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Monday, September 7th, 2009
2:26 pm
Hi. I am a member of American Mensa. I live in San Antonio, Texas (I am in the South Texas Mensa region), and I have been a member since April 2008. I am a graduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am in the Biology Master's program and I am studying ecology. I plan to perform conservation biology centered ecological research. I have not been on LJ for a long time, and I am just starting to make posts for the first time in a while. To everyone in this community, hello.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
11:43 am
Singles Event at Changing Hands Bookstore for the Nerdish Persuasion
Do intellect and offbeat humor equal attraction for you? Congratulations! At Changing Hands you’re among friends. If you self-identify as a geek, nerd, dork or dweeb, this is the place to make friends, possibly find love, or just be appreciated for who you are. Join us for a bachelor auction for charity, speed dating, raffles, giveaways and a Trivial Pursuit game to crown our king and queen geek! Refreshments provided by Trader Joe’s.
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
1:19 pm
Diversity in Mensa
One of the goals of American Mensa is to increase the diversity of its membership. How can we attract more African-American, Hispanic, and/or GLBT members?

How would YOU go about recruiting and retaining a more diverse membership? If you are a member of an under-represented minority, what attracted YOU to Mensa? What changes would YOU like to see?
Monday, July 28th, 2008
7:30 pm
Mensa Process
Have any of you ever participated in a Mensa Process project? I did one (and it was actually kind of fun!), and was told I would be paid via PayPal 30 days after the project closed. I receive payment 6 weeks after the project closed, and only after I called them twice. I've hard that this is not an uncommon problem. Have any of you ever participated in a Mensa Process research group? Were you paid in a timely manner?
Thursday, June 12th, 2008
12:23 pm
Copy this, email it to all your friends, have them email it to their friends, etc.
Then in a couple of weeks gas prices should go down.

Just by way of following the logic for the huge increase in gas prices (50%)

The reason for the increase is cited as oil shortage due to the war with Iraq using so much oil.

The reason cited for the war has been found to be incorrect, if not an outright lie.

The person citing the reasons for the war is in all likelihood a puppet of people in the military-industrial complex, such as the people heavily invested in Halliburton (the oil company), such as Rupert Murdoch, who owns a huge quantity of shares in American Fidelity, which owns a huge quantity of shares in Halliburton http://www.halliburton.com/

May it be noted here that Rupert Murdoch in one way or another owns most of the news media.

The entity profiting most from the war with Iraq *AND* the increased gas prices is, of course, Halliburton. 600 billion dollars worth of taxpayer money.

In my view another case of the rich robbing the poor so that the rich may *own* the world.

National security is not and never was the objective. Vice President C was, before becoming VP, the CEO (Chief Executive Officer; guy in charge) of Halliburton. The only perceivable objective was the enrichment of Halliburton shareholders and making the military-industrial complex (about whom President Eisenhower warned us) even more powerful and feared throughout the world (i.e. Iran)

WHY the American public is not aware of this is incomprehensible. A short internet search of major shareholders of Halliburton and American Fidelity reveals it quite plainly. Therefore I am only citing knowledge which is already public.

The chain of logic is irrefutable: Serious conflict of interest. The murder of innumerable people for the enrichment of the already rich.

I once again repeat: "The government is supposed to be for *THE PEOPLE,* (the majority of whom are either middle-class or poor) not the minority rich. Capish? To recapitulate: We The People are being shafted.

But I honestly think that no one cares enough to do anything about it, and/or is too scared to do so. After all, the "King of the Hill" is rather tremendously large, and capable of killing whom he will.

I will likely not be available hereafter for comment, and this journal may soon no longer be in existence. Ciaou


"Prescott Bush was a director of Dresser Industries, which is now part of Halliburton. Former United States president George H. W. Bush worked for Dresser Industries in several positions from 1948–1951, before he founded Zapata Corporation.":

"Halliburton is the largest oil-and-gas services company in the world and it is also one of the most controversial corporations in the United States.

The company has been the number one financial beneficiary of the invasion of Iraq, raking in some $18 billion in contracts to rebuild the country’s oil industry and service US troops.":




"This intriguing book shows readers where Halliburton has been doing business and with whom-topping the list so far are Iran, Iraq, and Libya. It also reveals how this juggernaut of a corporation has engaged in a cycle of profits that begins by selling products and services to potential terrorist states, contracting with the federal government during times of war against those states, then gaining valuable rebuilding contracts to help repair those states. It will also show how a Halliburton subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root, has become an indispensable part of the U.S. military, so much so that the two are indistinguishable at times.":
(Is this guy still alive?)

This in The New Yorker
“There is not a reason on earth to sell gasoline at the price they did,” Youssef Ibrahim, the managing director of the Strategic Energy Investment Group, a consulting firm in Dubai, said. “Halliburton and their Kuwaiti partners made out like bandits.” A well-informed Kuwaiti source called the prices charged by Altanmia “absurd,” and said that Halliburton’s arrangement to buy Kuwaiti oil through a middleman, rather than directly from the government, was “highly irregular.”:

The above information is not secret. Just plug in "halliburton oil" in Google. There are 274,000 results.:

I can no longer afford to drive my car to work, a distance of 25 miles one-way. I need a motorbike or an electric bicycle.
Truck drivers in Spain are striking because of high gas prices. The price of *everything* is going up as a result. So we can't afford to buy *anything*. Are you yourself not disturbed?
If not, you must be rich.

I have posted the above as an alternative to calling the administration some very bad words. We are quite tired of being "shafted," if you get my drift. And this by our own government.

Tags: murder
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
10:50 pm
I've been looking for people who are ambitious social climbers, people who want influence, power, money, sex, health, and other hallmarks of what's considered a good life -- and who want it now. Who'll work for it, sure, but who want it now. Today. Yesterday. I've formed a community (urban_hunting) dedicated to that very subject, to honing our skills in social power and influence.

What are some good ways to find people like that?

Thank you.
Monday, June 2nd, 2008
7:50 pm
Standard "hello" post
Hi ya'll. Just wondering of there were any Chicagoans or Chicago-area members over here.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
9:04 pm
The backbone of society?
I recently interviewed Sylvia Sleigh. Sylvia was a very active feminist artist in the 60s and 70s. She has long fought against sexism in the art world... and in the world in general. She is over 90 years old now, but she took the time to answer my questions. If you are interested in reading her opinions about the art world today simply find her name on this page http://www.myartspace.com/interviews and click on it. I have also interviewed Julian Stanczak, Norman Carlberg, Thornton Willis and William T. Wiley... all older artists who have opinions about the direction of the art world at this time. I've also interviewed hundreds of younger artists-- we have a video interview with Anthony Lister as well. I feel that art is the backbone of society. I'm curious to know your opinions.
Sunday, December 16th, 2007
9:08 pm
What are everyone's favorite books?

I like the early Christopher Pike mystery novels, The Dying Earth series by Jack Vance, and the Chronicles of an Age of Darkness series by Hugh Cook.

These are just a few of my favorites. I could list more if you want, but I'm mainly interested in hearing about new books from other people.
Monday, October 8th, 2007
2:22 pm
Need national help

Do other Mensa groups have factions? By this, I mean one group of local Mensans in the group who don't like another group of Mensans and the subgroups are constantly sniping back and forth at each other and talking about how terrible the people in the opposing group are? 
And if that's not enough, we've got people who actually try to get other people RUN OUT of Mensa, as if they can somehow strip them of their IQs (which, as far as I can tell, is the SOLE requirement for membership) and send them packing simply because these certain individuals disagree with ideas and opinions expressed by those they would like to see eliminated from the group.
How normal is this? I mean, I remember it from my grade school daze, and some people still continued this into high school. I'm aware enough to know that emotional maturity does not necessarily track with physiological or intellectual maturity but it's kind of embarrassing - not that Mensan adults get into these sniping matches, because everyone has those who just rub them the wrong way. What bothers me is that they escalate this into trying to have others DRUMMED OUT OF MENSA. If lack of obnoxiousness was a requirement for membership in Mensa, I'm afraid there would only be 2 or 3 members, and those would probably live on opposite coasts and in Alaska, otherwise, I'm sure some jockeying for position would occur and the associated choosing up sides. If I remember correctly, Mensa has members who are incarcerated for having been found guilty of some pretty heinous activities, and they can be members, but those who hold and express different opinions from others become targeted for dismissal or removal from the group. 
I've belonged to Mensa in a couple different cities, and I can't really recall such strong factions in the other group as I see in the group I'm in now. I don't particularly mind the factions, or dislike the enmity and sniping that they generate. If I disagree with another, I can gripe about it all I want, but trying to have someone "disbarred" from Mensa, to me, goes a little too far. I mean, what's up with that? 

Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
9:09 am
Yahoo online group for the 2008 Denver AG
There is a Yahoo discussion group for people who plan on attending the 2008 AG in Denver. People are posting their ideas, holding discussions, offering suggestions, making plans, and getting to know each other a little online before we will actually be meeting in person. (Great for introverts like me) There is a link for roommate matching and you can get in on the ground floor discussions, help plan things, find out what's in the works, and get to know some of the people involved.

See it here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/M-US-AG-2008/

I'm looking forward to the AG, meeting new people, and enjoying the programs and events. It's been a long time since I attended an AG (or even an RG, for that matter!) so being able to participate in the party of the year is something I really look forward to!

Current Mood: expectant
Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
12:14 pm
It's official!
 MY party is going to be "A Gypsy Street Fair " on Thursday night at the AG. I've already talked to a couple of people and started laying groundwork for getting this set up. And - get this - costumes are ENCOURAGED!! I couldn't have dreamed up anything better if I tried! 

Current Mood: Yippeeeee!
Friday, September 7th, 2007
11:47 am

I just volunteered to work an event at the AG! I'm psyched!! It's going to include COSTUMES!!! Until I find out officially that I'm really in charge of it, I probably shouldn't say any more but considering that this is Mensa, how unlikely is it that my services will be rejected?!
SOOOO excited!!! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
12:39 pm
More Denver area distractions
http://www.savvydiner.com/details.php?r=176 The Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant is a little ways west of downtown Denver holds Colorado Liquor License #1. They serve Rocky Mountain Oysters and a lot of other exotic and unusual meat. If you are a vegetarian, you will find nothing to eat there. But it does have a very "old Western" feel and a LOT of taxidermy animals. 

For vegetarians, there are other options. My personal favorite is Masalaa, a completely vegetarian south Indian restaurant located off I-25 and 225 south of the city -- although I'm not finding it in a search, and definitely hope that it hasn't closed. I'll have to do some field work. Here are some others:  http://www.vegetarianusa.com/city/Colorado.html 

Another really great option, if you enjoy Nepali and north Indian food and want a nice day trip, is http://www.nepalidining.com/ The Kathmandu Restaurant in Nederland. This is - IMHO - THE. BEST. Nepali restaurant in Colorado. Set in the mountain town of Nederland, 25 miles into the mountains outside of Boulder, it makes a great side trip. They have a mid-day all you can eat buffet which includes some meat items and many vegetarian options, or you can order off the menu. We've been fans since they were located in a tiny space in the Wolftongue Square which now houses a small bakery restaurant.

Current Mood: Is it time for some food now?
Friday, August 17th, 2007
1:41 pm
Denver Area Activities (AG 2008 planning)
I posted this in a reply but decided it could stand being a topic by itself for easy reference.

There are plenty of things to do in Denver that would be great for
half-day trips and not require much travel. There are two museums within walking distance of the hotel; the Denver Art Museum
http://www.denverartmuseum.org/visit_us and the Colorado History Museum http://www.coloradohistory.org/exhibits/coloradomuseum.htm.

There is the State Capitol Building
http://www.milehighcity.com/capitol/ just a couple of blocks east of the hotel, as well as the Denver Mint
http://www.usmint.gov/mint_tours/index.cfm?flash=yes&action=StartReservation which provides tours, but unfortunately no free samples!

The Denver Zoo http://www.denverzoo.org/ and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science http://www.dmns.org/main/en/ are located very close to each other and are reachable by bus or taxi from the hotel downtown. They have an IMAX theatre at the museum.

Just 3 blocks north of the west end of the 16th Street Mall (which has a free shuttle bus that runs east and west along the mall) is the Wynkoop Brewery, where Mayor Hickenlooper got started in his first campaign for mayor http://www.wynkoop.com/history.html .

At the west end of the 16th Street Mall, the Tattered Cover Bookstore has a 3-story downtown location. What Mensan can resist books?!
http://tatteredcover.booksense.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp;jsessionid=abc\Xakg91I1RedyQ-DKbr?s=becomeaffiliate. Their main location is on east Colfax Avenue, easily reachable by bus http://www.rtd-denver.com/ .

There are retail shops and restaurants all along the 16th Street
Pedestrian Mall, including a multi story shop and movie theatre called the Denver Pavillions http://www.denverpavilions.com/, which is only a couple of blocks away from the hotel. Some of the stores are Barnes and Noble (there are those books again!), Nike and Virgin Records. Just another couple of blocks away (west) Aveda just opened a new salon/spa/training institute http://www.avedadenver.com/aveda_guests.php .

There are downtown maps and business directories available for free at the stops along the shuttle route along the 16th Street Mall. There is a free shuttle that runs from one end of the mall to the other. The Adams Mark Hotel sits along the route of the 16th Street Mall and the free shuttle.

If you like baseball, Coors Field http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/col/ballpark/index.jsp , home of the Colorado Rockies, is just a short walk north from the mall shuttle on 20th. Tickets can be had for as little at $4 to sit in the "Rockpile".

Further west of the city, in Morrison's foothills, Bandemere Speedway
http://www.carson-cctt.com/events/bandemere01/bandemere01.htm hosts weekend events during the summer including the Mile High Nationals.
There are summer evening concert events in Morrison at the Red Rocks natural outdoor amphitheatre http://www.redrocksonline.com/index.asp .


Current Mood: Anticipating...
11:01 am
Denver AG 2008
We're starting to work on some of the side-trips for the AG in Denver next year. I'm looking into trips to the Denver Mint and to the Molly Brown House. There have been quite a few ideas floating around for what people want to do and see when there aren't sessions. I'm hoping to get at least a few for a small tour to the Molly Brown House, maybe even enough to schedule a group tea. Maybe this is a good place to post to get some ideas about this.

Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, August 10th, 2007
9:58 pm
Annual Gathering 2008
So, I got talked into being on the AG Committee for next year's big Annual Gathering. It's going to be in Denver over the 4th of July weekend. Check out our spiffy website.

If you go to the AG, look me up. I'll be one of the people running around frantically, making sure everything is going well. I'm also going to give a presentation on how to play nice on the internet. (heh heh heh)

Anyway, I have a request from all and sundry -- I'm the Coordinator of Prizes and Giveaways. Which means I get to spend the next year bugging people to donate things to be prizes and giveaways.

If any of you have a thing that you would care to donate, or could solicit a donation from your employer -- preferably a small lightweight thing that could be used by attendees from around the country -- please let me know!

[cross-posted to my own journal]
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
10:39 am
Hello All,

This might be unconventional but I am new here and I am looking for some advice from you guys. I "Stumbled" across Mensa's website a few weeks ago. I had never heard of it before but me and my 2 siblings qualify. My interest in Mensa mostly pertains to my younger brother. He is 17 and, although there's no doubt that he is intelligent, currently has a 2.9 GPA.  I attribute his academic mediocrity to lack of motivation and self-doubt. I am trying to find a way to help him realize his potential. Do you think encouraging him to join Mensa would be a good idea? Or do you have any other ideas?

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