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Just one commment about the immigration wave from... 276 Views / 23 Replies  
Just one commment about the immigration wave from former Yugoslavia: at least in Germany (which also took in ~350,000 people or so) this immigration wave was handled very nicely with no long-term...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Today at 09:49 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Sorry, perhaps that wasn't clear: I was talking... 276 Views / 23 Replies  
Sorry, perhaps that wasn't clear: I was talking about Germany, not Scandinavian countries. I haven't lived in Scandinavia, so I can't speak from personal experience there.

Much of this type of...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Today at 02:50 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Just a small interjection: I think the extent to... 276 Views / 23 Replies  
Just a small interjection: I think the extent to which far right parties and movements have gained traction is smaller in Germany than in, say, Austria or France. There would be zero chance for...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 11:19 PM, in Political/War Lounge
These two points are not connected: Trump's... 276 Views / 23 Replies  
These two points are not connected: Trump's evident lies about small and big things, and the difficulty of getting him impeached by a Republican Congress have nothing to do with one another.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 11:05 PM, in Political/War Lounge
You are right, but in the past a whole host of... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
You are right, but in the past a whole host of other horrible things such as slavery were “normal” even though we find them barbaric now. Many of these unequal marriages weren't exactly voluntary.
...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 11:47 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Except that he has argued exactly that. Taken... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
Except that he has argued exactly that. Taken from here (https://youtu.be/azC1nm85btY?t=3774):

So yeah, he not only thinks age of consent laws are policy positions of “the Left”, but claims that...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 11:26 AM, in Political/War Lounge
??? You doubted that the information obtained... 543 Views / 61 Replies  
???
You doubted that the information obtained by one of the three-letter agencies could be useful, and I gave you examples where it is. I'm not sure why you saw that as me arguing for impeachment.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 10:53 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I know that you were thinking in these terms, but... 543 Views / 61 Replies  
I know that you were thinking in these terms, but different legal standards apply. The relevant legal proceedings would not be a court case, but everything ranging from an investigation from the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 01:43 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Admissible for what? It will certainly be... 543 Views / 61 Replies  
Admissible for what? It will certainly be admissible for a Congressional investigation (e. g. via a special subcommittee or a special prosecutor), and sensitive matters can be discussed in closed...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 01:16 AM, in Political/War Lounge
It is not age, it is mental development to be... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
It is not age, it is mental development to be able to give consent. It is not normal for someone at that age to desire someone that far outside of his or her own age group. I'm not saying this person...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 12:52 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I don't think this is necessarily true: even as a... 543 Views / 61 Replies  
I don't think this is necessarily true: even as a staunch opponent of immoral and useless domestic mass surveillance, if the NSA was getting permission for spying on anyone, then it is the Russian...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 20, 2017 at 09:38 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Milo was describing sexual relations between a... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
Milo was describing sexual relations between a 13- or 14-year old and an apparently 28-year old. (He already did so on Joe Rogan's podcast, so that story isn't exactly news.) I don't think there is...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 20, 2017 at 07:52 PM, in Political/War Lounge
You should call out Trump's bullshit here for... 276 Views / 23 Replies  
You should call out Trump's bullshit here for just making stuff up rather than digging in — especially if you want him to succeed. Trump is headed straight for impeachment through faults of his own.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 19, 2017 at 10:02 PM, in Political/War Lounge
But that's just an artifact of people's... 543 Views / 61 Replies  
But that's just an artifact of people's misconceptions, and people's misconception is precisely why social engineering is such an effective tool at infiltrating networks. My parents use guessable...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 19, 2017 at 08:27 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Surreptitiously meddling with elections is a... 587 Views / 34 Replies  
Surreptitiously meddling with elections is a no-no for me, on moral grounds alone. Even from a purely utilitarian point of view, I think it has backfired in most cases (think Iran and Chile) and we...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 19, 2017 at 07:59 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Your posts were in regards to an “innate liberal... 1,706 Views / 139 Replies  
Your posts were in regards to an “innate liberal bias of the mainstream media” (http://forums.macnn.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=4375904), and whether “you can trust them”, not about the chart that...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 19, 2017 at 04:29 AM, in Political/War Lounge
It's a problem of American society, it's not just... 1,706 Views / 139 Replies  
It's a problem of American society, it's not just you. Nevertheless, you adopted that language as well.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 19, 2017 at 03:38 AM, in Political/War Lounge
It starts with your diction, your use “MSM” or... 1,706 Views / 139 Replies  
It starts with your diction, your use “MSM” or “main stream media”, for instance. And just to be clear: I'm not claiming Trump started this or that this is a recent development, and I should have...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 19, 2017 at 02:17 AM, in Political/War Lounge
You are: you are exaggerating the problems of the... 1,706 Views / 139 Replies  
You are: you are exaggerating the problems of the “MSM”, influenced by the atmosphere that Trump created. Trump not just called the press his enemy, but the enemy of the American people. And you are...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 18, 2017 at 11:24 PM, in Political/War Lounge
What you are talking about has nothing to do with... 2,434 Views / 195 Replies  
What you are talking about has nothing to do with a “psy op” or anything so sophisticated, Trump and his surrogates often just don't care about facts.

What we are discussing here is very...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 18, 2017 at 11:16 PM, in Political/War Lounge
No, I don't think so. IMHO the reason why the... 2,434 Views / 195 Replies  
No, I don't think so. IMHO the reason why the Trump White house is leaking like a sieve is that there are many warring factions within, and they leak information to gain an advantage. There was talk...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 18, 2017 at 01:18 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Yes, but that's a misconception people have due... 543 Views / 61 Replies  
Yes, but that's a misconception people have due to a lack of knowledge in this area — and true of many other professions. People are not aware that one of the greatest weaknesses are things like...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 18, 2017 at 01:17 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Social engineering is one of... 543 Views / 61 Replies  
Social engineering is one of (https://www.cnet.com/news/social-engineering-101-mitnick-and-other-hackers-show-how-its-done/) the oldest...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 18, 2017 at 12:06 AM, in Political/War Lounge
That makes a lot of sense. I certainly strongly... 587 Views / 34 Replies  
That makes a lot of sense. I certainly strongly support “more principles, less opportunism”, also because that makes us more predictable — in both directions, the only word I took issue with was to...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 17, 2017 at 08:23 AM, in Political/War Lounge
The scary thing is that this holds also for... 297 Views / 24 Replies  
The scary thing is that this holds also for citizens and permanent residents.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 17, 2017 at 07:39 AM, in Political/War Lounge
In your arguments you still conflate appeasement... 587 Views / 34 Replies  
In your arguments you still conflate appeasement with moves that could have avoided the West being check mated by Russia — they don't have to be the same thing. Can you explain that to me?

Was...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 17, 2017 at 05:42 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Yup, that's a detail that is lost on many people... 297 Views / 24 Replies  
Yup, that's a detail that is lost on many people who treat legal immigrants like illegal ones, as if they don't belong.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 17, 2017 at 03:11 AM, in Political/War Lounge
These are all good points, especially your... 587 Views / 34 Replies  
These are all good points, especially your comments on European history and Russia has not been a victim of its European neighbors for the last 200+ years. But I think what OAW is trying to say is...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 16, 2017 at 09:10 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Yeah, either the guy is terribly myopic and... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
Yeah, either the guy is terribly myopic and incompetent — or it is as you said, he didn't think he'd get in a position where this is a problem.

That's the other million dollar question here,...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 16, 2017 at 04:17 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Bingo. And the other thing is that having health... 2,481 Views / 182 Replies  
Bingo. And the other thing is that having health care is immensely popular.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 16, 2017 at 04:11 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Another brain teaser: Flynn served as the... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
Another brain teaser: Flynn served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, so he must have known about the NSA's capabilities. Moreover, he must have known that if the NSA is recording...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 16, 2017 at 02:08 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Agreed. That's why I made clear that this was... 317 Views / 29 Replies  
Agreed. That's why I made clear that this was speculation, and given that the GOP is very reluctant to get to the bottom of this, we may never know.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 15, 2017 at 08:17 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I agree, that Putin's goal is the restoration of... 587 Views / 34 Replies  
I agree, that Putin's goal is the restoration of Russia to what he perceives to be its former glory.

But it isn't just Russia that is trying to protect its sphere of influence, the US has done...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 15, 2017 at 09:00 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I think what gets lost in this discussion is the... 587 Views / 34 Replies  
I think what gets lost in this discussion is the distinction between what is morally right and wrong, and understanding this multidimensional political chess: you should learn to anticipate the moves...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 15, 2017 at 08:51 AM, in Political/War Lounge
The current discussion only seems to allow for... 587 Views / 34 Replies  
The current discussion only seems to allow for friends and foes, and forgets that most countries are somewhere in between. We should treat those in the middle more like business partners, i. e. base...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 15, 2017 at 03:54 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I have a hard time believing Flynn went rogue and... 317 Views / 29 Replies  
I have a hard time believing Flynn went rogue and was acting alone, and while I don't want to enter too deeply into the territory of Kremlinology, I have yet to hear a statement by a spokesperson for...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 14, 2017 at 10:27 PM, in Political/War Lounge
You are really trying hard to look for imagined... 2,434 Views / 195 Replies  
You are really trying hard to look for imagined foes here. None of this is relevant.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 14, 2017 at 09:57 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Are you really still beating this dead horse that... 2,434 Views / 195 Replies  
Are you really still beating this dead horse that died 16 years ago? Please don't sidestep the issue we discuss here.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 14, 2017 at 07:26 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Sure, and I did not mean to diminish the... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
Sure, and I did not mean to diminish the significance. Keeping up with news from the White House feels like drinking water from a hose, though, and I need to try and pick out the most important...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:44 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Gore might also have been POTUS if the courts had... 2,434 Views / 195 Replies  
Gore might also have been POTUS if the courts had decided re-count the votes in Florida. And if my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle.

I still don't get “be careful what you wish for” here, why do...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:42 PM, in Political/War Lounge
And what is your point? Do you want to scare... 2,434 Views / 195 Replies  
And what is your point? Do you want to scare people into compliance?
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 14, 2017 at 11:40 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Under a normal president, of course this would be... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
Under a normal president, of course this would be a big concern, and it still is. Ditto for parading the face of the guy carrying the nuclear football. That universally strikes me as an, ahem,...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 14, 2017 at 11:37 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Oh, wow, that's big news. Given the nature of the... 317 Views / 29 Replies  
Oh, wow, that's big news. Given the nature of the allegations and the fact that Flynn resigned, this may have major implications.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 14, 2017 at 02:00 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Add to that Trump who is anything but consistent,... 2,481 Views / 182 Replies  
Add to that Trump who is anything but consistent, but seems to favor certain main points of the ACA (e. g. the pre-existing conditions clause).
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 14, 2017 at 01:54 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Remold how and to what extent? Without 60 votes,... 2,481 Views / 182 Replies  
Remold how and to what extent? Without 60 votes, the GOP can only remove funding, but all the regulations are left in place. And if you stop funding but still legally mandate spending, you'll cause a...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 13, 2017 at 07:21 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Peanuts in the grand scheme of things. In the... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
Peanuts in the grand scheme of things. In the worst case, he can declassify everything he wants to: the classification system is largely based on executive orders, and the President is the ultimate...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 13, 2017 at 11:27 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Whenever you accuse someone of lying, you not... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
Whenever you accuse someone of lying, you not only have to show that what they say is false, but also intent — you can state something that is false without lying, i. e. deliberately telling...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 9, 2017 at 07:54 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I think this question is quite telling, because I... 2,481 Views / 182 Replies  
I think this question is quite telling, because I think there is some truth to it: the GOP wouldn't have tried anything in four years to fix the ACA if Clinton were President. It's still bad for...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 9, 2017 at 07:48 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I don't want to get into the weeds of arguing... 3,177 Views / 309 Replies  
I don't want to get into the weeds of arguing semantics, but I think it's worse, I'd say it's more accurate to claim Trump doesn't care about the truth. If I lie to someone, I don't want to get...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 9, 2017 at 01:53 AM, in Political/War Lounge
From reading your responses here, it seems that... 714 Views / 37 Replies  
From reading your responses here, it seems that right now you just want to dip your toes into the water. So how about you look for a gun range where you can leave your guns for now? Give yourself...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Feb 9, 2017 at 01:35 AM, in MacNN Lounge
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