• Who would you define as a patriot..?

    (A) Someone who does all they can to get their country to behave well to its citizens and earn respect internationally (B) Someone who supports their country wholeheartedly however vilely it behaves internally and abroad
    (A) Someone who does all they can to get their country to behave well to its citizens and earn respect internationally (B) Someone who supports their country wholeheartedly however vilely it behaves internally and abroad
    4 answers · Other - Politics & Government · 2 years ago
  • Assuming there is a God as described, do you think he gets frustrated with people who take Genesis literally?

    Think he might be saying "Look guys, I was trying to describe the beginning of things to a bunch of ignorant, sem-literate nomadic tribesmen. I gave 'em a story they could understand. "Do you seriously think I'd try to tell them about the Big Bang I did, and quarks, and black holes, and string theory? Really? Look there is stuff... show more
    Think he might be saying "Look guys, I was trying to describe the beginning of things to a bunch of ignorant, sem-literate nomadic tribesmen. I gave 'em a story they could understand. "Do you seriously think I'd try to tell them about the Big Bang I did, and quarks, and black holes, and string theory? Really? Look there is stuff in there for you people who know a bit more than nomadic tribesmen for multiple thousand years ago, but you've got to stop pretending you're as stupid and ignorant as they were before you will get it." I do.
    4 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 years ago
  • What do Americans imagine a Communist is?

    Recently on here I've seen right-wing European politicians, the Pope and others described as "communist". Even President Obama, which would have anyone who owns a dictionary rolling on the floor with laughter. Does *anybody* know how a communist is defined?
    Recently on here I've seen right-wing European politicians, the Pope and others described as "communist". Even President Obama, which would have anyone who owns a dictionary rolling on the floor with laughter. Does *anybody* know how a communist is defined?
    13 answers · Politics · 3 years ago
  • Has Fox News apologised for Steven Emerson?

    This idiot, speaking on Fox News said "There are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims simply don't go." He also claimed there were parts of London where "Muslim police" beat people for not dressing in Muslim attire. Of course he has had to apologise on his website since, and has completely... show more
    This idiot, speaking on Fox News said "There are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims simply don't go." He also claimed there were parts of London where "Muslim police" beat people for not dressing in Muslim attire. Of course he has had to apologise on his website since, and has completely withdrawn this crud under a barrage of raucous laughter. But has Fox apologised for offering this nonsense as fact?
    8 answers · Politics · 3 years ago
  • When the good guys start behaving just like the bad guys it no longer matters who wins - it's going to be bad guys either way. Comment?

    If torture and persecution are what we're doing instead of what we're opposing, what is there left to believe in?
    If torture and persecution are what we're doing instead of what we're opposing, what is there left to believe in?
    3 answers · Law & Ethics · 3 years ago
  • Just out of interest, how many gun-owners in USA are members of a "well-regulated militia"?

    For those who aren't why is that part of the second amendment fine to ignore while the other part isn't?
    For those who aren't why is that part of the second amendment fine to ignore while the other part isn't?
    7 answers · Government · 3 years ago
  • Can someone who uses the "anonymous" facility please explain why?

    We nearly all use online handles that conceal our street identity, so as far as I can see the only reason people would go by "Anonymous" is that they are not prepared to be judged by their answers on here as a whole. For instance my answers show that I am an economic Thatcherite, but way to the left of the US mainstream in social... show more
    We nearly all use online handles that conceal our street identity, so as far as I can see the only reason people would go by "Anonymous" is that they are not prepared to be judged by their answers on here as a whole. For instance my answers show that I am an economic Thatcherite, but way to the left of the US mainstream in social politics. I support the UK attitude to armed citizens, I think the war on drugs has failed abjectly and was a stupid idea in the first place - did nobody learn anything from Prohibition? And so on. Read my answers and you know what I think. All "Anonymous" does is prevent that. Why would this be a good thing? Anybody enlighten me?
    9 answers · Current Events · 3 years ago
  • I'm fed up with some buffoon posting pointless questions about suing people. Can I sue Edward Jordan?

    I'm pretty damn' sure I know where I stand with Edward Jordan on this matter.
    I'm pretty damn' sure I know where I stand with Edward Jordan on this matter.
    5 answers · Law & Ethics · 3 years ago
  • Why are so many Y!A denizens obsessed with the idea of another world war?

    Circumstances change, and what was practical in the 20th Century is no longer a realistic proposition for anybody - unless the world economy collapses and stays collapsed, which looks many many decades off at present if it will ever happen at all. To ask, for instance, whether there might be a world war over the Crimea, or Syria, is to ignore just... show more
    Circumstances change, and what was practical in the 20th Century is no longer a realistic proposition for anybody - unless the world economy collapses and stays collapsed, which looks many many decades off at present if it will ever happen at all. To ask, for instance, whether there might be a world war over the Crimea, or Syria, is to ignore just about every factor relevant to those situations. Nobody cares enough about either one to destroy their own economies over such matters. Nor, indeed, about anything else.
    5 answers · Other - Politics & Government · 3 years ago
  • How can one object to the removal of a question one is answering?

    Several times recently I have noticed that people have posted important questions - in the sense that they expose an idea or belief that really needs to be challenged and corrected - and these questions have been removed. Often this has happened with a number of very pertinent answers, challenging the idea behind the question, already posted. A... show more
    Several times recently I have noticed that people have posted important questions - in the sense that they expose an idea or belief that really needs to be challenged and corrected - and these questions have been removed. Often this has happened with a number of very pertinent answers, challenging the idea behind the question, already posted. A recent example was a question about "Mandela Necklaces" that really should be addressed, but was cut. I object to this very strongly - how can we hope to educate, if people cannot express the ideas that need to be challenged? So how,on Y!A do I go about objecting to the removal of a question?
    3 answers · Yahoo Answers · 4 years ago
  • Foreign tourists in California, married but under age?

    I live in UK. The daughter of some friends of mine has just married a very pleasant young man. Both of them are 17. They are living with my friends until they are 18, when they will get a place of their own (in UK 18 is the age at which you can sign contracts, etc, but the age of consent for sex is 16). They were all planning to go as a family... show more
    I live in UK. The daughter of some friends of mine has just married a very pleasant young man. Both of them are 17. They are living with my friends until they are 18, when they will get a place of their own (in UK 18 is the age at which you can sign contracts, etc, but the age of consent for sex is 16). They were all planning to go as a family to California for a holiday later this year, but I have just seen that the age of consent in California is up at 18. Seems rather high, but California's business not mine. Question is, if these folks all go to California, and the two young lovebirds have sex (chances of not are tiny, to say the least, it currently takes a hydraulic press to get them apart for meals!) do they get arrested, despite the fact that they are married? If so, there might be a distinct dip in California tourism when that gets publicised, but either way they need to know before confirming the bookings, because of course if so they will go somewhere less strange.
    6 answers · Law & Ethics · 4 years ago
  • Why do so many people on Y!A think China is a communist country?

    Yes the ruling party call themselves communist, but that's just historical. It is very clearly and obviously a bullish, no-holds-barred capitalist economy, almost entirely market-driven. Just go to Shanghai or Hong Kong - you can't miss it. To be communist... * The government (the "people") should own the means of... show more
    Yes the ruling party call themselves communist, but that's just historical. It is very clearly and obviously a bullish, no-holds-barred capitalist economy, almost entirely market-driven. Just go to Shanghai or Hong Kong - you can't miss it. To be communist... * The government (the "people") should own the means of production. True in China? No. * The government should manage all labour and its rewards ("from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs"). True in China? No. * Market forces should have no impact on management of the economy. True in China? No. * There should be a concerted move towards collectivism in all fields. In China? Moving away towards a classic capitalist model. Certainly there are some socialist concepts in their government model, but that is true of many of the private-enterprise, market-driven economies of Europe as well. I know thre are a few strange people who would call them communist too, but they are people who don't own dictionaries - and have zero understanding of economics. So... why do people keep calling China communist? Don't get it.
    10 answers · Politics · 4 years ago
  • Hi, USA. Please would somebody explain why many of you believe that your government might morph into tyranny?

    And if they did want to, why do you think your armed forces and civil police would support that as opposed to, for instance, arresting them? This has confused me for the longest time. No significant number of citizens of other Western countries believe this. And of course over hundreds of years we have been right. Is it that you think American... show more
    And if they did want to, why do you think your armed forces and civil police would support that as opposed to, for instance, arresting them? This has confused me for the longest time. No significant number of citizens of other Western countries believe this. And of course over hundreds of years we have been right. Is it that you think American politicians are uniquely evil, or what? They don't seem to be from the outside.
    4 answers · Government · 4 years ago
  • Why are you people still fighting the 2012 presidential election?

    I'm only a Brit, so I don't understand how it works in the States. Can you get a replay or something? Because where I come from we have the election, shout at each other about the result for a week or so, then get on with it. What are all the folk whining about Obama (which they either can't spell or have this childish thing going,... show more
    I'm only a Brit, so I don't understand how it works in the States. Can you get a replay or something? Because where I come from we have the election, shout at each other about the result for a week or so, then get on with it. What are all the folk whining about Obama (which they either can't spell or have this childish thing going, not sure which) actually expecting to achieve? Or should they just get a life? Will somebody please explain?
    7 answers · Politics · 5 years ago
  • Why was Marijuana use made illegal in the US and the UK in the first place?

    Anybody know? It was legal for centuries, then suddenly not. Makes no sense to me, but surely somebody out there may know the relevant history.
    Anybody know? It was legal for centuries, then suddenly not. Makes no sense to me, but surely somebody out there may know the relevant history.
    2 answers · Law & Ethics · 5 years ago
  • Many Americans seem worried that their government will attack them unless they are festooned with weapons Why?

    Citizens of other countries don't worry about this. The UK and French governments, for instance, haven't fought their citizens in many hundreds of years. In fact they seem rather to think it's their business to protect them. (and when they did fight, centuries ago, the citizens won in both cases). Why do you believe your government is... show more
    Citizens of other countries don't worry about this. The UK and French governments, for instance, haven't fought their citizens in many hundreds of years. In fact they seem rather to think it's their business to protect them. (and when they did fight, centuries ago, the citizens won in both cases). Why do you believe your government is so different and untrustworthy?
    5 answers · Government · 5 years ago