"> the fact that Linus Torvalds is indicative of the problem with the society. He works because society doesn't provide for his basic needs
I was coming from a different direction, predictably.
Linus Torvalds has a pretty good job, which…"
"> the incredible "I have to have my own copy of everything mindset" which runs through modern society is incompatible with my idea
I live in a rural setting where each house has at least 5 wooded acres. It makes sense to share…"
"> There is no actual connection between the ownership of thing and the drive to create...Open Source...drive to excel
Open Source is a great example, thanks. Leaping to the thing I'm most familiar with, there is definitely an element…"
"> Capitalism, with its focus on profit and raising the individual at the cost of the society, is incompatible with the interdependence needed for an advanced human future.
But how do you get people to work hard if they don't own anything?"
"> what about the half of the population on the low side of the I.Q. bell curve?
They used to work as ditch diggers and street sweepers. Now we have machines for that stuff, or just leave it undone. Many of the remaining factory jobs…"
"> I remember the first Playboy interview I ever read: Timothy Leary, he of the "turn-on, tune-in, drop-out" movement of the late 60's, who made no bones about his use of LSD and its potential to turn American society…"
"Report it, John.
If nothing is wrong, you will be embarrassed and maybe unwelcome in that restaurant. If something bad eventually happens, you will never forgive yourself for your silence. Most likely you will never know either way, and…"
Hmm, depends which area of the political cloud ('spectrum' just doesn't do justice to the range of political positions, even when confined to one axis of the socio-economic graph) you're more likely to be advocating.
There is a video of the Pope's 'exorcism' caught on film. The man isn't demon possessed, there are likely no 'real' demons. He's just delusional and doesn't want to accept personal responsiblity for his own behavior for his own dysfunctional life.
There is an ad that reads ' Do you support 'traditional' marriage? Vote Now"! .
No, I don't support 'traditional' marriage because there is no such thing. I support heterosexual and same-sex couples marry each other legally , yes. 'Traditional' marriage promoters largely do not believe that heterosexual women are co-equal to their husbands. Their only purpose in 'traditional' marriage is to sexually satisfy their husbands if they can and raise children and do all…
i've got no problem with everyone saying "merry christmas" on christmas day. however, they've turned it into an entire holiday season where it lasts a month or more. in those situations it should be perfectly acceptable to say "happy holidays" or call it a…
I posted the bulk of this on another thread, but wanted to add some context separately.
I finally confronted my faith and embraced the fact of my atheism late last August, 2012. Days after I revealed my "epiphany" to a few friends who knew me from another message board, my sister died from Lou Gehrig's Disease (which pissed her off because she hated catching a disease from someone she never f---ed).
THAT was my sister, understand? She was a beautiful, life-loving, potty-mouthed…