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(994 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

Thank you. I guess most people go through it eventually- it's just a matter of time if you get a pet. And the whole thing has gotten me over thinking everything.

Such as, there was a serial killer known as Doctor Death. A gimmicky name, but fitting. He was a former doctor who didn't go out killing people, but had people come to him.

Basically, people who were terminally ill or dying a very slow and painful death would go to him (more often than not with a family member) and die the same way pets do.

He put people in pain down, and only people who requested it.

My question is, if we consider this man a murderer and a criminal, why is it okay to do the same exact thing to an animal? Of course, animals aren't humans, but I think the argument still stands.

Just one of the many animal rights/life & death/ethics scenarios I've been beating myself aside the head, with.

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(994 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

My dog of 14 years was put down today. As it turns out, put down is just another word for kill. It was terrible, watching the poor dog struggle. I felt sick to my stomach-- he seemed so content that morning. We fed him his last meal, and took him out a final time. He probably thought he was just getting special treatment.

Gah. The whole thing is making me tear up, again. What deems humanity humane, I'll never know...

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(557 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

http://ronniedelcarmen.com/new_images/Totorohouse.jpg

  "A replica of the Kusakabe residence, a house of the 1950s in which the lead characters of Studio Ghibli's 1988 animated feature "My Neighbor Totoro" lived, will be built within the woods of the Expo site. It will be constructed using techniques of the early Showa era and will undergo artificial aging. The furnishings will also be made to reflect the movie as faithfully as possible. This pavilion, however, will not focus on amusement; the old-fashioned Japanese house itself is the highlight of this plan.

    Visitors will be able to freely explore the house, looking inside closets and chests and touching things, just like the heroines Satsuki and Mei did when they first arrived at the house. In addition, programs will be offered in which visitors can get a taste of life in the mid-1950s to the mid-60s (the Showa 30s)--what might be considered the "slow life" of the good old days, when people lived closer to nature than they do today."

Being the wanna-be animator I am, I'm a bit of a Miyazaki nut. He's the Japanese Walt Disney as far as I'm concerned. Master of all trades, too, considering he animates, writes the script, directs, ect.

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(557 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/images/photos/photo_lg_ireland.jpg

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(48 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

What was before the beginning is what disturbs me. How could there have always been something? How could there have ever been nothing? How can the universe be infinite? How could it possibly be finite.

Antimatter? Black holes? And we still have yet to finish exploring our own planet.

I'll never forget that old internet motivational poster.

http://chuckthegeek.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/bigbangtheory.jpg

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(46 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

I'll be damned if the universe isn't out to get me. Every time an event approaches that I'm particularly interested in doing, something happens one way or another that prevents me from actually doing it.

It's irritating. I'm beginning to think I should lock myself away, or burn all of my money to the last cent and go on a walk. A very long walk.

I hear Alaska is nice this time of year, though I believe Alaska is nice all year round.

Nothing beats the smell of the mountains and snow. The pollution is bad in area's like Anchorage, but the air still feels and i smells clean. I love the cold.

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(458 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

The person above me has a quote in his signature who's English translation is 'as that passed over, so could this'

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(48 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

I was simply adding my opinion to the matter, not being defensive. Religion is just one of those hot topics where there are no clear answers.

And while you're right about fundamentalists ruling the public opinion, Obama doesn't seem to be affected by that, thankfully.

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(23 replies, posted in Café Metropole)

I'm horrified at New Orleans taking the dive like that. Great Jazz scene, and interesting history. The place was a key location in American Jazz history. Gah.

So off topic. (I'm not sure if that's an issue here or not).

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(48 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

It appears Christianity has become somewhat of a black and white religion. But nothing, and I mean nothing, is black and white. The world is comprised of gray spots. For example.

You say you find it odd a Christian would become a pharmacist, because in doing so, they'd have to accept the theory of evolution, Darwinism, ect...

As it happens, a number of Christian theologists agree with evolution. There's the literal interpretation of the bible, then there are those who believe in a metaphorical version, considering the bible is chucked full of them.

Saying all Christians are homophobic, pagan-hating, power freak, anti-abortion, anti-this, anti-that, bible-beating hypocrites is as preposterous as saying all Germans are Nazi's.

But I'm afraid Christianity has set itself up for generalizations and scrutiny...

I think it's fine that Obama is embracing his religion a little. As we can see, it's not effecting his judgment in any negative ways. It's just as much as I'd expect from a Pagan/Buddhist/Muslim/Ect. president.

The problem doesn't lie in the religions. It relies in people, considering their violent, destructive, blood-thirsty history. NONE of the religions say 'kill this faction'. That's man's doing.

Yes... Humans... The parasites of the world...
Needless to say, I find anarchy laughable.

And also, about the sexual education parent consultant. I think it's because the states tend to be more sensitive towards sexuality in the same way all of Europe tends to be more sensitive towards violence. I say this using primarily video games as in example. And you know American's, all about choice to this and that. Might as well let people decide just how educated you want them.

If you only knew the irony of it all.