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Stories from Another World Traveller
Entered on: September 30, 2004 10:49 AM by Ross
This guy I used to work with, Mike Kivisto, recently left Bank of America to travel the world for a year or two. He's been sending out stories of his adventures and posts many of them on his own website but this particular story was recently brought to my attention. I almost crapped my pants when I read it and every time I think about it, it pisses me off. Read the very first story on this page and see if you agree.

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From: BigFatty Entered on: October 1, 2004 4:39 AM
That dude has a knack for finding shitty situations. Thats some bullshit! The bad thing about stuff like that is, these are the stories that are told to people. We don't hear about the nice people and the nice things that happen. Those stories aren't as entertaining - but they happen far more often. America seems to be a nation built on fear. M. Moore's B of C spoke to this a bit, and I found it interesting. We seem to love to hear the bad stuff, fuelling our fears. Hell, I get tired of watching the news and reading the paper because it gets to be so depressing. I like to see whats good in this world too!  
Oh, and those kids needed a severe beating.
From: Creeko Entered on: October 1, 2004 7:07 AM
Careful with the kids of trailer trash , you go messin' with them their parents might hog-tied you, set you on fire and drag you behind their pick-up around the trailer park. I bet Zilla sees that kind od stuff every day from his deck.
From: Ross Entered on: October 1, 2004 7:27 AM
Yeah, he was in a lose-lose situation by being there in the first place. Odds are I'd be in the Irish hoosgow right now if I was in his place.  
But if you read his stories, most of them ARE positive. This is just the one that I told you guys about. So maybe it's me who's the negative one.
From: Ross Entered on: October 1, 2004 12:31 PM
One more thing about your comments, Fatty. You're going way too far with that fear stuff. The thing that makes the story noteworthy is that it has conflict. Conflict is the essence of drama, the essense of storytelling. That's why these kinds of stories get repeated more than the warm-and-fuzzy ones.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: October 1, 2004 1:29 PM
Yeah, the "nation built on fear" bit sounds like Fatty's been in France too long. We're the nation built on hamburgers!
From: BigFatty Entered on: October 2, 2004 7:25 AM
Yeah, maybe the jump from crappy kids and drunk UKers on a boat to a nation of fear is a bit much. But something from those stories made me think of Moore's B of C and how the media is feeding us Americans stories that perpetuate fear. I don't think there is a hidden agenda - its just what sells news - be it conflict or paranoia.  
But I disagree with Jack - we are a nation built on cheeseburgers! Speaking of which, I have sent in my vote. Lets go to a quick check of the polls........ Bush 0, Kerry 1. Thanks, and back to you Tom.
From: John Entered on: October 2, 2004 3:55 PM
I don't know, Bert, Bush loves to perpetuate fear of terrorism because he hopes this will keep him in office. He tries to make it look like he's the only man who can save us from the terrorists. Shit, for a while it seemed like every week the media was putting us on elevated terror alerts. I agree, Fatty, conflict and paranoia are what sells.
From: The Bone Entered on: October 3, 2004 12:03 AM
I'd rather face a mob of terrorist than a bunch of little chits. I hate those little Irish fuckers.
From: John Entered on: October 3, 2004 9:54 AM
Hey, I was a little Irish fucker and you loved it when we were kids, right? Well, maybe not so much.

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