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  1. What is your most controversial opinion?

    Why not? Fairness should be what we strive for as a society. If everyone had the same opportunities throughout life, I wouldn't really have that much of a problem with wealth differences, but that's not the case. People are born into wealth or poverty, and that's just not fair.
  2. What is your most controversial opinion?

    It is not immigration, but increasing pressure from neoliberal interests that threaten our welfare systems. They constantly look for new venues for profit, and the welfare industries must in their eyes be a potential gold mine. I have firm belief the welfare system will last, that people will see that personal greed is not even in their own interest. (There is STRONG resistance in Denmark aswell to the far-right agenda, I don't think the right will win the next election. The far left has been growing there, the ultra-socialist Enhedslisten has gotten between 8 and 12 percent in the last elections. They used to be less than half that.) And we still have really strong unions here. The unions are really who insured our wealth was used to the good of all, not just the good of few, and fought for all the rights we enjoy today. You are of course free to disagree. My point was either way that you claim a system like ours is only possible with a sovereign wealth fund, and I pointed out other countries have the same system and they don't have that. Most, if not all, of Europe have partly the same system. Universal health care for example is a given throughout virtually all of Europe. I also think it is unfair if where you are born in life should determine your chances. In effect, we say their lives are worth less than ours. They die from bombs, malnutrition or diseases while we sit safe and sound in our "castles". Where I was born is an utter coincidence. I was extremely lucky, to be born in what is arguably one of the best countries in the world to grow up in and live in. I could just as easily have been born in the slums of Bombay or the Afghani countryside. To say that we somehow deserve this wealth and safety better than others, and thus should keep them away from our countries, is morally wrong in every aspect of the word. What did you do to "deserve" to be born in the US? Nothing. You just were. But, back on topic. I have a WoT-related controversial opinion: I really dislike Mat... (Although I like him a bit better now than when I first begun reading the series as a preteen.)
  3. What is your most controversial opinion?

    The problem with your argument is that Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland have the same kind of system. And they have no gigantic oil fund.
  4. The Warder Field Trip

    Okay, I am checking in on my field trip tour as an aspie! I don't really understand if I should post just in this one, or in threads for each discipline, but still :) I always liked the Warders of the book, wish we got to know them a bit better. There was always so much focus on them being strong and agile, but we never learnt much about their thinking and motivations, except in some of Gawyn's chapter and certain parts with Lan. They do have a very special relationship with their Aes Sedai, but also with each other. They are often viewed with the same reverence AND fear as the AS, and don't really have any social contacts outside their own groups. Some of the AS only see them as tools and not as equals, which I find sad.
  5. What is your most controversial opinion?

    I have never been greedy, and that might be why I have problems understanding that as a motivation. As long as I have enough to get by, and a little extra so I can also afford some fun, I'm happy (as a salmon, which we say here in Norway). I think the key is to make the greater good, YOUR good. Iow., if you profit off the society being fair, then you will work to that end. The Scandinavian countries, one of which I live in, are good examples of this, I think. If you work and pay taxes, you get in return health care when you and your family need it, an ensured education for your children, and so forth. That means that you benefit from what benefits the public. The exception, of course, is for the very rich who can afford that stuff anyways, but luckily we 1) don't have that many people of that caliber in Norway and 2) some of our super rich are also social democrats, and support the welfare system that we have. Cubarey, I think capitalism is only really a good system in a world where everyone starts out the same, and thus have the same opportunities for success. You and other proponents of it like to portray it as fair and "if you work hard, you will get rich", but he truth is that f. ex. the US has a very low social mobility. Most people stay in the socioeconomic classes they're born into all through their life. Regardless of whether they have 3 jobs and work 15 hours a day, or not. There is a saying that "if hard work made you rich, the women of Africa would be millionaires", and although this is somewhat simplistic, there is some truth to it. Capitalism looks like a great system if you've got the long end of the stick. And of course, our society is so indoctrinated with it that also poor people believe this system works for them, when really it's mainly there to ensure the rich and elites keep (and add to) their wealth. If you are already rich, becoming richer is easy. If you are very poor, it is almost impossible. It happens, from time to time, and those "success stories" are repeated to eternity and back to keep people believing in the system. The richest are rich by inheritance. IOW., they did nothing for that money except being born. And their parents usually gained money either by 1) finacial speculation / shares or 2) owning or being the boss of a company. It's the employees' work that build the company and makes their bosses and owners rich. Our system rewards ownership, not work. The people owning Wal-Mart get rich, not the people working there, ensuring the wealth of the Wal-Mart owners. I've never understood how anyone can call this exploitation fair and portray it as a road to success for the everyday Joe. Re: shithole countries - I mainly think it's an extremely rude and undiplomatic thing to say. And I also think the US are not the ones to talk, the country was responsible for f. ex. the chaos during the civil war in El Salvador, supporting the militia which killed tens of thousands. And colonized Haiti for the first time in 1915. I'd say you have special responsibilities concerning those countries. (As for the rest of his statement - most Norwegians just laugh at it, why would we go to the US? Many, like me, don't even want to visit on vacation as long as Mr. Orange Head is in office.)
  6. What is your most controversial opinion?

    Yes, it is. But laws can be changed :) I find it odd that an individual's right to stockpile loads of money is apparently a stronger right than an individual's right to not starve, to not live in poverty and not die of preventable diseases because they couldn't afford vaccination. The right to wealth accumulation is so strong that we let it trumph anything else.
  7. What is your most controversial opinion?

    Okay, I'll start. 1. I don't think whale hunting is any worse than any other kind of hunting. It seems to me the resistance against is based on little knowledge of the method, emotional arguments and flawed logic (for example: "oh, but whales are so intelligent!" Yes, well, so are pigs. They are on the level of a toddler in terms of intelligence.) I'll actually be having whale next weekend. Yummy! 2. I have serious problems understanding why anyone is religious. To me, it's as absurd as someone saying the moon is made of cheese, or the sky is yellow. I can understand some of the motivation behind it (it is comforting, to for example believe you will live on after death), but that's it, really. What I find most fascinating is that people dismiss old religions or other cultures' religions out of hand, like they're fairytales and completely silly. Yet, they are so sure their own is correct, and don't realize that in 2000 years, people will look at their religion as they themselves look at Roman mythology now. 3. I think wealth should be forcibly distributed. Today's system allows people to be born into extreme wealth or extreme poverty. Hard work is not what is rewarded, it's much based on your standing at birth whether you end up wealthy. I think there should be a "cap" to how much any one person was allowed to cumulate, in terms of personal wealth. The question of course would be who would do this distribution, and how would we make sure it didn't turn corrupt. I don't have these answers, but this is mainly a rhetorical excercise anyway, so...
  8. Do you have any really controversial opinions? If so, which ones? And why? (Advance warning: as this is about controversial opinions, you can safely assume some people will find some of the opinions triggering. I do hope people can stay calm amd follow the rules. Admins, I hope you allow this thread, as I think it will be an interesting one.)
  9. Westworld S01 [No Spoilers]

    I think Westworld is the best series I have ever watched. Wonderful show, and so philosophical at its root (what does it mean to be human, how do humans act when we believe we can get away with anything / when we can lord over powerless people, does free will exist, etc.). I think the most interesting aspect to discuss, is
  10. You know what's better than GoT?

    Rick & Morty is overrated. The Pickle Rick episode, which people think is the most hilarious thing ever created for TV, is okay. Nothing more, nothing less :P
  11. Doctor Who Season 9

    Yep, this last season was really great. Haven't watched the Christmas special and the "arrival" of the 13th Doctor yet, because I am re-watching the whole New Who series!
  12. I agree with solarz. That's all there is to it. Not everyone needs the extremely interesting backstory. His birth mother is a different story - the "lost princess" turned Aiel.
  13. Of course, that's also one of the strengths of him as a character - he is unlikeable at some points of the story, but at the same time, your heart aches for him because of what the world has forced him to become, and what he thinks he has to be. Characters that never do anything you disagree with or stay likeable all the time, are less interesting (that's also one of the reasons why the fifth Harry Potter book is my favourite - Harry is really quite an arse for a lot of the book, but that's HUMAN. No one is all nice all the time, we all have thoughts we are not proud of, we all rage at the world sometimes).
  14. Egwene is one of my, if not the definitive, favourite characters. I also liked her chapters way better than, let's say, Mat's (I know he is a fan favourite, so I'm not going to go into that debate right now) or Perrin's (all he thinks about is wolves, wolves, wolves then Faile, Faile, Faile). She adapts to her surroundings, she learns from them, and she uses that knowledge. She understands the Aiel when the Aes Sedai don't even want to bother to do so. She understands the Windfinders' culture better than most, even Elayne, with her posh diplomacy classes. She sees the Kin not as a threat but as an opportunity and potential allies with the Aes Sedai. She is motivated to learn and to try to excel in whatever she does. This makes Egwene a stayer, a survivor. She doesn't automatically think she has all the answers, but she is stubborn when needed be. She adapts to new situations and try to learn from them. She is curious and observant. I don't agree that her personality doesn't change all that much. She starts out as this sweet, naive and, yes, a bit dull village girl, and grows to take on one of the most important roles in the world, and she takes it on well. Along the way she learns talents believed to be forgotten, learns to live in other cultures and learn from them, she travels the world and she makes up her mind about how she thinks she can improve. She is not perfect as an Amyrlin, but at least she has some new thoughts, knowing the institution has to change (and adapt - like her) or it will die. When it comes to her views on Rand: she barely sees him throughout the series. They separate quite early on, for several books they are far away from each other. She only hears about what he does. What is she to think? She tries to "spy" on his thoughts, but he keeps her out. She and Rand need each other because Rand has the raw force and she has the right thoughts on how to use it, but I can understand that based on what she hears about him during the books, she doesn't trust him. We see Rand through the omnipotent reader's mind, but if we see him through the characters, we can understand why people think he's mad, are afraid of him, dislike him etc. And let's be honest, Rand isn't polite. He bullies everyone around because he thinks he has to. I remember well that scene where Aviendha thinks about him being so ignorant as to how difficult it is to keep the Aiel rallied around him, because he completely disregards their cultural customs (which, btw, Egwene would never do) and he demands unreasonable things and gets mad when they can't deliver. If you think Egwene has tunnel vision, well, it's nothing on Rand's...
  15. Locations

    La Sagrada Familia - looks like something Ogier-built. :P The Spanish steps in Rome, maybe as the "entrance" to the White tower?