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  • Jul 16, 2014 07:50 AM
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    With the ceasefire truce put together by Egypt being rejected by Hamas in the Gaza strip, how bad do you think Israel will bomb? Will there be anything left of it after they get done with it? Several articles I'm reading say that Israel is warning everyone that they will come down hard on the small strip of land, and recommending everyone to evacuate, by the tens of thousands.

    I am nowhere near an expert on the subject, or the nuanced history of the conflict for that matter. But I do know the basics. And it appears that a fight between Israel and the Hamas in Gaza is like David v Goliath (with Israel being the giant). Feel free to correct me, if I'm wrong there. Also, would really like to hear someone's summarized take on the conflict in the region, and why its going down in the first place. Also, why did Hamas reject the ceasefire? I know the media's answers to these questions. But, to be honest, you get WILDLY different takes depending on where you read.
  • Jun 25, 2014 03:17 PM
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    No doubt North Korea is way out of their league, threatening the US in any way. I do not think the North Koreans will start an actual, all out war with us just over this movie.

    What I am more curious on is if anyone in government will try to intervene with the release of this movie because of Kim Jong-un's threat? Is an interesting 1st amendment question, I guess.
  • Jun 25, 2014 03:17 PM
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    Seth Rogen and James Franco have made a movie (soon to be released) about assassinating North Korea's President Kim Jong-un.

    The Interview - Official Teaser Trailer

    As you can likely guess, North Korea is not seeing the humor in the upcoming release. Actually, they are taking it as a direct threat:

    “If the United States administration tacitly approves or supports the release of this film, we will take a decisive and merciless countermeasure,” a spokesman for its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, according to the New York Times.

    The country is labeling the film "an act of war".

    Think Congress or the Obama Administration will step in on this one at any point? The release date is slated for this fall, I believe in August if I read correctly.
  • Nov 30, 2011 05:17 PM
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    Old thread, I know. But, this would be the title I would have given a new thread anyways..

    There's been a verdict in the UK on this hacking scandal.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/uk-phone-hacking-trial-andy-coulson-guilty-but-rebe...

    Former News of the World editor and Downing Street spin doctor Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking, but Rebekah Brooks has been cleared on all counts and has walked free from the Old Bailey's marathon phone hacking trial.

    Doesn't sound like much justice to me, but at least someone got in trouble. How does a major editor and the right hand man of Murdoch for so many years, Brooks, get off without any punishment whatsoever?
  • Jun 08, 2014 09:03 PM
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    Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in 6/8/14 as Egypt's 6th President under democratically elected means. He rose to this occasion on the momentum of being THE guy that ousted the criminally insane Mohamed Morsi. Remember that guy? Democratically elected, then decided to turn the country and his office into an extreme dictatorship/kingship with unlimited powers? Yeah, well a military coup was formed and kicked that guy out of office. And el-Sisi was the man in charge of it.

    So now, el-Sisi is President of Egypt. He won 96% of the vote. 96%. I have a hard time believing that any democratically elected politician in a fair process gets that overwhelming of a majority vote. His opposition calls the process an outrage and said:

    "We cannot give any credibility or ratification to the announced numbers of turnout or results," Sabahy said last month. "The announced results are an insult to the intelligence of the Egyptians."

    Do you think that el-Sisi has the ability and integrity to restore some amount of peace and stability in the country of Egypt? I think he is working on a best-case scenario steam of momentum and support; he's the man that ousted Morsi. I'm sure most everyone is willing to at least see what he can do and give him a real chance to fix things. I hope he is a marked improvement. Seems as though being President of Egypt has a way of seriously going to your head though.
  • Jun 04, 2014 09:57 PM
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    I know that this is a political forum and all. And 90% of the time, I'm all for that. But with the other 10% I like to talk sports. Since I know sports talk does gain at least some traction around here, I thought I'd pose the question before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and get a feel for what actual people think is going to happen in the Heat/Spurs series this year. So, I will ask, who has the edge, the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat?

    Predictions on how the series will go? My guess: Heat win in 6. I'm thinking the first 4 games go back and forth, with home court taking it. Then the Heat clean up games 5 and 6 and win the three-peat. Not going on too much of a limb either, James gets another MVP win as well. I just don't think this Spurs team can win a series against the Heat. The Spurs are good and can definitely win games here and there against anyone. But, when it comes right down to it, the Heat are just the best team in the league.

    Game 1 is at 9pm EST on ABC in San Antonio. I guess the way I predicted it, the Spurs will win game 1. I may want to rethink that... nah. Spurs will win the series opener, just not the series.
  • May 30, 2014 01:26 AM
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    Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just made an outrageously high bid during the back on forth auction on the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. $2 Billion! As long as everything goes okay on the legal end and the collective NBA accepts Ballmer's offer, this is a foregone conclusion.

    This will be far and away the most anyone has ever spent on an NBA franchise. The next closest, $550 million for the Milwaukee Bucks. That's almost 4 times less. Considering all the 4 major US sports, $2 Billion will come in 2nd place only to the $2.15 Billion deal that went down when purchasing the LA Dodgers. Looks like Los Angeles is asserting their dominance as the most valuable place in the US to own a sporting franchise. I long thought it was New York. Makes though, I guess.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-me-sterling-clippers-sale-20140530-st...
  • May 27, 2014 08:44 PM
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    Just watched a Youtube video by RT, reporting the story of the US Military unveiling an 'Iron Man'-like prototype suit. Biggest difference between this prototype and Tony Stark variety, the military's won't fly. At least not for the first several iterations.

    Do you think this is a good idea, or just an inevitable one? They plan to officially release this in a few weeks. And possibly in a few years, it will become standard issue for certain sects of our special forces. The suit is called TALOS, which stands for "Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, the exoskeleton comes complete with cameras, computers, night-vision, medical telemetry and other sensors. Although the prototype set to be delivered is not powered to provide extra-human strength, a more complete model is expected as early as 2016." RT report.

    I am honestly both terrified and intrigued. That's the double-edged sword of advancing technology, I guess. Intriguing because of how humans in general have the capacity to turn pure imagination into reality. Terrified because one of our main motivating factors is to use this ability for war. The name Talos is from Greek mythology. Talos was a giant man of bronze who protected Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders. He circled the island's shores three times daily. No doubt this acronym was specifically chosen to instill fear and to further attempt to assert our dominance on the world stage, even going as far as to insinuate that we are "god-like" with our military prowess.

    Here's the video:

  • May 22, 2014 03:33 PM
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    It's about to start. Hopefully its a good show.
  • May 23, 2014 02:08 AM
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    Let's clear the air on the topic of Dallas Maverick's owner Mark Cuban addressing Donald Sterling and racism. He is getting a lot of heat for an interview he did with Inc. Magazine, talking about his view on things. The media has taken a few lines from an almost 3 minute answer he gave during a video interview to make it appear that Cuban is possibly racist. Or at least that Cuban is saying that some racism and prejudice is okay. While I do think there is a modicum of truth to their insinuations, hopefully when I present the quote in full, contrasted to what the big news outlets are running as headlines, it will be clear that CNN and the like are blowing this quote out of proportion so they can continue to have the heated debate over racism and Sterling. (The title of this forum is an example of what I'm talking about; I copied it from The Young Turks to prove a point.)

    Here's the partial quote from the Cuban interview that CNN and the like are debating (if its racist or not):

    "I know I'm prejudiced, and I know I'm bigoted in a lot of different ways... If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I'll move to the other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos (on the side he now is on), I'll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses."

    And here's the quote in full he gave in the interview to Inc. Magazine, on the question of what he does to combat the bigotry and racism he comes across as a manager and an owner:

    You know, in this day and age, this country has really come a long way putting any type of bigotry behind us, regardless who it's towards. Whether it's the LGBT community, whether its xenophobia, fear of people from other countries.. We've come a long way, and with that progress comes price. We're a lot more vigilant and a lot less tolerant of different views. And it's not necessarily easy for everybody to adopt, or adapt, or evolve.

    I mean we are all prejudice in one way or the other. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and its late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street there's a guy that has tattoos all over his face, white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere, I'm walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. And so, in my businesses, I try not to be hypocritical. You know, I know that I'm not perfect. I know that I live in a glass house, and it's not appropriate for me to throw stones.

    And so when I run into bigotry, in organizations I control, I try to find solutions. I'll work with people, I'll send 'em to training, I'll send 'em to sensitivity training. I'll try to give them a chance to improve themselves, because I think helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand, and helping people realize that while we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it's an issue that we have to control. That it's part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just to kick the problem down the road because it does society, it does my company no good, it does my customers no good, it does society no good if my response to somebody and their racism or bigotry is to say "It's not right for you to be here. Go take your attitude somewhere else."


    While you may gravitate to the part of the answer that CNN and the like did (and I don't blame you), it's unfair to only focus on just that part, and not the answer in its entirety. But I guess that's the shortfall and problem with 24-hour news sensationalism; they have to blow things out of proportion to get viewership, and to give their guys and gals something to have heated debates over. Racism is always good for heated debate. Dissecting a comment ad nauseam, even if sort of out of context is another thing these big networks do.

    Cuban was honest. And while I think there is somewhat of a story here, it really annoys me to see something so obviously twisted for the sake of headlines. You know, for a 24 hour news network to not run the full 2 minute and 43 second Cuban response is irresponsible, if you are going to engage in legitimate debate. You have 24 hours! Run the whole damned clip guys. Be fair. Did Cuban make you uncomfortable with that comment? Do you not agree that we all see the world with our own prejudices? While its not a popular thing to say out loud, it is mostly true. The word prejudice distilled down to its dictionary definition (void of connotation) means to pre-judge. We all pre-judge. That is a fact. I believe that was all that Cuban was attempting to point out here. Although, like Cuban always does, he stuck his foot in his mouth and gave the media just enough of a headline to run with. ...It's up to everyone to rise above our base nature to pre-judge everything, and be open-minded. I think that was the sentiment he was going for.