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Topic: Serious Discussion / Thoughts on Sleep Paralysis

Originally posted by Aleazor:

As others have said, you become sleep paralyzed every night. During sleep paralysis, you just happen to be partially awake. It’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, this is best time to have a lucid dream.

There’s some useful information in this thread.

So in terms of this, what relationship do you think sleep paralysis has to general anesthesia? They sometimes call it the deepest sleep, and I’m in awe that they can put people under (safely) and then wake them up again at will.

Not to shoot off into another thread, but there’s also a rare event called anesthetic awareness, which I suppose is the general anesthetic equivalent of sleep paralysis. They made a movie about it, which was wildly exaggerated I’m sure, but still interesting.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Robin Williams Suicide

Originally posted by issendorf:

It almost seems (as I wildly speculate) like he perceived himself to be a bit of a failure.

Having an existential crisis like that can certainly put someone in the frame of mind to not want to be around anymore, either because they feel like they’re a burden to others or because all they feel is pain and they just want it to stop. I really feel sorry for him.

Vika, I just remembered with your post that movie The Final Cut—that was with Mira Sorvino, right? I really was interested in the plot to that but as I started watching it seemed too slow or depressing for me to continue, somehow. Which is strange, because slow or depressing is not usually too big a turn off for me to like a movie. I think the pacing and atmosphere of the movie must have just bothered me somehow.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Robin Williams Suicide

Good Will Hunting was a work of brilliance. I appreciated the effort he put into other things, and he seemed like a sweet guy, very giving, so for that my heart is sad. I liked the comedy Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage well enough, as far as those go.

1 Hour Photo was interesting—shows he knows how to stretch himself to look like a sociopath, although the quality of the movie itself was a little hokey.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Thoughts on Sleep Paralysis

Interesting thoughts. I’m a Christian, and if praying for you helps, great—without delving into the spiritual aspect, though, sleep paralysis has been known to have a connection to sleep apnea. I know someone who has it and I saw this question pop up on a questionnaire I filled out prior to undergoing a sleep study.

Looking into it further, I do see what you mean about the history of sleep paralysis and demonic possession rumors, as it even shows up in common medical sources. If this is something that is bothering you, however, it would be worthwhile to see if something like a CPAP or other sleep device could help.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why Are People More *Judgemental* About Self-Image?

Originally posted by ImplosionOfDoom:

Why get surgery when you can have Photoshop? (In regards to Facebook, most people won’t notice the difference. Besides if your just doing it all to keep up with the jones, get attention to boost your ego, etc. Photoshop is a hell of a lot cheaper and less painful. Besides once you buy it, Photoshop is pretty fun to play around with)

Photoshop is fun to play around with, but it has it’s limitations (trust me, I’ve tried). Taking away crow’s feet? Great, if you have the patience to go through every photo like that. Cropping out a double chin? Not as much (unless you captured a lucky angle and it’s just really working for you palette-wise).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
However, I ask: how much of this problem is Obama’s “administration” and how much of it is coming directly from Congress…specifically the GOP and its rabid focus on illegal immigration?

I’m not sure I understand….what does the GOP/Republicans disapproval of illegal immigration have to do with the budgetary determination of the two issues listed above? Unless you are trying to say that Obama adopted a polarizing stance because he is a Democrat (favoring illegal immigration), which is a distinct possibility.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

Your attitude that PTSD isn’t a “biggie” is a little disturbing to me. AGAIN, I point out that I well understand it isn’t a problem (in degrees) for MOST ppl. However, in an inverse progress, PTSD can get horrifically severe as the number of ppl experiencing it decreases. What I’m saying is that the “quality” of PTSD behavior the real problem much more than the “quantity” of it.

Never said PTSD wasn’t a “biggie”, it’s hugely significant to the person experiencing it and I work with such people every day. All I said was it wasn’t going to automatically, by itself, keep someone from owning or operating guns. You didn’t get this out of my post, but then again, you didn’t read it in it’s entirety. Going off the rails as per usual.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

AND, this PSTD thing isn’t true ?
Seriously?
I’ve known and still know of some of my Nam brethren that are seriously fucked. If it were only one or two percent, then ya just might be able to pass their behavior off as being the result of other things…bad childhoods, drug abuse, normal day-2-day stress, etc. Believe me, when you send 18, 19, 20 year old KIDS into a hellish situation like that; some serious mind-fuck shit is going to be the result… and, continue to happen long after. The brother of my neighbor will break down into tears some times w/ survivor’s guilt.
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Ok, geez. I should have clarified further. When I said this “PTSD thing isn’t true”, I wasn’t saying PTSD doesn’t exist, I was saying that having PTSD didn’t hinder the ability to own/operate a firearm. Miscommunication solved, hopefully.

The same is largely true about Mexican border crossings. We provided “under-the-table” jobs for them. Much like if you start feeding a stray cat at your back door, soon you will have a lot more … hoping for some of the same, regardless of whether there is enough milk for all of them. But, there they are. Are you going to start shooting the excess? Rounding them up and hauling them to the next county really doesn’t work all that well when they still know where some free milk is.

I agree with this, although I find the metaphor of comparing illegals to stray cats interesting. Nevertheless, it fits in this instance. I think our government/social services really needs to crack down, not only on the illegals that are currently in our country (and producing what are known as “anchor babies”), but also those attempting to get in currently.


We American’s love to hate our politicians.

Well yes, we do. Most of the time I tune it out as the noise it is. However, the Obama administration made a mistake—at least in my eyes—when they trimmed veterans benefits while expanding those for illegal immigrants (Dream Act).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Originally posted by beauval:

I should hope so too. Some of those lads are having a mental breakdown. Do you really think allowing them to carry a gun is a good idea?

The PTSD thing isn’t true (maybe a scare tactic/fearmongering story?). Most vets I know have PTSD these days, and many own guns. I was talking to an armed police officer locally who was a vet with PTSD and told me it didn’t affect his right to carry. Probably the only way PTSD takes away your right to carry firearms is if you are committed/inpatient and assigned a fiduciary.

Originally posted by Karmakoolkid:

Illegal immigrants have been coming to North America since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. More recently, Americans who wanted extremely cheap & easily-managed unskilled labor are the ones who are directly responsible for such border crossings….while “the govt.” looked the other way.

Yes, except as the world population is expanding, America is in a bit of an economic crisis and will have a hard time supporting such an influx of illegal immigrants. With the unemployment rates at an uncomfortably high rate, having a mass of non-citizens to compete for resources (including but not limited to jobs and healthcare) is not a good idea. They need to go home or be held to strict legal standards for immigration.

The real question here is: why did the govt. look the other way when there was already in place programs for legal immigration? Could it be that those ppl who stood to benefit greatly from illegal immigration also the ppl who exert a particular degree of influence on the govt.?

Is this really supporting your argument though, KKK? I could swear I can hear whispers of “Obama’s building a future Democratic voting pool” in these statements.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Immigration and citizenship

Originally posted by fma1:

I will now present when some might call an unpopular opinion.

I believe that illegal immigrants should not have access to things paid for by taxes, such as public schools or socialized healthcare. Only citizens and other people who are in the country legally should have access to these things. However, I also think that the process of becoming a citizen should be made much easier. That way, immigrants can come and be able to access these things more easily. These two things must both happen at the same time. If the government wants to restrict all public services to use by citizens and legal immigrants only, then it must also make the process of becoming legal significantly easier.

What are your thoughts on this?

Mostly sound logic, I don’t have a problem with it. I think allowing illegal immigrants to collect welfare/benefits while paying them more for each successive child incentivizes the path of living on social services. One of my former professors mentioned that if a U.S. citizen were to walk into a Mexican social services office, undocumented, looking for social benefits they would be denied and laughed out; this is true and a salient point in comparing the two systems and the overgenerousity (at least at times) of the U.S. welfare system.

Regarding becoming a citizen, this is markedly hard, from what I understand. My friend was taking the test for citizenship, and some of those questions, I couldn’t even answer (they require a lot of rote memorization about presidents and whatnot). So an easier route to citizenship might be good; however, if our country is in a position where it can’t take excess immigration without maintaining it’s budget, then this should be scaled back, at least temporarily.

There’s no perfect solution, but you hit on some good points.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / DIE CISHET WHITE MALE SCUM!!!!! (alt title: why social justice is doomed)

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

But, to simply call them dumb is negligently dismissive of their very often elevated (usually higher than average) cognitive abilities. I would venture to say that the kind of extremists we would usually think of are often quite bright….even brilliant.

Brilliant? Nope. You do realize that, in trying to protect the animals’ best interests, they destroyed their habitat. Everyone lost, most of all the wildlife in that area. The “logic” utilized by ELF here would be similar to two children fighting over a toy, and the dominant child breaking it so no one can have it. It’s a very “cut off your nose to spite your face” kind of tactic.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Vampire Rights.

Originally posted by axlkoegoskyeg:

Errr… Why three posts?

Technical glitch, I guess. I don’t know why it did that.

And, well, never watched that series, but I heard of it, and it was honestly what inspired me to it XD. Honestly, I feel that, considering vampires are essentially human, peacefull convivence would be possible( … If they existed to begin with ), but I still think regulations would have to be made. For a example: I really feel a person that desired to turn into a vampire( Not me: However… Well, look at all the Twilight fans in our world ) would have to first be a adult, and also pass through a small battery of psycological tests, to know whether it has a good enough control of its impulses.

So the only problem I see with this logic is that it couldn’t possible encapsulate all of the humans that wished to turn vampire, or the vampires who wished to change humans. There would always be outlaws, so it is sort of like saying someone has to pass a battery of psychological tests to try meth. Those types of people are going to do what they’re going to do. I suppose those who wanted to go through the proper channels and get the state’s “blessing” to change could try to adhere to these rules.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Vampire Rights.

Originally posted by axlkoegoskyeg:

This hypotethical vampire mythology said: What do you think that would be the more moral approach a government could take torwards these vampires? Should they be exterminated, or incorporated in society?

I feel they should be incorporated, because, well, it would be unfair to these 20% otherwise. But the government probably should keep a record on then, to know whether they actually arent hurting anyone. As for how should the incorporation happen… Well, this should be complicated.

Your question is fine, but these are basically the sort of issues that True Blood tries to tackle. In that series, vampires co-exist with humans, have their own special night clubs, drink synthetic blood that they can pick up in any convenience store, take blood from consenting human partners……and there are of course the thugs/outlaws who don’t follow the rules. So, yeah, probably that scenario and it’s setup would work if they actually did exist and wanted to benignly integrate into society.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Food science

^ What the heck happened up there? Was my account hacked or something.

 

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Food science

Originally posted by onlineidiot1994:

Why is it that foods that are incredibly unhealthy for us are the ones we enjoy the most? From an evolutionary standpoint, it would seem that we would be better off training ourselves to prefer foods that are rich in the nutrients that we need, but instead many people prefer the taste of foods high in fats and other forms of energy that aren’t necessarily the most beneficial to our health.

Sugars I can somewhat understand, as they’re incredibly easily digested, but why are things like citric acid and heavy starches so palatable?

I have grappled with this question myself a long time, and thank you for starting this thread. I’ve often wondered why, if the human body craves processed carbohydrates so much (like Pizza and Snickers), these can’t just be good for us. I don’t have a great answer, unless it would have something to do with addictive properties of ingredients (including processed carbs) that are added to today’s foods for cost and convenience.

I will note, however, that taste buds do change over the years. I have noticed foods I have absolutely no interest in when I was younger—such as lettuce and sunflower seeds—grow great appeal to me as the years go by. I think this might be because our bodies have gone through their “junk food spell” and are craving the nutrients they really need.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / DIE CISHET WHITE MALE SCUM!!!!! (alt title: why social justice is doomed)

Originally posted by dd790:

The extremists of every group shout the loudest but are the dumbest, doesn’t mean their whole message is pointless, just that they are morons

Yes, and another example of this was the fires staged by the Earth Liberation Front, in protest of developments going on in the Vail, Colorado area. Speaking of dumb: ELF were protesting the development of land, and the driving out of wildlife from said land…..so they destroyed this land, thus definitively driving out the animals anyway? Yes, extremists can be very dumb.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Extra-terrestrial disclosure

Originally posted by greg:

Hypothetical, right? No, it already happened, last year, by the Canadian minister of defense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDuqZbjxB_E

It corroborates with a ton of other leaks and reports, but none have been so public from such a high-level government official. This kind of seems like a big deal. Shouldn’t we at least be talking about this? Let’s start with this thread!

Interesting. I’m just not sure if it’s real, or a voice over.

Originally posted by Mafefe_Classic:

Clutching at Straws 101

srsly tho, pics of aliens or gtfo

To be fair, though, even if he produced photos, you’d cry they were Photoshopped. Skeptics will be skeptics.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Vulgarity

Originally posted by denamo:

in my opinion they should be only used as underlining words for stronger emotions, but i guess nobody would understand or actually try to use it like that

Depends on the environment. None would be tolerated if you are writing a term paper (unless they were cited as a quote from something else), and I think little fits into everyday conversation. Vulgar language is usually used to express a burst of anger or frustration at something, although if mixed into everyday language very infrequently it can add emphasis to a statement.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 7even Deadly Sins

Originally posted by dd790:

Think that’s defamation rather than wrath, courts would be more interested than God

So then, in your opinion, exercising free (if angry) speech is not wrath, at least in the eyes of God, or for this discussion?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hell

Originally posted by vikaTae:

It could mean that heaven and hell are the same place, since Det will meet you whether you go to heaven or to hell, Kasic.

Or perhaps heaven and hell do mixer evenings, where the two sets of residents hobnob?

I heard an interesting allegory about Heaven/hell recently:

Someone went to Hell, and instead of the fire they were expecting, they saw a large buffet table filled with delicious foods. Each person sitting at the table had a six foot spoon, and they spent eternity hungry, struggling to figure out how to feed themselves.

Then they visited Heaven, and to their surprise, saw the same large buffet table with it’s inhabitants utilizing a six foot spoon. The difference was, they were feeding each other.

I thought this was illuminating because it really illustrated (for me, at least), how “hellish” certain environments I’ve been in have felt, simply from extreme lack of teamwork. When people—due to misery, selfishness, boredom, or whatever else—throw each other under the bus as a matter of principle, the whole mission seems to sink. The allegory, in any event, put in perspective for me how we can see shades of Heaven/hell in everyday life.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 7even Deadly Sins

Originally posted by dd790:

Wrath – Being angry just gives me a headache and I was brought up well so use words rather than fists so that’s out
Greed – Too much of a soft touch to be greedy, would feel like a twat taking more than my share
Sloth – Idleness bores me
Pride – Love watching people who think they are better than themselves look like tools, couldn’t do with being one of them
Envy – Never seen the point in jealousy
Gluttony – Can’t eat a full Mars bar without feeling sick let alone be a glutton
Lust – Probably the nearest but I’d still say no, I have a huge sex drive, very flirty and think NSA is the best acronym ever. However, I don’t join in with the lads when out and seeing a girl where they do that typical “whoa she’s nice, wouldn’t mind a go on that, look at those tits/arse etc” stuff, I just find it all very distasteful. I don’t tend to look at strangers sexually at all, obviously I can see a girl is my view of pretty, but I don’t lust after women. Passion yes, lust no.

So I’m just curious….how (strongly) would we define wrath here? For instance, if someone gets fired by an employer and they feel it is unjust, is releasing stress by blogging about it wrath?

Or would we only start to consider it “wrath” if they slashed their employer’s tires or planned a shooting spree?