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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Isreal and Lebannon
« on: August 02, 2006, 03:55:21 PM »
Wow. 



That is all. 

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Acceptances / Re: UC Davis
« on: August 02, 2006, 01:09:11 AM »
Thanks Sara but I unfortunately am not moving in today because of some complications.  I should be in sometime this weekend though (I HOPE). I'm definitely not looking forward to the big move but really want to get up to Davis as soon as possible. 

dude, packing sucks- I'm trying to do this as lazily as possible (all my shoes are getting thrown in a bag, i'm not even bothering to take clothes off hangers, etc) and it's still taking way too long.  On the plus side, I finally found a powerpack for my trusty old nintendo, so I'm thinking duck hunt will suffice nicely as a steamblower during 1L.  Good luck with the packing, jballer- I'll be up this weekend as well

Old school nintendo? Nice.  Yeah I'm gonna need all the luck I can get...I haven't started.  I like the not taking the clothes off the hanger idea...I think I'll do that myself haha. 

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: UC Davis w/$$ vs Notre Dame
« on: August 01, 2006, 08:33:05 PM »
According to your other posts, you haven't even applied yet, and your numbers leave you a long shot for money at Davis, so what exactly is the point of this question?

Nice catch. 

Yeah I don't think Davis really gives money other than financial aide.  I could be wrong but I don't think anyone is really given merit scholarships (other than a few you have to apply for)...could be wrong though. 

I also think it depends if you'd rather be in SF or LA. 

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Isreal and Lebannon
« on: August 01, 2006, 06:17:10 PM »
I'm not going to have this discussion with you about Arab culture because I don't think you really know that much about it.  Have you lived there? Have you experienced it? Or is it just on what you have heard or a couple articles you've read?  I also feel that someone who is Arab and who has lived in the culture and experienced it for more than I have should debate you and not me.

"The honor/shame culture is definitely not relegated just to Israel. It is a very large cultural aspect that leads to conspiracy theories, honor killings, and immoral behavior for the sake of perceived gains in honor" I really don't think you are educated on the subject to be making claims like this. 

I'm more than willing to discuss anything about what is currently going on between Hezbollah and Israel and things that are directly related to that.  If you want to discuss Arab culture you should make a new thread. 

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Isreal and Lebannon
« on: August 01, 2006, 05:55:39 PM »
I have always wondered what things would be like if everything was the opposite.
There are 400 million Jews in 99.9 percent of the land in the Middle East. The Arabs have been in the area called arabiel for a long time and they are joined by refugees from a war where 6 million of their people died - 60 years ago. The Jews daily call this Arabocaust a myth and blame the Arabs for 9/11.... and all of their other economic/social problems. The Jews create a people called the Sienfelds (Palestinians) and strap bombs to themselves, believing in obtaining 72 virgins. They are taught this from the age of 3.
Would be an interesting scenario.

This brings up the problem of relativism and postmodernism as blinders to objective truths in geopolitics. We have to be candid and straightforward about the deep problems in much of modern day Arab culture. The current cultural atmosphere is failing the Arabs not some tiny strip of land.

Wow I love your really insightful comments about Arab culture.  I particularly like your use of stereotypes, generalizations, and the overall racist theme you have.  Your comments should be directed to Hamas and perhaps the Iranian President who isn't Arab.  But I'm sure your vast knowledge of Arab and Middle Eastern culture enables you to make such spot on comments.   

There you go with the relativism. I am criticizing certain aspects of modern day Arab culture that are very problematic for progress and rationality. The honor/shame mentality is what leads to honor killings, female genital mutilation, nihilistic violence and economic catastrophe. That does not mean that all culture is bad. Many cultures at different periods of time had various flaws. It is not racist, for example, to criticize the Hamurabbi rules of ancient times as being ruthless. There is no question that honor, shame, and perceived humiliation play a HUGE role in Arab culture.
One could also say that it is racist to generalize about the Communists, Nazis and the Branch Davidians (hyperbolizing a little to demonstrate the fallacy). Only Hamas? Lets add Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad, Al queda and many many others that are not part of an organization. More relatedly, and more importantly, I am sure that we can all agree that a strong critique is warranted of the white culture that enslaved black people for centuries. Is that also racist?
 

First of all, slavery in America and 'suicide bombing' in the Middle East is not exactly the same thing.  Nearly everyone had slaves back then if they could afford it...not everyone suicide bombs Israel or supports that in the Arab world.  I'm sure more do in the Palestinian territories...but you generalizations referred to the entire Arab world.  It would be racist to say that whites hate black people and want to kill them and they grow up at the age of three learning new ways to make them suffer.  Which is pretty much what you said about Arabs. 

Yes many, but not all, Arabs deal with the perceived shame of the loss of Palestine (I have not experienced this because I am not Arab).  And your argument is to say that this is a negative aspect of their culture...and I agree. 

You unfairly paint the picture as if all of Arab culture is like this.  Al Manar TV is a Hezbollah operated TV station...it is not like it is sponsored by the Arab World.  I've seen TV shows and TV channels in America that also have horrible sketches of many races/ethnicities/religions (obviously not to that extent).  That doesn't mean those shows represent all of American culture does it?  I'm not trying to justify what Hezbollah does...I am wholeheartedly against Hezbollah for not only what they do on an international stage...but also what they do on a domestic level in Lebanon. 

I don't want to get in a debate about the Israeli-Palestinian or Arab-Israeli conflict.  I feel that you guys try to paint the Arab world in a different light then what it is, especially when you really don't know that much about it.   

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Isreal and Lebannon
« on: August 01, 2006, 05:38:25 PM »
But seriously, just imagine what the situation would be like if the roles were reversed.  a simplified verson:

Jews control the whole middle east and muslims control israel. The Jews tried and tried to take israel by force but failed, and now are resorting to attacks on civilians.  everytime the muslims defend the territory, it is considered a massacre and collective punishment.  Now the muslims have "occupied" territories in which thousands of refugees live, but the jewish states that surround them do not want to take them to aleviate their crowded conditions.  further, every attempt at negotiation leads to the jews demanding the right to return to israel, the whole of jerusalem, and the release of thousands of jewish murderers.

what would you think then? 

I was responding to Rising's racist and stereotypical comments about Arab culture--something he knows so much about given his vast knowledge of the subject (HA).

And just so you don't get confused Trojan...I have never made any claims about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  I have been talking about this Israeli-Lebanese conflict and have not been trying to generalize it in regards to the whole Arab-Israeli conflict. 

The roles being reversed makes no difference in my opinion on the subject seeing as how I don't base my opinions on the ethnicity/race of the people rather than just the facts. 

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Isreal and Lebannon
« on: August 01, 2006, 05:18:40 PM »
I have always wondered what things would be like if everything was the opposite.
There are 400 million Jews in 99.9 percent of the land in the Middle East. The Arabs have been in the area called arabiel for a long time and they are joined by refugees from a war where 6 million of their people died - 60 years ago. The Jews daily call this Arabocaust a myth and blame the Arabs for 9/11.... and all of their other economic/social problems. The Jews create a people called the Sienfelds (Palestinians) and strap bombs to themselves, believing in obtaining 72 virgins. They are taught this from the age of 3.
Would be an interesting scenario.

This brings up the problem of relativism and postmodernism as blinders to objective truths in geopolitics. We have to be candid and straightforward about the deep problems in much of modern day Arab culture. The current cultural atmosphere is failing the Arabs not some tiny strip of land.

Wow I love your really insightful comments about Arab culture.  I particularly like your use of stereotypes, generalizations, and the overall racist theme you have.  Your comments should be directed to Hamas and perhaps the Iranian President who isn't Arab.  But I'm sure your vast knowledge of Arab and Middle Eastern culture enables you to make such spot on comments.   

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Acceptances / Re: UC Davis
« on: August 01, 2006, 05:13:05 PM »
Thanks Sara but I unfortunately am not moving in today because of some complications.  I should be in sometime this weekend though (I HOPE). I'm definitely not looking forward to the big move but really want to get up to Davis as soon as possible. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« on: August 01, 2006, 12:48:40 AM »
I ordered a computer from Lenovo and they said it would ship in a week.  Then I got an email saying it would be delayed from anywhere from up to a month.  Then I got it about 4 days later.  So they're shipping estimates aren't too reliable. 

jballer, what computer did you order? the reason i ask is because lenovo's web site gives 8-10 days as an estimate for when a non-Thinkpad laptop will ship, but something like 3-4 weeks for the X60.

I got the Thinkpad...the T43. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Which Laptop would you buy?
« on: July 31, 2006, 08:56:43 PM »
I ordered a computer from Lenovo and they said it would ship in a week.  Then I got an email saying it would be delayed from anywhere from up to a month.  Then I got it about 4 days later.  So they're shipping estimates aren't too reliable. 

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