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The Polling Pit / Re: Mark is a Nihilist, What are you?
« on: June 12, 2007, 07:35:24 AM »
You scored as a Existentialism
Your life is guided by the concept of Existentialism: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life.

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
“It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”
--Jean-Paul Sartre

“It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the Truth.”
--Blaise Pascal

More info at Arocoun's Wikipedia User Page...
Kantianism 100% 
Existentialism 100% 
Hedonism 75% 
Justice (Fairness) 50% 
Strong Egoism 30% 
Utilitarianism 15% 
Apathy 5% 
Nihilism 0% 
Divine Command 0% 
 
It's hard to imagine how a Libertarian could ever be Utilitarian. Aren't those nearly diametrically opposed concepts? I suppose one could be Libertarian because he believes it works best rather than on principle.

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The Polling Pit / Re: AMP Pays for Ian and Mark's Vacation
« on: June 12, 2007, 07:18:22 AM »
NYC?!! ...Get a rope.

OK, SOMEONE had to make that joke.
 :roll:

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The Polling Pit / Re: Do you find body hair unattractive?
« on: June 10, 2007, 08:15:43 PM »
Do old men ask if you want some candy?

[youtube=425,350]P1nFQ0yZokY[/youtube]

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The Polling Pit / Re: Do you find body hair unattractive?
« on: June 09, 2007, 12:46:52 PM »
Now some women love what gays would call Bears.  Bears are guys who are covered in a thick layer of hair everywhere.  Personally, I see a household that has to invest in loads of drain cleaner if your guy is a bear.

Actually, most hair goes down the drain, even the hair from your head if you keep it reasonably short. Our hair is always falling out and, if you're not suffering from male pattern baldness or some other ailment, it's constantly getting replaced by new hair cycles. The clumps that form in the drain are usually due to someone who has long hair, probably on their head. It doesn't go down so well. I learned this from when I had a roommate in college with long hair. He had very little body hair. I never find hair in my drain, the one that no one else uses. Whenever I share a restroom in a household with people with long hair, I find I'm having to perform that most distasteful task of plucking out that wet clump on a regular basis.

One problem with body hair is it's a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes body odor. Sweat has no odor. It's the bacteria that grow in it that create the odor. It's probably not that much of an issue except in a few key places like the underarms, crotch, and butthole. That's where the really nutritious (to bacteria) extretions come from. There is actually some musk that is our own scent that hair has nothing to do with but that's actually not the same smell that most associate with body odor. If you're bushy in those areas, you can go a long way toward controlling your odor between showers by just trimming it; yes, even guys. One of the reasons women tend to have less body odor issues (American women, anyway) is that most shave their underarms.

I'm actually really on the low side when it comes to body hair, for a guy anyway, and I still trim the key areas. I think it helps a lot. But then I'm gay and I don't have weird issues about grooming that so many str8 guys do. It's not a threat to my masculinity. :)

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The Polling Pit / Re: Do you find body hair unattractive?
« on: June 05, 2007, 09:22:10 AM »
I guess this is the most appropriate thread for me to tell Taors that his latest (Hillary) avatar is terribly disturbing on so many levels.

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The Polling Pit / Re: sexual orientation 2
« on: May 31, 2007, 01:49:41 AM »
I recently described myself on this board as a flaming homosexual deviant pervert. It was a bit of an exaggeration but seemed mildly funny at the time. At least the homo part is true.

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The Polling Pit / Re: Public or private school?
« on: May 30, 2007, 01:50:36 AM »
I moved a lot and attended several public high schools. One was ok, one was excellent, and one was little more than a baby-sitting operation. Had I stayed in the bad one all five years, I suspect my life would have turned out very different. I think public schools have declined significantly since my school years.

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The Polling Pit / Re: Do you find body hair unattractive?
« on: May 30, 2007, 01:00:42 AM »
Particularly large amounts or hair in weird places bother me so I put "yes". On the other hand, while I don't like full beards, nicely groomed facial hair can be nice. I also have an odd fetish for a day or three of stubble on guys with nice features. Underarm hair and leg hair on women bothers me even though I don't want to sleep with them regardless.

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The Polling Pit / Re: presidential poll
« on: May 19, 2007, 10:18:53 PM »
I wish you'd put an "Abstain" option. I'd pretty much resolved myself to not voting in National campaigns until Ron Paul came along. Without him, I'd be completely burnt out on the presidential race meaning anything.

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The Polling Pit / Re: The Principle Behind Minarchy
« on: May 17, 2007, 11:36:38 AM »
Minarchy is for idiots of logic.

Yeah, the initation of force is bad but we still need force in the form of a government.  Whatever dudes...  :lol:

http://www.freedomainradioshows.com/Traffic_Jams/FDR_672_Minarchsim_Libertarianism_and_Logic.mp3

Listen to the above.

Thanx for that link. It's funny that I was arguing much the same things to a friend the night before I listened to it, but he argues the point better. I think he's been of the philosophy for a longer time than I have so he's better at articulating what is to me still somewhat an intuitive thing. If you're a thoughtful person, as I believe I am, then you can't continue to ignore the cognitive dissonance. For a while, it's just something you feel. You see tyrannical abuses of power happening around you and the illusion of legitimacy (the notion that it's necessary for SOME people to use force agressively to maintain order) starts to crumble. It begins to happen faster and faster until finally there's just a click and you realize you're in the realm of anarchism. That's a word I don't care for but so far it's the only one I know of to describe the belief that no one should be morally justified in using force aggressively.

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General / Re: Promoting Libertarianism on the Internet
« on: May 14, 2007, 11:32:37 AM »
I'm rooting for you. More power to you.

Now for Jeebus sake, learn where to put commas. I'm getting a headache.
 :lol:

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General / Re: The Alliance of the Libertarian Left
« on: May 13, 2007, 02:20:03 AM »
That's kind of like what I see happening with the Libertaricrats. All of them fighting like retarded pansies over definitions and terminology. It's entertaining, but loathsome after a while.

I still consider Libertarians, minarchasts, etc. to be my allies. You're far better morally than most of the population. If we ever manage to achieve something of a minarchy, then you guys become the enemy and all bets are off! Mwahahahahahaha!
 :twisted:

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General / Re: The Alliance of the Libertarian Left
« on: May 12, 2007, 09:29:07 AM »
Just kidding dude Quark was my favorite on DS9.

I knew you were kidding. Quark was so much more likable than that authoritarian Odo.

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General / Re: The Alliance of the Libertarian Left
« on: May 11, 2007, 10:33:59 AM »
Shut the fuck up Quark nobody wants to hear it you Ferangi shithead mother fucker best get on outta here before you get JUMPED NIGGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pfft... whatever. You haven't got the lobes for it.

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General / Re: The Alliance of the Libertarian Left
« on: May 10, 2007, 11:31:50 AM »
I could see the potential for using words to attract more people to the movement also. Have you noticed how quickly you get labeled by people on the (socialist/communist) left as being an ultra right-winger as soon as you use the word "Libertarian" to describe yourself? Sometimes it's hard to get past that initial barrier of irrationality that so many people have. I'm not a fan of labels myself, but the reality is they do affect people, particularly those that have not yet freed their minds of the illusion of legitimacy of the state.

Cyro, I see your point, but I also think that the labels will probably have more influence in non-Libertarian circles than here. Afterall, most of us here tend to be smarter than the average bear, so to speak. That's why we're here.

My impression of the label is that it's little more than talking about sharing the same sort of goals that many on the political left have while also sharing our principles about the inappropriate use of force as well as our belief that those principles will be most effective in ending things like poverty and braodening everyone's access to healthcare, etc.

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