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    When I saw the name "Tampa Bay" in the link, it made me nearly not click on it. What happened in the story was just ridiculous but not surprising.
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey King View Post
    No places in the US have actually banned it though lol. They either fail, or succeed and then have a court shut them down for it being unconstitutional.
    It can't be banned but it can't be used as a basis for law either. One is an infringement on religion while the other is the establishment of it.

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    In other words discussion of Sharia Law in U.S. politics is quite the waste of time unless you're trying to focus and rile some group up to get angry at...something.
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    I thought France was always weird about its immigration and stuff?
    Yes and no. France has for very long been really cautious about immigration because so many people have been flocking over the Mediterranean and straight into France from its former colonies and from Northern Africa in general, and French nationalism aiming to "preserve its own culture" is for whatever reason the most fervent branch of European nationalism apart from the Russians and the Balkan region's guys.

    The real problem, though, and the one that this particular result is a consequence of, is that the French economy is in a really, really bad state. Possibly a decade away from a full collapse even. The unemployment is constantly rising and the economy keeps slowing down because of how poorly the whole system has been managed for ages now, and that's causing a lot of unhappiness and political instability. Their president, Hollande, was elected basically only because he promised to fix it (with unrealistic economic fairy tales), and now that he's utterly failed to do anything everyone's voting for the far right in protest.

    France's problem, basically, is that their state economy functions around a very strong and generous government that hands out way more money than it's actually making. They have really strong unions influencing their economic decisions a lot, which has lead to a situation where the productivity of the working populace is very low due to them not being very well adjusted to a modern, fast working life but where they still have very high wages due to the unions constant lobbying. In addition, they have a huge public sector because the state and the unions want to support and subsidize the "French way of life" by bailing out and buying small unprofitable companies, especially in the countryside, and to keep the local agriculture flourishing by pouring in money that they never see again year after year. And to add to that, they also have to work with their banks that are in serious trouble because of some really dumb investment decisions in Greece and other loss-incurring places.

    They're locked in a never-ending cycle of a worsening economic situation, and it's going to get really bad really quick unless they look one another in the eye and decide that they have to start changing their precious traditions. They're choking themselves to death, but are too proud to admit it. Germany keeps lobbying advantageous decisions within the EU legislation to give them more time to work their mess out, but that's not going to last forever either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dryish View Post
    It really goes to show how much of Europe, even in the wealthier countries, still lives in relatively poor conditions where sentiments like these can gather any traction.
    To nobodys suprise Europe is actually part of that organization capable of racism that we'd like to call the entire world.

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    Can we get the real life World Government already? That'd make things an awful lot easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dryish View Post
    Can we get the real life World Government already? That'd make things an awful lot easier.
    That way we can only be racist against fish people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyan D. Funk View Post
    That way we can only be racist against fish people.
    I was always under the impression that dolphins were plotting our downfall anyway.
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    Certain local anti-fascism movements have suggested that we should just go out and kill, or atleast violently beat all facists.

    Y'know to stop fascism. Makes sense right? If anything this proves that what you hate doesn't really make that much of a difference.

    People will be cruel, violent asshats no matter what thing they stand behind or opposed to

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    Dryish, you know more things about my country than I do.
    The law concerning the respect of the minorities in France is very hypocrite. It overprotects the jews to make up for the crimes of our stupid ancestor. The other minorities are completely neglected. Particularly when it comes to roms. The media are going crazy with this poor people. Even some of my good friends think that they are some sort of nuisance. It really is a brainwashing. That's scary.

    Hollande isn't perfect, but at least his government doesn't make racist jokes in front of the camera like it happens too many times with Sarkozy's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RamistaR View Post
    Dryish, you know more things about my country than I do.
    Nyeh, what I know is quite superficial, to be honest. I've just read very basic information about the state economy and listened to what a few people that know more about it have had to say. I don't know how bad the situation is or what kind of numbers we're talking about when we say that the state subsidizes so many small companies and agricultural projects that it's losing a lot of money, I just know that that is the case.

    But the rise of the unemployment figures is pretty alarming and definitely requires some smart changes to be done in how the whole state economy is structured. It's just really hard to get those changes done when no one is daring enough to come out to say that in public because it'd be a political suicide. Sarkozy tried changing some things, but he got so much flak for it that he completely stopped and went full-on Berlusconi on you guys, which wasn't very helpful at all.
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    Women respond to the Santa Barbara murders with a Twitter campaign, #YesAllWomen:
    http://time.com/114043/yesallwomen-h...bara-shooting/

    "Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them." - Margaret Atwood. #YesAllWomen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satsuki View Post
    SOLAR FREAKING ROADWAYS.
    http://elitedaily.com/news/technolog...ign=CMfacebook

    This probably isn't that big news, but it's a great little video explaining it, and a link to the indiegogo campaign for it. Seriously, how awesome is it?
    A bit of a late response to this, but a thought occurred to me.

    First off, the tech is pretty simple and pretty cool. The video answered a lot of my feasibility questions (though implementation would still be a difficult issue to deal with, since it would require a lot of startup cash).

    One thing that concerns me, though, is the surveillance part of it. A major application of the solar roadways is using the pressure sensors to collect data on motion across the roads- from drivers, animals and people- to create better paths for traffic. That data collection, though, is a double-edged sword. While the information could be used to do great things for commerce, it would inevitably be used for security. Imagine being able to track a car's motion or people's footsteps as they flee from the scene of a crime. There's a great potential to use these roadways to probe and track criminal activity. That is a very dangerous thing; it is the ability to track people in physical space without having to put a chip in them. The thought of abusing that information is a scary one.

    Maybe a little paranoid, but just a thought on the consequences of this technology. One of my friends from school is into studying surveillance and the abuse of power and information, so he's sensitized me a little to these issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wagomu View Post
    Maybe a little paranoid, but just a thought on the consequences of this technology. One of my friends from school is into studying surveillance and the abuse of power and information, so he's sensitized me a little to these issues.
    Yeah, this is definitely a major problem that people of the future will have to deal with as both our technology and our ability to record data improve. The scariest thing is not that people could be listening in to whatever is currently happening, but that they can also record that data for later use. I've heard that there's a special US Intelligence database that basically takes snapshots of the entire internet every so often. With this kind of data, is there really any limit to what they can track or spy on?

    Whatever benefits there may be to switching to solar roadways, it won't take away all of the maintenance that it already requires to keep our roads in running order. Actually, it'd probably make maintenance that much more of a pain in the ass (even if they do pay for themselves). Many places in the US already do a pretty awful job of maintaining their roads, especially in this economy, so it makes me wonder if such a huge change to the infrastructure is even possible at this point in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjamminbrown View Post
    Big Ole Post
    Yeah, there is a lot here to be debated and discussed, but I think maybe we should start up an Alternative Energy/Technology thread for this sort of thing, but in short:
    LFTRs operate under atmospheric pressure, produce useful isotopes and little waste compared to light water reactors, most of the waste is benign after 10 years with a smaller portion being safe after 300 years, the design is safe in that it is impossible for meltdown to occur and it is proliferation resistant, fusion is so far removed from the current energy discussion that it is more speculative than anything else, wind power is a boondoggle that costs more for than it's worth for maintenance and installation than the potential energy gains, solar needs better multi-junction cells to produce even modest amounts of energy, tidal is region restricted and not terribly energy productive either, geothermal is only a small piece of the energy puzzle and will probably almost always be a small industry which is unfortunate, batteries are too resource intensive and expensive to be a long term solution to energy storage, carbon nanotubes are really cool but need a feasible and reliable large scale manufacturing method.

    In other news, the White House just leaked the name of the United States a CIA operative in Afghanistan. Via NPR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wagomu View Post
    One thing that concerns me, though, is the surveillance part of it. A major application of the solar roadways is using the pressure sensors to collect data on motion across the roads- from drivers, animals and people- to create better paths for traffic. That data collection, though, is a double-edged sword. While the information could be used to do great things for commerce, it would inevitably be used for security. Imagine being able to track a car's motion or people's footsteps as they flee from the scene of a crime. There's a great potential to use these roadways to probe and track criminal activity. That is a very dangerous thing; it is the ability to track people in physical space without having to put a chip in them. The thought of abusing that information is a scary one.

    Maybe a little paranoid, but just a thought on the consequences of this technology. One of my friends from school is into studying surveillance and the abuse of power and information, so he's sensitized me a little to these issues.
    Yeah, that's a scary idea, hadn't really thought about it. Although with all the other headway they're making into surveillance technology, it makes me wonder if it really makes a difference anyway. Just another pebble in the well.

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    Whatever benefits there may be to switching to solar roadways, it won't take away all of the maintenance that it already requires to keep our roads in running order. Actually, it'd probably make maintenance that much more of a pain in the ass (even if they do pay for themselves). Many places in the US already do a pretty awful job of maintaining their roads, especially in this economy, so it makes me wonder if such a huge change to the infrastructure is even possible at this point in time.
    They addressed that in the link, but I would think the benefits of solar roadways would far outweigh the hassle of maintenance. And if the roads were part of our energy infrastructure, I think the state governments would be more inclined to get the problems fixed as soon as possible rather than let the potholes sit there as long as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satsuki View Post
    They addressed that in the link, but I would think the benefits of solar roadways would far outweigh the hassle of maintenance. And if the roads were part of our energy infrastructure, I think the state governments would be more inclined to get the problems fixed as soon as possible rather than let the potholes sit there as long as possible.
    I noticed that they mentioned it in the link, but I don't necessarily think that it's right to guess that states would all immediately become great at managing their roadways. If anything, upgrading the roads in this way will make maintenance a harder task, and I don't know if I'd trust most of the US to be able to handle that.

    Yeah, it makes sense that maintaining a roadway that makes money for you is a good idea. But isn't that what roadways already do? And states don't maintain them very well a lot of the time.

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    Ok so on the topic of gay marriage we all know that most of the recent court cases have been good, but were immediately appealed. With the sole exceptions of Pennsylvania and Oregon which are going to stand.

    Right now that leaves the gay marriage map of the US looking as such.
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    The thing with the appeals is...
    When one state decides to complain about it's own state judge making such a ruling...the ruling goes up to the middle type of court. Which are regional courts.
    So the ruling made in those courts would not just effect the state the case came from.. but ALL the states in those regions.

    So taking the appealed rulings we have now from all the states they're in? And assuming (with good reason) that the judges will once again rule in favor of gay marriage?
    THIS is what the gay marriage map would look like.
    Spoiler:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey King View Post
    So taking the appealed rulings we have now from all the states they're in? And assuming (with good reason) that the judges will once again rule in favor of gay marriage?
    THIS is what the gay marriage map would look like.
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    Someone married their stepmom and then got murdered?
    Sounds like he used a monkey paw to make a porno story come true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogues' Gallery View Post
    No we need them lol. Since Florida is the most likely of those three to send something to that particular regional court and gay bomb Georgia and Alabama.

    Of course the real secret to all this, is that if one, just one, of those appeals gets APPEALED AGAIN by whiny republicans somewhere? The next court is the Supreme Court. And I don't think I need to tell anyone what the result of them ruling in favor of gay marriage would do.

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