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I'm semi-retired (work part time from home) and a caregiver to my disabled wife. I'm an atheist/rationalist animal lover, politically progressive (favor Scandinavian-style socialism), and an avid reader. I'm also a general oddball: a mildly autistic (Asperger's) introvert who cares nothing about sports or pop culture and thinks fat women are beautiful.

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Were the 60s Leftists Correct? [counterpunch.org]
dan325 comments on Jan 23, 2019:
I was a young man during the sixties, honorably discharged from the Air Force in mid-1963. Most of the leftists of those times were angry about the juxtaposition of the draft and the Vietnam war, not about economic theory; without the draft and the war, the protests would have been reduced to grumbling. The only economic inequity they really noticed was that the poor and minorities were the ones most likely to end up fighting in that asinine war. Even back then it was clear (to me, anyway) that the whole rationale for the war was wrong and stupid. We were fighting to uphold a corrupt puppet government that was as bad as the communists on the other side, and at the end we (and the people of Vietnam) would at best have gained nothing. Of course it turned out even worse than imagined. But those in the USA who spouted Marxist doctrine were mostly in thrall to the Soviet model, which consisted of nothing more than an autocracy of thugs falsely claiming to be socialists. By and large the hippies were silly kids playing at being wise grownups. The best thing to come out of the sixties was the civil rights movement; there, honorable people gave up parts of their lives (sometimes all of their lives) trying to achieve fairness and justice for all. MLK was probably the greatest man of the time - if any leftist of the sixties was correct, it was he. (Malcolm X might have come close, had he not been murdered just as he was coming to a full awakening. Bobby Kennedy was starting to show real growth and promise when he, too was murdered.)
Seems reasonable to me
dan325 comments on Jan 23, 2019:
Meow.
Hello- I took a test at the suggestion of a friend-- Seems I am on the spectrum for Asperger's.
dan325 comments on Jan 23, 2019:
Welcome to the club!
The shutdown from the perspective of the poor:. [detroitnews.com]
dan325 comments on Jan 22, 2019:
The term "compassionate conservative" is an oxymoron. The rich start out with the game grotesquely rigged in their favor; for the poor (and increasingly for some of the middle class), it's exactly the opposite.
CNBC Left Trump Off 2014 List of Top Businessmen, So Cohen Threatened to Sue [nymag.com]
dan325 comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Poor baby. Someone should give him a pacifier.
Hi my fellow introverts!? nice to meet you all im jenna i just litterally joined the site about an ...
dan325 comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Glad to have you with us.
[alternet.org] Anti- Zionism (anti Israeli settlements) and Anti-Semetism (anti Jews/Moslems) are...
dan325 comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Excellent article. It could, however, have been a little more explicit about the conflicting definitions of "Zionism." Originally the term was used to describe the Jewish claim to a right to have a homeland. I'm in complete agreement with this version, as was the United Nations when it established Israel. Unfortunately, the term is now used to justify Israel's expansion into territory outside its borders and its continual violation of the rights of the Palestinian people. Under this definition, I am anti-Zionist. To call me or any other Jew who holds this opinion an "antisemitic Jew" demonstrates either the absence of critical thought or the existence of ulterior motives.
Reframe your way of thinking
dan325 comments on Jan 19, 2019:
Works for me.
[aish.com] Muslims were heroes of the Holocaust -their stories should be told.
dan325 comments on Jan 19, 2019:
Another example showing that people should be judged as individuals, not according to stereotypes.
[aol.com] Now Trump is Threatening the United States with "Impeach me if you Want to See a Stock ...
dan325 comments on Jan 19, 2019:
He's full of crap, as usual. Nobody knows what the market would do, but I suspect it would fluctuate for a few days and then go back to where it was.
Tax brackets
dan325 comments on Jan 19, 2019:
We need to lower the age limit, substitute an IQ requirement, and run that fifth-grader for Congress.
How Capitalism and Imperialism creates Shithole Countries: [l.facebook.com]
dan325 comments on Jan 18, 2019:
US imperialism has been crapping up other countries for decades. Look at Iran, where the CIA helped overthrow a democratic government in 1954 (or thereabouts) to install the shah, a brutal dictator whose subsequent overthrow gave the country an equally brutal Islamic theocracy. Good job, America.
[buzzfeednews.com] Israel about to be major foreign policy debate topic in Democratic Party for ...
dan325 comments on Jan 18, 2019:
I hope so. It should be.
I wonder about this.
dan325 comments on Jan 18, 2019:
This is why I take out my hearing aids. They're a pain in the ass, but they do provide a certain flexibility.
On the lasting impact of Jewish 'Momisms'... Before dawn I'm bundling up to work outdoors, grab ...
dan325 comments on Jan 18, 2019:
Mom was right. Some nut might try to take you home and decorate you!
Police are getting too militarized military equipment they are too ready to play soldier, scary. ...
dan325 comments on Jan 18, 2019:
It used to be that the primary weapon used by police was the nightstick. A well trained cop could take down even a knife wielder with this primitive but effective weapon. It was brutish, but it almost never killed anyone. Of course it wasn't effective against a gun, and as guns began to proliferate, most departments cut back or cut out training in use of the nightstick (or stopped issuing the sticks entirely). So now cops just tend to shoot anyone who looks remotely threatening, whether or not the "threat" has a gun. As firearms continue to get more sophisticated (and lethal), the "cops vs. the enemy" mentality will continue to spread. I hate to say this (as a gun owner) but mass confiscation of firearms accompanied by subsequent limitation of police armament may be the only way to stop the escalation. And this will never happen in the USA. Zero chance.
This hit home...
dan325 comments on Jan 18, 2019:
My life in a nutshell.
[news.yahoo.com] Fuhrer Trump cancels Nancy Pelosi's trip to Middle East - Acting like a toddler?...
dan325 comments on Jan 17, 2019:
Acting like a toddler. As usual. Next he'll spit his MacDonald's baby food at her.
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dan325 comments on Jan 17, 2019:
This was an astounding example of technology's application to unspeakable evil.
Oh the Horror
dan325 comments on Jan 17, 2019:
I actually left a conference I'd paid for when they announced we'd be doing stuff like that.
[jta.org] 5 Jewish Things to know about Kamala Harris.
dan325 comments on Jan 16, 2019:
I like her in general, although I disagree with her on some issues, such as her acceptance of the expanded Israeli settlements.
Somebody should lance that boil.
dan325 comments on Jan 16, 2019:
Definitely needs to be lanced.
[alternet.org] 10 Disturbing moments from Trump's attorney general nominee hearings. I've been ...
dan325 comments on Jan 15, 2019:
An additional issue that wasn't addressed is his right-wing religious fundamentalism. He will do whatever he can to harm church-state separation and promote Christian privilege.
Help! My high functioning autistic son is afraid of stairs. We never really encountered many stairs ...
dan325 comments on Jan 15, 2019:
This is a tough one. Unless someone here has successfully dealt with a similar situation, I think you need to find a professional who specializes in autism.
[myjewishlearning.] Tu bishvat - an environmentalism holiday for Jews?
dan325 comments on Jan 15, 2019:
Sounds good to me. Environmentalism is a fine justification for a holiday, and it's not even based on superstition.
[heyalma.com] How 4 couples with conflicting Jewish backgrounds make it work? Are these types of ...
dan325 comments on Jan 14, 2019:
I very much enjoy your posts and hope you'll keep them coming. If I were looking for a partner, I'd definitely want her to be nonreligious. A secular Jew would be ideal, but the Jewish part would be a preference rather than a requirement.
Assuming that most who take this poll are atheists and/or agnostics, and so do not say there is for ...
dan325 comments on Jan 14, 2019:
The following secular characteristics are what I value about Jewish culture. (Some were taken from "Dear Zealots," by Amos Oz.) - Viewing life as an end in itself rather than just a means to achieve an end. - Recognition of different levels of evil, i.e., realizing some evils are worse than others. - Appreciation and encouragement of curiosity, imagination, originality, and humor. - A feeling of obligation to cause no pain or harm. - The belief that conformity is not a desirable objective; that everyone has the right to be different, to disagree with anyone, to question anything, and to have and express their own opinion, as long as they do no harm. - The belief that the majority generally should rule, as long as it does not oppress and/or silence the minority. - A feeling of obligation to support and protect the defenseless, the poor, the oppressed, and the stranger. - A feeling of obligation to speak and argue for the truth, especially to power, and to defer to no one. - The expectation of charity and justice for all, from all. - The recognition that in the face of disagreement, it’s best to negotiate and compromise. - A rejection of blind obedience. - Love of and respect for learning. On the negative side, I believe the religion (like all religions) is a ridiculous conglomerate of superstition and mythology.
A topic for discussion... Opinions? Thoughts?
dan325 comments on Jan 14, 2019:
War is murder unless it's undertaken in self-defense or defense of the innocent. Taxation is fair payment for government protection and services; it's only theft when the money is used for unjust purposes, such as launching unnecessary wars or solely benefiting the privileged. Technological advances can be used to avoid a potential doomsday scenario or to cause one, depending on the intent of those who apply them. None of these questions has a simple, black and white answer.
"So left that I love Jane Fonda!" is my usual reply to conservatives, which has caused more than one...
dan325 comments on Jan 14, 2019:
At our age, can anybody even hit those targets?
[dailykos.com] Under counterintelligence rules FBI could tap Trump's phone and bug the oval ...
dan325 comments on Jan 13, 2019:
The hell of it is that even if the House brings articles of impeachment against him (which they should), he'll never be convicted by the Senate.
[friendlyatheist.patheos.com] Jewish people are sharing their first anti-semitic experiences on ...
dan325 comments on Jan 13, 2019:
My first was when I was very young, at a neighborhood butcher shop in Queens. My family had shopped there for a long time, and the butcher, a recent arrival from Germany, had always been very nice to us. (This was only a couple of years after the end of WWII.) He obviously didn't know we were Jews, and one day he just went off on an antisemitic rant. My mother didn't confront him (she never confronted anyone outside the immediate family), but we never went back there again. I was too young to understand it fully at the time, but it left a very bad taste.
[yahoo.com] Despite govt shutdown almost 200 attend TSA hiring event Saturday, yesterday for jobs...
dan325 comments on Jan 13, 2019:
This just shows that the "jobs boom" isn't what the Republicans (and a lot of the media) would have us believe.
[yahoo.com] A third tunnel from Mexican border to Arizona is found within a month. What the f-ck ...
dan325 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
Answer: the wall will provide much-needed shade for the laborers building the drug smuggling tunnels.
"I felt like I had to speak to Trump in a language he understands." [texastribune.org]
dan325 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
I like the article's recommendation, but he can't shove the wall up his ass because his head's in the way.
Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii announces that she is running for president in 2020 ...
dan325 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
You mean unicorns don't shit rainbows? Anyhow, I fear the Dems will wind up with a couple dozen candidates who will form a circular firing squad and blow themselves away. I hope I'm wrong, but they do have a history of thwarting themselves.
[yahoo.com] Roseanne Barr now claims ABC fired her because she's Jewish in large part to ...
dan325 comments on Jan 12, 2019:
I doubt her bipolar status is the cause of her bigotry. She seems to be a a seething cauldron of rage and self-hatred (witness the pictures in @palacinkyPDX's post, below). She's like a demented rattlesnake that strikes out at anything that catches her focus, with no rational reason required.
[yahoo.com] Veteran Ends "Go Fund Me" Campaign for Border Wall - Collected $19 Million - Vowing ...
dan325 comments on Jan 11, 2019:
It's either a con or the guy is a nut job. Either way, no good can come of it.
Covert British Military-Smear Machine Moving into US [consortiumnews.com]
dan325 comments on Jan 10, 2019:
This is propaganda and misinformation coming from a foreign source - kind of a flip side of Russia's program, on a smaller and less organized scale. It should be exposed and thwarted.
[biologicaldiversity.org] Trump Administration auctioning off 900,000 acres of land in Nevada for...
dan325 comments on Jan 10, 2019:
These "people" are disgusting.
On White Privilege
dan325 comments on Jan 10, 2019:
Not really the whole system - mostly the Republicans, who have way too much power due to gerrymandering, voter suppression, and their constituent basket of deplorables. White privilege is an unspoken but obvious pillar of their platform.
[reformjudaism.org] Einstein's changing views of atheism, god and judaism.
dan325 comments on Jan 10, 2019:
I really wish Einstein had been more forceful about separating himself from the various god delusions throughout his life.
[friendlyatheist.patheos.com] Congress is 3 times more Jewish than the country as a whole.
dan325 comments on Jan 10, 2019:
Interesting. I wonder how many of them are secular Jews. (To me, the less religious, the better.)
This is going to be a mini-rant. I am experiencing a sense of frustration; I have seen a ...
dan325 comments on Jan 9, 2019:
I think a lot of the perceived negativity is just people joking, but of course some of it is real. The term "stupidity" often gets applied to people who aren't necessarily generically stupid but say or believe stupid things. Extroverts tend to say more stupid things than introverts simply because they feel the constant need to talk, regardless of whether the topic is worthwhile or even makes a lot of sense. And of course, stupidity is relative: for example, I, like almost everyone else, am smarter than Donald Trump but stupider than Stephen Hawking.
This is legitimately scary. I want them to have healthcare, a good education, good wages, a home, ...
dan325 comments on Jan 9, 2019:
Wanting to hurt someone seems to be a basic component of the right-wing outlook.
Wow I've just been learned... I'm somewhat of an introvert.. I do go out, but I get nervous before...
dan325 comments on Jan 9, 2019:
I much prefer this label to the alternative (extrovert).
[atlasobscura.com] How do you tell if a duck is kosher?
dan325 comments on Jan 9, 2019:
If you eat it and god doesn't punish you, you're probably good. (It's best to get someone else to eat it and wait to see what happens.)
heaven & hell
dan325 comments on Jan 9, 2019:
With a friend like god, you don't need enemies.
Roar, and such....
dan325 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
I do like that.
[friendlyatheist.patheos.com] Alan Dershowitz claims people who are comparing Fuhrer Trump to ...
dan325 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Holocaust deniers? I never liked Dershowitz, but I didn't think he was flat-out stupid. Now he's proven me wrong.
[motherjones.com] 6 Immigration Lies Trump Will Probably Use in Tonight's Oval Office Speech
dan325 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
He'll be moving his lips again, which means he'll be lying. Not worth watching.
[myjewishlearning.com] 9 Things to know about Ladino - Anyone speak this Sephardic language ...
dan325 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
First I've heard of it. Would love to hear it.
Friends, how do I keep from hating him? Hatred is toxic. But I hate him so hard.
dan325 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
I find him nauseating. He's the direct opposite of everything that comprises a decent human being. I despise him and hold him in complete contempt. I suspect that could mean I hate him.
I signed already. ?? [petitions.moveon.org]
dan325 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Did it.
Today I got my evaluation to see if I'm ASD. I've suspected since 2010 but a majority I spoke to ...
dan325 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Congratulations! I found out about my Asperger's in my early 70s (about 4 years ago). It was a great relief, but I wish it had happened a lot sooner. Go forth and kick ass!
Couldn’t resist ??
dan325 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Hey - we're doing that!
[dailykos.com] Kellyanne Conway's husband torches Trump on Twitter again. - a Republican with ...
dan325 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
Another night on the couch for George. (Hey, maybe that's why he does it. It's a "get out of bed with Kellyanne free" card.)
Sometimes I get so sick of all the misconceptions I want to start a club called "I or My Kid Have ...
dan325 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
I'm in.
Belgium banned halal and kosher slaughter methods. I say good! I grew up on kosher meats, ignorant ...
dan325 comments on Jan 7, 2019:
I think any form of religious practice that adds to an animal's suffering (including, but not limited to, a human's) should be outlawed. If there were ulterior, bigoted motives, they should be addressed as well, but as a separate issue.
How many of you feel your introversion is linked to your fear of what others think about you? For...
dan325 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
I care about the opinions of those I love and/or respect (a very small group), except in cases where trying to meet their expectations would harm my self-respect. I'm not concerned at all with what anyone else thinks about me. My introversion is partly innate and partly due to my being unable to relate to the way most people think.
We thought people here were nuts for voting for Mr. I-make-fun-of-disabled-reporters Pussygrabber, ...
dan325 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Substitute "Aryan" for "Christian" and "Jews" for "Indians" and you get Hitler. This guy is a monster.
A father walks into a restaurant with his young . He gives the young boy 3 nickels to play with to...
dan325 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Now that's funny!
Our hearts bleed for these guys... Literally.
dan325 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
Actually, I doubt very many CEOs are troubled by empathy for their workers.
[aish.com] Dona Graca Nasi and the Spanish Inquisition - the Underground Railroad. This was news...
dan325 comments on Jan 5, 2019:
This is a great story about a heroic woman. It's a shame that it's not more widely known.
[theguardian.com] Trump Administration Pulls Out of Human Rights Violations Through The UN - ...
dan325 comments on Jan 4, 2019:
If there's something sleazy to be done, our president is on it!
[yahoo.com] Trump Administration Officials Getting $10K Pay Raises While 800,000 Federal Workers ...
dan325 comments on Jan 4, 2019:
There's a simple explanation - Trump and his cohorts are autocratic crooks.
Sometimes I feel pretty good that I think outside the box. I think differently than most people. ...
dan325 comments on Jan 4, 2019:
I've been an employee, a manager, a business owner, and an independent contractor. I never really fit in anywhere. As an employee, I tried to make myself bulletproof by becoming very good at my job - otherwise I'd have been fired because I wasn't social and thus wasn't considered a team player. As a manager and employer, I hated "managing" others and did best with self-motivated people I could leave alone to do their jobs. Naturally, I was happiest as an independent contractor (which I still am, on and off, while also being an at-home caregiver.)
On quite a few occasions, small children have taken an immediate liking to me. I often wonder if ...
dan325 comments on Jan 4, 2019:
Maybe they just have better instincts about good people.
Emily Holmes (in Facebook) Yesterday at 9:26 AM Liberal Friends, listen to this right now: ...
dan325 comments on Jan 4, 2019:
This is the most intelligent advice I've seen yet for all of us on the left. It's the key to stopping the usual Democratic tradition of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
[introvertdear.com]
dan325 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Pizza and beer for everyone! (At their own houses, of course.)
666 members!!!! ? ?
dan325 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Now we need to figure out how to keep adding members without changing that number.
I am an advocate for the absolute separation of church and state; this includes the use of God, any ...
dan325 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
Agreed. Also get god off our money, and change the national motto back to "e pluribus unum."
An introvert in camouflage! LOL!!
dan325 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
What a great idea! Now I have to buy some pants, hoodies, gloves, face masks, and wallpaper, all in the same pattern.
Wish me luck guys headed out to club to meet new people I have yet to meet!
dan325 comments on Jan 3, 2019:
I wish you luck and extend my sympathies.
Hello all, Everyone calls me Rose or Betty. I am joining your group for it's closer my age.
dan325 comments on Jan 2, 2019:
Glad to have you join us.
[myjewishlearning.com] Witches and Witchcraft
dan325 comments on Jan 2, 2019:
Another interesting read. Thanks!
[friendlyatheist.patheos.com] NC Woman With Disdain For Other Religions Arrested For Vandalizing ...
dan325 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
This one seems like a solo bigoted nut. She's probably not closely affiliated with any particular group, although that's just a guess based on the limited info in the article. She may or may not be a Trump supporter, but she probably isn't mentally organized enough to vote anyway. Sounds like she needs to spend some time in a locked psych ward, on meds.
[friendlyatheist.patheos.com] Members of Ultra Orthodox Jewish Cult Arrested for Kidnapping NY ...
dan325 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
No surprise - every major religion has its share of particularly obnoxious and dangerous nuts.
[myjewishlearning.] 22 Yiddish Words to Know
dan325 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
I love this stuff. There were 3 words of the 22 that I didn't know. Then I clicked on a link to "The 10 Best Yiddish Words You've never Heard of," and sure enough, there were indeed ten Yiddish words I'd never heard of. I printed out both articles (I've started a file), and then I subscribed to the Jewish Learning newsletter. Thank you!
[myjewishlearning.com] The Jewish Delis That Closed in 2018.
dan325 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
There's only one Jewish deli within driving distance of my home, and it's about 20 miles away. Its original owner retired last year, and I have yet to check out the new one. Very sad.
Happy New Year!
dan325 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
Nah. New year, same me.
Question - do you folks ever wish people "L'Shana Tova" on secular (Gregorian calendar) New Year? ...
dan325 comments on Jan 1, 2019:
I'm entirely secular and see my Jewishness as an ethnicity (one that I'm quite fond of) rather than a religion. I'm also an introvert, although I do seem to relate to fellow Jews more easily than to most others. I only know a few Yiddish/Hebrew words; in fact, this is the first time I've seen the greeting "Chag Sameach." With that said, I would wish someone a Good Shabbos (or any similar greeting) if they wished me one first , just because it would be polite and friendly.
What part of FREETHINKING does the vast majority not understand? Other than bands and swim teams, ...
dan325 comments on Dec 31, 2018:
Well, I have joined a few groups on agnostic.com. I'd prefer not to be shot, though.
So I just started watching the new Predator movie. Again, the autistic child who knows everything ...
dan325 comments on Dec 31, 2018:
I never followed the Predator movies, but there have been a few TV shows featuring autistic geniuses. As someone on the spectrum, I find them entertaining but not particularly realistic. I keep waiting for my own brilliant autistic insights to materialize, but maybe I'm just not autistic enough.
Pretty much says it ALL, donut?
dan325 comments on Dec 31, 2018:
Valid point.
To understand the human tragedy symbolized by Auschwitz & to prevent similar tragedies in the ...
dan325 comments on Dec 31, 2018:
And the words, stereotypes, and prejudice are surfacing again among the right wing's gutter factions.
[myjewishlearning.com] The History of Yiddish
dan325 comments on Dec 31, 2018:
Fascinating article. I printed it out for future reference. Thank you!
Just because it wasn't seen, doesn't mean it wasn't rampant.
dan325 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
I grew up in the fifties. It was a mean, scary time. My public school principal went on regular rants about "commies" at our weekly assemblies. Blacks were terrorized and lynched in the South and blatantly discriminated against elsewhere. Jews were excluded from affluent communities. McCarthy conducted insane witch hunts until even Congress grew sick of him and rendered him impotent. "Under god" was inserted into the pledge of allegiance, which we were forced to parrot every day in school. "In god we trust" was inserted on our currency. It was a great time to be white and privileged - not so much for everyone else.
The Further a Society Drifts From Truth The More it Will Hate Those That Speak it.
dan325 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Orwell was a brilliant visionary.
[reformjudaism.org] Visiting When Someone in Family is Ill. I used to visit my 109 year old Nana ...
dan325 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
This is similar to visiting a family member afflicted by dementia. The person you knew devolves into a shell, eventually becoming unrecognizable beyond their physical appearance. I went through this with my father, and it was miserable for all concerned.
[myjewishlearning.com] Jewish Art Quiz -What do you know about Jewish Art?
dan325 comments on Dec 29, 2018:
I'm embarrassed to admit I'm a total art Philistine. (At first I thought Jewish Art might be a guy named Arthur Cohen who went to my high school.)
[myjewishlearning.com] Jewish Athletes Quiz -What Do You Know About Jewish Athletes?
dan325 comments on Dec 29, 2018:
I know about Max Baer, a heavyweight champion boxer of the 1930s and one of the most devastating punchers in the history of the sport; Sandy Koufax, an outstanding pitcher; Imi Sde-Or (Lichtenfeld), Founder of Krav Maga (the premier Israeli self-defense system). (I also know about several other Jewish martial arts people, but that's probably more esoteric than most people would relate to.) I don't follow sports, so my overall knowledge is pretty limited.
The U.S. has been making border crossing perilous for a long time. [theguardian.com]
dan325 comments on Dec 29, 2018:
This nation has never been the shining beacon it claimed to be, but it seems to be jettisoning every shred of decency it legitimately used to have.
[yahoo.com] GOP Congressman, Peter King of NY Calls Death of Two Migrant Children An Excellent ...
dan325 comments on Dec 29, 2018:
He is one cold S.O.B. I'd hate to live in his district, among the nasty cretins who elected him.
Do you guys believe in luck? In a period of time in life, there is nothing good coming to me. I ...
dan325 comments on Dec 29, 2018:
The world is full of random occurrences. Some may affect you; most won't. There are skills you hone, events you prepare for, and outcomes you work toward; all of these activities increase your odds of success, although none guarantee it. Conversely, there are outcomes you wish to avoid. If you plan accordingly, your efforts will increase the probability that your avoidance will succeed but will not guarantee it. Finally, there are unexpected random events that you never see coming, both positive and negative, which simply hit you out of the blue. Statistically, such events will hit some people more than others. Not luck - just random chance. I file this under "Shit happens."
The level of introversion I aspire to. Lol!
dan325 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
Where can you learn that bat trick? Or at least find a vampire who'll drink enough of your blood to make you undead without making you entirely dead?
My New Year's Eve plans.
dan325 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
Looking forward to not going out, as always.
Are you an introvert because of how you are or because of how other people are? I feel that I'm an ...
dan325 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
My own introversion started because I was different, due to my Asperger's. I couldn't comprehend the way other people thought (especially other kids), or why they reacted oddly to my interests or the things I'd say. As I got older, I realized I disliked various types of other people: bullies, loud-mouths, egotists, bigots, liars, phonies, manipulators, the inconsiderate, and people who embraced their own stupidity (as opposed to people who were merely stupid and couldn't help it). Now I'm comfortable with my introversion; it's totally natural to me, and I can overcome it when I need to (which hopefully is not often).
[myjewishlearning.com] Screening of Genetic Diseases of Jewish Heritage
dan325 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
Interesting article. Once again, I learned something new.
Just saying hi. I'm a recent addition to the group. I'm always looking for spaces to interact with...
dan325 comments on Dec 26, 2018:
Welcome. I'm an INTJ from NorCal. Nice to have a fellow Californian on board.
Just an update on my trip to Ohio. At least 35+ members of my D in Law's family. Never met one of ...
dan325 comments on Dec 25, 2018:
Small talk freezes my brain, too. If I attempt to join in, whatever I say comes out weird and/or dumb.
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