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  1. I am very torn on the subject of suicide. I recognize that everyone has the right to end their own life, however I do not recognize the right of the mad or temporarily mad to suicide. I wont go into details but I had it very hard as a teenager. When I was fifteen I was driven to the point of total despair and I really lost my grip for a while, its not a joke when I say that I was clinical. I had people telling me the world was one way, and I was trying to live in the world as they told me it existed, but it didnt meld with the facts. Finally I sat down one day and decided that I was going to discover the truth about truth and reality. If there was no reality, no truth, I was going to kill myself, if there was than I would commit my life to reality and the truth. That examination saved my life, it was done rationally. If however I had just tried to end it than i would not have had a right to.
  2. My head hurts... Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Think, think really hard for just a second. You are using the 1960's definition of free... I hate the 60's. There is no way in which it is possible that "Freedom of speech" could be envisioned as having been meant to protect liable or slander considering that they are a violation of an individuals rights. As for the Alien and Sedition act it was unconstitutional. as for sex with underage minors, again a violation of rights. making drugs illegal... unconstitutional. banning human sacrifice... I have questions of the constitutionality of banning it. it is wrong to say that we do not respect the first amendment, the question is, is it being carried out consistently.
  3. Wow I mean I have seen stretching before but this is Mr. Fantastic level right here. I give Steve Jobs high marks, however this does not mean that I support dropping acid. I hate "gotcha" logic. Just because he was brilliant and right in one thing does not mean he was brilliant and right in all things.
  4. Is Cain the perfect Candidate? No not by a long shot. Is he the best option on the table at the moment? absolutely. Its not a question of taking poison, we have already swallowed the poison, and it gave us cancer. What I am hoping for out of Cain is not a cure, instead I am hoping that he will stabilize the patient until we can get enough great doctors to cure the patient. Even if the most pure objectivist won the presidency it would make very little real difference. People always put so much focus on the president but they forget that he actually has little real power. And reducing the expanded power of the president at this exact moment in time would be a very very very bad idea, so dont suggest that would help a lot.
  5. My 2 bits I am currently working to become very wealthy and estimate that it will take me another 6 to 7 years to raise the kind of capital I need. The PROPER correlation between profit and product is if you build a product which others see as worth having then your work will be rewarded by profit. According to the socialist model I am planing on raising the capital only to waste it. When I have enough capital I plan on ending government education by producing semi "free" education. Once I have enough starting capital I want to put 3/4 of my capital into investments and the other 1/4 into building a school to suit 3,000 students hire 400 "educators", and provide the education for the students at low to no cost. This will then begin a cycle as the investments grow (slowly at first) I will begin to expand the school into a second school, then a third, and so on. In the end financially I will have gained little if nothing, however I will have raised a huge profit. The profit I seek is not to forcefully close government education but rather to put it out of business, and further to spread my own personal philosophy which will better not just the lives of the students but my own life as well. This may never get off the ground or it may take my life time and more to complete. If in the end I produce a product which is high quality and it goes on to influence the world as I hope than the profit of living in a freer world will be my reward. seeking money for the sake of money is evil, it shows a fundamental lack of understanding what money is. 'money is a means to an end which cannot replace the cause.' Though Steve Jobs was a scattered man I believe that at his core he understood what it was all about, having just finished the new bio on him I believe this more now. He wanted to create products that would change the world, that would add to first and foremost his own life. Just look at what he did at apple, he simplified everything, and was obsessed with being the best. Though there are more homes with a PC (mine being one) is there any doubt that Steve Jobs made Mac's superior. Does Mac's fit the hacker ethos? no, but they were not meant to. But ask yourself, out of all the products out there that have been copied by Apple's competitors which products last longer. I had my first Ipod for 3 or 4 years and it was my fault it finally broke. My second Ipod I gifted to my mother and it lasted me 2 years and she still has it. Profit is a subjective term. To Steve Jobs it meant putting out not just a product but the best product of its kind. The reward for doing this was making money which was a bi-product not profit.
  6. That's true by the numbers is bad, however this is not exactly by the numbers. It's a realistic assessment of the facts. Love, true love is rational, given our shared values my friend and I are "in the market" for the same woman. Why should a woman I love also not love my best, closest, and most dear friend. Further why should we not desire the same woman. Our tastes in looks are a bit different sure, however looks are. Of the most important to us. By the numbers it just makes sense.
  7. Monogamy can work for some at least for a while. However I am expecting to live to be very very old. One of the reasons why I personally have decided to do this is because it is hard to find a good woman. Althoght I have recently decided to become bisexual my tendency is certainly towards men. However I want children and I also want to raise them in a home with a mother. I am opposed entirely to the concept of open relationships. My best friend however is straight however we both enjoy each other intimately. Given our closeness this seems to be the best for both of us. I believe it will provide a better more stable home for any children we decide to have, it will allow the three of us to more easily pursue our own interest as well as provide financial security. I believe the ideal size for this type of relationship is either 3 or 5, right now we want to keep it to three. I also believe that men should out number women in the relationship for very practical reasons. We are planning on a civil union not a state marriage, and we agree that it is not a life commitment. We want it to last for at least 15 years, which hike that is a long time by many standards it is short by the length of life I plan to live. I have already done a lot of research and looked at the best way to arrange a relationship of this kind. If you want the geometry ask.
  8. Alright I am back and ready to make lots and lots of trouble . Lets start with the update. So my best-friend D and I have decided to become polyamorous. Given the nature of our friendship and closeness this is a logical step for us to take. How did we come to this decision? Well that is a bit more complex. It basically started with a question from him to me, the question was "Is monogamy the only legitimate form of relationship.". Well we knew Ayn Rand's answer but I have never been one to take something on faith so we discussed it. Then I thought about it, then he thought about it, then we discussed it, then I thought about it some more... and well i'm sure you can figure out way that goes. Now some might say that I have a bad track record as far as relationships go, and if you consider 1 girlfriend in 9th grade that lasted 2 weeks a bad track record then your right. My "Relationships" if you could call them that were always very open with the exception of that 1 girl. They didn't really begin or end and they could never be considered exclusive, I never had official girlfriends or boyfriends just people I went on dates with and or had sex with. Some might think that this would mean that naturally I would jump at the chance to title myself poly-whatever. Well the truth is I am a romantic at heart. Although I never claimed exclusivity (and would have been enraged at the idea of someone claiming me) I had never really thought about the question of monogamy too much, that is to say I knew one day I might want to settle down with one person but that was later if ever. I did not nor do I have an aversion to polygamy or bigamy but I thought if I ever settled down than the relationship would be monogamous. His question however got me thinking and questioning assumptions I had always made. I began to read more and more on the subject and researching the different types of relationships and the family structures that follow. Well after several months we started talking about it again and looked at the positive and negative of everything. We finally came to the conclusion that for Him and I the best form was polyandry, and that is how we came to looking for a girl friend. So for my own personal interest, what kind of relationship are you guys in (or looking for) and why do you choose one over the other.
  9. Preach it brother preach it. Amen, praise Prometheus, Hallelujah.
  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHrxPSDgyyI&feature=related I have met God, though I doubt he means the same as I.
  11. Sorry there are some who believe that the entire universe is decaying and that even the Atom's and Quarks are decaying. From your post I thought you were one of these. The point which is important (and which I am not sure if you ignored or just didnt get) is that augmenting the body with healthy cells can and will reverse aging.
  12. I despise those who are Pastafarian. While I myself do not believe in any religion the very concept of Pastafarianism is repugnant to me. If someone wants to delude themselves into believing in divine beings fine, these people however...
  13. Nonsense. The number of atoms in my body is finite at any given instant of time. The set of atoms in our bodies changes from one second to the next. Some atoms leave (have you taken a shit lately?). Some atoms enter (how was your last meal?). Ba'al Chatzaf And some of these atoms are degenerating, they can be augmented or even replaced by healthier atoms.
  14. Disinformation is not immoral. Selene and I usually see eye to eye on most things however in this case we diverge. This is war people, we are in a philosophical war to the death. To answer the question it would depend on a number of things, not the least of which is, why, and what.