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About Minchia!

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  • Birthday 11/14/1975

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    Astronomy (especially cosmology), Physics, Aviation, MotorSport (obviously) and Music Composition.
  1. Edit: whoops, didn't realize it was already posted in f1 discussions. Man, one has to be quick around here.
  2. Gotta Love The Department Of Homeland Security....

    I think that any government (in a democracy) should always be in fear of being fired by its own population for failing to perform. Look at the Bush administration for example: I would think that there are very few Americans that think we are better off today than we were 8 years ago. If America were a company and it's people, the board of directors, Bush and Co. would have been fired a long time ago for under performing. I know I am responsible to my financial backers to deliver results. When things look bad (regardless of whether or not it's my fault) it's my problem and I have to respond or risk losing my businesses. I think the govt. should live up to that standard. This administration in particular has forgotten that it works for us. It has abused and inflated executive power more than any admin. in the history of this country. I for one won't be sad to see them go. Edit: Unfortunately half of the board of directors at America Inc. are either uninformed or quasi-retarded.
  3. Gotta Love The Department Of Homeland Security....

    AMEN! I love this country too and I will continue to love it until I am no longer allowed to disagree with the people running it. It is NOT unpatriotic to protest the actions of our leaders! Thats how this country was founded in the first place. Just because I don't swallow the metric tons of rhinoserous $hit that this administration spews out every day like all the other sheep do, does not make me a traitor! The government should fear its people, not the other way around.
  4. Why Is My Hangover So Bad?

    For me it is champagne. I can drink anything else all night long and be fine in the morning. If I have 2 glasses of bubbley, I wake up wishing I was dead.
  5. Gotta Love The Department Of Homeland Security....

    I think that sensible security measures should not involve eroding the rights of the people they are trying to protect. The government should spend more time on foreign intelligence gathering and improving inter-departmental communications (something that could have prevented 9/11 in the first place). I attribute the fact that we have not had a sequel to 9/11 not to the shambling mound of bureaucracy called the Department of Homeland Security (after all, they did such a outstanding job handling the aftermath of hurricane Katrina), but to the fact that the enemy is disorganised, distracted and financially stretched. I will, however, give credit where it is due - the two wars we are conducting overseas (as much as I hate to admit it) probably are responsible for this. Only a miniscule fraction of shipping containers coming into this country are checked, there are vast swathes of our borders with Canada and Mexico that are totally unmanned and unmonitored, and there are too many completely unprotected "soft targets" throughout this country. I should know, I work in one every day (The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino) and the security is appaling. There are just too many holes in our national security to prevent another attack of some sort. So far, we have only been reacting, post hoc, to failed attempts at terrorism. (i.e. implementing manditory shoe inspections at the airport only after that guy failed to detonate his explosive shoe - or banning all liquids after a failed plot to use toothpaste and hair gel containers to create explosives on the plane). The argument is moot anyway. Even if I am completely wrong and all of the security measures that the DHS are taking are totally effective in ensuring we are not attacked again, so what? If we turn into a police state, where all of the citizens are subject to random home searches, imprisonment without reason, and wire tapping, I'm sure we will probably be much more safe from terrorist attacks. That securtiy comes at too great a cost in my opinion.
  6. Gotta Love The Department Of Homeland Security....

    A valid argument - assuming a high confidence in the competence of the powers that be. I don't know the last time you graced an airport in the US and witnessed the festering ocean of diarrhea that is our Transportation Security Administration (TSA), but most of the people who are entrusted with the security of the traveling public, I wouldn't trust to sit the right way on a toilet seat let alone determine whether or not I am a security threat. I have seen more competent people serving me french frys at the local McDonalds. This illusion of security is just that - an illusion. It is nothing more than window dressing. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence could (and probably will) perpetrate a devastating attack. It is just a matter of time.
  7. Gotta Love The Department Of Homeland Security....

    I'm not so sure their hearts are in the right place though. The funny thing is, a lot of the people with whom I shared this article (as well as other infringments on our liberty by the DHS), instantly replied: "Big deal, if you've done nothing wrong, than there's nothing to worry about, is there?" This is such a dangerous and naive position to take, as it assumes that the individuals that run your government always have your best interests in mind. We all know from history, that this is rarely the case. Blind acceptance of policies like this are not what the founding fathers had in mind. Fascist regimes have begun this way. EDIT: I am not implying that you are one of those blind fools, Lab - it's just that your comment about having their hearts in the right places reminded me of that argument. Obviously, the Indian government is the other extreme and is in my opinion just as corrupt and flawed as ours here in the US - it's just on the other end of the spectrum. There has to be some balance between reactive and proactive security measures.
  8. Gotta Love The Department Of Homeland Security....

    The fact that there has not been another 9/11 may or may not have anything to do with our security policies. Lets not confuse correlation and causation. Besides, I would rather live in constant fear of my enemies than in constant fear of my own government.
  9. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...8080103030.html I mean really! What will they think of next "to protect us from the terrorists"? Maybe we should all have our ears tagged with GPS locators! I wonder if they realize that every ridiculous measure they take to inconvenience us and rob us of our rights only demonstrates that the terrorists tactics have been successful. P.S. Sorry I haven't been posting lately, I have been utterly burried in work. edit - whoops forgot the link!!!
  10. Best Joke Ever ;)

    Two beggars are sitting side by side on a street in Rome . One has a cross in front of him; the other one the Star of David. Many people go by and look at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of the beggar sitting behind the cross. A priest comes by, stops and watches throngs of people giving money to the beggar behind the cross, but none give to the beggar behind the Star of David. Finally, the priest goes over to the beggar behind the Star of David and says, "My poor fellow, don't you understand? This is a Catholic country, this city is the seat of Catholicism. People aren't going to give you money if you sit there with a Star of David in front of you, especially when you're sitting beside a beggar who has a cross. In fact, they would probably give to him just out of spite." The beggar behind the Star of David listened to the priest, turned to the other beggar with the cross and said: "Moishe, look who's trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing."
  11. Best Joke Ever ;)

    A man is sitting at a bar enjoying a beer. An obviously intoxicated man sitting next to him angrily shoves him and yells: "Last night, I fvcked yer mother! What are you going to do about it?!" The whole bar gets quiet and expects a fight to break out, but the first man just rolls his eyes and ignores him. The drunk man shoves him even harder and screams: "Did you hear me??!!! I said - Last night I fvcked yer mother and I'm gonna do it again tonight!!" The other man sighs and says: "Dad, go home - you're drunk." <<Polish Joke Warning>> Did you hear about the Polish terrorists? They tried to blow up a bus but they burned their lips on the exhaust pipes.
  12. Happy Birthday

    Buon Compleanno e tanti auguri e saluti! I always enjoy reading your posts!
  13. Invent A Word

    Ecclestonian - Saying one thing while implying another - but actually meaning neither. I know you're thinking BS, but it happens to be a perfectly cromulent word!
  14. You Fail

    On the subject of funny internet drivel, this is worth a laugh! http://www.boingboing.net/2008/06/04/elmo-...-joe-pesci.html (Warning - profanity - if you're at work!!!!!)
  15. The Film Thread

    One of my all time favorites is "Being There" with Peter Sellers. Brilliant movie!