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by luciensar
Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:16 pm
Forum: The Media
Topic: Newsweak
Replies: 2
Views: 3268

Newsweak

Check this out - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14975282/site/newsweek/ Newsweek's cover on their issues for Europe, Asia and Latin America all feature a big story headlined 'Losing Afghanistan'. The US edition? My Life In Pictures with Annie Leibovitz. Say what?? What's with Newsweek pushing the rathe...
by luciensar
Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: The Media
Topic: Not Credit to Bush for Gas Price Drop
Replies: 4
Views: 3955

Re: Not Credit to Bush for Gas Price Drop

It wasn't fair to blame Bush in the first place. The oil and gas prices are controlled by the free market, but somehow the liberal media makes us believe that Bush and his oil buddies are pulling some scams. Bush clearly has a lot of connections to the oil industry. He is in a rare position to have...
by luciensar
Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:04 pm
Forum: News Talk
Topic: Rice responds to Clinton
Replies: 1
Views: 2948

Rice responds to Clinton

In this story - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5382914.stm - there's some pretty standard responses from Condoleeza Rice about Clinton's claims that he did what he could to try to stop Bin Laden and Al Qaeda while he was in office. Clinton claims that he left a comprehensive strategy for stoppi...
by luciensar
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Would you trade?
Replies: 4
Views: 3887

Would you trade?

Would you trade 5 points of IQ for two extra inches of vertical jumping ability? How many IQ points would you cash in if this were possible?
by luciensar
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Thank You "South Park"
Replies: 1
Views: 2750

It would be nice if people could laugh at themselves. However, some people will always take their religion too seriously. Scientologists, for example, have joined that cult because they want to use it to become successful. Scientology is far more of a way of life than some religions. Catholocism can...
by luciensar
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:46 pm
Forum: Immigration
Topic: Wasted Crops
Replies: 5
Views: 4605

No, Terry, if that's the price of food, then so be it. I think those prices are flaming hyperbole that doesn't take a heck of a lot of factors into account, but that's the economic system we live in. The solution is not to just tough it out or to accept illegal imigration as a part of life. The sol...
by luciensar
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:44 pm
Forum: News Talk
Topic: Don't Rebuild the Big Easy
Replies: 21
Views: 12453

Re: Rebuild? Yes and no and why

A lot of what the original author of this thread (and those who reposted in agreemant)'s problem is that they don't understand that New Orleans' shitty residential facets were part of the lure of the city itself. I totally agree that the somewhat decayed and run down parts of NO were part of the al...
by luciensar
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:40 pm
Forum: News Talk
Topic: Selling Sleazy Books for Dumbasses
Replies: 3
Views: 4549

jchagan wrote:I think everyone lies to sell books, and yes, that includes some people who have edited/sold copies of the Christian Bible. People also lie about cars an cologne. Books are a product, just like anything else.
I'm pretty sure that practice goes right back to Gutenberg.
by luciensar
Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:35 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Which is it Mr. President?
Replies: 2
Views: 3251

Re: Which is it Mr. President?

Why does being a Christian and Republican always seem to go hand in hand? Because the modern republican party, like the institution of organized religion, was founded on the principle that if you lie to people and try to scare them, they will give you their money. They go together so well, that peo...
by luciensar
Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:31 pm
Forum: News Talk
Topic: Selling Sleazy Books for Dumbasses
Replies: 3
Views: 4549

Re: Selling Sleazy Books for Dumbasses

I know what this scumbag said was untrue, but I wish it was true. While I agree that it probably isn't true, how can you be so certain? And he's not so much a scumbag as he is the president of Pakistan. And the whole point of the story is that he did in fact help us after 9/11. If you think lying t...
by luciensar
Sun Sep 24, 2006 7:51 pm
Forum: News Talk
Topic: Clinton in the News Again!
Replies: 2
Views: 3342

Do you ever get tired of this rant? You're suggesting that Clinton has something to hide in regards to Bin Laden, but you don't actually make any accusations. Instead you just say he's hiding something and then drag out the same tired old argument about Lewinsky and Serbs. And yet you complain that ...
by luciensar
Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: News Talk
Topic: Pesti-cola
Replies: 2
Views: 3146

Pesti-cola

In a report last month, India's Centre for Science and Environment found that both Pepsi and Coca-Cola contained dangerous levels of pesticides and other chemicals. A number of Indian states banned both drinks in schools and colleges, and the state of Kerala went so far as to ban the products outrig...
by luciensar
Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:36 pm
Forum: Immigration
Topic: Hispandering: What about all the great things illegals do?
Replies: 12
Views: 9007

The positive effects of imigrant culture (and not just Mexican) are a good reason to change the laws surrounding imigration, but not to ignore them. I agree with Frasier that no amount of good cultural influence accounts for the fact that illegal immigration is illegal. I'm not saying the laws shoul...
by luciensar
Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Picasso - Genius or Fraud?
Replies: 1
Views: 2989

I enjoy cubism. And not from some "it's a way to look at a fractured universe through a fractured lens" kind of nonsense. I like it because it's interesting to look at. The colors Picasso used were very important in conveying a feeling throughout his pieces and it's interesting to see how he did tha...
by luciensar
Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: Politics & Government
Topic: Bush was "taken aback"
Replies: 3
Views: 3558

Bush was "taken aback"

Pakistanian president Pervez Musharraf claimed in a press conference that the US - specifically former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage - had threatened to bomb Pakistan "back to the stone age" after 9/11, if they did not assist in the hunt for Al-Qaeda. Armitage denies this, though he ack...
by luciensar
Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:13 pm
Forum: Politics & Government
Topic: The UN is powerless and should be
Replies: 0
Views: 2197

The UN is powerless and should be

In a speech responding to Bush's appearance before the UN on tuesday, leftist Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez had some pretty bold words about America, the UN itself and the state of all the biggest ticket issues around the world. The UN in its current form "doesn't work", he said. Iranian presiden...
by luciensar
Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Greenland was Green BEFORE "Global Warming"
Replies: 7
Views: 5131

Re: 1816: The year without a summer

- Luciensar. I am dubious of the self-flagellating Chicken Littles who always have to find something "we evil humans" have done to mess things up, and are slow to look for natural causes. Pinatubo's 1991 eruption injected an estimated cubic mile of particulates plus 20 million tons of sulfur dioxid...
by luciensar
Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:30 am
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Patriotism is dangerous
Replies: 13
Views: 7265

Maybe it's just semantics, but I think that patriotism only becomes dangerous when it grows into nationalism. Patriotism is someone fighting for a country they believe in. Nationalism is someone believing in their country blindly. Patriotism brings about good change like the American revolution or t...
by luciensar
Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: Money, Business & Economy
Topic: Drink to Your Wealth!
Replies: 3
Views: 3909

Eh, I think the cause and effect have been reversed here. "Social drinkers" are those who go out and drink. People who can afford to socialize like that are by definition the people who make more money. Otherwise it's like saying "people who are more successful with money drive nicer cars" and assum...
by luciensar
Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:30 pm
Forum: Love, Romance & Family
Topic: Straightest Guy Hit on by Gay ...
Replies: 2
Views: 5938

Cheshirealleycat wrote:Maybe cause you live in a city without a large gay population.
Actually, Minneapolis has a relatively high gay population (by ratio, anyhow). It's not San Francisco, but it's fairly high on the list.
by luciensar
Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:21 pm
Forum: Immigration
Topic: If you can't speak the language...
Replies: 3
Views: 3669

I think it's important consider that there's no organized group of Mexican imigrants who are saying "we refuse to learn English!". It's not some dedicated group who are trying to push this agenda. It's just the way things have evolved. When you get a whole big group of people who move from somewhere...
by luciensar
Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Greenland was Green BEFORE "Global Warming"
Replies: 7
Views: 5131

Just because there are other forces at work causing the warming of the planet doesn't mean that human pollution doesn't bear a share of the blame as well. This is not a problem which has any one cause. And to name the cause as being something which humans cannot hope to halt the progress of is just ...
by luciensar
Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:31 pm
Forum: The Media
Topic: Celebrity-Obessed News Report
Replies: 2
Views: 3539

Celebrity news is hardly news (so to speak). Even at a local level, newscasts are dominated by stories about celebrities. That's what sells. It's unfortunate, but true. And selling is the name of the game after all. Nobody wants to hear the same old news from Iraq night after night. Or rather, some ...
by luciensar
Sun Sep 03, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: The Media
Topic: Product placement
Replies: 1
Views: 3269

Product placement

Does it seem to anyone else like product placement is on the rise? I mean, we've always found advertisements for popular products in the background of television shows, but it seems to be on the rise. The explanation is definitely tivo and similar services. So many people are getting their televisio...
by luciensar
Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:06 pm
Forum: Politics & Government
Topic: What were they thinking?
Replies: 1
Views: 2631

What were they thinking?

Reports from the pentagon say that sectarian violence in Iraq is worse now than at any time since our invasion in 2003. The report goes on to say, "Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq, specifically in and around Baghdad, and concern about civil war within the Iraqi civilian populat...
by luciensar
Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:05 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religion and politics don't mix
Replies: 0
Views: 2083

Religion and politics don't mix

It seems like polarization about religion has swept the country in even bigger ways than ever. Very rarely anymore do you hear someone saying that religion is just a grey area for them. Everyone seems to be of the opinion that religion is either a horrible scam or the only truth to be found in the w...
by luciensar
Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:04 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Islamic Stereotyping
Replies: 2
Views: 3267

Islamic Stereotyping

I am completely fed up with the stereotyping of Islam as some violent cult of fanatics. It seems like all the news ever tells people about Islam is related to terrorist leaders. They never talk about the huge majority of muslims who are peaceful and well cultured. They completely ignore the fact tha...
by luciensar
Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:02 pm
Forum: News Talk
Topic: Stem Cell advances and setbacks
Replies: 1
Views: 2790

Stem Cell advances and setbacks

A Massachusetts company - Advanced Cell Technology - has recently made a breakthrough in the creation of stem cells without destroying the embryo from which it was created. It seems like this should be the sort of thing that people on both sides of the debate can be happy about. Those who are intere...
by luciensar
Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: News Talk
Topic: $1 Billion to Lebanon
Replies: 0
Views: 1362

$1 Billion to Lebanon

The US, Europe and the Gulf states pledged nearly a billion dollars to aid Lebanon yesterday. This just seems like money thrown down a very long drain. The war in Lebanon lasted 34 days. Can the world community afford to throw a billion dollars at countries like Lebanon every time they have a month ...
by luciensar
Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: News Talk
Topic: Iranian nuclear development
Replies: 0
Views: 1215

Iranian nuclear development

The Iranians are played their cards very close to the vest as it concerns their nuclear program. Top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said today that Iran is ready to enter "serious negotiations" with the UN about their uranium enrichment program. The UN wants them to stop all enrichment by August 31...