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  1. Re: Does the internet maintain and increase stupidity and prejudice?

    Ferrets, seeing that I only discussed whether the internet generally contributes to general prejudice, racism and similar stupidity, responding with what is essentially a single example of the...
  2. Re: Does the internet maintain and increase stupidity and prejudice?

    No, my inevitable suggestion is not to have other people put words into my mouth.

    As with most things in life, there are no clear solutions. The internet has its downsides and there is little we...
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    [INVALID] Re: [Award] Crandar for Asterix Loincloth

    Lying about it after the fact is a bit embarrassing for you, mate.



    I wish the same amount of effort and seriousness went into discussing the merits of nominations in general. ;)

    Although...
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    [INVALID] Re: [Award] Crandar for Asterix Loincloth

    You don't have to like the proposal, but it is not in your remit to stop it, particularly considering the loose criteria.

    Don't like it? Well, nobody forces you to support it or to vote for it.
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    [INVALID] Re: [Award] Gigantus for Loincloth

    This needs to be closed according to Shankbot's wise words:
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    [INVALID] [Award] Crandar for Asterix Loincloth

    --> fixed
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    [INVALID] Re: [Award] Crandar for loincloth

    On what basis?

    It is not in the Curator's remit to decide on whether the nominee deserves the award or not. That is up to the supporters and voters to decide. Some Citizens support this already.
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  8. Re: Russia’s new military doctrine lists NATO, US as major foreign threats

    Sure, then what are you defending their position for?

    Fact is, Russia considers its neighbours and surrounding countries its personal property. Since that view is clearly wrong and incompatible...
  9. [INVALID] Re: Amendment: The Grand Sparkly Medal of Nothingness and Idle Pursuits

    I agree!

    No wording would be best, though.

    This medal of idle pursuit is issued at the whim of the Citizenry, period.
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    [INVALID] Re: [Award] Gigantus for Loincloth

    A wizzard, I must be.
  11. [INVALID] Re: Amendment: The Grand Sparkly Medal of Nothingness and Idle Pursuits

    Looks awesomesauce.

    A supporter of this bill who wants to remain anonymous sent me this proposed wording:


    Large Awards are awarded for exceptional contribution to an area of the site....
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    [INVALID] [Award] Crandar for Asterix Loincloth

    Crandar has actually made me laugh. His story is iconic, his behaviour funny. The more recent Staff exploits based on him are pretty funny too.

    That should be enough to qualify him.

    Supporters:...
  13. [INVALID] [Amendment] The Grand Sparkly Medal of Nothingness and Idle Pursuits

    Proposal: I hereby propose the addition of a new hugeZz medal akin to Novus, Divus etc. It must look shiny. Design and exact wording of the Constitution are subject to debate and suggestions.
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  14. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    Lol, it has nothing to do with WW2.

    I consider all national pride and national borders utterly ridiculous and offensive to logic and reason. Everyone should be able to have his or her own culture...
  15. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    This about sums it up w/ regards to Pegida.


    Then what is? The "democracy" argument falls flat on its face for 3 reasons: 1) the majority doesn't want this anyway; 2) the Grundgesetz puts clear...
  16. Re: Someone should really make a new historic RTS that covers all of history.

    As cool as it might be, I just don't see it happening in a game w/o falling flat on its face.

    The problem is, RTS in general are not exactly perfect at depicting "reality". They are subject to...
  17. Re: Does the internet maintain and increase stupidity and prejudice?

    Years on the internet have shown me that you cannot realistically convince someone to let go of their conspiracy theories et al.

    You can't cure stupidity, you can only hope that stupidity does...
  18. Re: Does the internet maintain and increase stupidity and prejudice?

    And a crowd is a lot easier to find online, particularly a crowd of conspiracy-stupidity fans who don't dare to show their faces as easily IRL...

    At least for some, the internet is the America of...
  19. Re: Does the internet maintain and increase stupidity and prejudice?

    That's pretty much my point, yup.

    The problem is, I'd say the stupid-percentage is higher online than offline. At least the stupidity-community is a lot more vocal and "proud" of itself on the net...
  20. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    This is one of the most common arguments that is used to justify discrimination and racism against others.

    Unfortunately for you, it is not a convincing logical argument, but rather a poor attempt...
  21. Re: Russia’s new military doctrine lists NATO, US as major foreign threats

    Yeah, this makes perfect sense: Russia wanted Poland and the Baltic countries as a buffer to prevent another catastrophe like the Nazi invasion of 1941.

    That's why the USSR invaded and annexed...
  22. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    You do realise that something does not become less racist or discriminatory just because the majority (supposedly) supports it, right?
  23. Re: Russia’s new military doctrine lists NATO, US as major foreign threats

    "Expansion" as in sovereign democratic nations voluntarily joining a defensive military alliance without installing a single US missile that could potentially threaten Russia?

    Please do share your...
  24. Re: Someone should really make a new historic RTS that covers all of history.

    This^^

    There's also the problem of some areas of history being 1) less interesting and 2) harder to depict in an RTS game.

    I'd much rather have several games that cover shorter periods of...
  25. Re: Does the internet maintain and increase stupidity and prejudice?

    Gaidin, I don't necessarily disagree with all of your points. Obviously these developments take place in other situations as well, sure.

    But the difference with the internet is just how easy and...
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    The irony is strong with this post -- you are the one who brought up the comparison between Germany and the UK w/ regards to Sharia in the first place. And now you are complaining about the UK being...
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    Look up what "conflict of laws" means. I never claimed Sharia law is necessarily applied in the UK because, as I've stated from the very beginning, I don't know the relevant conflict rules. I've made...
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    Feel free to keep on strawman'ing around. Look, I've generously provided you with a basic knowledge of how conflict of laws works (yeah, that's an actual area of law! How surprising!) -- feel free to...
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    I have no idea what the :wub: your problem with me is, but that pointless vendetta is simply tiring and a waste of my time. Nobody forces you to read my topics or reply to them and I have no interest...
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    I still don't understand what the :wub: you are rambling about. Jesus.

    In all your self-righteous posting, did you manage to read my post before starting your rant?



    It's a random case that...
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    I'm not sure what the passive-aggressive posting is supposed to accomplish, it is frankly tiring to try to explain a basic area of law to you.


    I've already said myself multiple times that I'm...
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    I don't really have time to research right now nor proper access to Westlaw atm, but this case seems to indicate that Sharia law was taken into consideration:
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    You are confusing two topics: arbitration (i.e. going to "private" courts) and the regular court system. This thread is about the latter.

    The regular English civil courts apply foreign law -- this...
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    Look, I've actually studied Conflict of Laws in England. It's a thing, it exists in England (England is actually the right term here, not the UK, because the different countries within the UK all...
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    @Denny:

    There are two ways of dealing with this, neither of which has anything to do with Sharia Law in particular:

    1) change the whole system of "conflict of laws" on a general level so...
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    Re: Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    It's just an example, it always depends on the exact conflict rules of the particular legal entity. It basically goes like this:

    1) Does the case at hand have any connection to a foreign...
  37. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    I don't exactly feel like I have anything in common with those interviewed people who are quite uneducated and exclusively blame foreigners for their own fear and economic problems -- nor do I really...
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    Mythbusting: Germany applies Sharia Law!

    Germany applies Sharia Law! You know, that evil, uncivilised Islamic law!

    No really, Sharia Law is applied in Germany for some areas of family and inheritance law for people who are citizens of...
  39. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    Look, I'm not just cherry picking these people from a large amount of sensible people who make rational points all the time.

    This is from 60+ minutes of uncut (see quality) material by the ARD....
  40. Re: German racism raising its ugly head again -- "PEGIDA"

    Yeah, making blanket statements about whole groups of people a la "those people are all hostile towards us, they should all be kicked out" or "those Romanians or Bulgarians only come here to steal"...
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