Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th May 2010 16:27 UTC
Google Ah, American society and sex. For the number one producer of pornography, American society sure doesn't tolerate sex. We already have Steve Jobs going the 'think-of-the-children' route, and now it seems Google has similar problems - Google is banning so-called "cougar" dating sites from advertising via its network, while on the other hand, it does not have a problem with ads where older men can seek younger women. Hypocrisy, thy name is society.
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Comment by red_devel
by red_devel on Tue 18th May 2010 17:02 UTC
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"The end result is that these two worlds now collide with one another, causing friction all over the place"

Hilarious! If not-intended, even more hilarious!

Anyway, I'll leave the morality alone for a second and just say this: I really like most of what you have to write, Thom, EVEN in the cases when I disagree. I find it generally funny and pretty genuine. The one I can't help notice, though, is a consistent anti-American streak that seems to lurk not-so-deep below the surface. Take a chill pill on that stuff, will ya? Its really a turn off to some of your US readers. Its like everything that you don't like is "Oh here goes America again" and everything you do is "Oh those dumb Americans got ONE thing right finally". Come on...I'm not asking for unbiased, just for not unfairly and illogically biased.

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RE: Comment by red_devel
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 18th May 2010 17:11 in reply to "Comment by red_devel"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Just as there are things wrong in America, there are things wrong in The Netherlands, or any other country. I don't think me pointing that out is in any way me being anti-American.

Quite the opposite actually. Ask any of my real-world friends, and they'll confirm without a doubt that I'm somewhat of an America-lover (to keep in the spirit of this subject). I really like Americans, and have nothing but positive experiences with them - and I've dealt with all manners of Americans, from Californians to devout Christian Texans.

In fact, many of my friends don't want me to go on vacation to the US again, because they're afraid I might not return.

Edited 2010-05-18 17:11 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by red_devel
by darknexus on Tue 18th May 2010 17:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by red_devel"
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2008-07-15

Thom, you do point out a lot of stupid things in the US and good on you for that, because there is a lot of stupid crap going on here. Just saying that as an American myself, I'm not bothered when other people point out flaws with our nation. There seems to be a consistent group of people in our country that call anyone, even Americans, who point out flaws "anti Americans." I didn't think there were any of them on OSNews though. The more people who point out our flaws the better imho, it's certainly a contrast to the average American public who probably couldn't pull themselves away from the TV long enough to care about an issue like this. There, see? ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by red_devel
by Chicken Blood on Tue 18th May 2010 17:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by red_devel"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

… Ask any of my real-world friends, and they'll confirm without a doubt that I'm somewhat of an America-lover…


Right. That's why you implied America was less "civilized" and "developed" in your recent post about the lost iPhone prototype.

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RE[2]: Comment by red_devel
by RippStudwell on Wed 19th May 2010 15:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by red_devel"
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2009-07-16

Loving America isn't so important to me. You can love it, hate it or be completely indifferent. As an American, I support your right to say what's on your mind 100%! Sometimes, when one is a little distanced, the view is clearer. I learned this while living in Germany back in the 1980's and then in Mexico in the 1990's. Hearing a different point of view on your home nation's events is an eyeopener and very useful. The new ultraconservative, McCarthyism in the United States is sickening. Thank you for saying what's on you mind.

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RE: Comment by red_devel
by DigitalAxis on Tue 18th May 2010 18:34 in reply to "Comment by red_devel"
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

I am an American, and I have high expectations of my country. I am extremely proud when the United States lives up to those expectations, and disappointed when it doesn't.

Thom's comments make sense to me.

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RE: Comment by red_devel
by Soulbender on Wed 19th May 2010 05:08 in reply to "Comment by red_devel"
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2005-08-18

The one I can't help notice, though, is a consistent anti-American streak


You have it coming. Really. The world is getting really tired of the U.S' self-importance and how you're the self-appointed the pillar of freedom in the western world. You're proud of your country, fine, we know and that's ok. Now stop pushing your pride down everyone else's throat all the time.

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RE[2]: Comment by red_devel
by abraxas on Wed 19th May 2010 13:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by red_devel"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

"The one I can't help notice, though, is a consistent anti-American streak


You have it coming. Really. The world is getting really tired of the U.S' self-importance and how you're the self-appointed the pillar of freedom in the western world. You're proud of your country, fine, we know and that's ok. Now stop pushing your pride down everyone else's throat all the time.
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I don't recall pushing pride down anyone's throat. Get off your high horse. As an American I'm sick of peole generalizing the entire 300 million populace as arrogant pricks. Yes we have them, just as every other country has them. The difference is we let them say whatever they want because we don't limit speech. Instead we must battle with ideas.

Edited 2010-05-19 13:59 UTC

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