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Date: 06/17/12 08:33 AM

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  1. Profile photo of Crabes
    Crabes Male 30-39
    1285 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 8:30 am
    Link: A Skype Call In Ethiopia Will Get You 15 Years... - ...in prison. I know where i don`t wanna live.
  2. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 10:02 am
    That`s nothing, being a lawyer for someone the government doesn`t like and holding a press conference to highlight injustices in their case will get you 10 years in America. Remind me, how does that sentence compare with the sentences handed out to soldiers convicted of raping, torturing and killing Iraqi civilians again?

    I know where I don`t want to live.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3291 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 10:40 am
    "Do they know it`s Christmas time at all?"
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    intrigid Male 18-29
    914 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 11:57 am
    Maybe you don`t want to live there, but this will be America in 5-10 years.
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    BostonKaiser Male 40-49
    1185 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    Knew it wouldn`t take long for MacMuffin to turn this into an America bashing thread. Thanks for staying predictable. Now all we need is 2bithero to post: MUUURICA!
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    Knew it wouldn`t take long for MacMuffin to turn this into an America bashing thread. Thanks for staying predictable. Now all we need is 2bithero to post: MUUURICA!

    Well, if the shoe fits. :-)

    Ethiopia has had a succession of unpopular governments returned through elections that were internationally-recognised as having been rigged. That`s their excuse for having an appalling record on human rights, what`s yours?
  7. Profile photo of CaptKangaroo
    CaptKangaroo Male 50-59
    2348 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm
    @ MacGuffin-
    You are very outspoken about `Bad` America, and our brutal foreign policies.
    Regale us if you will, on The U.K.`s policies regarding Ireland. Tell us of your history in India.Burma(Now Myanmar).
    Tell us of your history of public torture, Tell us the significance of `first night`.
    The fact is, your country has had a pretty bloody history well into the 20th century.
    The U.K. has been around about 850 years-more or less- longer than the U.S.- maybe we`ll be as enlightened and judgmental as ya`ll in 2861.
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    I-Am-Goatse Male 18-29
    165 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    Meh. People bashing the United States are jelly. People all over the world have fought against government since the earliest forms of government.

  9. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    You are very outspoken about `Bad` America, and our brutal foreign policies.
    Regale us if you will, on The U.K.`s policies regarding Ireland. Tell us of your history in India.Burma(Now Myanmar).
    Tell us of your history of public torture, Tell us the significance of `first night`.
    The fact is, your country has had a pretty bloody history well into the 20th century.
    The U.K. has been around about 850 years-more or less- longer than the U.S.- maybe we`ll be as enlightened and judgmental as ya`ll in 2861.

    That`s all you Americans ever have to say in answer to criticism of your country, isn`t it? "But other places are bad too!!!!" - Do you ever get sick of that line of BS, and realise that other people behaving badly doesn`t give you a pass to behave even worse?
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    BostonKaiser Male 40-49
    1185 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    @MacMuffin-
    There`s a lot of us that would say we DID suffer through a rigged election that led to a bogus war and it`s related crimes. I`d be the first to point out that our country is FAR from perfect. But I seriously doubt that your country is the idyllic utopia you seem to think it is. You`ve had a raging hard-on against America since you first started posting. In case you haven`t seen the commercials, you`re supposed to call a doctor after four hours.
  11. Profile photo of CaptKangaroo
    CaptKangaroo Male 50-59
    2348 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm
    @MacGuffin- No, what I do expect is for you to realize- and perhaps admit- your bias.
    I noticed you failed to address any of the items I mentioned, you merely attached your own- incorrect- meaning to my post.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3291 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    Hey, would you look at that, MacGuffin. According to the Country Freedom Ranking post earlier today, Ethiopia is 134th, the UK is 14th, and the US is 10th. Sure, you`d think the "home of the free" would rank a little higher, but we made it to the top 10.

    Now, I`m not trying to bash the UK. I love the UK. I`ve got family who live there, and my mother was born there. I think of England as one of my "ancestral homes," and hold it in very high regard. Heck, I don`t even know if you`re from the UK. Maybe you`re from Ireland, which ranked 9th, or Denmark, which ranked 11th. If you`re lucky, you`d be from New Zealand (4th) or Switzerland (5th).

    I guess my point here is two fold. First, odds are you are NOT from a country where your level of personal freedom is as great as it is in the US, so don`t go bashing ours. An
  13. Profile photo of DuckBoy87
    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
    3291 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    The government, who owns the only phone lines in Ethiopia, doesn`t want to let its citizens use other services?

    That`s what socializing everything gets you.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36870 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    MacGuffin, "realise that other people behaving badly doesn`t give you a pass to behave even worse?"
    I could not agree more. Very, very true. We learned this
    in kindergarten that 2 wrongs don`t make a right.
    But I think the point they are trying to make is something
    about `throwing stones from glass houses`.
    Another basic lesson from school.
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    keith2 Male 30-39
    2591 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    They`re absolutely right, nobody should EVAR be able to express themselves or speak freely. Soon, we`ll have the technology to monitor individual thoughts. Finally at that point, we`ll all be safe and secure!
  16. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    what I do expect is for you to realize- and perhaps admit- your bias.
    I noticed you failed to address any of the items I mentioned

    I don`t have a bias. I`ve criticised the UK many times on here, and I`ve mentioned specific aspects of my country that are imperfect. Indeed, the last time you asked me a specific question (about the UK`s legal system - you asked me to state anything about the US`s system that was better), I answered your question, and you then mysteriously dropped the subject since I wasn`t playing along with the `MacGuffin only criticises the US` version of reality that you seem to prefer to believe. As for Ireland, last time we discussed that you appeared to be unaware that the conflict there ended 15 years ago, and a process of reconciliation had taken place since.

    None of which modern and ancient history of the UK`s past mistakes makes the US`s present human rights situation any more acceptable.
  17. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm
    Hey, would you look at that, MacGuffin. According to the Country Freedom Ranking post

    You mean the `economic freedom` ranking post, don`t you? The one in which Hong Kong (which isn`t even a country, but whatever) ranked #1? The `economic freedom` index that just about every IAB commenter observed meant nothing at all in relation to actual freedom or human rights? Don`t make me laugh - I`m quite sure that some rich bankers somewhere do indeed think your country`s human rights record makes for a simply great environment in which they can exercise their `economic freedom`. That doesn`t mean you`re actually free.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    Ethiopia is Obama`s wet dream.
  19. Profile photo of I-Am-Goatse
    I-Am-Goatse Male 18-29
    165 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm
    MacGuffin, is anybody truly free?
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm
    @MacGuffin, Lynn Stewart was convicted of providing material support to terrorists. She`s traitor. In better days she wouldn`t have gotten 10 years; she would have been hanged -- something I would pay good money to watch.

    BTW, if anyone wants to the sort of low-life, terrorist-supporting, communist scum that MacGuffin admires and respects, just click here.
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    DShephard Male 18-29
    1595 posts
    June 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm
    The reason why you don`t want to live in Ethiopia is because of Skype?

    I can`t even think of a witty remark, that just takes care of itself.
  22. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 5:48 am
    Lynn Stewart was convicted of providing material support to terrorists. ... In better days she ... would have been hanged -- something I would pay good money to watch.

    Only in a country as corrupt as America could someone like Oliver North avoid conviction for giving material support to terrorists in the form of actual weapons, whilst a decent human rights lawyer like Lynne Stewart gets ten years for `giving material support to terrorism` in the form of HOLDING A PRESS CONFERENCE. The government didn`t even have to prove she`d passed any illicit information in that press conference (she hadn`t), all they had to do was claim that she COULD have done. That`s the kind of `justice` you get in US courts.

    As for your comment about "paying good money" to see a 70-year-old cancer sufferer that has the audacity hold a press conference that embarrasses the US government hang, that really says more about you personally than your country.
  23. Profile photo of CaptKangaroo
    CaptKangaroo Male 50-59
    2348 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 7:38 am
    @MacGuffin-
    "Mysteriously dropped the subject since..."
    No, I moved on. You become boring rather quickly. As well, you can take a story that has absolutely nothing to do with America, and introduce more negative comments about America. Puzzling. You don`t seem to drop bombs on your country out of the blue.
    Really, it`s so stereotypical- Brits being anti American- that it` somewhat laughable.
    Now, I don`t want you to be misled here-I`m bored with your intolerance and am moving on now- nothing mysterious going on.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 7:39 am
    That`s all you Americans ever have to say in answer to criticism of your country, isn`t it? "But other places are bad too!!!!"
    I believe the phrase you`re looking for is "Tu quoque."
  25. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 10:01 am
    I`m bored with your intolerance and am moving on now

    Don`t let the door hit you on the arse.
  26. Profile photo of MacGuffin
    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 10:02 am
    I believe the phrase you`re looking for is "Tu quoque."

    I`m impressed, patch: seriously.
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    BlazingBird Male 13-17
    98 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm
    Oh dear.
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    propagandi Male 40-49
    726 posts
    June 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm
    I can only hope that one day this continent will be empty, and that we have the forethought to turn it into one huge nature preserve.
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    michaelbob Male 18-29
    5 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 2:31 am
    I did not wait for a ban on skype to not want to live in ethiopia

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