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MissingPerson
09-03-2008, 03:35 PM
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f327/jackgreen7/berets.jpg

Berets!

http://www.photographyblog.com/images/products/tim_graham_british_royal_family_1.jpg

Weird Old Monarchies!

http://deliciousghost.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/800px-vikings_fight.jpg

Vikings!

http://castles.niceworld.info/france/slides/Bonaguil-Lot-Castle-France.jpg

Castles!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b7/Flag_of_Europe.svg/800px-Flag_of_Europe.svg.png

A flag!

http://www.eucen.org/img/maps/MapEurope_flags_30April04.png

Loads of other flags!


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/55/Simplified_Languages_of_Europe_map.svg/600px-Simplified_Languages_of_Europe_map.svg.png

Loads of languages!

So yes, we're Europe. We're quite nice. We like boring politics, and, lately, not having World Wars. That said, we've been looking nervously over our shoulders at Russia for a while now. Contrary to popular belief, we quite like America, and we gave you that whole Revolution idea and the Statue of Liberty to prove it. We've had quite a lot of terrorist organisations for quite a while now, but they're largely white, so apparently don't count.

We've seen To Catch A Predator, and it makes us really sad and frightened. We like the Simpsons, but, although we do understand what Twinkies are, we don't actually have them here. Our films are invariably depressing, and our music is eclectic and varied - we do not all like bad German trance. On the other hand, Run Lola Run is really good. Our music festivals are rainy, and have way more hypothermia deaths - but far fewer cases of heatstroke - than yours.

In most countries, the legal drinking age is 18. We have lots of nice strong beer, but stay away from the weird local liqeurs. Our standards of dental and personal hygiene are far, far better than your media would have you believe.

We know what Irony is, and it is not what Alanis Morrissette thinks. We invented French, and French-related things, but don't mind New Orleans and Quebec using our stuff, because they're cool.

Speaking of which, at weekends, we do things to each other your tiny minds couldn't even imagine.

Any questions?

marooko
09-03-2008, 03:39 PM
Any questions?


yes



Speaking of which, at weekends, we do things to each other your tiny minds couldn't even imagine.


like what?

Young blood
09-03-2008, 03:39 PM
Is paree really that gay?

MissingPerson
09-03-2008, 03:41 PM
like what?

There's no way of describing it in English, but it's what the "Gomorrah" bit in the Bible was about.

Blinken
09-03-2008, 03:41 PM
There's no way of describing it in English, but it's what the "Gomorrah" bit in the Bible was about.

then we need pictures and diagrams.

marooko
09-03-2008, 03:42 PM
Im going to europe.

MissingPerson
09-03-2008, 03:43 PM
Is paree really that gay?

No, it only looks gay to the uninitiated. It's actually kind of nympho, so basically any available orifice will do.

faxman75
09-03-2008, 03:43 PM
I was there this summer. i can't wait to go back.

marooko
09-03-2008, 03:53 PM
No, it only looks gay to the uninitiated. It's actually kind of nympho, so basically any available orifice will do.

so it's bi?

MissingPerson
09-03-2008, 03:57 PM
Kind of, but not in an attention-whore kind of way. That's just how it rolls.

amyzzz
09-03-2008, 04:05 PM
I would like to get rid of that one pesky amendment and nominate MissigPerson for president.

Blinken
09-03-2008, 04:07 PM
Watch out Amy, it could back fire and we will have President Schwarzenegger

amyzzz
09-03-2008, 04:08 PM
Would that be so bad?

bmack86
09-03-2008, 04:09 PM
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Europe, yes indeed

amyzzz
09-03-2008, 04:09 PM
video no longer available.

Young blood
09-03-2008, 04:10 PM
It was the scorps.

bmack86
09-03-2008, 04:12 PM
it's updated, and better than I hoped for

MissingPerson
09-03-2008, 04:29 PM
I would like to get rid of that one pesky amendment and nominate MissigPerson for president.

But you've got that Obama dude!

He's awesome. We like him a bunch.

We're trying to keep kind of quiet about it though, we don't think the Euro Seal of Approval would win over the God'n'Gunz crowd.

They scare us shitless, 'cause we thought America's whole secular government thing was a fucking fantastic idea. Apparently some of them think we're actually literally fostering the Antichrist, so we don't reckon they'll warm to us any time soon.

bmack86
09-03-2008, 04:32 PM
well, aren't you?

MissingPerson
09-03-2008, 04:34 PM
I dunno. Maybe. Haven't seen him around anyway, if that's any reassurance.

bmack86
09-03-2008, 04:38 PM
Maybe he just told you to say that. I'll keep my guns and hounds, just in case.

amyzzz
09-03-2008, 04:41 PM
There's always that theory that the pope is the Antichrist. He's in Italy, which is in Europe. You can have him.

MissingPerson
09-03-2008, 04:43 PM
He's in Vatican City, which is a whole state of it's own, I'll have you know. It's not technically Europe, it's like... an Embassy. You know, a magic Pope Embassy.

amyzzz
09-03-2008, 04:44 PM
Well, he's surrounded on all sides by Europe, isn't he?

MissingPerson
09-03-2008, 04:46 PM
We like to keep an eye on him, yes. Just in case.

shakermaker113
09-03-2008, 05:38 PM
There's no way of describing it in English, but it's what the "Gomorrah" bit in the Bible was about.


then we need pictures and diagrams.

try here (http://www.thebricktestament.com/genesis/sodom_and_gomorrah/gn19_01.html).

http://www.thebricktestament.com/genesis/sodom_and_gomorrah/gn19_05.jpg

Mr. Dylanja
09-03-2008, 05:46 PM
Aren't you supposed to stay in the bathroom when European? :lool :rotfl :lool





















I'm sorry.

clarky123
09-03-2008, 06:09 PM
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f327/jackgreen7/berets.jpg

Berets!

http://www.photographyblog.com/images/products/tim_graham_british_royal_family_1.jpg

Weird Old Monarchies!

http://deliciousghost.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/800px-vikings_fight.jpg

Vikings!

http://castles.niceworld.info/france/slides/Bonaguil-Lot-Castle-France.jpg

Castles!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b7/Flag_of_Europe.svg/800px-Flag_of_Europe.svg.png

A flag!

http://www.eucen.org/img/maps/MapEurope_flags_30April04.png

Loads of other flags!


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/55/Simplified_Languages_of_Europe_map.svg/600px-Simplified_Languages_of_Europe_map.svg.png

Loads of languages!

So yes, we're Europe. We're quite nice. We like boring politics, and, lately, not having World Wars. That said, we've been looking nervously over our shoulders at Russia for a while now. Contrary to popular belief, we quite like America, and we gave you that whole Revolution idea and the Statue of Liberty to prove it. We've had quite a lot of terrorist organisations for quite a while now, but they're largely white, so apparently don't count.

We've seen To Catch A Predator, and it makes us really sad and frightened. We like the Simpsons, but, although we do understand what Twinkies are, we don't actually have them here. Our films are invariably depressing, and our music is eclectic and varied - we do not all like bad German trance. On the other hand, Run Lola Run is really good. Our music festivals are rainy, and have way more hypothermia deaths - but far fewer cases of heatstroke - than yours.

In most countries, the legal drinking age is 18. We have lots of nice strong beer, but stay away from the weird local liqeurs. Our standards of dental and personal hygiene are far, far better than your media would have you believe.

We know what Irony is, and it is not what Alanis Morrissette thinks. We invented French, and French-related things, but don't mind New Orleans and Quebec using our stuff, because they're cool.

Speaking of which, at weekends, we do things to each other your tiny minds couldn't even imagine.

Any questions?


Good effort. Well done. No retort. Carry On.

MissingPerson
09-03-2008, 06:15 PM
Full disclosure, I stole the Gomorrah gag from this brilliant guy here. (http://www.superdeluxe.com/sd/contentDetail.do?id=D81F2344BF5AC7BB77D6A0E55069BD 0A9B3A52CB005FA7D7)

Although, if I'm up to date with my theological interpretation - and fuck, the Pope's just next door, I ought to be - the problem with Sodom and Gomorrah wasn't just that they were gaying it up, but that they were gay-raping it up, which is a fairly big distinction.

TomAz
09-04-2008, 06:57 AM
fundamentalist conservatives have a problem with the gay part, but not the rape part. progessives have a problem with the rape part, but not the gay part. so, you know, it's kind of up in the air, really.


but while you're here visiting, Europe, I do have some questions for you.

1. do people actually speak Galician? how bout Welsh? as a native-born first tongue, I mean, and not as some sort of halfbaked, poorly-thought-out political statement?

2. do europeans really think of places like Albania and Belarus as part of Europe?

3. ethnic cleansing. I know it's popular in Serbia but why hasn't it caught on in the rest of Europe?

4. Where does everyone go in August?

also, a request. Everyplace but England, stop exporting your music to the US. Export your topless beaches and late night TV instead. England, your music is fine and you can keep your topless beaches to yourself. thanks.

sonofhal
09-04-2008, 08:00 AM
3. ethnic cleansing. I know it's popular in Serbia but why hasn't it caught on in the rest of Europe?


also, a request. Everyplace but England, stop exporting your music to the US. Export your topless beaches and late night TV instead. England, your music is fine and you can keep your topless beaches to yourself. thanks.

In answer to 3 - Belgium will be next. The hatred between the flemish and french parts is truly shocking. A lot of bands were booed and bottled at Pukkelpop for just addressing the crowd in french (take note, Kim Deal).

I'm happy for Scandinavia to keep exporting music (especially those Swedes), but i can probably do without the rest (although i do like Yuppie Flu from Italy quite a bit).

TomAz
09-04-2008, 10:27 AM
if belgium blows up i dunno what i'll do for waffles.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-04-2008, 10:30 AM
if belgium blows up i dunno what i'll do for waffles.

themz calld Flemish Wafflez.

amyzzz
09-04-2008, 10:30 AM
When I was in Wales back in 1999, people did actually speak Welsh as a first language; they taught it in schools as a national pride thing. I even had someone on a bus translate what some other old guy said for me because he ONLY spoke Welsh. This is in Northern Wales btw.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-04-2008, 10:31 AM
isn't Welsh written something like this:mkmkjjimnm?

thinnerair
09-04-2008, 10:31 AM
belgium has good beers and fries and fast women.

MissingPerson
09-04-2008, 11:04 AM
1. do people actually speak Galician? how bout Welsh? as a native-born first tongue, I mean, and not as some sort of halfbaked, poorly-thought-out political statement?

Yeah. I mean, I don't think there are really any Welsh speakers left who can't speak any English, but there's still a significant number of Welsh speakers who use it as their functional, conversational language. Galician, I don't know about. Irish still has clusters of people



2. do europeans really think of places like Albania and Belarus as part of Europe?


I kind of would, yeah. I mean, I kind of think of everything this side of Moscow, North of Turkey, as European. The people of those regions might disagree, but that's my sense of it.



3. ethnic cleansing. I know it's popular in Serbia but why hasn't it caught on in the rest of Europe?

Generally, most countries have already gotten their ethnic cleansing out of the way, or gotten savvy enough to call it something else. And bear in mind, World War Two wasn't all that long ago. Collectively, we're not altogether over it. Hence our general anti-war... ness.


4. Where does everyone go in August?

America and Canada. For yer jobs, and wimminfolk.


Everyplace but England, stop exporting your music to the US. Export your topless beaches and late night TV instead. England, your music is fine and you can keep your topless beaches to yourself. thanks.

Hey, shut up. This is awesome.

2nOBHTrdL7k

MissingPerson
09-04-2008, 11:05 AM
When I was in Wales back in 1999, people did actually speak Welsh as a first language; they taught it in schools as a national pride thing. I even had someone on a bus translate what some other old guy said for me because he ONLY spoke Welsh. This is in Northern Wales btw.

I've just posted, I know, but wow. I genuinely didn't think there were any Welsh-only speakers left.

TomAz
09-04-2008, 11:07 AM
ohyeah ireland isn't part of england any more

but that shit sounds like the fucking gipsy kings

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-04-2008, 11:08 AM
Northern Ireland is still part of Great Britain.

SoulDischarge
09-04-2008, 11:08 AM
Which country is the Mexico of Europe?

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-04-2008, 11:09 AM
Turkey

MissingPerson
09-04-2008, 11:12 AM
Northern Ireland is still part of Great Britain.

Weird distinction - Although part of the United Kingdom, it is not technically Great Britain, which refers only to the island of Britain. Officially, the whole shebang is either "The United Kingdom", or "Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

MissingPerson
09-15-2008, 05:02 PM
Two questions that have occurred to me tonight.

a) What does a Twinkie actually taste like?

b) Do you get paid for donating blood in the States?

algunz
09-15-2008, 06:23 PM
What's wrong with a comfy beret?

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/IMG_0028.jpg

MissingPerson
09-15-2008, 06:29 PM
They aren't nearly as cool as a jaunty sombrero.

algunz
09-15-2008, 06:34 PM
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/92011.jpg

MissingPerson
09-15-2008, 07:09 PM
Damn right, amiga.

Hannahrain
09-15-2008, 07:11 PM
Two questions that have occurred to me tonight.

a) What does a Twinkie actually taste like?

b) Do you get paid for donating blood in the States?

You don't, but you do get paid for donating sperm and plasma. I don't know why you're expected to be charitable with some fluids but they'll buy others off of you.

I've never had a Twinkie, so I can't attest to a).

MissingPerson
09-15-2008, 07:13 PM
Okay.

So... explain your healthcare system to me, because over here we use it to scare children.

Hannahrain
09-15-2008, 07:21 PM
Wait, we have a system?

MissingPerson
09-15-2008, 07:30 PM
I don't know, my perception of it is largely reliant on ER, which, if it's right, means that the biggest problem faced by American healthcare is helicopters and helicopter related casualties.

Hannahrain
09-15-2008, 07:32 PM
I hate when I'm trying to get a checkup but helicopters keep getting in my way. They make giant flyswatters for this exact purpose, but I don't drive and those are tricky to fit on the bus.

MissingPerson
09-15-2008, 07:34 PM
Still though, at least you guys have Ziplocs.

Young blood
09-15-2008, 08:05 PM
My grandpa is in a ziploc and the best part is the rainbow color seal keeps him fresh.

Quadromarshia
09-16-2008, 05:59 AM
I'm not a fan of twinkies. But the prospect of it deep fried sounds enticing. Hell, what isn't better deep fried? You haven't lived until you've had a battered and fried big mac (shout out to the mexican cooks I worked with at that gyro place in Ahwatukee).

TomAz
09-16-2008, 06:13 AM
Twinkies are terrible, horrible, disgusting food. You'd almost think they were made in England not the US.

the US healthcare system works fairly well if you are employed by an employer who provides you subsidized health insurance; if you are over 65 and on Medicare; if you are a poor family with children; or if you are in prison. For 40 million other folks, though, who can't get, cant' afford, or simply choose not to buy health insurance, it kind of sucks. The only solution is funding, but as you might have read lately, we're not really sure if we have any money anymore.

SheriNOIR
09-16-2008, 06:22 AM
not really but oh well.

<a href="http://media.photobucket.com/image/europe%20america/petterimiettinen/europe_vs_america-1.jpg?o=2" target="_blank"><img src="http://i373.photobucket.com/albums/oo174/petterimiettinen/europe_vs_america-1.jpg"></a>

miscorrections
09-16-2008, 08:14 AM
Europe should consider pants with a higher rise.

chairmenmeow47
09-16-2008, 09:45 AM
dear europe,

thank you for the cadbury flakes. best.candybar.EVER!

sincerely,

--one chocolate loving american

Westy
09-16-2008, 09:56 AM
dear europe,

thank you for the cadbury flakes. best.candybar.EVER!

sincerely,

--one chocolate loving american

Flakes are the best!!! Also... Crunchie's and Aero's.

MissingPerson
09-16-2008, 12:44 PM
Europe should consider pants with a higher rise.

With asses as awesome as we've got, it would be a loss to the seeing world. You peoples and yer britches...


Chocolate wise, I think we can be particularly proud of the Star Bar.

amyzzz
09-16-2008, 01:23 PM
I blame the whole low rise pants craze for causing my belly to get larger because I didn't know how big it was getting since my waistband wasn't there to hold my belly in. I've been buying those damn low rise pants for 10 years now because that's all I could fuckin buy.

MissingPerson
10-11-2008, 03:59 PM
An Irish music festival:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/jill_valentine/051.jpg

boarderwoozel3
10-11-2008, 04:49 PM
An Irish music festival:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/jill_valentine/051.jpg

Really? All of the sudden I'm no longer itching to go to a European festival.

MissingPerson
10-11-2008, 04:58 PM
Well for what it's worth, you won't get anything like that at one of the Mainland festivals. That would have been taken late on the Sunday. All that would have been grass as of Saturday morning.

And in fairness, that was Oxegen 2007, it was the rainiest summer since records began. Squint and you can see Arcade Fire's lightpoles on stage, it was literally the only time that day it stopped raining. During Daft Punk, it absolutely hammered down.

It's all part of the experience though, the friends that can survive that kind of rain and cold together won't ever be divided by anything. Best festival I've ever had, 'cause of the people I was with.

kitt kat
10-11-2008, 08:23 PM
dear paris,

i wasn't impressed.

love, k



dear london,

quite impressed, however i do believe you're too expensive to live in, and how the fuck would i make money there anyway?

very sad,
k

boarderwoozel3
10-11-2008, 08:27 PM
Dear Kitt Kat,

You're Trippin'.

Bises,
Paris

TomAz
10-11-2008, 09:44 PM
Chere Kitt-Katt,

Les perles aux cochons.

Va te faire futre,

La France.

boarderwoozel3
10-11-2008, 09:53 PM
Monsieur Az,

Vos adresses cachees ne cessent jamais de stupefier. Et hou la.

Mot en haut.

Hannahrain
10-11-2008, 10:08 PM
Dear Kitt Kat,

how the fuck would i make money there anyway?


I'd assume grimy London boys will patronize the world's oldest profession just the same as grimy Los Angeles ones do. Just make sure to keep up the doctor's visits, you don't want to be a carrier.

Always a good influence,
Hannah Rain

Hannahrain
10-11-2008, 10:09 PM
PS, I also think you should get a lower back tattoo and maybe some of that permanent eye makeup.

Hannahrain
10-11-2008, 10:10 PM
Also you smoke, right? Because if not, you don't know what you're missing.

Hannahrain
10-11-2008, 10:10 PM
Oh and have you heard about that Army thing? They can really help you get your life on track!

Hannahrain
10-11-2008, 10:13 PM
I should introduce you to my ten thousand best friends. You like Kool-Aid and burlap robes, right?

Hannahrain
10-11-2008, 10:14 PM
This has been your Weekly Peer Pressure Revue with Hannah Rain. Next week: Teenage virginity pledges. How pure is too pure? Tune in to find out.

sonofhal
10-11-2008, 10:22 PM
dear london,

quite impressed, however i do believe you're too expensive to live in, and how the fuck would i make money there anyway?

very sad,
k

They pay us in Pounds here, not in Dollars - so that makes things a little more affordable. The best way to make money is to get (or give) a job.

boarderwoozel3
10-11-2008, 10:29 PM
PS, I also think you should get a lower back tattoo and maybe some of that permanent eye makeup.

Ah yes, the tramp stamp. International symbol for "Looking for good times? Inquire below."

miscorrections
10-12-2008, 10:27 AM
I take offense to that.

apostle2
10-12-2008, 12:33 PM
I spent a couple months in europe last year. my ranking of all the cities I spent at least 4 days in:
1 - Rome
2 - London
3 (Tie) - Dublin/Paris
5 - Barcelona

MissingPerson
10-12-2008, 01:27 PM
Switzerland isn't technically part of the EU, but I loved it very much, and I urge anybody travelling through Europe to swing through some bit of it if you can. Funky country - they build explosive charges into their mountain road tunnels, so they can cut turn the whole country into a fortress if war breaks out.

Failing that, Germany is way, way cooler than I thought and shitloads more fun, so go there. Aside from all the beer and general awesomeness, although a monumental downer, visiting one of the concentration camps is one of those things that needs to be done. I went to Dachau, the whole place feels really feels like nothing could ever live there again. I can't even describe it. I've never been anywhere so quiet. Even the birds don't sing, I swear to God.

Paris was cool, but I had some very stereotypically French-ish drama with a friend while I was there - in the rain, and everything - so I don't have good memories of it. Speaking of which, I remember fuck all of London, but the photos I have look like party, so that's recommended too.

You can see Africa from Gibraltar. It's the kind of thing that could drive you out of your mind; standing on an English-speaking mini-country in the Mediterranean, looking at the next continent over and knowing it's only a ferry crossing away.

I wish people could still be "adventurers" for a living. I'd like to go to Russia. Canada/ US first though.

chairmenmeow47
10-12-2008, 01:34 PM
Switzerland isn't technically part of the EU, but I loved it very much, and I urge anybody travelling through Europe to swing through some bit of it if you can. Funky country - they build explosive charges into their mountain road tunnels, so they can cut turn the whole country into a fortress if war breaks out.

i went to switzerland earlier this year. i watched this special before i went about their ww2 military strategy, which was basically what you just said. the germans wanted to cut through to italy using the tunnels, so the swiss said "alright, we'll just stand our guys here 24/7 waiting to blow the tunnels up if you ever come". badass.

i loved switzerland very much. st. moritz is heaven. no doubt about it. you're in the alps, but you get sun 300 days a year. marvelous. hands down the most difficult mountain i've ever boarded, but i'd love the chance to break every bone in my body on those mountains every day.

SoulDischarge
10-12-2008, 01:38 PM
Switzerland isn't technically part of the EU, but I loved it very much, and I urge anybody travelling through Europe to swing through some bit of it if you can. Funky country - they build explosive charges into their mountain road tunnels, so they can cut turn the whole country into a fortress if war breaks out.

Failing that, Germany is way, way cooler than I thought and shitloads more fun, so go there. Aside from all the beer and general awesomeness, although a monumental downer, visiting one of the concentration camps is one of those things that needs to be done. I went to Dachau, the whole place feels really feels like nothing could ever live there again. I can't even describe it. I've never been anywhere so quiet. Even the birds don't sing, I swear to God.

Paris was cool, but I had some very stereotypically French-ish drama with a friend while I was there - in the rain, and everything - so I don't have good memories of it. Speaking of which, I remember fuck all of London, but the photos I have look like party, so that's recommended too.

You can see Africa from Gibraltar. It's the kind of thing that could drive you out of your mind; standing on an English-speaking mini-country in the Mediterranean, looking at the next continent over and knowing it's only a ferry crossing away.

I wish people could still be "adventurers" for a living. I'd like to go to Russia. Canada/ US first though.

If you'd like to experience the diversity, ingenuity, and independent spirit that the United States of America is known for worldwide, let me recommend a visit to Detroit, Michigan.

sonofhal
10-12-2008, 02:02 PM
I spent a couple months in europe last year. my ranking of all the cities I spent at least 4 days in:
1 - Rome
2 - London
3 (Tie) - Dublin/Paris
5 - Barcelona

I'd choose Barcelona over Dublin, Paris or Rome any day.

kitt kat
10-12-2008, 02:20 PM
in terms of making money....i meant like, getting a work visa and all that BS.

Quadromarshia
10-12-2008, 02:38 PM
If you'd like to experience the diversity, ingenuity, and independent spirit that the United States of America is known for worldwide, let me recommend a visit to Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit, the city where the weak are killed and eaten.

From there, i'd hit up Flint.

MissingPerson
10-12-2008, 02:45 PM
Yeah, after that, I might swing by that town that's been on fire since 1962. Cheers.

RotationSlimWang
10-12-2008, 02:54 PM
You weren't impressed by Paris? Shit, I was fucking impressed by it just from the Sopranos episode were Carm and Rosalie go there.

In other words, you're an unbelievable collection of shitheads.

SoulDischarge
10-12-2008, 02:57 PM
Cleveland is between Detroit and Centralia. We have a river that once caught on fire. The Midwest is a boon for natural beauty.

boarderwoozel3
10-12-2008, 03:00 PM
I take offense to that.

Didn't mean to offend. But know you know how men interpret it.

MissingPerson
10-12-2008, 03:03 PM
Cleveland is between Detroit and Centralia. We have a river that once caught on fire. The Midwest is a boon for natural beauty.

lmao... see the sights, inhale the fumes, flee the disenchanted. Quite a tour alright.

boarderwoozel3
10-12-2008, 03:04 PM
Cleveland is between Detroit and Centralia. We have a river that once caught on fire. The Midwest is a boon for natural beauty.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

SoulDischarge
10-12-2008, 03:05 PM
Lots of serial killers spawn from here too. Say what you want about Manhattan or Hollywood, but the Great Lakes states really give you the best bang for yr tourist buck.

boarderwoozel3
10-12-2008, 03:05 PM
lmao... see the sights, inhale the fumes, flee the disenchanted, quite a tour alright.

Indeed.

boarderwoozel3
10-12-2008, 03:07 PM
Lots of serial killers spawn from here too. Say what you want about Manhattan or Hollywood, but the Great Lakes states really give you the best bang for yr tourist buck.

There is something to be said for making our money go a long way. Chicago is a sweet town IMO. I wouldn't be caught dead anywhere else in the Midwest.

samiksha
10-12-2008, 03:11 PM
Lots of serial killers spawn from here too. Say what you want about Manhattan or Hollywood, but the Great Lakes states really give you the best bang for yr tourist buck.

what are you talking about? for the most part there's nothing remarkable in the area. it's not interesting, it's not totally falling apart.

SoulDischarge
10-12-2008, 03:19 PM
what are you talking about? for the most part there's nothing remarkable in the area. it's not interesting, it's not totally falling apart.

It's exactly that kind of attitude that's holding us back. Seriously guys, spend yr vacation money in Ohio. I'll show you Dahmer's house.

sbessiso
10-12-2008, 03:21 PM
Tempting! Throw in a Black Keys show and you just may have a deal

samiksha
10-12-2008, 03:23 PM
dont do iiiit

SoulDischarge
10-12-2008, 03:23 PM
A Black Keys opening for Devo show perhaps?

sbessiso
10-12-2008, 03:24 PM
oooohhhh it just sounds so good. especially if lsd is involved!

apostle2
10-12-2008, 04:07 PM
I'd choose Barcelona over Dublin, Paris or Rome any day.

really? REALLY? I gave it a fair shot, but I thought barcelona was pretty horrible. aside from one cool bar and a german metal guitarist I met in my hostel, I would say that place was an unwelcoming shit hole.

amyzzz
10-13-2008, 07:13 AM
dont do iiiit
hahaha

MissingPerson
10-13-2008, 11:00 AM
I make one thread about Europe - one thread! - and by the fourth page it's about the American Midwest.

Typical American imperialism...

garrett222
03-11-2009, 07:06 AM
Hey I'm going to europe for a week and a half in august. Any ideas for best city to visit where you have the perfect balance of great stuff to see, but cheap to be in (no where with the euro)

chairmenmeow47
03-11-2009, 08:55 AM
both places i went to in europe didn't use the euro; however it was because they had a very strong currency (london & switzerland). there are ways to do any country cheap though, take public transit and just walk around. when i was in switzerland, i didn't do any activities other than snowboarding and was still able to enjoy the city sites just from walking around. have fun!

marooko
03-11-2009, 08:59 AM
I make one thread about Europe - one thread! - and by the fourth page it's about the American Midwest.

Typical American imperialism...

still funny.

MissingPerson
06-07-2009, 05:26 PM
So we're in the midst of counting up the votes for the European Parliment. Each country is tallying up the votes for which politicians they're going to send to Brussels as representatives to the EU parliment.

Within a year of the US's first black president, on the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the people of Britain voted to send two members of the BNP to represent them to the rest of the world.

That's British National Party folks, and it means exactly what that sounds like.


Holy fucking shit, I really hope this is not a signal of things to come. This is a disastrous precedent, for that country and for this Union.

No pasaran, no pasaran, no pasaran.

boarderwoozel3
06-07-2009, 05:32 PM
Good luck with that. Admittedly I know pretty much nothing about British or European politics but it is intriguing... just don't mess with the drink or music quality :D

SoulDischarge
06-07-2009, 05:36 PM
I thought you guys just chose leaders through the fine sport of shirling.

6gu3mbl8SAk

MissingPerson
06-07-2009, 05:43 PM
I don't have the Irish vote to hand, so I can't say what we've gone and done yet. We're fortunate in that we don't have any Nazi Party analogues, but the BNP's success in Britain is really and truly depressing to me. We and Britain have had something of a fraught relationship, but it's one of the most historically progressive countries in the free world, and it just took an enormous step backwards.

13,000 people in Yorkshire looked at a party who want to deport black Britons - all black Britons - and thought "Yes, that sounds reasonable. These people certainly represent my interests!"

Fuck the BNP, and fuck you, Yorkshire.

MissingPerson
06-07-2009, 05:46 PM
I thought you guys just chose leaders through the fine sport of shirling.

6gu3mbl8SAk

I absolutely love every bit of this.

boarderwoozel3
06-07-2009, 06:01 PM
I don't have the Irish vote to hand, so I can't say what we've gone and done yet. We're fortunate in that we don't have any Nazi Party analogues, but the BNP's success in Britain is really and truly depressing to me. We and Britain have had something of a fraught relationship, but it's one of the most historically progressive countries in the free world, and it just took an enormous step backwards.

13,000 people in Yorkshire looked at a party who want to deport black Britons - all black Britons - and thought "Yes, that sounds reasonable. These people certainly represent my interests!"

Fuck the BNP, and fuck you, Yorkshire.

That's appalling. Unfortunately, it sounds like the democratic process is similar around the world. Most voters are too apathetic to base their choice on more than some stupid slogan or maybe a handful of talking points. British National Party you say? I'm off to learn more about these abortion survivors.

MissingPerson
06-07-2009, 06:11 PM
Two of their most wonderful moments:

BNP bosses have been ridiculed for using a Polish Spitfire to front a campaign calling for Eastern European immigrants to be barred from Britain. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/4935429/BNP-uses-Polish-Spitfire-in-anti-immigration-poster.html)


The party's 2009 European Elections poster shows a nostalgic picture of a Second World War fighter plane under the slogan "Battle for Britain".

But RAF history experts have identified the iconic Romeo Foxtrot Delta Plane as belonging not to Britons but to a group of Polish pilots instead.

The plane was actually flown by the celebrated 303 Squadron of the RAF – made up of Polish airmen rescued from France shortly before Nazi occupation.

And this:

Anti-immigration party's leaked membership list has members living abroad. (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5183833.ece)

Larry
06-07-2009, 06:28 PM
These election results are very disgusting, indeed.

MissingPerson
06-07-2009, 06:35 PM
I am bleaked out.

What if progress is an illusion after all? 'Cause if not, we're just in an endless cycle of shit. Worse, we're at the low point in the cycle, and that's the bit that blows.

Maybe not though. Good news from our friends in the North.


Pirate Party Wins and Enters The European Parliament
Written by Ernesto on June 07, 2009

The Pirate Party has won a huge victory in the Swedish elections and is marching on to Brussels. After months of campaigning against well established parties, the Pirate Party has gathered enough votes to be guaranteed a seat in the European Parliament.

When the Swedish Pirate Party was founded in early 2006, the majority of the mainstream press were skeptical, with some simply laughing it away. But they were wrong to dismiss this political movement out of hand. Today, the Pirate Party accomplished what some believed to be the impossible, by securing a seat in the European Parliament.

With 99.9% of the districts counted the Pirates have 7.1 percent of the votes, beating several established parties. This means that the Pirate Party will get at least one, but most likely two of the 18 (+2) available seats Sweden has at the European Parliament.

When we asked Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge about the outcome, he told TorrentFreak: “We’ve felt the wind blow in our sails. We’ve seen the polls prior to the election. But to stand here, today, and see the figures coming up on that screen… What do you want me to say? I’ll say anything”

“Together, we have today changed the landscape of European politics. No matter how this night ends, we have changed it,” Falkvinge said. “This feels wonderful. The citizens have understood it’s time to make a difference. The older politicians have taken apart young peoples’ lifestyle, bit by bit. We do not accept that the authorities’ mass-surveillance,” he added.

At least partially, The Pirate Party puts its increased popularity down to harsh copyright laws and the recent conviction of the people behind The Pirate Bay. After the Pirate Bay verdict, Pirate Party membership more than tripled and they now have over 48,000 registered members, more than the total number of votes they received in 2006.

With their presence in Brussels, the Pirate Party hopes to reduce the abuses of power and copyright at the hands of the entertainment industries, and make those activities illegal instead. On the other hand they hope to legalize file-sharing for personal use.

boarderwoozel3
06-07-2009, 07:03 PM
Pirate Party, just in case Europe needed another reason to say they were cooler than the states.

As for the BNP, WTF? How did this vile group earn legitimate representation in the EU?! Do you need a tiny percentage of the vote or something?

MissingPerson
06-07-2009, 07:13 PM
The main party in Britain looks to be falling apart, from where I'm standing, and there's a lot of disillusionment about the economy. Lot of people want a scapegoat, and the BNP's stance on the European Union system feeds into that.

The BNP presents itself as a grassroots local organisation, fightin' for the workin' man, by God. But they're not. They're fascist, racist fucks who grew out of the National Front when they realised they could never win an election while openly standing on Nazi platform.

I don't think they represent British people fairly, but they took advantage of the low turnout.

boarderwoozel3
06-07-2009, 07:37 PM
Urgg, do people not remember the German masses' desperation to rally around a glimmer of hope and national pride in dire economic times is how we got Hitler? Duuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

TomAz
06-07-2009, 08:00 PM
I don't understand how a parliamentary system works. I mean I understand the factual basics, but I don't understand how two BNP reps in Brussels will make one iota of difference. It's not like they have any clout to build a consensus or get anything done. Other than the disappointingly racist symbolism -- a bunch of illiterate inbred yorkies* don't like "non-english" living in the UK -- why else does it matter? I mean all parliaments have their fringe groups. So what?




*edit: people. the dogs know better.

TomAz
06-07-2009, 08:23 PM
don't let the laggards skew your view of the bigger picture. there will always be people who are behind. It doesn't mean the rest of us aren't ahead.

roberto73
06-07-2009, 08:27 PM
Tom's right, MissingPerson. And just so you know, we, too, have people who favor mandatory deportation for minorities. Over here, they're called Republicans.

MissingPerson
06-08-2009, 06:27 AM
Los Campesinos! reminding me why I like them so damn much:


In the Wake of Last Night’s European Parliamentary Election Results…
June 8, 2009, 1:22 pm
Filed under: CHAFF

http://cedarlounge.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/nick-griffin1.jpg

BNP leader, Nick Griffin.

In the past fortnight I have on numerous occasions drafted and deleted blog posts about what was the forthcoming European Election. About why it was important for people to vote and to stop the BNP. Every time I came close to posting the message, I stopped myself, reminded of how embarassing it often (always?) is when people in bands concern themselves with politics, and attempt to push their views onto other people.

But today, after a number of my countrymen have deigned to elect two BNP politicians to the European Parliament, and even more didn’t deem it important enough to vote at all, the realisation that there are racists representing me (and you) in Europe has become too much.

I asked my friend Colin Roberts (a man whom musically and intellectually I respect a whole lot, and who is far more capable of writing intelligently than I am) to write something, explaining why now, more than ever, it is vital that you consider how important your role is in ensuring the BNP are not allowed to progress any further.

*****

“It’s a shame that it’s got to this stage, but as a nation we’re now in a situation where the collective apathy could end up destroying a great deal of things that make the Britain such a fabulous place to be creative, live and express yourself.

You’ve probably read that the British National Party took two seats in European Parliament, going to their candidates Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons. There are a few reasons as to why this is a bad thing and why, in eleven months time you simply MUST go and vote and I’d like to tell you them.

1) Andrew Brons, now a member of European Parliament for Yorkshire and Humber was a member of a Neo-Nazi organisation until the age of 17, a prominent member of the National Front and led a march in Leeds in the 80s where he chanted, “white power,” and “death to Jews.”

2) Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP and now an MEP for the North West region was also a member of the National Front and in 1998 was convicted of incitement to racial hatred, as editor of racist magazine ‘The Rune’, whilst also denying the Holocaust and again being charged with racial hatred in 2005.

3) Both of these are just the public face of an organisation that has, time and time again been exposed to be an inherently racist, homophobic, anti-semitic political party. There is no getting away from it, whatsoever.

Unfortunately, the main reason that the BNP took seats last night was not because people are voting for them in droves, it’s because so many just aren’t voting at all. In Yorkshire, 6,900 FEWER people than in 2005 voted for the BNP, yet because the turnout was so low, they took power.

Saying “I didn’t vote, but I didn’t vote for the BNP either, so it’s fine,” is NOT fine. We need to unite against these people and show that this country will not tolerate this bloody-minded hatred any longer.

Your apathy is as dangerous as anything else. It doesn’t matter if you vote Labour, Green, Liberal Democrat, Conservative, whatever, just make sure you vote in 2010.”

*****

Today is a very sad day, and the first that I can truly remember feeling ashamed to be English. I do not want to feel like this, and I’m sure you do not either. I am nearly as annoyed today with those people who didn’t vote, as I am those who voted BNP. For all the people I see on twitter or numerous message boards, bemoaning the BNP’s ascension, I wonder how many of them cared enough about the threat to go out and vote for a party other than the BNP. If you live in the UK, please make a promise to yourself now that next time you will make your voice heard and ensure that racism and hatred is not allowed to become any more prevalent than it already is. Yesterday’s slim margins of defeat are proof that your single vote IS important and DOES count, and if we all treat it with the seriousness it deserves we can make a difference.

I have learnt from this, that I should have blogged about the EU elections earlier. I’m very uncomfortable with the fact that because I’m in a pop group, some people hold my opinions and what I say in higher esteem than they would otherwise, but if I had blogged on this, and one single person in Yorkshire or Lancashire or Humber had gone out and voted against the BNP, then that would have been a success. From now on I am going to be more vocal on matters such as this. It may be embarrassing, but I think it’s worse to remain silent.

Thank you for reading.

Gareth


On a much lighter and scarier note, MissingPerson, you popped up in a dream I had last night. For reasons I cannot yet explain, you were one of three board members that showed up uninvited at my parents' house bearing fine wine and Fischer-Price toys. I had a hard time convincing them that you were cool but, in the end, we all happily enjoyed a round of peanut butter sandwiches. Go figure.

I'm glad. I mean, meeting the fam is always tough, but we got there in the end. Once you break the ice, you're set.

Was I hot, by the way?

bremex
06-08-2009, 07:28 AM
http://www.vongretener.net/blogger/LvG/uploaded_images/eddie-izzard1-717463.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41TN8P5T7QL.jpg

http://members.home.nl/jpgr/Beatles1962.jpg

http://www.impawards.com/2003/posters/auberge_espagnole.jpg

http://www.my-italy-piedmont-marche-and-more.com/images/seafood-pasta.jpg

http://calitreview.com/images/Jane_Austen.jpg

http://secretloft.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/renoir-boating-party.jpg

http://www.lovescool.com/uploads/bcakes69.jpg

http://robertarood.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/seventh-seal130.jpg

http://albumarchive.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/volcano.jpg

http://www.comenius-is-back.it/im_germ_spanish_food/paella.jpg

http://www.freewebs.com/brandenburgstudies/Vikings_468x364.jpg

MissingPerson
06-08-2009, 03:34 PM
Like Jewel Staite?

I could live with that.

greghead
06-09-2009, 02:27 PM
I don't know who that is, so sure. So long as you're cool with it . . .

amyzzz
06-09-2009, 02:34 PM
the mechanic chick on Firefly.

MissingPerson
06-09-2009, 02:38 PM
Nerdy reference, my bad.

She's Kaylee the ship's mechanic in Firefly/ Serenity.

http://www.scifihottie.com/images/categories/38.jpg

I don't really look like her, but would like too.

Also, I'd like it to be okay for me to be barefoot at work, and for people to think dungarees were suddenly sexy when I wore them.

MissingPerson
06-11-2009, 05:48 AM
Nick Griffin "forced to abandon press conference under hail of eggs."

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/06/09/article-1191829-054858F5000005DC-344_634x519.jpg


Welcome for the BNP: Egg throwers disrupt leader Nick Griffin's victory speech

By Dan Newling
Last updated at 10:29 AM on 10th June 2009

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After his party gained its first two MEPs in last weeks European elections, BNP leader Nick Griffin obviously wanted to make his victory Press conference a statesmanlike affair.

But when the far right leader arrived to deliver his speech opposite the Houses of Parliament, he found his party's message of hate was afforded precious little respect.

Together with fellow British National Party MEP Andrew Brons, Mr Griffin tried to use yesterday's Westminster meeting to publicise his party's racist agenda.

But, instead, he was pelted with eggs by anti-fascist protesters, some of the projectiles finding their target.

On the one hand, I think it only feeds into the fucktard's martyr complex. On the other hand, I enjoy seeing people throw chickengoo at his face.

All in all however, I support Charlie Brooker's idea: hire 200 very beautiful women to follow Griffin around, pointing and laughing at him all day.

TomAz
06-11-2009, 06:40 AM
While it is disturbing that some voters in a democracy would vote for these shitheads, perhaps some good can come of it.

- It reminds everyone else that the idea that racism is a thing of the past, or just confined to a few on the fringe, is still wishful thinking. This might serve to re-energize the anti-racists and get more progressive ideas pushed to the front.

- Now being in the spotlight with accountability to the public may serve to de-mystify the BNP and other fascist movements like it worldwide. The BNP can wallow in their own absurdity where everyone can see them plain as day. De-mystification may make them less attractive to youth who might otherwise find the idea of an "underground" movement appealing.

sonofhal
06-11-2009, 06:51 AM
De-mystification may make them less attractive to youth who might otherwise find the idea of an "underground" movement appealing.

They are more like a "bowel" movement, to be fair.

MissingPerson
06-12-2009, 04:03 PM
Yeah. Just so y'all know the measure of the BNP, and the company they keep.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/11/holocaust-museum-shooting-bnp-von-brunn


A white supremacist who killed a security guard at a Holocaust memorial museum in the US has links to the British National party, which gained two MEPs in last week's European elections.

Thousands of visitors fled the museum in Washington on Wednesday after James von Brunn opened fire, killing a security guard. In the gunfight that followed, the 88-year-old was shot, and is now in a critical condition in hospital.

Yesterday it emerged that Von Brunn, a longtime antisemite, had attended meetings of the American Friends of the British National party (AFBNP), which was set up to raise funds from far-right activists in America.

chairmenmeow47
06-12-2009, 04:30 PM
ah ha ha ha ha ha, excellent timing.

MissingPerson
06-12-2009, 04:37 PM
I almost said "the calibre" of the BNP, but decided that might be inappropriate.

TomAz
06-12-2009, 09:43 PM
fuckin A it's inappropriate. spell it "caliber" or die, irish dog.

PotVsKtl
06-12-2009, 09:45 PM
Tom.

MissingPerson
12-04-2009, 04:29 AM
I keep forgetting that you guys don't have hedgehogs, and then being surprised when I rediscover it.

Hedgehogs are awesome.

rskapcat
12-04-2009, 05:12 AM
One of my friends used to have two pet hedgehogs...Poki-wan and Kenobi.

amyzzz
12-04-2009, 05:18 AM
Seeing a hedgehog in Alton, England is one of my most treasured memories of my trip to England 10 years ago.

Pixiessp
12-04-2009, 05:21 AM
Don't forget Sonic the Hedgehog.

rskapcat
12-04-2009, 05:38 AM
Kenobi:

http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v287/113/54/667425236/n667425236_3385427_5593.jpg

Poki-wan:

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v287/113/54/667425236/n667425236_3385429_6999.jpg

shakermaker113
12-04-2009, 06:40 AM
I've never heard of pet hedgehogs before.

boarderwoozel3
12-05-2009, 10:56 PM
I'm in the midst of plotting an exchange to study on this fair continent, hopefully for fall semester 2010. You know, become increasingly cultured, learn charming colloquialisms, and build upon my wildly successful pint glass diplomacy program initiated last summer. Oddly, the US state department has yet to acknowledge or thank me for my efforts.

boarderwoozel3
12-07-2009, 08:27 PM
So, if I was looking to study Communications and/or Political Science in London what Universities should I look into? University College London, King's College London and Queen Mary University of London are all on my map at this point. The first two being more attractive.

shakermaker113
12-07-2009, 08:39 PM
I don't have input on specifics, but want to highly encourage this.

boarderwoozel3
12-07-2009, 09:06 PM
It's definitely going to happen. The question is where and for how long. Most likely fall term 2010. I've discovered the University of London network of colleges. That seems to be the way to go.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
12-08-2009, 06:50 PM
Kenobi:

http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v287/113/54/667425236/n667425236_3385427_5593.jpg

Poki-wan:

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v287/113/54/667425236/n667425236_3385429_6999.jpg

OMG becca are these guys yours?

BlackSwan
12-08-2009, 09:19 PM
Are those European hedgehogs?

Still-ill
12-08-2009, 10:08 PM
Sonique le 'edge 'og

cubrocker
12-09-2009, 12:14 PM
Turkey wants into the EU. What do you think? Istanbul is the bridge between Asia and Europe- but its debated by many whether or not Turkey is even a European country. thoughts?

BlackSwan
12-09-2009, 12:26 PM
Turkey can go fuck themselves. They have wanted into the EU for a while.

MissingPerson
12-09-2009, 01:00 PM
Turkey's more than welcome. You know, once it sorts out those pesky human rights issues.

MissingPerson
06-12-2011, 04:54 PM
Belgium celebrates a year of functioning perfectly happily without an actual government. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/12/belgian-waffle-coalition-no-closer)

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
06-12-2011, 05:43 PM
fucking Belgium, so odd...they should be better at Football then they are...I think the French side just makes them lazy.