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Old 11-15-2007, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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OH--it wasn't a rhetorial question? Sorry. Montpelier. I know my capitals without Google
Okay, smarty. Just checking.

How about Burkina Faso?
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:14 AM
 
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i will share news stories with friends/co-workers about important news events, they dont care. theyd rather know who is in concert this week

examples

the continuing war in Sudan
the continual erosion of our rights How arbitration steals your day in court - The Red Tape Chronicles - MSNBC.com (http://redtape.msnbc.com/2007/10/how-arbitration.html - broken link)
the need for conservation of water
etc...

people dont want to hear anything that would require them to change their lifestyle or feel bad about themselves...
I agree that's very sad.
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:24 AM
 
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Okay, smarty. Just checking.

How about Burkina Faso?
Not a state capital and thus can't pull off the top of my head, sorry. Care to edumacate me?
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:59 AM
 
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It was a trick question. Burkina Faso is the new name. The old name was Upper Volta. Ohhhhh...Ouagadougou! says everyone in unison...
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:30 AM
 
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The saddest think is that Americans are ignorant of History. Let's take war, all they know are the dates of the battles not who financed Nazism and Communism.
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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i think what annoys me most about my co-worker is she is a taker

she has no probs taking everything from the world, living in her nice house, and doing nothing to contribute back to a planet and people that have given her so much.

she feels like she is entitled to a good life, without ever having to worry about the less fortunate.
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:45 AM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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This might come across as elitist or such...

But most people are ignorant of world events and news because they are ignorant period.

I used to talk to my co-workers about things and soon realised that they had NO idea about what was going on in the world around them and didn't CARE about learning.

You then have those who are basically narcissicists,unless it affects them in some way it has no importance,the universe revolves around the bright shining star that is ME!!!!!!!

I suggest people stop talking to others....
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Australia
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Why on earth would any Australian CHOOSE to spend half his life in the USA ...... ?
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:00 AM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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Why on earth would any Australian CHOOSE to spend half his life in the USA ...... ?
Contrary to what people think,this nation has much more freedom than others,including Australia.Although it is always under threat by those who know better...

And it is nice to know someone has actually read my little bio thingy...

Just saw you are in Australia,where do you live?
I was born and raised in.......Banana land
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:29 AM
 
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Apathy, does not happen over night but it does rise out of a combination of ignorance, complacency, and lack of curiosity. (among a few other things) These things that breed apathy are also the result of it further continuing a cycle of indifference.

Americans for the most part have had it damn good for a long time now and we haven't had to face serious adversity which threatened all of our lives collectively. Most people alive today haven't fought a foreign army in Kansas for our very survival. We have not faced hard economic times to the point where 1/4 of the population was sitting on street corners begging for food. We have not even lived under the rule of a brutal government which slaughters wholesale sectors of people based upon there ethnicity. Life has not been perfect here in the US but it certainly has been pretty good.

When times are good however, people become complacent and the human nature of bigger, better, more becomes the norm of the day. Soon people tire of coddling what they have and begin to pine for what they don't, no matter how good they have it, humans are rarely satisfied with anything. After some time we forget what it was like when we had nothing or little and all we know is the horn of plenty and as long as we can continually get more of it, we will obediently do whatever is needed to maintain this style of living and manner of thinking. Why would anyone want to break from the good times or consider otherwise?

Ask yourself, which is easier to govern or control, a population of educated and motivated peoples or ones that are complacent and apathetic? So now you can see why letting the people continue with a lifestyle of cake and circuses has a benefit to some.

In the end however, apathy will lose out as one can't keep the horn of plenty filled enough to satisfy the thirst of the populace that is never satisfied and as a result, there is a crash of sorts and from this usually rises a population that is far more humble, aware, and conscientious.
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