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User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 930 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5566 times:

Thought this would be an interesting parallel rant thread to this thread started by Derico. I look forward to seeing people's confusion at our own ways. To start the ball rolling, three of my topics of befuddlement.

1. People who go out of their way to buy expensive, inefficient, impractical cars, sports cars and 4x4s in particular. If you don't live on a farm you probably don't need a land rover, and the height of them is just designed to destroy children. If a pedestrian is hit by any other car, the low bonnet will give you something to fall [slightly] gentler onto, so if the car is going at say 30mph, you have a reasonable chance of survival. A range rover is just a wall. And no you cannot say "well, I've got three kids, so I NEED a four wheel drive", as one person said in a BBC interview I saw a while back...no you don't. If you crash into anyone in a sensible car you just put them at increased danger, regardless of who is at fault for the collision. Sports cars are generally ugly in my opinion, and aside from costing the earth to buy and run, their performance is completely wasted in most of the world where speed limits apply. They both annoy me from a green perspective due to horrendous inefficiency, and even if you don't buy into us accelerating global warming, surely you can see that oil is a finite resource that we might want to make last a bit longer? Especially since much of it is in unstable areas that can keep us in stranglehold, and you get occasional disasters like we see off Louisiana.

2. Football (soccer). Okay, I just don't get where the attraction is, sure its fun to play, but watching grossly overpaid egotistical morons prance around a pitch for 90 minutes where 85 of those minutes are just monotonous passing? To my eye nothing happens in it. The major leagues are now over and I could usually look forward to a summer without my airwaves being polluted by match results and coverage, but now the darned world cup is on. Why did they not televise the underwater tiddlywinks world championship? Its just as good a spectator sport to my eye. I know it is just a personal opinion, I love watching Cricket, which most people would not get also.

3. Chart music. Seriously, who buys this stuff? Its all the same, people who can't sing without electronic gizmos to warp their voice, set to a backing of an electronically generated rhythm that is the same throughout the whole bloody song. Everywhere in the world has traditional songs that tell of who we are and where we come from, they're usually wonderful but being forgotten. I'm not saying we should all listen to folk music at the expense of everything else, but I don't get why fewer and fewer people seem to be even aware of it, let alone know the words to a song that hasn't been a mega hit in the last 30 years. To quote a verse from Show of Hands' song "Roots" about this same subject.

For 'Duelling Banjos', 'American Pie'
It's enough to make you cry
'Rule Britannia', or 'Swing low...'
Are they the only songs we English know?


Anyways, I wait with baited breath to see other peoples rants and musings of civil discontent.

[Edited 2010-05-23 02:57:44]

[Edited 2010-05-23 02:58:27]

[Edited 2010-05-23 02:59:17]

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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3007 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5532 times:
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Quoting GST (Thread starter):
People who go out of their way to buy expensive, inefficient, impractical cars, sports cars and 4x4s in particular.
Quoting GST (Thread starter):
And no you cannot say "well, I've got three kids, so I NEED a four wheel drive"

Usually, if I buy a car it's because I like it. If I only did the things I really *need* in my life, I wouldn't be doing half of what I do. You can look at a car like a hobby: some like it, some don't. I happen to like sports cars and also SUVs and yes, I know they are unpopular. I buy them nonetheless.

I agree with you about the fact that it's ridiculous that some people justify their SUV by saying they need it for the 3 kids. They are probably part of those people who simply happen to like SUVs, but don't have the guts to stand behind their decision. The kids argument makes them feel less guilty.

Quoting GST (Thread starter):
Football (soccer)

Add me to the list. I couldn't be bothered if everyone were watching the soccer game by themselves, but no, when a specific country wins (Italy), the roads will be clogged with noisy fans honking their horns until 3 AM at least. Yes, this happens almost every summer here. I'm still thinking of countermeasures to take   

Another thing I don't understand of our society is the tendency to accuse the government for everything bad that happens, the most extreme example being some recent fatal accidents with people hit by cars on the street. In about 10 deaths that occurred, only 1 was clearly caused by faulty infrastructure (a kid was hit by a car after getting off a school bus on an 80 km/h road, then trying to cross said road - they now moved the bus stop elsewhere). The other cases were caused by the person being hit, for example by walking drunk in the middle of the road or jaywalking. Yet, people cry at the scandal saying that our government needs to "make our roads safer". Well... how?!

Also, retired people tend to go grocery shopping on the same day (Saturday) when people working office hours have to do their shopping as well. I mean, they have the entire week at their disposal - why clog up the supermarket on the same day there are all those people that *have* to do their shopping on Saturday? In Switzerland, we don't have those large store like in the US, and grocery shopping can really be a pain during peak times. When I'll be retired, I certainly won't do my shopping on Saturdays if I have a choice!

My last gripe for the moment is the tendency of customers to moan and threaten. In other countries, customers tend to be nice and understanding even when there are problems. In Switzerland (especially in the Italian speaking part where I live), the standard approach when there's a problem is "either you solve it now, or I'll cancel the subscription and sue you - oh, and get me that refund immediately". Not very motivating for the customer service reps. A bit of courtesy gets you very far IMO.



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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5530 times:

Quoting GST (Thread starter):
2. Football (soccer). Okay, I just don't get where the attraction is, sure its fun to play, but watching grossly overpaid egotistical morons prance around a pitch for 90 minutes where 85 of those minutes are just monotonous passing? To my eye nothing happens in it. The major leagues are now over and I could usually look forward to a summer without my airwaves being polluted by match results and coverage, but now the darned world cup is on. Why did they not televise the underwater tiddlywinks world championship? Its just as good a spectator sport to my eye. I know it is just a personal opinion, I love watching Cricket, which most people would not get also.

That is one thing I don't get! Millions to kick a small ball around a pitch.


User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5484 times:

Your so right about music and soccer. Some people I know actually state their favorite music to be ''top40''. I mean, how can you like music just because it's in this ''top40''. Is this something to be popular? However, it does seem to boost your ego if your the first one to say you like the new Madonna. Seriously, these singers can only dream about being as good as singers from the past.

Another one I just don't get. Package holidays.

Why would any Dutch tourist book a package holiday to Spain or Turkey? This means you'll fly a holiday charter to the south. Be carried to your hotel in a fully packed bus. Stop at like 20 hotels before reaching yours. Listen to your travel hosts propaganda about how unreliable company's like Hertz are. And being forced to pay her for doing the talks with them. After all this you stay at some low standard all inclusive hotel. It isn't even cheaper than booking a regular flight and hotel!! Are we all so afraid of having to arrange our 10 Euro taxi ride ourselves?

I hereby like to make use of the opportunity to rand cellphones.

Why is it necessary to have private conversations in public areas like a train? Some people don't just talk through their cellphones, they yell. I mean, I do NOT care about your boyfriend having another girl! Or about the problems you have paying of your mortgage. Aren't we ashamed of these things anymore? Some people even find it necessary to pick a ringing tune on the train. In the end they always seem to pick the loudest just to let everybody know how important they are, and how many phonecalls they get. It's the same thing with texting. Is it really necessary to have a bleep at every letter you type? Or to have this 'shutter' sound while making a photo with it? Cellphones seem to be so important, it's considered a status symbol these days. Why look at your watch while your phone has a clock on it? When a plane arrives at the gate, is it really that bad to not inform your entire family about it within the minute?

Parenting.

Last week at work their was this family in our waiting room. We placed new tables there the day before. Why are two healthy young parents incapable of stopping their 5 year old girl from writing on these brand new tables? They were actually rather offended by me, giving them a bucket of water and a sponge to clean it up. Before I came in they already seemed to have dumped a filled diaper in our paper bin.

Smokers.

Every non smoker will agree that cigarettes smell. According to smokers this is nonsense. They will never agree about the misery others have to go through. As long as they have their cigarettes. Parents find it completely acceptable to blow their smoke in their kids faces. Or to smoke in a waiting area full of people. They have to get their 5 minute breaks from work every half hour. They blow out their last breath of smoke while already boarding a fully loaded train. After finishing they simply throw their burning cigarettes on the ground! Why would you dispose them correctly?

Dogs.

Probably all dog owners consider their dogs to be great. They let them live and keep them in their small houses. Walking them only a couple of minutes a day. Some don't even walk along with them. They do their thing just out on the street. Why cleaning it? They run along with me while riding my bike. Don't they realize I'll make a pretty bad fall when they hit me? Don't they realize they die when they hit my car while driving? Or that I don't like a dog to 'play' with me when swimming outdoors? Maybe it's just me. But I get really mad when they keep on barking at 3 AM.

That's it for now. I'll come back later when I think of something else.


User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2551 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5466 times:

Quoting GST (Thread starter):
Okay, I just don't get where the attraction is, sure its fun to play, but watching grossly overpaid egotistical morons prance around a pitch for 90 minutes where 85 of those minutes are just monotonous passing?

Well, you could say that just about any game or sport for that matter. What's the fun of watching golf? Or swimming? Or cycling? Now doing it is an entirely different story...

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 1):
Also, retired people tend to go grocery shopping on the same day (Saturday) when people working office hours have to do their shopping as well

Or start moving the lawn at 07:00 Saturday (or even worse, on a stat holiday)


User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 930 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5427 times:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 3):
Seriously, these singers can only dream about being as good as singers from the past.

Its not so much that the singers and musicians today are inferior to those a few years back, the way I see it there are wonderful talents in any genre you choose to investigate, but the only ones who get through tend to be the ones who a producer has "changed" to "what people want to hear". When done on an industry wide scale the result is the producers telling us what we want to hear. I listen to everything from heavy metal to folk to orchestral classical, and there are talented young people anywhere you look, but you have to look hard. the "old" genres like classical and folk seem to nurture better, in that the fans and enthusiasts get to know new acts better and acts are able to establish their own style more or less unhindered. The only problem is the listenership for these seems to be small and declining.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 3):
Smokers.

Don't smoke in the house I say to my housemate, I can smell it all through the place I say. "no you can't, because I don't he lies". If you insist on smoking in the house, open the window and close your door until at least a half hour after you've finished the ciggy I say, "no need, I don't smoke in the house he says". This has been going on for about 8 months, often I just need to go to the lav, closing the door behind me when out of the room, and enough of the stuff will still get into my room that it stinks all night and I wake up with a cough. Rant over.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 3):
Dogs.

As a dog owner I find it infuriating that people keep large dogs in small urban houses, with only a short walk in a public park each day that the animal cant get off the lead. When I had a dog I lived int he countryside, and she got two hours of walk a day, only reducing later on when she was getting too old for such long walks. With fields and woods she could get out off the lead and be a dog. If you are able to take your dog somewhere that they can go off the path off the lead, it takes two weeks to train the animal to wait until they are off the path to do its business. No need to frequently poop scoop (or worse, refuse to do so and leave it on the pavement) if you are willing to invest a little effort in training.


User currently offlineZentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5426 times:

Bread.

People in the US seem to be perfectly happy with some of the worst bread in the world.


Political hyper-polarization.

It just gets ridiculous and you see people defending whatever nonsense, just because they're affiliated with that particular group.


Trucks.

Completely impractical for the vast majority, yet so many people still buy them...


All-you-can-eat buffets

The food is usually dry and low quality. Not only that, but you usually don't eat more than you would at a regular restaurant.


"Fat-Acceptance" movement

Nuff said...


Televangelists and their followers

Seriously, can someone explain this?


Eating "competitions"

Eating is not a sport and these wasteful events are just flat out ridiculous.


Glamorization of Ignorance.


Imperial measurement system

Let's switch already. Whenever I'm back in the States and someone asks the temp, I'll just state it in C.


People who make a scene/scream/yell in order to get their way.

I see it all the time from adults in the US.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10735 posts, RR: 38
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5364 times:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 3):
Dogs.

I like dogs although what really gets me is how much money is being spent on dogs worldwide.

I wish this money would be better spent, starving children, educating children, other people problems in general.

That's just me. People are allowed to spend their money any way they like, still so much money is being spent on dog grooming, dog clothing, dog cemeteries and funerals. and even more of this.

Does it mean that these people like their dogs more than human beings?



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User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5343 times:

This complete obsession over Megan Fox. I think she looks like an alien.

For that matter, my society's complete obsession with American Idol, Justin Bieber, Hollister, and pretty much any music that's currently playing on the radio.

Oh, and the KFC Double Down, or whatever its called..

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
Does it mean that these people like their dogs more than human beings?

Yes.

Cheers!
Anthony/Airport


User currently offlineaf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5290 times:

The people in my classes that will never shut up. When the teachers asks them to be quiet, five minutes later they start talking again. Some of us actually want to learn and get a good job!

All the high school and college students that get drunk. What is so fun about having a hangover?



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User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5277 times:

Quoting af773atmsp (Reply 9):
What is so fun about having a hangover?

That must be something people like us will never understand.

I have another one. Snow boots. So many girls and adult woman find it necessary to wear these snowboots. Furthermore their packed in some kind of furry coat, a polar temperature resistant cap and extremely well isolated gloves. Come on, it doesn't get that cold in The Netherlands!


User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4675 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5208 times:

I agree with many things above.

At least for Germany, I'd add the hysteria of many people when it comes to vaccinating their kids or even themselves. The vaccines against many illnesses have been used for decades and have saved many lives, yet some parents seem to think they will kill their kids. Sometimes leading to dangerous stuff like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pox_party

In Romania, where I was born shortly after the fall of communism, inoculating kids against the most common illnesses was mandatory, or maybe it still is. Partents who didn't comply got into serious trouble, and they deserved it. Nuff said.



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12883 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5207 times:

Some of my head shakers - and not just of the USA society include:

Texting/Twitter and the like: We are losing the ability to communicate face to face, to be able to write and speak in an understandable way, way too much unessary information as well as general rudeness due to the excessive use of these new ways to communiate.

Facebook and other social network sites: Why? Compounded with it's numerous privacy issues, that it can be used against you to get a job, that too many have no common sense in using it just turns me off. I have never did a social network page and never plan to. I have only seen a few Facebook posts and see no real need for them.

Obsession with pets and animals in general: Too many care more about them than humans in need. Many billions are spent by too many for their care while they wouldn't give a dime to a Food Bank. They give them fancy names, have exotic animals that should not be in capativity, won't eat meat and so on.

Celeberity Culture and interest: Too many care more about what Linsey Lohan is doing than what the politicans they elect (or can if they were not so lazy). There is way too much made of celebs, encouraging of the invasion of their privacy and safety and listining to thier far too often distorted values.

Luxury branded products: I see no real benefit in most cases to buying 'luxury' branded products. From BMW cars to Louis Vitton handbangs, to Rolex watches, too many who can't afford such items have them, all for some ego gratification. Please, I would rather have my more affordable Mazda, which for 99% of my daily use will be as good if not better than the BMW for much less money. Does a purse or watch that costs $1000's do the job any better than one for $100 or so? Please don't waste my money or ruin your credit which hurts me when you can't pay for them (higher interest rates and fees for me)

Much of "Reality" programing: Please, I don't like to see people eat strange animal parts, act like total fools in public, invade privacy or treat others like trash for some gain. I have no problem with those that legitmently show people at work or of businesses (Deadly Catch, et al), but I hate the competitive shows (Survivor, et al.) for their stupidty and encourging them to act stupid.


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6114 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5180 times:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 3):
Or to have this 'shutter' sound while making a photo with it?

Oftentimes you cannot remove the sound, it's designed to discourage people from taking pictures without the knowing of others (like in public toilets).



New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
User currently offlineZentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5178 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 12):
Obsession with pets and animals in general: Too many care more about them than humans in need. Many billions are spent by too many for their care while they wouldn't give a dime to a Food Bank.

Companionship, loyalty and appreciation. Those are qualities you find missing in many people nowadays.

Also, you haven't exactly put forth a particular reason for why a given person should necessarily care so about and give to a random person "in need".


User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4277 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5134 times:

Wrong question for Argentina. Here it would best be phrased as:

''Things you DO understand about your society''.

It would make for a much shorter read.

Besides the horrible politicians, the lack of enforcement of the law (in Argentina, blocking freeways and highways, international borders, shopping malls, in other words, violating other's rights is permitted; as is crossing the border and getting free education and healthcare without being of legal status which bankrupts local governments), besides the complete anarchy of football matches, need I go on.

But those aren't important people. What I will never understand is the Flogger.



Which was why I didn't open a thread about things from your own country, since how can I expect anyone here to explain this!!!







They have their own little electro-minimal dance:




And the biggest flogger of them all has like a 200+ page book.... What of all of THAT could a 17 year old take up so many pages relating defies the laws of physics.




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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5086 times:

-Teabaggers
-Christian fundamentalist
-Fraternities / Sororities
-Environmentalist
-Tattoos
-Piercings
-Emo
-Rap
-Glamorizing thug, gangster culture and prisons
-After-market giant rims on cars
-new country music
-bad lesbian poetry
-NIMBYs
-smokers



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5086 times:
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In this country....

The total lack of common sense and courtesy on the roads. Every day I see people skipping red lights, stop signs, kids standing on the front passenger seat or sitting on the driver's lap. Then there are the "taxis" that will pass on the left, go straight on in a turning lane, cut in front of other traffic, even go the wrong way down a lane to get a 5 second advantage.

If anyone is coming for the world cup, be careful on the roads!



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User currently offlinePlaneWasted From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5069 times:

Rich person = Evil person is a general opinion in Sweden.. Why can't people accept rich people as normal persons? And no, I'm not rich.  Smile

[Edited 2010-05-23 10:55:34]

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26508 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5045 times:

Quoting GST (Thread starter):
1. People who go out of their way to buy expensive, inefficient, impractical cars, sports cars and 4x4s in particular. If you don't live on a farm you probably don't need a land rover,

Very true I have a Black Smart car and love it. 4x4's and gas guzzlers should have 200% tax on them and pay higher road tax as they do more damage to the roads.



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User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3049 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4967 times:

Dress code: For education.boy,are we setting and preparing our young people in the right direction.
Extreme left wingers: No loyalty to nothing.Perhaps anarchist promotion.

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Quoting Superfly (Reply 16):
Glamorizing thug, gangster culture and prisons

   Alarming that our young people wear such shirts,etc,etc.

Rap music:EGAD!
Death Metal:EGAD!Part 2
Minors: I'm concern that minors are being exploited again
And knowing what some of these minors are wearing almost asking for trouble,where's the parenting and media concern.
Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 6):
Televangelists and their followers

Seriously, can someone explain this?

  

Raider Fans.

[Edited 2010-05-23 12:09:42]


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4970 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 17):
The total lack of common sense and courtesy on the roads. Every day I see people skipping red lights, stop signs, kids standing on the front passenger seat or sitting on the driver's lap. Then there are the "taxis" that will pass on the left, go straight on in a turning lane, cut in front of other traffic, even go the wrong way down a lane to get a 5 second advantage.

Sounds awesome!
I like that kind of driving! 
Here in San Francisco, it's the complete opposite. Drivers are so cautious to the point where they are dangerous. People sit at green lights, drive under the speed limit. What's worse is that so many pedestrians here J-walk without looking both ways before they cross and often times, motorist will wont honk or anything. They'll smile and wave. Inany other city that pedestrian would be ran over.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
4x4's and gas guzzlers should have 200% tax on them and pay higher road tax as they do more damage to the roads.

Just because you don't like them? Here in the United States, heavy vehicles DO pay a higher registration fee than regular cars. Also people who choose to own gas-guzzlers are already penalized at the gas pump. Every time they buy gas, they are paying more than you and they are paying more tax than you because we have a gas tax. The more gas you buy, the more gas taxes you're paying.
Keep in mind, the Rav4, CRV, Subarau models and older AMC Eagles are/were light weight vehicles that are 4X4. Should they pay more in registration than a brand new Honda Accord?
The new Honda Accord weights more than a lot of 4X4 vehicles on the road.




Other things I forgot to list:

Baseball
Basketball
Reality TV shows
Hybrids
CUVs
Mini-vans
Luxury SUVs
Tract homes with high ceilings and little floor space



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4921 times:

On some of the comments here, if I had lots of money I'd actually donate to dog or animal related charities like shelters and the like. I have dogs and they're not spoiled, they're fed normal dog food and sleep in normal, yet comfortable premises. I absolutely understand when people talk excesses in money, but preferring to help animals than humans is a perfectly valid choice in my opinion, and one I'd do if I had money to spare, which I don't. Please note I am talking about helping like in street dogs, not buying a 10000 dollars nail polish to your poodle which is an excess by all means.


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About my society (Colombia) I don't really understand why the culture of taking advantage of people is well seen... for example, if you're a taxi driver and you take someone that doesn't know the city through a longer route so you make a couple more thousand pesos that is seen as a good act of "cleverness" instead of being plain dishonesty.

Also the association of evil with not having a religion, and the damn ritual it becomes when you like a girl and try to get after her, if two people like each other why not make things easy?

There's also lots of things I don't get from the current society I'm living in (Thailand), but I'll refrain from commenting on that for the time being.



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User currently offlineZentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4910 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 21):
Here in the United States, heavy vehicles DO pay a higher registration fee than regular cars.

That's YOUR state. Car registration is processed by a state agency and fees/rules vary from state to state.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 24, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4912 times:

Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 23):
That's YOUR state. Car registration is processed by a state agency and fees/rules vary from state to state.

...and most if not ALL states do this.



Bring back the Concorde
25 Zentraedi : What basis do you have for this? That's not the case in Illinois.
26 Post contains images Boeing4ever : Registration fees in Illinois have been skyrocketing. That comes from the fact that Illinois may be a bigger disaster budget wise than California. Si
27 Post contains links Superfly : You are incorrect. http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/vehicles/basicfees.html Passenger $99 B-Truck (gross weight 8,000 lbs. or less) $99
28 Post contains links and images Zentraedi : It was about $78 last time I lived in IL and now it seems like it's a flat $99. Not exactly "skyrocketing". Or not. Come on. At least provide some ba
29 Zentraedi : I guess this is just a semantics issue then. There are states which charge different fees for normal passenger vehicles based on weight. I assumed th
30 Superfly : I was referring to heavy commercial trucks versus passenger cars sold to the public.
31 Post contains images Springbok747 : Oh stop complaining. I just paid $680 as rego fees..$99 is nothing compared to that. Ok, back to the thread... I'll never understand our obsession to
32 Post contains images shamrock604 : Oh god, where do I start!!!!! 1) Catholicism - its done more to divide our country than any other single force bar one, yet people still support the c
33 OA260 : The big hate of mine in Ireland is potholes and bad roads. They could even be called craters where I am.
34 Post contains images aviationmaster : I agree with most of the things posted already, except for the drinking and football part. There is nothing wrong with a hangover if one's had an amaz
35 Zentraedi : It's not hard to understand when you put it in terms of companionship and loyalty. Many familial relationships are completely devoid of this. Also, y
36 Post contains images Boeing4ever : When you're in a state that has as high of an income tax rate and property tax rate, seeing a fee hike like this is enough to make ones blood boil. I
37 shamrock604 : Im afraid to say we arent alone OA - I'm just back from the US and some of their motorways are in appaling condition, same with Canada, and also in t
38 Post contains images A342 : Like we don't have fuel taxes in Europe?
39 Continental : While a problem in essentially any society, racism.
40 Post contains images Superfly : Who said you weren't?
41 GST : The concept is good, but until the processes for cleaning up manufacture of the batteries, they are generally worse over a lifetime unless 50% of the
42 Post contains images IMissPiedmont : Or any sport for that matter I agree. overweight happens and underweight happens but when I see a woman who weighs as much as I or a man with his bel
43 A342 : You very much implied it. And FYI, our gas taxes in Europe are way higher than in the USA.
44 MD11Engineer : Maybe because in your country you are only allowed to drive motorways AFTER you pass the driving test and get your full licence. This means you can´
45 shamrock604 : Maybe its not so much "fat acceptance" as people acceptance. What has it got do with you what someone else looks like?? Live and let live for god sak
46 Post contains images Superfly : No I did not. That is what you assumed. I never said a damn thing about Europe. I was responding to a member that claims to reside in Japan and the U
47 US330 : Agree entirely. Let me just say that in terms of cellphones, the only thing worse than listening to a cell phone conversation in a language you don't
48 757MDE : I forgot to mention the soccer mania. I enjoy playing it and even watching it sometimes, but no way in hell that I'm gonna get into a fistfight about
49 aa757first : I really can't understand American's huge mental divide between what they do and what they think policy should be. Specifically, I think this applies
50 DocLightning : Gossip magazines. OK, it's hardly just my culture. In fact, just about any culture with a free press that has magazines has some of them devoted to go
51 OA260 : I have to admit im guilty of that I need my phone lol..
52 lewis : *People thinking they are smarter than you on the road. Like people suddenly breaking on the left lane in order to get to the front of the left-turn l
53 melpax : Can't stand the dross-filled things. Can't understand why normally rational, sane people buy them.... * The ridiculously high cost of housing in the
54 GST : How on earth would you occupy 3 spaces with a single car (unless it is a limo)? Don't get me wrong, inefficient parking is right up there with people
55 A342 : Where on earth does he claim that does he claim that? (OA260, sorry if I'm dragging you into this, but I can't help it...) There is no such fight. Bu
56 newark777 : There is? If anything, I'd say it's closer to the other side of the spectrum.
57 seb146 : Hello? 1986 called. They want their culture back.... That must be a tiny little enclave you live in, Fly! I was just in the city this weekend and, ex
58 Post contains images ajd1992 : Stuff I don't understand about England (I say England, I don't know about the rest of the UK, but I assume it's the same) 13 Year old girls who think
59 Post contains images lewis : This is usually how it is done. I have seen it numerous times, its even more annoying when the place is short of parking spaces. Everything is possib
60 Post contains images Superfly : Ummm, his profile.
61 AirframeAS : Women. Nuff said.
62 ATCtower : -How people in the US automatically value the "right to be offended" over the "Right of free speech". Somehow it doesnt seem right that someone can sa
63 Post contains links aa757first : http://www.gallup.com/poll/28237/mos...legal-drinking-age-nationwide.aspx 77% oppose lowering it to 18 and 60% think the laws should be even more stri
64 Andz : It's okay in a car with ABS and lots of airbags and safe bodywork, on a motorcycle it is a whole different story!
65 Superfly : Have you rode around in cities like Cairo, Bangkok or New Delhi?
66 SQ325 : 1: I will never understand how someone seriously can like the german carnival 2: How people if they are on vacation wake up at 6am to reserve there pl
67 Post contains images A342 : Ummm, no: Country: Ireland Location: Border Counties Not sure where you got Japan and the US from... Brilliant!
68 Superfly : My comments were directed at Zentraedi.
69 A342 : Ok, mistakes can happen. Case closed.
70 Post contains images OA260 : lol.... thats funny but they do that here also , I must take my camera out
71 Derico : Hahaha, I wish. But the flogger does not listen to 80s music. They listen to some electro-flogger minimalistic stuff. And they dress like that to put
72 IMissPiedmont : No, the point I tried to make is that I am not going to stand by and tell them everything is fine and the fact that someone weighs 200 pounds more th
73 Post contains images wn700driver : We have a winner! I can't stand people that spend hours posting online in forums for their hobby and/or profession when they should be working or not
74 seb146 : Another thing I don't understand about our society: Why is there such an obsession with nudity and sex, yet when any part of flesh is shown, everyone
75 na : 1. Piercings (self-explaining, or do I really need to say anything about this freakin´ ugliness?) 2. Tattoos (when you wake up from being drunk, your
76 Post contains images kiwiandrew : I will never understand why my fellow kiwis have been unable to grasp the basic life skill of how to use an escalator ... in any other country in the
77 Zentraedi : What I've seen in India seemed much, much worse. There were always several women at the foot at the base of escalators who would just put one foot on
78 RJ111 : I do not understand why so many people read The Sun/Daily Mail.
79 Post contains images aerorobnz : Actually considering the power and performance they burn far far less than a shitty car would do at a higher speed, and while it is possible to excee
80 Post contains images newark777 : People who seem to hate all of humanity.
81 Boeing1970 : I will never understand why people think the "SmartCar" is a good idea. I saw what was left of one on the Autobaun a few years ago after it spun out
82 JAGflyer : Immigration to a foreign country without any regard for local customs, language, behavior, or conduct. If you want to come here and continue to practi
83 Post contains images Hywel : I check The Daily Mail every day to see what new food will give me cancer. Have to keep up to date with these things you know And I read The Sun only
84 iairallie : They inherently pay more in taxes because they consume more fuel and the fuel is taxed at a constant rate. Exactly. Is this an annual fee or for the
85 GST : You probably are well aware we occupy entirely different viewpoints on this, but the "shitty" cars are generally at their most efficient at around 55
86 KiwiRob : Just like Tiger although you don't appear to think that these qualities should apply to him since you appear to be very supportive of him in the Tige
87 Post contains links Hywel : This is a GENUINE list: AGE http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-30-double-risk-breast-cancer.html AIR POLLUTION http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health
88 Zentraedi : It is simply not enough to say they pay "more" and make assumptions about consuming more fuel. The question is whether the additional fees/taxes are
89 Boeing1970 : When people make posts that hurt my eyes.
90 Post contains images RJ111 : Touché fellas, touché.
91 A342 : No, it is not an apology. He quoted OA260, then said the comment was directed at another user. Now tell me, who made the mistake?
92 seb146 : Naturally, most people do not look good nude. But, people here are thrown into a fit when anyone is nude for any reason. My thing is: If I don't want
93 Aesma : Ah ah, I had no idea this was going that far. And these tribal people are usually beautiful !
94 newark777 : They are natural, but sure aren't beautiful. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
95 OA260 : Or French I presume if your in Canada . Sometimes Men can look good with stubble , if your clean and tidy you can still be well groomed with stubble.
96 Derico : I don't understand why groups of people from all countries are so insecure about themselves that they refuse to see any good in others, or need to put
97 L410Turbolet : What's wrong with irony or sarcasm? I am a bit puzzled what "negative patriotism" means according to you, but the way I understand it, it seems to me
98 Derico : Negative patriotism is when people try to put down other nationalities, mostlybecause they have insatisfactions about their own, or just plain jealou
99 comorin : I cannot understand why my 'society' (NYC) loves its dogs so much that they will pick up its poo with a Ziploc bag. Imagine if that were Human Waste.
100 Post contains images Fly2HMO : I can't stand how 99% of my fellow Americans have to make their political and/or religious beliefs outwardly public, and push them on to everybody els
101 iairallie : Yeah there are no mass protests of NatGeo. There is no general discomfort over such programming in the US. This is a silly exageration which wrecks y
102 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Alright Einstein, go count all my posts in this forum that are in a religious/political/celebrity thread. You'll only find a handful. Aside from one
103 JRadier : Would you mind if I actually decide that for myself? Thanks!
104 seb146 : Just like with any race/culture, there are good looking and bad looking. I don't care that people have their opinions and share them with others, but
105 newark777 : I've seen several NatGeo where the usually blurred out areas are not censored at all. I guess they pick and choose what to censor.
106 GST : Sure, as long as you are on a racetrack and thus not putting non-participants lives at risk needlessly, or are a police/ambulance responder with spec
107 Post contains images Aesma : It depends what you call natural I guess. Some have very elaborate hairstyle, tattoos, etc. Yeah, but at least they don't have obese people, bad tast
108 Post contains images BMI727 : Maybe they just want one? And it isn't hurting anybody so what difference does it make? I suppose then nobody should by an iPod since any other mp3 p
109 MasterBean : Pets, dieting food and emus. Pets require money to be spent on them, and you've got to feed them and do stuff with them. Why not just purchase a girlf
110 Post contains links and images MD11Engineer : You are right. If you give them a close look, they look a bit silly: Jan
111 ajd1992 : It's a case of doing what is appropriate - driving at 70mph/130kph through a residential area at school kicking out time is very stupid, I think we c
112 JRadier : Not talking about personal gratification, but need, as you put it. For example, I've done rushjobs in the middle of the night. How is adding 20km/s a
113 Post contains images RJ111 : They're bringing down this once "Great" Britian too!
114 GST : Okay, I jumped the gun a bit there, so you have my apologies. In the case of an empty motorway, I can see that it is not endangering others as much (
115 aerorobnz : which my instance was...it was 0230 on a deserted motorway with brand spanking new smooth road seal and a well maintained car. No other cars anywhere
116 seb146 : Here is something I have never, ever understood try as I might: Why do we Americans think a "white Christmas" is so romantic and wonderful? Every time
117 Springbok747 : Hahahah...seen that in many places in India, especially places like Bombay and Bangalore with their new malls. But some of those malls are so stupidl
118 iairallie : Ok we get our insurance separately from the registration here in the US if you add in insurance then we're paying at least what you are.
119 GST : That may be so, but JRaider was talking about: And you mentioned: It's hardly the same. If a tyre blew on his car going a little over, he might swerv
120 Post contains links signol : If you don't want to read it, it's here in musical form: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTu7GLfrmUI signol
121 Post contains links LHR380 : Add another one to the list http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/10176410.stm
122 joffie : People that line up at the apple shop just to be the first to get the new IPAD or Iwank or Ineedfriends on the first day. Why the hell would you wait
123 GST : Especially in the case of the first generation of a product, they're usually so riddled with bugs it takes at least a couple of months until the ones
124 seb146 : To carry that out a bit farther: People that line up for movies or restaurants that have not opened, yet. People in Seattle were camping out in front
125 Post contains images RobertNL070 : Eurovision Song Contest (2010)
126 melpax : Welcome to Victoria, LOL. At least we're not as bad as Queensland, where the registration fee is determined on how many cylinders your car has. Nearl
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