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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinytop View Post
    Sort of. About ten years ago my hair had grown sparse and had this habit of blowing straight up in the air if there a slight breeze. So I determined if I were going to look funny I would be comfortable and have been cutting very close ever since. Saves a lot in barber fees and shampoo!
    Quite practical. Welcome aboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _UXcva View Post
    Hello; long time reader of this wonderful forum and its diverse commentary; directed here awhile back from whats now the Battlefront.com forum, was BigTime previous etc; I’m still playing their captivating games to this day - USCG 1978-84, BM, Icebreaker x2 [Westwind and Mac] Buoy tender [Redwood]. Currently working as excursion boat Cap’n/Tug assist in the Great Lakes region.
    Welcome aboard. Always had a hankering to go CG, but ended up Navy. Good to have you here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D3VNT View Post
    Hey all!

    I just turned 22. I have no formal instruction in geopolitics or international security, but it's among my favorite collections of topics, if not also an extremely important one. I haven't been able to find many venues for discussing or learning more on the subject, and I hope I can do so here.
    Thanks for remind some of us how we are. Welcome aboard. Read the survival guide and jump in anytime.
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    Howdy folks! I stumbled upon the board by searching the web for "coal mine design," believe it or not. (Because I'm trying to figure out how to build a poppet head for a coal mine in a Steampunk community in Second Life.) That took me to a fascinating thread about building a model railroad, and from there to modeling a WWII aircraft carrier, and I really began to like it here!

    Once upon a time, I was a spaceship engineer. Did crew systems, EVA systems, flight crew operations and training... all that stuff on NASA programs for almost 40 years; until the current US administration canceled all space flight development and converted NASA into yet another propaganda mill. (You'll see some noise about these great new bold insert-superlatives programs to mine asteroids, but none of that is funded. No programs there; just more hype.)

    As for all the politics... I've heard it all and seen it all. Real, verifiable news is interesting, but so very scarce. Hype and smokescreens are just plain painful t wade through, but so very ubiquitous. (Insert heavy sigh.)

    There's not much special about the name "Sanjac." I noticed a lot of guys were using names based on battlegrounds, and the closest battlefield to my home is San Jacinto (where the Texas defeated the Mexicans and thus was born a new nation, The Republic of Texas).

    I was raised to uphold some really out-of-fashion values, such as duty, honor, personal responsibility, integrity, liberty, and civility, and even to believe in the ultimate triumph of good over evil. Events since 2008 lead me to doubt the effectiveness of all those wonderful things, but not their value to human worth.

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    Wow, few intersting new members.

    Welcome and have fun.

    Looking forward to your posts.
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    Well, after responding to a tread about Argentina, someone ask me "who are you" and other suggested me to introduce myself here.

    It is rather difficulty to explain about myself since most of the traditional labels don't work well with myself.
    I am from Italian and Portuguese ancestry, my parents conceived me in France and in the last month of pregnancy my parents decided to go to Brazil and I was born there.
    I absolutely hate that place and an diametrically the opposite of anything that someone would associate with there. That led me to a lot of identity crisis
    I live in United States for eight months now, am married with an American.

    Quickly I started working at the American Red Cross. When I immigrated here I stopped my college, I was in the second year of Economics.
    One day maybe I will start doing it again. Right now it seems out of question due to the fact I am only working part-time.
    I speak Portuguese, English and German. Never had an English course or anything, I am self-taught in almost everything I know,
    I average I read 30 books per year of a lot of different subjects.

    I have interests for Demographics, geopolitics, history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy and many others.

    Some of the specific topics that I am most interested in are the Rise and Fall of empires (mainly due to demographics), World Wars and the period in between them, the Cold War, American History,
    Social Engineering, and differences between groups of people.

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    I am new to politics. I want to know present world politics and affairs thank u

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vargas View Post
    It is rather difficulty to explain about myself since most of the traditional labels don't work well with myself.
    Sounds like you'll fit right in here
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    Vargas,

    Why you hate Brazil? What's wrong with that place? I am just curious. I always thought Brazil as a foreign exotic land with alluring beauty and lush jungles and prime beaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    Sounds like you'll fit right in here
    That is good to know, hehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blademaster View Post
    Vargas,

    Why you hate Brazil? What's wrong with that place? I am just curious. I always thought Brazil as a foreign exotic land with alluring beauty and lush jungles and prime beaches.
    There are so many things I hate about Brazil that is not easy even to start. One time I heard one Argentinean saying that Brazil is a bad copy of the United States.
    Since that probably does not clarify anything, let me start by commenting about the geography of Brazil since you highlighted it: nature is something made by God, not by people,
    What I mean by that is that there is no country that is not beautiful. If you look at Haiti's landscape you will think that it is heaven on Earth, but as soon as you set your foot there you know you are in hell.

    There are many, many factors that contribute for me to hate it and want to disassociate as much as possible from it. The entire country is a schizophrenic mess.
    I will mainly talk about one topic not to make you tired about it and if you have more interest on the subject we can talk in private. That is:

    Crime & Corruption:

    The country is easily, one of the most violent on Earth, so much so that people don't even care anymore. A lot of people take pictures of themselves in beaches at Rio, right next to dead bodies as part of the scenery, not even caring about it.
    As an overall number of cases, Brazil has the highest number of intentional murders on Earth. However, not the highest murder rate, even though it is in the top 10.
    The government keeps track of the numbers and only consider as an homicide when there is clear intent of assassination and the victim dies at the place. Even with the government trying to keep the numbers down,
    Every year the number is around 50,000 people. Two Iraq wars in a peace time. By a comparison, United States has on average 12,000 homicides per year, with 330 million people, and Brazil has 210 million people.

    The organized crime is so, but so engraved into the political power, that all laws are made to make things easier for the bandits and they have immense power:
    it is almost impossible for law abiding citizens to buy any type of firearms, while the criminals have AK47s and RPGs and the police officers are lucky if they have more than a 38 caliber revolver.
    There was a national referendum if guns should be made illegal, by a landslide people voted no and the government continued the program of taking guns away. It seems almost surreal,
    but it is quite normal there for self defense cases to end up on arrests to the person who defended itself and years of jail time.
    Not only that, there are quotas in public jobs and universities for "ex-criminals", the criminal's family receives two minimum wages as pension for having their beloved family member locked up and,
    if you are 17 years and 364 days of age, (1 day less than 18 years old) you are free to do what you want. You can commit all sorts of crimes, and the media can't show your face, your name or anything,
    you can go to jail for at maximum three years and then your record is completely clear, like you are a perfectly law abiding person.
    I still can remember one day as a kid, that because the organized crime wanted new televisions in prisons and the government refused it, the organized crime killed 600 cops in a day in the city I lived in, most of them at their houses.
    The police officers can't bring their bullet proof vest outside of work and they can barely work without being demonized in the streets.
    Hell, the wealthier part of the country, Paulista Avenue, has crack addicts and people selling all sorts of drugs LITERALLY in front of a police outpost and they can't move an inch to deal about it.
    All police officers have their name written in their uniform and if they arrest the wrong person they are surely going to end up dead.
    This made the police and organized crime to develop peaceful forms of living together very well shown at the movie Elite Troops. The situation is so helpless, but so helpless, that there people GLORIFY vigilantes.
    There was a corporal at the military police that killed 500 people and got arrested because one of them was innocent. His name was Bruno. There is an entire generation of people named Bruno because of Corporal Bruno the vigilante.

    Strangely, in the same way, people are obsessed by out-laws, with two figures sticking out: The Red Light Bandit and Lampião. Both were rapers, murders and robbers. The former when arrested got an avalanche of love letters in prison,
    The latter was HIRED and armed by the government to try to stop a rebellion of army troops and just fled with the money and guns laughing.

    There are new corruption scandals almost every day and almost no one gets punished. The level of corruption in society is so high and generalized that it is it is know as the "Brazilian way".
    It is nearly impossible for you to get your driver's license if you don't bribe the examiner, you can wait for YEARS for a housing benefit on the government but you will only receive it if you bribe authorities to put you in the top of the list.
    The current president, Dilma Roussef was a former terrorist who did bombing, bank robbery, kidnapping and murder. The president before her was a professional unionist who his entire life only made strikes and in an interview to Playboy said he missed the days he had sex with GOATS as a kid. Clinton had a sexual scandal by just betraying his wife, can you imagine an United States president saying he missed having sex with GOATS?
    In Brazil if a men betray his wife he is praised! If he is to faithful, is stamped as a f*****. Women also betray a lot, studies show that Brazilian women are the ones who cheat most on their husbands and at an earlier age.
    Revenge porn there is very widespread.

    Everybody bribes police officers not to get tickets, don't respect lines, workers will on purpose do everything they can to screw up their employers, to the point that every working place feels like a prison,
    Because there are cameras and people looking at your every move to see if you are not stealing or breaking something and everything has so much rules and regulations that you are reduced to screw screws and not show any creativity.
    People are so backstabbing in general that I can't recall the number of times I got things that I cared about stolen by people who I called friends and was only able to realize it much later.
    And it is not even that they were expensive and people could sell it later, no, they are like kleptomaniacs, take things that you have a personal attachment for. You are always on your toes if you can say or trust something to anyone.
    Someone who is your friend today might as well be making the gossip that will result in you being beating down and being hospitalized in the other day - or even being shot if you are in the poor side of town.
    Of course, as everything in life there are exceptions, but the culture there in general is so corrupt, hyper sexualized and pleasure oriented that it's impossible to understand the dirt that is there without living there.

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    Holy great walls of text. That's a whole thread right there!

    Welcome.

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    All I got is former-terrorist goats. Goats?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    All I got is former-terrorist goats. Goats?
    No. The current president was a former-terrorist. The one before in an interview to Playboy said he missed the days when he had sex with Goats in his early teenage years.
    Not only that he boosted at everyone that he only went to school for its first four years. What kind of examples are that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vargas View Post
    No. The current president was a former-terrorist. The one before in an interview to Playboy said he missed the days when he had sex with Goats in his early teenage years.
    Not only that he boosted at everyone that he only went to school for its first four years. What kind of examples are that?
    I find that hard to believe. Can you post the article where he said he missed his days of bestiality?

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