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post #1 of 34
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"For World News, Watch CNN" ... more like "For World News as told by the USA watch us"

So what am I bitching about now? I just got a BreakingNews email that said "-- Country singer Waylon Jennings dies at his Arizona home."

I am speechless. First: I have NO IDEA who this person is and while I feel sorry for him, I CANNOT understand how this ranks with "Planes crash into Pentagon and TwinTowers", "Anthrax Scare in USA", and heck, even the rediculous news that Bush was overwhlemed by a frikken pretzel.

Why don't they talk about how today yet again a hundred people got massacred in Sierra Leone for the diamonds which are controlled by DeBeers and others... or the various other civil wars... or whatever.

I already get enough crap in my mail box and now I have to get a BREAKING NEWS (THE Authority... no?) that a country music person, who probably more than half the Americans didnt even know existed either, had died.


Gimme a damn break
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post #2 of 34
Needing more fiber in our diet, are we?
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post #3 of 34
What, you don't get "Dukes of Hazzard" reruns in Belgium?

I don't even like country music that much, but Waylon was one of the greats. He started out playing in Buddy Holly's band.

Were you equally as angry that George Harrison's death meant less air time for Sierra Leone?
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post #4 of 34
CNN is American.

Don't sign up for American services if you don't like things related to America.

Seems like simple logic to me.
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post #5 of 34
[friendlyjab]Ignorant Europeans know nothing outside their own culture.[/friendlyjab]
post #6 of 34
dude, its just another sign that things are getting back to normal. useless crap that means nothing to anyone is what used to fill our lives before 9-11. now, we're getting back to our roots. u should be happy. it just means that we are being egocentric babbling idiots who dont care about anyone but ourselves again, just as we were always meant to be.

(when i say "we" i refer to americans)
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post #7 of 34
I don't personally care much about Waylon Jennings, but at least I recognize that he's a performer who has millions of fans and has been one of the big daddies in his genre for decades. Jeez, if I signed up for "Portuguese News Network" email service and I got an email reminder one day that one of Portugal's famous people had died, I doubt I'd get all bent out of shape about it.

Yes, CNN covers world news, but it's an American-based network, the vast majority of its employees are American, and the vast majority of its viewers are American.
post #8 of 34
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ok, it was 5am when I posted and was generally pissed off.

Still, I signed up for the most BASIC of BreakingNews services... the one where only IMPORTANT WORLD news... yes, news that could have a GLOBAL impact. Country music is definetly not a global concern.

Heck, even if Bono or Madonna or Limp Bizket all were to be involved in some sort of tragedy I wouldnt want to have it known via BreakingNews. I want to know things that could actually make a difference in my life and potentially to millions or billion of other people.

CNN is US based, yes, but they dont do anything else but try to reaffirm that they are the voice of the world, that they take news from every perspective, etc.

Bullocks. Heck, look, now they even started cnnarabic.com so that they won't have to rely on Al Jazeera network.

It scares me that such a global and influential voice is a part of a huge corporation which is source for tons of bias (look at how successful Harry Potter was... CNN was plastered with it for weeks).

Reliable global information should be as independent and far away from corporations as possible.

Scott... nice friendly jab... I am, for umteenth time, American too.

Roger... I guess I do need more fiber
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post #9 of 34
As groverat said, don't subscribe to cnn.com alerts. They are based in Atlanta, Georgia. This should say enough.

If you want European news, go to the BBC or Aljazeera... You should definitely get fair and balanced reporting from Aljazeera.
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post #10 of 34
He has a point. I'm pissed that MacNN doesn't post more PC and Linux news! Those bastards! (how can you distinguist between satire and sarcasm? sometimes I find it hard... oh well it all gets the same effect)
post #11 of 34
Well, Mr. Jennings probably had more impact and success in his chosen field than the Limp Idiots and others will have.

60 albums, 16 #1 singles, participation in one of the genre's truly groundbreaking albums, membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame, friendships and musical collaborations with Nelson, Kristofferson, Cash, Williams and others.

And he knew and played with Buddy ****ing Holly, pal.

So there.



Rates a "breaking news" announcement in my book.
post #12 of 34
The only other programming in europe is "the making of cheese". <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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post #13 of 34
[quote]
CNN is US based, yes, but they dont do anything else but try to reaffirm that they are the voice of the world, that they take news from every perspective, etc.<hr></blockquote>

Marketing.

Did you know coke is the world's favorite soft drink?

Marketing.

Making money.

Marketing.

"World reporting" [assertion] -&gt; higher Nielsen ratings -&gt; higher ad revenue [except ad rev's are flat now, but that's another story] -&gt; more money -&gt; more marketing.

Marketing.
post #14 of 34
[quote]Originally posted by ZO:
<strong>I already get enough crap in my mail box and now I have to get a BREAKING NEWS (THE Authority... no?) that a country music person, who probably more than half the Americans didnt even know existed either, had died.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Umm, excuse me. Americans are very knowledgeable - they know exactly who Waylon Jennings is. Are you insulting our intelligence?

We know all the important people, like Britney Spears, Madonna's children's names, and the entire cast of Friends. So stop trying to say we're ignorant.

(So we don't know unimportant people like Cheney, Aschroft, and Verhofstadt. What does that prove?)
post #15 of 34
That was a pretty dumb post BR. Do you even deny you are a self-hating American?
post #16 of 34
Waylon Jennings died?
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post #17 of 34
[quote]Originally posted by Outsider:
<strong>That was a pretty dumb post BR. Do you even deny you are a self-hating American?</strong><hr></blockquote>

actually, it was nothing more than the truth. the average american is an idiot.
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post #18 of 34
Remember december most outstanding breaking news (and it was even made developing story)?:

[quote]President Bush had noncancerous lesions removed from his face last week. <hr></blockquote>
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post #19 of 34
Well i didn't even know Modonnah had any children and I don't know the cast of friends. Does that make me even dumber than the 'idiots' who do? Although I DO know who all the others (Cheney, Aschroft, and Verhofstadt) are and what they do. Generalizations and stereotyping are only one step away from blatant racism, I know that's hard to swallow but it's true.
post #20 of 34
[quote]Originally posted by ZO:
<strong>"For World News, Watch CNN" ... more like "For World News as told by the USA watch us"

So what am I bitching about now? I just got a BreakingNews email that said "-- Country singer Waylon Jennings dies at his Arizona home."

I am speechless. First: I have NO IDEA who this person is and while I feel sorry for him, I CANNOT understand how this ranks with "Planes crash into Pentagon and TwinTowers", "Anthrax Scare in USA", and heck, even the rediculous news that Bush was overwhlemed by a frikken pretzel.

Why don't they talk about how today yet again a hundred people got massacred in Sierra Leone for the diamonds which are controlled by DeBeers and others... or the various other civil wars... or whatever.

I already get enough crap in my mail box and now I have to get a BREAKING NEWS (THE Authority... no?) that a country music person, who probably more than half the Americans didnt even know existed either, had died.


Gimme a damn break</strong><hr></blockquote>

Hey ZO. Get a life. Preferably in your own boring stupid country for God's sake. Waylon Jennings was a legend in country music. Only Johnny Cash is left and Faith Hill is the bitch of country bullshit you hear now on the radio. You have a problem with CNN and American News? So do I. It's all bullshit. Most people here will bow to all of Bill O'Reilly's spittle. But that's not my fault or yours...so shut up.
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post #21 of 34
[quote]Originally posted by Outsider:
<strong>Well i didn't even know Modonnah had any children and I don't know the cast of friends. Does that make me even dumber than the 'idiots' who do? Although I DO know who all the others (Cheney, Aschroft, and Verhofstadt) are and what they do. Generalizations and stereotyping are only one step away from blatant racism, I know that's hard to swallow but it's true.</strong><hr></blockquote>

no, the point was that most americans choose to only know stupid and pointless facts...

dude, yer kinda dense today...
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post #22 of 34
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[quote]Originally posted by Artman @_@:
<strong>

Hey ZO. Get a life. Preferably in your own boring stupid country for God's sake.
</strong><hr></blockquote>

Hmm, I seem to have touched a country music fan's nerve. And yes, btw, this is a boring and stupid country... I dont like it much myself. Funny thing is that American's love coming here (esp college students) because there are so many different types of beer and it actually costs less than water (how pathetic... the prices I mean).

And just as a reminder, LOCATION in the description doesnt necessarily mean what ethnic background you have but more WHERE you are. Cripes, Im from NYC!!! I just live here.

<strong> [quote]
Waylon Jennings was a legend in country music. Only Johnny Cash is left and Faith Hill is the bitch of country bullshit you hear now on the radio. You have a problem with CNN and American News? So do I. It's all bullshit. Most people here will bow to all of Bill O'Reilly's spittle. But that's not my fault or yours...so shut up.</strong><hr></blockquote>

? umm... ok.
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post #23 of 34
[quote]Originally posted by ZO:
<strong>Hmm, I seem to have touched a country music fan's nerve. And yes, btw, this is a boring and stupid country... I dont like it much myself. Funny thing is that American's love coming here (esp college students) because there are so many different types of beer and it actually costs less than water (how pathetic... the prices I mean).</strong><hr></blockquote>

And the stupidity of them for traveling to Belgium just to get drunk.

[quote]<strong>And just as a reminder, LOCATION in the description doesnt necessarily mean what ethnic background you have but more WHERE you are. Cripes, Im from NYC!!! I just live here.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I feel sorry for you. Really, just get a better news source..
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post #24 of 34
_alliance_ said:
the average american is an idiot.

You call most american idiots and you're calling me dense? Man I hope for your sake you're above average as well as your whole family and all your friends. Idiot is a term people like to throw around now a days...
post #25 of 34
[quote]Originally posted by Outsider:
<strong>_alliance_ said:
the average american is an idiot.

You call most american idiots and you're calling me dense? Man I hope for your sake you're above average as well as your whole family and all your friends. Idiot is a term people like to throw around now a days...</strong><hr></blockquote>

yes, u are correct. i am an arrogant bastard. there a problem w/ that??? unlike most people, i can backup what i say...
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post #26 of 34
yes, u are correct. i am an arrogant bastard. there a problem w/ that??? unlike most people, i can backup what i say...

First off, don't put words in my mouth, i didn't call you an arrogant bastard (how would I know if your parents were married when you were born).

Secondly, prove that the average american has an IQ of less than 70 (or is it 60). I mean, that's the official definition of 'idiot'.
post #27 of 34
Actually, <a href="http://plaza.powersurfr.com/delajara/IQBasics.html" target="_blank">an idiot has an IQ below 20</a>.
post #28 of 34
[quote]Originally posted by Outsider:
<strong>yes, u are correct. i am an arrogant bastard. there a problem w/ that??? unlike most people, i can backup what i say...

First off, don't put words in my mouth, i didn't call you an arrogant bastard (how would I know if your parents were married when you were born).

Secondly, prove that the average american has an IQ of less than 70 (or is it 60). I mean, that's the official definition of 'idiot'.</strong><hr></blockquote>

i never said u called me an arrogant bastard. i called myself that.
everyone i know realizes thats how i am. it feeds my ambition.
good one, though w/ the marriage thing.

second, most americans are blind sheep. they do what they are told, and most never think fer themselves. they learn everything from whats on tv, and even those fortunate enuff to go to college dont impress me. i run into some very bright people occasionally here at college, but most people are idiots. and just walk around town sometime and tell me u dont feel that u are surrounded by retards. the complete ignorance in the average citizen sickens me.

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post #29 of 34
All right I'll give you the last paragraph (I work in end user support at a 1000+ computer company. i know retarded users), but give people the benefit of the doubt.

(EDIT: wait a minute... you go to COLLEGE? That explains your perception of the average american. Most college kids ARE idiots.)

[ 02-14-2002: Message edited by: Outsider ]</p>
post #30 of 34
[quote]Originally posted by Outsider:
<strong>All right I'll give you the last paragraph (I work in end user support at a 1000+ computer company. i know retarded users), but give people the benefit of the doubt.

(EDIT: wait a minute... you go to COLLEGE? That explains your perception of the average american. Most college kids ARE idiots.)

[ 02-14-2002: Message edited by: Outsider ]</strong><hr></blockquote>

not just that. ive had to deal w/ so many idiots its not funny. my past couple jobs involved dealing w/ people, and although some actually listened and thought fer themselves, most had no fu**ing clue what was going on...
this is one of the reasons i want to go into vet medicine instead of becoming an MD. sometimes i think dogs and cats think for themselves more than the average person i run into...and they sure are a hell of a lot more grateful.

or maybe ill just feel sorry fer them and try to help where they have failed...
i havent decided yet...
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post #31 of 34
Hmmm, actually the average American has an IQ of very nearly exactly 100 so the problem isn't with IQ or native intelligence. I think you could make a pretty good argument, though, that there are lots of people in this country who are culturally and historically illiterate, and very nearly LITERALLY illiterate, but that's not an IQ thing.
post #32 of 34
[quote]Originally posted by Outsider:
<strong>Actually, <a href="http://plaza.powersurfr.com/delajara/IQBasics.html" target="_blank">an idiot has an IQ below 20</a>.</strong><hr></blockquote>

That's one of the funniest damn things I've ever seen. It's great to see a chart giving clinical definitions of "moron" and "imbecile" and "idiot."

Hey, maybe sometime I'll actually call somebody "idiot" only to have them reply, "Actually, I'll have you know I'm only an imbecile."
post #33 of 34
Who the hell cares who the Prime Minister of Belguim is?
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post #34 of 34
[quote]Originally posted by CaseCom:
<strong>What, you don't get "Dukes of Hazzard" reruns in Belgium?
</strong><hr></blockquote>

They are probbally still watching
BayWatch reruns.

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