Tim Gruver
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wtf did you google to get that image??!! do you know what it was trying to portray for whatever article it was for? i'm curious now :)

I know not of what you speak. But I my potassium and iron intake are nonetheless exemplary because of it.

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What would you describe as an emotionally charged situation and why?

Diāna

Waking up in the morning, rushing to the bathroom, and realizing there is no toilet paper. I believe the rest is self-explanatory.

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Which one do you think is easy: world civilization or american history?

I believe it's difficult to study America without knowing its place in the global community. The idea American exceptionalism is hardly exceptional at all. Post-colonial imperialism is built on myth-making.

As unique as America may be size and scope of our power, wealth, and cultural diversity, our attitudes towards discrimination, inequality, and militaristic expansion prove that we behave similarly to every political power that has preceded us.

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Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout?

If you shout everything, people hear nothing. A whisper is what people listen intently to, wanting to hear more.

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do you chew your nails and eat them? gross, man.

But they go down better with bananas.

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What did you have for breakfast today?

Nails and a quart of milk.

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Which animal has the most beautiful fur?

(PC: Slate)

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Mental exercise might reduce the possibility of developing diseases such as Alzheimer's. Do you use any so-called "brain-training techniques"? If you do, what are they? If you do not, why?

Diāna

Video games. Because they're fun.

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Which book has made you laugh aloud?

The Art of the Deal.

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PAP your favorite monument of your city.

Who killed the Dead Sea?

what are your strengths and weaknesses?

I can leap tall buildings in a single bound. But kryptonite is my...kryptonite.

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Which sports do you follow on TV?

Quidditch, back when I had cable.

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A sense of purpose supposedly improves a person's cognition. Does this fact arouse or heighten the desire to seek your purpose in you, if you have not found one yet? Why?

Diāna

That a sense of fulfillment would heighten a person's awareness of their surroundings is not the least bit surprising. Searching for purpose is a meaningless task if you expect to find one, true goal. I expect to find many goals and then some. Dissatisfaction should always motivate you to become greater than you were.

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What's your guiltiest musical pleasure?

MonkeyMagicEden

*whispers* Pssst! Evanescence isn't half bad...

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Do you judge people based on their knowledge of grammar?

I don't care none about no one's grammar. I are a good writer myself.

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In what instances can shame be seen as beautiful, in your opinion?

Diāna

Shame is not beautiful. Joy is beautiful. Self-love is beautiful. Shame is a sign that you have given up. That itself is never beautiful.

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According to the geneticist Dean Hamer, VMAT2 gene affects a person's religious or spiritual beliefs and people with a particular version of this gene are more inclined to feel "connected to the universe". Do you believe genes can affect our spiritual beliefs? Why?

Diāna

I am not familiar with Mr. Hamer's science, but religious leanings often intertwine with education and socioeconomic status than the broad definition of intelligence.

Given that genetics account for less than 50 percent of our physical makeup –even as little as 30 according to some studies –such a gene would be more the product of environmental factors than genetics in and of itself. Harsher geography and unpredictable climates have been theorized to have an effect on mass proselytization and the mythology of wrathful gods.

Genes may always be a factor in any given behavior, but access to education is generally the basis of our spiritual beliefs. Atheists and agnostics aren't smarter, but people of academic backgrounds are more likely to be atheists.

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Do you think romantic love has anything in common with psychosis? What and why, if you do?

Diāna

Love is the emotion from which all others stem from: joy, compassion, greed, hate. I have no doubts that it breeds psychosis, but by extension, it produces healing too.

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Which series would you recommend watching now?

Now? As if your life depended on it? Rick and Morty. Your life will be better for it.

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You reckon the Dems drove the GOP to the right? That's an interesting take. Most folks feel the GOP are dragging the Dems right of center. Can you elaborate?

Soul James

That theory would rest on the premise that the GOP is ultimately catering to Dems rather than vice versa. In the push-pull dynamic that dominates the political spectrum at present, the Dems are pushing the GOP from their neighboring seat in the right wing. The GOP has sat comfortably, not budging an inch in the meantime.

My hypothesis is based solely on the historical nature of the two parties. The Dems compromise while the GOP fights. Within the last 50 years, the former has worked towards appeasement while the latter is always on the offensive. Dragging the Dems farther right would require a cooperation on the GOP's side that I have not witnessed these past 8 years.

By extension, the Dems have worked tirelessly to cooperate with the GOP when it came to the American auto bailout, the bank bailout, the housing crash, and the neoliberal bailout of the private sector. Having held executive power and significant congressional power for the past 8 years, the Dems hold greater responsibility for embracing right-wing corporatism. Meanwhile, the GOP has adopted a martyr's complex holding fast to its idea of never retreat, which the GOP's government shutdown illustrated some years back.

What's evident this election is that neither party wanted to drive themselves farther left, as that would require relentlessly taxing themselves and their donors. Both parties' pocketbooks benefit from looting the former middle class. If the ship is sinking, then best to abandon ship with a golden lifeboat. One of them is doing so faster than the other, and that party just so happens to have won the White House, the Senate, the House, and possibly the Supreme Court.

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Why do you think self-hypnosis and self-suggestion are not as effective as getting hypnotized by another person?

Diāna

Indubitably. I doubt anyone can understand themselves in the way a neutral party could. By extension, hypnosis is always much more effective when it is exercised by an external force.

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Do you enjoy travelling on a ferry?

Yup. The river Styx is a beaut.

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What are your favorite pizza toppings and prefered base ie thick or thin?

Mushrooms. Olives. Garden tomatoes. Sometimes parsley or spinach. The thicker the better when it comes to crust. Get more bite for your buck.

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Is it fair to assume that you're not a big fan of poetry? I couldn't stop laughing at your response to the poetry prompt a few days ago.

Witty Rabbit

I just like to rhyme. I do it all the time.

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About Tim Gruver:

Writer of sorts. Former author at @leviathyn and @BagoGames. Words at @CGMagOnline, @Gameranx, & @Gamesradar. Journalism major @UW and scribe The Daily. Observer of life & its oddities.

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