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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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Last day of the first official week of grad school. So far, so good! I like teaching a lot more than I thought I would; these students are in a different world than the psych students I had as a TA in Perception. This is so much better, and I'm on my own running the lab so it's a whole different dynamic.

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Sex workers meet a biological need, so to me it only makes sense that they should be trained, licensed, regulated, and eligible for compensation from insurance, just like any other healthcare worker. Like a massage therapist or a chiropractor.

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In my opinion, the problem with sex work is the same thing that makes it dangerous; it is condemned by society. Sex workers are in danger of violence and trafficking, treated as the lowest of the low, as minor, grimy criminals. They can't have warm inviting office fronts and take insurance and be treated as having the same value as any other healthcare worker because we decided they can't.

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https://pima.bibliocommons.com/list/share/324530247/707736609?_ga=1.32996286.1478290541.1474987019&from_login=true

I went to the public library's website to reserve some books, and there was a thumbnail that caught my eye: Martha Reads Banned Books and one of the books featured in the thumbnail was Harry fucking Potter and the god damn Sorcerer's Stone.  So I looked to see what was on the least and lo! thirty books were on the list, with a comment about each.

Apparently, the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy is "occult/satanic," and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee just says “If there’s a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it.”

I facepalmed so hard, you guys.

Missing "The Handmaid's Tale." I'm surprised. That one is a hot topic now.  I haven't gotten to it yet, but considering how it takes place in a Christian totalitarian post-United States, I can see why some people want it squirreled away.

Is it making the rounds again? It was such a big deal when it first came out, but I haven't really heard people speak of it since then.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Um, Cramulus??
« on: September 26, 2016, 03:09:14 am »
Cramulus is a bad man.  He crammed Remington's gram.

Quote from Reverend Roadkill of the HATE RANT Discordians.  :lulz:

I remember the time Cramulus crammed Remington's gram! Hot damn.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Um, Cramulus??
« on: September 26, 2016, 03:05:36 am »
So I somehow completely randomly came across this while searching for something entirely unrelated:

http://discordia.wikia.com/wiki/Professor_Cramulus

...And I have to ask.  What in the hell?

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At first appearing to be an agent of chaos, it slowly became more and more evident to observers outside of his sycophantic core group of adoring followers that Cramulus is, in fact, something else entirely... a mole agent of Order whose primary goal is to "organize" the Discordian Society out of existence.

 :lulz:

Oh shit. I think I wrote that.  :lol:

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 26, 2016, 03:01:08 am »
Amazingly, I have one.

A time-travel adventure series, a la Quantum Leap, but a team. They have to go back in time and "fix" events to make them align with the current universe, which has been determined to difinitively be in the class of best of all possible universes.

The twist: Every event they have to "fix" are tragedies and horrors. They have to blow up the Hindenberg. They have to kill Lincoln. They have to save Hitler's life. They have to initiate the abuse at the Iraqi prisons.

Eventually, one of the team starts to wonder about the morality of sacrificing the past for the benefit of the future, and begins to sabotage missions. Another narrative thread begins when the viewers start to see what the botched missions change.

This would be amazing.

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Or Kill Me / Re: HEY HIPPIES: STOP PUTTING FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR
« on: September 26, 2016, 02:58:16 am »
 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz:

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Oh my. Pen pineapple apple pen. Very yes. https://youtu.be/d9TpRfDdyU0

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Guys!  I just learned the NRA was the reason why the North ended the war and stopped slavery!   :lulz:

what the what

So a black co-worker of mine posted an article about how open carry is effectively only for white people and one of his friends posted that in the course of the argument.  His first statement was specifically that the NRA was founded for black people's protection.  I posted the "About" section of NRA.org.  He then said ok, it was about marksmanship and that was what allowed the Union to win and that I should use sources other than wikipedia.

I commented about time travel.  I'm not sure if I'm dealing with an idiot, or some sort of troll.  Mostly posted because there's another guy that frequently posts on my coworker's page with similar talking points, just not nearly as dumb.

People have an amazingly powerful ability to believe what they want to believe, no matter how ridiculous it is or how easy it is to disprove.

Eventually our species will diverge into a species of human that checks facts, and a species that doesn't.

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Could take a while to figure it all out then.

Yep.

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Actually, that's not totally true... I think we make spreader plates toward the end of the term, and that means flame-sterilizing. Well now.

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