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May 3rd, 2007

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February 26th, 2007

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Check out the Dinosaur Plant. It was one of the biological anomalies that I heard of over the weekend. I also heard of a biological organism that gets smaller as it gets older, but I don't have a name. Do you know what that could be in reference to?

February 12th, 2007

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February 9th, 2007

Can an obese person die from starvation? I've never been interested in (non-neuro) biology so I've not looked at anything about this. Could an obese person just starve themselves down to their goal weight or what? What would happen to an obese person that only consumed water and daily vitamins?

Yeah, this looks like a potential trolling post but I'm not going to be around to respond to comments for a day or so. I'm genuinely looking for information and I thought I'd come here before embarrassing myself in thequestionclub.

January 24th, 2007

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Yesterday, my roommate came into my room to see if I wanted to watch the State of the Union with them, to which I replied, "Hell No." Personally, I consider myself to be politically engaged and informed--but this mockery of a president has turned my apathy to the administration to bitter denial of its substantiality. My roommates are also political followers; in fact, one is going to DC for a protest this weekend. I digress.

What are your opinions on Barack Obama--the black, Democratic, hopeful for the presidency? I went to his site this morning and watched a clip of him speak; this wasn't the first I'd seen, and--it must be said--he is a fantastic orator. I read his stance on many of the core issues and I stopped. My innate fear was that his political views were too good to be true; that if he became president, we'd see a 180. Was this due to my pessimism regarding politicians? Or was it substantiated? Why do I have this innate fear of trusting our nation’s leaders?

Then the obvious hit. For the past two presidential terms we've been lied to; we've been reassured, told to live in fear, and then reassured twenty times over. (Which way is up, really?)

What are your thoughts on the presidential hopefuls? (Including Hillary Clinton--someone I don't have much of an opinion on just yet.)
Do you even have any? I hope our generation hasn't given up and taken a back burner at a time when our vote and voice is as important as ever.

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December 7th, 2006



I'd like to invite the members here to check out another intelligence rating community. http://community.livejournal.com/smart_punx/profile

If this is inappropriate for this forum please let me know and I'll take it down as soon as I can.

December 6th, 2006

What do you think the LEAST intelligent LJ community is? There's that club of furries, the camwhores, liberals, conservatives, the ljsecret peeps, anarchists, etc.

Which of these groups has the dumbest people, in your opinion? My vote goes to the question club. God, what a bunch of morons with nothing better to do than act moronic.

Which communities do you think are regularly very intelligent? The real_philosophy, convert_me, and libertarianism community seem to have more (though not a terrible lot) of intelligent people, probably due to the highly polemic nature of those subjects. I think that the people in the discord society are fucking brilliant, but not the goof-balls who don't understand the post-structuralist basis of the principia discordia.

I'd like to join more communities with really intelligent peeps. Any recommendations?

December 1st, 2006

While some of my more pessimistic friends out there may believe there is nothing we can do to combat the HIV/AIDS problem I do not concur. There are numerous ways that you-yes you, the very person who is reading this right now- can fight this battle. It all just depends on how much time and effort you're willing to put in.

*Know your status*
Many people who HIV aren't even aware they're infected. Many student health services will offer free HIV/AIDS testing. In addition, various local hospitals and clinics are able to offer free/low-cost testing. Find a testing site here: http://www.hivtest.org/subindex.cfm?FuseAction=Locate





*Safety First*
You're mom always told you to look both ways before crossing the street right? Extend the same common sense to other areas of your life by protecting yourself and your partner(s). You can get an overview of HIV prevention here: http://www.avert.org/hivprevention.htm





*Get Educated*
Do you know all of the ways HIV can transmitted? Do you know how the AIDS virus affects the human population? Do you know what populations are at higher risk for contracting HIV? Get informed on the various HIV/AIDS related issues. The US Center for Disease Control is a good place to start: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/dhap.htm . for an overview on global HIV/AIDS issues you can go to: http://hrw.org/doc/?t=hivaids_pub or http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/fxbcenter/HIVAIDS_and_HRinNutshell-Webversion1.pdf





*Stand in Solidarity*
Support the movement by attending local events. Or perhaps participate in an AIDS walk. You can also urge extra funding for HIV/AIDS initatives and call on governments to provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS services.
World AIDS Day events: http://www.omhrc.gov/hivaidsobservances/world/wadevents.html
HIV/AIDS activism: http://www.amnestyusa.org/hiv_aids/actions.do or http://www.aclu.org/hiv/index.html
Various AIDS Walks: http://www.aidswalk.org/





*Going the extra mile*
-Get involved with HIV/AIDS charities/organizations (http://www.thebody.com/hotlines/internat.html)
-Help to educate others





*For you instant gratification folks*
http://www.africanwellfund.org/candle.html

November 30th, 2006

You are not your ideas.

Criticism often feels like a personal attack. As a result, most people become defensive when criticized and will stubbornly defend their idea even if the criticism has merit.

Criticism has no place in a brainstorm, but once you have selected an idea to pursue, it is a valuable tool. Accepting criticism and using it to improve your ideas are critical to producing quality solutions. Remember that the criticism is not about you; it is about the idea. Try to divorce yourself from your idea and pretend that it just fell out of the sky. This will help you look at it objectively and recognize if the criticism is valid.

Avoid being defensive. Instead, ask lots of clarifying questions and find out what changes the critic would make. Be sure to refer back to the goals so that you aren't solving problems that you do not need to solve. Once you fully understand what the critic is trying to say, you can decide if they have any validity.
- from braingle.com

I really liked this defense of criticism and wanted to share. It seems like far too many people take it personally when others object to their beliefs.

November 26th, 2006

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Has anyone ever read "Propaganda Techniques" by J.A.C. Brown, from 1964? I'm struggling to find it. I don't need to read the entire thing, but I need the gist of it. I understand the techniques but I'm working on a paper regarding demogoguery, so I need to highlight some key points...

if only I could find it!
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