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Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« on: October 17, 2013, 08:32:25 AM »
Since the internet is a wonderful world full of enchantments with the inclusion of feeblishly deranged minds, how does one seperate the wheat from the chaff?

I'm more so talking about advice in general, whether it be from dating, to finances, to careers, to fixing cars, to religion, to whatever you can imagine.

There is no shortage of stupidity in all of these categories, but even more so the sheep that follow it as gospel. I'm always a bit cynical whenever a large group of people agree on a particular piece of advice that is given on whatever subject.

Sometimes I will read something that will ring true but ends up actually being false. I just wish there was an easier way to parse through the enormous amount of information and get only the good stuff.
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2013, 08:34:53 AM »
Do not ask about anything serious some strangers to begin with?

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2013, 08:38:55 AM »
Do not ask about anything serious some strangers to begin with?
Well I think having anonymity when posting something serious gives you some privacy. For some it allows them to be more honest and not have a mask on.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2013, 08:40:26 AM »
Do not ask about anything serious some strangers to begin with?
Well I think having anonymity when posting something serious gives you some privacy. For some it allows them to be more honest and not have a mask on.

Same for people who respond you.

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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2013, 08:46:44 AM »
If you are afraid of being taken in by idiots and group-think, do some independent research before asking anything, just like you presumably would before bringing up the issue before non-internet people. Some things like dating can't really be decided this way, but in that case I'd prefer the advice of someone who you know who is successful at dating over random internet strangers who claim to be. Actually, the same goes for pretty much anything. The internet is better for sharing ideas and getting other perspectives than for making life decisions. You've got live with those. xTRUESTxORTHOxMONK@ECUMENIZM-IS-SATANIZM.NET does not.

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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2013, 08:57:09 AM »
Since the internet is a wonderful world full of enchantments with the inclusion of feeblishly deranged minds, how does one seperate the wheat from the chaff?

I'm more so talking about advice in general, whether it be from dating, to finances, to careers, to fixing cars, to religion, to whatever you can imagine.

There is no shortage of stupidity in all of these categories, but even more so the sheep that follow it as gospel. I'm always a bit cynical whenever a large group of people agree on a particular piece of advice that is given on whatever subject.

Sometimes I will read something that will ring true but ends up actually being false. I just wish there was an easier way to parse through the enormous amount of information and get only the good stuff.
I have found that the best advice generally comes from me, so if you have questions about anything pertaining to your life, they would best be directed to me along with a generous gift, and I will give you the wisdom that you crave.
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2013, 09:01:29 AM »
Do not ask about anything serious some strangers to begin with?
Well I think having anonymity when posting something serious gives you some privacy. For some it allows them to be more honest and not have a mask on.

Anonymity is not a mask?  Nothing beats talking with real, live people who are experienced in such matters.  It's even better if it's someone you know and respect.
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2013, 09:31:46 AM »
Do not ask about anything serious some strangers to begin with?
Well I think having anonymity when posting something serious gives you some privacy. For some it allows them to be more honest and not have a mask on.

Anonymity is not a mask?  Nothing beats talking with real, live people who are experienced in such matters.  It's even better if it's someone you know and respect.


^This is the correct answer to Achrono's question. 

Triggie was kinda close, but really, for all internet related advice matters, it would be ME, not him that one should turn to.  I am, after all, not a real, live person.  Gratuities accepted but not required.
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2013, 09:53:10 AM »
Do not ask about anything serious some strangers to begin with?
Well I think having anonymity when posting something serious gives you some privacy. For some it allows them to be more honest and not have a mask on.

Anonymity is not a mask?  Nothing beats talking with real, live people who are experienced in such matters.  It's even better if it's someone you know and respect.


^This is the correct answer to Achrono's question.  

Triggie was kinda close, but really, for all internet related advice matters, it would be ME, not him that one should turn to.  I am, after all, not a real, live person.  Gratuities accepted but not required.
You get what you pay for.  Go with someone who expects payment. Besides, J Michael barely even knows how to use a computer.
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2013, 10:02:45 AM »
Do not ask about anything serious some strangers to begin with?
Well I think having anonymity when posting something serious gives you some privacy. For some it allows them to be more honest and not have a mask on.

Anonymity is not a mask?  Nothing beats talking with real, live people who are experienced in such matters.  It's even better if it's someone you know and respect.


^This is the correct answer to Achrono's question.  

Triggie was kinda close, but really, for all internet related advice matters, it would be ME, not him that one should turn to.  I am, after all, not a real, live person.  Gratuities accepted but not required.
You get what you pay for.  Go with someone who expects payment. Besides, J Michael barely even knows how to use a computer.

My inability ot use a komputer is in on whey connected ot the far superior advice (based on a MUCH longer tenure no this plant than Triggie can lay claim ot) that I have ot offer for FREE as a Christian offering two those in need.  I will get whatever reward is due me in H.......... ;D  (And no, I don't mean Hawaii!).
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2013, 10:03:42 AM »
Feed me some delicious food, I'll give you advice.  Cash works, too. ;)
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2013, 10:05:41 AM »
take it from her :-P

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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2013, 10:07:58 AM »
Feed me some delicious food, I'll give you advice.  Cash works, too. ;)

I have a stash of the finest Northwestern Mongolian earwax.  What will that get me?
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2013, 10:09:21 AM »
Trust ME, I'm NOT a doctor  ;D ;D.  (But I could pretend to be one.)
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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2013, 10:13:53 AM »
You approach things with sobriety and discern good from bad. It really has to do with how much delusion is in ourselves; that's how we end getting fooled by false advice.

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« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2013, 10:14:20 AM »
take it from her :-P


No, thanks.  She's not real. :)

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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2013, 10:18:01 AM »
take it from her :-P


No, thanks.  She's not real. :)



Oh, great...She's not real, and he's an escaped inmate masquerading as a psychiatrist.  Wonderful.   ::) ::)
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« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2013, 10:20:01 AM »
Feed me some delicious food, I'll give you advice.  Cash works, too. ;)

I have a stash of the finest Northwestern Mongolian earwax.  What will that get me?

How much are we talking about here?  Prices sky-rocketed because of the US government shutdown; those politicians were buying all available NW Mongolian earwax.  They were getting so desperate that even Brooklyn non-virgin earwax was getting up to $30 an ounce!  You might want to get with my broker and get a great deal while prices are still good.

As far as advice for earwax, I can make you the finest shorlog and buuz all downed with delicious airag.  Maybe some boodog, too.  All seasoned with your stash.
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Feed me some delicious food, I'll give you advice.  Cash works, too. ;)

I have a stash of the finest Northwestern Mongolian earwax.  What will that get me?

How much are we talking about here?  Prices sky-rocketed because of the US government shutdown; those politicians were buying all available NW Mongolian earwax.  They were getting so desperate that even Brooklyn non-virgin earwax was getting up to $30 an ounce!  You might want to get with my broker and get a great deal while prices are still good.

As far as advice for earwax, I can make you the finest shorlog and buuz all downed with delicious airag.  Maybe some boodog, too.  All seasoned with your stash.

I have roughly a pound.  It was extracted, after an amazingly difficult and dangerous but adventurous journey to the far reaches of Mongolia, from a select bevy of virgins, chosen by various elder shamans, with the utmost care and precision, over a period of many months.  Simply the finest I have yet found!

I have missed decent, let alone good shorlog and buuz since departing that fabled land.
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« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2013, 10:33:10 AM »
Feed me some delicious food, I'll give you advice.  Cash works, too. ;)

I have a stash of the finest Northwestern Mongolian earwax.  What will that get me?

How much are we talking about here?  Prices sky-rocketed because of the US government shutdown; those politicians were buying all available NW Mongolian earwax.  They were getting so desperate that even Brooklyn non-virgin earwax was getting up to $30 an ounce!  You might want to get with my broker and get a great deal while prices are still good.

As far as advice for earwax, I can make you the finest shorlog and buuz all downed with delicious airag.  Maybe some boodog, too.  All seasoned with your stash.

I have roughly a pound.  It was extracted, after an amazingly difficult and dangerous but adventurous journey to the far reaches of Mongolia, from a select bevy of virgins, chosen by various elder shamans, with the utmost care and precision, over a period of many months.  Simply the finest I have yet found!

I have missed decent, let alone good shorlog and buuz since departing that fabled land.

Hmmm, no wonder my broker was going crazy.  The prices went up to $76,823.61 per ounce.   I bet you could get it even higher considering the time and trouble it took to acquire such a large amount.
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« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2013, 10:37:22 AM »
Feed me some delicious food, I'll give you advice.  Cash works, too. ;)

I have a stash of the finest Northwestern Mongolian earwax.  What will that get me?

How much are we talking about here?  Prices sky-rocketed because of the US government shutdown; those politicians were buying all available NW Mongolian earwax.  They were getting so desperate that even Brooklyn non-virgin earwax was getting up to $30 an ounce!  You might want to get with my broker and get a great deal while prices are still good.

As far as advice for earwax, I can make you the finest shorlog and buuz all downed with delicious airag.  Maybe some boodog, too.  All seasoned with your stash.

I have roughly a pound.  It was extracted, after an amazingly difficult and dangerous but adventurous journey to the far reaches of Mongolia, from a select bevy of virgins, chosen by various elder shamans, with the utmost care and precision, over a period of many months.  Simply the finest I have yet found!

I have missed decent, let alone good shorlog and buuz since departing that fabled land.

Hmmm, no wonder my broker was going crazy.  The prices went up to $76,823.61 per ounce.   I bet you could get it even higher considering the time and trouble it took to acquire such a large amount.

This is good advice.  Send me your address, social security number, and phone number and I will forward you some.  It WILL be worth your while.
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« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2013, 08:08:10 PM »
I listen to advice, and then do what seems good to me. The problem I have isn't with anonymous advice or that of strangers or acquaintances, but with advice from people I actually trust. Sometimes I follow that over and against my better judgment and things turn out awry.
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« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2013, 08:31:49 PM »
I listen to advice, and then do what seems good to me. The problem I have isn't with anonymous advice or that of strangers or acquaintances, but with advice from people I actually trust. Sometimes I follow that over and against my better judgment and things turn out awry.

If you are a broken person, you gotten find a couple people to run your life for while not matter how badly till you can develop your own gut.

That is sorta the whole purpose of any therapy. Or parenting.
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I can't believe you found a picture like that in this context, on this of all forums. Unless Math was intentionally setting you up...the internet is an amazing place.
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« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2013, 09:37:36 AM »
I listen to advice, and then do what seems good to me. The problem I have isn't with anonymous advice or that of strangers or acquaintances, but with advice from people I actually trust. Sometimes I follow that over and against my better judgment and things turn out awry.

If you are a broken person, you gotten find a couple people to run your life for while not matter how badly till you can develop your own gut.

That is sorta the whole purpose of any therapy. Or parenting.

And who amongst us is not broken, in some way?
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« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2013, 10:05:08 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...
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« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2013, 10:08:32 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?
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« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2013, 10:10:24 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?
Since when is that a requirement?  ;)
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« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2013, 10:12:07 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?
Since when is that a requirement?  ;)
Well I was just about to say that.

Nobody has the prior experience to be a parent.
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« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2013, 10:13:46 AM »


OK, I just have to ask - who is this, and may I repost this to my Facebook page??  ;D
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« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2013, 10:24:43 AM »


OK, I just have to ask - who is this, and may I repost this to my Facebook page??  ;D

C'mon, theistgal....It's Lucy dressed up as a priest for Halloween.  ;D
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« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2013, 10:37:43 AM »


OK, I just have to ask - who is this, and may I repost this to my Facebook page??  ;D

I suspect it is Abbot Tryphon of All Merciful Savior Monastery (ROCOR) on Vashon Island, WA
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2013, 10:41:49 AM »


OK, I just have to ask - who is this, and may I repost this to my Facebook page??  ;D

I suspect it is Abbot Tryphon of All Merciful Savior Monastery (ROCOR) on Vashon Island, WA

Very suspicious, indeed!
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #33 on: October 18, 2013, 10:43:03 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?

There is a young man who would like say yes. I wish he would say no. He needs a few more years for those lessons to become clear.
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #34 on: October 18, 2013, 10:44:22 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?

There is a young man who would like say yes. I wish he would say no. He needs a few more years for those lessons to become clear.

 ???
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« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2013, 10:44:53 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?

There is a young man who would like say yes. I wish he would say no. He needs a few more years for those lessons to become clear.

Oh and a buncha brothers and sisters some with steps.

Parenting is a lot easier than anyone can begin to believe, that is if you listen to "parents".

Wolves can parent a human child evidently. Frankly, I had been so luck.
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #36 on: October 18, 2013, 10:53:29 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?

There is a young man who would like say yes. I wish he would say no. He needs a few more years for those lessons to become clear.

Oh and a buncha brothers and sisters some with steps.

Parenting is a lot easier than anyone can begin to believe, that is if you listen to "parents".

Wolves can parent a human child evidently. Frankly, I had been so luck.

There's parenting and then there's parenting.  From your last sentence, you probably know what I mean.

I eagerly await your book (or at least a thread here) on how to be a parent, good, bad, and indifferent.  Or do I?
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #37 on: October 18, 2013, 10:54:35 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?

There is a young man who would like say yes. I wish he would say no. He needs a few more years for those lessons to become clear.

Oh and a buncha brothers and sisters some with steps.

Parenting is a lot easier than anyone can begin to believe, that is if you listen to "parents".

Wolves can parent a human child evidently. Frankly, I had been so luck.

There's parenting and then there's parenting.  From your last sentence, you probably know what I mean.

I eagerly await your book (or at least a thread here) on how to be a parent, good, bad, and indifferent.  Or do I?
I want to parent my kids with no discipline.
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #38 on: October 18, 2013, 10:56:21 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?

There is a young man who would like say yes. I wish he would say no. He needs a few more years for those lessons to become clear.

Oh and a buncha brothers and sisters some with steps.

Parenting is a lot easier than anyone can begin to believe, that is if you listen to "parents".

Wolves can parent a human child evidently. Frankly, I had been so luck.

There's parenting and then there's parenting.  From your last sentence, you probably know what I mean.

I eagerly await your book (or at least a thread here) on how to be a parent, good, bad, and indifferent.  Or do I?
I want to parent my kids with no discipline.

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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #39 on: October 18, 2013, 10:58:13 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?

There is a young man who would like say yes. I wish he would say no. He needs a few more years for those lessons to become clear.

Oh and a buncha brothers and sisters some with steps.

Parenting is a lot easier than anyone can begin to believe, that is if you listen to "parents".

Wolves can parent a human child evidently. Frankly, I had been so luck.

There's parenting and then there's parenting.  From your last sentence, you probably know what I mean.

I eagerly await your book (or at least a thread here) on how to be a parent, good, bad, and indifferent.  Or do I?
I want to parent my kids with no discipline.

Take things one step at a time, Achrono's.  First, find a woman who will accept your seed.  Then,....well....you know (I hope!).  Then, perhaps,  there will be little Achronos babies.....Eeek!
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #40 on: October 18, 2013, 10:59:20 AM »
Would love to get a copy of a handbook on parenting from orthonorm.

I mean since parents think kids are theirs it would make an interesting book...

Does he have children whom he has parented?

There is a young man who would like say yes. I wish he would say no. He needs a few more years for those lessons to become clear.

Oh and a buncha brothers and sisters some with steps.

Parenting is a lot easier than anyone can begin to believe, that is if you listen to "parents".

Wolves can parent a human child evidently. Frankly, I had been so luck.

There's parenting and then there's parenting.  From your last sentence, you probably know what I mean.

I eagerly await your book (or at least a thread here) on how to be a parent, good, bad, and indifferent.  Or do I?
I want to parent my kids with no discipline.
Let me know how that works out for you.  :laugh:

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« Reply #41 on: October 18, 2013, 10:59:59 AM »
Is the reason why I turned out to be a lazy slob because I had no discipline?
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« Reply #42 on: October 18, 2013, 11:06:11 AM »
Is the reason why I turned out to be a lazy slob because I had no discipline?

No.  You are a lazy slob because you are part of Generation Y.  Everyone knows that everyone that is in that generation is good for nothing. Gen X is where its at.
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Re: Discerning good/bad advice over the internet?
« Reply #43 on: October 18, 2013, 11:08:33 AM »
Is the reason why I turned out to be a lazy slob because I had no discipline?

No.  You are a lazy slob because you are part of Generation Y.  Everyone knows that everyone that is in that generation is good for nothing. Gen X is where its at.

I was born in the wrong generation.
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« Reply #44 on: October 18, 2013, 11:12:13 AM »
Is the reason why I turned out to be a lazy slob because I had no discipline?

No.  You are a lazy slob because you are part of Generation Y.  Everyone knows that everyone that is in that generation is good for nothing. Gen X is where its at.

I was born in the wrong generation.
I squeaked in with a month to spare.  ;D
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