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Never work for money

People always say,”whatever you do best, don’t do it for free”. I disagree with that because if you do it best, you do it for reasons than money. For example, I have a deep knowledge of Star Trek the next generation. I also love 90s rap and anything related to religion, politics or cultural. I think those things, like helping people, should be above limitations of money. This might be very ideal. And I am. But also the problems we face are not to be overcome with spending. For Arabs and Israelis to live together, or shoplifting to decrease, or seniors to have food and shelter assistance, this will require the national conscience (including elites at the New York Times, senate, White House, governors and attorney generals and sheriffs and judges across the country) to come together across the country and solve problems , like stopping mortgage foreclosure and finding housing and employment and medical care for people. As hospitals shutter in poorer neighborhoods, they open up in richer ones. Free clinics are needed to replace the lack of coverage in those communities, why not take the equipment and offer the hospital conglomerate a tax break because the rich people surely wouldn’t mind all new equipment in their hospital? Cops need to stop arresting homeless people and pot smokers. Protesters need to stop being violent, but it would help if the cops weren’t rough whenever a camera wasn’t looking. suburbanites need to stop eating so much food. We should ban high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated fats. We go to church (or respective equivalent) free, we volunteer for sports or music, constantly dedicating ourselves to projects which will get us into monetary loss, like knitting, or Pilates , or train collecting. We hoard books, movies, or tv shows. We are fascinated and endlessly feeding our imagination. So when someone tells me not to do something unless its for money, my rule is usually, “never work for money”.

God is bigger than money. Either you believe that or you don’t. (Atheists can replace that with humanism.)

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Election Notes: Romney’s Toast

Update, September 30th: Ryan Refuses To Explain Tax Math

Below is the current state of the race with swing states in grey.

If the election were held today, Romney doesn’t win a single swing state.

Not even NC or Virginia according to the latest polls from RealClearPolitics.

Update, September 30th: The above map still holds true. Romney doesn’t win a single swing state.

Update, October 3rd: North Carolina goes in the Romney column. The FiveThirtyEight blog puts Obama’s chances of winning to 84.7% come Nov. 6, but if the election were held today, Romney only has a 2.7% chance of winning. (In science, a probability of 1 in 100 is considered a virtual impossibility.)

Updates, October 10th: Florida and Colorado go for Romney. It usually takes a week for the polls to come in, so these polls are truly in touch with Romney’s debate performance. For the first time, Obama’s electoral victory drops under 300 votes. Romney’s chance of victory goes up from 2% to 33% on FiveThirtyEight — Don’t worry. this is Romney’s peak unless the President botches the other debates and says something unexcusable.

Update, October 17th: The above map still holds true. Romney keeps his gains a week after the VP debate. 294-244

Update, October 19th: Virginia goes squarely in the Romney column. 281-257

Update, October 20th: NH is now polling for Romney. 277-261 This is the wrong trajectory for the Obama campaign.

Update, October 22nd: NH is back for Obama. 281-257

Update, October 27th: Nevada and Iowa and Colorado are back for Obama. 290-248

Update, November 3rd. The above map still holds true, though Colorado is a tie. Obama wins 290-248

Update, November 3rd. The Times’ FiveThirtyEight blog boldly predicts Virginia will go to Romney, something the RealClearPolitics average does not agree with. Obama breaking 300 EV would be almost a landslide. We’ll find out Tuesday.

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Words I like

-Honorific (sounds fantastic, no?) (an extra word to honor somebody, like His Excellency the Ambassador, Sir William Faulkner)

-Antediluvien (ancient, lit. Ante- Before, Deluv- the Flood (of Noah))

-Zealot (Jewish resistance fighters against Roman rule, ironically the name of the Palestine terrorist group Hamas means Zeal in Arabic. Arab terrorists named after Jewish freedom fighters.)

-Grace, the true goal of any religion

-Histrionic, contrived emotional acting

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Great quote

‎”In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.”
The Society of the Spectacle

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Amazing Socrates quote

"Only those who have lived an evil life hope that death is the end of everything for them. This is perfectly reasonable, for it is in their interests that it should be so. However, I am convinced that the souls of the wicked wander desolately through the lower world of Tartarus. Only those who have lived good lives will be admitted to the Real World." – Socrates (peace be upon him)

from Paul Strathern, Socrates in 90 Minutes, p. 53

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Socrates in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern

After several years of boycotting libraries, I decided to check out a book “Socrates in 90 Minutes”. Much to my furor, the man disparaged Socrates and Plato as holding back human civilization for two thousand years in mysticism and unscientific thought. I decided to violate my principle of not writing in books (even ones that I own), and added my commentary/corrections to Strathern’s thinking.

And then uploaded it to Scribd.

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Defintion of Tyranny

“The rule of men with their consent and according to the laws of state was monarchy, but rule over unwilling subjects, not according to law but at the whim of the ruler, was tyranny.” — p. 92, Socrates by WKC Guthrie

— The root of the word tyranny is “terrible”, ive realized running my life according to my own whims is terrible.