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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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I hate Daylight Savings time.
Sofabeast comments on Mar 10, 2019:
It is a stupid thing. Invented by a Liberal Member of Parliament (UK) to allow his son more daylight to get to school, and began implementation during the spring on 1918. If a different starting time is useful, then let it be the starting time of peoples work, not entire countries. In the USA the time changes on the 10th March, the UK changes a couple of weeks later. As a medical healthcare professional working with people with learning difficulties I can demonstrate an increase in incidents and problems during the clock times. My late wife saw similar in her profession as a Veterinary surgeon. So it's all bollocks and should be stopped!
Hello every all of you.
Sofabeast comments on Aug 25, 2019:
Money, I love money too, I a fucking failure at being Marxist because I love money and fucking sodding loads of things I don't bloody need. Then bugger me, I eat too much as well. I could really fucking go for a Ruby Murray right now - that's curry! I wouldn't suggest going airtight after a curry though!
A page I follow on Facebook posted this question.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 18, 2019:
I love following my own time line. I don't like sex on my own as much as with someone else.
Time For A New, ‘New Deal’! I watched an episode of the business program ‘On The Money’ on ...
Sofabeast comments on Dec 5, 2018:
For the USA, the economy of size will most likely cause failure. Finland are trialling it, but the income is quite low at about ninety Euros a week. John Adams suggested this as the way to finance capitalism back in the eighteenth century to ensure everybody took part and all benefited from the profits.
For those who unsure of what karma is ! 😁
Sofabeast comments on Dec 10, 2018:
I thought it was a creamy curry.... mmm curry
Name Something Christians say when they know they are losing an argument with an atheist.
Sofabeast comments on Jun 26, 2019:
Here's another stupid comment I often hear. "If God didn't make us who did?" Wrong question I reply, it's how did we get here, as who implies someone was around to make stuff, and hen the question has be how did god get here? At some point, god or not, something must come from nothing.
Am I the only one who listens to the Mormons and JW when they come to visit and have a theological ...
Sofabeast comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Our local Mormons have learn who we are and avoid us. Such as this afternoon walking along Belmont Street in Aberdeen, my daughter and myself saw them approaching people unsuccessfully, but they dodged us. They have encountered us before in street debate giving them the good news that there is no god and here is why.....
This is that Monty Python Medieval Logic.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 11, 2019:
Nee - shh
So, I have lived here in Alabama most of my life.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 24, 2019:
As a sociologist my heart goes out to you. You are in a state where your constitution means little as far your rights to religious expression are concerned. Try traveling and see what comes up.
"Distance doesn't matter in a relationship."
Sofabeast comments on Nov 27, 2019:
I live in the northern part of Aberdeenshire Scotland... a bit far
[youtu.
Sofabeast comments on Sep 20, 2019:
Take a listen to Post Modern Jukebox on Youtube, brilliant stuff.
Basic Income?
Sofabeast comments on Jul 12, 2019:
The first option would push the super wealthy away from the USA - this happened in the UK during the late 1960s. This removes wealth. Basic income - this may have to become universal paid for by taxation of automation, as automation takes jobs (not Mexicans) Better education, this hasn't really been tried in the USA yet. Currently only the minimum level has been provided. A study demonstrated this back in the 1970s by Samuel Bowels & Herbert Gintis which supported that education in the USA is aimed at production of workers through directed education to fulfill the needs of the employers not the people.
I realise that I’m not likely to find any Tory Party members here on Agnostics, possibly not any ...
Sofabeast comments on Jun 10, 2019:
Pretending for a moment that I would vote Tory, Rory Stewart. Best of a bad job
RIP Rutger Hauer. 75 years old [youtube.com]
Sofabeast comments on Jul 24, 2019:
I forgot he was that old
So I've recently been looking at the Bible again, and I found a lot of things that contradict, and a...
Sofabeast comments on Oct 17, 2019:
To play 'gods' advocate. My client states that the laws of physics are his laws, and obey him, not the other way around. He should like remind the court that if wants a tree, he will have a tree of whatever type and purpose and will place it where he desires. The bible was written by people, and hence, mistakes have been made. If the words of my client were heard by humans, they would explode. My client would also like to enlighten the court that he is a very busy deity and he has many billions of other worlds and lifeforms to interfere with all at the same time. Have you any idea of how many lives end every second? It's massive! And they all want to sit next to him and have a chat, meet Jesus, Mohummed and all the others. Then there's all of his judgments about not just peoples lives, but every tiny virus to the greatest blue whale as well. Being omnipotent and omnipresent isn't easy. Is the court aware of what it is like to exist throughout all of time and space simultaneously? Well of course not, he didn't make the courts brains able to do that! God states he isn't responsible for typographical errors like making everything in six days. Days didn't exist then! And as for resting, impossible, someone has to keep the lights on. Forgetting where he put an asteroid then skiving off for a day could wipe out almost all life on a planet! God should also like it entered into record, that he isn't a he, she or them, but just is, and is everything including what you puny minded humans call time and space. God closes with if god doesn't like it, god will wipe it out and start again.... again.
I have a new old lover.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 5, 2019:
I hope this is love for you both. And any others too! Living with who you really are is so very important and what I fear should I meet someone new. Could I be me with them.
Those Brits have some odd "practices":
Sofabeast comments on Feb 27, 2019:
This is where the advert comes from http://viz.co.uk/
People are turning in family members, ex-romantic partners they recognize in Capitol riot footage.
Sofabeast comments on Jan 27, 2021:
I hope it all settles down, as when people in large numbers begin to accuse people then a wycht hunt can overwhelm a nation.
For people who still have doubt in god this is my basic argument.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 18, 2020:
I was taught about Sumeria - English state school system during the 1970s. We even touched on the birth of Abrahamic religions. Humans have probably been inventing gods for thousands of years before the Sumerians appeared and will continue to do so long after our current era has passed.
I just saw this on facebook.
Sofabeast comments on Jul 12, 2019:
What a pitta
Here comes the Fourth of July! Tanks in DC and kids in cages on the border.
Sofabeast comments on Jul 3, 2019:
Kids in cages, this isn't what the USA was founded on, nor what the generations who fought WWI & WWII laid their lives down for. As for tanks, this wouldn't be the first time. They will either be there as a display of 'Patriotic Power' showing that if Great Britain were ever to try and take back the colonies us Brits would have a fight on our hands, or to crush dissent in the American people - tanks have been used before in the USA for that.
Basic Income?
Sofabeast comments on Jul 12, 2019:
You could try a liberal socialist system of government. See Germany for an example of how it can work. Remember socialism isn't Leninist communism. Plus you'd get superb education and a health service free at the point of need. And the trains run on time!
Ideas for kiling spiders from a distance please! Hair spray works but is messy.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 28, 2022:
Airsoft gun. A long stick with an eraser on the end. A flamethrower.
10 things people constantly get wrong about PTSD
Sofabeast comments on Jun 3, 2019:
At some point, all people who make to adulthood will encounter it. Some of us can suffer chronic PTSD. It's no fun. I'm on Prosac, which controls it nicely. In the UK, it a condition is generally only considered to be military based, but we all suffer from it. I was a long term carer for my late wife, loosing her caused it with me. Most people will get it from sudden stressful acts such as being in a violent storm, act or accident. Very few will have the Chronic version for more than a few years.
Favorite car brand and make?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 18, 2018:
I miss my old farm Jeep Cherokee Sport 2.5ltr petrol basic European model with the Swedish built engine. I drive a tiny useful Hyundia 1.1ltr Getz, ancient bit of metal, but it gets me about.
"Don't you know how old I am?" I asked.
Sofabeast comments on Jul 14, 2022:
I'd be your 'toy-boy' man ... yes toy man... I'm sixty shortly! Hahaha.
Going job hunting today, wish me luck!
Sofabeast comments on Aug 27, 2019:
Set a trap for it, then kill it quickly and painlessly. Hang it for a few days, once gutted, then portion it up and cook it well. some jobs have parasites in them. Stretch and dry its skin before curing and turning it into a nice coat or shoes. Perhaps mount the head of HR over your mantelpiece. Beware some job can be dangerous and consume you instead.
How would everyone feel about being refused a date because you’re an atheist?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 4, 2018:
Thats a bummer. Happened to me many years ago. Lots of snogging and touching, then "You'll have to let Jezues into your heart"! Well, that relationship didn't last long. On the other side of the coin, I'm not likely to take to a god botherer either. At some point views on invisible friends crops up and bang! One person is packing their bags and much wailing and gnashing of teeth results. My late wife was an open minded pagan athiest, and knew that from the start.
A bit of a rant ahead.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 27, 2020:
Tell me more of this bible belt. In the UK we are pretty free of such things, even in the outer isles the 'wee free kirks' have lost control of Sunday opening and ferries on 'the lords day'. As several have said already, your life journey is just starting and you are capable of thought. I became an atheist at school just before my fourteenth birthday back in 1976! Religious education is pretty hit and miss in the UK. I don't know your friends, but open their minds little by little with questions. I'm sure there are many people here who would help you with that. Don't be shy, wade in and enjoy a life free from religion.
if god knows the beginning and the end then why are we here?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 11, 2021:
Well of course, I'm an atheist because it is part of god(s) plan. Unless this god stuff is all bollocks?
The Prorogation of Parliament by Boris Johnson was unlawful.
Sofabeast comments on Sep 24, 2019:
So, this has opened the way for the Queen to demand his resignation from Parliament. He has lied to the Crown and got caught by the highest court in the land. As a PM, he cannot and should not stand. At best, he must resign with immediate effect - no waiting to come home from New York. At worse, beheading in the Tower, although really he must serve a considerable prison sentence. So, what next? Parliament must form a government of unity in a national crisis and remain sitting until it is over. As for me... YAY! I'm getting to employ my degree studies in the real world!
Did 60s and 70s protest rock die an inevitable death with the end of the Vietnam War, or was it ...
Sofabeast comments on Aug 2, 2019:
Capitalism demands change in the music market. Disco arrived, then with the break up of the Beatles the Jacksons became big sellers and the world fell in love with ABBA. As such, it was the $£ that silenced protest music through the use of sub-culturalism. Read Stanley Cohen's work on Folk Devils to gain an idea.
THERE ARE NOT TWO SIDES TO THE MASK ISSUE IN THE U.
Sofabeast comments on Jun 29, 2020:
Indeed, but there seems to an ever growing number of angry people who see themselves as the center of the universe with their own perceived rights and needs the pinnacle. As you have said, the people accept the rule the government they voted for, or accepting the view of the greater should their candidate have lost. All thanks to John Locke's social compact principle. Individuals or worse still groups who refuse to mask up and keep apart risk the whole. I will venture that Americans must learn a far more socialist method of living. Indeed you need to gain at least one more powerful political party/movement and move to proportional representation in politics which hopefully drive the needs of the many over that of the few.
Just sayin'
Sofabeast comments on Apr 10, 2022:
Tain't no one gunna survive sept fer my kith an kin, then we'll populate tha earth ou-er selves. Yeee harr!
Interesting article.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 30, 2022:
Where I live the language is Doric, which is now a recognised language now. It has strong roots in old Dutch and Scanidavian languages with Scots and a little Irish Gaelic. I find it interesting that many local people text in Doric even at work.
[thenational.
Sofabeast comments on Mar 21, 2020:
The same happened in a local Britannia hotel in Peterhead, I gather management sorted something out.
My middle name is Henderson as a shout-out to my Scottish ancestors. Nice to be part of the group.
Sofabeast comments on Feb 25, 2019:
Fit like loon?
What is the appropriate attitude toward trans women?
Sofabeast comments on Jun 11, 2020:
In the literal sense, we cannot feel what it is like to be another biological sex. We can only know what it is like to be ourselves. However, as science investigates deeper into what makes us work, then the evidence strongly indicates that around one two thousand is born being not monosexual, but somewhere in between male (us mutants) and female the baseline sex. For us older people it can be difficult to understand, but I find at least in Scotland there is greater understanding. For myself, I've done my qualifications in sex and gender and I could write another paper on it. It has been an interesting journey to enlightenment, the new understanding showing how environment factors at, around and prior to conception influence gender development. Drink, drugs, starvation, vegan diet, violence, pollution genetics all impact the physical and neurological sex and gender development and stabilisation.
Pro-Trump whites afraid of being replaced attacked the Capitol.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 11, 2021:
Interesting, this concurs with my study of 2019/20 into a related sociological subject. If you've the time, look into Rafaela M. Dancygier Professor, Department of Politics and School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. She provides an interesting comparison of European and American social conflict in the current era.
He lead the coup.. He's still free..WHY? [aol.com]
Sofabeast comments on Jul 26, 2022:
Sadly the American system of justice is weighted in favour of $, lots and lots of $$$$! In cases such as this, a fair trial is not likely. For this to proceed the defence and prosecution councils must be fairly appointed to uncover the truth and act for both sides as a whole. A third council of scrutiny must oversee the defence and prosecution so that the trial is unbiased and not won or lost by the skills of council or tricks of law. From here there would be no appeals, just the sentencing of the guilty or acquittal if innocent. His wealth should be divided among the victims and he must serve a public sentence for his crimes to shown penance until he grows to weak to do so. From there to a common federal prison until death, then cremation and destruction of his remains. Once incarcerated, the following POTUSs will be renumbered with Biden becoming 45. Of course as high treason, a public hanging should be on cards too.
Rent a Finn. Finland, the happiest country in the world again, launches contest for free trip.
Sofabeast comments on Mar 21, 2019:
A high suicide rate. Number 23 in the world with 15.9 per 100000. The USA is No. 29 with 15.3.
What Do TV Pundits Mean When They Say Democrats Should Move to the Middle? WTF is the Middle?
Sofabeast comments on Mar 7, 2019:
The middle is nationally subjective. The Democrats in the USA are the political left. But in Europe they would the right, with the Republicans being extremists beyond right wing.
Who needs Obamacare when there is Jesuscare? :)
Sofabeast comments on Mar 27, 2019:
Hmm, yes madam, you're going to die and go to heaven. Yay!
"Americana" paintings are a white supremacist's wet dream.
Sofabeast comments on Sep 8, 2020:
I covered white Americana in paintings a year ago as part of American history.
Three days of class left and a student sends a message letting me know that he submitted his ...
Sofabeast comments on Oct 1, 2021:
Well, what scope for leeway do you have? Would it be worth it, or just a lesson in being on time or asking for an extension....
Jesus empowers this idiot to speak publicly.
Sofabeast comments on Jan 7, 2020:
What is a good mother and wife?
"Would you grow your hair long for me?" a man, 79, asked today.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 15, 2022:
If you're interested, I've got very long hair.... however I will admit that perhaps we may be a little far apart for a relationship to work, or even start. As usual meant with humour.
Evangelical christians rationale for natural disasters...
Sofabeast comments on Aug 2, 2019:
It's all part of Gods plan
"wrong" god I guess
Sofabeast comments on Aug 14, 2022:
Let's face it, the Satanic Verses wasn't so much a crime against Islam as literature!
Bregje Heinen
Sofabeast comments on Aug 15, 2022:
Oh to be young
Cats actually do get attached to their owners, study says
Sofabeast comments on Sep 26, 2019:
Ah the science of the bloody obvious!
What do you eat for a healthy dessert?
Sofabeast comments on Sep 23, 2019:
Sand
I miss church.
Sofabeast comments on Feb 24, 2020:
Is it viable to start a church of intelligent thought? Create a physical community of Atheism who gather together to praise logic, scientific methodology. Raise funds to help people etc. Just without the need to involve some strange invisible friend in the sky.
Have you noticed that if Trump had a Italian WW2 helmet on and a uniform similar to what Benito ...
Sofabeast comments on Mar 22, 2019:
I had noticed and commented to my daughter about that, except that Mussolini looked good in it.
Opening America now is ludicrous.
Sofabeast comments on May 6, 2020:
This will not end well. I say that as a social scientist. It's my task during my studies to understand this. (It may mean I have to repeat all of part of this year's studies, we don't know yet). I see the need for Trump to get campaigning as trumping your nations safety. So.... DON'T BE A CHUMP VOTIN' FOR TRUMP, GIVE HIM A HIDIN' VOTE FOR BIDEN! America can have that for free from me.
Why men say they want "nothing" for Christmas.
Sofabeast comments on Nov 30, 2019:
I usually suggest porn, crisps (that's chips to you colonials) and beer. Sorted. The porn may give the wrong idea coming from you, probably best scrub that bit. A Darwin awards book. Us men love humorous death stories. That and the beer etc.
People treat me like a god....
Sofabeast comments on Feb 12, 2019:
Nice
I'm giving up online dating. Feels like I'm dealing with leftovers.
Sofabeast comments on Aug 25, 2021:
To be very direct. You are a very, very beautiful lady to look at. I have read many of your posts and I'm convinced you are very intelligent and caring too. However, to use myself (age 59) as an example, I find many ladies around my age look far older than me, and tend to have very set world views (they voted for Brexit) based on opinion, religion and not science. Some like myself have outlived their spouses, others are classic grannies who happen to like Queen. Thus, there are not many as well preserved and still fresh as yourself.
Tell me, what's your best argument against a Christian?
Sofabeast comments on Aug 3, 2019:
Ah, the one true God, which one? There are quite a few one true Gods at the moment!
I’ve posted about “Toxic masculinity”, and I’ve asked for your input about similar ...
Sofabeast comments on Jan 28, 2019:
I'll be in a better position to comment by the end of May. I'm carrying out scientific research on related matters. I cannot comment much more until I publish.
Anybody know how to let a “love bomber” down without incurring wrath?
Sofabeast comments on Nov 4, 2021:
As promised, a longer reply... Although not limited just to males, it is us males who are more often the victims of biological drives. That is to pass on our genetic code. We develop schema to generate the perceived greatest chance of finding a mate. There are of course many different strategies to this, which we tend to base on what we learn from around the age of two, but these are also biased to our genetic makeup. From a male perspective here are some schemas which are common. One woman for life. Many women for life. One woman for now. Many women for now. One woman for life and others for now and again. One woman for as long as she can make babies, then trade in for a new one. Short term love, then move on. Short term love, then move on, but keep coming back 'cos you'll always be mine, y'hear bitch! No, no I love you... Cuckoo - mate and be gone. African-American in the USA tend to strongly follow the cuckoo or many women for now which has become a multi-generational social norm. We men can change, but that depends on the woman we are with. We will always have sudden urges to smash in the skull of a rival or lock our love away. If you want a more academic article with a few thousand words, message me.
Trickle down economics...
Sofabeast comments on Jul 31, 2019:
Those Marx will be hard to wash out!
Canada mourns as remains of 215 children found at indigenous school [bbc.com]
Sofabeast comments on Jun 2, 2021:
Sadly it is part of institutional conformity, where the institution thinks it is doing what is required by the system, surrendering their personal morality to the greater authority.
"I like biting if done in the right way(s)" a man wrote.
Sofabeast comments on Jan 2, 2020:
My late wife enjoyed a good bite up until we last made love - she was 50 then. This would be on her shoulders for harder bits, hips for nips and her neck for a good gentle chew. She would bite me much harder that I her, but I have found that to be true with all my lovers (5). Maybe I was just tasty. That said, if I ever get to be intimate with a lady again, I'm happy to be bitten, but if she is uncomfortable with it, it doesn't happen. Same with anything.
Please criticize my logic .
Sofabeast comments on Mar 10, 2019:
There are too many emotions involved in Brexit. Cold hard logic producing intelligent conclusions has been ignored. Will the UK be better off with Theresa May's deal or WTO rules? It has to be her deal since the English people decided to take the UK out of the EU. I would rather that the 2016 referendum was seen as being purely advisory. Then the government would seek to firstly build a coalition of unity involving all parties to produce consensus on the options for the UK. Once they have been explored they would be scrutinised by parliament who would produce a selection of final choices for the people to vote on. In the primary and secondary campaigns a non-political group must be used to cross-check the facts. That way the NHS bus would have been outed as a lie and those spouting it as facts could be exposed liars.
What is the worst experience you had with religion and how did it affect you or what was your ...
Sofabeast comments on Jan 29, 2020:
As a child back in the late 60s, we were encouraged to pray for the starving children of Biafra. So like a good little Christian, I did, they died. Why did God do that? I began to question if there was a God. I'm sure you all know that I worked out the truth.
Hope you all have a braw Burns Night tonight….
Sofabeast comments on Jan 26, 2022:
A very muted one thanks, due to being at work. We did manage a sober evening with a cheap ready cooked haggis dinners shared, while our service used enjoyed fried onions and Polish hotdogs.
I couldn't help laughing when he called himself a Shaman.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 8, 2020:
Sham man more like!
Haha! I got a scammer deleted.
Sofabeast comments on Sep 27, 2021:
Hi beautiful, I am a key support work for difficult cases of adults with autism, I work in Scotland and have a daughter who lives with me..... Well the information is on my biography hahaha. Like this fellow, my wife is also dead thanks to a brain tumour. When writing about myself I simply cannot capitalise 'i'. I do live very near to the North Sea oil fields and around 50% of the UK's natural gas comes ashore about 9 miles away. Unlike that person, I am not looking gain access to your funds, although should we ever meet, then if you were to offer to pay for a cuppa, then I would not turn it down. As for citizenship, I am British. And handsome - well that is subjective and being single, perhaps I'm not. Well done for getting rid of a scammer.
Georgia Election Official tears into TrUmP [youtu.be]
Sofabeast comments on Dec 4, 2020:
Dangerous times for America. I see the whole affair as a massive version of the experiments of Zimbardo and Milgram mixed with this quote from 'Men in Black'. " A person is smart, people are dumb panicky creatures".
If you drive an expensive car, you're probably a jerk, scientists say
Sofabeast comments on Mar 1, 2020:
I drive a 2004 Hyundai 1.1ltr Getz 2 door. I increase its worth each time I fuel it up to the value of how much petrol I put in it! On Friday I was almost squashed by a Toyota Hylux when it was parked by a rather arrogant fellow who may have been compensating for a perceived lack in his trouser-snake department. His must have been feeling jealous of mine and my tiny car! Somewhat supportive of the University of Nevada's statement.
Any Shadowrun and Earthdawn fans?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 8, 2018:
Just getting back into Shadowrun myself. Using my old 1989 copy! Running it for my daughters gaming group now and again.
I watched Newsnight last night where former Tory Minister and unlikely star of Strictly Come ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 2, 2019:
I agree with you. We could really do with Brexshit put on hold for 12 months. Elect our MEPs then have a general election with Brexshit at its heart. Effectively a second referendum via the ballot box. Some MPs need to be excluded from standing ever again. Boris, Gove, May, Corbyn, and Reese-Mogg. Once we a have a new government, then they must act together and decide on what choices for Brexshit are available. This must include what the EU will accept too. Then the choices will be put to the people for a final say. As this campaign proceeds an objective body must check the facts being touted. If like last time there is a blatant lie splashed on a bus, then this must be made plain to the public and those who spout the untruths will be branded as liars to the people, and will be removed from further campaigning.
Did this guy pocket my $20?
Sofabeast comments on Feb 9, 2022:
It would be possible.
Elon Musk comes to mind…
Sofabeast comments on Jan 5, 2022:
Up the workers!
Three Conservative MPs have resigned.
Sofabeast comments on Feb 20, 2019:
One more and they'll be as big as the Liberals!
I got stunned by some random Jehovah's Witness knocking at my door and asking me if I know the end ...
Sofabeast comments on Mar 10, 2019:
I like to ask them to define 'End of the World'. And does that include people who are in near earth orbit?
What is the competence of philosophy today?
Sofabeast comments on Jul 3, 2019:
So, is a life which is unexamined worth living?
Keeping one's perspective, After all these decades, I still have a lot of anger about my ...
Sofabeast comments on Jul 5, 2019:
As part of my job, I attend an evangelical American style church around twice a month (I'm a support worker for adults with special needs) I will say, that if I were a Christian, I'd try to go that way, but I'm not. All it does is reinforce how silly the whole thing is. As a student of social sciences I love people watching. Great for putting some perspective on the subjects of my studies. To the point, they are a money making venture, but being in Scotland, it's hard for religious groups to rake it in in the same way as they do in Americas bible belt, the collection bucket is handed around at least twice per service. There is power and authority in what they do. After all, the congregation are the sheep, that's what they are called and socialised into being. The pasters are the tenders of the flock and god is the shepherd. Well what does a shepherd do? Fattens up the sheep for fleecing and slaughter, then the more you have the more profit you make - or prophet? Although the church leaders treat me with civility, I am still the enemy
Ball buster?
Sofabeast comments on Dec 18, 2019:
Hahahaha!
Is right and wrong relative or fixed (absolute)?
Sofabeast comments on Oct 3, 2019:
It is all subjective. You'll have to read Kant and Hegel for a start and get into epistemological and ontological methods of questioning. From there, positivist or relativist? In the end, nothing is certain.
Dirty doings by British in Malaga, Spain. [bbc.com]
Sofabeast comments on Feb 21, 2020:
Oh dear
Now that it looks like we’re going to be going into a Tory leadership election phase, before the ...
Sofabeast comments on May 17, 2019:
Now if we can just get a change of Labour and Liberal leaderships quick.... Politics is part of my studies. So two years ago the SQA set up this years questions for assessments and exams. Little did they conceive that by the time the UK was meant to leave the EU we still wouldn't know what Brexshit is yet! The Tory party now has to cut the tumour of Theresa May out. Her total failure at the task has made the UK a world-wide laughing stock. She took the choice to exclude the other parties in politics, she should have involved all of parliament from the start prior to triggering article 50. Then she must have discovered what Brexshit was going to be offered, and then ask the people do they want a deal or ruin the country with WTO rules. Then carry it out. Now who will lead the country? Boris isn't smart enough. Gove - well he's Gove. JRMogg is still living in 1933. Fox - just don't go there. Jeremy Hunt, is a cunt, nasty piece of work. Whomever they choose, the choice will be a terrible one.
Just booked our return flight from Brussels for our beer tour this fall! Not sure yet where we'll ...
Sofabeast comments on Feb 27, 2019:
Drop into the battlefield of Waterloo, where Napoleon was defeated. Nearest Station Braine L'Alleud (pron. bren-la-loo)
The French Revolution, besides being a war against the ruling class, was also a war against the ...
Sofabeast comments on Sep 18, 2019:
The French had a method for getting rid of people with mental disorders known as 'Ship of Fools'. Where those people who they were unable to cope with were put into a boat and sent down the river without paddles or a rudder - in the hands of God to look after. During the French Revolution, during the Terror, all the clergy of Orleans(?) were placed on a boat with paddles or rudder. And then blown up! Where's your God now aye?
Indian army says it found Yeti footprints in the Himalayas
Sofabeast comments on May 3, 2019:
Will it appear on 'Not finding Bigfoot again'?
In the area I live IVF treatment has now been withdrawn: [bbc.
Sofabeast comments on Aug 7, 2019:
I'll put my Functionalist Sociologist hat on for this.. We have far too many people, everything cost money, so therefore, at this time we humans do not need to use IVF. There are more than enough extra little humans to go around if you need one - adopt. On an individualist level (Social Action theory), we have a drive to pass on our own genetic material. So it hurts not to be able to do so. Thus, we must allow the treatment to nurture the next generation. So, should one size fit all? Who gets to decide who has access to limited treatment? An easy choice if it isn't you.
Oh shit, I should've it would too good to be true.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 10, 2020:
Reply ..... MISSED ME!
... just had to share this with suicide bombers out there who are likely to troll from time to time
Sofabeast comments on Jan 17, 2020:
I've met some 'rednecks VA & FL', and from those meetings I fear that under some cultural circumstances bacon eaters may indeed blow themselves up.
Look! A scenic castle!
Sofabeast comments on Apr 2, 2019:
He must be photoshopped in, the midges would have drained him of blood in seconds!
Three Conservative MPs have resigned.
Sofabeast comments on Feb 20, 2019:
As a student of Politics/UK Politics, this is an amazing time. Brexit, Maybot and now this!
Eyes.... What is it about a person's eyes that you like / dislike?
Sofabeast comments on Feb 12, 2019:
I prefer it, if there is one each side of the nose. Slight preference to pale steely blue eyes, but in the end, it is the person who has them that's important
The Irish election results coming in make unhappy reading for the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ...
Sofabeast comments on Feb 10, 2020:
I find this interesting, as I'm in the middle of studying European politics. On one side, is this in part because of Brexit and the potential of a hard border. Possible, but there are many other aspects of life in Eire which are purely internal Irish issues. As for the 'Irish' problem, I'll have to ask a mate who knows someone...
Massive protests as Poland implements near-total ban on abortions
Sofabeast comments on Feb 2, 2021:
I've conversed with some practicing Catholics about this - and most want this sort of ruling in the UK too. Life is life and given by god and to take it is crime against god and murder. But as a parent who has had to jointly made the choice in having to save my wife or lose them both, then the choice must remain. We had my wife for another 15 years because of being able to abort the fetus. As a support worker for adults with special needs, they too can fall pregnant. Thus the state must step in to remove the stress of that pregnancy from the person.
Indian army says it found Yeti footprints in the Himalayas
Sofabeast comments on May 3, 2019:
The photograph infers it may have been riding a bicycle too!
I joined a Christian Chat Group just to see what was going on with them.
Sofabeast comments on Mar 16, 2020:
As a balancing point, I dare say what we post makes them sick too! Good - that'll learn 'em!
I think that this sums it up nicely.
Sofabeast comments on Dec 10, 2021:
What have the Romans done for us?
God is not necessary for religion.
Sofabeast comments on Jan 13, 2020:
In the UK, Veganism is now legally considered a religious movement and thus, protected as such.
Evangelical Jesus
Sofabeast comments on Sep 18, 2019:
In god we trust, everyone else pays cash
Better start sewing some prairie dresses to appease Pence and his ilk.
Sofabeast comments on Aug 21, 2019:
Nobody expects the Republican party.....

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