“Basiclly, that’s grade sharing where a teacher would take the avreage of the highest grade of the class and make that the A. Lets, say the highest grade was a 70 or 75 that will be a A and so on and so forth.”
Fitone have you ever heard of a bell curve? That’s where the best few grades get As, the next best get Bs, etc. The relative positions of the peoples’ grades doesn’t change. The ‘best & brightest’ are still the ‘best & brightest’ & the people who don’t do very well still don’t. There’s no sharing.
“Care to explain exactly what the American holocaust is? If you’re referring to the treatment of the indigenous Americans, I would be curious to know how Indians in Canada are doing way up north in Nunavut.”
American Holocaust = the deaths of 12-15 million people caused by direct US support of things like death squads & military dictatorships since WWII. There were somethng like 4 million killed in Vietnam alone. I wasn’t thinking of the extermination of your natives, but, yeah you could add those to the list as well. Everyone’s hero George Washington was known as the “Town Destroyer” by the Iroquois & he talked openly of ‘exterpating them from the nation’. Then you Americans went & named your means of destruction after the natives who resisted. Ever thought about where the names ‘Apache’ or ‘Blackhawk’ came from? Can you think of any other conqueror that named their means of destruction after the people who resisted them? Oh yeah Re: Nunavut I think it’s fine that the Inuits finally got their own territory. I also really like their system up there too. They don’t have political parties in the legislature so everybody is elected as an independent and there’s no unhealthy loyalty to any party because there are none, just like in the NWT or Switzerland. We should do that in Ottawa too.
“What does US support of right wing dictators have to do with what we think of dissidents?”
You think a military dictatorship will give people them same rights as they would have in a free country? Right now the US is supporting brutal regimes in Central Asia, like in Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan. They’re both known to boil their dissidents alive but what’s the USA going to do about that? Anything? If the USA had the slightest concern with freedom & democracy in their foreign affairs (which you do not & never have) wouldn’t you guys use your influence to stop stuff like that? Tommy Franks is already on record saying that the US Constitutuion should be repealed if there’s another ‘terrorist attack’ in the US. You can already get in shit for speaking out against te Bush regime now, what are you going to do when your Constitution gets wiped out? Is that really what the US thinks of dissidents?
“How do 19 terrorists hijacking and crashing planes represent a worldwide population? I know that your rantings are not an indicative measure of the way Canadians feel, and I know that most Muslims were horrified by the WTC attacks.”
Actually the opposite is probably true. Why don’t I let Jimmy Carter explain? “We sent Marines into Lebanon and you only have to go to Lebanon, to Syria or to Jordan to witness first-hand the intense hatred among many people for the United States because we bombed and shelled and unmercifully killed totally innocent villagers – women and children and farmers and housewives – in those villages around Beirut. … As a result of that … we became kind of a Satan in the minds of those who are deeply resentful. That is what precipitated the taking of our hostages and that is what has precipitated some of the terrorist attacks.” -Carter, some years after leaving the White House
…or how about the War Department, 1997?
“Historical data show a strong correlation between US involvement in international situations and an increase in terrorist attacks against the United States.”
…or the terrorists responsible for the 1st WTC bombing?
“We declare our responsibility for the explosion on the mentioned building. This action was done in response for the American political, economical, and military support to Israel the state of terrorism and to the rest of the dictator countries in the region.”
“Do you support suicide bombers in Palestine as well? How about the violence in Northern Ireland, do you have a rationale for that? Or is it just that you despise the US so much, you’ll condone any act of violence against it?”
I don’t support any suicide bombers. Why would you think that I do? I only said that the USA is only getting what’s coming to them. If they don’t like terrorist attacks, they should stop giving terrorists reasons to attack the USA. Rumsfeld seems to invite terrorist attacks because it scares the population which makes them easier to control and it also gives the regime an excuse to spend massively on war/military.