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Old 09-28-2013, 10:24 PM   #18801
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I agree, but America was founded on, and puts out there that we accept everyone, and everyone is welcome. In reality, I find America much like a southern Baptist church. Everyone is welcome, but when someone who isn't like everyone else shows up, people start whispering and pointing. A smile to your face and a knife in your back.
No one ever put a knife in my back during the 20 years I lived in the US.
It was fairly apparent that I was not born in the US, I have non-US name, and I never pretended to be from the US.
I did, however, live my life just like any other American.
There was never even a hint of discrimination.


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No one ever put a knife in my back during the 20 years I lived in the US.
It was fairly apparent that I was not born in the US, I have non-US name, and I never pretended to be from the US.
I did, however, live my life just like any other American.
There was never even a hint of discrimination.
I feel like the most successful immigrant groups are the ones that understand you can assimilate to the host country while still maintaining your cultural heritage - that it is not an either/or scenario.

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Old 09-29-2013, 09:45 AM   #18803
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This isn't the thread for politics.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:48 AM   #18804
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Mods love flexing their authoritarian muscle over this thread. So long as people are posting pictures, what does it matter what topics are being discussed in the margins. What is this, North Korea? You guys need to lighten up. Go have a drink, calm yourselves. All will be okay.

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:04 AM   #18805
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Here is a picture of a goat:




This goat feels very strongly that, regardless of high-minded idealism and maxims inscribed on French statues, no society can ever achieve a state of true peace whose borders are open to all.
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because there's a section for it, and it doesn't belong here.


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I like tordles

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Old 09-29-2013, 11:09 AM   #18808
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So, I don't normally re-post videos from C-SPAN, but this one I just love. I've been a fan of Cliff Stoll for a couple of decades now, but (rather oddly, in retrospect) I don't believe I've ever actually heard his voice or seen him speak- I've only read his books, articles, etc.

Turns out, the guy is even nuttier than I envisioned:



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Dat heavy breathing.

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Says Russia, but could be anywhere.

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playing "dont stop me now" by queen while rear ending a car; classic.


It really seems like in Russia, YOU are the brakes.
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Are dash cams standard equipment there?
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Are dash cams standard equipment there?
something like that.
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Are dash cams standard equipment there?
I've heard a couple of explanations, including insurance requires it and/or there is so much insurance fraud that people feel much more compelled to run them.

There's a collection of pedestrian-specific videos that seemed to show a lot of attempted insurance fraud and/or suicides where people basically step in the path of moving vehicles.

I know that happens to some degree in the USA, but how shitty must your prospects for life be when that seems like the most viable way to make some money?



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