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That's why you see so many people who can fly.

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"How does it work? Nobody knows. Just like nobody knows how electricity works. I don't, do you?"

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I once met a forty-year-old (presumably) virgin at a bar, and he proudly and profusely told me how he can ejaculate using nothing but the power of his mind.
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Law Bringer
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It is not too hard to get mind and hand confused under the influence of alcohol.

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quote:
Originally written by Dr. Johann Georg Faust:

It is not too hard to get mind and hand confused under the influence of alcohol.
Please, explain.

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...wow. I feel nauseous after reading that.

Another entry on the list of reasons I don't really like Oprah. The site clearly has a bias, but even after filtering that out this is pretty bad...

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If that electricity quote is real, it's pretty damning. In fact, if just about any of those quotes are real and not taken from some sort of incredibly exhonerating context, the book is a load of garbage.

I don't like passing judgment on something quite that easily, but there it is.

And I've never liked Oprah at all.

[ Tuesday, March 06, 2007 15:13: Message edited by: Kelandon ]

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Come on, guys. It's magic. Or Jesus. I tend to think of it as some intricate combination. Powered by MagicJesus!

Have you ever noticed how if you add 'rocket' to the beginning of any word it makes it sound cooler?

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quote:
Originally written by Robinator is a Beefcake:

Have you ever noticed how if you add 'rocket' to the beginning of any word it makes it sound cooler?
Rocketnevertheless!

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Posts: 2957 | Registered: Thursday, October 4 2001 07:00
Law Bringer
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It's easier to hawk than Donald Trump's secrets to success - start with a rich father and convince other people to give you money to make yourself rich. I didn't even have to waste a day going to his program.
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Shaper
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You guys are so jealous it's sick.

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Law Bringer
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I'll admit that I wish I'd thought of a way to peddle mind over matter to make money, but I'll settle for unnecessary alliteration.

—Alorael, who read in the NY Times a while ago that the two parties responsible for the book have begun a bitter dispute over rights, methods, and most importantly who gets the money. Apparently their advice hasn't all worked out perfectly for them. As much as they wish each other dead, they're still around.
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Guardian
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*reads article*

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And this is why I don't place much faith in humanity. This kind of "spirituality" and "Secrets of Success" rather sickens me. If it's so successful and such a "Secret", why are they sharing it with everyone? If this kind of thing can get me a million dollars, why are you selling it for a pittance compared to that kind of money?

I'm disappointed with Oprah. And anyone involved in propagating "The Secret".

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Shaper
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I am suddenly reminded of Lemmings, with Oprah leading them right off a cliff. *shakes head sadly*

I can see the writer's point about Oprah being idolized. Just look at this Wikipedia article about her. There's hardly a bad thing in about her even mentioned! In fact, this was mentioned under Criticisms and controversies:
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Despite the occasional media controversy, best-selling biographer Kitty Kelley, known for making scandalous allegations of such celebrated figures as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor and the Bush family, stated that two months into researching Winfrey, she and her staff have been unable to uncover a single nasty rumor or story: "So far, I don't see anything negative on this woman. I think she's a real icon.”
Everyone has some sort of skeleton in their closet. The only difference is how skilled a person is in hiding it. The thing is, she has millions of people around the globe hiding it with their blind adoration of her, so it's not surprising that it's taken this long for something less pleasant to come to light. Even so, the millions of fans who flock around her like some sort of god will more than likely turn a blind eye to this.

By the way, I didn't watch that Leadership* Academy special, so tell me: out of the 152 students about to be enrolled, how many were white?

*I was half tempted to replace that 'p' with a 't'.

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Even ignoring the whole 'positive thoughts attract positive results' aspect, the fact remains that this book has the same target audience of most other self-help books: those already well-off. Let's increase everyone's perception of prosperity so that everyone believes that there's something wrong with their lives!

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That's always been something I don't quite get about the self-help industry... the people who are really far gone, who actually need the help, aren't going to sit down and read a four hundred page book about the power of positive thinking. They're the ones who are going to go to therapy for four years without having a breakthrough, or who will go to rehab and relapse ad nauseum, or who insist that they'll get out of credit card debt by applying for another card.

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Shaper
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quote:
Billy Bob Thornton in a Terrible Movie:
You can't help yourself because yourself sucks.
I'm a fan of this school of thought. You either have it or you don't.

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All the people who would believe this book are either illiterate, retarded, or too poor to afford it.

[ Wednesday, March 07, 2007 06:28: Message edited by: Dr. Strange ]

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I go out of my way to not watch Oprah, ever.

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The link refuses to open for me. Although for the looks of it I'm not sure that's a bad thing.

I can honestly say I've never watched Oprah. I have no idea what time it's on or on what channel is on. I know who Oprah is for all of the references of her on TV, actually.
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Guardian
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Oprah is a relatively good person, for a celebrity. That leadership school in Africa looks nice. But she's too optimistic and hopeful. Sometimes she even seems naive.

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quote:
Originally written by Redstart:

I once met a forty-year-old (presumably) virgin at a bar, and he proudly and profusely told me how he can ejaculate using nothing but the power of his mind.
I really, truly did not need to know that.

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Agent
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quote:
Originally written by Dr. Strange:

All the people who would believe this book are either illiterate, retarded, or too poor to afford it.
So... the poor are more likely to fall for this because...?
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Originally written by Sarasaphilia:

quote:
Originally written by Redstart:

I once met a forty-year-old (presumably) virgin at a bar, and he proudly and profusely told me how he can ejaculate using nothing but the power of his mind.
I really, truly did not need to know that.

No, that's not what you need to know. What you need to know is how he does it. ;)

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Originally written by Kelandon
Well, I'm at least pretty

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Shock Trooper
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quote:
Originally written by Calphrexo:

quote:
Originally written by Sarasaphilia:

quote:
Originally written by Redstart:

I once met a forty-year-old (presumably) virgin at a bar, and he proudly and profusely told me how he can ejaculate using nothing but the power of his mind.
I really, truly did not need to know that.

No, that's not what you need to know. What you need to know is how he does it. ;)

Ah, but a true master never reveals his secrets! Plus, they threw him out of the bar before he could annoy us any further.
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Lifecrafter
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quote:
Originally written by Dr. Strange:

All the people who would believe this book are either illiterate, retarded, or too poor to afford it.
Nobody who is too poor to afford it realizes they are too poor to afford it, because credit cards prey on their socially-enforced irrational consumerism with unrepayable, predatory loans and the education system is too deliberately ineffective to keep them from having their view of the economic world shaped by TV heads and their idiot peers.

Go on, blame the victim some more. It's so very easy, and nobody ever calls you on it.

quote:
Originally written by Dr. Strange:

Oprah is a relatively good person, for a celebrity. That leadership school in Africa looks nice. But she's too optimistic and hopeful. Sometimes she even seems naive.
Yes, it looks nice, but what the problem with it (as the author of that article wrote - that it's only concerned with how it looks rather than what it does) and what you think the problem with it is (a leadership school? In Africa? For Africans? How naive!) are two entirely different things.

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