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I came to the conclusion that the stories associated with Christianity were all nonsense at the age of 12. I continued in the Methodist Church for social reasons until the age of 18. I was almost always elected President of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, and I was on the Church board of directors. When I went to college, I had no more motivation to be involved in religion. I met a beautiful highly-motivated atheist woman when I was 22. We had 16 fantastic years together before she passed away. My second wife was not religious when I met her, but we moved from Silicon Valley to Bloomington, IL, home of the megachurches, and she became religious for social reasons. It was a disaster for our marriage. I'm now single again, looking for other like-minded atheists and agnostics.

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Four days of national power blackout in Venezuela. [reuters.com]
BD66 comments on Mar 11, 2019:
Leftist politics fail again, and you see people blaming the USA. Unbelievable!
Former Florida officer accused of using police database to find women to date
BD66 comments on Mar 11, 2019:
That's pathetic. There are enough women with a "cop fetish" that he shouldn't need to do that.
I love points made with GRAPHICS- how about you?
BD66 comments on Mar 11, 2019:
Works both ways.
What Orca Whales may have to listen to
BD66 comments on Mar 11, 2019:
He's comparing apples to oranges. Decibels in water are different than Decibels in air.
Check the date! [twitter.com]
BD66 comments on Mar 11, 2019:
Bernie has been crying "The sky is falling!" for 30 years, and the sky is just fine.
One person here disputed that the USA had an empire. What do you think? [democracynow.org]
BD66 comments on Mar 11, 2019:
An empire uses its military power to exploit other countries economically. The Roman Empire and the British Empire are the best examples. The USA is more of a world policeman. We're focused on maintaining order worldwide at a great cost to US taxpayers, and we are not benefiting economically.
? is this what that wall is gonna keep out of our country?!
BD66 comments on Mar 10, 2019:
Not likely. Immigration laws didn't keep Melania out did they?
These satellite images are solid proof that socialism just doesn’t work.
BD66 comments on Mar 10, 2019:
The commies are sleeping better than we are at night.
Is Warren correct?
BD66 comments on Mar 9, 2019:
This is a real tough one. I don't believe Google/Facebook/Amazon are engaging in the same type of activities as Standard Oil was in the late 19th century. It's a very different world. You create the best search tool, and everyone will use it. You create the best social media site, and everyone will use it. You create the best online shopping site, and everyone will use it. If they break them up, people will probably all gravitate to the best portion of what is left over after the Google breakup, the Facebook breakup, and the Amazon breakup.
Watching her is like watching a bad sitcom.. [ccn.com]
BD66 comments on Mar 9, 2019:
Very true. Pretty face, no content.
Now touring the North Eastern US....
BD66 comments on Mar 9, 2019:
On average 0.6 people per year in the USA die of the measles. On average 1 person per year in the USA die of a shark attack. On average 20 people per year in the USA die from dog attacks. It makes more sense for you to rant and rave telling people to get rid of their dogs. Now let's look at regressive autism: ~10,000 people per year are diagnosed with regressive autism. "If" vaccines are responsible for 1% of those cases, that's 100 kids per year who are lost to regressive autism. "If" vaccines are responsible for 10% of those cases, that's 1000 kids per year who are lost to regressive autism. So on one hand we lose 0.5 people per year to the measles and an extremely conservative estimate would be 100 to 1000 kids per year "lost" to regressive autism.
Oh THAT old chestnut...
BD66 comments on Mar 8, 2019:
My late wife wrote a book about one of his colleagues: https://www.amazon.com/Thread-Silkworm-Iris-Chang/dp/0465006787
Oh THAT old chestnut...
BD66 comments on Mar 8, 2019:
Jack Parsons?
Alex Trebek requests prayers from viewers .
BD66 comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Lighten up dude! Alex seems like a nice guy, and he's likely to die in a couple years. Give him a break.
wonder how much time Trebek's fortune will buy him.
BD66 comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Trebek is already 78 years old. When he was born his life expectancy was 63.1 He has already beaten that by 15 years. Plus he has been rich and successful.
Thoughts to ponder when you can’t fall asleep I read the 4,153,237 people got married last year.
BD66 comments on Mar 7, 2019:
4,153,237 people got married last year. Shouldn’t that be an even number? You forgot about the Mormons.
How to fund the Green new deal.
BD66 comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Yes, let's get advice from the finance minister of the most bankrupt nation on the planet. Let's find out what the finance ministers of Cuba, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela have to say too. I'm sure they have some fantastic advice.
64% think Trump committed crimes before he was President - CNNPolitics
BD66 comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Everybody commits crimes. There are so many laws on the books that it's impossible to comply with them all. There are 73,954 pages in the US tax code. Do you think you are complying with the rules in all 73,954 pages? Here's an interesting article on the subject: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704471504574438900830760842
The real reason T-Rex had such short arms.
BD66 comments on Mar 7, 2019:
That can't be true!
An interesting challenge for Democratic candidate Inslee by Conservative Megan McCain.
BD66 comments on Mar 6, 2019:
What a half-wit!
The Conservatives have been Hijacked by DJT... [agnostic.com]
BD66 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
He's a hell of a lot better than our alternative choice in 2016.
Stupid fish
BD66 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
As my roommate in college said. "Did you ever think if it weren't for guys like Newton and Kepler, we wouldn't have to learn all this shit?"
Just letting people know that I've set up a new group for Buddhist book discussion [agnostic.
BD66 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
Sounds a little like Jews for Jesus :-)
It didn't start with immediately killing the sick, the weak children, the mentally ill, and the ...
BD66 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
It actually started with the Reichstag being set on fire on On Feb. 27, 1933. Once the houses of Congress are set on fire, you have my attention, otherwise these memes are silly: https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/feb-27-1933-germanys-reichstag-building-set-on-fire/
Who knows what our world would be like if we weren’t such greedy fucking barbarians?
BD66 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
There would likely be no humans at all. Evolution drives people to provide for themselves and their offspring. Today that manifests itself as greed. We evolved in Eastern and Southern Africa, and for a long time we were nowhere near the top of the food chain. We faced multiple near extinction events. If our survival instinct was not so strong we would likely not be here.
Fortnite Creator is Buying Entire Forests to Prevent Them From Being Chopped Down
BD66 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
Maybe he feels guilty about all the wood that is wasted in fortnite?
Why are people so opposed to the LGBT community?
BD66 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
Religion is definitely a strong influence on people's beliefs with respect to LGBT people.
What would you think of a catholic church with 1200 families and each family averages six ...
BD66 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
I can't believe it here in Bloomington, IL. There are a lot of large catholic families. They send all their children to catholic grade school, catholic high school, and a catholic university. I don't know if they are cooking meth or printing counterfeit money in their basements to pay for all that private school tuition.
This poll shows just how far out on the leftist fringe most of the people on agnostic.
BD66 comments on Mar 4, 2019:
More interesting data from 2014. If you look at all "religions" or "lack of religions", Atheists have by far the biggest spread between Liberals and Conservatives. Agnostics are #2;
This poll shows just how far out on the leftist fringe most of the people on agnostic.
BD66 comments on Mar 4, 2019:
Here's another good poll that explores the link between atheism and leftist politics. It's definitely there and very strong. I just can't find a systematic study of it. Self-identified atheists tend to be aligned with the Democratic Party and with political liberalism. About two-thirds of atheists (69%) identify as Democrats (or lean in that direction), and a majority (56%) call themselves political liberals (compared with just one-in-ten who say they are conservatives). Atheists overwhelmingly favor same-sex marriage (92%) and legal abortion (87%). In addition, three-quarters (74%) say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/01/10-facts-about-atheists/
The well-being of our nation depends , not on the accumulation of wealth, but on the human capital-...
BD66 comments on Mar 2, 2019:
The economic boom was because the USA had the majority of the Earth's industrial infrastructure and capital. All the other countries had their industrial capacity bombed out. The G.I. Bill made a whole lot of sense because as the troops came home, it was impossible to absorb them immediately into the workforce. The G.I Bill led to more highly-trained people gradually going back into the workforce, and we avoided the rampant unemployment that often comes after a war. Today with unemployment at 3.7% and a government deficit right at $1,000,000,000,000 per year, it's difficult to make the argument that we need more government spending.
What words of wisdom have you picked up throughout your life that you think is important enough to ...
BD66 comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Save your money kid.
Scientists Discover 512 Y.
BD66 comments on Mar 1, 2019:
How do they know there's not a 513 year old shark swimming around somewhere?
She has done one good thing!
BD66 comments on Mar 1, 2019:
"If socialists understood economics, they wouldn't be socialist." - Hayek
??she my hero and she's gorgeous!
BD66 comments on Feb 28, 2019:
She's certainly hot, but she's dumb as a box of rocks.
Guess I got kicked out of Bernie Sanders group.
BD66 comments on Feb 27, 2019:
Same story over and over again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WboggjN_G-4
TSA isn't about protecting our safety when we fly, all the important people that make the laws and ...
BD66 comments on Feb 27, 2019:
I was flying from San Francisco to Sydney then on to Melbourne. When we arrived, they had everyone coming in to Sydney with a connecting flight go into a room, then they had us open our carry on luggage and they started going through it. The Australian security officer was messing up my carefully packed bag and I asked him "Why are you doing this? All of these bags have already been through security?" He said "We do it to Americans because it makes them feel more secure"
What Rising CO2 Means for Global Food Security [co2coalition.org]
BD66 comments on Feb 25, 2019:
Finally some common sense. Higher CO2 More rain Longer growing seasons all mean more food.
a question re global warming/climate change.
BD66 comments on Feb 25, 2019:
Polar ice caps melting will make almost no difference because the weight of the ice caps is already displacing water. What would make a difference is the ice/snow on Greenland and Antarctica melting because the weight of that ice is being supported by dry land.
Looks like equal responsibility has arrived now. [rightwingfolks.com]
BD66 comments on Feb 24, 2019:
A woman can fly a drone as well as a man can.
Think she is sexy?
BD66 comments on Feb 24, 2019:
No
I'm hearing a lot about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and how the evil socialist dictator is ...
BD66 comments on Feb 22, 2019:
If greed is our motive, we are sure failing. Our foreign policies have been a big contributor to our $22,000,000,000,000 debt.
Liberals are a sick bunch [californiaglobe.com]
BD66 comments on Feb 22, 2019:
The age difference should be about 3 years, not 10.
A question I saw elsewhere online today.
BD66 comments on Feb 21, 2019:
The question is really sad. Many of the answers are even more sad. There is no way I would prevent my life from happening.
I am truly concerned about the 22 trillion national debt.
BD66 comments on Feb 21, 2019:
I am certainly concerned. The best way out of this mess is to stimulate the economy with loose money and reign in government spending. The loose money helps the economy grow and makes each one of those $22,000,000,000,000 dollars worth less. Unfortunately from Feb 2018 through Jan 2019 our idiot Fed Chairman was doing just the opposite.
My first crush...
BD66 comments on Feb 21, 2019:
She was quite a beautiful woman, and still is.
Did YOU contribute to Bernies campaign?
BD66 comments on Feb 21, 2019:
No. Never have never will.
Speaking of biased news reporting, this just in from CNN:
BD66 comments on Feb 19, 2019:
Freaking White Male Imperialists!
Would you know how to survive a cougar attack (the 4 legged kind). [wfla.com]
BD66 comments on Feb 18, 2019:
1. Wear either a neck brace or a football helmet so the cougar can't sneak up behind you and bite you in the back of the neck. 2. Have a pretty impressive weapon, pistol, Bowie knife, or sword. That should give you a pretty decent chance.
No numbers allowed... I'm vinyl records and bad-curly-perms years old.
BD66 comments on Feb 18, 2019:
I'm Kareem starting to play for UCLA old.
No numbers allowed... I'm vinyl records and bad-curly-perms years old.
BD66 comments on Feb 18, 2019:
I'm a year younger than "Satisfaction"
No numbers allowed... I'm vinyl records and bad-curly-perms years old.
BD66 comments on Feb 18, 2019:
I'm Yellow Submarine old.
signs that the french yellow vest demonstrators were holding really nailed what is the main cause of...
BD66 comments on Feb 18, 2019:
The anger is misplaced. The main problem for people making $30000/yr are the billions of people making less than $30000/yr would would be incredibly happy to have that $30000/yr job.
Don't argue with someone who knows everything. You heard me. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. [youtube.com]
BD66 comments on Feb 18, 2019:
He has very good people, the best, helping him.
Just taking a stroll with my photographer... You want some copies?
BD66 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
She looks like the mother of dragons on Game of Thrones.
so what does "Kids (Sometime)" mean?
BD66 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Lots of good questions there.
Why does German always sound so much like the speaker is angry? ;-)
BD66 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Listen to two people speaking Mandarin Chinese. It sounds like they will start throwing kicks and punches any minute.
I am quite political and I used to wonder how Germany in the thirties happened.
BD66 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
The USA in 2019 is nothing like Germany in the 1930's.
[yahoo.
BD66 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Isn't that the job of SNL?
If Sasquatch exists is it a relic of the past or a harbinger of the future
BD66 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
It's a relic of the past. Modern Man lived alongside more primative species of humans for a long time. They made a very strong impression on us.
[usatoday.
BD66 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Yes, She has been a US Citizen since 2006, so she should have all the other rights and obligations of other US Citizens.
“Mathematics knows no races or geographical boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one...
BD66 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
I used to use the Hilbert Transform all the time: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilbert_transform
Quick question for the republicans who believe in trickle down economics, or in general believe the ...
BD66 comments on Feb 16, 2019:
I think you should either read or listen to Steven Pinker's book "Enlightenment Now" then go to WalMart to give you a sense of perspective. You say working people are earning barely enough to live on, but if you go to WalMart, you will find the following: Milk for $1.28 per gallon Eggs for $0.66 per dozen Spaghetti for $0.84 per pound Spaghetti sauce for $1 per quart. So you could have a breakfast of 1 cup of milk and 2 eggs for 8 + 11 = 19 cents. You could have a dinner of 1/4 pound of spaghetti and 4 oz of sauce for 21 + 13 = 34 cents Next go to the electronics section: You can get a laptop computer for $250 that is better than any laptop available to anybody in the world 20 years ago. You can get a 4K TV for $200 that is better than any TV that was available to anybody in the world 20 years ago. All of those things, the cheap milk, eggs, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, laptop computers, and televisions were made possible by capitalism. Poor people in the USA and in almost every other country in the world are much much better off than they were 20 years ago. The sole exceptions are those unfortunate people in collectivist countries like Cuba and Venezuela. What you may be upset about is that someone like Jeff Bezos could be worth $100,000,000,000 dollars while many people are struggling to pay their utility bills. That's really an issue of globalization rather than capitalism. In 1989, after the iron and bamboo curtains fell, capitalists got access to 5 times more unskilled labor that was once behind the iron and bamboo curtains, so a lot of manufacturing jobs and service jobs went overseas, driving the demand down for workers in the USA. That's what happened when we "Won" the cold war. We can't go back to the Cold War days, but people at the low-end of the USA's income distribution have made very little progress financially. The people who have benefited a great deal from capitalism are a billion plus poor workers in formerly Communist countries. I think the best solution for how to handle guys like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Jeff Bezos are to eliminate all the loopholes in the inheritance taxes and set a limit of $1,000,000 per year for the amount of tax deductions that you can take for charitable gifts. All three of those guys are worth close to $100 Billion, and almost none of their income or wealth will ever be taxed.
The best TO-DO list ever. Read and learn.
BD66 comments on Feb 16, 2019:
You left out "Periodically intervene in football games (usually field goal kicks) when enough people pray to you"
I'm still not convinced climate change is a problem. Can you convince me otherwise?
BD66 comments on Feb 15, 2019:
You are 100% correct. Here in the USA we spend MUCH more money heating our homes than we do cooling our homes. People still chose to move from New York to Florida when they retire. When we get to the point where we spend more cooling our homes than heating our homes, and when people are moving from Florida to New York, then we have to do something, but until then: Slightly warmer weather. Slightly more rain. Slightly longer growing season. All good. There is no globally optimal temperature, but here in the USA, we are well below our optimal temperature.
Midwest farmers going broke at record rates thanks to Trump's trade war | Salon.com
BD66 comments on Feb 14, 2019:
That article is BS. Corn is at a higher price today than it was when Trump took office. They are comparing 2008 (A peak in the commodities bubble) to 2018. https://www.macrotrends.net/2532/corn-prices-historical-chart-data
California rapper sleeping in car killed by police who opened fire Police said they saw a handgun in...
BD66 comments on Feb 14, 2019:
Body cams would show whether or not they are telling the truth.
News flash: male ego threatened by intelligent women [curiousmindmagazine.com]
BD66 comments on Feb 13, 2019:
That may be true for insecure males.
[alternet.
BD66 comments on Feb 13, 2019:
This is nuts. It's been going on for 2 years. Mueller needs to either present his evidence of collusion or end his investigation. He's becoming Ken Star 2.0.
What caused your last breakup with a significant other?
BD66 comments on Feb 13, 2019:
Her physical attacks on me got to the point where I could no longer safely sleep under the same roof as she did.
Navy SEALs no longer allowed to wear blackface
BD66 comments on Feb 12, 2019:
Funny!
The Green New Deal is garbage- [thefederalist.com]
BD66 comments on Feb 12, 2019:
It's like the Soviet Union plus added Vegan and Environmental insanity.
Don't drive like an asshole around big trucks. This was in Ohio.
BD66 comments on Feb 11, 2019:
They drive like maniacs in a snowstorm.
Is there some kind of food you liked as a child that you will no longer eat?
BD66 comments on Feb 11, 2019:
I think you made the right decision.
Am I the only person that earned less than a hundred thousand dollars last year and still paid more ...
BD66 comments on Feb 11, 2019:
That's because you are in California and you can no longer deduct your state income taxes. Trump did that to screw the Blue states.
What is one thing you will never do again?
BD66 comments on Feb 11, 2019:
Get married.
I agree with many ideas if Elizabeth Warren, but she killed her run with the whole Native American ...
BD66 comments on Feb 10, 2019:
She started her whole career taking advantage of the Native American thing, so it's hard for her to distance herself from that.
The best Poll of today...... Poll shows up under the meme
BD66 comments on Feb 10, 2019:
Tonya deserves more votes!
"The entire capital of our bankers, merchants, manufacturers and large landowners is nothing but the...
BD66 comments on Feb 10, 2019:
They tried Engels ideas, and it didn't work out too well.
People aren't going hungry because we can't grow enough food.
BD66 comments on Feb 10, 2019:
People aren't going hungry. There is an epidemic of obesity in the USA. If you want to blame capitalism for the overabundance of food, then you have a point.
Why do we pay twice for the same services, police and military with our tax money?
BD66 comments on Feb 10, 2019:
The police force and the military are very different things. They operate on different sets of rules. It is a VERY bad idea to merge them.
She is my Helen of Troy.
BD66 comments on Feb 10, 2019:
I'm not going to fight a war with you over her.
On the main site I asked a hypothetical question with the intention of sharing the results with this...
BD66 comments on Feb 9, 2019:
What's really sad is this a group of individuals who don't fall for the religious BS, but they do fall for the leftist BS. It doesn't give you much faith in the reasoning capabilities of the human race.
What's the one line that made red flags pop up and your brain say... "deal breaker"?
BD66 comments on Feb 9, 2019:
I've only dated one Jewish American Princess. Early in our date, she started comparing cities based on the number of Neiman Marcus stores in their metro areas.
Do you support the idea that we are all created equal as stated in the constitution?
BD66 comments on Feb 9, 2019:
I think the whole issue that causes disputes the context of the word "Equal" Should we have equal rights? Should we have equal responsibilities? Should we have equal opportunities? Should we have equal outcomes? I'm all for equal rights, equal responsibilities, and equal opportunities. I'm 100% opposed to equal outcomes.
God does exist .
BD66 comments on Feb 9, 2019:
What evidence do you have to support your beliefs that: 1. God does exist. 2. God is real. 3. God is pure energy 4. Religions come from this real energy god.
Don’t look now, but the House just woke up to the cost of climate inaction | Grist
BD66 comments on Feb 8, 2019:
The looney tunes are back in power.
How can car and truck makers offer discounts amounting to thousands of dollars?
BD66 comments on Feb 8, 2019:
MSRP is a scam.
Local politics.
BD66 comments on Feb 8, 2019:
They used to call me all the time asking me to donate money to some policeman's foundation. That's too close to a mafia protection racket for me: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0085-fundraisers-calling-behalf-police-and-firefighters
Lets just put it out there and own it... Pro-Choice or Anti-Choice
BD66 comments on Feb 8, 2019:
Pro-choice for the first 5 months. After that, when the baby could survive on its own, pro-life.
How old were you when you had your first crush?
BD66 comments on Feb 7, 2019:
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California Chillin’ ?
BD66 comments on Feb 7, 2019:
I lived in Silicon Valley for 11 years. Santa Cruz was our favorite weekend getaway.
For all of you Ted Cruz fans out there. 😏
BD66 comments on Feb 6, 2019:
Looks like Grandpa Munster. Sounds like Mr. Haney. It's amazing he has been so successful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb84z7vp7Js
Over-population is the real cause of climate change – it's killing us all off
BD66 comments on Feb 6, 2019:
"Overpopulation is killing us" sounds a little bit like a Yogi Berra saying: "That place is so crowded nobody goes there anymore"
Me! Me! Me! Me!
BD66 comments on Feb 6, 2019:
I know my girlfriend's phone password. She knows mine.
Yeah, AOC is crazy for thinking we should have a 70% marginal tax rate.
BD66 comments on Feb 5, 2019:
The amount of taxing and spending that was done to "Win" the Cold War was complete insanity. The USA had most of the world's capital, most of the world's industrial infrastructure, and the most efficient economy in the world. If the rest of the world had inefficient Socialist/Communist/Marxist/Collectivitst economies, so what? Why did we spend Trillions to put everyone else on a level playing field?
Why is electoral vote used to determine the outcome of the presidential election when the popular ...
BD66 comments on Feb 4, 2019:
It was a compromise between the big states and the small states at the time the Constitution was ratified. If they did everything by popular vote, the states with small populations would have very little influence in our national government. The same is true today. If they went by popular vote, California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois would control most of our nations politics.
Republicans furious to see Obama running for third term Washington D.
BD66 comments on Feb 4, 2019:
Obama bulked up a lot and lost his hair. He must be on steroids.
Just what does "Executive Time" mean to Trump? He spends 60% of his time there [axios.com]
BD66 comments on Feb 4, 2019:
Time spend screwing around on agnostic.com is part of my "Executive Time" :-)
Trump Administration Secretly Shipped Plutonium From Red To Blue State | HuffPost
BD66 comments on Feb 1, 2019:
He not so secretly taxed the hell out of Blue States by putting a limit on the amount of state and local taxes they would deduct.

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