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In response to wetsern sanctions on Russia, Russia is now applying bans on a range of agricultural products, most likely to be primarily from the EU, worth about 2 billion Euros. 

The trade war has well and truely started and the big question is how far will this go and ultimately who will it hurt the most? The collective EU economy is much larger than that of Russia but is also still dependent on Russian oil and gas, 2 areas not yet being included in the retaliation measures.

Who will blink first?
Argentina has now defaulted on debt left over from the debt restructuring of its last default. As usual the country is blaming anyone and everyone except themselves for this, such as US funds.

Ultimately this is just yet another example of supreme incompetence from the Argentinian government and the continuation of a mentality that saw it fall from being one of the wealthiest nations in the world to 2 defaults in a decade. 

For anyone living in Argentina, why on Earth do the people of Argentina keep electing these idiots into power? Kirchner has done all sorts of things, from raiding pensions to fund her government to closing down opposition media, forcefully nationalising the oil industry, lying to the IMF about inflation and kicking up trouble every single year over the Falklands. However when consequences of all their idiotic actions come, they blame everyone else in the world.

If Argentina carries on as it is, it could well become a failed nation. Complete disregard for debt obligations and various rights have destroyed confidence in the country.

The mess that has existed in the Gaza region has dragged on for ages with no sign of changing any time soon. Gaza will continue to have militants while Israel exists, is blockading them and bombing them and Israel will continue to blockade and bomb as long as the militants spend all their resources on digging tunnels into Israel and firing off rockets. Neither side is prepared to budge in any sort of meaningful way.

So would a solution be make Gaza a direct UN administered territory? Israel doesn't want rockets fired at them and Gazans want to see their quality of living improved. A UN controlled territory with UN forces deployed could help prevent militants in the country itself. This could be backed up with large scale infrastructure projects to improve the standard of living of the locals. This should allow preventing rockets without it being Israeli troops doing it and also cause militants to lose local support if Gazans feel they are hindering the UN effort to build new infrastructure and improve their lives.

It's not ideal but I can't see any other way of having a long enough period of stability where both sides can be reasonably happy.
Quick note: I'm against all forms of capital punishment as I don't think it serves justice well at all. I do think that if you are going to do it at all though, it should be quick and as painless as possible.

Recently another execution attempt by lethal injection was bothed in the US with the process lasting 2 hours instead of the 10 minutes. There has been trouble getting chemicals and some are proposing a return to the electric chair. The electric chair also has faults and can be result in botched executions.

I wonder why the guillotine isn't used instead. It is gruesome yes but ultimately it is the fastest form of execution and has pretty much no chance of messing up. If the purpose of the electric chair and lethal injection is the prevent cruel and unusal punishment from the point of view of the one being executed, surely a guillotine would best achieve that? It actually seems more like they want to achieve executions that are preferable to those observing rather than simply getting the job done.

The person to be executed could be drugged into a sleep before they are taken and then the job could be over and done with quickly and efficiently.
I've seen a fair few extremely religious people use various words with "ist" in an attempt to make out certain people belong to an ideology with its own doctrine than simply holding certain beliefs eg see Darwinist.

However one I can't ever understand is the religious right using secularist as a bad term. Secularism is simply the belief that church and state should be kept seperate. In the case of the USA, secularism is written into the Constitution. In saying they oppose secularism, they are essentially saying they oppose the 1st amendment.

Also how would these people feel if there was a state religion but it wasn't theirs? I bet they would be arguing for secularism like any sane person would.

So beyond wanting to ram their specific religion down everyones throats and use the government as a tool for spreading their religion, why do these people use the term "secularist" as a bad term?


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AbalamAnderson Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
May I ask you for you're thoughts on my newest piece ?…
And here is a Llama for you because your probably awesome, :D
Jeysie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Since the thread was closed: I know you're from the UK. And quite frankly you guys have as much of a history of suffering "white" terrorism as the US does, making your complaints about Muslims still bizarre.

The Muslims don't have a monopoly on violent extremists by a long shot.
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Yes we've had our experience of white terorrism but we don't now. Also it's beyond terrorism, we didn't have crowd of Irish charging around threatening to kill anyone who was rude about Islam but we have had that with Muslims.
Jeysie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You haven't met our domestic terrorists here in the US. There's quite a few groups here who'd be absolutely happy to kill gays, Hispanics, blacks, women getting abortions, etc. if they thought they could get away with it. Some of them still go for it. There's also our nutjob right-wing militias planning for "race wars" and uprising against the government.

I remember the likes of McVeigh and the Unabomber, and our mass shootings have mainly been by whites, too. To me, this whole "Muslim extremists are way more dangerous than white ones!" is total bull. Maybe we should just deal with the extremists and leave out the prefacing adjectives against others. Especially since it's racist attitudes that fuel many of our domestic terrorists. I guess you're safe from them... if you're white, Christian, and straight!

P.S. Plus, the Muslims here don't get to put Sharia law into effect... but the Christians do their damnedest to put Christian law into effect and have been succeeding lately. You don't have to blow things up to harm people. There's a reason why "Christian Taliban" has been thrown around here as a term lately.
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In regards to the thread you made about North Korea, that idiot Wes STILL thinks that you're a racist just for making a James Bond joke and "hurting his feelings". What a baby... Sorry about that :P
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Meh I know what the rules are and I know I have a perfectly defensible case. He can go ahead with it because I know nothing will come from it. I'm still not entirely convinced he has, I think it's a bluff to try to provoke me into apologising.
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that, and yeah, he pulled the same shit with me all day, too.
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
He must be the life of parties.
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Euterpe-The-Egret Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The forum was locked but I still wanted to say that you are fantastic for the point you made. :clap:

Thank you.
Ragerancher Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Thanks but which point was that?
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