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Don’t you hate those conversations where both of you are a little drunk, tired and edgy so the tempers flare, the talons come out?
When suddenly the point you’re arguing is revealed as untruth until it’s no longer your argument that is being refuted, but a tenet by which you life and, by extrapolation, yourself. Whatever the point was it’s now lost in what is now a torrent of vitriol, cutting a gaping hole in your belief system.
What options have you for reaction? It’s pretty clear that you’re wrong and an opposing argument or a denial is not going to help you escape this existential pit into which you’ve been cast. So you sit there in abject silence staring into the corner furthest from your nemesis, fuming but feeling three inches high.
How should you react when your personal paradigm has not only been shifted but deconstructed and rebuilt with you no longer in the centre or even inside it at all? How are you to react to having the way you live your life pulled apart at the seams?

Don’t you hate those conversations where both of you are a little drunk, tired and edgy so the tempers flare, the talons come out?

When suddenly the point you’re arguing is revealed as untruth until it’s no longer your argument that is being refuted, but a tenet by which you life and, by extrapolation, yourself. Whatever the point was it’s now lost in what is now a torrent of vitriol, cutting a gaping hole in your belief system.

What options have you for reaction? It’s pretty clear that you’re wrong and an opposing argument or a denial is not going to help you escape this existential pit into which you’ve been cast. So you sit there in abject silence staring into the corner furthest from your nemesis, fuming but feeling three inches high.

How should you react when your personal paradigm has not only been shifted but deconstructed and rebuilt with you no longer in the centre or even inside it at all? How are you to react to having the way you live your life pulled apart at the seams?

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Fried politics: Restaurant serves ‘freedom fries’
BEAUFORT, North Carolina (AP) — You can get fries with your burger at a restaurant here, but just don’t ask for french fries.

From CNN.com

How fucking farcical.
This wanker has managed to confuse patriotism with bigotry. It’s interesting also how he equates a country which declines to participate in what a few million people see as an unethical and unjust war with a country which declared war on the entire world, invaded most of a continent and killed millions of people in an attempt at ethnic cleansing and genocide:
Rowland said the switch from french fries to freedom fries came to mind after a conversation about World War I when anti-German sentiment prompted Americans to rename German foods like sauerkraut and hamburger to liberty cabbage and liberty steak.
CNN are really showing their true colours.

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From Anne…straight from the hip
This is some very nice writing, but not only that, the image conjured up by this is fantastic.

“Tonight I wallked around the city in search of an open store to buy some comfort food to keep me until things open up. I walked around in the dark, finally stopping an art student who had a bag of food and asking him where he got it. “Rite Aid,” he said, “if you’re willing to walk.”
I was.
I walked down the middle of the street, along with other wayward pedestrians looking for food or just stir crazy after being cooped up for three days. The city looked post-apocalyptic. Silent, deserted, covered with snow and lonely figures like myself making their way down unplowed streets. At one point I came to an intersection with two other groups of people. Like traffic, we were all going our own ways, but obeying the traffic rules. A woman commented on that, and we all laughed. I asked if we needed to obey the traffic signals. Like I said, everyone seems in good spirits and understands we are all in the same place. Our lives have been interrupted, and that has forced us to notice each other. I’ve met more people outside during this last three days than I have since moving to Baltimore in August.”

From Anne…straight from the hip

This is some very nice writing, but not only that, the image conjured up by this is fantastic.

“Tonight I wallked around the city in search of an open store to buy some comfort food to keep me until things open up. I walked around in the dark, finally stopping an art student who had a bag of food and asking him where he got it. “Rite Aid,” he said, “if you’re willing to walk.”

I was.

I walked down the middle of the street, along with other wayward pedestrians looking for food or just stir crazy after being cooped up for three days. The city looked post-apocalyptic. Silent, deserted, covered with snow and lonely figures like myself making their way down unplowed streets. At one point I came to an intersection with two other groups of people. Like traffic, we were all going our own ways, but obeying the traffic rules. A woman commented on that, and we all laughed. I asked if we needed to obey the traffic signals. Like I said, everyone seems in good spirits and understands we are all in the same place. Our lives have been interrupted, and that has forced us to notice each other. I’ve met more people outside during this last three days than I have since moving to Baltimore in August.”

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CNN transcript is cut a bit short  from kuro5hin.org
On Friday the 14th of February CNN.com presented a “transcript” of Hans Blix’s presentation to the U.N. Security Council concerning the progress of weapons inspections in Iraq. Comparison with other transcripts, notably that presented by the BBC , reveals that a substantial section of the presentation was omitted in the CNN version. The missing text includes descriptions of important instances of Iraqi government cooperation and presents a relatively favourable picture of inspectors’ access to scientists.

!!! It’s little wonder that the average American believes the rest of the world hates each and every one of them: the major US media companies are brainwashing them.
What can the rest of the world do to help the under- and mis-informed towards a less manipulated information source?

CNN transcript is cut a bit short  from kuro5hin.org

On Friday the 14th of February CNN.com presented a “transcript” of Hans Blix’s presentation to the U.N. Security Council concerning the progress of weapons inspections in Iraq. Comparison with other transcripts, notably that presented by the BBC , reveals that a substantial section of the presentation was omitted in the CNN version. The missing text includes descriptions of important instances of Iraqi government cooperation and presents a relatively favourable picture of inspectors’ access to scientists.

!!! It’s little wonder that the average American believes the rest of the world hates each and every one of them: the major US media companies are brainwashing them.

What can the rest of the world do to help the under- and mis-informed towards a less manipulated information source?