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Hello, all.

I came to atheism late in life after a long period of skepticism, finally I decided that without compelling evidence the only rational choice is to be an atheist. If I hear a voice out of a burning bush tomorrow, and can't find any hidden speakers, don't have a brain tumor, etc... well, I would have to re-evaluate my stand I suppose.
I'm divorced and a father of one (who doesn't live with me but visits a lot), currently in a relationship with someone who may or may not be a believer... she says Christian-like things sometimes but also says she doesn't know what she believes. It's complicated. The point is, we're happy right now and hopefully that will continue.

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Let the controversy begin!
Paul4747 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Yep. The most useful thing a scientist could do would be, invent a time machine so I can travel back to 1999 (be on the safe side) and stuff Nader in a trunk for a year or two. Also the same for Karl Rove, because without him, McCain would have been nominated, and he would have made the first decent Republican since Ike. It could have been a whole new era of centrist politics. Or else Gore could have mopped the floor with him, either one would be acceptable. On second thought, the trunk is too good for Rove.
Thumbs up...yep...ha ha
Paul4747 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Well, I'm actually not looking at my thumb anymore, but thank you... now I'm worried that I have a substandard penis.
Obama vs Trump written by 45.
Paul4747 comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Introspection and self-awareness are not major features of 45's presidency. On the other hand, huge batches of hypocrisy to make up for it.
US can afford ‘unlimited war’ but not Medicare for all, says Ocasio-Cortez [rt.com]
Paul4747 comments on Aug 11, 2018:
For a second there I thought you were quoting a Republican...
How did LSD impact your view of religion?
Paul4747 comments on Aug 11, 2018:
My best man was in the Latter-Day Saints. He was also gay. This fact being pretty much ignored by his family as "impossible" due to its incompatibility with their religion, was another factor in my growing disenchantment with religion and my search for understanding of this human phenomenon. Wait... did you say "LDS" or "LSD"? I've had a couple beers...
[yahoo.com] Fuhrer Trump Attack's LeBron James' Intelligence With Racism
Paul4747 comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Truthfully, reading James' posts, he doesn't strike me as incredibly intelligent either. Two highly conceited men flaming each other. Now, where in Trump's post did he refer to anyone's race?
He cant save us now. They fattened him up.
Paul4747 comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Lock him in the tool shed. That's the vital step. He's useless unless you lock him in a tool shed.
Christian reasoning.... sigh
Paul4747 comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Not to mention "Baby miraculously survives plane crash", which might as well be phrased as "God swats plane out of the air, killing everyone except 1 baby"
Oh...yes...I need this right now!
Paul4747 comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Are you sure that's "thirsty"? I'm getting a "sex predator" vibe. Or maybe just "ax murderer".
Straw support!
Paul4747 comments on Aug 4, 2018:
It's been so long, I can't remember which one was the Bandit... Didn't Dom Deluise come into it somehow, too?
I think yes..
Paul4747 comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Yep Another word is "rare" Also, "model"
Talk of blessings is taboo on this site. But sometimes, the crime is worth the pun-ishment.
Paul4747 comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Toto: Keeping Africa vampire-free since 1982
They Work To Manufacture Consent Because They Need It. So Don’t Give It To Them. ...
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Nope. She lost me at "and the secretive government agencies with which they are allied" *Nothing*, and I mean *nothing*, in Washington stays a secret. Clinton couldn't even get a hummer from an intern without the world finding out. Anything scandalous that 3 people know, will be on the front page in the morning. This is how I know that there was no conspiracy to kill Kennedy. *Somebody* would have come forward decades ago. We wouldn't have to rely on Oliver Stone to make a movie about it.
Why are the Republicans hiding past records of SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh? They demanded and got all ...
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Politics, natch. Demand all the supposed dirt on your opponent's nominee. Claim your own is pure as driven snow. Both parties do it, but the Republicans do it nastiest.
How do you reply to "Have a Nice Day"?
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
No, but I do have: "Hi." (as in, "High") ---"I wish..." And of course, "See you later." --- "Not if I see you first."
Moms are the best with advice....
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Looks like about a size 12?
Jeff Sessions announces new religious liberty task force to combat “dangerous” secularism - Vox
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Let's be clear: all that the evangelicals are concerned with is their liberty to discriminate against everyone else. Their "liberty" to deny same-sex couples the right to marry... ideally the right to even openly be couples. Their "liberty" to openly hate. Their "liberty" to shut other religions, as well as atheists and agnostics, out of the public square. Their "liberty" to dictate public policy by controlling the party in power. They already have the liberty to believe and do as they want under the law. The law forbids discrimination, because we are a secular society. They want us to be a religious society where "Christian" morality is the rule. And there's no such thing. "Christian" morality means you're free to discriminate against anyone who's not a Christian.
German Shepherd Property Laws Could Apply to Any Breed
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Other than #s 3 and 8, these are my daughter's laws as well. (Dammit.)
Only Two-Thirds Of American Millennials Believe The Earth Is Round
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Kids don't believe anything in a school book, but they'll instantly believe a 3 minute internet video from a neckbeard with a snazzy presentation and no facts.
Koch-backed study finds ‘Medicare for All’ would save U.S. trillions – ThinkProgress
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Just because they're the Koch brothers doesn't automatically make them wrong. Paying an income tax for universal health care would put me way ahead versus the premiums I'm paying Blue Cross.
Impossible relationship
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
I don't see why not... but then I don't insist others believe as I do. It's always the Xians on the dating sites who tell *me* "this wouldn't work out, even though you seem nice, because you're an atheist." Never me telling them, "You seem nice, but I can't date a Christian".
Is it okay for an atheist to sing sacred music?
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
For a given definition of "sacred"... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9IfHDi-2EA
Has a song ever changed your mind? What was the song? How did it affect you?
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
At a time when I felt like the world was out to get me, I remembered... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2Wx230gYJw
Describe your love life in one word.
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Stalled
One choice! IF THERE'S ONE thing in your life that you could change what would it be?
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Going back to 1996 and working about 5% harder in grad school would have eventually netted me a doctorate in History and the teaching career I always planned on... instead that path dead-ended at a Master's, followed by drifting from career to career, and eventually 19 years in civil service. Not a dishonorable or worthless course by any means, but not what I had wanted or intended.
Gotta love ???
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
I can't wait for the My Little Pony version.
Jesus died for?
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
I'm on it. A full schedule of drinking, brawling, and illicit sex shall follow. Wait- I'm out of booze, and I'm too old for fighting. Anyone up for some illicit sex?
Nite all, stay safe!
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Nice ass ;)
And purple tastes delicious
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Just try the Green flavor Power Ade. Mmmmmm.... green....
Magic Fucking Boat...
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
If it's magic, why no dragons and unicorns? Why Noah? Why?
Dr. Seuss foot book.
Paul4747 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
You will stfu on a plane You will stfu in the rain You will stfu for a dime You will stfu any fucking time
Bucket List
Paul4747 comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Couples skinny dipping. I'm not part of a couple at this time.
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
Paul4747 comments on Aug 2, 2018:
That's a tie between "I love you" and "Take those clothes off and lay down, honey"...
Why did you choose your username/avatar?
Paul4747 comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Ummm.... my name is Paul, and the number 47 has some significance to me? (It appears frequently throughout the Star Trek franchise, in codes and so forth. It's a little in-joke the creators have, and I'm that big of a geek.)
LOYALTY SIGNALING IN POLITICS My impression is that our political behavior is driven largely by ...
Paul4747 comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Party affiliation, like religious affiliation and what sports team you root for, is often based on emotional rather than rational appeal. Logical calculation often doesn't enter into it.
God hates porn?
Paul4747 comments on Aug 2, 2018:
In the words of Chris Griffin (Family Guy): "God's watching me do #2? Oh, man, I'm a sinner and God is a pervert."
What is "the sixth sense" of yours?
Paul4747 comments on Aug 2, 2018:
My sense that I just said the wrong thing, and it's too late to call back that text message. :(
What do you guys think about little body procedures that stave off the effects of aging or personal ...
Paul4747 comments on Aug 2, 2018:
I suppose.... arrghhhh!!!!! How do I put this!?!?!?!?!?! If it boosts a person's self-confidence, then it is in no way a bad thing, I suppose. BUT *on the other hand....* I consider those little lines and grey hairs as signs of character, signs of hard-earned experience, and I love them as part of the person I'm attracted to. If I'm attracted to someone who's 40, or 50, or 60.... it's that *person* inside, and the way she looks is *part of her* and an essential part of what I adore. However she chooses to look. Even my ex-wife's wine-colored hair, back when our marriage was actually functional... even though she looked just great without it, she insisted on dark wine color. And I loved her, back then.
I am wondering about your feelings toward movies or books with fantastic religious themes, ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 31, 2018:
I do love Kevin Smith's *Dogma*. Not so much into horror films. Stephen King's novels, though... I really enjoy the mythology of his universe around the Dark Tower and the connection through so many of his other books.
Do you think that experiencing fear in a "safe" setting, by watching horror movies, participating in...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 31, 2018:
I would be very very hesitant to say there is *anything* that can "protect" against PTSD. The effects of stress are so unpredictable from one person to another, as well as different kinds of stress affecting people differently, that I should think it's next to impossible to insulate against stress in advance. However, this may be a therapeutic tool that's been tried to help treat PTSD. It sounds like something someone has done somewhere, probably. Whether it works or not... well, I'm no doctor.
Confused if I'm Christian or not.
Paul4747 comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Do you believe in someone above the natural order, who created everything (whether in 6 days or 6 billion years)? Do you believe that person has a specific interest in your life and fate? Do you believe people have souls that survive death, and go to some kind of afterlife? Is there a God in charge of that afterlife? If your answer to those questions is yes... you then have to read the Bible and ask, "Do I believe that the God described in this book is the God who is really in charge of the universe? Could a God petty enough to worry about what kind of animals people eat https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+11=NIV and who actually calls a woman "impure" during her period https://biblehub.com/leviticus/15-19.htm also devise the laws of physics? Would that God choose 12 tribes living in the desert to be the only ones to hear his message, and then furthermore send himself, in the form of his son (because Jesus is also God, and God is God) to be a sacrifice *to himself* to atone for the sins of everyone on the planet... but only if they had heard of this sacrifice, and accepted the bargain? Is this a just bargain to begin with? Would you accept someone else taking a death sentence for a crime you committed? And what if the death sentence were for the equivalent of littering? Would a God capable of creating the universe care if you have sex outside marriage? And send you to eternal torture for that "crime", unless you accepted the Jesus bargain? Because that's what the Bible states, literally. These are the kind of questions, going back to my 20s, that led me to disbelieve in the *literal* truth of Christianity. Christianity can be a metaphor, resurrection considered as the death of our animal consciousness and the rebirth of self as a spiritually aware person... but even that was not a satisfying answer to me eventually. I had to admit that there is almost certainly no divine creator, and certainly not the one described in the Bible. That book is the mythology of the Hebrews, nothing more. But if you truly believe it... then you are a Christian. If you have doubts, you owe it to yourself to explore them honestly and see where that exploration leads. I suggest *The God Delusion* by Richard Dawkins as a good place to start reading.
It all started with this question, if there are all these religions in the world, how come we're so ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Consider this thought:
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
And yet I am deeply irritated by it.
Just another Trump mouthpiece
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
When he stops being OUR liar, he's not trustworthy anymore. Like an honest politician= one who stays bought
The new hat.
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Available @ your nearest Wal Mart
I understand I get a t-shirt when I reach a certain level. When do I get underwear? I'm getting ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you are allowed to go commando. After that- I still wouldn't rely on a website for your underoos.
Why do many folks here put pictures of anything other than themselves in their profile? Is it ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Shyness? Privacy? On the run from Mafia killers? Actually *are* Mafia killers, but still looking for dates? Want to be judged on personality first? Crime fighter secret identity? I can do this all night, but I need to get *some* sleep...
That's HOT
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
If she quotes from/knows of at least 6 different science fiction/fantasy/superhero films, series, or books that I love. Bonus points for *Firefly* or *Battlestar Galactica (2003)* references. I'm a huge nerd.
NEO: Trump, Putin and the White Helmets [veteranstoday.com] (Sources also tell us that among ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
"Sources tell us". Like who? What sources? Agreed it's a bizarre story, if it happened as written. But consider this "magazine" also features an article on "how the 2016 election was rigged", apparently to throw the election to Trump... https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/07/29/how-the-2016-us-election-was-rigged/ a rigged election "just like in 2000 and 2004." Say what? This article is written using mined quotes to give the appearance of massive vote fraud, for instance linking to an article in The Nation, and quoting the first line of the story of an elderly man turned away from the polls- but not mentioning his ultimate success in voting. It even gives the title of the Nation piece as "Republicans Rig Election", when the real title is "*Did* Republicans Rig The Election?" It links to opinion pieces as if they were authoritative reports. Most of all, it ignores the established *fact* that the exit polls were simply wrong, because many who voted for Trump lied to the pollsters- especially women. That's why Trump's was such an upset victory on Election Day when the votes were actually counted. I despise Trump as much as the next man, if the next man isn't Sean Hannity- but this is ridiculous stuff. This is not a trustworthy source. It is biased; it is not journalism. I hesitate to give it the proud title of "hack reporting". And I don't buy anything this "Veteran's Today" has to say, about anything.
When the evangelicals who are all over Trump because he was "put there by God," in their view, get ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Two words... ***Cognitive*** ***Dissonance***
I have just seen a headline that says Trump is going to "shut down government" if they don't fund ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I think they've figured out how to make Mexico pay for a wall after all. Make America so obnoxious that Mexico wants to wall itself off from *US*...
Alex Jones threatens Robert Mueller and accuses him of pedophilia. Facebook still hasn't kicked him ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Because he used the word "Politically" alongside his threat, so it's a metaphor. Not that his audience would know a metaphor if one metaphorically smacked them upside the back of the head. The pedophile thing is the same accusation they leveled at the Clintons, I believe. Not sure how Mueller got involved in it, other than he was a handy target.... Good news, he is banned for 30 days. https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2018/07/27/fox-business-lou-dobbs-defends-infowars-and-alex-jones/220831 Lou Dobbs has leapt to defend his right to free speech... :P
Innie or outtie
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
You truly are bored, aren't you? Mine can't be fairly tested unless I go on a big diet. Ask me again, 100 lbs from now.
Being Completely Honest, Is There A Bible Or Cross Anywhere In Your Home Right Now?
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I have the cross necklace my ex gave me for Xmas one year. Also a Hammer of Thor necklace. And an Elder Sign (H P Lovecraft) amulet on a beautiful chain that I picked up from the game store way back when, to protect against critters from the Necronomicon, just in case. These are all works of art, and I'm not getting rid of them, despite not believing in any of them.
Can't you try to believe? I'm not quiet about my atheism, not in your face about it either. So, ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I actually did. I was a "seeker" for over 20 years. Asked God to talk to me. Prayed for something, a message, a small still voice. The deafening silence clued me in that possibly nobody was there.
Christians often say that they hate the sin not the sinner. I say that I hate the belief not the ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Xians say a lot of daft stuff like that, though. In the end, whether they admit it or not, many hate anybody who isn't one of them and doesn't parrot their beliefs. Including those who are the wrong kind of Xian.
What would life be like if there was not the phrase “in God we trust” in our lives?
Paul4747 comments on Jul 29, 2018:
You mean, if there were no money? Number one, I wouldn't have to go get ready for work in like 20 minutes. Which means I need to get off this computer, I have plans to masturbate real quick before that. Seeya....
Christian activist: ‘God will curse the children and grandchildren of those who opposed Trump’ ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 29, 2018:
How does she know she's not cursed for opposing Hilary? What kind of just God curses children for the shit their parents do, anyway? These are the kind of questions that made me realize, even if there is a god somewhere, it's not *that* one.
First Russian hack for 2018 election? [vox.com]
Paul4747 comments on Jul 29, 2018:
In context, Trump's "Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!" is either pathological self-delusion, or pathological lies. My problem is, I can't tell which. Does he really belief the bullshit that he spews? Or does he just fool himself during the time his lips (or fingers) are moving? Or does he count on his followers not even checking any source besides his shitstorm of tweets? Probably the latter. He knows that his loyalists want to believe the world is the way he tells them it is, because he reinforces their own prejudices.
Do you often use profanity?
Paul4747 comments on Jul 29, 2018:
That's a hell of a question, who the fuck do you think you are? I swear more at work than anywhere else. I have a slightly more abrasive personality there. I recall a fellow officer who was at dinner with his wife and another couple. The subject of his work in corrections came up. The other husband asked, "Do you know (name of mutual acquaintance)?" Without hesitation he replied, "Yeah, I know that dick-eating bitch." The mutual acquaintance had been best man at the other couple's wedding. ? After that my friend was banned from social occasions for a year. Best part of the story is the other guy's wife. She just said, "I knew there was a reason I didn't like that guy. "
I would like your thoughtful answers about the following:. One of our most popular cliches about ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 29, 2018:
"Don't settle" isn't the same thing as "don't compromise". Obviously I'd love to meet and get involved with someone with the looks and mind of Natalie Portman (Semi-finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search competition in high school. Studied neuroscience and psychology at Harvard University. Attended graduate school at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Fluent in Hebrew; has studied Japanese, Arabic, French, and German. Has the same Erdős–Bacon number as Carl Sagan, Reported IQ of 140) and who happens to live in the next apartment block. Well, pretty clearly that's unlikely to happen. So who I'm interested in, is someone as smart as or smarter than me (not hard to find), someone funny, someone warm, someone who can communicate, someone who has no problem expressing feelings and affection, someone who wants physical contact and physical love. Someone who knows what she wants, and wants those things with me. That's the bottom line and what I won't "settle" about. The compromise part comes in when you realize that you meet people from all over in the world today, with online dating and so on. I just had coffee this weekend with someone who lives a 3 hour round trip away. We had a lot of fun meeting. We had been chatting for a few weeks already, and we have a lot in common as far as our desires for someone to be close to, for physical affection. If it turns out we really hit it off, I'm going to have to do a lot of traveling. I can do that. I can compromise having someone there all the time, for the quality of the time that I do get.
Would you date a theist? Under what conditions?
Paul4747 comments on Jul 29, 2018:
On the condition that I don't have to be, and that she doesn't insist that other theists (of the "wrong" religion) are going to hell. The kind who sees it as a metaphor for something deeper, not as a literal history where "god" talks to people and smites shit left and right, until he decides he loves us and sends his son to be killed (except he IS his son, so what the actual fuck?).
Not into threesomes. If I want to disappoint 2 people at the same time I’ll go out to dinner with ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 29, 2018:
My parents are deceased. Threesome it is, then!!
Have you ever seen a movie that you wished you never seen?
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
There was a movie starring, I use the term loosely, The Unknown Comic doing standup comedy, while the story took place in between times. I walked out of the movie. ?
Not sure if I'm ever going to get it right.
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Be yourself. For one thing, there's nobody else you can be. Don't stress about the long run. Enjoy the moment. Easy to say but hard to do.
Talent or Ambition
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Many of the things I have great passion for.... I would get in trouble if I demonstrated in public. The rest, well, how long can you have a panel discussion about *Firefly* anyway?
Troubling beliefs
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Jesus' AK is horribly inaccurate. A nice M1 Garand or AR 15 (semi-auto) would be much better. No wonder the Romans caught up to him.
This would be fantastic
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIQ7kgJnQz4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTw1vJuV11s Then every day we could party with this guy!
How do you build up your self confidence? I'm a sensitive person, perhaps too sensitive. Growing up ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I drink heavily. KIDDING!!! Someone told me something this year that I really took to heart. I messaged a person I didn't expect to reply, feeling like she was out of my league, as they say... not only did she reply, but we had a really successful date. She told me, "You underrate your attractiveness." If ever I wonder about myself, I just think back to those words. I really am quite a catch, I guess. Why would she lie? And then I think about how I look at other people, and how they see themselves. It's the exact same phenomenon. I see women in a very positive way, and they're so often critical of themselves. Not just looks, but personality, intelligence, humor. We are our own harshest critics. We look at ourselves in the worst possible light, looking for the flaws. Others often see our perfections. It's hardest for those of us who haven't had positive people around us. We have to learn new habits. But it can be done.
I generally find myself surrounded by religious self righteous women 😒 i don't consider any ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I generally find myself surrounded by idiots. I see it as my duty to use them for my own amusement, as they are unaware of my mockery.
How do you say you love some one without them thinking you want to marry them?
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
"You're so intelligent, I love that about you." Comes out differently than "I love you." Or just say "You're such a great friend." It gets the message across.
So am I the only woman that expects someone you have just started talking to to plan a date in order...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
(Look of bafflement crossing my face) He is inviting you over, or himself to your house? Either way, no, that's not anything I've ever contemplated. Dinner in a well-lit setting is appropriate. Maybe shopping for antiques if that's your thing. Miniature golf? Not an invite to come over for drinks as a first date. That's assuming familiarity right off the bat. I think so, anyway.
Does anybody else cringe at the sound of someone’s saying,” Thank you Jesus for dying on the ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Died way before I was born (if he even existed). I didn't ask him to. Knew nothing about my "sins". Can't pay for them. I refuse this "favor". The scapegoat system is the ultimate in immorality. Asking someone else to pay for your crimes is moral cowardice. We mere humans would never accept the idea that someone could go to prison in place of another, serving the sentence for something they did. The only reason Xians accept this system is that they also believe in a tyrannical, incredibly unjust God person whose retribution for the most minor infraction is eternal torture.
How did your neigbors vote?
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
What do I care? This is an overall average. Some people voted like me, others didn't.
What is the difference between faith and belief?
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Let's put it like this: "I *believe* I left the oven on." That makes sense as a sentence. "I have *faith* that I left the oven on." That makes no sense. It's easier to illustrate the difference than to define it. A belief is usually based on some kind of rational evidence. Faith is based on no evidence whatsoever.
I ve been thinking about the concept of online dating. A friend of mine who has been there for me ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
What I think, is probably going to help you very little if at all. We're different individuals and our experiences shape us very differently. Your marriage ended in heartbreak, for which I'm truly sorry; the end of mine was a renewal for me. You look at online dating as a distraction, for me it's a resource. I'm mortified for you by the oaf who thought that recognizing you from an online profile gave him the right to follow you and annoy you in public. The first person I met and dated from an online profile now works at my neighborhood pharmacy. That could be awkward, considering we had just two dates and then she ghosted me... and now if she wanted she could have a lot of confidential information about me. But I just don't think about it. We greet each other politely, I pick up my scrips, and move on. I prefer dating sites as opposed to hoping to meet someone randomly. Theoretically, everyone on a dating site is single and looking for a date. It makes it easier. I don't like hanging out in bars and restaurants by myself. I don't strike up conversations with strangers very easily. Ladies don't approach me. Except on dating sites. Good luck, whatever you do. And please do stick around. This isn't really a dating site, as much as a discussion site where singles tend to hang out. ;)
I've decided I'm going to heck.
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Watch out for this guy...
Property psychology: why we perceive things as an extension of our own identity William James once ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
William James also said (during a nitrous oxide trip) that he received the message "OVERALL THERE IS A SMELL OF FRIED ONIONS", and this was a clue to the meaning of life. Totally irrelevant, but I thought it was interesting. I just read that, referenced in a novel. Synchronicity, huh?
Property psychology: why we perceive things as an extension of our own identity William James once ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
To quote Gallagher: Look down from an airplane, you just see little piles of stuff. Why do you need a bigger house? Didn't have enough room for all your stuff.
We have 10 members!! How cool!! Welcome everyone!!
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
And I remember when I was just member number 2, hoping others would follow along and join the club.... looks like my plan worked ;)
Are there any Democrats out there that aren't afraid to declare yourselves?
Paul4747 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I don't belong to an organized political party... I'm a Democrat.
Fox's Andrew McCarthy: "I don't think that it's bad if campaigns are turning to foreign governments ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
"Illegal things are only bad if a Democrat does them. Why can't we just understand that...." Well put.
Today is National Coffee Day! I've already had 3 cups and will finish the pot before the day is ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Oh good. I'm meeting someone for coffee later today! First time meeting. ;)
Report: Anti-Intellectual Christian Terrorists Destroyed Classical World
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
There's nothing much new here, except the virulence of the author's language.
Uh oh...the end of trump may be nearer than we thought!! [cnn.com]
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
So, you employed Michael Cohen as a lawyer for 10 years, and only now do you complain that he's "a pathological liar"? So it was OK when he was lying for you? Or maybe now he's telling the truth, and you don't like it.
Anyone into podcasts? Can we just take a minute to acknowledge the atheists on the front lines that ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I am very old and technologically illiterate... What is a "podcast", please?
A woman shares what she's thinking when approached by a man. I'll be forever grateful to this ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Which is why I don't like bars (or public places in general) for meeting women. I can't stand the idea that I'm seen first as a potential threat. My instinct is to protect people around me, not just women, but everybody. My training is to scan the area I'm in for potential trouble all the time. Which, I realize, makes me seem like I'm potentially dangerous myself, but it's something I picked up in my job and now I just can't stop.
For those divorced and dating again...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I was ready the minute I walked out of the courtroom. I'd had almost 6 years of marriage with almost no physical affection and increasingly less emotional attention, not to mention a spouse who openly stated she had no sex drive (but I could have sex whenever I wanted- so basically, I was invited to force myself on an unwilling participant...). It was like living with a housekeeper. I went on my first date after about a month, have been on and off seeing different people ever since, but still haven't found the spark with anyone yet (and haven't slept with anyone).
You notice how silent Trumpsters have been about these tapes?
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
You're missing a link, I think.
Trump’s personal CPA has just been subpoenaed by Bob Muller! ???? This man has worked for the ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Trouble is.... then you get Pence. He scares the shit out of me. He actually knows what he's doing.
On dating profiles I always notice when a woman says "I'm 5'5" and a HALF." It's impressive when a ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Impressive, or encouraging?
Why sexual desire is objectifying – and hence morally wrong | Aeon Ideas
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
No, this is a line of bull. For one thing, your speculation that prostitutes have sex without objectification is off base. Objectification is *all* it is; they don't care who the person is that's involved, as long as the price was right. Sexual desire *can* be objectifying, when it's about someone you have little or no emotional connection with. But the more emotion is involved, the more sex is about *that particular person*, her or his body, not just *this* body here which happens to be in front of you. Unless you (or Kant) are a very detached person, never getting emotionally involved in what you're doing, and *have to* objectify the person in front of you. Or are afraid to get emotionally involved. I suggest that Kant had some real problems in this area.
Please share the link to the petition below everywhere that you can, get the news out of this ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
"One volunteer was stood down for social media activity which targeted a member of RNLI staff without their knowledge and produced graphic sexual images which went far beyond banter. The other volunteer produced a hardcore pornographic image of a fellow crew member on a mug." This is over more than "crockery". It's reflective of an attitude. These guys blame "snakes on the crew"... in other words, you're supposed to keep your mouth shut and not report violations of the Code of Conduct. I know this all too well. I've been called a "snitch" and a "rat" myself, for answering investigators honestly and refusing to cover up for fellow officers who hung *themselves* out to dry with their actions. Actions which jeopardize *me* and other good cops, by sacrificing professionalism in the name of "just having fun". You want to have fun on the job? Read a Dilbert comic. Their story is bullshit. These guys were involved in sexual harassment, they got caught, and they got fired. Those who supposedly resigned "in protest" were probably next on the chopping block. Although, to be fair, we don't know that... they *could* have been taking a principled stand in favor of workplace sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. I'm still throwing the "bullshit" flag, though.
Hakkim, Qadir, Jabbar, Rashid...these are some of the men I know from the Middle East...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I'll bet they were illegal immigrants. I had my suspicions about that fisherman. I think he was one of the Greek boat people....
FCUK! This would be me...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I run a therapy program for sexdaily. I mean dyslexia.
I'm at a complete loss why most people think everything has to be so binary. It either is or is not ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 26, 2018:
*Some* things are binary. Something either is or is not the truth. Before a constructive debate can take place, you have to agree on the basics. Both sides have to accept that the other is there showing good will. The current problem in America, as I see it, is that extremists (especially on the Right) think their political opponents are out to destroy the nation. They don't accept that a culture shift away from the values of *Leave It To Beaver* is not the end of America.
The news media acts so shocked that DT lies regarding demonstrable facts and that the “base” ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 26, 2018:
The "shock", as you put it, is doubtless at the bare-faced effrontery of the continued lying, on the one hand, and the willing gullibility and self-deception on the other. People actually lie, to make excuses for his lies.
Is the intention of this requirement to post model to weed out the Russian Bots??
Paul4747 comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I'm sorry, what requirement? There are plenty of posters here without photos, if that is indeed what we're talking about.
The comparisons are there.
Paul4747 comments on Jul 26, 2018:
This is how so many evangelicals can ignore his character and actions and still believe he's a "Christian" President. Religion is all about ignoring the surface appearance of things and seeing the "truth" within.
"Libtards". I used to be the most progressive person I knew, but then members of my cherished ...
Paul4747 comments on Jul 26, 2018:
"Alleged consensual pussy grabbing". As I recall, the allegedly "consensual" part of that was Trump's claim that the women "wanted" him to sexually assault them... the same excuse any abuser gives. "She wanted me to rape her. She gave off signals, she really wanted it, her no really meant yes." The rest of your post is just more spin. Trump is nothing more than a PR machine and you've joined it. Whatever reasons you have to dislike Clinton, I can't imagine how you can make excuses for Trump.

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