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  •  I'm a beardo too (7+ / 0-)

    It's the only way to go, if one has a face that grows hair. It's surprisingly comfortable in the summer -- more so than I had expected when I stopped shaving about 7 years ago.

    After it grows out, it becomes soft enough for wifey to not get scratched in the face. I told her it would be OK if she didn't shave her legs anymore.

    "Romney's vision of humanity is just a million tons of meat floating around in a sea of base calculations." —Susan Madrak

    by Crider on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 01:06:49 PM PDT

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    •  Short beards that can be maintained (9+ / 0-)

      with standard clippers using a comb attachment for consistent length are MUCH nicer for the ladies' faces :)
      While my beard is personally very uncomfortable, it's because I'm not supposed to have one  - didn't acquire until 50's :(  and not shaving it is not an option.

      I have to point out another important piece to this diary.

      We have emphasized that consumers create jobs through demand for goods and services. That without that demand, and the income from it, jobs are not created just with capital.

      The significant change in capitalism that emerged in the 18th - 19th centuries, and took off with radio and TV in the 20th, is advertising. What has also developed in that field is branding. The understanding that people want to have a brand they like and prefer, to the exclusion of any other. Instead of gearing ads just to gain new customers, many are geared to get loyal customers to buy more of the product. Biggie sizes >> increased obesity.

      Two ads that really depict the ad industry cheapening our values and culture.

      Woman sitting in a dark LR watching a bball game and eating cheezits. In the front door window behind her the headlights of a car appear and go out. She frantically changes the channel to sappy movie, hides the cheezits and grabs kleenix. Hubby comes in and kindly leans over her, commenting on the movie and that he will go upstairs to watch the bball game. He disappears, she ditches the kleenix, switches back to the game and pulls out the cheezits. Voiceover: "Get your own box."  Not sharing works for a good marriage?

      Man in a nice business suit has pulled into his driveway with what turns out to be a brand new car. As he is admiring the wonderful car the announcer is describing, a very happy, well dressed child appears and admires the car. Then presents the father with a bumper sticker "My child is an honor student...." Dad hems and haws, then excitedly suggests it should go on Mom's car. The father and child are AA, the child is female. If anyone remembers the car company, let me know. My brain has lost it and I never want to buy a car from them.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 02:18:04 PM PDT

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      •  According to the stoic philosopher Epictetus, (2+ / 0-)
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        men are meant to have hair. This is how he rebuked a young man who came to his lectures depilated:

        Young man, whom do you wish to make beautiful? In the first place, know who you are and then adorn yourself appropriately. You are a human being; and this is a mortal animal which has the power of using appearances rationally. But what is meant by "rationally?" Conformably to nature and completely. What, then, do you possess which is peculiar? Is it the animal part? No. Is it the condition of mortality? No. Is it the power of using appearances? No. You possess the rational faculty as a peculiar thing: adorn and beautify this; but leave your hair to him who made it as he chose. Come, what other appellations have you? Are you man or woman? "Man." Adorn yourself then as man, not as woman. Woman is naturally smooth and delicate; and if she has much hair (on her body), she is a monster and is exhibited at Rome among monsters. And in a man it is monstrous not to have hair; and if he has no hair, he is a monster; but if he cuts off his hairs and plucks them out, what shall we do with him? where shall we exhibit him? and under what name shall we show him? "I will exhibit to you a man who chooses to be a woman rather than a man." What a terrible sight! There is no man who will not wonder at such a notice. Indeed I think that the men who pluck out their hairs do what they do without knowing what they do. Man what fault have you to find with your nature? That it made you a man? What then? was it fit that nature should make all human creatures women? and what advantage in that case would you have had in being adorned? for whom would you have adorned yourself, if all human creatures were women? But you are not pleased with the matter: set to work then upon the whole business. Take away — what is its name? — that which is the cause of the hairs: make yourself a woman in all respects, that we may not be mistaken: do not make one half man, and the other half woman. Whom do you wish to please? The women?, Please them as a man. "Well; but they like smooth men." Will you not hang yourself? and if women took delight in catamites, would you become one? Is this your business? were you born for this purpose, that dissolute women should delight in you? Shall we make such a one as you a citizen of Corinth and perchance a prefect of the city, or chief of the youth, or general or superintendent of the games? Well, and when you have taken a wife, do you intend to have your hairs plucked out? To please whom and for what purpose? And when you have begotten children, will you introduce them also into the state with the habit of plucking their hairs? A beautiful citizen, and senator and rhetorician. We ought to pray that such young men be born among us and brought up.
        •  Wow, a RANT from ~ 2000 years ago : ) : ) (2+ / 0-)
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          Epictetus would clearly have a stroke if he saw what goes on today. Swimmers, muscle builders, very hairy guys who are considered (and called) monsters by very ugly humans, transgenders, and just random dudes that want to be hairless would be on his S list.

          Ah, well, he's long gone...

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 08:15:07 PM PDT

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