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+12 1. Klemm commented 7 years ago

Sounds about right.. :)
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-8 2. fjwjr commented 7 years ago

Soooooo, what was the point of this? I think the intent of this comes from a pretty hateful place.
I'd be interested to know where this was made. I think that would tell a lot about the responses.
Just remember one very important thing. EVERYONE in this video looks like an American, sounds like an American and acts like an American.
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+9 3. cochise commented 7 years ago

I think this was well done. Nothing insulting. Its always good to see how others see you and should be done without censorship. We Americans are not so special nor do we see all. Everything works! #2... I think you need to get out more. Especially out of the country.
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+7 4. dushan commented 7 years ago

#2 i hear you growling so let me tell you a story of two dogs :)
"both dogs at seperate times walk into the same room. one comes out wagging his tail while the other comes out growling. a guy watching this goes into the room to see what could possibly make one dog so happy and the other so sad. to his surprise, he find a room filled with mirrors. the happy dog found a thousand happy dogs looking back at him while the angry dog saw only angry dogs growling back to him." :)
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+4 5. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

The video was filmed at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. The people who were asked about Americans and American culture were from many different countries, including Costa Rica, Japan, India, Korea, Austria, Germany, England, Sweden, and more.
We get it, Americans are loud, fat, cheap, always eating, drinking, wearing pajamas in public, and worst of all, they have American accents! But we smell like freedom.
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+2 6. fjwjr commented 7 years ago

#5 Thank you. #3 & #4 I knew there would be people who didn't get my point. What should have been pointed out to these people is that America is made up of people from the places they are from and who look, speak and act just like they do.
Boom!
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+4 7. dushan commented 7 years ago

#6 you lost me at "I think the intent of this comes from a pretty hateful place." :)
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0 8. Sizzlik (admin) commented 7 years ago

Always good to read the description too. And even more funny to compare comments from "Muslims read hate comments" and this one =)
And i still wonder what that "freedom" is that #5 mentioned that sounds like its USA exclusive and nobody else got. Freedom to own army weapons as normal citizen..yes. What else does this freedom include that nobody else got?
(This is a normal question out of curiosity..not a try to start a flamewar now. I just wonder)
#5 You posted it yourself http://www.snotr.com/video/9635/HBO__first_of_a_series_called_The_Newsroom

And #6 also a question out of curiosity..what does your name mean? Is it a short for something? Or just a random name with no real meaning? I just wonder =)
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0 9. dushan commented 7 years ago

#8 famous american freedom? it's smells like an old orwell book :)
“all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
- george orwell, animal farm
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0 10. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

#8 & #9 You should watch the whole vid...the "smells like freedom" came from the Asian guy @ 3:47.

We also don't get thrown in jail for speaking our minds about controversial subjects....that is called freedom of speech.
Who doesn't have that? Canada,the UK ,the Middle East,Germany, etc.
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0 11. dushan commented 7 years ago

#10 i know that is from video ( outside of being american expression not founded in reality )
i was commenting sizzlik comment, not the actual video :)

by the way, stereotypes are huge limitation in exploring one nation and it's culture, german language for example, my general impression was that is ugly, rough and full of sharp corners, until i've watched "der himmel über berlin" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093191/

"We also don't get thrown in jail for speaking our minds about controversial subjects....that is called freedom of speech." :D
freedom of speech excludes whistleblowers and any individual who exposes government wrongdoing
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0 12. Sizzlik (admin) commented 7 years ago

#10 Freedom of speech. Germany doesnt got that? Canada doesnt got that? The UK doesnt got that?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84XF21w9dKU FREEDOM
If freedom of speech is the so valuable freedom..it doesnt seem to work. You either get kicked in the balls or removed by government. If an american born muslim praises allah..is it still freedom of speech? If the KKK speaks..or Arian Nation..is it still freedom of speech? So many people misinterpret "freedom of speech"
And beside the "Freedom of speech"..what else is there? None of my american friends could answer that question.
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0 13. joeman commented 7 years ago

If you are born an American, it's crazy to be proud of it, because you just 'showed up' at birth. You had no choice in the matter. If you became an American citizen by choice, I guess you can be proud of it, but you're no better than anyone else. People are valuable, no matter where they're from.
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+1 14. fjwjr commented 7 years ago

#8 fjwjr are my initials. The 'jr' is because I am Junior (jr) and my father is Senior (sr)
Nobody ever asks that. Thanks.
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+2 15. Zebulun commented 7 years ago

Sadly #9 I agree with you however, I think you got the book wrong. America is rapidly becoming more like 1984 :'(
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+2 16. dushan commented 7 years ago

#15 it's rather global ( not only america ), and it's really sad to see how easy is for people to trade real freedom for false security...
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+1 17. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

#12 Well there is this little German law:
Volksverhetzung,or "incitement of popular hatred" is a concept in German criminal law that bans the incitement of hatred against a segment of the population. It often applies in, though it is not limited to, trials relating to Holocaust denial in Germany. The German penal code establishes that someone is guilty of Volksverhetzung if the person:

Incites hatred against segments of the population or calls for violent or arbitrary measures against them.
OR
Assaults the human dignity of others by insulting, maliciously maligning, or defaming (i.e. calling homosexuals sinners) segments of the population.

In France: The anti-Semitic outburst by designer John Galliano in Paris could cost him up to six months in prison and some $31,000 in fines if he's convicted. French law allows for the prosecution of "public insults" based on religion, race, ethnicity or national origin.

Similar laws exist around the world, for instance:

In the UK, incitement to ethnic or racial hatred is a criminal offense under Sections 17–29 of the Public Order Act 1986.And just having pepper-spray for self defense is illegal.
In Ireland, the corresponding law is the 'Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act'.
A similar law exists in Sweden as "hets mot folkgrupp" ("agitation against a people" ), second section 16th chapter 8§ of Criminal law.
The Finnish Criminal Law also includes a similar law, the crime being called "kiihottaminen kansanryhmää vastaan".
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-1 18. dushan commented 7 years ago

#17 what I would really like to know is, do you seriously believe in what you said:
"we also don't get thrown in jail for speaking our minds about controversial subjects....that is called freedom of speech."
because john kiriakou, edward snowden, julian assange and many other whistleblowers wouldn't agree...
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+2 19. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

#18 Of course I believe it but I also know that people in high-security jobs with the government dealing in classified or top-secret information are required to not divulge that information to the public. Some info leaked may be beneficial for the public to know but the leaker may pay a price (like having to hide in Russia) or hide at an embassy to avoid rape charges.
But that is not really the kind of free speech I have been referring to as you know.
Stand on a street corner in England or Canada and tell homosexuals that they are sinners and you will find yourself arrested and fined. In France insulting Islam can get you arrested and fined...matter of fact that happens across much of Europe.Stand on a corner in the US and laugh at gays or proclaim either Jesus or Muhammad is a wanker and you might have a passerby give you a dirty look or an argument but the police will not show up to arrest you.
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-1 20. dushan commented 7 years ago

#18 "some info leaked may be beneficial for the public to know but the leaker may pay a price" :D
in other words, it's better to keep your mouth shut and remember that you work for the government, not for the public who selected the government, or you will taste some "american freedom" in no time :D

your vision of freedom is slightly distorted, but it's always nice to hear a different point of view :)
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+2 21. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

#20 But if they had done the same thing in Russia,China the Middle East and many other countries it would have been instant execution time. :S And you can't really allow the general public or your enemies to have access to top-secret information any more than they already do. :)
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-1 22. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

You're splitting hairs #17, that law is there to protect individuals from hate crimes, something we should take a bit more seriously here too, or serious harassment like the Westboro Church exhibited during a funeral of a US soldier back then, our freedom here goes a little too far sometimes, giving the aggressors all the rights and the victims none, then calling it constitutional.

Also agree with #8 and #12.

You know, yes we have freedom of speech, figuratively speaking, but in reality we don't, you open your mouth anywhere you may lose your job, you write to the newspaper your future employer might see it and you will never get hired, you may not know why. You make a comment on FB your company doesn't like, you're a goner. At my former employer three staff members were trying to get us unionized and they spoke to us about, they were fired within a week for "other" reasons, when you start a job somewhere here in the US you sign a contract that anytime you speak against corporate admins it is reason for termination on the spot, it goes on and on...yes you can go ahead and speak, but be aware of the consequences...if I was aware that one of our snotr members here within our snotr "community" was a co-worker of mine I would have never even written this comment for fear of getting terminated. I have long labeled it corporate dictatorship here in the US.
So there you have your freedom. The only entities that have true freedom are big corporations and wealthy banks, the ones with all the money..that's it. Okay...now waiting for the counter comments...
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0 23. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

Oh geez. Hate crimes is a straw man argument .There is no "right" to never be offended in the US. Hate crimes is a bogus charge designed by the left to further the agenda you promote.You are just an a** kisser who is just trying to be popular with the European left wing majority here.
You probably wish you could vote for Obomination for a third time.
If you don 't agree with the laws here please feel free to move to Europe.
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0 24. dushan commented 7 years ago

#23 well now, unless your are a native american, you are a descendant of legal or illegal emigrant, most probably from "the old continent" ( aka europe ) :D
there is nothing funnier than american talking about how bad emigrants are and that they should all go home :D

good example why you are wrong regarding "free speech" is westboro baptist church, unless you think it's ok to line up on soldiers funeral and cheer up their families with:
"thank good for dead soldiers"
"god killed your son"
"pray for more dead soldiers"...

#17 "assaults the human dignity of others by insulting, maliciously maligning, or defaming segments of the population." is and it should always be a crime
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-1 25. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

#24 An immigrant is a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country. Europeans who emigrated from the old country to America were defined as immigrants but all of their descendants are American by birth. The Natives who were already here had emigrated from elsewhere too at an earlier time.
There is nothing funnier than an European who doesn't understand the difference. :D
Coming in America gave immigrants opportunities they never had before. Even Tesla was a zero before he emigrated to the US to work for Edison. Here his genius flourished and he became well known as a great inventor.
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0 26. dushan commented 7 years ago

#25 sooooo, what is the difference between you and the people from this video http://www.snotr.com/video/15437 ? they are also born in america :D
only difference i see is that they didn't had to kill any natives and steal their land, since your ancestors already took care of that :D

it's a land of opportunity ( and the main reason why tesla was as you said "zero" before coming to america, which is again really bad thing to say about a guy who virtually invented modern world )
while we are on tesla, his work flourished AFTER he stopped working with edison, since edison was all about the money, not about the progress :) ( luckily for us, tesla won the "war of currents" against edison )
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0 27. challenger451 commented 7 years ago

I was betting that they would reveal to us that all those interviewed were Americans and we would be faced with our prejudices. Any of them could have been Americans.
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-2 28. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

I said Tesla came to the US to work for Edison...that is what got him here in the first place. The companies he worked for and the partnerships he made gave him the chance to show his brilliance.
He did have a rather dark side too involving his beliefs on breeding. In a 1937 interview, he stated:

"... man's new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. The only method compatible with our notions of civilization and the race is to prevent the breeding of the unfit by sterilization and the deliberate guidance of the mating instinct ... The trend of opinion among eugenists is that we must make marriage more difficult. Certainly no one who is not a desirable parent should be permitted to produce progeny. A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal."

Sound familiar?
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+2 29. dushan commented 7 years ago

#28 yeps, it does :) but we where talking about progress and technology innovations he gifted this world with, his personal opinions and beliefs on different matters as well as his private life are not the subject of our conversation :)

america is a nation of immigrants and that is it's beauty, this diversity in colors and cultures :)
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0 30. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

Hate crimes bogus, eh #23...yeah we just noticed 2 days ago in Charleston SC.. :S
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-2 31. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

#30 Premeditated murder is a little more extreme than calling someone names because of their ethnicity , religious affiliation ,or sexual preference, which is what "hate crime" legislation is all about. Murder is already a crime by itself and knowing the murderer's motivation won't bring the victims back to life or make the crime any more dastardly.The boy had a misguided and twisted mind just like the guys who shot-up Charlie Hebdo.