Archive for November, 2002

n: movies

Showing at about 3:00 (11/27) at 3rd and Denton will be The Stepford Wives and Marathon Man. Everyone welcome who wants a little break before hitting the road home.

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re: q: church, youth groups

Subj:	q: church, youth groups

how do you answer the tough questions? I know I didn’t get much support in asking when I was in college and it was one of the reasons I couldn’t believe in God for a long time. So I know what led me away and honestly I think my faith is stronger now because of that. I also know many of you have left the church for various reasons. I’m curious as to why. What was your reasoning?

There is something I have been meaning to say since reading something of Nick’s about a week ago and it touches on both what Husband is talking about with ontology as well as the stuff on list statistics.

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re: J: Centeredness

My problem with meditation is that I am easily distracted. I don’t concentrate on the emptiness; a few minutes seem to take forever because I am bored. I’ll try again today, but I don’t have high hopes.

Kornfield (author of Path With Heart which deals extenively with meditation) says that the best time to really evaluate someone’s practice is at 5 years and 10 years. The point being that depending on the circumstances of your life it can take time.

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re: vote tomorrow!

The votes for Nader in the last presidential election unarguably changed the outcome.

well, i’m going to argue. i tend to vote libertarian. in the last presidential election, i voted for nader. i never would have voted for al gore. ever. if i hadn’t of voted for nader, i would have voted for harry brown.

Well, I was basing it moreso off of exit polls where somewhere around 90% of people who said that they voted for Nader listed Gore as their second choice. In Florida it wouldn’t have taken very much at all to swing the election.

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re: vote tomorrow!

This logic confuses me. I don’t think that it is deluding yourself to think that your vote makes a difference. Your vote does mean less in some elections than in others, that is true.

My dad lost a congressional race by a third of a percentage point. It was something like 300 votes out of 80000 cast. Sometimes it really does matter. The votes for Nader in the last presidential election unarguably changed the outcome.

I don’t agree that the voting process is only for personal effectation. Certainly an individual vote will very rarely change the outcome of an election, but the general attitude toward voting for a third party spoiler frequently does.

Changing our voting system to fix this problem has gone on my list of things to do before I die. =)

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for: voting procedures

This is an interesting article about some of the flaws in how we vote. Specifically that the voting process that we use is particularly susceptible to the third party “spoiler” candidate that causes one of the two major candidates to lose.

It talks about the ways that voting are done in other places; I like the idea of getting to rank my top choices rather than having to just pick one. It would certainly capture the popular opinion better.

http://www.sciencenews.org/20021102/bob8.asp

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