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About pathannarris

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    Nathanael R. Parris
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    I am 20 years old and a soldier in the US Army. I have been studying Objectivism for a little over a year, ever since I read Atlas Shrugged.
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    Intelligence Analyst

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    Fort Bliss, TX
  1. My wife and I started a handmade soap business a year ago, and we've finally got a website now. We only have about half of our products online so far, but the rest should be on tomorrow when we have time to take some more pictures. Check out our website: www.artemissoapworks.com All our soaps are 100% handmade and all natural. No animal byproducts are used in our soaps. Some of our soap's and scrub's main ingredients are Glycerin, real oatmeal, Sugar, and Peppermint. We are also making gift baskets for the holidays. They make a great gift for your loved ones. I know I can count on my fellow objectivists to tell me what they really think. I'd be happy for some constructive criticism on our website and our products.
  2. My parents and brother are both Objectivist leaning, but not true Objectivists as they are christians and believe in god. Other than that, I am working hard to make reason a part of my girlfriends life, but I have no true friends who are Objectivists. I wish I live further east in Texas as the NTOS is pretty organized over there, but I live in El Paso, so no.
  3. I can actually access the site again...so that is good. The previous server was too slow for me to get on the site from my work computer, but I'm not having any problems with the new one.
  4. I just turned 20 in September...one more year before those pesky poker tournaments will let me play.
  5. HA, did yall try to leave a comment? There is a little box that pops up saying something to the effect of "NYTimes.com editors aim to highlight the most interesting and thoughtful comments that represent a range of views." Somehow, the commentors did appear to find this sham of an article "insightful"
  6. While I completely agree that parents should not be allowed to change the bodies of their children while the parents are still gaurdians, I have to disagree with the idea that circumcision is mutilation. Some people just prefer to be circumscised. I am very glad to admit that I myself am, and I see nothing wrong with that. I do believe that the choice to circumcise should be left up to the children when they turn 18. Otherwise it is like the parent is making a rather important decision for that child by force. The parent has no moral right to circumcise thier child at birth, but the child has every right to choose circumcision once he turns 18.
  7. I have been in the US army for almost the last 2 years. If you literally want to be a soldier then you should go for it, but only if it is for purely selfish reasons ie...the money, benefits, etc. I too always wanted to serve in the military from a young age. Since I have joined I have realized that I wanted to join for all the wrong reasons. Before I was introduced to Oism I thought of the armed services as heroic and that they were doing the things that needed to be done for the country. After reading AS I started checking my premises and discovered that I had joined for purely altruistic reasons. Its a good thing that I only signed up for 2 years to start with because I definatly no longer believe in the legitimacy or the actions of the US army. Even though I really dislike the army, I can definately see that it has affected me deeply. Most of the changes that it has made in my life were for the better, but at the same time it doesn't make me happy at all. My advice to you would be to make sure that you are considering joining because it serves your own interests and that it is something that you really want to do because it would benefit you. Make sure that your motives aren't altruistic or you may end up in the army doing something that you wanted to do, but being miserable the whole time.
  8. I am going to have to say that my favorite novel (aside from AS of course) is Dune by Frank Herbert. The entire series is so complex and is extremely well written. Wheels within Wheels!! If all of you keep saying how good Terry Goodkind is I may just have to pick up one of his novels. I always overlooked his books in the store because I hadn't heard anything good about them. Another good series to look at is the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan if any of you haven't heard of that one.
  9. I too read just about everything, but I really LOVE good science fiction. Robert Heinlein: The Door into Summer and Job: A Comedy of Justice are great. Isaac Asimov: I highly recommend the Foundation series. Especially the original trilogy. Another of his books that gets overlooked frequently is The Gods Themselves, one of his best. Frank Herbert: Dune....enough said. I also really loved The God Makers. These three are probably my favorites aside from Rand.
  10. This idea is actually similar to what Nicolai Tesla did back in the later part of the 19th century. Tesla was an electrical engineer/inventor who worked for Thomas Edison for a time until Edison renegged on their earlier salary agreement. If you have ever watched the movie "The Prestige", you see the main character of the movie working with Tesla on top of a mountain range in Colorado. Tesla advocate the use of a high-powered ultraviolet beam to power objects without the wires. Tesla was also one of the first to notice the effects of X-rays.
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