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Interviews on Free Will: Pastiche of Antigone, The Taming of the Shrew, and Pride and Prejudice

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The modern woman enters the scene. She is a top journalist, sometimes anchor, for CNN, having won several awards, and acquainted with many influential people, such as the president and other world leaders. She arrives in a woman’s business dress, cut at the knees, tinted with rose red. She sits on a wooden chair, across from another empty chair, and beckons for the first interviewee, who is Creon, who enters appearing dejected, but composed enough to sit, then wait for her questions.

Modern Woman: So… Creon, getting straight to the point of this interview: why did you condemn Antigone to death when she disobeyed your law?

Creon: Because I will not be defied, nor overruled by a woman. And my Thebians: they would have questioned my integrity, thus doubted my ability to lead, speaking their defiance in dark corners, then wreaking chaos. As I said: “I will not make myself a liar to my people”.

Modern Woman: But what about the “will of the gods,” the immaterial laws set by Olympus? Do they not overrule your mortal law? As the leader of the chorus said: “Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness, and reverence towards the gods must be inviolate”. And did not Antigone follow these godly rules in burying Polyneices, to prevent their curse?

Creon: Polyneices deserved to be eternally cursed. He would have enslaved me and all of Thebes, degrading us to an animal, or even less! He was wicked, and the gods do not cherish the wicked. Just as I said: “the good desires not a like portion with the evil.”

Modern Woman: True. But could you have exercised some diplomacy? You could have used more reason, and noted that the whole town disagreed with your action of condemning Antigone to slow, but sure death, could you not?

Creon: No! My decree is in the town’s best interest, even if they do not understand it! There must be order! There must be obedience! It was the gods that forced the consequences of my just law!

Modern Woman: Okay, chill. Keep that sword in your hilt. So you are saying you do not have control over your fate?

Creon: Yes. I do not control my fate. I said this upon my family’s destruction, thus my own: “a crushing fate hath leapt upon my head”.

Modern Woman: Why?

Creon: Because the gods sow my life tapestry. Truly, because Antigone’s despicable father, Oedipus, copulated with his mother, to create that female fiend, to damn my life, curse my family with her inflexible pride.

Modern Woman: But you said, after both your son and wife committed suicide: “I, even I, was they slayer, wretched that I am-I own the truth”. You adamantly acted the role of the inflexible lawmaker. You had a choice to prevent your tragedy by listening to the Thebians, and most of all, to your son. You could have given her a lesser sentence, say a year of solitary confinement without any interaction with anybody.

Creon: Fate forced my hand. I already told you that if I submitted I would be perceived as weak, even if the Thebians disagree with your policies. I have to be the man, be the leader, the god of men!

Modern Woman: But, Creon, again, you said yourself, that you forced your own fate, after you realized your family died by your action.

Creon: I was wrong. I realize, from long contemplation, that my oppressive impulses deceived me in that moment of inexplicable devastation.

Modern Woman: Okay. So you are saying you have absolutely no say in your fate, even when other choices, wiser choices, are clearly available? It sounds like rationalization: you are blaming fate to avoid taking responsibility for your own tragedy. To escape suicidal despair, it seems.

Creon: No! My fate is carved and charred into stone by Zeus’s lightning! Son’s are carved into obedience, women charred into subjection of men!

Modern Woman: (thinks: Zeus also must have zipped lightning up his ass!) Oh-kay, well, thank you for this excellent interview.

They both stand up and she extends her hand for a shake. Creon looks at it with resenting disgust, clasps his sword on his right hip, fighting back the impulse to impale her, and abruptly spins. He paces off stage while she smirks with her hand still extended for the shake.

She drops her hand, and calls for the next interviewee.

Petruchio enters donning a scarlet shirt revealed underneath a azure, glossy dress shirt, legs attired in navy blue jeans, and treading on red shoes, a lighter shade than the red undershirt. Modern Woman is taken back, slightly, as she believed it likely that he would wear this attire to abash her.

They sit across each other.

Modern Woman: Greetings, Petruchio.

Petruchio (donning a plain poker-face): Hello dear lady.

Modern Woman: Yes, such a gentleman (she smirks). To the point: do you believe in fate?

Petruchio: I am captain of my fate. But some people, they are fated to be fooled by fortune.

Modern Woman: What do you mean?

Petruchio: Well dear. I chose to be a man of wealth, but some people, they unconsciously seek happiness through thoughts not their own, but owned by Fate. But you, of course, an angel who decided to be a woman of influence and beauty, a businesswoman version of Venus (he says this with curled chaps, for a few moments, yet flattens them, back to the poker face).

Modern Woman (slightly annoyed, yet composed): So you are saying, basically, that we all choose our fate, our life position, before we enter into this life?

Petruchio: Yes, and no. All of existence is like an onion. Before we arrive into this world, we live in another realm, less dense than this one. Yet, another realm exists beyond that realm, lesser dense, to even less dense realms to infinitely more realms, layers upon layers, call it the Onion Theory.

Further, in the lesser dense realm, before the one we are in now, the finite being may be chained by Fate, as dictated by the choice in the realm less dense before that realm. Overall, I know that I had the choice to choose my life position before arriving in this densest realm. So I control my destiny here. As I said before: “my fortune lives for me”.

Modern Woman (knowing his BS, switches the subject): Okay. To another, though related subject: concerning Katherine’s purpose, you said: “I am he am born to tame you, Kate.” Do you mean, by this, that it is Kate’s fate to be “tamed” by you?

Petruchio: Yes, and as I said before, I chose in the Beforelife, that I am one of those who chose to be king, and she so happened to be one of those who were subject to her own unconscious rule in the Beforelife. I must have done something in the Before-before life to earn such liberty to own Fate.

But, enough of that, what about you super-dainty princess. How does my fellow, dear sapien feel about her fate and…

Modern Woman (pointing her finger, stern, burned expression): I’ll stop you right there. I give you questions, or, you will have to leave.

Petruchio: So it must be your unconscious fate to be the super-burnt princess in this case, right? (he curls the lips again, appearing to be unaffected, cold still).

Modern Woman (shoots up, and tosses her finger to the door): That’s enough. Goodbye.

Petruchio stands, though in a casual, unaffected manner, and smiles gleefully at Modern Woman.

Petruchio: Thank you, it will always be a mystery how you knew I had to go to the potty to excrete.

He grins more devilishly, spins, and brisks out the door holding his rear as if he has to go to the bathroom.

Though irritated, Modern Woman quickly chills her nerves, for she knows she is about to interview another, not as obnoxious, version of Petruchio: Mr. Wickam. She sits down, then calls him in. He briskly enters with lightness of foot, then sits.

Modern Woman (sighing a bit): Okay, Mr. Wickam…

Mr. Wickam: Are you okay?

Modern Woman: Yeah. Anyways, jumping on the purpose, do you believe you weave your life tapestry?

Mr. Wickam: Well, that’s is a clever way of putting it… (she grins) I would say no.

Modern Woman (still grinning): Why?

Mr. Wickam: Because I, from infancy, was born to a father, who died, and then left to the hands of Mr. Darcy, sr. Though he loved me, and gave me a large portion of his fortune, his son, Mr. Darcy, disregarded his wish and cast me away from the inheritance. Hence, I could not have avoided this event due to some one’s else will, that I also can not control.

Modern Woman: So you blame Darcy for your fate?

Mr. Wickam: Yes, but I am not saying that I could have done absolutely nothing. Maybe some of my nature conflicts with his, and I could have been more aware of this nature, to then reconcile with him, but that is highly unlikely, noting my human nature restrict my available actions.

Modern Woman (sassy-tongue in cheek): So you are saying that you could not prevent yourself from disregarding ole Mr. Darcy’s wish, and receiving money anyways, to then gamble it away?

Mr. Wickam: Mostly: I was young, still foolish to my own ways. But, it was fated to be so, a force beyond my knowing pulled the strings there.

Modern Woman: Are you sure you are not just abdicating responsibility? Blaming an unknown force to you can feel less guilty for doing unethical things, especially eloping with silly Lydia for the purpose of extract money from her dear ones?

Mr. Wickam: Though I understand how it can be seen negatively, I, nonetheless, followed my interests, and hers, for she did love me; she did willing marry me. As I loved her.

Modern Woman: Sure. So, overall, you are confined to your basest nature?

Mr. Wickam: Mostly, yes.

Modern Woman: Okay, thanks for your time. You may go.

Mr. Wickam stands up, slight bows his head with a charming grin, and leaves.

She calls in Darcy. Darcy enters, wearing a sharp casual attire, not too flashy, nor not too toned own. She senses great difference in this man, and actually shakes his hand, with the typical “Hi, how are you.” and the “Fine, thank you.” They sit.

Modern Woman: Mr. Darcy, this concerns your belief about destiny and free will. Do you believe you have complete control, some control, or absolutely no control over your destiny?

Darcy: Some control.

Modern Woman: Could you explain that.

Darcy: As I said before, we have the “tendency” to fallaciously behave. That is, faults of character that cannot be avoided, a natural propensity to exhibit some blemish without the possibility of eliminating all faults with free will.

Modern Woman: Can you do nothing about these fallacious traits?

Darcy: You can amend them, but only if you carefully examine yourself, daily, and admit any definite, or even possible blunders of behavior, and adjust accordingly.

Modern Woman: But what about the environment you are born into? Has not your inherited environment allowed you to adopt this belief?

Darcy: That is true. Certainly something along my life influenced me to adopt this doctrine of self-examination for self-amendment. However, if one submits to the dogma of being Fate’s pawn, then one will, inevitably, enslave oneself to the whims of environment, and to one’s own unconscious, basest self.

Modern Woman: So, you are saying that, even if everyone does have a destiny, a fixed fate, it is best, nonetheless, to adopt the conviction that one happens to their environment, and not the other way around? If you firmly believe you are a victim, then that belief will become a fact from a self-fulfilling prophecy, when you could actually exercise more control by defying Fate by disbelief?

Darcy: Yes. Only futility arises from devoting oneself to the notion of an absolutely fixed life. However, sometimes you must allow yourself, your fated nature, to guide you, in a few cases, such as finding your romantic partner, as I could not fight the temptation to gradually adore Elizabeth more and more.

Modern Woman: You mean follow your heart?

Darcy: Yes, but one has to have seasoned wisdom to discern the heart’s truth.

Modern Woman: Well, Darcy, this has been a pleasure. You certainly are the most noble person I have interviewed today. Do you mind a hug?

Darcy (reluctant):… Okay.

They stand up. She gently and warmly hugs him while he hesitantly hugs her back. He still needs to practice the art of interaction with strangers.

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iPhone Application Development – Earn Money Through iPhone App Store

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The Internet Revolution! I’m sure you read and heard a lot about it and so I won’t list the myriad ways in which it has changed everything. Professionals capable of working independently and creatively have benefited the most from the ubiquity of the internet.

There are so many ways I which you can showcase your talent to the world (or hawk your wares): you can write a novella, self-publish it over Amazon, and if people like it, you will mint money; you can post a funny video over YouTube (or start you own ‘Channel’), and using nothing more than your skills and ingenuity, find fame and fortune; or you can use your iPhone application development skills, sell your app(s) in the Apple App Store, and buy that yacht you’d always wanted!

Over 2 billion apps are downloaded from the iPhone App Store every year, and as the sales of iPhones continues to rise and more people start using iPhone, the demand for iPhone apps will increase. iPhone apps are constantly making the news and they are one of the prime reasons for the success of iPhones. Experts predicts that 3G smartphones which offer all the facilities of internet will replace PCs and laptops, and apps are the things that make it easier for the users to use their smartphones in lieu of computers: the market for apps is huge, and it will only grow further over time.

Do you have creativity, talent and innovative ideas? There are school students out there who are making serious money developing iPhone apps and selling them using the iPhone app store. Do you think you have the app idea of the decade? You don’t necessarily have to have a scientific and technical mind to gain success at iPhone application development: all you need is an idea and the ability to transform it into reality.

The best thing is that there are a number of free tutorials and SDKs available on the Internet; you can use download them for free and learn how to develop apps for iPhone apps. You might need t invest some time to study how to develop the best apps, and then how to market them over the net, but thereafter your creative ideas will take you far.

Even if you are not good at logic and math and programming is just not for you, you can still take help from professionals and pay iPhone developers to develop an app based on your idea. If your idea is really good, you could convince them to work for royalty from the sales of the app. And if your idea is really good and you are sure that the app based on your idea is going to sell like hot cakes, its best to pay the developer upfront and have complete control over all the profits on your iPhone app!

Once the app is ready, you just need to follow the simple guidelines on the iPhone app development store and list your app on the list of available apps. But there are millions of apps on the iPhone app store, and so you will need to do things to get publicity for your apps: get a website in the name of the app, try and make someone do a piece about in a magazine, keep your fingers crossed, and wait for the world to wake up to the proof of your genius!

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What Can I Use Bitcoins For?

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Practically, almost any product or service that can be bought with dollars or other currencies can also be bought with bitcoins. On the other hand, the high volatility of bitcoins is a huge risk for some people that might want to use this cryptocurrency, but they are afraid about price differences. Even so, the characteristics of bitcoins make them perfect for internet payments:

1. Fast transactions

A bitcoin transaction is processed in 10-15 minutes. In case of a bank transfer, it might take hours or even days for the money to get from one account to the other. Some might say that PayPal or other ewallets are even faster. It is true, but there are other aspects that ewallets can’t give: privacy and smaller commissions.

2. Privacy

When you send bitcoins to a partner over the internet, the transaction will be registered in a blockchain. The list of transactions is public, and it can be verified on specialized websites. Only the identification number, the sum and the time are recorded. There is no way for somebody to find out from where the bitcoins come, and where they go. This is characteristic of bitcoins attracted many people. Well, some of those are interested about it because they can buy illegal goods with those, but the majority of bitcoin users are people that want to buy legal items and services, but which don’t want to disclose their identity. Porn and gambling websites might be immoral, but they are not illegal, so people that want to subscribe for those services can safely pay in bitcoins on the websites that accept this currency, knowing that their reputation will not be affected.

3. Smaller commissions

The average commission is 0.002 BTC for a transaction. It is significantly smaller compared with the PayPal or banking commissions. Moreover, you are not even obliged to pay it. By paying a commission, you “reserve” the computational power of a pool (or at least a part of it), to process your transaction faster. You even have the possibility not to pay the commission. In this case, you might need to wait two or even three days for your transaction to be processed. If you are not in a hurry, this might be the perfect opportunity to make money transactions with zero costs.

Of course, there are also disadvantages for using bitcoins, such as the possibility to lose them. If somebody steals your bitcoins, or if you delete the wallet files, it is impossible to recover those. As long as the bitcoin is not regulated, there is no central organism for arbitrage between divergent parts. In other words, you can’t complain if you lose or you are robbed by your bitcoins, simply because there is nobody to complain to.

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Things You Should Know About Bitcoin Black

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What is Bitcoin Black?

Bitcoin Black is basically the cryptocurrency of the people, by the people for the people. It will be adopted for use as a peer 2 peer payment system which gives the power back to the people.

If we talk about Bitcoin, Bitcoin has failed at this, real value comes from real use of the ecosystem and empowering people. Bitcoin transactions are slow and expensive, and it can be said that Bitcoin is somewhat centralized. Bitcoin takes power of people because it is heavily manipulated and through cycles that discourage participants from cryptocurrency in general.

People buy bitcoin to get rich, not to be involved in the ecosystem. The one percent elite takes advantage of bitcoin and creates discouragement, strategically increasing the price and attracting entry for the dream of wealth and dumping coins for their benefit. In fear of adoption. Bitcoin is completely controlled, pumped and manipulated at will, for many different reasons.

Bitcoin Black is focusing on solving these problems as the coin is a cryptocurrency with a fair distribution Airdropped to 1 Million wallets prior to IEO which all funds will go to community groups voted by the community to move the project forward with focus on fair distribution, mass adoption, usability, education, ease of access, simplicity and community.

The goal is to make it a real decentralized autonomous network giving back power to the people. He does not belong to a group, but belongs to many branches of the community.

Distribution of Coins

Bitcoin Black is aim to have airdrop to at least 1 million wallets initially with not more than 0.5% of supply owned by 1 founding member making it truly decentralized cryptocurrency.

The project have a pre-sale of 2.5% of total supply which is almost 900 Million coins.

If we take a take a look at the IEO, 7.2 billion IEO coins will be allocated to several community foundations that will help the community move the project forward in the future.

Counterpart funds for manipulation (around 5%). Part used for the stability control fund to eliminate the possibility of early manipulation at low volume and maintain currency stability.

Finally, the rewards for introducing the application will be 14.4 billion coins.

Introduction of 30 million members with an increase in the rate of new users. A method of bringing the coin into every schoolyard / university / workplace and community.

Total Supply

A maximum supply is 36 billion coins.

Rewards

3.6 billion coins to be claimed by members who help share Airdrop.

Simple social sharing platform in one click. Share a social message that provides an introduction to encrypted video and the app download link that will allow your friends to download it. Currently the platform is active and functioning well.

Innovation

The best innovation is the Fee free transactions. You can send bitcoin black to anyone free of charge. The transactions are Instant and you can send money as easily as sending an message.

The wallets are easily accessible and very simple to use.

Conclusion

Bitcoin black have a fair mass distributed currency with supply spread widely that it will create less volatility by synchronized pumps and dumps and lead to a more stable price. Bitcoin black is going to be the next bitcoin. You can register for the airdrop by clicking here. I wish someone back in 2008 would have included me on the Bitcoin airdrop. Bitcoin Black will be life changing and we want to tell this to as many as possible.

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