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  1. Magnus, you are a: Capitalist, Fascist, Imperialist, Hegemonic, Patricarchal.....pig
  2. Well, I think we all agree on two things: 1) Say anything awful you like about stripping and its impact, but I doubt anyone on here wants this to be regulated by the state with a law that outlaws stripping. 2) We all wish the world were a place where we could have pleasant occupations, but unfortunately we don't live in that world yet. Potter isn't delusional in thinking strippers are happy with their jobs, but he doesn't think the government should outlaw stripping. You can whine all you want about power and oppression, but you must either think people should be able to do what they choose, or you think the government should outlaw the activity. We all wish the world was a place where stipping didn't occur AND it wasn't outlawed - meaning that everyone lived such nice, comfortable lives that nobody wound up in a position where they even consider being a stripper. Further, just because someone like potter says strippers can do what they please in the current world doesn't disqualify this person from wanting positive societal change too. Women (and men) end up doing stripping because they weren't able to do the job they really wanted at that time. So why don't we just argue about how to fix that? Why don't we argue about something like the estate tax instead.
  3. Robert told me about this thread and I figured there would be a lot of arguing, but it seems like just about everyone here is in agreement. At the risk of being unpopular, I am not so sure that vegan is an adjective that someone is or is not. This is the opposite of what potter wrote at the beginning where he said that there is clear division between vegans and non vegans. "Vegan," as other have already stated on this thread, best describes an ideal of ethics and values, and people who call themselves "vegan" try much harder than others to live up to those values, but we all know that there there is ALWAYS something else we could be doing to be less hamful to other beings on this planet. Maybe non of us are vegan. Maybe we just try to be vegan. For example, can you call yourself a vegan if you burn fossil fuels? That is harmful to the planet and it's creatures, but almost all people who call themselves vegans drive cars. I guess my point is that it 1) don't be too judgemental of non-vegans because even vegans engage in activites that could be harmful 2) This principle is also why Vegans shouldn't be too judgemental with eachother about who is a better vegan.
  4. Yikes. Did you have a bad experience with the police at some point in time?
  5. My avatar says one thing and one thing only: "I am too lazy to properly resize my picture."
  6. I can't handle Potter calling me weird. I mean, couldn't it be Flanders or DV or Michelle that call me weird. I would even be able to deal with Zack or Odidnetne calling me weird. BUT POTTER!!!!!! Oh no. Too much irony. My head is going to explode.
  7. When a person or group is doing somethng that is not well supported by evidence, they will usually try to support their decision by trying to poke holes and find gaps in what another person does or beleives. They know their diet is unsupportable - or maybe they just haven't thought about it that much - so rather than arguing why their lifestyle is better, they resort to trying to find holes in your lifestyle. Noticed how biased this logic is. "I can find something the least bit unexplainable about what you are doing, so what I am doing must be right." When you find yourself not being quick witted, remember that they have given no argument or evidence of their own, and their burdon of proof should be just as much as yours. Their support for their lifestyle is simply the weeds that grows in the few gaps that you may still have in explaining your lifestyle. -- I read this argument recently and I thought it was really good.
  8. Just out of curiosity, what is the lineage of your Senseis back to O'sensei.
  9. Yeah. I don't have much to add. Kalozojo pretty much has it covered. What has struck me as so interesting about Aikido is that, depending on what is being studied on any given day, training session are so varied. A visitor to our dojo on one day might think Aikido is about spear fighting. A visitor on another day might think Aikido is about perfecting somersaults. But it all fits together in the sense that, among other things, Aikido is about educating the body.
  10. So I have a good bottle of red wine I received back in 2002 as a going away present when I was leaving my job at whole foods market. It's definately time to drink it this year. If I wait longer it could start to deteriorate. What are good vegan foods--BESIDES PASTA AND MARINARA SAUCE (which I don't like)--that goes well with red wine. To be honest, I don't know any. Seems like most Vegan food is made for white wine.
  11. Oh. Hi. How's it going.
  12. Do we know the exact dates of the official vacation? is the 26th going to be part of the standard vacation or is it going to be a bonus day.
  13. If anyone can get out here by the evening of July 26th (which I guess would be a day or two early) we can go to "last thurday." It's a big monthly community event thing in Robert and my neighborhood. Just trust me. It's cool and you should think about making it. Basically thousands of hippies out all evening on the street doing crazy things and selling weird stuff.
  14. So, here I am--as Robert said before, I'm sure I have the least flexible hamstrings of anyone on the forum. watching me try to touch my toes would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. To have less flexibility I thing someone would have to be clinically disabled. But the good news is that other parts are flexible. My groin muscles are amazingly flexible. I can also twist my feet so my toes point sideways and then I can walk. My jaw is my most flexible body part. It is absurd how wide I can open my mouth. I can put just over 2 and 3/4 inches of distance from the bottom of my upper incisors to the top of my lower incisors. That's 69.85 mm for all you crazy foreigners with your crazy measurements.
  15. If I try really, really hard can I un-manifest Robert's farts after he eats three bean burritos?
  16. Yep: Brendan's book is great. The information he has definately help me eat healthy and stay healthy. You'd be surprised how easy it is to stop eating junk food once you are properly nourished. Your cravings just go away.
  17. Anyone know where I can get dressy, vegan watchband that would look like leather? the watch I'm talking about would't take a metal watchband. I already asked vegan essentials and they don't have anything.
  18. Hi Crystal. Happy Birthday. Do I have an avatar yet? I'm not sure. (John Foster voice) Allright Crystal...happy birthday....just don't do anything stupid!!!!!
  19. Wow. Thanks for all the info. The cotton vs. synthetics vs. wool is interesting. I may just default to the "Robert Test" for my decisions. That is, if I do something and Robert consequently delivers a DDT or a pile driver, then I've made the wrong choice. Seriously, though, I'll check out the cotton suit thing. Thanks. Anyone know if there is a label to look for to know if wool is harvested humanely?
  20. As many of you know, I've been eating vegan for about 4 months now. I don't miss the burgers, cheese, butter, junk food or anything like that, and I know I can buy fake leather shoes, belts, etc. But there is one animal product that I'm not sure what do do about: Wool. I wear suits to work, and it seems that all men's suits are made of wool I have a dress overcoat made of wool I love wool socks I love sweaters, which all seem to be made made of wool So I'm not going to throw out my wool clothes that I already have, but eventually these clothes will wear out and I'll need to get new suits, sweaters and coats. Two questions I have are: 1. Is wool horrible and cruel to buy. I assume it is, but I haven't seen much on the topic. 2. Is there a substitute? Is there a store that sells non-wool suits? Are there non wool sweaters?
  21. Speaking of you getting bigger--remember to post the pictures we took at my house. You know, the ones with the gut.
  22. Hey, I didn't make any comments about you. Schweinsteiger is the one who said those things.
  23. Hey everyone. Thanks for the good words. Crystal--that is exactly what John Foster would say. Your John Foster skills (albeit in written form) are getting better every day. Daywalker--I knew Robert lifted wrong but I didn't know he also posed wrong . I ready your post on all the different techniques to working out. It's all a bit overwhelming. I mainly just want to be better at soccer--more explosive, expecially with the legs. Any suggestions on a program for that, at least for the leg muscles? Potter--you're still insane. And thanks again for the kind words. I'll post again in a month.
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