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Jan. 19th, 2009

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What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Literate Good Citizen
 

You read to inform or entertain yourself, but you're not nerdy about it. You've read most major classics (in school) and you have a favorite genre or two.

Dedicated Reader
 
Book Snob
 
Fad Reader
 
Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
 
Non-Reader
 
What Kind of Reader Are You?
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Voting...

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So... after years of waiting to vote, I wasn't able to. My absentee ballot never came. :(

Sep. 7th, 2008

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Your Political Profile:



Overall: 10% Conservative, 90% Liberal



Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal



Personal Responsibility: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal



Fiscal Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal



Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal



Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

WPM

Fun Guessing Music Thingie

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Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 30-20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track title correctly. (Title of the musical counts as artist for musicals. Composer gets you bonus points!)
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game, post your own.

I have excluded songs where the title is the first line.

1. For today we will take the body parts and put them on the wall.
2. Secret so sorry that I forgot.
3. Give me back my broken night
4. It hurts so bad inside
5. My exit, unobserved, my homesickness, absurd
6. Open the gates and seize the day.
7. All alone in a wasted war
8. Spy on me baby use satellite
9. Engine severs lowers legs I feel my bruised heart beating.
10. The rain falls hard on a humdrum town
11. Yeah I looked at my watch and it said a quarter to five.
12. Well, the Lone Ranger and Tonto they are riding down the line.
13. When I was younger, younger than before
14. Ice god shakes the earth
15. There are bands that merely "grow," and then there are bands that truly evolve.
16. Let us turn our thoughts today
17. gothic flavor how i miss you
18. Your name here, believe me its not what you think
19. Maybe it's intuition But some things you just don't question
20. yesterday I put in a good 5 hours talking to the statues
21. Jackie is a punk judy is a runt
22. It's not a case of doing what's right
23. Road Trippin' with my two favourite allies
24. I who have sat by thebes below the wall and walked among the lowest of the dead
25. I had seven faces, thought I knew which one to wear
26. and there's three, count them, three, children playing on the beach
27. I’m trolling food court for girls, yeah it's the best job in the world
28. I know that you cannot be here
29. You! You never looked so good
30. Old man lying by the side of the road With the lorries rolling by

Quizzy thing

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1: Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write it down.
all political reactionaries who held scientific views that were obviously

2: Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?
The wall

3: What is the last thing you watched on TV?
CNN Super Tuesday stuff

4: WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what the time is:
1:23

5: Now look at the clock; what is the actual time?
1:33

6: With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Heater

7: When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
An hour and 20 min. ago... I went to the C-Store

8: Before you came to this website, what did you look at?
Threadless T-Shirts

9: What are you wearing?
Band shirt and fleece pants

10: Did you dream last night?
No

11: When did you last laugh?
A couple hours ago

12: What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Lots of posters and wall hangs and glow in the dark stars that are going to be a pain to get down at the end of the semester.


13: Seen anything weird lately?
Nope, but I heard there were naked bikers around campus

14: What do you think of this quiz?
Interesting

15: What is the last film you saw?
in theater - The Savages
on computer- Like Chocolate for Water

16: If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?
The Macbook Pro that I want with the 200gb 7200rpm hard drive and the 2.6GHz processor



17: Tell me something about you that I don't know.
I dont know what you don't know about you.

18: If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do? I'm not sure, there's a lot to change.


19: Do you like to dance?
Sure, I guess.

20: George Bush: The president, but not for long...

21: Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Rebekkah or Liora

22: Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
I have a lot boy names that I like. Vitali or Jakob or Kai

23: Would you ever consider living abroad?
Yup!

The Nerd Test

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What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Musician
 

Doo doo de doo waaaa doo de doo! (<-- That's you playing something.) Everyone appreciates the band/orchestra geeks and the pretty voices. Whether you sing in the choir, participate in a school/local band, or sit at home writing music, you contribute a joy to society that everyone can agree on. Yay! Welcome to actually doing something for poor, pathetic human souls. (Just kidding.)

Social Nerd
 
Gamer/Computer Nerd
 
Artistic Nerd
 
Drama Nerd
 
Literature Nerd
 
Science/Math Nerd
 
Anime Nerd
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?

Bush and Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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So... I found this pretty interesting. Gordie sent it out in one of his many cool emails. It's worth reading even if you don't agree.

References to Bush's "delusions" have appeared in the mainstream media and throughout the
blogosphere. As a psychiatrist, I understandably get concerned when I see clinical
terminology bandied about in political discourse, and thought it might be of interest to
share a professional perspective on this question. I have a distinct clinical impression
that I think explains much of Mr. Bush's visible pathology.

First and foremost, George W. Bush has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. What this
means, is that he has rather desperate insecurities about himself, and compensates by
constructing a grandiose self-image. Most of his relationships are either mirroring
relationships -- people who flatter him and reinforce his grandiosity -- or idealized
self-objects -- people that he himself thinks a lot of, and hence feels flattered by his
association with them. Some likely perform both functions. Hence his weakness for
sycophants like Harriet Miers, and powerful personalities like Dick Cheney. Even as a
narcissist, Bush knows he isn't a great intellect, and compensates by dismissing the
value of intellect ltogether. Hence his disses of Gore's bookishness, and any other
intellectual that isn't flattering him. Bush knows that his greatest personal strength is
projecting personal affability, and tries to utilize it even in the most inappropriate
settings. That's why he gives impromptu backrubs to the German Chancellor in a diplomatic
meeting -- he's insecure intellectually, and tries to make everyone into a "buddy" so he
can feel more secure.

The most disturbing aspect about narcissists, however, is their pathological inability to
empathize with others, with the exception of those who either mirror them, or whom they
idealize. Hence Bush's horrifying insensitivity to the Katrina victims, his callous jokes
when visiting grievously injured soldiers, and numerous other instances. He simply has no
capacity to feel for others in that way. When LBJ was losing Vietnam, he developed a
haunted expression that anybody could recognize as indicative of underlying anguish. For
all his faults, you just knew he was losing sleep over it. By the same token, we know
just as well that Bush isn't losing any sleep over dead American soldiers, to say nothing
of dead Iraqis. He didn't exhibit any sign of significant concern until his own political
popularity was sliding -- because THAT'S something he CAN feel.

Which brings us to his recent "delusion." To be blunt, I don't see any indication that
Bush has any sort of psychotic disorder whatsoever. The lapses in reality-testing that he
exhibits are the sort that can be readily explained by his characterological
insensitivity to the feelings and perceptions of others, due to his persistently
self-centered frame of reference.

Mr. Bush knows that things aren't going his way in Iraq, and he knows that it is damaging
him politically. He also sees that it is likely to get worse no matter what he does, and
in fact it may be a lost cause. However, he recognizes that if he follows the
recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, that Iraq will almost certainly evolve into a
puppet state of Iran, and given his treatment of Iran he will completely lose control of
the situation -- and he will be politically discredited for this outcome.
The ONLY chance that he has to avoid this political disaster, and save his political
skin, is to hope against hope for "victory" in Iraq. Advancing the "surge" idea offers
Bush two political advantages over following the ISG recommendations. One is that if it
is implemented, maybe, just maybe, he can pull out some sort of nominal "victory" out of
the situation. The chances are exceedingly slim, granted, but slim is better to him than
the alternative (none). Alternately, if the "surge" is politically rejected, he gains
some political cover, so when things inevitably go bad, he can say "I told you so" and
blame the "surrender monkeys" for the outcome. Most people probably won't buy it, but
some (his core base) will.

Now, I know what many of you are thinking -- is George Bush willing to risk the lives of
hundreds, maybe thousands more American soldiers, on an outside chance to save his
political skin, in a half-baked plan that even he knows probably won't work at all? Yes,
he is. Because George Bush is that narcissistic, that desperate, and yes, that
sociopathic as well.

Especially interesting about Mr. Bush, but quite common, Narcissistic Personality
Disorder is frequently associated with alcoholism. The insufferable "holier than thou"
attitude associated with "Dry Drunk Syndrome" is indicative of underlying narcissism.

Also, the way that Bush embraces Christianity is characteristically narcissistic. Rather
than incorporating the lessons of humility and empathy modeled by Jesus, Bush uses his
Christian faith to reinforce his grandiosity. Jesus is his powerful ally, his idealized
"buddy" who gives a rubber stamp to anything he thinks.

Finally -- and this will sound VERY familiar to many readers -- those persons with NPD
[Narcissistic Personality Disorder] are notoriously unable to say they're sorry.
Admitting error is fundamentally incompatible with their precarious efforts to maintain
their sense of order. Anyone having this particular character flaw almost certainly has
NPD.

ALLAN SCHNAIBERG
Professor of Sociology &
Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University
1812 Chicago Avenue, room 108
Evanston, IL 60208
847-491-3202
FAX: 847-491-9907

NATIONAL ID: READ AND REPOST WIDELY

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So... I'm not sure if anyone has heard about this or not, but it's important. If you go to Brandeis, you might have seen an article on campus about it. (It was one of the articles in the Unsaid Gazette that I helped tape up, mostly in Massell, but other people put them other places)

REPOST > You should too!!

please copy & paste this in your own blog and post it as a bulletin and tell
everyone you can:

ALL WE CAN SAY IS REFUSE THIS NATIONAL ID CARD WHEN IT COMES OUT NEXT YEAR.
DO NOT ACCEPT IT-EVEN IF IT IS YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE. WE NEED TO SPREAD THE
WORD ABOUT THIS AND GET TOGETHER AND FIGURE OUT NEW WAYS TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST
THIS GOVERNMENT.

NO GOVERNMENTS NATIONAL ID CARD WILL EVER GIVE YOU FREEDOM:



The United States government passed a bill called "THE REAL ID ACT" which
will require all states to issue their citizens a national id card with an RFID
(radio frequency identification) chip implanted in them. The national id
cards will replace old driver licenses and state/photo id cards. To make sure
every state agrees to this the government stated that "any state that does not
meet the standards set forth in the real ID act will lose all of it's federal
funding".

After may 11, 2008 anyone without this national ID card will be unable to
board an airplane or AMTrack train, open a bank account or enter a court house
or national park and much more for that matter.

The government does not openly describe the use of RFID chips by name-they
attempt to hide the fact that they will be keeping tabs on us all with this
chip. Here is what the law says in regards to the RFID chip:

A common machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements
(the details of which are not spelled out, but left to the Secretary of Homeland
Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation and the
states, to regulate).

These RFID chips can be tracked anywhere at any time through you clothes,
purse and walls. RFID chips have been in use in several commercial products on
the market today (Gilette mach products & Philadephia cream cheese packaging
). There has been talk of using it in money in the future. This would mean
every time you obtain money from a bank or store it would be ran through a
scanner and the rfid chip will be updated stating the money is in your
posession. When you later spend the money at a store the rfid chip will then allow the
government to know when, where and what you spend your money on.

We must stand up to this shit and start to get together with our friends and
family and figure out who is on our side and who isn't.

FIGHT LIKE HELL,

DIY BANDITS HQ

(below is some info we found on the law-do your own reseach and you will
find even more out there)



The United States of America passed a bill entitled the Real ID Act on May
11, 2005. In The bill compels states to design their driver's licenses by 2008
to comply with federal antiterrorist standards. Federal employees would
reject licenses or identity cards that don't comply, which would force curb
Americans accessing everything from airplanes to national parks and some
courthouses to have the federally mandated cards.

The bill takes place as governments are growing more interested in
implanting technology in ID cards to make them smarter and more secure. The U.S. State
Department soon will begin issuing passports with radio frequency
identification, or RFID, chips embedded in them.

The Real ID Act, gives unfettered authority to the Department of Homeland
Security to dictate and design some aspects of state ID cards and driver's
licenses. Among the possibilities: biometric information such as retinal scans,
fingerprints, DNA data and RFID tracking technology.

After May 11, 2008, "a Federal agency may not accept, for any official
purpose, a driver's license or identification card issued by a state to any person
unless the state is meeting the requirements" specified in the Real ID Act.
States remain free to also issue non-complying licenses and ID's, so long as
these have a unique design and a clear statement that they cannot be accepted
for any Federal identification purpose. The federal Transportation Security
Administration is responsible for security check-in at airports, so bearers
of non-compliant documents would no longer be able to travel on common
carrier aircraft.

Data that must be included on the license or ID card

Each card must include, at a minimum:

* The person's full legal name.
* The person's date of birth.
* The person's sex.
* The person's driver's license or identification card number.
* A photograph of the person's face.
* The person's address of principal residence.
* The person's signature.
* Physical security features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting,
or duplication of the document for fraudulent purposes.
* A common machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements
(the details of which are not spelled out, but left to the Secretary of
Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation and the
states, to regulate).

Linking of license and ID card databases

Each state must agree to share its motor vehicle database with all other
states. This database must include, at a minimum, all the data printed on the
state drivers' licenses and ID cards, plus drivers' histories (including motor
vehicle violations, suspensions, and points on licenses). Any state that does
not link its database, containing records on all drivers and ID holders, to
the database of the other states loses its federal funding.

Take a quiz...about me!

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http://www.quizyourfriends.com/quizpage.php?quizname=070123022655-806081&

So... can you answer these fairly basic questions about me? (Some might not be so basic, but just try the quiz anyway since I'm sure you're pretty bored and looking for something to do; you're on livejournal right?) hehe, anyway, I always like doing these things, and I promise I won't be offended even if you get every question on this thing wrong. (Although I'm not sure if that's even possible, but you can try if you want to, that would be a fun way to take the quiz as well.)

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