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Old 14.06.2012, 20:07
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Strange! I had the impression you were one of the people who threw them around, having red-blobbed me in a tit for tat exchange for the one I gave you some time back
Well, it seems your impressions are very wrong then. You are one of the few lucky few. Not only that you are one of the few who's ever red blobbied me.

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Old 14.06.2012, 20:50
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So it started with the Gestapo and ends in a Kindergarden.
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Old 15.06.2012, 03:39
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The GESTAPO (Geheime Staatspolizei) in the Soviet Zone was replaced by the STASI (Staatssicherheitsdienst). You may have noticed that in the Concentration Camps of the Third German Empire (Drittes Reich) there were, beside Jews and Gypsies a serious number of Socialists and Communists among the victims, and that was the "achievement" of the GESTAPO. A totalitarian instrument of a totalitarian state.

Therefore, to compare some a bit impudent policemen or some a bit arrogant state bureaucracy officials with the GESTAPO is bad . Sure, people who lived in the Eastern Block area between 1948 and 1990 can tell you more about the topic, also people who lived in Iran between 1956 and 1979 and 79 and now (plus too many other countries of that kind)

Never use comparisons with the GESTAPO in letters, as such things can bring you to court
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Old 15.06.2012, 10:21
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Re: Can someone please enlighten me...

Just getting back to the quote. I'm not sure, but I know it is a sensitive topic here. Yes, I am American, but I liken the situation to the African Americans in the US (tho not as dire to wipe out a race), and mostly we don't speak about the situation of slavery and treatment of African Americans, even now and I am 3rd generation. We are ashamed and try to rectify the situation as treating people with acceptance. A bit different than the war, but a people who were also displaced, subjugated....

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Why not? If you sweep it under the rug and pretend like it didn't happen in order to never offend anyone then history is doomed to repeat itself. If you can laugh at Nazis on the Moon, however, maybe history has a chance. It's like bringing up Israel with an American over coffee....few want to dance with that bear as it's a taboo topic but the result is that it never gets discussed.

Not to mention why do the Nazis get a pass when every US transgression in times of war, etc, except of course helping liberate Europe at the end of WWII, tends to get trotted out whenever convenient.

There should be guilt as it was not one person acting alone, but perspective, humor and resolve to not repeat the past is a more effective approach than 'sssshhh, don't offend anyone!'
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Old 15.06.2012, 10:28
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Just getting back to the quote. I'm not sure, but I know it is a sensitive topic here. Yes, I am American, but I liken the situation to the African Americans in the US ...
Talking about WW2 is not a sensitive subject. It just needs to be treated with respect and seriousness with a funny joke thrown in every now and again.

Americans are sensitive on MANY topics:
- politics
- sex
- abortions
- religion
- saunas
- homosexuality
- sex

Europe is farther along in these topics because they sent their prudists to America a long time ago.
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Old 15.06.2012, 10:46
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Ok I'm going to disagree with this. WW2 is not funny and if you know, when Americans try to crack a joke here, mostly it is not understood. So I would just stay away. Especially about this subject.

Politics - we are sensitive? Most americans' don't even know what politics are, let alone world politics. Our parities are so close to each other in theory that some are like, why even bother?

Sex? Did we mention sex twice? We are prudish about it, get it right, the Puritans, Anglican Church -- Yep, migrated to America. Mostly for religious persecution reasons. We have very different views on this than Europeans, and that is another thread.

Homosexuality????? What country is the most accepting here? Rights to gay marriages???? Obama's recent statement on acceptance???

We don't do saunas in the US.

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Talking about WW2 is not a sensitive subject. It just needs to be treated with respect and seriousness with a funny joke thrown in every now and again.

Americans are sensitive on MANY topics:
- politics
- sex
- abortions
- religion
- saunas
- homosexuality
- sex

Europe is farther along in these topics because they sent their prudists to America a long time ago.
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Ok I'm going to disagree with this. WW2 is not funny
I see no reason to exclude any given subject from comedy; indeed, most of the best comedy is that which treads on dangerous ground - sticking to safe acceptable subjects will soon restrict you to 'how many elephants can you fit in a mini?" type of joke.

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and if you know, when Americans try to crack a joke here, mostly it is not understood.
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Old 15.06.2012, 11:02
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I see no reason to exclude any given subject from comedy; indeed, most of the best comedy is that which treads on dangerous ground - sticking to safe acceptable subjects will soon restrict you to 'how many elephants can you fit in a mini?" type of joke.



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Old 15.06.2012, 11:05
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Ok I'm going to disagree with this. WW2 is not funny and if you know, when Americans try to crack a joke here, mostly it is not understood. So I would just stay away. Especially about this subject.

Politics - we are sensitive? Most americans' don't even know what politics are, let alone world politics. Our parities are so close to each other in theory that some are like, why even bother?

Sex? Did we mention sex twice? We are prudish about it, get it right, the Puritans, Anglican Church -- Yep, migrated to America. Mostly for religious persecution reasons. We have very different views on this than Europeans, and that is another thread.

Homosexuality????? What country is the most accepting here? Rights to gay marriages???? Obama's recent statement on acceptance???

We don't do saunas in the US.
Wow. You just don't get it. It's time for a sauna talk, young man, where you can bare your soul and other things without being ashamed. I'll make a European out of you yet.
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Old 15.06.2012, 11:16
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Cool! Let's do the sauna! I am a 45 year old woman, transplant from NYC. Granted, bad Catholic -- went to the Russian saunas in NYC and good to see many famous t***ties from Sara Jessica, Mariel Hemingway to Brooke Shields.

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Wow. You just don't get it. It's time for a sauna talk, young man, where you can bare your soul and other things without being ashamed. I'll make a European out of you yet.
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Old 15.06.2012, 11:22
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Cool! Let's do the sauna! I am a 45 year old woman, transplant from NYC. Granted, bad Catholic -- went to the Russian saunas in NYC and good to see many famous t***ties from Sara Jessica, Mariel Hemingway to Brooke Shields.
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Old 15.06.2012, 11:32
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Too bad you aren't in my area. Good to meet up with you. Bionic woman was one of my fans.

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Quite a few of my fellow Americans have even told me that they think 911 happened because the Muslims are jealous of our way of life!
Yes that rings a bell, a former President claiming that it's because the enemy hates the USA's freedom

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Not bad from someone who groan on an average of 1 per every 4 posts she writes... And we don't see how often you give or take reps.
The most posts I groan Nil are yours because.... well you know why, we've already been through that once before.....
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You red-blobbed her first and then complain she was throwing red blobs around? That's good.
Not if I think it was deserved. Hers was so obviously a tit for tat blob, which makes the whole rep. system meaningless.
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For a while I had a member groaning all my posts giving me red blobbies I just laughed it off. I met the person at an event when we was introduced I offered to buy him a pint and he turned bright red lol.
Yes, but Sutter, when I gave you a few groans a few years ago for what I considered to be your insensitivity to a certain subject, I got a stream of virulent private mails and you seemed incapable of seeing the point I was trying to make. You certainly didn't laugh it off!
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Old 15.06.2012, 23:15
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I got me first red blob from Enaj we've been cool ever since.

Red bloody blobbies, who cares?
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