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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 5:48 PM

Re: whose interests should take precedence?

The implication to a "yes" answer here is that no matter what Israel wants, we should support them.

Why? That's no more accurate than the converse - that the implication of a "no" answer here is that if there is [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 5:23 PM

Re: whose interests should take precedence?

Since that is almost never possible, it's kind of a meaningless question in that case.

I agree. I think that basically the question essentially just ends up indirectly asking whether the respondent agrees with Israel's foreign policy [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 4:33 PM

Re: whose interests should take precedence?

Two thirds of Republicans polled said if that were the case they'd put Israel's interests ahead of our own.

No, they said that they'd still support Israel.

Considering that all of our allies have interests that [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 4:27 PM

Re: Toyota talks its book

IMO, as the choices and technologies evolve most people will realize that most of the time, slowly charging at night (with cheaper electricity rates) is going to be the winner. Not for everyone, of course.

That's the big question - [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 2:37 PM

Re: And so it goes

He's going to learn that even heterosexual couples discriminate against bigoted business owners - especially ones that seem unstable, which he does since he's encouraging customers to bring their guns with them.

Seems to me he's just [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 2:28 PM

Re: whose interests should take precedence?

That might be your question but it was not the question in the survey. Again, "interests diverge" is not the same thing as "act against our own interests." Heck, even "support" is so vague as to be [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 1:16 PM

Re: Plug-in Electric Vehicles

GM seems to have built the cars pretty well and over-engineered the battery substantially. Too bad about the road noise, but I can live with it.

Supposedly, they've taken steps to improve that a little:

“The new platform [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Peak Oil Party board. 12:26 PM

Re: About the Twilight in the Desert

Is it really a 'win'? They're getting less for their product, and at a higher volume. So their margins should be much lower. All to delay (but not stop) a competing product for a few years?

It's not obvious to me how they really gain from
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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 9:49 AM

Re: Reform Big Banks Without Congress?

Agreed. And if you really know (or reasonably should) that there is a problem then your bought legal opinion shouldn't help you much. If I'm not mistaken the Brits have a concept of 'the (reasonably thinking) man on the Clapham omnibus' as a [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 5:35 PM

Re: Reform Big Banks Without Congress?

Taking your argument to its ultimate conclusion, anyone who wants to commit a crime merely has to bribe/ coerce a professional to certify to him/ her that 'it's okay', right?

No. Rather, in certain contexts having that legal opinion [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 5:23 PM

Re: Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Nor do I at the moment. It's still a niche market largely dependent on government subsidy. But, as documented in the post I made a couple days ago the trends point to batteries continuing a fairly sharp drop towards cost competitiveness with ICE [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 2:38 PM

Re: Abrahamic religion is a virus

It was a very interesting program. I suspect you will find it so too.

I'll check it out - thanks for the recommendation. And just to clarify, I don't disagree that the Torah served this purpose for the Israelites. It just strikes me [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 2:30 PM

Re: Reform Big Banks Without Congress?

They got the laws changed so they could run their criminal enterprises with impunity and their actions cannot be prosecuted.

The lawyer in me can't resist pointing out that if the laws were changed so that their activities cannot be [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 1:57 PM

Re: Reform Big Banks Without Congress?

So the obvious question to me is: Should those activities be made criminal?

Obviously it depends on which activities you're talking about. We don't criminalize business failure - else much of Silicon Valley would be in jail - so we're [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:49 PM

Re: Abrahamic religion is a virus

I never read that. I started this by wondering why a person's sexual identity would be such concern to anyone, ever. Then I saw a history program pointing out that current scholarship indicates the Torah was codified during the Babylonian [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 1:31 PM

Re: Reform Big Banks Without Congress?

Not the most convincing of excuses.

So the accused (actually, his institution) paid big bucks for the 'best' legal opinion that could be obtained on the market (sounds eerily similar to paying big bucks to buy the 'best' security rating
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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 12:57 PM

Re: Reform Big Banks Without Congress?

I just disagree with you on this point. We have seen all kinds of wrist slaps used as "sanctions" for bank-miscreants. There is a whole cornucopia of sanctions smaller than the death penalty. Banks treat them as a cost of doing business [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 12:07 PM

Re: Reform Big Banks Without Congress?

To no one in particular, I've always wondered why the DOJ in their negotiated settlements, don't try to find a way to take less of a financial penalty for an agreement by the board to terminate the employment of the CEO or other implicated [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 11:12 AM

Re: Reform Big Banks Without Congress?

You don't have to blow up banks that commit crimes. You can imprison the criminals and break up the bank into smaller pieces.

The idea that you can't hold criminals accountable for their actions because the run or work for big banks is
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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 10:39 AM

Re: Reform Big Banks Without Congress?

It's not like there aren't hundreds of other banks just waiting to pick up their former clients and depositors. Well, maybe not depositors, since banks don't need depositors any more.

There are hundreds of other banks - but the [more]

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