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My mod's name is so ironic
Turn towards the camera and whisper "this is for you"
The most dangerous truth about conspiracy theories is that they have the potential to illegitimize real issues that can threaten us.
Conspiracy theories can be so ridiculous that they actually sway otherwise reasonable people into having an unhealthy trust for their government.
The limit of one's personal liberties should be at the point at which their actions directly harm others.
Not if their action can potentially harm others- they must actually be an 100% active danger to the general wellbeing of another.
In this case, it's obvious. Second hand smoke sucks for everyone. On public property it should be banned. The government has a right to spend taxpayer money to impede tobacco+drug companies, especially if the govt is providing a basic level of universal healthcare.
Get your guns and meet me at costco, we can survive this Mattman.
If you put every human being on this planet shoulder to shoulder with eachother, we'd fill up a space about the size of LA. The problem falls down to resources...
In western nations populations are already dropping. Its developing countries that are spawning the most people, and I'm sure once the quality of life and education levels go up in other parts of the world this will be less of an issue.
I've had similar experiences to those you've described while I was living in Europe. I have examples ranging from people telling me my country is run by malicious jews to saying the US invasion of Iraq was done to TAKE their oil. I had some random kid come up to me and say "I hate Americans" (causing a bit of a fight) at an indoor pool without any kind of provocation. Even though these incidents were rather frequent, at that age I knew that these people don't represent the majority of Germans or Europeans for that matter- I had to take these as isolated incidents, and I could see how that could be harder to do when observing the US after a lot of the problems we've caused in the past.
Having experienced the American education system, I can honestly say that it gets a bad rep and while it ins't particularly good, it isn't that bad either. I took both US and European history as well as AP government in high school. These classes were actually very informative and had clear bias (which is a good thing). I'll admit we have problems in our education system, but that's to be expected- we have individual states trying to meet federal standards with different funding/methods. Education can differ from state to state and even precinct to precinct. You can't expect any education system to be as thorough as that of a smaller, more manageable European state.
The US is also not bordered with any European nations, so it's actually unfair for you to expect us to understand politics overseas when none of it really effects us- In Europe, things are so interconnected between the states that understanding the other cultures, languages, and politics of your neighbors becomes necessity.
In short, a vast majority of Americans are critical of our government. You really aren't alone, those nationalistic 'muricaheads drive everyone crazy, the majority of Americans included.
While I was living in Europe the people were so condescending towards the Americans living there. These people legitimately believed they knew more about OUR government and OUR society than we did.It bugged the sh*t out of me- you can't turn around and say that's misplaced criticism of our government.
I'd know, because the average American would be happy to join in if we're making fun of ANY government.
The truth is that people have been conditioned to think we are this stupid and arrogant- it certainly isn't their fault, but it isn't ours either.
Our government isn't full of evil people trying to exploit the world- they're trying to do what they think is right. When I say we are developing morally, I mean that we're realizing that good intentions do not foster good results- our people are wising up to corporate interests, underhanded bills, and revolving door politicians. You won't be able to observe this right away- probably not for another decade, but it's happening regardless.
Globally, things always change for the better- whether or not my country lives to see this change is up to us, not a self-important foreigner who believes they're educating the idiot masses of Americans.
Everything Bush did was within the law. That to me is more horrifying than his doctrine as president...
Most of our people are imports too
(The US actually has more ethnic Germans than Germany does)
Yes, but none of them have been in a position of unchecked power- if given the opportunity, these nations would have been just as horrible and arrogant during that timeframe- it's human nature, not american nature.
I'm going to stick to my guns here- you're saying the US cannot be trusted with world power, in a way, I'm agreeing with you by saying that nobody can be.
unfortunately people like to hold the US at the center of attention when it comes to radical evangelicals. Most of our religious folk are moderate and about as humble as Americans can get (if that's possible).
Atheists don't want to illegalize public display of religion- what we want is the removal of blatant religious objects and imagery from public property. On private property you can have swastikas, satanic statues, and pink flamingos all over your front lawn- we just care about maintaining our secular state and our representation in government.
I bet you would if you jacked off during the day instead
I've been waiting months for lt.Dann to come in here and say something along the lines of "well maybe they've killed him 5 times."
What about all the materialistic people in our society? Look at our nation's federal government, Yuri- humans have been so unsatisfied with the gods we've created (despots, kings, dictators) that we've decided to throw together our own Mount Olympus. We now have a bunch of "gods" fight over issues with the implied belief that us petty, insignificant mortals aren't expected to be involved in or even understand for that matter. While it's so obvious that we're trying to create human gods you still don't see past a little porcelain baby jesus?
I'm not a Christian or even a religious person for that matter, but I can understand how this artwork helps people connect to their god and better understand themselves. They don't worship the art, they worship the faith in god it represents. The bible has many interpretations, and I'd go as far to say the most relevant interpretation of idols would be the people we try to turn into gods, not the objects.
Its both disrespectful and condescending to call religious art "idols" and justify that with your own twisted version of Christianity.
I doubt the US is going to war over Syria, I'd relax.
Our population has learned from Iraq, and none of our leaders would want to suffer such a hit to their popularity by opening another conflict in the region.
Maybe they did something as of the 1.0 patch
I completely agree with the innocent until proven guilty argument. That's one of the most definitive lines between a free society and an autocratic one.
I disagree with these people
I read somewhere that the US can be best compared to a genius teenager on the world stage. The nation is young, and our power has made us arrogant (and at the same time older nations have been jealous of this power). We are still learning how to exert ourselves constructively. More importantly, on a national scale, we are growing morally and ethically. We are just now learning of our mistakes, and remember that we didn't fight a large scale war on our soil since the 1860s- on a social level we have been able to be apathetic towards violence, sometime glorifying it because we are not so familiar with it at home. Nowadays with our recent foreign wars, the internet, shootings, and general gray space in our foreign policy, the US is changing.
We are declining in brute strength while simultaneously growing ethically.
My biggest problem with this post is it's complete ignorance of any of these internal/cultural aspects of the US. We have our positives and negatives. We are certainly not a sole force of evil on this earth- I don't even believe such a thing could exist. We are far more complex than most would like to think.
Law enforcement, ballistics engineering, organized crime, CIA
It's still more or less irrelevant
If you're stealing assets from Arma at least do a retex so we can't tell xD
What if black holes are just giant cosmic toilets designed to flush our universe into an even bigger universe? woooaaahhhhh sciieeennceee
I'd go with the decision of a medical professional.
Parents can make some pretty stupid decisions for their own children, and these children should not be forced to suffer due to a parent's ignorance. (drawing knowledge from infant circumcision)