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I want to do this... [Nov. 12th, 2008|09:02 pm]
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d_h_belmont
Recently, I've gotten into playing Chess with real people, and while I was discussing this with a co-worker, we talked about people who can play games of Chess with each other in their minds. How the heck do you keep track of all the pieces in your mind? Some sort of mnemonic device? I can see how we keep track of up to 10 digits in a phone number by breaking it up into area code, city, and local numbers, so would an individual keep track of the pieces by breaking up the board into quadrants? Now, hardcore players seem to use this jargon where they say stuff from "king to king's rook 5" or something of that nature. No one I know understands it, but I do know that the chess board has lettering and numbering. The white king, for example, sits at Row 1, Column "E".

Maybe I should just try to play mental tic-tac-toe first...

Then move to mental Checkers...

(I don't like checkers)...

I, actually, hadn't heard about people playing mental chess games until my co-worker brought it up, but I did talk to someone who had a son or son in law who played a game of chess against him blindfolded and won. Unless he's just feeling up the pieces, which I doubt, he had to be keeping track of all that upstairs, so I guess that sorta counts as mental chess.

I wish I had a full day I could devote to trying to maintain a game of mental chess...
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Ugliness at work [Nov. 7th, 2008|08:00 pm]
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d_h_belmont
A lot of people like to pretend that racism is something of the past in the United States, as if it magically went away decades ago with the civil rights movement. Most people believe that Martin Luther King Jr. would be pleased with current race relations inside the States.

But when Barack Obama became a serious candidate for the United States presidency at the beginning of this year, I started hearing some very nasty things about Obama, and not because he was just some "liberal" politician, but because he was black or "an arab" (which is isn't). Today, I overheard an assistant manager at my store say that they're going to rearrage the layout of the White House to put in a KFC, I heard elsewhere that Hallmark is going to create a Chirstmas ornament of Obama so "we can all hang a nigger from a tree". It makes me disgusted and ashamed to be an American. It's okay to disagree with Obama's views, and be passionate about it. Put him down if you must, but for God sakes! Don't put him down because of the color of his skin! That's one thing that really pisses me off, the hypocrisy. These same people love to gobble up the word of Rush Limbaugh. People like Limbaugh like to claim that it is the liberals who are the true racists, however, I have never heard anyone who could be considered remotely liberal use such nasty words that belong in the distant past. While not excusable, I can see a lot of the typical racist jokes being made about a black man becoming president, but when I hear people use these racial remarks to put Obama down, there is a genuine feeling of hatred in their voice and in their hearts. Why is it that in the 21st century, I should have to hear things like "nigger" and "raghead" so constantly?

I think it just shows how little things have changed in fifty years. Usually, it isn't acceptable to say such things in public, and I think that's why people push the "he's a Muslim" thing on Obama so hard, because after 9-11, it's been acceptable (and it shouldn't be) to hate dark people of middle eastern descent, and with racism brings utter stupidity and ignorance. The mountains of things said about Obama and how he's this or that and NONE OF IT IS TRUE, but no one bothers to check because they want to hate him, but don't have a reason to, so they make shit up so they can get away with it. Now that a non-white is in charge, I think a lot of people have had their racism that they've tucked away so neatly bubble to the surface, and none of them realize how terrible and ignorant they look.

I feel like I'm just bouncing from topic to topic here regarding Obama and racism... I'm just sick of the high level of bullshit and ignorance I hear all day long. People in general are so fucking stupid and they can't seem to have the slightest idea that what they say makes them look incredibly stupid. These same people who flipped out when remarks (that weren't nearly as bad or overtly racist) were made about Condoleeza Rice are now the ones who can't keep their mouths from spewing vile bullshit everywhere. (Hypocrisy, especially of a political nature, is one of those pet peeves of mine that strike the deepest laid nerves within me.)

I'm done.

This board is pretty quiet these days, but I had to get some of that out. It's just so upsetting to see, in some people's attempt to put down a politician, they reveal just how ugly, stupid, and racist the population is. I'm tired of it. I don't like thinking myself as smarter than others, but when I see and hear the things I do (can't escape from it; it's all around me), I couldn't live with myself if I wasn't.
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More political BS from yours truly [Sep. 25th, 2008|02:15 pm]
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d_h_belmont
I haven't given up on this community!

I've noticed gas prices going down quite a bit recently; it seems like it was only a couple of months ago it was a dollar more. After marveling at the gas prices for a moment, I remembered something! Four years ago, would you believe THE SAME THING HAPPENED? But what was going on four years ago? The Olympics? Er... maybe, but I don't care... OH RIGHT! It was the election! I am forced to listen to Rush Limbaugh at work on occasion, and Douche Limbaugh was making a point about (mind you, this was before the big oopsie on Wall Street) Obama's claim the economy was not doing well was a load. "Look at the falling gas prices!" he shouted, no doubt spraying his microphone in a fine layer of foul smelling saliva. It was actually at that moment I remembered how during the last election gas prices fell. I think it's bribery. I think it's a way of making people think everything is okay, so they continue to vote for the same old douche bags, after all, the only time the average American will give the slightest shit about something is if it affects them directly, and what other way to do that than to lower gas prices. It's a mixture of feelings. It's great that gas prices have come down to something a bit more tolerable... but it's a bribe, and sadly, it will trick people into thinking the way things are going is just fabulous.

By the way, this 700 BILLION dollar bail out... That's going to come from tax payer money if I'm not mistaken, and while I don't know enough to take a side on the issue of the current situation, I did some quick and sloppy math and I believe that it will cost every single man, woman, and child in the United States $2334 to pay to take care of the major fuck ups that occurred within those businesses. McCain suspended his campaign, blowing off a debate, to "go work on the problem". Is John McCain incapable of subtly in his political maneuvers? He's so fucking obvious in everything he does. Also, I think it's funny how he constantly says Obama has no plan for... well... anything, and debate would certainly prove or discredit that claim to some extent... but now he's not going to be in that scheduled debate...

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that McCain (giggle... chuckle...) CUT... and... RAN from Obama.
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You Know What Really Grinds My Gears? [Sep. 11th, 2008|09:51 pm]
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d_h_belmont
People, but what else is new?

Today, I'm offended by the people who post messages on this day about "remembering 9/11" and going so far as to post the horrific pictures of that day. Is this bullshit really necessary? I won't deny that, as Americans, we need to realize the world isn't perfectly safe and there's danger out there. We won't forget that. But why REHASH this shit on this day every time it comes around? I can understand doing it on the first anniversary, and maybe even the fifth, but there comes a time where we have to just move on. We wallow in this 9-11 shit. Since when in the history of man has it ever been good to DWELL on something horrible that has happened to us? We grieve, we accept the reality, and we move on and become STRONGER.

But it's not just this specifically. It's the insincerity in posting this "remember" shit on this day. If it was that important to post "remember" messages, it doesn't make sense to do it just on one day. These are the same assholes who do nice things for their lovers ONLY on Valentine's Day, and is full of happiness and joy and love for their family ONLY during the holidays. They have beliefs about certain things needing to be done, but ALWAYS squeak by doing the BARE MINIMUM.

Don't come to me with this "remember 9/11" nonsense, all all the potential political ideas that come with that statement (such as "we fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here" and "freedom isn't free" ) when on 9/12, you will be back to your normal way of life as if nothing ever happened. It's lazy, and it's hypocritical.

With that said, we should post "Remember 12-7-41!", and see how many people have no idea what we're talking about. Better yet, try "Remember 4-19-95!" which up until 9-11-2001, was the worst terrorist attack this country has faced (there might be people here who don't remember the Oklahoma City Bombing. If not, go look that up or try "Timothy McVeigh" in a Wikipedia search engine. That way you can still call yourself a Wise Tit ; - ) ... Or maybe "Wise Ol' Tit". Take your pick. )

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Sex Education In Public Schools [Sep. 8th, 2008|11:16 am]
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hahahasyyke
I applied to a community, and in the application it asked that I pick a few of the topics and explain my opinion on them. One of the topics listed was regarding Sex Education in Public Schools, and I had more to say about it than I posted there - so I thought I'd carry it over here.


I am not sure if they have some kind of sexual education in health classes EVERYWHERE, but we had it here, and it's pretty heavily based around one idea - "Don't do it!" We'd be pressed more than anything to abstain, and we were educated more on STD's than on how to prevent them. Apparently a lot of places simply teach Abstinence-only, and apparently a lot of conservatives are all about that. What?! I understand that people don't want their teenagers to have sex for the same reasons they wouldn't want them to smoke, drink, or a number of other things. However!

Okay, yes abstinence is OBVIOUSLY 100% effective in avoiding things that only come from having sex. If something can only be transmitted sexually, not having sex will spare you any risks of getting that disease. But people tend to ignore the fact that teenagers will have sex. Okay, not all of them obviously, but there are teenagers who do, so if parents and teachers think that telling them not to will stop them, then that's just being naive. Yes, abstinence works for those who remain abstinent, but teaching ONLY abstinence leaves the teenagers who decide they will have sex as endangered as they possibly could be from their conduct. We need to teach teenagers about contraception. Tell them about proper condom use, birth control pills, simple common sense solutions that also happen to work, as this recent study demonstrates. (Those are two separate links, by the way.. hah)

"The United States seems to be following the recent patterns in other developed countries where increased availability and use of modern contraceptives and condoms have led to remarkable declines in teen pregnancy,” said lead author John Santelli. “If most of the progress in reducing teen pregnancy rates is due to improved contraceptive use, national policy needs to catch up with those realities."

So, we have this decline in teen pregnancies (thank goodness), and we have more access to more information on contraceptives to thank for it, not an abstinence only teaching system. But it seems that conservatives are hell bent on pressing their opinion that sex outside of a heterosexual marriage is wrong so doing something that would "aid" teenagers who are having sex is only going to help a sinner get out of any punishment. I guess if that's the case, then abstinence only education serves the purpose that it's intended for...

And then people will say that it's just not the school's place to tell students about these things, because then they could learn things that are against the beliefs of their parents, but isn't questioning opinions and not just going by what one person says part of what a good education should be anyway? And anyway, I don't see how telling teenagers about abstaining and contraceptives in school prevents their parents from teaching them about those things, so I don't really see any grounds to make an argument on the whole matter except that sex is icky and dirty and should only be with somebody you love enough to marry, and of course anyone who thinks otherwise should probably just have a disease or great hardship...

It's frustrating. If you know teenagers do it, wouldn't you rather them do it safely?
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where's the right to legislate a personal belief? [Sep. 5th, 2008|05:22 am]
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jesuismeursault
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i was just in the store and noticed people magazine announcing the marriage of ellen degeneres and portia de rossi. i thought, good for them, i guess, if that's what they want to do. it got me thinking about the whole issue of gay rights, which got me thinking about people in general. i don't understand the reasoning behind not allowing gay marriage, especially when we are given equal protection under the law in the constitution. i know the arguments that use the bible as a backdrop but, as far as the law goes (and it is strictly a legal matter), marriage is just a contract between two people. so, why can't anyone of legal age get in on it, gay or straight? you can't deny a gay person a home or car loan because he/she is gay; that would be against the law, so why does it work with this specific contract? i see this as more legislation of people's personal opinions. person A does not like the idea of gays marrying for whatever reason (usually religious, which shouldn't matter in a legislative matter in the first place), so that person decides to make laws banning it. my question to person A is: why do you care? allowing same-sex marriage does not mean you then have to marry someone of the same sex. i'm not a lesbian and the idea of being with another woman is not an appealing one for me, but that doesn't mean that i should be able to tell others they cannot marry someone of the same sex. personally, i don't care what goes on between two consenting, law-abiding adults. and i suppose it's a good thing i don't care, since it's none of my damned business in the first place. i don't understand the desire to legislate personal opinion. if you don't like the idea of gay marriage, don't marry someone of your same sex. if you don't like the idea of abortion, don't have one. if you don't like inter-racial marriages, then marry within the confines of your race. it's that simple. why must everyone else be forced to be like the most pseudo-pious/self-righteous among us?
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Heinz Dillema (Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development) [Sep. 3rd, 2008|09:16 pm]
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d_h_belmont
Take some time to think about this scenario:

A woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the drug cost him to produce. He paid $200 for the radium and charged $2,000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman's husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money, but he could only get together about $ 1,000, which is half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said, "No, I discovered the drug and I'm going to make money from it." So Heinz got desperate and broke into the man's store to steal the drug for his wife.

Should Heinz have broken into the laboratory to steal the drug for his wife? Why or why not?



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Most people will respond by saying he should either not break the law or go ahead because the needs of the woman outweighs the need for the druggist to have his precious money.

Doesn't anybody wonder what the druggist is going to do with the medicine? Yes, he says "I am going to make money from it.", but is it possible that in this process of making money, he's going to try to make it available to everyone, like sell it to Pfizer or some shit and that he needs to develop a prototype right away for their labs to look over? Which in turn might make it easily accessible to everyone else? What the druggists motivations are would certainly have a huge factor in deciding whether or not I smash his pharmacy to bits and steal the drug or tell my wife "Sorry, dude!".

Doesn't anybody wonder about the long term rammifications of commiting that crime? Sure, you go to jail, but the woman lives, but what if indeed by taking this drug, it results in taking it out of the hands of countless people with this same disease? This radium the druggist discovered may be in such a small quantity, that he NEEDS to send it off to a big company so they can find more of this type of radium, and the drug is the proof that more will be needed, but he can't find it.

Of course, the motiviations of the druggists are purely speculative, but surely that would cross Heinz's mind.

If I were Heinz, I'd have to find out what the deal was for the druggist to do something so shameful that it could destroy his reputation. If I failed to learn anything, I'd have to follow my heart. If I felt his reasoning was selfish, he can kiss his medicine good bye and I'll face the consequences without hesitation. I'm sure my wife's live would be worth far more to myself and to others than the druggist's money.

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les enfants terribles [Sep. 2nd, 2008|02:22 pm]
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jesuismeursault
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a question occurred to me today whilst sitting and attempting to quietly read outdoors at a public park: what is there to do about other people's children? you know the kids i am talking about; the ones who are running, screaming through the grocery store, knocking into things, breaking them and not caring, while the parent is talking away on the cell phone nearby completely unaware or, even better, nowhere in sight. these are the children who are kicking the back of your seat on the airplane or in the theater, the ones who are screaming and throwing food at the restaurant, the ones who are running around on the bleachers and throwing grass in your general direction when you are trying to read quietly at the park. what to do about it? dirty looks don't usually work, because the parent is not taking care of the child in the first place, so he/she is surely not going to look at you. slapping someone else's kid is apparently against the law, so no help there. telling the kid to leave you alone rarely works, as the child doesn't listen to his/her own parent. it's maddening. the world is overrun with bratty, loud, inconsiderate brats and their lazy, wishy-washy, disinterested parents. what is a person to do?
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One possible future for humanity [Sep. 2nd, 2008|02:18 am]
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d_h_belmont
Don't laugh at me yet... A lot of this was inspired by a fascinating program on PBS, the name of the program, I've forgotten, but certain terms and ideas are definitely borrowed from it.

The internet is probably the most important invention of our time because of the way it's connected the world. So much of our personal lives are now wrapped up in it. This community is one of countless examples. This PBS program came up with a number of ideas, one of them included a "world wide mind", where all minds are connected, which would mean that if you wanted to *know* anything, it could be retrieved from the W.M.M. (pronounced Whim). Suppose that also included the experience of others, too, so all the years spent learning how to do anything could be instantly processed. Imagine how far humanity could go, and imagine with a connection like that, we would all be connected so intimately, I think it would instantly become damn near impossible to try to fight and kill one another anymore. Ideas rapidly bouncing off of other ideas, within a few years of the activiation of this WMM, maybe less, the world would become drastically different. I could see our lives being pushed further and deeper into the virtual world to the point where we become fully interconnected with it. It sounds stupid, like something straight out of bad science fiction writing, but I don't think I've said anything that makes no sense or can't be elaborated or justified so far. I could see this intergration going so deep, we start having virtual children, which would mean that humanity would, depending on how you look at it, evolve into a fully technological species, or go extinct. Either way, I could see some form of artificial intellegence being the next big step in the evolution of man. Now I'm not talking about a big giant virtual world, where everything is just like what it is now, but in some mental holodeck, no no no! With the power of billions of minds slowly integrating into one giant super intellegence, I think we could make quick and rapid evolutions, reaching levels of intellegence and understanding and comprehension that are inpercievable at present. Free of an organic physical form, we would be able to leave Earth and travel across the universe or beyond if we wanted to, growing and learning about things we never would have reached from home. Our brains work because of the environment we live in an how we adapted to it millions of years ago. Despite how smart we think we are, we still act mostly like animals because of eons of conditioning. That conditioning would finally be eliminated and we, if you would still call this super intellegence a "we", would probably transcend those limitations.

Okay, it's late, and the thoughts are probably not coming out as clearly as I want them to. I hope this makes some sense. Maybe I should start at the beginning.

Suppose there is a need (food), and a man, we'll call him Adam, creates a thing to meet that need (a farm). He makes crops, and over several years, he comes up with ideas to improve the crop. Suppose Adam has access to books on farming that have advice on how to improve said crops. He takes some of the best ideas there and they work to his advantage. Now, Adam has internet, and he has millions of articles at his fingertips, and he finds something esoteric from across the world on how to really make the crops grow, and he uses that to his advantage and the crops are even better and he now has a new medium to distribute those goods. With WMM, Adam can now *know* all the experiences of all the farmers in the world (or those who are attached to this mind connection), and from it, he can take the knowledge of the best farmer in the world and match his output. All these minds taking ideas from one another will generate newer and better ideas that will almost instantly be available. With newer and better ideas coming out instantly, flowing out- exploding out like gas from a pressurized tank, it wouldn't be long before you get to really far out ideas. Using all the accumulated knowledge from countless scientists bouncing ideas off of eachother, someone across the globe creates a "pattern replicator", like the food replicators seen on Star Trek, and a doctor, getting ideas from other doctors, biologists, what not, creates a way for humans to act as plants and get energy through photosynthesis. Minds would speak to each other with such harmony, free of the clumsiness of language, spoken and written.

It sounds scary and unpleasant, but I find the idea exciting, because of the heights a mind could reach utilizing the power of billions of minds, and the knowledge from humanity's cream of the crop, and the knowledge from great minds that otherwise would have gone unnoticed, all available and accessible, free for others to amend and improve and augment upon. I think if people found this experience unpleasant, the WMM would instantly collapse, or be reduced to something less significant. I think there would be this moment of extreme shock in some as surely their perceptions on the world, their life, their loved ones, would be drastically altered instantly. I'd think the best ideas for happiness would surface and be utilitzed, and I can't see how there could be disagreements inside this unified brain because all the reasoning and logic for any position would be laid bare for all to process. Everyone's perspectives and bias would be understood by everyone because it now sits in their brain, too.

And I have to wonder if all this knowledge exchange would fill up a brain's memory capacity. I suppose that would be one of the times that new memories would be written into a supercomputer that would house all our personalities and memories and everything else that makes us who we are. When we "die", I think there would be enough information and data on a person to essentially keep something congruent to them around for the life of the supercomputer, something to continue to contribute and add to whatever society would look like at this point. Children would probably start to exist solely in the computer, especially if this computer left Earth and did not arrive at any other Earth like setting. It seems that it would only be a matter of time before the organic side, that which was what we were at the start of WMM, would become obsolete and become extinct, and this unity would continue to evolve, possibly to a state where physical constraints as we know it no longer apply.

I wish the WMM existed now because so much of this idea just WILL NOT convert to words or drawings, partially because it deals with ideas that are supposed to be unlike anything we've ever experienced before... but maybe someone out there is capable making that conversion. Surely one in six billion would get what I'm saying and be literate and have a broad enough vocabulary to make that conversion for me. Heh.

It is three in the morning now. I better end this here.
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Creation: Why? [Aug. 30th, 2008|01:51 am]
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hahahasyyke
Okay, so supposing God exists as the creator, there's a question that pretty much goes unanswered which is "why?"

The most reasonable answer I can think of would be entertainment. There's this existing being chillin' all over all that is, and he's like "Okay, let's do this..." Because it's like this ongoing sitcom that he can get off on watching because we're all clueless creatures, pondering philosophical things and his very existence.

But they say that God is perfect, and though the idea of perfection is pretty ambiguous, I think my understanding of the term would insist there's a huge contradiction. If God, again supposing he exists, is perfect, then he wouldn't NEED or WANT. If one needs or wants something, then everything can't be perfect. If it were, then why need or want? (I'm doing a circle, I know...)

And then there's the whole question, why is it that God's whole existence seems to revolve only around what's going on here on earth? I mean, there's this whole universe, and I suppose there could be more outside of this univers, why don't we hear about God's activity outside of the human race? Why does he only address us?

And back to the whole entertainment theory: How could it possibly be all that entertaining when he already knows what's going on, supposedly. If I go and pick up a movie and knew everything in the movie, word for word, minute by minute, every gesture, every facial expression EXACTLY - EVERY - DETAIL, how is that even entertaining anymore?

None of this is really solid, but the more I discuss one part, it leads me into another.

AND, for crying out loud, WHY do we question every single possibility when we know that no other human could possibly contain a definite answer - and if they COULD, why would we believe them over the other people who think they know the "true" answer to it all?
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