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Old 04-12-2002, 05:50 PM   #51
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Yeah. Unfortunately ALL the religions from the Old Testament (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are still mired in ancient mud. I can't think of a single long-term clash that doesn't involve at least one of these religions, save Ireland. Ya don't hear about Buddhists involved in religious wars...
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Old 04-12-2002, 06:26 PM   #52
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I agree with your point about driving in Europe; during all of my driving in the US, I want to go faster than 95% of the drivers on the road. (Seattle drivers... SHUDDER!) In Southern Spain, I believe the ratio was reversed. (By the way, JB, the Socialists lost the Spanish Civil War so it is a backwards right-wing fascist nation. Or was, now that Franco's gone- but his legacy lives on.) Hmmm, nations with considerably less natural resources and with fractions of our GNP, yet they can design highways that support 100mph+ cruising speed and train the drivers that can handle it. Basically, it all boils down to good-'ol-fashioned American apathy. Wake up, pay attention, and DRIVE. If any Seattle drivers are reading this: Arise out of the coma that is your life and live a little! I'll be the guy right behind you with a really bright headlight and a blue SV650...
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Old 04-12-2002, 06:31 PM   #53
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Sarnali--Thanks for enlightening us with your educated views on Islam. Of course, the Christians who ( fill in the blanks) (a)burned people at the stake, b) murdered thousands of innocent native peoples all in the name of converting them to Christ...etc) were practitioners of the "True Religion"



Next time you feel an urge to spew ignorance about Islam (or any other religion) try this: A) educate yourself about same, or B) Search the Bible for passages that are frequently taken out of context and used as a pretext for violence.



If you do so, you will see that as a point in fact: EVIL PEOPLE DON'T NEED A RATIONALE FOR VIOLENCE. (That's why they're Evil). Decent people, however, (sometimes later than I'd like, but eventually) see clearly through such obfuscation.



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Old 04-12-2002, 07:03 PM   #54
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Right On! Our chickens are coming home to roost and the are very ugly.
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Old 04-12-2002, 07:11 PM   #55
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Just think, a few weeks ago you were worried about the overabundance of kind words. You thought we were going all "single white female" on you. Now you can relax.

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Old 04-12-2002, 07:26 PM   #56
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If I had your gift of communicating by the written word, I could have written the same article. I think you are "dead center", and that our culture's attitude of "get mine and to hell with everyone else" is nausiating beyond belief.



Anyone who has ever traveled to other countries, even the realitive prosperity of Europe, almost always comes back with a new awareness of how sick our culture really is. It is beyond my comprehension that any thinking person can come to any conclusions other than those you have expressed. Surely, no one seriously believes that our insane quest for more and more stuff is sustainable. Power corrupts absolutely and this nation is WAY too powerful for it's own good. You may want to remember that the generation that your publication caters to has been raised with a silver spoon, with zero adversity; the largest downer being a moderate recession when they were in grade school.



Simplicity is always the precursor to a well lived life, and in my view Thoreau is a good daily read. Less really is more. There is an old saying that most are familiar with and seems simplistic, but in my experience has been true 100% of the time. If one wants to find the rats--follow the money trail; If you follow it long enough you will uncover bigger and bigger rats along the way, until at the very end of the trail you will discover the most discusting rats of all--polititions; power hungry leaders; big business types and religious extremists.



Thanks for your thoughts--I look forward to more "emotional outpourings" from you. As with all things in life, we never understand at the time why things like your job loss happen. It all seems so unfair; but a person will follow their own destiny whether they agree to or not. I think you may now just be realizing what the next stage of your life is going to be about. It seems obvious to me that you have been placed in the perfect position to exercize your present day talentsfor the greater good. From the seeds of adversity always spring forth newer and greater opportunities. Go get 'em.

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Old 04-12-2002, 07:38 PM   #57
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Default Uhhhh....

Ireland has a lot to do with Cathlolic vs. Protestant beliefs. And you do sometimes times hear of Buddhists involved in religious wars.



There are more than a few renegade sects of Buddhist monks in the world. I seem to recall an incident in the late 1990's where a cadre of 10 to 12 monks took over a building of some sort in Thailand and torched it as a political statement.



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Old 04-12-2002, 07:46 PM   #58
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1: We are involved in South America extensively. In addition, Venezuela is a huge producer of oil who is a powerhouse member of OPEC. BTW, guess what country just had a coup? Oil prices going up again.



2: Oversimplified, but correct. Anyone look at the number of Saudi princes visiting Vegas and dropping 100k at a craps table with one arm holding a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue wilst wrapped around the waist of an $300 an hour hooker and the other holding a Marlboro and throwing the dice? I mean this literally.



3: True. But SUV's aren't necessarily the main problem. Tractor trailers and their lobbyist groups are a huge user. How can you blame SUV's for being excessively polluting when I can't walk past a bus without getting a 3 inch layer of soot on my like I'm some extra from the chimney sweep scene in Mary Poppins?



4: Yeah. America rocks =)



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Old 04-12-2002, 08:07 PM   #59
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Was this another reason to whine about being fired? Because I didn't see anything about MOTORCYCLES in that ranting.
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Old 04-12-2002, 08:33 PM   #60
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Not really--although it is good to hear you moving away from the "old job" rhetoric. Just some thoughts hurled your way that I thought may be helpful (or self-serving)? Don't know. Sometimes I need to rant like someone else I know In my view, It's time motorsports took respondsibility for our actions and positions realitive to the big picture. We need not be anti everything and blindly patriotic because we are motorcyclists.

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