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About Archanfel

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  1. The alternative was right here several decades ago and is still there in some societies, it's just hidden from us by political correctness. Whether the alternative is better is hard to say since what's better for one person might be worse for another. The very action of defining a greater good places society before individuals. Worse yet, none of us are qualified to define what's better. Take education for example, how many people here has a PHD degree in education? How many of the opinions are based on cold scientific researches rather than emotions? However we have the power to define "bet
  2. The goal is not to lead to the best system since there's no such thing, but to have a system that would adapt and survive. One example would be the dinosaurs. Some of them were at the top of the evolution chain with perfect specialization for the environment. Yet when the environment suddenly changed, they faded away whereas more adaptive species survived. Democracy was never supposed to be the best system either. It can never compete with a wise dictatorship. However, it was suppose to be adaptive through minimum limitation of personal liberty. Unfortunately, liberalism changed and democracy
  3. Social media is far from free. In fact, I'd say social media is part of the reason political parties becomes ever more radical. The goal of social media is to draw attention, either for ego or for monetary gains. Radical views tend to invoke strong reactions from both supporters and opponents, thus draw more popularity. Social media also allows more ordinary people who are easily manipulated into political arena. Both tea party and 99% are the products of more grass root participation, which unfortunately has not been a good thing.
  4. Then either they were right or their offspring would have less chance of surviving, thus eliminate the gene/culture associated with such behaviour. The problem with public good is that there's no clear and static definition of "good". Science and society change everyday, so is the definition of "good".
  5. Who cares? Why should the government decide what's good and what's not? Schools should implement their own curriculum. You want to teach the earth is flat? Your choice. And if they are not good, parents just wouldn't send their kids to that school.
  6. Newspapers are businesses, they write (or hire the right person to write) what sells. Nothing more, nothing less.
  7. The problem is that politicians are professional liars (except maybe Rob Ford who is not so professional), but journalists are not. It will be a very sad day when journalists sink to the level of politicians. Reading the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun, I can't help but feel that they each have an agenda that is unrelated to journalism. I undertand journalists have their ideology and biases. I do too. However, I do try to acknoledge both sides of the arguments and not base my judgements on ideologies, but on facts. Apparently, not doing a very good job, but at least I am trying. I don't thin
  8. What?! Terrible idea. I doubt they will even break even from the lost of ridership.
  9. Is Petrujkic or Rob Ford more credible than the Star? Rob Ford does not have a very good track record. ps. I love your interests on housework avoidance, had to chuckle.
  10. I wonder where did people get the idea that Rob Ford smokes crack then. I don't think the Star is so naive that they didn't think people would draw their own conclusions based on their reports. They covered themselves legally by avoiding saying Rob Ford smokes crack, but that's essentially what they are saying. I am not saying the Star is lying. I believe them on Rob Ford's drug habit. However, I have to agree with Rue that the Star did covered themselves by avoid saying the exact words. I disagree with him, however, that it's "cowardly and irresponsible". That's standard business practice.
  11. Not necessarily. For Toronto at least, very few people can afford houses right on subway lines, so it's more like 1 hour across several buses. In fact, very few people can afford houses in Toronto period, so one has to be pay both TTC and regional transit. It's both slower and more expensive than driving (not counting insurance and maintenance). Another issue is once someone drove a car, he/she has to be continuously insured to get a good rate. That stopped a lot of people from getting rid of their cars even if they don't have to use it all that much. I still think it's best that TTC provide
  12. If Mr. Li was mentally ill, I would think both of them are victims in a tragic event.
  13. Well, I am going to respond anyway. First of all, thank you for the post and I do apologize. I should have qualified the "ignorant tag". I thought it was clearly qualified given the context of the discussion, I guess I was wrong. However, I do wish you wrote this post in the first place instead of your previous terse responses. I think I was confused by your usage of the word "average" since average is meaningless here unless you have a large enough deployment. We are talking about Ontario, which does have a limited deployment. Now that you have clarify the context of your argument, I agree w
  14. Ok, thank you for correcting me. I am glad we agree on any future incidents though. A further point though, do you think that would limit Mr. Li's right unfairly? If they have to be responsible for Mr. Li's future actions, the doctors might never release him just to be safe regardless his mental conditions. Do you think that's a reasonable tradeoff for public safety?
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