Judith

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  1. Judith

    Marriage

    I've attended a wedding at which the bride and groom both cracked up continually during the most solemn vows. This wedding was quite a formal affair, in a church. I was really disgusted by it. I can't imagine cracking up either in public or in private during such an event. Judith
  2. (*laugh!*) Too bad it's unlikely no one ever read them! Would have been a hoot! Johnstown? I've driven through there on my "scenic" route back from Pittsburgh once or twice. I do have similar problems with Dickens, but I have other books written in the late 1800s with which I have no problems whatsoever. In fact, I like them a lot better than many of the books written today, filled with slang that will be obsolete in five years. And I can't bear TV. I literally watch zero hours a year. Some of the more recent films -- even if one could call 1991 recent with Stone's "JFK" -- I find har
  3. I must remember this story if I get back to Turkey in the near future. (I was there when I was 12; all I remember is visiting the ruins of Ephesus and seeing phallic symbols in the stones pointing the way to the houses of ill-repute.) I actually had the chance to meet Ron Paul briefly at a fund-raiser when he was running for president on the LP ticket in 1988. I was more politically active then, and went out gathering petitions to get him on the ballot that year. Judith
  4. Early, snappy plot developments of "Ninety-Three"? Slower than his others? Yikes. I'll have to pass. I've never, ever been able to get beyond two or three chapters of any of Hugo's books. I've tried "Les Miserables" about twenty times, but I get bogged down with the bishop and the candlesticks every time. I've tried "Hunchback". I've tried "Ninety-Three". Same thing, about the same length in. His prose is DEADLY. I expected more from someone loved by Ayn Rand, whose prose was tight and compulsively readable. Judith
  5. (*wince*) Desecration! I've written in textbooks, but NEVER, EVER in my own private books. Not even in workbooks that provide space for you to comment as you work through them; in those I always, always write on a separate piece of paper. And if I read a book after someone else has, I don't WANT to read that person's comments; they'd distract me from the book. I do remember one textbook in which I couldn't help making comments and large exclamation points to a great extent. It was about twentieth-century law and Roosevelt's court-packing program. It horrified my libertarian soul. I then t
  6. Judith

    Marriage

    (*laugh*) Add me to the list of those older women. I'm not a big fan of marriage, but desire comes with serious romantic love. If you've never been in love -- I mean as an adult woman, not teenage crushes -- you've never experienced desire, as opposed to lust. Desire can leave you lying motionless, unable to move because the one you want isn't there. It can make you feel like your bones are melting. It is the most intense thing you will ever experience. It will very likely happen to you. And you will never, ever forget your first love. Judith
  7. (*laugh!*) I've noticed that the waiting time in offices seems to be inversely proportional to the quality of the reading material i've brought with me. Back in the mid '90s when I had to take my horse to a teaching veterinary hospital that had only opened the week before, the only magazines in the waiting room were things like People Magazine with Princess Di and her new baby. I don't know why they brought the old magazines over to the new hospital instead of buying new ones.... On that I've seen wide variety. Many of the books in which I've been interested have had little to no diffe
  8. Welcome, John. I remember my visit to Scotland 19 years ago. Beautiful country. Judith
  9. I can't decide whether to get one of these or not. I've found the original version to be quite klutzy in my hands, although I've heard that the new version is only 3/4 inch thick. On the original I found that I had to blow up the font to nearly its largest size and thus have to turn the pages every two or three seconds. I just bought a new house a few months ago to accommodate all my books, and I'm already wondering where they're all going to go considering the rate at which I buy them, and something like this would be a big problem solver. On the other hand, things like illustrations in c
  10. Michael's list and anonrobt's list included just about all of the ones I was thinking about in my earlier post when I said that there had been a number of books advertised in publications such as "The New Individualist". Go to it and see if you like them better than I did... Judith
  11. Tends to favor links with a "liberal" slant. How's that? Something written into the algorithm? ??? Damned if I know. I've read a number of articles about it over the past few years. A quick search just now turned up a few examples: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard...m-your-computer http://www.nyctv.com/google_manipulates_to...rch_results.htm http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article....RTICLE_ID=44125 http://newsbusters.org/node/5477 Judith
  12. There have been a number of writers who advertise in journals like "The New Individualist" who are explicitly Objectivist. I've bought a few of their books and usually been pretty disappointed. You might do better looking for "libertarian" fiction, in which Heinlein is more properly classified. Some of my favorites: J. Neil Schulman: The Rainbow Cadenza (out of print) F. Paul Wilson: An Enemy of the State Judith
  13. I don't know that I buy Judith's assertion against my attack on #8 that my attack ignores a third dimension of knowing. Judith, maybe you can elaborate on your post yesterday why my argument against #8 ignores this 3rd dimension "eye of spirit." Concerning Rich's latest post, James asserted that mystical perceptions are transient. Therefore, either mystical perceptions don't relate to a need, or that other needs are wired to be more dominant in human awareness such that mystical perceptions are always buried and only surface occasionally. Actually, I don't buy James' statement that mystica
  14. Don't those who practice it do it for the purpose of experiencing it? Is there a big difference between the two? Wherein lie those differences? Judith
  15. This fits with Wilber's point that some people regress rather than progress when they attempt to have mystical experiences, but doesn't account for his "progressive" experiences. It also pretty much ignores the existence of the "third eye" that Wilber describes, sort of like ignoring the existence of a third dimension that one personally hasn't seen by trying to explain it in terms of the two dimensions that one HAS seen. Judith
  16. Yikes. No air conditioning? Remind me not to vacation there... Judith
  17. (*heavy sigh*) If we might get back on topic instead of this boring discussion of personalities... Joan Veon also seemed to discuss this document as if it were valid. I have a hard copy of it with a forward by the author explaining the circumstances under which it was written and explaining that it is a farce, which made me question Veon's research and/or wonder what she was getting at in mentioning it. Any comments out there? I'm not sufficiently interested in the September 11th event specifically to answer the poll. My main interest in those conspiracy theories is that one of my favorit
  18. I've always thought that Florida is what Hell would be like. Heat, humidity, lots of bugs so big that they don't die when you step on them... Look! A religious argument! Judith
  19. I know. I kind of like it, so I use it. (I didn't see the movie until last night.) I read the history of the real Illuminati back in February. Judith
  20. To comment further on some of the content, Alex Jones's take on this stuff seems to be quite grim in what he thinks "The Illuminati" are planning, in terms of prison-camp cities for most of humanity, a feudalistic society, life extension for only the favored few, etc., whereas Joan Veon's take, while not exactly benign, appears to be that "The Illuminati" are a bunch of capitalists who are trying to set up a world in which they can make lots of money -- not nearly as malevolent a view for "the masses". On the other hand, Jones seems to be somewhat more optimistic in terms of what can be done
  21. That was very good. Thank you! Yes, that concern did occur to me. :-) Judith
  22. Well, the videos certainly provided some contradictory advice; for example, the first one you recommended definitely recommended against the gold standard, whereas the Alex Jones ones (or was it the Joan Veon one?) were for a gold standard. Just about all of the sources I've seen previously as well as these are pretty unanimous about the Bilderbergers and the CFR and the families, etc. Where I see differences are in whether they buy into conspiracy theories about Pearl Harbor, Kennedy, 9/11, etc. I've never seen anyone come out against fractional banking before; it strikes me as a radical ide
  23. Michael, how can a thread that no one is reading hurt forum traffic? Leave it alone; you never know when someone will post something interesting. My interest in the topic remains. Judith
  24. (*laugh!*) What about "lone individuals"? I guess walking down the street by yourself is now a suspicious activity. Judith