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Old men who think simply because they are older than you that somehow irrationally makes them correct, and who will stubbornly argue that you are wrong in something that is your field of expertise or even though they are wrong and it is something they personally genuinely don't know fucking anything about (the way you can tell is it becomes increasingly evident as you listen to them, based on what they state about said thing or position the longer you listen to them go on about it ;) ), simply because you are younger than them... They also tend to be particularly awful about this when the person is a woman or child. Seriously, dude, I'm younger than you, but if it's something in my chosen field, and you're arguing with me, and it is a subject you don't know shit about, and the thing you are arguing you are right about and I must be wrong for thinking because I am younger than you is stupid level wrong, arguing harder doesn't make you somehow more right... It makes you into an asshole.

Girls who think simply because they have a vagina you should want to automatically be trying to please them and be giving them things that they want/like... Okay, you aren't really a queen or an empress, and even if you are really pretty on the outside, being a stuck up bitch about it isn't going to win points with anybody who has an active brain, Amirite (IKR, srsly)?

People who don't see the problem in choosing to use their freedoms of speech and expression to limit the freedoms of speech and expression of other people. No asshole, ballyhooing that people are impinging on your right to pursue whatever bizarre disturbing you fancy to be attention grabbing or trendy political viewpoint, lifestyle, etc. is not an effective smoke screen to cover your ass from that you are bullying people. :cough: Not to me.

Conservatives where when you disagree with them think the retort you should "get out of their country" is a valid way to end an argument. Look, okay, it is highly fucking presumptuous to assume that everybody else shares your exact views, let alone that you are somehow in the magical thinking irrationally based position somehow (God only knows how you arrived at such a self-important conclusion) to be speaking for an ENTIRE nation's worth of people.  Oh really? Have you polled and asked them, did you collect sample data? No, you probably didn't, you just enjoy listening to yourself and may have frequented a forum of other likeminded assholes to your particular bias enough to delude yourself into mistakenly assuming that every other person who is good, reasonable and possessing of his or her major faculties would be in agreement with you.  That's a frigging big and ill-founded assumption! :frustrated:

Next comes liberals who push moral legislation to force other people to live in a way they feel is best or correct. Assholes. Who in the name of sweet Californian Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein do you flipping think you are to be presuming what is the one true good path for an entire populace to have to take? Research the stuff first before ramrodding your stupid feelings based opinions onto everybody else, think about the possible long term effects it is going to have on society and if it even WILL help out the stupid environment FIRST, then go telling people what to do, ok? :rage: Fucking SHEESH.

The blue collar working class proles I grew up around, for repeatedly asking or insinuating if I was maybe like some sort of homosexual or whatever because in their limited capacity they can't wrap their heads around a guy who has a brain being able to like chicks :facepalm:.  I guess what bothers me about that is it doesn't necessarily go away when you stop being a kid, some of my more white trash seeming extended relatives are still doing it to me, to this very day!

Religious fundamentalists... Okay, look buddy (and I am using this term extremely loosely), if I get irked when people do that crap for little dumb shit like politics, do you seriously want to open the you think you are one of the few and only chosen to have right and position to be speaking for the entire rest of the universe as well as God, particular can-of-worms?  That just takes the cake as a whole new level of above and beyond special jerkassery! :sarcasticclap: Nice job.

Which nearly brings us to the next group in my list, violent gangs: You stupid shithead, there is bound to be a special place in hell for the type of douchebag who thinks harassing travelers, attacking individuals while in a pack/posse and killing other dudes just because you don't like them is a legitimate expression of machismo in their day to day life.  Why aren't you in jail already? That or eventually getting shot/stabbed and left for dead to bleed out in the gutter of a slum because your dumbass gets betrayed when a deal or job goes sour are the only ultimate futures for those sort of careers in crime.  That's kinda a severe glass ceiling, don'tcha think? 

People who act overly childish by choice despite being full well able to act like an adult when they feel that the situation fits (typically, if doing so is to their own advantage),... Retaining or choosing to exercise a childlike sense of wonderment about the world around you is one thing, and a good one at that.
insisting on acting like a child to present yourself as supposedly pure and innocent when you are well into your late teens, 20s, 30s and beyond, to be obnoxious, since you think you are like, this teh total perfect master manipulator and everybody else therefore must = a herpaderp is the kind of childishness I'm talking about.  Look, you are a grown ass man/woman, throwing tantrums and passive-aggressively creating chaos when you don't get to have things be 100% your way 100% or more of the time is not cute. Nor is baby talking at somebody purposely mispronouncing words the way a little kid would thought of as particularly attractive the majority of the time... Unless you are saying it to an actual infant, kthnx.  Also, I know some of the people who do that may be doing so as leftovers from a survival mechanism because they grew up in an abusive home where you'd get actively punished any time you acted independently of your overbearing parent(s), but in the Real World, you don't need to be doing that too in order to survive, and for gods sake please don't act surprised and hurt about it if you persist in doing that in your interactions and are wondering why people generally don't tend to take you seriously.  Don't fucking immaturely take it out on the rest of the world and anybody unfortunate enough to bump into you that your homelife wasn't Leave-It-to-Beaver or The-Honeymooners enough.  That isn't our goddamned fault! :roll:

as as a corollary to that, having sex between a pair of consenting adults, the choices to smoke or drink, enjoying horror movies, these are things that are bad when you are a kid.  As a grown up you should probably just get over it if you don't like that there are other people who happen to like some or all of these things.  Come to think of it, that also can be be case one can argue in favor of for several types of pornography, smut, erotic literature and art, etc. :laughing:
yiu are a grown up now.  The reality is these things are a part of adult life and the choice of how to deal with each one, these are mostly individual decisions. How you choose to live your life and what you do to get some rocks off or relax and enjoy naughty whatever in the privacy of a closed bedroom while behind your own home doors is not the entire damned community's business to be Judgey McJudgerton prudes about, so long as it doesn't involve keeping live prisoners as for real personal slaves chained up some where completely beholden to you for food and water or the abuse of children or animals, possibly also including things involving desecration of the dead, then goddamn enjoy yourself (and while you're doing that, leave me the hell alone too, ok? You Goddamned WEIRDO).  I support the right of people to enjoy getting to be a bit freaky, as long as they are mature enough to get when it is and is not appropriate to be that way, and grasp that we don't all share all the exact same fetishes as they do.  Try not to act grossed out on finding out that your neighbor or friend is into "some different stuff" than you. Be flexible, you can expand your mind and who knows, pick up a thing or two to spice up things in the bedroom arena between you and a lover because some of that stuff out there, you can be pretty fucking damned creative.  I've only ever had two real life girlfriends, and neither of them were exactly shining examples of being sophisticated in that regard let alone terribly open or supportive about exploring any of that stuff, so my experience IS limited but intellectually and conceptually I get how different types of intercourse COULD BE fun and that a willingness to explore that stuff with a romantic partner can be used as a good tool to enrich the relationship (duh). :facepalm:

Yes, there are people who aren't afraid to enjoy sex. No matter how much you rant and rave how evil you think that is, you can't turn back time to uninvent birth control, condoms, etc. because there will STILL be people who ARE more comfortable with exploring their and other people's bodies than you who will do all of that stuff anyway.  So you know, none of this abstinence only bullpuckey. What Century is it that we are in?  If you choose to personally abstain or have preference of "waiting for the right person", :rolleyes: or "saving yourself for marriage" then cool story brah, and as a reasonable individual I am going to respect that about you, but stfu with the crap about how everybody else around you should/has to/had better be that way too or you think God is going to get mad, send out plague-apocalypses, open a rift in the mortal world that is an opening mouth of hell and/or society is going to collapse because you are so blasted sure every sexually active nonmarried person or doing for recreation reasons instead of solely for procreation couple is 115% sure damned straight going to Hell. ...

Now I have to pause and take a breath because the sex one was longwinded.
Where was I? Oh yeah,
I also can't stand people who give you a long series chain of commands for duties and or tasks to carry out then while you are still in the process of carrying those instructions out, attempting to follow it to the best of your ability, Lord Lady Dumbass takes it upon him or herself to interrupt you from it, mid task to ask you why/how come it is you haven't done something else which was totally not on the list of stuff they gave you.  :megaphone: That is because you haven't shut up and let me finish the first list of stupid things, stupid, and if I stopped doing it to do that completely different other thing you'd remembered at the last second, then I wouldn't be doing as you'd asked, now would I?  Either you are deliberately trolling me when you are doing that, or you are too incompetent at sequencing to understand people can only do a certain number of tasks at a time and still do them to completion, meeting to your satisfaction.  Endlessly being mentally yanked from a bit of this to a bit of that to oh hey do this thing over here, no, now I want you to do the other one, but how come you didn't finish the other other one... is about as mindnumbingly frustrating as it is exhausting to deal with.
fuck off and chill with the ordering people around, oh would-be-supreme General. :lol:  If I become frustrated and make it evident through tone of voice during situations like that, or take you aside from your zeal of giving rapid directions of carrying complexity at breakneck speed, then I am "being mean.". It hurts your feelings and you should like me to feel bad for doing so.  :sarcasticlap: My mom does this to me during instances when she gets drunk; when she's sober she tends to be a bit better about not doing it too much/often.

Narcissistic paranoids: these are the ones who act like and express the opinion they are in constant fear when going outside, interacting with people, meeting new folks, etc. that they are self-important enough to warrant exercising a constant anxiety ridden vigilance because freaking everybody is out to get/rape/steal from/arrest/kill them, for whatever fabricated reason.

a. This is insulting to people and really considered to be incredibly poor manners and b.  Chances are, for most people, you really aren't important enough for everybody out there potentially wishing illwill toward you to pursue doing said horrible nightmare things to.  Everybody else, they probably don't care or have reason to notice who you are. Try to let it go...
This is a first world problem, being so scared of a news report on a thing you saw about a single crime occurring in isolation or some dramaticization of it you heard one time that everybody has to be personally out to get you, personally.  Not a whole lot of people even know that you exist, and unless you give them good reason to want to, aren't going to,  sure there are a few psychos and jerkheaded bullies, the occasional deranged violent loonie but those AREN'T everybody, so get a grip. You don't KNOW everybody, so all that this attitude is going to accomplish is you won't enjoy yourself and will miss out on a. Metric shirt on of new experiences.  Might happen to you? Oh please! If it was happening to you, that would be legitimate but if you're idly sitting by worrying that you think, from your privileged position of luxury that it MIGHT POSSIBLY happen to you someday, and therefore your only recourse is to always be afraid of everybody and to never dare to ever go anywhere or do anything... Then it probably isn't happening to you.  Please come back when you have a real, actual problem going on which you would like people to help you solve, and don't waste a friend or relative's time with made up things to worry about, ok?  They aren't all automatically always going to be out to get all the time, specifically you, all the time, just because you saw/heard about something bad happening somewhere to someone else and it grabbed your imagination due to how grisly the thing in question was.
I didn't make a New Year's Resolution this year.  Not because I think myself to be perfect and not needing of areas to concentrate in improvement on but because my usual one, to swear less, I typically find myself to wind up breaking partway through the coming year each time I make it.

I don't meet people very often.
Making a resolution to try and change some of that seems pointless if there isn't an idea or plan to go about how on enacting steps toward that.

I recognize this as Being of the same category of thing that is preventing me from resuming dating.
I feel that it would be pointless to resolve asking out girls more without a plan of attack as it were in order to go about doing so in a more er, intelligent? Planned out? Manner.
As I've no idea which strategies to use to go about finding a girl who would actually WANT to go out with a boy possessing my own particular talents, I have repeatedly come up against the depressing realization due to repeat observation that the more unremarkable and generic a fellow is, the more likely he is to successfully attract the "average" girl.  Like attracts like, yes?
Well, that is rather unfortunate then because where do you go to find the type of person to go out with who actually likes that you are interested in science and art, for example?
I feel that the real brainiac and hardcore inventor is Steve Wozniak and that though he is celebrated and despite his passing away from cancer a few years ago that if you take away all that hype around him Jobs was more the marketer and sales genius.

I am an adherent in belief in the theory of multiple intelligences but would be willing to wager that in terms of sheer general IQ points data-wise when you crunch the numbers that Woz holds the higher intellect of the two.  If you don't believe me look into some of his old pet projects such as Wheels of Zeus, a personal company that specialized in (among other gadgets) novel applications of wireless GPS technology way ahead of its time for stuff like tracking chip collars for people's pets and "find it" transmitters to put on keychains for looking up where it is you've misplaced your car or house keys. Apple computer bought him out on that in order to shut WoZ down inherently because IMO they felt threatened and it was to prevent the potential of receiving competition from one of their own people.

This isn't the only example of Apple doing this either I suspect.
You might say their corporate behavior is somewhat shifty.

I might if given the opportunity very much like to get to meet Mr. Wozniak someday.  After all, there is a street named after him in downtown San Jose, "Woz Way".  I find him to be the much more interesting individual of the two, in that despite lacking Jobs's business acumen, Wozzy as a technologist appeals to me from a scientific perspective; it is the body of his inventions that is impressive.

Anticompetitive dickery aside, another thing I dislike about Apple's approach to things is the way which they are always sold on the market so goddamned expensive.  I checked online and this little 16GB iPad. I'd won retails for $399 (USD).  As another example, I went to the Apple online store to look into those little plastic external carrying covers people use that fold into a stand to prop up their iPads and they had the gall to expect people to shell out $40 for one. :ohmygod:

The walled garden software approach toward an iDevice's software environment is also a mixed bag. :facepalm: On the one hand you are much less likely to catch a virus when free roaming cyberspace and casual computing on a Mac, true. However, on the other, it makes coding things for one a pain in the butt.  Apple has a very certain way they like doing things and as a developer, particularly a third party developer, having to adhere to all their unique proprietary standards to get a stamp of approval you made your application be 100% Apple friendly seems unnecessarily Byzantine.
This is why I was cracking up during the Flash vs. HTML5 debacle that rocked the blogosphere late in Jobs's life.  Neither Apple nor Adobe had much validity to claim they were being proponents of "Open standards", yet each side recognized it as a popular buzzword and had their industry leaders spouting it.
You see one of the last actions of the late Steve Jobs was to condemn Flash and decide from that point forward Macs should go Flashless.  What was going on was Apple and Adobe were going through the process of renewing or initiating a deal and the Apple folks didn't like the terms Adobe wanted.
This seems a shame because Flash Studio in its earlier versions when packaged with a Mac made for an awesome authoring environment (Part of me would like to think it was Steve Jobs's cancer talking when he made that decision rather than the man himself).
This wouldn't be the only time bruised egos caused Apple to break off and go its own separate direction rather than compromise though.  There is an earlier precedent.  you see, Apple and Microsoft have had an at times precarious relationship that has had its rough patches.  One of the most noteworthy of these would be when Apple had the silly idea that even though the majority of the computerized workforce has an overwhelming tendency to use iterations of Microsoft Office that this was no good for Apple users.  They were better than that.  Using the same thing as almost everybody else for multimedia presentations to make slide shows because it is ubiquitous and universal was a weed polluting the fruit of the walled garden. So, Apple temporarily tried making its own slide presentation program to attempt at competing with PowerPoint, which is why on some generations of iMacs the files are saved in a weird ass extension that nobody else's computer can read very well.

I do not have iTunes and am generally opposed to owning an MP3 player.  It is for a philosophically different reason than why I am one of the few people who has consistently from day 1 refused to join Facebook though.  If you really must listen to an MP3 you can totally do so on any "modern" computer.  What I take issue with is the necessity of being plugged into listening to your favorite songs all day long everywhere you go.  To me, rather than being a status symbol illustrating your material wealth that demonstrates a spiritual poverty, since you are tuning out the world around you, not listening to the sounds of your environment when outside and ignoring nature. One isn't going to notice birds and other animals if you have your earbuds in.  Also, it can be a little dangerous.  I like for example as a pedestrian or person on a bicycle, listening for the sounds of oncoming cars when I am crossing the street!

On the bright side, Apple products can be a whole lot of fun to use.  I remember my first computer being a hand me down Macintosh LCII given to me by my mother.  The many hours which my beither and I spent playing games and looking at educational multimedia CD ROMs on her PowerPC (weird name but that was the model of desktop Mac that came out before the iMac series), taking full advantage of its at the time powerful multi speed CD ROM drive (it sounds ridiculous now but in the 90s how fast your CD drive was a big deal and determined which games you could play on your machine; I seem to remember there being double, quad and 6x speed drives as well as an elusive 8x speed drive used in particularly high end machines... but by the time 16x and 32x speed CD ROM drives came out nobody cared anymore).

Quicktime is delightful and there is a virtue in using an Apple for its capabilities as a desktop publishing platform.  I like both Macs and PCs.

Though the languages used in coding things for a Mac tend to be powerful and allow them to oftentimes get by remarkably well with fewer hardware resources (I suspect this may be from some aspect behind a quirk to how they utilize memory), to return to the doublebladedness of a walled garden system environment these are not the ideal codes with which to always run/build everything in all situations.  One may note with some bemusement that in this regard the walled garden would seem to also possess a glass ceiling and that perhaps it is a greenhouse.
It's... strangely more counter-intuitive than I had been led to believe by other people.  Then again, that's probably because for years and years I was using mostly Windows and the occasional odd bit of Linux crud instead.

I'm not a big fan of Apple products but as long as it lets me read ebooks, play some games and look at deviantArt then I guess it's ok.

Also, my finger is strangely grease repellent and so by extension touch screen aversive. :doh:
Am I the only one who has a hard time taking hacktivists who can't even use proper English grammar seriously?
Ooh, scary. :laughing: A bad movie (or two) offends them so they go and lose their shit and attack a corporation. :laughing:
So lame.

Look, that isn't how you play America-ball.  We make fun of stuff we don't like. If you don't like us, make fun of us.
Proving yet again that they are a poor sport who can't take being made fun of.  If you don't like a movie then as a regime you've got every right NOT to ALLOW it to be shown within your territory but when you start telling other countries what movies you think they can and cannot watch outside your own sovereign area... that's not supposed to fly, ok?
:O_o:  Jesus Christ Hollywood, stop giving them so much attention.  You're supposed to publicly ignore bad behavior to make it go away while in private choosing what sort of a response to have.

I think maybe George Clooney is onto something. Even though he probably made the worst Batman, but if he was brave enough to don a suit that had what are now infamously referred to as "batnipples", I guess that takes balls.
He's got some petition going to various studios and other actors and people, to request Sony not be such a glass jaw about it and find their spine, show the movie some other time later in a different format because other countries can't and shouldn't be telling you which movies you can and cannot make to show people. They can choose whether to allow it to be shown in their own theaters or not but you don't go around telling a different country than you what movies it can and can't make/show.

North korea be like: :iconrageguyplz: "YOU CAN'T BE DOIN' DAT"
and media be all: :nuu: "ERMAHGERDNOES WE WON'T SHOW IT SO PLZ DON'T HERT US!1!!"
Meanwhile, USA President & the Cabinet be like: :O_o: :unimpressed: "WTFis this shit?"

Also, you know, while I think that the movie in question was done to be outrageous on purpose and probably isn't "very good", there are much worse movies you could be wanting to go and blacklist, NK. :roll::sarcasticclap:  For example, just about anything with Jonah Hill in it you'd have my (and a ton of other people's) blessing. Seriously, to me that guy just isn't even really that funny but the media keeps hyping him up like if they put him in enough stuff it might confuse some of us as movie-going audiences into collectively hallucinating that he's somehow funnier than he is. :doh:  I'm half-joking by the way in case you couldn't figure that out :shrug: but honestly I find him to be really not that good and often wonder why the heck he gets cast so often in stuff as of recent (to date, my best possible explanations are that either he has a really good agent or is extremely just ridiculously well connected). :O_o:

Bottom-line and take away message: Semi-civilized nations ban stuff they dislike being shown within their own territory.  Silly jackasses go and try to police what other countries show.
So the Middle East is still a big f*cking mess but I heard some news that the Obama administration may be willing to attempt some things to open up interaction with Cuba?

That would very much improve our relations with much of the Latin world in the Central and South Americas... in spite of the tainted history we've got reputation-wise from historically murking about a whole lot down there and in the Caribbean.  Think about how much it would reduce dependency on Middle Eastern powers for oil... and would be one of those rare examples of America for Americas helping itself out in a non crippling way (:hmm:!).

Maybe it is about time for a long overdue ending of the long held embargo. :shrug: It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

I don't think it is the ghost of Christmas NAFTA per se (:fingerscrossed) but do feel that the United States and its neighbors could be doing more to be helping each other out and in doing so, that this could economically benefit all parties involved (!).

Hey, wake up and smell the ersatz coffee!  There is a helluva lot we could be doing politically that involves our immediate neighbors instead of concentrating so freaking much resources way further abroad. :shrug:

You see, have a tendency to grief me about being the only nerd in the family.
I am glad to be only obligated to go see them at most maybe either once or twice each year.

When I do though, it is always the same lines of questioning.
Why are you still in school?  Because I am studying science and medicine. Oh, you must be stupid to be taking so long :trollface: No (you jackass), it takes a long-ish time to get those kinds of degrees and also there are some external personal circumstances which are waylaying me.
Are you sure you wouldn't rather be doing something else instead (of the course of study which it is that you have been pursuing)? Yes because hello (dumbass), I'm just about finished with my first degree and it would be rather assanine to this far in decide to up and start all over again from ground one in a completely different field. :facepalm:
Do you work yet?  That's a bit complicated in that while there are things which individuals and certain organizations do pay me money to do, none of that is what you in your limited way might consider to be "a proper job."
How come you still have your mom and dad doing things to help you out sometimes (I don't know, maybe because they care a bit more about how I turn out than how you guys did about your kids, relatives? :shrug:)?
Do you drive yet? Long story short, no, no I don't. I get to most of the places I want to go by train, bus or carpool, in the interests of saving money.
Why don't you have a girlfriend? I don't know :roll: maybe because girls simply just don't tend to like me that much*? :rage:  Oh, you are going to in a predictably lame fashion then have sniggering implications you suspect I might be some sort of a homosexual? :sarcasticclap: First off that's not terribly politically correct and you sound like a redneck to be calling people that in a disparaging manner, and secondly well no, I'm not one, so shut the f*ck up!

Also, in other news:
Dad has again managed to break 'my car' this time via manhandling the emergency break.  I don't drive it yet so it mainly just sits outside my parents' house and I let them borrow it when their cars aren't working or one is being repaired.  It is a vintage Mercedes which gets pretty crappy mileage so what I was intending to ultimately do is retrofit it with a biodiesel or electric engine to render that issue a moot point. :shrug:
He has also again proceeded to cause me unnecessary drama by despite my telling him off for it, insisting on pretending to be me and demanding things from my professors.  This is in spite of my explaining to him the scenario factors which make this gee, probably an incredibly bad idea to do since I am really in no position to be demanding anything from them in terms of special favors. <- :headache: More academic fires for me to have to put out. :stare:

*Were there to be someone my age of the opposite gender who considers me to be "datable", I would possibly be more than happy to take her on said dates but no, there isn't so that's (obviously) why I do not.

Observation: I am beginning to notice a trend in which the less closely related through blood I am to someone, generally the better it is that you and I will be able to get along. ^^;
:sarcasm: I am also now beginning to gain certain greater appreciation/understanding in why it is that in the tree of life there are examples of lower animals which as part of their life cycle will instinctively devour/kill their relatives. :skullbones:
I think what I'd best like for Christmas is perhaps a bound collection of HP Lovecraft short stories.
The universe is a vastly large and impersonal place, and in Lovecraft's various Dream Cycle and mythoses (mythosi? However it is one would pluralize that word), trying to carelessly probe its cosmic depths can typically have horrific consequences (that was like one of his go to plot twists, c'mon).
:hmm: Well, that and some DAZ studio 3D art zone gift certificates.

My father has decided that he does not like Christmas because in his own mind that excuses him from having to buy other people any presents.  So, mother and I are having a holiday anyway around him. ...I took my little brother to the comic store and bought him some Iron Man Armor Wars sort of figures featuring Tony's Hulkbuster suit for when he tried to fight the Incredible Hulk and that one weird Samurai Armor with the sword arms he wore once in the 90s for a storyline where I think the writers had him go to Japan. I also got my brother a Batman New 52: Future's End one shot with a holographic cover where Bats has to team up with The Riddler to stop Calendar Man from carrying off a New Years caper (see Calendar Man is weird in that he only commits crimes either on particular days of the week or holidays, but what makes that sinister instead of just silly is he can plan stuff out way in advance, specifically to occur on those days... because, hello, he's Calendar Man; Alright, alright! I know, that's still a lame villain because basically his shtick is just having time management skills).
I'll give this a shot though:

Corporate personhood:  When a business (typically a large one) possesses similar rights to those held by an individual citizen, such as but not limited to:  being able to have lawyers there to "represent its interests in court," having to pay taxes in a similar manner to how an individual does, etc.

The reason why this bothers some people is that if corporations are afforded more/greater rights than individuals in a society, this can be worrisome.

Also, can manifest itself during intellectual property rights battles?
Example: Butthurt whinging by media executives during DRM + anti-piracy types of court cases against file sharing sites... will at its core in the arguments given (happen to) rest on the concept of corporate personhood, methinks.
To me, on a philosophical level, it isn't the horrible beast or freakish creature (external) that is the awful monster necessarily, but our human sense of self-entitlement, having run amok (internal).  That is the scariest thing. It's this irrational notion that we DESERVE the things that we want and that depriving other people of these things, taking it from them (forcibly) is somehow both fine and good because in our screwed up minds we think that makes us get closer toward having them or have the things that we desire that allows some of the sickest depths of human bad behavior to occur, methinks.

If you listen to the kinds of excuses murderers (and to an extent, also rapists) make in jail about why they did what they did, you may spot it.

Claiming ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking it and don't think court's will swallow down what is simply at it's best an immaturity.

The same can be said about stealing their hard earned possessions. Food, clothes, medicine, cars, etc.

Yet, there is a strange exception in the realm of intangibles.  One might attempt to argue that if one is stealing an idea for the right reasons (to promote spread of it even amongst those who would otherwise not be able to afford access to information that either a.) it can be established would generally improve their quality of life, or b.) reduce certain societal or social inequities) that there may be some merit. <- :cough: piracy :cough: and why it will likely never, ever truly go away despite the best attempts of law enforcement and squandered resources of governments that have been appropriated toward said quasi-property defense).

See, to me morality is not so clear cut nor simpleminded in all cases as some would ideally have it be.

Let me present to you another case:
Some people argue that it is bad for doctors and researchers to make money from their inventions or discoveries and that the only reason spurring them to do what they do should be contributing towards the common good. This is in full ignorance of the fact that said experts are human beings, as human beings we contribute as (albeit very small) players in a much larger economy, and that it costs money to live and buy food to eat.  Also, since it is a business, one must be able to recoup the costs involved in research and developing a new piece of technology or technical advance.  These may be financial, or in terms of man hours that have been translated into a certain generally agreed upon amongst educated circles amount of finances... one would be led to conclude.

This somewhat ignorant notion that people should be doing things only for love of the thing is the same fetid tripe you shove at an artist, trying to guilt them out of wanting a living wage, or an intern, trying to eke out secrets of his or her plied trade as they establish themselves as a gear within his or her chosen industry.  Oh but it should just be for joy of getting the PRIVILEGE of being allowed to do said thing, go people... who have conveniently forgot that this is how these people, they make a living this way, and it is also their livelihood.  Would you argue they should do their job for free, for you, the bloated and spoiled consumer, but also that they should not issue any complaints about it, and that since this works just fine for you that you don't see any reason to have want to listen to the wants of the craftspeople?

I notice a vacillation in this pattern, what started out an argument in favor of piracy (in so much as it relates to promoting the general spreading of information and works over legal and financial barriers, in a (hopefully) beneficial way), risks sounding preachy in favor of such measures against said spreading as DRM (something I personally find to be an abomination in that it restricts the owner/user in how they may use or copy said copy of media they purchased, rented, borrowed or are viewing, :sarcasticclap: "for their own 'good'." <- and thus removing room for the person to explore his or her own right and wrong, journey of personal development, etc.). :headache:
It is not a hypocrisy in so much as it is a reflection upon the complexity though, perhaps?

Another pattern in this analysis is that what had started out arguing against over-reaching sense of self-entitlement enacted by selfish people (narcissists) in a twisted mirror way parallels the whinging of creators not to have them be expected to provide their goods and services for free and for no profit. 

The difference being that being paid for rendering goods and services in a job is not the same thing as murdering a person... usually.
Wow... that got all kinds of dark and f*cked up.

Did I mention I've never taken any real philosophy classes except one in humanism once as an elective because of how it tied into psychology?
Let's avert that mental circle jerk just for a moment though and give some thought to the core bits:
What makes a bad thing wrong and a good thing good?
Who is framing it,... who stands to benefit and who will be harmed? <- I like to think these things when constructing worlds and mythos' (mythoses? Mythosi? Good god the grammar on that ones conjugation feels sort of weird) in my works of fiction and theoretical, hypothetical arguments.

Obviously, either it is a control thing or there are some control things going on.  In unraveling that one may come to the deeper level of... either apathy and just wanting to mind ones own business, or mind f*ck-upedness.

Also, since it rapidly approaches 2AM, I can't help but feel that halfway through this I may just be splatting a bunch of pseudo-deep nonsense onto a page.  I will agree it is a type of work avoidance to be doing this sort of thing instead of homework but that was not the point of the analysis. :hmm: :?

It's like, how would I explain this?
I certainly don't feel *entitled* to a girlfriend but having someone to go out to things with is theoretically a good thing, and a "nice stuff to have going on in ones life"... whereas in practice it often becomes an exercise in how much neurotic drama and/or abuse + neglect can you withstand receiving from a stranger before you can't take it anymore and either run or walk away from it.  That or a case study in observing abnormal psychology in action (oftentime ;-P).  So despite continually reaching out and drawing back a bloody stump, one continues every so often to try again in the vain hopes that this time one's luck might be the littlest odd bit different. -?  Is it not better to set yourself up for bleak punishment than to live completely isolated from everyone eklse around you in unbroken perpetuity? That may be something to chew on.
Not wanting to get married nor start a family does not make me into the most 'orrible person in the world.
Despite what a few violently, severely traditionalist religious upbringing background-ed people might otherwise be led to believe.
However, having the belief that your beliefs must make you inherently superior to your neighbors? That seems to do a pretty nice job of it.

Also, I am studying medicine.

I find people who demand these things (of people in my station of life) to be... though not scary, somewhat disgusting.
They tend to follow this sort of a general plot formula: Guy or girl meets/tries to meet this other guy/girl.  Shit gets in the way to be the conflict.  Then, either they work through it together and happily ever after blah, blah, blah... or they don't and instead each winds up being with someone about equally as hapless, the end.

An idea I had for a romantic comedy: Features two normal people who are surrounded by other people who have superpowers. :shrug:  Has this been done already?

I'm a guy who lives by himself with a potato.  Let's just say that there's plenty of think time.
Why is it... why :facepalm: that everybody keeps saying things to me such as: You've probably made all sorts of new friends, gone to parties, dated pretty girls, etc. ? NO, I EFFING HAVEN'T. MADE A SINGLE FRIEND HERE YET.
There, are you happy now?

There was only one person so far who I went out with for a very short time (two dates that were each spaced several weeks apart) before being unceremoniously dumped for what to me seemed perhaps exceedingly superficial reasons (it being "too hard" to perhaps text hello once in awhile and my asking why it was I had to always be the one to initiate 93-97% of the conversations being seen as 'pushing').  I think if you have to be the one to do almost all the work it just is a ridiculous and cockamamie excuse for interaction.  Apparently others however, seem quite alright with a sessile and vegetative approach to what they consider (new) "relationships."

I DON'T... GET INVITED TO THINGS (typically).  I invite people to things then (typically may) get derided as weird because why the eff would you want to do that? :ohmygod:

Though I WOULD like someone to take to/with things or at least each lunch with once in awhile, THAT ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN and so, I must kindly, ever-so-gently ask people to: eff the eff off with that line of questioning.

The next person to tell me how: :poo: "These are the best years OF YOUR LIFE" :stare: <- Those are the ones who make my (I think it's the) left temple throb.  You know what? I can't even finish that sentence. That's how annoying that speech is to me (;P).
Internal rage juice is not a substitute for actual actions though.
I hate not being able to do anything to ameliorate said situation.
Also, it is not :sarcasticclap: getting the work done.

I get, thank you very much, that this is a first world problem to have and that I should simply be thankful to live in a prosperous and industrialized nation with some access to healthcare and adequate supply of food, and which isn't overly wartorn or filled to the brim with disease plague... but does it have to be so dogblastingly lonely all of the time? :headache:

Thanksgiving break, instead of getting to spend some precious time with my oh, one, two actual friends back home who were still in town, had to be spent instead with my demoniac seeming extended kin who always give all sorts of grief to me about being a (wait for it), NERD... to the point they've on occasion asked me if I'm some sort of a homosexual (in a derisive redneck way) and gone to great lengths to make it apparent the disdain they show toward me for: a.) being of too weak health to join the military, seen as much more manly and b.) going into the sciences instead of the arts. 

Like stupid people I am not related to, the stupid ones I am related to on some level seem rather perturbed by the notion a person might possibly like both things and have this rather moronic, peon sort of a (peonic, is that even a real word?) notion there has to be some sort of artificial dichotomy placed between them. For months now the only real outside contact I've had has been for the most part once a week with my toxic father who rubs it in my face how awesome everything for him is and how he thinks there are beautiful women everywhere, to the point where he paraded around to my relatives (+ their friends/the few of their neighbors that came over) how fucking loser he thinks I am that girls simply just don't like me, on that fateful Thanksgiving over at my Uncle's house.
Okay asshole, you really aren't supposed to do that to your own son for fuck's sake. A more polite way to go about it instead of gossiping so gleefully over drinks with them would have been to say that I simply haven't found "the right one" or kind yet.
Also, did you have to exaggerate and twist things around to tell my least favorite aunt and cousin that I was failing one course I am taking into fodder for them to morph into how I am supposedly "failing all my classes"? :rage:

So to reiterate: The reason I do not "have a girlfriend" is because there ARE NOT any women interested in me* (0? No, zero would be perhaps much more reasonable, make that into a negative five percent and now we're into the right ballpark!).
The reason I study the sciences and do art as a hobby is because I have a certain amount of aptitude in the first and am through my own assessment not skilled enough in the second to make a reasonable living of it.

*Also, the futility involved in trying to attract people who simply are not willing to give you the time of day seems like such a stupid waste and depressing an exercise. :cough:  If they were at least partially interested then there would be something to work with but recognizing the lack of interest, one must save one's efforts and energies to devote toward more important endeavors.
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Let's just say that dating websites and my relatives seem really exceptionally good at pissing me the eff off.
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What I look for in dating: I would like to take you, a girl, to this, a movie or share a meal at a restaurant,... will pay for the meal if pressured (or on the first date to make a nice impression) but if you want to pay for your half the first few times or agree to at some point forward, that is awesome and wins super extra points.
We could hang out and get to know one another a bit better.

The idea of someone else paying for the guy is pretty alien but in a progressive and modern society, the woman being able to pay her own way outside of situations where she is being treated seems fair enough, does it not?

What I am confronted with: Oh nonono, that isn't going to work. My parents only want me to be with a rich man (because they evidently have zero confidence in my ability to make any sort of decisions for myself or to survive in the adult world merely on my own skills).  Studying science and medicine :roll: is not respectable enough.  You are simultaneously too intense and too boring (how does that even? :O_o:). 


Go be with one of your own kind, you freak! :shakefist:
(<- Um, hurtful! :roll:)*

(*ticking time bomb*) : Her: You know, you are a really nice guy and everything...
Me: Hey wait a minute, I!
Her: (just wait for it)... :blahblah: ...but (here it comes, no use trying to figure out which wire to cut now, the countdown has already ended) we should be just friends...
Me: You? That? Oh.
Her: and do have a nice life.**
Me: Well, thank you for not insulting me with some contrite tripe about how: You'll find someone, some day.
Her (reflexively and insistently): You will.
Me: Goddamnit.
Her: Okay, what are you so grouchy about?
Me: (Not like it's really your problem or anything, but literally) Everyone says that (to me. All the time :headache:).
Her: You're weird. Leave me alone.
Me: Goodbye. *Under my breath*and good riddance!
Her: What was that?
Me: *Leaving and silence*

Footnotes: *It has for the most part been my experience that I myself seem to lack what is considered a kind or a type.  With which I fit in.  You ARE making it evident you consider yourself to be incompatible and I do respect that but why so freaking hostile? We could be civilized adults about it and like two adults cease or cessate with a minimum of crude hyperdramatics, in theory.

**Have a nice life is often said in an ironic and sarcastic way which means go to hell and is appropriate for when you hate someone.

To me there would be little if anything wrong with being honest and up front by saying things such as: We should just see other people. 
You see, simply put the layer of false nicety is rather insulting to be frank.  Sugarcoating then getting mad if a person won't likewise sip from the same koolaid isn't going to win any character points, but since when was this about integrity? You can always just throw someone away to move on to the next victi-... er, I mean person. :grump:
Had a strange dream about sexual shapeshifters, home shopping, borrowing my cousin's videogame consoles, antiquated media formats, and my father helping me pick a strange scale out of my eyes that was causing visual distortion to make everything look kind of like it was a badly drawn cartoon. :wtf:
At first glance it seems like WoW given a steampunk treatment.  The plotline seems a touch bit derivative of Mass Effect 3. You've got this tower crashing down from the Heavens unleashing horrific invadey creepy creatures that are rather hellish (necromantic demonic cyborg type things instead of the reapers).  Rare amongst suspiciously foreign-feeling MMO's though... it contains relatively few glaring grammatical errors. :wow:

Okay, the levels actually seem fairly well thought out.
It's also quite challenging.

There are annoying spinny things coaxing you to buy premiums but they are on the upper portion of the screen so if you scroll down a bit you don't have to see them.  Also, it has bunches of minigames, which is not a bad thing.
It requires the Unity3D Player Plugin I think for video acceleration?
I've been playing it for a few days now and am at level 26.  I picked an Orc male and for class I chose their varient of the warrior, called for some reason a "warder". He wields two big axes.  There isn't much blood but there is spurting oil and squishing monster guts. :hmm:
There are 3 attack modes they call "stances": one involves a sword or axe and a shield, one involves two swords, two axes or a sword and an axe, and one uses a large two handed sword or two handed axe.

There is an impressive level of intricacy to the backgrounds and world even though the graphics of the sprite/characters themselves aren't exactly the greatest.
You can also hire a "mercenary" NPC helper character to assist you in fighting during PVP and with enemies in dungeons. I kind of am partial to this berserk coal powered construction/industrial type robot that is tri-legged and tri-armed (one drill, one claw and one hammer) called the Clanker, although the Inventor is rather fun too. She is a chick in a halter and goggles with this strange sort of turboprop backpack who uses a one handed chainsaw sword and swoops on enemies that are in her range.

The negative: The menus get in the way of click navigation of areas sometimes (and you have to click on a little arrow button to fold them away which detracts from exploring a little bit) and when you do get a game over the little side pop up coaxing you to buy premiums can be rather condescending.

There is some capped grinding too, which can be a bit botherish to tedious if one is impatient, depending on your tolerance level for that in gaming.  The controls don't seem especially too difficult to learn, which is good.
One of the cosmetic/aesthetic avatar character personal appearance modifier screens seems a touch unwieldly or possibly bugged but on the whole it seems to be a rather diverting/entertaining game (in spite of dungeons containing chests that require you to purchase keys to open them in order to get your hard fought loot... a feature I pretty much hate whenever it rears its hamfisted moneygrubbing maw at me in a game! :rage:).
There are other character slots for if you want to try one of the other fantasy races and different classes which provides some degree of replay value since that increases the variety a good deal, it also helps that your "grandfather" npc relative character seems to have a randomly generated (or at least different) name so it feels a bit less verbatim carbon copy the second time around.  A small detail but still a good touch.  Another factor that theoretically increases replay value is that you have different "moveset paths" to choose that you unlock and raise for which skills your character has in battle. They come in sets of 3 and you get to choose one each time.  so that is 8 moves x 3^8= roughly a rather large amount of combinations? <- I think. Don't quote me on that. My math is feeling a little off since I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet.
:raincloud: I feel like I am sort of like just this asshole guy who nobody is ever going to like and that there's nothing I can really do to change anything about it. :depressed:
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Stop being so :censored: -ing sex negative! Oh for cripes sake!

Whether it's stupid crap like slut shaming to shut up women whose viewpoints you disagree with or dislike,

or bollocks attempting to victim blame with cases of rape because of the woman's "promiscuity",

Even doggedly and dogmatically raving that people deserve to catch venereal diseases because you don't like that some consenting adults choose to engage in casual sex, (the really extreme ones claim that this is going to be directly responsible for a hastening of the Biblical Apocalypse End of Days :lol:),

There is really no way to express any of those views without sounding like a complete and total asshole to an intelligent audience, methinks.

Oh :unimpressed: go bang some rocks together and work on (re)discovering fire, caveman.

I feel like this old-fashioned insistence there has to be something morally wrong with adults who choose to explore their bodies and take a stab at forming romantic relationships is counterproductive to the progression of humanity as a whole at best and downright damaging to advancement when at its worst.

Also, guess what else has been discovered?: :trollface:
The purpose that homosexuality serves in nature in its examples found in the animal world is as a force for social cohesion. In groups. :trollface::trollface: Go stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
<- so not directly contributing passing on of genes but in maintaining relationships and the quality of social group wellbeing.  Sort of similar to the evolutionary role of kinship/altruistic behavior factors. :O_o:  Put more dryly, they don't contribute to individual passing of traits to offspring but fulfill an important niche in promoting survival of everyone in a group.
A.) I'm not in a financially secure enough position to provide them with what I feel to be an adequate quality of life with good potential for opportunities, yet.

B.) I've got ADHD and Aspergers (not self-diagnosed but pro-diagnosed back when I was still a *ugh, how I loathe this phrase* tween), and depending on what pre-existing health and/or mental conditions the would be mother would also be bringing to the table/equation, that isn't something to take lightly when considering what life for your hypothetical as of yet would-be unborn children would be like, or fair stuff for them to have to deal with. Hey, they didn't ask to be born with special needs you arsehole!

C.) Having to be responsible for the well being of someone else is a big responsibility and I don't feel like while I am still working on establishing my own I'd be able to have the clarity of judgment to be a good parent necessarily.