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  1. "There are two kinds of people in this world, human beings and women. When women try to behave like human beings they are accused of trying to act like men." - Simone de Beavoir
  2. boogie camper Easy to set up and mobile without a car. I know you want one.
  3. First, CO was not as much an entertainment movie, but a commentary on British politics of the day. So, a discussion is more at home in Speakers Corner. They needed a villain to really polarize opinion and produce discussion/outrage. He was a great one. No one disputes the excessive violence, etc. What follows is how British politics entered the picture. The film used caricatures of each party and the central figure as their pawn. The right was tormenting the guy. The left used him as a tool to attack the right. Putting him on the correct path with care, after all the abuse. So, seeing it again won't make it more enjoyable. As a parallel to the genre in the US, Easy Rider. Drug-taking hippies who ride motorcycles and have sex. Destroying the fabric of American society. At that time in the US, society was very polarized on what seem like non-issues today. The riders were shot and killed. People walked out of the theater and thought they were right, no matter which side of the issues they were on. If the point of some art is not entertainment, but to be thought-provoking, then Kubrick succeeded.
  4. Life is 10% what is happening in your life and 90% how you react to it.
  5. David Baldacci "First Family" he writes strong male and female characters. valid adults, not cartoons.
  6. landed next to a field that was a nearby persons garden. they gave us a ride all the way to the dz, but refused the offer of a free beer and left immediately. ;) also, saw a CRW group at wffc come back from a demo... in the back of a cattle truck. riding in style.
  7. I would sooner suck the McDonald's door handle than eat there. The big problem in fast food places is the ice. A local girl compared the germ content of the toilet water to that of the ice. The toilet is routinely disinfected. The ice machine is a germ-breeding oasis. That cup of ice is a mouthful of disease.
  8. Kids peeing is how the other 28% of the carts get the fecal matter washed off. "Kiddie pee... bringing you a cleaner, fresher grocery cart."
  9. Yes, there are terrible stories in the bible, you can either abhor them, or look at them as a lesson in what not to do. The bible can interpreted (even twisted) in so many different ways to fit anybody's ideology. i don't think that Bible scholars are ok with that concept. "in the past, some prophets were wrong" or "Gods order to kill all Baal worshippers was not good." true believers know the Bible/Koran/whatever book is right all the time. ;)
  10. total compensation. soldiers -salary, pension, housing, food, full medical. (edited to add - I was primarily referring to the topic - Ohio state employees. soldiers are a small segment of the state budget.)
  11. years ago, many of the cost+ monopolies were viewed as non-competitve and bloated. their areas were opened to competition and costs dropped. big govt is the last dynasty. they need to put their compensation packages in line with the private sector.
  12. i switch back and forth. i do my favorite thinking with my small brain. ;)
  13. usually this is an implied statement. "if you don't agree with me, then you are closed-minded." i usually reply, "yes, that is why i considered your position long ago and decided it was incorrect."
  14. the $500K model was for 8 users simultaneously. it was supposed to appear that all 8 were in the same virtual space.
  15. sex ain't everything, but it is certainly something. i know women who never get there. it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. the closer it gets, the more tension builds, and failure. constant tension becomes anger. guys are more reasonable if they are calmer too. if not, after a while, everything is an opportunity to pick a fight, soon there won't be any attempt to take time and work things out. there are as many types of problems as there are people. in 90% of the cases, it always seems to be sex or money.
  16. The exact same job. The exact same skill set. In the current case, employee jobs in my group were recently outsourced to an Indian software consulting company. They were promised 5 year contracts. Interestingly enough, this week, they posted an opening in our group for a rate at 40% of the employees current rate. I suspect the former employees will be losing their jobs because of "poor performance" at their first review. These are the technical leads with 5+ years of experience with the platform and they designed the software product. The argument that is always raised is skill sets. It has always been bullshit. That is why Indian companies, who have contracts, sub-contract to Chinese companies now. The Chinese rate is 60% of the Indian one.
  17. As John McCain told the auto workers, "those jobs aren't coming back." (honest, but political suicide) That goes for the electronics in Japan, the textiles in Central America, steel in Pittsburgh, and whatever is next. For a while, it was probable that the tanker airplane contract was going overseas. (our military dollars enriching overseas builders) That is the problem. There is no job that cannot be outsourced, and they won't come back. There is some theory that the economy will grow from jobs creation. What industry are these new jobs coming from ? Some autoworker jobs were saved by import quotas. Unfortunately, no such controls were applied to H1-B visas. I am wondering if any college degree is worth the cost now.
  18. So...drop the class, change your major to Stock Market. Core courses: -Market Manipulation 101. -Pocketing the Change I -Dodging the Bullet -How to Screw the Public and get Rich I, II, III, and IV I just wish Wikileaks would focus more on this kind of shit here in the U.S. as opposed to the war crap. wikileaks is about leaks. everyone knows the bailout screwed the taxpayers. no leak necessary.
  19. sometimes people overthink this. they try to identify the point of failure. "when this go wrong? what were the signs? how can i be successful in the future?" 2 + 6 will not always equal 8. sometimes, the 6 changes from 3 to 9 to 4 for no apparent reason. this is a big world out there that provides influences and changes. sometimes it is just their choice for unrelated reasons.
  20. I quoted this the other day, in another thread. Old news. So, they make money, they pocket it. They lose money, the taxpayers reimburse their losses after they have received their exorbitant salaries and bonuses. What happened to the day when they jumped from windows? No need to. They won't be broke like the rest of us. When people talk about a recession, it is a concept of the middle class, not the rich. The rich live in the global world and do not care which flavor of employees they have. America can drown for all they care. Right now, in my group, they are outsourcing the employees jobs. The middle class will suffer. The stock market will rise.
  21. Did you ask him if he puts in the time to make it worthwhile for her, or is she just a way of getting himself off? it sounded like both parties had given up on any effort a while back. a two-sided surrender fest. i always tell people to do one thing. pull out the photo album. look at the pictures where you are smiling and ask yourself, "when did we do that last?". the idea is to re-discover the times that were happy. people end up being too responsible and too un-fun. i haven't figured out why. a bad sex life isn't that hard to fix at all, it is the mindset leading into it that has taken the beating. i cringe every time i read another "if i was only married, i would be eternally blissfully happy" thread. marriage can be a value-added, but not a solution.
  22. That's just sad....when a woman uses sex as a wepon.....it's just sad. i'm not assuming motives. i'm saying fix it or go. that's no way to live.
  23. i was at a party this weekend. a married guy said he only gets sex once a month. my thought was, i'll bet she isn't. that is a deal-breaker. resolve or dissolve. time to live with someone who is happy to see you.