Forum posts made by elitfromnorth

Topic Why are civilians being killed in Gaza?
Posted 24 Jul 2014 06:26

I think my points are very valid. Hamas continues to use human shields. There was a cease for and they are the ones that broke it.

I do not disagree with DD at all about the Palestinians not having anywhere to go. I feel sorry for them that they have Hamas in their midst shooting rockets at someone who will shoot back. AND LIKE I SAID, if Israel had handled that right a long time ago there might not be a problem now.

Why do you always bring up Faux News? Who the hell watches that?

Elit, you can disagree with someone without calling their argument 'stupid'. I think you should adhere to a more civil policy.

When someone takes s stance not like yours you like to call them pro-Israeli. Why do you do that? That might make someone think your stance is anti-Israeli? I'm sure that's not your intention, is it?

Quite frankly, I don't feel like I am pro-either side. I am pro-Peace! I'd love to see them mutually quit shooting at one another. But I have enough common sense to know that when one shoots at the other, the other will defend themselves.

What I called stupid was this comment of yours

Europe doesn't have a great history for treating Jewish people so well, so their slant on Israel loses a lot of credibility with me.

If this is actually a valid argument then I can say that whenever you criticise Barack Obama then I can say that the US and especially the South haven't all that good a history towards people of African decent, so your arguments loses a lot of credibility. If you're gonna say European criticisism of Israel has little credibility, then make your point with facts and proper arguments and not subtley hint towards Europe in general being anti-semmetic and that that's the only reason we criticise Israel.

The country of Israel is an artificial concept created by the guilt from WWII. Creating an all-Jewish state in a region that have been inhabited by mostly Arabs and other ethnicities for almost 2500 years was a stupid idea. The state of Israel seized to exist 500 BC. The Palestinians deserve their own country considering they've been pushed away since the start of Israel. Of course the other Arab nations are gonna be pissed off when there are voices high up in the government that doesn't consider it a bad idea to remove fundamental rights like voting from non-Jewish Israelis.

The reason Hamas managed to gather such large support was because they did a lot of good work for the Palestinians. Removing corruption, building mosques and in general doing what they could to make Gaza a bit better place to be. Israel's response was to increase sanctions. Not even emergency aid from the likes of Red Cross gets through the coastal blockade. Israel is providing more than enough fuel for the fire. Hamas only needs to set the spark. Israel are just as guilty as Hamas in the deaths of their own people. They are willingly sacrificing a small amount of their own to justify attacking Gaza. Hamas is doing exactly the same, just sacrificing more people.

Topic Why are civilians being killed in Gaza?
Posted 23 Jul 2014 19:32

You know Elit. Europe doesn't have a great history for treating Jewish people so well, so their slant on Israel loses a lot of credibility with me.

That is pretty much the same as playing the race card and proving you have no real valid point. "They treated Jews badly before, so I'm sure they're doing it again". Guess that means that the US can't criticise anything a black man does, can it? Your argument is at best stupid, and that's what Israel has been doing for the last two decades. Instead of accepting that it's criticism against the Israeli POLITICS and not criticism against Jews as an ethnicity and religion, they decide to guilt trip Europe by calling any criticism of their politics for anti-semitism. It really proves that Israel, and in this case you, are grasping at straws when faced with the facts that they are pushing propaganda out to the world to make themselves seem a little bit less of a bad guy. Like DD's post said; the people of Gaza has nowhere to go. The "safe" areas are already stuffed full and they're not always that safe. Israel has bombed markets that had no Hamas activity before. Stop watching Faux News and the rest of the pro-Israel news and you might learn a thing or two.

Topic Why are civilians being killed in Gaza?
Posted 23 Jul 2014 09:16

There is an international outcry, but it's situated mostly in Europe, because Europe tends to be much more critical against Israel than the US news outlets(something which is really pissing off the pro-Israel and anti-anythingthathasanythingtodowithIslam groups). But as long as the US don't intervene nothing will happen. It has to go through the security council in the UN and it's not Russia or China putting down the veto, it's the US. Even when the rest of the world says that Israel is wrong, US still backs them up.

Hamas is indeed putting up rocket sites near schools and hospitals and residential areas, however Israel is having no second thoughts about bombing them to hell. They say that they give people ample of time to run away, but they know Hamas will execute any refuge that tries to sneak away. For the Palestinians it's basically do you think you can survive a bombing attack or do you think you can sneak out without Hamas shooting you. There are Palestinians blaming Hamas for this, however Hamas is acting like a good dictatorship and using terror to keep people silent. Those that speak to the media never do it while showing their faces and definetely not within earshot of other people.

However, all that said, Israel is making it damn easy for Hamas to recruit people. Gaza is pretty much on a lock down that would remind you of the siege of a castle in the Middle Ages. Nothing goes in or out without Israel controlling it, and right now it's only food and fuel that comes through. Essential items like diapers and clothes and everything else will need to be smuggled in through the tunnels that Israel is now blowing up. How difficult do you think it is for a Hamas recruiter to go to a poverished 18yo and say "look at the Israelis. They do so that your little sister can't get new clothes and that you can't eat properly." Add the illegal settlements and you won't have any problems recruiting young men without a future to your cause.

Secondly, it's not just Hamas that wants this war. There are several right wing people, like orthodox Jews and politicians, that are just as crazy as Hamas. They want the Palestinians to be more or less wiped out or at least deported to the other Arab states. The government continue to allow illegal settlements on the West Bank and press the Palestinians from the homes that they built. You can say what you want about Hamas being cunts, and you'll be right, but don't try for one second and make it seem like Israel as a state is anywhere near blameless. There are plenty of Israelis that loves Hamas because that gives Israel a reason to move in with military force.

As for foreign governments helping Hamas; not anymore. Egypt is too busy with it's own problems to even bother with Hamas. They may sympathize, but won't act. And several of the Arab states have brought forth drafts for peace that Israel has not even bothered to give a simple reply to. The right wing in Israel is powerful and they most certainly don't want the two state solution that the rest of the world thinks is a good idea. After all, God gave them the land...

Topic Brazil are going to win the World Cup!
Posted 12 Jul 2014 14:52

Brazil 0 Netherlands 1

Three minutes played and Holland go 1-0 up through a penalty after Robben was brought down in the box. It was a definite red card but the referee bottled it. Van Persie puts the penalty away and Brazil in trouble again.

Was a red card, but not a penalty. Infringement started and ended on the outside of the box. No chance that's a penalty. Add that de Guseman was in offside as he recieved the ball before he hit the ball in on Luis' head Netherlands got two goals that should have been disallowed. Add to Oscar being wrongfully booked for diving for what was a CLEAR penalty. Brasil has been horrendous, but not as terrible as the referee. Congratulations, Netherlands. Whatever you payed the ref it turned out to be enough.

Topic Farm Subsidies
Posted 12 Jul 2014 08:19

The US government currently pays certain farmers to not use their land for agriculture. Some argue that this practice is commodity market manipulation . Others claim that the government is maintaining price stability . Should this practice continue?

As mentioned, it's not price manipulation. If you go back a couple of hundred years you'd see that they would grow potatoes in a piece of land one year and then something different the next year and some would be completely deserted for a year. If you don't do this then you need to fertilize so much that you could eventually end up with a soil that has no nutrition at all and is as fruitful as the Sahara. This politic is pretty much to avoid that you have tons of food coming in one year and then very little coming in next year. End result is food shortage and increased prices.

And the main reason we need subsidies is because people complain about food prices. If you want to remove subsidies then allow farmers to get the majority of the profit or give them more money. It's as simple as that.

Topic Brazil are going to win the World Cup!
Posted 12 Jul 2014 08:10

I agree that is was very boring .... quiet .... yawn

jezus, Elit .... Brazil to beat the Netherlands?? confused1

Thiago Silva is back in defence for Brazil. He has been one of the best center backs in the world cup and add a Brazil that will need to come back and will want to give the fans something. They'll be lethal as long as they don't play Fred up front.

As for the final, Argentina cannot and should not win. It will be a disgrace for entertaining football if they win. Secondly, they're heavily reliant on Di Maria to produce something from the wing. The fact that he sat out the semi final with an injury tells me that if he plays tomorrow then he'll not be 100%. Add that Hummels just played the first half against Brazil and will be fresh, Boateng being Solid and Lahm being his usual self then you have a defence that will work hard and has the highest quality in the cup I don't think Argentina will be able to create much. They might be able to hold the ball, but Germany will press them high and stress them, and given Argentina doesn't have the most reliable defence(bar Mascherano and Zabaleta) then there can easily be mistakes. And with so many quality attacking midfielders we could be in for a memorable final.

Topic Brazil are going to win the World Cup!
Posted 09 Jul 2014 18:21

As expected the Netherlands chokes again! evil4

And thank goodness for that. Bar the 5-1 victory over Spain they have been utter shite the entire tournament. This have to be one of the most boring games of the world cup. I don't really think we can say good job defence, because considering the attacking qualities of both sides there should have been more goals. If Argentina doesn't step it up they're gonna find Germany very difficult. And with Thiago Silva back organising the Brazillian back four I think Brazil could very well beat Netherlands too.

Topic Brazil are going to win the World Cup!
Posted 08 Jul 2014 15:11

Don't think there's much to say to this other than that the only reason Brazil got the one goal is because Özil missed a big opportunity to get the 8th goal. If Germany plays like this on Sunday they'll take any team to the cleaners. Although Brazil were poor, I mean really poor, this was an outstanding performance that should have made both Netherlands and Argentina go "Oh fuck..."


Topic Brazil are going to win the World Cup!
Posted 04 Jul 2014 15:30

Brazil - if they win will be a very unjust champion, they are really really poor

Before today I would have agreed with you 100%. However I think we saw a bit of what we have all hoped Brazil would be, at least for the first 60 minutes or so. Thiago Silva and David Luiz looked well in the back and finally their fullbacks actually joined the game. Great attacking football, especially in the first half. In the second half they calmed down a bit trying to cruise in the 2-0 lead they had, and that's when Colombia like the little viper they are stung. A rightly awarded penalty allowed Colombia to pull one back, and despite and onslaught in the last minutes it wasn't enough.

Problem for Brazil is that Neymar who have been very important for them was carried off on a stretcher. Considering the injury was a knee in the back means it's probably more of a really hefty knock then something long term, however I'm struggling to reassure myself that Brazil could win against Germany without Neymar. Not because the rest of the team sucks, but I think because Germany is a well oiled machinery and in a match like this you need the little extra to put on behind them, especially now that Neuer has been the goalkeeper of the cup. Secondly Germany today weren't overwhelming, however they were always in control. I never got the sense that they didn't have an extra gear to put in against France, although both sides were rather poor. If Germany plays like they did against Portugal they'll send Brazil to the Bronze final.

Topic Honestly... (Are YOU a little bit Racist?)
Posted 02 Jul 2014 19:03

I don't really regard patriotism as racism. I am patriotic when our football team play, even if several of our players are of middle eastern decent. I regard them as Norwegians even if some of them are actually immigrants, because they put the Norwegian shirt on. I don't regard you as any less Norwegian if you wear a turban or a burka, but show true to our values and you're a Norwegian. Patriotism becomes a problem once you start discarding people as members of your own country because of minor reasons, like accent, religion and so forth(we still have a state church here). To me that is unhealthy patriotism and moves on to racism or at least discrimination.

As me being a racist, well, it happens. But usually it's a heat of the moment thing(apart from Americans. Still not letting go the whole failing to see what is and what isn't socialism). I make racist jokes quite a lot, but that's merely for entertainment. I never hear someone say "I'm a Muslim" and think "Violent terrorist!" or instantly believes that they think all women should cover their heads and stay in the kitchen, even if kitchen jokes are brilliant. My racist moments are mostly during football, and especially when African players are involved. Often it's due to their lack of team effort and that they focus more on individual skill, but I think that's more down to cultural differences in how they play football. But considering my emotions, heartrate and general mood during football, it's more of a heat of the moment thing.

In general I try my best. The occasional racist thought can cross my mind, but to me it's very often more a criticism towards their culture. Saying the Chinese are disgusting because they constantly spit, isn't not saying that you dislike the Chinese, you dislike the fact that they're spitting. That's my opinion.

Topic Serious question for all English soccer fans
Posted 02 Jul 2014 18:28

To be honest, even if there was a UK football team, the only player from outside of England that would be good enough to get into the team would be Gareth Bale.

Aron Ramsey comes to mind. A few others that could easily have slipped into the England squad but names who elude me atm.

But regardless, I think it's more to the fact that as mentioned England, Scotland, Wales and NI all have their own FA. The same goes for the Faero Islands and Greenland which are under the administration of Denmark, but still field their own teams(or Greenland would if FIFA would let them). No other European countries have a division with it's own FA, not even Spain where many consider themselves Catalan and not Spanish.

Besides, I don't think neither Wales, certainly not Scotland or Northern Ireland would give up that little bit of independence to create a UK team. Same as it would be just too much for the average English supporter to admit that they need the help of Wales and Scotland to become better. There's a lot of social issues at work as well.

Edit: And I agree. Stop calling it fucking soccer. It's a disgrace to the wonderful sport to call it that. Every other language I can think of(and slightly understand) calls it the more or less direct translation of football.

Topic Regulating Circumcision
Posted 01 Jul 2014 16:09

Honestly, its something Ive become very recently aware of. I'm a typical american, much more concerned with my own then those around the world.

Most of my patients are medicare patients. They dont pay a cent for their healthcare. There other thing I noticed between the two places is that we have a significantly larger population who lead very very sedimentary lives, with an excessive diet. I didnt see the excessive portions and waists over there that I did here. A typical walk through walmart will show you that we are mostly over weight, actually obese. this lack of exercise leasde to the problems I see. So again, I think a lot of the differences are cultural.

Many of my patients are noncompliant, not because they cant afford to be complliant, but because its inconvient. We americans are very much a nation that wants to do things the easy way. you have diabetes? why work to get your weight under control and increase exercise?just get a pill. then blame the healthcare system when you still have complications.

I think this is more decisive regarding the medical complications. Add to the fact that men are typically unwilling to go see a doctor unless there's something really wrong with your cock. A minor problem that doesn't bug you that much isn't worth the humiliation many men feel when they have to go to the doctor with a cock problem. Broken arm, bring it on. Gunshots and stab wounds, let's go to the hospital. A minor sting in your cock? No chance we're ever going to the doctor. It will pass. Hence why I feel in general(unless obesity increases the chances for problems if you're uncut) that the medical reasoning is not as valid as some may think. There is simply the chance that it's just not down to cut or uncut alone, but other factors as well.

Topic Brazil are going to win the World Cup!
Posted 01 Jul 2014 15:59

One of the best matches in the world cup so far. USA put up one hell of a match, but they just weren't good enough and Belgium clinched it in extra time. Personally, I think it was well deserved. Looking at the match as a whole USA and Belgium were evenly matched in the first half, both running high tempo and great chances on both ends, although Tim Howard was by far busier than his Belgian counterpart. In the second half it was pretty much Belgium all the way and they should have scored on several occasions, but kudos to Howard and his central defenders. If USA had gone through I would have said it Howard should be awarded the congressional MOH, but he simply couldn't hold back in extra time. I say a deserved 2-1 win although thumbs up to USA for a brilliant match.

Topic Brazil are going to win the World Cup!
Posted 01 Jul 2014 11:41

The game has just started .... Argentina vs Switzerland ....

Imma cheering for Switzerland .......

They put up a fight, that's for sure. Talk about drama. An entertaining first 90 minutes followed by thirty intense minutes of extra time. The way Switzerland played surely merited a quarter final, but there can be little complaints about Argentina going through. From the second half they were clearly the better team, even if Switzerland had a good first half with some good chances. The goal that broke the deadlock in the 118th minute shows how ruthless and heartless this sport can be. A good counter attack, good pass by Messi and what a cracker by Di Maria from the corner of the box and near the post. And at 121 minutes Switzerland were so close it makes you ache. A good ball into the box and from only a few meters away a Swiss player headed the ball down into the post, rebound off the post and into his legs and just outside goal. It's tears for souvenirs for Switzerland, but they should be proud of the effort they put in today.

Will be fun to watch Belgium hopefully send the united states of germany home from the cup.

Topic 24 horrible truths about sex we wish someone had taught us in sex education
Posted 01 Jul 2014 09:28

Lube sticks to doorhandles and taps.

The whole room will reek of sex afterwards. Open the window when done.

Sniffing chilipowder off the bellybutton is not considered "spicing it up"

Mentioning the basket full of laundry is not dirty talk.

Calling her a naughty girl will give you traumas when you disciplin your kid(same goes for who's your daddy)

Calling a penis "cute" is never acceptable. NEVER

Topic Regulating Circumcision
Posted 01 Jul 2014 08:05

What about a parents right to raise their children as they see fit? Circumcision as stated countless times does not harm the child. In fact as stated BY AN ACTUAL NURSE it's better for them in the long run.

I am all for protecting the rights of those who can't speak for themselves but no rights are being violated. Males are not guaranteed a foreskin so why not use this energy you have fighting for something that actually matters.

We have that debate going on here in Norway a little while back, and the council for doctor's ethics said that "Little boys that are circumcised are put under unnecessary suffering and risk."

Followed by a professor in child's diseases saying it increases the risk for complications. The leader of Sweden's childsurgery union(sorry for lack of better translation, but you know what it means) wants to outright outlaw it saying it goes against the rights set down by the UN. He basically calls it an amputation. (it's in Norwegian)

So obviously very different medical opinions on if it's good for the kid or not. Sure, there could very well be complications associated with it, but if there were so many complications with it I'm sure doctors around the world would have accepted that it would be better to slice it off rather than keep it on. And given that the majority of the people are uncut, most of those that are cut are due to religious reasons, you end up with a very tiny percentage that needs to be circumcised due to medical reasons.

Which basically leaves the religious/tradition argument; First I believe that if your God(and which is most likely my God as well) won't let a 6yo into heaven due to being uncut then that God really isn't a just God. Children shouldn't have to wear the scars of their parents religion regardless of how small the scar is. It's the principle that matters. Where do we draw the line? Can we accept that parents' religion should reign supreme over the quality of the child's life? Sure, uncut may not bring that many issues, or maybe none at all, but it brings us back to the principle of it all. Parents should not to do anything to their kids that cannot be reversed. It's as simple as that.

Posted 01 Jul 2014 07:36

Trinket would like to thank you all for posting and wishing her a happy birthday. Sadly, she can't come and thank you all personally.

She sends her best Hugs and promises to be available for Water Sports when she returns.

Topic 24 horrible truths about sex we wish someone had taught us in sex education
Posted 01 Jul 2014 06:50

The man will sometimes fail to get an erection and it's not because he's not attracted to you anymore(god knows how many times I've had to give that speech to female friends that tried to get their zombie like boyfriend to fuck them after a 14 hour shift with full stress.)

Premature ejaculation happens. It does not mean you're shite in bed.

Just because she doesn't have an orgasm every single time doesn't mean you're crap in bed

You will get erections in awkward situations and people will notice

If you put on loud music/TV everyone will know that you're having sex

Topic Brazil are going to win the World Cup!
Posted 30 Jun 2014 15:05

And yesterday Robben showed why I think he's one of the biggest cunts in football. At least Suarez didn't bite himself to a penalty, but Robben sure dived himself to one ensuring Mexico's exit of the world cup in overtime. I think Mexico were good and although 1-1 and extra time would have been a fair result, Robben made sure that we'll remember him as a diving little cunt from this world cup. No chance in hell Netherlands will get any sympathy from me now.

Then it's much more fun to watch Costa Rica win a dramatic penalty shoot out against Greece. It took time before Greece showed they could do something, but when Costa Rica finally scored and got one man sent off(wrongfully in my opinion) it set fire to things. Just before full time they battled in the equaliser and forcing extra time. Costa Rica did some good countering, but it was obvious they were getting leggy towards the end. Greece had some good chances but lacked the little bit to get it in and I think the great chance they had just before the ref blew the whistle summed it up; so close yet so so far away.

Today France had a rather comfortable win against Nigeria. THey struggled at the start, but Nigeria really didn't produce much. In the end France grinded in the two goals they needed and went through the quarter finals.

Germany Algeria has been a really entertaining match. Currently in extra time and I have to say Algeria has been better than many of the teams in the last 16 I have seen so far. High pressure up the pitch and good counter attacking has caused Germany more trouble than I'd think I'd see. I'll update when it's done, but can't say Germany's 1-0 lead is undeserved.

Topic Regulating Circumcision
Posted 30 Jun 2014 14:32

I can't speak for islam but I can speak as to why Jewish men are circumsized.

It dates back to God's covenant with Abraham back in Genesis. He commanded that it be done to (for lack of a better phrase) make is chosen people different than the rest of the world & is to be done at 8 days old.

It was & still is a HUGE part of the Jewish faith & is something any government should stay out of

There's a big difference between dragging your kid to church/synagoge/mosque every week compared to chopping off his foreskin. You can't sew it back on when your kid decides he wants to be an atheist instead. Would imprinting facial tatoos on a kid be ok? I still struggle to see how parent's religious freedom should affect the child. Let the child make the decision when old enough.

As far as cleanliness is regarded, just teach the kid to wash. If you can't teach your kid to wash it's own cock then you really shouldn't have had a kid in the first place.

Topic Should steroids be allowed in sports?
Posted 28 Jun 2014 19:21

Some people are born with a certain genetic advantage, however this advantage is just the foundation. It does not mean that you will get anywhere without tons of training and hard work. They say that for you to even be near top level in any sport it's on average 10 000 hours of training, and that goes for those that dominates sports as well. To take an example look at Petter Northug Jr. There was no doubt he was the best cross country skier in the world. He could do sprints and he could do the 50 kilometer, however last season he had a bit of a long summer holiday, didn't train all that well and had a bit of an illness and what was the result? Complete and utter failure in Sotsji. Not a single medal. It goes to show that even the top ones like Michael Phelps needs to put in as much work as the silver medalist, maybe even more, to stay on top.

Secondly, what sort of society will we be promoting if we allow cheating in sports? Sure, it's just entertainment(for us), but what moral does that bring to the next generation? Why shouldn't kids be allowed to cheat on tests and exams? Do we really want to send the signal that you can reach the top, get those A's or whatever it is, without putting all the effort into it? Besides all the medical complications we would be on the road to failure as a society should we do this. How can we honestly say "Cheating in this situation is ok, but not in that situation." It's a double standard that I truly believe will bring on the decadence of our society.

Topic Brazil are going to win the World Cup!
Posted 28 Jun 2014 16:47

I can't help but imagine doge go "wow, such tension, much drama". Brazil needed a penalty shootout to get past Chile and it was stuffed with drama. Sadly I only got to see the first half and the shootout but when you win a penalty shootout by one on the last penalty you don't have complete control of the match. Cudos to Chile for holding it up against Brasil, even if Brasil were wrongfully disallowed a goal because of handball.

Columbia went through after beating a toothless(sorry, couldn't resist) Uruguay 2-0. I didn't get to see the match but considering James Rodriquez' goals I just have to say wow. And Brazil will have a tough time beating Columbia. As I'm fairly drunk now this is what you'll get, but Brazil - Columbia will be a very interesting match where although Brazil is the favourite it is not even close to finished. Brazil might very well be out of the World Cup if they don't find a way to stop Rodriguez. It will be very interesting indeed.

Topic Brazil are going to win the World Cup!
Posted 26 Jun 2014 17:04

I can try to pick up where Luce has left, just so this thread doesn't go completely dead.

Nigeria - Argentina 2-3

This showed to me why I think Argentina will struggle against well balanced opposition. They struggle hard defensively being sliced open several times by Nigeria. They hammered on the door against Iran and barely got the winner. However I do still think they'll have little problems sending the Swiss home to their bank accounts and it will be a surprise if they don't make it to the semis. There they'll probably face Netherlands or Costa Rica and that's a pretty damn open game. Nigeria will be playing France and I can't see a reason as to why France shouldn't beat them. Too much strength up front for Nigeria to handle, a team that was very sloppy defensively against Argentina.

Eqcuador - France 0-0

Not the most interesting match, although France were already through to the final 16. Equador brought some trouble, although I say they deserved to be eliminated. Despite ending up with a big fat 0 I think France have what it takes to go all the way through to the final should they have a good day. They look extremely strong, although Germany in the next round will be their toughest match in long time.

USA - Germany 0-1

Germany by far the better side. Although USA had some good chances it took them 50 minutes to get going, had a ten minute spell where they were quite good and then went down again. Although they have a good chance against Belgium, I still think they'll struggle to create things against Argentina. And should they try they will have to go high up the pitch leaving them exposed to a small little dude called Messi. Germany looks solid, have done all the time despite the 2-2 against Ghana.

Algeria - Russia 1-1

Congrats to Algeria for going all the way through for the first time in history and well deserved. WOrked hard, got good chances and deserved to go through at the expense of Russia who have been boring. Capello has obviously been showing his cynical side rather than the side that can produce great football. Still believe Algeria will be hammered by the Germans though.

If you all find this post boring and crap I'll stop posting them. If you find it somewhat interesting I'll keep you updated. My prediction so far is Germany winning the whole damn thing. Germany - Netherlands in the final while Brasil and Argentina battle it out in the Bronze final

Topic Prediction for an Underdog to win World Cup in Brazil ?
Posted 26 Jun 2014 10:30

France has really impressed me compared to what they did last world cup. On a good day they can beat any team. For the first time in long there's a sense of togetherness in the team, hence the dismissal of Nasri from the squad. Belgium is severely overrated and the only way I can imagine them reaching the quarter finals is if they meet the US(who after 70 minutes against a good team have proven that they have a long way to go before they reach their level). They're in the weakest group and haven't really impressed at all.

I'd give Chile good chances to take out Brazil, simply because their workrate in defense is immense. They simply forced Spain to play boring and could very well do the same to Brazil. Brazil haven't been all that impressive defensively and the Cameroon win aside they haven't impressed attacking wise either. I understand perfectly Scolari when he says he'd rather take Netherlands, simply because Netherlands haven't impressed defensive wise.

The team that has impressed me the most is Germany. And since I support them you can be damn sure that they won't win the world cup.

Topic Why Women Don't "Earn Less" Than Men...
Posted 21 Jun 2014 15:14

Add the whole "We need more women in the boardroom" thing. Well, if you consider that those in different boardrooms are let's say 40+, then it's not difficult to figure out that there probably was a much lower percentage of women studying economics and management 20 years ago than it is today. Basically meaning that there are less qualified women than men for the job. Give it time and I'm sure the women will wipe the floor with us on that level too. Though women still suck at football, just so you know Mazz Pint Drunk

Topic Obama stupidity
Posted 21 Jun 2014 15:07

You know he sent military advisors, right? This is not three hundred soldiers armed to the teeth that will head to the front line. Closest they'll be to action is in a forward command post, most likely sitting in Baghdad ADVISING on strategies and such. Secondly, the problem her is that it's a religious war with religious extremists leading the charge and this is the US problem because: Once they've taken over Iraq, you think they'll sit on their arse and go "Ok, now lets build a moral society that follows our standards and focus on that"? It will be a tense ethnic situation and the only way to keep people happy will be from two things; 1) Supressive terror and 2) Make sure there's a common enemy. If none of the ME states makes a move they won't go into that, because suddenly religious tension will break up again and you have an all out civil war. So find something that you can easily turn into propaganda that everyone can hate. Simple answer is; The West and specifically the US. I can just imagine them going "They went in, fucked us over for our oil and then fucked off again." Suddenly all of Iraq becomes a free haven for every wannabe Osama bin Laden in a country where the government makes bin Laden seem like Washington's bff. That's when it start becoming YOUR problem, because that will most likely result in another terror attack on US soil. The typical US isolationism failed to function in WW1 and WW2. I'm surprised some people think it will work in a much more modern and global word where distances are much shorter than they used to be.

Topic Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States.
Posted 18 Jun 2014 17:09

I frikkin LOVE that book. Yeah, it's biased, but a nice corrective to the status quo.

IMHO, the Civil War was the first modern war because Sherman invented the concept of "total war," where citizens and private property are considered fair game. Not to be incendiary, but he should burn in hell for changing the definition of war to include innocent civilians.

The rifled barrel had a lot to do with it too. It was the first war where we became very efficient in killing people (we practiced on the Mexicans about a decade earlier). Wholesale slaughter. Reading Civil War histories still makes me cringe in horror.

If you base it on Sherman saying that in order to win a war you also need to target e.g. production(like farmers and factory) that maxim in itself had been practiced for decades before the Civil War. It wasn't uncommon in the Middle Ages to attack food production in order to starve someone out of their castle or kill the peasants in such a way that it would harm the lord economically. Charlemagne baptised and killed 5000 men at Verdun to make sure the 5000 wouldn't arm themselves and start an uprising. Just because someone said the theory, doesn't make them the inventor of something, especially when it comes to war.

Topic Should students who do not receive a C or better average on their...
Posted 18 Jun 2014 17:00

Who the hell came up with that stupid idea? There are so many factors that could affect grades that you'd have to have the school or teachers evaluate who got the low grades due to not giving a shit and who got the low grades simply because they couldn't and/or had other issues affecting their grades. Should a kid be sent to the army because in the last year his parents have been going through a tough divorce that will clearly have affected him/her and the grades? How about those with alcoholic parents or any other kind of shitty parent? What about those that actually could get a C average if they had the right learning environment, but due to lack of funds in school or piss poor teachers they couldn't? I know several kids who would have failed school unless the teacher had put in an extra effort to get them through. Should you punish them because the teacher couldn't or wouldn't put in the extra effort?

So for the first there are too many variables as to why someone won't get a C average. Secondly, do you really want to send unmotivated kids to the armed forces and maybe even into battle? Odds are you're gonna have to court marshal half of them because they neglected their duty.

They gave up beating kids at school because they found out that it didn't work all that well as well as being unethical. So do these fuckers actually think it will have an effect, or have they played too much Starcraft II and figured that sacrificing cheap troops is a valid way to win a battle?

Topic Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States.
Posted 11 Jun 2014 18:14

Just to be a smartarse asshole point out one thing; Calling the Civil war the first modern war is debatable at best. The majority of the reasons people call the Civil War the first modern war can be found in the Crimean War a decade earlier.

Secondly, I will admit to not having read the book, however the entire debate on class struggle is typically marxist, especially if he goes on about how the capital and people behind it have been willing to walk over bodies to gain profit. Imagine teachers going into the classroom of a country where many politicians, especially on the right wing, pride themselves on being a country where typical less affairs capitalism works, you prove that uncontrolled capitalism is a murdering and unsympathetic bitch and the country would do good by taking at least one or maybe two steps to the left. Considering Obama and Obamacare are branded as socialist and communist(both at the same time very often) that theory and debate is taking it into the extreme left.

And finally(especially to Twofish); to have on author of a history book to open your eyes and saying that all you have been taught is lies and BS is all well and good, but it has no more value than the racial aspects of Mein Kampf unless you back it up by other literature. Hence why history is a difficult subject and so debated; leave out a sentence and you alter the entire meaning of it.

Topic For you that voted for Obama...
Posted 05 May 2014 13:30

50 % percent of the total sequestration cuts were in defense spending. I was not implying the defense department had its budget slashed in half. Futhermore, I must agree with Secretary Hagel. Our European allies MUST increase defense spending in their respective countries, because currently the United States is disproportionately shouldering the financial burden of NATO military/defense forces.

Yeah, sure. Why not. Spain should really improve their money spending despite that 50% of those under 25 are unemployed. NATO and military spending is the last of Europe's concern.