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what is the one or two things you would add or eradicate?
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Maybe extradite is not the right word?
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Maybe extradite is not the right word?
True it is the wrong word. I have taken if off now.
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I would have the CSA emancipate all their slaves and not fire on Fort Sumpter.



Wait, that's two things.



I'll stick with having the CSA emancipate their slaves.
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First, I would repeatedly expose youths to Krishna's teaching through their formative years: "Do not do unto others that which you would not have done unto you." I would have it drilled it into their heads, over and over again, just like Hitler indoctrinated his people with his propaganda.

Second, I would teach the Alexander Technique as part of the public school curriculum. In every moment, we are using our bodies, and most people use them poorly. If we were all taught how to use them properly from an early age, the world would be a happier, more pain-free place to live.
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I would have the CSA emancipate all their slaves and not fire on Fort Sumpter.



Wait, that's two things.



I'll stick with having the CSA emancipate their slaves.
What is CSA?
It comes up as child support agency here in the UK.
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What is CSA?

It comes up as child support agency here in the UK.


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Originally Posted by Konan View Post
First, I would repeatedly expose youths to Krishna's teaching through their formative years: "Do not do unto others that which you would not have done unto you." I would have it drilled it into their heads, over and over again, just like Hitler indoctrinated his people with his propaganda.



Second, I would teach the Alexander Technique as part of the public school curriculum. In every moment, we are using our bodies, and most people use them poorly. If we were all taught how to use them properly from an early age, the world would be a happier, more pain-free place to live.


Sure, but what if someone didnít want to do that and decided they wouldnít? How would you enforce it?

Thatís the problem.
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Originally Posted by brianpatrick View Post
Sure, but what if someone didnít want to do that and decided they wouldnít? How would you enforce it?

Thatís the problem.
I wouldn't enforce it. If you're referring to teaching the Alexander Technique, if students decided it wasn't for them, they would have the choice to opt out of lessons. But the results speak for themselves. When students start experiencing the positive changes after lessons, they are inclined to have more.
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I think kids learn the golden rule from experience, what they observe and how they are treated.

I suppose it couldn't hurt, but I suspect by the time they're exposed to and understand the teaching, the die is mostly cast.
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You know... ten years ago I would have had a list a mile long. But today I donít really give a shit. Yeah, I care about people starving around the world in places I canít pronounce, but overall world hunger has been cut in half since 1992. Secularism has almost doubled worldwide in the same time, and while there are still countries where you could get the death penalty for being non-religious, the number keeps growing. Crime has been reduced by 50% since 1982 in the US. Around the world crime reduction is in the 30% range in the same time period.

For all the talk about the evils of globalism it has sure made the world a better place overall. You could point to problem areas anywhere, but those problem areas are on everybodyís radar. Thereís almost nowhere to hide these days. Even people in rural Africa have cell phones and twitter accounts. I talk to a guy who lives in Sudan on the internet. I met him on Twitter, but we exchange emails now. Heís a normal dude, just like any of us. He wants to be a DJ and does mixes of stuff then sends them to me to listen and give him feedback. His house is literally a mud brick wall building with a grass roof. He gets 16 hours a day of electricity from a generator, and is so much like you and me that I forget he lives in Africa.

So I wouldnít change anything. Itís already changing. You can complain about your little corner of the world, push for changes, fight for your ideological beliefs, but itís going to happen no matter what anyway. And in ways we canít imagine.
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Originally Posted by Nacia View Post
what is the one or two things you would add or eradicate?
and why?
Mosquitos. Or add enough bats, birds and spiders to keep them at bay.

Why? Because I hate them.

And ticks.
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Well, clearly I would be a benign dictator, until I wasn't. I imagine Brian would push me over the edge
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Well, clearly I would be a benign dictator, until I wasn't. I imagine Brian would push me over the edge


Yeah, it would be all my fault, right?

And the sooner I could make that happen, the sooner I could be the benevolent dictator. Until I wasnít.
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Then I could be!

Until I wasn't.
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Pretty soon only psychopaths would be left in line for the job and the whole world would start going to shit... hey, wait.
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Pretty soon only psychopaths would be left in line for the job and the whole world would start going to shit... hey, wait.
Hasn't it already??
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Then I could be!

Until I wasn't.
and I was until I could be.
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I would eradicate bad music - i.e. any music (and especially singing) that I don't like!
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I would eradicate bad music - i.e. any music (and especially singing) that I don't like!
We went to a new so-called work/live/play development recently to see a movie and have dinner. Along the street where the store fronts are located, they had little dome shaped speakers on the sidewalk. They were piping music I did not want to hear out of them so loud you had to raise your voice to talk to the person next to you. Why??? I wanted to go home, get a sledge hammer and smash all the speakers to little bits. So annoying.
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We went to a new so-called work/live/play development recently to see a movie and have dinner. Along the street where the store fronts are located, they had little dome shaped speakers on the sidewalk. They were piping music I did not want to hear out of them so loud you had to raise your voice to talk to the person next to you. Why??? I wanted to go home, get a sledge hammer and smash all the speakers to little bits. So annoying.
LOL I feel for you.
You should have said something there and then.
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We went to a new so-called work/live/play development recently to see a movie and have dinner. Along the street where the store fronts are located, they had little dome shaped speakers on the sidewalk. They were piping music I did not want to hear out of them so loud you had to raise your voice to talk to the person next to you. Why??? I wanted to go home, get a sledge hammer and smash all the speakers to little bits. So annoying.
yea, I hate not even being able to pop out to the local supermarket without being subjected to all kinds of caterwauling.
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LOL I feel for you.
You should have said something there and then.
Did that in a restaurant once. They turned down the music, and we got free dessert!
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Did that in a restaurant once. They turned down the music, and we got free dessert!


Iím always afraid to say anything to restaurant people; donít want the cook and wait-staff dunking their sweaty balls in my free dessert.
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I don't complain as a rule just because I've been on the other side of it and I know that if something is wrong it's often beyond the control of the people who are directly involved at that moment. I've also never seen anyone fuck with anyone's food in kitchen, but I'm sure it happens.

But we were at a restaurant and ordered a seafood pizza, calamari and shrimp, and there were hardly any shrimp at all -- just a few chopped up bits. I had to say something and I did, very politely. The manager comes out and says, there are shrimp, you just can't see them. Ha ha ha!

I took a fork and poked at it and said, where? He went away and came back with a plate of nicely sautťed shrimp and put them on the pizza. Maybe he spit on them beforehand...
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I don't complain as a rule just because I've been on the other side of it and I know that if something is wrong it's often beyond the control of the people who are directly involved at that moment. I've also never seen anyone fuck with anyone's food in kitchen, but I'm sure it happens.

But we were at a restaurant and ordered a seafood pizza, calamari and shrimp, and there were hardly any shrimp at all -- just a few chopped up bits. I had to say something and I did, very politely. The manager comes out and says, there are shrimp, you just can't see them. Ha ha ha!

I took a fork and poked at it and said, where? He went away and came back with a plate of nicely sautťed shrimp and put them on the pizza. Maybe he spit on them beforehand...


Seafood pizza? Why? Ha ha

I worked in restaurants when I was younger, from high school through my early twenties. I saw a lot of nasty shit, but most of it was more negligence or apathy than vengeful sabotage.

Still, I usually just eat what they give me, for all the reasons you mentioned.
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Hah. No reason why shrimp and calamari wouldn't work on a pizza, especially if it's light on the cheese. Not that different than a seafood pasta dish.

People get ideas about pizza; but it's basically a simple, nuetral,
carb base, and a lot of combinations of ingredients and flavors will work on it if you know what you're doing.
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BTW, this was at a pretty nice Italian place with brick oven pizza in LA, not the local Pizza Hut...

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If I could change the world all pizza would be brick oven pizza.
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