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Do you ever get embarassed by your paycheck when you hand it to the bank teller? :(
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Didn't know many companies wasted time and paper on printed cheques anymore. Automatic deposit is getting standard so the person can do as they like with it, like paying bills from their phone, or to get cash back at the grocery store when paying by debit. I expect paper and cash tranactions will be something our grandkids will never have to deal with.
Do you Google?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Don't know what I would do without my Uncle Google to refresh my memory on facts and figures. And he is skilled at translating most any language for messages I get in Google+ Communities. Uncle Google never sleeps and I don't know how I could ever do without him now.
Our walk this morning.
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Woodpecker!
Just wanted to share my good news with you all. Yesterday was my First day at Training in the ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Well done! Thanks for sharing your good news. I was never a Designated Hitter myself, but I was a designated drver a couple times. :)
Who else experiences this..... vemödalen n. the frustration of photographing something ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
I always make mine a little different using innovative ways like forgetting I set the camera on closeup, or indoor sports event, or forgetting to move the camera strap or a finger out of the way of the lens. :)
Climate Change Isn't Man-Made - The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper [youtube.com]
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Technically true. Billions of cows burping and farting are producing vast quantities of methane which is more dangerous to our atmosphere than carbon dioxide. https://www.popsci.com/cow-farts-are-an-even-bigger-problem-than-we-thought
It seems to me that if, as I believe, it is too late to stop the sixth mass extinction, which will ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
The worst past extinction event killed around 90% of life forms, but most past events were not that bad. I don't see why some small tribes of humans could not survive, but we have no guarantee for sure. What would be wrong with not writing "Kilroy was here" on this little spaceship Earth to just let it evolve and be what it will be? Can we not just be content to exist and make meaning in our lives now as best we can? I guess the best marker would be to send something very precious that means so much to everyone all around the world in our daily lives that we love and spend so much time with. So let's ship 10 smartphones off into space as a record of the peak of humanity's existence! We are already part of something that lasts millions and actually billions of years. We are stardust and to stadust we shall return. :)
Male Birth Control
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
I had a vasectomy long ago because we decided one child was plenty and the world has too many kids already. Takes less time than an oil change guys, and some minor tenderness for a few days. Then a lifetime of not requiring your loved one to take meds that screw up her body chemistry. Being a man in the 21st century is not about how many pregnancies you can score.
Is it possible to be atheist and spiritual. I don't believe there is a spirit. I have never had a ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Human spirituality is alive and well outside of the misuse by religion for trying to connect it to magic invisible gods. You have a human "spirit", like everyone does, as that part of your consciousness, or psyche, related to your connection to others and your place in the world around you. Here's how it often gets expressed probably better than I can {{ Modern spirituality is centered on the "deepest values and meanings by which people live. It envisions an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being. Not all modern notions of spirituality embrace transcendental ideas. Secular spirituality emphasizes humanistic ideas on moral character (qualities such as love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, responsibility, harmony, and a concern for others). These are aspects of life and human experience which go beyond a purely materialist view of the world without necessarily accepting belief in a supernatural reality or divine being. }} I have had a couple odd "spiritual" experiences myself, and they have natural causes related to brain chemistry. I don't drink or ever do drugs by the way! It's driven by our subconscious mind to manifest an experience we want and expect to have happen. It's the same brain chemistry that through religious indoctrination over time can induce experiences like feeling the "holy presence" of Allah or Jesus or Krishna, or to see an angel or dead relative in a vision. Also it kicks in sometimes to manifest those spooky near death experiences when the brain is in a desperate state of chaos trying to survive. The Neuroscience behind this hidden deep brain chemistry is now well understood and well worth learning about.
Old Dodge Truck, Carefree, Arizona
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Those were the days when they used real steel in vehicles instead of making them like cheap tin cans. :)
Down the lane
WalterWhite comments on Apr 20, 2018:
It's almost impressionistic like a Monet painting. Great effect!
I'm an Atheist... Soo, Should I Feel Stressed Out?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 19, 2018:
The sad truth is that Atheists are known to be on average a bit more stressed and even prone to more depression that Theists. You can easily look that up to verify That comes from facing Reality and the normal pains and challenges of Life more realistically. So no pretend shield of hopes and wishes that magic Heaven awaits regardless of how bad the day is going. Beating up on Theists might be amusing and vent some anger, but it does not burst their balloon of beliefs at all. You will face the Dunning-Kruger effect over and over thinking you are getting through when you are not. Their mental addiction to their faith, no matter which god it is, satisfies their emotional and pscyhological needs which weighs much heavier in their lives than having some facts wrong or lacking some evidence. No relgion in History has ever found any veirifable evidence and proof that their magic gods actualy exist. Doesn't matter to them! Just believing the gods exist is where they gettheir fix of feel good brain chemicals to keep the addiction going. You are fighting indoctrinated brain chemistry and the mighty "power of belief' with things that really do not matter to believers like sound reasoning and actual proof for claims. But it can be interesting in debating with Theists from a Psychological point of view to watch how they are free to use sound reasoning for all topics other than their indoctrinated relgious beliefs. There, taking man-made tales on Faith is good enough. Just like it was for Mom and Dad! They can feel Allah, Krishna, Jesus, Yahweh, and Vishnu etc in their heart ya know so, no matter what you say that will overrule your common sense. Young educated Theists are sometimes possible to reach, but it takes work. Good luck!
New term "Apatheist"..... Athiest= I 100% believe there is no God Agnostic= I 100% believe that ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 19, 2018:
Hello, fellow Apatheist. Those 100%'s might be more like 99.99% :) While I choose to live my Life the same whether gods exist or not, I am aware of how important god beliefs are to the majority of people on the planet. So what most others believe about various gods or not, does impact my life, and so I still have to deal with the fallout of misguided beliefs and the affliction of religion in mankind to promote such beliefs. And also sadly I see how religions try to influence government, and infiltrate into schools and set religion's rules on who is allowed to get married or what kind of sex people are allowed in their own bedrooms. Seems somewhat too pushy for my taste! We fit in with this group of truth seekers and rebels rather well, no matter what the labels are.
First thing almost every day I get some random message on facebook like the ones screenshot below. ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 19, 2018:
My Facebook photos and for family and select friends I actually know. I am not that unsecure that I need 3,826 Facebook friends who in fact are 99.9 % total strangers. I see a lot of that out there. Perhaps I am weird, but I have ony 20 Facebook friends, and if I want to contact someone I call them direct. lol
One of my favorite places to take pictures is The Gilbert Riparian Preserve in Gilbert, Arizona.
WalterWhite comments on Apr 19, 2018:
Great composition. It was nice that the white cloud was cooperative for you and to move into that perfect space to counter the bright horizon and add such depth and interest to the sky. Great teamwork!
Is it ever reasonable for a healthy but unhappy adult to commit suicide?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Having been suicidally depressed myself once, I can safely say that state is not rational. It is a mental illness at that point because there are real changes in brain chmeistry whcih interfere with rational thinking. But your question was not about depresse people, or the "clinically or chronically depressed" people. Your question says for unhappy poeple, and so no, suicide is never a rational choice for unhappy people. Being unhappy is a normal part of being a human beimg sometimes just like being happy and overjoyed happens sometimes. And suicide is not rational for severely depressed people because it is a very treatable illness.
Is it wrong that I'm so obsessed with reaching level 5 that I would literally whore myself on the ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Yes, it is. It's Level 8, 9 and ! 0, that is the struggle. Save your whoring till later. :)
What part of "a WELL REGULATED militia" do the ammosexuals not get?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
The part where THEY don't get to do the regulating!
I see sometimes people using the term;Tough Love;. which has always botherd me. To me it is just the...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
I have always seen tough love as meaning you love your child so much that you are willing to make hard decisons sometimes knowing they will benefit from some struggle to build their own inner strength and resilience to solve problems, and also be responsible for their actions. You can always be there to love and support them, but not give them everything they ask for or do all the hard stuff for them, which robs them of learning how to earn things and doing the work to reach goals. Tough love is not abuse, but just being assertive as a loving parent when needed.
Just got rejected because I'm an atheist. That's the first for me. How many times has that happened ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Consider yourself lucky you found out early. After they make you drink the sacred mental wine your thinking can get clouded.
How many of you are stuck in a little place full of bible thumpers? I have a shirt that says "Thank ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
The Atheist population is growing because they took the Bible's advice and were logically fruitful and multiplied. :)
Just a quick thought/observation: As I was walking my dogs today, I saw some door-to-door ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
The reason they have to go door to door is very simple. It's the same reason as for encyclopedia salesmen. When you have something of value that everyone wants, you do not have to go door to door, because THEY will come knocking on YOUR door to get it! lol Religion has nothing to offer educated caring people who are not insecure and not superstitious.
Thoughts on people who claim not to be religious but still believe in Jesus/god/sin/heaven etc?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Inconsistently and lack of logic help people cling to comforting ideas they have come to suspect are not nearly as true as they always hoped. Maybe they are in a process of transition or deep down reluctant to let go of the crutch of relgion entirely. Being religious to any degree is like being pregnant. You are religious to some degree, or you are not relgious. Self-deception is a popular way to have it both ways. :)
Delicate Procedure; Un-Brainwash
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
It should solve itself over time as she gains better critical thinking skills. Keep her on a brain nourishing diet of your love, and understanding, with lots of side helpings of good education in the natural Sciences, and the basics of how to tell what is real from what is not. Over time those extra pounds of sugary relgious beliefs will disappear. Hopefully in your area you can find a friend or two for her to play with who is not branded with the mark of the beastly Church.
Age difference dating
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Possible, but very unlikely. Has the relationship been mutually satisfactory and stable living together for many many months to know what it's really like? Sorry to be blunt, but the older man who does understand what committment means might be being a little short-sighted and unloving to the younger man in this situation. In 10 or 15 years when the young guy is still living life to the full, the older partner will be winding down and beginning to feel the effect of the years to be much less active in and out of bed. And the young guy is still not halfway thorugh his life yet. With over 3 billion males to chose from, this big an age spread does not seem to be a good match, any more than it would be for an older man to expect a 20's gal to commit to him. Marriages and long term commintents are still no guarantee things will last anyway, as you know. Just my view and I hope the variety of opinons will help!
Cd god create a rock so solid that god couldnt break?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
That's called a nonsense question, being a contradictory paradox, but many people enjoy making up answers anyway. From my experience I'd say there are a lot of things Gods can't do. They can't even write ther own Word of God books, or make any money, without lots of human help.
Howdy! I'm really glad I found this group. Photography has been a major hobby since I was 14. I had ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 16, 2018:
I like those chandeliers in your front hallway. :)
She felt herself blush, the flesh across her inner thighs rose into goosebumps. She plucked the ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Hopefully it was only a nightmare and you woke up back to normal again. :)
I am starting an Orientation tomorrow at a new job. At my age it seems a little late to be climbing...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Good luck with your orientation training. The elephant hat will make quite an impression. Smile and nod like you know what they are taking about even if you don't. lol I'm sure you will do fine, and just getting up the ladder one step is better than many people can do these days.
I wonder if animals have an actual sense of right and wrong. It may not be in line with the human ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
The higher mammals do have crude morals yes, and that has been known for a long time. not sure about honor, but for fairness and justice, yes. Respect often partly comes from fear of the alpha male or alpha female and acording to age in each group. So he really smart animals like dolphins, crows, octopuses, apes and monkeys do have higher thoughts and even some rules and systems of punishment in their groups for misbehavior. But lower level animals such as the one currently in the White house do not have the brain capacity or social skills to be what we woudl call a moral animal. :)
So, this is pretty new for me. Not really used to being in a large group with roughly the same, ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Welcome. Feel free to browse and check out the great variety of features. Qute a few people here just to be part of the Community to have a safe place to chat without being hit over the head with a bible or Qur'an. There are some special interest Groups as well. And the system will point out people living not to far away, and those who have simlar interests. And you earn points by participating and posting, so it has a fun game aspect as well. Have fun!
Non Abrahamic atheist
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
I think Agnosticism is a world wide concept and it existed in ancient times just like Atheism did long ago too. Agnosticism is not based on belief or disbelief, but on the premise that the God concept and its existence are unknownable. Atheism is the one that has a lack of beliefs or a disbellef in gods. Some people choose the label Agnostic-Atheist to combine both angles. Some Eastern relgions do have deity concepts like Sikhism, Shinto and Confuscianism.
Hi, thanks for having me. I am enjoying all your photos! I like to photograph my succulents.
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Beautiful colors. The last one looks like a colorful dessert! :)
Can you name the store?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
I'm having trouble with my Targeting scanner to pick it out, sorry.
What, me worry?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Learning the dfference between being concerned and worrying takes a while sometimes. When you are caugnt up in worry going in circles and caught up in emotion nothing of value can be accomplished. But just being concerned and calmly using some common sense and reason may give a more practical answer. Also it may result in a perfectly rational answer of saying you have no good answer or the problem may be out of your control. Being clamly concerned can pass as we put out solution in pratice, postpone the thnking, or let the problem go and get on with other things in our Life.
Have you ever met anybody who actually believed the Earth was 6,000 years old?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
No, but maybe that's because I am Canadian and have not been to the U.S.
Are people changing, or am I?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
By being patient and understanding not everyone has had your Life experience, or has your loving heart that cares so much about others. In truth we can only control ourselves, and others have the right to make their own choices. We have customs and Laws in place to help keep things orderly and fair, but we are not perfect so neither can any Laws be perfect to please everyone. It is important to be assertive for your ideas and have hope that changes for better rights will slowly improve over time> And they already have dramatically over the last 50 years for many minority groups and people discriminated against for one misguided reason or another. Still more work needed of course. Also be aware that all human "rights" are artificial human constructs which in fact do not exist in Nature. Also, owning your car or house is also an entirely artifical idea that only applies in a society that consistently wants to keep obeying the established Law. In situations of war or anarchy people quickly find out that "rights" are almost useless. Thankfully those artificial rights do matter in most modern progressive coutnries. Countries such as in Scandinavia have on average better standards of human rights, and fewer socisl injustices because backward religious influences are dying away there. They still have problems of course. I think it's great you have a sense of fairness and justice and a caring heart to be making an effort to bring some enlightenemt to the many dark biases minds still out there. Others here had some great ideas too.
I'm new here, but I've posted a few times to see what it was like and I am so floored by how amazing...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Might have something do with being free to speak opening and from the heart without fear of burning in Hell for not being perfect, or being silly, or making a mistake once in a while. Hugs
"I always feel like somebody's watching me......"
WalterWhite comments on Apr 15, 2018:
It's the Moon Goddess! Oops! A filtered Sun God instead I think. :)
A " what's the fucking point" day. It seems when I was younger I not much pondered on the meaning of...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
The point is that it is YOUR life and entirely YOUR respoinsibiity to deal with it and make it meaningful or not by the choices YOU make. It is not up to others to make you happy or fulfiil you inside to give you self-worth and value. People can make their lives more meaningful in thousands of different ways, and it take time and effort mostly. Some people do it by working to become nurses, or firemen, or rock stars, or poets, or stay at home Moms. Some may be bankers or office workers, or taxi drivers. Others may have to settle for a fast food job! Helping orthers in need is always personally rewarding, even if it is just volunteering a few hours a week. Whatever makes your heart sing should guide you to what you want out of life, and was steps you must take to get there. There is probably some good info online or in free Library books for taking charge of your life to find a rewarding productive path to try. It will have ups and downs for sure, and that is a normal part of life too. Maybe others here will offer some ideas too. Good luck.
Why to call yourself "Atheist" instead of "Agnostic."
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
You say { Most agnostics say that their belief that God may exist boils down to a) the lack of evidence He doesn't exist } That is false, and that is the definition for an Atheist not an Agnostic. Also, a lack of evidence does not translate to confirming something does not exist, but only means you lack evidence for now. Pluto existed just fine before evidence for its existence was found, correct? Agnosticism is { Agnosticism is the view that the existence of God, of the divine or the supernatural is unknown or unknowable. } So Agnosticism is not about evidence, but about the proposition that the existence of God is unknowable. I think I saw another person here point that out too. A person can be an Agnostic-Aheist as well which covers both bases for a lack of belief because of lack of evidence, and also a lack of belief based on the idea of a God existing beyond our ability to know.
I was born, raised and beaten (by the good sisters) as a Catholic died and became a born again ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Whether King James was gay or not is actually debatable. But there is some circumstantial evidence people use to keep the story alive and thriving. Some don't follow the innocent uintil proven guilty idea if it serves their purposes. In any case it was the translators who made the new verson of the Bible, not King James. If a new version was made today by American Bible Scholars, no doubt it would end up being labeled the Trump Bible by the same lack of logic.
Fate of our world
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Chances for the catacysm eventually are much greater. We are short lived species anyway compared to how long the elephants and crocdiles have been around. We have already been around for over 200,000 years and it ls not likely we will survive that many years again into the future. We are just too short sighted and destructive a species. Since miracles imply the supernatural, that is not an option in the land of Reality. Miracles do exist as an idea in the land of make believe and in the minds of many Theists though. Earth has already had 5 major Life extinction events where as much as 90% of all life was destroyed, so that is always a likely possibilty. The U.S. is sitting on the top of what is called a "super volcano" in Yellowstone National Park, and that is already past due for a major eruption which will most likely kill abut 1/4 of the people in the U.S. over a period of several days. it can't be stopped and there is no escape so life goes on as usual. It may be next week or 1,000 years from now but it WILL happen. Also, the entire West coast of North America from Caifornia and up into Canada is in the process of dropping into the Pacific Ocean as the North American tectonic plate sinks below the Pacific Plate. But mankind hismelf is his worst enemy and it is more likely we will cause our own extinction by continuing to make viruses and bacteria much stronger by overuse of anti-biotics, inventing biiger bombs, or by destroying more of the envirnoment. It is already too late for the fast declining ocean bacteria which accounts for 50% of the oxygen in every breath we take. Anybody here not use oxygen? I expect our oxygen starved great great grandchildren will be wondering what in the hell were their ancestors thinking to get so reckless and thoughtless with maintaining the health of this little spaceship Earth.
I discovered something called hyperinsulemia. The medical community claims they don't know the ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Giving insulin to patients is not for people with hyperinsulemia, but for Type 1 diabetes where they are not producing enough insulin at adequate levels. Also insulin resistance plays a role. You are correct that reducing carbos is the most common way for treating the hyperinsulmia and just as important is proper exercise of course. Some people also add cinnamon powder spice to their diet as well which helps it. The high cholesterol can have many different causes and the Type 2 diabetes or hyperinsulemia is only one of them. Your sugars can be just fine and still have high cholesterol from another cause. Hyperinsulemia is a symptom, not the root cause of Western diseases. The root cause is poor diet and lack of exercise. People are failing in their responsibility to look after their mental and physical health. They fail to make an effort to educate themselves on food nutrition, and fail to take advice to eat more sensibly and exercise like their bodies need to do. So the root cause of many illnesses in modern first world countries is most often laziness, ignorance, and lack of willpower, in all honesty.
Officer of the deck Murdock panicked and tried to swerve a ship 883ft. long around a iceberg, ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
A lot of Hollywood fake news exists around this tragic sinking. Contrary to the popular belief the White Star Line never made any substantive claims that the Titanic was unsinkable - and nobody really talked about the ship's unsinkability until after the event. That is easily verified. What do I do as Captain? or as First Class passenger, or as the lowly 3rd class passengers? As Captain having soon come to know how hopeless it was, and that there were not enough lifeboats and knowing issuing a general abandon ship order would result in most everyone quickly perishing in the cold water, I would have a nice glass of brandy and pretend to do my best to keep some order to save at least some people, but not myself. As a First Class passenger I would expect the inconveniences to be taken care of, do some complaining, and make a note to write a strong letter of complaint. I would expect preferential treatment for saving in the lifeboats because money talks. As the lowly 3rd Class passenger, I'd know the ! St Class people would be given preference, so naturally I would fight my way by all means necessary to get on one of those lifeboats. And History says many 3rd Class people did just that, even though they were forbidden in the lifeboats at first.
Animal Ethics
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
The main choice that was missing was eating animals WITH concern for their well-being. That's why animal abuse Laws are being more strongly enforced in progressive countries, but perhaps not so much in countries like the U.S. Mother Nature made us omnivores for good reason, so the vegans don't have a leg to stand on for saying veganism is more healthy for our species. But they did invent their vegan Philosophy ideas about animals which has some value. But they ignore that philosophy for using animals as pets contrary the animal's natural welfare and genetic nature. Try telling the billions of poor people of the world they should not eat their farm animals, but should shop for organic fresh produce at 10 times the price and not even available in soem countries. It's just not practical except for a narrow margin of people. I see in my own main grocery stores now they have cricket powder as an excellent protein source. and it is cheaper and more sustainable than the time and resource intensive farm animals. With the oceans rising as they are, maybe we will soon we will be able to fish right out our kitchen windows fro our food? :)
Nothing awe inspiring here, just a picture from my front porch today, April 13, Friday no less. ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
I was wondering where winter went this year to play. Here in Nova Scotia we have had an exceptionally mild winter with 3 or 4 major possible blizzards just turning into rain storms. More windy this winter for some reason. Here is a pic of my back garden in the middle of Canadian winter back in February where it normally would have been under at least a 2 to 3 ft blanket of snow. So much hot air coming up the coast from Washington, DC these days I guess.
What do you miss about being a kid?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
I miss the joy of knowing that I can expect to live 70 more years. :)
The last straw for Christianity
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Religion is based on satisfying real emotional and psychological needs and eventualy turns into a mental addiction. Theists are most often totally immune to logical arguments and being presented with facts and historical information. That does not matter to them as much as how their heartfelt beliefs create real feel good brain chemicalsm like serotonin and dopamine for them in relgious gatherings and by doing repetitious rituals. They are not insane and they do retain their common sense and sound reasoining for all oither aspects of their daily lives that their subconsconsious minds were not indoctrinated about. Atheism is not easier, and in fact is the harder narrow path that takes more time and effort to seek good evidence to have truth. Sadly many billions of people on Earth prefer the wide easy path of just believing what they were trained to beieve, and what makes them feel good. Atheists liviing in reality do suffer a greater awareness, and thus are known to be more prone to things like depression from them not having a pretend dream in their mind to protect them, and also usually not having a frequent support group of people to engage with socially. Some attempts at Atheist type churches have been tried, but did most do not work well. I suspect they would ned to offer better sacred mental wine and perhaps dancing and good music!
This is a time of over-rated sexual attention. Commercials try to make us believe that males as well...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
At 69, my sexual abilties have declined, but my interest is still thereand honestly too much different than 40 years ago. I love having my arms around someone, and caressing, and giving senusal massages and making my partner happy is just as important to me and my own fun. Yes, things take longer, but I don't let that stop me. If both partners have the need, then go for it. Men can get a medication boost if that is part of what holds them back. Sex to me is more than vigorous mating!
Straight,bi, or gay/lesbian folks, I have a question.
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Dating is not a serious committment, so if the person is attracted to you and you to them, I see no problem. If the bi is willing to be monogamous it should be no problem either. But not being a bisexual, I do not know if the craving for sex with both genders would be an onging psychological pressure on them in a monogamous relationship. Maybe for some, yes, and others, no? As always, full honesty and good communication is needed before people get entangled in a serious committed relationship. I wonder how two bisexuals dating work this out.
Any Sapiosexuals here?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Intelligence is very important and attractive to me, but not in any sexual way. I am pretty sure I could not get sexually exicted just by listening to Einstein or seeing a nude of him. But if there are those who do, that's great and interesting actually.
Gotta love my neighborhood on a friday night! Someone yelling up the hill, cursing and hollering ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Was a busy exciting evening here. Heard an ambulance in the far distance. And heard some teenagers laughing as they went by on bikes, two dogs barking for a while. Oh! and the doorbell rang wth my next door neighbor bringing me some lemon cupcakes as a treat. Life in Canada can be boring I guess, but I love it.
Of course you know where this is from.........
WalterWhite comments on Apr 14, 2018:
No clue. The roof inside a chic tavern? lol
Getting over someone
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
To heal a broken heart feel the reality of the pain and accept that it happened, but you need not hang on to guilt, anger, or regret forever. Reframe it as a life lesson and that you survived it. In fact eventually forgiving yourself and also the other person, not for their sake but to let YOU move on, can be healthy. The time it takes varies by person, but there is one sure cure that will surprisingly bring back your joy and interest almost over night. That is finding a new love interest. You may not be ready for that for some time, but if it happened by chance your spirit would change rather quickly as you focus on new exciting possibilties. For now keep active and keep up social contacts with any positive people in your life such as some family members or close friends. Takes a while to bounce back, so be kind to yourself and be patient. Maybe others here have some thoughts too.
The lessons of the Bible
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
Well the story about Dirtman and Ribwoman always seemed mostly God's fault to me. Being Omniscient he knew what they would do and he nothing to change the scenario so it could turn out better. It was no surprise to God so he had no reason to get upset and condemn them to death and make all their descendants suffer for thousands of years. A bit harsh and unfair for a first offence. But others in the stories did worse I guess. Poor Onan got zapped dead just for spilling his cucumber seeds on the ground! If that rule applied for long, only women would be left.
Standing on the bus stop after work, watching the steady flow of people go by. My judgmental self ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
I thank you for telling about your scars which serve the purpose of telling the real story of who are for surviving the accident as a great challenge in your life. You survived and were able to still be the good person you are today in spite of them. In my long life I have not seen any flaws more ugly or disturbing than those on the inside of people, compared to the ones outside. So many have flaws like selfishness, hate, envy, and greed, and a common one these days for a need to spread fear and suspicion. What good is looking fantastic if the person does not give love and receive love because of who they are inside, not what they look like outside? I expect your flaws may be more apparant to you than to others, and that they really have not had a terible impact on your life unless you had you heart set on being a top model or something. When I feel down for any reason I sit back and count my blessings for all the hundreds of good experiences and things Life has blessed we with. Thanks again for your story, and bringing up this interesting topic.
Is it crazy how saying sentences backwards creates backward sentences saying how crazy it is?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
Trump can read things forward and backward with the same result. It doesn't make sense either way.
This star is the farthest ever seen. It’s 9 billion light-years away. - The Washington Post
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
Fascinating. If we could send King Trump there, perhaps we would at last be safe from his mindless tweets.
Earth - better off when humans go extinct?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
"Better" is purely a human subjective moral judgement, and it only has context in relation to how humans think. We are only a temporary species and unfortunately the end of our species line. Mother Nature has no reason to think we are special or worry if we go extinct by our own hand, or by mutant virus that couldstrike any day, or another Extinction Event like the several we know Earth already had in the past. 99% of all species that have ever existed are already gone,and new ones emerge all the time. Things will be different always because life forms evolve and conditions change, and after Homo sapiens is gone it will be different again and still changing. There is no "better" except from an imperfect human point of view.
“An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
I think we covered the idea that Atheists are NOT certain a GOD does not exist several times in the last few weeks. But here perhaps Sagan was gently chastising those who did say that in his day.
More People Believe in Ghosts than Darwin. . . . Today, I went to the Conference on World Affairs...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
Not in any of the progressive modern countries, no. That would only be in countries where education is not at a decent standard if it still has relgious influences, and the government still has strong religious influences, and a large portion of the population is still indoctrinated in one religion or another. In most modern countries where relgions are dying out you find happier people living more at peace, and on average with less crime, less poverty, and fewer social injustices and higher levels of education. Any country where religion still has a strong influence, such as in the U.S., will have more crime and violence, unequal education opportunites, more poverty, more social injustices and on average more superstitious fearful people. Am I wrong?
Darwin vs. Jesus. Who is more influential in modern times? Doing sculptures of the most world ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
No contest. The story character Jesus, as GOD. I don't think 2 billion people pay money every week to hear comforting stories from Dawkins, right? Perhaps when Dawkins gets enough influence to have people calling "Oh! Dawkins!" at orgasm, will we really be able to say his name is a household word. lol
What are your thoughts on Faith?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
I do take some things on faith in my life, like having faith the pilot of the plane is not drunk or high on drugs. I trust the system if it has proven itself over time. But for really important things I would not be content to go on faith alone with no past evidence to base it on. The example I use with Theists is would you be content to just believe and take on faith that a gun your child finds is not loaded? Or would you immediately need to find good evidence and proof to KNOW the gun is not loaded to have the truth? When you have the proof to KNOW, then you can happily throw redundant faith and belief out the window as not good enough. Buit relgions is not based on proof or common sense, but on satisfying deep emotional and psychological needs of fearful, supersitious, and gullible people. Sadly that includes the majority of people on Earth.
'The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven' Sues Publisher, Accuses Father of Taking All Profits From the ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
Well yeah! If you lie and commit fraud to make money from gullible people, you should expect the Law to back you and let you keep your share of the stolen goods. Wasn't that one of Trump's first Executive Orders to make sure crooks still got their reward and the victims get nothing? lol
How do misanthropes find one another?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 13, 2018:
I expect Facebook has a Misnathrope Group. They have everything else! Seek the hermits who love animals. :)
Should we have intelligence thresholds for voting?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 12, 2018:
I think discriminating against someone because of intelligence is undemocratic. What if we set it at an IQ of 140 and let that level poeple and above run everything? Does high IQ mean they have greater wisdom or just a greater IQ? Many stupid people have college degrees, yes? Many simple farmers with no degree but have more practical savvy and knowledge of History than a smart College arts grad. But It makes sense not to have those who qualify as mentally incompetent be allowed to vote though. Just my view :)
As a non-binary transgender woman, I've been thinking about wether or not to update my identity ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 12, 2018:
If you are comfortable with it, that's what really matters. You are what you are, and the labels and papers do not change who you are. I think too much is made of the labels and not enough on what the person themselves wants and feels like. If I am unaware and am led at first to think someone is a she, and say she, and they correct me to say they are male, I go along with male. Next time a different she who is a he might prefer the she! I am right at least 50% of the time! "Trans enough" sounds to me like the same problem as "a little bit pregnant." :)
Why are we hated for hating xmas?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 12, 2018:
An Atheist is someone who does not believe in gods, and EVERYTHING else you are free to do and believe if you like. Christmas time and the winter solstice time are as much a pagan festival as a Christian one anyway. Early Christians in the first centuries never had any "Christmas." The Catholics started pushing the idea strongly around 1,000 AD as a business move to get more cash on collection plates at a low time of year, and to compete with other relgions who had winter festivals. Merry Christmas to you! :)
I finally told someone that I'm starting to not believe in God anymore. I've felt so alone the last...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 12, 2018:
This will be a good test of your marriage. Time will tell if your husband is tolerant and accepts your right to your own beliefs or not, or whether he is so deep into it that he places GOD above you and the stability of his family. He may want you to rethink and say doubt is normal sometimes. So you may have to go slow, but be assertive to be true to your heart and mind. he most likely will be okay with it if you have not been very relgious lately anyway, and that did ntio bother him much, right? So it should work out fine.
Florida to post “In God We Trust” in all public schools
WalterWhite comments on Apr 12, 2018:
Makes sense from a religious point of view. The Christians can always trust GOD to look after their beloved children by havng them protected, or even better to die early and get to Heaven sooner! That is the main Christian goal after all, correct? Naturally when a crazy shooter sees that sign they will get scared and go home, right? lol
Ok.....how do you answer this: I say, "I don't know if there is a god and I don't know that there ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 12, 2018:
Your daughter is correct. Sounds like she was not worrying about the god idea as much as you saying you knew what others think in their heads. You do not know what others know, so it is better you keep it simple and speak for yourself. AND let her get to an age where she has some good reasoning so she can make an informed decision on the queston herself. Explore what various relgions offer with her so that she understands the concepts.
What do you do when your ex.tells our children that your dad is a loser doesn't take care of you ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 12, 2018:
You could ask the ex to not run you down, but you can only control yourself not others. Running her down to your klids will not be any better. Be a winner for your children and they will see you as a winner no matter what others say. Kids are smart! You don't have to be perfect or do amazing things. To be a winning Dad you only have to give your love and attention and time to the kids, so they know you care. Interact with them so they get to know the good guy you are. :)
Have you ever been asked to not photograph in a particular location? Ever since 9/11, there are ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 12, 2018:
And a few more ... lol
Have you ever been asked to not photograph in a particular location? Ever since 9/11, there are ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 12, 2018:
I'm a newbie here from Canada, and just sharing a few favorites from recent years. Random subjects
At 52, I don’t think I’ll find that “right guy”. I didn’t say perfect, I’m not perfect....
WalterWhite comments on Apr 12, 2018:
At 69, I know there is no right or perfect guy, too. I have been blessed to have two lovng long term relationships in my Life already, but I have been single for a few years now, and I am getting that craving again to hold a guy in my arms and be close again. Chances are not as great, but I will be making the effort by joining a local older persons dating site to see what is out there. Even finding a friend or two to go for coffee, or movies, a meal out, or a walk with would be nice too, if nothing else. You may be lucky and find someone close to your age not too far away that has your interests and nature to connect with. Good luck!
If God made himself known to you one day and said, "You must sacrifice the life of your child for ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
I would realize I had gone mad and call 911 to have them take me away before I hurt someone.
How often do you foot the bill at a restaurant?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Glad you are being more assertive. If YOU choose to treat someone to a meal for some special reason that's fine. But no need to automatically pick up a tab for others. Make it plain before going to the restaurant to avoid being taken advantage of. If you give in too easily, they will try it over and over. It's okay to say, no! lol Looks like you have more than paid your share in the past, and if others can't afford a restaurant that is entirely their own problem to deal with.
What happens after death?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
After death the dead things stay dead and get recycled back to Nature, and living things continue on. We can still hold on to the memories and feelings we had for our pets and family members who have died, and still have them touch our hearts and influence our lives by how they changed us, comforted us, and sometimes annoyed us, but overall made our lives better. :)
Christianity
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Well, of course Christianity is racist and sexist too. But they happily take the money from any race if the person is willing to trade their cash to hear the comforting tales of a magic afterlife the Church sells. White Jesus was invented as Christinsanity spread into Europe. Also they changed the early depictions of the Virgin Mary to be whiter with bigger breasts and more plump to match the style preferred for women in Europe at the time. And Mary remains plump now, although Weight Watchers would do her a world of good. The halo of light aroung Jesus head and other Christian figures was copied from Egyptian mythology from Ra, the Sun God. Ra's Son, Horus, as the Son of God, had the light halo too. So I guess the early Christian writers thought it was a good look for their Son of God story character too!
What question have you asked a Christian during a debate that ended the conversation?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Lately it has been what does your religion offer me in any real way that is better than living my Life by love, truth, and peace as I do. Oddly, they can't find a decent answer and usually go off on other tangents. Also, I sometimes ask them if it makes sense that an Omnipotent Being would decide the best way to give an important message to his beloved children was not to do it instantly directly and clearly to all people. But instead pick the slowest stupidest bizarre idea of having half-educated imperfect men do it. To start with giving holy visions to illiterate desert nomads to then have the stories passed down for generations till finally someone writes down what they could remember, then have more people write hundreds of more confusing stories over a period of 1,000 more years, and then have the Church officials argue for 300 more years to decide on an official Bible Canon in the 4th century. That was after throwing the majority of the stories away, and then to take another 1,000 years before the important message finally gets printed in books for the common people to even read. But the books were in Latin! So not many common poeple could read them anyway. And the book was so confusing that Christianity has disintegrated into thousands of squabbling denominations over the centuries each with their own self-righteous interpretations for what the book really says anyway. Very unGodly! I think even a 7 year old can see that no Supreme Being would come up with such an absurd slow and ineffective plan. :)
Would you dare to have sex in a church?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Well, I hear that some clergy do, but sometimes they get caught for pedophilia. I guess if you are into being watched by a statue of Jesus waving his hands at you, or the Virgin Mary smiling, then go for it. Bring blankets to prevent splinters on those rough pews. :)
Here's a question. I'm a full-blown atheist, yet I believe in ghosts, ufos, bigfoot, etc. People ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
It just shows some inconsistency for you using the same sound reasoning and proof for evidence for gods as you do for ghosts, ufos, and bigfoot. It can be fun to have some wild beliefs and those other things have nothing to do with your Atheism, so fill your boots as they say!
Do you raise your kids atheist?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Atheism can not be taught, but sound reasoining and skeptical thinking can. Vaccinate your kids with good reasoning and they will be immune to relgious ideas most of the time. It is not fair to impose one's belief system on your kids before an age where they have developed some good reasoning to decide for themselves. Since the prefrontal cortex does not fully develop adult thinking until the age range of about 18 to 25, I think they are better able then to decide on what beliefs they want or not for their own higher spiritual ideas. Many savvy young peopel today even in their earlier teens already have a clear sense they want no part of relgion. Just my view on it anyway.
My dads entire life he was an Atheist. He battled cancer for several years and upon his death bed ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
I guess you were angry that she disrespected what you father always stood for. But he came to no harm being in a drugged state or otherwise not of sound mind as you say. And the minister did not save his eternal soul since he did not have one. So the rituals gave her peace, but she was defibntiely doing it for HER benefit as you say. Since you say she is no longer a part of your lives, I guess you are free to let it go so it does not cause negativity in your life now. You have no good evidence to think she was right about souls. Stick with truth and good evidence and you can't go wrong no matter what you hear about emoty threats from Allah, Yahweh, Shiva, Jesus, Krishna, and all the rest of the godly gang terrorists.
We are all gods children and he left us in a hot car.
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Love that! I will have to share. :)
Love or to be loved
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Love others. By loving others you automatically are giving love to your own human spririt whether others return your love or not. It's the fourth and highest kind of love called agape love, or unconditional love. Not that common for humans, but it does exist. Most people are on the lower levels of empathy bond love, friendship bond love, and sexual bond love and various combos of those.
Would You Opt for Immortality? - Quillette
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Living forever would be a living Hell even in Heaven. What kind of existence would it be having no chalenges, no surprises, or troubles, facing endless bordom of no new thoughts or new things to do, and no escape even after the first million years? You would have gone mad long before that of course. Immortality is a childish dream unless we could change from being what we are to an infintiely higther type of being.
What is an agnostics life purpose if there is nothing after death?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
The purpose for all human beings is to live fully while you are alive, because when you are dead that's not an option! I think that's why call it the purpose of life, and not the purpose of death.
How many members do we have?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
On the way to 7.5 billion. Quite a ways to go yet.
Could a computer create a more fair/functional society for mankind?...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Not yet, but most likely in a few decades for sure. Currently AI is getting advanced enough to assist in programming itself for improvements, and when it no longer need the help of man it will be able to evolve faster and more efficiently. It will not be held back by human bias or short term thinking for what is best for mankind and survival with the world's resources which are limited. Mankind has shown he has not been able to curb his fear and greed, or plan ahead for the needs of future generations. Often it's too little too late and advanced AI may give wiser input to allow survival after all. The AI will have to use the tough love principle to smarten us up and keep us in line perhaps. But that is far off and for now we will have to endure the usual normal human chaos, destructivenss, fear, hate and greed, dotted with short spells of joy and peace.
How do you deal with Door-knockers?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
It's always wise to keep a black bed sheet near the door to wrap yourself into a hijab garment when you peek out and see the Mormon or Witness slaves doing their duty. Telling them you are not only a devout Muslim, but also gay, should scare them away never to return. Carrying a scimtiar sword helps too. :)
So I had my account on another website 'permanately suspended' because I had the audacity to post ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
If you did this in a specifically religious Community you knew it would have zero effect, and was a waste of your time. And they knew you were doing it just to be annoying and offensive. In these social media forums we do not really have real "friends" , as much as we have cyberspace acquaintances that we hardly know who happen to be friendly and connect with us on certain ideas and interests.
Fellow agnostics, how do you feel about believers joining?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
Makes no sense for them to join other than to hope to deceive people here to convert, so they are joining for a deceptive reason. I have no problem being assertive to show them the error of they ways if they engage me, and I am free not to engage them at all as well. I suspect there is some monitoring here to have them kicked out if all they do is Bible thumping or Qur'an thumping proselytizing.
What if you are wrong and there IS a god
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
If I find on the news tomorrow that Allah is real, it will make no difference to how I choose to live my life. I live my Life guided by love, truth, and peace, and if Allah doesn't like that he can kill me on the spot, or just let me be. There is nothng I could do to stop a God doing what it wants anyway, so they are irrelevant to me whether real or not, before death or after death.
I am a former atheist, but after using psychedelics I have come to believe there is some form of ...
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
The Neuroscience is clear. Messing up your brain chemistry with hallucinogens causes delusions and illusions that may seem very real and intense, but they are not real outside your own mind. They know for example that drugs that cut off your sensory input for touch leaves the mind drifting in a state where it feels it is moving outside the body for woo woo ideas like astral travel. It has however created a profitable pseudoscience Business eager to sell people what they want ot hear in books and DVD's. I think the obvious clue is in the root of the word "hallucinogen' yes?
Thoughts from my gay friends here?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
I don't think it is directly related to being gay at all. Being raised for years in a hippie commune might have have set some unusual beliefs in her head though about pleasure seeking and not needing an orderly path with goals in her life. But still being young she can enjoy the nightlife and is free to do as she likes. Also, she is fully resposinble for those choices, and she will change as she matures and may surprise you to settle down more.
What is your knowledge of religion?
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
I studied the basics of world relgions, and in depth Bible History and early Christianity off and on for over 30 years. In discussions with most Christians it soon becoimes clear that I know a lot more about their Bible and how Christainsity got off the ground than they do. I have read the Bibel cover to cover twice. I have not yet read all the Qur'an, but I can see it is not special and frankly just annoying to have to read such misogynistic nonsense and endless verses commandng my submission to Allah. If Muslims can accept that men make their sperm in the ribs and spine like their beloved Qur'an tells them, then they will believe anything!
Understanding vegans
WalterWhite comments on Apr 11, 2018:
The cricket idea for a healthy protein choice is to benefit the lives that are worth more, which are the HUMAN lives. Cows are a serious threat to the atmosphere we depend on if you care to look it up. Billions of cows are polluting our atmosphere with methane which is more dangerous than carbon dioxide and also it takes many more resources and effort to get a pound of protein from a cow as from crickets. I am an omnivore, but I have cut back on meat a lot. Personally I think the philosophy side of veganism does not make much sense. They do eat animal material even if they eat things like peanut butter which ALWAYS have insect parts in it. yum yum!
Agnostic or Atheist
WalterWhite comments on Apr 10, 2018:
I am an Apatheist which is rather different. Certainty is not a part of Atheism, only a lack of beief in gods is. Agnostics do not "believe" that there could be some sort of higher power. The Agnostic view is that the god concept is unknowable. Agnosticism is based on a knowledge proposition, and Atheism is based on a belief proposition. Absolute truths are not possible for humans because of our limitations in inteligence and our imperfect abilties to even perceive the Universe around us. We do okay in spite of that!
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