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1) Message boards : Politics : The state of the global economy (Message 1759477)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute—a think tank—focusing on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy.
https://itif.org/about
Flag wavers for the PIPA/SOPA campaign
https://itif.org/publications/2011/12/05/pipasopa-responding-critics-and-finding-path-forward
"ITIF is led by its president and founder, Robert D. Atkinson..."
And who is this guy? Best I could come up with is 3 economics books on Amazon read by... no-one.
But I hit the jackpot on YouTube...
He's in bed with (and on the panel of) this lovely fellow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0zbv_34guk
No idea if Finland and Sweden should actually be worried... I spent less than ten minutes doing the research, sorry. Probably not, likely just a list of countries that are PIPA/SOPA campaign darlings.
But I'd keep my eyes peeled if I were you. A pat on the back from the Koch Brothers Crew could be a red flag.
PS Anyone ever notice that "Think Tank" is slowly becoming a derogatory term? Oh wait! I asked the same question just yesterday;)

Actually I don't know what your aiming at.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_against_SOPA_and_PIPA
That Internet should be open to all is obvious.
But using Internet as a tool to steal innovating products is wrong.
Without regulations there will be no more innovations!


Yeah, sorry about that. Was in a hurry but now I see why you took that quick post the wrong way. Unfortunately in doing so we managed to start 3 conversations and can't have all of them at once so we'll have to pick one to get started. Here they are:

1) If the ITIF list you posted has any sort of credibility.
- Personally, this was the conversation I'd like to have and the one I was trying to initiate. It involves a wolf (well, more than one actually... so wolves really) in sheep's clothing.

2) If the PIPA/SOPA bill has any credibility.
- This should be a thread of it's own, if it isn't one already (it's really old news). I doubt it would take me long to find even a single degree of separation with conversation #1 (that expression won't translate well so what I mean is it's probably pretty much the same group of psycho idiots behind the ITIF). Not really the conversation I was looking to have but since the bill was handed in by what appears to be a dangerous a*hole that would make almost everyone on the SETI boards stomach churn (at least a little bit)... well I guess we could initiate it :)

3) Using the Internet as a tool to steal innovating products is wrong.
- Please don't take this the wrong way but I'd rather not have this conversation in depth. I'm guessing everybody understands that stealing is wrong. I'm sure we could discuss what could be done about it but it's not high on my list of priorities right now.

TL;DR
It's been over 7 years since Paulson shafted Fuld flushing trillions down the drain. Who and who you say? Exactly.
My point is there's no use debating any given solution when we have a piss-poor idea of what the problem (any problem) may be.
My other point is if you're gonna be defending someone's work then it might be a good idea to take a quick look at their CV first.
2) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1758840)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Just finished a Matt Taibbi book called Griftopia. Made me feel sane again.

Haven't read his most recent, The Divide, but it looks like a book Gary (especially) would enjoy immensely.

Anyway, if you're starting to feel like your news sources are sounding more and more like The Kardashians for people pretending to be grown-ups...

And if you're a George Carlin fan like I am...

There's a bunch of Taibbi stuff on Trump on RS.
http://www.rollingstone.com/contributor/matt-taibbi

Head's up: He's no blogger. You may not like his writing style but at least there's a real reporter hidden underneath it.
3) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1758459)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Lovely Jubbly or in the words of the biggest tax evader in Europe "Lovely Bubbly"

Juncker's creditibility shaken

A superb comment...

"When Junket Juncker was being elected as Commission President, the UK resisted his appointment. Most of the rest of the EU weaklings gave in, including Germany, for the sake of 'unity'. How many times has the UK got to put forward decent proposals and suggestions for reform before the rest of the EU weaklings take them seriously?"


Apologies for the late response, was on a mini hiatus.
Thank you sooooo much for this link.
4) Message boards : Politics : The state of the global economy (Message 1758411)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute—a think tank—focusing on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy.

https://itif.org/about

Flag wavers for the PIPA/SOPA campaign
https://itif.org/publications/2011/12/05/pipasopa-responding-critics-and-finding-path-forward

"ITIF is led by its president and founder, Robert D. Atkinson..."

And who is this guy? Best I could come up with is 3 economics books on Amazon read by... no-one.

But I hit the jackpot on YouTube...

He's in bed with (and on the panel of) this lovely fellow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0zbv_34guk

No idea if Finland and Sweden should actually be worried... I spent less than ten minutes doing the research, sorry. Probably not, likely just a list of countries that are PIPA/SOPA campaign darlings.

But I'd keep my eyes peeled if I were you. A pat on the back from the Koch Brothers Crew could be a red flag.

PS Anyone ever notice that "Think Tank" is slowly becoming a derogatory term? Oh wait! I asked the same question just yesterday;)
5) Message boards : Politics : The state of the global economy (Message 1757956)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Apologies, late to the thread.

Es, a couple of articles before the one you quoted the same author had this to say:

"...we now know that seven of the world’s largest investment banks paid Britain £21m tax on £3.6bn of profits they made in the UK in 2014. Five of them, including Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, paid no UK corporation tax at all."

and

"Indeed, sometimes they go further, actually rigging markets. Deutsche Bank last year paid the largest Libor fine in history – £1.7bn – for its role in rigging the market in interbank interest rates in New York and London."

And while £1.7bn isn't peanuts, I'm sure we can all make an educated guess that the fine was most likely a bargain compared to the money made.

"In 2016, the lack of integrity in business across the west, and in Britain in particular, will become more politically salient. Whether it is food companies openly selling food that makes buyers unhealthy, car companies that dodge emission tests or investment banks being too clever about avoiding tax, consumers and citizens are going to ask ever harder questions about why today’s capitalism behaves with so little integrity."

Salient? LOL. Unfortunately I don't share this guy's optimism.

More importantly, I think our definitions of Capitalism, Socialism and Communism are severely outdated. They just don't apply anymore. Not the way they did when I was growing up. And especially not the way they did for anyone a couple or more decades older than I am.

This is Casino Capitalism. A totally different beast.

And when you couple it with psycho politicians, an unprecedented amount of lobbyists all across the western world, and a plethora of tax-havens to choose from....

Well, you get the picture.

PS Anyone else notice that "Think Tank" is slowly becoming a dirty word[s]?
6) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1757841)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Hi guys!

Life got in the way - in a very, very good way (I'll probably drop by the café at some point) - so please do excuse my absence :)

I haven't read an economics article in months and I even paused a really good book - Taibbi's Griftopia - halfway through. I'll probably be picking it back up soon...

Anywayz, one of my best friends suckered me back into economics insisting I really need to watch The Big Short (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/). And he was right. If you love awkward nerds as much as I do, you'll love this film. Christian Bale's got Asperger's, Steve Carell is the archetypical INTJ (and obviously my favorite LOL), and Brad Pitt a type of character I've only seen once in a doc that no-one's seen called Collapse (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1503769/). If you think it's a movie that might interest you should go watch if for no other reason than to remind you of what kind of crazy got us in this mess. In fact, while we're on the subject, every Setizen in the politics forum should watch Inside Job (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1503769/). IMHO one of the best documentaries of all time. Worth watching even if docs aren't your cup of tea.

OK so, here's what got me thinking of you guys. I tried my best to not rub it in that some of you are having trouble adding up to 30 on a psychopathy checklist and that only 2 points out a max of 40 are taken away for axe-murderers but I can't take it anymore :D BTW "Criminal versatility" does not an axe-murderer make! Even if it did, it should still be painfully obvious that the vast majority of psychos on the planet are not criminals at all. It's just statistically impossible. Claiming otherwise is probably just cognitive dissonance. And that's OK. We all do it - or have - for some reason or another (and will again).

Anyway I've digressed again.

Blood sells. I get it. So here's your pound of flesh, courtesy of Brad Pitt in The Big Short:

"If we're right, people lose homes. People lose jobs. People lose retirement savings, people lose pensions. You know what I hate about f'ing banking? It reduces people to numbers. Here's a number - every 1% unemployment goes up, 40,000 people die, did you know that?"

I have no idea how accurate that number is. I'm hoping it's a LOT lower and I'm also hoping you all agree it's still unacceptable no matter how much lower it may or may not be.

Now let me borrow an expression from Michiel (which BTW I personally think you overuse, and in many cases for trivial situations) and ask the million dollar question:

These deaths are on who exactly?

Now any of you are free to consider it a loaded question and throw a hissy fit. Go ahead. We all need to let the steam out from time to time. But please, after you have, without pride or prejudice and in all honesty:

Who's responsible?

Oh, and Happy New Year! ;)

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On screen quotation from Mark Twain:
[On screen quote attributed to Mark Twain] It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

Links:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathy_Checklist
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/07/the-startling-accuracy-of-referring-to-politicians-as-psychopaths/260517/
Seti threads:
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=76609
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=76569
7) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1717998)
Posted 25 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
Sorry man, but you are letting your feelings...


I warned you and everybody else about this in the INTJ thread. I don't do feelings like most people. Meanwhile you seem to have plenty and are projecting them on me. That's not how it works.

Psychopathy loaded?

Calling a duck a duck when you've done your homework and convinced you are looking at a duck... that's loaded?

I've been doing "loaded" for fun for weeks now in this thread and you go and choose "psychopathy" which wasn't?


Lesson #3
--------------

As it's your logic that's ultimately tripping me up and throwing me off, I now realize lesson #2 will be an ongoing and lengthy process. So on to #3:

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day.
Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever.
8) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1717988)
Posted 25 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
Fakelaki system believers disintegrating.


What are you smoking? The REAL fakelaki system guys are running "Europe" right now :(
9) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1717985)
Posted 25 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
'Mandate to renegotiate'

Mr Osborne is expected to say: "This government has been given a very clear mandate to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the rest of the EU and to reform the EU so it works for all its citizens.

"We are determined to deliver a new settlement for Europe that works for everyone within it.


http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-34036593

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Aaaahaha! I truly hope he honestly believes every single word of that.

Mandates go down just swimmingly these days! The more sense the actual mandate makes... the worse it is for said country's future :)

Now we get to see if it's just Greece that's Germany's only whipping boy or if maybe any/every single other EU country can turn into one too :D
10) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1715009)
Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
I wonder how much money the Greek crises has cost Schoebbels?

Oh wait. It's actually made him 10 billion euros!

Ah, well... It's all politics ;)

/s

The Greek debt crisis has saved the German government some €100bn (£70bn; $109bn) in lower borrowing costs because investors have sought safety in German bonds, a study has found.

Even if Greece defaults on all its debt, Germany would still benefit, says the German IWH institute.

Germany has funded €90bn so far and wants tough conditions for a new deal.


What, no numbers for the Netherlands? Finland?

If you guys want to call this "neoliberal", that's fine by me. As long as I'm allowed to call it psychopathic. Because I don't believe this behavior has anything to do with any kind of politics. No matter how extreme. Or "idiotic".

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33845836
http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-germany-gained-100-bn-euros-from-greece-crisis-study-2015-8
11) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1714999)
Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
Beware of American econ professors!
How Krugman, Sachs and Stiglitz led the Greeks astray.
http://www.politico.eu/article/tsipras-greee-creditors-euro-high-profile-us-economists/

YANNIS PALAIOLOGOS, the author of that article is living in an alternate reality.


No, he lives in an internet reality!

The youngsters call it "Trolling for click-bait".
Or something like that:)

Anyway, he's sold his dignity by calling Sachs and two Nobel Laureates "cheerleaders" just so he can get you to click on a Kathimerini article.

Or just plain stupid I guess. Because that's what you'd need to be if you thought Sachs (at least) doesn't have the perfect CV to weigh in on this mess.
12) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1714998)
Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
...even without Germany asking us nicely.


Wait, what?

Now this IS interesting (no, that's not sarcasm).

When did this happen? Do you have a link?

If not:

Was it sincere?
Or could it have been a bit "let's get this out of the way because it's the proper thing to do"?

Because the more I read the more I see some genuinely smart people saying that Germany is all too happy to tell everyone what to do... as long as it can't be made to look like that is what Germany is actually doing.

Which, by the way, is psychopathic behavior.

Coincidently :)
13) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1714997)
Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
Either way, you have gone from saying 'I think Schäuble might be a psychopath' to 'That psychopath Schäuble'.


No. You are doing that "goldfish memory" thing again.

I went from calling him an idiot to later saying 'I think Schäuble might be a psychopath' to ultimately 'That psychopath Schäuble'.

Call it a process, call it a learning curve, call it what you will... That's the evolution of my opinion of Schoebbels in this thread.

Just don't be surprised when I start kicking and screaming when you want to drag me all the way back to calling him an idiot (all over again).
14) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1714995)
Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
So? That doesn't mean that you can just diagnose someone with a serious mental disorder.


That is a stupid question to ask. I'll answer it anyway: No.

That right. No.

Because you are doing that weird thing of wasting my time again aren't you? You are taking the meaning of "diagnose" and using it in the strictest sense possible. And since you are determined to watch me waste keystrokes on this I'll answer it again:

No. Of course not. What do you think I am? Crazy?

What I don't understand is where in this thread I gave you the impression that I'm delusional enough to think I have the professional capacity to diagnose someone as a psychopath?
15) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1714991)
Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
Riiiight, you try to get people off the insanity plea by insisting on calling them psychopaths and constantly highlighting that Schäuble's bad policy might be the result of him being a psychopath. If thats your way of showing he is not a psychopath I have to question your strategy.

And you can call him an idiot because that can be objectively measured, namely by the bad side effects his policy has had on Greece.


1) I never said "bad policy = psychopath". Go back and check. You are making assumptions and forcing them on me. Psychopathy is a checklist. And the way Schoebbels repeatedly tries to enforce a few of those policies is just one tick on a long list of psychopathic qualities neither you or I possess. But you keep making so many assumptions that end up being mistakes that I just don't have time to deal with every single one. I never even had time to reply to "Schauble is pro-Europe" or "It's not just Germany" or... other things which are "common knowledge" but please, please, PLEEEASE tell me you've already learned the lesson where common knowledge can often times be wrong?

2) "Alex is fat and cannot fit through the door". If for some reason the fact that Alex cannot fit through the door is important then the fact that he's fat is also important. This does not qualify as name-calling by any stretch of the imagination. And neither does calling Schoebbels a psychopath when he keeps proving he is one (to me, of course).

3) However, calling someone an idiot qualifies as name calling in my book. And you're trying to get me to stop calling him names by... calling him names. That's what I meant when I said "ironic" and NOW I'm going to say that there is no logic in this argument either.

4) Also the "insanity plea" argument was to show he may have a condition that is beyond his control. Whereas what you are describing is a smart guy deciding to act like an idiot... which is very much a choice. In other words you are accusing me of something I am not guilty of but you are (I think). Which is why I keep saying that when you forget to use logic in your arguments things break-down.
16) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1714983)
Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
I was wrong about sociopathy, I will admit that. I too thought there was a difference between psychopathy and sociopathy. And I was wrong about the likelihood of him being a psychopath or sociopath.


And while it's noble to admit you are wrong and mean it, it is far more important to understand WHY you were wrong. Am I repeating myself? No matter, it bears repeating:)

You had it right the first time 'round. And since I assumed you understood what you were talking about I initiated a discussion. Then you went and changed your mind mid-race, did a 180 and for over a month now have been giving me grief for having the audacity to come to the conclusion that Schoebbels is a psychopath. In other words you broke the discussion and you broke the definition of a psychopath.

Oh, and the more he acts like a psychopath, the more I'll keep calling him a psychopath.
17) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1714981)
Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
He was a prime minister for several years and now hes the president of the Commission. As far as careers go, he has had a very successful one, even if you disagree with the policies he stands for. So no, I won't have a hard time convincing anyone of that fact because its plain obvious and self evident at this point. You can't reach that level within politics if you are a narcissist, such a mental disorder would be far to disruptive to have such a career path.


You need a couple of alarm bells too, the ones that go off when what the other guy is saying is completely illogical. Why on earth would I think every single psychiatrist and psychologist on the planet are the right people to discuss Juncker's CV with? That makes no sense.

What I actually meant is you should tell them with that matter-of-fact tone you've got going that "Juncker cannot be narcissist because he is a successful politician". I wanna see how that goes. That's all.

Oh, and how many (hundreds of?) billions is his record-breaking tenure as PM of Luxemburg costing the EU every year? What was that figure again? And what's worse is... what makes you think a couple of naïve "good guys" like you and I could pull off the same stunt given the same circumstances? A "normal" person could never pull off such a stunt and especially go on to become President of the exact same group he's robbing in historical amounts! Where's that alarm bell? It should be going off in your head instead of wasting my time.

(The problem here was you wanna discuss how successful Juncker is but I already know that by now. We could however be discussing things we find "fishy" but no, you keep pounding me with "moral" lessons. That's not my idea of a discussion. Especially if those moral lessons are so elementary.)
18) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1714967)
Posted 18 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
Meh, I read the DSM entry on both.


Unfortunately I have a 10 year head-start on you on the subject of psychopathy which may explain why I believe you are at a disadvantage. So please forgive what must appear as arrogance on my part.

I'm outsourcing this problem for now to your local medical students. Find a few psychiatry or psychology students, buy them a beer or whatever and pick their brain 'till you understand that psychopaths are not axe-murderers. And that they can very much be politicians. Key words: Successful sociopaths and/or corporate psychopaths.

And if by some miracle you take my advice (it's fantastic advice btw; for ANY subject) the important thing is NOT for me to prove you wrong. That is useless to me (and by that I mean how you keep calling what we are having a "conversation"). What's important is you understand WHY what you keep saying about psychopaths/socios (and to a lesser extent narcissists) is just not based in reality.
19) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1714955)
Posted 18 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
Which only proves my point. By lying she in her way helped pave the path towards this disastrous economic policy towards Greece. But does that justify doing the same towards Germany? Two wrongs don't make a right.


Are you sure? Michiel, please re-read what you are writing before posting. You are doing that thing again where you are not making any sense. When exactly did I lie? I don't understand this sentence at all, and I don't understand what it is that has you so upset.
20) Message boards : Politics : Je suis Varoufakis :) (Message 1712075)
Posted 13 Aug 2015 by Profile Alex Storey
Glad I'm not boring you CLYDE :)

Now on to work. As if I wasn't tired enough, I have to deal with this mess now...

I only have time for grumpy mode right now. Here goes:


Again showing how little you know of these conditions.

Yeah, you keep saying that. I heard you the first time

You throw those labels around like they are nothing.

Yeah, you keep saying that. I heard you the first time.


No, Juncker is definitely not a narcissist

You may accidently be right. I asked a friend of mine who's a psychiatrist. It's likelier he's probably more towards a psychopath (but didn't rule out narcissist).


...the fact that he is a successful politician proves that already.

I think you are going to have a hard time convincing even a single psychiatrist or psychologist on this planet of that "fact". Who knows? Try it out and let me know how it goes.

I'm also quite confused because just last month you said:
No that just means that you don't know what a psychopath is. For one, you are most likely confusing psychopath with sociopath. But to be honest, you and I don't know the man well enough to make such judgments. I'll be honest and say that it wouldn't surprise me if he was a sociopath, but thats more because he is successful in today's political environment, which statistically makes it not unlikely.

I'm itching to use the word "schizophrenic" right about now;)


Nor is narcissism "psychopathy's little brother".

You obviously didn't even read the INTRO on Wiki.
And because I'm not lazy and actually do my homework I triple-checked what I already knew and asked the same psychiatrist friend last week, just to be safe. He said that's a fantastic way of putting it.


This throwing around of mental health conditions is ridiculous and counter productive.

Ridiculous is squabbling over rules we've had drilled in our heads for as long as we can remember, while we're supposed to be discussing Europe going down the toilet. "Don't call people names"? Seriously?

The funny thing is you've got it the wrong way 'round too. Ironic actually... Because here I am trying to help Schoebbels get off on an insanity plea and you are the one saying I should be calling him an idiot instead. That doesn't make a lot of sense. Well, not to me at least.

It takes a team of highly educated...

Do they just show up at your door? You forgot the part where it takes a couple of referrals to find yourself in front of said highly trained professionals.

For some weird reason you are thinking way too dogmatically. You are throwing a fit because I essentially said: "Um guys, I've worked with a few psychopaths in my life and THIS guy is ticking all the right boxes". I'm pretty sure I'm allowed to say that right? And how is that statement in any way:
-ridiculous
-counter productive
-throwing labels around like they are nothing
-bonkers
-a negative stereotype
-kills any interesting and meaningful discussion
-coloring the discussion in a certain way
-employing labels
and my personal favorite
-showing how little I know of these conditions?

Any chance you are overreacting?


Worse even is that in your case, you almost exclusively focus on one German politician, essentially placing the full blame on Germany, when again, thats far from what really happened.

You really still believe that it isn't just Germany calling the shots, don't you?


Aside from that, using negative stereotypes and placing excessive blame on a singular group of people, when has that ever worked out well in history?

I can't answer for Merkel. You'll have to ask her yourself. Oh wait! You were in a hurry to reply and you forgot she started this whole mess by lying about Greek stats, didn't you?

Deep breathes Michiel, deep breathes...

PS Any objections you may (and will) have concerning psychopaths etc.
I don't wanna hear it right now.
Find a psychiatrist/psychologist and pick their brain.
And THEN let me know your objections.


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