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  1. are you comparing right wingers to people with down syndrome? you're right though.. people with ideological agendas and who discriminate against entire classes, should learn from u.s. right wingers/neo-cons, who are generally very classy people.
  2. it's sometimes tough to hear the truth. it's okay. some are able to get past the denial stage. i have a hard time not agreeing with the research done in the article Hudson posted after seeing what some of the posters on this forum write.
  3. an average canadian consume 26 teaspoons a day. it's usually refined sugar that is consumed, which is high in fructose. fructose turns into liver fat which prevent the liver from processing insulin properly. this leads to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
  4. no black people are involved in the case, so i don't understand why you believe the judge's race is a factor.
  5. "ya, we spy... but it's not so bad." argus: "it's not so bad!" "snowden should be tried for treason" argus: "snowden should be tried for treason!"
  6. here is another one of your errors in trying to describe and compare bitcoin. not many people trade gold for services. you can't just instantly pay someone by clicking a button, without any bank fees, with gold or other currencies. the bitcoin stays in your own wallet and if you do choose to, you can keep at an exchange. the rate of usage and growth continues to climb. we're early in the life of bitcoin. no amount of bitterness and disdain for something new and different will change the fact that bitcoin usage is growing at a high rate, in a consistent matter.
  7. the reason they should be concerned is very easy. people will not need to use banks to hold their money and make different kinds of transactions. no more interest and no more bank fees to collect. one of the beauties of bitcoin is that it can skip the traditional middle men or start using other middle men, instead of banks.
  8. one of the reasons saddam was attacked was because he threatened to change the currency (link 1, link 2, link 3) he was selling his oil in. same with ghaddafi (link). overstock.com's addition of bitcoin as a method of payment was a great success. in the first day that they introduced bitcoin, they had 840 orders that totaled over $130,000 if converted to the dollar. overall, bitcoin usage has increased by over 75% in the second half of 2013. when someone uses bitcoin, they don't use other currency. this is a concern for many banks, since they're losing a piece of the pie with the increasing popularity and usage of bitcoin. to say banks have no reason to worry does not make sense when you look at the numbers.
  9. you make it sound like their hands are tied and they're unable to get information on people legally. there already is a path in obtaining information on individuals. that path requires an oversight so no one steps out of boundary. what the NSA is doing is side-stepping the rules and law that was already set in place. they are breaking the law. not only that, but they're giving information on their citizens to a foreign country. i understand you're okay with that, because this foreign country is israel, but i'm sure most people would not be happy to know that this raw information is being passed onto a foreign country.
  10. you have a narrow-minded look at the consequences of the government collecting this information.
  11. right. there is no evidence. only made up government documents from the government which clearly show otherwise. documents that the NSA or obama have never denied. it's a good idea to know the basics about a topic before trying to argue for a side.
  12. why is your outrage towards snowden and not the people who are stealing our data, without our consent and giving them away to a foreign country? what's wrong with you?
  13. not sure where you're trying to go with this. what has happened is that the u.s. government has given israel raw intelligence of american citizens (and only to isreal - no other country) without receiving the same in return. 'exchanging' would constitute receiving raw intelligence of israeli citizens in return. essentially, the u.s. government is not only taking away people's rights to privacy by secretly collecting their communication information, but they're volunteering this information to a foreign country. so every point you've tried to make in the initial comments that i responded to were untrue, because you can never focus hard enough to read what you're responding to. instead, what you end up doing is sharing all the incoherent and unfocused thoughts in your head and then throwing your hands up in the air when someone shows the patience to respond to your comments, showing how you're unable to debate and focus on any subject.
  14. it looks like that you have no clue, rue. there was no "exchange". it would help if you would read the information and links you are responding to so you wouldn't need to be corrected every time you make a post. phone calls and emails of American citizens. The agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis. i have no time to spoon feed you, rue. make the effort to educate yourself on the information you want to make comments on.
  15. according to the information, no other country has received this raw intelligence data but israel. why is israel, a foreign country, so special in the eyes of the u.s. government that its willing to give away raw personal information of americans (and others around the world that they have information from)? the nsa and whoever is signing off people's personal information to a foreign country should be tried for treason.
  16. snowden is a hero. snowden has not revealed information that would endanger any country. the information he has released is to inform and alert its citizens of the illegal and secretive information gathering. the government now has access to all of our emails. they have access to our phone calls. they have access to our activities on the internet. not only that, but the u.s. government has been sharing our information with a foreign country: NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel • Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis • Only official US government communications protected The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data withIsrael without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals. The disclosure that the NSA agreed to provide raw intelligence data to a foreign country contrasts with assurances from the Obama administrationthat there are rigorous safeguards to protect the privacy of US citizens caught in the dragnet. that's not okay.
  17. you keep repeating this, despite being proven wrong a number of times. like the black knight in monty python who refused to acknowledge his state.
  18. no. it shows harper's failure in doing the right thing. the righteous thing. turning your back on the protection of the planet we will be passing onto our children and their children, something the rest of the world, at least talks about wanting to do, only shows that you will go down in history, as the shitty guy who represented the energy companies who want to milk the planet as long as possible, even though we all know the consequences. harper's track record with the united nations is a failure that he should be blamed for, as majority of canadians do not agree with pretty much all his stances at the un. this also goes for harper's failure to recognize palestinians' bid for statehood. a blatantly disgusting stance which cements harper a failure to represent what canada has grown into being known for. his legacy will not be as bad as bush's, but he will always be known for as the slimy guy who represented the bad guys and not good. at least to majority of canadians.
  19. 82% of canada supported kyoto. ekos research poll for the government of canada harper and jbg's opinion does not represent the majority of canada.
  20. you have accused hudson and myself of this before. you have been asked to provide proof of any of us saying this and you have failed to show proof. you continuously do this.
  21. rue? how about those numbers? this is becoming all too familiar. you say something and then not back up your comments with any evidence.
  22. Hala Gorani ‏@HalaGorani 19h UN staff found 4 year-old Marwan crossing desert alone after being separated from family fleeing #Syria. pic.twitter.com/YdCt7gZrcN
  23. perhaps you don't know the numbers, but over 65% of immigrants are economic, 22% family class (mostly spouse and a small fraction, parents), and 9% refugee. http://www.cic.gc.ca/English/resources/statistics/facts2012/permanent/01.asp
  24. what about the egyptians? what about the philistines? they were also there before the israelites. it is ridiculous to use ancient connections to the land to justify forcibly pushing out another group and declaring ownership of their homes. i use the word connection, knowing that many of the european jews who moved to palestine as a result of the zionism, have less of a connection to ancient israelites and the land than the population that was already living there in the early 1900's, which was over 90% arab.
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