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    Only in America

    Apprantly in the US some woman has been jailed for 10 years because she ran down a McDonald's resturant manager because she went in there wanting a cheese burger but wanted mayonnoaise with it and that resturant didnt serve with cheeseburgers.

    So the woman packs a sad and storms out, the manager comes out to apologise and then see gets run over.

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    I'm just surprised that guns were not involved.

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    Has anyone seen the film bowling for Columbine???

    It shocked me, I never knew the USA was like that, what upset me the most was how this pro gun guy didnt apologize for staging a rally in a town right after a six year old had been shot at school there... absolute madness...
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    Originally posted by Langeveldt
    Has anyone seen the film bowling for Columbine???
    Yes.

    It's a crying shame that the following words seem synonymous with the country....

    1. Iraq
    2. Guns
    3. Litigation
    4. Fat
    5. Might

    Such a change from

    1. Freedom
    2. Tolerance
    3. Rights


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    I saw it a couple of months ago - it's the best film I've ever seen.

    Backs up so much of the anti-Republican/Right sentiment felt here.
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    Originally posted by Langeveldt
    Has anyone seen the film bowling for Columbine???

    It shocked me, I never knew the USA was like that, what upset me the most was how this pro gun guy didnt apologize for staging a rally in a town right after a six year old had been shot at school there... absolute madness...
    Since America has very lax gun laws, it's not that surprising. Also the huge population allows for a larger ammount of nutters who take advantage of these laws, or lack of them. England has some wierdoes, but we have better gun laws and a lower population.
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    Population counts for a tiny bit.. but...

    US: Population: 250m, Gun Killings: 11,000
    UK: Population: 60m, Gun Killings: 100

    It's all, as the film rightly says, fear.

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    Yeah, the bit when he went to Canada was interesting... As a brit, i wouldnt really be able to tell the difference between much of the USA and Canada, but they seem to have completely different attitudes...

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    Originally posted by Langeveldt
    Yeah, the bit when he went to Canada was interesting... As a brit, i wouldnt really be able to tell the difference between much of the USA and Canada, but they seem to have completely different attitudes...
    Canadians have flapping heads and beady eyes.

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    When I went to the US and Canada I must say I was so relieved to cross over to the canadian border. It's so much more.... normal...

    Americans are a bit OTT (or a lot). Canadians are relaxed.

    I've seen owling for columbine twice and read half of stupid white men, cant remember why i didnt finish or where i put the book! I imagine I will find the answer to my first question above..
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    Originally posted by Kimbo
    Americans are a bit OTT (or a lot). Canadians are relaxed.
    Jim Carrey is Canadian...

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    Originally posted by Rik
    Jim Carrey is Canadian...
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    ok... IN GENERAL Canadians are more relaxed.

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    Blame Canada!
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    well canadians are relaxed and easy going, and cultured, sure, but for some strange reason their game Hockey is so full of fighting, unlike the other three pro sports more popular in the US. I really dont understand that bit.

    And the per capita gun argument is not a good one, as even though the per capita guns in germany japan and the UK is a lot less, and so is the murder rate, Canadian per capita guns are almost at par with the US (if not more), but the murder rate is much much lower than the US.

    The reason is something else.

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