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Old 2010-03-19, 03:36   Link #6601
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Well, that is a matter of opinion. I would say other things like the insistence on the democratic principles of human rights and self-determination are great things about America, and they preceded globalization. To each his own, I guess.
LOL, democratic principles of human rights got us very far in Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, Venezuela, Argentina, and Iraq right? Don't get me wrong promoting equality in America is fine but spreading democracy was not what the founding fathers wanted. Hell it took nearly 200+ years to abolish discrimination, lynching, legalize marriage between whites and blacks etc. There are a lot of things that made America great but globalization and the strong growth in corporate power in America are some of the lasting reasons why America is still a super power.

I mean 20th century America to modern day America. Maybe prior to that you could claim that right to equality and the liberation of slaves would be, but then again Europe had long gone abolished slavery, and it was slavery and the lack of human rights that kept exports cheap to European buyers.
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Old 2010-03-19, 03:52   Link #6602
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Actually globalization is what allowed America to be great,
No, I'd say it was opportunism.

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If globalization hadn't occurred then the rebuilding on Europe would have been slower, the whole point was that Globalization and the results of WWII and the amount of rebuilding that need to occur catapulted way above the European powers, and considering the isolationism running around prior to the war it's quite pertinent to see the forest for the trees not the other way around. I mean don't forget to mention the explosion in advertising that also spurred corporatism to the forefront of efficiency compared to small businesses.
Globalization is a by-product of capitalism that was initially invented to spread capitalist systems and ideals and prevent any potential outburst in socialist agendas. America's always done what it did for political gain. It didn't become an economic superpower because it was innovative. Globalization eased the amount of trade that went around the world. Reparations were not the main reason behind globalization and as I said earlier, it is about taking advantage of economies of scale and increasing its effects, something that would be hard to do in nations that have been ravaged by war. I'd call the reparation efforts nothing more than investments in other businesses and buying co-operation from other countries. Once again, the motivation was political.
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Old 2010-03-19, 04:47   Link #6603
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Pope to sign letter on Irish paedophile priests

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Pope Benedict has written a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland with guidelines on preventing and punishing sexual abuse of children by priests.

Scandals involving Roman Catholic priests have been reported recently from a number of countries, including the Pope's native Germany.

It is unknown if the letter, to be read at Sunday Mass, includes an apology.

The Vatican recently denounced attempts to link the Pope to a child abuse scandal in Germany.

In recent months paedophile scandals have also rocked the Church in the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland.

The BBC's David Willey in Rome says that by implication, the measures decided by the Pope will have a much wider application than Ireland alone.

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I hope that letter will include an apology. An apology for not only the sex scandal that's cropped up recently, but also for all the shameless acts committed by priests around the world in history. But my hopes that this will realistically happen are very low, considering their past. A few days ago, one of the bishops in the vatican also had an interview with CNN blaming the scandal on the "temptation of the devil." I really don't like how these religious hypocrites have such a convenient scapegoat to make their confederates look good and avert the blame from them. When you commit such an act, there is nobody to blame but yourself. What makes me even more angry is that if it was anyone else outside of the vatican, these bishops would blame the pedophiles as they would anyone else, but when it comes to their own people, they're really quick to rely on supernatural arguments that have little to no application in the real world. Considering the vatican's history of censorship and propaganda, I have little trust and plenty of disgust for them.
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Old 2010-03-19, 05:38   Link #6604
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I hope that letter will include an apology. An apology for not only the sex scandal that's cropped up recently, but also for all the shameless acts committed by priests around the world in history. But my hopes that this will realistically happen are very low, considering their past. A few days ago, one of the bishops in the vatican also had an interview with CNN blaming the scandal on the "temptation of the devil." I really don't like how these religious hypocrites have such a convenient scapegoat to make their confederates look good and avert the blame from them. When you commit such an act, there is nobody to blame but yourself. What makes me even more angry is that if it was anyone else outside of the vatican, these bishops would blame the pedophiles as they would anyone else, but when it comes to their own people, they're really quick to rely on supernatural arguments that have little to no application in the real world. Considering the vatican's history of censorship and propaganda, I have little trust and plenty of disgust for them.
If that were to happen, I'd truly call it a miracle.

Fact is, it's not going to happen. Getting them to apologize for the pedophile priests was something they were quite reluctant to do, getting them to confess every little crime they committed and actually feel sorry for them is impossible. And even if they did openly state their apologies, would you believe them? I sure as heck wouldn't.

We just don't know what is going on behind closed doors. The Vatican is extremely secretive and they have their own morals and laws that seem to put the rest of the world utterly helpless against this. After all, will we see any of these priests sued for child molestation? I'd say probably not, not if the Vatican doesn't do it first.
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Old 2010-03-19, 05:51   Link #6605
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If that were to happen, I'd truly call it a miracle.

Fact is, it's not going to happen. Getting them to apologize for the pedophile priests was something they were quite reluctant to do, getting them to confess every little crime they committed and actually feel sorry for them is impossible. And even if they did openly state their apologies, would you believe them? I sure as heck wouldn't.
That's the sad part about the Vatican. I would never believe them either, not after 2010 years of censorship, propaganda and hypocricy. What's even more sad is how there are millions upon millions of people who don't even want to believe that priests are committing these acts at all or, like the bishop on CNN, believe it was the devil and don't want to blame the people who represent their faith. Truth is, the Vatican is, unofficially or not, the largest secret pedophile organization in the world, and it's held too many secrets from the general population for the sake of control. That's why they branded many other religions as satanic sects and whatnot, that's why they banished Mary Magdelene. They abused the Bible's power and they now have half the world under control through a blindfold called faith.

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We just don't know what is going on behind closed doors. The Vatican is extremely secretive and they have their own morals and laws that seem to put the rest of the world utterly helpless against this. After all, will we see any of these priests sued for child molestation? I'd say probably not, not if the Vatican doesn't do it first.
Ever since day 1, the Vatican has had its own rulings, policies and what have you. They have a horribly twisted and questionable morals. Considering the Vatican is its own country, and a sovereign one, the only people who have any access to their records are themselves, which makes it really hard if not impossible to crack down on these cases. I imagine the vow of celibacy has a lot to do with this, especially when it comes to Roman Catholics considering they are not allowed to marry. This is why I keep calling them hypocrites. A lot of people I know in Italy don't like me for this, but the fact they teach morals to children and the church they work for is caught up in these scandals makes them that much more believable. God help us all.
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Old 2010-03-19, 05:52   Link #6606
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Scientists see progress towards 3-D invisibility
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Washington (Mar 18): If you're a Harry Potter fan or a mere third-level mage in Dungeons & Dragons, you're probably familiar with the invisibility cloak. Slip on this magical garment, and you'd vanish before everyone's eyes. Now scientists have taken a small but important new step towards making it a reality.

Researchers at Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology report they were able to cloak a tiny bump in a layer of gold, preventing its detection at nearly visible infrared frequencies.

Their cloaking device also worked in three dimensions, while previously developed cloaks worked in two dimensions, lead researcher Tolga Ergin said.

The cloak is a structure of crystals with air spaces in between that bends light. It hides the bump beneath the gold layer, the researchers reported in Thursday's online edition of the journal Science. In this case, the bump was so tiny — a mere 0.001mm high and 0.013mm across — that a maginfying lens was needed to see it.

"In principle, the cloak design is completely scalable; there is no limit to it," Dr Ergin said. He added that developing a cloak to hide something takes a long time, "so cloaking larger items with that technology is not really feasible". "Other fabrication techniques, though, might lead to larger cloaks," he said.

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Japan cheers defeat of tuna trade ban
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Tokyo (Mar 19): The Japanese government, sushi lovers and seafood traders at Tokyo's massive Tsukiji fish market today cheered the defeat of a proposed ban on trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna.

"It was good," Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told reporters after a United Nations wildlife meeting in Qatar voted down a proposal to ban the international trade of bluefin caught in the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic. "It means the import of bluefin tuna will continue for the time being, and I think it's good that the price of bluefin tuna will not rise further."

The proposal for the ban, put forward by Monaco and supported by the United States and the European Union, was crushed by 68 votes against with 20 in favour and 30 abstentions at the meeting yesterday.

Japan consumes three quarters of all bluefin caught in the world's oceans, mainly raw as sushi and sashimi. A piece of otoro or fatty underbelly now costs 2,000 yen (US$22.10) at high-end Tokyo restaurants. Decades of overfishing have seen stocks crash by more than two thirds in the Mediterranean, from where giant freezer ships have long headed for Japan.

"It's really good that the proposal was voted down. Japanese people love tuna and salmon," said sushi chef Satoshi Suzuki, as he rolled out tuna for the lunchtime crowd at a restaurant on the edge of the market.

He said he recognised that Japan should manage marine resources sustainably but added that ordinary people do not consume the prized fish in large quantities. "People don't eat bluefin tuna every day unless they are rich," he said.

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Old 2010-03-19, 06:21   Link #6607
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There's a surprise. The government and it's citizens seeing eye-to-eye for once.
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Old 2010-03-19, 09:47   Link #6608
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There's a surprise. The government and it's citizens seeing eye-to-eye for once.
Typical. Yet another species that will be made extinct because of human greed. The bluefin tuna population has dropped 85% since large-scale fishing began. I gues the only bright side is that once the species is extinct I'll be able to say "told you so, you short-sighted fools", to Japan.
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Old 2010-03-19, 10:18   Link #6609
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Ever heard of the Lazarus Shield from C&C? Hell yeah!

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Typical. Yet another species that will be made extinct because of human greed. The bluefin tuna population has dropped 85% since large-scale fishing began. I gues the only bright side is that once the species is extinct I'll be able to say "told you so, you short-sighted fools", to Japan.
If it did go extinct, it would already have been so since around 2005 at the rate of consumption. Since they are growing bluefin tuna in farms, it should have a better future.
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Old 2010-03-19, 11:25   Link #6610
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"In principle, the cloak design is completely scalable; there is no limit to it," Dr Ergin said. He added that developing a cloak to hide something takes a long time, "so cloaking larger items with that technology is not really feasible".
So "completely scalable" does not include feasibility? They might have achieved something praiseworthy, but it sounds like "scalability" is overselling.
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Old 2010-03-19, 12:18   Link #6611
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TV presenter gets death sentence for 'sorcery'

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Old 2010-03-19, 14:14   Link #6612
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I seriously fail to see what's so funny with this. A man with small children may get executed because of some stone-age superstitions.
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Old 2010-03-19, 15:03   Link #6613
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"Scott Brown effect": Could Senator Barbara Boxer lose California?


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Considering Obama's track record of campaigning for other people, if I was Boxer, I'd say....thanks, but no thanks.
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Old 2010-03-19, 15:39   Link #6614
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Cop under fire over ammo aboard a plane

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GUN-toting top cop Simon Overland has dodged a six-figure fine after being caught with live ammunition boarding a flight from Canberra to Melbourne.

The Victorian Chief Commissioner, who carries a gun because of fears he could be an organised-crime target, was caught with a magazine loaded with bullets at Canberra Airport on Thursday afternoon.

But while Mr Overland has avoided a maximum $110,000 fine, a screening officer who missed the banned item - when Mr Overland flew from Melbourne to Canberra - has been stood down.

The officer, who works in Melbourne Airport's Qantas terminal, will be retrained for his blunder.

Mr Overland inadvertently left the ammunition in his carry-on luggage.

Sources have told the Herald Sun he had placed his pistol, believed to be a 9mm semi-automatic Glock, in a locked box before boarding the flight.

But while the State Government has backed the Chief Commissioner, former National Crime Authority chairman and prominent barrister Peter Faris, QC, said he should be charged.

"So it's OK to carry bullets on a plane?" Mr Faris said.

"It's a serious criminal offence. Any other citizen would be charged.

"The AFP should charge him and it should be left for a court to consider.

"It's a no-brainer.

"You can't just say he's the Victorian Chief Commissioner so he can't be charged."

But instead of being fined or charged, Mr Overland was cautioned and will be issued with a letter of reprimand by the Office of Transport Security.

In a statement, it said it was "consistent with the approach taken where similarly inadvertent incidents have occurred involving police officers".

Mr Overland contacted Office of Police Integrity director Michael Strong yesterday to brief him about the incident.

An embarrassed Mr Overland told AFP officers at Canberra Airport to confiscate the bullets after being screened and interviewed.

An investigation has been launched by the Office of Security Transport, but no further action is expected.

Mr Overland, however, will have to write a detailed report for the OPI.

Mr Overland normally carries a semi-automatic pistol, but a Victoria Police spokeswoman refused to say if it is a Glock 9mm or how long he has carried a gun.

A statement from Victoria Police yesterday confirmed the incident.

"The Chief Commissioner had inadvertently carried a magazine containing ammunition through the screening point and when it was discovered he asked AFP members to confiscate it immediately and co-operated fully with them," it said.

Police Association secretary Greg Davies said Mr Overland did not deserve preferen- tial treatment.

"Our position will be there is one law for everyone," he said.

The only authorities permitted to carry guns on planes are air marshals.
Idiot, and this is why your premier is getting pummeled in the popularity polls.
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Old 2010-03-19, 16:28   Link #6615
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I seriously fail to see what's so funny with this. A man with small children may get executed because of some stone-age superstitions.
I remember hearing about this when he was first sentenced to death. The worst part is what he did isn't a crime in his home country, and he was on a religious pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia should not be able to detain people who are on a religious pilgrimage, commit no crime in Saudi Arabi, nor have arrest warrants in their home country. Basically what they've done is said this man isn't a good muslim so they're going to execute him. I'm not a fan of religion in general, but people should be allowed to practice their faith without fear that they're going to be killed for something that was perfectly legal where they came from.
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Old 2010-03-19, 16:47   Link #6616
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Old 2010-03-19, 19:09   Link #6617
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First something light and cheerful: Cherry blossoms are expected to start opening next week in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Now something annoying: GOP congressman attempts to re-brand US Civil War as "The Great War of Yankee Aggression".
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Old 2010-03-19, 19:28   Link #6618
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meh that's normal for southerners to use that term
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Old 2010-03-19, 21:47   Link #6619
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meh that's normal for southerners to use that term
Not on the floor of the house it isn't. Besides the Confederates fired first. They should pass a law, anyone who calls it the war of northern/yankee aggression gets whacked on the head with a rolled up essay about Ft. Sumter, which they then have to memorize.
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Old 2010-03-19, 22:36   Link #6620
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meh that's normal for southerners to use that term
Heh... As a 7th generation Texan (before immigrating to the West Coast), I call BS . Southerners refer to it as "The War Between the States".

This politician is missing a few cards in his deck, he's shooting low, he's about as sharp as a sackful of wet mice, ....
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