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In the spotlight - Aloimeh

1. Why did you come to America? Are you US citizen?
2. Did you have opportunity to emigrate into some other country? (Was USA your first choice?)
3. Do you believe in "American dream"? (Would you work as hard as you work in America if you stayed in Serbia(?) or went somewhere else (western Europe, Australia, Russia,…)?)
4. Did CIA (or some other intelligence service) tried to recruit for collaboration with them?
5. What do you think about Clay Death’s six months ban?
6. Are you mason? Were you offered to become mason?
7. Are you armed? If answer is yes – do you sometimes carry your gun with you?
8. Do you know who is Srdja Trifkovic?
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1. Why did you come to America? Are you US citizen?
2. Did you have opportunity to emigrate into some other country? (Was USA your first choice?)
3. Do you believe in "American dream"? (Would you work as hard as you work in America if you stayed in Serbia(?) or went somewhere else (western Europe, Australia, Russia,…)?)
4. Did CIA (or some other intelligence service) tried to recruit for collaboration with them?
5. What do you think about Clay Death’s six months ban?
6. Are you mason? Were you offered to become mason?
7. Are you armed? If answer is yes – do you sometimes carry your gun with you?
8. Do you know who is Srdja Trifkovic?
1.) I was born in America. My parents came over because my father was doing a Fulbright in physics. Of course I'm a citizen (and not of any other country, either).

2.) See 1.

3.) I do not believe in the American dream. I believe careers are just like commodities - a matter of supply and demand. You can be highly educated and skilled and if your skills are not in demand, you will not have a job or at least not a great job. You can also have put in very little investment into your training and if you are clever you can make lots of money without all that much work. I went into a medical/research career because I find science interesting, medicine meaningful, and the income in the US is quite good also. The long hours and heavy responsibilities are the downside. I think I'm a pretty responsible person *when it really matters* (i.e. I've been tardy to lectures and missed them but I would never do so with a patient). Would I work as hard in another country? Probably not. My natural tendency is to relax, read a lot, listen to music, spend time with family, and if I had money - travel and see the world. I'm not someone who lives to work (although that will be my life during residency).

4.) No.

5.) I oppose it. I like ClayDeath, although he does talk about death a bit too much.

6.) No, never offered and not interested.

7.) No, don't own any weapons nor do I want to.

8.) Yes, he's a writer for Chronicles magazine and author of "Sword of the Prophet," and a book on the Ustase. Seems like an interesting fellow, although he's a bit too overtly anti-Muslim for many readers to buy his arguments and seems a bit libertarian for my taste.

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Re: In the spotlight - Aloimeh

1) Are you a christian?
2) Why is your Serbian heritage so important to you if you've never been there?
3) Do you like any players other than Djokovic?
4) How can you stand to talk to Clydey for so long?
5) Who's the poster who annoys you the most on MTF (you can say me I wouldn't be very surprised, or offended )?
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Re: In the spotlight - Aloimeh

did you vote for obama?

have you ever thought about moving to serbia again?

are you a frat member?

do you believe 9/11 was an inside job?

do you have a complete serbian name (first and last) or did you get an american first name by your parents since you were born in the u.s. anyways?

what does your nickname stand for?
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1) Are you a christian?
2) Why is your Serbian heritage so important to you if you've never been there?
3) Do you like any players other than Djokovic?
4) How can you stand to talk to Clydey for so long?
5) Who's the poster who annoys you the most on MTF (you can say me I wouldn't be very surprised, or offended )?
1.) Yes

2.) Because when I was growing up in the early 1990s I had some bad experiences where kids told me they hated me and one student shouted out in the middle school library "kill the Serbs." These were not Croatian/Bosnian Muslim/Albanian students - they were "typical" Americans, clearly being taught these things in school/home (there was one particularly virulently anti-Serb teacher in my school called Mr. Coons). The media reported things in a very biased and unprofessional way. I came to feel judged as a kid for my heritage (and I still sense a "judging" eye on occasion, even with my faculty and classmates at medical school), so I came to identify more strongly in this way. Had there been no war in 1990s and the incredible media bias that trickled down into society, etc., I probably wouldn't identify particularly strongly as Serb at all. I imagine things are much harder for people of Middle Eastern heritage in the US, who are judged even more harshly and whose appearance reveals their origins before they even open their mouths. My parents were not really what you might call nationalists before the war. My father actually identified as a Slovene before the 1990s war (he's half), and my family had Albanian, Bosnian Muslim, and Croatian friends. Unfortunately, because of their behavior rather than ours, those friendships all crumbled (I guess they weren't really friends afterall). War causes people to turn on each other in strange ways.

3.) I'm not particularly crazy about Djokovic anymore, either. I did like Seles (yes, I know, WTA), because she was so fearless. I respect Sampras but I wouldn't say I was a big fan.

4.) He brings up interesting conversations.

5.) On occasion, primadonna, GlennMirnyi, and KitinovRules have been very annoying.

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You can bet Djokovic's mom just screamed "Another king is dead" right about now - in the remotest corner - of her bathroom - followed by "The other one is buried." (from tennisplanet.me, following Madrid 2011 Djokovic d. Nadal 7-5 6-4)
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did you vote for obama?

have you ever thought about moving to serbia again?

are you a frat member?

do you believe 9/11 was an inside job?

do you have a complete serbian name (first and last) or did you get an american first name by your parents since you were born in the u.s. anyways?

what does your nickname stand for?
1.) I did not vote for anyone in this or any other presidential election. Don't plan on doing so either. Many of the Obamabots are now discovering even before his inauguration that he's going to break a lot of promises.

2.) No. I am very big on natural beauty and the places where my family is from are not particularly beautiful. I have never seen the really beautiful parts of the country, but I might consider having a vacation place there. On the whole, I am much more attracted to natural beauty of Italy, Greece, and the Caucasus. The US state of California has great natural beauty but it's very expensive and a bit strange for a US East-coaster.

3.) No.

4.) No. But I do think the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was known of in advance.

5.) Unfortunately, both names are Serbian and the last name is very hard for most Americans. That makes it a lot harder to "blend in." My sister's first name is very hard also. Yes, I think they should have given us English names, but my mother wanted to give me her grandfather's name (after he died) and my father was really set on my sister's name.

6.) Aloimeh is the inverse of hemiola, which is a pattern in music:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemiola

I first learned of it from a piece by Dvorak (my favorite composer) that I played in orchestra. The piece is called Czech Suite.

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You can bet Djokovic's mom just screamed "Another king is dead" right about now - in the remotest corner - of her bathroom - followed by "The other one is buried." (from tennisplanet.me, following Madrid 2011 Djokovic d. Nadal 7-5 6-4)
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- Andric or Crnjanski

if latter, how high would you rate 'Migrations' in terms of you personal favorite novels, and what are you top 5 favorite novels, if it's not too personal...




-Fraud vs. Nadull, who is a bigger goat for you, and if you don't want to consider either of them a goat, who do you think will leave a bigger mark on tennis?


- crepes or pancakes ?
(and if crepes with what in it)

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I still think you're too paranoiac about the western media's attitude towards Serbia in general but I guess I can see where you're coming from.
Thanks for answering.
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1.) I did not vote for anyone in this or any other presidential election. Don't plan on doing so either.
why is that?

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5.) Unfortunately, both names are Serbian and the last name is very hard for most Americans. That makes it a lot harder to "blend in."
did your parents, as far as you know, have the same problems to blend in or was it basically a "children's problem", if you will, because of blatantly rude comments by young kids? i take it your dad has been well-educated, so apparently he didn't have that much of a problem to fit in, did he?

so where do you see serbia in 20 years' time? having joined the euro, on its was to become the new spain? alienated even further? taken over by russian forces?

concerning the naming dispute with greece, do you think macedonia should give in?
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- Andric or Crnjanski

if latter, how high would you rate 'Migrations' in terms of you personal favorite novels, and what are you top 5 favorite novels, if it's not too personal...




-Fraud vs. Nadull, who is a bigger goat for you, and if you don't want to consider either of them a goat, who do you think will leave a bigger mark on tennis?


- crepes or pancakes ?
(and if crepes with what in it)
I have not read either. In fact, the only literature I've read is British, American, Russian, and ancient Greek, all in English (translation). Of the French, I only read Madame Bovary and didn't like it. Haven't read any German authors. I've made it a side project of mine to get through all the British/American works over the next few months and years and then try to learn the foreign languages and read them in the original. I had a lot of Spanish in high school but forgot a lot of it, so I would start with that. Then Russian, cause it's a close language to Serbian. I tried learning ancient Greek several times but it is a very difficult language and requires dedication and time that I don't have at the moment.

My 10 favorite works of literature, probably in this order: Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, King Lear, Crime and Punishment, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, the Oresteia of Aeschylus, the Oedipus cycle of Sophocles, Inferno.

Fraud will be a bigger GOAT no doubt. Ironically, I think Nadal will leave a bigger mark on the game.

Never had crepes. I've only had American pancakes and Serbian pancakes (palacika), which I hear are somewhat crepe-like. Of course, I like palacinke a lot but I've only had them with chocolate or maple syrup.

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You can bet Djokovic's mom just screamed "Another king is dead" right about now - in the remotest corner - of her bathroom - followed by "The other one is buried." (from tennisplanet.me, following Madrid 2011 Djokovic d. Nadal 7-5 6-4)
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I still think you're too paranoiac about the western media's attitude towards Serbia in general but I guess I can see where you're coming from.
Thanks for answering.
I would definitely agree with you that certain peoples, if you could collectivize them and "diagnose" them as a psychiatric case, are paranoid. Serbs are definitely one of them. So are Poles, Russians, Jews, and probably some others that I haven't thought of.

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You can bet Djokovic's mom just screamed "Another king is dead" right about now - in the remotest corner - of her bathroom - followed by "The other one is buried." (from tennisplanet.me, following Madrid 2011 Djokovic d. Nadal 7-5 6-4)
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There are controversies about your gender on MTF and there's also a gossip you're a medicine student. Could you clear that for us please.

You have the same avatar as Jolan Gago; have you been taken for him by mistake?

Why are Poles paranoid? (I agree, but I'd like to hear it from you)

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why is that?



did your parents, as far as you know, have the same problems to blend in or was it basically a "children's problem", if you will, because of blatantly rude comments by young kids? i take it your dad has been well-educated, so apparently he didn't have that much of a problem to fit in, did he?

so where do you see serbia in 20 years' time? having joined the euro, on its was to become the new spain? alienated even further? taken over by russian forces?

concerning the naming dispute with greece, do you think macedonia should give in?
1.) Because I believe that a.) by participating in an electoral process you are granting implicitly legitimacy to whichever candidate is ultimately elected and b.) if you vote for the person that happens to get elected you are partly responsible for bringing him/her to power. Should that candidate later disappoint and conduct actions/policies you find unethical, you are in a way responsible for the consequences. For instance, if I vote for Bush, I am responsible, in part, for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and all the people that have had their lives ruined/been killed by those policies. I find abortion disgusting and Obama is an abortion supporter. McCain was trigger happy to make ***** wars against China and Russia. The list goes on. In the end, all politicians engage in actions I find morally reprehensible, so I refuse to give them, or the electoral process itself, my vote.

2.) Depends on what you mean by integrated? My parents did not come to the US for the love of money. I don't think they're particularly into money, they're not very materialistic, and that doesn't help when you live in a society that is so oriented towards possessions. My parents don't own a home and after 30 years of being in the US, this year my father got his first new car. My parents stressed the importance of getting a good education and have somewhat "elitist" inclinations with respect to that. My mother studied philosophy and history of art and sociology. My father has a PhD in physics and extensive backround in math and computer science. His brother had an MD and PhD. His mother had an MD and so did his father. His aunt and his grandfather were pharmacists. So there's a long tradition of education in his family, and on my mother's side, even though they were peasants, they were all very intelligent people who did not quite blend into the rural culture around them. My uncle on the mother's side, who is a farmer and never finished high school, is one of the sharpest people I know, and my grandmother tells me that my grandfather (whom I never knew, he died a long time ago), was even more intelligent. Ultimately, getting an education does not help you blend into America if you don't have the money to go with it. My parents have been economically lower middle class in the US, and they've never blended well with other lower middle class people because many of these people have far less education and different interests, and the upper middle class people don't interact with them because they don't have money, a house they own, family vacations, etc. It's kind of strange.

3.) I have no idea. I think people are somewhat "exhausted" there and want to just get gobble up by the EU so they hopefully won't have to deal with any more separatists and the economy will improve. But I'm skeptical. Geographically, they cannot build the sort of relationship with Russia that they might like. I don't think they have a good future, in general.

4.) If Greece is pissed off *just* because of the name, that's a little immature. I'm pissed off about Bosnian Muslims calling themselves Bosniaks because it implies that Serbs and Croats are not native to Bosnia, but I wouldn't make political blockades over the issue. I think the Greeks are worried that Macedonian Slav nationalists will agitate the Slavs living in Greek (Aegean) Macedonia. The problem for the Macedonian Slavs is that their national identity is very recent and is entirely based on the region they inhabit rather than any real distinction from their neighbors. Genetically, there's definitely a strong Hellenic and Thracian component, but culturally they have nothing to do with ancient or modern Greeks (well, apart from Orthodoxy and the Cyrillic alphabet) and most historians and linguists agree that their language is essentially Bulgarian. They are a product of Titoist nation building. The best solution long ago was to have Vardar Macedonia partitioned into Serb and Bulgarian components, with Bulgarians getting the center, southwest and Ohrid area and Serbs getting the northeast Skopje and Tetovo areas and be done with it (the formerly "Serb" area is now mostly Albanian anyway). At the moment, neither Bulgarians nor Serbs really view them as a legitimate ethnic group and Greesk look on them as frauds who are trying to steal Greek history. So, for Macedonians to dump their title, what would they call themselves instead? South Serbs? Western Bulgarians? Balkans Slavs? Doesn't really work, since they don't really have a history as a distinct people for more than about 50-100 years.

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You can bet Djokovic's mom just screamed "Another king is dead" right about now - in the remotest corner - of her bathroom - followed by "The other one is buried." (from tennisplanet.me, following Madrid 2011 Djokovic d. Nadal 7-5 6-4)

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There are controversies about your gender on MTF and there's also a gossip you're a medicine student. Could you clear that for us please.

You have the same avatar as Jolan Gago; have you been taken for him by mistake?

Why are Poles paranoid? (I agree, but I'd like to hear it from you)
I am male and a medical student.

I picked that avatar before JolanGago joined. I believe I have been taken for him (or he for me) by mistake at times. If you look carefully, there are slight differences in the avatar at the edges.

Poles are paranoid because they have a difficult history characterized by invasions, occupations, and mass killings at various times, and particularly by their neighbors. I don't consider "paranoid" peoples to be "victim" peoples. They've certainly all engaged in misdeeds, but by and large they've gotten the short end of the stick historically (which is ironic for Poles and Russians because paradoxically both got the short end of the stick and they've kind of helped in turns to make each other paranoid).

Nole fan: "...most Fedtards seem to be very rabid and rude." (I agree 100%)

You can bet Djokovic's mom just screamed "Another king is dead" right about now - in the remotest corner - of her bathroom - followed by "The other one is buried." (from tennisplanet.me, following Madrid 2011 Djokovic d. Nadal 7-5 6-4)
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1) Are you a christian?
2) Why is your Serbian heritage so important to you if you've never been there?
3) Do you like any players other than Djokovic?
4) How can you stand to talk to Clydey for so long?
5) Who's the poster who annoys you the most on MTF (you can say me I wouldn't be very surprised, or offended )?
Bloody turncoat.

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