November 19th, 2011

Franklin D. Roosevelt

FDR is criticized for failing to end the Great Depression and it is said by conservatives the depression did not end until WWII. Actually, this is largely true. FDR did not end the depression because he did not push government spending enough and was too concerned about the deficit. Had FDR been a bigger new dealer it would not have been necessary to wait until there was finally a large enough public works project (the war effort) to end the depression. But FDR did what he could and bringing the U.S. out of isolationism and founding the U.N. were also very positive steps even if they have not been as fully successful to date as we wish. 
Which U.S. President has made the most positive impact?
Viggo

Writer's Block: A Few Good Men

Which U.S. President has made the most positive impact?


Washington, when you consider that he set the bar high for everyone who came after him in terms of personal dignity, putting his country first, humility, and lack of political ambition. (Some wanted to make him king; he refused.)

After that, my personal favorites are Lincoln (not controversial) and Teddy Roosevelt (much more so). TR is a personal hero of mine ever since I researched his life for a school report many years ago. He was blind in one eye and deaf in one ear and raised himself from being a sickly bookworm of a child (a "nerd" before there was a word for it) into several different kinds of macho, death-eating badass. He hunted big game. He was a war hero and survived an assassination attempt. After losing favor with the Republicans of his day, he ran for President on a third-party platform which got the greatest percentage of votes in US history. He was finally put on Mount Rushmore next to Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson, a move so controversial back then that it would be the equivalent of putting Ronald Reagan on the $20 bill nowadays. Definitely a badass.
  • matcyr

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

Жестокие видеоигры пагубно влияют на психику?
- Махмуджан, что с тобой? Руки трясутся, лицо бледный, да?
- Рустам, сегодня я убил лопатой девятьсот сорок шесть монстров на десятом уровне.
Book Love - Molskine

Writer's Block: An intimate portrait

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would it be called?


Liminal Moments

Why? This is from a previous journal entry:

"Liminal moments, those moments apart from time, when you are gripped, taken, when you're so fully absorbed in what you're doing that time ceases to exist."

"When the Deep Purple falls
Over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to flicker in the sky,
Thru the mist of a memory
You wander back to me,
Breathing my name with a sigh

In the still of the night,
Once again I hold you tight,
Tho' you're gone, your love lives on
When moonlight beams.

And as long as my heart will beat
Lover, we'll always meet
Here in my Deep Purple dreams."



I love these two :)

Oh and a little more on Liminality

Liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning "a threshold"[1]) is a psychological, neurological, or metaphysical subjective, conscious state of being on the "threshold" of or between two different existential planes, as defined in neurological psychology (a "liminal state") and in the anthropological theories of ritual by such writers as Arnold van Gennep, Victor Turner[2], and others.[citations needed] In the anthropological theories, a ritual, especially a rite of passage, involves some change to the participants, especially their social status.[3]
The liminal state is characterized by ambiguity, openness, and indeterminacy.[citations needed] One's sense of identity dissolves to some extent, bringing about disorientation. Liminality is a period of transition where normal limits to thought, self-understanding, and behavior are relaxed - a situation which can lead to new perspectives.[citations needed]
People, places, or things may not complete a transition, or a transition between two states may not be fully possible. Those who remain in a state between two other states may become permanently liminal.[citations needed]





That's why :)

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

Да они засасывают в виртуальный мир и человек становится мысленно частью этой игры. А если игра жестокая, то индивид становится агрессивным.


Жестокие видеоигры пагубно влияют на психику?
мед

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

Зависит от начального психического статуса. Если человек с подвижкой, то хрен его знает - чужая душа потемки. Психически здоровые, играя во всякий трэш, наоборот получают психологическую разрядку. Пусть уж лучше в компе бошки друг другу отрывают, чем в реале.
Жестокие видеоигры пагубно влияют на психику?

Writer's Block: A few good men

Which U.S. President has made the most positive impact?


Generally speaking, US Presidents don't really do anything. Diplomacy (sometimes a bare minimum of), giving speeches to placate or rile the citizens, making appearances to lend his weight to causes, and "supposedly" upholding the Constitution, which is complete bullshit because they don't. Ever.

The real action in politics comes from the US Senate and Congress and the hidden ballet of lobbyists who waltz among them like medieval courtiers.

I'm going to be a controversial asshole here and say President Obama, and I'm keeping the asshole reason to myself. Because I'm an asshole. But don't get the wrong idea. Obama is one of the least enjoyable presidencies to witness because he conned the American people and gave our tax revenue away with nothing to show for it. Hey Obama, you should have spent all that at Vegas. At leas there would be a small chance of a return on it!

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

... ну на это отвечу... игр много и не все они жестоки, на столько на сколько их расписывают... не нравится не играй, на всех играх написан возрастной критерий...
Жестокие видеоигры пагубно влияют на психику?

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

Жестокие видеоигры пагубно влияют на психику?


Если человек, который играет не дурак, то ничего не влияет. А если у него уже проблемы с головой, то игры только ухудшат всё.
Epic Failure
  • tj1380

Writer's Block: A few good men

Which U.S. President has made the most positive impact?


I think the only two people who have been president during my lifetime who have made positive impacts have been Reagan and Clinton. Of the two of them, I have to say that Clinton has made the more positive impact despite the revisionist history that those on the far right have crammed down our throats. Our economy was a lot stronger during the Clinton administration, and unemployment wasn't as big of a problem as it is now.

As for the other presidents that we've had during the 31 years I've been alive, both Bushes plunged us into unnecessary wars, and the younger Bush basically torpedoed our economy. Obama was left with too big of a mess for anybody to clean up, and lately he's been way too quick to buckle under pressure from the right. He's trying to please everybody but he isn't accomplishing enough.

Writer's Block: An intimate portrait

The title of my biography would be Nemnemnem which translates into "the truth" from my parent's Igorot dialect.  Its just a blunt way of saying what the book is, and its to subtly show the interest I have in my heritage in my American cultured life.

Some chapters of the book:

1. Even when it ends, it really isn't over

2. Pause/Play

3. Goodbye great White buffalo

4.  I said I'd wear anything, not do anyone

5. Afterglow



and heres a song I like.  Enjoy!

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

Игры никак не влияют на психику, если чел адекватный, независимо от возраста, будь-то 10 или 100 лет,а уж если с психикой не все ок, то тут любые раздражители: музыка, книги, мультики, будут вызывать негатив.

Жестокие видеоигры пагубно влияют на психику?

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

Для многих это снятие стресса, знаете, приходит к примеру ребёнок из школы, нужно же куда то деть ту злость на учителей,которая скапливается в школе, вот играет он в cs и успокаивается. Но несомненно это влияет на психику, и плохо влияет, но я играю, вроде пока адекватна)

Жестокие видеоигры пагубно влияют на психику?

Writer's Block: Check, please!

Ideally, the man would pay on the first date. However, in today's world, it hardly can be assumed. Likely, they "go dutch", each paying for their own. However, it would be considerate to know beforehand the paying expectations. Frankly, I feel, if a man is not paying, or does not want to pay, for the first date, he clearly is not interested in a second date. 
Who pays on a first date?

Writer's Block: A few good men

George Washington is by far had the most positive impact on Americans and the United States. We may not realize it but he was the one who set the standard of the two term presidency, however, if you really think about it was probably because one party didn't want the other to have power too long. To me Washington set the standard of a strong character and a composed leader. As our moral fiber further decays I think we should look to our first president: he will show our current leaders how to behave, and how we should behave towards our leaders.  
Which U.S. President has made the most positive impact?

Writer's Block: An intimate portrait

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would it be called?


Well, I don't know. I've written about 42 of them and they each have different titles. So I guess it would depend on what spin it was taking on my life. I really have picked several good titles.

If it were more based on my relationships I would say something along the lines of a reference to Dante's Divine Comedy. Although maybe that's a little strong. I certainly had shitty relationships, but they could have been a lot worse. But the point remains, shitty relationships lead me into being the person I am today and the person that Dan fell in love with.

If we were talking about my specific psychological struggles I really think that "Left Unsaid" would the best title. It encompasses a lot, things I should have said, things others should have said, things that should have been left unsaid...

If it was like an actual all encompassing book on my life, well, that's a bit trickier. I'd say something along the lines of "Perfect in a Fucked Up Way" or "Perfect in my Imperfection", because in the end, everything happened the way it was supposed to, and even if everything WASN'T perfect, it is what led me to the path I'm on now and as uncertain as it is (and holy shit, it is REALLY uncertain right now) I think it is right where I'm supposed to be.

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

Зависит от того кто как и сколько в них играет.Для несовершеннолетних это пагубно,т.как возникает процесс психологической замкнутости ,проблемы общения и проч.
Спасибо за поднятую проблему.Всем удачи ,здоровья и хорошего настроения.
Жестокие видеоигры пагубно влияют на психику?
  • fiberg

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

Жестокие видеоигры пагубно влияют на психику?


Я этот спор слышу и читаю уже лет 10. И честно говоря, НИЧЕГО нового предложить не могут. Мое мнение - видео игры ничуть не более жестоки чем телевидение, кино, книги, и уж им далеко до реального мира.

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

Как  кино,книги и музыка, игры глубоко влияют на впечатлительных людей, поэтому таким людям не принципиально, что это игры. А что влияло в средние века на изобретение пыток? Надо не игры запрещать, а людей лечить и ограждать. 
John Winchester "Older"

Writer's Block: An intimate portrait

I don't know what they would call it but I think I would call it "Indifferent" perhaps "Hard to understand" <-- I've been told I'm incredibly hard to figure out xD and some how I like it that way, maybe it's be called something better thought up. I'm no good at titles unfortunately. Way to blank and bland.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would it be called?
moreblonde

Writer's Block: An intimate portrait

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would it be called?


If anyone wrote a book about my life, it would be me, and it would be called I Can't Remember My Life Before Now. Two themes would dominate: 1) angst about wanting to become a writer in spite of self-doubt and the other charming obstacles that every would-be writer faces and 2) a long string of fandom obsessions that don't come and go, but pile up into a heap of I-can't-remember-my-life-before-now moments.

I would never be the person I am today if I hadn't gotten addicted to Laura Ingalls Wilder, or G. A. Henty, or Jane Austen, or J. R. R. Tolkien, or Star Wars, or Star Trek, or Pirates of the Caribbean, or Phantom of the Opera, or Bach, or Beethoven, or Mozart, or Vivaldi, or Within Temptation, or Nightwish, or Gackt, or Hyde, or Versailles Philharmonic Quintet, or . . . okay, I'll give it a rest.

Ever read mollyringwraith's Lord of the Rings Condensed Parody Scripts? She posted the one for FotR back in 2004, I discovered it in 2008--and to this day, I still love it to bits. Anyway, that spoof deserves credit for "I can't remember my life before now." (My family and I still quote it from time to time. Especially when we're watching the Council of Elrond scene in the movie . . .) If you've never read it, by all means, treat yourself! I dare you not to die laughing. If you have already read it, it's time to read it again. XD
Cat Dance

Writer's Block: An intimate portrait

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would it be called?
'Extraordinary'
or maybe 'Locked' or maybe 'Covered' or maybe 'Weirdo' (<--- it's a fun though alienating to some I wouldn't care for anyway term) or 'Somewhat Sane' and it would be empty because basically I'm rather guarded or there is more to know I'm just not the open book type IRL. It wouldn't be called 'F'd Up' not just yet in any case, and it certainly wouldn't be called 'Wild' because I'm far too emotional and romantic to be 'Wild' - not my scene. Maybe 'Voila' because there it is out in book form. The Book form would be limiting because it is limited by it's medium and I am not physically there to be pondered: you can't see, feel, or hear me. Similarly, I myself am limited to the life which I can make for myself given my talents, connections, & so on. Also, I would desire that the reader interpret the book in the way I want and only make comments based upon my approval of the comment. If any given reader were to misread, misinterpret or come to conclusions which I find don't agree with my own personal bias regarding myself or activities described in the book or comments are unflattering I would be allowed to inflict such punishment as I would see fit. Much if not all of the book would be lies and exaggerations based on what I would like to see in the mirror vs. what is actually there. So perhaps the most accurate title would be 'distorted' or 'distortions'.
  • el_eca

Вопрос дня: Видеоигры

Жестокие видеоигры пагубно влияют на психику?
Мне кажется, что любая жестокость в видеоиграх, фильмах, мультипликации - очень вредны для психики детей и взрослых. Ребенок понимает, что можно застрелить человека, убить, а он потом встанет и пойдет. Формируется легкое отношение к агрессии, к крови, не воспитывается сочувствие и сопереживание, доброта.
Поэтому, я предпочитаю показывать добрые советские мультики малышам, а взрослым тоже советую смотреть фильмы, от которые внутри мы чувствуем умиротворение, эйфорию от искусства актеров и работы режиссера.

Writer's Block: An intimate portrait

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would it be called?

I think the biography of Steven Post Hitchcock would be named after a city I once lived in, but doesn't live in anymore. It would be fun if most of the action taking place in the biography has nothing to do with the city that the biography is named after. It would be such a surreal sight where people are trying to figure out why the biography of Steven Post Hitchcock is named Chicago976 when all of the action takes place in both Columbus, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio.