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5 Stages Of Call Waiting Emotion

Though most would never admit it, we have all had those times when we are waiting on the edge of our seat for a call. Whether it be from a family member, co-worker, friend, or lover we all know the feelings that come with the event. Here, I will outline the 5 major emotional states most people fall into in these situations.

“Apprehension”

I know they'll call...

I know they'll call...

This is maybe 5 minutes before, and 10 minutes after, the person was supposed to call you. You are usually able to block out this part with side activities like reading, writing, or watching TV. Things aren’t so bad here, you’re just a bit edgy, knowing that at any moment your intended contact will be picking up their phone and calling…you hope.

“Nervousness”

It’s been about 15-30 minutes since your “comrade” was suppose to call. You start to wonder if they forgot you, if they maybe thought they had better things to do with their time. Paranoia also sets in here: “Maybe Alice decided to dump me and is ignoring me!” Here is also where your mind starts to play tricks on you. Out of the corner of your eye you see your cell light up and darken as you look at it, convincing you that they had called, and you didn’t hear! But no matter what, you don’t call them. You can’t, because then they would know that you were desperate for contact, and that’s just not cool.

You don't think they forgot me, do you?

You don't think they forgot me, do you?

“Anger”

Now comes the part that everyone remembers best, the sheer gut-wrenching anger. It’s been 45 minutes, and how dare they decide not to call you! Who are they to do this to you? They made a promise, and they had better keep up their end. You need to talk to them, it’s important! If, heaven forbid, someone other than the intended were to ring you up at this moment, they would be subject to a fury hitherto unknown by mankind. Needless to say, at this point you are at a very bitter stage.

How dare they!

How dare they!

“Plotting”

Anger doesn’t last long though, in about 50 minutes it soon gives way to that evil plotter inside us all. You know who I’m talking about: that little devil on your shoulder, telling you all the nasty things you should let loose on this fool who dares to meddle with your emotional state! But how, they aren’t calling. No matter, you will call them! You have convinced yourself it is no longer a matter of wanting to talk to them; it is now about needing some vengeance on their souls. Threats abound in your mind, saying how you will tell them of, how you will ignore them from here till the end of eternity. You also imagine their pleading responses for forgiveness.

They shall pay.

They shall pay.

“Resignation”

It’s been an hour, and you simply don’t care anymore. You have resigned yourself to a day without contact from this person. Sure, you have all your hate speeches ready, but you are fatigued and (if it’s night) ready to sleep. Sitting with your hands holding your head just high enough to see the star trek on the screen while you drift into mindlessness. It is now that your caller will make their cellular appearance with a half plausible reason for not calling sooner, and you accept it. Because you’re just happy they called.

Whatever, I don't care....

Whatever, I don't care....

-Trenton Stahl

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A Non-Issue In America Today

May 16, 2009 2 comments

Take a moment, if you will, and visualize 4000 people. If you need some help, that’s 8 of the newest 747-jumbo jets. Now, think about this. If 8 of these planes were crashing into America every day, if 4000 people were dying each day of the week, would you take notice?

Of course you would, because it would be ridiculous to do otherwise. To simply let 4000 people a day die is something that as a nation we would never do, right?

Wrong. Abortion is the leading cause of death in America, did you know that? Here are some statistics:

Leading Causes of Death in America
Cause of Death Number of Deaths One X represents 25,000 deaths
Abortion 1,500,000 XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXX
Heart disease 710,760 XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXX
Cancer 553,091 XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XX
Stroke 167,661 XXXXX XX
Chronic lower respiratory tract disease
122,009 XXXXX
Accidents 97,900 XXXX
Diabetes mellitus 69,301 XX
Pneumonia, influenza 65,313 XX
Alzheimer’s disease 49,558 XX
Nephritis, nephritic syndrome, nephrosis 37,251 X
Septicemia 31,224 X

I’m sure almost all of you have heard heart disease to be the leading cause of death in America today, but it’s not. Abortions are almost double heart disease. I must say I was shocked to learn of this. When I did, I contacted a friend of mine who is an avid liberal-supporter of pro choice, and I must say she didn’t give me a very good argument.

She told me that the biggest reason for her supporting abortion was that it allowed girls who were raped to not have the rapist’s baby. Now, while I don’t believe that a good enough reason to end the life of an innocent, I did some research. It turns out that only 1 percent of abortions are because of rape/incest. I went back to her with this, and she couldn’t give me an excuse for those numbers. She then claimed that the number of medical complications necessitating aborting a baby also weighed in on the statistics. I looked that up. As it happens, only 3 percent of abortions are because of medical problems.

In case the math eludes you, that’s about 60,000 babies. If you still don’t get it, that’s 1,440,000 babies murdered when the mother has consensual sex, could live fine with the birth, and simply doesn’t want to deal with the consequences of their choices.

Let me give you some more math. If those babies had been allowed to live, that’s 16% of the population in the United States killed!

Just think about it, we as a nation have spent literally TRILLIONS of dollars on research to cure heart disease, cancer, strokes, Alzheimer’s, and STD’s. All it would take to save 1.5 million lives a year, is for the public to simply say no. No, to the ending of babies that have done NOTHING to the public, and who’s only crime was to be born to a monster of a person who would end them because it’s inconvenient on her life!

I am alive!

Society is not asking you mothers to care for these babies. There are thousands of couples across the country unable to have a baby that would love your child, care for them, and you don’t even have to meet them! Scared of possible problems from giving birth? Get a C-Section! They will get the baby out with an incision, on your time schedule.

Now you know. You know the monstrous, damnable act that is being perpetrated by people across the country that is murdering masses.

We remember the people killed by Hitler, because they were victims of an evil dictator. He killed 5,291,000 Jews, 258,000 Gypsies, 10,547,000 Slavs, and 220,000 homosexuals. A total of about 16,315,000 people. Since Roe Vs. Wade, we as a country have killed over 50,000,000 defenseless babies. Abortionists, give me your reasoning for that!

I’m sure all of you can think of someone in your life that is a bother. That either drains resources, or causing discomfort, or is a burden in some way. Why don’t you kill them? The simple answer is that they would fight back. Consequences would ensue, and problems would befall you. Unborn babies have no way to protect themselves, they require you and me and everyone one else to fight for them, because they depend on us.

I leave you with this quote:

“All it takes for evil to succeed is for a few good men to do nothing” -Edmund Burke
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Sources: Abortion: Facts at a Glance – Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Abortion in the United States, Facts in Brief – Alan Guttmacher Institute; Pro Life Answers to Pro Choice Arguments – Randy Alcorn, – 2002 Government Census Statistics – 2007 Government Census Statistics – Hawaii.edu – Boeing.com

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Food For Thought

IQIt would be aggravating to be one of the people who make the IQ tests. They technically have the highest IQ’s because they know all the answers, but no one would take those results seriously considering who they are…

-Trenton Stahl

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Cops Called On A 9 Year Old

April 27, 2009 1 comment

At the ripe old age of 9, I had police called on me.Freaking Swat!

It was in Pleasenton California where my cousins used to live. I would go down with the rest of my family and visit them every other year if possible. When I was 9, I went down there and spent some time with my aunt. It was at this point my loving aunt thought to buy me a cap gun.

Now, if you know me, you probably know that I am a reasonably calm person with a few short spurts of incoherence and dismissive thinking. Reverse that, and you have me at 9. I was the most idiotic, stupid child in the world. Keep this in mind.

So, I have the cap gun. Of course I do the first thing every 9 year old does when he gets his first cap gun, go out in the backyard and shoot imaginary ninjas! They were behind the flowerpots, over the fence, around the house, even in the fricken ground if you can believe it. They were everywhere, but I wasn’t worried, I had Cap Gunmy cap gun!

It was after what was probably the 90th cap that a neighbor comes over and knocks on my aunt’s door.

*BANG BANG BANG* (him knocking on the door)

“What the **** is that noise? My ******* dog ran through our screen door and broke a vase after hearing those pops!!”

My aunt goes and opens the door. She can’t believe that this guy is going so crazy.

No, seriously, this guy was nuts.

“Who the **** is going to pay for my stuff?! You?!” he’s pointing at me

Now you can understand how this is scaring me. My aunt keeps calm and says it won’t happen again. After many more explicative’s, he leaves with the promise to bring cops the next time it happens.angry neighbor

So, it’s the next day, and I am bored. I can’t believe I did this, but I took the gun and went out again. I shoot more ninjas (or were they pirates?) and had much fun. Not more than 3 minutes later, however, and I heard the dreadful sound again:

*BANG BANG BANG*

My aunt looks at me, and reluctantly opens the door again. His time however, he doesn’t look mad. In fact, he has a smile on his face.

“My dog ran through the door I just installed earlier today. I am calling the cops, and I will sue your ***!” he walks away in the manner I would imagine Wile E. Coyote would if he finally caught the roadrunner. A few minutes later, a cop appears around the corner to assess the situation. At this point I should mention that 3 nice neighbors who know me come stand by my aunt and talk to the cops with her. They (the mean neighbors, the cop, and the good neighbors) talk as a group for about 5 minutes. Then I can hear the cop finally say:

Happy me!“Ok, where is this guy, I want to talk to him” I come out from inside the house, and the cop stares at me. He looks to the mean neighbors and laughs and drives away. I learn later that up until the point, he had assumed I was a teenager causing trouble. When he saw I was 9, he just left, apparently not wanting to deal with the mean neighbors. After it was all done, I was quite happy! (see pic on the left) Needless to say, I never shot a cap off again. However, I was never able to walk past them without getting an evil glare…

-Trenton Stahl

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Men’s Rights: Where Are They?

April 10, 2009 3 comments

Those that are close to me would say that I am a very opinionated person. There are a few things I have taken a rather strong stance on (PS3 vs. 360, Pluto being a planet, dairitarianism, etc.) but none of those come close to the vigor I put in my arguments for Men’s rights. Let me be clear about this to begin, I am not a sexist. I grew up in a house with 4 sisters and a mom. I don’t carry any negative feelings towards them, but I do believe that living that way has given me a slightly different perspective on the problem than most others.

Before I launch into my rant, let me give a little background on the subject:

The feminist movement started in 1790, when a woman named Mary Wollstonecraft stated in a pamphlet the inequalities in society (Britain) and that they should be equalized. This, I wholeheartedly agree with and endorse. All I want in society is equality and fairness regardless of gender. This was the core principal the feminist movement strived for, unfortunately it has strayed from its path. Up until 1967, the movement was about woman demanding (as they rightfully deserved) equal pay, and non-discriminatory laws giving them a footing in the modern world. This was good. However, soon we start to see a shift in motives. In 1968, feminists start to use the phrase “Sisterhood is Powerful”. According to my research, this is a corner stone to a more hostile attitude that is now know to be associated with feminists.

In 1969 a group called Redstockings was formed with the purpose of “Holding the view that all men oppress all women as a class and that it is the responsibility of individual men to give up male supremacy, rather than the responsibility of women to change themselves.” Yeah, their a bit nutsy. They are known as one of the more radical groups to date, as they staged many illegal, disruptive, and annoying protests with the goal of converting men and women to their cause. They are still around, but operate more in the background with legal matters.

At this point in time, we are in the third wave of feminism. From what I have seen and experienced, the third wave of feminism is sexist. The things feminists now hope to achieve (although they will never admit it) is greater rights for women, than men.

Which leads me to my argument, Men’s Rights. Very few of you have probably even heard of the concept, because society loves to paint the woman of the country as the victims rather than a class of people looking for equality. A good example of obviously blinding sexism is court cases involving rape. In most states if a woman says she was raped, she does not have to provide any physical evidence from her body. This is usually achieved by claiming the event was severely emotionally traumatizing, and that she doesn’t want to be examined. With a convincing lawyer, this can be achieved. However it should be noted that in cases of jail time over 10 years/the death sentence the woman is almost always pressured to get examined.

Another example of the court’s sexism is custody battles. Where a couple is divorcing and children are involved, women get the children in almost 70% of cases. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the mother taking care of children. I simply believe that the children should go to the parent who can give them the best opportunity possible for success in life, and I don’t believe that 70% of mothers make more money, and are as loving as fathers are. But in this area of issue, my real concern is that feminism is nowhere to be found! If feminists were out to really get what they claim “Equal Rights under the law” than they would also fight against blatantly obvious showings of sexism, regardless of the circumstances.

Also, how often have you heard of a police officer responding to a scene of domestic disturbance, and had a couple quarreling? Many times domestic violence is insinuated, but if it is made by the man saying the woman did it, it is many times defeated in trial, or never goes at all. Feminists groups don’t fight this at all!

Seeing how long this is running I’ll try to wrap it up with this last point.

I would not have an issue with these blatantly hypocritical showings of feminism, if it weren’t for the fact that most Men’s Rights groups are not taken seriously, and are many times ignored. This goes back to the faulty assumption that women are victims. They are not! They are a group of citizens that want to be given equal footing in society, and should be seen as such.

Here is my statement to all feminists. If you want equal treatment, you should. If you want equal rights, fine. If you want to be recognized as people and not sex-objects, that’s just dandy. All we men want in return is for you to STOP BEING HYPOCRITICAL! If your stance on a subject is equal rights, then don’t try and get more than men. If you want to be taken seriously, take a hint from Martin Luther King Jr.: make it clear what you want, fight for it, and when you get it, be content!

Stop the Stupidity!

-Trenton Stahl

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Aliens: The Projected Scenario

April 7, 2009 1 comment

Where ever we’re from, whatever we do, everyone has at some point thought about aliens.

Now I’m not talking about sci-fi fans who are absorbed with the subject (me), I’m speaking of the public. At some point, everyone has considered the possibility of there being intelligent life on other planets. Not taking into account the spiritual implications of extraterrestrial life, it is an interesting topic.

But what would happen? We don’t know how they would communicate, or how they may think. One thing we do know, however, is what they would be exposed to as they came to earth. Based on the research I have done (google and wikipedia are the researchers best friends) I have made a rough time line of what aliens will see while on approach to Earth.

1) On July 15th, 1972 we sent a ship called Pioneer 10 into deep space. This ship’s main purpose was exploration, but it also contained a Plaque which described out coordinates in space, and how to find us. It also included a depiction of the male and female form, along with a picture of the spacecraft. Voyager 2

2) Assuming we have sent it in the right direction, the second thing aliens would see of Earth is Voyager 1. On September 5th, 1977 we launched Voyager into space with the intention of helping us explore the universe, as well as making friendly contact with any aliens there may be. On the space craft is a Golden Record which contains many sounds and music of Earth. Eventually they may find Voyager 2, which has similar properties.

3) When possible to do so, aliens would then focus telescope-like devices and see Earth. Unlike the full picture of earth we see, they would only be able to see part because of the shadowing effect of other planetary bodies, and the Earths rotation-relationship with the Sun.

Earth from space

Earth from space

4) After having ascertained our position, they would then focus on trying to pick up signals from us. Assuming we are focusing them in the right direction, they would pick up SETI’s signals we are sending into the void. They consist mostly of simple mathematical things like prime numbers and messages in binary.

5) Once they enter the solar system, they will most likely scan the planets (which Pluto is no longer one) and find our mars rover, then satellites leaving the solar system, then our stuff on the moon.

6) At this point, they will be close enough to pick up our earth bound trasnmissions. Because of how reliant the internet is on satellites, aliens will easily be able to intercept huge amounts of information. With their no-doubt faster processors, they will very likely be able to interpret and understand our languages before setting foot on earth.

Aside from the inevitable takeover of the Earth, thats about it. No doubt Steven Hawking was right when he said that we shouldnt be sending any messages into space, as it will no doubt cause nothing but problems. So there you have it, the path aliens would take. If you have a differing idea of what it might entail, or anything to say, go ahead and leave a comment below.

-Trenton Stahl

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Dairitarianism: The Next Big Food Choice

April 6, 2009 4 comments

When most (if not all) of you hear the word “dairitarian”, not a whole lot of images come to mind. A good amount of you would immediately claim that such a word is made up. These people would be correct.

But to those who would criticize, I ask where any of the words that we currently have came from. The English language, at its very core, is one of necessity. Words are created out of the need to name something. Its funny when an imaginary word like “Google” is brought up in conversation it is not judged as being made up, but when something that inherently makes sense like dairitarian is said, everyone calls it made-up. Interesting…

Now that I have given my word rant, I will continue on to what I’m sure all of you are wanting to ask: what exactly is a dairitarian? To be clear about this, I am one of the few people to have ever uttered the word itself. As of April 6th 2009, if you do a google search for “dairitarian” you will get a grand total of 6 times it is said on the internet (with other search engines giving fewer). All of these are submitted in forums, and there is no official source of information on the subject.

Now that I have said that, let me tell you what it is. By my definition, a dairitarian is a person who’s chosen diet consists either primarily, or entirely of dairy products. In case you are not completely sure of what that includes, dairy consists, in part, of:dairy-image1

Milk, cream, cheeses, butter, whipped cream, yogurt, and a billion others. A good list of them is here: http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Dairy_Products

So, we have the definition down. Now we get to the purpose of this article. The fact is, dairitarian is not a recognized form of diet. Vegetarians are seen, but only because of the fact that a large amount of people acknowledge it. Without a doubt, many people are actually dairitarians that don’t even know it. Picky eaters (such as me) have very often been seen as weird and abnormal, when all they are, are dairitarians.

I have also heard that the dairitarian diet is not good health wise. To this, I would point out that neither is vegetarian or carnivorous. The fact is that if you eat entirely one thing, you will be losing out on essential elements of another. If you were to eat entirely veggies, you would miss out on needed proteins. If you ate only meat, you would lose out on roughage and many vitamins. Just like anything else, dairitarians need either to eat from other food groups, or take supplemental vitamins to get what they are missing. I personally eat grains, fruits, and nuts along with dairy.

So unless I am missing something, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of reason for this diet to not be put alongside vegetarians and the like. If you believe that I am mistaken, or think that maybe you may be a dairitarian, please leave a comment below.

-Trenton Stahl

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