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Post No. 403
11/01/2006 05:27 PM
  
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Hack Smack

There have been years when it is discovered that the SAT test has been stolen and sold to certain people. They get caught. But what about the years nobody knows the test was stolen?

Yes, I think many people here too believe that the presidencial elections were stolen, but there too, the Dems showed themselves to be wuses, because they let it happen, and didn't fight hard after the fact to have it investigated. This electronic voting is VERY scary. You can get a computer to do anything.

There MUST be a paper trail. But I don't see this becoming a big enough issue. It is at the very core of whether or not we will have a democracy, but it's hard to organize a million man march with people carrying signs that say, "NO ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES!"
inflatablecello 

Post No. 402
11/01/2006 04:12 PM
  
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to hack with the vote!!

or maybe it was won by way of commando electionday maneuvers
fixing the machines, blocking poor voters,ambiguous voting papers benifiting a partcular party.
its a bif step wen people openly talk about these issues..it makes the world begin to see the usa as no longer the home of freedom and democracy and fair elections.I mean in europe after bush won people began talking about the end of worldwide democracy as the us entered into what they called here banana politics..Its still better in my usa than anywhere else but wenbush won by a point in florida where the machines were fuktup and jebs there it made me think "wow, the one thing we had was our elections but now what?" maybe the dems need to go commando. Whoever thought about winning an election by tampering with the voting box,or just changing the grades AFTER the test. Makes me think that maybe even the sat is tampered with so certain monied folks kids get in .
Von Cello 

Post No. 401
11/01/2006 01:41 PM
  
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Nasty Politics

Every political season gets nasty, but this is one of the worst I've seen. The Republicans are looking for every chance to peg the Dems as weak, wanting to "cut and run", etc. Unfortunately, John Kerry made a comment that gave them some fodder for their nastiness. But he hit back hard...at least as hard as someone like him knows how. He should have hit back harder.

Congressman Rangel called the Vice President a "son of a bitch" after Chenney said that Rangel knows nothing about the economy. This is good. The Democrats are finally striking back. Maybe Bill Clinton opened the door when he bit back hard on Chris Wallace during his recent interview.

I don't support many of the Democratic ideas, but I really don't like the personal attack tactics the Repubs use. It is refreashing to see Dems fighting back hard. Maybe if they stop acting like "wooses" people will start believing that they actually have the "cohones" to run the country.

The president of the United States has to not only appeal to the tea drinking crowd. He has to also strike fear into the hearts of people like Kim Jung Il, Ahmadinijad, and Bin Laden. It is the lack of faith in the strength of Democrats that has let Bush win two elections (plus some voter fraud). So the Dems got what they deserved. And the people got what they deserved.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 400
10/31/2006 04:48 PM
  
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or upload audio to odeo
Von Cello 

Post No. 399
10/31/2006 04:03 PM
  
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Actually, I am waiting to get the footage from when I was on Queens Public Television. I played Iron Man on the cello with these people going crazy behind me. I'm supposed to get a copy soon. If that comes through, that would be a great thing to put on You Tube. It's just crazy enough to become one of those William Ho, or Numa Numa moments.

They say that Al Qaeda is now on You Tube. There is a lot of prospecting for suicide bombers going on on line. Now they say the pentagon is looking into getting their position on line. Coming soon...the U.S.Army on You Tube.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 398
10/31/2006 07:52 AM
  
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its easy you opea group on you tube called vc: you make video with a webcam,or a videocamera or even the vids u now have on yoursite
you upload to your accnt on you tube
you promote so all us vc fans can see you in this site here or in you tube and ,,,,new folks can discover you in you tube
Von Cello 

Post No. 397
10/31/2006 07:31 AM
  
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First I have to upgrade my computer so I can get a browser that will let me watch You Tube! I feel like I'm so 20th Century. I only have email and basic high speed internet access, but I can't get some of the new video stuff yet.

If all goes according to plan I'm supposed to have a Von Cello rehearsal tonight for the big NYC Marathon gig this Sunday.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 396
10/31/2006 12:42 AM
  
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i see religion as a good thing but i wish google would be the next religion that everyone follows
worship google and fight online...ps why dont you produce a concert online on you tube
Von Cello 

Post No. 395
10/30/2006 03:29 PM
  
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Zealous

Well, zealots of any stripe will fight harder than those who don't care as much. The Nazis were non religious zealots. I don't know if the belief in God is as important as the zealousness, no matter how it is inspired. But other things, intangilbles, come into play. Like how we got the A bomb before Hitler. It could have been the other way around. The fact that it was not the other way is one of those things that makes me think there is a force (God?) that watches over the human race. There is freedom, but it is possible that at key moments there is intervention.

Hey, yesterday I played at the Brooklyn Museam. It's always nostalgic to take a trip back to Brooklyn, especially when I see mothers with children, and I realize that another generation is growing up there...even though were are not.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 394
10/30/2006 02:27 PM
  
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lets see
Von Cello 

Post No. 393
10/30/2006 01:15 PM
  
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Au Contraire Mon Frere

I think what we have seen is the opposite. The Arabs were terrible fighters when their armies were made up of people who were forced by dictators and kings to fight. The didn't believe in what they were fighting for, and so they gave up quickly and ran for the hills. But look at Afghanistan and Iraq. There we are facing armies of religious zealots who believe they are doing God's will. They do not give up. They do not run. They fight to the death, and are happy to die.

Over time...and I mean decades or centuries, the Muslims will eventually get most of the technology that the west has. At that time, the winner of the ultimate war between east and west will be the one who believes in his cause the most.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 392
10/30/2006 10:16 AM
  
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i think that most israelis, especially the leaders are not jewish in terms of the religion but are jewish, as i am, non believers. Thats why they are not bound by any biblical ideas of right and wrong. They make great fighters defenders cause they are not god believers while the other side, the lebanese the plo, are believers and that crews them up. peoplewho believe arelimited and think a magic power will protect.
In war leave god out and believers make bad fighters but great human bombs.
Von Cello 

Post No. 391
10/30/2006 09:19 AM
  
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Good God!

China - My father told me when I was a kid that China was the sleeping giant and when it woke the whole world would change. This is already happening. The problem with China is that it is not a democracy, and it aligns with, and supports, other dictatorships. So it is virtually inevitable that we will come into conflict with China. It's only a question of when.

Gods - This is a complicated subject but I'll try to make a few quick points. Of course, there is only one God, at least sccording to monotheism, so officially Jews, Christians and Muslims all worship the same God (the one who created the universe, etc.) But where things get weird is that each group puts attributes on God that contradict the other group's beliefs.

The Christians separate the one God into three parts, the trinity. This is something that Jews and Muslims don't accept. They are really into that concept of one undivided God. In fact, the Koran says, "God forbid that Jesus was God, God is God". Some see Greek influence in the Christian concept. The Greeks had gods that looked like men, so it was only natural that they would desire to change the Jewish concept of an unknowable, unseeable, God into something easier for the Greek mind to comprehend. Whereas, the semites, both Jewish and Muslim, relate to the original concept.

But that is where the Jewish and Muslims similarities end. In many ways, the Muslims attribute things to God that are the opposite of the Jewish view. As I mentioned before, Jews believe that God is the epitome of morality. As such, He would never condone the killing of innocent people in His name. He even stopped Abraham from sacrificing Isaac. This was a great demonstration that He was not like the false gods of the middle east that demanded human sacrifice. Yet the Muslims created a god that once again delights in the killing of innocents. When a Muslim walks into a pizza parlor and blows himself up while killing dozens of innocent men, women and children, and blows the arms and legs off of many more, leaving people with scars and burns that may never heal, the Muslims dance in the streets and call the man a saint and a hero! This is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what Jews believe God wants. So, even though there is only one God, it is as if they worship another god.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 390
10/29/2006 12:15 PM
  
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nk is chinas lil bad boy.if the usa attks nk then theusa will be in chinas territory as russian nukes were in ours by really in cuba. itll be chinese food being flung out west and hamburgers going sipersonic to bejing.china is our trading partner like smart was partner of siegfried .
eaburke81 

Post No. 389
10/29/2006 10:07 AM
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Two points of interest.....

First of all, why would the US go to war with China? I thought it was North Korea we were worried about. If I'm not mistaken, China is our most important and vital trading partner, but they've proabaly got as many WMDs as N. Korea does.
Second - in what way, Aaron, is Allah different then the Jewish God? Muslims belive that their God was responcible for creation of the universe, right? As do the Catholics and Christians, unless one's an evolutionist, that is. Almost evey faith has at least one creation myth. Also, Catholics and Christians alike understand God through the Holy Trinity, which is God in Three "Persons": God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Saint. Patrick, of course, explained this to the Celtic tribes in Ireland with a shamrock.

But that part about Canada becoming the next super power....I've been thinking about moving to Canada, so that wouldn't be so bad. Germany might not be a bad place to live either....They have polka music, sausage and beer, (as does Canada). Yeah, Germany might be a good place to live, that is unless the Nazi party makes a comeback, but I don't think it's likely that something like that is possible.
Other countries I wouldn't mind living in:

Ireland, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Iceland (I'm a Vermonter so I could stand the cold), Australia or Italy.
Von Cello 

Post No. 388
10/28/2006 07:03 PM
  
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Yeah...Canada!
inflatablecello 

Post No. 387
10/28/2006 06:36 PM
  
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i think the ww3 will be soon with china against the usa and as the usa has moved unilaterally on iraq and korea i think the world will sit back and watch this war between usa and china as they destroy each other. then the world power will be israel or canada or germany....
inflatablecello 

Post No. 386
10/28/2006 06:36 PM
  
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i think the ww3 will be soon with china against the usa and as the usa has moved unilaterally on iraq and korea i think the world will sit back and watch this war between usa and china as they destroy each other. then the world power will be israel or canada or germany....
Von Cello 

Post No. 385
10/28/2006 09:12 AM
  
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Peace = War

Sometimes it seems to me that the people that want peace are the ones that perpetuate war. As you said, if I can dicipher your English, in order to have complete peace you would have to have the whole world controlled by one power. But then there would be splits within that power, and we'd be back to war. So there really cannot be such a thing as true peace.

Hitler wanted peace, the Russian Communists wanted peace, and the Islamo-fascists want peace. In all cases they felt that peace would only come when THEY controlled the world. So, one could conclude that peace is not obtainable, and in fact, not even desirable.

Meanwhile, it is a chilly, windy, rainy, nasty day here in New York, and I'm wondering how this gig is going to work tonight at Lincoln Center...considering that they want us to play outside! Will there never be peace?!!!
inflatablecello 

Post No. 384
10/28/2006 06:42 AM
  
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inflatablecello 

Post No. 383
10/28/2006 01:39 AM
  
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the only true peace is if one power controls al....then over time thatpower forksout as brothers fight and divide and clans form and then u have 2 powers fighting. Inotherwords one power contriling all is stagnant and would not work....the nature is that constant struggle is the way
viva la fight!!!!
Von Cello 

Post No. 382
10/27/2006 11:58 PM
  
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God or god?

Just kidding. But apparently, just because people have the same god or the same God does not seem to be enough to get them not to fight. Of course, atheists are known to fight too. Ever hear of Stalin and Mao Tse Tung? I think, to some extent, humans are a warrior race. Didn't Star Trek make that point in a number of episodes?

It would be ideal if we could somehow cause a quick end to some of the age old animosities, but realistically, it's unlikely to happen soon. I find that the older you get, the more you just accept that these wars go on and on. To me, it is not so important that they end, but that I am on the right side. In the case of Ireland I don't know enough to know who is right. In the case of Israel, I believe I do. There are one billion Muslims with over thirty countries. The Jews have about fourteen million people and one tiny country. Seems a no brainer to me!

They say it takes two to tango, but it really takes one. You may be the most peaceful person in the world, but if someone keeps punching you in the stomach every time you walk outside, you have no choice but to fight back.

By the way, the Bible does not lay out a world of peace. Even the first two brothers were at each others' throats. Well actually, Cain was at Able's throat and killed him. God held Cain responsible and Cain was punished. Someone, I think it was Tovia Singer, pointed out the difference between the Jewish view that one is wrong to commit murder and will be held responsible, and the Muslim view that you can kill innocent people and not only not be held responsible, but get rewarded with sex with 72 virgins in heaven. The Muslims may claim that Allah is the same God as the God of the Jews, but actually, they created a god that is the opposite of God. So, even though they claim to be followers of God, maybe they really don't believe in the same God after all.
eaburke81 

Post No. 381
10/27/2006 08:40 PM
  
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And how, more importantly?
eaburke81 

Post No. 380
10/27/2006 08:37 PM
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Stop the War-I-Go Round, I'd like to get off!!!

It's gotten to the point when my least favorite news items just happen to be the Israel/Palestine conflict, coupled with the Catholic/Protestant conflicts in Northern Ireland. Why are these my least favorite subjects in the realm of "current events"? It's because both conflicts have been fueled by centuries-old religious strife, and eventually, of course, the army just had to come in and blow things up.
Religious strife, is of couse, a religion issue....the army and military efforts of both sides are run by the government....we have a melding of church and state here and when these two meet, it's the "Perfect" storm. (Who saw that movie? George Clooney? It's awesome!) But back to my point....
If there is any concievable way we could find a solution to the conflicts in both the Middle East and Northern Ireland, then I think the Government has got to get it's big fat nose out of everything and let the warring factions realize, religiously, that is, how similar they are to each other.
The Israelis and the Palestinians both worship God, although he's known by different names depending on whether you're Jewish or Muslim. Both Judaism and Islam reveere Abraham as a patriarch, and the two brothers Issac and Ishmael were born of Abraham. Sure Ishmael hated Issac's guts and vise-versa, but is that any reason to fight your neighbor for thousands of years? I realize I probably don't understand this becuase I'm Catholic, so I'll move to the conflict in Northenr Itreland where maybe I'd have a bit more credibility.
The Irish Catholics and the Irish protestants, of course, both belive in the same God, and they both refer to him as "God". Both remember the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by saying daily mass. The major difference, as I can see, is that we Catholics belive that the bread and wine we take at communion become the living body and blood of Jesus Christ....for Protestants communuion is not as emphasized, or carried out with as much passion as Catholics give to it. Also, protestants do not recognize the Pope and the Vatican council as the head of their churches (Anglicans come to mind here first, seeing as how they recognize the King of England as having this title).
There are many other differences amoung the various protestant sects, of course, but if we took the troops and politics out of Belfast, Derry and and other Northern towns, wouldn't the fact that Catholics and Protestants both belive in the same God be grounds enough for peace? Are we humans really stupid enough to keep hold of minor, petty details and not zoom the camera out to see the big picture? Are we all nothing more then gun-toting, check-writing, SUV driving, internet-surfing, fast-food-eating, grudge-holding nincompoops? When will this insanity end?!?!?
Von Cello 

Post No. 379
10/27/2006 12:50 PM
  
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Spain is not a pain

I'm sure you're right, that the average Spanish person is not anti-Semitic. You live there, so I'll take your word for it. I think the problem is more political. Maybe Singer is being paranoid, but he fears that the leaders of the European countries are not really looking for "peace" but for a situation that will weaken Israel. I think many people in the world are still uncomfortable with the concept of a strong Israel that is able to defend itself. If the Arabs would just leave the Jews alone there would be peace. THAT is where the effort should be being put...how to get the Arabs to leave the Jews (and everyone else) alone. But too often the focus is on what does Israel have to give up to placate the Arabs. And many people in Israel are now seeing that giving up land is a lose - lose situation: you lose the land and you still don't get peace.

I will try to bring some peace this weekend as I'll be gigging in Westchester, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. I have two gigs in New Rochelle, a very nice Westchester town that is perhaps most famous as the home of Rob and Laura Petrie!

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