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  • Swiss voters reject 'money for nothing' income plan

    06/05/2016 6:59:10 AM PDT · 11 of 21
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to BenLurkin

    Not that I think this is a good idea anyway, but it does make me wonder if the vote would have been closer before the whole “refugee crisis” thing.

  • The Strange Glass Born in Nuclear Explosions

    04/20/2016 8:40:07 AM PDT · 54 of 67
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to IronJack
    Here's some information on the idea that glass is a liquid that flows over time. I understand you can't take the word of some random website as gospel, but here you go.

    The 'glass is a liquid' myth has finally been destroyed

  • Italy Bookshops Refuse to Stock Mafia Family Book

    04/09/2016 4:19:42 PM PDT · 15 of 17
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to soycd
    I won’t pretend to be intimate with islam, but I see nothing islam has done as anything but evil and brainwashing misery ...

    So another thread about a potentially interesting subject has been hi-jacked into yet another "Islam is evil" thread. Welcome to the wonderful world of Free Republic.

    I, for one, would like to hear more about the Mafia in Italy. Since I don't know anything about it, I just googled it and found this snippet on

    "Protection rackets (the pizzo) and the narcotics trade still exist, of course, with the Mafia funnelling its ill-won profits into businesses such as supermarket and hotel chains across Sicily and even in northern Italy. But a phenomenon which has worsened in recent years is the widespread theft of European Commission funding destined, in principle, for Sicilian economic development. Bribes, kickbacks and outright theft by politicians closely allied with (or actually members of) the Mafia has been a fact of life in Sicily for a long time. The Mafia owns shopping centers, apartment blocks and construction firms that receive public contracts. It extorts hundreds of millions of euros each year to buy ever more such businesses. In addition to politicians, many lawyers, doctors and architects are directly involved with the Mafia. It is a cancer that hides for a while but just won't die."

    "Considering its profound influence on Sicilian life, no history of twentieth-century Sicily can be complete or accurate without mentioning the most famous Sicilian fraternity. Tragically, the Mafia (and extreme political corruption generally) is the single socio-economic factor that distinguishes Sicily's economic base from those of other European Mediterranean regions such as Spain and Portugal - though it appears that Greece also has some serious problems with public spending and corruption. It is one of the world's most enduring criminal organizations, and one of the most serious social problems confronting Sicily today. In recent times, it has murdered judges, priests and children - though with its increasing grip on the legal economy (public contracts, stores, restaurants) - this rarely happens nowadays. Its hierarchy and vernacular are a reflection of Sicilian society itself, complete with religious allusions: Its ruling council is the "Cupola," Michele Greco, was nicknamed "The Pope," a leader of "clans." But, like the nobility, the Mafia is all but invisible. You probably won't see it if you visit Sicily. You probably won't see many of its effects, either, unless you look very closely. Those who presume that today's Sicilians do not think about the Mafia are sorely mistaken. Anti-Mafia organisations such as Addio Pizzo (of which Best of Sicily is a member) have done much to encourage merchants and other business owners to stand up against the Mafia, but there is still much work to be done."

  • Remarkable photo

    03/31/2016 8:02:12 AM PDT · 58 of 66
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to rhoda_penmark
    Yes then and now there really were/are still people that are that stupid.

    My nephews' knowledge of the Kennedy assassination and of Watergate consists entirely of watching "JFK" and "All the President's Men". They completely believe those versions of the events.

    Maybe Hollywood should have been forced to add a scene at the end with real historians spanking the film-makers.

  • Artist protests naked at Cologne cathedral

    01/08/2016 11:12:45 AM PST · 30 of 63
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to Vigilanteman
    Finally! Somebody protesting nekkid who actually looks good nekkid. That is usually NOT the case.

    My thoughts exactly. I've learned to resist the urge to look at these "naked" protests but, for once, it's worth checking out.

    By the way, I first saw this story over at where they have a bit more "extensive" coverage. Just in case anyone's interested in further admiring this young lady's ..uh.. courageous protest.

  • Finnish police: There was unprecedented sexual harassment by asylum seekers in Helsinki

    01/08/2016 9:42:54 AM PST · 22 of 36
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to wardaddy

    Who is that?

  • Dad who saved son’s life by armed, three-hour hospital standoff is freed from prison

    12/31/2015 6:05:39 AM PST · 25 of 44
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to Pajamajan
    Shame on the jury that convicted the dad.

    I only know what few details I've read here but it doesn't sound like there was a jury trial (more like some kind of plea bargain).

  • TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time

    12/28/2015 10:09:16 AM PST · 117 of 127
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to Ticonderoga34
    I just realized that Walter White from Breaking Bad isn’t on this list. He should be somewhere in the top 50 with maybe Saul Goodman.

    As good as they are, I'd go with Mike Ehrmantraut.

    Mike is pretty much the sole reason that Better Call Saul is worth watching. The scene where he talks about what happened to his son was unforgettable.

  • Star Wars Is Garbage

    12/11/2015 3:03:20 PM PST · 36 of 90
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to Shadow44
    I'm not really sure where he's coming from on this however.

    It's a joke. He's not being serious. Whether it's funny or not is a matter of opinion, but I chuckled at several points.

  • Sling TV. Any FReepers using this?

    10/06/2015 4:26:56 PM PDT · 43 of 47
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to sheana
    Well you keep paying for all your limited services and I’ll watch what I want to watch when I want to watch it.

    Or, stated another way, "I'll keep enjoying the fruits of other peoples' labor and screw them if they actually want to get paid for it."

  • Sling TV. Any FReepers using this?

    10/06/2015 11:08:23 AM PDT · 36 of 47
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to sheana
    Hook your computer, ipad, whatever up to your tv and don’t pay for anything.

    If you go to a website and they offer streaming of current movies releases that are still in the theater, then you know you're in shaky territory. No matter what we might think of Hollywood or the mainstream media, there are some of us that still think it's wrong to steal from them.

    In other words, are you willing to part with your integrity for some free TV?

  • The Martian

    09/30/2015 12:23:07 PM PDT · 77 of 99
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to IronJack
    Please tell me they come to him. I hope no one is expecting me to believe that, with no food, no water, no map, no oxygen, and whatever clothing he can scavenge, he walks all that way and finds them just in time to hitch a ride home.


    What saves him is a super-abundance of phlogiston in the atmosphere which, in a moment of extreme crisis, activates his latent telekinetic powers enabling him to apparate directly to the rescue site. That and some cute, furry aliens.

  • Vanity - MI5 "Rogue Nation" Surprisingly Fun Ride

    08/02/2015 6:51:26 PM PDT · 48 of 59
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to GOPsterinMA
    The rest? I quit after 2. 'Nough said.

    MI2 was definitely the low point in the series. I attribute that to John Woo (the director) more than anyone else. His style might be good for a Hong-Kong type action film, but was just out of place in an MI movie.

    If you liked the first MI and action films in general, I recommend giving the rest of series a try.

  • When did you give up MSM news?

    05/30/2015 11:42:55 AM PDT · 42 of 114
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to MNDude

    The first time the light bulb came on for me about media bias was one of the Reagan vs. Mondale debates. There was a question about abortion (of course, Reagan knocked it out of the park). After the debate, when the talking heads were discussing the responses, they got to the abortion issue and one of them said something like, “Mondale clearly won that exchange.” The others made some agreement noises and they all moved on.

    I still liked to watch broadcast TV for breaking news and it was during Katrina that I finally gave up. There had to have been thousands of important and interesting stories going on, not only in New Orleans but from all around that region. All I saw was non-stop Bush bashing. I’d finally had enough.

  • Grace Lee Whitney, Janice Rand of "Star Trek" dies at 85

    05/04/2015 9:57:30 AM PDT · 59 of 159
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to Terry L Smith
    “dear yeoman rand, sail on to that fist star to the right, straight on till dawn!”

    And what, exactly, are you implying by that?

  • One man dead after attempted carjacking in Orem (UT)

    05/03/2015 12:00:04 PM PDT · 19 of 38
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to House Atreides
    Horrible writing!

    That was a quote from the police and not something the reporter came up with himself. Is it the reporter's job to clean up the grammar of the people he's quoting?

  • That's not London Bridge! Fed-up local trolls hapless tourists who mislabel Tower Bridge in

    02/06/2015 8:38:20 AM PST · 23 of 34
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to C19fan
    ...he has launched a one-man campaign to correct tourists from around the world.

    I once considered launching a one-man campaign to correct everyone who misused loose/lose. Then I realized it's just easier to change the dictionary.

  • That's not London Bridge! Fed-up local trolls hapless tourists who mislabel Tower Bridge in

    02/06/2015 8:27:40 AM PST · 20 of 34
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to NorthstarMom
    People not from the US have absolutely no concept of how big it is.

    Conversely, people from the US generally don't realize how small Europe is.

    And, as has already been pointed out, how big Russia is.

  • Australian actor Rod Taylor dead at 84: Legendary star suffers a heart attack at LA home

    01/08/2015 5:49:35 PM PST · 26 of 86
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to PROCON

    Check out “Dark of the Sun” about mercenaries in Africa. Great show, Rod Taylor is great and, as an added attraction, it has Yvette Mimeux.

  • Starship Troopers: One of the Most Misunderstood Movies Ever

    12/03/2014 4:28:02 PM PST · 77 of 78
    ConfusedAndLovingIt to C19fan

    I’m not claiming Starship Troopers is a masterpiece by any means, but it does have it’s charms. The first thing is not to compare it to the book. Paul Verhoeven didn’t care in the least about what the book actually said. And, yes, the military tactics and equipment are just stupid. Those aren’t what the movie is about so just accept it and move on.

    Completely by accident, I saw Paul Verhoeven’s Soldier of Orange just before I went to Starship Troopers. That movie follows the lives of a group of young Dutch during the Nazi occupation. If you don’t mind foreign-language movies, it’s a great show. Also, it’s got Rutger Hauer. Anyway, it really made sitting through Starship Troopers much more interesting having just seen his treatment of Nazi military fascism. Paul Verhoeven actually lived through the occupation as a small boy so that may have influenced his attitude about the whole thing just a little.