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  • #36838

    Davis
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    Encoginator,

    I’ve lived in five countries with generous funded programs. Reg also lives in one and Ireland actually has a very low tax rates, is a tiny economy and population compared with the US and yet funds robust social programs. Canada’s tax rate isn’t that much higher than the US and is a 10th the population and economy of the US and is light years ahead of the US on social programs and healthcare. Belgium has the highest tax rate of all the countries I’ve lived in and the economy is very robust and there is a high standard of living even after taxes and a much higher quality of life than in the United States and extremely generous programs. Most people who bitch and complain about high taxes are rarely the people with a high enough salary to have to pay those level of taxes. In other words they are fighting so that people richer than them don’t have to pay their fair share considering they have taken advantage of what the rest of society offers them to make their wealth but not have contributed a proportional return.

    It really comes down to the degree of how self-centered over all your country/state is and to what extent they’re prepared to live in a place with poverty and misery around them (even if it may not be so directly visible where they live). That also means crime, lost economic opportunities and unfair lack of opportunities and social problems. It’s really up to each country to decide where they go. It seems most American states have chosen a high level of selfish self-interest over the even basic well being of many of their citizens so that the already rich pay pretty low taxes and the marginalised and lowest classes (many in these positions through little fault of their own) can go fuck themselves (especially the homeless, many veterans, those with mental health problems and young people left to their own by their families. We shall see how America changes over the coming decades. Travelling through some American inner cities like Baltimore or Detroit is an insanely shocking experience. Reminds me of a Palestinian refugee camp…and this in the most astronomically richest country in the world. Holly fucking shit-sticks!

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    #36832

    Davis
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    To corn just means to preserve (in a brine). It’s a form of curing. No relation to Cornwall or with actual corn. It is definitely not for everyone. Cornwall does have a nice food: the Cornish Pasty (similar to a Spanish or Latin-American empanada but I think better). If you see one in a bakery or hipster food truck…try it! Or make some at home.

    #36815

    Davis
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    Europe:

    They add sun dried tomatoes into their pesto in Sicily? Interesting.

    You make your béchamel with olive oil in Portugal? Curious.

    The Spanish don’t put cherries in their Black Forrest Cake? What do they add?

    You make your crepes with a 1-1-1 ratio of ingredients in Holland? Hmm

    They distinguish Brussels Waffles or Liege Waffles in Belgium? Wow.

    You add cabbage to your borscht in Belarus? I wonder what its like

    You add a slightly higher portion of sugar to your chocolate mouse in Switzerland? Curious

    You boil your spätzle for an extra minute in Austria? I’ll try it.

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    America:

    You put vinegar tomato sauce on your processed meat in a casing on a bun? INFANTILE BARBARIANS!

    #36804

    Davis
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    I agree very much with Kristina re:Islamophobia. While it is DEFINITELY used way too much to silent valid criticism of the ideas of Islam there is also blatant Islamophobia against people who are Muslims (for being Muslims).

    I encourage the publication of cartoons depicting the prophet because no set of ideas or symbols of those ideas should be taboo just because its precious to them or the lunacy levels of outrage or threats of violence. These are no reasons to not lampoon and ridicule a set of ideas (that’s what religion is a set of ideas) or the symbols of those ideas (a guy who invented the religious ideas along with the homophobic and sexist concepts that that prophet continued from Christianity). The same goes with pointing out the vicious levels of homophobia and sexism within Islamic societies. This should not be taboo or controversial.

    But I have witnessed a lot of Islamophobia myself and it is a serious problem…especially in continental Europe. Systemic prejudice, discrimination and even violence is not a rare thing. Hitchens is off the mark in this case. Very much.

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    #36801

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    Indeed Kristina. I don’t know any European country (the land of sausages) that look on their versions of sausage as any kind of high cuisine that must or must not be served in one way or another. In Spain we add sausage in tons of combinations (on bread with cheese, boiled in a pot with potatoes, meat and chickpeas, thrown on top of pizza), its some what similar in Italy, in parts of Scandanavia it is eaten just as it is with mustard (no bread), in Berlin it is extremely common to have it chopped up with fired potates with ketchup and tons of curry powder. I mean most of the sausage in Europe is meat and organs all mashed and stuffed into cleaned up intestine walls. Is this really the kind of “haute cuisine” where it is a barbarous faux pas to put ketchup on top?

    #36799

    Davis
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    What is this barbarous nonsense about not mixing butter and jam?

    #36786

    Davis
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    Unseen,

    Everybody knows you threaten to clobber the head of a guy holding the bread with a hunk of gold if he doesn’t hand it over. It’s the most efficient way to acquire goods with precious metals.

    #36763

    Davis
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    …that’s why I have all my savings in gold. Everything will crash except Gold. Do I hide it under my mattress? Of course not…I had my bones replaced with Gold. That way they government can’t come and steal it. Nobody aint gettin at my hard earned income!

    Newsflash: Massive deposit of one million tons of pure Gold found in Northern Canada.

    #36751

    Davis
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    There was actually a very good article on the CBC today about the difficulties in replacing the monarchy in Canada. First is whether or not to have an elected governor general role which would be difficult because if they did try to use their rare veto more frequently there would be nothing we could do about it and Canadians definitely do NOT want a Prime Minister and an elected Governor General competing with one another (one elected person fighting against another elected legislature). But also it would require a constitutional change which hasn’t’ happened in 40 years because every province has to agree (including two provincial referendums). It seems, at least for the very distant future…virtually no one thinks this is an important priority. The possible benefits simply aren’t worth the potential losses, national unity, constitutional headaches, opening other constitutional issues and dedicating time and resources to it (especially during a pandemic). The interview certainly raised a lot of eyebrows in Canada but it seems almost nobody considers it in their top 10 priorities.

    #36724

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    I need a quote, otherwise I think it’s fake news.

    Intellectual hypocrisy Simon. You cite a paper you’ve read that discusses fearlessness in psychopathy but doesn’t (which is fake news if anything is) and then expect me to prove why you’re wrong when you haven’t even proven why you are right? Jesus holy shit.

    Paper 1 Simon:

    “these patients showed impairment in the recognition and experience of fear.”

    Impairments, not an inability to experience fear. In other words impairment does not equal none Simon.

    Paper 2 Simon:

    “For example, one may be drawn to situations in which harm is inflicted upon others in order to benefit personally, without actually engaging in harmful behavior due to the fear of sanctions or reputational concerns”

    A clear reference to those with dark traits experiencing fear. Did you not read the article?

    Paper 3 Simon:

    “Supporting the possibility of a link between fundamental empathic processes and amygdala responses to fear is evidence that impaired fear recognition in psychopathic individuals results from amygdala dysfunction”

    The only time they mention psychopaths experiencing fear is in a passive form which suggests they do respond to fear at least in some way and at no point claiming they don’t experience fear. The entire article discusses their inability to recognise fear in other and says NOTHING about them not experiencing fear. Not recognising fear in others does not equal them being fearless That is your own dubious conclusion not supported by any evidence in any of these papers.

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    In The Clinical and Forensic Assessment of Psychopathy: A Practitioner’s GuideThis book,  the authors evaluate hasty claims from the 60s to 90s that psychopaths are fearless. They find errors in their conclusions, their limited study of the facets of fear and point to studies which do demonstrate fear.

    “Overall, empirical evidence seems to indicate psychopaths show attenuated fear and anxiety responses at least in some instances”.

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    So Simon, if you still stand behind your claim that psychopaths don’t experience fear, please cite a source written in the last 20 years by psychologists in a scholarly paper that clearly states this (not a conclusion of your own).

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    #36721

    Davis
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    Uhh…I don’t think we are reading the same articles Simon. The third one says nothing for or against psychopaths “experiencing fear”. It discusses their recognition of fear in others. The first two articles (the only ones I mentioned in the previous post) directly discuss psychopaths experiencing fear. So, the first two articles you cited directly refute your claim about psychopaths not experiencing fear (meaning according to two of the sources you cited yourself, you are wrong and should consider retracting that claim). The third article doesn’t mention psychopaths experiencing fear at all but discusses only recognising fear in others.

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    #36719

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    Indeed Kristina is totally right. I would say the biggest threats by far would be the emergence of a political party that chips away at features of democracy and more importantly corporate and online elements that have always forever been trying to do that. Some countries have introduced strong limits to how much money an entity can donate to a political party (Canada, much of Europea) which has been extremely helpful at limiting corporate influence, and instantly undemocratic feature. The US supreme court blocked a similar law because of an overly broad interpretation of “free speech” so, the US seems doomed for an extremely long time to insane undue influence by big companies on politicians with their millions of dollars of donations which demonstrably influence legislation against the people’s interests. I’d say until the constitution is changes or there is a dramatic supreme court reversal, the US is stuck with that. Most western countries have strong limits on lobbying but they are most certainly not strong enough. When the oil industry helps write legislation that regulates it…uhhh…it should be obvious how problematic that is. But the biggest threat, a zillion times more than any impotent constitutional monarchy, is that of social media. Biggest threat ever do democracy (it is mind boggling that governments don’t do more about that) as well as the easy spread of extremely super massively dangerous brain viruses like anti-vax. The sudden influence of people who randomly generate conspiracies and peddle them (some of them making money out of their destructive forces) and how social media actively helps spread them (is incentivised to do so) should be alarming to anybody who cares about a stable democratic society.

    #36706

    Davis
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    There used to be a website but I think it’s offline now. Basically you had to decide whether a sentence was a fake quote generated by the Chropra generator or if he actually wrote it himself. It was actually pretty difficult to guess and I only got half of them right.

    #36675

    Davis
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    Simon the first article clearly discusses psychopaths experiencing fear. The other article is 100 pages so I certainly didn’t read the whole things but I did read the only section that mentions fear (Limitations of Previous Research on the Common Core of Dark Traits) and in that section it discusses those with dark traits fearing repercussions. So…it seems that the very articles you have quoted disagree with your claim that they don’t experience fear.

    #36674

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    Also the royal family doesn’t really divide most british people. They are generally supported throughout the political spectrum and no political party (except some in a few regional parties) quesiton the monarchy, so I don’t see how that would “unite” different parties. Nor do parties in a multi-party democracy need to unite. They have different political positions and represent their voters accordingly. Most European countries are not like the US with a two party system where everything is left or right, red or blue creative corrosive division requiring “uniting”. Belgium for example has a dozen parties. Those parties come together temporarily to rule in coalitions (which I suppose is a sort of unity) but that unity is gone by the next election. And even if the parties did need uniting (which they don’t) I doubt rallying around the end of the royal family would help in the slightest.

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