wow ehbs you're cool. next time write a bit slower so I don't need to delete 2/3rds of what I wrote to prevent repetition.
DrGatineau wrote:I see you switched the countries. You really think America has engaged in more domestic human rights violations than Russia (inc its years as the Soviet Union) has? c'monnnnnnn man that's just absurd.
why would that be absurd?
imagine you learn about the russian gov spying on you. but, you know, they've been really thorough. they read your text messages. they read your emails. they track your every move through your phone's geodata. they see you walking through the streets by accessing security cameras. they track your online history. in some cases, they even hacked your computer. they did the same to your neighbours, your girlfriend, maybe even had a wank to her nudes. or to yours. they did the same to your president. would you be angry?
now, we all know where this is headed, so let's cut it short. all of it clearly constitues a violation of the human right to privacy, doesn't it? so for the US alone, that'd make about 250 million cases, am I right? now, the US still knows the death penalty. how many people die each year this way?
I've made it easy for myself, but if you really want to dig deeper, I'm sure you'll find TONS more. your human rights get violated on a daily basis (like mine, of course) in order to further the interests of the (american) military-industrial complex, in order to satisfy the needs of Big Corp. et al.
DrGatineau wrote:there definitely are tons of rednecks in the US that hate russia, but most of the liberal/educated crowd couldn't really care less about russia (aside from if they try to take countries or regions that clearly violate international law). so i still think that asking why (some people in) russia hates america is a fair question. asking why some people in the US hate russia is also a fair question.
i think there's been plenty of bad press when america has done shitty things in the middle east or elsewhere, much of it coming from american media. you hear about the recent torture reports, for example?
since I have not compiled any scientific data, I tend to agree - there is bad press when the US has fucked up. however, I still feel like russia gets the stick a lot more often... but maybe you're right, I don't know for sure.
if the US were to "put cuba under its influence" (ie make cuba an ally?), that wouldn't be a bad thing per se. i think cuba would probably become modernized and largely benefit. america would probably get something out of it, seeing as we tend not to meddle unless we get something out of it, but that's not in itself bad for cuba.
benefit from what
-> what ehbes said
that's the thing with us westeners, somehow everything new, modern is good. there needs
to be growth. personally, I don't think so. fuck growth.