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RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel

yariv Re:nothing ironic about it (609 comments)

The statement about Palestinians being the majority of University of Haifa's students is not true. About 20% of the students are Arabs, from what I know (but I didn't find any formal numbers). The vast majority of those are Israeli citizens. There is a large minority in Israel of Arabs (about 20%). they usually define themselves as Palestinians, but they are still Israeli citizens. There are almost no citizens of the Palestinian Authority in Israeli universities, if there are any at all.

This doesn't change the actual point, that the universities are not Israel, of course.

One more thing, is the point of going through Israel. The Palestinian Authority have no international airport, Israel will probably not allow one to be opened in any case, but there might be other reasons. As a result, visitors will go either through the Israeli Ben-Gurion airport, or through Jordan. BG is closer, but you will have to go through Israel. This might be what the GP is referring to. The reason Israel won't allow an international airport is that it currently holds all the checkpoints, including the Alenby bridge on the Jordan border. This control is considered important to hold certain weapons, mainly missiles but also mortars, away from the Palestinian Territories. Such weapons would allow Palestinians to target the BG airport and the suburbs of Tel-Aviv.

more than 3 years ago
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New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

yariv Re:ever greater concessions (760 comments)

I'm not going to compare anything to Florida (or anything else, for that matter), but judging by area alone is quite foolish. Most of the area was the negev desert, (this was almost half of the mandate area). It was unpopulated then, it still is unpopulated now. If I was to split Canada to two parts, a strip of width 100km on the southern border, and the rest, the second part will dwarf the first by area. Which part would you prefer? In the proposed map the Palestinian state was supposed to contain most of the useful area, anything but the established Jewish settlements and the desert, more or less (and Jerusalem was supposed to have some special international status. Jerusalem had a small Jewish majority). One more important note, the Palestinian rejection was not a rejection of this map, it was a rejection of any partition plan, this is quite important. Remember the "Three 'No's" of Khartoum (sep. 1967), this was the Palestinian formal approach until 1988, any Jewish state in this area had no right to exist. As for the maps prior to 1948, I would not make any map, since it was meaningless. At most I would make a map of population distribution in two colours, leaving most of it uncoloured. Also regarding those immigrants, they were mainly first generation refugees, the UN decided to use this area to solve the problem of Jewish refugees (both from Europe and from Arabic states), mainly because it seemed feasible. You can oppose this, of course, but which solution would you prefer?

more than 3 years ago
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New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

yariv Re:We do not like this suggestion because (760 comments)

The election were held in 10th Feb 2009, the current government was established in 31th of March. So, about 2 years ago.

more than 3 years ago
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New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

yariv Re:ever greater concessions (760 comments)

I don't have any geographic illustration, but I think trying to reduce the process to a list of maps is not feasible. If you, or anyone else, wants to learn about this subject wikipedia seems like a reasonable starting point. You can find maps there, but they would mean different things, so there is no point in putting them next to each other.

more than 3 years ago
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New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

yariv Re:We do not like this suggestion because (760 comments)

Except that the leak is about the previous government...

I can't believe you were modded interesting (and not off-topic), but of course, it's /..

more than 3 years ago
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New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

yariv Re:ever greater concessions (760 comments)

The map is correct? Each of the for maps use a different definition of Jewish/Palestinian land!

I don't even know what is the definition of the first map, probably attempt to use private ownership, or maybe the Jewish settlements are in white and everything else is considered Palestinian. The negev desert (bottom half) was largely unpopulated at the time (and very sparsely populated today).

The second map is of the UN decision, not of anything actually there. The Palestinians didn't accept this decision until 1988, and the result was the Israeli war of independence.

The Third actually depicts something somewhat meaningful, this are the borders by the end of mentioned war. However, the "Palestinian land" in this map wasn't Palestinian, it was either Jordanian or Egyptian (Gaza was under Egyptian control, the west bank Jordanian), the area didn't have any special status in those countries.

The fourth map is the result of the Oslo agreement, and it is basically the opposite of the first map. The agreement, since it was supposed to be only a step towards a permanent agreement, established the PA, and gave it control in most Palestinian populated areas. All further discussions between Israel and the PA assumes that these areas will remain under Palestinian control and almost all the occupied territories will be passed to them as well. If you accept the definitions of this map, it is a big step from the situation in 1967-1993, all white map.

Dreadful source, and in the maps as well (although each map, maybe except the first, can be said to be correct by some definition, comparing them is a lie).

more than 3 years ago
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The Prospects For Lunar Mining

yariv Re:Energy requirements? (348 comments)

The moon's gravity well is shallow enough to allow for a space elevator form currently available materials, plus having no atmosphere allows for a cable to reach very close to the surface. It is possible to get things out for quite cheap, given a huge initial investment. Of course, any lunar mining operation will need a huge initial investment.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

yariv Re:Mugabe (669 comments)

Seemed to work in Japan...

more than 3 years ago
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Pay What You Want — a Sustainable Business Model?

yariv Re:Publicity worked for Humble Bundle (133 comments)

Even if the average price is 5 dollars, why would you assume this is the average price for those willing to buy for 20? I would guess their average would be significantly higher, in fact quite close to 20 dollars.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

yariv Re:We dont need to know everything (1018 comments)

You assume for some reason that "the enemies" know everything, I see no reason to believe this. You might have noticed id did not mention codes, I mentioned security arrangements (that is, letting people in, right?) and the way to activate, which I assume is more complicated (on the silo) then knowing some code. You should also remember that there are many who can be described as "enemies", which one knows this and which ones doesn't? Then, why do you think these things are kept secret? This is not a cover-up... Lastly, what is the benefit to the public from releasing this information, even if we accept that there is almost no damage?

more than 2 years ago
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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

yariv Re:Big disclosure: China fed up with N. Korea lead (1018 comments)

Why do you think they knew it? This information was leaked from the US, this is something PRC told to some US diplomat. I would assume they told the DPRK something on the lines of "we can't keep with you if you won't calm down". Not "we think your country should be joined to the south", especially since the south is twice as big (population) and the government will stay in Seoul in this case.

more than 2 years ago
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Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

yariv Re:Legit? (1020 comments)

Being that the incidents were this August, it's on the other order (introducing skeletons to your closet while advocating glass house policy?). The accusations are, as far as I understand, about encounters that turned non-consensual in the middle (in one case, when the condom broke...).

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

yariv Re:Big disclosure: China fed up with N. Korea lead (1018 comments)

Why do you think it helps calm things down? I would guess it makes the situation worse. DPRK now knows it can't trust china to back it up, especially not after the death of Kim Jong-il, so they might try to set a balance of terror on their own, forcing them to first show how dangerous they are...

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

yariv Re:We dont need to know everything (1018 comments)

it doesnt matter what's the nature of a leak - transparency, is transparency.

That's stupid, what about publishing the security arrangement of some nuclear missile silo with a description of the way to launch the missile at a chosen target? transparency is transparency...

The system needs some privacy, for internal communication. Not for decisions, but for communication.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

yariv Re:I disagree (1018 comments)

Are you also happy that, for example, DPRK knows that PRC were discussing uniting Korea? I'm not an expert on DPRK, but it seems possible the leak of this information might even lead to a war.

Not every publication of classified information is whistle-blowing.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

yariv Re:Who watches the watchmen? (1018 comments)

If it's bad for Wikileaks to operate without transparency, it's also bad for the US government and corporations to operate without transparency. Wikileaks is a partial solution to the latter problem. The former problem is quite easily solved. If you have information that Wikileaks won't publish, there's no shortage of ways of getting data on the internet anonymously.

If there is no shortage of ways getting data on the internet anonymously, how is wikileaks a solution to anything? Why is it needed?

Now I'd agree that Assange is on an ego-trip, but who in international politics is not?

What does Assange do in international politics? Who does he represent? I thought he was only passively allowing publication of information...

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

yariv Re:Revolution (1018 comments)

I have no idea what do you mean by "Free, Ethically Correct Democracy", and why would you disallow "losers" (or which are those losers) to vote, but Since you asked for a logical and healthy debate, I'll suggest an idea of how to fix the system.

The way I see it, the main problems with modern democracies are campaigns and voters' ignorance. There are other (for example, the election mechanism), but this are the fundamental ones. I don't think this can be solved as long as elections are on a national level , so I would suggest this: divide the country to about 200-500 parts, each will elect one representative, but the representative will be elected by a governing body of 200-500 people, supported by a similar subdivision. So with 3-4 layers you can get at the bottom groups of this size. (500^3 = 12.5M, 200^4=1.6G) As a result you get a system where everyone only elects a representative to the layer above, each time he chooses from 200-500 people he personally knows (neighbours on the bottom, associates above). Thus, campaigns are impossible (that is, mass media campaigns), because of the number of races, in any race there are only a few hundred voters. Voter ignorance is also mostly removed, because you know the candidates...

The first obvious problem, by the way, huge number of elected positions, that have little actual work due to no requirements... But maybe this is already the case.

more than 3 years ago
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Pirate Party's North American Debut

yariv Re:nay (178 comments)

Well, no one is ignoring the masses now, they make examples of some people, ruining their lives (financially) for some downloaded stuff. So, not ignoring them, but still what the OP meant by ignoring...

more than 3 years ago
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Chicago Using Coyotes To Fight Rodents

yariv Obvious Simpsons quote (222 comments)

Lisa: But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?
Skinner: No problem. We simply release wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the lizards.
Lisa: But aren't the snakes even worse?
Skinner: Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
Skinner: No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.

more than 3 years ago

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