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Topic: More news on the "no global warming" stance
Posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 4:25:54 PM
Older than Dirt wrote:
... The argument that CO2 is poisonous to the climate and/or earth would be laughable if it weren't so serious. If we could get rid of CO2 gases, wouldn't all plant life on the planet die? .....

A very strange argument, really. Water is absolutely essential to life as well. But nobody in his right mind would use this point to dismiss the damage by Katrina.
Topic: Why Russian translators are low-paid: a case study
Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 5:35:18 PM
I do not think any comparisons between Russia and the Western countries are valid or even make sense. Western economies are generally capitalistic in a sense of the bottom-up economy -- the most of the wealth is created at the bottom and then is consolidated all the way up to the national budget. The Russian economy works in the opposite direction. Most of the country real wealth is created on the national level from export of oil and other natural resources and then is distributed around to the very unproductive population. Top level bureaucrats who are close to the well are extremely wealthy, as the distance between the well and the recipient increases the income drops dramatically. That is basically the Russian economy in a nutshell. Talking about supply and demand or other laws of the free market in those conditions does not make much sense. Russian translators are paid just enough to support themselves and are not likely to command higher rates any time soon. Sorry
Topic: the stereotype of a british accent equating to high intelligence.
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:04:00 PM
I think our brain is very good at subconsciously calculating probabilities based on our experience and forming some rules that we call intuition. For example, the Americans are likely to hear someone with a British accent on TV during an interview, say a scientist, an actor, or a politician. In other words, people with above average education. British plumbers or drivers are not heard too often. Also, on average the British have more respect for the language than the Americans, I think.
Topic: US Journalists Sentenced to 12 Years in N Korea
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:23:47 AM
Don't get me wrong, I have no sympathy for the N. Korean regime, but on the other hand I don't quite understand why the media and the western public are so outraged when somebody seriously violates the laws of another country and gets sentenced as the result. When abroad you have to respect the laws of other countries even if you don't agree with them.
Topic: Missing Dictionaries and Pronunciation search.
Posted: Monday, June 1, 2009 11:51:42 AM
Computer dictionary appears to be a part of the Encyclopedia tab:
Topic: Love
Posted: Friday, May 22, 2009 10:52:04 AM
Love is one of manifestations of the human tendency to over-complicate things. When we need nutrition, we create french cuisine. The need for shelter we turn into mansions. Necessity to communicate leads to creation of forums like this one. And finally, the reproduction instincts swell to elaborate idea of love.

The purpose of this post, of course, is to provide a juicy target for stone throwing :)
Topic: Apple vs. PC.
Posted: Friday, May 8, 2009 11:32:13 AM
The quality of an operating system is defined by a) compatibility with a wide range of hardware, b) availability of software. On both counts Windows is far ahead of Mac. Lift's definition of Mac as "somewhat stylish, over-priced artifact." is perfect, can't say it any better. But having voted for Windows I have to add that the way Windows have been developed recently (after win2K) is a dead end approach -- it is driven only by the M$ corporate greed, not technical merits or user needs. As far as users are concerned, Windows 2000 was perfect, just needed more bug fixes and possible graphics update once in a while. All M$ is doing now is breaking the system by adding more unnecessary stuff with ever more bugs and security holes
Topic: The private control of credit is the modern form of slavery.
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:56:42 AM
Bob, you are correct, the banks themselves cannot create new money. However The Federal Reserve can and does. And the Fed is federal by its name only, it is a private institution created by the banks. The government does not control The Fed, if it needs money it just borrows from the Fed and pays interest. This is the most devilish form of theft ever invented.

"Auto mechanic, or dentist or hooker" deserve every penny they earn because they serve the consumer and provide real service in a free market (well, there are some complications with the dentist, strickly speaking). A large portion of the financial industry produces no value whatsoever, it is just cancer of the economy. Remember Enron? Those guys produced nothing, they just traded electricity creating artificial shortages and inserting themselves between the producers and the consumers of energy. After their collapse the price of electricity went down and blackouts all but disappeared. Same with all these derivatives, swaps, short trading, currency exchange markups, and hundreds of other inventions by the investment banks, they have nothing to do with providing capital for the industry or serving the needs of real investors. It is cancer, plain and simple. As to the banks being highly regulated it is a myth that the banks support. If it were true we would not be in a mess we are in right now
Topic: Does each Language influence the thought patterns/way of thinking of the user?
Posted: Monday, May 4, 2009 6:58:41 PM
s3callyx wrote:

Sorry for my english. As you realized my native language is greek. Besides... I really hate english.

I fail to understand how anyone in his right mind can "hate" a language - a collective product of multiple generations and millions of people, with all the great literature written and beautiful thoughts expressed. I don't know English well enough to express my respect to the language (and any great language, not just English) but I am sure many on this forum would agree with my displeasure with s3callyx's statement and able put it words much better.
Topic: Does each Language influence the thought patterns/way of thinking of the user?
Posted: Monday, May 4, 2009 3:06:02 PM
enderandpeter wrote:

I was told once that Russian has no term for "my", allowing a cultivating atmosphere for communist/socialist sentiments. Might anyone shed more light on this?

This is simply false. I am not even sure how someone could come up with such an idea. The word "my" in Russian is "мой" with inflections "моя, моё, моего". I cannot see any real differences between the meanings and usage of "my" in Russian and English (as well as in Spanish or French)