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Widower, mature student of Social Sciences, father, hero and a damn good egg!
Vehement non-smoker and atheist - well the later bit is why I'm here!
Right now I'm trying to put life back together after the death of my wife, she died back in 2015. My first step was to try a follow in our daughters footsteps and gain an education, or else I'll end up doing zero hour contracts for minimum wage. So, trying for a degree. If romance blossoms through meeting someone, then all well and good, if not then I want some good conversations without phrases about it being 'Gods plan' thrown at me.
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How do other atheists/ agnostics celebrate winter season.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 5, 2018:
Alcohol - must have whisky in my Christmas morning tea, it's been a tradition in my family since 1915, Pressies, fry up breakfast, start Christmas dinner preparations, the three Ss, eat chocolates, drink, play music, fiddle with pressies, finish cooking dinner (big bit of dead cow), eat, drink pile up washing up, sleep, snore, fart, TV, eat more food and drink maybe stare at washing up momentarily, go to bed, sleep, snore and more farting. With saddened melancholy, miss my late wifes horrendous brussel sprout Christmas day farts.
The world today is changing, and sometimes, not in a positive way.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 5, 2018:
Today we have the technology to become world famous for no reason. The cult of fame has almost certainly been around for at least 4.5 million years.
Next time a religious person approach you and try to talk about God, do this.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 5, 2018:
And finish with... "My name, oh yes, Malak Al Mawt, but you may know me better as Azrael".
Guns I would like to hear thoughts from others in this group on their feelings about guns and gun ...
Sofabeast comments on Dec 4, 2018:
Who do ordinary Americans need protecting from? I hear comments on the subject stating for home protection or oppressive government, then America votes in an oppressive POTUS45, yet doesn't turn their guns on him? The USA is a modern country with large wild areas. In most American cities you're unlikely to be attacked by bears or cougars unless they happen to be large hairy gay men or mature ladies! You have pretty good police forces, the worlds most powerful military. So why should every citizen demand guns? With modern supermarkets, people no longer really need to hunt, just pop down the shops! I'll stop there. If you have guns, be responsible, be safe and have fun with them.
I am 48.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 4, 2018:
I see where you are coming from. The pickiness works both ways, I've had zero interest since I 'came on the market'.
The Donald and Problems in Romania!
Sofabeast comments on Dec 4, 2018:
Donald J Trump, reminds me of Arnold J (Judas) Rimmer of Red Dwarf fame. http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/links/
Vegans may soon get same anti-discrimination rights as religious people.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 3, 2018:
It is an interesting situation for the UK government to debate. If people who have made dietary choices for their lifestyle should this have legal protection? If they do achieve this, then because it is a philosophical approach to dinner, could others have legal protection too? I am a Support Worker for Adults with Special Needs, the people who I support can choose what food they want to eat, but a Vegan employee may decide not to feed them unless they eat Vegan food. This removes the human right of choice, so who is right here?
There has been some talk on here about unsolicited dick pictures.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 3, 2018:
If I've got it right, this is a dating and social site for like minded people. Now if I went out dating, even in my kilt, I would consider it socially unacceptable to wave my willy around without being expressly asked by the lady I was with and not in public. Thus, I don't think it is acceptable to post penis pictures, or breasts, bums and vaginas. If people want to post such pictures, then join a sex site, although I am unaware if there happens to be any for Atheists and Agnostics.
Bones Reveal Neanderthal Child was Eaten by a Giant Prehistoric Bird
Sofabeast comments on Dec 3, 2018:
Was there a bird big enough to do that in Europe at that time?
They still know they are boss
Sofabeast comments on Dec 3, 2018:
"Sometimes the box isn't the one they put litter in, other times it's the one they put their feet in"!
Equality or not
Sofabeast comments on Dec 3, 2018:
If the Alt-right get their way, then no. I had a long conversation during a night shift about this. Trying to enlighten a fellow worker as to the reasons behind 'gender-bending' (not my words). I tried to use science and reason. I think I made positive progress, but it will take more words. It did with me, but it worked and I'm better now. Gender dysphoria is a medical fact (DSM-5 p451-459). There are several types of dysphoria. Some of which have been recognised outwith the Christian view on the world by many different cultures for thousands of years. Basically, Gender is a Social construct. There are many Psycho-sociological studies to support this. Sex is Biological and there are four of those! In order Female (we all start out as female), Male, Pseudo Hermaphrodite (usually presents as female changing to male during puberty) and Hermaphrodite (extremely rare).
I'm always baffled by Christians who think just because we don't believe in God that we must worship...
Sofabeast comments on Dec 2, 2018:
I have written at some length about Satan's strategy around deliberately loosing a violin to a Georgian Redneck. And how this is used to repress the ignorant masses through line dancing. Even in Scotland I have encountered Christians who believe that if you are not with them, you must worship the devil. And that includes Catholics, Muslims, Bhuddists, Jews, Zoroastrians and of course Atheists. At least another 4196 other religions available, some of whom also have one and only true gods!
I'd like to find a friend from this group that has some educational background in sociology, ...
Sofabeast comments on Dec 2, 2018:
Well hello. I'm studying most of what you mentioned, and I work within the field of adult autism.
How young is too young for a tattoo?
Sofabeast comments on Dec 2, 2018:
Tattoos are a major cultural activity. At eighteen in the developed world a person is an adult. They can drink, have sex, get married, pay tax, vote,run for parliament, fight in a war, got grown up prison and think for themselves. In reality, many 18 year olds are still children. One of my grandfathers had tattoos, lots of them. He got his first at age 16. The badge of the Old 57th, The Die-Hards Middlesex regiment. He collected lots more. When I was old enough to start taking interest in such things, he made me promise never to get any. Your life changes, tattoos remain and blur. When clothes fall out of fashion we can throw them away, tattoos stay. Every time a person gets a tattoo, they risk artistic horrors upon their skin. For your son, what if that special person glimpses your name, will she be put off by misunderstanding the reason? If he gets a tattoo, make sure it is the best money can buy.
Sooooo.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 2, 2018:
Guns and Jesus? Let me think this through.... Premis #1 America has many guns. Premis #2 More guns equals more gun crime. Conclusion Jesus returns. Nope, it just doesn't look like a logical argument to me.
Deuteronomy 23:1 states "He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall ...
Sofabeast comments on Dec 2, 2018:
It's all 'bollocks'
"Therefore, if you wish to avoid dictatorship by referendum, break up modern society's merely ...
Sofabeast comments on Dec 2, 2018:
I'm inclined to believe that democracy has a maximum size. I observe this to be around 3 million voters.
What is Socialism? [counterpunch.org]
Sofabeast comments on Nov 30, 2018:
Acts that are social. I would direct people to read Auguste Compte, Marx & Engels, Durkheim, Weber and the wonderful Charles Wright Mills. See Liberal Socialism. Do not confuse Socialism with Stalinist oppression. That came from Revolutionary Socialism. I don't have the time to write a few thousand words on the subject right now, but once my assessments are marked, maybe I'll add bits of them here. In the USA, the military is the best example of Socialism at work.
My natural sleep cycle doesn't seem to conveniently fit into a 24-hour day.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 30, 2018:
As John Tyrrell has said, it is your Circadian rhythm which runs around about a 25 hour cycle. The variability of the cycle is partially based on light levels but also on an inbuilt body clock. Look up Michael Siffre who produced a number of studies on the matter. If you are having trouble keeping a good sleep pattern, then you will need to cleanse your sleep habits. Failing that, see a Doctor and get some Melatonin prescribed.
Tsunami warning in Alaska - [bbc.co.uk] We have a few Alaskans on the site; stay safe folks!
Sofabeast comments on Nov 30, 2018:
Oh!
You have to have seen "Dune" to understand this one
Sofabeast comments on Nov 30, 2018:
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Frank Herbert
Let's try this again.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 30, 2018:
Puny stupid god. Are we really the best that it could do? Well, rush job on the last day I 'spose. Wanted Saturday off.
The Suffragette Who Knew Jiu-Jitsu from a 1910 Punch.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 30, 2018:
And they also did bomb making classes too!
Black Female Atheists!?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 29, 2018:
Just you
I wonder… is it possible that “Consciousness” is simply a brain disease?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 29, 2018:
Short answer NO. I've been reading psychology manuals all day!
Humanists call for abolition of blasphemy law in proposed hate crime legislation - Scottish Legal ...
Sofabeast comments on Nov 29, 2018:
I think it was last used in 1944 to shut up a 'witch'. There are some parts of Scotland where Christian extremism is rife, but they mostly fight with one another in their 'Wee Free Kirks'. The public has no stomach for a referendum, we may have a couple more pressing issues coming up soon.
He's a Klingon?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 29, 2018:
Do'Ha' jIyaj!
Do you buy Christmas gifts for others?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 29, 2018:
Happy Greedymas folks! I like things
Dating in todays society
Sofabeast comments on Nov 28, 2018:
I should like to hope it would be more based on the person, not what is or has been between their legs. As society (USA, Canada, EU & UK) becomes more accepting, this may just become a social norm in the not too distant future. I have seen in the UK over my lifetime, homosexuality go from criminal act, to legal for 21 year olds, then down to 18, then 16. Recently same sex marriage has been legalised. I say good, lets evolve.
Well today is the day I go to Kansas city and meet with the neurosurgeon.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 28, 2018:
All the best lass. Find that Briton to fall in love and come and use our NHS.
9....9...9
Sofabeast comments on Nov 28, 2018:
Say that three times in Britain and you may get the Police or Fire Brigade!
Why Do People Contact Profiles That State the Opposite of What They Are!?!?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 28, 2018:
I've only had the problem once here. It took a few messages to convince the fellow I'm a man, seeking a woman. Even the full beard in a photo didn't seem to slow his attentions. Too many 'hey babe' and 'You're beautiful' messages.
Why Do People Contact Profiles That State the Opposite of What They Are!?!?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 28, 2018:
Perhaps acting on the photo and not the bio.
The meaning of life.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 27, 2018:
"Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving And revolving at 900 miles an hour. It's orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it's reckoned, The sun that is the source of all our power. Now the sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see, Are moving at a million miles a day, In the outer spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour, Of a galaxy we call the Milky Way." Monty Python....
The very first transgender woman (Angela Ponce, Miss Spain 2018 ) to compete at Miss Universe ...
Sofabeast comments on Nov 27, 2018:
Interesting point. Does one support transgender or disapprove of beauty pageants? Arrgh I don't know!
Demisexual?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 26, 2018:
As a psychologist in training I agree. What is a 'half sexual' came to mind when reading the post. Only kiss? Not orgasming? In a relationship but either being the one who has or doesn't have sex? Being completely faithful?
Christianity was the major cause of the Dark Ages.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 26, 2018:
The question is worthy of far deeper investigation. Religions don't like it when reason or apathy overtakes them. Too late in the night for me to 'unpack' the sociological aspects as to why masses can be turned out to overthrow the intelligent but not the rich.
Why do the Satanists worship a God that went to Geogria and lot a fiddle playing contest to a ...
Sofabeast comments on Nov 26, 2018:
Consider the bigger picture. By losing a battle deliberately, one may win the war. Following 'losing' to a Redneck, there is now a possessed violin being used to create that bloody awful country music full of tales of depression, infidelity and suicidal thoughts. This music is used to keep the people alienated and in step via line dancing and thus indoctrinated into following what every other person is doing without question. And from this the Capitalist system of evil can prevail by keeping the masses blissfully ignorant of the true beneficial meanings of Socialism and workers freedom. All it costs is a cheap fiddle, probably donated by Walmart!
Do you believe in "soul mates/true love/the one?"
Sofabeast comments on Nov 26, 2018:
Yes, and I miss her dearly. Until meeting June - my late wife, I never conceived of being that close another human being, and she with me. We had an amazingly close relationship from the moment we finally met in 1991, (having missed meeting each other despite being in body contact many times over 9 years) until she died in 2015. I proposed after two weeks and we married inside of months. Old enough to know better, but did it anyway. I wonder if we'd turned around and met face to face, rather than back to back earlier would we have made it 'forever'. As it was, we had a true 'Mills & Boon' love affair and I'm concerned it will cloud me moving on. So far time has not been much of a healer and I am extremely lonely in my 'soul'. I do accept that for many reasons, some people will never find that special person or persons to share their lives with. I did, and better to have loved and lost....
Would English Language die out after 500 years?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 26, 2018:
All languages evolve and eventually disappear, as for the time line, we'll have to wait 501 years. It may be the new 'Latin' by then. Effectively dead, but still used. English is a language than steals from others readily. It helps make a so rich.
Why did you start re-enacting/cosplaying?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 26, 2018:
For myself, it was to get me out of the house and meet new people - (women in costume), history, learning, drinking, travel, exploration and of course (safe) combat/firing guns.
Just For Fun - All About Sex - More Years Than I Thought.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 26, 2018:
41 years, but I've got time off for bad behaviour.... six years so far!
Overpopulation – The Root Cause of Our Problems – Why Is It a Taboo Topic?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 25, 2018:
Gloomy bloody subject! I'm a student of Social Sciences - Sociology, Psychology, History, Politics, and a few other things. This question comes up often in our studies. So, I think we are all agreed our population is too great. This viewpoint can be supported by the great migrations from areas of poverty to richer regions. These exoduses have sudden effects on where they arrive, causing alienation of the indigenous peoples and incomers alike as there isn't enough time for integration and assimilation. The earth recently passed the limit of human support with our current level of expenditure of resources. Question is, what can we, or must we do as a species to produce a happy sustainable future? I would not like to see a great 'Exterminatus' forced on us, but that may have to happen, and soon. This may be the most 'humane' way to save us. Who do we choose? And in what way can humanity secure a future where a 'Final Solution' isn't going to be needed again? Reduce the birth rate. Only healthy females get ONE pregnancy no IVF? Maximum age limit - please report to your funeral one week after your 70th birthday? Restrict certain healthcare solutions, Ebola, T3/4 Cancer, Autism, Smoker - say goodbye. Death penalty for many crimes? What about murder? Kill two, get out free? Ask for volunteers - reward their families or them? New car every year until 35, then bye, bye? Not an easy or nice job trying to save the world. As a draconian mind game, very interesting
Sex in the modern world
Sofabeast comments on Nov 25, 2018:
This came up at work last weekend. There is amongst our workforce an age divide. The 18-40s & 45+ crowds. For the younger section, there isn't 'chatting-up' and dating going on. Find a nice picture on the phone, 'swipe right for a mediocre night'! Sex, it would seem is expected within the Peterhead community on the first meeting, and if after a dozen or so sessions, you may get asked for a date or child support in about eight months! Now I will say, when I met my wife, we were in bed with each other inside of 20 mins, married in four months (didn't have to)! She stayed with me for the rest of her life, just over 24 years.
Just wanted to mention something in case you will be traveling to an Islamic country.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 25, 2018:
I think it was on 22nd November that Trumps favourite country Saudi Arabia, made all Atheists terrorists.
Is this what we have come and what we have normalized?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 25, 2018:
Only China and the USA get massive school shootings
Secular Mental Health Services
Sofabeast comments on Nov 25, 2018:
It would be unprofessional for them to push any religion. If the do so, report them to their profession body. Ask which religion, I believe there about 4200 to choose from at the moment. And at least four different one and only true gods!
Its another late night office session.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 22, 2018:
When writing, read it from back to front. front to back from it read, writing When I won't sound natural, but helpful... and red it out loud.
Its another late night office session.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 22, 2018:
Stress and fatigue. I'm just getting over man flu, and I've really little recall of the texts I read and essays I wrote. Now I have to investigate what I've done and undo it...unless it's good! Which so far it hasn't been, but not too much. Just a couple of mentions of case studies, then that's up for marking 24 hours early.
Well, my brother is at my house, not really for the holiday, just happens to be here, but I still ...
Sofabeast comments on Nov 22, 2018:
Duck and cover, comes to mind. I doubt he'd respond well to cross examination. All you'll likely to get is an escalation of aggression, resulting in undesired feelings and memories. Get past it, then comeback here and talk with sensible people. By the way, I recently passed a Management of Aggression Course
Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents...
Sofabeast comments on Nov 20, 2018:
Reason is great!
It's Climate Change You Idiot Says Smokey The Bear to Trumpty Dumpty.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 19, 2018:
The leaf litter falls - hence your name for autumn, and fertilizes the forests. Remove the leaf litter and the habitat will fail. Forest fires are a natural occurrence which are affected by global warming. It isn't a easy fix as mankind expands into the wilds. If the infrastructure could include desalination of the sea, and pumping of water to inland areas where in recent decades the natural water supply has been taken for major cities such as LA, San Francisco, Santa Monica etc, then perhaps that may over time redress the balance. Use renewable energies to supply power to this. Living in a coastal damp cool climate, I find it difficult to imagine what has gone on. Perhaps NASA could show the Idiot in Chief what climate change looks like from space
I don't believe Love and affection has to come from a religious belief.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 19, 2018:
I can also break it down into both behavioural and biological approaches of psychology.
Should we implement ranked choice voting?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 18, 2018:
The first past the post system is undemocratic and allows for minority rule. It removes the UK and USA from being considered leading democracies on the world stage. British general elections are undemocratic, but Scottish elections which use a transferable vote system is democratic. In the USA, you'll have to grow at least one more political party to be considered truly democratic.
Aren’t flat earthers so much fun
Sofabeast comments on Nov 18, 2018:
The ones who somehow really believe in a flat earth are the funniest. A quick lesson in WWII naval battleship gunnery tends to screw them up.
Well the Brexit Secretary's resigned!! Absolute shambles here.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 15, 2018:
As a current student of UK politics with an assessment in a fortnight, education is a hoot!
Do you give money to homeless people?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 15, 2018:
I've been homeless, and it's nae fun. Having looked into the problem before it happened, I found myself prepared with knowledge about what to do, and so my daughter and myself could get through that storm of life quite dry so to speak.
Hello all - are there any players who love Fallout 4 and play Red Dead Redemption?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 15, 2018:
As I type, I'm watching my daughter play Red Dead. Fantastic game. One day I'll get a go. My main critique is they have to be somewhat PC about the characters attitudes, but better that than stir up racial hatred. I think there should be a black & white option for us oldies!
My grandpop jack in his wwi uniform g
Sofabeast comments on Nov 15, 2018:
I didn't get to do the 2 minutes silence on 11-11-18 as I'd saved a life before breakfast, and sods laws dictated that would be when the medics arrived to check up. Life is for life and living.
Does the weather affect your grief?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 15, 2018:
Yes, when it gets cold, I miss warming her up in bed, I miss her cold feet, her cold nose and arms. I miss having her frozen bum startling me from my warm slumber as she would snuggle into my groin when she returned to bed after a pee. Now I have a warm new home and no one to steal the covers from or snore in the ear of. No one to kiss, laugh with, be annoyed by, make love to and be in love with... I am still alive, and have things to do and people to be alive for.
Science! Atheists are more intelligent than religious people, say researchers | The Independent ...
Sofabeast comments on Nov 14, 2018:
Interesting...
Do you think we ought consider a re-write of the Ten Commandments specifically for the Third ...
Sofabeast comments on Nov 13, 2018:
So to include a vegan slant on coverting neighbours oxen as well? Thou shalt not covert thy neighbours beetroot?
[friendlyatheist.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 12, 2018:
I am continually shocked at America under the Republicans. I hoped that with Bill Clinton you'd begin to catch up with Europe, then Bush II and now Trump. In the UK, we seem to be taking a backwards leap. As a Social Scientist it's my task to record and make sense of it all.
My grandpop jack in his wwi uniform g
Sofabeast comments on Nov 12, 2018:
Pte George Carter 1915 or 1916
Happy veteran's day!! Foxholes have plenty of atheists!! I'm sure of it!!
Sofabeast comments on Nov 12, 2018:
Gunner Len Rowley Royal Artillery (1940-45) was one. And I am one of his grandsons, all of whom (4) are atheists.
401 pm, pouring down raining, cold and raw. Getting dark already. Why do people live in the north?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 12, 2018:
I was asked by a Spanish tourist visiting my wee part of Scotland during June a few years ago. "What time does it get dark?" I replied August!
Happy Veterans day to all my military brothers and sisters. Thank you for your service.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 12, 2018:
It's a shame that POTUS 45 doesn't feel the same. In Europe he was noticeably absent at a major memorial as his image was far more important than getting a bit wet like Macron did. At least we know the sacrifice of American service personnel in defence of our freedom. Thank you.
Monday and day off work .
Sofabeast comments on Nov 12, 2018:
If I finish my college work, I'm off to the cinema. Monday is my day off too.
I served in the British RAF in my youth not conscripted but volunteered to go there and had lots of...
Sofabeast comments on Nov 11, 2018:
May I suggest looking up the music of 'Sods Opera'. You'll like Firth of (fucking) Forth I'm sure. As for your point of view on Poppies. That's a deep socio-psychological one, but thanks to an education supplied by Scotland free of charge I will get around to providing an answer. I'm a grandson of a D-Day Dodger.
Forgive the mashup with current events, but I found this hilarious! [thehardtimes.net]
Sofabeast comments on Nov 11, 2018:
Make a bad character sheet. For Trump replace Hit Points with Fat Points. In fact why not invent a whole game around the concept Then set adventures, such as keeping Melania from running off with Macron.
I have it on good authority that this year the chief executive of Humanist(UK ) will for the first ...
Sofabeast comments on Nov 10, 2018:
My maternal grandfather was an atheist in a foxhole, disproving the old adage. To quote him, "how could a loving god allow this"? Referring to his battery flattening an Italian town in 1944. The Germans pulled out the day before he said. To the point. Atheists, agnostics and humanitarians fought too.
What villain would you be?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 10, 2018:
How about Donald Trump? Villain enough... too harsh? OK, Avon from Blakes 7.
Archie Bunker on Women's Liberation [youtu.be]
Sofabeast comments on Nov 7, 2018:
Thanks for posting that, I couldn't remember this characters name. I'm using him as an illustrating point for a Sociology assessment.
Conservatives, What is it that you don't like about people that are liberals, progressive or social ...
Sofabeast comments on Nov 4, 2018:
I will be very interested to read everyones comments on this matter. I'm studying politics and sociology and this forms part of the course.
What is your current favourite bit of re-enactment/cosplay kit at the moment?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 29, 2018:
For me, it is my 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre.
So I finally have the date for MEETING my new neurosurgeon.
Sofabeast comments on Oct 29, 2018:
You need a National Health Service in America.
So I finally have the date for MEETING my new neurosurgeon.
Sofabeast comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Check if he is wearing stockings and suspenders....
4th night shift and the shit has hit the fan! Too many sick people for the amount of staff we have.
Sofabeast comments on Oct 29, 2018:
Were you working this weekend with the clock changes? For me, it wasn't bad - being zero hours I got an extra paid hour in bed - fortunately no wake up calls for emergencies, but the poor lass who was waking duty worked from 13:00 Saturday until 08:00 Sunday, finding out about the "stupid ficking time change" when she came on duty with me.
4th night shift and the shit has hit the fan! Too many sick people for the amount of staff we have.
Sofabeast comments on Oct 24, 2018:
Why the shortage of staff? My daughter has been applying for work in NHS Scotland for the past eight months, but there some posts she went for that still have her on the waiting to processed pile. Do you have this madness in recruitment in wales too? As a support worker myself, we are also short of staff. Just can't seem to find suitable applicants to work within the field of autism. Sometimes they burn out inside of a single shift!
How do you move from cheerfully flirting to being vulnerable?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 23, 2018:
If only I could just pop over the Northern Atlantic for a quick flirt or three! I've enjoyed just a handful of flirts over the past few years. It's nice when it happens, but the ladies are usually attached or just a little too young (thirties). So I head away to void the embarrassment of my vulnerability showing. I did have a few 'close moments' with a lass two years ago, but I wonder if that was just our souls were just playing together. Age and professional attitude would keep me from finding out if it was only me that thought that way. I'm way too cowardly to pursue her now the professional connection has gone.
Religious parents?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 23, 2018:
My father was church of England, but didn't really push anything. He didn't believe in afterlife,heaven or hell. My mother was a Christian, nominally church of England, but added in anything she saw fit from other religious sources such as headscarf in church and letting me know that I should marry a virgin and she must OBEY me as the man! She never obeyed my dad. My mum prayed deeply, but did those prayers of hers ever get answered? She would say that yes, after all, I survived into adulthood. I'm inclined to believe that life finds a way. I came into the world rather early and at home (almost on the night bus from Hounslow to Feltham) weighing in at 3lb 12oz. Now I'm in my mid 50s. My mothers dad was an atheist, one of the few who were in a foxhole at some point. if he had any religion, he may have lost it in Italy, when his battery of 5.5" howitzers flattened a small town the Germans had just vacated. Surely, God would somehow have let the Royal Artillery know not to wipe that place full of civilians off the map. It was stories like that and a sense of reason that woke me up to the truth. I saw how she frantically asked a non-existent god for various salvations from the petty hardships of her life. Perhaps she thought in some way that her prayers helped the German bombs miss her house during the Blitz.
Dear NATO Secretary-General Jen Stoltenberg We, the citizens of the United States of America, ask ...
Sofabeast comments on Oct 23, 2018:
Problem is, Trump would have to call in the favour. Somehow I don't think he would. Plus the USA has the nukes
The Real POS Potus Painting-Revised To Show His Real Comrades
Sofabeast comments on Oct 23, 2018:
Now if his waistline and manboobs can be made more realistic...
Any fans of the historical wargames from the 70s-80s?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 23, 2018:
I've played a few, but I prefer figures and models
How many of you were brought up in a Christian household and somewhere along the way maybe as a ...
Sofabeast comments on Oct 22, 2018:
Stand in Religious Education teacher introduced me and the rest of the boys in my year to the concept of critical thinking and comparison of Church of England to other religions past and present. I've just done a similar post myself!
Just read a few comments regarding Stephen Hawkins new book,and the only conclusion I came up with.
Sofabeast comments on Oct 19, 2018:
As a Social Scientist, we grade common sense as unenlightened people trying to explain phenomena through the rules and norms of their culture. As such, if that cannot explain it, then it must be gods work.
Today in TV History: Oct.
Sofabeast comments on Oct 16, 2018:
Brilliant during its day
I've got a reenactment two-fer coming up this weekend.
Sofabeast comments on Oct 15, 2018:
Indeed, the most I've done has been four on one day! Jacobite (1745), French & Indian War (French), Napoleonic (British infantry 1808-13) and Confederate (1861-65). That was some time ago 1998
How does re-enactment and cos-play interact your other life?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 5, 2018:
At college, my vast knowledge of Napoleonic history gives me a superior insight into the era, far beyond my lecturers. I had an argument about Napoleon which ended in 'because I am right' and here is the evidence.. lol
Comments?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 3, 2018:
Living in the North East of Scotland, I can assure everyone that there are many very unhappy believers here.! Come to Peterhead Drummers Corner at around 11:00 on a Saturday morning, where you can see a group of Christians who through their songs, words and attire give despair physical form. And just up from Drummers corner at most times of the day, observe to depressive drunks outside one of the many small dismal Scottish Fighting bars wallowing in their mental squaller.
Are You Lonely?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 2, 2018:
I'm damn lonely! During the early autumn things become worse, as this is when I lost my love to her brain tumour back in 2015. She knew I hate being alone, and tried to get me to take a lover before she died. She wanted to check them over to make sure they'd be good for me! Doing that isn't part of who I am. I keep myself busy with a college degree course and working far too many hours. Now at least, I can get to talk people who when hearing my life story don't offer their prayers. June, my late wife, was also a questioner of religion.
Open relationships
Sofabeast comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Personal experiences are up the people involved. I have only dabbled a little a long time ago. It was fun, and was only that. I cannot say that if I ever find love again I would entertain it. But if the lady I could meet wanted me to join in this type of venture, then perhaps I may. Either way, unless I'm invited to become a swinger, it has nothing to do with, and I refuse to be offended by the activity.
Expectations
Sofabeast comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Oh bloody hell! Where do I start? I can put out a few hundred thousand words on this, but in nutshell, we are socialised into what we expect from a date. We are the products of all our extended experiences throughout our primary and secondary agents of socialisation. If anyone wants to know more from a scientific perspective, please just ask.
Lol but they have the smartest satanist on the block
Sofabeast comments on Oct 2, 2018:
What's more, you can kill an evil god with a few well placed natural 20s!
So what games are you playing currently?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Not much, but a bit of Team Yankee. However, I am beginning to put together some zombie apocalypse items. My daughter will most likely make off them though to give her D&D group something different to play.
The body of Maddox, the lost boy with Autism, has been found in a wooded area near the Gastonia NC ...
Sofabeast comments on Sep 27, 2018:
Saddened to read that the boy died. I do see the problems that people can have with ASC's running away. Too easy for distractions to happen.
I’d like to hear from those of you who have had experience with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) ...
Sofabeast comments on Sep 27, 2018:
It can be seen as rather uneven ground due to humans rights issues. Perhaps the most important factor is an individual approach. This therapy is not effective with every person with ASC, but I have read of some very positive results when administered by well trained professionals. When I worked for the National Autistic Society UK, it was in effect against working policy. As long as people don't just jump for a non-existent cure via some 'online quack', but use skilled professionals then it may be worthwhile. I think in the UK, there is only one accepted location on the Isle of Anglesey.
Theologist: The World began with shit.
Sofabeast comments on Sep 26, 2018:
We carried out an experiment in Psychology yesterday, pertaining to word recall in quiet or noisy environments. So the inconsistencies may well have entered the bible due the environmental sonic pollution at the time of dictation by god. In all the films I have seen about god, its voice always has a substantial echo.
God hates porn?
Sofabeast comments on Sep 26, 2018:
Strictly speaking, it's all the work of god and part of his plan. Either that, or this god stuff is all total bollocks!
What is the bible to you?
Sofabeast comments on Sep 24, 2018:
Makes for excellent cartridge paper for black powder reloading!

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