I just spent the last few minutes speaking to a middled aged vendor who tried to witness me over the phone. I recenltly had an accident and broke my wrist and he knew about it. After asking me about my recovery he said, "Do you attend church"?
I found the use of "attend" very interesting because it signifies a specific mindset, or to me it does, of the type of religious person I'm speaking to about religion.
He was nice about it. Telling me stories about being saved and so forth, but i had heard it all before. I had so much I wanted to say but avoided speaking and let him tell me his stuff, then try to get me to visit his church.
I found the conversation comforting and that caught my attention. It wasn't in your face with the religion. He was this coaxing talk which you might find with a used care salesman or a real estate agent, trying to get you to buy in to their story about how reliable the car was or how perfect the house would be for you and the family.
It almost was a mental attack but through a diversion. A slight of hand. I was left thinking, is this how the church of scientology works? ISIS? other cults?
I had heard of this project before through Sam Harris but this guy has really put it all together in a nice package.
Wonderful reference for those who need to pull up information before going to a debate, during a debate or just discussing stuff with your crazy sister or other relative.
Every thing is cross referenced and it shows you absurdities and contradictions in the bible.
This deserves a sticky some where on this website.
I wanted to do a Jack Skellington setup outside our house last year, this year I didn't even bother to ask, but I thought it would be cool to do a Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas setup. Instead of doing the bright colors I'd do black, orange and red for the lights along with skeletons, zombies and witches.
Apparently it isn't any thing new to want to do this, because on eBay there was a kit being sold that was original put out in the 1960's.
I think it is awesome. The entire angels and santa crap has me all bugged out. I'd even put up one of the radio transmitters to send out the soundtrack for A Nightmare before Christmas.
Christmas is supposed to be about the birth of Jesus. OK. I'll go along with that, there are plenty of non-religious celebrations which take place on days which are not the correct date. Like the 4th of July isn't the day of Independence for the United States. That's because the signatures needed from the other representatives weren't done until August and even then some others signed it later. So Christ wasn't born on Dec 25th, who cares right? Well Christians do but I mean, he could have been born on July 4th and you'd most likely still celebrate it just like you do now? right?
Then you have all the traditions such as lights on the house, a tree in the house, a yule log, santa, egg nog, snowmen, rudolph, elf on a shelf, carols, coal in a stocking, stockings by the fire, cookies and milk for santa, wreaths on the door, tinsel on the tree, lights on the tree, decorations on the tree, why presents are under the tree, christmas cards, mistletoe kisses, 12 days of Christmas and why presents are wrapped. Even the personal traditions you have? You could go even further and talk about the food you eat and the 'family recipes' handed down generation after generation. When you open up presents? etc. etc. etc.
I had a meeting today with the local astronomy club and met some really cool people who make their own telescopes. This one guy showed me Jupiter and Saturn on his phone. He took the photos through a simple, home made 6 inch reflecting telescope (dobsonian). Really fucking cool stuff. He ground down the glass for the mirrors.
I'd like to build my own telescope and have been looking online for free plans. The only issue is getting the glass ground down, but they said it is fairly easy to do. You just need to be patient and not rush the work because you can really screw it up.
I got a free 4.5 inch recently so I'm going to purchase some new lenes. They told me I can get some really cool pictures if the skys are perfectly clear.
Does any one have a telecope?
I think there should be a law. Execute dumb people who do dumb things instantly.
Trying to take your pic with a wild raccoon is just plain stupid. Then having to kill the animal because of your stupidity? You should be castrated.
In Feb of 2014 I went out to eat with my wife for Valentine Day. I was in a lot of pain and while my wife knew of my physical issues, she didn't know just how much pain I was experiencing. My joints and muscles had almost completely seized up. The pain was so intense that when I got out of bed in the morning I had to sit on the side of the bed and wait for several minutes while I adjusted. I then had to use the nightstand and the bedpost to help me up. I had actually thought about getting a walker, the kind you see old people using, just to help me get up in the morning.
When I walked I could only shuffle my feet. It impossible to walk down the stairs normally. I had to step down with my left foot. Stop. The bring my right foot down next. When I sat down on the couch I would plop down because it was too painful to actually lower myself down. When I got up you needed a crane to lift me up. The pain in my hips was so intense that I winced and my knees buckled. When I finally did stand I wobbled and it took me a few seconds to be able to move.
That evening I had dinner with my wife was the last straw. As I slowly got in to the car I felt 125 years old. For years I had thought the abuse of my body playing sports had taken its toll on my body. I was a true athlete. I did every thing. Softball, baseball, football, field hockey, wrestling, swimming, tennis, racquetball, cross country, etc. You could find me running 5k, 10k or half marathons practically every weekend.
My son just sent a letter to a prosepective University. With a good idea that the school wasn't right for him based solely on it's emphasis of Christianity, he decided to air it out. Here is a snippet of the letter....
These last few weeks I have been reading and watching stuff on the origins of Democracy. I was most fond of a documentary on the ancient Greeks and the formation of Democracy from their humble beginnings.
As I watched the program I realized that today in America and as well in other countries which claim to be democratic, they are in fact not democratic.
I say this because from what I have seen considering the US government, while they are supposed to represent the people of the country, they do not do so. In fact I believe they represent the rich and the documentary actually touched on this subject. Rich people hated democracy because it was about being ruled by the middle class and the poor. Very few people were rich and the fact that the non-wealthy people could have the same vote ruined their plans.
The Greeks had measures to stop corruption, something which our government does not use because they are in fact corrupt. There is no true representation of the people because of gerrymandering, fraud and bribery. The people are not represented.
While it is true that we all have the right to vote and many of us do vote, our vote does not count as a one equals one scenario. It is actually a situation were only the wealthy can avoid voting completely and still get what they want from the government.
I am not completely stunned but I do now have a less favorable opinion of the typical Florida voter. They are dumb fucking ignorant.
I can live with the amendment for legal medicine pot not passing.
I can live with Rick Scott winning even though he took part in fleecing the US tax payer money millions if not billions.
However, voting the cunt Pam Bondi back in to office is a complete farce. Holy fucking shit Florida. It wasn't even close and you still voted the a lying, bribe taking, self centered, self serving, no integrity, corrupt, a walking conflict of interest back in to office by 15 points.