purge"--"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 02:04, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
@Corrupt I think I must be so young that what you just said makes negative amounts of sense to me. SolPyre (talk) 03:02, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
More than century ago, you couldn't realistically make friends with someone a town over, let alone across countries via the internet. You could keep in touch via letters and later, telegraphs, but it was fairly limited. Plus, only the very rich could afford horses or any other means of regular travel, so your social group was basically whoever was close by. That meant that if your neighbor had serious flaws, you learned to tolerate it because you don't have any other options. Now, if your neighbor pisses you off, you can just find friends elsewhere. Back to the OP, Dawkins is a giant twat; nearly everyone is to some degree, and you can't be too picky. You can't judge a person by flaws alone, you have to see if what they offer is greater than their cost. CorruptUser (talk) 03:09, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
People in "ye olde days" could - and frequently did - walk ten kilometers a day or more. I know because my great-grandmother did... So unless you live in a really neck of the woods back of beyonds area, your immediate neighbors were not your only concern. Dawkins has said a lot of problematic things over the years. Be it his bullhorn-dogwhistles on Judaism "There are less practicing Jews in the US thaen there are Atheists [some BS about Israel]" or his "problematic" (to say the least) stance on child abuse, when he says religion is worse thaen priests touching young boys... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:09, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Because everybody was walking 1- kilometers a day to become friends with random strangers a few towns over. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 14:42, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
You know, I've been to a country where going 300 kilometers means an eight hour bus ride. And most people can't even dream of ever owning a car. And yet for some miraculous reason people have friends in places other thaen the street they live in. Maybe they met at the market? Just a thought... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:45, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Good lord. Don't you have a Zionism article to be improving? --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 14:46, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
What? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:49, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
You have better things to be doing right now. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 14:50, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
What's that got to do with the price of fish? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:52, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Would you rather I had reminded you of your vital task you've shunted for weeks now via a block?--"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 14:58, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
What are you talking about? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 15:05, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
To be fair, before social media you didn't have people vomiting all their character flaws to public display. Vulpius (talk) 15:07, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
No, they just outright acted on them.--"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 15:08, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Dawkins Flow chart:
Does it involve minorities and their rights (YES)-> oh god it's going to be insane.
(NO)->Does it involve comparing the harm of religion to something serious (YES)-> Oh god it's going to be insane
(NO)->Probably not too bad.
The guy is every entitled white male, but also a decent scientist and skeptic. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 15:14, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Every entitled white non-Jewish male. There. Fixed it for you. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 19:10, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
...No? We could throw hundreds of non-oppressed groups he's a member of on there, and there's nothing special about not being a Jew. The "White Male" part isn't even really necessary, but are just easy ones to list and understand. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 20:45, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
If hew were Jewish he would not have linked the existence of Israel with the percentage of practicing Jews in the US as the two things have nothing to do with each other.. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 22:40, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
And you know this for a fact.... how?--"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 00:48, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Juvenile death row sentencing

Any Americans appalled by the Saudi sentencing need to bear in mind that in America as of December 31, 2004, 71 persons were on death row for juvenile crimes So, when the Saudis do it it's shock horror but when the American's do it.... Doxys Midnight Runner (talk) 15:29, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

I am aware that many juveniles have not only been executed, but are serving life sentences. That we even have a "school to prison pipeline makes me sick."--Owlman (talk) 15:50, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
From the "pipeline" link: "students have been expelled for bringing nail clippers or scissors to school" Yikes! The clock kid was no fluke then... Carpetsmoker (talk) 17:34, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Welcome to American willful ignorance and hypocrisy. It's pretty much standard operating procedure now. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 18:08, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
To be fair, at least we have the ability to discuss this without becoming refugees in another country. There is a difference. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 18:24, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, certainly true. It still seems like the US talks about all these terrible things...yet things rarely change. Even if the change can be demonstrably better all around. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 18:34, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

(Scalia mode on) It was only those activist judges that keep us from executing juveniles. Clearly when the eighth amendment was passed nobody thought it to be cruel or unusual to hang draw and quarter a fourteen year old (Scalia mode off). In all due fairness though, the US don't do it any more and at least the chance for the person who is executed to have been found guilty of some actual crime is higher thaen in Saudi Arabia, where people are regularly executed for "witchcraft" or "apostasy". Still the US prison and sentencing system is a joke and has to be reformed. You know which candidate has a comprehensive prison reform agenda? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 19:15, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Sanders?--Owlman (talk) 20:40, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
You are missing a big difference. People in the US are granted access to an attorney to defend themselves and the verdict is rendered by their peers and not some government official. The Saudi kid was tortured into confession and didn't even murder anyone himself, with no access to any attorney to help defend him.
As for the ridiculously long sentencing, US legal culture has its own weirdness. Nearly everyone gets let out early for whatever reason, and 30 years later long after anyone remembers the case a governor will pull a bunch of case files and see which ones can be released to save a few bucks. When a person is sentenced to 20 consecutive lifetimes or however many Ariel Castro got, it's basically a way of for the judge to say "NO! Don't even TOUCH this case file!" Of course, if everyone gets sentenced to ridiculous times the judges have to grant even more ridiculous times to have the desired effect, and this creates a serious problem since actual time served becomes a crapshoot. CorruptUser (talk) 20:59, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
That is a big difference, but the US isn't night and day difference. Public defenders, if you get one, often have 7 minutes per case. A number of places you are left in jail unless you plead guilty, or wait for a defender after paying bail, so you could lose everything just to get a defender and hear your case in front of a judge. Assuming you aren't billed for one later that if you don't pay...will get you jailed as well. John Oliver did a great (and sickening) segment on it pretty recently. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 21:29, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Whatever the faults of the US legal system (and there are no doubt many) I think we can all handily agree that it still beats the Saudi one by a country mile (or if you prefer real units by about twenty thousand kilometers) Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 22:42, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Very true, much better, but I am just trying to temper it a bit. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 17:11, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Public defenders vary by state. Northeast, they are better than many of the private ones since they have awesome experience, etc. Down south? Not so much. CorruptUser (talk) 23:01, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
The federal system in the US is one of the worst accidents of history. There was virtually no difference between the several states when they were formed. Now they have power that is equal or even greater thaen that of constituent countries of the EU Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:10, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Oh? They all legalized slavery, did they? They were all founded by effectively the same demographics, and didn't have Quakers mainly in one state and Puritans mainly in another state? CorruptUser (talk) 12:41, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Even in the nineteenth century some observers of the politics of the US said they would not make sense to Europeans as the differences they were fought over were so trivially minor as to not matter. Also at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, slavery was technically practiced in all or all but one state (I am not entirely sure on that one). Spreading it into the Louisiana purchase was what took the cake. Thanks for nothing, Jefferson. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 22:23, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Rape Study

"The study’s authors note that because only 19% of students at the 27 schools participated in the study, the victimization rates may be inflated, as people who didn’t respond may be less likely to have experienced sexual assault." Well that totally undermines the entire 1-in-4 statistic doesn't it? Textbook definition of a biased sample (it's literally in the textbooks). Of course if a person wasn't sexually assaulted then they won't be nearly as likely to return the survey form, whereas someone who was would be infinitely more motivated to help document the problem. This "1 in 4" statistic is meaningless. But that doesn't matter as long as we get the headline. If people start spreading legitimate and properly done studies instead of the one with the largest number then more people will take the issue seriously.TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 00:35, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Yes, Emily Yoffe did a piece in Slate some time ago explaining it in detail; I can get the link if you want. To squawk about "1 in 4" or "1 in 5" is to say that college campuses are as dangerous as war zones in the Congo, even Kirsten "no due process" Gillibrand (can provide reams of links as necessary) has stopped parroting that claim. The rate is believed to be closer to 1 in 53, which is still much too high but obviously not even remotely 1 in 4. Why liberals seem so intent on pushing this statistic eludes me, it only goes to show that (contrary to what RW would have one believe) everyone ignores inconvenient facts to foist their agenda on others. For a liberal with a sane outlook on this matter, search for KC Johnson or bug me for links if you're too lazy. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 02:35, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Actually, I've never heard a claim of anywhere near 1 in 53. I work on a college campus, in a college counseling center. Study after study has shown it to be around 20-25% of college-going women experiencing sexual assault. The numbers at our university mirror that number pretty well. As for this particular study, 150,000 people responded. Statistically, even if there's a tendency for people who are more interested (have been assaulted) to respond, it should roughly even out at that number of responses (law of large numbers) gien the sample size. There's always a margin of error, but at 150k people the responses should fall within a normal distribution (assuming sexual assault falls into one) or approximate the population of college students at large. If there are 1,000 people in a population and only 25% respond, the margin of error is +/-5%. The larger the population, the smaller the margin of error with the same response percentage. Also, note that 19% is actually a pretty acceptable response rate for surveys. AyzmoCheers 05:03, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
It's not that the error is due to random chance, it's that no matter how big a population you send surveys out to, if only 19% respond you are going to have a biased sample, since it is biased towards people who are more inclined to respond.TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 20:30, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
To save some verbiage, here. You seem like you'd know better than I what to make of it, my mind is persuadable. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 05:19, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
"1 in 53" sounds like pure fantasy. Even in the nigh-impossible situation that every sexual assault victim responded to this survey, that would mean that they (as 23% of responses in a survey completed by 19% of students) would make up approx 4.5% of female students or 1 in 22. And that's, as I said, I wild underestimate based on a grossly improbable hypothetical response rate. The more likely figure is somewhere close to, but probably slightly lower, than the 23% figure. WẽãšẽĩõĩďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 22:19, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Yoffe quotes the authors of that study as saying "These projections are suggestive. To assess accurately the victimization risk for women throughout a college career, longitudinal research following a cohort of female students across time is needed". This is the real problem I see - to get a reliable answer to this question, we need a prospective cohort study, but I haven't seen one. If it doesn't exist, we don't I think we really know what the incidence of rape on college campuses in the US is, it's just a boatload of guesswork/extrapolation. Blacke (talk) 22:42, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
I'd guess its somewhere around the 5-25% mark, but I don't think anyone should feel hugely confident about picking out a figure in between that range. It doesn't look like people are willing to pay for really high quality research on this matter. Blacke (talk) 23:12, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Therein lies the biggest issue. Given the amount of grief this has caused so many people one would think decent research would be in the offing, but that might actually make some sense. I guess my problem is the vitriol with which people react if someone even mentions the possibility of it being lower (a vitriol I'm guilty of reciprocating, yes). One would think it was a good thing that there's a distinct possibility that the rate could be significantly lower, but the reaction to people who raise it even as a possibility (the reaction to Yoffe's piece unleashed some impressive venom) would almost leave one to believe that doing so was tantamount to heresy. That's a side issue, though, and the more important thing would be that hopefully someone can get together a more coherent and better funded study so this cycle doesn't repeat itself. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 02:12, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
What specifically do you think is incoherent about the AAU study? WeaseloidWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 07:40, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
I think this sums them up pretty well (though assuming that almost everyone who didn't report it, which this piece seems to do, while possibly true seems like a huge leap), no reason to try to reinvent the wheel if I don't have to. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 22:25, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
I don't think that article sums up anything well except tired mansplaining cliches that exonerate harassment. There are some kind of valid points in the first half, though the math & logic is faulty when extrapolating from the survey results to the US's total student population. For example, the typical living arrangements, study patterns & social scene for undergraduate students (the target of the survey) would tend to place them at higher risk of campus-related sexual assault than grad students. Then the author just gets wound up for the rest of the piece on how forcibly groping or kissing a woman shouldn't count as sexual assault (why not?), how "incapacitated by drugs or alcohol" could include "moderate intoxication" (dubious), and how most of these assaults couldn't be criminally prosecutable (irrelevant). ΨΣΔξΣΓΩΙÐWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 22:58, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
We'll have to agree to disagree on that, I find that remarkably unconvincing. The problems with that line of reasoning are twofold. One, if you're doing a study on how many people are sexually assaulted, it makes no sense to invent an entirely different definition for purposes of the survey. Two, someone can have 100% legitimate feelings about something and be 100% wrong, what readily comes to mind are the blowups over the word niggardly; I have no doubt that the U of W student was genuinely upset, it doesn't change the fact that she was completely and unambiguously wrong. When I read stories like Yoffe's, which even Janet Halley said stood out as being extremely problematic at best (link as needed), I get concerned. There's also the issue that in at least a significant proportion of people's minds drugs and alcohol somehow make a woman's sexual encounters sexual assault but not men's, or that men are solely responsible in these situations (links as needed, and that attitude is problematic in a lot more ways than this). I suppose I should mention my bias here, which is that I've been on the wrong end of a totally bogus (nothing sexual, but essentially verbal abuse) allegation involving a mentally retarded client (not only was it false, but my name got confused with the person who this client was trying to accuse; the investigators did figure everything out, and got to the right conclusions). As false allegations of all kinds (including sexual assault) are extremely common in my line of work—they make up about 80% of the total allegations in my agency—I'm definitely a lot more sensitized to that than the average person. (I'm also more adamant than most that they all need very thorough investigation, as it's for exactly that reason people target that population; don't misunderstand me) The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 00:19, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
You seem to be operating on the presumption that research is somehow cheap or reasonably inexpensive. Research is incredibly expensive, particularly longitudinal studies. These studies often require millions of dollars in grants to operate. That doesn't take into account all of the graduate students and researchers needed to gather and code the data. Where do you think that money comes from? Republicans have been generally unwilling to allocate funding that researches sexual assault. Hell, they completely blocked a bill that would have researched sexual assault in the military, they're unlikely to do so if it would be college campuses. Research cannot exist without funding. There's also the problem of attrition. Individuals who have experienced a sexual assault are much more likely to drop out of college than their peers (actually an interesting question for the study this thread is covering). This would leave empty data points without an answer, though it might not create much of a statistical problem due to methods for taking that into account. As for your workplace example, the reason it is taken so seriously at your job is because of power dynamics. When there is a power differential the one in a lower power level must be privileged over the higher when an accusation is made. That is the way it has to be in order to assure that individuals can be assured that their complaints and fears will be taken seriously. AyzmoCheers 17:32, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
I know perfectly well how expensive these things can be and how difficult it can be to get the necessary money, my point was that it's a shame they haven't happened. If I could make it happen I would, but I'm in no position to do so right now so all I can do is voice my discontent with things as they are. And if you read my comment, you'll see that I strongly support the investigations in my line of work for pretty much exactly that reason (although I think the other equally important overriding factors are 1. a lot of these people can't/won't adequately express themselves to explain something and 2. it's very easy not to believe someone with an extended history of making things up, which some of these people do, regardless of what their status in society is); I was glad they took the time to hear all sides and get to the truth of the matter, which in this case was that no one had done anything and this person had made this up (for reasons that would take way too long to explain here). It was absolutely necessary and I'd hope all investigations were done similar to that, and the fact that this doesn't seem to be happening in a lot of places, including college campuses, bothers me a lot. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 21:51, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
"someone who was [sexually assaulted] would be infinitely more motivated to help document the problem" This post seems to be laboring under the false assumption that those who have experienced sexual assault are likely to report their experience. More often than not, sexual assault goes unreported. Perhaps victims think it isn't worth the trouble or is insignificant, or they're trying to cover for a friend or are afraid of retribution. For women, there's a victim-blaming culture that places a higher burden of proof on the victim to support their claim (the analogy here would be, if you claimed you were robbed the first question the police asks you is if you locked the door in the first place). For men (and to a lesser extent women), the culture believes they cannot be sexually assaulted, because they should enjoy the attention and anyone who claims otherwise is simply being a wuss. Withoutaname (talk) 09:09, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
There's two different scenarios that result in two possibly different biases. For criminal reports, yes, sexual assault is more likely under-reported. For anonymous surveys focusing on something like sexual assault, people with a traumatic experience are, on average, more motivated to respond than those who haven't had such an experience. That results in a numerator that might approach reality, but a denominator that's smaller (due to non-response) and, thus, a possible over-estimate of the rate. On the whole, it's really hard to measure the true rates. MarmotHead (talk) 17:35, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
It's unreasonable to assume that the biases created by people who are less motivated to respond "no" and victims who are less motivated to respond "yes" balances out perfectly. Plus, if the survey is anonymous, then isn't it a lot less difficult to just answer "yes" on a survey than reporting something and possibly getting tangled up in something they see as too much effort?TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 20:28, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
All of this is addressed within the report if you take even a casual interest in checking your facts rather than drawing all your conclusions from one line in a news story. Appendix 4, beginning at about page 200. TL;DR summary: yes, non-responder biases exist, and it's impossible to measure them precisely, but estimates (based on incentivised responses, early/late responses, and comparisons to previous surveys on the subject) suggest the margin of error is only a few percentage points. WẽãšẽĩõĩďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 22:05, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Personally if someone said "1 in 5 get sexually assaulted on campus" then I'd probably believe them due to my own experiences, but that's the problem, isn't it? These things become less about sound science and method and more about confirming worldviews and preconceived notions. These kinds of surveys can act as illustrations of the problems, but progressives and advocates can't keep parroting them over and over as if they were confirmed rock-facts, because they're not, they're not much scientific than the surveys I did in high school by passing around pieces of paper. Doing very objective, scientific studies on the how much rape actually occurs is an extremely hard thing to do for a variety of reasons, even with unlimited resources. From a strategic perspective harping on with these self-reporting surveys with low participation only confirms the MRA talking point that feminists are cooking books and exaggerating the issue for political gain while throwing scientific rigor out the window. Hentropy (talk) 21:48, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Drug Extortion

By now, everyone has heard of Martin Shkreli, the guy who bought an obscure but vital generic drug that was only being manufactured by one company, and jacked up the price 50 fold. So, anyone else feel like organizing a petition to the US government asking for price controls on drugs, forbidding sudden increases without strong justification? CorruptUser (talk) 17:01, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Increases above a certain amount should be reviewed for life saving treatments where people can be gouged. This guy has come into a company before, gotten a huge salary to jack prices up, and then got the boot for acting like a nut. People either don't care what he does or he's there to look like the bad guy. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 17:10, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
How dare you suggest that the government should interfere in the free market! Scandalous! Of course, if the US had a decent health system then the cost to the patient would be minimal - or, in my case, because I'm over 60, free. Doxys Midnight Runner (talk) 17:18, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Heh, well you are preaching to the choir here. I work in depth with health care and I have seen how people screwed first hand in how things operate. It's difficult sometimes to witness when you can't do anything. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 17:35, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
None of this would have happened if the US had a universal health care system. If you are negotiating for several million services a year you got another kind of leverage thaen someone literally negotiating the price for his or her life. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 22:26, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps it is wishful thinking, but I sincerely hope that stunts like this might help push the electorate leftward, at least where healthcare is concerned. Blitz (Complaints Box) 03:52, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
It almost certainly is. The electorate is way too apathetic to be swayed by such trivial things. I mean, look at the turnout for national elections. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 11:24, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
A universal health care system will not fix this. Europe has similar problems with overly expensive medicines. If you have the life-saving medicine & a patent you can pretty much ask any price you want. What is needed is either less patents or more government regulations on pricing. Carpetsmoker (talk) 03:43, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
This guy doesn't have a patent. The patent expired decades ago. It's just a drug that only one company manufactured with a very small consumer base. It takes time to retool factories to manufacture drugs to undercut assholes like this guy, so perhaps any major price increases should be announced 3 months in advance in order to let everyone else undercut you? Also, prescriptions should ALWAYS be made out for the name of the drug, never the brand name; need acetametaphin? Get that, not Tylenol. CorruptUser (talk) 03:50, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
In the USA, it largely doesn't matter which name they put on the prescription. Unless they've explicitly stated "dispense as written", pharmacists are legally permitted (or legally required in 11 states and Puerto Rico) to fill it with a generic equivalent. Compro01 (talk) 08:12, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
I mostly agree, and in my state (CT) at least pharmacies are required to give the generic unless the prescription specifically says "brand name only". The problem is, there are certain meds where the generic is significantly less effective (e.g. Tegretol and Synthroid) and there are some people on whom only brand name meds work. If you want a great analysis of this problem (and the American healthcare system in general) search for Steven Brill, he's very pragmatic and non-partisan (which is why both Democrats and Republicans hate him). The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 12:35, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Ah ... I stand corrected. I simply assumed there was a patent. That does make it especially fucked up. Carpetsmoker (talk) 14:14, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Catalan elections

I exchanged the BBC article with the Guardian's, because the former fails to mention that the independence lists won only ~48% of the vote. --Sophophobe (talk) 04:24, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Good enough mandate to me for a referendum. Stupid Spain. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 04:31, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
To call a referendum, yes, certainly. But as I understood, they declared the election itself to be the plebiscit and now want to commence the road to independence without any further referendum, don't they? For this, in my opinion, they do not have the mandate. --Sophophobe (talk) 04:39, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Well thats Spains fault. They've literally done everything absolutely wrong if they want to avoid Catalan actually becoming independent, starting first by responding to pretty much every call for the idea with "fuck off". Britain won the first independence Referendum by actually being willing to debate it, thus not letting the SNP have the ball the entire time. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 05:10, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. Since I am from the US I had no idea what lists were. I also didn't do enough research on the election so your link is superior.--Owlman (talk) 04:34, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
You're welcome. The pro-independence CUP is a party, whereas the larger indenpendence block went as a list. I think it's fair to phrase that all parties are lists, but not all lists are parties. --Sophophobe (talk) 04:39, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
If 48% were a mandate for independence at that very moment, Quebec would be independent. I don't really care much one way or the other about Catalan independence, only so much: If Catalonia were poor, they would not talk independence. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:02, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
48% is still really close to a simple majority, though. It shows the momentum is building, gravely. I bet a lot of anti-separatists pissed their pants at that result. (talk) 22:59, 28 September 42015 AQD (UTC)
49.42% is even closer. money and the ethnic vote, as they so stupidly said... I don't want to predict any outcome of a hypothetical referendum on independence, but given that Rajoy is almost surely on the way out, I'd call it a tossup. Unless it happens before December of this year, which it won't. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:03, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Do not discount numbers just because closer have happened before or it's less than a majority. People love going "see only 45% of Scotland who voted wanted independence" but that's still 45% of a country, just 5% of from half, who wanted to break apart your country and dissolve any reason why it's a "united kingdom", that's not ignorable. With Catalonia, thats 48% getting to play with the ball alone because Spain refuses to beat them by actually debating the issue instead of telling them to fuck off. That will be why Catalonia becomes free, if it does. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 00:09, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
catalonia is already free. Its independence that it is after. AMassiveGay (talk) 18:39, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Those for Catalan independence might see it a bit different. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 19:06, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
And those trying to make a fair and reasonable assessment of the situation probably wouldn't. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 19:36, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Obama prosecuting global warming deniers under RICO

The link on this WIGO page is to a right wing Daily Caller hit piece and I cannot find a single source for this claim anywhere on the internet that is not coming from a right wing news source. The actual, REAL, story is that some scientists argued that deniers *could* possibly be prosecuted, but this link is garbage and falls under a narrative of "OBAMA WANTS TO PUNISH ALL WHO OPPOSE HIM." Take this off the WIGO. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs 23:08, 28 September 2015‎

Have to agree but just vote it down if you don't like it. Scream!! (talk) 22:43, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
We can and do move stuff to blogs or clogs if appropriate - David Gerard (talk) 23:47, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Palestinian Flag

It was not raised "unilaterally". It was just raised. It was raised as the result of an overwhelming vote of the member nations of the United Nations. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs 13:45, 1 October 2015‎

Where the fuck is the Sealand flag?!?!?!--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ ∈)☼(∋ 22:40, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
Next to the Kickassia Molassia flag.--"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 22:47, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
I demand recognition for the flag of Grand Fenwick! - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 23:30, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
I can't believe that the flag of the oppressed Conch Republic is still not flown.--Owlman (talk) 23:36, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

In all seriousness, this event holds some significance. Now we just have to get Palestine to be a state recognized by Israel, and not be bombed every other year by strikes which intentionally target civilians. Raising a flag is easy. Raising a country is hard. I hope both happen. Pbfreespace3 (talk) 23:38, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

"intentionally target civilians" - Pbfreespace3 [bullshit]--Arisboch ☞✍☜ ☞✉☜ 23:41, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
Arisboch, let me explain. Israel launches bombs. These are bombs which are accurate to within the meter (GBU, JDAM, drone missiles). The IDF intentionally fires these rockets into the Gaza Strip, a heavily populated area. The Israelis aren't stupid. They know full well that every single time they drop a bomb, they risk civilians getting killed. In many cases, houses in civilian areas were blown up. Whether enemy soldiers were present in the house at the time of the bombing is irrelevant. The fact is they are knowingly attacking civilian targets. I'm not claiming their goal is to kill civilians. Their goal is to kill Hamas. The problem is, Hamas and everyone else living there are blurred, to the point where you don't know. Where does one draw the line on who is a Hamas member or not? Are Hamas civilian leaders legitimate targets? How about Hamas construction workers or tunnel builders? Suppliers? Janitors? People in funeral processions? Electrical power stations? What is and isn't a legitimate target by your definition? The IDF assumes that anyone who houses Hamas soldiers is guilty of supporting them, and therefore are legitimate targets. This is an absurd claim. Do the parents and wives of soldiers deserve to die just because they are related to a soldier? The point is the IDF is knowingly attacking civilian areas, which could reasonably be construed as a war crime by international law. Do you disagree with my assessment? Pbfreespace3 (talk) 02:04, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
The Hamas makes Gaza a battleground. If Israel wouldn't fire back, they'd be idiots. When they DO fire back, they're considered by such... people such as you or Mona as villains. So better the latter than the former.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 14:25, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
False dilemma. Bombing Palestinian civilian areas and doing nothing aren't the only options. (talk) 22:20, 2 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
Pray tell what the other option would be... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 22:28, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
How about deposing Hamas and leaving again without killing civilians? (talk) 22:32, 2 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
Than clowns such as Mona, Chris or whatever're gonna get their panties in a bunch about Israel being teh evel aggressor again. And it also places the Israeli soldiers under too much risk (Israel doesn't do suicide missions).--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 19:35, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Palestinian attorney Diana Buttu interviewed on Democracy Now! and asked about Israel claims to precisely target and not civilians:

Yes, he’s precise. He is precisely bombing children, and he’s precisely bombing women. If their targeting is so precise, then what he’s saying is actually correct, that they are actually targeting women and children and civilians. And so, at the end of the day, as much as they can try to coat this as being somehow an aggression against some elements within the Gaza Strip, we know otherwise. And the death tolls in these past three aggressions against the Gaza Strip, these past three massacres, really lay out the picture that is actually happening there.

Amy, it’s important to keep in mind exactly what we’re talking about here in the Gaza Strip. This is a place that is twice the size of D.C., Washington, D.C., and it’s got 1.8 million people in it. Half of the population is under the age of 18. As I said, 43 percent is under the age of 14. If you are age seven at this point in time, you’ve been through three bombing campaigns by the Israelis. So, at the end of the day, as much as the Israelis want to claim that they’re using this target precision devices, etc., the toll is really being taken out on Palestinian civilians. So far to date, the Israelis have dropped more weaponry and more bombings than over the three-week campaign that took place in 2009. They’ve admittedly dropped more than 800 tons of bombs on the Gaza Strip.This is simply Israeli propaganda at its finest. When you look at the death toll and you see the numbers, then the numbers actually speak volumes. When you see that 80 percent of the people who have been killed are civilian, when you see that half of them are women and children, and when you see that who they’re actually bombing is a population 43 percent of whom are under the age of 14, then this is very easy to pierce through the propaganda.

But more importantly, I think it’s important to keep in mind that when Israel talks about who it’s targeting and what it’s targeting, they’ve never proffered any proof or any evidence for what it is that they’re trying to hit. They simply make these allegations, and networks like Fox take it in and simply accept it as being fact. But the fact of the matter is, is that when all of this is over, Israel has never allowed independent investigators to come in and see what it is that Israel is doing. At the end of the day, as much as Israel tries to claim that they’re not targeting civilians, they are, and the casualties speak volumes.

If Israel isn't specifically targeting civilians, it is "targeting" with such reckless disregard for civilian lives that it may as well be.---Mona- (talk) 01:39, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

In some ways the rhetoric and debate over the various Gazan conflicts over the years is rather easy to boil down. Hamas is an organization that has no intention of long-term negotiations, their position on Israel is clear (it should be eliminated one way or another), and everyone knows they intentionally use civilians as human shields to make sure that civilian death tolls are as high as possible during these conflicts. They create fortifications around schools and hospitals expressly for this purpose. So if it's accepted that fighting Hamas is the only way to end them, we also have to accept that they're not going to play by the rules and use civilians as shields. On the other hand, Israel did create this problem by boxing Gaza in and making no attempt at developing it after so many bombings. However, it's not really Israel that wants high civilian casualties, it's Hamas, because it plays right into their propaganda campaign. Hentropy (talk) 04:24, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Whatever real or imagined ills the closed border has produced (don't forget that Israel ships in trucks with goods every day. Even on the Sabbath and even during war) have to also be laid at the feet of Egypt. After all, Rafah is also a border crossing and Egypt has in recent years driven spikes into the earth to make tunnels harder to build. So whatever reasons Israel has for closing its border to Gaza and only letting legit humanitarian aid through, Egypt shares at least some of these concerns. Now why is that? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 10:35, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Oregon Shooting

You might want to brace yourself people, because early reports indicate that the shooter was intentionally targeting Christians. I think Rupert Murdoch and Mike Huckabee just creamed their pants in perfect sync. Hentropy (talk) 04:38, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Initial reports paint a somewhat more complicated picture. His email handle was IRONCROSS45; he claimed to be a conservative Republican and a Wiccan. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 16:07, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Reports seem more confused than usual. (Fucking hell it's depressing that there's a 'usual' anything with regards to school shootings.) There's a possibility he was posting on a 4chan board boasting about his attack before it happened, unless that was a shitposting coincidence - via wehuntedthemammoth. Some reports claimed a skew in favour of female victims, but that was walked back in subsequent reports. The anti-Christian angle has better support, but the reports I've read make it seem more like a sadistic twist to the killings rather than a motivation. Given how long the myth lasted with Columbine based on cack-all evidence I'm sceptical to say the least of a religious motivation around this one. Queexchthonic murmurings 16:16, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Abbas ends peace process

So help me get this straight... Part of the Oslo accords was Arafat recognizing Israel's right to exist for the first time. If Abbas does not feel bound by it, does that mean he does not feel bound to recognize the state of Israel? And furthermore, Oslo was the first time that Israel recognized the right of the PLO to represent anybody, in this case the Palestinians. Does that in essence mean that Abbas has implicitly granted Israel the right to ignore the PLO? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 10:38, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Abbas is not "ending the peace process", nor is he advocating shredding up the Oslo accords. Read the first 2 paragraphs of the news article again. Carpetsmoker (talk) 12:15, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
It appears your reading comprehension is sufficiently deficient that it would be good if you never edit anywhere near any of these subjects - David Gerard (talk) 13:35, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Did he or did he not say he does not feel bound by the Oslo accords? What is the main thing the PLO agreed to in the Oslo accords? They agreed to accept the existence of Israel and cease the immediate violence against it. If he does not feel bound by that, doesn't that in essence mean the third intifada? And don't come with quoting him hedging his words. He is a politician. He is talking to the UN. Of course he will throw in ifs and buts. The main point remains: Abbas does not feel bound by the Oslo accords. Any semblance of the peace process has been unilaterally ended by Abbas. This will go down in history as a said day for the Middle East. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 19:58, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
alternatively it was ended by Israel doing whatever the fuck it wanted, including colonizing another nation it occupied, because America protected it.--"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 22:25, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
What other nation? Jordan? Egypt? Lebanon? Syria? Sealand?--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 19:37, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Oslo wasn't really a peace process. It was more finding a collaborator among a Palestinian elite to do Israel's dirty work of policing the Palestinians in order to lessen the cost of the occupation while Israel was allowed to expand its settlements (to historic levels during the 90's and still expanding to this day). It's not really a peace process as much as it is an annexation. The PA is more or less propped up by US aid and Israel's security coordination, which Abbas himself called "sacred". And the US and EU should be ashamed of themselves for continuing with these diplomatic theatrics that aren't built in the Palestinians' favor. ChrisAmiss (talk) 22:31, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Well, the PLO isn't killing enough Jews to find your favor anymore, I guess.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 19:37, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
@Aris, well if you dn't know I'm not sure why you are here. Fuck off with stupid questions. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 21:54, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I think the PLO are corrupt sellouts, so I'm not sure why this question was directed at me. ChrisAmiss (talk) 05:20, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

Just a minor reminder from the reality based community: When Israel removed all Jews from Gaza, what they got in return was Hamas rocket fire. So maybe there is a reason why the peace process is halting... And there is also the "minor" fact that Abbas has flat out rejected all peace proposals by the Olmert and Netanyahu governments. Even an invitation to "talks without preconditions". You tell me about stubbornness Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 18:09, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

So clearly we just need to keep on colonizing another nations territory because nobody will stop us, right? Infact, we'll have people like Avenger standing right beside us saying "well the Israeli settlers live there now so you can't just ignore their voice, even if it means they say they wanna have their colonies be part of Israel" --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 21:54, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
What is the time limit, after which you can't simply deport a part of the population by naming them "colonizers", "settlers", "evel, naaaaasty Ziooonists" or whatever? Would some right-wing ruler of an African country be in his right by throwing out any whites by calling them the descendants of colonizers? Would the Tibetans be in their right to throw out any Han Chinese by calling them colonizers? Would the Baltic states be in their right to throw out ethnic Russians by calling them the remnants of Soviet oppression? Would China or whoever has the biggest balls in that corner of Asia be in their right to take Siberia away from Russia by calling Russia a colonizer and thief of Asian land? What is the time limit when land becomes the completely kosher, helal, legal and whatever part of a country? How long do "settlers", "colonizers" or whatever have to hold on to land, until no-one contests their claims to land as "native"?
And remember, how (almost) the whole world betrayed Taiwan (thanks for leading the way, Tricky Dick) to snub Russia and continue to have a supply of cheap shit Made in China?
--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 22:05, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
You're right that the world betrayed Taiwan, but not by supporting the PRC, but by legitimizing the ROC as ruler of Taiwan by actually referring to them by the name of the island they took over. (talk) 22:25, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
So better Taiwan to "Red" China?--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 22:28, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I know it might sound like an odd suggestion, but how about Taiwan to the Taiwanese? (talk) 22:30, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
Cool. How'd you do that? Who are the Taiwanese?--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 22:36, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
How'd I do that? No idea. I don't exactly have a lot of political or military force to throw around, ya know. (talk) 22:41, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
Well if you want China to invade the island...--"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 22:32, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
See what I'm talking about? For the whole world, on the one hand, Taiwan belongs to China, on the other hand, they don't wanna China to invade Taiwan China. Cool, eh?--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 22:36, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
It already has, successfully. (talk) 22:34, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
If you want the other china to invade the place, which will be infinity worse off for the local Taiwanese than the ROC has been. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 22:38, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
And the West wants to continue receiving cheap computer mice Made in China, so they're not gonna have enough balls to save ROC Taiwan from China, I'm afraid.
And Ukraine; They thought, that the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances gonna save their asses, but nope, Russia just snatches (no Michael Rosen Youtube Poop jokes, please) Crimea and some clowns here even expressed some kinda sympathy for that, since the Ukrainian SSR got Crima 1954 and not earlier. So how old has a transfer of rulers of land to be for it to become ironclad and the new rulers of the land to become completely and utterly native?--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 22:43, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Are you sure they'd be more motivated to take out a native Taiwanese government than a rival Chinese government? I mean, sure, relations have been getting less hostile lately, but still. Also, I'm not exactly arguing for this with the expectation that it'll actually suddenly happen, ya know. (talk) 22:46, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
Yes, because an Independent Taiwan is no longer working under the framework of "Being China" just with a different ideology, it's straight up claiming to not be China, part of China or related to China at all. for a country that considers the ROC held areas to be its own provinces, held under some other government, that's declaring independence from them, which would be unacceptable, obviously. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 22:54, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Fair point. But still, it's not completely sure they'd actually go ahead and invade it. Is the current PRC as bold as Mao's PRC? And hey, why couldn't relations be friendly? The Chinese communist faction has generally been supportive of Mongolia's independence, despite most of it having been ruled by China in the past at certain points. (talk) 23:11, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
Because the PRC didn't fight a major civil war with Mongolia over who would get to be "China", it was already free (and under soviet protection) when Mao took the mainland. For the PRC, Taiwan becoming "independent" of the ROC would be the same as Manchuria declaring itself its own state, or Texas suddenly re-declaring the Republic of Texas. Whether it would go through with it or not, official PRC policy is that Taiwan Independence is a full pretext for a military invasion. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 23:19, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
In other words, might makes right.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 23:45, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
One wonders where you got that from, but ok. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 00:17, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
What about Tibet, though? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:30, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Military is already busy holding it's boot down on that neck, not that you give two shits. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 23:39, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
"not that you give two shits" - Paravant [citation needed]--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 23:45, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Fuck off, you know perfectly well where and if you don't you shouldn't be involved. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 23:47, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I don't particularly care for the theocracy the Chinese replaced with their own dictatorship when they invaded Tibet.... But I guess that's not what you're on about Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 00:03, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────The two Germanies only tacitly acknowledged each others existence in some legal form in the 1970s. West Germany never really got to saying that they recognized the GDR and scare quotes were a sign of red-baiting bona fides... There were even some right wing members of Parliament who voted against the border with Poland being the Oder-Neiße-line in 1990. And the ROC still claims Tibet and even Mongolia... At least officially. That being said, it would be much less of a headache if the security council seat would still belong to the ROC instead of the PRC.... They could probably even have thrown out the Russians in 1991 on account of them not being the USSR... And as for some of the points raised above: Do the ethnic Russians who were born in the Baltic count or don't they? Do refugees of the late 1940s and their descendants have a right to return? If the Russians in Siberia are not evil colonizers who have to be thrown out, what about the Chinese in Uigur and Tibetan land? And how does the Jewish community in Hebron that maintained a steady presence until the massacres of 1929 and 1936-39 before being driven out again in 1948 - only to return again in 1967 constitute colonizers? Couldn't it be argued that the Arabs in Hebron are the real colonizers there? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:05, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Uhh, Avenger, you might want to read your demographic history again and stop with the propaganda. Hebron, known as al-Khalil, was composed of 1,500 Jews in 1922 out of a population of 17,000, meaning that the rest were Arabs. But yep, those Arabs were definitely colonizing that area. Just ignore the formation of the Jewish COLONIZATION Association (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine_Jewish_Colonization_Association) and aliyah groups. Source: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=7CP7fYghBFQC&pg=PA887&dq=al-khalil+jews&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QQqZUJ-qCsKw0QX004GwBw#v=onepage&q=al-khalil%20jews&f=false.
And Israel never ended its occupation of Gaza and transferred the Jewish settlers to live in the West Bank. The Gaza settlers only constituted 2% of the population, and you damn well know its withdrawal from Gaza was not about peace. From senior advisor to Ariel Sharon, Dov Weisglass: "The significance of the disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process... And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda. And all this with… a [US] presidential blessing and the ratification of both houses of Congress. The disengagement is actually formaldehyde. It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians." Source: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n15/mouin-rabbani/israel-mows-the-lawn from Haaretz 2004 article.
Human Rights Watch on occupation of Gaza: "Under the “disengagement” plan endorsed Tuesday by the Knesset, Israeli forces will keep control over Gaza’s borders, coastline and airspace, and will reserve the right to launch incursions at will. Israel will continue to wield overwhelming power over the territory’s economy and its access to trade. [. . .] In addition to controlling the borders, coastline and airspace, Israel will continue to control Gaza’s telecommunications, water, electricity and sewage networks, as well as the flow of people and goods into and out of the territory. Gaza will also continue to use Israeli currency. [. . .] A report by legal experts from the Israeli Justice Ministry, Foreign Ministry and the military made public on Sunday, however, reportedly acknowledges that disengagement 'does not necessarily exempt Israel from responsibility in the evacuated territories.'" Source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2004/10/28/israel-disengagement-will-not-end-gaza-occupation
TL;DR Tired of debunking this over and over again. Make it stop. ChrisAmiss (talk) 05:44, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
How the fuck can you occupy an area without being in the area? --Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 14:33, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
See, that's why I like you, Arisboch. You never cease to apply logic to deflate the anti-Zionist balloon. Unfortunately the anti-Zionist and Antisemite crowd doesn't bother much with logic. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:41, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Thx :3 purrrrr --Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 14:42, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Did you even read what Human Rights Watch said? Or did you ignore it because nonpartisan findings don't jive with you? Would you rather I cite Electronic Intifada or Mondoweiss? Israel maintains effective control over Gaza. You can try to deny it all you want, but the UN, Red Cross, and human rights organizations all determine that Israel occupies Gaz. You missed the part i quoted above about Israel conceding that it maintains responsibility for Gaza. But hey, just ignore it and revert to the same ole cliches. ChrisAmiss (talk) 16:54, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Amusing Bibi tangent

He seems to like embarrassing himself at the UN. Recall that Wile E. Coytote bomb for which he was widely mocked even by the Atlantic's ace Zionist? He just pulled this bizarre 44 seconds of glaring in silence that has the Internet engaged in much fun again. He totally has no sense of what is mock-ably hilarious. ---Mona- (talk) 23:31, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

NO-ONE tops McCains attempt to grope Obama's ass.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 23:48, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
In case you want to hear the man talk in his own words - whatever you can say against him, his English oratory is rather good for a second language speaker - here is a link. Though unfortunately some British twat in the background can't keep their snout shut... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:55, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] What about the Gazan border with Egypt?

Does that also constitute "occupation"? (which is a term you redefine just as it suits you - or so it would appear...) Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:46, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

Apparently, Egypt is pissed at the Hamas for trying to stir up shit to help their good buddies form the Muslim Brotherhood.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 14:51, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
But why does no "pro-Palestinian" activist ever mention that? This would almost indicate, their stance on Palestine to have reasons other thaen those openly stated... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 14:57, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
I see, what you mean, but the motivation is, in most cases, rather anti-Western (as with, say, Mona or Chris).--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 15:12, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Come on! Egypt isn't taking over territory or attacking, unlike some who apparently are only killing kids in self defence. Scream!! (talk) 15:20, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
You mean the incident at the beach? C'mon, even the Israelis don't have the magic bullet.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 15:28, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
""Children make up for 30 percent of the civilian casualties," said the UN children's agency Unicef, adding that the toll was based on deaths which it was able to verify and was likely to rise." Last year - the first item on my Google. Scream!! (talk) 15:42, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
They still don't have the magic bullet...--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 15:47, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Well, fuck you for a cold hearted bastard. Done! Scream!! (talk) 15:53, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
My parents were married, when I was born. About the cold-hearted... There is no way to completely avoid civilian casualties. So the situation is either the Israelis do not shoot back and encourage Hamas and their buddies to shoot more at them and hit Israeli civilians (not that Hamas rockets, bullets or mortars do make a difference between Israelis, Arabs or Arab Israelis) or shoot back and be labelled villains by such clowns as you or Mona. Nice choice, eh? Better being a living dog in the eyes of the world than a dead lion.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 16:03, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Well since no one has magic bullets we might as well start using cluster muntions and anti infantry landmines again. Hell, lets bring back carpet bombing.--Owlman (talk) 15:55, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
The strawmanning is strong in this one.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 16:04, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Listen, when you fire missiles into a city yo hit civilians, I get that, but they hit a beach; I doubt that they wanted to kill those kids or hit civilians in general, but who do you expect would be hit. The US is currently getting shit for hitting a hospital which, according to the Afghan government, had many members of the Taliban. I doubt we wanted to kill the staff or children there, but we made a callous decision to bomb that area. My example of cluster bombs, etc was to show that there aren't 'smart bombs', just bombs that are more controlled, but accepting civilian causalities as collateral damage is a dangerously callous road in war.--Owlman (talk) 16:14, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

It's accepting reality as it is and not wishing for some kinda magic ninjas or magic bullets. --Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 16:25, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Yes, but then why should we ban certain weapons like cluster bombs; the US hasn't because they assume it is more effective in war, but other western countries see that it has a high civilian casualty rate.There are better ways to take down your enemy, but bombing indiscriminately will only legitimize them.--Owlman (talk) 16:34, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
If Israel would be bombing them really indiscriminately, there'd be no Gaza Strip left, there'd be a Gaza Parking Lot now.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 16:38, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
(EC) You guys speculating about the nefarious ulterior motives pro-Palestian activists must obviously have is funny and all, but has it ever occurred to you that Egypt hasn't invaded, annexed, occupied and/or bombed Palestinian territories as opposed to a certain other entity? All this acting clueless and going "oh it must be because of antisemitism" every time when you're met with enmity towards Israel/Zionism is kinda getting old tbh. (talk) 15:23, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Well bombing a beach and an UN hospital seems indiscriminate to me.--Owlman (talk) 16:44, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Nobody is perfect.-- (talk) 16:46, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
I didn't say Antisemitism. You did. Why? I don't know. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 16:05, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
He maybe thought, that you were implying it, perhaps?--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 16:08, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
"Nobody's perfect." Haha, that's the most amateurish attempt at apologetics I've seen so far. But that you still felt the need to be apologetic is quite telling. :P (talk) 16:57, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Yes, they only bomb people in their own borders, which is, of course, completely halal, kosher and legal, amirite?--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 15:28, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Also see "Whataboutism" Scream!! (talk) 15:26, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Indeed. (talk) 15:29, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
So there are two types of dead Palestinian: Those that you can blame on Israel (about which there is hour long indignation) and those that were killed by Assad, ISIS, Hamas, Egypt, anti-vaxxers, the PLO, or any other thing not Israel about which you are silent. And if we dare raise the disconnect in this and remind you of the latter group, you cry "whataboutism". Ah well... If it weren't so transparent, one could almost laugh... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 15:55, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, Egypt didn't steal Palestinian land or lock the refugees up in the open air prison that is Gaza, whihc Egypt bombs the fuck out of every so often -- leaving hundreds or thousands of kids dead and maimed. Zionists did and do that. Zionists who founded and maintain the State of Israel which has become a de facto 1-state, apartheid state. Israel. Not Egypt. But this Egypt whataboutery is very common among hasbara-ists and other Zionist apologists.---Mona- (talk) 15:58, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
You forgot the time, when Egypt reigned over the Gaza Strip. And no, the Israeli Apartheid is still a lie. Israeli Arabs have more rights than in any Arab country.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 16:03, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Egypt's "reigning" ove the Gza strip did not do the heinous things to the Palestinians that Zionists did and do. Egypt didn't put the refugees in the open air prison that is the Gaza strip, or slaughter them in that pen. As for apartheid, Desmond Tutu, the ANC and our own RW article disagree with you.---Mona- (talk) 16:12, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

When Egypt would handled the situation right, there would be no refugees there, after all, there are no refugees from the WWII now, right? And, no, Israeli Apartheid is still a lie. Arab Israelis have much more right than any Arab in an Arab country. --Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 16:28, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Hamas had every change to transform Gaza into a blooming model of peace and stability. A Singapore of the Mediterranean, even. Instead they decided to kill all dissidents, tear down all infrastructure not useful for killing Jews and started bombing Israel almost from day one. I for one support Israel's right to hit back. As a matter of fact, I think they are showing too much restraint. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 16:07, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I see we're deflecting to Egypt whenever Israel gets criticized for occupying Gaza. Predictable. But anyways, Egypt doesn't control the airspace, waters, and borders to the extent that Israel does. Egypt doesn't control the population registry and did not take the territory as a hostile army, unlike Israel who did in 1967. Under the Hague Resolutions and international law, Egypt does not have effective control over Gaza for it to be considered occupation, and that's the conclusion of the Red Cross and human rights organizations. You can try to deflect all you want, but it doesn't help you. ChrisAmiss (talk) 16:49, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

Also, Israel has weapons that can target within a meter. The closest Hamas or other groups were to civilians was about 200 to 300 meters, which is still a 199 to 299 meter difference from the span Israel's weapons can target. If Israel's weapons can target within a meter, and yet they're still hitting civilians despite the level of meter difference that Hamas or other Palestinian armed fighters have in proximity to those civilians, then the logical conclusion is that Israel is targeting civilians in an attempt to terrorize them. You can check the testimonies of Breaking the Silence, who were sent into Gaza to "shoot anything that moves". And the statistics seem to confirm this disparity, with over 70% of deaths being civilians. And don't give me the garbage about warnings, because even in areas that Palestinians move to like UN shelters, they were still fired upon, hence no safe place for anyone in Gaza during the war. And the recent Physicians for Human Rights report in January confirmed that in 68 cases of Palestinians being injured, 63 did not receive a warning. ChrisAmiss (talk) 17:11, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Within a meter, you say? I expect Israel also has regular-ass artillery firing "dumb" shells, and a lot more of that than they have "smart" munitions. Just because someone has a scalpel doesn't mean they use it to cut up stew meat.
In a bygone age, the gold standard for precision artillery was fifty yards circular area probable, which means half the rounds will land within fifty yards of the aim point. Obviously, half of them will land further away. When the guns wear out, then that accuracy is no longer obtainable. In that condition, the pieces are still suitable for area fire, and are usually sold to client states who can't afford guns with tight carriages and well-defined bores. Horses for courses...
I don't know if the IDF still does "roof knocking" before firing for effect, but they know what collateral damage they can expect with any given style of ordnance. They make their choices, and the consequences follow. I am glad I don't live there, but I am not happy about living in a world with shooting wars still going on. Alec Sanderson (talk) 17:51, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Amnesty's report on OCL: "Amnesty International has seen no evidence that rockets were launched from residential houses or buildings while civilians were in these buildings. In Gaza, Palestinian fighters, like Israeli soldiers, engaged in armed confrontations around residential homes where civilians were present, endangering them. The locations of these confrontations were mostly determined by Israeli forces, who entered Gaza with tanks and armored personnel carriers and took positions deep inside residential neighborhoods. A resident of a neighborhood in the center of Gaza City told Amnesty International that, as Israeli forces entered Gaza and as rumors spread that they were going to advance into the center of town, Hamas fighters located a 50mm mounted machine-gun in the street by the corner of his building. [. . .] Hamas and other groups generally store weapons in civilian areas and there is no reason to believe that it was any different during Operation “Cast Lead.” By doing so, it rendered such locations possible targets of attack and therefore exposed civilians who may have been present to risk. However, fighting in urban areas per se is not a violation of international humanitarian law, but the parties involved in the conduct of hostilities in an urban setting have an obligation to distinguish, and to ensure to the best of their ability, that their attacks only target military objects. Israeli forces have at their disposal a range of high-precision weapons capable of pinpoint targeting—within a meter—and recklessly attacking civilians or civilian objects simply because they are in the vicinity of fighters or other military targets cannot be justified." ChrisAmiss (talk) 17:58, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
We may be in vehement agreement, but our words are unlikely to affect the choices made by the IDF. The Shalom Achshav (Peace NOW) folks are harassed by their fellow Israelis. How much effect do they have? I don't know, but they did tell Glenn Beck to fuck off and go home some years back, so there is that... Alec Sanderson (talk) 18:20, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Public opinion has shifted, so there's always the chance for social mobilization to change things for the better and if the US sees that unanimously backing Israel poses no benefit (they really don't benefit from backing the occupation or Israel's military operations, so I don't know why they continue to do this). ChrisAmiss (talk) 18:26, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Chris, it's AIPAC and the rest of the Israel lobby, including Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban. Getting into or remaining in federal office if you are targeted by the money that lobby commands is very difficult. In some places impossible. There's a reason Hillary Clinton wrote an ass-kissing letter to Saban about how she and all of us must work hard to stop BDS.---Mona- (talk) 03:04, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
The lobby isn't that strong as the Iran deal will show. Hillary Clinton just lacks principles, that's why she wrote that letter. Hillary justified Israel's targeting of civilians in shelters and hospitals. She doesn't need a lobby to force her to have abhorrent principles. Not even Bernie did that, he at least called Israel's attacks disproportionate and indiscriminate. As far as why the Democratic Party tends to have the same position on Israel than Republicans, that again is reflective of the lack of principles they have, or they may genuinely believe what the Israel PR machine tells them. ChrisAmiss (talk) 03:21, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
Chris, there has to be a reason U.S. politicians go out of their way to lavish praise and support for Israel, unto giving a standing ovation to fucking Benjamin Netanyahu in the Congress. It's called campaign fundraising. Going too strongly against the lobby is very risky. And not just the money. It's getting to be a much less potent charge now, but tagging a politician as anti-Semitic is death in many cases and AIPAC has been extremely promiscuous with that accusation. Sure, many elected officials actually do sincerely support Israel right or wrong, but the money is always a factor in a scenario involving politicians. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend this Brit news magazine show Dispatches, an episode titled Inside Britain's Israel Lobby. It's past time for a U.S. version of this investigation but the UK one is most illuminating.---Mona- (talk) 03:34, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Augustus Sol Invictus's resignation.

It annoys me endlessly that he writes XX Aprilis when it should be Ante diem XI Kal. Mai. - 11 days (counting inclusively) before the Kalends of May. In the Roman calendar you count down from landmark days like the Kalends, Ides, and Nones. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 23:44, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Well it will be ad Kalendas Graecas when someone in the mainstream press points out this insiduous raping of the Latin language. O tempora! O mores! Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:50, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
For better or for worse, though, language is whatever people make of it. All language conventions are arbitrary when you get down to it.
As for his resignation letter, I have to solemnly admit that I agree with much of it. I just hope he's self-aware enough to know that "Witness Ye"/"Hear Ye" stuff is downright silly. (talk) 00:22, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
Usually languages are most influenced by their native speakers. Hence Latin shouldn't change any more... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 10:45, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
When all the native speakers are dead, though, it's the people appropriating that people's language that get to—basically—do whatever they want with it. For Latin that would be: the Roman Catholic Church, taxonomists, and overly smug classicists. Whether society discourages people from raping (some) ancient cultures' languages or not is also pretty arbitrary. (talk) 11:38, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
I think the whole "got kicked out of a cult for being too hardcore with a goat" thing was more alarming, personally. Different strokes and all. Hentropy (talk) 04:35, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
There's plenty of nutty stuff the guy's been involved in, apparently, but 'being too hardcore with a goat' sounds like an extraordinary claim. I'd need more than just a rival libertarian's word to go along with that. (talk) 11:59, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
what he do to the goat? Did he use it the way a prime minister would use pig? AMassiveGay (talk) 19:37, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Fair enough point, though I do think all politicians should be thoroughly vetted for animal-related mishaps in their past. It does appear to be a trend these days. Hentropy (talk) 20:47, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Stanford

Alternate title: People get upset when you tell them they've got it easy in life when they may not. ArcticVixen (talk) 15:57, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

And yet another person who does not understand the concept of privilege Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 16:24, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
To be honest, I think all this talk about who is privileged and who isn't (in particular contexts) is just a bad strategy. Why not talk about various people's disadvantages in society instead? You can address exactly the same content without riling up all the people that don't feel privileged but still inevitably are, in some way. (talk) 17:49, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
Redefining a term just because it has become controversial is bad science and bad linguistics imho... If serious scientific studies indicate that the term "privilege" is not a good means to describe what it describes, there might be need for a new term. Right now you are - unless I misunderstood you - basically calling to change a useful and established term because some subreddits and people on 4chan dislike it. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 18:05, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
The idea that a society can exist without in-groups and out-groups is itself unrealistic and utopian. The actual cure would be segregation. But the effects of the cure would only be temporary; in the re-segregated societies there would still be people on the top of the ladder and people on the bottom. People will know, and make snap judgments about where you stand. And not everyone will be treated the same. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 19:00, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
What social justice activists who spam the word "privilege" at every opportunity misunderstand is that most people do not know the academic sociological definition of "privilege". To them, privilege is an accusation used to denigrate someone's accomplishments as being unearned. This is why people have visceral reactions when you talk about white privilege or male privilege. In their mind, privilege is entirely tied to wealth and how much as been "handed" to someone (and of course no one, not even Romney/Bush/Trump, believes anything has been handed to them). I'm an aquarium enthusiast, I know a lot of inside lingo and concepts about aquariums, but I don't get mad when random-ass people on the street don't know complicated concepts like the nitrogen cycle. If you want to teach people the sociological concepts of group-based power and privilege, you can, but you shouldn't expect people to know it from thin air, and lecturing them from nowhere doesn't do people much good. So when talking to regular people in regular contexts you should use regular terms, "disadvantage" is much more useful word when talking about these things. Hentropy (talk) 19:16, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I'm not talking about redefining any terms at all. I'm talking about using a different, equally accurate (and IMHO more to the point) manner of phrasing the issue that will, instead of getting people all defensive and limiting public understanding, not rile people up and enhance public understanding. (talk) 19:26, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
I think there is something wrong if you are telling poor white folk they privileged. Race is not the only issue that causes someone to privileged or not. Poverty shuts so many doors for people regardless of race. Telling someone on or below the bread line, with no access to healthcare, decent education, poor job prospects, and poor housing, that at least you are not black seems pretty offensive to me. Its even more offensive when you tell them they are stupid and don't understand if they get annoyed by you telling em how great they have it AMassiveGay (talk) 19:49, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
The thing is, when people talk about white privilege they don't mean that all or even the majority of whites have it oh so great. It's just a way of saying there's a problem X and white people don't experience problem X. My point is; why are we talking about people not suffering from problem X instead of talking about problem X and the people who are disadvantaged due to it? (talk) 19:55, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
'they don't mean all or even the majority of whites' that's not how it usually comes across though is it. Anyhow, by that description, its just referring to wealthier whites doesn't it? Doesn't it all boil down to that anyway? I realise there there are huge issues surrounding race, but like it said, that isn't the complete picture. In the uk, notions of privilege are tied up in wealth and what school you went to. Old Etonians are over represented in parliament for example. I'd wager the same can be said for Oxbridge alumni. This is frequently discussed here. I wonder if the same applied to us? And if so is it discussed there? AMassiveGay (talk) 20:29, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Um, please read the part after that too. >.> (talk) 20:44, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)
I have no problem with addressing the actual problems people are facing but I guess what I am saying its not always possible to do that without separating why some people are advantaged and why some aren't. The schools example I gave, you have to recognise that top flight universities prefer candidates from certain schools, thereby disadvantaging state school pupils from poor areas. The problem I have with way privilege is used, it that it focuses on one aspect of privilege at the expense of aspects as if they were trivial, and how insulting and patronising this is to people who are in no privileged beyond the colour of their skin. AMassiveGay (talk) 21:19, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Although the focus is on the gender part of the race/class/gender trinity of the social justice movement's unhealthy fixations, this sums it up pretty well. Even in an academic sense, ranting to someone and/or lecturing them about their "privilege" when they're telling you they're having a hard time with something in their lives is among the most unhelpful responses imaginable. And of course it ignores the fact that, sometimes, white people are targeted for being white; I'll trust others here can find examples, it doesn't take more than a few seconds to find them on your own. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 05:05, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
The whole concept of "privilege" seems backwards to me. The way I see it, it's not that whites are given special treatment, it's that people treat them like normal people (due to white people making up the majority of the population), and minorities are treated worse. It's not really white people having special privileges (implying that they need to be taken away), it's that others are disadvantaged, which is the real problem that need to be fixed, not ridding whites of their "privilege".TheriziπosaurusG (talk) 22:45, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

YAY, privilege shitfest nr. 32891659302569230156902315!!!--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 21:22, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

You do know what the ! symbol means in mathematics? 4! for example equals 4*3*2*1.... I'm not sure conventional notation is even able to print out the number you are invoking... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 21:40, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I heard about numbers (I forgot, which, though) so fucking long, that even if the whole matter in the universe got converted into paper and ink, it wouldn't be enough to write it down.--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 22:48, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I dimly recall having read a Wikipedia entry on the record for the biggest number ever used in a serious mathematical proof of something... WP articles on math can get weird Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:56, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Numbers greater than twelve are witchcraft. Nobody has that many fingers. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 02:25, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Nope, fingers til 21 are OK :D--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 02:29, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Aren't there weird ways to count with your knuckles and stuff that are employed in Asian countries? Maybe that explains the "Asians are good at math" stereotype... If I am not entirely mistaken, a similar system was employed by the Babylonians and is responsible for us having sixty minutes to the hour... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 12:50, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
See the Wikipedia article on Ancient Egyptian multiplication. Also known as the Russian peasant method. SmartFeller (talk) 12:59, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Alabama DMVs

So wait; only people who can drive are allowed to vote then? >.> (talk) 17:37, 3 October 42015 AQD (UTC)

back in the iirc Clinton years an effort was made to increase voting rates by letting you sign up via dmvs. Without those getting the vote out is much harder. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 17:58, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
The US is one of the few countries where there is no form of government issued ID other thaen driver's licenses and passports. Goven that certain subsets of the population are unlikely to have or need either, requiring government issued ID in order to be able to vote is inherently racist and/or classist. The whole issue could of course be mitigated if some form of free government issued ID were introduced that is just ID. Like the French "carte d' identité" (I hope I spelled this correctly). But there are certain ingrained cultural aversions against this. Or so it would seem. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 18:02, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
no one wants id cards in the uk. Mainly due to costs, but I imagine some groups are concerned by the prospect of police stopping folk and checking id. AMassiveGay (talk) 19:32, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
So how do you prove who and how old you are if you want to vote or buy a beer? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 19:56, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
if they serve you, you are old enough. AMassiveGay (talk) 20:18, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
you just need your voting card to vote, sent through a little while before the election. You can register online so no need for id there either. If memory serves I've not been asked for other id, though truth be told its been since I have been able to vote. AMassiveGay (talk) 20:33, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────In Germany you are registered to vote automatically. And you have to possess (not carry) valid government issued ID once you turn 16, which - coincidentally no doubt - is also the legal drinking age for beer and wine. The downsides to this are that - in theory - police may ask you for ID at any time (usually they have to at least invent a reason for it) and you must allow them to accompany you to your place if don't carry one with you. And of course the government knows where people live. There was a scandal recently that some of this data ended up being sold on the data black market. Though given what Facebook and the NSA already know about each and every one of us, I guess this is all peanuts... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 20:44, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

P.S.: When there are elections you're eligible for in Germany, you gonna get a letter where to go to vote in your district (or a form you gonna send (for free inside of Germany) to the governmental office to get your documents to vote via mail). When you go to the polling station (often in schools and places like that), they gonna ask you for your ID. You show it and vote in a voting booth (always with paper ballots, Germany is old school, yo). In Germany, voting is easy (and also getting a replacement ID and/or passport (if you lost your valid one, your present one expired or is gonna expire soon and you need to travel) is really easy compared to the horror stories I heard from my friends with Russian or Ukrainian citizenship: You gonna go the the resident registration office, show them your ID/passport, fill out a form or two, pay a more or less reasonable fee and get the stuff in a few weeks. One of the reasons I'm not too pissed at my parents for having chucked the Russian citizenship to get the German one).--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 21:06, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

you say peanuts I say fuck you, I've never paid for PPI stop fucking calling me AMassiveGay (talk) 21:01, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
WTH??--Arisboch ☞✍☜☞✉☜ 21:06, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
the Ps that avenger added after my comment but inserted before it, makes my comment look like nonsense. It made sense when it was where it should be. Learn some wiki etiquette, avenger. AMassiveGay (talk) 21:24, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
There appears to have been a misunderstanding. What I was intending to say was that the amount of data being registered as a resident of a certain place and possessing a government issued ID constitutes is negligible compared to the amount of data the NSA and Facebook already have about us. And yes, I must agree with Arisboch that the German bureaucracy while sometimes frustrating (and on occasion subtly racist) is vastly preferable over the bureaucracy of many other countries... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 21:37, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
my apologies avenger it was arisboch who displaced my comment, which was in jest. AMassiveGay (talk) 22:34, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Well all's well that ends well, eh? Just one minor thing: Please use a capital letter when writing my nickname. I am rather partial to capital letters ;-) Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:07, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Some of that's not accurate. I'm pretty sure all state and territory DMVs issue ID cards that aren't driver's licenses to anyone who can't or doesn't want to qualify for a driver's license. I know for a fact this is true in California. However, this is not frictionless; you still have to fill out an application, usually show up in person with identity documents like your birth certificate, and pay an application fee (unless you can get it waived based on income). There are also some other government IDs that are often acceptable when an ID is required, like those for members of the military and certain government agencies. And passports are often accepted if you have one. But yeah, anyway, given that voter fraud in the U.S. is essentially nonexistent, the push for voter ID laws is a thinly-veiled attempt to keep minorities, the poor, etc. from voting, because they're less likely to have existing government IDs and less likely to be able to get them easily. --Ymir (talk) 23:56, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

Just use anything that satisfies the I-9 and call it a day. CorruptUser (talk) 03:17, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Antivax study

Article is behind a paywall. (talk) 01:36, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

Not for me it ain't. Just accessed it 5 times to see if it was a usage limited thing - no. Scream!! (talk) 01:45, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
oh yeah? http://imgur.com/aLtTpl5 (talk) 03:51, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
I can't access it either. Hentropy (talk) 05:08, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Works fine for me. The description here already reveals most information, though, so you're not missing much. (talk) 09:47, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
I can access it fine from the UK. If there's a paywall it could be country specific (on IP address). You're welcome to replace it with a non-paywalled equivalent if you can find one. Or just vote it down. WéáśéĺóíďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 13:54, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Or sacrifice a goat to Odin... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 13:59, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] U.S. bombs Afghan hospital

Horrifying. The military was repeatedly and frantically given the coordinates before and during this atrocity. Médecins Sans Frontières tweeted: "The hospital was repeatedly & precisely hit during each aerial raid, while the rest of the compound was left mostly untouched." Twelve of MSF's staff and seven patients were killed; 37 people were seriously injured, 19 of them MSF staff.

MSF President Meinie Nicolai condemned the attack as "abhorrent and a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law."
---Mona- (talk) 18:54, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Obama ended two wars. This was one of them. Peace. AgingHippie (talk) 18:55, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Oh yes. Obama, the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace prize. pffft.---Mona- (talk) 19:11, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not sure exactly how that happened either. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 19:58, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

MSF releases the following statement:

Following an earlier statement Sunday morning reiterating MSF's call for an independent investigation of the bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, MSF General Director Christopher Stokes released this additional statement on Sunday, in response to claims from Afghan officials that MSF's hospital in Kunduz was routinely used by the Taliban for military purposes:

"MSF is disgusted by the recent statements coming from some Afghanistan government authorities justifying the attack on its hospital in Kunduz. These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital with more than 180 staff and patients inside because they claim that members of the Taliban were present.

This amounts to an admission of a war crime. This utterly contradicts the initial attempts of the US government to minimize the attack as 'collateral damage.'

There can be no justification for this abhorrent attack on our hospital that resulted in the deaths of MSF staff as they worked and patients as they lay in their beds. MSF reiterates its demand for a full transparent and independent international investigation."
---Mona- (talk) 20:23, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

This is a terrible crime. The pilot on the AC130 who fired the shots, as well as those who gave the orders to fire should be charged in a military tribunal, and if found guilty, stripped of their rank and imprisoned. Obama should also have his Nobel Peace Prize revoked, and the US should be investigated by the ICC for war crimes far worse than this heinous incident. Pbfreespace3 (talk) 01:11, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
Problem is, if the ICC starts going after the U.S. then the rest of the world might have to get off their asses and do something. Yugoslavia in the 1990s showed the rest of the world isn't willing to do that, and there are no signs of that changing; the U.S. paid for 70% of the fighting in Libya for what was purported to be a joint operation, for fuck's sake. So you get this. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 01:32, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
An AC-130 Spectre[wp] typically carries a crew of 13. The pilot does not "fire the shots." He has the job of driving around in circles while the gunners bring hellish smoke down upon the heads of those below, precipitating massive PTSD among the survivors. Fire missions are not undertaken lightly, and there will be records of how targeting decisions were made, up and down the chain of command. Investigation is underway, but whether those records ever see the light of day in the civilian sphere is another matter. This story will be worth following. Alec Sanderson (talk) 02:51, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
Fox is reporting that "a senior defense official" tells them the hospital was bombed because the Taliban were operating around the hospital and a few were being treated in it. This wouldn't have happened, per this official, if the Taliban hadn't been using the hospital as "human shields." So, the DoD's spin (and probable lies) has started.---Mona- (talk) 02:59, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
While I completely agree that an investigation of this event must happen, you have to understand that using civilians as hostages by hiding in an hospital also constitutes a warm crime: it's very, very dirty business on everyone's side, undoubtedly. I think Blade is correct about this. NewFrenchHotness (talk) 07:59, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
No. It is not a "dirty business" for doctors and hospitals to treat all human beings. This moral equivalence between bombing a hospital and killing staff and patients on the one hand, and the Taliban being in the area on the other, is repugnant. MSF has said nothing about being taken hostage by anyone but they absolutely are outraged at the bombing. Why would you believe DoD bullshit reported by Fox?---Mona- (talk) 13:22, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
It's not the doctors and the hospital I'm accusing of dirty business here: if Taliban fighters were indeed in the building, it's dirty business on their side, and bombing the hospital was dirty business on the army's side - I'd say the Taliban are worse in this case, as they were the one using human shields in the first place. I'm gonna wait for an investigation before taking a definitive stance on this whole affair, but I'm also inclined to believe that armies generally don't bomb humanitarian facilities for no reason. The real question, now, is if these reasons are enough and if there wasn't a better alternative - again, I'm gonna wait.

Also ? Drop the Nobel prize and military tribunal nonsense - you've already judged them guilty. Everyone's forced to act on limited information, and the fact is that shooting through a human shield is - for now, at least - more or less the only way to discourage anyone from taking them in the first place. That's why I genuinely think that weapons research can be a humanitarian pursuit... NewFrenchHotness (talk) 15:32, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] U.S. admits it bombed hospital, says it was justified

Glenn Greenwald:

Fox News yesterday cited anonymous “defense officials” that while they “‘regret the loss’ of innocent life, they say the incident could have been avoided if the Taliban had not used the hospital as a base, and the civilians there as human shields.” In its first article on the attack, The Washington Post also previewed this defense, quoting a “spokesman for the Afghan army’s 209th Corps in northern Afghanistan” as saying that “Taliban fighters are now hiding in ‘people’s houses, mosques and hospitals using civilians as human shields.'” AP yesterday actually claimed that it looked at a video and saw weaponry in the hospital’s windows, only to delete that claim with [a correction that they didn't see it].

The New York Times today – in a story ostensibly about the impact on area residents from the hospital’s destruction – printed paragraphs from anonymous officials justifying this strike: “there was heavy gunfire in the area around the hospital at the time of the airstrike, and that initial reports indicated that the Americans and Afghans on the ground near the hospital could not safely pull back without being dangerously exposed. American forces on the ground then called for air support, senior officials said.” It also claimed that “many residents of Kunduz, as well as people in Kabul, seemed willing to believe the accusations of some Afghan officials that there were Taliban fighters in the hospital shooting at American troops.”

MSF is outraged at this barbaric shit and released a statement:

“MSF is disgusted by the recent statements coming from some Afghanistan government authorities justifying the attack on its hospital in Kunduz. These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital with more than 180 staff and patients inside because they claim that members of the Taliban were present.

“This amounts to an admission of a war crime. This utterly contradicts the initial attempts of the US government to minimize the attack as ‘collateral damage.’

“There can be no justification for this abhorrent attack on our hospital that resulted in the deaths of MSF staff as they worked and patients as they lay in their beds. MSF reiterates its demand for a full transparent and independent international investigation.”

As Greenwld notes, the problem the U.S has is that MSF (Doctors Without Borders) is a highly respected organization with staff who risk their lives in war zones -- and who usually speak excellent English and can give compelling interviews. Professional elites who speak English are not so easily dismissed and ignored.---Mona- (talk) 17:56, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

President of Doctors Without Borders gives a fascinating -- and enraging -- interview to Andrea Mitchell who seems sympathetic to the claim this is a war crime.---Mona- (talk) 04:24, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Israeli executes Arab teen running from mob

A video shows that, once again, authorities in Israel simply lie about the circumstances of why they murder Arabs:

Israeli authorities claimed that 19-year-old Fadi Samir Alloun was killed while attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.

But videos posted online show that the youth was executed in cold blood as he was chased by a mob of Israeli Jews baying for his blood.

As the video above begins, voices can be heard in Hebrew shouting – apparently at police – “Shoot him! He’s a terrorist! Shoot him!” and “Don’t wait! Shoot him!”

Video here.

Another example of blatant racism by police authorities, assuming their class and race is right and the other is wrong by default. This is not all that different from white cops shooting blacks in America; in both instances, one group is the oppressor while the other is the oppressed. Like the whites, the Israelis are better off economically than the Arabs (blacks), and are given a pass. I would not be shocked if this leads to a Third Intifada (Palestinian Uprising). Even now, Israel is bombing Gaza. Pbfreespace3 (talk) 01:14, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
There's speculation a third intifada is started. Today Israel barred Palestinians from entering Jerusalem's Old City. Violence has broken out all over Jerusalem. Israel is bombing Gaza.---Mona- (talk) 02:54, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
Studied counter-terrorism in Israel. Brilliant professors, many of them secular, liberals who would tell me that being Arab in Israel is like 80% like being black in the US. Many similar issues going on there.--BlackProg (talk) 03:33, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
The situations in the U.S. And Israel are so vastly different that it's best to just observe each situation for what it is and not get into an oppression contest. That trivializes everyone. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 03:39, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
An oppression contest? Really? I'm pretty sure the reason BlackProg used that analogy was to try to put what is going on over there in perspective for the rest of us who don't know anything about it (like me).
Look, I understand where you're coming from because I'm a lefty and social justice activist too. But please try to understand what someone intends to communicate before you talk down to them and denigrate their contribution as "trivializing everyone". Or better yet, just don't bring that over-the-top jumping-to-conclusions nonsense here to begin with, because it greatly damages the public's perception of:
  1. The issues you and I are advocating for
  2. The people we're trying to help, and
  3. Social justice activism in general
And honestly, I very much like the work that RationalWiki does and I don't want to see it turn into another Tumblr in which the slightest perceived inconsequential mishap against one's personal blend of political correctness brings all constructive dialogue to a complete standstill in favor of a pissing contest. Eoan (talk) 07:24, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

Just to give some non-electronic-jihad perspective on this thing... The notably not-Israel-friendly Huffington (or as I like to call it Fluffington) Post says that The Palestinian in question was armed and had attacked Israelis. Now of course I would have prefered a non-lethal solution, but in some cases you have to make a split second decision and if you got a gun and an armed bad guy in front of you, you're likely to say "screw the bad guy". So before we condemn the soldiers for what they did (and indeed by extension once again the state of Israel [Notice how the line of debate is totally different from when a person dies through police in the US?]), I would like to have some context and not some propaganda hatchet piece by Electronic Jihad or Mona. Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 12:42, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

The "hatchet piece" in EI included the allegation of a stabbing and I quoted that -- so there's your "context," but no evidence so far connects the teen to a stabbing. And whatever else is true, moral people do not execute a fleeing teen in cold blood. The video clearly shows the teen running from a mob screaming for his death and that he was shot when he was a not a threat to anyone. And btw, your whataboutery fails even as whataboutery -- I am very critical of the outrageous death toll of Americans kill by cops.---Mona- (talk) 13:32, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
Well I should have been clearer: Even if an unarmed human being is shot dead by police, nobody calls for an "end to the occupation". Nobody questions the right of the US to exist. Nobody calls for boycott divestment and sanctions until any of the objectives are met. And most of all, nobody questions the general right of a state to enforce its laws with force and deadly force if necessary. And we have to be perfectly clear here: An armed person with a knife attacked (most likely with the intention to harm and kill and possibly with the intent to draw retaliatory fire) one or several persons and was shot dead by security forces (military, if I recall correctly). This is an entirely different situation from what "black lives matter" is rightfully protesting against. And you have to keep in mind that there are currently non-negligible Palestinian terrorist groups who do even worse things thaen kniving people in the street. I have not yet heard of African Americans that blow themselves up in a crowded street in Dallas. If and when such things happen, there will of course also be a different response by security forces in the US. And to reiterate: I would have preferred to see the horrible human being with the knife rot in jail thaen him being shot dead, but maybe a non-lethal solution was impossible. As Israel is an open democracy with independent courts and a place where the law reigns supreme (none of these things are btw true for any of Israel's neighbors) I am sure there will be an investigation that will clear any wrongdoing if there was any. Unfortunately Electronic Jihad will have moved on to the next hatchet piece once the truth comes out. As they no doubt did when the Gaza flotilla turned out to have been not "peaceful" at all... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 15:11, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
"Thank God Israel is not as bad as it's neighbors" becomes a tired response when that's all you have to throw out for defense. --"Paravant" Talk & Contribs 15:24, 5 October 2015 (UTC).
That many people in the region do the same thing doesn't justify them doing it...nor does it justify calls for the disillusion of the country and forcible evacuation of citizens when they do it like every other asshole. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 15:29, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
It doesn't matter if the teen was "threatening to harm anyone" or not: it would seem logical to me that security forces treat a fleeing assailant as being still dangerous and to be neutralized as fast as possible - and, y'know, maybe planning to stab someone else in the future, for the same reason, if not stopped right away. I'd of course have preferred a non-lethal solution, but the fact is that solutions of this kind as reliable as a bullet to the chest aren't a thing yet. The moral path ain't as straightforward as "you don't shoot someone" in these cases... As for the crowd - give them a break. Again, waiting for an investigation on this. PS: I'm not particularly Zionist, nor am I right-wing in my sensibilities or callous towards the plight of ordinary palestinians - but let's remain reasonable here. NewFrenchHotness (talk) 15:52, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
I haven't looked into this, but already I see Avenger is misusing source material for his own agenda. Huffington Post doesn't claim the Palestinian was armed or was attacking Israelis. The only people claiming this in the article are the police spokesperson, read again: "A Palestinian man was shot dead on Monday by Israeli police troopers after he stabbed and lightly wounded one of them at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, a police spokeswoman said. [. . .] The army said the man approached a group of soldiers, telling them he felt unwell. As he drew near, he pulled out a knife and stabbed one of them. Another soldier shot him." In other words, Avenger has distorted the meaning of what was claimed, attributing a saying to a news source rather than the spokesperson, who has a self-serving interest in the matter and is not the most reliable source given the soldier's role in preserving a military occupation. Come on, I know you can do better than that. ChrisAmiss (talk) 16:40, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
That makes it sound a little more legitimate, honestly, though this is so very new it would be good to have more information instead of very early preliminary sources. If someone goes forward and tries to murder a soldier, and as they react the guy turns away from the backup so he gets shot in the back, it's less like the previous iterations where it seems like the guy was at one side of the crowd and trying to get away when shot...far away from conflict or the soldiers. It would be nice to wait to who the evidence supports.
Certainly not as presented in the original post, where a mob chased the youth down, cornered him, and soldiers just blew him away. However, I'll wait for the investigation. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 16:47, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
You are mistaken EmeraldCity. The first sentence quoted in my seminal post in this section states: "Israeli authorities claimed that 19-year-old Fadi Samir Alloun was killed while attempting to carry out a stabbing attack." The video shows a teen fleeing a mob yelling for his death, not a teen stabbing anyone.---Mona- (talk) 18:00, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
Of course I am wrong, I'm not toeing the line and having an opinion of my own. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 18:43, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Oh for goodness sake, EmeraldCity, surely you know that you made an error of fact; facts, by definition, are not opinions. The original post included precisely the information you said it did not.---Mona- (talk) 04:28, 6 October 2015 (UTC) Israel murders kids all the time. Twelve-year-olds. A 17-year-old who threw a rock at a vehicle with in IDF colonel in it, who lied about shooting the boy dead to defend his life. The boy was shot in the back while fleeing -- again, a video tells the truth. One could spend all day linking to stories about Israel executing or wounding Arab kids and lying about why or how. They lost the benefit of the doubt long ago.---Mona- (talk) 18:12, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

Adding: Israel threatened to arrest a 3-year-old for throwing stones and ransacked his parents' home. What The Most Moral Army does to kids is awful:

Human Rights Watch has condemned Israel over its "abusive arrests" of Palestinian children as young as 11 and of using threats to force them to sign confessions.

Israeli authorities regularly failed to inform parents of their children's arrest or whereabouts, the New York-based watchdog said in a report in July.

"Forces have choked children, thrown stun grenades at them, beaten them in custody, threatened and interrogated them without the presence of parents or lawyers, and failed to let their parents know their whereabouts," the report said.
---Mona- (talk) 18:34, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
Nice strawman. I don't think anyone here has stated that Israeli police or the IDF are absolutely infaillible, incorruptible forces of good stafed only by superhumans: they are capable of mistakes like everyone else, especially under pressure (of course, every police and army force should be trained to remain cool-headed under pressure). Do you think that crowd just decided to get together and yell for the death of a Palestinian teen ? I do not know exactly the code of conduct of the Israeli army, but I wouldn't be too surprised if a fleeing enemy was still considered as a potentiel threat. An investigation needs to happen, obviously, but you've already come to your conclusion.
Also: your articles don't really go into enough detail, or are really too vague for me to judge. Twelve-years-olds getting shot is something ghastly indeed, but the circumstances are kind of important to know if this is "murder" or "shooting a teenager in self-defense". They also didn't arrest the three-years-old, in the end (will you blame them for being a little pissed when stones have been thrown at them, especially if such an occurence appears to be recurring ?). NewFrenchHotness (talk) 20:05, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────"They also didn't arrest the three-years-old, in the end" HAHAHAHAHAHA So, like seriously, that's what you think is a great defense of this event? Armed soldiers storm a home to rout out a toddler, but gee, they decided not to arrest him "in the end." God, I love the Internet.---Mona- (talk) 04:37, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

As I've said before, the only way anything will happen is if/when both sides take a look at what the British and Irish did and conclude that it's just not worth it any more. There's no one side to this that's even close to being innocent, so until they both decide they've had enough of blowing each other to smithereens nothing will happen. Then once they do there'll almost certainly be an equivalent to the RIRA pop up, and if they can resist that as well as the British and Irish then things can truly clear up. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 00:41, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
I'm surprised Mona found a way to shoehorn anti-Israeli sentiments onto this site. Yes, a dead 12-year-old is horrible, but you do have to consider that the officers didn't know what was happening, and just arresting an allegedly armed teenager who was most likely below the poverty line isn't going to calm these guys' nerves down. It happens to commonly here where I live, and let me tell you, it ain't pretty. Zexcoiler Kingbolt (talk) 03:46, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
"a dead 12-year-old is horrible, but you do have to consider that the officers didn't know what was happening," Uh-huh, well, I believe Palestinians are just a bit sick and tired of "having to consider" the lies and outrageous "justifications" issuing from Israel. More land stolen every day by fanatical and violent settlers, their children killed, penned up in the open air prison of Gaza...yeah, they sure have to "understand" a lot.---Mona- (talk) 04:33, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
The apologetics I'm seeing for the shooting of a 12 year old is disturbing. Imagine if the roles were reversed and a Jewish child walked towards Hamas fighters. If I were a propagandist, I could argue that because Jewish settlers have been known to launch price tag attacks on Palestinians or tearing down olive trees, then it would only be natural for a Palestinian militant to treat a Jewish child settler with caution and fire upon him or her based on past experiences of settler attacks. Of course to even suggest a notion would probably be considered antisemitic, but I guess that's what happens when you have double standards. ChrisAmiss (talk) 04:39, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
Bingo: "Of course to even suggest a notion would probably be considered antisemitic, but I guess that's what happens when you have double standards."---Mona- (talk) 04:47, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
Looking at it that way, I think Mona makes some sense. I think it's just me, but this sort of thing happens all the time in the city I live in. Some mentally ill guy, homeless person, gangster, whatever almost always end up killed by officers, so I grew up with the notion that the police are in a constant fight or flight mode for some reason. I don't know where you come from, but in the city I live in, this shit happens all the damn time... Zexcoiler Kingbolt (talk) 04:49, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
The racism and violence Palestinians face from Israelis is different from even the worst blacks suffer in the U.S., by many magnitudes. Both are heinous, but the former is a world apart in degree.---Mona- (talk) 05:00, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I concede that Palestinians face severe and horrible punishment and discrimination, (mad props Mona) and it doesn't really compare to the time a guy got shot up in front of our rival high school because his parents aimed for a better life north of the border, but it doesn't give an excuse to automatically condemn all of Israel. It's like if everyone is condemning the federal government because a police officer murdered Freddie Gray. Zexcoiler Kingbolt (talk) 05:05, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
"but it doesn't give an excuse to automatically condemn all of Israel." Well, actually it does if you mean the nation-state as opposed to all who live there. Israel is founded (with great assistance from Zionist terrorists) on ethno-religious supremacism that "required" colonizing and stealing land from the indigenous population and ensuring what remained of that population was no more than 30% of the nation. Thw racism, violence and horrendous policies necessary to such actions and policies of course outraged the affected Arab population, which reacts like any severely oppressed peple would; often with counter-violence. Israelis broadly hate Arabs. Examples of Jewish Israeli individuals, groups and mobs screaming and saying vile things about the oppressed Arabs are legion.---Mona- (talk) 15:33, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
Under that same logic, is a cartel member a Mexican terrorist? So, if a man gets killed by the local sheriff, does that give an excuse to condemn capitalist terrorists who have helped the US government attain power? Zexcoiler Kingbolt (talk) 15:39, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Here the US goes again.

Sometimes you I have to wonder if gun rights advocates aren't really trolling us all. Lets hear their defense to this one. Oldusgitus (talk) 10:27, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

It'll be the same as always, no doubt. "We need more guns! Give a gun to every parent and child!" (talk) 10:59, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
Arm the puppies! AyzmoCheers 14:25, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
MAIM KILL BURN! MAIM KILL BURN! Zexcoiler Kingbolt (talk) 15:45, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
Didn't take long for this to turn into political point scoring... as someone who lives in the town next to Newtown, how about at least letting their bodies go cold first? That goes for both sides. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 15:50, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
In a country where mass shootings happen regularly, it is impossible to wait until the last mass shooting is safely in the past before starting the discussion about mass shootings. Peace. AgingHippie (talk) 16:08, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
When would be a good length of time anyways? We need to confront the reality of people screaming how this is an uncontrollable circumstance...when we are the only developed country that has one about every week. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 16:20, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
At least in the case of Newtown, waiting for 2 days (it was a Friday, so most of the heavy discussion didn't touch off until Monday) did everyone in our area a world of good (I didn't know any of them, but it severely disrupted the functioning of all the towns so I felt the impact). They're important issues, for sure, and I wouldn't want to end all discussion; I only think letting the shock wear off a little would help discussion a lot. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 18:04, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
At least give the families some time. It's just disgusting when it happens and both sides of the spectrum are screaming their positions, Democratic or Republican... Zexcoiler Kingbolt (talk) 19:53, 6 October 2015 (UTC)Just Do It
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