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zeroG
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Bravo, Payne!
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'This Superman cape does not enable the wearer to fly.'


This sort of makes you wonder... If a person actually thinks that wearing the cape will enable them to fly, will putting a little warning on the tag really have any effect at all?
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Shouldn't they put the same warning on LSD?

:D
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On 2003-08-15 15:34, Payne wrote:
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On 2003-08-14 23:05, ChrisZampese wrote:
Just found this link on the net. I havent had a chance to check out the validity of these cases, but if they are true then they really illustrate my point. Kind of fits well with Kathyrn's point too...maybe these people are not so stupid!

crazy court cases


You will find these "Urban Legend" court cases debunked here

http://www.snopes.com/legal/lawsuits.htm

Thanks for that link Payne. I had a feeling they may have been urban legend.

As for the McDonalds fiasco I would rather not turn this into a corporation vs individual debate (although that would make a great topic in itself) as I was merely using these examples to illustrate the point that we are getting a bit soft in the western world, and tend not to accept responsibility for our own actions.

Good point though...I should do my research a bit better!
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The "does not fly" warning was on Harry Potter toy Nimbus 2000 brooms, too.

However, I should point out that when "Peter Pan" was first published, children were reportedly actually jumping out of windows, thinking that they really could "fly if they believed they could" as Peter claimed. That is reportedly why Disney added the qualifier of flight ALSO requiring "a little fairy dust."

When the Batman TV series was exported to England, boys were doing the Peter Pan folly again, trying to "fly like Batman" (and Batman didn't even fly in either the series or the comic books)! Adam West actually had to film a disclaimer, aired in the U.K., to tell British children that he could not fly and that they shouldn't try either.

So, yes, children (and a few adults) can be that gullible.

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Look at the focus of todays role models in respect to yester-years.

In the good old days, All of the boys wanted to be a HERO and fight for good and justice. Bringing down evil villans and bad people.
Today, All of the boys want to be the VILLAN. They want to be the bad person and inflict sorrow upon the planet. They want to be HERO-killers.
The girls of today are encouraged to be sexually active/aware at younger and younger ages. and get an attitude that cuts.
The media and all of its incarnations have much to repent for. Though they never will.
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Chris, I agree with the bones of your thread entirely. My parents were married in the 1930s. Shortly afterwards Chancellor Hitler decided to invade Poland and Britain was plunged into a war she was not prepared for. My dad worked in a reserve occupation at Fairey Aviation - not much of a Company, but it did produce the model of plane that destroyed the Italian Navy. Rationing, air raid shelters, bombing by the Luftwaffe, - not much of a start to married life! In 1949 they had a child late in married life (me). The war was won by our truly great nations, New Zealand, USA, Australia, Britain etc. at desperate cost to us all (God Bless us all)! But life was a struggle. What now is considered to be on the 'poverty line' would have been considered rich and luxurious then!
But despite all this hardship my parents' generation brought up their kids to respect others and their property. To have a sense of decency and responsibility. I have tried to influence my sons (to good effect to date) along the same lines.
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I disagree, Partizan.

I think it is more that our 'heroes' have become flawed 'antiheroes.' Add to that that our idea of what is heroic often involves violence and the near-arbitrary choice of an 'enemy,' and the result becomes less mysterious.

To me, heroes should be folks who advance peace, love and thoughtfulness. Unfortunately, there's very little 'exciting' about peace, love and thoughtfulness.

Hence, all of our so-called 'heroes' are paramilitary berserkers and blood avengers who label some person or group 'the enemy' and blaze away with 50 caliber full-auto noisemakers, or hack away with katanas or medieval great swords.

Obviously such events as the Napoleonic Wars and the Spanish Inquisition taught humanity nothing. Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

We are technological giants, but moral and philosophical infants, taking global temper tantrums.

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Sorry you Canadians, I did not mention you! After visiting Dieppe, Juno Beach, your cemetaries in France etc. how could I not comeback and apologise!
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I hear what you say Dr_Stephen_Midnight and reply so...

I was making a comparison between Yester-years heros Vs todays villans.
The Villan of today has bi[EXPLEATIVE DELEATED]s and drugs and guns. they don't take [EXPLEATIVE DELEATED] from anyone. Their objective is self indulgence achieved through the pain of others. This is todays role model.

Too me. A hero is a person who selflessly devotes their life energy to helping others. Whether[sp] this be in brief bursts or as a lifes coda. They hate to see innocents taken advantage of. and will stand up to lifes big bullies.
Villans are just nasty and just wish to futher their own needs at the misery of others.
The media has the choice of which model to portray, and you have the option to eat the [EXPLEATIVE DELEATED] they feed you.
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On 2003-08-10 18:09, ChrisZampese wrote:
I imagine this post will probably not last long!


Almost a year, so far! I wonder what the average shelf-life of a thread on here is...?
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Still here almost 18 months later!

And by the way....

we all like to bleat about others not taking responsibility for their action but when was the last time you took the full blame for something...

its harder to do then you'd think...esp. when we have a legal system that makes it oh-so-easy to blame others whilst making a healthy profit.

Heck! Australia has a prime minister who won't say sorry to the aboriginal children who were stolen from their parents by the government and won't say sorry to a mentally ill AUSTRALIAN woman who was locked up in an immigration detention centre for 10 months before someone noticed she should be there!

If HE won't do it...why should anyone else.
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