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The many questions-not-worth-their-own-thread question thread XVII

Discussion in 'Picture Threads Archive' started by Cutlass, Jun 15, 2011.

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  1. madviking

    madviking north american scum

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    FWIW, I know an Arab schoolmate (from the Maghreb) who is classified as African-American.
     
  2. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    Charlize Theron does.

     
  3. Huayna Capac357

    Huayna Capac357 Chieftain

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    IMO, he is classified incorrectly, though race is a very muddy and confusing issue, especially for those from the northern portion of Africa.

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  4. Farm Boy

    Farm Boy As you wish.

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    Are you talking about what you would fill in on the census, or what people would guess regarding your ancestry if they were pressed?
     
  5. madviking

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    The former mostly.
     
  6. Farm Boy

    Farm Boy As you wish.

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    I think they are typically more interested in your genetic ancestry than your place of birth.
     
  7. madviking

    madviking north american scum

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    Well I'm supposing that this hypothetical individual is a multi-generation South African, e.g. Charlize Theron.
     
  8. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    Actually, as far as the US Census is concerned, you self identify. They don't categorize you. So while Chalize couldn't call herself Black, she could call herself African.
     
  9. Farm Boy

    Farm Boy As you wish.

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    True enough.
     
  10. Shekwan

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    Why are North East Asian countries more anti-drugs than Western European countries?
     
  11. Flying Pig

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    Siberia?

    But more seriously, Asian countries seem to have more of a culture of obeying tradition and discipline - they're also less keen on binge drinking and punk music. We place a very high value on individual freedom and ability to express oneself, they as a whole would rather live in peace with each other given the choice. You'd never catch Singapore starting a war 'for freedom'.
     
  12. PlutonianEmpire

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    Right now, it looks as though the Minnesota state government will shut down. If it shuts down tonight, will fireworks displays be affected? If so, how?
     
  13. Farm Boy

    Farm Boy As you wish.

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    Fireworks shows run by, assisted by, or policed by state employees will probably not happen. Fireworks shows run on state property that is now closed will probably not happen. Local municipalities holding shows on municipal property are likely to go ahead as planned.?
     
  14. AL_DA_GREAT

    AL_DA_GREAT amour absinthe révolution

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    If you have trouble carrying luggage up a staircase and someone comes and helps you and only afterwards demands money should you pay? I wouldn't mind the money but I feel ripped off when they only tell me after.
     
  15. Yared

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    I'd pay the person, but only an insulting amount :)
     
  16. Ajidica

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    Not sure. Most fireworks are put on either by private agencies or local governments which keep operating.
     
  17. SS-18 ICBM

    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    Maybe the state of things before the Opium Wars left a bad taste? I probably misunderstand history here, but British traders were growing rich on the suffering of Chinese addicts.
     
  18. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    If someone doesn't negotiate pay before service, you probably aren't obligated to pay. However, if you're in a foreign country, you may not want to make waves. Pay very little in those situations.
     
  19. shadowplay

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    Reminds me of the bell-hops in NYC. :p
     
  20. SS-18 ICBM

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    I have this dream of someday laughing at the OPEC nations when the industrial nations of the world no longer need oil. What about you guys? What instances of geopolitical schadenfreude do you wish to partake in?
     
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