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Name: Taylor Selseth
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Hometown: Ulen, MN
Home country: US
Current location: Moorhead, MN
Member since: Fri Nov 11, 2005, 09:42 PM
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I think my Paxil makes me ticked off at pessimists, LOL

It's quite strange, I have noticed that ever since I started on Paxil since 2006 I've found that pessimistic people get on my nerves. Even here on DU, when a poster does the "WE'RE DOOMED" routine I get annoyed. That's not to say I'm some Dr. Pangloss who refuses to see anything bad in the world, I just get annoyed at the "everything is going down the toilet and it can't be fixed" type of thinking.

Rapists rape because they like raping (The Dominique Strauss Kahn example)

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/04/rapists-rape-because-they-like-raping-the-dominique-strauss-kahn-example

If you have been keeping track, today marks the third time in just over a year that former International Monetary Fund president Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been legally accused of rape — which does not include claims in a French book that he previous raped a maid in a Mexican hotel and 14 other women.

Strauss-Kahn, who says in his defense that the prudish press simply objects to what he terms to his “libertine” lifestyle and that the rape charges in New York were part of a vast political conspiracy, already denies raping Nafissatou Diallo and Tristane Banon and, presumably, the other 16 women who have accused him of rape.

So at what point does he stop deserving the benefit of the doubt so many were willing to accord him in the wake of Diallo’s allegations?

Statistics show that rapists are most likely white (52 percent of those reported to law enforcement in this country are); that two-thirds of rapists know their victims; that almost one-quarter are married; and that 84 percent used only physical force on their victims. Other statistics show that 72 percent of rapes go unreported; when rapes are reported, only about half of the perpetrators are ever arrested; 20 percent of those arrested never face prosecution; 40 percent of those prosecuted walk away without a felony conviction; and 30 percent of those convicted of a felony avoid jail time. In other words, 19 out of every 20 rapists walks the streets today virtually untouched by legal consequences.

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Sadly, there are many here who defend DSK by using the "American Prudishness" excuse mentioned in this opinion piece.

IMO powerful men that brag about their sexual exploits should be assumed to be rapists.

Rapists rape because they like raping (The Dominique Strauss Kahn example)

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/04/rapists-rape-because-they-like-raping-the-dominique-strauss-kahn-example

If you have been keeping track, today marks the third time in just over a year that former International Monetary Fund president Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been legally accused of rape — which does not include claims in a French book that he previous raped a maid in a Mexican hotel and 14 other women.

Strauss-Kahn, who says in his defense that the prudish press simply objects to what he terms to his “libertine” lifestyle and that the rape charges in New York were part of a vast political conspiracy, already denies raping Nafissatou Diallo and Tristane Banon and, presumably, the other 16 women who have accused him of rape.

So at what point does he stop deserving the benefit of the doubt so many were willing to accord him in the wake of Diallo’s allegations?

Statistics show that rapists are most likely white (52 percent of those reported to law enforcement in this country are); that two-thirds of rapists know their victims; that almost one-quarter are married; and that 84 percent used only physical force on their victims. Other statistics show that 72 percent of rapes go unreported; when rapes are reported, only about half of the perpetrators are ever arrested; 20 percent of those arrested never face prosecution; 40 percent of those prosecuted walk away without a felony conviction; and 30 percent of those convicted of a felony avoid jail time. In other words, 19 out of every 20 rapists walks the streets today virtually untouched by legal consequences.

---snip---

(rest in link)


Sadly, there are many here who defend DSK by using the "American Prudishness" excuse mentioned in this opinion piece.

IMO powerful men that brag about their sexual exploits should be assumed to be rapists.

Say theology is stupid, get called a bigot.

Anyone reading "Why Marx Was Right" by Terry Eagleton?

I'm about halfway through and it's blowing me away. Eagleton is really witty, too!

He does a good job at debunking the usual criticisms of Marxism, that it is dehumanizing and deterministic, that it assumes that the material conditions of society are the only thing that matters, that it is a utopian pipe dream, etc. Eagleton goes very in depth about a society needing to be extremely productive, wealthy, and having the potential to be "post-scarcity" for necessities before a social revolution can be successful, otherwise it leads to Stalinism. He also refutes the notion that Marx's ideas are based on a notion of there being no essential human nature, because if there were no essential human nature, Eagleton argues, that people would not get angry over unjust social relations.

Oy, the paranoia over domestic drones is getting ridiculous.

Yep, that unmanned search-and-rescue plane is really a CIA drone out to spy on you! NOT!

A funny fact about the sun is that it is a very slow nuclear reactor.

It's power comes from it's mass, any particular square inch of the Sun's core does not produce enough energy to power a TV, but the sun is huge and all that energy adds up

And that slowness is a good thing, it's why it's been chugging along for 4.6 billion years and will keep chugging for another 5 billion.

To give some perspective, any one proton in the sun's core has only a 50% of being fused into a helium nucleus over the Sun's entire lifetime.

Red dwarfs are even slower, and the whole star is convective, so it has to go through ALL of it's hydrogen before it dies, that will take over a TRILLION years, Proxima Centauri will be burning hydrogen long after the Sun and Alpha Centauri have died.

The great mass of the big blue stars means that they burn very quickly and the most massive like the bright blue stars in the Orion Nebula, live for only a few million years despite weighing up to 130 times more than the Sun.

UGH! my Iraq vet cousin is turning into a Teabagger.

I posted this toon on Facebook:



and my cousin responded by saying:

One they are lucky we even rebuild for their ass.. Two we never took their oil.. Where is your proof we did?? Don't you think if we were taking the oil our gas prices would be lower?? I've been to Iraq I have seen the country trust me any damage we did wasn't that bad considering the country is crap anyway.. I hate when the news and just people try to make them people out to be the victim. They are ruthless they are dangerous they are cheap fighters they have taken the lives of many of our armed forces and injured many more.. I say we should take everything from them.. Take the oil they shouldn't even be considered part of the human race.. They are dirty disease ridden people.. Savages...


He's also become a birther. And he voted for Obama in 2008.

I'm trying to reduce how much meat I eat. One problem: meat cravings.

No matter how much I read about the horrible conditions inside feedlots and slaughterhouses it just won't break my craving for meat. Would trying those veggie-burgers and other faux-meat products work?

God, I wish they would hurry up with the meat grown in a lab thing...

Schizotypal personality and Religious nuttiness.

I have been musing for a while that a lot of people who are into "Charismatic" Christian denominations or New Age craziness have some degree of Schizotypy. They do not have the full-blown psychotism and break from reality of Schizophrenia, but still have bizarre perceptions of "paranormal" things and visions of a Jungian Archetypal nature. Among the Christian nuts one can also see this in their obsession with the Book of Revelation.
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