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Old 2011-01-19, 07:16   Link #11481
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Former Swiss banker linked to WikiLeaks goes on trial
http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNew...70H81N20110119
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Old 2011-01-19, 12:02   Link #11482
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Hezbollah moving toward escalatory steps, says source

"MTV on Tuesday quoted an unnamed Hezbollah source as saying that his party
is moving toward endorsing escalatory steps.

The Tuesday gatherings serve as a warning that these steps have already
begun, he added.

The source warned that the UN ESCWA headquarters in Downtown Beirut might
be Hezbollah’s target in the party’s next move."

See:

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticl...aspx?ID=231701



Also:

Hizbullah reported to drill military takeover of Beirut:

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=204317


This sounds ominous.
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Old 2011-01-19, 12:10   Link #11483
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As in everything, excesses - in one direction or the other - are bad. As in everything involving human beings, where the sweet spot actually is depends of the case.
Quoted for its wisdom.

Serious, everyone know that extremely pushy upbring is bad. Kids need to have fun, need to learn how to form their own opinions. On the other hand, they also need discipline and an education. Lots of the posters seems to advocate hand-off education in some extreme fashion, which is as bad as the mothers who smothering their children's free life by pushing them too hard.

Anyway, emphasize on education is part of Confucian doctrine. This can be seen from the first few verses of 三字經 [Sanzi Jing], which maybe considered as the standard "introduction to Confucianism" taught to 5 years old or younger for a few centuries.

養不教
父之過
教不嚴
師之惰

To feed without teaching,
is the father's fault.
To teach without severity,
is the teacher's laziness.

You may find the full text here with English translations and notes.
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Old 2011-01-19, 17:00   Link #11484
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now this is CREEPY

http://media.philly.com/documents/Gr...ensMedical.pdf
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=133050130
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Old 2011-01-19, 17:07   Link #11485
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That makes me feel sick to my stomach.
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Old 2011-01-19, 19:55   Link #11486
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Now I find this overly disturbing... Having a child born only to kill them with scissors.. How can someone even think about such a thing?
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Old 2011-01-20, 05:35   Link #11487
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Saudi ends Lebanon mediation, says country at risk
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Old 2011-01-20, 05:39   Link #11488
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Sad, but typical.
The answer to this is to destigmatise adoption, specifically, putting up a baby for adoption. Specifically, like the French right to anonymous birth (accouchement sous X) set down in the French Social Action and Families Code (Art. 222-6).

Even Malaysia has one.

This will circumvent abortion as a whole.
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Old 2011-01-20, 05:49   Link #11489
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@Zephyr: It's an excellent solution if your country has an institutionalized and efficient care system in place. Medicare doesn't cut it, to be completely honest. Orphans in the US don't sound like they're given all the tools needed to succeed, even disregarding their handicap. The change can only really come in place with some sort of extra safety net in regards to their education.
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Old 2011-01-20, 05:51   Link #11490
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@Zephyr: It's an excellent solution if your country has an institutionalized and efficient care system in place. Orphans in the US don't sound like they're given all the tools needed to succeed, even disregarding their handicap.
Ah. The US' right-wing dominated politics.
If only a Swedish model was in place, no?
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Old 2011-01-20, 06:01   Link #11491
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Ah. The US' right-wing dominated politics.
If only a Swedish model was in place, no?
Heh, a Swedish model in the US? That would be utopian.

But yeah, when your system is geared to provide the best healthcare to the top earners, the future of orphans and kids that would be born under anonymity would certainly be uncertain.
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Old 2011-01-20, 06:19   Link #11492
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Heh, a Swedish model in the US? That would be utopian.

But yeah, when your system is geared to provide the best healthcare to the top earners, the future of orphans and kids that would be born under anonymity would certainly be uncertain.
You see, that's why the American Dream (myth) is a massive failure: everyone aspires to be at the top of the economics ladder - and those at the top are regarded as heroes, and the poor protect them (Tea Party, anyone?).

What is needed is to heavily tax the top earners - but not by increasing marginal tax rates, but increasing the rungs on the ladder. In fact, a step-staircase isn't working, so I suggest a continuous curve.
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Old 2011-01-20, 20:03   Link #11493
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Two things, though.

1) In the US, any attempts to tax the rich will be nicely countered by the rich themselves. This was pointed out by Robert Kiyosaki himself. They lobby for tax loopholes, move their capital abroad and so on. It is a cat-and-mouse game, and I don't trust the taxman to improve its game.

2) Swedish model = high taxes. Again, as Robert pointed out, the rich tend to know how to save on their taxes, so the increase end up affecting the middle class.
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Old 2011-01-20, 21:14   Link #11494
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12227168

From Slashdot:
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Researchers from Rice University have found a type of amoeba that practices a sort of "primitive farming behavior." When their bacteria food become scarce, the Dictyostelium discoideum will group together and form a "fruiting body" that will disperse bacteria spores to a new area. From the article: "The behavior falls short of the kind of 'farming' that more advanced animals do; ants, for example, nurture a single fungus species that no longer exists in the wild. But the idea that an amoeba that spends much of its life as a single-celled organism could hold short of consuming a food supply before decamping is an astonishing one. More than just a snack for the journey of dispersal, the idea is that the bacteria that travel with the spores can 'seed' a new bacterial colony, and thus a food source in case the new locale should be lacking in bacteria." It's good to know that even a single celled creature is not immune to the pull of Farmville.
Ah, my alma mater - always cutting edge in weirdness.
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Old 2011-01-20, 21:26   Link #11495
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India in a stew over onion shortage
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1878002/
A little bit more serious than what it sound at first...
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Old 2011-01-20, 23:24   Link #11496
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MTV's new show = CP!
kill iit with fiire!

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/new...hing-mtv-73694
http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/58818...eak-peek.jhtml
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Old 2011-01-20, 23:26   Link #11497
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12227168
Ah, my alma mater - always cutting edge in weirdness.
They aren't weird enough because they are not genetically engineering catgirls. Doing that would be doing a huge favour to mankind.
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Old 2011-01-20, 23:54   Link #11498
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They aren't weird enough because they are not genetically engineering catgirls. Doing that would be doing a huge favour to mankind.
Ah, that's over in the biotechnology building.
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Old 2011-01-21, 03:44   Link #11499
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Two things, though.

1) In the US, any attempts to tax the rich will be nicely countered by the rich themselves. This was pointed out by Robert Kiyosaki himself. They lobby for tax loopholes, move their capital abroad and so on. It is a cat-and-mouse game, and I don't trust the taxman to improve its game.

2) Swedish model = high taxes. Again, as Robert pointed out, the rich tend to know how to save on their taxes, so the increase end up affecting the middle class.
Ah, yes. Offshore tax havens. No wonder it's not available in Swedish.
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Old 2011-01-21, 06:52   Link #11500
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Government's death knell a joyous sound for Irish voters
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