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What are you going to discuss after the election?

 
 
Mame
 
Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 06:53 pm
We're having one, too, and I don't hear any of the vitriol up here like I do on this board. Every election, every board I am on is like this one... what is so fascinating about dumping on the opposition and dumping on board members who support the opposing party? What does it get anyone except an opp to vent their spleen, yank some chains?

What is worth all these words and posts and threads?? I just don't get it. If you're alive or not, things will go on as they are. If you vote or not, things will go the way they will.

Why all the heat?

So... what are you going to talk about when it's a done deal? The performance of the new President? The clothes the First Lady is wearing? What their children are enrolled in? What???
 
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 06:58 pm
@Mame,
everybody will discuss what a great/shitty job the next administration is doing, how patriotic/unpatriotic everybody is for supporting/not supporting the administration

the usual stuff
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:10 pm
I'm thinking about new threads around the issue of hybred vs heritage veggies.
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:11 pm
@dyslexia,
oh sure, be different
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Mame
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:21 pm
@dyslexia,
Uh... I'd be sure to read that as it's long been a special interest of mine.
Borat Sister
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:24 pm
@Mame,
I'm already pretty much not talking about the election...so I suppose I'll talk about pretty much what I do now.
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:25 pm
@Mame,
I'm looking at phases of the moon...
shewolfnm
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:28 pm
I will be discussing the evolution of of the National Id, trackers in clothing, cell phones, cars and even on items you purchase from the grocery store.

i will be discussing Allen Greenspan, big banks, 900+ million in personal tax money that is not legally collected nor accounted for. Vaccinations that contain mercury , being vaccinated with out your consent, control or the ability to say no will also be dinner time discussion.

Then after that I will do my best to 'find the law that says you have to pay tax'. Which will be a waste of time.. but if I dont do some research myself I will be just as blind sided as I am right now.


I am going to be learning about this so called ' new world order', world currency and world government all the while sitting on my behind staring blankly at people who will call me a strange conspiracy theorist..







(waves to the aliens)
dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:30 pm
@Mame,
I like most hybrids (especially tomatoes)
shewolfnm
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:30 pm
@dyslexia,
eh
go buy a prius
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:30 pm
@Rockhead,
Get a good telescope.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 07:32 pm
@Mame,
Well, I've been moseying along tagging all of my and some other people's topics.
These are most used tags at the top of my list so far. Politics ain't first in line:

art
architecture
food
food and drink
health
photography
environment
pets and garden
original writing
able2know
news
poetry
europe
books
landscape architecture
art museums
politics
recipes
using a2k
travel diary
Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 08:16 pm
porn
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nimh
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 08:27 pm
@Mame,
Mame wrote:

We're having one, too, and I don't hear any of the vitriol up here like I do on this board. [..] Why all the heat?

One of my pet explanations is that it's the two party system. In Holland we have something like 10 parties in parliament, and only when you hear the post-Fortuynists on the far right talking about "the left church" do you get the kind of vibe you get here. Otherwise there's a lot more relativation and also a lot more, I dunno, diversification - you got Greens kind of disagreeing with Socialists who semi-oppose Labour who really dislike the VVD but often can kind of live with Christian-Democrats who dislike the Democrats but have grudging respect for the Socialists or whatever ... in America, where everyone's either on one side or the other and it's a winner-takes-all contest, well ... it all automatically becomes very black/white.

Oh, that concentration of power must also play a role. In Holland, even if your party wins the elections, it's still gonna have to work out some kind of power-sharing agreement with at least one or often two other parties, and parliament is relatively strong; in America, the President and his hand-picked administration have a much bigger concentration of executive power. So there's just more at stake.

On the same count, I mean, its America - most powerful country in the world. There's just an effing lot at stake. As Dutchman or Canadian or New Zealander, you can still think, even if you've lost, you know, well - in the grander scheme of things ... how much difference is it gonna make? Not quite the same in America...

So yeah, I geuss lots of reason why the heat gets so much more painfully strung up there... but boy does it get tiresome sometimes, on that I agree. Still, I vent too. I despise the chain-yankers, but venting, sure... I do that.
Borat Sister
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 08:28 pm
@shewolfnm,
Why can't you talk about all that now?
patiodog
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 08:31 pm
Did it ever stop? Seems like the last 4 years has been the same hash brought up again and again and again...


You know, with wars going on and shite.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 08:33 pm
@ossobuco,
That was a great idea, ossoB. You inspired me to go and take a look at my tag list - the top errr 20?

My Tags

* health
* environment
* a2k history
* humour
* food
* original writing
* word games
* able2know
* politics
* original poetry
* a2k community 2002
* music
* english
* international news
* humor
* language
* food and drink
* poetry
* endymion
* a2k community


~~~~

I can see the evidence of tagging from 2002 to 2003 so far - with a bit of 2008 mixed in there. I find the humour/humor split entertaining. What was I doing?
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Borat Sister
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 08:35 pm
@nimh,
You know....I get the vibe that the divisions are much more hysterically aggressive in the US than here, too....BUT...I wonder if that is really true?

For instance, I just don't end up talking politics in real life with people who become so personally abusive. They are passionately political, but the discourse just is not like that. However, sometimes when clients bring up politics I hear the same level of hatred that I see here...and I wouldn't mind betting that if I spent time on Australian sites where politics is discussed as much as it is here I would see as much venom...in fact I am sure I would, since I have seen it and been instantly put off when I have looked at the odd site here because I was led to it by google or somesuch.

I am wondering if the reaction we have is as much about what "villages" we choose to interact within in our own countries, as it is about differences between our countries and the US?

Of course, I can't speak for Holland...but I must say that some of the vilest political (and racist etc.) rhetoric I have ever heard from clients has been from Dutch and other nice Europpean folk.
nimh
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 08:37 pm
@ossobuco,
Cool.

These are mine:

My Tags

* politics
* international news
* human interest stories
* elections
* humor
* funny
* africa
* able2know
* europe
* human rights
* history
* news
* music
* republicans
* odd
* democrats
* a2kers
* media
* aids
* terrorism

The list is a bit marked by specific tagging sprees I went on when the new site went live (to 'do my bit' making the system work) though - africa, human rights, aids, terrorism.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Wed 10 Sep, 2008 08:39 pm
@Borat Sister,
Borat Sister wrote:

Why can't you talk about all that now?


I do.
Im just going to KEEP talking about it afterwords.
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