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Jul 15th 2010 10:35AM For those criticing the unorthodox exit strategies, please keep in mind that the majority were abused and/or humiliated. I'm not sure why an employer (who technically qualifies as a human being) has a right to do that, but an employee (who also techinically qualifies as a human being) does not. It may seem like taking the high road to accept degradation with a smile, but then will the ones doling it out ever learn? It's called learning your lesson, and if you don't, I would think you could expect (and I would hope you would get) more retaliation for your inhumane ways in the future.
May 21st 2010 2:54PM Ok, so she's beautiful either way, but honestly, they took a very cool and intriguing person and turned her into that office manager that no one really wants to know.
Jan 21st 2010 3:25PM It seems to me that liberals want to understand the world in hopes of making it a better place, and that includes watching what the opposition is doing and saying. On the other hand, conservatives have no interest in learning about any other view but their own, happy to dismiss the arguments of the other side by remaining blissfully uninformed. I would guess liberals watch conservtaive commentators and conservatives do not watch liberal commentators.
Addtionally, compare Dukakis and Kerry to Hannity and O'Rielly. Intelligence seems dry and remote to most people. Who sees a train and pauses to admire the engineering, the durability, the momentum of one of these marvelous mechanical creatures? Few. But who DOESN'T stop to look at a train wreck?
Sep 22nd 2009 12:56AM The US! LOL!
I moved to Munich, Germany over two years ago, In that time I've gone done to the river that runs right through the middle of the city and seen countless family completely disrobe and lie in the sun or swim in the river. No one is forced to do so. It's simply a choice. The kids aren't traumatized; there is nothing dirty about it. There is no shame and embarrassment, and everyone has a positive realization that they all have a human body. Children grow up healthier, and nudity and sex are natural to them. It's common in Germany and in ther European countries.
Of course, in the city itself for hygienic purposes, people wear clothes, but when it comes to a natural setting - a sea, a park, a bathtub - they throw off their clothes when they want. Making less of an issue of all of this removes the stigma of nudity and sexuality when the children grow up. How can that not be a healthier way to live?
Aug 31st 2008 7:43AM McDonalds is a symbol of America. Coca-Cola is a symbol of a America. Starbucks, Exxon, Enron: all symbols of America. I don't salute any of them.
I used to HATE saying the "Pledge of Allegiance" first thing in the morning at school. It struck me as quite Soviet, as I understood it was nothing more than forced indoctrination.
I think I would have had more respect for America today if the country founded on the Enlightenment and free thinking had come close to its promise. But being forced to salute symbols made the US flag tantamount to a swasitka for me, just another "Obey or be ostracized" occasion.
America challenged the Soviets and the Nazis. Why be hypocrites and make social pariahs of out people who choose to accept personal freedom to salute or not salute? Instead, be proud of them because THAT'S what the flag SHOULD represent. Freedom from tyranny, and that includes tyranny from your Totalitarian judgmenst.
Apr 22nd 2007 3:01PM Interersting. I know there are still people who only trust people with a "conservative" look; however, I contend that people who adhere to strict conventions tend to have succumbed to those with the power or have the most power and are reponisble for most of the trouble in the modern world.
I think if I saw Chinese cab drivers with blue-haired Mohawks and nose piercings, I'd say to myself, "Wow, I can really feel comfortable and free here." I'd enjoy myself more if the precedent were set that it's OK to be an individual than if I felt I had to watch my every move to make sure I conform enough to stay out of trouble. Not my idea of vacation.
Apr 8th 2007 3:49PM Maybe we could reach a compromise. If cells truly don't intefere with inflight systems, perhaps they could be allowed for text messaging only. Other alternatives could be the aforementioned cell-free sections or paying more for a ticket for the privilege of being able to use a cell for conversation during a flight. Maybe with the second alternative, the revenue could be legislaively earmarked to cover the outrageous taxes and fees we all pay and reduce the ever-increasing fares a little.
Apr 8th 2007 3:36PM I don't believe the government would (or even could) care if cell phones were used in a 9/11-type emergency. Are phones banned or just their usage?
As for me, I think I'd have to disagree with the ban anyway. The only thing worse than someone talking on their cell during a flight is someone talking to ME. I inevitably am seated my a fellow traveler who cannot interpret my closed eyes and semi-reclining position as a person who doesn't want to make a new friend for small talk for the next 8 hours.
And on one flight, a woman, who must have been in her 90's and didn't speak any language I could understand, decided she was tired, so she dropped her pillow into my lap at the beginning of the flight and slept there from London to NYC. I could not, in good conscience, disturb a feeble person of that age; however, I would have given anything for her to be seated upright, gabbing loudly and unintelligibly for 6-7 hours instead. I could have always used earplugs.