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killer_roach



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 3:31 pm    Post subject: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

...of course, just use a videogame.

Article here (free registration may be required, sorry, guys)

Your tax dollars at work... $7.5 mil to develop a videogame to teach people Arabic.

/me wonders how many sets of training flashcards and Berlitz textbooks they could've gotten for $7.5 million
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 12:19 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

Well... you know, they use your money to make more money, since Full Spectrum warrior is going to be released on the X-box, it was a military training sim, made by YOUR money Wink

Stupid Americans, no, not you Malf;)
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 12:34 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

Well, it might be slightly more useful than the puplic bathroom in Ottawa built on $250000 of federal tax money.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 7:39 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

EGM: Yeah, I know... although the government doesn't get much in royalties off of FSW. It's still overall a money-losing proposition... just now a lot more reasonable of one.

Zelig: Yeah, you get all sorts of weird government projects... like the Park Service building in Vermont that was built at the cost of $5 million (it's smaller than my house), or that tunnel they're building under Boston (which is fifteen years behind schedule and about $20 billion over budget).
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 9:40 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

Crazy..with that kinda money wasted we could probly end world hunger
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 10:42 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

That'll never happen... once we do, they'll just redefine hunger. In the US, aid agencies define hunger as missing at least one meal in the past 30 days... so they can say a quarter if the US is hungry. Heck, in theory you could easily live on one decent meal a day... just keep in mind that the concept of fighting hunger and poverty is allowing hundreds and thousands of people working for charities to live pretty well, and if we were to end hunger... they'd be out of a job. And then they'd be hungry. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

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Malfy isnt american... he's a canadian!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 8:33 pm    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

With 7.5 million, USA could build diamond studded screwdrivers to go with their hammers! :biggrin2:
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 8:50 pm    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

I don't even see the point in 7.5 million. Don't sweat the petty things. You obviously forgot about the 150 odd billion the Bush Administration lost. The get that back, we're all set. Spend 8 million on it for all I care!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 2:49 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

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Malfy isnt american... he's a canadian!


I know, but I made that mistake before, I just thought to be clear.. you silly... ehr, Canadian!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 7:22 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

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Malfy isnt american... he's a canadian!


I know, but I made that mistake before, I just thought to be clear.. you silly... ehr, Canadian!


oh, i thought you meant "Stupid Americans, except for Malfrex. Malfrex is the only good American" or something like that
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 8:27 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

Don't hate the stupid people that live in America. Hate the stupid people that run the country.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 8:35 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

Stupid people abound everywhere. And when the United States is the third-most populous nation in the world... well, we've got an EXCEPTIONAL number of stupid people. Combine that with a high per-capita income (fourth-highest in the world, last I knew), and you've got an extraordinarily high number of stupid people with access to high technology.

Kinda scary, isn't it?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 8:46 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

Dang, I miss at least one meal a week. Guess that makes me hungry. Wink

Sidenote: Ending world hunger is a lot harder than it sounds. You'd have to pour the aforementioned billions into (a) buying, producing, and transporting the food, (b) making sure the food actually gets to the people (which means at least the threat of military action), (c) developing the agricultural resources for the hungry people to become self-sustaining.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: How to learn, military style... Reply with quote

Let them die off until their populations are low enough that they can sustain themselves.
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