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Old 01-23-2001, 07:39 PM
DaveRaver DaveRaver is offline
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Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Is there a country called Symbionia that I haven't heard of? What exactly does it mean to be Symbionese, and why do they need to be liberated?
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Old 01-23-2001, 08:15 PM
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The Symbionese are a "theoretical" group, the name derived from symbiotic, describing interaction between species for mutual benefit. The Symbionese represents a symbol for oppressed people everywhere. They were a splinter of a splinter of the SDS/Weathermen movement, and were as crazy as a shithouse mouse.
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Old 01-23-2001, 11:13 PM
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Yes, the members of the SLA actually thought that upper-middle class white leftists with bachelor degrees in political philosophy, had something in common with poor minorities. Hence the "sybiosis".
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Old 01-24-2001, 12:19 AM
black rabbit black rabbit is offline
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Also, it was briefly the name of my band.
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Old 01-24-2001, 08:42 AM
kunilou kunilou is offline
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And for those who still need some historical context, let's not forget that the SLA never numbered more than maybe 20 during it's entire existence.
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Old 01-24-2001, 12:25 PM
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I've always respected their actions and concerns for conjoined twins worldwide....oh wait, that was the Siamese Liberation Army... my mistake
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