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  1. I kept seeing this and related image around the internet and thought it was just a gnereal shot at the sheer stupidity of the juggalo community. Then I googled "magic everywhere in this bitch". The absolute horror that I felt as I read the lyrics can not be conveyed. No amount of head shaking could ever even begin to communicate my disgust. The song promotes epistemological nihilism. "Magnets, How the fuck do they work"? "Well you see, it actually has a lot to do w..." "NAH SHUT THE FUCK UP DAWG ITS MAGIC. DONT QUESTION." Rage. Rage all over the place.
  2. Taxation is theft, regardless of the rate. That is my opinion. Taking 10% of what I earn is no less immoral than taking 90%.
  3. How, exactly, do you gather that from my comment? When did I say I wanted to see it fail? Both modern liberalism and Christian conservatism are a cancer that is killing this republic. Supporting either, regardless of how long it may take to deal a killing blow, is still support for ideological jokes. I want to see the United States preserve its status as an island for the individual in a world of collectivists. I want to see the ideas that have eaten away at our foundation destroyed. Voting republican is preserving nothing but the notion that it is an adequate ideology, and in my mind that is a far greater crime than not voting at all.
  4. I seem to remember Ayn Rand saying something about weak arguments being more harmful to an issue and having no argument at all. I can't find it but I know I've read it. Well, conservatism is an extremely weak argument against democratic socialism. I'd much rather get this over with as soon as possible. I would love to see the seeds of rational self interest start to grow within my own life time.
  5. I think the Voltaire quote at the top of the forum today applies to the situation; "I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short on: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." Remember that. Our enemies are absolutely ridiculous. There is no reason to fear people so mentally feeble. It does suck that they can vote, but were not worried about politics yet, are we?
  6. My first thought was all the poetry I used to write. It was along the same vein as Barak's; mindless rambling about whatever thought entered my head put into neat little stanzas. HORRIBLE.
  7. Also, I have never seen the term "materialist" misused so much in my entire life. Reading this fills me with great pride in knowing the ignorance of my opposition. It is amazing to me what people are capable of once they have abandoned reason.
  8. #3;" The US loves Rand and libertarian philosophy." >Libertarian Philosophy
  9. I beg to differ. Whenever he "connects" with someone (I can't say any more for fear of spoilers) he really convinces me of that connection. Most of the time he doesn't have to show any real emotion, but when the opportunity arises for Dexter to be himself I think Hall does an absolutely incredible job of portraying a man who has to hide himself 99% of the time. Gamer sounds like a joke. I think it would be unfair to judge his acting abilities outside the show on such rubbish.
  10. Michael C. Hall is quickly becoming one of my favorites. At first I found him unconvincing, but as the show goes on and Dexter has those little "emotional spurts" I can see that this man needs a movie. A good one. And soon.
  11. This is another reason I can't stop watching. Harry seems to be a 'god'. I want to see Dexter realize that he is capable of his own choices. I want to see Dexter realize he is an individual that can adapt to what life has to offer. I want to see Dexter become human.
  12. I actually really want to read the books having recently learned the show was based on them. I don't read many novels, but I will definitely be picking up "Darkly Dreaming Dexter'. There is always something missing when a book is turned into a visual experience.
  13. And that is EXACTLY why I keep watching
  14. As do I. I think the show points out the feeble nature of our justice system. It also touches on some interesting philosophical ideas like justice and what it means to be human. Any show that makes me think is not only rare, but extremely entertaining. It was season 1. I'm just now starting season 2. Season 2 opened up with a sledgehammer.
  15. If you watch the show, you understand that WHAT the code or principle is exactly is more important than merely having one. I am amazed that I like this show. I hated it for the first few episodes but really got into it in the last few. The main character may not be a moral paragon but It's always interesting when he gets fits of being "human". That, and who doesn't like to see the trash getting taken out
  16. Since most of the people writing this are going to be in concordance with Rand's view on rational self interest, how is any originality going to come through? It's going to be hard to say "Capitalism is moral because..." without reciting 'The Virtue of Selfishness' in my own words. I suppose this could be viewed as part of the challenge.
  17. Just started reading "Writing and Thinking" by Norman Foerster and J.M. Steadman, Jr. This seems like a great opportunity to put what I learn to practical use. Thanks for the post.
  18. Well with her I can do it in a sarcastic manner and get away with it. I know she's not a moron she just likes to waste her time (and I let her know it).
  19. This is something I agree with entirely. Certainly there are some exceptions (not everyone has the same style. It would be wrong of me to think anyone not in a suit is 'defeated') but anyone I have worked with that dresses like a slouch has had low self-esteem and social problems. They don't think much of themselves so why should anyone else? Bad posture and loose, mis-matched clothing are sure indicators that a person doesn't take a very good look in the mirror.
  20. I've actually been talking about this a lot recently. Personally, when I'm dressed nice (but for the occasion... not wearing a tux to Applebees) I feel good about myself. When I'm dressed sloppily I don't feel as good about myself. I like to make my clothing reflect how I feel about myself as a person; attractive, confident and put together well. I can't stand dressing down. I feel my best in a suit and wish I could wear one all the time. Wearing a suit brings out my confidence to it's fullest.
  21. Wouldn't a lack of initial on-site resources make this a logistical nightmare? How would such a tiny structure hold up during a massive storm?
  22. If you're not eating enough your body is going to cannibalize the thing that is going to be easiest for it to use and that is muscle. I don't have any numbers and I don't know how much you eat or work out so I can't convince you to assume anything. It's right about now I'm wishing I would have saved my sources Feel free to PM if you wish to continue conversation. I feel like were stealing the spotlight.
  23. That is the problem. Your body transforms protein into glucose. Why would you want that to happen? Unless you're trying to lose muscle alognside fat, wouldn't you want to keep all the protein you can? Isn't too much protein hard on the kidneys as well? I didn't say you need you get your carbs from food, I said you should be getting it from healthy sources instead of starches and processed foods. Ketones are inefficient to the end that fat cannot pass the blood-brain barrier. Fat must be broken down into ketones in order for the brain to use them and even then the brain will only draw 30% of it's energy from them until 40 days in which it switches to 70%. That 70-30% deficiency will probably come from muscle glucose. I just think this is an unecessary stress on the liver unless you are trying to lose fat. I'm a fan of keto for weight loss purposes but keto never helped me push through that last chapter in my chemistry book. It always put me in a "cloud" and made me lose strength in the gym. I only said OP should stay out because the goal wasn't fat loss. If he were overweight, keto would be a great way to shed pounds. All of my opinions are based on my past experience. Keto made me lose fat but also lose strength and did nothing for my mental clarity. Balancing my diet with plants fixed this.
  24. Yet another point is to try not to get into ketogenesis. It has it's benefits as a good way to blast through fat, but your body is not meant to constantly run on ketones. They are highly inefficient. Carbs should come from vegetables and fruits (mainly berries) and will concordantly be mostly fiber. Fats should be rich in a 1:1 omega 3/6 ratio. Exercise should not be overdone and cardio should be limited. Move slowly often, lift heavy things, and sprint for <10 minutes once a week. Its all surprisingly simple. I suggest doing some reading here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/ I am currently following those guidelines and I can only say that they have made life a lot more enjoyable. This is alll irrelevant unless you decide to change your diet over. By all means, explore other areas the lethargy may be coming from (as flatlander said, make sure you aren't burning yourself out in one area of study) because a change in diet is not easy. I think I know what you're feeling though and I know how I fixed it.
  25. Check your diet. I switched from a diet high in carbohydrates and processed foods to a high fat natural food diet and my ability to focus for long stretches has been dramatic. The food I was eating was clouding my brain and generating lethargy. I started working out again too which also boosted energy a great deal. Try focusing on physical health just as much as mental health. This is my suggestion. If your diet is in order then I can't think of anything else to add. Getting my eating, sleeping and moving in order really helped my mental clarity. I'm talking thousand-fold.
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