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Ancient, old codger and howling atheist.

Oh yes - also writes books, loves dogs, listens to classical music, and used to plait kangaroo-hide bullwhips.

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Which one of these explains our universe better; Religion or Science? And Why?
ToakReon comments on May 20, 2018:
This is a question that actually needs asking? Science - knowledge based on observation, measurement, critical assessment of evidence, which can (and is) challenged when new evidence is discovered. Religion - the musings of bronze-age goat herders who weren't even aware the earth orbited the sun, or that penguins existed.
Does anyone else talk aloud to themselves? I do and when my wife asks who I'm talking to I tell her ...
ToakReon comments on May 20, 2018:
Absolutely. I regularly address my thoughts to the most intelligent person around.
This could be interesting.
ToakReon comments on May 20, 2018:
Aiillmw
Folks, do you know the two most vicious lies of religion?
ToakReon comments on May 20, 2018:
I would say:- 1. Faith equates to virtue. In other words 'If you are a man or woman of god you are a good person, by definition' - this leads to all sorts of nasty stuff. You can do anything, however foul, if you devoutly do it in the name of god. Whatever crime you commit, as long as you repent and pray you should be instantly forgiven. Anyone 'not of the faith' is, by definition, someone of lesser virtue, of lesser value - someone to be despised. 2. 'Teaching' children the 'truth if god' is a good thing. There is nothing more disgusting, more corrupt and more foul than abusing the trust and inquisitive curiosity of children by undoctrinating them. Let the kids grow up with healthy, open, enquiring minds - THEN present them with the bible and see how they feel about it.
Why are you on this site? Is it because agnosticism is massively important to you? Central to your ...
ToakReon comments on May 18, 2018:
Because I am, by nature, an argumentative sod.
Why is the 2nd the brightest star in here?
ToakReon comments on May 18, 2018:
I suspect pure randomness has a part to play - and that the order of colours was not considered greatly important when they were chosen
Finish This Statement: "I Remember"
ToakReon comments on May 18, 2018:
I remember ... less than I used to remember before I became an old codger with a bad memory.
Noah's Ark, Kangaroos and Australia
ToakReon comments on May 17, 2018:
And sloths from South America (presumably hitching a lift across the Atlantic on a whale - twice, once each way). And penguins. And polar bears (they must have caused a stir when walking through Palestine). And ... and ...
Does anyone else think this tree looks like the scream mask?
ToakReon comments on May 17, 2018:
Does anyone else think this tree looks like a scream mask? Er ... no. Not really.
Is it correct for the US to block a UN vote for an investigation into the murders and maimings of ...
ToakReon comments on May 16, 2018:
If the US does so it tells the world about the US - a nation that doesn't want an investigation into people dying in large numbers, because palestinians don't matter but Israel has a lot of influence in the US.
As an atheist what do you want done with your remains when you die? I want to be fed to ...
ToakReon comments on May 16, 2018:
I totally couldnt care what happens to my body after I'm dead. I'm DEAD so it doesn't matter to me. If it can, in some way, do good (medical research, organ donation, etc) then, I guess, it would be better if it did so. Other than that, feed it to stray dogs - at least they'll get a meal out of it.
At what age do you start to feel "old"? My birthday is in a month and I'm dreading it already. I ...
ToakReon comments on May 16, 2018:
50? Damn, I wish I was still 50!
I've had a couple of people ask me if I've read "Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus". Today I ...
ToakReon comments on May 16, 2018:
I have read it - long ago. Can't remember a great deal, other than the feeling that I wasn't greatly impressed. I can't even remember what failed to impress me!
Music/songs
ToakReon comments on May 13, 2018:
Yes, as it happens - and I don't really know why. The second movement of Dmitry Shostakovich's 2nd piano concerto. Yes - it's a lovely slow movement, but I find myself more effected by it than I should be.
If a stranger approached you to have a friendly chat about your god position, what would go on in ...
ToakReon comments on May 13, 2018:
I would be 'up front' about my atheism. If they were reasonable I'd probably suggest they were going to get nowhere and bring the conversation to a close in as pleasent a manner as possible. If they were and arse, I'd go 'full on confrontational atheist'. If they happened to be interesting in some way I might engage in gentler debate to find out more about them.
Dear fellow Atheist guys and gals, if I suggested meet, greet, walk and talk in Ringwood, NJ's ...
ToakReon comments on May 13, 2018:
I wish I could - but flying across the Atlantic would be a bit of hassle ... ?
Claiming that you cannot have morality without being religious strikes me as an immoral act.
ToakReon comments on May 13, 2018:
It's certainly misguided and wrong. It's also an act of judgement, based on no valid reason, like judging that homosexuals are by definition immoral - so it's bigotted. Whether it's immoral or not I feel less sure about. For me 'immorality' implies KNOWINGLY doing something wrong or unjust - not just doing it out of stupidity or ignorance.
How open should we be about our atheism at work. I am very open about it on Facebook and with family...
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
In bible-belt America, certainly as a teacher in a school, I don't blame you AT ALL for keeping quiet. I'm not in the bible belt myself -indeed I've never even visited - but from what I've heard, being an 'openly atheistic teacher' could cause instant, and possibly terminal, damage to your career. It's disgusting that it is so, but in the circumstance you have to look out for yourself.
Is God a Replacement for our Dad?
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
No - god isn't a replacement for my dad. My dad was a noble, honest and just man - not a howling, psychopathic, misogynistic, homophobic mass-murderer like god.
Sign at a local church........ WTF?
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
The lord is going to come - so you must be ready. After all, he'll be most upset (and send you to hell) if you don't swallow.
Do you think world leaders and celebrities should limit the sizes if their families so as to set a ...
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
I would feel uncomfortable being 'dictatorial' and limiting the number of children ANYONE should have. I would also feel uncomfortable being 'judgemental' and saying they have too many. However I feel GOOD EDUCATION goes a long way towards equipping people to make for THEMSELVES decisions that are wise.
So who else has Christian friends, who are more than non-judgmental, even defend you against a ...
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
Good for her.
Do most men really like large breasts?
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
Not me. Moderation in breast size is best. Now LEGS - that's a different matter. Loooooooooong and shapely!
I was watching a documentary about tattoos and society's reaction to people who took it to the ...
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
No.
At which level would you be willing to date someone?
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
Wrong question, I think. It's not a matter of religion - of what goes on in the privacy of their heads - but of what they DO. If they're judgemental, bigotted, insist on indoctrinating children, homophobic, etc. then they are un-datable. If they're just, fair, decent and kind, then the fact they're batshit crazy is far more tollerable.
Americans - How corrupt is your government? If at all!
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
At the moment? Pretty bloody corrupt.
One of my co-workers (she's Catholic) commented during lunch that those that do not have faith have ...
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
Does your dog believe in god? Doesn't stop him being loving, loyal and the finest of friends, does it?
People say,there's racism in US, but No body can say in public that "I am a proud racist".
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
Maybe no-one can say in public "I am a proud racist" - but the KKK don't seem very woried about publicity any more.
Do you care if you are remembered when you die?
ToakReon comments on May 12, 2018:
Why should I care? I'll be dead.
1. Should religion be allowed?
ToakReon comments on May 11, 2018:
Simply banning religion will, I believe, achieve nothing. We need to fight the delusion on which it's based.
Have you ever just been so fed up with society that you have considered moving off the grid and ...
ToakReon comments on May 11, 2018:
Yes - but too addicted to coffee
The Irreligious Now Outnumber White Evangelicals in America
ToakReon comments on May 11, 2018:
Hence the desperation. If evangelical christianity cannot 'grab power' through Trump NOW, then it's lost its last chance - it will vanish into the obscurity it so richly deserves. That's why THIS fight against an 'evangelical christianity supported' President is so important. This is it - the final battle, and the only one that has to be won.
Not sure where to post this - religion or politics? It is British but I am sure the same reasoning ...
ToakReon comments on May 11, 2018:
I think it's pretty common in 'money grabbing' brands of faith. "Fuck the poor - they're inferior beings, which is why god hasn't blessed them with wealth. Don't give money to them - give it to ME, because I am a man of god and therefore worth more."
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands! Happy Friday Eve, Jeans Day, and Pay Day! Woohooo!...
ToakReon comments on May 11, 2018:
"If you're happy, and you know it, clap your hands ..." Well, that's a simple test. Happy? Yes. Know I'm happy? Yes. Two out of two - so clap hands. *Clap! Clap!* "... If you're happy, and you know it, clap your hands ..." The same as above, so the same result. *Clap! Clap!* "... If you're happy, and you know it, and you really want to show it, "If you're happy, and you know it, clap your hands!" Hang fire! What the hell is this extra 'and you really want to show it' clause that suddenly appeared in the THIRD LINE? What if you're happy, and you know it, but you couldn't give a fuck about showing it? Should you then clap, or not? I would say no - but you've already been conned into clapping TWICE by false pretenses, this extra clause having been ignored the first two times. This song is a CON and a FRAUD!
My dog Puck died today. He was a few months shy of 17 years...a good run for a lab/boxer/pittbull ...
ToakReon comments on May 11, 2018:
I'm really sorry for you - it hurts like hell to lose a loved dog.
Positive Thinking: A New Secular Religion?
ToakReon comments on May 11, 2018:
Not ALL delusionals are RELIGIOUSLY delusional - but all delusionals lack rationality. What religion does is actively promote delusional irrationality for its own benefit - and by doing so, it does great harm. What we need is more rational thought, based on real and demonstrable evidence. This will weaken religion (which is good) and also weaken others who exploit delusion (also good).
I think there should be a presidential executive order decreeing "no more executive orders"..... its...
ToakReon comments on May 11, 2018:
Perhaps an ammendment to the Constitution. "We, the people, declare that all Presidential executive orders MUST be signed with a pen containing a single gram of pure nitro-glycerine, so that any time the President signs one, there is a meaningful risk the pen will explode, destroying his hand. We believe this rule would discourage the President from the casual issuing of such executive orders, for the good of the people."
Which is more useful, intelligence or wisdom?
ToakReon comments on May 11, 2018:
Different concepts. One useful in certain circumstances, the other useful in different circumstances - rarely do they both apply to the same issue. So it's like asking "Which is more useful, a hammer or a paint brush?" Sorta depends whether you're applying paint or knocking in a nail, doesn't it?
When I was a teenager, I'd occasionally go to a youth group with a friend of mine. It was before I ...
ToakReon comments on May 11, 2018:
YOU SHALL BURN IN THE FIRE-PITS OF HELL, WHILE DEMONS WATCH AND LAUGH! Stage one - scare the fuck out of people, because if you can get them scared enough they'll crawl to your feet pleading "Please save me!" and then you have them on your leash for life. Stage two - tell them they're sinners and unworthy, because if you can destroy any trust they have in themselves and their own judgement, then even if questions about their faith DO occur, they won't trust themselves enough to pursue them. Stage three - well, once you've got them scared, leashed and humbled, you can do anything you want with them. They are truly the sheep in your flock, quiet and compliant - they'll even bring their own children to you, so you can do to the next generation what you did to them For an atheist, looking in from the outside, it is vile, foul and vomit-inducing.
I just sat down in a United Airlines plane headed from DC to Newark, NJ. Next to me is seated a ...
ToakReon comments on May 4, 2018:
"Oh - hello there. A man of god, I see! Forgive me, but I'm curious - have you always been a delusional fuckwit, wallowing in your fairy tales of a psychopathic and murderous god; or is this a form of brainless, self-decepton that you achieved by dint of great effort later in life?" And no ... I'm not serious!
Pick up lines. Let me hear your best and most cheesy pick up lines.
ToakReon comments on May 4, 2018:
A bit long, but:- "Excuse me, Miss. I'm doing a survey about cheesy pick-up lines. I was wondering which of the following three examples would be most likely to work for you. "1. What's a nice girl like you doing in a dump like this? "2. If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me? "and 3. Excuse me, Miss. I'm doing a survey about cheesy pick-up lines ..."
Affairs. Have you been accused of having affairs while in a relationship? How did you react? We're ...
ToakReon comments on May 4, 2018:
Yes - I have been accused. No - I was not guilty. Looking back at that moment - I regret my innocence. The girl was a bitch, and having a fling would have been a damn sight more enjoyable than remaining with her.
Sometimes I wish I were a dog. True or False?
ToakReon comments on May 4, 2018:
I voted yes - but I suspect I shall remain an annoying, grumpy old man.
Hi guys, I've been feeling really down lately. Can y'all cheer up with some memes or dark humour. ...
ToakReon comments on May 4, 2018:
Here are a few - hope you find them entertaining.
Excluding religion, what are some of the other forms of bullshit that you are growing tired of? Flat...
ToakReon comments on May 2, 2018:
Conspiracy theories and other assorted bullshit are EVERYWHERE. From religion, through JFK assassination and faked moon landings, to 9-11. It just keeps happening.
Bottom line: Prominent Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson tells women being abused by their ...
ToakReon comments on May 2, 2018:
Women as the property of men. No. If someone is abusing you, then 'god' saying you should stay with them and submit to them is god (or, more accurately, those who believe in them) supporting the abuse.
Religious friends keep sending me religious text?
ToakReon comments on May 2, 2018:
I would probably be a little blunt:- "So Jesus loves me, does he? "Bit difficult that, due to him not existing except in the minds of delusional christians. So Jesus loves me precicely as much as you are, yourself, loved by the equally non-existent giant, emerald-green fairy at the bottom of my garden. "Do you really want to exchange fairy tales?"
Does anyone have advice for a person that's been an atheist less than 3 months? I would appreciatte...
ToakReon comments on May 2, 2018:
Just enjoy it. You're free. Enjoy being able to think, to question, to be yourself.
Hi every one
ToakReon comments on Apr 29, 2018:
Hiya ... Hope you have a great time among the heathens.
Would you date a disabled person?
ToakReon comments on Apr 29, 2018:
It would depend on the nature of the disability. If, for example, the lady suffered from 'evangelical Trump devotion' then that would be an absolute deal breaker.
I love spiders. This little fellow is hanging out on my door wreath today and my daughter got a ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
What a gorgeous little chap! (or lass, of course - can't tell the gender of spiders!)
What is your favourite word and why? Mine is "floccinaucinihilipilification" - the act of ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Oh - and I also like:- TMESIS: (noun) A form of expression where a word is divided and another word is placed in the middle for emphasis (examples - 'Abso-fucking-lutely!' and 'Sen-bloody-sational!' ) It is the only word in the English language that begins 'tm'
What is your favourite word and why? Mine is "floccinaucinihilipilification" - the act of ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
I love many words, one of my favourites is:- MELLIFLUOUS: (adjective) Of a sound, pleasingly smooth and musical to the ear (example - 'Her voice was soft and mellifluous, in every way a delight to hear' )
How do you handle people who tell you that they will keep praying for you?
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
If they're being 'aggressively religious' then I feel they have, themselves, almost 'declared war' - in that circumstance I don't feel THEIR feelings deserve to be 'protected'. How I respond will depend on me, and how I want to respond. If, however, they are NOT being 'aggressive' then I don't have any desire to cause them distress.
Just curious: If we in this organization were told the Constitution is being re-written and we at ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
It is a principle that no question of gender, no colour of skin or eye, no shape of face or body, no belief in god or none, no sexual inclination or political allegence, is fundamental to the value of a person. A person's value shall, instead, be judged purely upon their just and unbiased desire to have a positive effect on the lives and happiness of their fellow people.
IF you found out a CEO was very open about being religious, but explicitly said that they wouldn't ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
I don't give a damn what people BELIEVE - just how they BEHAVE. Now admittedly, I think it would be better for them and their children if their minds were rational rather than delusional - but the bottom line is that as long as they don't act unjustly and unfairly then their religion is almost immaterial.
What do you do when an event you're at is opened with a prayer or grace? Do you bow your head, sit ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Stand tall. Eyes open. Head held high. In silence.
Why does the three abrahamIc sects and Its dogmas dIffers so much? WhIch one Is rIght and whIch one ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
All three use myth about a non-existent 'sky fairy' to promote self-importance, religious judgementalism, bigotry, indoctrination of children and injustice. Yes, there are differences, but it's basically bullshit vs. horseshit vs. hipposhit.
Kanye West has really stirred the pot xD
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
No, Kanye West hasn't stirred the pot. He's just expressed his views. I happen not to agree with him, but heck - his views are his.
Should I get rid of my Xtian bed?
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
It's a bed. Assuming it's in good condition, the religion of whoever owned it means nothing. Don't let religion gain power over you through some sort of superstition.
Is "spiritual" also religious? Clearly we can identify religious folks -- belief in god(s), ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
I use the terms 'theist' and 'deist' Theists believe in a supernatural being who is interactive in the day-to-day running of existence - answering prayers, sending hurricanes, performing miracles, and so on. Deists believe in a supernatural being who is not interactive in the day-to-day running of existence - a 'spirit of the universe', or so on. I would say both are 'religious', but in different ways.
Just found out my last surviving kitty soul mate has incurable stomach cancer. MY HEART IS BREAKING ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Oh hell - it's really heartbreaking, isn't it? Try to remember the good times, and what you shared. How he made your life a better place, and you made his life a better place in return.
CHANGING YOUR OPINION Sometimes it's hard to change your opinion of a performer, celebrity or ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Separation. Being talented and funny is not inconsistent with being a vile sexual abuser. Bill Crosby was both. The fact that we have just learned he was the second doesn't change the fact that we already knew he was the first. Another example was the classical composer Richard Wagner - the 'original NAZI' (though the term wasn't in use in his time), ferociously anti-semitic and thoroughly obnoxious. That doesn't, however, make the 'Ride of the Valkirie' any less spectacular.
A research project: What caused your shift away from religion?
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Nothing. I never had a religion to shift from.
If you could travel back in time and alter any one historical event, what would it be?
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
I would go back and stop the evolution of apes into humans. Honestly, I believe the earth would be a better place if there were no humans on it.
Just curious.... Why do so many people take a picture of themself in a car? I like the color of your...
ToakReon comments on Apr 28, 2018:
Because the current trend is for people to take pictures if themselves everywhere. This is a 'selfie society' so why should the car be exempt?
What are some of the things you use Alexa or OK Google for?
ToakReon comments on Apr 27, 2018:
As a calculator. 'Alexa - what is the square root of one hundred and seventy-four point seven three two?' Answer - 13.218 (and a bit)
Is it hypocritical for me, as an atheist, to celebrate religious holidays?
ToakReon comments on Apr 16, 2018:
It depends how you celebrate. If your celebration is a 'religious celebration' then why would you as an atheist? Yet if you're just 'enjoying a day off' then how is that hypocritical? Do you need less time off than religious folk?
When faced with a life or death decision which option do you think would be the most beneficial & ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 6, 2018:
I think science has it. Scientific method gives you the best chance of analising whatever is placing you at risk, understanding the cause, and devising a strategy to counter that effect. Bottom of the three comes religion. The sky fairy will do exactly what the sky fairy always does. Nothing.
Anybody else no longer able to stomach fantasy movies or ghost movies that involve all kinds of ...
ToakReon comments on Apr 6, 2018:
Nothing wrong with well written fantasy - even if it does not correspond to reality, it can still be INTERNALLY consistant ... and fiction is, after all, fictional. If it wasn't 'different from normal life' it would be no more entertaining than normal life. The problem is reading a fictional fantasy book - something like the bible - and convincing yourself that it's not fiction at all.
Any unusual hobbies or collections? Collection: I used to have a knife collection that included a...
ToakReon comments on Apr 6, 2018:
I have a fine collection of whips. Bullwhips. Snake whips. Shot-snake whips. Signal whips. Australian stock whips. Australian yard whips. Florida cow whips. Driving whips. Ranging from about 10 foot, down to less than 2 - the shorter ones being perfectly usable indoors (after all, you never know when you'll hear a strange lowing noise and find your living room full of cattle - must have happened to lots of people!) Materials being horse hide, cow hide, kangaroo hide (kangaroo hide really is the VERY BEST whip leather), nylon, rubber tape, etc.
What's the best pickup line you've heard?
ToakReon comments on Apr 3, 2018:
"Can I ask you a question? "Have you ever woken up in the morning, rolled over, looked at the man lying in bed beside you, and thought, 'Oh HELL! What the HECK did I do THAT for?' "No? Fancy a new experience?"
Yay!! Got my t-shirt today! Woot woot! ????
ToakReon comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Looks good! Can you get a similarly decorated water-gun for 'cooling off' street preachers?
How do you feel about the person you're dating talking about their ex?
ToakReon comments on Apr 1, 2018:
I think the past is the past - I make a point of not mentioning exes to current partners. It's not that it 'bothers' me as such - just that 'private moments' remain private even when with an ex.
How will the advent of self-driving cars change your life or the lives of others? Will it have an ...
ToakReon comments on Mar 31, 2018:
Bring 'em on. Honestly, the moment I can feel confident the car can drive more safely than I can, I want it.
How do you keep from looking grumpy when well-meaning nice people bless you or say they'll pray for ...
ToakReon comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Well - if you don't want to be provocative, just imagine cute puppies playing in fresh fallen snow. If that doesn't stop you looking grumpy, nothing will. More provocatively, reply, "Thank you ... and I shall talk to my dog for you. I expect similar results."
What caused you to question god
ToakReon comments on Mar 30, 2018:
Common sense.
You died, I lived, god is good!
ToakReon comments on Mar 30, 2018:
"God granted us a miracle! Obviously we're 'special' in god's eyes. You, however, did not enjoy the 'miracle' so you cannot be special - so not only are you weeping, you're also INFERIOR! Haleluyah!"
I gotta know. I really HAVE to know why men spit outside in the streets! What compels guys to spit ...
ToakReon comments on Mar 28, 2018:
I think it's more social than biological. Just less of a 'no no' for a man to spit than a woman - unfortunately. I can't stand public spitting either.
Have you ever experienced an eating disorder?
ToakReon comments on Mar 28, 2018:
No.
If you were a trip advisor for where you live, what would you highlight as the best attractions in ...
ToakReon comments on Mar 28, 2018:
If you're talking my home town, I'd say its greatest asset is the A23 - a road along which you can head north to London, or south to Brighton.
PORNOGRAPHY, do you like to watch?
ToakReon comments on Mar 28, 2018:
Hey - it's 'entertainment' ... not my favourite entertainment perhaps, but it would be dishonest to say It's never something I'll watch.
What's the biggest benefit to dating you?
ToakReon comments on Mar 28, 2018:
Well - the answer to that question depends on whether you LIKE depraved, old lechers ... ?
Has anyone ever noticed that when we point out how televangelists are just money whores, we talk ...
ToakReon comments on Mar 26, 2018:
If T D Jakes 'gets a pass', then I suspect it's largely 'good fortune' on his part - and perhaps him being less 'in the public eye'. I doubt it's to do with the colour of his skin.
If we were all forced to wear a warning label, what would yours say?
ToakReon comments on Mar 19, 2018:
How about "May contain nuts - or, indeed, be one"
I deleted all my adopted family off Facebook beside my mom...they all disowned me when I came out as...
ToakReon comments on Mar 18, 2018:
It's always a shame when someone's atheism causes rifts in their family. If fact it's a shame when anything causes rifts in a family - but there does seem to be a view in some (indeed many) religious communities that 'ceasing to be a member' is a monstrous crime that cannot be forgiven.
What do you feed your brain?
ToakReon comments on Mar 17, 2018:
Basically 'interesting stuff' I don't know - even if it's not really a subject I would say is 'my thing'. I was wandering around a museum a while back (can't remember which one) and happened into their display of 17th and 18th century ladies clothing. Now 'fashion' is REALLY not my thing - but a DAMN GOOD display, each item accompanied by a detailed, well-written and informative information panel, did genuinely arouse interest, and I was glad I'd discovered that section of the museum.
Was anyone here involved with Televangelism?
ToakReon comments on Mar 17, 2018:
You mean in some way other than raising the middle finger and uttering the words, "Fuck televangalism"?
Public speaking/performing. Terrifying or fun? I'm all ears!!
ToakReon comments on Mar 15, 2018:
I once did a charity performance of "Three Little Maids From School" (from the comic opera "Mikado" by W S Gilbert and A S Sullivan) in front of an audience of 750. Myself and two other guys (one with a rather magnificent beard) - dressed as schoolgirls. "Three little maids from school are we, Pert as a schoolgirl well can be, Filled to the brim with girlish glee, Three little maids from school!" And I sang the roll of 'Yum Yum' "One little maid is a bride, Yum Yum, Two little maids in attendance come, Three little maids is the total sum, Three little maids from school!"
Who else has high blood pressure? How do you control it?
ToakReon comments on Mar 15, 2018:
I find punching people (judgemental, bigotted religious folk, for example) is SO good for releasing internal tension and lowering blood pressure.
Free will, compatibilism, & determinism.
ToakReon comments on Mar 15, 2018:
It's an esoteric question. Does free will exist in an sbsolute sense? Well ... it only can if something (your decision, choice, etc) can 'come into spontaneous existance' without cause. Free will is therefore incompatable with the concept of cause and effect - because to believe in free will you have to believe that something can happen (your 'free choice' ) for which there is no cause. That said, if we 'choose to act well' or 'choose to act badly' we might be making that decision because our personallity (shaped by experience, genetics, and a whole load of other factors) 'cause' us to make that decision - but those decisions still affect others. So they might not be 'free' in the absolute sence - but that still doesn't 'justify' you being a cunt.
Is a snake in the kitchen a message from the universe?
ToakReon comments on Mar 14, 2018:
Is a snake in the kitchen a message from the universe? Only if the snake looks at you and says, "Don't eat those apples, they will make you know the meaning of good and evil - and cover your privates with leaves before you get painted by religious artists."
With or without music during sex?
ToakReon comments on Mar 14, 2018:
I had an ex. once, who used to choose 'sex music' for purely comic effect. A case of, "Hit the 'play' button and off we go!" with no idea what she had arranged as the sound track. It turned out to be a selection - everything from Verdi's 'Dies Irae', through hard rock and opera, to the sodding 'Birdy Song'. Honestly ... the Birdy Song! ... have you ever tried to have sex to "Da-da-da-da-dadda-da! Da-da-da-da-dadda-da! Da-da-da-DAAA!"?
So..Stephen Hawking died. It's pretty sad across the board. Smarter than I'll ever be. Of ...
ToakReon comments on Mar 14, 2018:
Some christians are very ... well ... 'un-christian'. The sad thing is that this is no surprise, and no rarity.
If you are listening to the voices in your head.. Who's talking?? ?
ToakReon comments on Mar 13, 2018:
I listen to the voices in my head - but I ignore them and keep killing people anyway ...
Ladies! Haaaaaaaaaalp! I have a date! I don't know what to wear.
ToakReon comments on Mar 13, 2018:
Not a lady - but I suspect 'clothes' might be a good starting point. On a serious note - you will look best in whatever you, personally, feel most comfortable in and most suited to. Dress for YOURSELF rather than your date - and your 'ease and relaxation', knowing you are presenting yourself as you really are, will set a good tone for the date.
At what age should a woman stop wearing short skirts?
ToakReon comments on Mar 10, 2018:
Well - the real answer is, 'She should wear whatever she PERSONALLY feels comfortable wearing, and anyone who tells her otherwise is an asshole' But there are the (somewhat silly, to be honest) 'equasions' for minimum appropriate skirt lengh depending on age. I've seen a few different ones, but they're often something like:- minimum skirt length (inches) = 8 + half the woman's age For the above you get, for example, 16 inch skirt at 16, 20 inch skirt at 24, 23 inch skirt at 30, 28 inch skirt at 40, etc. Of course, in reality, bullshit - wear what you damn well want! (Now where IS my flourescent green mankini?)
Are You A Leader Or A Follower?
ToakReon comments on Mar 9, 2018:
It depends on circumstance.
Would life be easier if their was a god?
ToakReon comments on Mar 8, 2018:
No.
Atheist that admire Churches and other religious architecture?
ToakReon comments on Mar 8, 2018:
Yes - religious ardour can result in extraordinary architecture, extraordinary art, and extraordinary music. What a shame it can also result in extraordinary bigotted injustice and hatred.

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