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TheDude last won the day on July 14 2014

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  1. I didn't know Alanya had a song.
  2. Sixty residents and staff at the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch combined all their considerable talents to come up with this tribute, 80-odd years of happy. The residents wanted to show their children and grandchildren just what they're made of!
  3. I once heard about a movie which was shown to Turkish diplomats or whatever, who were being transferred to the US. One line in the movie was "when you come to a stop sign, you must stop."
  4. Mistrust of government is a healthy thing. But has anybody ever heard any case where the US government, or any government, has put something into a traveler's suitcase? And Hobbit, other than what the police are wearing these days and some cases of them being used where they probably shouldn't have, do you know of any serious cases of misconduct by the TSA or Homeland Security that are of concern? I see your concerns about mixing counter-terrorism with law enforcement, however, terrorism is a crime, and it is often the police who pick up on indicators that a terrorist action might occur. So they are going to always be involved in counter-terrorism just as they are involved in counter-crime. Traces of cocaine or drugs are often found on US currency. But it doesn't mean that because you have a few dollars in your pocket with traces of cocaine that you are a drug smuggler. I assume that also applies to luggage, since it can be bought second-hand. Or even if it's "new," no telling where it's been before you bought it. For all you know the new suitcase you bought was packed with drugs and shipped in a container to your country, then the drugs taken out and the suitcases delivered for sale at various stores.
  5. Absolutely. There definitely are conspiracies and always have been. That, and that governments do keep lots of stuff secret, which fuels the conspiracies whether there actually is one or not. I have to agree with you CigdemIstanbul. In some cases those who tried to uncover a real conspiracy were laughed at or marginalized, only later to find out that what they were saying was true. Besides it seems to be that this community is a non-judgmental one and we should continue that tradition.
  6. Let me refer you to the Wikipedia article on cloud seeding. Easier than trying to explain it. The conspiracy theory about "chem trails" is related to this. Instead of "cloud seeding" to create rain, the conspiracy theory goes that all of these planes are putting chemicals into the atmosphere to make us more compliant until the big world government comes into power. And when it does, we will all be so compliant (as a result of the chemicals spread in the chem trails) we won't put up a fight and will do everything we are told. B*llsh*t. I can certainly tell you that it's not true because of my personal anger at my own US government. I won't even begin to get in to that. I don't think anybody who knows me would describe me as being compliant to any government, or anything else, for that matter. As far as I'm concerned, the government which governs least governs best. And people have a right to overthrow their governments when their governments get out of control. That might sound shocking, but the fundamental truth of that is apparent, and was written down by the founding fathers of the United States. Anyway, my point is that I obviously have not been infected by any chem trails trying to make me compliant. I do believe there are conspiracies, and that we don't know all of the answers regarding some of them. I think most of the big ones become exposed, and that fuels speculation that there must be many more of them. The Kennedy assassination? That's another topic. But I have my own thoughts about that which are off-topic. The chem trail conspiracy is B. S. With the chem trails, it's just hot jet engines traveling through certain atmospheric conditions, and people with limited knowledge looking up at the sky and assuming that they must involve chemicals being sprayed on us like a crop duster. They look at what they don't understand, and try to relate what they see to what they do understand, and make connections between those things -- without trying to reach a higher level of understanding about the whole thing.
  7. We need more topics like this. Not to make people's heads explode though... this one is interesting. I think I'll open one. UFOs anyone?
  8. I think that's the right thing to do, including from a practical standpoint. Turks can be pretty vengeful sometimes, especially if their personal honor is involved, and I think it only would have gotten worse. Probably a lot worse.
  9. Where are you are in Turkey? 5'10" wouldn't be considered exceptionally tall in a lot of places in Turkey. Turks do tend to stare, not because they are being rude, but because it is not considered rude in Turkey. In fact, it is us westerners who are hung up about it. Next time somebody stares at you, say hello to them. They will probably respond with a big smile and pleasant conversation.
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