Khaleesi did nothing wrong

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  1. In addition to that, I think events that happened centuries or millennia ago can feel very distant to persons today, making it easy to dehumanize the people who lived back then because they appear so different from us in terms of cultures and lifestyles. I mean, if a present day dictator butchered the entire population of a city except for its young women, who instead were handed out to his soldiers as sex slaves, a person who said "Yeah well he is actually not all bad, don't forget that he has built two nice museums and made shoe exports go up with 15%" would be regarded as insane, but these are the kinds of arguments you hear all the time when it comes to discussions about various historical rulers. It is easy to sort of forget that people who lived in earlier historical periods were just as real as we are, I think.
  2. Seems like those dogs could fight better than your off-brand Romans though.
  3. Yeah, there are some valuable lessons to take away from that entire debacle: 1. Don't exterminate the Catholic minority living in your empire. 2. But if you do, at least try to convince any later claimant to the throne to not hire an army of Catholic crusaders to help him take it back. 3. But if he does, at least make sure that he pays said crusaders what he has promised them when all is said and done, instead of trying to run them out of the country. Otherwise they might get angry.
  4. The obesity epidemic mentioned earlier is probably an important cost driver, if you compare USA's rates to those of the rest of the developed world. It's actually pretty impressive how far ahead of the rest of us they are, but considering the ridiculous portion sizes you get at a lot of American restaurants it is not surprising.
  5. Regarding AI and automation, if you have some time to kill then I think this White House report on the subject from 2016 is worth a read. AI Economy Report.pdf What I think was particularly interesting were the historical reflections on the nature of skills demanded for new jobs. For big chunks of the industrial period the trend actually appears to have been moving in the opposite direction of what is feared by many people regarding AI today, in that a lot of newly created jobs back then demanded less education and skills to do than those they replaced (factory workers vs. guild affiliated craftsmen for example), thus leading to decreases in income inequality and the leveling out of wages. However, from the beginning of the digital era and onwards the pendulum has been swinging in the other direction, with middle and low skill jobs becoming less in demand while highly skilled professionals (like IT-experts) have become more valuable, thus explaining at least part of the increase in wage inequality in America from the 1980's and onward. Previously I had believed that technological advancement had had a pretty linear effect on demanding increasingly more sophisticated skills from the labor force, but that does not appear to have held up historically. On the contrary, the demands on the labor force appear to have swung back and forth between different periods. That is something to keep in mind regarding the coming AI and automation wave, I think. It is not guaranteed that most the new jobs that end up being created will be hugely demanding in terms of intelligence or education, thus leaving a significant part of the population permanently unemployable. It could be that technological assistance also ends up simplifying a lot of previously complicated jobs to the point where most people can do them.
  6. Aside from Canada, most countries of the Americas are very violent. It is not unique to the USA. The homicide rates are the highest in the world even though the countries there are by no means the poorest.
  7. Interesting stuff, thanks!
  8. Interesting post! What do you think about the discussion regarding keeping guns for self defense even though one might lack formal training?
  9. I'm ambivalent when it comes to American and their guns, but I'm not sure that is a very fair comparison. As a soldier you are trained to be able to face enemy troops and win, not defend yourself against a home intruder who is most likely some drug addict with little or no weapons training of his own. Not sure how much skill you'd really need to defend yourself effectively against the latter, but it is definitely not the same as facing a battalion of mechanized infantry!
  10. If you are firing full auto with an assault rifle you will have a hard time hitting specific persons at 50 yards, nevermind 500.
  11. I think a person from 1317 would do okay. Some immigrants that go to modern countries come from regions that are only marginally more technologically developed* than medieval Europe was, and possibly quite a bit poorer (depending on the estimates) and well, most of them survive. The other way around would be much rougher, due to the absence of a safety net and the general suspicious attitude people held against vagrants and foreigners. You'd probably be lucky to be taken in as a farmhand or servant by someone. *Rural Afghanistan, parts of rural Sub-Saharan Africa, etc.
  12. I don't know how things look over where you are right now, but If the American Antifa is anything like their European counterparts then they are basically just the drug addicted and anti-social wing of the communist party. They have existed here for far longer than any Trump related movements, and tend to define "fascism" as anything that isn't literal communism. All in order to get an excuse to set fire to innocent peoples' cars, throw rocks through store windows, and vandalize public property that millions in tax revenue then has to be redirected to pay for.
  13. I also think the risk of being ruled by a "moron" king was pretty small, even though it is a common stereotype in fiction. Aside from being descended from individuals at the very top of society with everything that entails, princes were also often put into very comprehensive and demanding education pretty much from the moment they were able to talk. Often having little time to actually spend with their parents due to how much time they had to spend learning languages, politics, economy, military strategy, etc. Reading about Swedish kings during the 1600-1700's really doesn't make you envy their lives particularly much. They basically didn't have any childhoods. I think the risk of being ruled by a mentally ill king was more serious, but that's not really something a simple intelligence test would correct for anyway.
  14. Ah, I didn't mean it like that. It is flushed down the drain in the sense that you don't seem to get much extra value for spending twice as much on healthcare as normal countries. But yeah I agree, US doctors are extremely well paid compared to the rest of the developed world. I think the average in 'Murica is about 300 000 USD per year, which is insane. Doctors here average less than a third of that, and their program is still the hardest one in university to get admitted to due to the volumes of applicants. They don't get any debt from med school, but the difference in wages still shouldn't be nearly that large for countries with pretty comparable GDP per capita.
  15. There are many changes that need to be made, that was an example. Anyway there are lots of countries with good, accessible healthcare for way lower costs than yours, so I don't see why you couldn't just do what they do. It could save your country an incredible amount of money every year. You could triple the size of your military, or let NASA colonize the Solar System, or essentially eliminate taxes on the top 1% entirely. That's the scale we are talking about. So much more fun stuff than just feeding that money to your healthcare monster.