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Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-07-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,642
Posted By dieter
Re: What's wrong with Facebook and Twitter (Michael Albert & Hamish Campbell)

Michael Albert (the guy on the right) runs Znet (http://zcommunications.org/znet). (think Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Democracy Now, etc.) He himself mostly promotes a form of anarcho-syndicalism that he...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-07-2012, 12:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,501
Posted By dieter
Re: Jan 6th - TWiB Bill Scher and Matt Lewis

Can you elaborate?

We might be thinking the same thing. I believe there will be mostly "post and forget" or "drive by posting" type "discussion" going on.
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 01-07-2012, 12:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,642
Posted By dieter
What's wrong with Facebook and Twitter (Michael Albert & Hamish Campbell)

If we can't comment on diavlogs, then let's post content from other sites.

This conversation between Michael Albert and Hamish Campbell about Facebook and Twitter also applies to the downgrade...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 01-07-2012, 12:18 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 5,650
Posted By dieter
I'm on strike!

"Spirit of constructive contention" on Disqus??? Are there any known instances of that happening?
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-21-2011, 08:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,809
Posted By dieter
Economic government = trade barriers imposed from above

It's a shame that most of the diavlog was lost.

I think I share Arash's train of thought. The question arises what exactly the proposed "european economic government" is supposed to do, in order...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-03-2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,814
Posted By dieter
Re: Foreign Policy Rant Edition (Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner)

It did in Germany in the past, because it allowed Germans to import more in return for their exports, or spend money abroad.


No, I am not talking about GDP growth, although growth was depressed...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-03-2011, 05:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,288
Posted By dieter
Re: Is Pakistan a state?

The issues discussed in the Diavlog have mostly to do with conflict between nations (Pashtuns, Non-pashtun afghans, Indian? pakistanis) rather than the effects of high levels of consanguinity within...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-03-2011, 03:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,814
Posted By dieter
I didn't blame China

No, I did not blame China. I used China as an example to illustrate the relationship between Germany and the rest of the Eurozone. I did this, because Americans understand that China subsidizes its...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-03-2011, 04:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,814
Posted By dieter
Re: Foreign Policy Rant Edition (Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner)

Real wages stagnated and declined. Municipalities can't afford to fix their infrastructure. Pensions and the welfare state have been slashed under the Red-Green coalition.

My sources are Dieter...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-02-2011, 09:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,814
Posted By dieter
Re: Foreign Policy Rant Edition (Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner)

No.

This is due to lack of currency appreciation and the higher real interest rates since the introduction of the Euro. It used to be that the Deutschmark would appreciate every couple of years....
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-02-2011, 07:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,814
Posted By dieter
Re: Foreign Policy Rant Edition (Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner)

That's nonsense. PIIGS-consumerism is a huge burden on Germany's public and private incomes. Since the introduction of the Euro, the loss amounts to about 10% of GDP per annum.

The current state...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-02-2011, 05:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,814
Posted By dieter
The 2013 German elections are irrelevant; Opposition no longer exists in Germany

Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner incorrectly assume that the overwhelming rejection of the Euro-bailout among regular Germans will cause trouble for Merkel and the Eurozone.

For that to happen,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-30-2011, 03:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,097
Posted By dieter
John McCain threatened Putin directly

http://pik.tv/en/news/story/21981-mccain-gaddafis-death-should-worry-putin



I'm increasingly convinced that the non-election of John McCain saved us from WWIII. Not that Obama is a peacenik by...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-30-2011, 03:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,097
Posted By dieter
I'm not convinced that Russia is not democratic

Nothing Alexey Sidorenko related in this diavlog strikes me as slam dunk evidence that Russia is not a democratic state.

Let's go through the list:

Established parties using procedural and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-04-2011, 07:11 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,491
Posted By dieter
Re: Simplification

Sounds like a delicious dish.
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-04-2011, 07:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,491
Posted By dieter
Re: Simplification

Only journalists and some academics, bureaucrats and intellectuals actively use the German subjunctive forms.

I frequently notice how fellow German speakers, including myself, don't even bother to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-04-2011, 09:29 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,491
Posted By dieter
Praise and doubts

Great diavlog. I'd like to see John McWhorter do more on language stuff.

I am not convinced by his thesis though. Not because I find it to be implausible, but Joshua Knobe asked mostly softball...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-04-2011, 08:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,491
Posted By dieter
Praise and doubts

Edit: wrong thread
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-18-2011, 03:02 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 13,724
Posted By dieter
Re: What about Polanski at the rally against sexism?

I can't remember my source. This happened in 2007 and it doesn't look like anybody followed up on the story after Yusuf Islam's counterstatement.
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-18-2011, 01:28 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 13,724
Posted By dieter
Re: What about Polanski at the rally against sexism?

Thanks. Interesting. But I didn't claim that he refused to talk women or that he ignored their presence entirely.

Whether or not he came across as unusually distant towards non-muslim women, is a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-18-2011, 08:38 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 13,724
Posted By dieter
What about Polanski at the rally against sexism?

Yes, but I seriously doubt that feminists would invite him to the rally against sexism.

Yusuf Islam never apologized, but at least he denied to have said what he clearly did say.

Yusuf Islam...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-01-2011, 09:11 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,222
Posted By dieter
Re: I have a problem with this conversation

Oh, I wasn't thinking about general public sentiment. Ideological, argumentative types who actually bothered to debate the issue are whom I had in mind.


I don't get the "Back to the Future"...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-01-2011, 08:53 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,222
Posted By dieter
Re: Nazi violence was a public sector undertaking

You are off topic squared.


Che Guevara was demonstrably sexist, homophobic and his trademark slogan "patria o muerte" certainly hints towards ethnic chauvinism, although I've not looked into...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-01-2011, 08:26 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,222
Posted By dieter
Re: Nazi violence was a public sector undertaking

No.
You went off on some tangent there. ;-)

Members of the chattering classes like to believe that cunning wordsmithery was sufficient to cause the masses to take targeted violent political...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-01-2011, 04:55 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,222
Posted By dieter
Re: I have a problem with this conversation

I agree with the second half of your analysis, but I've got a different take on the first half.

It seems to me that many of the memes and factoids that were deemed to be islamophobic and bigoted...
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