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by mspickle
Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tattoos?
Replies: 1117
Views: 456321

Re: Tattoos? (Recently merged: "Nerdy Tattoo Idea")

I get the Andy joke from Toy Story. :) I have 3 tats. The one on my ankle hurt and it's had to be retouched and it's still fading. The one on my shoulder and the one on my back didn't hurt much. I have a dove on my right back, a rose on my left shoulder, and a lily of the valley on my ankle. PS I've...
by mspickle
Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Last Eight Years
Replies: 31
Views: 4363

Re: The Last Eight Years

I would say not everything has been a complete failure. I probably should be more thoughtful in my response, but then you wouldn't run the risk of having your post summarily deleted. And where's the fun in that? This is SB. Think first, post second. -Az I do see some huge failures, but within each f...
by mspickle
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can non-Indo-European peoples ever be democratic?
Replies: 68
Views: 7741

Re: Can non-Indo-European peoples ever be democratic?

I would propose non-Indo-European peoples and Indo-European peoples have the same chance of being Democratic (whatever definition you use), all else being equal. Check out the 5 Nations Confederacy (now 6 Nations) history- they have had (and still have to a great extent) a very good confederacy/demo...
by mspickle
Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you run a sustainable community?
Replies: 32
Views: 3962

Re: How would you run a sustainable community?

No matter how you run it, please sign me up! Anyway, there are IC's that run the gamut of organizational types. There is an IC page that lists many, many IC's in the world. Some live in a communal house. Some are rather loosely aligned. Some have a common religion or creed or political stance, some ...
by mspickle
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119787

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

Newborn infants are not people?


That is a very convoluted exercise in mental gymnastics. I encourage you to at least try to undo that pretzel.
by mspickle
Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119787

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

As a mother, the word "parasite" is particularly offensive to me. Parasite? I believe very strongly in "bodily autonomy" but there are limits. We are not 100% autonomous, none of us. I know well that my children were children before they were born. I carried them for 9 months. I ...
by mspickle
Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why are gay people so gay?
Replies: 62
Views: 6227

Re: Why are gay people so gay?

For gay men, one word: Hypothalamus. Just my observation that some gay men seem extremely self-obsessed. They get the reputation of being kind of gossipy and cliqueish- traits people normally think of women as having. I guess people think women doing this is more the norm so they don't notice as muc...
by mspickle
Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Shaky Role of Patriotism
Replies: 20
Views: 2071

Re: The Shaky Role of Patriotism

I'm not very patriotic. I don't pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America or any other flag at this point. I just love people and I don't value the life of an American over the life of someone somewhere else. That being said, I think the military programs here in the US do teach ...
by mspickle
Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 16014

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

OK here's a twist on these questions: (I have heard and used variants of them in ESL classes...including the "10 people are in a boat, which 5 do you save...") Anyway, for #1: 1. There are lots of people on the train who will die if you don't switch it, but if you do, there is one person p...
by mspickle
Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Absolute Morality
Replies: 67
Views: 7054

Re: Absolute Morality

It all boils down to this: Love. Jesus put it very succinctly. Love your neighbor (fellow human) as yourself. If you do, you will not commit adultery, kill, covet, dishonor your parents, and so on and so forth. The ancient Israelis needed a code from Moses. (Other societies had laws, etc. as well.) ...
by mspickle
Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Asteroid mining and other space stuff: how useful, how soon?
Replies: 279
Views: 22859

Re: Asteroid mining - how useful, how soon?

Bruce Willis already did this. The earth has been saved! All hail the Orai (I mean, Bruce Willis).

It does sound cool but yes, likely not ever feasable. Guess we will just have to wait for the next "big one" and mine if after that.
by mspickle
Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you call someone with blue hair?
Replies: 58
Views: 4712

Re: What do you call someone with blue hair?

Her Madgesty.
Sorry, I'm unable to put in pic of Marge, the ultimate blue sensation/domestic goddess.
by mspickle
Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nikola Tesla - what a weird guy
Replies: 38
Views: 4189

Re: Nikola Tesla - what a weird guy

Weird guy, yes. I wouldn't credit him with inventing the radio- wasn't that Marconi? I read about the Edison/Tesla wars, too. He was quite off-kilter in some ways, a little like Newton (celibate). But Newton retreated into Puritan studies and his science; Tesla into weirdness and science. I would sa...
by mspickle
Tue May 13, 2008 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0422: "A Better Idea"
Replies: 111
Views: 20256

Re: "A Better Idea" discussion

'nkay.... what is a Lan party????? I am sorry that I am so OLD that I don't know what one is. I did have a nerdiness quotient. I went to prom with a guy friend. Fixed my friend up with another guy friend (gay as it turns out) so we all just went and had fun but no romance. Not that I wouldn't have w...
by mspickle
Fri May 02, 2008 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22876

Re: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes

I can add a little here; I have not killed anyone but my husband was in Iraq for a year (2003-2004) and he is very bothered by what he saw and had to do. He was an equipment driver and not "officially" engaged in any combat duty. However, he went through some experiences, and some may have...
by mspickle
Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What happened to Africa?
Replies: 60
Views: 5589

Re: What happened to Africa?

Africa being colonized by Europe: Africa (and everywhere else) had wars before, during, and after Europe colonized. Europe caused some problems by dividing irrespective of ethnic and tribal lines, but how could we expect otherwise; Europe divided Europe irrespective ot ethnic and tribal lines. There...
by mspickle
Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Latest purchase thread.
Replies: 192
Views: 17744

Re: Latest purchase thread.

Someone is always taking my brooms. I bought a new one today. For about the 4th time this year. Who steals brooms?
by mspickle
Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10268

Re: Bisexuality

OK, I think that at different times and with different people, some people are attracted to people of the same sex. Sometimes people take an attraction and sexualize it. It may actually not have been primarily a sexual attraction. But the culture tends to want to categorize all attraction as sexual....
by mspickle
Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: favorite smell
Replies: 94
Views: 9495

Re: favorite smell

-The top of a baby's head. -Hot earth. -Burning leaves. -Coffee. -Gain laundry detergent. -Honeysuckle. -A nice aftershave on the right man. -Leaves, fresh cut grass, hay. -Wassail. -Wind in front of rain. -Fresh homemade bread. -New office supplies. I know it's weird. New paper, notebooks, and penc...
by mspickle
Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I feel like my friend is joining a cult (homeopathy)
Replies: 61
Views: 13186

Re: I feel like my friend is joining a cult (homeopathy)

There is empirical evidence that antidepressants work. Often they are seratonin reuptake inhibitors, and a serotonin-rich synapse allows for easier passage of an electrical impulse from dendrite to dendrite. You wouldn't tell a diabetic that their insulin was just a placebo, would you? The brain is ...
by mspickle
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189141

Re: Religion

Very true about people doing things for any number of reasons besides "religion"- think about the whole communist oppression- and all that was/is done in the name of actual non-religion.
by mspickle
Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: guys i need help (A friend's pregnancy)
Replies: 63
Views: 6842

Re: guys i need help (A friend's pregnancy)

Well I'm not sure why the mood change, I'm thinking endorphines with exercise, maybe sunshine and serotonin, but whatever it is, go with it! Glad you are feeling better. Maybe in a subconscious way you are happy you are free of this and are letting go and letting yourself live.
by mspickle
Sun Mar 02, 2008 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I feel like my friend is joining a cult (homeopathy)
Replies: 61
Views: 13186

Re: I feel like my friend is joining a cult (homeopathy)

My best friend, an otherwise intelligent, observant person, believes this stuff works- sorry, but there is NO evidence...it is QUACK science. I'd sooner believe she had been abducted by aliens. The founder of it was a quack scientist from Germany who had no understanding whatsoever of virology or ba...
by mspickle
Sun Mar 02, 2008 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189141

Re: Religion

One thing we, including Christians (I am one) have not done as much as we need to is study the Bible IN CONTEXT of the cultural and linguistic environments in which the books of it were written. Only now am I beginning to realize how much Hebrew, Aramaic, Hittite, and other middle eastern languages ...
by mspickle
Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: guys i need help (A friend's pregnancy)
Replies: 63
Views: 6842

Re: guys i need help (A friend's pregnancy)

You're feeling so much heartache, I know it hurts. Please, though, respect that these two people have created a life together, another human being, and they are going to have to work this out for this child (whether or not that means they're together- but it seems like they're going to give it a try...
by mspickle
Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: guys i need help (A friend's pregnancy)
Replies: 63
Views: 6842

Re: guys i need help (A friend's pregnancy)

still blame myself for all her missed opportunities. She's one of the most astute, intelligent people i know, and she should have gone to college, but there was me. My dad should have been in college a lot sooner than he was, but he had to work because there was me. They both, though divorced, had ...
by mspickle
Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: guys i need help (A friend's pregnancy)
Replies: 63
Views: 6842

Re: guys i need help (A friend's pregnancy)

Please remember this is not a young "teen". She is 20, which is young, but this is not an unusual age for someone to have a child and raise the child successfully. Also, we don't really know too terribly much about the other guy- he may not be a complete douchebag. We have heard a skewed s...
by mspickle
Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: guys i need help (A friend's pregnancy)
Replies: 63
Views: 6842

Re: guys i need help (A friend's pregnancy)

I too hope she decides NOT to abort. Abortion is not easy and though it seems like an easy out, it is NOT- years of guilt and depression may follow. I have known countless people who regret having abortions. If you look at a 3-D sonogram you can see every detail of a baby, even at this stage. Please...
by mspickle
Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Found your own commune!
Replies: 60
Views: 4958

Re: Found your own commune!

Congratulations, Girl...you are now Amish! Well, except for that Internet thing.
by mspickle
Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 9043

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

There's no "gender" associated with a lot of the words, even though they have a grammatical gender. Spanish: El vestido = dress masculine La corbata = necktie (cravat) feminine La persona = person (any person, male or female) feminine El seno = breast masculine La verga = cock, dick femini...
by mspickle
Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Westboro Baptist Church
Replies: 142
Views: 15140

Re: Westboro Baptist Church

OK why don't we consider what it is we're talking about- anal sex- the human body was not designed for anal sex. That law did not say "homosexual" - I'm fairly certain it is referring to this act-anal penetration. I am not being judgmental at all here, just trying to interpret what is mean...
by mspickle
Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is this racist?
Replies: 75
Views: 7745

Re: Is this racist?

I highly doubt there are notable differences in intelligence in "races". However, what is a "race"? Our phenotypical differences have to do with geographical adaptation. Quite apparent- nose shapes, hair types, skin colors, height, etc.- all to adapt to heat, cold, sunshine, clou...
by mspickle
Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: At what ages have you experienced changes of faith?
Replies: 160
Views: 11971

Re: At what ages have you experienced changes of faith?

I am Christian. However, if I had grown up in a toxic, judgmental environment such as this, I probably would not be. I know it HAS to be difficult to think about God without all of that baggage, but I can assure you that you are a wonderful, beautiful creation. I have been Christian for a long time ...
by mspickle
Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Five weeks in Wisconsin as an exchange student
Replies: 160
Views: 11111

Re: Five weeks in Wisconsin as an exchange student

Good luck sweetie! I have a very emo niece living with an extremely non-emo family in Germany right now, and it's not going so well. For example, they don't like her having stuffed animals on her bed. I don't understand why she didn't choose Japan. Japan was her favorite for a long time since she's ...
by mspickle
Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Memes
Replies: 51
Views: 4524

Re: Memes

Sorry to be a little off-topic here, but I am Christian and hence pro-Christianity, but I don't consider myself bad company, really. Well, I guess it depends on who you ask.
by mspickle
Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High School Reunion
Replies: 41
Views: 3036

Re: High School Reunion

I didn't have a 5-year reunion and I did not attend my ten-year because I was due to give birth any moment. I attended my 20th. (I am really old.) By that time, so many people will have changed. Seriously even the most ostracized person had a good time. After 20 years, people really DO grow up. Peop...
by mspickle
Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Job Hunting
Replies: 29
Views: 4213

Re: Job Hunting

I hope this helps- I can only give you my own experience. People will tell you you can't get a job in the newspaper. That's wrong. I got 5 different positions by answering ads in the paper. That includes the one I have today, which I thoroughly enjoy. For the one I currently have, it came down to me...
by mspickle
Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Memes
Replies: 51
Views: 4524

Re: Memes

I think the "meme" idea (which is a "meme" itself) is just that- an idea. Taking the word "idea" and calling it a "meme" doesn't change what it is. Ideas are transferrable but when it is transferred from one person to another, it is going to be manifest slight...
by mspickle
Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I have an awesome textbook
Replies: 90
Views: 10632

Re: I have an awesome textbook

Um.....going back a few posts ago....Miami IS in OHIO- I graduated from Miami of Ohio.

The Miami Indians moved from Florida to Ohio. I think they went up the Mississippi River, which also explains the St. Louis location.

I feel vindicated now, thankyouverymuch.
by mspickle
Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Five weeks in Wisconsin as an exchange student
Replies: 160
Views: 11111

Re: Five weeks in Wisconsin as an exchange student

Hey, there, just another comment here- welcome to the US in advance. I know you will do fine. I have been to and through Wisconsin numerous times. In general, it is VERY cold in the winter and fairly hot in the summer. Yes, expect mosquitoes, black flies, and no-see-ums (biting bug too small to see;...

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