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21. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

Quoting danalasta

Hi Beeerrrrrrrrrman........it's the corporate american culture...that's the problem...not the people...ever read the arms baazar ? or the slaughter of the innocent ? or the animal zoo ?

dana

No, I have not read any of those, but I will see if I can find them.

Theoretically though, people are, and make, the culture in their countries. I agree that corporations drive culture in a particular direction, but I think too many people allow their culture to be undermined by mass marketing.

I just re-watched "Demolition Man", with Wesley Snipes and Sylvester Stallone. Silly movie, plenty of gratuitous violence, but the culture that was created for that vision of the future was really quite fascinating. The "hot" songs on the radio were all the advertising jingles of the past. Taco Bell was the only restaurant on the planet. And the thought police were everywhere....

22. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

Quoting evakan

I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico?

Sorry Evan, it's taken me this long to stop laughing........you haven't got a pet gecko, have you?

23. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Quoting beerman

I think too many people allow their culture to be undermined by mass marketing.

Where's all the culture dedicated to the church these days !?!

I just re-watched "Demolition Man", with Wesley Snipes and Sylvester Stallone. Silly movie, plenty of gratuitous violence, but the culture that was created for that vision of the future was really quite fascinating. The "hot" songs on the radio were all the advertising jingles of the past. Taco Bell was the only restaurant on the planet. And the thought police were everywhere....

Huxley.....

24. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Hey B, here's a story for you. No, I'm not being sarcastic - it does give purpose to eggs. Sometimes certain cultures don't get to be choosy about where their food originates or where their protein source is derived. These kids are starving...

Tanzania Project

Like Beerman, I'm not trying to start a debate - but there are people who aren't as fortunate as ourselves and food is food, no matter what the source.

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25. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

Oooohhhh, ooooohhhh, I found some.......Thanks to The Guardian Online for this.

U.S. Troops Rescue Ethiopian Cheetah Cubs

Tuesday November 29, 2005 3:46 PM
AP Photo NAI103
By ANTHONY MITCHELL
Associated Press Writer
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - U.S. troops flew two endangered cheetah cubs to the Ethiopian capital Tuesday after instigating their rescue from a remote village where a restaurant owner had held them captive and abused them.
The male and female cubs - whom the soldiers named Scout and Patch - were released on the grounds of the Ethiopian president's official residence after their 680-mile journey from the eastern hamlet of Gode.
``This is the first kind of rescue of animals, let alone cheetahs, that we have done,'' said Sgt. Leah Cobble, 26, of Washington, as she cuddled the two purring cubs on the runway of Bole International Airport before handing them to government veterinarian Fekadu Shiferaw.
The saga of the cubs started last month when U.S. counterterrorism troops, carrying out humanitarian work in the Gode region, discovered that the animals' owner was keeping them tied up with ropes around their necks at his restaurant and forcing them to fight each other for the amusement of patrons and village children. One cub is blind in one eye.
The soldiers alerted the Ethiopian government and a U.S.-based cheetah rescue organization, drawing international attention to the cubs' plight. They also tried to persuade restaurant owner Mohamed Hudle to hand over the cubs, but he wanted $1,000 for each animal - 10 times the average income in this impoverished nation of 77 million people.
Fekadu, the veterinarian, intervened. He flew to the village Saturday, confiscated the cubs, and handed them over to U.S. forces for Tuesday's transport. The vet said Mohamed was not paid for the animals and that both had received antibiotic treatment and appeared in good health.
``Had we not had the help of the U.S. military, it would not have been possible to rescue these animals,'' Fekadu said after arriving with the cubs aboard the U.S. plane.
The cheetah is endangered worldwide because of loss of habitat, poaching and other factors, according to the Ohio-based Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Keeping wild animals is illegal without a license, but Ethiopia's wildlife laws are rarely enforced. Fekadu said the cubs eventually may have been sent to the Middle East as part of the wildlife trafficking trade in this part of Africa.
Mohamed said he bought the cubs from poachers who had kicked the female cub - Patch - in the face, blinding her.
The cubs will now live at the National Palace, home to President Girma Woldegirogis, along with three rescued lions and some vervet monkeys.
But palace animal keeper Kura Tulu said financial help may be needed to give the cubs the best of care. There is only an annual budget of $3,500 to look after all the animals at the palace, Kura said.
U.S. soldiers in the Horn of Africa are part of a task force that provides intelligence-gathering help to countries in the region, tries to bolster cooperation and border protection, and mounts humanitarian projects - digging wells, building bridges, helping construct schools - aimed at improving the U.S. military's image among Muslims.

26. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 10y

good post kris. no.. better than that. good hustle! i think its awesome you read the onion, too. (other post)

... and uh, lets be honest, i think as far as searching mcfor meaning or a stiff drink, i think it was more the latter than the former. i mean jeebus, your a freakin beerman. youll have a cybernetic liver in like 2 years when robots take over.

its aite, i still love ya crazy pink silk speedo wearing alchy.

good news: thanksgiving sales were less than normal, all those participating in buy nothing day instead of black friday kicked capitalist greed's ass!
if only it were manifested in some single high authority so we could kick his ass.. oh wait...

weeeeeee! you all got opinoinated'd!

eva eva evan

27. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Good News in honour of World AIDS Day:

China embraces World AIDS Day

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