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Is the War on Terror worth it? Some math..

Many people think the costs associated with the war on terror has been too high. There are many ways of getting some clarity on the subject, one of them is measuring the socialeconomic alternative cost of how many lives could be sacrificed which would have the same effect. (Take the numbers below with a pinch of salt, they are not the main point.)

First off, I'll need to establish some type of credible socialeconomic cost of the war. Nobel memorial prize winner Stiglitz has provided…

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Added by Arcus on September 13, 2011 at 12:23pm — 2 Comments

I've seen Jesus!

Look! It's clearly Jesus manifesting himself:

See the head, the outreached arms, His white robe. It's all clear to me now! Jesus is here, he's communicating with me!

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Oh wait.. false alarm. It's only a dog's anus... :/…

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Added by Arcus on September 10, 2011 at 8:12am — 11 Comments

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics - Who are the Tea Partyers?

So I was wondering who made up the bulk of the Tea Party movement. From what I gather, it should be a lot of middle aged housewives. From what I gather, the Tea Party members are religious fundamentalist, socially conservative, fiscally all over the place, and dumb uneducated. Most of these aspects tend to be proxy's for female middle aged votes, but to my surprise it appears from the only…

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Added by Arcus on September 4, 2011 at 5:02pm — 17 Comments

The Emocratic problem

There's an upcoming in election in Norway. I've done my democratic duty and voted for the party I've always voted for - in thick and thin. Why do I keep voting for the same party all the time..? Well, for rational reasons. I disagree strongly with their unholy alliance with social conservatives, but fiscal and foreign policy is more important to me.

I always have to read the party programs of the two parties I would potentially vote for - the conservatives and the liberals -…

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Added by Arcus on September 3, 2011 at 8:18am — No Comments

A brief illustrated history of the Norway

Well, this is pretty much accurate. :)

Added by Arcus on September 2, 2011 at 11:43am — No Comments

Norwegian humor - prepare to be offended

Norwegian humor is know to be similar to British.. apart from being much, much more offensive. In fact, we usually say Bristish humor is quite mild by our standards. Here's a few examples which has appeared on my FB wall, getting lots of likes:

 

An american, an arab, a somali and a norwegian is sitting on the train to Oslo. The american takes out a bag of dollars, throw it out the window and say 'we have plenty of that where I come from'. The arab takes out a bag of sand and…

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Added by Arcus on August 28, 2011 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Gaddafi fighter recounts her nightmare war (and war crimes)

An interesting story in the aftermath of the fall of Tripoli has arisen. Euronews retells the story and interviews a Gadaffi loyalist which has committed heinous war crimes. Follow the previous jump to see the video and read the full story.

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One 19 year-old woman was a sniper. Now she is to stand trial for executing 16 rebel prisoners.

She claims that she…

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Added by Arcus on August 28, 2011 at 9:34am — 55 Comments

WTF America?

Seriously. wtf.

If you follow the news you would have recently read that the richest American, Warren Buffet, asked if he could be taxed a bit more to contribute. In France, which apparently the arch enemy of the US seeing as they don't support toppling of random dictators, a new tax on the wealthy is being imposed. In fact, following in the footsteps of Buffet, the rich people asked the French government to tax incomes over €500k (~$722k) at an addition 3% until the French government…

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Added by Arcus on August 26, 2011 at 7:50pm — 31 Comments

Ahmedinejadisms

Yesterday there was an interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Euronews. I would recommend watching the interview itself to get the full impact on just the level of crazy this leader is able spout, however the easiest is to read the transcript. Just like how former Dear Leader Bush coined a number of Bushisms, the Iranians does not like coming in second and have sent…

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Added by Arcus on August 4, 2011 at 11:59am — 12 Comments

Terror in Norway - the lasting impact

There have been two major stories emerging from the terror, and these are some of questions I have to answer almost daily from non-Norwegians (apart from "WTF dude?!"):

Why are you so lenient against the bastard? He should have been shot at the spot! -Because we don't like suffering. We hate it.

What the…

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Added by Arcus on July 31, 2011 at 8:05am — No Comments

Twin Attacks - A Revolution is the Aftermath

I'm currently following the aftermath and the only word I can find to describe it is mostly inspirational. I'll try to compile a list of the lessons Norway can teach other terror-stricken nations and a list over shameful events.It'll be a long post, you can skip uninteresting paragraphs if i score a critical wall-of-text hit.

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I'll start with the worst.

Immediately after the blast everyone though of Islamists. After the shooting started everyone (including…

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Added by Arcus on July 25, 2011 at 3:49pm — 4 Comments

Terror in Norway - the suspect

Now this is a real interesting turn. Unlike the Islamists everyone expected, the terror was done by right wing/xenophobic/neo-nazis. Welcome to the politics of Norway.

The place currently being ransacked by the police (Hoffsveien 18, 0275, Oslo):

(The can is anti terror police, call name "Delta")

Here's the building in a bit of better weather. Note the…

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Added by Arcus on July 22, 2011 at 8:15pm — 84 Comments

Terror in Oslo

Gallows Humor

Well, if anyone ever doubted that Norwegians start our weekend early and with a bang, this should provide ample evidence to the contrary. ;)

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The Story

So it appears that our Government Quarter (Regjeringskvartalet) has been hit by a car bomb. Specifically, the buildings of the Departments of Oil and Energy, Trade and Industry, and Health, in addition to the PMs offices and the HQ of the largest tabloid newspaper. The Supreme…

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Added by Arcus on July 22, 2011 at 12:24pm — 116 Comments

I believe in Science Fiction - or - Religion in the year 4011 CE

My interpretation of the state of religion in the year 4011 CE. Seriously. ;)

In the beginning there was the great creator Roddenberry the Almighty, which himself put down in writing his greatest teaching in the Holy book of Star Trek within four short years ending in 1969 CE. The main protagonist of this story is the Captain Kirk, a figure which never miss an opportunity to act emotional instead of rational. Luckily, he is guided by the Holy Spock of pure reason.

This…

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Added by Arcus on July 12, 2011 at 2:49pm — 4 Comments

The upcoming Katla eruption (and possible solution to global warming)

It does appear more and more likely that the Katla volcano on Iceland is going to blow any day soon. The worst case scenario is an eruption on the scale of the '91 Pinatubu eruption which decreased the global temperature by about 10% for a few years.

Of course, the difference between a Northern hemispheric eruption vs an equatorial one will produce quite different effects on the climate in Europe and North America. This includes the possibility of a couple years of failed harvests…

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Added by Arcus on July 9, 2011 at 1:52pm — No Comments

I have changed the world for better. For realz.

**This post will contain boasting and lots of opportunity for personal attacks, which you may lather on without my giving a damn. ;)

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I am quite proud of myself for this weeks accomplishments. After about 1 month of little sleep and much work related stressors, what I was working on came to a massive conclusion on Thursday. (Unfortunately, specifics cannot be discussed due to the sensitive nature of the details.)

I work as a Senior Credit Analyst (the Senior bit…

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Added by Arcus on July 2, 2011 at 8:17pm — 7 Comments

The Economics of hooking up at fancy nightclubs

We were sitting in a beer park one day, thinking up a nice controversial research question for a friend's paper. After a lot of bouncing of ideas, I got to thinking: Of all the nightclubs in the world, there are some fancy ones with a cover charge which stings a bit. Some of these again charge half off for women. (I wouldn't know these assumptions for a fact, of course.)

Anyway: How can they get away with this?

Well, for…

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Added by Arcus on June 20, 2011 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Know your History: 22nd of June

The events that took place 70 years ago on this date - 03:15 on June 22nd 1941 - should be firmly imprinted on your mind. If you cannot immediately guess what I am referring to: Shame on you, and welcome to history class.

To quote Coleman's commentary on Santayana: "Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat history class."

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It is, of course, the start of one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history: Operation Barbarossa. The effects…

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Added by Arcus on June 19, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments

The art of logic on internet forums.

Applied logic is a form of art, akin to the art of war or the art of medicine and unrelated to the fine arts. Specifically, it is the art of persuasion - how to convince others to believe your arguments on face value. Humans talk like they think, and usually write like they talk. How a conversation with this person would be can therefore be interpreted from forum activity, and it's quite easy to understand a substantial part of the psychology of others from online behavior.

(This is…

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Added by Arcus on June 18, 2011 at 6:42pm — 3 Comments

The price of freedom is justice - ban religion!

The rights and freedoms you enjoy are neither rights nor freedoms - they are privileges. When you break a law, the first thing that happens is that you lose most of them after having had an unfortunate run-in with the justice system. In most countries, even at this point you are awarded a few privileges - prison law is a fairly abbreviated version of civilian law, more on par with military law.

Law is an ever increasing body of knowledge of behavior we find to be anti-social. It is…

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Added by Arcus on June 18, 2011 at 3:01pm — 6 Comments

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