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Posted: 10 October 2005 09:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Hi Maeg,

I’ve seen “terminal” too. Its both comedy and not. It is an ironic depiction of what happens when a bureaucracy loses sight of the human base to a “problem” and the greey areas between rules, and sticks to “rules are rules”. It happens not just in the US, but in every country. I am experiencing a very frustrating example of it myself currently in the Netherlands.

“Terminal” seems to be inspired by an actual case of someone spending over 16 years (!) in an airport transfer area, because of bureaucracy and falling into the grey area between the rules. That was in France, and it concerned an Iranian man, Merhan Karimi Nasseri (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merhan_Karimi_Nasseri for his story).

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Posted: 10 October 2005 09:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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I had heard that story…but I wasn’t sure if this was based on that same one or not.  And you’re right about the human aspect being taken out of it…that’s what I couldn’t understand.  I mean, a country that ASKS for the tired, poor, and hungry…and then refuses to accept them???  Geeze.

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Posted: 10 October 2005 10:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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I can understand FRANCE not accepting someone…  smile

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Posted: 10 October 2005 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Maegan - 10 October 2005 01:53 PM

  I mean, a country that ASKS for the tired, poor, and hungry…and then refuses to accept them???  Geeze.


That went out the door long time ago.  Now it’s based on what your skills are…Or wealth.

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Posted: 10 October 2005 10:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Why do you think the majority of gardeners are Mexican….Thats how alot of them can get citizenship….

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Posted: 10 October 2005 10:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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People from India are in the aviation industry or medical…...and ofcourse, convieniance stores….

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Posted: 10 October 2005 10:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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But Maegan didn’t like my joke in the joke thread…...about the Alamo…...

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Posted: 10 October 2005 10:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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Because it wasn’t nice.

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Posted: 10 October 2005 10:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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It was a freak’n joke Maeg…..not all jokes are nice you know…..now your probably going to act like Noni did last week over Indians…...

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Posted: 10 October 2005 10:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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How many guys does it take to open a can of beer????

None….It should be open by the time SHE brings it to you….

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Posted: 10 October 2005 10:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Maegan - 10 October 2005 02:07 PM

I can understand FRANCE not accepting someone…  smile

France in 2003 took up 2 refugees per 1000 inhabitants. That is the same as the USA did in 2003.

http://www.unhcr.ch/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/statistics/opendoc.pdf?tbl=STATISTICS&id=42b018d64

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