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2014-02-28 09:42:14 PM  
Denying a charity that just wants to provide health care to dying, needy people will get you on the nonstop flight to Hell in a hurry.
 
2014-02-28 09:50:21 PM  
It will always be Burma to me
 
2014-02-28 09:56:04 PM  
hippocrites
 
2014-02-28 10:14:58 PM  
Well, bye.
 
2014-02-28 10:30:40 PM  
When I hear about stuff like this, that's when I reach for my revolver.
 
2014-02-28 10:45:31 PM  

jake_lex: When I hear about stuff like this, that's when I reach for my revolver.


It's decent beer. Not that great
 
2014-02-28 11:26:45 PM  
Buddhist attacks? What is the sound of one hand stabbing?
 
2014-02-28 11:27:42 PM  

jake_lex: When I hear about stuff like this, that's when I reach for my revolver.


I prefer to reach for Let It Be, but to each his own.
 
2014-02-28 11:30:25 PM  
www.thegatewaypundit.com

Thanks Barack!
 
2014-02-28 11:31:05 PM  
Serious Black:   Denying a charity that just wants to provide health care to dying, needy people will get you on the nonstop flight to Hell in a hurry.

This is a regime whose leaders have been booking seats in first class on said flight for decades.
 
2014-02-28 11:32:15 PM  
DWB is the one international level charity I've found that I could actually fully trust.  Being hated on by a dictator for healing hurt people is about the best crime anyone could ever hope to commit.
 
gja
2014-02-28 11:33:01 PM  
Screw them. I hope the populous get good and pissed and kill every goddamned one of the assholes responsible for these galactic-level stupidity.
You vote in assholes then deal with 'the dumb'. If you didn't vote them in, throw them out. With deadly hellish nightmare-style force if needed.
 
2014-02-28 11:35:54 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: It will always be Burma to me


Worst Billy Joel song ever.
 
2014-02-28 11:39:46 PM  
I'm sure Doctors Without Liscenses will pick up the slack.
 
2014-02-28 11:41:00 PM  
"It is the responsibility of the Burmese government to protect civilians. This is deeply troubling," he said in a tweet.

So we address international crisis via Twitter now?
 
2014-02-28 11:42:37 PM  

gja: I hope the populous get good and pissed and kill every goddamned one of the assholes responsible for these galactic-level stupidity.


Well, If you read the whole article you will read that "the populous" are actually the ones causing the injuries to the minorities the doctors were trying to treat.  Sometimes the populous are the bad guys.
 
2014-02-28 11:44:00 PM  
www.liquidmatrix.org
 
2014-02-28 11:47:51 PM  
The docs might need one of these if they ever go back.  Rambo not included.
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2014-02-28 11:48:32 PM  

Serious Black: Denying a charity that just wants to provide health care to dying, needy people will get you on the nonstop flight to Hell in a hurry.


Unless they wind up on a connecting flight out of Newark. Then they'll be singin "Sitting Here In Limbo."
 
2014-02-28 11:49:21 PM  
Burma.
Even the BBC refuses to call it Myanmar.
 
2014-02-28 11:51:59 PM  
The bearded doctor
Is forced
To dwell
In the only place
Where they don't sell

Burma-Shave
 
2014-02-28 11:52:01 PM  

gja: Screw them. I hope the populous get good and pissed and kill every goddamned one of the assholes responsible for these galactic-level stupidity.
You vote in assholes then deal with 'the dumb'. If you didn't vote them in, throw them out. With deadly hellish nightmare-style force if needed.


Your world is really small with a plaid skyline, isn't it?
 
gja
2014-02-28 11:59:47 PM  

Magnus: gja: Screw them. I hope the populous get good and pissed and kill every goddamned one of the assholes responsible for these galactic-level stupidity.
You vote in assholes then deal with 'the dumb'. If you didn't vote them in, throw them out. With deadly hellish nightmare-style force if needed.

Your world is really small with a plaid skyline, isn't it?


Whatever chief. Tired of tolerance for this type of assholery. Time for people who do wrong to start paying for their trespasses.
You wanna make nice-nice? Go ahead.
 
2014-03-01 12:02:43 AM  
Fark Doctors Without Borders, I'll take hot women without clothes instead.
 
2014-03-01 12:02:47 AM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: gja: I hope the populous get good and pissed and kill every goddamned one of the assholes responsible for these galactic-level stupidity.

Well, If you read the whole article you will read that "the populous" are actually the ones causing the injuries to the minorities the doctors were trying to treat.  Sometimes the populous are the bad guys.


This has been going on for a long time now.
I've read people on twitter asking why wasn't MSM covering this.
 
gja
2014-03-01 12:03:03 AM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: gja: I hope the populous get good and pissed and kill every goddamned one of the assholes responsible for these galactic-level stupidity.

Well, If you read the whole article you will read that "the populous" are actually the ones causing the injuries to the minorities the doctors were trying to treat.  Sometimes the populous are the bad guys.


That still leaves the government there as failing to ensure their people get the medical help they need and deserve.
Standing by and shrugging your shoulders while others do wrong right in front of you makes you an asshole for stepping up to the plate.
 
2014-03-01 12:03:33 AM  
I'm sure they'll be welcomed back as long as they don't interfere with the state sanctioned oppression and murder visited on its most vulnerable citizens. Since helping those sorts of people is kind of their bread and butter I guess that Myanmar can go fark itself.
 
2014-03-01 12:05:24 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Buddhist attacks? What is the sound of one hand stabbing?


B-B-But I thought Buddhism was more a philosophy than a religion and Buddhism was the only religion that had never been involved in a war and it was special!  My whole world is shattered now.
 
2014-03-01 12:06:06 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: It will always be Burma to me


Came here to say this.  When a legitimate government and not a thugocracy decides to change the name, then Burma can be Myanmar or Farkedupistan or whatever.

Bad subby.  Bad, bad subby.
 
2014-03-01 12:06:28 AM  

jake_lex: When I hear about stuff like this, that's when I reach for my revolver.


Is that your Mission? Is that how you escaped your certain fate?
 
2014-03-01 12:07:56 AM  

gja: Whatever chief. Tired of tolerance for this type of assholery. Time for people who do wrong to start paying for their trespasses.



This might be worldview shattering for you but....jumping to snap conclusions and calling for the deaths of "every goddamned one of the assholes", as you did, is precisely the problem.  Then the other side does the same thing.  Then your side.  Then...who is right?

Crazy thought of the day, perhaps a little tolerance might actually help.
 
gja
2014-03-01 12:10:08 AM  

Resident Muslim: ThrobblefootSpectre: gja: I hope the populous get good and pissed and kill every goddamned one of the assholes responsible for these galactic-level stupidity.

Well, If you read the whole article you will read that "the populous" are actually the ones causing the injuries to the minorities the doctors were trying to treat.  Sometimes the populous are the bad guys.

This has been going on for a long time now.
I've read people on twitter asking why wasn't MSM covering this.


It astounds me that what was once a country with seemingly bright future has since '62 been used and abused to hell by a military regime so abhorrent it defies putting into words. They have ruined the country and made slaves of the people.
Seems like high time the Burmese people pulled a 'colonial america' and tell their oppressors where to get off.
 
2014-03-01 12:10:18 AM  

ciberido: Pointy Tail of Satan: Buddhist attacks? What is the sound of one hand stabbing?

B-B-But I thought Buddhism was more a philosophy than a religion and Buddhism was the only religion that had never been involved in a war and it was special!  My whole world is shattered now.


I'd say Jainism has never been involved in a war.  Some Jains carry brooms and sweep the ground in front of them lest they step on an insect.

Fark:  This is a symbol of Jainism:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-01 12:10:19 AM  

gja: That still leaves the government there as failing to ensure their people get the medical help they need and deserve.


I know another country that does that.
 
gja
2014-03-01 12:12:14 AM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: gja: Whatever chief. Tired of tolerance for this type of assholery. Time for people who do wrong to start paying for their trespasses.


This might be worldview shattering for you but....jumping to snap conclusions and calling for the deaths of "every goddamned one of the assholes", as you did, is precisely the problem.  Then the other side does the same thing.  Then your side.  Then...who is right?

Crazy thought of the day, perhaps a little tolerance might actually help.


Um, no.
Because military juntas, much like colonial british rule, needs to be cast off when it runs the citizenry into the ground.
"Turn the other cheek" will not work in this case.
 
2014-03-01 12:14:00 AM  

gja: Screw them. I hope the populous get good and pissed and kill every goddamned one of the assholes responsible for these galactic-level stupidity.
You vote in assholes then deal with 'the dumb'. If you didn't vote them in, throw them out. With deadly hellish nightmare-style force if needed.


I don't think people vote in military juntas.
 
2014-03-01 12:14:05 AM  

Resident Muslim: I've read people on twitter asking why wasn't MSM covering this.


Because the US media doesn't cover anything foreign that doesn't involve oil, spectacular natural disasters, or blonde women going missing.
 
2014-03-01 12:14:16 AM  
Why doesn't the USA send in the drones?
 
gja
2014-03-01 12:16:08 AM  

whatshisname: gja: That still leaves the government there as failing to ensure their people get the medical help they need and deserve.

I know another country that does that.


Cute, but an absolute fallacy if you are referring to the US. There is a vast difference between failing to fund universal healthcare and chasing off doctors willing to treat for free.
You are blind if you cannot see that, or a liar if you try to rationalize any parallel via such a false equivalence.
 
2014-03-01 12:17:02 AM  
Games without frontiers.
No more economic sanction fears.
 
2014-03-01 12:17:39 AM  

ciberido: Pointy Tail of Satan: Buddhist attacks? What is the sound of one hand stabbing?

B-B-But I thought Buddhism was more a philosophy than a religion and Buddhism was the only religion that had never been involved in a war and it was special!  My whole world is shattered now.



Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Buddha

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Buddha
 
gja
2014-03-01 12:18:02 AM  

Kalashinator: gja: Screw them. I hope the populous get good and pissed and kill every goddamned one of the assholes responsible for these galactic-level stupidity.
You vote in assholes then deal with 'the dumb'. If you didn't vote them in, throw them out. With deadly hellish nightmare-style force if needed.

I don't think people vote in military juntas.


That's why I set them as 2 separate and distinct situations. Perhaps would have been clearer thus:
IF you vote in assholes then deal with 'the dumb'.
If you didn't vote them in, throw them out.
 
2014-03-01 12:19:20 AM  

Iggie: The bearded doctor
Is forced
To dwell
In the only place
Where they don't sell

Burma-Shave


WIN!

Sad story. DWB (MSF) is truly one of the most respected charities out there. But I came here for this.

/I must be old to know about these signs (although I've never actually seen them)
 
2014-03-01 12:20:22 AM  

Rozinante: Burma.
Even the BBC refuses to call it Myanmar.


Google disproves that pretty quick. The second hit for "bbc myanmar" is a story they ran last month titled "Myanmar opens up mobile market to two foreign firms":

FTA: "The government in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma..."
 
gja
2014-03-01 12:20:58 AM  

lumiere: Iggie: The bearded doctor
Is forced
To dwell
In the only place
Where they don't sell

Burma-Shave

WIN!

Sad story. DWB (MSF) is truly one of the most respected charities out there. But I came here for this.

/I must be old to know about these signs (although I've never actually seen them)


CSB
Used to see them on the loooooong drives to/from FL from NY. Good memories of little slices of this country.
/csb
 
gja
2014-03-01 12:24:06 AM  

Marcellinus: Games without frontiers.
No more economic sanction fears.


Don't go monkeying about.
Such shocking behavior.
 
2014-03-01 12:29:20 AM  

gja: Marcellinus: Games without frontiers.
No more economic sanction fears.

Don't go monkeying about.
Such shocking behavior.


At least the people in Rohingya can now have a coke and a smile whilst climbing their Solsbury hill.

Priorities.
 
2014-03-01 12:32:48 AM  

lumiere: Iggie: The bearded doctor
Is forced
To dwell
In the only place
Where they don't sell

Burma-Shave

WIN!

Sad story. DWB (MSF) is truly one of the most respected charities out there. But I came here for this.

/I must be old to know about these signs (although I've never actually seen them)


I've donated to them each of the past three years. I dropped support after finding Direct Relief and giving money to them, but I think this pushed then back into the give column.
 
2014-03-01 12:40:51 AM  
US Treas needs negotiating room during financial crisis. Hillary Clinton goes to Myanmar and their globalist drug lord military junta. Their cash is getting harder to launder, Obama regime needs unborrowed cash and voila .. Myanmar doesn't have a prob anymore.

Coincidence, or, way-outa-sphere?
 
2014-03-01 12:45:33 AM  
Slightly off topic, but I've always wonder why this organisation is called "Doctors Without Borders" in North America, but "Médecins Sans Frontières" everywhere else. Anyone know the reason?

If it was just the US, then that could be explained away by the US having minimal influence from France, and French not being that widely spoken. But, it's an official language in Canada, so that blows that theory.

Seriously, it's bugged me for years.
 
2014-03-01 12:46:04 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: US Treas needs negotiating room during financial crisis. Hillary Clinton goes to Myanmar and their globalist drug lord military junta. Their cash is getting harder to launder, Obama regime needs unborrowed cash and voila .. Myanmar doesn't have a prob anymore.

Coincidence, or, way-outa-sphere?


You could have worked the Yadana gas field/Total S.A/Chevron in there.
 
xcv
2014-03-01 12:46:46 AM  
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2014-03-01 12:49:45 AM  

gja: lumiere: Iggie: The bearded doctor
Is forced
To dwell
In the only place
Where they don't sell

Burma-Shave

WIN!

Sad story. DWB (MSF) is truly one of the most respected charities out there. But I came here for this.

/I must be old to know about these signs (although I've never actually seen them)

CSB
Used to see them on the loooooong drives to/from FL from NY. Good memories of little slices of this country.
/csb


Cool story! Two questions, if I may. Did "Burma-Shave" only appear on the final billboard? And, did any other companies try to imitate this brilliant concept?

Serious Black: lumiere: Iggie: The bearded doctor
Is forced
To dwell
In the only place
Where they don't sell

Burma-Shave

WIN!

Sad story. DWB (MSF) is truly one of the most respected charities out there. But I came here for this.

/I must be old to know about these signs (although I've never actually seen them)

I've donated to them each of the past three years. I dropped support after finding Direct Relief and giving money to them, but I think this pushed then back into the give column.


Hats off to you good sir/madam! Wish more people would research who they donate to and where that money eventually ends up.  I recall the entire fiasco in Haiti where millions of dollars were misappropriated; taken right out of the hands of the Haitians despite the good intentions of many people all over the world.
 
gja
2014-03-01 01:00:46 AM  

lumiere: Did "Burma-Shave" only appear on the final billboard? And, did any other companies try to imitate this brilliant concept?


Yes. Only on the last board. LGT site with the jingles.
Yes, other companies did try to imitate, but with limited impact.
 
2014-03-01 01:03:12 AM  
Why get mad at this one instance when every country restricts who can help their fellow man through exclusive guilds - the AMA being one of the most ruthless...
 
2014-03-01 01:11:25 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: It will always be Burma to me


came here to say this, as we all did.
 
2014-03-01 01:14:55 AM  

shdymlkman: Why get mad at this one instance when every country restricts who can help their fellow man through exclusive guilds - the AMA being one of the most ruthless...



Because by following that logic no one would ever object to any instance of it happening.  Unless they could be angry at every instance at all times simultaneously.  Which is silly.  Discuss the events as they come.  When there is an article about the AMA, and someone objects that we shouldn't talk about the AMA because of something happening in Myanmar, you will realize how silly it is.
 
2014-03-01 01:48:33 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: It will always be Burma to me


They've not earned the right to be called anything else.

That is the one country in the world (except possibly Best Korea) that would actually be improved by someone--anyone--invading to overthrow the tyrants who run the joint. Than Shwe and his corrupt gang of thugs have so brutally oppressed and systematically murdered the Burmese people, becoming "collateral damage" at this point would be a step up for most of them. And really, nowhere is the hypocrisy of the American desire to "bring democracy" to oppressed nations more clearly demonstrated than the fact that we never bothered to "liberate" Burma, even after the Boxing Day tsunami, when, by all accounts, tens of thousands of people were displaced by the waves, and Than Shwe refused to allow relief ships into port, and instead ordered his soldiers to drive the people out of refugee camps and back to their villages so they couldn't organize (or, you know, eat). The death toll was never accurately confirmed, but might easily have doubled the official count.

Burma sucks, and the government needs to be purged with fire and the sword.
 
2014-03-01 01:48:35 AM  

SirEattonHogg: Serious Black:   Denying a charity that just wants to provide health care to dying, needy people will get you on the nonstop flight to Hell in a hurry.

This is a regime whose leaders have been booking seats in first class on said flight for decades.


They don't need tickets. They have a chartered private flight.
 
2014-03-01 02:26:44 AM  

TheManWho: Slightly off topic, but I've always wonder why this organisation is called "Doctors Without Borders" in North America, but "Médecins Sans Frontières" everywhere else. Anyone know the reason?

If it was just the US, then that could be explained away by the US having minimal influence from France, and French not being that widely spoken. But, it's an official language in Canada, so that blows that theory.

Seriously, it's bugged me for years.


Because it was started by the French. I would imagine many countries have a translated name for the organization, however they are internationally, officially, MSF, not DWB.
 
2014-03-01 02:40:10 AM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: gja: Whatever chief. Tired of tolerance for this type of assholery. Time for people who do wrong to start paying for their trespasses.


This might be worldview shattering for you but....jumping to snap conclusions and calling for the deaths of "every goddamned one of the assholes", as you did, is precisely the problem.  Then the other side does the same thing.  Then your side.  Then...who is right?

Crazy thought of the day, perhaps a little tolerance might actually help.


Clearly, the right side is the one which finishes first.
 
2014-03-01 02:49:27 AM  

TheManWho: Slightly off topic, but I've always wonder why this organisation is called "Doctors Without Borders" in North America, but "Médecins Sans Frontières" everywhere else. Anyone know the reason?

If it was just the US, then that could be explained away by the US having minimal influence from France, and French not being that widely spoken. But, it's an official language in Canada, so that blows that theory.

Seriously, it's bugged me for years.


I'd guess it's because French is more commonly spoken than English in much of Africa, where they primarily operate.
 
2014-03-01 03:12:58 AM  
Myanmar? I thought that was just Gaddafi's first name
 
2014-03-01 03:14:30 AM  
Need one of these...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-01 04:33:54 AM  
CSB: My cousin & her husband are Drs with MSF. They operate a clinic in a little bitty Native town in Alaska.
 
2014-03-01 05:14:06 AM  

TheManWho: Slightly off topic, but I've always wonder why this organisation is called "Doctors Without Borders" in North America, but "Médecins Sans Frontières" everywhere else. Anyone know the reason?

If it was just the US, then that could be explained away by the US having minimal influence from France, and French not being that widely spoken. But, it's an official language in Canada, so that blows that theory.

Seriously, it's bugged me for years.


I asked this question in a previous thread. In Australia they areMédecins Sans Frontières, so it is not simply being an english speaking country.
 
2014-03-01 05:33:53 AM  
ThrobblefootSpectre:

Because by following that logic no one would ever object to any instance of it happening.

Uh, I just did?

Unless they could be angry at every instance at all times simultaneously.

There may be hope for you, yet.
 
2014-03-01 05:40:22 AM  

jake_lex: When I hear about stuff like this, that's when I reach for my revolver.



I'll usually pull out my White Album. Sometimes even Abby Road will do.
 
2014-03-01 05:51:32 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-01 06:44:17 AM  

shdymlkman: Uh, I just did?


Okay, so if you objected to one instance, isn't that what you were asking -  about why object to this instance?  Why yes, it was.


shdymlkman: There may be hope for you, yet.


Lol.
 
2014-03-01 07:03:02 AM  
With the slaughter of hundreds of Muslims, and a crusade lead by Buddhist monks no less to marginalize Muslim minorities in southern Asia, I'm not surprised they're not wanting to let charities in. In Burma, the atrocities are state sanctioned, naturally.
 
2014-03-01 08:42:03 AM  
How about you fix that toilet you live in so you don't need them? Just a thought.
 
2014-03-01 08:42:33 AM  

gja: ThrobblefootSpectre: gja: I hope the populous get good and pissed and kill every goddamned one of the assholes responsible for these galactic-level stupidity.

Well, If you read the whole article you will read that "the populous" are actually the ones causing the injuries to the minorities the doctors were trying to treat.  Sometimes the populous are the bad guys.

That still leaves the government there as failing to ensure their people get the medical help they need and deserve.
Standing by and shrugging your shoulders while others do wrong right in front of you makes you an asshole for stepping up to the plate.


If you read the article, the government is blaming the victims for killing a policeman, and denying the attack on the muslim minority even occured.

Looks like the government doesn't even consider them "their people".
 
2014-03-01 08:49:26 AM  

TheManWho: Slightly off topic, but I've always wonder why this organisation is called "Doctors Without Borders" in North America, but "Médecins Sans Frontières" everywhere else. Anyone know the reason?

If it was just the US, then that could be explained away by the US having minimal influence from France, and French not being that widely spoken. But, it's an official language in Canada, so that blows that theory.

Seriously, it's bugged me for years.


It's also called Médecins Sans Frontières as well in North America.

I guess they use the local dialect as well because they want to be able to reach more people.
 
2014-03-01 09:49:27 AM  
Where's Al-Queda when you need 'em?
 
2014-03-01 09:51:15 AM  

Vorral: jake_lex: When I hear about stuff like this, that's when I reach for my revolver.

Is that your Mission? Is that how you escaped your certain fate?


Can I count on you if I fall apart?
 
2014-03-01 10:08:46 AM  
now this is a country that needs bombing...
 
2014-03-01 10:22:08 AM  

lumiere: gja: lumiere: Iggie: The bearded doctor
Is forced
To dwell
In the only place
Where they don't sell

Burma-Shave

WIN!

Sad story. DWB (MSF) is truly one of the most respected charities out there. But I came here for this.

/I must be old to know about these signs (although I've never actually seen them)

CSB
Used to see them on the loooooong drives to/from FL from NY. Good memories of little slices of this country.
/csb

Cool story! Two questions, if I may. Did "Burma-Shave" only appear on the final billboard? And, did any other companies try to imitate this brilliant concept?

Serious Black: lumiere: Iggie: The bearded doctor
Is forced
To dwell
In the only place
Where they don't sell

Burma-Shave

WIN!

Sad story. DWB (MSF) is truly one of the most respected charities out there. But I came here for this.

/I must be old to know about these signs (although I've never actually seen them)

I've donated to them each of the past three years. I dropped support after finding Direct Relief and giving money to them, but I think this pushed then back into the give column.

Hats off to you good sir/madam! Wish more people would research who they donate to and where that money eventually ends up.  I recall the entire fiasco in Haiti where millions of dollars were misappropriated; taken right out of the hands of the Haitians despite the good intentions of many people all over the world.


I highly recommend Charity Navigator. They do good work evaluating the finances and transparency of charities. They're working on incorporating results information to their ratings now; that will make their work even better.
 
2014-03-01 10:30:37 AM  

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An excellent book.
 
2014-03-01 10:53:47 AM  

Unauthorized Bratwurst: Vorral: jake_lex: When I hear about stuff like this, that's when I reach for my revolver.

Is that your Mission? Is that how you escaped your certain fate?

Can I count on you if I fall apart?


You. You're a good person who does good things.
 
2014-03-01 11:30:12 AM  
arizonabankruptcylaw.org
 
2014-03-01 11:37:52 AM  
Just a point for those saying "fark the junta, just throw them out" it's worth noting that they've remained in power for 50 years for a reason, not least of which is the fact that they've demonstrated a willingness to turn Yangon into an abattoir during protests. They don't screw around.

There is some hope, the junta has loosened things up quite a lot and made a lot of concessions... I was there just over a year ago when the head of government said on national TV that he would be willing to share power with Aung San Suu Kyi's party, which was a HUGE statement after they had kept her under house arrest for 20 years. But yeah, long way to go and it's not just a "throw the bums out" situation. In this case, the bums are heavily armed and rabid.

Also, for anyone wondering about violent mobs of Buddhists... In Myanmar *EVERYONE* spends some time wearing the robes. It's like catholic confirmation in Italy or bar mitvahs in Israel. My local guide was from a wealthy, educated family and even she shaved her head and spent a summer as a nun in her teens.

The thing being, the ones who *remain* as monks / nuns tend to be the poorest, most uneducated and desperate ones because that's the only way they can get an education or even simply survive. That's their equivalent of food stamps. Sure, some truly do get spiritual grace from it, but the majority of monks are the uneducated trailer trash of Burma.

/ beautiful, unspoiled country though... Funny what happens when you hold the clock back 50 years.
 
2014-03-01 01:47:27 PM  

lumiere: Cool story! Two questions, if I may. Did "Burma-Shave" only appear on the final billboard? And, did any other companies try to imitate this brilliant concept?


I don't know if the signs are still up, but Wall Drug used to have Burma-Shave style billboards all along I-90 in South Dakota.  I remember seeing them as a kid when we went to visit Mount Rushmore.
 
2014-03-01 04:14:35 PM  
Remember kids, all cultures and types of government are equally valid.   We wouldn't want to engage in any sort of judgement, would we?
 
2014-03-01 08:33:31 PM  

gja: lumiere: Did "Burma-Shave" only appear on the final billboard? And, did any other companies try to imitate this brilliant concept?

Yes. Only on the last board. LGT site with the jingles.
Yes, other companies did try to imitate, but with limited impact.


Thanks much for the link!

Iggie: I don't know if the signs are still up, but Wall Drug used to have Burma-Shave style billboards all along I-90 in South Dakota.  I remember seeing them as a kid when we went to visit Mount Rushmore.


From what I hear, too much has changed around Mount Rushmore. I highly doubt they are still up but I'll ask around. Thanks for mentioning Wall Drug, though!
 
2014-03-01 11:25:55 PM  

lumiere: gja: lumiere: Did "Burma-Shave" only appear on the final billboard? And, did any other companies try to imitate this brilliant concept?

Yes. Only on the last board. LGT site with the jingles.
Yes, other companies did try to imitate, but with limited impact.

Thanks much for the link!

Iggie: I don't know if the signs are still up, but Wall Drug used to have Burma-Shave style billboards all along I-90 in South Dakota.  I remember seeing them as a kid when we went to visit Mount Rushmore.

From what I hear, too much has changed around Mount Rushmore. I highly doubt they are still up but I'll ask around. Thanks for mentioning Wall Drug, though!


They were still up the last time I drove through there on my way to MT...around three years ago.

I doubt they have come down unless wall drug has been nuked from above.

/Have never stopped at wall drug...one day...
 
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