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Dark Wizard

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  1. Dark Wizard

    10 Trees

    Just found this today and thought this is the coolest thing. This company, took off after being on Dragon's Den (the Canadian equivalent to Shark Tank in the US) with the idea that for every shirt sold they would plant ten trees. The about page is here: http://www.tentree.com/company You can also find where they have planted the trees around the world here: http://www.tentree.com/treecode/map/ One of the things they have been talking about (not sure if it has happened yet) is letting you select the type of tree and where it is planted around the world. Looks like I might have to get one for the sake of it.
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    10 Trees

    I dont know, theyve sold over 110,000 shirts in a year. Being a new and unknown company that's not bad
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    Interpretation

    A shoe dryer (flip it upside down and stick the shoes on the legs.)
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    Interpretation

    Firewood
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    Interpretation

    A shelf to hold smaller items.
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    Ukraine: Who is on the right side?

    I suppose this is where we differ. I see the base motivation for the conflict in Iraq as an attempt to do good, as misguided as it may have been. On the other hand, Russia isn't trying to improve the situation in the Ukraine, its trying to capitalise on an already bad situation. At least we can agree on some things! hehe But you can hardly have blamed the EU for not really wanting to get involved with the old Ukraine govt, if anything they should be commended as an agent for change. The only thing I see here is that I will hold onto the fact that this is in some ways the EU's fault. Under no circumstances is the EU expected to admit Ukraine into the agreement, but what they did was go out of their way to hint to the Ukrainian people of the wonders it could do for the economy, leading them to believe they were being offered a spot in the EU. The EU had no intention of allowing them in (justifiably so). This is when the riots began and the government overthrown. Then Russia moves in.
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    Ukraine: Who is on the right side?

    I don't think it is for the sole purpose of oil. I believe it is for a mixture between oil, cleaning up the messes we have already made, and to supply the Military Industrial Complex with a goal to work towards. Furthermore, I do believe there are parallels between Iraq and Ukraine. The US went into Iraq under false pretenses, as did Russia into Crimea (hell they won't even acknowledge that they are in Crimea). The US had motives besides what is best for the Iraqis, as does Russia in the Ukraine. The US broke international law, as did Russia. The US will not recognize that they are doing anything wrong, as with Russia. Don't get me wrong, I don't approve of Russia invading Ukraine, but the US is not in the position to police them given their track record. I do agree that the Crimean people should be allowed to vote in a safe environment regarding whether or not they want to join Russia. Honestly though, none of this would have began if the EU hadn't toyed with the Ukraine about something that they were never serious about. If there is to be any authority behind the actions taken against Russia in needs to be China specifically to calm Russia down. More than anything, the sides need to talk to each other, stop the deploying fighter jets and navy ships and actually get some work done. Both sides knows the other is just playing hardball, so stop the bs and find a resolution.
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    Ukraine: Who is on the right side?

    "Fighting Terrorism" also known as setting up puppet governments to gain the advantage in the race for oil. DW, y u so narrow minded? I would argue I'm the open minded one in this discussion. Everybody is latching onto what the mainstream media is feeding them. There is always an ulterior motive. We were in Iraq before 9/11, we disregarded Bin Laden when he told us to stay out of the Middle East and that he could handle Hussein, what do we do? We invade. Then we wonder why anybody could ever attack the great savoir the United States. Every time.
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    Ukraine: Who is on the right side?

    "Fighting Terrorism" also known as setting up puppet governments to gain the advantage in the race for oil.
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    Ukraine: Who is on the right side?

    I dont disagree chunky, but everybody is hypocritical. They all let the US get away with all these human rights violations and invade sovereign nations with no repercussions. Its sad.
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    Ukraine: Who is on the right side?

    We never declared war on Iraq or Afghanistan, we still invaded. There are associates of al-Qaeda and the Taliban throughout the world, certainly in more countries than just Afghanistan and Iraq, we don't have a casus belli do invade France for instance if we locate an operative there. I would also like to point out Bush might not have gone to the region to control these areas physically, but we all know it was for the oil. They were in 1990 when the US was about to invade Iraq in the First Gulf War and needed a place to stockpile and gather troops. We occupied a sovereign country for our own advancement. You are blinded by patriotism. The United States doesn't care for international law either, making it hypocritical to call Russia out on it. Furthermore, the people of the Crimea have the right to vote. If the voting is rigged, which is most likely not going to be the case since the majority of people favor the Russian- Leaning government. In the last election cycle the Crimea vote over 90% to the Pro-Russian candidate. . That is a senseless point. Nobody ever gets what they totally want. So if Crimea become part of Russia, some of the people might not get their wish, what happens when the roles are reversed, some of the people still don't get their wish. Also, this is not appeasement. Obama is moving warships into the area, he is working with NATO and the UN to reach a resolution. As I said above the US doesn't need to get hard and bone the nuclear war button any time there are troop movements. Unlike after WW2, Obama is condemning the actions of Russia, and making small movements to show Putin. Any big response could cause a catastrophe. Every time the US tries to make the world a better place the only people that are in a better place are the defense contractors back home. The people of the United States don't benefit. Foreign countries don't benefit. Look at Iraq, we went there to help them get free from their dictator Sadam Hussein, and what happens? Before our invasion Iraq had NEVER (yes I said NEVER) had a suicide bombing. Since our invasion 12,000 CIVILIANS have been killed by suicide bombings, and this doesn't include US troops. Every action has a reaction. Every time we tinker in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and more, there is only negative effects. Ask the Afghan citizens that have had family members killed in US drones strikes (all 3000+ of them) if it was worth it. Ask the Syrian people how the "help" they received from the United States saved them from being gassed by their own ruler. Ask the families of fallen US soldiers in the middle east about the guns that the CIA supplied the people who killed their sons and daughters in order to fight a proxy war against the USSR. Every action has a reaction, what reaction will occur when the US tries to police the Ukraine as well.
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    Ukraine: Who is on the right side?

    I find the United States rhetoric (even as an American) repulsive. There is nothing more hypocritical than criticizing Russia for occupying the Crimea without the authorization of the Ukraine, when the United States will occupy anybody without their consent. Afghanistan and Iraq are the two obvious ones that come to mind. Did Russia threaten the US when it amassed troops in Saudi Arabia, not to this extent. I believe that the United States is making this a problem by how they are reacting. If the people of the Crimea want to become a part of Russia, what kind of democracy would the United States be if they did not support the will of the Crimean people? Many have compared this to appeasement, but the difference here is that the people from what we know want to be part of Russia. The right continue to attack Obama about his indecisiveness on the topic, when in fact he is doing too MUCH if anything. Just because Republicans get hard every time tensions flare, doesn't mean we need to hit the big red button without thinking things through. We are America, we need to focus on America.
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    Thoughts on Ron Paul

    My true passion is politics. It is what I intend to major on it college, it is what I hope to get a job with upon my completion of college, and it is how I fill my little spare time. I began my life following in my parents footsteps as a Democrat, and didn't really question it much until recently. Once I turned 18 this year though I began to feel a new urge to break away from my parents politically. I remembered watching Ron Paul in 2012 and really finding him intriguing, so I took a few quizzes online to see if my views were compatible with his and they were surprisingly close. I began to research the Libertarian Party and read Dr. Paul's books. I must admit, prior to my reading I was never really educated in the major topics of today's politics, but after reading them and doing extracurricular research I feel that the real uneducated ones are the politicians sitting in Washington. I know that Ron Paul is a hit or miss with most Americans so wanted to see what you all thought about him. For those that dislike him, I want to know exactly why. I question why anybody can dislike a person who is advocating the governing body of the United States solely. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, and I urge you all to read his books no matter where you are politically. Very interesting reads!
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    Thoughts on Ron Paul

    are they anti establishment?
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    Thoughts on Ron Paul

    On what if I may ask
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    Thoughts on Ron Paul

    I agree especially with the bolded part. The media tends to like to polarize and be over dramatic when it comes to politics. Everything is made to be a story, so when we have the "least productive Congress ever" it's a negative story, but when bills are passed, its a negative story. When somebody falls outside of the big government or free market norms, they are chastised and made to look like a wing nut. I believe there is a misconception about him being racist. I am of course all in favor for equal rights to every minority, gender, and sexual orientation, but with that being said I do feel there is some intrusion and reverse racism in the bill. I understand why it was passed back in the day because the attitude toward minorities needed to change, and the law had to chaperon that change. At this point in time though, even with racism still present, I believe that it is not needed for a fair and equal society. An example I like to draw from is lets say there is a small business in your area that is racist and they decide to not hire any African Americans and they refuse to serve them as well. they would most certainly lose my business, because I think that is disgusting. They would also lose others business. Somebody would end up posting it on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or something else and it would go national in hours. The business would be forced to be accepting without the government breathing down its back. I believe it is much healthier for a business and economy to self regulate then to have the government regulate it. Obviously though, everybody has their own opinions, and I'm not here to change them Also, please note I am in no way racist Well to be honest I am focused on the person because nobody else is talking about the issues that Dr. Paul is raising. That said, I do agree that in the US it is more about the character than the policies. The young people are the heart of the Libertarian movement. I agree with that analysis. What makes it even better is that he acknowledges there is another side of the debate. Unlike others on both sides of the aisle that only focus on their side of the issue and pretend another side doesn't exist. Fair enough assessment. Most people call the United States citizens Republicrats because we all end up in the same place or pretty mich so anyways. Bush and Obama are quite similar when you look deeper. While they have different rhetoric, it is all the same in the end, expanding the government. While that might not be the intentions, it happens.
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    What American political party are you?

    Parties you side with... 83% Libertarians on social, domestic policy, foreign policy, immigration, healthcare, and science issues 70% Democrats on social issues 65% Green Party on social and foreign policy issues 44% Socialist no major issues 28% Republicans on economic issues
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    First Thing

    we do this on the TCW forums, so i thought i would try it here. Just respond with the first that comes to mind when you read what the person above posted. try to keep it to one or two words tacos ^ | | my word....go!
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    Capitalism Vs. Socialism

    But we can survive without most of the things listed here being provided by government. One of the only proper roles of government is to protect its citizens. Military to protect from foreign invaders; police to protect from criminals; courts to protect rights and property from each other. One of my favorite arguments in opposition to free markets is "but who will build the roads?" Roads could be built and maintained by private companies who can turn a profit off of it via toll roads, advertising, etc. Realistically, how prompt and efficient is government at filling your potholes? I'm going to throw street lamps and snow removal in here as well. Libraries can also be maintained privately, more efficiently, and at better costs than public libraries. I'm not saying they should be, but fire departments could also be privatized. After all, you're already charged a massive fee if the fire department has to come put out your fire on your property. If student aid were eliminated, tuition costs might just be more affordable--enough that most people would be able to afford it without government assistance. After all, if I knew people were giving out free money to be used for my business, I'd raise my prices too! This takes me back to my earlier point about free markets: If few are able to afford education and no assistance is available, educational institutions would be forced to make their prices more affordable or risk going out of business. I don't consider GI Bill to be socialism in the least bit. It ought to be part of the military's compensation for keeping our nation safe. As I said earlier, one of the only proper functions of government is to provide a military. The GI Bill is a part of that. As for farming subsidies, they certainly aren't a socialist concept. They're a corporatist concept. FEMA is truly a joke organization. They are inefficient and they waste money like there's an unlimited supply of it. Natural disaster cleanups could be privatized. You might be thinking that's unfair because they could make their service costs very high. That's true, but if there are multiple natural disaster companies, they will all compete for business by lowering their prices. Another option would be for insurance companies to help cover damage costs (as they already do). Realistically, people will rethink the locations they plan to settle in without unlimited disaster relief programs if they are considering living in a high-risk area of sorts and do not have the funds to help themselves in a disaster. Just a few thoughts, feel free to rebuttal! I honestly didn't even notice you responded, sorry about the lack of response. While I agree that everything I mentioned above COULD be privately owned, the problem is they would all be currently if they were a profitable endeavor. You don't see private companies clamoring to light our streets or clear our roads of snow. All of those things above are tough to make a profit in, and there is a lack of interest in private companies taking them over. Those are the things the government covers that frankly, no logical businessman would venture into. Without small amounts of socialism these things would go unchecked, leaving people at a disadvantage. The one I will give you is roads, I could see that working out with a private company. But that poses major problems, because the company would be allowed to neglect anybody passage if the felt, which would surely cripple our transportation system.
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    George Zimmerman Verdict

    For all you Americans, what do you think about the verdict in the George Zimmerman case? I know the case was very polarizing to the American public, please feel free to use evidence as you please to back up your points, and try to keep it as un-heated as possible Link to the story for non-Americans: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/13/justice/zimmerman-trial/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
  21. I fully respect that, and I believe we are beginning to discuss the idea of it now
  22. Do you remember why we declined you? To be honest I never like to discourage people from pursuing their own alliance but I think you should give us another shot. You have shown through your hard work that you are certainly worthy of this alliance. Obviously we won't hold it against you if you don't wish to, but I would love for all you of you guys to come join us in the NADC. If that's not what you are looking for anymore, we can still discuss a possible protectorate treaty.
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    Echelon mask request

    Hi, welcome to the forums
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    George Zimmerman Verdict

    I believe it was his left half
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    George Zimmerman Verdict

    A little off-topic, but I thought it was funny when they were considering Zimmerman white. He's clearly hispanic. Well he's half white half hispanic.
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