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The World's Most Powerful Man Competition 2004
January 25th 2004, 05:54 CET by Dumdeedum

Once every four years the good people of the United States decide to form a more perfect union.  They've been doing this for a long time and they're very proud of the process, so it surprises the rest of the world when they then embark on an entire year of elections and electioneering so intricate and complex that nobody, least of all the voters, actually understands it.

Of course this doesn't stop people talking about it.  Indeed, the entire planet ends up discussing it over and over ad nauseam until, by the final vote, the wildly unsuitable person who gets elected doesn't seem so bad, just so long as the pain stops.

So I guess we'd better get to it then.
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#1 by Chunkstyle
2004-01-25 05:55:59
I think this topic is too early.

That said, vote Libertarian.  Or Green.  Both good.

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.
 -Woody Allen
#2 by BobJustBob
2004-01-25 06:07:10
Yay. I don't plan on participating in this thread, but at least it keeps it all in one place.

Dood.
#3 by Bailey
2004-01-25 06:19:27
Ron Jeremy or Peter North. I can't decide.

Life without shame.
#4 by jjohnsen
2004-01-25 06:24:13
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Much too early for this thread, unless we are just talking about the most powerful Democrat.  I'd be satisfied with Clark, Kerry or Dean.  Hell, I'd be happy with Sharpton if I thought he could give it a good run against Bush.

-Jeremy
#5 by Hugin
2004-01-25 06:28:12
lmccain@nber.org
A vote for Libertarian or Green this election is effectively a vote for Bush.  If you want to promote strong third parties and don't mind Bush getting another 4 years, then go ahead.  I'm not being sarcastic, I'd love to see a strong multiparty system in the U.S.  But if you really can't stand Bush, or think he's an unacceptably bad or downright dangerous President.  (And of course I mean not just the man himself but his cabinet and policies), then don't be strategically foolish.  Not all election cycles are the same.  There are times when "sending a message" is more tenable than others.
#6 by Terata
2004-01-25 06:35:46
I'd vote Jeremy, myself.  It's important to have a leader who understands the wants of the common man.
#7 by m0nty
2004-01-25 06:56:50
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
I thought Jason Hall was the world's most powerful man.
#8 by Caryn
2004-01-25 07:12:42
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
#3 Bailey
Ron Jeremy or Peter North. I can't decide.


I endorse these nominations. Because then at least when we get fucked, we know it's by a professional.

I am in Kyoto
Yet at the voice of the Hototogisu
Longing for Kyoto
- Basho
#9 by G-Man
2004-01-25 07:15:45
See? Kinky.
#10 by Dumdeedum
2004-01-25 10:29:14
http://www.dumdeedum.com
I think this topic is too early.

It was intended to be more of a general politics dealie than it turned out, well that and a handy opportunity to bitch about how long you guys take over elections.

And what's wrong with Bush?  Isn't generously giving $120m to abstinence organisations last year enough for you?

"Martinis are for squares, man"
#11 by mgns
2004-01-25 10:51:16
Not trying to flaunt my personal life, but abstinence organisations doesn't look so terribly bad in the harsh light of this goddamn morning.

I'm so stupid I deserve a punch to the face.

He leans on the hood telling racing stories, the kids call him Jimmy The Saint.
#12 by Marsh Davies
2004-01-25 11:04:16
www.verbalchilli.com
You fool mgns!

Never mind. At least it's a gaudy tale of seduction and betrayal that you can relate to your friends.

#13 by lwf
2004-01-25 11:04:52
Us too.

Are you here right now or are there probably fossils under your meat
#14 by Marsh Davies
2004-01-25 11:17:20
www.verbalchilli.com
re: elections. I posted this in irc a while ago. It's a quote from almighty Neocon cunt Irving Krystal:

If there is one indisputable fact about the human condition it is that no
community can survive if it is persuaded - or even if it suspects - that its
members are leading meaningless lives in a meaningless universe.


This advocates the travesty of democracy we see being played out in America (and, to a lesser extent, in Britain) giving the people the illusion of empowerment and meaning.

Subsequently, my policy is now to start the Apathetic Revolution, whereby everyone realises the futility of their role in these 'democratic' society, and ceases to fulfil it, thus causing the collapse of culture.

#15 by gaggle
2004-01-25 11:34:11
But I thought apathy was more of a religious faith that God didnAARrrgggghhh[smack, punch, stab stabbity stab].

Apologies for the attempted humor.

no
#16 by Marsh Davies
2004-01-25 11:45:40
www.verbalchilli.com
I don't think you're sorry at all, are you?

#17 by gaggle
2004-01-25 11:57:24
So profoundly true.

no
#18 by Gunp01nt
2004-01-25 14:33:37
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Read a comic in a Dutch newspaper:

Guy 1: "Electing an American president is basically electing a world leadership."
guy 2: "Too bad we have to leave such an important decision to Americans."

nofi, just thought it was kinda funny.

#19 by m0nty
2004-01-25 15:35:17
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
And here I was thinking there wasn't enough Yank bashing in this thread. Trust Gunp01nt not to let me down.
#20 by Duality
2004-01-25 15:49:15
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
I declare you foreign bitches as a part of the Axis of Assholes.  And we're going to fuck you up!
#21 by m0nty
2004-01-25 15:55:16
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
The quasar troll strikes again.
#22 by Creole Ned
2004-01-25 16:20:55
Adjust tinfoil hats now.

I remember concocting a post-nuclear vision of the world back in junior high. I'm beginning to think at some point every guy does this, the only difference now is they have websites to share their imaginings and they act as if it's all so VERY TRUE!

The only thing I pulled from that site that seemed worthy of discussion was the idea that the U.S. is headed toward a period of civil unrest. Does anyone feel that's possible or is it still just lunatic musings from the fringe?

"I don't bemoan the great paste" - LPMiller
#23 by Marsh Davies
2004-01-25 16:29:57
www.verbalchilli.com
Those photos are remarkably low resolution for a time-travller from the distant future.

Worst. Hoax. Ever.

#24 by Gunp01nt
2004-01-25 16:33:26
supersimon33@hotmail.com
So now all of a sudden it's a blue planet?

#25 by jjohnsen
2004-01-25 16:40:18
http://www.johnsenclan.com
So now all of a sudden it's a blue planet?


Must've had a snowstorm.

-Jeremy
#26 by yotsuya
2004-01-25 17:43:00
Duality-

#20 is soooooo sig worthy. You should trademark it.

That's a beautiful way to go. Shot by Yot. In more ways than one. -mgns
#27 by jjohnsen
2004-01-25 17:49:38
http://www.johnsenclan.com
The only thing I pulled from that site that seemed worthy of discussion was the idea that the U.S. is headed toward a period of civil unrest. Does anyone feel that's possible or is it still just lunatic musings from the fringe?


The problem with this guy is he didn't move important events far enough into the future.  He says there will be Waco-type events almost once a month in the year 2004, leading to total civil war by 2008.  If he really wanted people to believe he should have set the civil unrest and eventual war much later to give it time to happen.  In a month or two we will no if he is right or wrong and the hoax will be over.

As far as civil unrest goes, I don't see it happening in the near future.  People would rather bitch about the state of the government on PC then actually go out and protest against Bush or start riots.  If Bush does win another term I think it would piss a huge amount of people off, but even then I don't think it wouls be enough to get people to start killing each other.  Most likely they would feel like they have to suffer through 4 more years and then be done with it.

In short, it would take a huge even to get Americans to start killing each other on a large scale.

-Jeremy
#28 by LPMiller
2004-01-25 17:57:03
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Like the cancelling of American Idol midseason.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#29 by jjohnsen
2004-01-25 18:18:07
http://www.johnsenclan.com
The guy does make some interesting statements about how the U.S. government changes in 20 or so years.  And he stand firm on not giving out sports scores and exact dates, along with reasonable explanations for why he won't do it.  All in all, he is very good at what he's trying to do.  I'll bet he convinced a bunch of people who are now waiting for the civil war to start.

-Jeremy
#30 by Caryn
2004-01-25 18:20:12
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Hey, maybe this was the guy who was spam emailing us all for parts for his time machine about a year ago.

I am in Kyoto
Yet at the voice of the Hototogisu
Longing for Kyoto
- Basho
#31 by Gunp01nt
2004-01-25 19:16:51
supersimon33@hotmail.com
This quote:
Are you really surprised to find out that Iraq has nukes now or is that just BS to whip everyone up into accepting the next war?


is particularly telling. Of course it's a hoax. To the guy it doesn't matter whether it'll be uncovered one, or ten years afterwards. He's already disappeared. He had his fun and convinced a lot of people. I must say, he's got his story laid out quite well but I don't think he'll fool anyone except the voluntarily gullible conspiracy nuts. After all, what he says is spectacular.

#32 by Gunp01nt
2004-01-25 19:19:02
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Also, he claims to be born in 1998 so if that's true he already exists. Though the chances are that he just thought up the idea a couple of years before he started and scoured the newspapers for birth ads with a fitting name.

#33 by Gunp01nt
2004-01-25 19:20:30
supersimon33@hotmail.com
A more identifiable hoax would be me claiming to excell at the English language.

#34 by Matt Perkins
2004-01-25 20:06:31
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
I would comment, but Hugin has the right of this whole topic.

"Good, good. Now, and here is where I'm going with this - I'll be fucked if I can remember how to farm."
- LP
#35 by gaggle
2004-01-25 20:21:52
Sooo... what's with the invisible links to schardt.de below and to the left of the Planetcrap logo?
#36 by Warren Marshall
2004-01-25 21:14:36
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
#35 gaggle
Sooo... what's with the invisible links to schardt.de below and to the left of the Planetcrap logo?

Thanks for catching up.

"Cheap Garbage Disposal Canít Handle Femur"
#37 by gaggle
2004-01-25 21:16:01
Aw. Dangit.
#38 by Whisp
2004-01-25 21:29:58
#31 Gunp01nt
This quote:
Are you really surprised to find out that Iraq has nukes now or is that just BS to whip everyone up into accepting the next war?

is particularly telling.

I noticed that too.
#39 by lwf
2004-01-25 21:48:19
I don't see civil unrest as much of a possibility as long the juice stays on and everyone can toast their waffles and watch Sex and the City. It's just so easy to rest.

Are you here right now or are there probably fossils under your meat
#40 by Ergo
2004-01-25 21:56:35
Sex and the City ends this year, so the apocalypse is nigh.

Duff Man promises a lotta things. Oh, yeah!
DVDs
#41 by lwf
2004-01-25 22:00:24
How much damage could Warren really do, though?

Are you here right now or are there probably fossils under your meat
#42 by Jens Christensen
2004-01-25 22:00:28
thug666@e-mail.dk
Sex and the City...people actually watch this show?

That's a big trunk. It fits a tuba, a suitcase, a dead dog, and a garment bag almost perfectly.
#43 by Warren Marshall
2004-01-25 22:13:42
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
#42 Jens Christensen
Sex and the City...people actually watch this show?

For 6 years, yes.  Thanks for catching up.

"Cheap Garbage Disposal Canít Handle Femur"
#44 by Bailey
2004-01-25 22:24:23
Never felt the slightest urge to watch it.

Life without shame.
#45 by deadlock
2004-01-25 22:33:47
http://www.deadlocked.org/
#44 Bailey
Never felt the slightest urge to watch it.

There was a blurb on the front of one of the gutter papers over here this weekend: KIM CATTRALL NAKED, PICTURES INSIDE!

I mean, this is a woman who bears all, literally, on an almost weekly basis on national television, why the fuck would I need to buy some crappy paper just to see that?!

You just don't Get It
#46 by deadlock
2004-01-25 22:34:19
http://www.deadlocked.org/
And another perfectly good topic is derailed....

You just don't Get It
#47 by lwf
2004-01-25 22:35:55
I was tryin'a talk about civil unrest!

Are you here right now or are there probably fossils under your meat
#48 by Jens Christensen
2004-01-25 22:45:06
thug666@e-mail.dk
Warren, I'm so very sorry for not keeping up to date with your TV habbits!

That's a big trunk. It fits a tuba, a suitcase, a dead dog, and a garment bag almost perfectly.
#49 by Warren Marshall
2004-01-25 22:51:33
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
#48 Jens Christensen
Warren, I'm so very sorry for not keeping up to date with your TV habbits!

You're right, I'm the only one who watches it.  I'm the luckiest boy in the whole world!

"Cheap Garbage Disposal Canít Handle Femur"
#50 by Duality
2004-01-25 22:51:43
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
#26 yotsuya
Duality-

#20 is soooooo sig worthy. You should trademark it.

I think that only works when someone else quotes it.

Internet Forum Intellectual Property policy, I believe.
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