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Comment Why Canada has the Loonie (Score 1) 943

And the reason we have the loonie at all is because the weekend they shipped the stamps for the original mass market $1 coin design to the mint in Winnipeg was the weekend Winnipeg had one of its worst winter storms of the 20th century. Because of the severity of the storm and the disruption to any sort of normal transportation, they lost the stamps for the original coin design. The loonie was the backup dollar coin design. The Canadian dollar coin was originally supposed to be the traditional Voyageur design. Since the stamps went missing it would be too easy for someone to make their own coins if they fell into the wrong hands, so production was delayed and we have the loonie. (Is it counterfeiting if you are using the officials stamps? :)

When the storm was over there were two story snow banks. During the storm when people needed to go to the hospital emergency room and even when women went into labour, they sent out snowmobiles with trailers instead of ambulances, since everything was pretty much impassible in the city. I was putting myself through school working overnight at a 45 table pool hall (20 snooker tables at the time, and 25 9 ball tables). I got snowed in at the pool hall from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. Right in the downtown. Almost no-one was there except for local neighbourhood people who would drop in. Since we couldn't go home we just kept working between hands in the two day poker sessions.

Comment Re:One idea (Score 1) 343

I am white but I have had occasion to be the only white guy around and was definitely discriminated against and felt pretty threatened. I get it. The best of those times was when the other people didn't give a shit if I was white. Just like I don't give a shite what you are. It isn't worth my time. I only care what you do. The closest thing I could say is if you are a white male, treat all strangers like you would treat another white male; which is usually not to give a shit who they are, or even pay attention to them.

>And if you do something that isn't right, or not good enough at work, then I have no problem with calling you out or firing you whatever. I don't want the baggage of caring so that it clouds my judgement based on the things you actually do. And so it doesn't cloud my judgement when other groups want to trot out the 'race card' etc. Because I really don't give a shit it I can see the reverse racism/discrimination taking place or the attitude behind it. I do give a shit when others of any background expose that kind of thinking.

The only thing that matters is what you do and your intentions. Except if your intentions are to care too much. People who care are the ones who fuck everything up.

There is a book by Graham Greene called The Comedians. Read it. You'll see the damage that people who care too much without actually wanting to understand things can do. And just because it might not match your specific situation doesn't mean it doesn't apply.

Comment Re:One idea (Score 5, Insightful) 343

If you have to try that hard it kind of seems pointless. Yeah I'm not racist I have lots of black friends. Whatever. The best way to show it doesn't matter is to just not give a shit. Once everyone is to the point where we all don't give a shit what the next guy is, then we'll be there. So stop fucking caring so much, it is counter productive.

Comment Re:Israel has nuclear weapons. (Score 1) 569

And in fact the Soviets didn't win, the Germans lost. If they didn't trip on their stupid fucking ideology so much we would have all been truly fucked. Instead of enlisting the aid of the tens of thousands of Ukrainians who thought that at last they were free of Stalin and wanted to help, the Germans killed them and razed their fucking land. Not how to win friends and influence enemies. They could have had a huge army of volunteers willing to kick Stalin's ass. But alas, the Ukrainians were just another inferior race needing to be denigrated and destroyed. You'd think Hitler hired retard bozo chicken farmers to run his "elite" army or something. Not that there is anything wrong with farming chickens. Just if they're Nazi chickens.

Comment Those Who Forget History ... (Score 5, Interesting) 569

Oh fuck right off. The Palestinian leaders were acting like arseholes and trying to kill Jews just for being Jewish before the state of Israel even existed. Haj Amin al-Husseini who was the Grand Mufti (religious leader) of the Palestinians (of Jerusalem to be precise) during the 1940s was buddies with notable people like Hitler, Himmler, and anyone who promised to find a gas chamber for every Jew. He actively encouraged the Germans, and worked to dissuade countries from accepting German Jewish refuges forcing them to return to Germany. ALL BEFORE A JEWISH STATE EXISTED, mother fucker. So don't try to tell me that the Jews started anything.

The Jews were the ones who promised no change in personal property or land or status would take place when Israel was formed, that the status quo shouldn't change, meanwhile their leader(s) and other Arab countries told the Palestinians to get out of the way and to go to the refugee camps while they "pushed the Jews into the sea" with their anti Semitic Arab brotherhood. Now they're sore losers and even the other Arab countries around there won't let them into their own countries because they have so many trouble makers.

Don't you know Egypt has a big fucking wall set up between them and Palestine too? And when the Palestinians knocked part of it down, the Egyptian army pushed them back in a repaired it. Notice the Muslim Brotherhood haven't opened up the border with Gaza any more than Israel since they were elected?

So just shut the fuck up until you learn to think on your own instead of running with the crowd in their nouveau cause du jour which they know nothing about, but will surely fuck some innocent people over to make themselves feel like they have a cause.

I don't give a rat's ass what anyone is. But dirt bags who hide in civilian neighbourhoods and continually fire rockets into other civilian neighbourhoods while screaming how they are so just and hard done by deserve what they get. And the people who don't turn them in deserve it too. You ever think that if these shit bags had ever once tried to be civil there wouldn't be any war there. You know there are a lot of Arabs who live in Israel, vote and even sit in parliament. Jews in the Arab countries have to keep their heads down and not 'rise above themselves'. Get a real education on the subject.

Comment Re:Click-whoring post. How could this get approved (Score 4, Insightful) 233

How does this rate "interesting". If it was plagiarism there wouldn't be a link to the actual story. You can't tell someone they are trying pass someone else's work off as their own when they provide the original work. Especially when it is just a couple lines on a news aggregator site to give the readers a clue what the article is about.

Comment Re:Missing option (Score 1) 525

When people say Yugoslav in this context they mean Serb. And I have no problem with this when the country on the receiving end is responsible for electing and supporting a government that creates death camps and goes about ethnic cleansing. War is not clean, it is not exact, there are no nice little lines to show where the bullets and bombs are supposed to fall. So maybe if you are so concerned, maybe you should ask if the Serb nationalists are so upset about this, why did they start ethnically cleansing the Bosnians and Kosovars in massacres (yeah two way street, which list is longer?) and death camps not seen since Nazi Germany? Srebrenica was a war crime massacre. Why did they start the Bosnian and Kosovan wars to begin with? Why are there Serb generals and politicians in jail for war crimes now if they weren't responsible (the prosecutors were not American by the way)? It always amazes me when people start accusing the people who are taking the criminals to task of being criminals. And once again, no, there are not any nice arrows and directions to show where the bullets and bombs are supposed to go. So before you go and start a war like the Yugoslav Serbs did, maybe they should think of the consequences to their own people first. And when they get their asses handed to them, not to bitch and complain because ultimately they are the ones to blame.

Comment Re:Why mention Schoenberg? (Score 1) 183

He's full of himself. People will like what people will like. If they are doing something for pleasure and you play them something they don't like, they won't listen to it. It's like telling someone that if they eat shit long enough they'll like it, when there is steak potatoes and peas on the plate beside that. They'll tell you to fuck off and eat the steak potatoes and peas.

By now a lot of us have heard the Pachabelbel's Canon Rant in one form or another (this last one a complete rip of the first in my opinion). There is a reason those four chords work. They sound good to many people. I won't try to figure out why. There is no point. People just think that this progression works. So songs like this often become hits. Songs full of dissonance don't because people don't like it because they sound dissonant. Yeah the word means 'sounds shit'. Same thing with second intervals versus thirds versus ... If it sounds shit to people they just won't listen to it. Those that do aren't some sort of super cool esoteric music elite. They're not normal (since the majority defines normal). And so if people like what they hear they will listen to it more and repeatedly. And apparently it has worked this way for centuries and probably millennia. So I think if people were going to favour dissonant music they would have already. And by definition is wouldn't be considered dissonant.

Politics

Submission + - Whitehouse Petition to sell Texas to pay off US Debt. (whitehouse.gov)

FatLittleMonkey writes: Amidst the flood of petitions on behalf of States demanding to be allowed to secede from the US, inevitably came the trolls suggesting that the US at least make some money out of the deal. Sell Texas to Mexico and use the money to pay down the US debt. Still in single digits at time of writing, but well worth supporting for the lulz.

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