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Profile: nomadwa
User Name: nomadwa
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Joined: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Last Visit: Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:57:48 PM
Number of Posts: 87
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Topic: Train Derailment in Spain Kills at Least 80
Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 10:36:14 AM
TheParser wrote:
If the engineer (driver) is actually to blame, then he should be executed. There is absolutely no excuse for such irresponsible behavior. If the accident is his fault, then he is a mass murderer. The pain felt by the victims' families cannot be described.

I'm not sure Strasbourg would agree with you!
Topic: America at Perpetual War — is there any way out?
Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 4:38:49 PM
The OP makes it sound as if Americans are wrestling with the size of their military. They are not. The American public by and large support their military with all their heart, and consider military spending one of the worthiest form of public expenditures.

And nothing pleases the average American more than the sight of an Afghan (future) insurgent blown to pieces:

The boys are doing a heck of a job over there, protecting American freedoms. So why stop now?

Topic: Janet Jackson's Wardrobe Malfunctions (2004)
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 5:41:05 PM
excaelis wrote:
What a bunch of wankers ! 560 000 total wankers ! Seriously ! If you believe that you or your child will be traumatised by the sight of a human breast then you, sir, are a wanker !

Most people were just pleasantly surprised, though they might proclaim otherwise.
Topic: Janet Jackson's Wardrobe Malfunctions (2004)
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 3:26:30 PM
What a historical moment....
Topic: Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only...
Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 11:24:19 AM
This is a quote from Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), not Mary Shelley (the former's daughter and wife to the poet).
Topic: The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2012 12:17:45 PM
dwasa wrote:
Then how do I get rid of the subsequent vice?

See a doctor. Boo hoo!
Topic: Ancient Delicacy: The Thousand-Year-Old Egg
Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 6:56:25 AM
HWNN1961 wrote:

I'd say that avoiding cheese with live bugs in it or in this case, rotten eggs makes me not a boor, but proves my sanity.

If by "sanity" you mean "propensity to be judgmental," or "indulgence in blissful ignorance," then yes, it does prove it.

To call century eggs "rotten eggs", as you unfailingly do, bespeaks a profound arrogance that prevents you from even getting the facts right. (And the supercilious claim to "sanity" is just icing on the cake, which you probably would not hesitate to consume in abundance because it's not "famine food" from some poor country.)

Properly prepared century eggs does not harm the consumer's health in anyway, and its unappetizing odor (distinct from that of true rotten eggs) can be sufficiently mitigated if the chef knows what she is doing. But, of course, they offer no remedy for cultural insensitivity.
Topic: Ancient Delicacy: The Thousand-Year-Old Egg
Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 5:09:49 PM
Once again, when it comes to foreign culinary culture, the most parochial and arrogant comments come from — surprise, surprise — users living in the US of A. I guess nothing is good enough after deep-fried butter.
Topic: Dou Shou Qi
Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012 8:46:18 AM
The "children" whom this game is popular with have to be at least 40 years old now.
Topic: China trying to buy into Iceland
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2012 8:23:10 PM
No one invests in a foreign country for altruistic reasons and Chinese firms are no exception. Do American oil companies get asked whether their goals are altruistic or not when they explore oil fields abroad? Do British retail giants have to make a pledge that their actions will benefit local residents when they expand their business in the third world? This, however, does not preclude the possibility that investment projects can be beneficial to both the foreign investor and the local stakeholders.

And that reference to "imperialism/colonialism" is flippant (and not even in an original way); I doubt any real imperialist/colonizers would bother to obtain permission, as Chinese firms operating in the west are inevitably required to, often at significant costs to themselves, from the foreign authorities in essentially everything they do. What really baffles the mind is the fact that narratives of this variety have most traction in Western countries that, alas, have an extensive history of colonialism of their own.

If by simply investing in a project abroad one deserved such a label as a colonizing force, every single Western country would be guilty of colonialism also. How do you think the Fortune 500 corporations (General Electric, BP, Panasonic...) became what they are? One can only imagine the sort of mentality behind the knee-jerk rejections of Chinese firms by Western politicians, when it is the West who has benefited most handsomely, and will probably keep on doing so, from overseas investment projects since the 1600s. Although the impact and merits of any particular project will be up for debate, the fact of a businessperson/firm being of Chinese origin should not be an obstructive factor in itself. The West has been playing the game of capitalism, and writing its rules, for far too long to call it quits and say suddenly it's not good enough.

And last but not least, the narrative of "China buying our land" is flawed (and is used more often than not as a populist scarecrow of sorts). In most cases, a country does not do the investing; it is the businesspeople and firms that discover opportunities and make use of them. If we are to assess the BP oil spill of 2010, is it fair to say that "Britain is destroying America's ecosystem" merely out of the fact that the corporation involved, BP, is a British entity?