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I offered quite a few: America should learn from... 4,752 Views / 63 Replies  
I offered quite a few: America should learn from its mistakes, stop supporting malleable dictators and instead be serious about promoting democracy — even if that means that some countries will elect...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Today at 02:05 AM, in Political/War Lounge
That isn't just arrogant, looking at history, it... 4,752 Views / 63 Replies  
That isn't just arrogant, looking at history, it is plainly wrong. The US's attitude to foreign nations is riddled with short-term thinking and not sticking to its stated mission of spreading...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 09:18 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I get where you are coming from, but I think... 4,752 Views / 63 Replies  
I get where you are coming from, but I think reality is way more nuanced than that. On the one hand, a lot of Democrats are actually way more conservative than is perceived. Think of Hillary Clinton,...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 25, 2020 at 09:27 AM, in Political/War Lounge
And Grenell is still the Ambassador to Germany.... 4,752 Views / 63 Replies  
And Grenell is still the Ambassador to Germany. My fellow Germans and I are ecstatic that Trump did not even bother to “promote him away”.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 21, 2020 at 10:20 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Politicians grow up in political systems that... 337 Views / 9 Replies  
Politicians grow up in political systems that have certain incentives. If fund raising is as ridiculously important as it is in the US, then yeah, just to run a campaign you will be nudged towards...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 6, 2020 at 09:33 PM, in Political/War Lounge
It's a sign of intellectual and moral weakness... 337 Views / 9 Replies  
It's a sign of intellectual and moral weakness when politics is just about the cheap entertainment of sticking it to the other side rather than make your country better.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 5, 2020 at 08:59 PM, in Political/War Lounge
For our discussion this is a distinction without... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
For our discussion this is a distinction without difference. Yes, we should more properly say that “former GOP House members who would have voted against impeachment …”, but I think my argument is...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 5, 2020 at 04:03 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I am talking about those things. Trump is only... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
I am talking about those things. Trump is only the third President to be impeached, so historically, the behavior of Congress people matters. From the historical point of view, I think this is of...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 4, 2020 at 10:52 PM, in Political/War Lounge
No, that’s not what I am saying. ... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
No, that’s not what I am saying.

Politicians are not judged by their last popularity poll. Have a look how some people came around by, say, Reagan’s foreign policy approach towards the USSR. The...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 4, 2020 at 07:57 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Can someone explain to me why nobody in the US... 4,752 Views / 63 Replies  
Can someone explain to me why nobody in the US seems to believe in paper ballots? They just work.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 4, 2020 at 07:48 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I was thinking of drivers. But for pedestrians,... 7,021 Views / 81 Replies  
I was thinking of drivers. But for pedestrians, you are right, it works just as any other crosswalk.

That depends on the traffic, no? If this is a quieter backroad, you don’t need a traffic...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 4, 2020 at 07:47 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I'm not surprised. Of course, you may argue it no... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
I'm not surprised. Of course, you may argue it no longer matters, because if you are dead, your political career is dead. But it still shows that society has agreed that wanting to vote against...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 2, 2020 at 10:33 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I don't agree with that. Not least do I want to... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
I don't agree with that. Not least do I want to vote for politicians who do the right thing in difficult times, even if it is not popular.

This is short term thinking. As I wrote above, their...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 2, 2020 at 10:31 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Ignorance is bliss. I live in Japan, which is... 7,021 Views / 81 Replies  
Ignorance is bliss. I live in Japan, which is generally quite safe on the road, but pedestrians and especially casual cyclists can be quite horrible. They will cross the road even though it is red,...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 2, 2020 at 10:21 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I don't think your hypothetical works out on a... 7,021 Views / 81 Replies  
I don't think your hypothetical works out on a statistical level.

To me a close call is an even where an accident was quite likely. We can argue about the numbers, but for the sake of argument,...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 1, 2020 at 11:25 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I think that very much depends on what your goals... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
I think that very much depends on what your goals are: IMHO a sensible goal is to make all the information part of the public record and follow the procedures. The GOP should have listened to all the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 1, 2020 at 11:11 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Plus, politics has become a sport where you root... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
Plus, politics has become a sport where you root for one team, the actual content doesn't matter.

Just imagine the GOP's reaction to a Democratic president opposed free trade by erecting trade...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 30, 2020 at 08:47 PM, in Political/War Lounge
It seems we got our wires crossed here, and I am... 7,021 Views / 81 Replies  
It seems we got our wires crossed here, and I am sorry if we did and are not really disagreeing about anything. I propose we just drop it and let the discussion continue (in case anyone else wants to...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 29, 2020 at 11:02 PM, in MacNN Lounge
It is seen as a courtesy, but it could actually... 7,021 Views / 81 Replies  
It is seen as a courtesy, but it could actually be the law. Ditto for traffic laws regarding cyclists, too many drivers just don't know what the law is and/or prefer not to stick to the law.

At...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 29, 2020 at 01:20 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Yup, same in Germany. 7,021 Views / 81 Replies  
Yup, same in Germany.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 29, 2020 at 12:33 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I don't think so, because it is important to see... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
I don't think so, because it is important to see what the money the debt is incurred on is spent for. The reason for the Trump Administration's ginormous deficit is that they have been giving tax...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 29, 2020 at 12:32 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Many European cities have housing shortages, some... 7,021 Views / 81 Replies  
Many European cities have housing shortages, some of them (e. g. Berlin, Munich) are extremely severe. But there is also public transportation, and you don't need to commute by car. I'd say 100...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 28, 2020 at 07:28 PM, in MacNN Lounge
While I can't see how the bike lanes are routed... 7,021 Views / 81 Replies  
While I can't see how the bike lanes are routed through the roundabout, unprotected bike lanes on regular roads are semi-useful. Let's say, you want to take a left turn, then you first have to leave...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 28, 2020 at 03:58 AM, in MacNN Lounge
And it could also improve the flow of cars,... 7,021 Views / 81 Replies  
And it could also improve the flow of cars, because bicycles take up a lot less space per person than cars.

Yes. Here in Sendai, the “bike lane” that I am supposed to use is a complete joke: half...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 27, 2020 at 11:12 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Also for this reason you don't want your kids in... 557 Views / 14 Replies  
Also for this reason you don't want your kids in the (literal) picture — or video. Their political views aren't formed yet, and they should decide for themselves, when they are old enough, whether...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 23, 2020 at 11:08 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Also, I don't think they seem like they want to... 4,752 Views / 63 Replies  
Also, I don't think they seem like they want to be on the same P/VP ticket. Right now, Warren has a natural choice of VP in Castro, who seemingly has joined her campaign. Warren's campaign even had...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 23, 2020 at 11:03 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Some vegans start from the premise is that they... 1,040 Views / 14 Replies  
Some vegans start from the premise is that they want to avoid animals suffering on behalf of humans. And some are open to the argument that environmentally friendly farmed shellfish such as scallops...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 21, 2020 at 09:14 AM, in MacNN Lounge
That depends on why you want to become a... 1,040 Views / 14 Replies  
That depends on why you want to become a vegetarian: if it is on ethical grounds, well, I sort of see your point, although fish are certainly more primitive than mammals. And if you go by the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 21, 2020 at 03:39 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Ooooooh boy. That doesn't sound very... 557 Views / 14 Replies  
Ooooooh boy.

That doesn't sound very healthy. Personally, I'd focus on my children and tell them that love is not contingent on political opinions, but you and your parents have very different...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 20, 2020 at 10:52 PM, in Political/War Lounge
You forgot to include the 11th Commandment: Don't... 573 Views / 5 Replies  
You forgot to include the 11th Commandment: Don't get caught. (Also violated.)
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 17, 2020 at 10:38 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Poll: Awesome. War was avoided because we could count... 2,791 Views / 43 Replies  
Awesome. War was avoided because we could count on Iran being reasonable and measured in its response. What I find especially amusing is the argument that this shows that Trump's strategy has worked:...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 10, 2020 at 02:36 AM, in Political/War Lounge
8K TVs have been available in every store in... 1,464 Views / 11 Replies  
8K TVs have been available in every store in Japan for at least a year or two. Granted, they are pricey, but they are mass market items.

Yup. I think color gamut and fidelity is more important....
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 6, 2020 at 09:09 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Poll: Yeah, and other, allied governments are... 2,791 Views / 43 Replies  
Yeah, and other, allied governments are contorting themselves to find a stance here. Germany has declared that they will “temporarily” withdraw a “substantial” part of their troops from Iraq. But...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 6, 2020 at 09:07 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Poll: I know. But bad Iraqi security has nothing to do... 2,791 Views / 43 Replies  
I know. But bad Iraqi security has nothing to do with the US's “disagreements” with Iran, so I thought this part of your post was leading in the wrong direction (because the story is at its core...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 6, 2020 at 12:37 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Poll: That's a legitimate beef with Iraq, not Iran. ... 2,791 Views / 43 Replies  
That's a legitimate beef with Iraq, not Iran.

The US effed up Iraq, it is not a state like the USSR and China that were (are), for the most part, stable.

We also don't kill people, because it...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 4, 2020 at 10:51 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Poll: I'm less cynical about this. Campaign promises... 2,791 Views / 43 Replies  
I'm less cynical about this. Campaign promises are usually idealized wishes that make into policies, but usually in reduced form. Plus, you have a fickle electorate. Look at how many people are...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 4, 2020 at 10:43 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Poll: My cynical take is that Trump just wants to... 2,791 Views / 43 Replies  
My cynical take is that Trump just wants to distract from his impeachment, and hopes he can exploit an escalation with Iran in an election year.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jan 3, 2020 at 08:50 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Ah, ok. Agreed. 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
Ah, ok. Agreed.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 26, 2019 at 01:38 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Sure. But there was another election in 2018, and... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
Sure. But there was another election in 2018, and the consensus of the electorate has changed, which is represented by the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 26, 2019 at 12:35 AM, in Political/War Lounge
That's not correct: The Founding Fathers did not... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
That's not correct: The Founding Fathers did not want impeachment to be bipartisan, because they did not want political parties to be a thing in the political process. They imagined competition...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 26, 2019 at 12:33 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Puh, I don’t know. I have updated all my machines... 1,635 Views / 5 Replies  
Puh, I don’t know. I have updated all my machines and since the iPad was my parents’s I don’t have a backup. Bummer. It’d be really nice to get an old version of GarageBand on there, my daughter...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 24, 2019 at 10:21 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
You did read the footnote in my post, did ya? 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
You did read the footnote in my post, did ya?
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 23, 2019 at 09:12 PM, in Political/War Lounge
That's not right either: Trump has been impeached... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
That's not right either: Trump has been impeached alright*, the House has passed two articles of impeachment. But impeachment is just the analog of an indictment, which comes before the trial in the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 23, 2019 at 01:31 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Thanks for the post and sorry for not replying... 1,635 Views / 5 Replies  
Thanks for the post and sorry for not replying earlier.
I've tried to access the app store, and I can access it alright. But as soon as I try to download an app, it tells me that my device isn't...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 23, 2019 at 01:21 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
I think this is extremely important to keep in... 9,975 Views / 113 Replies  
I think this is extremely important to keep in mind: seats are not representative of vote share, and the narrative of this election has been formed by net seat gains and losses. While Labor lost big...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 22, 2019 at 07:42 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Impeachment has nothing to do with criminal... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
Impeachment has nothing to do with criminal proceedings. Impeachment gives Congress a mechanism to remove officials from the other branches from office. It is not about punishment for a crime, that’s...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 22, 2019 at 05:28 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Ok, fair enough. But it is still way too rare to... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
Ok, fair enough. But it is still way too rare to used as a tool to keep the executive branch in check.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 22, 2019 at 05:24 AM, in Political/War Lounge
This is currently just the opinion of the DoJ... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
This is currently just the opinion of the DoJ (and put forth as departmental policy), but one that hasn’t been tested in court, not least because the Attorney General is serving at the pleasure of...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 21, 2019 at 10:56 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Impeachment and the subsequent trial in the... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
Impeachment and the subsequent trial in the Senate isn’t about whether Trump will land in jail, but whether Trump will be removed from office. The US Constitution is quite clear, Trump need not...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 21, 2019 at 10:47 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Yeah, that's to be expected. It still should not... 10,734 Views / 147 Replies  
Yeah, that's to be expected. It still should not deter people from doing the right thing.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Dec 20, 2019 at 04:36 AM, in Political/War Lounge
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