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  • Re: Not Political - Does anyone else like guns?

    There is a thing called the "network effect" where each additional thing that is added, such as a telephone, or a Twitter user, adds value to the existing network.
    This also helps to explain why vaccination is such a good idea. When you have lots of people immunised, you have "herd immunity"; where a disease can not spread because people don't pass it on - this also protects people who aren't immunised.

    The widespread availability of guns in America, means that a network effect is in operation, even when you have gun bans in various place.

    Incidentally, the 2nd amendment didn't give Americans the right to own guns. English law was in operation before the US Constitution was written and Section 7 of the Bill Of Rights Act 1689 said:
    That the subjects which are protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law.

    America went from a place which already had the right to one where the clause "suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law" was removed. America is mostly fine with that.

    America has decided that about 11,000 people a year killed by guns, about 150,000 people a year injured by guns, and about 33,000 killing themselves, as well as the economic on-costs in health care, is an acceptable price to pay for freedom.

    I think that's stupid.
    I married an American; we live in Australia because of that.
  • Re: Which role would you prefer government plays in our social organization?


    Which words do you identify as newspeak and waffle? Could you be more specific in your request? I selected these explanations because they clearly differentiate how each approach to governance is different without politicized vocabulary.
    "They clearly differentiate" do they?

    Such as:

    "disseminate incentivized threshold programs"

    Or:

    "facilitate sustainable and enterprising constructs"


    The interlocutor which I now describe by means of the perpendicular pronoun, has carefully weighed the ontoglogical merits of these propositions and has come to the conclusion that they must have been written by none other than Sir Humphrey Appleby.

    You couldn't have made your choices more obfuscatory, even if you painted them in grey on the side of a grey weasel and then let it loose in a nightclub where the smoke machines had been let off.

    by Rollo
  • Re: Which role would you prefer government plays in our social organization?

    I do tend to prefer succinctness.
    The rapacity of your verbosity knows no satiety.

    One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one's own habits, and from time to time one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase — into the dustbin where it belongs.
    - George Orwell, Politics and the English Language, Apr 1946.

    1. The Government should have the right to to enact welfare policy and direct it where needed.
    2. Government should enact policy which allows greater individual freedom.

    Done.

    Please drop your verbal diahorrea.
  • Re: Best game!!!

    There's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam.

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    URGH, I DON'T LIKE SPAM!
  • Re: Fact of the Day

    Today's Fact:

    Did you know that because metal was scarce, the Academy Awards presented during World War II were made of wood?


    PLASTER

    Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars® were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones.