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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Ask me anything about dragons. . .
« on: December 16, 2004, 04:00:47 PM »
Actually, the only Platinum Dragon, named Bahamut, is considerably larger than your average gold dragon.

And there is no such thing as a steel dragon.


The Bahamut Esper helps you learn Flare.



General Off-Topic Board / Re: Conservative Hypocrisy
« on: December 16, 2004, 03:59:43 PM »
thank you for pointing out the faults in my inclusion of all people.  however, this was clearly not my intent as the message should go on to clarify, as well as my subsequent messages. 

however, i'm willing to defend this statement for the most part.  as i said, i'm sure i'm guilty of this as well.  at least, i know i have been in the past.  it's not a character flaw.  i'm not quite sure why this is so offensive to you, but it's not meant to be. 

It's not really offensive to me personally.  But it is an overall attitude I've seen too much of, and I challenge it when I see it.  So many people take this as unquestioned doctrine, and that's what's ironic.  "People are stupid".  "People don't question things".  All these great generalizations about these faceless supposed "people". 

But while it's not offensive to me, I think it's highly offensive on a general level, in the general direction of humanity.  I hope you see why I think it denotes a lack of respect toward to common man to imply that most everyone votes the way grandpa voted and doesn't know why.  In my uneducated extended family, you have Democrats and Republicans who will argue their opinions for hours until they're blue in the face.  They all came from the same place, were raised in the same homes.  If they haven't questioned things, why do they have such widely divergent opinions?

I think your premise is faulty.


General Off-Topic Board / Re: Anti-semitic potpourri bag?!
« on: December 16, 2004, 03:54:34 PM »
This is one of the most bizarre things I have ever heard of.  Why potpourri?  That's the last thing I'd expect to be put to use as a slogan-bearer for anti-Semitism.


General Off-Topic Board / Re: Conservative Hypocrisy
« on: December 16, 2004, 03:44:25 PM »
mind you, i haven't labelled anyone as stupid.  i have said that some people are ignorant.  there is a difference.  i also haven't said that most people are easily manipulated.  i've said that some politicians and organizations are manipulative. 

i also know plenty of people that are not well-educated, but whom happen to be quite intelligent and capable of unmasking bull.  i also know of plenty of intelligent people (as far as test scores/academic qualifications) who are easily swayed by bull arguments such as the one i have described.  this has nothing to do with education/intelligence.  though, i will say that i've known plenty of sheep.  it's pretty easy to see every election (as an example).  many people will vote republican or democrat simply because that's the ticket that they've always voted for and their parents always voted for.  while you may consider this elitist, or stupid, or whatever, i hardly think it's a stretch to say that many people are sheep in one instance or another.  i'm sure i qualify in some way too. 

I quote:

"people don't understand the foundations upon why they believe what they believe.  instead, we are told what we should believe, and most people do not question this."

You said "most people".  And I take issue with this.  Most people do question things, and whether or not they come to your conclusions, have made up their own minds.  I mean, I'm not going to make a huge issue out of this, but to be consistent here you should have said many people, or some people.  But by saying most people, you're tarring and feathering with a very wide brush.  Bottom line, it's your opinion, and you're entitled to it.  I do not, nor will I ever, agree.


Acceptances / Re: In at Washington University, St. Louis
« on: December 16, 2004, 03:38:41 PM »

D'oh...all those schools that I still need to hear from...

Thanks for the congrats, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.  The admission cycle isn't over yet, and there are a lot of acceptances yet to go out, I'm sure.


which is better, dr. strangelove or a clockwork orange?  i must settle this once and for all.

Dr. Strangelove.  A Clockwork Orange has some decent cinematography and some great lines (such as "a bit of the old in-out"), but it's really over-rated in my book.


General Off-Topic Board / Re: Conservative Hypocrisy
« on: December 16, 2004, 03:20:45 PM »
ametonym, as i've said, i fully understand how someone can come to the conclusion that the life of an innocent person is more important than the life of a person found guilty of murder.  the inconsistency in how it's framed sometimes does really frustrate me because it's a reflection of a broader problem:  people don't understand the foundations upon why they believe what they believe.  instead, we are told what we should believe, and most people do not question this.  i realize that this is mostly just me bitching about people that i perceive to be manipulative, and the people who listen to them and agree with it, to be ignorant.  i think this argument is tossed around all the time in politics as well as organizations (as i noted in my first post about the flyers hanging around campus). 

There are so many people just ready to slap common people with the "sheep" label and say most people are stupid.  Common folks can be stupid, but they can also be blisteringly intelligent, whether or not they're educated.  There aren't half as many dopes and dupes out there as politicians think, or as elitists assume.  Even people of average intelligence are pretty smart when it comes down to looking at political issues (which aren't really that complicated, when it comes right down to it: most things depend on what you believe, and your perspective).  I know plenty of people who are not very educated, but who are plenty smart, and they are angered by politics, because they feel they have a handle on the issues, but don't really have anyone who fully supports them or their interests.  They feel like they consistently have to go with the lesser of two evils, and choose among issues equally important to them. 

These people aren't stupid, and they do know what they believe.  I think that all too often the sentiment is that "people are stupid and easily manipulated".  That says much more about you than it does about them, frankly.  I certainly don't believe that's true.  For every "idiot" I know, I know 2 highly intelligent people at least, regardless of education level.


Just did a little research and discovered that while Peyote is illegal in the United States, a cactus named San Pedro is not.  Used by South Americans for thousands of years, this cactus has no side-effects and is not habit-forming.
Although somewhat weaker than peyote, it is probably a good starter cactus.  And since it's legal to purchase (and even eat if you claim it's for spiritual reasons) I'm buying some today.

The trip can last up to six hours.

Interesting.  I've never heard of San Pedro.  So what, do you have to just buy the plant itself, and skin and peel it yourself?  Interesting concept.


Acceptances / Re: In at Washington University, St. Louis
« on: December 16, 2004, 02:45:07 PM »
Good job Zap!

Thanks for the shout-out.


Law School Applications / Re: Ha Ha, Don't You Idiots Feel Stupid
« on: December 16, 2004, 02:41:50 PM »

No, first was when she said I was pretty!  Actually, I love her Whatsamotta U Dean Julie posts. 

Yeah, as Dean Julie, she's really got it going on.  Quite good schtick.


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