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    Sure. I consider myself a friend, in a Rimbaud, "I is an other" sort of way. I make up lots of rules for my own personal conduct, but I break them pretty much a lot.

    TNP thinks it can be more important to know the limits of the flexibility of certain rules than to rigidly obey them at all times.

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    Absolutely. Some rules were just made to be broken, as it were.

    TNP would rather live in a semi-benign police state than in an anarchy.

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    No. Absolutely not. A several-tiered system where certain civilians are granted rights, up to and including the odd summary execution, not available to the proles, is completely unacceptable. A military state, where so-called "peace officers" are segregated, forbidden from enjoying the freedoms of the civilian life, is probably superior — at least the military groups can probably be detected and avoided by those with sharp eyes. But "anarchy" is too broad to comment on — what is that? An anarcho-capitalist libertarian "state"? Mad Max Land? A minarchist state?

    I complain. The question is too hard.

    TNP thinks coherent, somewhat-novel political and economic theories are not very many, at least today.

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    Vanishingly few, it sometimes seems. I'll stick to the tried and true - constitutional democracy, the rule of law, utilitarianism and post-industrial capitalism.

    To provide real-world examples for post #7452: TNP would rather live in Singapore than Somalia.

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    Sure, who wouldn't? Nobody wants to live in Somalia: certainly virtually no Somalis.

    TNP is convinced more transparency in naming the police a paramilitary force and treating them as such, including severe punishments for disobeying regulations (applied at the federal level), and severely regulating their private conduct, would go a long way to destroying the de facto domestic terrorism agency the police in the US have come to possess. ETA, yes, I think there is a reason that it is, to my understanding, largely the FBI in the US who is responsible for controlling self-styled militia police companies, and, yes, I think policing within one's borders is an appropriate task for the federal government. Not Carroll O'Connor wearing a size 60 suit and wielding a baton, or some little kids playing army with military equipment, as in some "swat" team or some boobs serving warrants without sufficient oversight. This is a concession I make to centralization of extraordinary powers within a country, and I think it's correct.
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    I don't know what "naming the police a paramilitary force" would entail, so I'd have to say no.

    TNP personally knows a cop.

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    Former cop, a first cousin. I guess that counts.

    TNP can name something he or she regrets selling (or perhaps losing, but only things, not people).

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    Hmm... no, I really can't, although I'm sure there's been something over the years.

    TNP can name something he or she regrets buying.

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    No. I don't believe I've ever bought or even acquired anything that was regrettable.

    TNP has thought of people who buy (in hindsight) foolish things that they are fools. For example, years ago I know someone who bought a Nissan Leaf (it's an electric car), and I think in the past year he just donated it to charity and had them haul it away. Durr. What do you think when you buy disposable technology? It's garbage in a few years, just like the best computer in the world.

    TNP doesn't believe in spending much for disposable items, in general. Not toilet paper, or stuff like that. Computers? Disposable, limited life-span, with failure points at every single insertion point. Cars? Unless one's a hard-core shadetree mechanic, same. Electro-mechanical equipment, however, can generally be salvaged with some average soldering skills — many music instruments and recording equipment, for example.
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    Mostly true, with one exception - I love Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pens, although they're a bit pricey.

    TNP owns and frequently uses a fountain pen.

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    No. I hold my pen/pencil in one of those hybrid tripod manners which makes fancy lettering improbable.

    TNP thinks his or her handwriting is exceptional, in its regularity, precision, and speed of writing, but would characterize it as angular, rather than rounded or otherwise filagreed.

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    No, my handwriting is pretty average, although it's more legible than most.

    TNP knows what movie the phrase "ice-devouring sex tornado" is from.

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    Haven't got a clue. Deadpool?

    ETA legible? I didn't think that was a thing in handwriting. Well, I can read and write legibly, it's just some people disagree, and are therefore wrong.

    TNP has had to work/think/try pretty hard at least once to pitch woo to a lady (successfully!).
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    Been awhile since I was out on the dating scene, but yes.

    (Not Deadpool, but Blades of Glory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32z3eyPhB0A)

    TNP has big weekend plans.

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    Sure. Do some laundry, wash some dishes, maybe vacuum up some spilled diatomaceous earth, drink modest amounts of beer instead of liters of wine. That's about all the excitement I can handle.

    TNP thinks nerds should be timid and thoughtful, rather than arrogant and loud. Because of Ape Law, or something.

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    Yes. Most nerds are timid and thoughtful, but the arrogant and loud ones can be particularly bothersome IME.

    TNP will tell us the first three tenets of Ape Law.

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    Not really: Ape Law is written in a very obscure set of scratchings and rubbings on various trees. A planet where apes evolved from men, indeed. Preposterous. Maybe even a madhouse. Yes, a madhouse.

    TNP is extremely disappointed when he or she loses data, regardless of the form or value of the data.

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    Yes, it can be really aggravating.

    TNP owns at least three computers.

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    Yeah. At least five, not counting "mobile devices," but they're in various states of crappiness.

    TNP doesn't think the term "toxic masculinity" is useful or fit for use in thoughtful analyses.

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    I can't say I've ever used it myself, but I can see when it might be useful.

    TNP has never heard the term "toxic femininity" used.

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    Not seriously. No reputable sociologist with a traditional education uses terms like those, IME, unless they're trying to write pop-sociology for the groundlings.

    TNP thinks "Fix it, or I'll have you fixed" is a fine thing to write when opening a support "ticket" asking for a correction to be made to one's timesheet, because the phrase is just fine.
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    A bit too aggressive for me, so no.

    TNP has seen the terrific wine documentary Somm: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2204371/

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    No. So much to watch, so little time.

    TNP has both Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

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    True, although we use Netflix a good bit more (and just saw Somm on it last night - worth a look!).

    TNP reads more books than he or she watches TV.

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    Yeah, I guess. I read more music scores than books now (easier to fold up into a jeans pocket), but those are the same, I guess, medium. Time spent on TV, including movies? Probably more, but I pay less attention to them.

    TNP is a bit of a new-tech luddite (ETA meaning, not so much into "voice assistance," "apps for everything," and all that).
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    True. As my grandfather was fond of saying, "Be not the first by whom the new is tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside."

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    Yeah, that's a good piece of advice.

    TNP will select (a) rage or (b) disappointment when he or she doesn't get enough sleep.

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    Never rage; not really disappointment, either, but definitely not rage. More like... wistfulness.

    TNP can remember the last time he or she was wistful.

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    No. In my twenties when I was figuring out how memory worked as an experience. Since then, no.

    TNP would like to own a powerful car which, while safe, even death proof, could punish with mutilation, or severe property damage, those who do not take their hobby as automobile owners and drivers seriously. E-braking someone so hard that the ABS causes your car to fishtail and burn rubber is not that great. Although, watchers of the Lynch movie The Lost Highway will recall that it takes six fucking car lengths to stop a car at thirty-five mph. And that offenders should get a drivers' manual, and they should study that motherfucker.
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    Uh... yes?

    TNP would own a Bentley if he or she had the money for it.

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    Negative. Not powerful enough. Too nouveau riche. Too English. The only luxury car I would make an exception for is the out-of-production Mercedes Robert Loggia drove in Lost Highway. Or the truck terrorizing Dennis Weaver in Duel. For 12-cylinder, I like the old BMW 750il: Bavaria is one of the good German states.

    But, of course, the ideal is a clone of the white Challenger in Vanishing Point. Or maybe the Charger Kurt Russell drove in Death Proof.

    TNP has shopped for wrist or elbow or other "support garments" recently.
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    Nope. No need for 'em.

    TNP owns at least three pairs of sneakers.

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    Nah, I keep my shoes to a minimum, especially since I prefer ones with built-in plantar fasciitis protection.

    TNP has plantar fasciitis.

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    No, but I hurt one's feeling's once.

    TNP has more than five medical ailments that have latinate names.

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    Fortunately not.

    TNP takes a small aspirin every other day.

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