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Subject:Another Topic for Discussion (Take Two)
Time:02:43 pm
We have all seen those late night ads for “natural“ supplements. They promise weight loss or natural male enhancement. They are giving name and packaging they make them appear like legit drugs. However they are not “drugs” and not evaluated by the FDA.

I have doubts on the safety of these drugs? Should these supplements at least be evaluated for safety reasons? If a bunch of herbs can help you loose weight or fix impotence issue that doesn’t seem safe. Not everything natural is good for you.

Discuss.
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Subject:Bush and Secret Prisons
Time:03:56 pm
It was reveled today that Bush does indeed have secret prisons. Check out the article over at CNN.

After reading the article what are your thoughts? Do you think Bush is right either legally or in Moral way?

Bush's acknowledgement came as the president announced that he was sending legislation to Congress that would authorize military tribunals for terror suspects and set clear rules to protect U.S. military personnel from facing prosecution for war crimes.

What about his new legislation? Do you feel that this new bill is in the spirit of the Constitution and what the founding father intended? Do you think it should pass? If so why?

I think Bush might not be legally wrong with having secret prisons, but that isn’t the right or moral thing to do. It saddens that our great country is doing such things? I’ll put aside for now my feelings on if we are torturing them or not. But just having these prisons makes me sick to my stomach.

In regards to the new law, I really hope it does not pass. We should not shield or Military from war crimes. If we do we might as well say we don’t care about the Geneva Convention. Also I think Military tribunals are also wrong and not in the spirit of the constitution. If they are guilty we should put them through our court of law.

So thoughts?
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Subject:Hello?
Time:03:12 pm
Anyone still around? If so I bet I can think of some things to talk about.
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Time:01:43 am
If you felt a friend was doing something so detrimental to themselves it could possiably harm/kill them eventually. How far would you go to stop it?
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Subject:on the wrong side
Time:02:13 pm
[x-posted from my journal]

I just had a really strange thought. Why do we drive on the right side of the road? Why do they drive on the left in Britain? Some time long, long ago, someone had to make that decision. It seems pretty arbitrary. Did they flip a coin? Was that guy right handed? Did he walk with a limp?

Now, think of all the people in America who've died in car accidents because they were driving on the right side of the street (probably most of them). All those people would have lived (at least a little longer) if that coin fell the other way, the guy was left handed or limped on the other leg. Sure, maybe a different set of people would have died, and maybe there would be some intersection of the two sets... but the world might have turned out pretty differently.

What, if anything, do you think might be different or changed if we drove on the other side of the road in this country?

~j
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Subject:Old arguments, and the resolution thereof
Time:06:21 am
If an argument occurs, and you are assumed by all other parties involved to be in the wrong before getting a chance to defend your position, is it improper to bring it back up after everyone else has dropped the issue? Or, more succinctly, is it better to shut up and never really know if you were right than to bring it back up and (albeit briefly) irritate others by trying to argue your point?
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Subject:A Question of Spam...
Time:11:04 pm
... and I'm not talking about a lunch meat.

A few years ago, my mother did some amazing artwork (of a Christian nature), but never could get anyone interested in publishing her work. So, earlier this fall, she came to me with an idea about doing a website. After we got the website up & running, we sat back & watched to see what would happen. I got it up on Yahoo, Google & a few other sites, but the reaction has been less than enthusiastic. I posted the link to what I thought was an open-minded, religious community, only to be reported for spamming (if I get reported again, I'm out of LJ so I won't post the link here).

My question is this:
How can I get the word out about this site without being accused of spam?


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Subject:Bringing the stoa back to life...
Time:07:21 pm
...With yet another semi-worthless post!

Various arguments have gotten me thinking about this, and I'd like to know what the general opinion is. With the current technology, the ability to save and/or reproduce anything that currently exists on the Internet is only a few clicks away. What I want to know is where is the line? Is putting something on the Internet for the perusal of others an implicit forfeiture of your right to restrict its availablility?
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Subject:Did anyone notice...
Time:01:26 pm
...that 11 states voted to ban same-sex marriage this election? Do you feel that the entry of those ballots in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah are a contributing factor to the rise in Republican turnout this year? If so, do you think this was a deliberate strategy by the Republican Party to boost support for Bush, and could the Democrats have employed a similar strategy?

I'm not ranting, but I am curious if anyone thinks this was significant.
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Time:07:54 am
So, it's commonly known that human beings are social creatures. Not one of us could exist completely alone, though many of us enjoy a comfortable degree of solitude. But sometimes, the communal experience goes beyond a simple cohabitation in a certain geographic area, x number of higher primates living within y number of square miles, and becomes something much more profound, or horrifying.

Two examples in one: the events in Boston last week. On the one hand, most people in the city were transported with joy at the baseball championship, even people who don't care for sports. On the other hand, that selfsame celebration turned ugly as cars were lit on fire, fights broke out, and a girl was accidentally killed by riot police.

So my question is this: Is this sort of communal energy, for good or ill, a mechanism of the physiology or of the spirit? Is it simply that hormones are released to make our bald-chimp group more apt to fight off a cave lion, or is it that our animating sparks are excited to be near others? And whatever the source, why does it turn malevolent? When does a good-natured, merry gathering turn into a bloodthirsty mob?
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