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Everything Else / Re: 2008 US Presidential Election-Official Discussion
« on: November 06, 2008, 05:40:05 pm »
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I just came here to post this, thought everyone would get a kick out of it.

Actually no, not a 'kick,' but more of an absolute shock that this person almost became Vice President of the United States.

I'll repeat that.

This person almost became Vice President of the United States.

It's terrifying.

EDIT: Apparently most of this info came from McCain aides just after the election ended. She made so many enemies within the party that they just dumped all the dirt they had on her to Fox News once there was no way it would jeopardize their campaign.

Everything Else / Re: 2008 US Presidential Election-Official Discussion
« on: November 05, 2008, 04:08:58 am »
Well that's a relief.  :P

PC Games / Re: Mount and Blade
« on: October 27, 2008, 05:57:40 pm »

Just a screenshot after a lengthy siege defense.

(Oh, and by the way, my banner is a black cross on a white background, not a red one)

Everything Else / Re: 2008 US Presidential Election-Official Discussion
« on: September 30, 2008, 04:33:10 pm »

Faux News.

Why do I keep seeing this pun made as if it's the funniest thing ever? Whenever media bias comes up in debate this always pops up. People even starting working it into actual arguments they are trying to make as if it somehow helps their credibility rather than hurts it.

EDIT: On Topic!

Anyhow, Obama and McCain have both promised wars if it comes down to it and diplomacy fails. And both said it with the same emotions on their face, so....hmmmm.

But really, what other options are there if diplomacy fails? The definition of failed diplomacy is when it results in an actual conflict, right?

Everything Else / Re: 2008 US Presidential Election-Official Discussion
« on: September 22, 2008, 07:30:57 pm »
sorry to you both then.

But I disagree. Taxes take away alot of my dad's income. He makes like 200,000 a year or something.

But do we live in a mansion? No. Do we own sports cars? no. We are normal middle class that happen to earn a lot of money.

Why should we suffer from higher taxes?

these taxes should be based on spending, not income. People who make lots of money AND spend lots can obviously afford taxes. People like my family who earn a lot but don't spend should not sacrifice their income so big brother can afford a new jet plane.

You still have an income of ~$150,000 a year from your father alone. It's admirable that you save much of your income, but your father certainly earns a salary over a 'normal middle class' standard.

Everything Else / Re: Youtube Video Bonanza
« on: September 20, 2008, 05:28:59 pm »

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I believe I have found the best Thing.

Music / Re: Best/Underrated songs used in Video Games!
« on: September 18, 2008, 08:08:58 pm »
Baba Yetu from Civilization 4

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One of those songs that breaks the barrier between 'video game music' and 'music.'

Music / Re: "What are you listening to" thread
« on: September 03, 2008, 10:18:46 am »
Metapharstic-Aphex Twin

Hahah 2 Aphex Twins in a row  ;D

Music / Re: Music Players!
« on: August 28, 2008, 06:00:01 pm »
iTunes for me too. 494 'items,' 3.2 gigs, all legal.

Spore: General / Re: What is the one thing you would Add to Spore
« on: August 22, 2008, 03:13:01 pm »

Everything Else / Re: Racism
« on: August 22, 2008, 02:57:39 pm »
Serdun, all those people you mentioned struggled for Civil Rights. That highlights my point that America is more racist in the first place, and that apparently the values of equal representation and cake for all aren't quite the core of American society. I they were, surely oppressed minorities would have no need for protests and an endless struggle for representation?

You seem to view the Civil Rights movement as a clash between "the Minorities" and "the Americans." Perhaps it's because the idea of an American being anything other than a fat, unintelligent bigot is somehow shocking to you? By your own admission, you've gathered most of your information about American racism from what you've culled through the media. Is your view of the American him/herself also tinted somewhat from what comedy shows and less-than-balanced news reports show you?

Yes, there were and are racist Americans. That doesn't mean all Americans are racist. Yes, many white Southerners (and Northerners too) institutionalized oppression against minorities. However, their attempt to suppress rights and values central to US society only makes it clear those values were there to suppress. MLK Jr. didn't fight for black ideals, he fought for American ideals. They're in our Constitution, in our Declaration of Independence, and in our Pledge of Allegiance. Denial of the fulfillment of these ideals by some American bigots didn't manage to erase them from the foundation of our government and society.

As though to aid me further;

We teach that the United States is the only great country, and we, unlike anyone else, teach the values that have made the United States the best, like individualism, diversity, tolerance and the courage to stand up for what you believe.
Oh. Oh wait. That's not what I said at all.

We teach that the United States is a great country, and we teach the values that have made the United States great, like individualism, diversity, tolerance and the courage to stand up for what you believe.

I've never suggested that no one but the US holds these values. I stated that the US teaches these values, and why.

All these countries have another thing in common; they pretty soon forget these values. The Courage to stand up for what you believe? Like all those innocents currently enjoying the hospitality of Guantanamo Bay. Diversity and Tolerance? Well, look no further than this topic!
The Guantanimo Bay issue is a massive moral quandary that's an extremely divisive issue in the US at the moment. We've got no real "good" solution to the mess the Bush Administration has created. It's a very complicated problem, and a source of shame for the United States.

I complained about the aspect of your culture wherein you are repeatedly told you're the best in the world, like a child with special needs.
You stated in your post that you believed that through their education, Americans are implanted with some kind of racist instinct stemming from their patriotism because "most great Americans are white." I gave examples to show that the achievements of minorities in the US are heavily celebrated, and that racism is very heavily condemned throughout a child's education.

Also, thanks for not-so-subtly calling us retarded.

Everything Else / Re: Racism
« on: August 21, 2008, 05:23:27 pm »
I'd say American racism is more prevalent because every member of their country has the 'fact' that  'America is the Greatest Nation on Earth' drilled in to them from birth. As controversial as it will end up being, I'd also blame it on the much larger religious population, as most racism in the States, from what I've gathered in the Media; comes from White Christian Redneck types. The 'superiority' of America over other nations prompts ideas of white superiority, as most important figures in America's history have been White.

Have you ever been inside an American public school? Spoken to an American teacher? Much of the curriculum is taught from an American standpoint as you say, and celebrates great Americans; great Americans like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Frederick Douglass. I learned about Harriet Tubman before I learned about George Washington. We teach that the United States is a great country, and we teach the values that have made the United States great, like individualism, diversity, tolerance and the courage to stand up for what you believe. We teach the US's past failings and mistakes, but also show the ways we move to correct them. The brave men and women of the US Civil Rights movement in the 1960s embodied the American spirit, not the racists they were struggling against. The activists are our heroes, not the bigots.

Every day schoolchildren in the United States recite the Pledge of Allegiance, which ends with "with liberty and justice for all." They're taught about the Declaration of Independence, which opens with
Quote from:  John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...
They see posters promoting equality and tolerance and read stories that do the same. To claim US education has some kind of white bias is false, uninformed, and in my opinion very, very offensive.

Everything Else / Re: 2008 US Presidential Election-Official Discussion
« on: August 20, 2008, 02:26:23 pm »
Ooh. I found some statistics.

Hey look I found statistics too!

See, I always thought humans developed from a natural process known as evolution. Thanks to this handy-dandy graph I now know I'm wrong! Thank you public opinion!

Everything Else / Re: Political and Social Theory Discussion
« on: August 20, 2008, 12:33:07 pm »
The Franklin measures love of one's country, right? Political Science discussions aside, one could say Lincoln loved his country enough to defy the Constitution, enter an unconstitutional war, ignore the courts and all that just to keep it together.

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