History LoopholeAbuse / RealLife

24th Feb '17 9:05:49 PM More
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* Islam prohibits prostitution. However, Twelver Shia Islam (the largest branch of Islam globally) also allows for nikah al-mut'ah, which is a temporary marriage. The duration of the marriage as well as the dowry have to be agreed upon before entering it. This has been used to effectively allow prostitution while still following the letter of the law.

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* Islam prohibits prostitution. However, Twelver Shia Islam (the largest branch of Islam globally) also allows for nikah al-mut'ah, which is a temporary marriage. The duration of the marriage as well as the dowry have to be agreed upon before entering it. This has been used to effectively allow prostitution while still following the letter of the law.
20th Feb '17 5:23:47 PM nombretomado
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* In the UK, the 1996 film adaptation of ''Literature/{{Crash}}'' was banned by the local council in the City of Westminster (which includes most of the central London cinemas) after the ''[[BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'' launched one of the most unhinged censorious campaigns against a single film in the UK's living memory. However, anyone wanting to watch the film only had to walk along to the non-Westminster half of Shaftsbury Avenue - that is in the neighbouring borough of Camden - to see it in a cinema there.

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* In the UK, the 1996 film adaptation of ''Literature/{{Crash}}'' was banned by the local council in the City of Westminster (which includes most of the central London cinemas) after the ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'' launched one of the most unhinged censorious campaigns against a single film in the UK's living memory. However, anyone wanting to watch the film only had to walk along to the non-Westminster half of Shaftsbury Avenue - that is in the neighbouring borough of Camden - to see it in a cinema there.
15th Feb '17 11:58:21 AM Blazer
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* [[http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/johor-crown-prince-hits-critics-giant-handshake-video A Malaysian Prince]] was criticized for not wearing gloves while shaking the hand of a woman. He makes a video where he meets another woman, asks to shakes her hand and puts on a glove -- a pair of Hulk Hands.
14th Feb '17 7:27:01 PM Specialist290
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* Much as in the Islam example mentioned above, the medieval Catholic Church prohibited usury. It did not, however, forbid the lender from taking collateral as security from the borrower, nor did it forbid the lender from charging additional additional "service charges" for holding the collateral if the borrower went over the nominal term of the loan, or from selling the collateral in question back to the original owner at a profit. The custom originated in the Italian region of Lombardy, and hence became known as "Lombard banking"; the practice eventually formed the basis of the modern-day pawn shop, many of which are still called "lombards" in various parts of Europe.
16th Jan '17 10:12:28 PM Deathhacker
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* The concept of "lend lease" was this to allow the US to covertly assist the Allies without officially joining them. When this was instituted, at the time the various allied nations were pretty much bankrupt; they couldn't afford to pay for the material needed for their war effort from the US. But if the US had given them the supplies, this would mean they took sides and would no longer be neutral in the conflict. To get around this, the US implimented the Lend-Lease program, which is essentially "loaning" the supplies to the afflicted nations on the promise that they would be returned after the conflict was over. The key was that the US never specified that the items had to be returned in the same condition, indeed they fully expected that none of this would ever be returned (just try and imagine someone trying to return a US army ration or bullets). But since the items still technically belonged to the US, just borrowed, this meant that the US wasn't legally allied with any of the nations.
16th Jan '17 8:03:27 PM PsychoGecko
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* How can those who follow the Ten Commandments(whether Jewish or Christian) justify being soldiers or the death penalty despite the Commandment against killing? As they'll tell you, the exact wording is more akin to "Thou shalt not murder," and murder is defined as wrongful killing.
16th Dec '16 11:13:26 AM Jhonny
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* While neither the Pentateuch nor the Talmud mention electricity or anything to do with it, there are now rabbinical opinions on whether electricity may be used on the Sabbath. A common consensus is that you are not allowed to switch on an electronic device, but something that was already one before the Sabbath began can be kept running (this is how a lot of sabbath cuisine works - just keep the food stewing in the pre-heated oven). So naturally someone developed a light switch that unlike a normal light switch does not close a circuit but technically never breaks the circuit, so switching the light on is not actually switching the light on. Other opinions say that the problem is not so much turning on or off something but whether "fire" is created. A light bulb is therefore right out because it produces heat and conventional switches (that may produce a spark) are also taboo, but what is there to say against a pre-programed LED?

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* While neither the Pentateuch nor the Talmud mention electricity or anything to do with it, there are now rabbinical opinions on whether electricity may be used on the Sabbath. A common consensus is that you are not allowed to switch on an electronic device, but something that was already one on before the Sabbath began can be kept running (this is how a lot of sabbath cuisine works - just keep the food stewing in the pre-heated oven). So naturally someone developed a light switch that unlike a normal light switch does not close a circuit but technically never breaks the circuit, so switching the light on is not actually switching the light on. Other opinions say that the problem is not so much turning on or off something but whether "fire" is created. A light bulb is therefore right out because it produces heat and conventional switches (that may produce a spark) are also taboo, but what is there to say against a pre-programed LED?
15th Dec '16 8:52:28 PM Lloigor
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* There is an urban legend that says that at a time, people circumvented a law forbidding to raise pigs "on the land of Israel" by raising them on platforms, and that the law had to be changed to ban this as well. Nowadays, it is illegal to raise pigs in Israel except for a small area in the north inhabited by Christian Arabs and in scientific institutions. Even the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, who prides itself in holding all animal species mentioned in the Bible, has to use non-native American peccaries as stand-in for pigs, and there have been [[TheFundamentalist overzealous visitors]] who tried to harm them by throwing plastic knives in their pen.

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* There is an urban legend that says that at a time, people circumvented a law forbidding to raise pigs "on the land of Israel" by raising them on platforms, and that the law had to be changed to ban this as well. Nowadays, it is illegal to raise pigs in Israel except for a small area in the north inhabited by Christian Arabs and in scientific institutions. Even the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, who which prides itself in holding all animal species mentioned in the Bible, has to use non-native American peccaries as stand-in for pigs, and there have been [[TheFundamentalist overzealous visitors]] who tried to harm them by throwing plastic knives in their pen.
13th Dec '16 9:26:04 PM Katsuhagi
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** The Mongols also believed that shedding noble blood would bring curses upon them, so their preferred methods of executions were carefully designed to avoid spilling any blood, and included things like drowning a former Empress regent who attempted a coup on Genghis' grandson Mongke at his coronation in a felt sack thrown into the river, and Temujin himself was said to have dealt with his rival Jamuka by either having his men roll him up in a rug and beat him until he died, strangle him to death, or break Jamuka's spine over his knee. They had no problem, however, with spilling the blood of common soldiers; the Mongols' primary weapons were after all [[ArcherArchetype bows and arrows]].

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** The Mongols also believed that shedding noble blood would bring curses upon them, so their preferred methods of executions for those of noble birth were carefully designed to avoid spilling any blood, any, and included things like drowning a former Empress regent who attempted a coup on Genghis' grandson Mongke at his coronation in a felt sack thrown into the river, and river. Temujin himself was said to have dealt with his rival Jamuka by either having his men roll him up in a rug and beat him until he died, strangle him to death, or break Jamuka's spine over his knee. They had no problem, however, with spilling the blood of common soldiers; the Mongols' primary weapons were after all [[ArcherArchetype bows and arrows]].
13th Dec '16 9:24:43 PM Katsuhagi
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** The Mongols also believed that shedding blood would bring curses upon them, so their preferred methods of executions were carefully designed to avoid spilling any blood, and included things like drowning a former Empress regent who attempted a coup on Genghis' grandson Mongke at his coronation in a felt sack thrown into the river, and Temujin himself was said to have dealt with his rival Jamuka by either having his men roll him up in a rug and beat him until he died, strangled him to death or broke his spine over his knee. They had no problem, however, with spilling the blood of common soldiers; the Mongols' primary weapons were after all [[ArcherArchetype bows and arrows]].

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** The Mongols also believed that shedding noble blood would bring curses upon them, so their preferred methods of executions were carefully designed to avoid spilling any blood, and included things like drowning a former Empress regent who attempted a coup on Genghis' grandson Mongke at his coronation in a felt sack thrown into the river, and Temujin himself was said to have dealt with his rival Jamuka by either having his men roll him up in a rug and beat him until he died, strangled strangle him to death death, or broke his break Jamuka's spine over his knee. They had no problem, however, with spilling the blood of common soldiers; the Mongols' primary weapons were after all [[ArcherArchetype bows and arrows]].
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