<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> Studies show that people who drink wine are "smarter" than people who don't. And apparently the more you drink, the smarter you get. Go figure. <p><hr></blockquote><p> Well there you go. Why do I put up with all you dumbasses?<br><br>paper cuts hurt
I think the phenolic compounds found in red wine, the compounds responsible for it's medicinal effects, are also found, mercifully, in chocolate. For what it's worth, I know more smart chocoholics than smart winos.<br><br>
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That is so old news.<br><br>Liver specialists meeting in Dallas heard surprising results from an animal study recently, showing that light alcohol consumption seemed to speed the recovery of damaged livers in rats.<br><br>I was giving platelets for cancer patients and they did a full work up. They made a new medical term after they checked out my liver. It was "kick ass".<br><br>paper cuts hurt
I wouldn't consider splitting a bottle of wine EVERY night as "light'" alcohol consumption, would you?<br><br>Or are you comparing yourself to a rat...? <br><br>[color:white]God speed, mikeb. Go drive your Boxster in the big Autobahn in the sky...</font color=white>
While my computer is out on repair I check in from time to time on someone else's computer and I don'thave the time right now to read all that has been posted in this thread, but in response the question I would say it is that there is no longer 2 major powers in the world. One (USA) dominating the western hemisphere and the other the Soviet Union dominating the eastern. There will now be "spheres" of control or domination spread around the world with the US still being the big dog. France has delusions of grandure for their sphere of influence and ultimately wants to have the power and wealth that the US has. Until they acheive their goal (which they will not) they will always be in opposition to the US. To put it in quick and simple terms.<br><br>
Suppose that is the case (let's leave aside the EU as a power in its own right, into which France, Germany, Britain, Italy, etc. etc. are subsumed). So what? Are we so insecure that we need to have everyone followign party line? I thought that's why we used to criticize the USSR.<br><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>There will now be "spheres" of control or domination spread around the world with the US still being the big dog. France has delusions of grandure for their sphere of influence and ultimately wants to have the power and wealth that the US has. Until they acheive their goal (which they will not) they will always be in opposition to the US. To put it in quick and simple terms.<br><p><hr></blockquote><p>I see it more a case of France pining for the good old days, when She had real visions of Empire. Britain is similar in that respect, and that was truly a massive empire indeed. Still, there is a certain amount of jealousy evinced by those nations which once held the intoxicating reins of power. Nowadays, I suppose all that's left to them is the consoling truism that every dog has its day in the sun. They know the US will one day wake up and realize that it has already had its turn (hey, most nations don't even get that far! ).<br><br>But as Yo-yo indicated, France as part of the EU is another thing altogether. That is definitely a bloc with serious purchasing power and political influence. Between them and a rapidly-emerging China, I'd say the game is warming up.<br><br>max<br>[color:red]EGG</font color=red><br>Moments & more
Surprised to hear you buy into the 'French have delusions of grandeur' rhetoric. Max. \assume conversational not confrontational tone here :-)<br><br>My experience of the French is that they don't give a d@mn. Sure, they have/had their glorious history and efforts at empire, but the country with the biggest chip on its shoulder about its place in the world is the US, AFAIC. Ironic, no?<br><br>To address yo-yo's Q, and with all the goodwill I can muster towards the US (whatever 'the US' is), I think this is just another manifestation of the 'my-way-or-the-highway' attitude. Time after time I hear defenders of US culture reach for the old 'well if it's so bad how come everyone wants to live here?' argument. Manifest Destiny, Leaders of the Free World, high watermark of civilization, greatest nation on Earth blah blah blah.<br><br>The French really stick in the craw of those who use these arguments, because if there's one thing for sure it's that most French folk wouldn't want to live in a culture like the US's in a million years!<br><br>So all this stuff about the French wanting Iraq to be a disaster, nurturing intellectualism and high culture, dismissing fast food as junk, etc etc - all to spite the US - is hilarious. Hey, USA - the world doesn't always revolve around you! LOL.<br><br>And Poly - I hear you! Last time I was in Paris, I didn't see a single lardass local and EVERY woman on the street was beautiful! (and smelled like a woman, not a cosmetics store...)<br><br>:-)<br><br>db<br><br><br><br><br>
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