Hey, after I saw that Paris Hilton video, I gained a whole new respect for her. Then again she didn't speak much, not that she could of anyways). I still have that video, I plane to re-post it somewhere when they think it is finally gone.
@UTR, I agree about the politically correct, but I don't know if it a left or right issue I think it is a European/UK against the U.S.A , issue. If an American says it, it's just an insular American. I lean far to the right when it comes to defending people's freedom of expression (except the Assange idiot letting out ANY country's secrets, he is a hypocrite who cannot even do an interview with the same openness he supposedly espouses, i.e. walking off Larry King). I happen to lean very very left when it comes to medical and health issues, but go right again when it comes to bring production back to the U.S..
I believe, IMO, that the European , U.K., and some other members from other former English colonies members, just believe Americans are stupid, selfish, unworldly and unsophisticated. The bashing that has taken place against the United States, which has seemed to have abated very recently, was tolerated for far too long. Similar comments made, i.e. about the U.K. drawing arbitrary lines in countries around the world and causing many of the world's problems were called racist by Dee. That was an opinion which is backed by much fact. The U.S has a mountain of history that is nothing to be proud about either, but I don't stick my hand in the sand about it. There are people in America with fascist tendencies, and others with communists tendencies, but to say the whole country is one or the other is ignorant. I have spent time in the U.K. and I really enjoyed it. I also was chased down a street in Manchester by a group of kids calling me a "dirty Packy" (my skin tone I guess). I was standing in front of a building that had all the glass blow out of it by an I.R.A. attack in 1974 in Manchester, England. I have also been called a "Spic" by people driving through Wesport, and Ridgefield, and Trumbull, Connecticut, U.S.A., driving my MG, while doing service calls (TV Repair). Racism is everywhere.
The problem in this forum is that certain Mods have been in their position too long. Some are American, some aren't. I personally think Arachne is one of the most empathic and sensitive persons I have encountered on the web and it is because of her and a couple of others (Dee's knowledge is simply astounding) that I remain. Some of the members here, of which whom I may disagree wholeheartedly on their opinions, are refreshing and a joy to engage with. They have opened my mind to other ways of thinking. I still may not agree with them but I can respect their opinions and them, for stating them. I find it difficult to accept a Mods posting facetious remarks, in this case, using emoticons to do it, and not having the balls to state their opinion, which should probably be stifled if you take of the position of a Mod. I am not talking about Political views either. I have a specific post I am talking about but will not link to it, though it would not be too hard to find. And yes, I took a laptop hard drive apart this weekend, lubricated the arm, froze the hard drive, and was able to get the contents off of it using a free cloning software thus preserving the XP License, in essence, getting a Laptop for nothing. I did not need a clean room either.
I belong to another forum that is international and one of the most civilized places on Earth. People talk about all manner of subjects. From one member, I have learned, from his statements, that China is not so closed off as I may have thought it was, but he also explained how and why and where the troubles lie, corruption, a universal problem. Just an opinion.