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Three Basics for Multiple Partner Relationships

I have come to the notion that there's a lot to be said for gratitude and for apologies and for kindness when it comes to multiple partner relationships.

If it helps any, awesome. If it doesn't, also awesome.

Gratitude

I think it's important to express it where it is sincere. Some folks apprec...

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Thou Art Dismissed

The dismissal of gods is an act of profound humility and an acceptance of an astounding perspective.

To a mind conditioned to needing a superior being, dismissing gods is simply an act of arrogance, because to such a mind, there must be a superior and the dismissal leaves a power vacuum that onl...

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Propheteering

Never trust a prophet.

A prophet's job is to convince you that you are worse off than you really are, and to use that feeling to convince you to act in such a way that it benefits them.

So never trust a rich prophet, especially. They are even more scoundrels than your run-of-the-mill prophet....

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Tic-Tac-Toe is not a Challenging Game

Talking with some folks is like playing tic-tac-toe against a chicken at the county fair. The chicken only knows a couple simple rules, but keeps beating you because you don't understand that the point of the game isn't to beat the chicken...

...but to keep you playing at a quarter a pop.

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Faith is an Indicator

In a world where a claim to "faith" protects one from scrutiny or accountability, those who claim to faith must be considered likely to want to avoid scrutiny or accountability.

To believe in a supreme creator requires no outward change in appearance or manner. To make noise that one believes in...

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A Battle Of Ancestors

The biggest advantage to private bathrooms is that no one tries to tell you “You don’t belong here” because private bathrooms are for the person occupying them. This notion that bathrooms must be sex-segregated seems a bit silly and old-fashioned anyway.

In the future, people will shake their head...

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Not all Bootstraps are Equal

Americans pride themselves on being able to "lift yourself up by your own bootstraps," and to succeed based on "your own efforts, will, wits, and determination."

But this is a phantom. An illusion. A fairy tale.

Consider inheritance.

The fact that inheritance is a legal "of course," based on n...

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The Free Market Needs Your Help!

Vaccination ruined the child coffin business. Just ruined it.

Won’t people think of the child coffin business before they decide to vaccinate their children?

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Homo Sapiens ELE

I’ve been fascinated the past couple years casually studying Extinction Level Events.

At a gross level, these are events triggering, or short periods of time describing situations where there have been rapid die-offs in the history of the planet.

This planet has experienced quite a few mass ex...

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Show me the Metric!

I don’t think “what’s your metric?” qualifies as a threatening question when someone says “things are way better now!” or “things are way worse now!”

I think it makes for a much more interesting conversation.

For example, I know people who think “gas prices” are a metric for whether it’s b...

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I Think the Needle Needs to Point in the Opposite Direction.

Adults tell children “No, you can’t do that. Stop that. Put that down. Don’t put that in your mouth. Only one cookie. No ice cream after eight. No watching five episodes of Battlestar Galactica in a row” and when kids object, adults tell them “When you live in your own house and pay your o...

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A Variation on a Theme

With Spider-Man, everyone knows "With great power comes great responsibility," but maybe that's good to start out, good for kids.

What I would like to see is something more along the lines of "With great power comes great need for transparency and clarity of understanding of expectations, represen...

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Read Responsibly

Once while reading a book on the way to work, I almost walked into a telephone pole. I don’t know if it was actually a telephone pole, but that’s what we tend to call them.

I say almost because, as some sort of luck would have it, I was stopped just prior.

I was stopped just prior by one of th...

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Religious Discrimination

Telling someone “Just because you can’t do things to other people in the name of your religion doesn’t mean that you are experiencing religious discrimination” rarely is the “QED” of the argument because it presupposes that practitioners of said religion will stop what they’re doing an...

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The Secret Enemy

In a society where claiming one is an atheist results in one not being considered “trustworthy,” one cannot depend on claims of religious affiliation to indicate “trustworthiness.”

The most successful viruses out there succeed by pretending to be valuable to the cells they invade.

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Make or Break

Sometimes I try to solve my problems as if they are a supply chain issue -- with many elements contributing to the success condition, and many elements contributing to the failure condition. It's not a magic bullet, but it reminds me that any selling one-stop solutions is probably selling snake oil....

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Pants on Fire

I suspect the most outrageous liars are the ones who ostentatiously declare how willing they are to be "under oath." It's like watching a child declare "Check -- I'm not crossing my fingers!"

I recall hearing this aphorism as a child and it has always stuck with me: "The Lord loves to make liars o...

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Career Living

It's probably about time we stopped thinking of our careers as our identities. The time when employers had to respect their employees for fear of losing them is gone, and the time when employees could count on their employers "taking care of them" is also gone.

Our parents and our grandparents had...

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Impostor Syndrome

I've always secretly felt like I never truly qualified to be in the Impostor Syndrome Support Group.

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Meta-Language

One day I was out walking along a common path near my house. A dog came running up to me. A big dog. A German Shepherd, as I recall. And he was looking like he meant business. Not giving me "let's play" signals, but "Let's go, motherfucker," signals. As in growling.

There was no owner anywhere to...

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