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My turn for the MOVIE GAME

Okay, same with Cynthia's: Guess the movie. Unlike hers, I won't be updating the answers so everyone gets a shot at guessing em all. (Don't read the replies until you've guessed on your own!) :)

(I tried to use quotes from my favorite movies.)

And per the rules, I only used a movie once.

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1. Great shot, kid! That was one in a million!


2. The Batman Soundtrack? Throw it!


3. You know that point in your life when you realize that the house that you grew up in isn't really your home anymore? All of the sudden even though you have some place where you can put your stuff that idea of home is gone.


4. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.


5. It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me.


6. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.


7. What? We're live? Right now? ... I don't believe you.


8. I don't know if you're aware of this, Josephine, but African parrots, in their native home of the Congo, they speak only French.


9. We get caught laundering money, we're not going to white-collar resort prison. No, no, no. We're going to federal POUND ME IN THE ASS prison.


10. Mom! Meatloaf!! Fuck!


11. No, a vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed, or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, you become something else entirely.


12. You see, before he came down here, it never snowed. And afterwards, it did. If he weren't up there now... I don't think it would be snowing. Sometimes you can still catch me dancing in it.


13. Um, I'm kind of having a medical situation. I don't have a belly button.


14. I am not a pirate. It just so happens that I am a lawyer.


15. Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where? Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do? Eleven. Exactly. One louder.


16.It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass.


17. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!


18. You don't speak because of Frederick Nietsche?


19. Imagine you're a deer. You're prancing along. You get thirsty. You spot a little brook. You put your little deer lips down to the cool, clear water - BAM. A fuckin' bullet rips off part of your head. Your brains are lying on the ground in little bloody pieces. Now I ask ya, would you give a fuck what kind of pants the son-of-a-bitch who shot you was wearing?


20. Because they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of shit. That's all it is, isn't it? Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time.
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I'd like to hear some thoughts...

A friend at work sent me to this particular documentary because it really got him going, even made him a little paranoid about the world (which, as you'll see, is a little contradictory to the message of the doc). It's on YOUTUBE.COM in 13 parts (not sure where you can find the full uncut version) and works out to about 2 hours (full length doc). It's called THE ESOTERIC AGENDA.

WARNING: I'm asking you to take a look because it poses some ideas that, for me, require some further investigation before I get too interested. But it also underscores some things I've already felt and known for some time. Basically, it's a conspiracy theory that kinda goes all over the place so don't quit in the middle because there are lots of different "veins" of information and speculation in this piece that all (kind of) comes together in the end. (My personal opinion is they don't tie things together very well ultimately, but the concepts are interesting).


Anyway, I'd love some discussion. (And I'll be doing some further research).

Again, go to www.youtube.com and search for The Esoteric Agenda (13 parts, each about 10 minutes).

Peace
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How many journalists does it take to change a president?

This intense election year brings up an interesting question to ponder.

Russia just held its own presidential election as Putin steps down (or "aside" to Prime Minister). But the election is mostly a farce, considering the way the government pressured its voters and its media to ensure a win for Putin's protege, Medvedev. It was more like Med. was "appointed" since the election was so skewed.

Then we consider our own election. Since no one really has any doubts about McCain's victory, all eyes have been on the Democratic Primary. And of course, the media has its favorite. Not that I'm complaining because I'm an Obama guy through and through, but it's been noted lately how obvious it is that the media is pushing Obama much harder than Clinton. She recently spoke out against this, citing a pretty funny SNL skit that made fun of this very issue. Basically, the media and news orgs have been vamping up the scrutiny on her and the negatives, while playing nice with Obama's image.

(Both of these can be found in recent Washington Post articles.)

My concern is... Is this how democracy really works in the modern age??

The media has such a strangle-hold on the American people that SURE they pick the winner! We all remember a fateful 2000 election that was "confused" by some media gun-jumpers who declared Bush the winner before tallies had been counted, surging him into the spotlight so much so that even by the time the recount came back in favor of Gore, the country had crowned Bush and Gore had already been forced to concede loss.

It's sick the way our "election" system works, it always has been. I just find it interesting that Western/European media groups are criticizing Russia's "show election" and the corruption therein, when our own is so obviously skewed in similar ways!


Plato denonounced democracy based on its "mob rule" factor and went on to criticize it for its ability to separate those with power from those without before anyone in the powerless category realized it. This is exactly where we find ourselves in modern America. Big media companies (run by rich white republicans and special interest lobbyists) decide the outcome of elections because the ignorant masses listen to them instead of weighing the decision themselves.

I don't know what I'm really getting at here but perhaps we should make a bigger deal out of our poorly run election process (with its pregnant chads and multi-million dollar campaigns that allow only the upper crust to even RUN for office) than we do the trivial issues constantly before our short public attention.
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I'm Baaack!

So I've taken some time away. LJ and I had some... issues to work out. (She has control problems and I felt trapped.) But I'm back and *waving* to all!

Here's my piece of zen for the day...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7254078.stm


Can you say... FLIPPIN' SWEET!! Matrix, here we come!

(Oh and they say "dongle" in the article.)

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Recruiting bites

The absolute worst thing about my job is recruiting people to do a survey. I don't mind when people say no if they're nice about it but to the point... it's just those few jerks who are rude. Although I must say there are some more interesting turn-downs on occassion.
I get some doosies.

Me: "Can I get your opinion on a movie preview?"

Them:

"Sorry, I'm from Michigan."

"I don't go see movies. Where's theater 14?"

"No, my movie starts in like fifteen-- erm THREE minutes!"

"Sorry, I work in finance."

The ever popular: "What do I get out of it? ... Nothing? Then no!"

And my personal favorite: "Fuck off."


Sigh. People...
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If you had the superpower to shoot something out of your eyes, what would it be?

What if it were the ability to percieve something with your eyes, what would it be?
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The meaning of politics...

I was intrigued by something Teri posted recently. She noted her realization that she's become more "liberal" after living in Chicago. I thought about this because I have always been very liberal in thinking, and called as much.

But... what does that mean exactly? It is this I ponder today.

Here is how dictionary.com defines the word LIBERAL:


1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
8. open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.
9. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts: a liberal donor.
10. given freely or abundantly; generous: a liberal donation.
11. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule.
12. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts.
13. of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman.
–noun 14. a person of liberal principles or views, esp. in politics or religion.
15. (often initial capital letter) a member of a liberal party in politics, esp. of the Liberal party in Great Britain.





Hmm... with all the talk of freedom, personal rights, and (most importantly) a progressive mindset toward politics, it makes me wonder How could anyone who cares about the world NOT be liberal? Essentially, what this is saying is that a liberal person is an advocate of positive change, progression toward a better end, and freedom or "liberty". I can't think of anything more American, or intelligent.

So what's conservative then?

Again I turned to the trusy e-dictionary for CONSERVATIVE:


1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.
3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.
4. (often initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Conservative party.
5. (initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Conservative Jews or Conservative Judaism.
6. having the power or tendency to conserve; preservative.
7. Mathematics. (of a vector or vector function) having curl equal to zero; irrotational; lamellar.
–noun 8. a person who is conservative in principles, actions, habits, etc.
9. a supporter of conservative political policies.
10. (initial capital letter) a member of a conservative political party, esp. the Conservative party in Great Britain.
11. a preservative.




Okay, so a conservative is someone who wants things to stay the way they are ("preserve") and a liberal is someone who wants things to change. So do conservatives think the world is just fine the way it is then? I can't look at the world and see it perfect.

So shouldn't we ALL be "liberal" in the sense that we want to see things change for the better?

...Just thinking...

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Your Score: Mystic Theurge


44% Combativeness, 26% Sneakiness, 76% Intellect, 66% Spirituality



Brilliant and spiritual! You are a Mystic Theurge!
Score! You have a prestige class. A prestige class can only be taken after you?ve fulfilled certain requirements. This may mean that you?re an exceptionally talented person, but it probably doesn't.
The Mystic Theurge is a combination of a cleric and a mage. They can cast both arcane and divine spells, and are good at both, making them pretty terrifying on the battlefield. They have more raw spellpower than just about any other class.
You're both intelligent and faithful, but not violent or deceitful. I guess that makes you a pretty good person.

Link: The RPG Class Test written by MFlowers on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test




Woot! :)