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Forum: General Chat 2010-01-12, 12:14
Replies: 56
Views: 7,107
Posted By Lathdrinor
Seeing the preview for this film, followed by the...

Seeing the preview for this film, followed by the preview for "Red Dawn 2" and "From Paris with Love" before the Sherlock Holmes movie made me seethe. Hollywood definitely has it out for Asians, or...
Forum: General Chat 2009-10-04, 22:53
Replies: 73
Views: 4,010
Posted By Lathdrinor
Honestly, it's not as easy as you think to blame...

Honestly, it's not as easy as you think to blame Christianity for the Crusades, which was really a conflict between two different civilizations; to the extent that Christianity initiated the...
Forum: General Chat 2009-10-01, 10:51
Replies: 73
Views: 4,010
Posted By Lathdrinor
Confucians wrote the history, so yes, they would...

Confucians wrote the history, so yes, they would portray themselves at the center. But this was not true. Daoism, Buddhism, and Legalism competed with Confucianism for state sponsorship, and during...
Forum: General Chat 2009-10-01, 03:24
Replies: 73
Views: 4,010
Posted By Lathdrinor
China's Confucianism was cause-and-effect. China...

China's Confucianism was cause-and-effect. China didn't start with Confucianism. It started with shamanism and slavery: the Shang Dynasty was all about enslaving the other tribes and offering human...
Forum: General Chat 2009-08-15, 12:35
Replies: 153
Views: 8,851
Posted By Lathdrinor
Yes, nature and nurture, I agree. But it would be...

Yes, nature and nurture, I agree. But it would be wise to take a less anthropocentric view of physical attraction. There doesn't have to be a human explanation for everything. Humans did not pop out...
Forum: General Chat 2009-08-15, 11:14
Replies: 153
Views: 8,851
Posted By Lathdrinor
Research in this area is limited (though extant;...

Research in this area is limited (though extant; a few of the features I mentioned, like symmetry of features, has been explored), so I combined it with what I get out of looking at what sorts of...
Forum: General Chat 2009-08-15, 03:28
Replies: 153
Views: 8,851
Posted By Lathdrinor
It is virtually impossible to erase the effects...

It is virtually impossible to erase the effects of nurture. By the time someone is capable of making judgments regarding physical attractiveness, cultural concepts are already deeply ingrained.
...
Forum: General Chat 2009-08-15, 01:42
Replies: 153
Views: 8,851
Posted By Lathdrinor
On average, probably white, blond-haired,...

On average, probably white, blond-haired, blue/green-eyed Northern Europeans - Nordics, in other words. But this is all very relative and circumstantial. I mention it only because it seems that there...
Forum: General Chat 2009-07-25, 12:43
Replies: 27
Views: 3,203
Posted By Lathdrinor
I believe it's quite premature to talk about...

I believe it's quite premature to talk about China's entertainment industry when most of its people still live in poverty.
Forum: General Chat 2009-07-22, 21:31
Replies: 27
Views: 3,203
Posted By Lathdrinor
I'm not an economics expert, but it seems to me...

I'm not an economics expert, but it seems to me some basic logic must hold in even such an arcane art. One such logic is the cardinal rule of production: so long as you are able to produce what you...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-06-29, 23:32
Replies: 210
Views: 14,788
Posted By Lathdrinor
This is by far the biggest problem. National...

This is by far the biggest problem. National politics has always been the politics of the possible - if you can't depend on your policies being implemented, then you are nothing more than an...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-06-10, 15:38
Replies: 210
Views: 14,788
Posted By Lathdrinor
Shadow Minato, my guess is that you get too much...

Shadow Minato, my guess is that you get too much of your news from anti-China sites and that's why you have the perspective that you do. But honestly, as someone who is somewhat familiar with the...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-06-09, 14:59
Replies: 210
Views: 14,788
Posted By Lathdrinor
Eh, I'm pretty sure the European anti-immigration...

Eh, I'm pretty sure the European anti-immigration policies are directed at Muslims, not Chinese, who form a tiny minority in most European nations. Also, Jews are far more active in the politics and...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-05-27, 23:02
Replies: 210
Views: 14,788
Posted By Lathdrinor
LeoXiao: my only point is that I don't think...

LeoXiao: my only point is that I don't think FLG's founder is the right kind of person to lead a mass movement in China. Many of his ideas seem, unfortunately, quite high in the crack factor and that...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-05-27, 01:31
Replies: 210
Views: 14,788
Posted By Lathdrinor
To be fair, I might have been over hasty in...

To be fair, I might have been over hasty in labeling the entirety of FLG as a cult. Li and his closest followers (presuming they believe the stuff he said in the interview) come close to being one,...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-05-27, 00:16
Replies: 210
Views: 14,788
Posted By Lathdrinor
I didn't think it was a cult, either, but then I...

I didn't think it was a cult, either, but then I read this:

http://www.time.com/time/asia/asia/magazine/1999/990510/interview1.html



An organization is invariably defined by its founder....
Forum: News & Politics 2009-05-26, 22:54
Replies: 210
Views: 14,788
Posted By Lathdrinor
You quoted an old version of my post. Re-read it....

You quoted an old version of my post. Re-read it. My point is simple: FLG might have transformed itself, in the West, into a protest against religious persecution by the CCP, but within China, where...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-05-26, 22:17
Replies: 210
Views: 14,788
Posted By Lathdrinor
*chuckle* It always boggles my mind that...

*chuckle*

It always boggles my mind that people would put their hopes for China's salvation on a new age religious cult. The CCP, though self-serving and ruthless, is at least filled with somewhat...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-05-26, 15:46
Replies: 210
Views: 14,788
Posted By Lathdrinor
It might make sense from your point of view, but...

It might make sense from your point of view, but the whole reason China is a big state in the first place is so that it can throw its weight around. Being a small state means being afraid of big...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-05-23, 13:34
Replies: 210
Views: 14,788
Posted By Lathdrinor
India is a puzzle. It is one of the most divided...

India is a puzzle. It is one of the most divided societies in the world (along the lines of caste, skin color, language, ethnicity, religion, region, politics, etc.), yet manages to keep itself...
Forum: General Chat 2009-04-23, 00:58
Replies: 37
Views: 2,205
Posted By Lathdrinor
Sarkozy is the classic French president: speaks...

Sarkozy is the classic French president: speaks loudly, but carries a small stick.

;)
Forum: General Chat 2009-04-20, 18:30
Replies: 22
Views: 2,278
Posted By Lathdrinor
No more so than, say, the vast majority of...

No more so than, say, the vast majority of American war films, I suspect.

I also suspect that despite this film casting the Japanese yakuza (I think?) as the villains, I don't think the portrayal...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-04-15, 21:24
Replies: 1,117
Views: 84,216
Posted By Lathdrinor
You might be able to get away with nuking North...

You might be able to get away with nuking North Korea preemptively, but no one is going to consider that unless a nuclear attack from North Korea is imminent; the humanitarian costs would be...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-04-15, 20:58
Replies: 1,117
Views: 84,216
Posted By Lathdrinor
A large-scale operation will likely be detected...

A large-scale operation will likely be detected before it is executed. If North Korea believes that an attack is imminent, there's no telling what they'll do. Again, people tend to underestimate...
Forum: News & Politics 2009-04-15, 20:18
Replies: 1,117
Views: 84,216
Posted By Lathdrinor
You underestimate the damage North Korea can do.

You underestimate the damage North Korea can do.
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