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Posted: 02 February 2011 05:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Φ-, do you like to play craps?  Roll the bones.

Oh god, the violence is getting worse, the thugs are destroying a massive peaceful protest, maybe they are gov’t goons.

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Posted: 02 February 2011 09:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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I hear the military is standing back and letting the folks go at it.

Perhaps letting the little people blow off some steam and get it out of their systems?

Although the military is stuck in a decidedly touchy situation and I can well understand them sticking to the sidelines not bloodying themselves. . .  at least not yet.

Lordie lordie and all this just because the masses of people throughout the region have been getting shit on for decades…  jezzus you’d think those people would figure it out already ~ someone needs to support the masters of the universe. 
Once they get that straight, all will be well with the world again.

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Posted: 03 February 2011 11:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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tirebiter4659 - 31 January 2011 03:40 PM

I’ve heard there isn’t a whole lotta “allah is great” stuff going on… That’s great…

If I was rebellious,,, I would storm the armories??... Disable the big stuff..

From the reports I have been hearing Islamists are not leading this revolt, it is a genuinely popular revolt against a dictator. However the dictator supports U.S. policy with regard to Israel. This creates a difficult position for the U.S.

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Posted: 03 February 2011 11:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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tirebiter4659 - 29 January 2011 11:18 AM

The poor there are so numerous and desperate that they know a theocracy can’t be any worse than capitalism?

What is the name for a country ruled by the rich?

I saw a lot of funny jokes for this question, but I believe the answer you are looking for is Oligarchy.

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Posted: 03 February 2011 05:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Just to be precise and nitpicking: 

Oligarchy is the rule by a small group.

Plutocracy is the rule by the wealhy.

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Posted: 03 February 2011 05:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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The definition of Oligarchy as rule by the wealthy comes from the Teaching Company’s Course on Plato’s Republic. Thought that was a good source.

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Posted: 03 February 2011 05:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Just shows they can be wrong.  Check a few dictionaries. 

Sort of like the interview I heard this morning with a Canadian news reporter who had been detained along with other foreigners for a few hours by some Egyptians. She talked with a woman and her four year old daughter on vacation from Oregon.  The reporter said a few times, “I felt badly for the little girl so I tried to comfort her.”  I could imagine a U.S. reporter saying that, but not a Canadian.  She probably didn’t realize she was saying that she had lost feeling in her finger tips.  (She should have used the adjective, bad, rather than the adverb, badly.)

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Posted: 03 February 2011 06:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Occam. - 03 February 2011 05:57 PM

Just shows they can be wrong.  Check a few dictionaries. 

Sort of like the interview I heard this morning with a Canadian news reporter who had been detained along with other foreigners for a few hours by some Egyptians. She talked with a woman and her four year old daughter on vacation from Oregon.  The reporter said a few times, “I felt badly for the little girl so I tried to comfort her.”  I could imagine a U.S. reporter saying that, but not a Canadian.  She probably didn’t realize she was saying that she had lost feeling in her finger tips.  (She should have used the adjective, bad, rather than the adverb, badly.)

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Posted: 05 February 2011 08:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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I hope the revolution will spread across the meddle east, all the dictators will fall ?

It’s already started spreading. Like multinational corporations.

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Posted: 24 February 2011 01:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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The protests, and revolts, and revolutions are spreading so far across the Mid-East.  From Lybia I saw video… one of the most wondrous and beautiful sights I have ever seen… of a protester who was in a hospital bed, his limbs crushed by a tank of Kaddafi, the hospital running out of sedative and rationing it, he laid with his eyes nearly closed because he was so weakened, he had the energy of a mere snowflake impacting a snow drift, and this man raised up his hand high to show the camera a victory sign, his two fingers held into a V.  These are amazing times, I hope that they can turn out well.  I have hope that the democratic world can help to create a good result.  smile

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Posted: 24 February 2011 01:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 24 February 2011 01:09 AM

The protests, and revolts, and revolutions are spreading so far across the Mid-East.  From Lybia I saw video… one of the most wondrous and beautiful sights I have ever seen… of a protester who was in a hospital bed, his limbs crushed by a tank of Kaddafi, the hospital running out of sedative and rationing it, he laid with his eyes nearly closed because he was so weakened, he had the energy of a mere snowflake impacting a snow drift, and this man raised up his hand high to show the camera a victory sign, his two fingers held into a V.  These are amazing times, I hope that they can turn out well.  I have hope that the democratic world can help to create a good result.  smile

That sounds likes the making of an iconic picture like the student standing in front of the tank during the 1976 Tianamen square protests. rolleyes

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Posted: 24 February 2011 06:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 24 February 2011 01:09 AM

I have hope that the democratic world can help to create a good result.  smile

So do I, I don’t want to be paying $2 per litre of gas.

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Posted: 24 February 2011 07:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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I don’t know as I couldn’t accept paying $2/liter, ($8/gal), for gas.  If you could figure out the costs we’ll be facing from trying to cope with the effects of global warming and, if the peak oil people are correct, the chaos created when we run out of hydrocarbon fuels, $8/gal. gas might be really, really cheap.  Of course, that’s only if the profits are used to address those issues, not line the pockets of the already super rich.

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Posted: 24 February 2011 12:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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Occam. - 29 January 2011 05:18 PM

Plutocracy.

Yeah, but a fairly egalitarian socialist state with well controlled capitalism would be far better than a theocracy.  smile

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Posted: 24 February 2011 12:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 24 February 2011 01:09 AM

The protests, and revolts, and revolutions are spreading so far across the Mid-East.  From Lybia I saw video… one of the most wondrous and beautiful sights I have ever seen… of a protester who was in a hospital bed, his limbs crushed by a tank of Kaddafi, the hospital running out of sedative and rationing it, he laid with his eyes nearly closed because he was so weakened, he had the energy of a mere snowflake impacting a snow drift, and this man raised up his hand high to show the camera a victory sign, his two fingers held into a V.  These are amazing times, I hope that they can turn out well.  I have hope that the democratic world can help to create a good result.  smile

And I hope the worker protests here spread as well. I love that the Egyptians showed support for the Wisconsin protesters. Class is a great way to feel connected.

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