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I took the personality type test on a whim. I am type ESTJ-T and it says my role is sentinel. My strategy is social engagement.

In my youth I studied to be a Pentecostal minister. It's the worst thing I ever did and it haunted me for years because I dropped away from it until I realized that gods are imaginary. For the first time I have real freedom now.

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{{{originally posted on}}} 6-6-06 (Seriously folks, if you love your faith, Don’t Read This!!!)...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 17, 2019:
Your "Joe and Mary" story does not hold water. Let me tell you why. During that time frame there were many that were said to be "god men" and "saviors." They were all born of virgins.
What is it that makes holy water holy.... is it the gestures or is there some incantation that we ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 17, 2019:
Holy water is holy because the holy person says holy water is holy. You can also anoint a sick person with olive oil and pray for them. If this does not work do dinner.
I am not an atheist.
DenoPenno comments on Jul 17, 2019:
I'm an agnostic atheist. This is because if I tell you with 100 percent certainty that there are no gods it is up to me to produce the evidence. I have none, but you can call yourself whatever you like.
Are you voting?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 17, 2019:
Yes, I am voting. There are more drastic measures that you can take but voting seems to be the one with the best personal outcome.
US House to vote on resolution condemning Trump's racist tweets | USA News | Al Jazeera
DenoPenno comments on Jul 15, 2019:
Do we need to have a resolution condemning Trump's racist tweets? This is a "common decency" question but today nobody has any common decency.
UK Ambassador Says He Misspoke, Meant To Call Trump A “Bumbling Ballbag,” Not “Inept”
DenoPenno comments on Jul 15, 2019:
OK. I think the bumbling ballbag is also inept.
Trump.maybe facing rape charges
DenoPenno comments on Jul 15, 2019:
It is a very good question to ask why we are not talking about this. In the meantime Trump and friends will go fullsteam ahead to prosecute others and implicate others as a distraction in order to make you believe he is totally innocent as usual. Any name on the Trump enemy list will be investigated as part of this distraction. Trumpers will take this action to mean that Donald has to be innocent.
Athiest be like
DenoPenno comments on Jul 15, 2019:
When you get through all the apologetics this is exactly what they are talking about. Strange isn't it? Beyond this you have a fact of Jesus being killed to solve a problem that he did not create. When you read scripture closely mankind did not create the problem either.
Why would, or wouldn't, you date a believer?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 15, 2019:
You have to always be aware that a time might come when your lover cries because an invisible part of you is going to burn forever in a mythical place as decreed by a jealous man who lives in the sky. You have to change beliefs in order to fix this. If it never happens you are OK. Some people make this sort of change to save their marriage.
Has anyone found someone special on this site?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 15, 2019:
I have had daydreams of a few of them.
Today my brother was baptized. My brother who was raised by atheists and myself also atheist, chose ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 15, 2019:
I would not dis-own him for this but I also would not be led into going to church with him either. After all my study to be a minister I found a religious group who said I most likely did not know the "real Jesus." We have had way too many real Jesus' in my lifetime.
How far gone is the GOP? I've agreed with Ted Cruz twice this week. Fuck [aol.com]
DenoPenno comments on Jul 14, 2019:
So, when you go to aol with this you hear that the governor was required to sign this bill promoting this day for the early KKK founder? I don't think so. Who brought it up and why did the governor have to do anything?
On our intercom, there is a crucifix which falls anytime I answer the intercom. Coincidence? I ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 14, 2019:
It is a strange cwonsidonse. Throw it away or nail that sucker down.
Most ridiculous religious experiences you’ve witnessed. Here’s my list 1) witnessed a ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 14, 2019:
Numbers 1, 2, and 5 were a common thing in my Pentecostal daze. Sometimes that dragging them from their seat to get saved didn't work for very long.
This is fucking insane
DenoPenno comments on Jul 14, 2019:
I believe they are instructed to find and pour out all the water that might be around border areas and used by the migrants who are trying to cross over. Even so, it is still absolutely insane!
James Cagney 1899-1986 Born in New York City, he attended Columbia University until a lack of ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 14, 2019:
I remember him well and always enjoyed his films.
Snarky cartoon for Saturday
DenoPenno comments on Jul 13, 2019:
Absolutely classic!
Why do we dream
DenoPenno comments on Jul 13, 2019:
Mostly because things are always on our minds in some form and the brain is never really asleep.
Ya. Like Sheryl's she shed...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 13, 2019:
LOL The "she shed" is one of the dumbest commercials on television.
Pool Report from MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Reporter accompanying the VP to McAllen TX border patrol ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 13, 2019:
I agree with your every word. The problem is that those in power lie and do not agree. They always try to convince us that what we see is really something else. They are masters of distraction.
Reality in ameriKKKa right now.
DenoPenno comments on Jul 13, 2019:
The Sunday raids are Donnie's way of keeping himself inside your minds. This is how his warped personality works. The raids have very little to do with anything else.
I came across the word "soul" in a book I'm reading and wondered if the word (aside from relating to...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 13, 2019:
In Genesis 2.7 of the KJV we find that "man became a living soul." This would seem to indicate that man could also be a "dead" soul. They play with the Hebrew word nephesh or "breath" to indicate that god breathed into man to bring him to life. Nothing says that god gave man a soul or that mankind "has a soul." You cannot get diehard believers away from this idea however. Despite Ecclesiastes 9.5 saying that "the dead know nothing" believers chose to go along with Saul of Tarsus who had visions and revelations as St. Paul. In doing so the man could never tell whether he was "in or out of his body" and since he is credited with writing two thirds of the NT people easily are convinced that they can jump around from place to place without their bodies and they are tricked into thinking this is all "biblical." This borders very closely on what we know of a sleep or dreaming realm where we can do many things that are impossible to those who are awake. You do not have a soul. You are the soul.
As recently as 30 years ago, America was over 90% Christian. Today, that number is down to about ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 13, 2019:
As they see their power start to fade Trump steps in with Pence waiting to enter in the background. The controlling elite are here to lie to us, confuse us, and take our money as they set up the Christian nation that so many have talked about from our beginning.
Wow maybe some hope in dumping Mitch
DenoPenno comments on Jul 12, 2019:
Let's hope that they want new blood and can ditch Mitch.
The Unbelievable Hypocrisy of Trump’s New “Unalienable Rights” Panel | The New Yorker
DenoPenno comments on Jul 12, 2019:
People will only understand this and Trump once they start figuring out how the Koch brothers and others put him in the POTUS position and why they did so. Donald Trump is in office to take away many of the rights advancements gained by our nation in the past. The whole idea is to make money without caring or worrying about people, food, the environment, and many other needed things for a functioning society.
[yahoo.com] ACLU files lawsuit seeking to stop Sundays ICE raids ordered by Trump. Kudos to ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 12, 2019:
I'm with the ACLU but I'm afraid nothing immediate is going to stop ICE and Trump.
I just saw this on facebook. The hate comments from the trumpkins proved just how stupid they ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 12, 2019:
Sue Gordon needs an education. That hate meme is absolutely insane.
I will absolutely refuse to answer anytime anyone asks me if I'm a citizen of the US. I will ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 12, 2019:
I agree totally, KK. Notice that rather than have this citizenship question on a 2020 census Trump and his buddies have now decided to go with past records to solve the issue. Maybe someone told them that the illegals would just lie about it anyway. They never thought of that. Yesterday at my work a man went psycho on ideas of language and goods made in other countries. He was a Trumper extra-ordinare and raged like a lunatic. Later I asked my boss how long our products have had both Spanish and English instructions on them. My boss is not a young man and his answer was "for as long as he can remember."
Miriam Adelson wants a 'Book of Trump' in the Bible. Is that possible?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 12, 2019:
Is it possible? Only to idiots like Adelson and Donald Trump. They make a special bible and then start their own group following.
Atheist Medical Practioners- Are there very many?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 12, 2019:
If I am ever operated on I do not want a doctor who prays with everyone first.
Understanding Unbelief – Understanding Unbelief is a major new research programme aiming to ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 12, 2019:
Definitions do not bother me much. I'm not into arguing about morality or if I "have meaning" in my life. Getting rid of the Big Bang and evolution does not prove any gods. How we came to be here is not an "either/or" situation. If you are a believer and think everyone has the "one true god" and by chance it is also your god going under different names I feel sorry for you. It must be your way or the highway. BTW, if you do not believe in a god, look at the trees. :)
WHERE DOES RAGE FIT IN HUMANISM? I identify as an Atheist but Humanism seems to define a deeper ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 12, 2019:
Although I can agree with you it is important to control your feelings of rage. All you have control over is yourself and you must control rage or it will control you. I know people who fly off constantly about things that they cannot control and things that did not happen to them personally. To do so changes nothing. Get a grip on this or it will get a grip on you. Do not end up taking medicine for things you cannot change. Notice I did not ask you to "forgive" anybody but you do need to get the hell away from the source of the anger and rage.
Brazil is becoming a theocracy, in Rio de Janeiro, there are Christian thugs who belong to the drug ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 12, 2019:
Some of therm probably believe in Santeria also. The world is a crazy place and people everywhere believe in assorted nonsense of many kinds.
Andrew Yang Thinks It’s “Ridiculous” How Some People Believe Atheists Are Less Moral ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 11, 2019:
I've always thought these ideas were ridiculous but then I've never been in a morality contest. The modern churchman would be almost laughed out the door from the beginning.
When, if ever, will the stigma toward " mental illness" (ugh..chemical brain disorder) end?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 11, 2019:
I married into a family where one of the associates had disappeared for like 20 years. He finally re-appeared and claimed he had mental illness. Before he was like in some mental fog but now he was on meds and doing fine, he said. None of the family wanted anything to do with him. This is the stigma of mental illness.
Too funny
DenoPenno comments on Jul 10, 2019:
Sometimes you almost think this is what they want you to believe.
I was watching the other night an episode of the Beverly Hills Housewives with my wife, and I was ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 10, 2019:
A woman I work with is appalled that I have been friends with a married woman in Wisconsin for 2 years and we e-mail constantly but we have never met. I assume her husband is OK with it and she has 2 kids. Family oriented and not looking to leave her family in any way, we are simply friends. We gossip to each other about our personal situations and neither of us are fond of people too much.
Why do so many people today want to be unique and special?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 10, 2019:
Parents and religion teach us that, then they say you can be anything you want to be. It all works well until they reverse it for reasons of their own and tell you that you cannot.
Genetic testing reveals that Europe is a melting pot, made of immigrants
DenoPenno comments on Jul 10, 2019:
So is America. Those who favor Nazis and white supremacy should take note. There are no "pure bred" anything in the people world.
Soul-mates
DenoPenno comments on Jul 10, 2019:
People that are really into each other can be soul-mates until one of them starts going in a different direction.
President Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter, federal appeals court rules
DenoPenno comments on Jul 10, 2019:
Media is the friend of the people unless you happen to be Fascist Trump.
We have survived other rogue presidents, with enough work and determination we will survive this ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 10, 2019:
None of these past things even come close to the ongoing idiocy of Donald Trump. If I have but only one example to give it would be that the American people are paying for the Trump tariffs. These are no more than an increased tax on goods. Importers bring in the goods and pay for them as they come in, then Americans who buy the goods pay more than before to compensate the extra costs. Silly people believe that China and Mexico are paying more. That isn't how it works. It gets worse when the Trumpers claim this is all Trump's way of bringing jobs back to America. At some point they all think someone will start making the goods in America again and make them for less. This idea is nonsense that defies logic.
I have noticed that some folks will use the phrase "amen" , not in an apparent religious sense, but ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 10, 2019:
So be it.
Manslaughter Charge Dropped Against Alabama Woman Who Was Shot While Pregnant
DenoPenno comments on Jul 8, 2019:
They claimed it was all the pregnant woman's fault because she started a fight. Prove that before you try to prove she is responsible for killing her own baby. This was all racially motivated from the get go.
Trump approval rises but a majority still see him as unpresidential. - The Washington Post
DenoPenno comments on Jul 8, 2019:
Trump never was presidential and can never be presidential. It's in his nature. The big thing that nobody addresses is that no president before Trump would be allowed to get away with even a third of what Trump does and gets away with. The big question is why is this happening and what can we do about it?
Who says it can't happen here? Read this list of Trump attrocities.
DenoPenno comments on Jul 8, 2019:
It can and is happening here. The big question is how do we change it? Appearance says that the Trump GOP is happy with it. Dems have 25 different ways of looking at it and still they avoid the issue. Corporate greed could not care less. Trump and friends have to come to a definate end for anyone to even remotely assume this is the wrong way.
Forgiveness is a form of letting go, but they are not the same thing...Somewhere between ignoring ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 8, 2019:
There is no need to forgive. I think this is pushed upon us because of Christianity and the idea that if you do not forgive you may not get into heaven. Often I read of people who claim openly that they forgive the one that murdered their loved one. My first thoughts are "like hell you do!" If it is all about a personal love relationship of 2 people the stories can vary and be different in many ways. The bottom line is always that both of you ended up going in different directions.
The more I date the more I am disappointed. And the more I am disappointed the more I learn I must ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 8, 2019:
Love is a decision and it takes you in a certain direction. If it is lust or passion it dies off very quickly. People think they "click" when all of this just falls into place. Often I can allow it because of the way I view the other person. Just as often it is nonsense. In the world today it is often just different ways of trying catfishing.
Are we the masters of our lives?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 8, 2019:
We feel that we are masters of our own lives but to a large extent the choices are made for us in advance. This is why current slogans to sell you bombard all the media. This is why your free will is actually limited free will.
I once looked up the word “blame” and the entry took me to a Wikipedia entry — now gone — ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 7, 2019:
This was also done in pre-biblical times sending the "scapegoat" out into the wilderness and darkness with the troubles and sins of the people put upon it. Later, with no excuse for the death of Jesus, he became the new goat for Christians. I suppose this gave his death meaning.
Two young Jehovah's Witnesses came to my door yesterday. They gave me a flyer (the usual propaganda)...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 7, 2019:
It is a good question. I would have asked them to pray for whirled peas. :)
This is just a random thought of mine, and it's completely tasteless. (So, apologies in advance.) ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 7, 2019:
Maybe not. It is tempting but I don't dance.
So I just got a message from the Biden campaign about a Poll about not wanting foreign interference ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 7, 2019:
I get so much political e-mail that I throw it all away. Why not? They all want money and for you to get on their band wagon. Politicians and others count on the fact that you get older and think you have to give this money because of some agenda. A friend of mine had to take over her mother's bank accounts because the old girl wanted to give televangelists and politicians most of her money.
Robert O'Neill, Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden: 'Military parade is third-world bulls--t' - ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 6, 2019:
I strongly agree. It is third world bullshit. Then I found that meme in Facebook that a relative wanted passed on so "our military could have a good 4th of July." Yes, I'm sure our military forces love bombs bursting in air. That makes as much sense as Jesus cherishing the cross.
Invasion of the cute
DenoPenno comments on Jul 6, 2019:
Where are they going?
Sorry if i ramble...i was raised Babtist in a small town, i remember going to church every Sunday ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 6, 2019:
Of course it is child abuse. In some parts of America today they have after school people who move in to teach children that they are sinners. This was questioned in court and it was found that they could no longer use school property for this. The Good News Club of the religious right would have your child crying because they have "sinned" and much of America still goes along with it. I personally think that the club and the participating school should be sued to the max.
Religious indoctrination in public schools. I do support religious teaching is public schools ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 6, 2019:
When most Americans tell you they are against teaching religion in our public schools it is because of our clause for separation of church and state. What we are fighting against is Evangelicals moving in to claim we are really a Christian Nation and what they are pushing is their own brand of religion. In other words, their church and their Sunday School moves right in to become part of public education. This is wrong. Flat out wrong! What would be allowed in teaching about religion is all religions in general, what they are about, and where they came from. In this way religion itself does not dominate our public education. Religion is taught as an historical point and not a "chose you this day which god you will serve" situation. No god will ever dominate the classroom and can never be spoken of as doing so.
Are we becoming a banana republic?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
Yeah, led by a rotten banana.
The Forgotten: Disabled And Detained At The Border
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
Trump is a Nazi Dictator wannabe.
Just when you thought he couldn't say anything dumber he kicks it up to a whole new level... ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
Trump can make these remarks because he is Donald Trump and he hasn't got a clue. In the first Michael Wolfe book "Fear in The White House" I find that Trump remarked on our economy saying it was good because his tariffs had kicked in. At that time Trump had so such tariffs of any kind.
This shithead pisses me off
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
And Sean Hannity is another great big liar. He and others like him seem to believe the goal of the USA is to bring other countries our wonderful form of government flavored with far right sauce.
Why would a man write to me for another guy? A scam?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
Another form of catfishing.
Congress Votes To Block Feds From Enforcing Marijuana Laws In Legal States
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
It's about time. This is also why I invested in ACB in Canada. Here in the USA we are going back and forth on this legal idea and not sure what we want to do.
Important news
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
Let's hope that every advancement in these lines makes things a bit harder for Dictator Trump.
Just for the Record; I don't want "free health care" I want responsible, fair, health care
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
Everybody talks about this "free healthcare" and they argue it to the core. Hey, it's not like suddenly you have new president and - POOF - free healthcare is there, in place and working.
To fellow scientists: How do you deal with people in social settings that speak with authority ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
There's lots of BS out there and many take it seriously. I knew an Engineer once who believed he helped build the pyramids. Just the other day I saw a person looking on the Internet and claiming that a woman in labor was going to get an abortion. In hindsight now I wish I would have remarked "tell her she had better hurry up."
The christians of Fort Worth, Texas went crazy over these banners promoting a seminar on the U.S. ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
I'm glad they left the banners up. It is rightly said that "in god we trust" can be printed on our money for that is the god that people trust in the most.
I was not raised in a religious environment. Are there any other people out there who like me were ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
My exposure to religion came at about age 12 or 13. I was so overwhelmed by it that I took it to extremes and wanted to be a minister. Many years later I credit that study itself with helping me to be skeptical. Believers were all people older than me and old people themselves. I thought automatically that they knew the truth. Today I resent religion in any form because it misleads people. "Well, how did you get here then?" I'm not sure about others but I had parents.
Disclaimer: the following is based on several years of personal experience with online dating and ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
Hooking up again in 6 months is not exactly my thing. Last night on an Online site someone was trying to catfish me. (I had to look that up once to see what it was but I'm sure there are different types of it.) One thing that bothers me as a male is all the men who have to have women shorter than they are. Why? I don't care if you are 6' 2". Men are also bothered if a woman makes more money than they do. Again, I do not personally see why.
[lifesitenews.com] Could this mean they will eventually see their error in ever believing at all? I ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 5, 2019:
God is called "he" because the bible writers viewed women as just another kind of property by which they could also reproduce themselves. Their bible book also has god speaking and saying "let us make man in our image." This would appear to say god is a male image because god was interpreted as talking to Jesus and Michael the Archangel. If you are a JW you believe that Jesus** was** Michael the Archangel. To me it is a lot of hooey!
Which Food Network chef do you find most annoying and which ones do you find entertaining?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 4, 2019:
Emeril Lagassi is OK and I like Rachel Ray. Actually I don't watch food shows too often.
Happy 'escape our grasp' Day. I hope you are satisfied??? ;)
DenoPenno comments on Jul 4, 2019:
Thanks for the good wishes but I am not satisfied. I might be if I outlive Bone Spurs.
Has the ring of truth
DenoPenno comments on Jul 4, 2019:
I agree with the sign 100 percent.
When you're a dictator...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 4, 2019:
I agree with Batman. As for Bone Spurs, we should forcibly operate on him. I know he does not remember which heel had the bone spurs but they do not go away on their own. Operate on both his feet.
So if trump loses the election, will he fabricate a crisis and try to stay in power?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 3, 2019:
I believe there is a good chance that he might do that. Will anyone have guts enough to forcibly remove him?
Religious right striking back at atheist
DenoPenno comments on Jul 3, 2019:
I agree with mayor Betsy Price that many Americans have fought and died for our freedoms. I'm having problems with putting that into any religious belief unless the implication was that our Veterans deserve some sort of reward. I'm also a Veteran. It doesn't mean that we go to some special place.
Info for trumpers pay heed lol
DenoPenno comments on Jul 3, 2019:
I like this idea. LOL Fake newspapers are now popping up pointing out that Obama and everyone before Trump was spying on him including our FBI and CIA. Is Trump suddenly that important? I thought this was called investigation. Trump's GOP wants to make it a crime.
Imagine dinosaurs walking around with the headbob motions that many birds do. It kinda messes up ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 3, 2019:
Yes, it does. I'll go you another one. We made up the colors of the dinosaurs. In reality we have no idea what color they really were.
The republican great lie
DenoPenno comments on Jul 3, 2019:
This is exactly what it means. They reinforce this in peoples minds with words like "entitlements" because they can point out that social security is only a tax and you think you are "entitled" to it. They get away with this one because most people are not old enough to be drawing social security money of any kind. An exercise in thinking comes out here as I told a young person at work yesterday that I got another phone call about my "social security number being compromised" and I'm laughing at this scam. He said I should be concerned with that **at my age**. I told him we should all be concerned with it and age has nothing to do with it. He has that younger GOP thinking that they push on us all.
Here comes the Fourth of July! Tanks in DC and kids in cages on the border. What is wrong with ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 3, 2019:
Very much is wrong with this. Trump is using it to appeal to his base and beyond with sights set on 2020. It means a big military parade paid for by the government is part of his re-election campaign.This should be against the law but I don't hear any complaints. He does this while some point out that the DC monuments need billions in repairs and our border still has a concentration camp. To show that he is a "nice guy" the Orange Clown is holding back on ICE roundups until after the 4th, and he is simply fining a lot of illegals in the mean time. Does he expect them to pay? Maybe he wants you to compare this to his tariff taxes that only Americans are paying. In with all this I am told that the Baby Trump diapered blimp will fly along with it all. Maybe we can't blame poor Donnie so much. The poor rich bum just wanted a firecracker and a show of military might. Dictators do that all the time.
Dating a Christian?
DenoPenno comments on Jul 3, 2019:
Of course it is a big issue. Anyone who is having a nice day "by the grace of god" will sooner or later end up in tears over you because some invisible part of you is doomed to hellfire by an invisible man. I'm telling it just like it is. For the record, have you heard of Lee Strobel? Long story short on this man he and his wife did not believe but secretly his wife and kids started going to church. Today Lee is said to be a big believer also after writing a book that was intended to disprove everything. It did not work that way and Lee wrote The Case For Christ, The Case For The Resurrection, etc. and there is the movie about it all and so forth. It seems very plain to me what Lee was doing. **He was saving his marriage**.I might add that these days it also makes him a pretty good living.
I am a 100% skeptic about all things supernatural! Do any of you hold on to any supernatural ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 3, 2019:
I'm aware that some people believe in the supernatural in many different forms. I used to believe all the nonsense as a younger man when I got hooked on religion. The bottom line is that gods are supernatural and there is no supernatural. Proof of anything supernatural is just like evidence for or against a god being. People that believe it usually have a confirmation bias in the first place, or they do not understand things well. To believe it you obviously want it to be real.
Ark Encounter founder warns ‘kids of all ages’ that libraries are becoming dangerous - New York ...
DenoPenno comments on Jul 1, 2019:
Anyone could find out about myth, superstition, and the fact that the Ark Encounter project was not even done to the standard of the big book in the first place.
The cure for Christianity.
DenoPenno comments on Jun 30, 2019:
It's a true quote and it worked wonders for me. It took a long time but it worked.
I remember being so happy that I'd been 'saved'. Calling that feeling a delusion seems very harsh. I...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 30, 2019:
I remember "being saved." It was a religious high that was as great as any drug. You could be happy and drunk at the same time. Oh, so wonderful. Today I ask "saved from what?" The answer is that you are saved from what god was going to do to you if you did not believe in him and go along with him. This means that god was the problem all along.
It's almost time for Pow, ka, pop, pop, pop! That's the sound I always hear around my area just ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 30, 2019:
June 30th here and still not a lot of fireworks going off in my area. You have to really listen for them to hear them and there are none in daylight hours. Last year and before the area was like a war zone 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after.
Orwell’s 1984 no longer reads like fiction. It’s the reality of our times — RT Op-ed
DenoPenno comments on Jun 30, 2019:
This is all a double edged sword. Facebook and others were promoted and invented with false ideas of getting groups and families together in some common meeting place complete with pictures and stories. It turned into a giant marketing venture along every avenue possible and the founders got rich by selling the complex data. This is actually what government, military, and mega-marketers wanted but then jealousy and a demand for data caused limitations to be put on the founders. False info was planted by groups wanting political control and hate speech was everywhere on FB and others. I've read that Zuckerberg is working with a conservative group now. The idea is to change how we view certain ideas from the right. Trump has said that he wants a list of everybody that does not like him. I'm not sure this will happen but I have been censored on my own site and the man that reported me came there to argue with me and got angry that he did not "win." Facebook took his side and erased my convo with him. I took out a few swear words and reposted again. I'm glad that hate mongers and hate groups are disappearing from Facebook and others. I even see some new items sneaked in by management that show pictures of nice animals and puppies. I'm seeing far left false info and speculative info that could never be true, but then neither are angels. People in power want Facebook info because Americans have now become the product and the database is so large. I do not want Alex Jones and don't give a damn about Donald Trump but my words are my opinion and not "hate speech." Everyone should have a right to their opinion and when that changes we know that 1984 has finally arrived and is no longer just a novel or a movie. When Donald Trump said "fake news" and claimed that what we see and hear is not what is really happening he opened a door that also brought in pixies and a moon made of green cheese. He cannot have total control of what he is creating but I hear that You Tube is in process of doing their own cleansing of things right now also. All we can do is hope for the best.
A "perfect world" is theoretically possible, is it not? Imagine what that world would look like to ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 30, 2019:
The JW's have it figured out. The perfect world right here on earth where the lion plays with the lamb. Lions also no longer eat meat. They eat straw now and I guess their teeth have changed. Hard to eat straw with those pointy teeth. On the serious side, get rid of greed and let everyone become concerned with their fellow man and this earth could become the perfect world. There would still be problems but we would work together toward common gain to solve them. Misinformation and the love of money prevents all of this now. Would it all matter as an atheist or agnostic? Would it improve our vision and outlook? Certainly because life has the meaning that you give it. Harmony is much better than earthly strife. This is why people invented gods and stories of heaven. Rather than false hope we need real hope.
WARNING! WARNING! DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER! So I had a desperate thought today. This is what I ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 30, 2019:
At least you came to your senses. A religious friend of mine knows for sure that I could meet women at church. He tells me all the time I should start going again. Knowing my disbelief doesn't stop him because his book tells him everybody knows there is a god. What he has in mind for me is alter time and "Oh, Jebus, I am so sorry." Of course we go that route because Suzie, my new church GF, is right there to help me. I think the whole idea is so sorry!
How has learning science affected your life?
DenoPenno comments on Jun 30, 2019:
Science was always fascinating to me. In its beginning we had oddballs. Before that we had goddidit.
I went off to a 40's & 50's singles group yesterday afternoon. Just down the beach to watch the sun ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 30, 2019:
Life is what you make it. I have always followed my own interests and I still do. I have had exciting times but I'm really not exciting. I have no bucket list and I'm not going to bungie jump. I'm also not likely to be watching the sun go down unless I'm camping or something.
Unintended Meaning
DenoPenno comments on Jun 29, 2019:
Usually it is the other way around.
Maybe I'm looking for the impossible. Over the last 5 or 6 years, I have made a serious effort ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 29, 2019:
I'm not certain and I'm not a scientist. What I do know for sure is that we did not get here because of the invisible man. Creation does not disprove evolution and I'm not sure the big bang had a sound. I was not there.
I am in love with this woman and we've been seeing each other for 3 years now. It's so difficult to ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 29, 2019:
My ex and I knew a couple who were actually married twice. Her kids from a previous marriage did not like him so everything was back and forth. Today they are divorced and she is married to someone else. I ignore her and I'm not sure what her kids think about this new guy.
Islamic Centre, Leicester (UK) website: ‘An apostate does not have the right to life. For his ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 28, 2019:
If they believe this let them put their sins on the apostate and drive him off into the wilderness. They did this with a goat before Jesus came along.
To make a long story short, the guy im dating is taking his ex wife on a weekend get away. Her son ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 28, 2019:
I would find a new boyfriend. I was there for one of my ex wives when her daughter died but it was only a phone conversation.
As an Atheist who just turned 40 and is single I am now for the first time really grappling with my ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 28, 2019:
When I die and my remains are put into an urn and given to my children I want words on the urn that say "if you ever need me just add water." Immortality changes as your life goes on. I was once ten foot tall and bullet proof.
Is Billy Mumy god? Folks here may remember the classic Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life" ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 28, 2019:
I believe he sent others off into the corn field way before "Children of the Corn" was ever made.
Christianity is a fraud religion since it is based on two events that never happened; a virgin birth...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 28, 2019:
All religion is a fraud.
My husband says, google is his god, because it knows everything and always has an answer for his ...
DenoPenno comments on Jun 28, 2019:
I'm an agnostic/atheist if you can deal with that. As a younger man I was tricked into believing in a god and I studied to be a Pentecostal minister. Wanting to know things, I studied much more than just the bible. I was in my 60's when it all rang true. There are no gods and no evidence of gods. There is no evidence that gods wrote you a book and told you what to do. No evidence of gods wanting to be in touch with you. The bible as we know it today came some 300 plus years after Jesus, who himself might be a composite of more than one man. Prophesy in the bible is contrived in order to make it fit the situation. Jesus is about as real as Zeus or Jupiter. You do not have or possess a "soul" and there is no proof that you are doing anything or going anywhere after death. Do my beliefs scare me in any way? No, I'm more free right now that I have been in my whole life.

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