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Below are the 18 most recent journal entries recorded in Homo sapiens faberludens' LiveJournal:

    Wednesday, November 17th, 2027
    4:19 am
    Friends Only Journal
    If you would like to read what I have to say, please comment below. If you would, let me know who you are (particularly if we've met in person), how you found my journal, that sort of thing.

    I'll most probably add you, but no guarantees.

    All comments are screened, and will stay that way, so you are probably safe to use your real name or whatever. But it's still the internet, so don't give me your social security number or anything like that, alright?



    If you were on my friends list before I went friends only, you still are.
    If you had me friended, but I had not reciprocated, I have now.

    There was no drama or anything, just a desire for a bit more privacy.
    Sunday, April 24th, 2011
    7:39 pm
    His religion: he's doin it rong.
    As an atheist, I feel compelled to point out that Seej500 (as made famous by Katie West) is a heretic and blasphemer, not a Christian. He either doesn't know or chooses to ignore what makes a person a Christian, in favor of his own mushy feel-good version.

    He says "I can’t quote from The Bible, nor do I own one, but I’m passingly familiar with the key points in there."

    And, indeed, he is only passingly familiar with what is in there.

    He may well be a good and spiffy person, but that does not give him authority to redefine what a Christian is. It just doesn't work that way. While the Mitchell and Webb video below is satire, there is a certain amount of truth in it, particularly starting at about 1:20 (though I recommend watching the whole thing, 'cause it's funny).

    Saturday, March 26th, 2011
    5:42 am
    Writer's Block: Around the world

    If you won a trip to anywhere, where would you go, and why?

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    Olympus Mons, Mars.
    I want to know that humanity has broken free of this planet and moved out to other worlds, maybe even other star systems. That a natural or man made disaster (or series of them) won't end us. I believe the stars are our rightful destiny, and I want confidence that we didn't sabotage ourselves, give up too soon, or meet with mischance.

    So maybe Mars isn't quite far enough in distance or time.
    Sunday, December 26th, 2010
    9:10 pm
    A deeper explanation...
    or... Why I Despise Internet Trolls

    (regarding my earlier post)

    When I was a kid, I was never into the "cool" things. We didn't have a TV, so I read. I wasn't conversant in The Dukes of Hazzard, Buck Rogers, Knight Rider, or whatever the current "cool" TV thing was. And I was teased pretty regularly for it.

    I was a smart kid. I don't think it is any in-born thing, I think it is because without a TV I was compelled to get most of my entertainment from reading. So I learned stuff. And I was mocked for being smart. I was mocked for doing well on tests, I was mocked for my interest in science, I was mocked for my interest in science fiction, which led to an interest in fantasy, for which I was, predictably, mocked.

    My dad was an alcoholic and a workaholic and we lived on a farm. My older brother was a stoner. We were too poor to pay for any kind of team fees. There was nobody to teach me sports, so I never learned them and never developed an interest in them. I could run like hell, and even won a few ribbons for it at school field days, but that was the extent of my athletic ability. Can't throw, can't catch, can't dribble... More mockery.

    As a way of helping put food on the table, my older brother taught me how to "tickle" trout. (Tickling trout is a way of catching them with your bare hands.) One time I got invited to a kid's birthday party. There was a good trout stream at the back of their property. I demonstrated how to tickle trout. I was pretty damn proud. Until one kid pointed out that if my family wasn't so poor, I'd use a pole like everybody else. Several weeks of mockery.

    I was bullied as a kid, and not just in the proportions every kid is. I spent years as a prime target. I was smart, poor, and isolated from pop culture. From time to time I comment on the cruelty of children. It isn't just observation.

    When I was in high school, I tried my hand at bullying. Fortunately, I picked the wrong kid to push around, and he beat me bloody. Seems he didn't like that kind of shit any more than I did, and I learned my lesson. Not the lesson that many kids would have, I'm sure. I didn't learn to pick better targets or to adopt different bullying methods. I learned that if I tried, I could really hurt a person. Not physically, but inside, where it really counts. And I remembered what that felt like.

    Well, now I'm 40 years old, and I can ignore bullies. I can look at my life and evaluate my success on my own terms, and-while I still have goals I'm working toward-I am proud of where I am. In love, lifestyle, and accomplishment, I call myself successful. There are people whose opinions matter to me; those people who want to help me be better, not the ones who want to run me down.

    But when people piss on what makes others happy or proud, when they deliberately try to damage another's happiness, I see them for what they are. They are bullies. If you go out seeking to make people feel bad about themselves or ruin their fun, if you get a kick out of making others feel bad or frustrated, you are a bully. And if you stand in a bully's corner, you are just as bad.

    Any bullshit protestations that "it's just the Internet" can safely be ignored, because there are real people on the other end, with real feelings, and many of them aren't very good at shrugging off bullying. And those people are the bully's targets, because a bully who is ignored goes away. A bully is seeking out that reaction, that proof he has ruined the fun or self-esteem of another.

    And while I can shrug off attempts to bully me, I still despise bullies of any stripe. Bullying is despicable and low, and anybody past the age of 8 who doesn't understand that... Well, they aren't worth my time, and I believe my association with them actually lowers me.

    And I'm just a touch too arrogant to let someone as lowly as a bully pull me down.

    Current Mood: disgusted
    7:45 pm
    2 types of people...
    ...who can unfriend me right now:

    1.) People who create trojans in order to sell their bullshit antivirus software

    2.) People who troll others who are only doing what makes them happy, or think such activity is "funny".

    Yes, I'm serious, and no, I don't care how long we've been friends.

    Pissing on others' search for happiness is a shitty thing to do, and I don't want to be associated with people who think otherwise.
    Friday, December 17th, 2010
    9:08 am
    Oh, look... Oil companies are among the most heavily taxed of the largest businesses in America.

    CLEARLY we need a special tax to go after their "windfall profits."

    And while I'm bitching about the fallacies of one part of the political spectrum, allow me to bitch about the fallacies of another part:

    During the period of by far the greatest economic growth in America's history (the 1930s through the 50s or 60s), the top marginal tax rate was something on the order of 80% to 90%. The idea that heavier taxes on higher wage earners will lead to economic disaster is simply not borne out by available evidence. Note that I am not arguing that high marginal tax rates drive growth, only that low marginal tax rates are clearly not required for it.
    4:56 am
    Public, because I hope someone finds this worth linking.
    By now many of you have no doubt heard about the Marine manning the Toys for Tots collection point who helped stop a shoplifter and was stabbed by that shoplifter in the process. He did what a Marine should do. He put himself at risk to do the right thing.

    Some of his fellow Marines helped catch the bad guy. They did what Marines should do as well. I respect each and every one of them.

    Today I got an e-mail about the story, including a paragraph that (falsely) claimed the Marines broke the shoplifter's arms, leg, ribs, and so on. I'm sure that bit was intended as a "Hell yeah! Marines! Don't fuck with Marines!" but I read it as "the Marines involved then acted with appalling dishonor and took out-of-proportion vigilante vengeance on the shoplifter."

    That offended me.

    In trying to escape his crime, the shoplifter committed a much more serious crime. And the true tale of honor here is that despite suffering an injury-and risking more serious injury that many of us would consider not worth stopping a mere shoplifter-the Marine and his fellows restrained any impulse of vengeance they might have felt. They controlled the situation and put judgment and punishment in the hands of the lawful authorities. It is a Marine's place to do the right thing; it is not a Marine's place to take the law into his own hands.

    It is a disservice to them to say they acted as if they were gang members or thugs. They acted exactly like what they are... They are Marines.
    Monday, August 16th, 2010
    7:08 am
    How far?
    CNN.com's current QuickVote is
    Do you agree with President Obama that Muslims have "the right to build a place of worship" near Ground Zero?
    48 percent of current respondants say "No."
    My question to those 48 percent-voiced with a mix of disgust and contempt-is "At exactly what distance from the site of the attack are the religious and property rights of Muslims restored? Exactly how far away does a Muslim have to be before his Constitutionally-protected rights are restored? What is the exact size of the zone in which Muslims are-based on their religion-denied their rights?" This isn't a rhetorical question. I really want to know how large the zone of suspension of Constitutional protections for Muslims is in the minds of these people. Also, are all rights for Muslims suspended? Or is it only property and religious rights? What about free speech? Do they at least get that?

    (Public post. Feel free to quote or link.)

    Posted via LiveJournal App for Windows Mobile.

    Sunday, July 25th, 2010
    6:35 pm
    I was just over at the grocery store picking up a few things. As I was going through the checkout, there was a little girl, maybe three or four years old, playing on the (powered off) electric carts nearby.

    She was making somewhat quiet motor noises and periodically declaring what she imagined herself doing...

    "rrrrrrrr...driving like a good girl...rrrrrrrr...driving like a good girl..."

    Suddenly, the imaginary engine kicked into high gear!

    "RRRRRRRR! DRIVING LIKE A BAD GIRL! RRRRRRRR! DRIVING LIKE A BAD GIRL!"

    It was difficult not to burst out laughing, but I managed to keep it down to a goofy grin.

    On the way out, she noticed a man wearing blue crocs entering the store. She called to her mother, who was wearing yellow crocs, "Look mom! He has shoes like you but not as ugly!"
    Friday, February 26th, 2010
    8:05 pm
    Open letter...
    ...to the lady sitting across from me at the teppanyaki restaurant tonight:

    Ma'am,

    Next time, just order the regular steak. There is no reason on Earth to spend the extra money on the fillet and then have it cooked "very well." If you are going to have them cook it down to leather anyway, just start with the cheap stuff. You'll never know the difference, and, over time, you'll be able to buy an extra pair of shoes or something.
    Monday, August 10th, 2009
    4:22 pm
    Who would be a worse President? (continued)
    Matchups are in alphabetical order. Candidates were selected from among those nominated in the comments of my previous poll.

    Remember, vote for the person who would be WORSE as President.

    Public entry, so feel free to stack the vote by sending your friends.
    Poll #1442227
    Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 30

    Who would be a worse President?

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    Dick Cheney
    16 (53.3%)
    Mike Huckabee
    14 (46.7%)

    Who would be a worse President?

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    John Kerry
    8 (27.6%)
    Sarah Palin
    21 (72.4%)

    Who would be a worse President

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    Nancy Pelosi
    17 (73.9%)
    Jeff Sessions
    6 (26.1%)


    Matchups are in alphabetical order, from the results of qualifying round one and qualifying round two.
    Having gloriously trounced her husband by garnering nearly ten times the votes he did, Hillary Clinton takes the bye this round. She will return for the semi-finals.
    Sunday, July 19th, 2009
    4:18 pm
    Assume there aren't any obstacles of term limits, citizenship, or any of that stuff. Matchups are in alphabetical order. Candidates were selected from among those nominated in the comments of my previous poll[1].
    Remember, vote for the person who would be WORSE as President.

    Public entry, so feel free to stack the vote by sending your friends.

    Poll #1431973
    Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 18

    Who would be a worse President?

    View Answers
    Nancy Pelosi
    11 (64.7%)
    Chuck Schumer
    6 (35.3%)

    Who would be a worse President?

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    7 (38.9%)
    Jeff Sessions
    11 (61.1%)



    Comments screened, but nominations are closed unless someone has a suggestion I just can't pass up.
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    [1] Sorry, no Limbaugh. He may be vehemently and bitterly partisan, but he has not, to my knowledge, ever stood for public office.
    Thursday, July 16th, 2009
    3:38 am
    Who would be a worse President?
    Assume there aren't any obstacles of term limits or any of that stuff. Matchups are in alphabetical order. Candidates were selected from among those who have seemed to me most reviled by one side or another in recent history.

    Remember, vote for the person who would be WORSE as President.

    Public entry, so feel free to stack the vote by sending your friends.

    Poll #1430508
    Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 32

    Who would be a worse President?

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    George W. Bush
    14 (43.8%)
    Dick Cheney
    18 (56.2%)

    Who would be a worse President?

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    Bill Clinton
    3 (9.4%)
    Hillary Clinton
    29 (90.6%)

    Who would be a worse President?

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    Al Gore
    12 (37.5%)
    Mike Huckabee
    20 (62.5%)

    Who would be a worse President?

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    John Kerry
    22 (68.8%)
    Barack Obama
    10 (31.2%)

    Who would be a worse President?

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    Sarah Palin
    25 (80.6%)
    Mitt Romney
    6 (19.4%)


    Nominate others in comments if you think of any. They don't have to have actually run, but I'm looking for actual political figures. So if you want to nominate Nancy Pelosi, go for it. If you want to nominate Carrot Top, don't bother. All comments will be screened.
    Friday, June 12th, 2009
    11:02 pm
    Dear Sarah Palin,
    You are the one who let the Republican party sell you as a MILF. If the idea persists, the responsibility is partially your own. The fact that there is a little touch of a porn star look in your style of makeup only contributes to it, and that, likewise, is your responsibility. You are not immune to being made fun of, and most jokes, like it or not, are insulting to somebody. You thrust your family into the national spotlight, you have no business getting angry that people noticed them, nor should you be surprised that some people will make fun of you or your family. Price of fame, honey, deal with it. David Letterman makes his living taking cheap shots at famous people, and you tossed your entire family out there in front of him with big red bulls-eyes painted on their chests. He doesn't "owe" anybody an apology, because any apology would be made due to pressure, not because he genuinely regrets the joke. An apology spoken at demand isn't worth the paper it is printed on[1].

    You might also consider that all your pissing and moaning about Letterman making a joke you don't like is only going to make people tune in to see what he says next. Your pretty, pretty princess having a hissy fit antics are only adding to his fame.

    Now shut your fucking mouth and get back to the job the taxpayers of Alaska are paying you to do.

    Oh, and undo a couple more buttons on that blouse, would ya, hon?

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    [1] See what I did there?
    Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
    2:57 pm
    Dear George Lucas,
    I went and saw the J.J. Abrams Star Trek film this last weekend.

    I just thought you should know: THAT is how you reinvigorate a franchise, you unforgivable son of a bitch.

    (Public, just in case he takes a peek at my LJ.)
    Monday, May 18th, 2009
    5:11 pm
    If you got cut...
    It was nothing personal. Either you never post, or I find myself bypassing your entries without reading them.
    Thursday, September 18th, 2008
    10:01 am
    Damn you, beckon!
    And I'm not too happy with others of you, either.

    I just awoke from a dream in which (as a "prank") a certain friend of mine organized other friends of mine. As a group, they managed to convince a judge that the combination of my first and middle names was somehow "offensive."

    They then obtained a court order changing my first and middle names to "Jedi Swatteam." But, hey, they let my keep my last name, so I guess that's something.

    My conscious mind couldn't possibly come up with this. But beckon's could, I know it. I'm going to consider this one of those messages beamed back from a possible future that enables me to take action to avert a disaster.

    You're foiled, you bastard!
    Sunday, December 2nd, 2007
    6:35 am
    Writer's Block: I'm Just Wild About...

    What are you passionate about?

    Brought to you by HP

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    My contempt for people who think the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution has something to do with LiveJournal.
    "Congress shall make no law ...abridging the freedom of speech..."
    Six Apart isn't Congress, you idiots.

    Your First Amendment rights don't apply here. You have the right to say whatever you want to say[1] but LiveJournal has no obligation to provide you a forum to say it and the fact that they are providing a content filtering system instead of deleting anything that might offend someone only shows that they are making an effort to meet obligations they don't even have.

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    [1] within the limits of the laws Congress has made abridging that right, obviously[2].

    [2] hey, wait a second...
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