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Avalokitesvara
Avalokitesvara from Manjushri, Avalokitesvara from Buddhanet, and Sahasrabhuja Avalokiteshvara.

Also known as Lokeshvara in Sanskrit, Quan Yin, Guanyin, or Guan Shiyin in Chinese, Spyan-ras-gzigs in Tibetan, and variously Kannon Bosatsu, Kanjizai, Kanzeon, and Kwannon, in Japanese.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 4:23 PM on May 9, 2004
Great links amphigory, and many thanks for yours too Shane. One of my favorite images is linked to the letter "i" above. Thank you carter and Satapher.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 2:23 PM on May 10, 2004

''Allow me to remove my mask for you...''
Unbelievably disgusting.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 2:02 PM on May 10, 2004

Heathers
Aw, this is cute. Yet another conservative-bashery with a little sprinkle of "I HATE BUSH!!", "FASCIST!". "NO BLOOD FOR OIL!" thrown in for good measure.

MetaFilter thanks you.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 9:29 AM on May 8, 2004
the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine.

I forgot "screamingly censorious conservative-bashery and woefully ignorant of economics" in addition to the JohnKerryIsADoucheBagButImVotingForHimAnyway dirge.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 10:02 AM on May 8, 2004

...
Joseph McCarthy was right, and a great man, despite his early support for Roosevelt, the socialist disaster.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 7:26 AM on May 8, 2004
wasn't a socialist by any stretch of the imagination

Yes he was. There's plenty of evidence of that very fact.

"FDR tripled federal taxes from 1933 to 1940, discouraged private investment with his frequent tax hikes, channeled government spending and loan programs AWAY from the poorest people,forced food prices, as well as the prices of manufactured goods and services, above market levels and outlawed discounting,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 9:48 AM on May 8, 2004

Best Friends
And don't forget Hamsterster

Or ratster.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 9:33 AM on May 8, 2004

Mistreatment of Prisoners Is Called Routine in U.S.
The criminal's theoretical enablers - Ilana Mercer
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 7:48 AM on May 8, 2004
Is anybody unaware that the US prison system isn't about rehabilitation, its about keeping violent felons away from society for as long as possible.

I wonder who's willing to find out the hard way if "rehabilitation" actually works, because there are countless examples that it does not, and while we're figuring that out, the best place for violent felons is away from society for as long as possible, if not longer.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 9:24 AM on May 8, 2004

"to avenge honour"
111's political agenda is well-known and quite nasty indeed, and it appears to include (among other joys) a strong desire to convince Mefites that the developing world as a whole is irredeemably barbaric.

"Quite nasty indeed"? If you read the links, they quite astonishingly had nothing whatsoever to do with 111, much as you might like to pretend otherwise. I have a strong desire that someone try to convince me that the events described... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 2:33 PM on May 7, 2004

Gode Cookery
Thanks for the excellent links, anastasiav. Much appreciated.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 2:21 PM on May 7, 2004

Moore admits Disney 'ban' was a stunt
MICHAEL MOORE IS A BIG FAT LYING COMMIE PINKO

If it were my post, I might have added "AMERICA-HATING RATFINK SCUMBAG" too.

I admire your restraint.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 12:09 PM on May 7, 2004
The US should just kick that big fat butt out of the country.

He might like it in Russia, but pity the poor Russians!

Coulter's abuse of footnotes has been well-documented.

Three errors constitutes an "abuse of footnotes"? Steve's not kidding; if you realize that there are hundreds, if not thousands of footnotes in her books, and that literally a third of the book is... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 2:18 PM on May 7, 2004

The Fair Tax
The FairTax will allow Americans to keep 100% of their paychecks (minus any state income taxes), it will dramatically reduce pre-tax prices, and it will fully fund the Federal government, including Social Security and Medicare. (Find the actual bill and all other information here.)

With the FairTax, you will get to take home 100% of your paycheck (minus any state income taxes). No federal income taxes or payroll taxes will be withheld from your paycheck, pension, or... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 6:07 AM on May 1, 2004
Rich == Significantly Richer
Poor == Unduly Burdened


That's a common misconception, I'm afraid, but easily allayed. A consumption-based tax would help more Americans become wealthy. By taxing consumption, you only pay taxes on what you purchase, not what you invest or save or earn. The possibilities are limitless. Here's an article which might address the points you've raised:

Consumption... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 6:37 AM on May 1, 2004
The Cato Institute has also published another detailed analysis of a comsumption tax:

Simplifying Federal Taxes; The Advantages of Consumption-Based Taxation - Chris Edwards

if you have a fortune or have surplus money, then you only pay taxes on part of your income.

You pay no taxes on income. Taxes are paid only when you purchase a product. Nothing could be fairer. It's proportional and allows... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 7:12 AM on May 1, 2004
you forget that in this world there are fixed expenses.

Realize that even with the consumption tax, that products would still be cheaper than they are now, in addition to the countless other advantages listed above.

For the poor, this means there is an undue burden placed upon their financial means, because they are penalized for purchasing the simplest things in life.

With a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 8:14 AM on May 1, 2004
and it's rewarding poverty by taking less from the poor.

You mistakenly believe that the "poor" will always be that way. Bill Gates was not always wealthy. The poor pay no taxes. A consumption tax punishes no one, but is a gigantic improvement on the immoral system currently in use.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 8:22 AM on May 1, 2004
you are less likely to be able to save anything.

If anything, you're more likely to save. Even low-wage earners pay federal income tax now, which would not be the case should the Fair Tax be enacted. Prices of products would fall to below their current level, because all the embedded taxes you're paying when you purchase a product , (the manufacturer, shipper, distributor, autmobile maker, et cetera are all taxed) would disappear. Current tax... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 8:59 AM on May 1, 2004
Right, Spacelegoman: "Theoretically, the consumption tax would reverse this effect by making saving cheaper vis-a-vis spending"

It would also enable everybody else on the pay spectrum to save more cheaply by adjusting their spending habits accordingly, as this tax applies to new products.

The Tax Museum is a marvelous and invaluable resource (related to the equally notable Tax History Project), and an interesting... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 3:14 PM on May 1, 2004
If your position is that the proposal will result in less overall tax burden then the same result can be achieved by lowering governmental expenditures.

Who's lowering expenditures? Certainly not even the republicans, who have historically stood for such cuts on economic and moral grounds. No more, unfortunately. They work for us, not the converse.

Class warfare is alive and well in the 21st... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 4:32 PM on May 1, 2004
Mr 7 doesn't talk about fiscal policy in Korea is that he doesn't actually know much about it.

Nor do I care much about it, except that it is low, and in many cases lower than the U.S. Be that as it may, I know exactly what fraction of my paycheck was delivered to the Korean spendthrift left-wing North Korean support system, and even one won was too much, but it usually was about 10%. I do not live there now.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 6:15 PM on May 1, 2004
There is no way on the face of this planet that lowering taxes is going to result in an equivalent lowering of product prices.

But of course you're willing to admit that raising taxes on a given product, let's say tobacco, is an underhanded way to discourage consumption. Then certainly, by that reasoning, the converse is also true; that reducing taxes encourages consumption. Right?... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 7:24 PM on May 1, 2004
In both the flat-tax and progressive-tax schemes, the wealthy remain wealthy.

Guess what? The wealthy are wealthy now, and they should be. It's their money, not yours. The Fair Tax does not address wealth redistribution or other immoral schemes to soak the wealthy and provide for their proletariat "according to need", because those schemes do not work, as has been proven time and time again every time it has been tried. The government... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 6:19 AM on May 2, 2004
Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 6:38 AM on May 2, 2004
Quote from Reverend William J. H. Boetcke:

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 10:17 AM on May 2, 2004
the debating equivalent of an atomic bomb. Devastating!

Thanks for your invaluable contribution.

I do not know how many times I can repeat that the Fair Tax system is incredibly beneficial to everyone. The "poor" will not be penalized, everyone will benefit, the expense of several bureaucracies will evaporate, leaving more money for the taxpayer. It's quite straightforward.

If people are... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 12:05 PM on May 2, 2004
it must therefore logically follow that the flat tax must be good.

It's not a flat tax. It's a consumption tax.

dead giveaway that have no clue whatsoever about bureacracies.

The IRS will no longer exist. Enough said.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 3:14 PM on May 2, 2004
Someone has to collect the sales tax and enforce compliance, and bureaucracies protect themselves, so it'll be the IRS that'll do tihs.

Possibly, but my understanding of the Fair Tax is that the state tax agencies would enforce compliance because they are familiar with the state vendors, businesses, and other taxpayers. Certainly there would be an organization in Washington DC to collect the state funds, but it would bear little or no resemblance to... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 3:34 PM on May 2, 2004
If you want roads, public parks, universal healthcare, social security, public education, common defense, or protection of your rights (to name a few benefits), the government is the only source for those services

I must vehemently disagree almost entirely.

Roads: state responsibility. Public parks: state responsibility. Social security: bankrupt, awful, socialist idea which should have never been enacted, because people... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 7:50 AM on May 3, 2004
United States makes a very poor showing in ameliorating poverty.

Utterly astounding. Providing opportunity ameliorates poverty.

In any case, the Fair Tax, as far as any evidence that has been presented here seems to show, does not eliminate programs which provide for people who cannot provide for themselves, it merely shifts the collection of taxes from a penalty-based system to a consumption-based one, effectively... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 1:07 PM on May 3, 2004
But you were only talking about income tax, weren't you? That's legitimate, but please label it as such.

It's true that the poor do not pay income taxes now, but I was talking about the Fair Tax and it's ramifications on the poor, which is taking up an inordinate amount of space in this thread.

With a consumption tax, the money would be refunded, which is much fairer than the current system, I'm sure anyone would agree.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 1:26 PM on May 3, 2004
I am also afraid that those health statistics suggest that your assumed opprotunity is simply not working to improve quality of life in the United States.

I disagree, but that has nothing to do with the Fair Tax.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 8:20 AM on May 4, 2004
It's just this tingly feeling that I have.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 5:02 PM on May 5, 2004

Gutenberg Bible
Previous single exhibit and inaccessible thread here.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 4:56 PM on May 5, 2004

The stand
Wow, there's something happening over here too!
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 10:29 AM on May 5, 2004

What Is Fascism?
Did the Pol Pot era, which used angkor as a symbol of nationalism and pride, look more like a facist regime or Maoist? even when he and this denziens proclaimed the end of history, establishing the "Year Zero"?

Similarly, the Maoist revolutionary goal of eliminating the "Four Olds" meaning: old thought, culture habits, and customs, toward some utopian (distopian) ideal led to massacres unparalled in history and despite the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 5:40 PM on May 4, 2004

How Kerry Earned His Decorations
Kerry can't decide which lie is the truth, not that it matters.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 5:15 PM on May 4, 2004

Korean Slavery
Some additional information:
Dictators and Slaves.
Social Class in Choson.
Slavery in Traditional Korea from a series of discussions at the Association for Asian Studies.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 2:36 PM on May 4, 2004

Forthright's Phrontistery
Um... Er... Nice site!

Does the post count if it's a direct link to the site? I hope so. Still, drat.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 1:37 PM on May 3, 2004

British soldiers in Iraq torture photos
I don't want to sound like an apologist. More of a skeptic, really. But those pictures and the story strike me as faked.

Which would be easy enough to do. Is "the Mirror" a reputable source? Like the Enquirer or the Star? its hard to believe that anyone would do such a thing, let alone be fool enough to take pictures of it, but stranger things have happened. The interview also sounded ridiculously fake, and scripted out of some... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 5:57 AM on May 1, 2004
Such abuses, carried out by occupying armies, are simply a statistical reality for the reason cbrody suggests.

But here, we're not talking about "such abuses", we're talking about accusing, accurately or not, British soldiers of abusing prisoners, or worse, which is against the Geneva Convention, prosecutable by law.

You're suggesting that soldiers are not human, not subject to the rules. My argument is that... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 6:55 AM on May 1, 2004
As such, if true, the correct link would be to the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

Good point. Many thanks, kaemaril.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 7:27 AM on May 1, 2004
but those units aren't usually officially acknowledged.

Neither is sasquatch, for good reason, but nice of you to spin conspiracy to cast what little aspersion possible on the honor of our troops.

I'm not arguing a "boys will be boys" position exactly,

You're arguing a position which is couched in a resentment and disdain for the military, which is not surprising.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 9:21 AM on May 1, 2004
I'm arguing that US, british, and coalition forces have been placed, through reckless decision making and exceptionally poor planning on the part of the politicians who set this whole mess in motion, in an untenable situation which is only going to get worse.

Fine. I argue that the situation is not only tenable, but despite the constraint carping and naysaying by seditious traitors like senator Kennedy (and quite possibly typical media lefties like... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 3:31 PM on May 1, 2004
Y'know what I mean...? The actual subject I’ve been talking about this whole thread.

This has gotten to be more about your ego than the facts, uncanny hengeman.

Not really, when he's on topic and right.

The topic is not what happened during World War two and how much matteo despises the United States, (which to a slice of lukewarm luncheon meat should be ponderously, morbidly... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 8:33 AM on May 3, 2004

Hanafuda and Go-Stop
Hanafuda is a Japanese card game evolved from Western-style playing cards introduced by the Dutch in the 16th century (or the Portugese in the 17th century, nobody seems to know for sure) and a Heian period court pastime called Kacho-awase (literally meaning "matching birds and flowers") Hanafuda consists of 12 suits of four cards each. Each of the 12 suits is represented by trees, shrubs, or flowers, each corresponding to a particular month of the year. (cards with plum trees... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 8:38 AM on May 2, 2004
The blockquote above can be found with other information here.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 8:41 AM on May 2, 2004

The 25 Member EU
So we get new "soak the rich" partners

Is that really all there is to the EU? It's disappointing that most of Europe seems intent on suicide, with few exceptions.

I'll continue to hope for the best.
posted to MetaFilter by hama7 at 7:29 PM on April 30, 2004

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