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I am retired from working as a social worker/counsellor for 48 years. I am an atheist very involved in political economics, social action and politics. A friend once described me as an iconoclast -- smasher of sacred cows -- because of my tendency to see a different point of view.

I used to be a credible athlete and still can perform in some sports at a credible level. I am handy with tools and home renos. I am a voracious reader of many subjects. Last summer my ex-wife, kids. and grandkids went to a resort together where we had a wonderful time on the beach, skiing, boating, tubing, canoeing, and eating!

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Mike Pence Tells Justin Trudeau Trump Admin Will “Always Stand for the Sanctity of Human Life” |...
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
Unless it has been born. Again?
I have just turned forty. Whats (sex) life in your forties like?
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
Cannot remember. Too many years ago now.
So tired of winning ....
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
With climate changes we can soon grow avocados here and send them the Fords, Chryslers, Japanese and Korean cars we make here.
Look what came in the mail today. Im glad i reached level 8 in very late April to receive this nice...
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
@admin still waiting for mine.
Morning, everyone! California is on board :-) Yesterday my young paeonia bloomed for the first ...
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
Classically beautiful and nicely framed.
What's your favorite song from childhood?
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
https://youtu.be/l5oW0hopdqY
I was reading a post on the consertive athiest group. The guy that started it said that when he was ...
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
I have a couple of those space pens.
Wow. He ain’t whistling Dixie. Nope, he’s whistling Carmen! Amazing lungs. [youtu.be]
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
Check out this guy! And listen to his speech. https://youtu.be/zO-aCQ6xH-8
Wow. He ain’t whistling Dixie. Nope, he’s whistling Carmen! Amazing lungs. [youtu.be]
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
I had a tenant who could whistle like this. Amazing talent.
A garden in Finland.
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
Beautiful. Lovely photos.
Landscapes — 1: The Three Sisters, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia. Taken on a day trip ...
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
Rugged and beautiful. Thanks.
Gotta love science.....
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
Too funny!
Studies confirm 100% of abortions still none of your fking business [alternative-science.com]
ToolGuy comments on May 31, 2019:
Exactly!
I'm interested in getting opinions on the places in which you live. Do you love it or hate it? Do ...
ToolGuy comments on May 30, 2019:
It is OK. Pleasant place with interesting people and things to do.
Mt. Shasta Lavender Farm, NE of Weed, CA. Fountain at the farm with Mt. Shasta in background
ToolGuy comments on May 30, 2019:
Nicely composed shot.
Diamonds Are NOT A Girl's Best Friend
ToolGuy comments on May 30, 2019:
Nice pearls. Very pretty picture.
I've been a pro photographer for some time now, focusing mainly on live performance and fashion. ...
ToolGuy comments on May 30, 2019:
It deserved the award. Fabulous photo. Were you shooting RAW?
Found- Fossilized School of Fish [pbs.org]
ToolGuy comments on May 30, 2019:
On a tour of the Grand Canyon, I overheard a guide talking about fossilized sea creatures on the top where we were walking and I could see them clearly. Later in the week we toured the Fossilized forest. All of that land was once under water when the continents which were joined in antiquity began to separate. The photo is a lizard perched on a fossilized log.
How the Florida summer feels lately.
ToolGuy comments on May 30, 2019:
I was on a cruise up the Amazon a few years ago. It was so hot. The temperature was 41 degrees Celsius. I said to Teresa, I bet its 41 degrees in Peterborough back home. I checked and it was. 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
Interesting to some but old hat to others? [lifelessons.co]
ToolGuy comments on May 30, 2019:
Still true. Too many of us succumb to social pressure and go along with things letting the media snow us. The king would quickly realize he was being fooled if encountered real snow.
The Fringe Theology That Could End Religious Freedom
ToolGuy comments on May 30, 2019:
Taliban thinking of the west.
Canadian mosquito.
ToolGuy comments on May 30, 2019:
About right.
What is your favorite junk food?...
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Chocolate cake. Right after a hamburger and milkshake. I never do that anymore because I would instantly gain too much weight.
How important is someones income to you?
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Irrelevant.
Queen Elizabeth
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Or maybe her hair will be wet.
"Shouldn't You Know Better?" Bollywood Star Poses with Maasai Tribesman as a Prop.
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
People can twist things in many ways. That is NOT how I saw it. Did he get paid to pose? Is everything he is wearing from his culture or was it purchased in a market? This cultural appropriation stuff is nonsensical.
Steve Bannon says supporters will turn when tax records reveal Trump’s ‘just another scumbag’:...
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
I have different and better fantasies but I get your point. Lol
Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary, the country has run out of rubbish | The Independent
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
That is one of the problems with incinerating. Not a fan.
MY MOM LOST A FRIEND -- I was chatting with my mother the other day and she mentioned she had ...
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Just got a call from my half brother. Many years older than me and he said he prayed to find a used riding lawnmower for a friend he helps out and “Lo and behold” he found one today. I said why would he be singled out to have a prayer answered when there are so many others equally deserving whose prayers are NOT answered? Said the same to my uncle 20 years ago after he survived a health crisis which he attributed to prayer. That I got him to go to the hospital and that the surgeons figured out what was wrong was irrelevant Prayer did the trick! Lol
One of the first digital pictures I was happy with. Taken at Ruby Ghost town, Ruby, Arizona.
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Nicely done.
Roses ... at my local library these roses were blooming up a riot! The pink ones were in thick ...
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Love roses. These are beautiful and the photography is excellent.
Steven Wright [youtube.com]
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Steven Wright is one of the best. Always loved his stuff!
Did they have a contest for the most ridiculous looking outfit for the nuns to wear? I guess I ...
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Crazy costumes! The history might be interesting to know.
What I wouldn't give for a cup of coffee. The affect is too much for my fragile state of mind.
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
What affect is that?
Some days I'm doing okay. Other times, like tonight, it feels like things are caving in and I'm ...
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
How would it be helpful if more people understood?
Such a fresh face!
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Weird anatomy.
Hi guys, how about this one? [youtu.be]
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Hauntingly beautiful. Always loved this. Cannot make out the words most of the time.
So maybe it’s not entirely your fault because it’s not always obvious that you were given poor ...
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
This is a misleading meme. And not particularly amusing.
Love Over F--kery! My daughter told me, the summer before she left for college, just where she ...
ToolGuy comments on May 29, 2019:
Did the same thing.
‪Trump is so stupid he wished Japan in Japan a happy Memorial Day. First he doesn’t know it’s ...
ToolGuy comments on May 28, 2019:
A friend of mine made a film called Village of Widows about the uranium used in the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the worst terrorist acts in history. The uranium came from a place in northern Canada and had to be transported in coal sacks on the shoulders of the indigenous men in the town for loading on ships to be transported across the lake. My memory of the films is that the uranium was then sent to Port Hope in Ontario, processed in some way and then shipped to the USA for the bombs. Several decades later the people from the village made a trip to Japan to apologize to the people of Japan for their unwitting part in the bombing.
Something I wonder why do some women constantly flip around their long hair, even if it is not in ...
ToolGuy comments on May 28, 2019:
We all have different thresholds of sensitivity. Some people have a very low threshold meaning very sensitive whereas other have high thresholds. This is part of the difference people have -- temperamentally usually. Some people cannot stand labels in their clothing and my youngest son could not stand the feel of the ridge in his socks around his toes. He would fiddle with them until they felt comfortable and then he would go out the door to school. He would not always agree to wearing them inside out which would usually solve the discomfort problem. Hair around the ears and neck can be the same thing for some people. It is tactile sensitivity and there is a book that includes this concept called The Highly Sensitive Person by Aron.
Something I wonder why do some women constantly flip around their long hair, even if it is not in ...
ToolGuy comments on May 28, 2019:
I have a friend going through menopause and she has long hair. Every now and then she gathers it up and holds it up off her neck. I say, "Hot flash?" She says, "yep." Three minutes later she lets her hair down again.
Here's a paradox. Men who take steroids to make their bodies more attractive to women can become ...
ToolGuy comments on May 28, 2019:
I am now. Have been for over 35 years! lol
Do thunderstorms scare you, or excite you, or mixture of the two or no reaction.
ToolGuy comments on May 28, 2019:
Cautious excitement. I was camping once where the lightning was virtually continuous and trees could be heard falling in the woods behind our tents. You could read by the lightning. We set up camp amongst five trees reasoning that they would catch each other should they fall sparing our tent. And us. Another time the lightning was frequent and I was hiking to my cottage during the night because I had arrived too late to catch a boat ride. As the lightning strikes became more frequent we sat down and made ourselves small under the hydro tower lines between two towers reasoning that the towers were more likely to take the strike than us. We watched the lightning strike trees in the woods beside us on the path to the cottage.
Our SCOTUS. Be afraid.[thinkprogress.org]
ToolGuy comments on May 28, 2019:
When you think about it, eugenics is only disapproved of when applied to humans. We do not worry about it for animals or plants. And is marrying within one’s religion or alleged race a form of eugenics? When I started my social work career, I was told to counsel a young client of mine not to have children because, if he wound up having children and he himself wound up with Huntington’s Chorea as it was then called, his children had a 50-50 chance of also having the disease. His mother had the disease and my discussion with him was before genetic testing. In later years after watching Alice’s Restaurant, I realized that if Woody Guthrie had had genetic counselling, maybe Arlo would never have been born. And the world would have been poorer for that. But those people with genetic diseases receive genetic counseling now. Now I understand that eugenics was about race and characteristics but where exactly is the line? Should it be left to random selection and hope for the best?
A couple of times a week, I tell myself I need to turn this page over to someone else. After all, ...
ToolGuy comments on May 28, 2019:
Stay. You are correct as is Roger about how relationships can work even if started on line.
[dailykos.com] Deprogramming the Trump lover in a family - I think I found something worth ...
ToolGuy comments on May 28, 2019:
The way the article is presented or the content of the article strikes me as unbelievable. When you ask people “why” questions, they feel attacked and become defensive. That is just one of my criticisms. I know the author claims it works from his experience but I do not believe that.
Guten Morgen ... right on to today's question: When did you last cry in front of another person? ...
ToolGuy comments on May 28, 2019:
Every week or so alone in response to something. In front of someone when we discuss my dead former partner sometimes.
If you don't have time to read right through my last post, at least watch this video, as some will ...
ToolGuy comments on May 28, 2019:
Nice post. Of course we are all familiar with double speak but I was not aware of this individual tracking and writing about it. Thanks.
Maine Officially Eliminates All Religious Exemptions for Vaccines | David Gee
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
There should be ONLY known health exemptions.
Tennessee Lawmaker Van Huss Sees ‘No Evil’ In 15-Year-Old’s Pregnancy By Rape | Michael Stone
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
Smug looking asshole!
National Ass et.
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
Brilliant!
[forward.com] On the anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education we must continue to fight for ...
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
But it is more than racial injustice. The Swedish Bank Nobel Prize was awarded to a Libertarian economist named James McGill Buchanan in 1986 who developed and promulgated Public Choice Theory that underpins the many problems in the USA and elsewhere today. This case was what prompted him to work tirelessly — including being funded with Dark Money from the Koch brothers — to re-educate the country’s judiciary, journalists and academics on the folly of government. Much of what he did is what created the modern day ethos of hating government. A great book by Nancy MacLean describes the history and events. It is called Democracy in Chains.
If he’s twice as strong as he looks, he’s still going to be pancaked and Tuesday is canceled… ...
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
Is he planning to catch her or did he throw her up there?
Why Memorial Day? [l.facebook.com] Also here: [theintercept.com]
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
Looks like the mini flag makers and sellers do well too.
In Memory of My Father on Memorial Day 2019 My father joined the Marines when he was barely 16. ...
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
Lovely tribute. Thanks.
I am about to do something really daring. My ideal job has just come available, nearby to me so no...
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
Go for it. I applied for a job i wanted 2x. Got it the second time.
People are not stupid. People generally are not bad. They're not intentionally hateful.. even ...
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
Sorry but I think this notion of ignorance being the reason for behaviour is not correct. People act the way they do because they do not handle conscious thought or thinking about complex issues for more that 15 minutes a day. I pose certain kinds of problems to very intelligent knowledgeable people — did it yesterday — and they struggle to get the answers. Furthermore upbringing implies parental instruction and control which is also wrong. Definitely media and culture (if that is what is meant by society) have a major role but people are more like herd animals than we care to admit. Peers are highly influential. Even as adults they want to keep up with the Joneses. People also rehearse certain thought processes that media can reinforce in order to manufacture our consent for certain actions government and corporations take. Nobody is easily capable of giving things second thoughts and you have anthropomorphized religion, governments and capitalist institutions as scapegoats. Our relationships with those institutions are non-linear and since they themselves are incapable of actual thought or intent, to attribute motives to them is not correct.
I'm curious about what people on this site feel about the simulation hypothesis. In all honesty, I ...
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
Hurray for the Matrix.
Does anyone else get multitudes of spam phone calls from foreign countries? (for me, sometimes up ...
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
Not me. Hardly ever.
Should our government promote any particular values?
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
It should reflect the caring values of the people.
It's easy to roast a whole chicken. Here's how.
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
I use my chicken roaster. Sprinkle with garlic and maybe rub with oil. Never add salt because then I drink a gallon of water after eating it.
What do you know about workplace discrimination?
ToolGuy comments on May 27, 2019:
You need to find out about employment law and rules re dismissal. Some places have wrongful dismissal laws. I live in a different country so the laws are likely different.
Trump administration proposes $7.1 billion funding cut to Education Department - ABC News
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
Hey if the POTUS doesn’t need an education to be successful nobody else does either.
The Dark History of the Espionage Act..Brace yourself it's kinda long but worth the watch..Some of ...
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
And now it is being used to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange.
An afternoon stroll through Greenhill Gardens, Wilkesport, Ontario. The lilac’s smelled ...
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
Lovely. These are from the pond in my backyard.
Please welcome @happyhiker1 to the group. Looking forward to listening to your music posts.
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
Welcome. Nice to see you here too.
Is it a sign of a scammer when one of the frequent questions they ask is what your last meal was, or...
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
For sure. I am always asked what I had for b’fast or supper of lunch. I think there is a scammer school that teaches them to ask those kinds of questions as a way to show interest and caring. If you reciprocate you sometime get a sob story about not having enough food in the house.
I heard that someone threw a beer at rhe President today. No worries though, it was a draft beer, ...
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
Good one!
MASKS ... should Agnositc allow people to hide behind avatars and masks? Personally I would rather ...
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
Does not matter unless they want to date. Hiding protects them from retaliation by employers and neighbours.
I would like the help, I need to know the value of the drug Kevzara. Here in Brazil the government ...
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
The U.S. Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) of Kevzara is $39,000/year for the 200 mg and 150 mg doses, and is approximately 30 percent lower than the WAC for the two most widely used TNF-alpha inhibitors.May 22, 2017 And in Canada where usually drug costs are lower than the USA: Sarilumab is also Kevzara At the submitted price of $700 per pre-filled syringe (for both 150 mg and 200 mg doses), the estimated annual cost of sarilumab therapy is $18,200 per patient when administered as recommended every two weeks. Therefore, sarilumab is more expensive than intravenous (IV) tocilizumab (annual cost range of $9,402 to $17,629 per patient). Sarilumab is also more expensive than biweekly subcutaneous (SC) tocilizumab ($9,230 per patient annually), Common Drug Review CDEC Meeting — March 15, 2017 Notice of Final Recommendation — April 18, 2017 Page 1 of 9 © 2017 CADTH but similar to weekly SC tocilizumab ($18,460 per patient per year). The annual cost of sarilumab is $2,908 less than branded etanercept, but $2,340 more per patient per year than the biosimilar etanercept.
good morning
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
The skin tones and colours are amazing!
[mprnews.org]
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
Nice post. I like beer in small amounts. But when water is not clean or purified, beer may be the best option.
Ecuadorian street art Pt. 3 .. The sense of public space artistic expression is prolific and ...
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
This is really incredible art. Thanks for documenting it.
81-year-old prisoner cleared, freed after four decades behind bars - News - The Courier-Tribune - ...
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
I once had a conversation with a forensic psychologist who said the number of innocent people behind bars was incredible and that was true of Canada where the incarceration rate is much lower than the USA.
I woke up with the sun as always, but I'm having a lot of trouble getting out of bed this morning....
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
Totally get that.
Good morning...Is coffee ready yet?
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
Perfection.
Where did we go wrong? A quote from my 17yo daughter :- asked where Ferro Roche chocolates came ...
ToolGuy comments on May 26, 2019:
Heaven on earth. Seems reasonable.
Trump Admin Stall On Tubman $20 Bill Inspires DIY Solution | Maddow | MSNBC - YouTube
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Canada’s new $10 bill. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_ten-dollar_note
Pics of polar bears playing in flowers...bittersweet beauty...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Incredible.
I've been away for a while. I took a walk in the PA woods and photographed the reason "Tulip Trees' ...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Nice Photos. Who is the “chippie” in the last photo? Or is that a selfie?
I love this one
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
An oldie but still funny!
One ear of corn to another, "Don't let the bastards grind you down man"
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Non carborundum bastardo descendit.
Is this the finest comedy on TV? [youtube.com]
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Not on Netflix yet?
Florida State Rep. Says God Has Told Him To Introduce Abortion Bill Which Allows No Exceptions
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
I read a book about 40 years ago called The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes. As I recall it was about how people in ancient times had a bicameral division of the brain that evolved or developed over time so that the halves could communicate with each other and made people think that they were hearing gods speak to them. This post makes me think that some escaped the evolution of the brain. Following is a description of the book. “At the heart of this classic, seminal book is Julian Jaynes's still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only three thousand years ago and is still developing. The implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion - and indeed our future.”
Why is it so difficult for most to accept that our lives end upon our deaths?
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
We like life! Until we don’t.
Faith-based decision making is damaging and harmful. What decision did you make (as former ...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Have not made any. Stopped believing as a young child.
Against cheerfulness: Practising the Greek virtues of wisdom and courage is one thing. But being ...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Agreed!
PSA: Instructions for folding fitted sheets. 1. Know when to hold them 2. Know when to fold them...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Never ironing. Fitted sheets stretch out smooth on the bed.
What do you think of that😯😮😲🙃 its like papaya😋😂
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Breast reduction surgery in the future?
Check out this charlatan mother fucker [youtu.be]
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
I saw a research study that tested prayer for sick people and found that those for whom prayers were said then believed that their condition was very serious. So does this mean that Trump needs all the help he can get? We can only hope.
Today is our youngest daughter aTeressas' 20th birthday Norm you would be so proud of this little ...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Wow. Happy Birthday!
I’ve realized how tolerant I am to alcohol...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Good luck. What @Amisja said. Take Vitamin B complex too.
What would be your childhood best cartoon memory? Does anybody remember Barker Bill's Cartoon Show, ...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Nope and I am old enough @Jolanta!
I consider socialism, whatever political or religious identity, often being nothing else as a severe...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Then clearly you have not actually done much consideration about it.
Sorry Girls and Boys...I've been slacking lately...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Hard to tell if this is Sarah Rafferty from suits. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C9BKJA_enCA841CA841&hl=en-US&q=Sarah+Rafferty=H4sIAAAAAAAAAONgFuLSz9U3SE83NygrUwKzM0yNzTPStWSzk630S8qAKL6gKD-9KDHXKi01NzEnVSE5sbjkEWMEt8DLH_eEpfwnrTl5jdGTC796IQ0uNte8ksySSiE5Lj4pJEs1GKR4uJD4PItY-YITixIzFIIS09JSi0oqAXWYpeylAAAA=0&sa=X=2ahUKEwjVm-v79bbiAhVEheAKHdjBCzsQ-BYwI3oECAwQHw#mie=e,overview,Sarah%20Rafferty,H4sIAAAAAAAAAONgVuLSz9U3yDA1Ns9If8TowS3w8sc9YSn7SWtOXmO05JLNTrbSLykDoviCovz0osRcq7TU3MScVIXkxOISIQkuNte8ksySSiE-KR4usEnp6eYGZWU8i1j5ghOLEjMUghLT0lKLSioBz4wXOmoAAAA
Still in Finland. Ancient church with 150 sheds for ponies used to bring people to services. Red ...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Very nice.
Never played with these but the girls in my neighborhood did.
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Nope. My kids did.
Judge blocks construction of parts of Trump's wall under emergency declaration
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
You mean Mexico isn’t paying for it?
We all went the same schools, and took the same 9th grade civics class. So why are so many of us ...
ToolGuy comments on May 25, 2019:
Part of the problem is the relevancy factor in addition to the Systems thinking issue I mentioned before. Why learn something if you cannot see or have not seen its relevance? Do schools have student parliaments? With a meaningful role?

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