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Politics / Re: global warming - it's really pissing me off
« on: March 31, 2009, 06:24:59 PM »
Nice link. 

Well, that's just the introduction.  And it's meant to distance the video and it's discussion from the ideological debate (of talking heads like Gore and Limbaugh, who are seen as biased by most people) as opposed to the scientific one. 

Come on, Dahang... comment on the content. 

I found it really enlightening!

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Politics / Re: global warming - it's really pissing me off
« on: March 26, 2009, 11:48:14 PM »
I found a pretty objective video on youtube about climate change.  I just watched this one video (of a series) but I'm looking forward to the others because it actually gets into the science behind the debate.  Great for a clearer understanding of what's going on!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52KLGqDSAjo&feature=PlayList&p=A4F0994AFB057BB8&index=0

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/dev/random / Re: The last movie you saw....
« on: November 25, 2008, 01:29:15 AM »
Gabriel.

You might like it if you like heaven vs hell type stuff.  Entertaining but not very satisfying.

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General Ownage / Re: can we please mute this idiot
« on: November 23, 2008, 07:59:50 PM »
Hmmm,

I noticed he got better too!!  He killed me like 8/10 games.  I had never lost to him before so I was pretty despondent, hehe.  It didn't seem like he was cheating though.  Is it someone different?

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Politics / Re: Is America the greatest country in the world? (Poll 2 of 2)
« on: November 14, 2008, 04:45:55 PM »
lol...

er... well... just pointing out what the REST of the world thinks of us

 ;)

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Politics / Re: Where has the love for and the pride in America gone.
« on: November 14, 2008, 01:07:44 AM »
First of all, I know many people still have pride in America but they are generally silent.

One thing that pisses me off, is all the people who live here that do nothing but bitch about America.
There are far too many "what's in it for me" attitudes.  To many people who feel America owes them this or that.

American society has more freedoms than most countries in the world and offers many opportunities to excel in life.
You can easily find many examples of people who started with practically nothing and made themselves very successful.
Was it easy for them "NO", did it always work on their first try "NO", but persistence and hard work has made many successful.

Another thing that tweaks me is all of the celebrations of this heritage or that heritage, can't we be americans and celebrate that.  I not against people being proud of their roots, but do we need to push that on everyone.  I work for the government and I am constantly pounded with this heritage month or this fundraiser to support schoalarships for this ethnic group or pressured to attend this heritage luncheon (it looks good for management to attend and show support), etc.  At home I get mail, emails, commericals on TV, etc.   I bet many of the people who celebrate this heritage or that heritage, their parents and grandparents are american born but they don't celebrate America with the same energy. 

How many people will fly a foreign flag proudly, but do not fly the American flag on July 4th.   :grrrr:
 
If you feel that the country you celebrate is so great why are you here.

I am sorry if I piss someone off, but I just don't like people who live here and reap the benefits that America provides not giving this country the respect and appreciation it deserves.

You may be talking more to immigrants than to me -  but I think that me and my statements would probably qualify. 

I think most of us who are fighting against the nationalistic zeal we observe are not doing so because we dislike America or deny its greatness. 

America to me represents the people that live here, the companies that operate here, and the government.  I'm not thinking of the pilgrims or civil war or even the constitution when I think of America.  I'm thinking of our collective actions as they relate to us and the rest of the world in the context of the present day. 

And in that context in many ways I feel America has lost its way.  I don't think it's disrespectful to have that opinion.  I see our education declining, our capitalism breeding greed, our unilateral stance pitting the world against us, and our consumption of resources building the gap between rich and poor nations and peoples. 

If these things are true - which is arguable, but which I strongly believe to be true - then I don't see why pointing them out is disrespectful of our nation.  It's necessary for us to see the world as it is before we can change it to be the way we want it to be.

I think Americans should show a little more humility and understanding that the prosperity of our nation is built on more than just our backs, to say the least.




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Politics / Re: Is America the greatest country in the world? (Poll 2 of 2)
« on: November 14, 2008, 12:10:20 AM »
"German engineering, Swiss innovation, American nothing."

-Advertising slogan used on a billboard in South Africa by Daimler to promote its Smart "forfour" compact car




Ouch!

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Politics / Re: Where has the love for and the pride in America gone.
« on: November 13, 2008, 10:01:51 PM »

Shit, why not.  How 'bout your own nuke launcher?


Yeah, why not? 

This is a good question.  Of course you can't have nukes - but where do you draw the line jager? 

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Quake / Re: Mymap Alterations - Sequential IA
« on: November 13, 2008, 08:47:56 PM »
On maps with chain I find it pretty annoying. 

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/dev/random / Re: Holy crap I haven't missed anything!
« on: November 13, 2008, 04:33:26 AM »
great...EST!

 :razzberry:

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/dev/random / Re: Holy crap I haven't missed anything!
« on: November 13, 2008, 04:00:54 AM »
hey!  don't mistate my position!

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Politics / Re: Is America the greatest country in the world? (Poll 2 of 2)
« on: November 13, 2008, 04:00:01 AM »
Maybe I should take an age poll as well.

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Politics / Re: Is America the greatest country in the world? (Poll 2 of 2)
« on: November 12, 2008, 09:08:02 PM »
Yeah, I'm wondering if everyone is answering truthfully.  What are the statistics on how many countries the average American has been to?  According to this poll 13 of 14 Americans have traveled abroad.

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Politics / Re: Is America the greatest country in the world? (Poll 2 of 2)
« on: November 09, 2008, 07:29:47 PM »
I don't think it matters if you've traveled to the other countries or not..and I don't think i'm being naive.  We know the cultures, we see them all day on tv, we know their wealth, their tourist attractions etc.

I don't know... I don't think we know nearly enough about other cultures at all.  It's way, way different when you actually go see a place in person and actually have to deal with people.  The way of life of a place is not only determined by their wealth and tourist attractions, but by how the people treat you and interact with each other.  I guess like Focalor said we can learn a lot by reading about a place and hearing about people's experiences.  But I don't think the average American is getting more than what the television feeds them - which isn't enough.  Do we really know what it would be like to live in another country?

That said PBS just showed a documentary by an educated Pakistani woman traveling through Pakistan and interviewing people and being very direct about Islam and women and a host of issues and it was really eye-opening.  I think the difference is it was conducted by a Pakistani so we got to see the world through her eyes - this kind of media is available to those who are interested.

I guess the answer is more dependent on who you are and what you've been exposed to or chosen to see and read and investigate.  I get the feeling though - that most of the people I know personally would say hands down we're the best country and really have no idea what the rest of the world is like.  I don't think that's fair.

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Politics / Re: Is America the greatest country in the world? (Poll 1 of 2)
« on: November 06, 2008, 12:33:54 PM »
Lolz @ dizzy

If we really were objectively the greatest nation on earth... shouldn't someone who's not American.. er... from the United States... agree that it's the greatest nation?  I mean if it's a reasonable assertion then other reasonable people should agree, no?

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