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Might As Well Allow Mass Murder.. [15 Jun 2005|07:57pm]

now4ever
Torture does not kill; however it is the constant inflicting of physical and/or mental abuse "captured suspects who may endanger Country X" undergo. The worst part of it, is that the suspect will one day be released into society, or captivity, with a severely battered mentality, and a non-existant self-esteem to boot. In short, it has an effect. Micheal Levin’s “The Cases of Torture” proposes the justification of torture in extreme cases. Levin’s argument is extremely primeval and hypocritical. His "all is fair in love and war" attitude would best be kept for videogames.
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Just something I had laying around from last semester. Might as well share the perspective.
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[15 Jun 2005|07:55pm]

now4ever
In order to prevent moronic, witless, idiots from posting spam in the community, any submissions (entries) made here will be looked over by me first before they are actually published here. Best wishes and what-not. :/
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Politically Incorrect but True [21 Mar 2005|09:38pm]

panda_lord

 


How to fix Poverty, Disease, World Hunger, and War.Collapse )

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am i the idiot? [08 Jan 2005|05:06pm]

thought_crime05
today some dude, who says he has a degree in biomedical engineering yet has worked in a "bead store" for 11yrs, tried to tell me that politics/economics is completely unrelated to the laws of thermodynamics.

he was like "do you really believe that they're connected?"

am i the idiot, because i believe they are?
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[03 Jan 2005|10:35pm]

silhouettepyre
[ mood | blank ]

Hi, I just joined this community hoping to find others that have the same interests in knowledge as me.

Philosophy, metaphysics, history, and mythology have always been favorites of mine. Anything from Nietzsche and Emerson to Norse mythology.

With that, my views are on society are very partial and harsh even a bit misanthropic.

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Oh yay! [01 Jan 2005|11:41pm]

lagreenflamingo
[ mood | chipper ]

Well hi. I don't really know how smart I actually am, but I'm weird and random enough to imply that right? It's always the geniuses that are ostracized.

So I will post a poem called "Daisy Tomorrow" based on The Great Gatsby by F.Scott

Lilting promises in hushed speaking voices,
They declare bright days of light,
Of wilting watered passions,
Passed down by barriers,
And sheltered with passe.

Like sparkling champagne bubbles,
Toasted to brittle beaming and confusion,
With hundreds in attendance,
Leaving few to care,
To seek someone different, unique,
Someone to spend one night with, taken.

All for possession, of want and pride,
Separated in the hands of the next best thing,
Crushed orchids and crushing defeat,
In redemption for being too late,
Because in the greatest spectrum of emotion,
You can be neither extreme.

We all love, in the way they love,
We regret, in morality,
To know that love is little and continually fleeting,
Leaving sacrifice in the wake,
And always regret.

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Happy New Year [01 Jan 2005|06:42am]

thought_crime05
[ mood | satisfied ]

Hello,

I joined your team because I thought we might be able to learn something from eachother, plus you have a really sweet bike.

Cliche Einstein quote: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

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new [24 Dec 2004|02:00pm]

mishk89
hey smart people
im a pretty smart person when it comes to like science and math, but that whole english thing isn't working for me.
therefore, i need your help.

i am working on a poetry analysis for english class, and since im so smart and all, i do not understand my poem. if someone looked at it, they'd probably laugh at me because it seems like a fairly easy poem.

anyway, i wanted to know if anyone here could help me analyze it. the poem is called "Bond and Free" by Robert Frost.

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ok, if you've read this far, then thank you. please please please comment and i will be forever thankful.

~Michelle
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[02 Oct 2004|07:01pm]

rollarcoaster
What is evil?
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[20 Jun 2004|04:39pm]

rollarcoaster
[ mood | bored ]

best online quiz?

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dont fall into the trap of the worlds confusion [11 Jun 2004|01:42pm]

rollarcoaster
[ mood | content ]

say something. not something but anything. anything you know. no matter how stupid or weird. anything about life. living. a lesson. a moral. a story. something the can help others.

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good night [25 May 2004|04:49pm]

rollarcoaster
[ mood | aggravated just because ]

why does society make stupid generalizations such as when its a chicks time of the month they are bithes or bitchy.

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Time [11 Mar 2004|03:12am]

now4ever
[ mood | awake ]

Will time ever stop? I don't think it will.

Some believe that time does not exist and is just a way for us to measure change.

As far as I'm concerned, it exists. The idea that it will never stop makes me uneasy-yet I still find it slightly impressive.

Any thoughts?

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Fellow smart asshats... [07 Dec 2003|07:12am]

now4ever
I am considering giving up on the community and letting it run under someone else.

Any takers, if that were to happen?
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Kids [19 Aug 2003|01:56pm]

now4ever
Children-and I'm not going by the 'official' definition of that word (12- years old), I'm talking people under the age of six years. They are utterly sweet with and completely pure, they won't waste their time judging others based on anything, acutally. They give unconditional trust to others and especially people who are in close range of their age.

Yes, that's because kids don't know how to judge others, they simply don't have the experience.

That's true, but isn't it admirable, what they do and how they act? When you bring to a child's attention that there's another child in the room, or in the other car their lips curl into that unmistakable cute, and happy smile then giggle, cocking their head to the side in a manner that only a child can pull off (and still look cute) and repeat what you just said, that there was another kid. Some might even go so far as to wave and call to the child-it's just so cute and it's something we, as adults should be able to do.

I know, some kids utterly detest the fact that there is another child someplace near and that they would rather be the center of attention however the kid won't hate the other. It never gets to 'hate' not even dislike. Maybe discomfort, but that's all.

Now I'm not saying start waving and laughing like a moron when you see someone else, but shouldn't we try to be as willing to smile and not judge others like kids do? Give people a chance, because when you do give people some slack and not judge them, they'll do the same. Being positive/tolerant is contageous.

They say that the older you get, the more you learn but what if what we're learning to do is just be inconsiderate and cold? There's a lot we can learn from children, and the best we can learn from them is that by nature, we're actually caring beings regardless of what genre of music we listen to, what clothes we wear, or what we believe in.

People are good, and we should never disbelieve that. Great civilizations were built by trust and tolerance (Roman Empire, McDonalds, Ottoman Empire) and they two of those fell when trust was lost and people began to dislike others based on even the smallest facts.

Our civilization today is begining to crumble, what with the politics and such. I think we should all learn to at least get along.
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Death. [18 Jul 2003|03:22am]

now4ever
[ mood | cynical ]

I was watching a show; and someone died. The acting was so convincing, that it got me thinking. Look at us, people roaming this planet, building wonders, destroying others, so powerful, so in control. Then, at death we're frail, helpless things. The thought sends a shiver down my spine.

It's like what my environmental teacher said once, when the weather was not stable (as it kept changing from one extreme to another): as humans, all it takes is an extreme change in nature to wake us up and show us that we're not so dominant as we think.

I believe that that shows us how frail, and precious our lives are.

Cherish.

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Discussing a quote. [04 Mar 2003|03:21am]

now4ever
"They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
-Carl W. Buechner


Most of us, in fact all of us will coincide with what this quote says and sends is correct. One's memory is not so able to grip every single word which was spoken and we as humans-most of us do not have the mental capacity to recite long speeches or words which have been spoken to us. It is very difficult for most to remember what their mother, friend, or any other aquantance has told them word for word. Wether it be a compliment or a let down.

However, we will always feel the jolt, pang, or even surge of emotions which fell upon us from a dramatic moment, look, and maybe gesture even after years which a certain event has happened.

What would cause people to cling to those emotions for so long; or remember them after seeming to have forgotten all about them? Was it the choice of words? The order each word was aligned in? The emotional status or social status of whoever spoke or did that action/statement? All of the above? Or does it depend on the person who was being told or witnessing these things? Perhaps they were in a vulnerable state? Perchance it is none of the about.

In my personal opinion I believe that it has everything to do with how preceptive the listener was to those words. If he/she was not paying attention, perhaps some words snapped and gripped their attention right away, making him or her be 'smacked' if you will with these harsh, happy, or calm words that triggered whatever emotion that was experienced.

Jolts. An example would be apparent if we were to look at how media sells. When one is watching television, his or her heartbeat becomes extremely slow since the body is not moving, simply sitting there, jaw slacked and arms resting in whatever manner. When an ad comes on, lets say there's always peope speaking in enthusiastic voices or images flashing really fast. What you are left with when you leave the television is random shots or a couple of words that are in your head now. Implanted, living there. There is no CTRL+Z there is no back button.

It is what you interpreted, it's how you interpreted it. That's what shapes your emotions and that's what you'll always remember. Your interpretation and emotion. It's how everytjing was presented.
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[17 Jan 2003|12:27am]

now4ever
New look for the community.
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Concept. [14 Jan 2003|11:10pm]

now4ever
Why do some people act stupid when they are extremely smart?
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a thought [11 Jan 2003|08:51pm]

moonprincess232
[ mood | contemplative ]

Last year I had a math teacher who hung a small dry erase board near her door and wrote random insightful quotes on it, etc etc etc. Well, she wrote one sometime last year that I really liked and wrote down on a piece of paper, and recently I found it again and hung it up in my room.

Here it is: Real intelligence is like a river: the deeper it is, the less noise it makes. It's credited to a Mr. Anonymous. Hehe. Anyhow. What do you think?

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