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Uriel Étranger
Cynical idealist, utopian philosopher.
Cynical idealist, utopian philosopher.

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tl;dr Thank you Hitchens, with what you left us we have enough bounty to last us many lifetimes of luscious intellectual orgies.

Hitchens was a true thinker, a craftsman of thoughts always true only to himself.

With those thoughts and a wit worthy of a cross between Oscar Wilde and P. G. Wodehouse he would stir storms in the minds of anyone with more than one working synapse.

Just a few days ago I was assaulted by his Trial of the Will, the browser tab with it still open today, the depths of my mind still glowing red with its aftermath.

I have always been a very proud contrarian, but discovering him poignantly infused me with a healthy dose of humility. I'm still just as proud or more, but even more dedicated to sharpen my mind ever further.

Years ago he inspired me to start writing An Anti-Theist Manifesto, which when refined somewhere close to the stratospheric standards of eloquence of his works I had planned to send him so he might read it, with great pleasure or displeasure, and in my most shamelessly pretentious days hoping to hitch an endorsement.

One more item to heavily cross prematurely from my list of things to do before going back to the nowhere from where we all come.

But we should ignore just for a moment our usually useful narrow selfishness, is time for gratefulness and joy, his pain has disappeared with him while in the thoughts he left us we have enough bounty to last us many lifetimes of luscious intellectual orgies.

Offending People

"Offending people is a necessary and healthy act. Every time you say something that’s offensive to another person you just caused a discussion. You just forced them to have to think." — Louis C.K

I don't completely agree, some people are simply incapable of thinking, and doesn't matter how much you offend them.

In a way being offended is a rejection of the act of thinking, is a way of saying: "I don't want to think about that!". Thinking can be uncomfortable, it might threaten preexisting views and thoughts, and offense is one way of protect oneself from alien ideas that might make you think.

But offense can also be uncomfortable, so perhaps if the discomfort from offense is great enough, it could push some people into thinking instead. Or as Wolfgang Pauli (one of the sharpest minds behind the discovery of quantum mechanics and known for his demanding rigor as the conscience of physics ) put it:

"Some people have very sensitive corns, and the only way to live with them is to step on those corns until they are used to it."

In any case offending people is one of my favorite hobbies and I welcome any argument that supports me in this quest.

Anyone good at offending people will always have my admiration, no matter how much I disagree with them.

Silly use of caps aside, which probably is a corruption during transmission, this reminds me of the precise dissections of the English language by George Carlin:

"English is a crazy language. There is no EGG in EGGPLANT nor HAM in HAMBURGER; neither APPLE nor PINE in PINEAPPLE, ENGLISH MUFFINS weren't invented in ENGLAND, QUICKSAND can work SLOWLY, BOXING RINGS are SQUARE, and a GUINEA PIG is neither from GUINEA nor is it a PIG.

And why is it that WRITERS WRITE but FINGERS don't FING, GROCERS don't GROCE and HAMMERS don't HAM? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make AMENDS but not ONE AMEND? If TEACHERS TAUGHT, why don't PREACHERS PRAUGHT? If a VEGETARIAN eats VEGETABLES, what does a HUMANITARIAN eat?

In what other language people RECITE at a PLAY and PLAY at a RECITAL? We SHIP BY TRUCK but SEND CARGO BY SHIP. We have NOSES that RUN and FEET that SMELL. We PARK in a DRIVEWAY and DRIVE in a PARKWAY. And how can a SLIM CHANCE and a FAT CHANCE be the same, while a WISE MAN and WISE GUY are opposites?

You have to marvel at the lunacy of a language in which your HOUSE can BURN UP as it BURNS DOWN, in which you FILL IN a form by FILLING IT OUT, and in which an ALARM goes OFF by going ON. And, in closing, if Father is POP, how come Mother's not MOP?"

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One of my favorite quotes by Richard Feynman ( ) sums it up:

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool."
there are some good answers in here..

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Some times pointing out the obvious once more is worth it.

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At last an online petition worth signing!

We demand a vapid, condescending, meaningless, politically safe response to this petition. And a cookie.

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Reminds me of one of my favorite SouthPark episodes:
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those that realise Bono is a moron and those that don't.

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Sad that in this day and age Google needs to be reminded of the importance of anonymity online, and of the senseless and harmful futility that is trying to suppress it.
Google moderator vote in support of pseudonyms. Please share with others who are concerned about this issue.

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One more reason why WiFi networks should be open:

"Residents in Oslo are asked via Twitter to unlock their WiFi signals to let trapped people communicate via wireless because phones will jam."

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