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  1. Re: Argentina: Nisman, top prosecutor found dead

    What can I say... this smells like some sort of SIDE (secretary of intelligence, kind of shadier Homeland Security) related incident to cover up some disturbing inner workings. We'll have to wait and...
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    Re: 10 killed in a gun attack in France.

    Neh, I think he means that secular authorities have to reach out for disaffected individuals within some Islamic communities, many of them second or first generation youths, so that trust for secular...
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    Re: 10 killed in a gun attack in France.

    Well it's not like hebrews go around shooting westerners who offend them anyways, the enormous majority of Muslims don't either... sheesh such stupidity.

    Are they any closer to catching these men...
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    Re: 10 killed in a gun attack in France.

    Hope they catch them, alive, and I hope the French government doesn't feel intimidated into rejecting future cooperation with the rest of the west by such brutal attacks on their citizenry. It's also...
  5. Re: Is secularism dangerously powerful?

    Well... secularism simply doesn't mean the power of the state or anything else you have pretty much described. It means separation of religious and political elements within the legal system and...
  6. Re: Why was the Eastern Roman Empire Richer Than The Western Roman Empire?

    Because of trade routes and luxury goods.
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    Re: Total War en Español

    Feliz Navidad gente de TWC!!!
  8. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    Yeah well... just as there's a problem with rising far-right groups in central Europe or anti-immigrant parties of populist nature there's a problem with fundamentalism in certain Islamic communities...
  9. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    Not rare, not rare at all... see the anti-immigrant outbursts in the southern United States, probably one of the regions with the least amount of them, except for Texas.

    Also, even bringing the...
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    Re: Argentina

    Counterfeiting was problematic back in the mid nineties; since then the minting and banking regulations have improved, inflation has diminished the opportunity value of faking bills as well, with an...
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    Re: The end of the Cuban Embargo?

    La Floridita, it's close to the Bodeguita and in the vicinity of the colonial part of town too, was a Hemingway classic as well.

    Yeah, overall health is good but Cuban medicine is overrated as...
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    Re: The end of the Cuban Embargo?

    *fingers crossed*

    If the Obama administration pulls this off relations with South American parties, especially those left of center, will improve dramatically. That's only a good thing. Plus,...
  13. Re: How did the American government "lie about Vietnam?"

    LBJ gets a lot of flak for the whole "We are not about to send american boys..." speech when a significant part of the problem was inherited from previous administrations, specifically the Eisenhower...
  14. Re: How did the "barbarian" European tribes become "civilized" medieval kingdoms?

    It's relevant to point out that European societies weren't able to adequately deal with demographic transitions until the industrial revolution. More specifically: roman society had been generating a...
  15. Re: How did the "barbarian" European tribes become "civilized" medieval kingdoms?

    They weren't as basic and rudimentary as the tribes of early antiquity, by the mid imperial period most tribes north of the Danube and east of the Rhin were organized in confederations with ruling...
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    Re: Argentina

    I'm from Argentina, Buenos Aires specifically. If you have the time come here, the very urban feel of Argentina is at Buenos Aires and it has some lovely places. Palermo, Recoleta and Puerto Madero...
  17. Re: Ask me, President Vladimir Putin, a Question

    Dear Mr. President: according to your TWC account you're still residing in the State of Virginia, at the heart of the USA. Is that part of some greater plan to curb american influence in the world?...
  18. Re: Was the Dominance of Abrahamic Religions Inevitable?

    Not in specific content (some have already mentioned Sol Invictus or Mithras) but it's hard to keep a basic cult of functional gods, like the Olympians, once society starts getting more and more...
  19. Re: Shocking revelations about torture under Bush's administration

    The kind of irresponsible bureaucratic crap that happens when you let an intelligence agency act unchecked. Way to go Cheney, good job Department of Justice.
  20. Re: Prostitution, should it still be illegal?

    Yes, historically it has a prudish root. But it's also fair to say that we know a lot more about the opportunity gap between men and women than the old progressives did, we are also more aware about...
  21. Re: Prostitution, should it still be illegal?

    I think that my reasoning for persecuting it's consumption (not the prostitutes, and as I understand it that's a model that Sweden currently follows) is derived from gender relations: prostitution is...
  22. Re: Prostitution, should it still be illegal?

    My liberal side tells me that the most pragmatic way of solving the ills of prostitution is to regulate it: permits, health inspections and even some form of unionizing... my progressive side however...
  23. Re: The big losers in the oil price drop.

    If oil prices continue dropping and stabilize at a new low, or even decline just a little further from their current value, Venezuela is going to be in a lot of trouble. Their current access or...
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    Re: Why do we need a president? (USA)

    Yes, instrumenting the adequate implementation of the rule of law is a basic executive prerogative as well. But I guess that regulating and looking after federally granted rights, including...
  25. Re: Is there a single decent person below the Mason Dixon line?

    Last time I went to the US, winter of 2014, I got to meet some lovely Virginians. Ok, it's not "deep south", and over the years the "progressive pluralism" of neighbouring Maryland (I actually...
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    Re: Why do we need a president? (USA)

    First: the US needs a strong federal government to counter the arguably strong local authority that governors and local legislatures exert.

    Second: since it's creation the union was a republic...
  27. Re: Native translators for US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve visas to live in the USA

    A hegemon of the US's size and history ought to be more grateful toward those that helped it along the way, at least if it expects to find local collaboration in the near the future. I believe that's...
  28. Re: Which faction has the greatest archers?

    I haven't played "seriously" in a few years, but I'll have to go with Rhodok sharpshooters: the IA doesn't use them very well, but if you happen to find them entrenched in fortresses you are going to...
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    Re: How about that Ebola thing

    Do "radical quarantiners" realize that with a larger spread the chances that it begins mutating unpredictably rise, right? Imagine isolating hundreds of thousands of "healthy" individuals in distant...
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    Re: How about that Ebola thing

    Hehe given the heterogeneous sanitary conditions of the Mato Grosso and Litoral area I'm pretty sure half of Paraguay and Misiones province are already infected :surprise:. Buenos Aires streets have...
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    Re: How about that Ebola thing

    I hope panic does not set in, it's not that much of a threat right now, but I can understand that the prospects of dying in a pool of your own bloody feces while puking your insides on the floor...
  32. Re: ISIS: Math, social studies, and lessons on non-authoritarian forms of governance banned

    Pretty sure Islamic Science can cure a festering battle wound, calculate an artillery barrage or fix a broken tank...
  33. Poll: Re: Scottish Independence Referendum is agreed: vote in 2014

    This could sound somehow strange coming from an individual living in Argentina, but I really hope you can keep the UK together. There's a representation problem in relationship to Westminster, major...
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    Re: Mechanisation of Labour

    The tremendous incremental in the mechanization of tasks within manufacturing was also accompanied by a rapid creation of low-skill manual jobs at the service sector(s). In a certain sense the...
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    Re: H.P. Lovecraft's birthday :)

    Lovecraft was a very good "scene setter": the police raid on the Louisiana cultists or the despairing nature of the outsider's lair are very good examples of the strong points in his narrative style....
  36. Re: Humans are not biologically meant to have civilization

    BREAKING: evolutionary processes are not supposed to be teleologically oriented or normed, it's all quite random.
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    Re: Your favorite hobbies

    Procrastination
  38. Re: What happened to change the Japanese Military mindset from 1900 to 1937?

    My point is, in a certain way, you point man. All I'm saying is that a traditional moral code of rigorous expectations, like the Bushido, has it's roots (at least it's romanticist ones) in a world...
  39. Re: What happened to change the Japanese Military mindset from 1900 to 1937?

    Mishima is relevant, the utilization of Bushido by the IJA intelligentsia is relevant and even the "intentional twisting and deforming" argument has a certain sound to it truth, it is evident that...
  40. Re: ISIS total cover-up for women per decree

    Not a muslim but as a godless heathen that has picked up some fragmentary info by people within said religion this "cover your face thing" derives from the global "modesty mandate", then that gets...
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