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  1. I'm curious, Altai, have you traveled outside Turkey?
  2. Hmmm, good point Michael. Take into account, that during the Weimar Republic, public participation in politics and political organizations was actually HIGHER than in present-day Germany. (If that tells us anything.)
  3. How are people warned prior to a missile attack?

    Holy crap.....sorry to hear. Your soul maybe. But he won't be able to do much about the missile. But three days later, he'll mysteriously move the slab of concrete and come out of his fallout shelter.
  4. Turkish Newspaper banned in Europe

    And what authority would you trust more, than someone who used to spread that propaganda for a living? Seriously hotenough, your screen name must imply the temperature of the air between your ears.
  5. Another terror attack by USA in Spain

    Altai, do you really believe what you're saying about the US being behind this? Or are you just dicking around?
  6. The built in danger to all democracies is "the tyranny of the majority." essentially the 50% + 1 run have the power to force the 50% - 1 to do what the former wants. by the way: what's "sofrito sauce"?
  7. How are people warned prior to a missile attack?

    Where are you exactly that you get tsunami warnings?
  8. Democracy is big nonsense

    I wonder, hotenough, if the US would ever be able to do anything positive in your eyes---even if it actually did. Democracy, at any rate, back to the original subject, getting away from America-bashing: The flaw in democracy is that it gives the People what they desire, but what they want at the moment isn't necessarily what's best as far as the People's long-term interests. And the People are fickle. A direct democracy would get out of control, that's why we have republics (or crowned republics/constitutional monarchies with representative government, like Canada). The leaders need a little leeway to make decisions, sometimes independent of the wilder winds of public debate, believe it or not. It's a flawed system, but it's really the only thing that's better than dictatorship/despotism/whatever you want to call the nastier forms of government.
  9. Myths about the US Government/constitution

    What, like Michael Moore? If there's any questions about the US government you may have---that is, those of you who came to this website for a learning experience rather than bash-the-USA---I'd be happy to answer. Most of you patiently answered mine about Canada.
  10. Myths about the US Government/constitution

    Oh yeah, Operation Gladio. They mentioned that in an episode of Archer. Anywho, how is this on topic? UNGA? Oh, the UN General Assembly: where the dictatorships outnumber the democracies by, what, 10 to 1? Certainly a lot of countries who will zero in on everything the US does while being blind to what goes on in their own backyards (or even their own countries)? Look at who's in it and that might clue you in. but I'm probably being hopeful. You know what I meant by "toy mines" right? The soviets dropped children's toys. They looked like toys but they exploded in your hand when you picked them up. The goal was to get adults away from the war effort (stop them from fighting the soviet union) by forcing them to have to stay home to take care of their mutilated, handicapped children. A wounded child, reasoned the Politburo, was harder to take care of than a dead one. Really? What standard is that? You ask most Americans, they don't understand why we meddle in the affairs of the rest of the world. There seems to be a lot of that going around here. I never said the US was Mr Nice Guy! I said--and I'll say it again for your benefit (maybe you're in Quebec and English is actually your second language?) that you do NOT play Mr Nice Guy when you plan for your nation's survival. If you do, you're being negligent to your own people. You assumed I believe that, and it seems to indicate a very bigoted approach in your thinking toward the United States. We could go on for days bitching about the present--and former!--superpowers of the world and not get anywhere. (Including the superpower with which Canada is in a personal union. As an American, I appreciate the valiant effort Canadians have made contributing to the war on terror, and the NATO action in Afghanistan. Is your army not vicious to Canada's enemies? I would hope to hell it is, for Canada's sake. In this bastard of a world you do not survive by being Mr Nice Guy. PS, what does this have to do with myths about the US Constitution and political system?
  11. Myths about the US Government/constitution

    It's funny, hot enough, how people hold the United States to a completely different (much higher) standard than any other superpower, including the two that spawned what is today Canada. Unlike the Soviets, we didn't drop "toy mines" in any war. Benevolent? Of course not! And I would also HOPE NOT!! you don't defend your people by being Mr Nice Guy. Any government that tries to do so is guilty of gross negligence. As far as the spoils system, the federal government used to have such a thing. For example, the Republicans took the White House in 1880, so all the White House employees from the previous administration lost their jobs, including James Garfield's assassin. But under Roosevelt (Teddy) and other presidents, there were reforms to make the civil service permanent employees of the state, rather than the personal servants of the ruler (see Coup d'Etat: A Practical Handbook by Edward N. Luttwak). I'm not talking about the most senior people, the appointees today are a drop in the bucket compared to the almost 3 million federal civil servants. So no, we don't still have a spoils system. Again, it sounds like someone's holding us to a standard of perfect which, quite frankly, doesn't exist among democratic governments.
  12. How are people warned prior to a missile attack?

    Another other thing: in a full-scale nuclear war using ICBMs with MIRVs, they don't drop one huge bomb in the middle of a target anymore: they spread out the target area (like a city) with multiple, smaller warheads. More efficient destruction that way. No more Fail Safe-style "20 megaton" warheads dropped in the middle of Manhattan that would do the same job but be harder to deliver. There was a show back in 2006 called Jericho. Any of you catch that?
  13. How are people warned prior to a missile attack?

    Damn. That really sucks. So there's no point in sheltering at all if you're too close? Of course, North Korea likely has very few hydrogen bombs. I wouldn't bet they are "deliverable" yet since they're more complicated weapons, probably--I assume--heavier than the old-style fission bombs. And it might not even be close to 1 megaton. If anywhere is hit by a NK missile, it's probably not going to be a 1 megaton hydrogen bomb. I just love how the shelter in the above diagram has "vents". Yeah, that's just what you need to protect yourself against radiation and fallout: a vent right into the open air. Looks like one of those plans they circulated in the 60s as a public band aid, not a really productive thing. You need an air intake with a centrifugal blower to let in oxygen (but filter out the fallout particles) and let out the carbon dioxide. In Switzerland, all houses built after 1960 must have government approved plans: so that they can see there is a workable fallout shelter in it. It's required by law. Who the hell has cobalt bombs? No point to doing it that way. You could hear the sirens in some part of Baltimore being tested every Monday at 1:00 p.m. when I was growing up (the 1980s). My parents carefully avoided actually telling me what it was for. We lived right outside the city limits in the suburbs, so the siren was probably a few miles away at least. Yeah, they'd be loud. 20 minutes should be enough to take cover---if you've got a fallout shelter. Oh another thing, the air intake pipe I mentioned: if a hydrogen bomb produces more heat and fire, wouldn't the fire burst right into the fallout shelter and incinerate its occupants immediately?
  14. Turkiye's new missile system can shot Europe

    Turkey seems to be a completely independent part of the EU anyway. After a right-wing government came to power in Austria in the 1990s, they threatened sanctions. Turkey goes the way of dictatorship and they say nothing. Might as well blow up Brussels, it'll at least get their attention. (I mean that with some levity of course.)
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