July 8th, 2003

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Acording to a placue in Mt. Tabor Park, Portland has more volcanos with in it's city limits, than any other city in the world (it also have the largest park, Forrest Park, and the largest book store, Powells). Mt Hood, approxamitly 40 miles east of Portland is a volcano long over due for eruption. The the plate techtonic movements moving the subduction zone (and magma chamber) west, when will these little in town volcanos blow? The after effect would be staggering. As the airport and most of down town are build on fill, they would slide into the Columbia and Wilamette Rivers. The Oregon sides of the bridges along the columbia and most of the bridges on the Wilamette are like wise built on fill (the on and off ramps, that is. The supports are built into the bed rock), which would leave the bridges unaccessable. This would trap all of North and North East Portland trapped between rivers and lava. Or perhaps it would be a pyrotechnic blast like Mt. St. Helens, flattening all of Portland, and then flooding it, the the ash clogging the rivers until they were just huge mud flows.

They say the same thing about Tacoma, with Mt. Rainer also being over due for an eruption. Rainer is poised to have huges mud slides that will flatten everything for hundreds of miles around it.

The real question is, will either mountains eruption be something on the scale of Mt. Mazama? When it blew, it covered almost all of Oregon, some of Northers California, Idaho and Washington with it's lava flows and ash fall. There are still, thousands of years later, huge lava and obsidian fields where nothing will grow. Mt. Mazama is now better knows as Crater Lake.

My prediction? With in my life time, one of those two will erupt.
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Martin Luther King jr was a great man. A man to be honorred. Having his man on something should be a badge of honor. Why is it that towns and cities take the most run down, drug, crime, and prostitue ridden street and name it after this great man? They say it's to inspire the people to have pride in their street and clean it up. But rarely, if ever, does this work. As it stands now, if you want crack or a prostitute, you could go into any major city and just ask where MLKjr BLVD/ST/RD/AVE is, and you would be hooked up. Why not do increased police patrols, community policing, and general increase community involvement, and then when the street was cleaned up, name is after Dr. King. Why not make his name a reward for success, and not a branding of failure.
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My problem with the anarchist movement...

People are untrust worthy bastards, who would rob you blind if they had a chance.

That about sums it up.

The anarchist movement claims we do not need laws or an enforcing body because people are basicly nice and that morals can and are enforced through social pressures. Like, if I stole some ham from the butcher, he would never deal with me again, so I would screw myself out of getting any ham ever again. And that business men would act fairly and keep their deals as to have a good reputation and keep business coming.

Perhaps I'm rather jaded, but these ideas seem rather naive.

Let's go back in history at an earlier age of anarchy. Such as pre-mideval europe. It boiled down to "might makes right" and there were few morals to be had. Life was very keep in those days. Sure, you could try to deny someone service of they ripped you off. But then they got their friends together, robbed you of everything and smacked you around a bit. Then you might try to get some friends together for defense. Things esculated until you had warlords, kings, and roaming gangs of thugs on all sides.

Laws to protect people from such things didn't start becoming vogue until two or three hundred years ago. Anarchy in the past has, on a broad scale, lead to three things. Raping, looting, and pillaging.

It boiled down to, it's easier to just take something than grow it or build it, and people will always take the easy way out if they can.

Does this mean I support a lot of laws? No. I think our currents legal system is far to top heavy and complex. I think over 200 years of loop holes and finagling has lead to a legal system that needs a near complete rewrite.

This is a very republican view, and I'm sorry, but I think we need a much smaller fedral governement, and power returned to the states. I think we have a lot of regional differences in this nation and a one size fits all approach does not work. Look at California with it fights with the federal governemnt over medical marijuana. Or Oregon's fight with the Federal Goverment over assisted suicide. Or look at abortion. If the bible belt and mid west are so opposed, perhaps the legality of it should be restricted on the state level.

I think the federal governments primary concerns should be the defense of the country, encouraging trade with other countries, and regulating intrnal trade practices. And maybe regulate some national standards to ensure that the enviroment and a few other things are not harmed by states eagerness to be over competitive. I'm pretty sure the individual states can deal with the rest on their own.

States should have exclusive souvernty over what people can do to themselves or with other people.

I think the nation does have a moral code. But I think it should be up to the states to decide on the how to enforce such a code.

But back to anarchy. I think that anachy is just as flawed as a society completely regulated. There should be a balance. You should have all the freedom you want, as long as it doesn not limit someone elses freedom. Murder would limit someone elses freedom to live, so it's bad. Smoking pot in your own home does not limit anyone elses freedom, and is okay. Holding someone against their will, is not okay. whatever sort of kinky consentual sex you want to practice in your own bedroom is just fine.

Maybe I'm the naive one. Who knows. I think think that no matter what system you have, there will be abuse, but I think that when you go to the etremes, be it extreme freedom or extreme control, that the abuses become far worse.
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My old boss had an interesting theory concerning conservatives.

He felt that America, with it's Puritan origins and traditions forced a long out dated moral code on a lot of Americans through the years. The gist of this moral code is, "If it's fun, it's a sin." Now, if these conservatives want to deny themselves fun, go right ahead. More power to ya. But they see other people having fun and they have certain responses. Envy. Fear. And bewilderment. They have these morals so ingrained that they don't under stand these other peoples love of fun. They fear it. They fear fun will destroy their society as they see it. They fear it will corrupt their youth and take them away from their traditions and heritage. They envy the fun, and I think that scares them the most.

So they lash out to destroy they fun. To remove the temptation. To try to force everyone into their moral code.

You know something? I think I'm going to have to start a "show a conservative a good time" group. Take some rightwinger out for something fingie and wild. Let them see that when they go home, they had a fun carefree time, and when they got home, the world had not ended because they enjoyed themselves.

The trick is, how do you get the conservatives to take part?
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With the Running of the Bulls happening all week, in Spain, I had one over riding thought. How long until we are treated to "Horn Cam"? How hard would it be to afix a small camera to a bulls horn, and strap a transmitter to the bulls back?Or have the camera and transmitter on it's back?

Just think of the camera view as people flee for their lives? Or the the scenes from when stupid American Tourists get gored?

I think this will be the next big leap in sports television.

Truthfully, though, I would love to go do the Running of the Bulls. Don't get me wrong, I hate bull fighting. I think it's a cruel sport. But I've eaten enough hamburgers. It's only fair that a bulls get's a chance to go after me.

I would also love to do that thing (you know... that thing), I think in France, where the whole town erupts into one huge tomato fight.
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From jesuscooter:

A man escapes from a prison where he had been kept for 15 years. As he runs away, he finds a house and breaks into it, looking for money and guns, but only finds a young couple in bed. He orders the guy out of bed and ties him up in a chair. While tying the girl up to the bed, he gets on top of her, kisses her on the neck, then gets up, and goes to the bathroom.

While he's in there, the husband tells his wife, "Listen, this guy is an escaped prisoner, look at his clothes! He probably spent lots of time in jail, and hasn't seen a woman in years. I saw how he kissed your neck. If he wants sex, don't resist, don't complain, just do what he tells you, just give him satisfaction. This guy must be dangerous, if he gets angry, he'll kill us. Be strong, honey. I love you."

To which the wife responds, "He was not kissing my neck. He was whispering in my ear. He told me he was gay, thought you were cute, and asked if we kept any Vaseline in the bathroom. Be strong, honey, I love you, too."
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From latnerb:


  1. WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR LJ USERNAME?
    It's my first and middle names. That way it's easy to remember.
  2. NAME FIVE OF YOUR FAVOURITE PIG-OUT FOODS.

    • Pizza
    • Fried cheese wantons
    • Jalapino Poppers
    • Chocolate truffles.
    • Ice Cream

  3. HAVE YOU EVER HAD A MAKEOVER?
    No. I'm so sexy as it is, it would just be a waste of money.
  4. NAME ALL MEMBERS OF THE BEATLES.
    John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
  5. WHAT'S THE LONGEST TIME YOU'VE STAYED OUT OF THE COUNTRY/WHERE?
    A couple months in Europe, Persia, and India.
  6. ONE THING YOU'RE GREATFUL FOR, TODAY.
    The internet.
  7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HIGH SCHOOL MEMORY?
    Hanging out at Chess practice.
  8. WHAT IS THE MOST INSANE THING YOU'VE DONE FOR/TO YOUR CRUSH THAT HE/SHE MIGHT NOT/MIGHT KNOW ABOUT?
    No crush at the moment, but I'll let you know.
  9. DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING.
    I would have two. One for family, then my dream on at Burning Man, surrounded by friends.
  10. WOULD YOU EVER JOIN TEMPTATION ISLAND?
    Now that I'm single? Sure, free vacation.
  11. NAME THREE [3] TEACHERS YOU LIKED IN HIGH SCHOOL/ELEMENTARY.
    Chess team coach/math teacher.
    Drafting teacher.
    And that's about it.
  12. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE? WHAT IS IT?
    "Go ahead and take the moral high ground. All that heavenly back lighting makes you an easier target."
  13. MY FIRST HEARTBREAK HAPPENED WHEN I WAS... [CARE TO SHARE THE STORY?]
    Why do I want to relive heat break?
  14. THE SCHOOL PICTURE YOU BURIED IN YOUR BOTTOM DRAWER?
    Middle School... Ugh!
  15. DO YOU HAVE ANY WEIRD PREFERENCES? WHAT ARE THEY?
    Me? Weird?
  16. WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX?
    Ummm... Not going there either.
  17. WHO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND? [care to share why?]
    John. He might be a flake, but he is there when you need him (though often an hour late or so).
  18. NAME ONE TV CHARACTER YOU'D MOST WANT TO BE.
    Superman? I don't know. I've never given it much thought.
  19. IF YOU WERE FAMOUS, AND WERE TO BE A GUEST ON A TALK SHOW, WHOSE SHOW WOULD YOU CHOOSE? WHY?
    Daily Show. I love Jon Stewart.
  20. GIVE YOURSELF A PORN STAR NAME.
    Tripod McPumper
  21. DO YOU HAVE ANY WEIRD SLEEPING HABITS?
    I've never watched myself sleeping.
  22. WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO THIS SUMMER?
    Find work.
  23. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG RIGHT NOW?
    Right now, this piece I've been trying to make. Similiar to Meat Katies "Strange Fruit".
  24. WRITE A LINE FROM ANY SONG.
    Minimum wage! Yeeeehaaaw!!!!
  25. DO YOU KNOW AT LEAST ONE DISNEY SONG BY HEART? WHICH ONE?
    Zippity Doo Dah.
  26. DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM HOUSE.
    A huge house with large barn on a couple hundred acres, with a view of mountains, and a lake and streams on the property.
  27. YOUR TYPICAL SLEEPWEAR:
    nada
  28. WHAT'S IN YOUR BAG?
    Papa needs a new bag.
  29. WHAT'S IN YOUR WALLET?
    Cards, paper, about $5.
  30. HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR WALLET RIGHT NOW?
    Already told you! Don't you listen?
  31. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PAIR OF SHOES?
    Mah boots!
  32. IF YOU COULD'VE GONE TO YOUR SENIOR PROM IN A DIFFERENT OUTFIT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
    Naked.
  33. HOW WAS YOUR SENIOR PROM?
    I didn't go.
  34. TELL US ABOUT ANY OF YOUR BIRTHDAYS.
    Too many. Lzhimers is setting in. Can't remember.
  35. WOULD YOU RATHER BE A HOBBIT, AN ELF OR A DWARF?
    I'd be an Elf.
  36. WHAT ARE THE FIRST FIVE THINGS YOU WOULD SPLURGE ON IF YOU WERE A BILLIONAIRE?

    • Pay bills
    • House
    • Camera and equiptment
    • New computer
    • World travel

  37. WHAT IS YOUR DAILY BEFORE-GOING-TO-BED RITUAL?
    Try to star gaze. retrive the dog, then head for bed.
  38. WHAT IS THE WEIRDEST/FUNNIEST NICKNAME ANYONE HAS EVER CALLED YOU?
    Have I ever had one?
  39. NAME THREE [3] OF YOUR FAVORITE CARTOON CHARACTERS.

    • The Cheshire Cat
    • Ringo in The Yellow Submarine
    • Batman