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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-04-11 09:25
  Subject:   Lord of War rules - see it asap.
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Lord Of War is not just the best movie I've seen in more than a year, it's also a rather potent and hilariously dark commentary on the current geopolitical state of the world. Highly recommended.

In related news, I really can't wait for Bush to nuke Iran. Oh, it's not because I expect the dumbfucks who voted for him to wake up and see him for what he is. It's because anyone with any military intelligence whatsoever knows that Iran is going to make Vietnam look like a wet firecracker.

Once again we turn to the Teller Of All Truths, Bill Hicks: "How do you know Iran has WMDs?" "Well, we dug back into our records and WE STILL HAVE COPIES OF THE RECEIPTS!" Hahahahaha!

I am SO not going to miss this nation of budding militaristic fascists. Been employed in high tech industry for two months so far. Remaining: 2 years 10 months.
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MegaZone
  User: zonereyrie
  Date: 2006-04-11 09:46 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
I agree on Lord of War - I saw it when it first came out. It is a pretty complex film, Cage's character isn't really good or evil, he just is. I thought it was pretty interesting.
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Willow: Cartoon Willow
  User: willow_red
  Date: 2006-04-11 14:42 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Keyword:Cartoon Willow
Hmm, haven't heard of that one before. The trailer reminds me a bit of Thank You for Smoking.

*adds to Netflix list*

What's the countdown about?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-04-11 23:42 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
What's the countdown about?

The major criteria for immigration into Austrailia and New Zealand is having worked in high tech industry for three years. In short, it's my ticket out of here.

I'll stay only if Bush gets impeached, but with the Democrats in congress too busy lapping up Rove's lies 24/7/365, I don't believe it's actually going to happen.
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Pacchi
  User: pacchi
  Date: 2006-04-12 04:06 (UTC)
  Subject:   /me chants "2 more years! (and 10 months)" repeatedly
All part of .au's very arrogant immigration policy. Still, the job market here is somewhat stirring again what with the new google office opening up as well as the government sponsored thinktanks like NICTA growing and moving into new premises.

Looking forward to having you possibly coming over, even if it's just to have a look around and scuff the carpet to see if you like the place :)

- P
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-04-12 07:27 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
With the amount of money I'm making, hopefully I can stop through to visit on the way to Tokyo. At least, so I hope. And that's still a year away, at the very least.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
osmium_ocelot: flare
  User: osmium_ocelot
  Date: 2006-04-11 22:20 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Keyword:flare
Please cite your sources for Iran's equipment and uranium being Russian in origin.

As for keeping the present ruler of Iran in check, I suggest you read the article titled "The Covert Option" on page 54 of the December issue of The Atlantic Monthly.

And please don't tell me you actually believe that the unemployment numbers actually _mean_ anything. The way the BLS calculates the unemployment rate is utterly ridiculous and does NOT accurately reflect the true number of people who are unemployed in this country. It only counts people who are drawing unemployment benefits. Those people who are not drawing unemployment benefits, but still unemployed and looking for a job (or not), are now classified as "discouraged workers" and not as a part of the unemployment number. But they're still unemployed. The US government doesn't actually have a way to count jobs created. The BLS ASSUMES a certain number of jobs have been created in a certain time period, and they just haven't heard about them yet. You can confirm this by going to the BLS website where they explain how they come up with their numbers.

As for the Iraqi civilian and military deaths going down by 50% for one month, that doesn't mean Jack Shit. It was a slow month. The country is experiencing a civil war. We have TWO well funded and organized insurgencies to fight (one that's the Iraqi people fighting us, one that's Iran fighting us). It has been well over 1000 days since "Mission Accomplished". The vaunted oil fields of Iraq are likely damaged and will not again produce at the rates they did even ten years ago. Oh, and do you remember when the administration said it would only cost about 1.7 billion dollars out of the Taxpayer's pockets? I remember that. I could go on, but I'm hoping you get the point.

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osmium_ocelot
  User: osmium_ocelot
  Date: 2006-04-12 00:52 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
your original post has been deleted. I don't know if by you or Ben. Would someone please raise a hand so I know wether I ought to continue this or not?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-04-12 01:38 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Wasn't me. I don't think I've ever deleted anyone's comments on my LJ. Well, okay, my own occasionally - generally when I made a really stupid spelling or grammar error and had reposted the comment already. I wish you could edit comments... Also, I want a Ferrari and Jennifer Connelly. And a pony.
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osmium_ocelot: crater
  User: osmium_ocelot
  Date: 2006-04-13 01:15 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Keyword:crater
1) k
2) skepticism is good, but don't let it bias you (wishful thinking?)
3) No, and now I can't see the link, and I cannot comment on the content of your original post around it or anything else now that it's gone.
4) All that says to me is they're diverting resources towards a larger goal or a big operation, say something like the Tet Offensive.

ooohh, ahhhh... pretty graphs....
"There are three kinds of lies : lies, damned lies, and statistics." --- Mark Twain

Who is fighting whom? The sunnis are fighting the shia are fighting the kurds are fighting the sunni are fighting the shia are fighting the kurds are fighting the.....
How do I know? Well easy. Look at WHERE the violence is happening in Iraq. It's mostly confined to about 4 provinces. Those are the 4 provinces where the above mentioned ethnic groups border on eachother. Through the rest of the country you have giant blocks of the same ethnicity.

A civil war is not defined by armies fighting eachother and taking cities. It is two or more factions squaring off and killing eachother over politics. Here we happen to have a case of factions being defined by ethnicity, and politics being controlled by religion. America's Civil war is irrelivant to the current conversation and such I am not going to comment on it.

The Kurds are duking it out for control of Kirkuk, does that count for anything? How about the ethnic cleansing that is going on throughout the cities of Iraq, where formerly mixed neighborhoods are being violently turned into single ethnicity neighborhoods? How about the former Prime Minister of Iraq calling it a civil war? How about my buddy who's former CIA, anti-terrorism, head of intelligence gathering for the western hemisphere, calling it a civil war? Any of that count for anything? Because when you get down to it, the Kurds are going to have their own country come hell or high water (go ahead and ask them, National Geographic (among others) has). If sectarian violence with the purpose of control of the country or creation of one's own, ins't a civil war, I don't know what the hell is.
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