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I haven't posted on this here live journal for going on a year now.

I want to blog, but I have this love/hate relationship with blogging.

I always want to make it into this big project where I will attract readers and admirers and advertisers and commenters.

But then that all sounds too hard and I don't write anything at all.

Perfection is my enemy. I need to start churning out the mediocrity.
If I were to squeeze a diamond out of my ass once every 20 years It would be amazing.
But squeezing a lump of coal out of my rectum every 8 hours is pretty amazing as well... and a whole lot more useful.

I guess what I am saying is that I need to start pinching off sticky black tar turds.

fuck diamonds.

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Take a look at these pictures of mutants. I could easily place all of these pictures to within 5-10 years ago.

Ok, now these are only a small fraction of documented mutant animals. Severely disfigured animals born of massive genetic irregularity. How many times does this happen undocumented within a 10 year span?

Now, multiply that by a few billion years.

Now you understand evolution. What if the extra fins on Mr Dolphin gave him extra speed or manuverability in warmer waters... then the oceans warmed slighty.

Multiply by a few generations and you have a new species of dolphin

Anyone who says evolution a belief and not science is a kook.
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Moscau! Moscau!

Oh so very nice


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indonesia surf guitar fast talking jive


Fucking USA!

I <3 asians
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im so hammered right now
halloween is awesome
im sweaty
i just had my face rubbed in boobs
the cat just shoved herself along the carpet
i danced my ass off.
how surprising
did the pop?
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seeya later!
I'm abandoning this live journal in favor of...


PS... i'll still check my LJ friends page to snoop on you guys.
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MYTH 4. The US doesn’t need improvement compared to other countries; it is the greatest country in the world.

Wrong again. I'll only cite the statistics here.

USA Ranking on Adult Literacy Scale: #9
(#1 Sweden and #2 Norway)- OECD

USA Ranking on Healthcare Quality Index: #37
(#1 France and #2 Italy)- World Health Organization 2003

USA Ranking of Student Reading Ability: #12
(#1 Finland and #2 South Korea)- OECD PISA 2003

USA Ranking of Student Problem Solving Ability: #26
(#1 South Korea and #2 Finland)- OECD PISA 2003

USA Ranking on Student Mathematics Ability: # 24
(#1 Hong Kong and #2 Finland)- OECD PISA 2003

USA Ranking of Student Science Ability: #19
(#1 Finland and #2 Japan)- OECD PISA 2003

USA Ranking on Women's Rights Scale: #17
(#1 Sweden and #2 Norway)- World Economic Forum Report

USA Position on Timeline of Gay Rights Progress: # 6 (1997)
(#1 Sweden 1987 and #2 Norway 1993)- Vexen

USA Ranking on Life Expectancy: #29
(#1 Japan and #2 Hong Kong)- UN Human Development Report 2005

USA Ranking on Journalistic Press Freedom Index: #32
(#1 Finland, Iceland, Norway and the Netherlands tied)- Reporters Without Borders 2005

USA Ranking on Political Corruption Index: #17
(#1 Iceland and #2 Finland)- Transparency International 2005

USA Ranking on Quality of Life Survey: #13
(#1 Ireland and #2 Switzerland)- The Economist Magazine ...Wikipedia "Celtic Tiger" if you still have your doubts.

USA Ranking on Environmental Sustainability Index: #45
(#1 Finland and #2 Norway)- Yale University ESI 2005

USA Ranking on Overall Currency Strength: #3 (US Dollar)
(#1 UK pound sterling and #2 European Union euro)- FTSE 2006....the dollar is now a liability, so many banks worldwide have planned to switch to euro

USA Ranking on Infant Mortality Rate: #32
(#1 Sweden and #2 Finland)- Save the Children Report 2006

USA Ranking on Human Development Index (GDP, education, etc.): #10
(#1 Norway and #2 Iceland)- UN Human Development Report 2005

So much for those "socialist" Europeans and those "backward" Asians, hm?
We can do better than this.

You should go to the link at the top
its a pretty good article if i do say so myself.

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Put away the flags - Howard Zinn
From the Progressive Media Project

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism -- that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder -- one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

These ways of thinking -- cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on -- have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

National spirit can be benign in a country that is small and lacking both in military power and a hunger for expansion (Switzerland, Norway, Costa Rica and many more). But in a nation like ours -- huge, possessing thousands of weapons of mass destruction -- what might have been harmless pride becomes an arrogant nationalism dangerous to others and to ourselves.

Our citizenry has been brought up to see our nation as different from others, an exception in the world, uniquely moral, expanding into other lands in order to bring civilization, liberty, democracy.

That self-deception started early.

When the first English settlers moved into Indian land in Massachusetts Bay and were resisted, the violence escalated into war with the Pequot Indians. The killing of Indians was seen as approved by God, the taking of land as commanded by the Bible. The Puritans cited one of the Psalms, which says: "Ask of me, and I shall give thee, the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the Earth for thy possession."

When the English set fire to a Pequot village and massacred men, women and children, the Puritan theologian Cotton Mather said: "It was supposed that no less than 600 Pequot souls were brought down to hell that day."

On the eve of the Mexican War, an American journalist declared it our "Manifest Destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence." After the invasion of Mexico began, The New York Herald announced: "We believe it is a part of our destiny to civilize that beautiful country."

It was always supposedly for benign purposes that our country went to war.

We invaded Cuba in 1898 to liberate the Cubans, and went to war in the Philippines shortly after, as President McKinley put it, "to civilize and Christianize" the Filipino people.

As our armies were committing massacres in the Philippines (at least 600,000 Filipinos died in a few years of conflict), Elihu Root, our secretary of war, was saying: "The American soldier is different from all other soldiers of all other countries since the war began. He is the advance guard of liberty and justice, of law and order, and of peace and happiness."

We see in Iraq that our soldiers are not different. They have, perhaps against their better nature, killed thousands of Iraq civilians. And some soldiers have shown themselves capable of brutality, of torture.

Yet they are victims, too, of our government's lies.

How many times have we heard President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld tell the troops that if they die, if they return without arms or legs, or blinded, it is for "liberty," for "democracy"?

One of the effects of nationalist thinking is a loss of a sense of proportion. The killing of 2,300 people at Pearl Harbor becomes the justification for killing 240,000 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The killing of 3,000 people on Sept. 11 becomes the justification for killing tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And nationalism is given a special virulence when it is said to be blessed by Providence. Today we have a president, invading two countries in four years, who announced on the campaign trail last year that God speaks through him.

We need to refute the idea that our nation is different from, morally superior to, the other imperial powers of world history.

We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and not to any one nation.

Howard Zinn, a World War II bombardier, is the author of the best-selling "A People's History of the United States" (Perennial Classics, 2003, latest edition). He can be reached at pmproj@progressive.org
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Anyone on here who talks to me semi-frequently knows that I haven't been eating mammals or birds lately. The only meat I have eaten in the past month and a half or so is fish, and lots of it. My reasoning was shakey and uninformed at best, but I had this gut feeling that I probably shouldn't. Recently, however, my diet is going to have to undergo a revision.

Cows and Chickens are raised on a farm inside of industrial bins and fed the entrails of their own species, whereas fish are usually just swimming around in the ocean when one day they are rudely yoinked out of the ocean and eaten.

I can go along with fishing, man has evolved as an omnivore with a taste for fish. I live in Michigan, a land with many lakes, rivers, and fish. It only makes sense that i eat the little guys hand over fist. Man evolved to use spears, then nets, then poles to pull the little buggers out of the pond and throw them on a hot fire. Fish mostly eat the things they have eaten for the past few thousand years and the diet of the fish isn't tampered with by humans (although there has been some "progress" lately that has allowed salmon, a carnivore, to feed on corn. ick.)

Man has not evolved to eat cows that eat the fat of other cows. Man has not evolved to eat cows that eat corn. Cows aren't supposed to eat cow fat and corn. They are supposed to eat grass!

Corn is fed to cows because of its low low price (don'tcha love capitalism) but the corn causes the cows rhumen(SP?), the cows main digestive organ, to become overly acidic. This can cause the stomach lining to erode and cause major liver damamge. So we give the cow medications that allow it to eat and properly digest corn. Mainly so it doesn't die before it hits slaughter weight.

Here's where the change in my diet comes in... There are cows that are raised in pastures and fed on grass! Some of these pastures aren't overgrazed and eroded too! You can't usually buy this meat at your local supermarket, but the stuff is out there. They eat the food they were meant to eat, thus becoming the food WE were meant to eat! I can support this. I can eat a burger from pasture grazed cows.

Pasture grazed cows are said to have high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, fatty acids that found most often in fish and are said to greatly improve cognitive power. Some research even suggests that maybe red meat isn't bad for your heart at all, if the red meat is raised on a grass diet like it is supposed to be.

So I shall revise my "no mammals or poultry" diet to include mammals and poultry that is pasture-grazed.

Now all I have to do is find a place that sells the stuff and fire up the grill!
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Jesus was not divine, he was a man.

Jesus was not a poor carpenter, but a well-off rabbi with many rich contributers to his cause.

Jesus had 2 types of followers, those that wished to gain something from making him the king of Isreal by proving his relationship to King David (his rich contributers), and those who just belived in his message (the majority of his following).

If Jesus didn't marry and produce offspring, many of his fellow rabbi's of the time would have seen him as incapable of being a proper rabbi. However, the only jews that opposed him were the well-off and comfortable jewish aristocracy who had nothing to gain by opposing Rome. And even then, he wasn't opposed until late in his life.

...but none of that really matters because he understood one thing. Governments, legislation, laws, and authority can not give mankind peace and prosperity. Peace, happiness, and everything that mankind tries to aspire to, and fails at, time after time, doesn't start with war and governments and regime change. It starts with personal change.

I went to church for 15 years of my life, and never once was taught about this jesus. I was told biblical parables with no point of reference and with glaring omissions from the original text, i was told that jesus died for our sins, and i was told he performed miracles, but i was never told that he staunchly opposed authority. I was never told that he derived his teachings from other religious leaders of the time. I was never told he was a rabbi, and only elaborated on judaism. It was Paul who later rejected jewish practices for chrisian ones.

The Jesus I was taught about was supposed to be god in mans flesh, but that jesus is so devoid of humanity how could he ever be a role model. The real Jesus makes way more sense. He doesn't require my obedience, he doesn't listen to my prayers. He is a flawed human with a flawed utopian world view, handfuls of charisma, boatloads of optimism, and some friends with a little bit of cash.

Something any of us can aspire to.
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