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posted by Justin - 2012-12-03 07:09:52

Cigarette Bars

You know, I really can't stand cigarettes. They're awful. And you're going to die, smokers.

That said, I don't have a problem with cigar bars (why would you go if you don't like cigars?), and I do think it would be fine if there were "cigarette parlors" or some such. So long as, like cigar bars, they are located such that people who don't want to breathe in the carcinogens don't have to go out of their way to avoid them. [READ MORE]
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posted by Justin - 2012-11-26 07:22:39

Adopting and Presence

I feel like I am always having these discussions with someone.

There are two of these, and I hereby declare I'm done talking about them.

The first is whether or not being an early adopter of new technology is useful.

Well, aside from the fact that it tends to cost money (although websites like twitter do not), of course it's useful to know what's up. We will be caught flat-footed and bowled right over in a few years if we ignore the new things entirely. [READ MORE]
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posted by Justin - 2012-11-19 07:04:02


I'm baaaaack!

Allow me to explain my absence: I was preparing for a marathon (which I did indeed run, unofficially), and then my computer broke.

Clearly nothing interesting has occurred in the Northeast or in the country in general in the past three weeks, right? [READ MORE]
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posted by Justin - 2012-10-25 07:10:17

The First Time

So, as of this posting (10/25), there are ten days left before my first NYC marathon. I'm not as running-addicted as some of my teammates, but if this goes well I do hope to run NYC again. I don't particularly foresee myself jetting all over the world to run them. I love my city and I'll run my city as often as time allows me too. [READ MORE]
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posted by Justin - 2012-10-23 07:17:35


If I walked onto a subway on a random October afternoon in Flushing and took a picture of the following scene, I wonder how folks might analyze it.

Three black men (who, upon closer inspection, were probably in their mid-30s) enter at one station, talking about something or other and laughing, as people do. Across from them, in a seat, is an elderly woman whom most would classify as white (you never know if folks are Hispanic or what have you). [READ MORE]
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posted by Justin - 2012-10-18 06:57:49

Bad Parents

So, I was watching that debate, as you do, and that rambling answer Robomney gave about two parents being the solution to gun violence (which, whatever) got me thinking that if peeps think two parents are so important, they really shouldn't have any problem with LGBT folks who are loving and stable and wanting to raise children. [READ MORE]
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posted by Justin - 2012-10-16 07:08:51

The Boy Who Cried Glurge

Have you ever received an email that purports to show some miraculous moment when someone's prayers were literally answered?

Something that claims to be an entirely true story but, most likely, doesn't use names or specifics and just harps on the the "miracle" aspect? [READ MORE]
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posted by Justin - 2012-10-11 07:08:25

Making It Even

So I'm an ESL teacher. I teach (relatively) recent immigrants English. They're not refugees or homeless or what have you (most of them have the newest phones after all), and some of them are simply studying because their spouses/parents made them, but I think it's safe to say that my job is geared towards provided help and/or access to a certain segment of the population. [READ MORE]
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posted by Justin - 2012-10-09 07:02:57

Apples and Oranges

I've said it before and I will say it again: the only thing that's similar to slavery is slavery (including sex slavery).

The only person who's like Hitler is Hitler.

The oppression olympics (is it worse to be a member of X disadvantaged group or Y disadvantaged group) is never fruitful or productive. [READ MORE]
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posted by Justin - 2012-10-04 07:07:08

Selfish Desires

My career is geared toward helping others, and I'm good at it, I am. I'm dedicated to it and to my friends and family.

I care about my health not just for me but for my eventual family that won't have to take care of a wheezing sack of preventably ill flesh. [READ MORE]
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