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by Octavious
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trump fails at elementary-school grade colouring
Replies: 9
Views: 196

Re: Trump fails at elementary-school grade colouring

Strangely enough, one of the American traits most admired in the UK is your lack of stigma for failure in business. The American culture in which you can take risks, fail, pick yourself up and try again is trumpeted as an ideal to aspire to, and contrasts to the experience all too common in Britain ...
by Octavious
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Latin American Disunity
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: Latin American Disunity

Christ Oct, that last post makes it sound like you'd be in favour of the right of return for Palestinian refugees, how surprisingly left wing of you. There's nothing particularly left wing about supporting a person's right to live in their homeland. Indeed, if we were somehow transported back in ti...
by Octavious
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Latin American Disunity
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: Latin American Disunity

Poppycock. The idea that after a civil war half of a country's population becomes persona non grata is ludicrous. To support such a notion is essentially to support ethnic cleansing. I know that isn't your intent, but to adopt your plan is to send a message to any crackpot out there that if he start...
by Octavious
Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Latin American Disunity
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: Latin American Disunity

1) Work. People actually want to do things with their time and so look for work once they arrive at the camps and because their basic needs, (food, water, etc.), are already covered they can work for much lower wages than local people. This leads to the depression of wages in the region. There's no...
by Octavious
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Latin American Disunity
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: Latin American Disunity

Latin America has always been included in western/first world countries, even if some of them are rather poor. Not at all. The first world was pretty much NATO, the second world was the Communists, and the rest (which very much included South America) was the third world. It's only recently that th...
by Octavious
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Latin American Disunity
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: Latin American Disunity

The fact it's happening in a "Western" nation means it's getting more attention, You're stretching the definition of Western Nation quite a bit there. Also I don't think it's getting much attention. Maybe in the US it's getting more, but that's just because they're the modern personification of Soc...
by Octavious
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Latin American Disunity
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: Latin American Disunity

What hypocrisy? I've said that all nations should have the right to impose whatever border controls they wish, which I stand by. I think I see the issue here. You are one of those people who believe that rights should only include things you happen to agree with. I have to admit being somewhat disap...
by Octavious
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Is widespread dislike of Trump enough to propel a Democrat to Presidency?
Replies: 24
Views: 370

Re: Is widespread dislike of Trump enough to propel a Democrat to Presidency?

It's an old Chinese proverb, Jamie. Mighty Arsehole, Great Aroma It's meaning is largely self explanatory, and applied to politics essentially means a leader who acts like a bastard tends to have the biggest impact. Self Moderation Note: Any member who mentally read the proverb with "that accent" ha...
by Octavious
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Hot Topic
Replies: 20
Views: 435

Re: Hot Topic

I’m honestly fine with space exploration but I think it’s stupid that we move to Mars because we trashed this planet so much. I wouldn't worry about that. There's literally nothing we can do that would make the Earth a less suitable place for human life than Mars. You could burn every ounce of foss...
by Octavious
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Latin American Disunity
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: Latin American Disunity

You seem to be under the impression that I'm anti-refugee, Telamor. I'm unclear as to why.
by Octavious
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Latin American Disunity
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Latin American Disunity

So Venezuela is collapsing like a donkey that's spent the past couple of decades being beaten by a bunch of militaristic socialist incompetents and has finally lost the will to live. Naturally their neighbours have risen to the occasion and in the finest traditions of Hispanic brotherhood have been ...
by Octavious
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: America bombing children
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: America bombing children

Perhaps. In the last few generations or so the West has had an unusually distant relationship with death. The Middle East has largely done the same but much more recently and, in a couple of cases, not by much. In my grandad's day if was rather common for families to have children die young, and adu...
by Octavious
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: America bombing children
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: America bombing children

The history of Europe over the last hundred years would suggest that the middle east doesn't have a monopoly putting a low value on life. Martyrdom is highly prized by most cultures, from the Islamist holy warrior to the Hollywood hero throwing himself on a hand grenade or holding the line in a hope...
by Octavious
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: America bombing children
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: America bombing children

Your headline doesn't resemble your article. You lot really do deserve the President you've ended up with. It's easy to understand how a leader can get away with blatant lies if you also understand that the people lost respect for the truth a long time ago.
by Octavious
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Hot Topic
Replies: 20
Views: 435

Re: Hot Topic

I should rephrase that, perhaps. Living sustainably is not a great option if it means sacrificing the current rapid rate of human scientific and industrial progress, which as things stand would very much be the case. We should always keep in mind that we are natural creatures that have been evolved ...
by Octavious
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Hot Topic
Replies: 20
Views: 435

Re: Hot Topic

There are about 6.6 billion too many humans on this planet. I guess that this planet can only sustainable host 1 billion people, but at the moment we are up at 7.6 billion. And we are growing in numbers too. Growing in numbers really quite fast, it would seem. By a billion people in that paragraph ...
by Octavious
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Hot Topic
Replies: 20
Views: 435

Re: Hot Topic

Destroying the planet is far beyond our ability. If we really put our minds to it we might just be able to kill off a lot of the life, but that would take an extreme amount of effort. Nature is far better at that sort of thing, as the desolate spheres of Mars and Venus demonstrate so well. What we c...
by Octavious
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Hot Topic
Replies: 20
Views: 435

Re: Hot Topic

Immigration is certainly an interesting topic. The argument seems to grow from differences between those whose instinct is towards freedom of movement being a human right, and those whose instincts are to value the nation state. I tend to be firmly in the latter category, and believe that any nation...
by Octavious
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Is widespread dislike of Trump enough to propel a Democrat to Presidency?
Replies: 24
Views: 370

Re: Is widespread dislike of Trump enough to propel a Democrat to Presidency?

Out of interest, brainbomb, what groups of voters who opted for Trump in the last election do you think have been put off him by his time in office?
by Octavious
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Australia leads in foreign aid in Pacific, USA lags behind China
Replies: 12
Views: 190

Re: Australia leads in foreign aid in Pacific, USA lags behind China

Oct the USA hasn't spent more because other states were spending less and even should all NATO countries hit their 2% target we wouldn't see a cut in US defence spending. You don't think that decisions on US military spending were at all influenced by European military defensive weakness and inabil...