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Comment Re:Refugees (Score 1) 813

I am Swiss. Switzerland provides safe haven for plenty of refugees:

That chart only shows the percentage of asylum applications that were approved. There's no context on the total number of applications that were filed. If Switzerland only had 100 applications, they approved 70. 70% is high, but that may equate to only allowing 70 people into the country. I can't say that is "plenty" unless you put some context in there.

Comment Peter Wynn Kirby (Score 5, Informative) 108

I started to read through the NYTimes article, and about half-way through realized that it's an opinion piece. I had to check the summary just to make sure I didn't get baited.

I looked up the author, Peter Wynn Kirby.
"Peter Wynn Kirby is an environmental specialist, ethnographer, and Research Fellow in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford"

So you'd think this guy would have a PhD in geology, chemistry, or one of the other physical sciences. Nope, his PhD is in Social Anthropology from Cambridge. I'm sure he's a smart guy, but that's hardly what I'd call a "nuclear specialist from the University of Oxford" as the summary states.

Not to mention that this falls under Betteridge's Law....

Comment Re:The Saudi government is barbaric (Score 3, Interesting) 213

next several years spark enough domestic.

International, yes, but domestic, hardly. I'm willing to bet that the highly conservative muslim population of Saudi Arabia is in favor of these sort of things.

If you look at the results of Arab Spring, the totalitarian regimes that were overthrown and replaced with "democratic" ones were done so with what I would not call forward-thinking progressive governments.

Comment Re:An utterly pointless filter. (Score 1) 319

Hollywood cares about how you look, not how old a piece of paper says you are

This reminds me of Guy Pearce in Prometheus. Ridley Scott got a 44 year old to play a 90 year old dude, required over 5 hours of makeup, and he doesn't even appear as his younger self in the final film release. Why didn't he just get a 90 year old to play that part?

Comment Re:Its been denied by McLaren (Score 1) 136

is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment.

So they could be in discussion about putting apple software in the McLaren vehicles. That is not against what they said.

The article flatly states:

"The California technology group, which has been working on a self-driving electric vehicle for more than two years, is considering a full takeover of McLaren or a strategic investment, according to three people briefed on the negotiations who said talks started several months ago."

So McLaren's response is 100% against what the article says.

Not only that, but Financial Times is still sticking with their story:
"Obviously we stand by our story despite McLaren's statement"

Comment Re:So many problems... (Score 1) 327

Meanwhile, the average American spends $775 dollars a year for Cable TV.

If you gave them a choice between an $600 EpiPen that they may not need (but may save their life) and missing out on Keeping up with the Kardashians or Monday Night football, I'm sure the later would win out.

Comment Re:Single payer system would avoid this problem (Score 1, Insightful) 327

There's only one company making the EpiPen (Mylan).....they can charge what they want, even with a single payer system. The single payer (the goverment) can either not pay for it at that price, or Mylan can choose not to sell it.

The only way this works in single payer systems currently is that Mylan is able to make up the loss by charging higher prices in non-single payer markets. If every single country in the world was single-payer, EpiPens wouldn't exist because every country would want to pay $1 per pen.

Comment Re:Okay, Tim. Show us the data (Score 1) 410

This goes both ways. The EU also needs to show the numbers they used to decide this, which they haven't yet by their own admission:

"If it was up to me, the non-confidential version of the decision would have been published yesterday, because that is another way of enabling everyone to see what we have decided and on what basis we have made this decision"

What's stopping them from doing this?

Comment What? (Score 1) 410

"There are very, very few figures in the public domain"

What figures is it that she's referring to? Apple is publicly traded, are there numbers about revenue that are being hidden from her? Maybe, and that would be a whole other set of crimes to tack onto tax evasion.

"More transparency would be a good thing, for example, a country by country reporting"

Well let's start with Belgium....surely she has access to those numbers?

"If it was up to me, the non-confidential version of the decision would have been published yesterday, because that is another way of enabling everyone to see what we have decided and on what basis we have made this decision"

So if it's not up to her, who is it up to?

Comment Re:Or the other reason.... (Score 1) 448

The fact the whole state is a river flood plain

The Baton Rouge area is 56 feet above sea level.

and only stupid people build homes in a river flood plain?

I'm sure that the area you live in doesn't have any sort of vulnerability to any type of natural disaster. Go fuck yourself.

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