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A certain Jim Kunstler has put a piece of his mind on the internet.
While the comparison USA/Europe seems a bit exaggerated to me, he brings up an interesting point:

The process of making America an alienated land of solitary, obese driver-shoppers has been very profitable for predatory corporations. They have systematically disassembled the public social infrastructure and repackaged pieces

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Okay, maybe most of you will be mad when you read this because I know how you guys hate when people write things that aren't worth reading, so if you are one of them, don't read on.

I just have to get this off my chest because if not, someone in my school will get hurt! I know it's not right to judge people, even worse if you don't know them. Now, I believe we all know what "preps" are. When I first came to this country, five years ago, I didn't know. Then as time went by and I got older I (...)

This morning, I saw a man fly through the air not fifty yards from me.

What was his secret, do you ask?

Well, he was travelling at quite a rate of speed, theres no doubt about that. And also, I imagine, probably in quite a bit of pain.

Well, his secret was a crotch rocket. A donorcycle.

Or, in laymans terms, a Yamaha R1 smacking into the front of a fiat, catapulting the rider over said car and skidding some twenty yards on tarmac.

But, the guy managed to get up and walk, which is more (...)

Since arriving home, one singular thing has become quite clear to me:

I have a ton of crap.

I'd like to say that these items are things that I need. But I know better than that; a year sharing a miniature Japanese apartment with a roommate and an extremely destructive cat have taught me that there are few things that qualify as necessities.

Today I was sorting through some of it (due to the house remodeling that went on while I was in Japan, my mother has helpfully heaped the (...)

I've noticed that there are a lot of regulars here that I know nothing about who, upon inspection of their personal information, I find have no details or descriptions.

I find this a little strange as this place is supposed to be somewhere you can stand up as yourself and be heard and understood.

So, who the hell are you and what do you do? I really would like to know!

Hi,

maybe the no-way-dying-out discussion about 'bad' ratings (ie. anything that's NOT 'Excellent') would calm down a bit if the rating scheme would display other colours? Eg. I personally dont like to see piss-yellow ratings, no matter if you say the content I wrote was good, but would need a small bit more to be unique/excellent, or it really is just a nice post.

So let's think about that: would a bright-yellow help? or maybe different stages of green, only flamebait/spam in red (as green (...)


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