Helix comments

Posted in: People living on ¥1 mil a year: How do they manage? See in context

In my country, Canada, those are free.

Nothing is ever free Jeff.

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Posted in: Sam Smith announces new pronouns of 'they' and 'them' See in context

I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary

Yeah, I'm not sure anybody actually is.

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Posted in: Climate campaigners plan Heathrow drone shutdown See in context

Just remind these activists that there are disabled transgender people of color on these flights looking to claim asylum once they land at Heathrow. That should give them a crisis of conscience.

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Posted in: New genetic links to same-sex sexuality found in huge study See in context

how would any "gay" genes survive the process of natural selection?

One leading theory is the kin selection hypothesis (or the "gay uncle theory"). In a nutshell, childless gay uncles usually invest in the children of siblings or relatives. Their genetic similarity means that the children are probably latent carriers of whatever genes led to homosexual behavior in the uncle. The additional resources from the uncle (money, property, knowledge, social connections, so on) boosts the child's chances of finding a mate and successfully reproducing. It allows the uncle's genes to be carried into the future where they might get expressed again in maybe 4 or 5 generations. Genes and behaviors that might seem like complete evolutionary dead ends on an individual level can still be selected for if they're beneficial on a group level.

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Posted in: Australia to block internet domains hosting extremist content during terror attacks See in context

No different than China's crackdown on foreign news and the internet in the lead-up to every Tiananmen Square anniversary.

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Posted in: 12-year-old Prince Hisahito starts 1st overseas trip in Bhutan See in context

Taxpayer money at work. What a waste.

With a tax increase coming, they can enjoy more free trips abroad

Guys, if you're really that upset about the money I'm willing to refund your share out of my own pocket. IHA expenses work out to a little over ¥50 per person per year. We'll call it ¥60. Just give me an address where I should send the coins.

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Posted in: Fiji PM labels Australia PM 'very insulting' after Pacific standoff See in context

Australia sells the coal but China is the one burning it. If you're going to blame one, why not the other?

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Posted in: How come Japan's opposition parties can't mount a credible challenge to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, the Komeito Party? See in context

The media makes sure the populace is disinterested in politics

That doesn't make sense. Is it the media's job to manufacture an interest in politics? I think you're putting the cart before the horse.

The apathy in Japan has more to do with the homogeneity of Japanese society. Most people don't care deeply about politics because they have the luxury of not needing to care. Whoever ends up getting elected will (more or less) share the same basic interests as the average Japanese person. Whether it's the LDP or some opposition, the agenda will be very similar on bread and butter issues.

The reason diverse and multicultural countries like the US become obsessed with party politics is because every racial, religious, linguistic and socio-economic group starts organizing to fight for the biggest slice of the pie before it's taken by a rival group. The people in these countries are consumed by politics because they can't afford to ignore it.

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Posted in: Donald Trump: a disruptive president See in context

his recent rants against four young Congresswomen of color, accusing them of being unpatriotic and telling them to "Go back to where you came from!"

This fake quote really undermines the article and should have been caught by an editor before ever being published. For the record what Trump actually said was:

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

-Donald Trump July 14 2019

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Posted in: Marvel's first openly trans actor calls for more portrayals See in context

I notice there are no comments on this, perhaps it's because nobody cares

Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society - Aristotle

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Posted in: Disney live-action 'Little Mermaid' to star a black Ariel See in context

The original Disney Ariel wasn't simply "white". She was a positive representation of one of the smallest, most underrepresented and ridiculed minorities in the world, redheaded gingers. To take Ariel away from this community is a slap in the face that non-redheads probably won't understand due to their privilege.

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Posted in: U.S. Marine, in custody for assault, also charged with attempted murder of woman See in context

As the US military fails to meet its recruitment targets, they've slowly been lowering the minimum IQ threshold required on the ASVAB enlistment test. These men are a greater danger to their colleagues and host countries than they are to the enemy.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/10/army-accepting-more-low-quality-recruits-giving-waivers-marijuana-hit-targets/750844001/

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Posted in: Millions celebrate LGBTQ pride in New York See in context

@Jimizo, -

From an evolutionary perspective, the relatively tiny number of homosexuals necessitates some sort of unique outward signal or display to communicate their sexual preferences to potential partners. If this signal didn't exist or wasn't clear enough, they would be wasting most of their time pursuing incompatible partners. The flamboyance and hyper-sexualization of the gay community is likely an essential characteristic of it, like the peacock's tail. We also see this in the various studies of homosexual behavior which document things like lifetime partners, interactions with strangers, and fidelity. By asking them to tone it down, you're effectively asking them to suppress a unique characteristic that sets them apart from heterosexuals.

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Posted in: It's Biden vs rest of Democrats in 1st 2020 debate clash See in context

It's going to be an absolute circus.

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Posted in: Folau crowdfunding campaign for legal bills shut down See in context

This seems completely disproportionate, even by "woke capital" standards. Regardless of what you think of Folau or his specific comments, this clearly wasn't a campaign aimed at justifying what he said or convincing anyone of his worldview. It was simply a campaign to fund employment law litigation which would determine whether or not Folau's employer breached its obligations under the player's contract or some other aspect of NSW employment law. Even if Rugby Australia made a morally justifiable decision in sacking Folau, it doesn't mean that it was legal. Companies like GoFundMe should not be de-platforming people who are seeking to enforce their legal rights.

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Posted in: Trump criticized for backing N Korea's remarks about Biden See in context

What that Obama said that Trump has "rattled" world leaders?

He said considerably more than that. Among other things, he said candidate Trump was ignorant of world affairs, that he was cavalier, and that he was more interested in tweets and getting headlines. I don't think Obama was wrong, but your original claim about some long standing protocol on not making such comments internationally is untrue.

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Posted in: Japan is a manufacturing powerhouse but a financial lightweight. See in context

Well David Threadgold, maybe Japanese banks just prefer to invest in low risk industries which manufacture things that people actually need. Earning profits by shuffling money around the world in clever financial schemes is not for everyone.

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Posted in: Divided pro-EU leaders open talks after tense election See in context

The populists didn't win this election

Democracy: citizens voting in alignment with the wishes of ruling elites.

Populism: citizens voting against the wishes of ruling elites.

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Posted in: Trump criticized for backing N Korea's remarks about Biden See in context

Elected US officials, by protocol and manner, leave the comments at home when they travel abroad.

Demonstrably untrue. Go look up the previous president's unflattering comments about presidential candidates made at the 2016 G7 summit in Japan.

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Posted in: Work of art See in context

Irezumi is a legitimate Japanese art form, like it or not.

The key word being Japanese. There's nothing more cringeworthy than seeing a westerner getting these sorts of asian motif tattoos. I won't even go into the numerous studies showing that people with tattoos have lower average IQs.

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Posted in: Australian rugby director frustrated by Folau saga See in context

Such a ridiculous overreach.

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Posted in: Worldwide, obesity rising faster in rural areas See in context

The average woman in many countries now weighs more than the average man did 50 years ago. Good to see that Japan is bucking the trend according to the graph.

I'm about as skinny as they come btw

Merely being overweight rather than morbidly obese will now make you 'as skinny as they come' in many countries, so it's not saying much. Are you objectively skinny or relatively skinny?

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Posted in: What is your view on people or groups who use social media to air extremist views, hate speech, incite violence or libel others? Where should the line be drawn, if at all, with regards to freedom of speech? See in context

What is your view on people or groups who use social media to air extremist views

Never forget that it's us in the west who hold the extremist views. We're completely out of step with the rest of the world on most controversial social issue, from homosexuality to abortion to refugees. In the context of a global user base, the social media platforms are the ones promoting an extremist fringe view in their ToS.

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Posted in: American students pledge future salary to avoid debt See in context

Education for the students needs to be free. Without educated people society crumbles. 

It all depends on your definition of education. I'd support full taxpayer funding of STEM degrees for the brightest 25% of students, but not for the mass communications, political science, and gender theory graduates who just barely made it through highschool and wouldn't have been accepted at any university just 20-30 years ago. Much of modern higher education has become a useless credential racket.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

Helix, if we’re to get on we all have to tolerate ideas and actions we may find disagreeable, but sometimes people go too far. This is a public figure, he has used his platform to express his bigoted ideas.

But has he really gone too far? I don't think so. If he called for violence or encouraged discrimination against the groups he mentioned, then that would be a very different story. Just imagine if a Muslim player on the team tweeted that people won't go to paradise if they keep eating bacon. Would that also be going too far? Would that be just as bigoted and offensive to people? Because that, in my view, is the functional equivalent of what we're talking about here. (someone dispassionately stating a core tenet of their faith relating to the afterlife)

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Posted in: Australian rugby star Folau calls Christmas, Easter 'man-made' traditions followed by 'heathens' See in context

@buzzyboy

Helix... Athiests can't work in Catholic schools. Not can civilly married gays. I'm fine with that. Their rules.

Well, I'll take your word on that but I think the rights of religious institutions to discriminate in this way has yet to be fully resolved. My understanding (and I'm happy to be corrected on this) is that most places limit the enforceability of overly broad employment contracts to only those clauses which have a direct bearing on your ability to performance the actual job. So a contractual requirement to be a Catholic might be enforceable in a priest's employment contract, but would be void against a janitor at a Catholic School. As far as Folau is concerned, none of his statements seem to affect his ability to perform on the field.

@Jimizo

How do you define ‘deeply held beliefs’? Are you talking about religious beliefs? I hope you are not falling for the old ‘I don’t dislike homosexuals, god does’ nonsense.

Roughly, I would say it's a belief that is so strongly held and underpins someone's entire worldview that it would cause serious psychological harm to force them to suppress it or deny it. If a secular analogy helps, imagine if you were forced to say that 2+2=5 and that the earth is indeed flat.

I have no problem discriminating against what people think. You choose your beliefs and you’ll be judged on them.

I don't know what to say to that. It's far too judgemental for me. I believe in a degree of tolerance, mutual respect, humility, peaceful co-existence and the golden rule. We should, within reason, treat people how we would like to be treated if we were in their position.

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Posted in: Australian rugby star Folau calls Christmas, Easter 'man-made' traditions followed by 'heathens' See in context

@buzzyboy

more importantly b) he broke the rules of his boss/company/contract.

If your view is that employers should have the right to fire workers and terminate contracts for saying that gays and atheists will go to hell unless they accept Jesus (which is the controversial comment Folau made), are you prepared to grant that same right to a religious employer who might wish to fire atheist workers who dare to deny the same claim? Do you realize what a dystopian world you're inviting if you allow the policing of personal speech outside of the workplace? Maybe you're lucky and none of the opinions you hold are socially unpopular, but try to imagine if that wasn't the case. Also, the rules here (the "character test") seems extremely arbitrary and open to any sort of interpretation. If it's upheld, it basically allows the employer to fire you for any unpopular opinion.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

@SwissToni

All morality is subjective. That’s why we discuss, come to an agreed standard and implement law that provides punishment befitting the crime committed, if one has indeed been committed.

But we're not talking about crimes are we? We're talking about someone expressing a deeply held opinion about what happens in a theoretical afterlife.

My employer is me and this employer believes people’s lives, opinions and actions are their own business until they harm others, or bring the business into disrepute.

If he modifies his behaviour I’m sure he’ll find another employer.

How far you do think the rights of employers should go? If the clientele of a business is predominantly Jewish, should the owners be allowed to fire any Muslim employee who preaches Islam to people on his own time?

Folau’s comments to the gay and non religious communities were bigoted and intolerant.

Is he actually intolerant though? What is your definition of intolerance? He wasn't calling for gays or atheists to be fired, or arrested, driven out of the country, or shunned in any way. Wasn't the line of real intolerance crossed by the people who couldn't tolerate him playing professional rugby and advocated for him to be fired?

@Toasted Heretic

Prove what? That he's bigoted? I don't need to - his words give him away.

Prove that what he's saying about the afterlife is factually incorrect. It's impossible to prove either way.

His views belong in the dark ages.

What if someone decides that your opinions belong in the dark ages and you need to be silenced? Do you recognize the problem this creates in a diverse society? If people are not allowed to hold and express opinions you disagree with, it's a recipe for intolerance and violence.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

Helix, popularity does not make a proposition correct.

I never said it did. The problem is how are you going to reach some sort of reasonable accommodation with the majority of people who fundamentally disagree with you? Are you going to live in peace and meet them half way when it comes to tolerance, or are you going to hound them from employer to employer until they agree to never share any opinions which you don't approve of? If it's the latter, it's important to realize that you're outnumbered and there's a risk that the tables could be turned on you someday.

Infinite punishment for a finite “crime” is not moral irrespective of doctrine.

That's an equally subjective opinion on morality. For your sake I hope your employer agrees with it.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

Ideally, Folau should have said "I want to warn people about X Y and Z, because my denomination's understanding of Christianity indicates that these acts could lead people to hell. But I could be mistaken. God Bless."

So you don't have a problem with what Folau believes, just how he phrased it?

Christianity indicates that these acts could.... But I could be mistaken.

As people engaging in good faith conversations, shouldn't this be implied after every statement another person makes? Especially in conversations about religion and the afterlife?

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