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I'm an atheist and anti-theist -- not an agnostic -- who has never believed in religion, despite being brought up in a Catholic family. I consider myself a natural born atheist. I reject mysticism, supernaturalism and magic-based thinking of all kinds. I dislike religion intensely -- the phony history, the appalling theology, and the repugnant practice of religion. I pull no punches with anyone about that. I identify with and support modern atheist activists, like Richard Dawkins and others, who take the fight to religion, call it out, and challenge it openly. I think this is the way 21st Century atheism should go. I also care no more for so-called ‘New Age’ religions than I do traditional mainstream religions. So, that kind of rubbish will get you nowhere with me

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Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Has Officially Moved (Toward Russia) [forbes.
David1955 comments on Dec 22, 2019:
Trump will be delighted. He'll probably take credit for that too.
Aw, Scummo Shouty Shittypants Happy Clappy Jesus Chappy has 'offered' an apology for taking his ...
David1955 comments on Dec 22, 2019:
I read somewhere that there is some buyers remorse amongst Australians for voting for Scum Mo. Well, that's a bit like someone paying top dollar for a clapped out rust bucket of a car and then having regrets. If you're that stupid then I have no sympathy for you. A fool and his money, or in this case fools and their votes. Shorten and co were the most underwhelming gang ever assembled by the Australian Loser Party, but anything would have been better than Scumbo and his gaggle of half-wits. What a farce Australia has turned into. What would Curtain, Chifley and even Gough say now?
Dissecting Christianity's Mind-Snaring System by Stephen Van Eck While Judaism was never a ...
David1955 comments on Dec 21, 2019:
So now I know: The Truth? I can't handle the Truth. I want Jesus on that wall. I need Jesus on that wall. At least according to Paul. I do wish they would rename that silly religion 'Paulianity". Would be more honest.
I am a syntheist who accepts both theism and atheism.
David1955 comments on Dec 21, 2019:
Further, atheism has never assumed that we judge people negatively simply on the basis of their religious belief, unless other information reflects on them. Atheism is a rejection of a religious view not the person. What synthesizing is required?
I am a syntheist who accepts both theism and atheism.
David1955 comments on Dec 20, 2019:
This is just word play, like saying matter and anti-matter are the same. Don't think science would agree. If one wants to say that they are an atheist who is tolerant of religious believers, then fine. But a silly hybrid word like this is reflective of the fracturing and fragmenting of definitions in the non-religious position which I find annoying.
Data has something on his mind
David1955 comments on Dec 20, 2019:
I guess his emotions chip kicked in.
Billy Graham's evangelical magazine calls for Trump's removal
David1955 comments on Dec 20, 2019:
Better woefully, pathetically, inexcusably and inexplicably late than never, I suppose. I'm not fooled by these Christo hypocrites. They just think Trump has outlived his usefulness pushing their right wing moralistic religious agenda, and now Pence could do that better. There's not a genuine decent molecule in their hypocritical bodies. Shameful.
Actress Julianne Moore was asked during an interview what she'd like to hear God say to her at the ...
David1955 comments on Dec 19, 2019:
And that God might add, "But you were wrong about the god you didn't believe in. I'm not that god, but another one. How do you do! I'm Apollo. Yes, your ancients were right!"
I am a 100 % sure atheist! The Bible is a fairy tale! Try to imagine an omnipotent being (God) who...
David1955 comments on Dec 19, 2019:
Good to have you here amongst the atheists. It does seem to me that since that the old religious claim, "Someone had to create the universe, you can't get something from nothing" has been destroyed by science, there's nothing left for them to hang on to, other than their inner child attachment to a big Boppa in the sky.
"If you don't believe in god, what religion are you?
David1955 comments on Dec 19, 2019:
"If you don't believe in god, what religion are you?" Well, that's a first. Usually it's "If you don't believe in God, what DO you believe in?" Did you think saying agnostic sounded better than atheist? I would have said, "if I am an atheist I go to hell. But as an agnostic I'd get a suspended sentence and counselling." But I'm a sarcastic bastard.
Afterlife
David1955 comments on Dec 18, 2019:
I take comfort from the fact that, despite all their talk, fancy ornate buildings, dudes in silly hats, threats, promises, blackmail, fairy stories, and worthless assurances, religions know nothing more about death than anyone else, indeed probably less, so wherever your thinking goes, leave religion out of the equation. The only thing religion knows is how to make money out of fear of it.
CHRISTMAS why do we celebrate the birth of a bastard child from an unwed mother, now revered.
David1955 comments on Dec 17, 2019:
I don't think you are thinking correctly about the birth of Jesus. In fact God impregnated a woman with himself (her permission and Joseph's approval not confirmed) in order to live to do party tricks and sacrifice himself to himself, in order that we may be forgiven for all the sins that he, God, created in the first place. Christmas is a stolen celebration from the pagans in order that we remember God's convoluted logic, and to be grateful for it. There. That will help the dry turkey go down. :-)
[alternet.
David1955 comments on Dec 17, 2019:
The Republicans call these never Trumpers, but in fact they are going to end up on the Right side of history. Rick Wilson is especially scathing and insightful and funny. I watch him on CNN and NBC.
Captain picard srumped
David1955 comments on Dec 17, 2019:
Just fire a tacheon beam at it. That fixes most things in ST TNG, it seems. :-)
Fox News Today , the guest made the statement “ one of reasons why young people are leaving ...
David1955 comments on Dec 16, 2019:
As a baby boomer I have taken some pleasure in reading that young people, Millennials, are increasingly non religious or apathetic about religion. On the other hand, I despair that many, not all, are apathetic about *everything* except social media, their damn iPhones, and whatever identity group they belong to, and the grievance they have over it. On the other, other, hand, I despair of baby boomers who are becoming increasingly right wing, self-ish, pro-autocratic, anti-modernist, regressive and closed minded. So, all in all its a depressing time.
Ever notice how The Wizard of Oz is basically about religion?
David1955 comments on Dec 16, 2019:
Oh I don't know. Maybe it's just thinly disguised Hollywood Right Wing subliminal propaganda, as so much of Hollywood is, funded and controlled by corporate military industrial complex structures. Don't ask for anything, just do it yourself, or put up with what you have, and don't expect anything, if you are not lucky enough to be rich, like us. The wizard is the government, or the public interest. Can't say I've ever had much time for that movie, even less now that it has been revealed that they drugged poor Judy, and all the men, munchkins included, molested her when they could. Charming. Hollywood, a "dream factory" built on the pretense of glamour, based on pure capitalist exploitation at its worst.
Lucky Australia switched to metric in time .
David1955 comments on Dec 16, 2019:
The Celsius, I don't mind. It's those damned centimetres and millimetres I loath. Give me feet and inches yards and so on; the brain can approximate with those. Think I'm old hat? Well people still walk into shops and by a 24" tv or a 60" one, and they are still advertised as such. Must be a reason.
Back in Summer 2009 at the age of 21, I was baptized after I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal ...
David1955 comments on Dec 15, 2019:
Keep rolling along and at some point you might realize that you are done, completely done, with all the religious crap, that it can't hurt you anymore, and then you might find that you're an atheist.
Trends in Atheism. [pewresearch.org]
David1955 comments on Dec 15, 2019:
Atheist is used here as a catch all phrase for the non-religious. That's questionable. For example it says, "Some people who describe themselves as atheists also say they believe in some kind of higher power or spiritual force." I suspect it is agnostics and new age types and alike who claim they are not religious but say things like that. Atheism is a clear and strong self-statement, and I don't find that atheists say things like that. Who is the author really talking about here - atheists, or a grab bag of non religious people who technically still are religious in my view? Articles like this don't help when they paint in broad brush strokes.
UK Election results Fucking Nightmare It is a like a plague of insanity Never seen 70,000,000 ...
David1955 comments on Dec 13, 2019:
It's a western nightmare, UK, US and here in Australia. Increasingly older populations, poorly informed, limited sources of information, angry, don't know who to blame and don't understand class and power, attracted to 'strong' conservative reactionary autocratic leaders. Looked at from a distance, I see the evolution of capitalism away from the west, the resulting decline in western consensus and systems, and the growth of autocracies. Gods knows what Johnson will do now he has a 'mandate'. I fear Trump will win again too, and his autocratic tendencies will be unstoppable. Our smiling god-bothering PM is no better, no doubt encouraged by the trends in the UK and US. Old populations, reactionary thinking, and autocrats ready to take advantage of it. It will get worse before it gets better, if it ever does.
Considering this is Agnostic.com , why are so many posts dealing with God or religion ?
David1955 comments on Dec 10, 2019:
Yeah, it's like having a site called "Pet Owners.Com" and having a lot of owners posting about their pets. Strange.
Well,at last it may seem we've a decent and REAL Aussie in Parliament.
David1955 comments on Dec 9, 2019:
I have no confidence that Australia will ever rise above being someone's bitch in the world. Britain's bitch, the US's bitch.. We are not the lucky country, but the lacky country. Our self-esteem comes from being a lacky to the big guys. Granted, millions of us hate this, but I'm too old to have any illusions about Australia now. Ask any change question and Australians will vote no.
This was quite the find. James Bond film amphibious car. [apple.news]
David1955 comments on Dec 1, 2019:
One of my favourite Bond movies. Little bit of trivia: Barbara Bach was paid a mere 75,000 dollars for the movie, and she co stared with Roger Moore. They wouldn't pay more, and several actresses turned it down first. Miserable even for the 1970s. Of course all the shots of the car under water and doing tricks were actually models and not this car. So, the car is little more than a prop. Still, nice find. They seem very sloppy with items from movies and tv. Recently I read that Roger Moore's great car from The Saint -- an early 60s Volvo sports -- was found in the 90s a rust bucket wreck on a farm. A Saint and car enthusiast bought it for nothing and restored it to its former glory. Guess these companies don't care.
End of the world: MIT prediction from 1973 is proving true - Big Think
David1955 comments on Dec 1, 2019:
I don't think we need a 1973 computer prediction to see where things are heading.
Harris’ Fall: A Campaign Divided And A Candidate Lost
David1955 comments on Nov 30, 2019:
Funny thing. At one time I thought well of her, then she kind of revealed herself and I lost interest. By comparison, I have had no interest in Tulsi Gabbard, completely ignored her until the last debate, and now I've got a crush on her and find her intriguing . :-) Still, I'm for Bernie, 100%.
Oh what fun it to an Atheist at this time of year.
David1955 comments on Nov 28, 2019:
Usually any cutting remark to the botherers will make them run a mile. It's soft targets they are after, not up front nonbelievers. But, don't beat yourself up too much. Even I have been known to make the occasional quip at the believers. Yes, even me! Recently I was jogging along an esplanade I live near, and two botherers were knocking at some sap's door, and I called out, "Don't waste your time. I'm sure it's a house of the Devil!" They shot around and glared disapprovingly as I jogged by grinning. But anyway, you should know better than to talk to Xians about the real history of their religion. It's not like they are interested or anything. As comic Dave Allen once said, Jesus was born at Christmas and died at Easter. He didn't hang around long, did he?
I for one cannot Wait until Giuliani starts giving testimony.
David1955 comments on Nov 25, 2019:
He won't. One thing that has appalled me about US politics over recent months is how people are subpoenaed by the Congress and then they virtually say, 'Screw You" and nothing happens and no one has the power to do anything. Off they go to court and on it goes. In any system of any worth they would be arrested and charged. So, I don't think he will give evidence. They will find ways to stall and delay. Sorry to say. I'd like to see him get the works.
[cincinnati.
David1955 comments on Nov 25, 2019:
28 years ago.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized
David1955 comments on Nov 23, 2019:
It is repugnant that the Republicans are waiting for her to retire due to ill health or even worse pass away, so they can replace her with another right wing sleeze bag to do their bidding.
The plot to wage war on Christianity and Christmas is a wholehearted conspiracy theory that has no ...
David1955 comments on Nov 23, 2019:
It's transferred anger and fear. Christians sense the growth of secularism, the increasing numbers of openly stated non religious people, the indifference towards religions of Millennials, and this scares them. So they invent imagined wars against their silly festivals and the rest of their Bronze Age beliefs, both to rally their followers and to have an 'enemy' that is 'persecuting' them. It's obvious and pathetic really. What they are having a war against is change and social evolution, and no one wins that war.
Tulsi Gabbard is a centrist, and IMHO the most likely to be able to defeat DJT. [youtube.com]
David1955 comments on Nov 22, 2019:
I'll say this: she's a damn fine looking women! Like to see her take on Vlad Putin, who is a coward anyway. But she seems weak on domestic policies.
Great question from another site, Jesus was a carpenter what did he build ?
David1955 comments on Nov 22, 2019:
He wasn't a carpenter. Historians like Riza Azlan and Richard Carrier state that the preacher Joshua, later turned into Jesus, was an illiterate and unskilled labourer -- that's if he existed, which is doubtful. "Carpenter' sounds cooler, so that's the translation they liked. Razlan speculates that this preacher worked on building sites in some nearby city in teenage years as he had to do something. Funny, imagine he had been Son of God. His workmates on the sites sure would have been surprised. That dude over there mixing the cement created the Universe! Right.
A Mysterious Burst of Energy in Space Has Smashed Records [vice.com]
David1955 comments on Nov 21, 2019:
More trouble in the Q Continuum, I dare say. :-)
Would you sell your (nonexistent) soul?
David1955 comments on Nov 21, 2019:
Yes, and I would like to sell my non-existent Porsche, my non-existent gold bars, my non-existent Van Gogh paintings, and my non-existent Hope Diamond. I would be rich beyond my non-existent dreams. :-)
John de Lancie: Actor, Science Promoter on Freethought Matters (FFRF tv) [youtube.com]
David1955 comments on Nov 17, 2019:
I wish they had followed up exactly what John meant by keeping "faith" with reason. I think I can guess what he was driving at, but I would like to know his reasoning on this. He's a great guy.
John de Lancie: Actor, Science Promoter on Freethought Matters (FFRF tv) [youtube.com]
David1955 comments on Nov 17, 2019:
Anyone who has not watched JDeL's 5 minute video on openly secular.org, I recommend it. One of the best and most watched on the site. It's amongst the celebrities listed. Huge admirer Q. He was the best and most misunderstood of the ST characters: Roddenbury's way of having the cosmos tell us to lift our game.
Cenk Uygur, TYT reporter businessman, announced he is running for Congress in CA district 25.
David1955 comments on Nov 15, 2019:
Good luck to him. I watch TYT and he'll not be another corporate fed flunky sitting there getting rich on rich handouts. He would make a splash and he has guts. The Democrats would hate him to win, but i hope he does.
Hillary Clinton is talking like she might get into the Democratic presidential race.
David1955 comments on Nov 14, 2019:
Will someone PLEASE tell the Clintons to shut up, go away, and enjoy their millions with their rich friends. Jeez, can't they take a hint? Even Bill Maher said so on his show a while back.
What in the name of sanity is wrong these Hardcore Vegans who are now carrying on like headless ...
David1955 comments on Nov 14, 2019:
We do live in the age of social justice and environment warriors, don't we. It's not that I do not support progressive policies on such issues, i do, but the zealotry of the fringe harms rather than helps. It seems to have been like this since the 60s. I recall in the 70s and 80s womens movement for equality, which i have always supported, but still running up against the zealots for whom nothing could placate their anger. But the mainstream womens movement went on to make great changes and still is. As for sausages, yuk, never eat them. Full of crap, environmentally friendly or not.
Philosophy vs. Religion
David1955 comments on Nov 13, 2019:
Religions offer liberation? From what, thinking?
This garbage is but an example of "how tRump got there".
David1955 comments on Nov 9, 2019:
This kind of thing reminds me that Trump isn't just some crazy guy who got lucky and became President. He's at the tip of a broader historical movement, and comprises the reactionary, moralistic, Christian right wing anti- modernist base, combined with a driving fascist inclined elite, the Steve Bannons and his ilk, who do not even want a feigned democratic America, but an oligarchy under the rule of a minority who always knows what is best for the US, and even the world. Even if Trump is removed, this phenomenon will not go away. It will become more dangerous, unless there is a huge mobilization of national sentiment against it. I'm not convinced such a mobilization is possible in a country like the US. PS. Can someone remind me why *anyone* would have *anything* to do with Zuckercreep's Facecrap?
In case you missed it...Bill Maher (and his writers) were spot on last night... [youtube.com]
David1955 comments on Nov 9, 2019:
Tell you what else he was right about: that creepy slimy Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. I fingered that guy a decade ago. Still the fools line up to join his putrid sites.
"Scott Morrison’s time at Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Australia and his preselection to ...
David1955 comments on Nov 8, 2019:
I saw through him years ago. A right wing Christian hypocrite. Aren't they all?
SPIRITUAL.
David1955 comments on Nov 7, 2019:
The real question, to me, is why are people *so* attracted to this word, even some non-religious? I think it is because it's a way to feel superior. Squabbling over definitions won't change my view on that.
Joe Biden claims Republicans will have an "epiphany" and work with him.
David1955 comments on Nov 6, 2019:
He might be epiphed off if or when he discovers he was wrong. :-)
The universe may be conscious, say prominent scientists - Big Think
David1955 comments on Nov 6, 2019:
Oh Jeez. Every new age mystic pizza eater and nirvanic levitating astro traveling universe hugger will be polishing their crystals and burning the midday incense on reading this. This is the stuff they love. Another god called The Universe.
I rarely pay much attention to American elections but this Kentucky business is priceless! ...
David1955 comments on Nov 6, 2019:
It's going to be very bad for me if this guy loses, Trump said. Don't let it happen, he warned. Well, they did, and it was. Priceless, as you say.
I sincerely have a hard time comprehending what "spiritual" means.
David1955 comments on Nov 4, 2019:
My own cynical view is that when people think they are way too cool to be called boring old religious, but want to impress people at parties that they connect to the "higher level" meanings in life, they say, "I'm very spiritual." Doesn't work on me. They do hate it when I laugh though.
Chomsky sits down with Mehdi Hasan to discuss the impeachment inquiry against President Donald ...
David1955 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
If I'm not mistaken, Mr Hasan is the same guy who told Richard Dawkins that of course he believed Mahommad rose to heaven on gold chariot. To which Dawkins, astonished, replied sarcastically, " Why 'rose' ?" (There's no up or down in the heavens).
I'm becoming atheist because I'm tired of churches I'm getting tired of religions
David1955 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
"Becoming" atheist and "getting" tired of religions uses a verb tense, present progressive, suggesting ongoing but not yet completed action or situation. It will be great when you can say to yourself and everybody else, "I am an atheist" and "I am over religions", period. Present tense fact. Hope so.
I just read that there have been approximately 108 billion people in history.
David1955 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
Yes, and think about the poor suckers, millions and millions of them, who lived and died for thousands of years *before* Christianity . They didn't even have a chance! It was only after the first century AD when god said, 'Ok, I'm gonna knock this chick up, get myself born, preach, do miracles, get myself tortured and killed, come back, briefly, and then anyone who doesn't believe in me will go to Hell.' Christianity, you gotta love it.! (Not)
Hi I have just joined the site and am still finding my way around.
David1955 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
Hi. Curiously, we mostly complain about bad Oz politics in this group. There's mostly a consensus that it is appalling. There's a consensus on religion too. Mostly that it's appalling too. :-)
I have the perception that religious people are coming to be part of nonreligious group to invade ...
David1955 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
I've never understood why the religious would want to be part of a community like this one. I don't buy the 'I enjoy good debates' argument. From my experience the religious rarely think deeply about what and why they believe, don't relish serious questions about that, and prefer to stay in their faith comfort zone. However, I have said before that there are some believers who hang around nonbelievers because of their own doubts, and this is one to maintain a camouflage while engaging on the issues. As for others, well maybe it's that silly converting others fantasy they hang onto.
Quick little "hello".
David1955 comments on Nov 3, 2019:
If only we knew who you are?
Love the irony
David1955 comments on Nov 2, 2019:
Isn't it spelt Troi? Her name I mean.
I'm agnostic & somewhat spiritual but that doesn't necessarily mean I want to talk about it.
David1955 comments on Nov 1, 2019:
Okay. Consider these subjects closed, from your point of view. :-) But, it's a strange definition of agnosticism, and I've heard some doozies around here over the time.
The Latest Democrat Candidates 2020 The struggle is real for Joe Biden This article [cnn.
David1955 comments on Oct 31, 2019:
The more right wing people like you and media disparage Bernie, the more they reveal their fear of the new idealism that he represents, and the support he has amongst huge numbers of people in America who want a new New Deal. More power to him. But keep disparaging him. It puts a smile on my face.
Just reached Level 7.
David1955 comments on Oct 30, 2019:
Well, some do it by posting huge amounts of frivolous posts in order to get points, while others contribute as they wish to, not obsessed by points, allowing nature to take its course. That's what I did.
I always took Spock for an Atheist.
David1955 comments on Oct 27, 2019:
Every day is a blaspheming day for me.
Does this help?[agnostic.com]
David1955 comments on Oct 26, 2019:
These tables that plot a spectrum of agnostic - atheist - theist positions have always amused me. Some seem to really like them. Me, well i did some serious reading and thinking on the subject a long time ago and determined that I am an atheist. Now if anyone comes up with some evidence that is credible on the god question, and not just supernatural banter or waffle, then I'd happily consider it. I'm still waiting...
Anyone ever notice that the crucified Jesus is shown in pictures as being both nailed and also tied ...
David1955 comments on Oct 25, 2019:
Well, those details I'll leave for others, but what I find interesting is the story about how they took him down, wrapped him up and put him in a tomb. Yes, the Romans allowed the crucified to be taken down after death and given nice burials. Rubbish! As historian Bart Erhmann has written, the punishment of crucifixion involved having the bodies rot and disintegrate on the cross; it was a political punishment, designed to impose fear on locals. The rotting remains were then dragged into pits or dragged onto fires and burnt. So, if Jesus came back in a few days he either crawled out a pit of corpses like something in The Zombie Apocalypse or walked out of the fire like a Terminator robot. Don't tell Christians. Jesus was special, they say, and it was different for him, because the Romans knew he was son of God. What!? So, why the frig did they kill him? Hopeless cult followers.
My journey to becoming an Agnostic.
David1955 comments on Oct 25, 2019:
Well great, but i hope you follow your atheist father, eventually. Arguments along the lines of "I can't be sure.." and "science can't show me there isn't a god, so I'll be agnostic" don't cut it for me. Science explores what exists, not to prove what doesn't exist."
‪I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone!‬
David1955 comments on Oct 23, 2019:
There is an episode of TTZ when the late Denis Hopper plays a populist fascist type leader who plays on fears and becomes very powerful. The episode was set in America. It was Serling's way of saying, 'It can happen here too. Be careful of hateful leaders!". Were he still with us, he would look at Trump as say to us, "I warned you!".
Why do some atheists or agnostics still feel so unsecured and not in peace?
David1955 comments on Oct 23, 2019:
You meant "insecure" I presume. A loan can be unsecured, but not a person, I don't think. I don't see the issue. Some agnostics are more tentative in their view, but that a position view. In my experience, when people say "I am an atheist" they are usually pretty secure in themselves and their view.
Confidence in Australia’s democratic system is at an all-time low.
David1955 comments on Oct 21, 2019:
When you have no hope for any political party, and no hope that your preferred party is capable of change, then there's nothing left to hope for.
I’ve been listening to the commentary for the impeachment on CNN mostly, I decided to listen to ...
David1955 comments on Oct 20, 2019:
Ah, Christians. They love to feel persecuted, though not as much as persecuting others.
I'm BAAAAAAACK.
David1955 comments on Oct 20, 2019:
So, can someone explain why people leave and delete and then come back with a splash instead of just pausing?
Tiffany Fitzhenry Uncovers CIA's Long Involvement With Hollywood — The Political Vigilante - ...
David1955 comments on Oct 20, 2019:
Years ago I read the late Dave McGowan's work on LA, the late 60s, Hollywood, the CIA, other agencies, Laurel Canyon, Charles Manson, the murders, the phoney movie stars, rock stars, their families, the military industrial complex links, the establishment families, the lies, the murders, the cover stories, and all the rest, and at first I thought it sounded unbelievable. Years later and a lot of reading later I am not shocked any more by the contemporary revelations on this same subject, only appalled. Add to that the TV network anchors who are assets of Security Services and the network of assets that even former CIA people have revealed, and one only see these industries as the propaganda arms of the US ruling class. The lady in this video used a phrase from Noam Chomsky, that it is all about manufactured consent of the population. How true.
For those who didn't watch Bill last night.
David1955 comments on Oct 19, 2019:
I've become less and less of an admirer of NDGT over recent years, but in this show he hit some high points. I did NOT agree, however, with his assertion about the differences between objective and personal truths. Personal truths be damned. That's an opinion, which may or may not be true. Jesus is my saviour, his example, is not a truth of any kind, including personal. It's an opinion which lacks evidence. Jesus and God hate gays, likewise might be someone's bigoted opinion but it is not a personal "truth" for the same reason, no proof or evidence. He devalues the meaning of truth to say otherwise. Like many public figures he still feels the need to "respect" religious nonsense, lest he offend believers. Humbug. On the other hand I cheered when he said we should not so much consider ourselves as members of various races and instead see ourselves as all of the *human race*. Indeed, racial tribalism is hindering us as a species.
The only reason I pay $15 to comcast for HBO...
David1955 comments on Oct 19, 2019:
Save 15 dollars and watch Bill on YouTube for nothing. I do. The full shows are uploaded quite soon, and the overtime too. Easy search and find. Not the channel, though. They have only excerpts. I just finished watching the episode above, streamed to my tv.
Seeing little snippets of Trump’s rally in Texas last night: he could say he just shit his pants ...
David1955 comments on Oct 18, 2019:
It's called a Cult. We the non-religious know this well, don't we? I think of Charles Manson. He DID kill and even then his followers thought the sun shone from his ass. There are still aging old Manson droogies who still do. It's a neurological disorder. All religions and cults are. I look at Trump's rallies too. Those who are not being paid to jump around and hold placards, and some are, are truly delusional and brain impaired, possibly permanently, like some old Mansonites. Worse, I worry they will rally behind Trump 2, who ever that may be.
Our soldiers need to be made accountable for what they do and the armed forces need to stop covering...
David1955 comments on Oct 17, 2019:
All mainstream media is geared to highlighting the crimes of our enemies and ignoring the crimes of our allies and ourselves. I'm long sick of it.
Good news, Agnostics! [pewforum.
David1955 comments on Oct 17, 2019:
Good news Agnostics AND Atheists, thank you.
Good Day fellow Aussie Sceptics, yet another 'recruit' to our ranks, Please welcome AmmaRe007 aboard...
David1955 comments on Oct 15, 2019:
Speaking for myself, I can only dream of being easy-going and laid. .. Er, sorry, laid back. :-) Welcome @AmmaRE007
In this crazy, mixed up world there are women who support Trump, and African Americans and Latinos ...
David1955 comments on Oct 14, 2019:
When cult followers follow a cult, there is no connection to logic and reason. It makes them feel good, feeds their desire to get back at the ones they don't like or blame. As atheists and agnostics we shouldn't be surprised. When this site started a couple of years ago, there were quite a few nonbelievers who were Trumpsters. Lots of arguments back them. I don't read any Trumpsters now here. Maybe they are in groups cheering their beloved mop-haired dictator wanna be. I'm glad I don't read them anymore. Any freethinker - nonreligious person who favours Trump either doesn't understand embryonic fascism, or non-religious thinking, or both.
Wish me luck guys.
David1955 comments on Oct 13, 2019:
Chok dee, krap.
It’s just a matter of time before the whole Trump Train Derails.
David1955 comments on Oct 13, 2019:
And yet I look at all those bird brained Trumpsters at his rallies- young, old, in between, male, female, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, and all the rest - cheering, holding up signs, cheering him on, and full of hate for the groups they blame for all their problems, and I think that for each one of those there are many others out there, who won't even admit they will vote for him again, but they will, and I worry that the inevitable train wreck of Trump might not be so inevitable after all. It is deeply worrying. We live in an age where marginal stupid uninformed groups, who live by tweets and the ravings of tv sprukers, hold sway over elections, and right wing parties are all too happy to pander to them.
High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel gives Capilano Honey the green light to poison the Australian ...
David1955 comments on Oct 12, 2019:
I did so some time ago. It's not that it is cheaper anyway.
Edward Snowden is the top whistleblower of the century.
David1955 comments on Oct 11, 2019:
History will be with this guy . Like Deep Throat... Like the Pentagon Papers guy... Governments huff and puff and condemn, but history absolves.
My Agnostic shirt finally arrived! (Bonus view with smile included!) EDIT: for those who want to ...
David1955 comments on Oct 10, 2019:
I looked happier than that when my computer died.
Televangelist Jim Bakker sells $45 Trump coin, calls it ‘point of contact’ with God - AOL News
David1955 comments on Oct 9, 2019:
Love the sinner, hate the sin. ... As long as the sinner is a Republican of course.
Yoko Ono, wrote the album from which this came in six days at the age of 76.
David1955 comments on Oct 6, 2019:
Beatle fan here since early 60s. Yoko? Pass, thanks.
I thought the Senate was a member block free group. When did it revert back?
David1955 comments on Oct 4, 2019:
I've never blocked. Never will. Just keep my head held high and move on.
Just a couple of slogan suggestions for the 2020 election.
David1955 comments on Oct 1, 2019:
I would say Make America America Again, but it's more like Make America Better, more fair, just, less corrupt and more like its principles. If not now then when? Time's running out.
I've been a fan of Star Trek since the original season.
David1955 comments on Oct 1, 2019:
I think of them in different categories. Star Trek is science fiction. Star Wars is space opera fantasy. ST began as a vision of a secular science based future, a post apocalyptic better world, somewhat impaired post Roddenberry by pseudo science writers and greedy film companies. The idealism remains in fans. SW is and was swashbuckling Saturday matinee-ish space opera, with pseudo religion, half-baked philosophy, and a mish-mash of cowboys, samurai and battle of Britain-like battles in space, hardly meant to be taken seriously, except by dudes who never really grew up. T'is best not to forget, however, that both these franchises are made by greedy ruthless multi-billion dollar companies with not a hint of idealism, intent on distracting us with film fantasy while the elites who own them run rampant with greed and power. Let's not forget the bigger picture.
Love it when these republican assholes lose it
David1955 comments on Sep 30, 2019:
Creeps, the lot of them. L. Graham is such a jellyfish, 'tis amazing he can stand. Cruz is a pushover's pushover. Kavanaugh is a sniffy cry baby Catholic frat boy, and Trump is a rich brat who never grew up and elsewise wouldn't have mounted to anything in life. This is class and money and power at its worst.
Is thinking that consciousness is a product of a vibrating universe a backdoor belief in God?
David1955 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
No, the universe is a cosmic egg laid by a cosmic duck, and consciousness is the effect of the background cosmic flapping. I read that on a wall I think, or maybe it came to me during a fever. :-)
Oops trouble brewing
David1955 comments on Sep 29, 2019:
People with too much time on their hands.
Here's my problem with liberals.
David1955 comments on Sep 27, 2019:
So, the better option is ignorance and free for all dog-eat-dog economies and societies where the big dogs take everything? Left progressive thinking is not about simple pancreas but policies based on the values of fairness and achievable equity, and the debates that go on are about the degree of regulation, the balance between the public and private sectors, and between reasonable safety nets and encouraging enterprise and initiative. These are not set in concrete, but are ongoing and evolving. As they should be. Right politics is about opposing education, regulation, and everything else that might ameliorate the utter concentration of wealth and power in the elites they represent. What you are buying into is really ittle more than Right Wing talking points.
Is this the situation with the majority of Agnostics.
David1955 comments on Sep 27, 2019:
Guess I'm part of the minority here as I never have and never will post for points. I'm too old for that kind of crap. I was pleased to finally reach level 8, but it just took its course and time.
Are you guys watching Ken Burns Country Music on PBS?
David1955 comments on Sep 27, 2019:
Yes. I'm not strictly a country music fan, but i am a huge Hank Williams Sr fan, and episode 3 was mostly about him. A few historical errors, but then I have every biography of him. I like the way Burns interweaves the various musical genres and the influences between them. It's too easy for some to overlook the complex connections.(Elvis appeared on the Opry and was a flop!? Well, he didn't need them. And Elvis and Johnny Cash toured together in the early days!? Dang, didn't know that. ) On the downside I do think this documentary lacks depth and wider social and economic context which quality history gives. It's a bit of what we call scissors and paste history, but then again modern audiences often don't appreciate depth, class analysis and so on. Finally, I have no time for modern Nashville and its nonsense. Were the Great Hank to return now, I believe he'd agree.
Yesterday I said wasn't particularly hopeful about impeachment and the whole Ukraine thing, BUT, now...
David1955 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
This may just be the big one. But I've been so dissilliusioned by US political and legal processes over the past few years I dare not get my hopes up. Trump is so ruthless, the Democrats so spineless, and the systems so weak it seems he is able to walk through a shit storm again and again and walk away unsplattered. So, we'll see if these antics bite this time or not. It might very well rile up his brainless base as facts matter not at all to them. Beware though, he will become more dangerous and capable of anything. Those Republican neo-fascists won't do a thing.
I make a call to all the Australian & MeToo site members to read the following article and then ...
David1955 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
Truth is, Assange's actions, including with Russia, are highly questionable, but his treatment by the US/UK empire, of which Australia is a dupe, as is Sweden apparently (Oh how the morally high and mighty have fallen from its progressive days in the past) is appalling. Such hypocrisy. He's a scapegoat. Trump saying how he loved Wikileaks when it suited him, now he wants a kill. Australia, morally and ethically bankrupt as always, does nothing. The moral degradation of modern politics is a nauseating part of modern life.
A man I particularly admire giving an excellent interview. [youtube.com] g:405966
David1955 comments on Sep 25, 2019:
I'm old enough to remember the Pentagon Papers leaking being called "treason" and Deep Throat from Watergate days being called a traitor.... and on it goes. In time this guy will be on the right of history too, after the huffing and puffing by all politicians is past. All pollies do this, as they hope to suppress the truth when they're in power. What was it Princess Leiah said.... The more you tighten your grip, the more we'll slip through your fingers. May the force be with this guy. It's absurd he has to hide in Russia where clearly he doesn't want to be.
US Navy confirms UFO videos are the real deal - YouTube
David1955 comments on Sep 22, 2019:
I do wish all you UFO aluminium hat wearing cranks would understand that UFOs are nothing more than ball lightening, the planet Jupiter, clouds, reflections of the moon, secret military aircraft travelling at unobtainable speeds and doing gyrations that defy known physics, and shooting stars ( that change course and go up and down a lot). You would be better served by using your time by doing something useful, like watching FOX news. Honestly. :-)
Why why why do religious people think they can make a believer out of an atheist?
David1955 comments on Sep 22, 2019:
Don't tolerate it. I don't. Set them straight. From my experience there is no-one a believer will run away from faster than a commited atheist.
Australia is a secular country isn't it?
David1955 comments on Sep 21, 2019:
Make no mistake, this prick is a soft-sell evangelizer, he'll insert his religion wherever he can. I've been disappointed with the political decisions of Australians all my life, but as pathetic as the ALP is now, I don't think I will ever forgive Australians for the last election, Queensland in particular.
Let the Saudis defend themselves.
David1955 comments on Sep 20, 2019:
It's not like they were complicit in the 9/11 attacks on America, or anything like that. Oh wait, they were.
Anyone having issues with the app?
David1955 comments on Sep 19, 2019:
Ive given up on the Agnostic.com App on Android with Google Account log in. Never worked on my Galaxy Note. Now I have the latest Android Tab from Samsung running Android Pie. Same thing. Will not work. Admin seems uninterested in the problem, so I've given up on the App.
A mystery object from deep space from another solar system is coming towards our solar system, this ...
David1955 comments on Sep 19, 2019:
Don't worry. Neil Degras Tyson will be wheeled out by mainstream media to remind us that there's nothing to see here folks, none of that strange footage people take all the freaking time means anything, and you can totally believe your government, the military and NASA. What would we do without him? Lordy only knows.
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