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evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Well, what that fellow was saying is in keeping with what they believe. They don't buy into the trinity thing at all, so they consider the Big Boy in the Attic as the supreme creator dude and the Dead Jew on a Stick is the son. They are not one in the same and there is no holy spirit per se. ...
evidentialist replies on Oct 19, 2018:
@GlyndonD -- And she doesn't get heaven. Poor Betsy.
What do you guys think.
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Well, what that fellow was saying is in keeping with what they believe. They don't buy into the trinity thing at all, so they consider the Big Boy in the Attic as the supreme creator dude and the Dead Jew on a Stick is the son. They are not one in the same and there is no holy spirit per se. ...
evidentialist replies on Oct 18, 2018:
@GlyndonD -- Why? What did Betsy do?
WHAT ABOUT A SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS COLLECTIVE - While looking for writers groups locally, I ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 17, 2018:
@Sgt_Spanky -- Oh my. Organization is fine, but setting requirements outside of being published is a bit much and three stars or better is just this side of ridiculous. There is a large body of work out there that is of high quality but little circulation. Likewise, there is the same with few or ...
evidentialist replies on Oct 17, 2018:
@Sgt_Spanky -- I have plenty of experience with Indie publishing, it's just that I don't do it myself. Self publishing is nothing new, nor are any of the problems regarding promotion, distribution, etc. The thrust of what I said was that setting a limit on the number of reviews/stars is extremely artificial and restrictive. Some of the authors I've taken on and published in my anthologies have come to me with no reviews and no stars, but their work was exceptional enough to be worthy of a spot in the series. Some of them have gone on to make a bit of a name for themselves. They would not have made the grade using your suggested parameters. From my experience, the only way to know the quality of work is to read it. I've seen some 5 star material trailing a long tail of 'nice' reviews that was far from what I would accept as an acquisitions editor, while some obscure little pieces hiding in the depths of no star land were gems. What I'm asking you to do is reconsider this business of setting arbitrary restrictions on potential members. Let their writing be the deciding factor, not some score card that may not mean much. By the way, there's nothing at all wrong with the concept. I think it is a good idea. I just think that the only restriction should be that they have had the discipline and tenacity to have produced a book. That is an indicator that they at least have some dedication and are reasonably serious.
ENTITLEMENT: en-ti-tle-ment. NOUN. The FACT of having a right to something; the amount to which a...
evidentialist comments on Oct 17, 2018:
Entitlement is one of the more abused words in the language. This is particularly true in political circles. I don't think of Social Security as an entitlement so much as a piece of my property. I paid for it. It is mine. Congress is and has been trespassing on my property.
evidentialist replies on Oct 17, 2018:
@Snickers77 -- These little bastards have already affected us in several ways over the past few decades, but it has all escalated since the coronation of His Royal Stupidity.
Why are you here
evidentialist comments on Oct 16, 2018:
@maxwell7711 -- More importantly, why are *you* here? Precious little information in your bio and the answers to the bio questions makes one wonder why you are here, so speak up. Don't be bashful.
evidentialist replies on Oct 17, 2018:
@SukiSue -- Probably just Nigerian without the prince part.
A BIT OF DARK FANTASY FREE READ FOR TODAY Things Part 1 Feel a cold fist wrapped ‘round ...
Cast1es comments on Oct 15, 2018:
This story is off to a very interesting start . Love the cape !
evidentialist replies on Oct 15, 2018:
@Cast1es -- Did you read part 2? It's a short story and part 2 is the end.
I'm less fearful of death now because I'm a agnostic/atheist . Several years ago I collapsed with a ...
JennyJohnson comments on Oct 14, 2018:
O my goodness I so agree with not being afraid of death. I am so thankful for being so free from that. I suffered from it for a good 40yrs. No matter what I did or believed, I still thought I wasn't good enough to get to heaven. Now I know without a doubt I am good, dead or alive. Yes be kind ...
evidentialist replies on Oct 14, 2018:
@JennyJohnson -- I preface this with: I am not being a smart ass or critical. It struck me as being insanely humorous. So, with that said, consider this: The line, "We are all special." What does it tell us? It's seems to be saying that we are all special and that would indicate that none of us are special. Think about it, then grin. :P
I started a new group that was denied. I was told by admin "Yeah... it doesn't help us promote ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 14, 2018:
About what was the group?
evidentialist replies on Oct 14, 2018:
@zorialoki -- Fine, but about what?
Has anyone in the group done, or are you planning to do, NANO next month? I did it years ago. The ...
TheDoubter comments on Oct 12, 2018:
what is NANO for the uninitiated?
evidentialist replies on Oct 12, 2018:
@Lincoln55 -- Probably a large number, but we have no way of knowing. It's on the honor system.
Has anyone in the group done, or are you planning to do, NANO next month? I did it years ago. The ...
TheDoubter comments on Oct 12, 2018:
what is NANO for the uninitiated?
evidentialist replies on Oct 12, 2018:
@TheDoubter -- NANO is short for NaNoWriMo which is short for National Novel Writing Month. In this program writers attempt to produce a complete novel in the 30 days of November. Here is their site: https://nanowrimo.org/
WHY SELF-PUBLISHING IS A GOOD THING - Every Author, Editor, Publisher, or Reader has an opinion ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 11, 2018:
Er ... well ... no, it isn't. That is, it isn't fair to everyone because of the overwhelming volume issue. https://agnostic.com/group/thewrittenword/post/198961/recently-a-question-came-up-about-how-the-quality-of-writing-in-the-fiction-world-could-be-improved
evidentialist replies on Oct 12, 2018:
@Sgt_Spanky -- Riiiiight. What is this book you published? Is it available on Amazon? Okay, never mind. I found it through your profile. I'll check it out.
WHY SELF-PUBLISHING IS A GOOD THING - Every Author, Editor, Publisher, or Reader has an opinion ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 11, 2018:
Er ... well ... no, it isn't. That is, it isn't fair to everyone because of the overwhelming volume issue. https://agnostic.com/group/thewrittenword/post/198961/recently-a-question-came-up-about-how-the-quality-of-writing-in-the-fiction-world-could-be-improved
evidentialist replies on Oct 11, 2018:
@Sgt_Spanky -- Did you read my little blurb on the subject?
So, maybe...? As science proceeds, religion recedes. The dwelling place of the deity shrinks while...
MLinoge comments on Oct 11, 2018:
Religion will not recede because you can't fix stupid, and scientific advancements won't matter if parents brainwash their kids.
evidentialist replies on Oct 11, 2018:
I try to be a little less cynical than that.
Recently a question came up about how the quality of writing in the fiction world could be improved ...
powder comments on Oct 11, 2018:
Writing is an art form and I agree, mass produced art losses any artistic revelance. The cream will still rise to the top though.
evidentialist replies on Oct 11, 2018:
No, it doesn't. That is what is so sad about this. It does from established publishing houses because they only deal in quality, anyway. The market is inundated with crap. Granted, the percentages between publishable material and the unmentionable remains about the same, but it's the volume of it and the fact that most of it is not being rejected that makes the situation so bad.
So, maybe...? As science proceeds, religion recedes. The dwelling place of the deity shrinks while...
LetzGetReal comments on Oct 10, 2018:
"Video unavailable Watch this video on YouTube. Playback on other websites has been disabled by the video owner." I was basically interested in what year this was produced as Rupert Murdoch swallowed up Nat G over the past few years. One of the Xmas covers was devoted to the birth of Jesus for...
evidentialist replies on Oct 10, 2018:
@LetzGetReal -- All you need to do is click on the underscored "Watch this video on YouTube" and it will play from Youtube.
What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?...
evidentialist comments on Oct 9, 2018:
Death.
evidentialist replies on Oct 9, 2018:
@kensmile4u -- It's a bit too late for me, I think, but you might make it. Hang in there.
What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?...
evidentialist comments on Oct 9, 2018:
Death.
evidentialist replies on Oct 9, 2018:
@kensmile4u -- Not yet, anyway. They're working on it.
@evermancer -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
evermancer comments on Oct 8, 2018:
Thanks, guys! I write a fantasy series (nearly 5 stars on Amazon!) and have my first memoir (book of true horse stories) at an editor right now. I'm self-published and still feel like I'm very early in the learning curve. I love the concept of this group and hope to make ALL the friends. :)
evidentialist replies on Oct 9, 2018:
@evermancer -- We have no structure here, and everything is fair game. Help when asked and if possible. Guide if you know where to go. Regale us with a few excerpts so we can be made aware of you through your work and your work through you.
Do you attract a certain type of the opposite sex? Do you have a preferred type?
evidentialist comments on Oct 8, 2018:
Recently widowed Nigerian women who are holding small fortunes from their deceased husbands who were the heads of national banks, and these grieving widows need someone honest, god fearing, and oh so good looking to siphon that money through an American bank for a percentage of the take.
evidentialist replies on Oct 8, 2018:
@Annaise -- Nope. Still going strong -- with some minor twists.
Report this one please, I already have. [agnostic.com]
evidentialist comments on Oct 8, 2018:
She added a 1 to her name and got back in. I reported the original barbarastones last week.
evidentialist replies on Oct 8, 2018:
@RavenCT -- unblock?
Let us not shelter our Shoah. Set it free; it belongs to everyone. It bubbles up even now from ...
powder comments on Oct 8, 2018:
Shoah? Is this a reference to the doco on the holocaust?
evidentialist replies on Oct 8, 2018:
@genessa -- @powder -- Sho'ah is a Hebrew word that original meant disaster/calamity, but came to be associated specifically with the holocaust sometime in the 1940s and now it is rarely used in its original way. I have heard it and seen it used in relation to Pol Pot's murderous reign in Cambodia/Kampuchea for which the term 'Killing Fields', to the best of my knowledge, was coined. Good piece, genessa. Poignant and powerful word pictures and associations.
Hey anybody know a literary agent?
evidentialist comments on Oct 6, 2018:
Why do you ask?
evidentialist replies on Oct 8, 2018:
@JJWS112482 -- For your paranoia, I have been functioning in and around this business since 1956. At any one time I have between 20 and 150 short story mss from different authors for reasons from editing to critiquing to rewriting to publishing either to other publications or to one of my anthologies that I market through my publishers. Right now I have 3 mss for novels from other authors in my system for editing. In addition to the above, I am an author with a bit over 2000 short stories published over the years, 8 novels published and 3 in the works. Not only do I not need to steal, copy, revise, or copy portions of the work of others, I don't want to. There are times when I kick my mental posterior because an idea or rendering comes through my files I wish I had thought of or written, but that's it. In spite of there being well over 2 million aspiring authors out there in the literary hinterlands, the business itself is small and the majority would rather not have their reputations sullied by underhanded dealings because it gets around fast. As soon as you say it's okay, I'll message you with my email address and basic instructions about file type and format. Sound good?
Hey anybody know a literary agent?
evidentialist comments on Oct 6, 2018:
Why do you ask?
evidentialist replies on Oct 7, 2018:
@JJWS112482 -- Care to explain why you can't send chapters? I can give only general information otherwise. I can tell you that memoirs seem to be selling fairly well in today's market, so the best of luck to you.
Hey anybody know a literary agent?
evidentialist comments on Oct 6, 2018:
Why do you ask?
evidentialist replies on Oct 7, 2018:
@JJWS112482 -- Okay, that's better. Now we have something we can work with. Next step: Are you willing to send me the first three chapters? If so, I'll message you my email address and instructions on the format I want. The reason for this is for me to have a better idea how it reads to narrow the type down further and determine what your chances are of being accepted by an agent. If it needs work to make it, I'll let you know that too. And, yes, this is a one time freebie. It's important for you to know that agents don't just accept mss willy-nilly. They, like publishers, make their money on what they can sell, and that makes them selective. Their reputation with the houses rests on what they take on, so they won't pitch just anything.
Hey anybody know a literary agent?
evidentialist comments on Oct 6, 2018:
Why do you ask?
evidentialist replies on Oct 7, 2018:
@JMSW -- I assumed that part up front, otherwise there would be no need for an agent. What is more important is what sort of book is it? If fiction, is it genre and if so what genre? You see, you can't just say generic agent. There are specialists who limit themselves to 1 to 3 genres and some that cover a broader spectrum. There are those who work for agencies and those who work independently. The trick to having a successful experience with an agent is finding one that fits you, your book, and the market aim. Given that information, I could point you in some directions to get started.
Im curious to know how many people believe that after the age of 60-65 or even older that they are ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 6, 2018:
The butterflies thing is the psychological response that manifests in various ways when we hear a musical piece, see a movie, encounter another human being, and so forth that moves us to the point of feeling weak in the knees, maybe causes us to tingle, sends a powerful emotional tsunami through our...
evidentialist replies on Oct 6, 2018:
@Annaise -- Yes, ma'am. Oxytocin plays a large role in the process, but the process itself is initiated in the mind, then the signals are processed and the hypothalumus goes to work. All this happens quickly and the peptide oxytocin is released by the posterior pituitary. Knowing that doesn't make it feel any less wonderful, either.
HOTCHPOTCH. - Noun 1)...a confused mixture of ingredients. Synonyms...assortment, assembly, jumble,...
Catrachel1111 comments on Oct 6, 2018:
Also hodgepodge
evidentialist replies on Oct 6, 2018:
@Marionville -- Generally, hodgepodge in America.
The beast It was early in the 1970s and I was the geeky kid at school. You know the one that ...
Lincoln55 comments on Oct 5, 2018:
Good tale Kelvin. I've owned four bikes myself. I always said, ride long enough, you're going to go down. Its just the odds and the shortsighted you share the road with.
evidentialist replies on Oct 5, 2018:
Yep. I've had my share of road rash.
The beast It was early in the 1970s and I was the geeky kid at school. You know the one that ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 5, 2018:
@273kelvin -- Good story. Sparked memory juice. Bikes. Speed. Just two of my litany of weaknesses. Got my first bike in 1952, a '49 Indian Scout. It was followed by 3 Brit bikes in a row: Vincent Black Shadow that proved too heavy for me at the time, but I rode it for a couple of years. ...
evidentialist replies on Oct 5, 2018:
@Lincoln55 -- My final stable before I couldn't ride anymore consisted of 4 Yamahas -- XS650 that I bought many years ago and just couldn't let it go, Virago Midnight Special bored and stroked to 875cc, 1100 Midnight Special, and my last purchase was their super sexy XV920 Cafe Racer, a mite under-powered, but a real head turner. I was a serious all weather, all seasons, night or day rider who put on more miles in a year than most bikers in a lifetime. One example was a two year stint with 1,600 miles a weekend every weekend, plus normal riding around town. Just under 120,000 per year. Another reason I wound up on Yamahas with shaft drive for my main transport. They are incredibly dependable and low maintenance if you take care of them. When I got sick, flying and riding went out the window. Vertigo ain't good on bikes or in birds.
I keep seeing people posting about the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Clinton and how ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
A slightly different perspective, but damning nonetheless. Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that none of the allegations brought against Kavanaugh by Dr. Ford are true. This is *not* my thinking on that subject, but just for argument. The other perspective: Before this process began ...
evidentialist replies on Oct 5, 2018:
@onan180 -- I had little doubt and still have little doubt that Kavanaugh will be confirmed. I also respect his intellect and what I know of his record, he has done nothing on the bench that would disqualify him. For me, it was his performance during the hearings and the unnecessary lies he told that did it. The Republican desire to install Kavanaugh is, in spite of rhetoric to the contrary, purely political, and Trump's interest in it is self preservation in nature. The article I provide here lists 5 reasons, but there are in reality several more reasons for the rush to confirm. Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. We are now in interesting times. By the way, an ex justice of the Supreme Court went into this process thinking that Kavanaugh should be confirmed but after the hearings, has changed his mind. https://truthout.org/articles/five-reasons-why-the-gop-is-rushing-to-confirm-kavanaugh/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt2auCaFE68
FAKE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION: Could this very limited FBI investigation intent on white-washing ...
evidentialist comments on Oct 3, 2018:
The FBI is far from an independent investigation arm. They follow orders from their main client, in this case the White House, aka Dipshit Donald and his clown train. Although they have some latitude, they are largely hamstrung by the Jerk in the Joint. It has been obvious for some time that ...
evidentialist replies on Oct 4, 2018:
@Snickers77 -- By the way, the Presidential National Emergency Alarm that most of us were greeted by today I see as just another way to ramp up the fear factor sufficiently in the country to get the people ready to accept martial law.
Check out barbarstones1999. If i were less of a Luddite, I'd have a link. Thank you
evidentialist comments on Oct 3, 2018:
@moonmaid -- here ya go: https://agnostic.com/member/barbarastones1999
evidentialist replies on Oct 3, 2018:
@Science-guy -- 7 karen units later than the original?
All right, you godless lot. Time for a fun, positive, feel-good game! When was the last time you ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
It is nice to give compliments when merited. It is rather gauche to talk about them with others or put them on public display.
evidentialist replies on Oct 2, 2018:
@misternatureboy -- True, that.
Free Read for the Day Anopheles Gambiae by J. Richard Jacobs ...
Lincoln55 comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Now was that an accidental release or planned? In one week they would have enough vaccine to innoculate the faithful. Oops.
evidentialist replies on Oct 2, 2018:
Yes. Oopsy doopsy.
Free Read for the Day Anopheles Gambiae by J. Richard Jacobs ...
TheDoubter comments on Oct 2, 2018:
you lost me. sorry
evidentialist replies on Oct 2, 2018:
It's more helpful if you tell the writer how you got lost.
I keep seeing people posting about the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Clinton and how ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
A slightly different perspective, but damning nonetheless. Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that none of the allegations brought against Kavanaugh by Dr. Ford are true. This is *not* my thinking on that subject, but just for argument. The other perspective: Before this process began ...
evidentialist replies on Oct 2, 2018:
@onan180 -- No one said that, my friend, so that came out of left field with a tailwind. We're talking about a judge cum justice of the SCOTUS here. They are supposed to be nonpartisan and even tempered, giving fair hearing to all sides and responding with carefully measured consideration. They should be of impeccable honesty, too. From the hearings and information that has come forth since the hearings, it appears Kavanaugh comes up short on all counts, and I'm not even allowing for the sexual impropriety allegations. Throw those into the mix, providing any of it is true, the only bench he should be sitting on would be in an all-male park somewhere. **Edit added note** Perusing you profile I now realize that the comment, *"...Dems somehow are the owners of morality and nobility you my friend are in fantasy land..."*, is a standard, by rote comment of yours.
@BrendaStar -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
BrendaStar comments on Oct 1, 2018:
Thanks. I live in rural Michigan and I work as a newspaper reporter. I have written a screenplay, but enjoy nonfiction the most. Give me a pile of information and I will transform it into something readable. Although writing in and of itself is creative, I’m not a creative writer in the sense of ...
evidentialist replies on Oct 1, 2018:
@BrendaStar -- There are no restrictions here on type or style of writing. I began writing professionally in 1956 as a Technical Writer/Illustrator. I've done my time as copywriter and artist in the advertising business, worked a while as a reporter for a small newspaper, and on and on. Songwriter. Articles and essays. Poet. I've been a public information officer for a state government. Now I spend my time writing fiction and having a hell of a good time doing it. To me, writing is writing. Each has its own approach and style, but each is writing and that is our common bond. We also have a number of readers here who appreciate or don't what we writers post, and that's good too. We have no program here. No rules -- other than to be reasonably mature, moderately sensitive, and helpful when possible. So, I look forward to your input and I hope you get some enjoyment here.
FUCK HILARY CLINTON! In addition to being a war monger, she is also an evil person. The Clintons...
RavenCT comments on Oct 1, 2018:
This is what is known as a "Viral Meme". It is dubbed "mostly false" by snopes. Here's the link. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/hillary-clinton-freed-child-rapist-laughed-about-it/ I'm not saying they've never done anything bad. But this one does not appear to be true.
evidentialist replies on Oct 1, 2018:
@Snickers77 - In order for our legal system to function properly, the accused is considered innocent throughout the process and the burden of proof lies with the prosecutor. It is the sworn duty of the defense attorney to defend the accused with any and all elements lying within the boundaries of legal process. As much as I dislike the Clintons, particularly Hillary, I cannot use her defense of a purported (he was acquitted, ya know) rapist as a point against her. She did her sworn duty and she did it successfully. That's the way the law in our system works. It's also important to point out that she was assigned to this case in a public defender's role by the judge on the case based upon the desire of the defendant to have a woman attorney. She did not 'volunteer.' '''''''''''''''''''''''' *CNN, June 25, 2014: Gibson said Clinton called him shortly after the judge assigned her to the case and said, “I don’t want to represent this guy. I just can’t stand this. I don’t want to get involved. Can you get me off?”* *“I told her, ‘Well contact the judge and see what he says about it,’ but I also said don’t jump on him and make him mad,” Gibson said. “She contacted the judge and the judge didn’t remove her and she stayed on the case.”* '''''''''''''''''''''''''''' As for her supposed later comments, I have searched and have found no evidence to support what is on this meme and several others just like it. So, though this meme is marginally true regarding the fact that she did successfully defend an accused rapist, I have to conclude the rest of it is not true and has been fabricated with the sole purpose of advancing the dislike and distrust of Hillary Clinton. In my opinion, this meme is not necessary because there is more than ample true and proven examples to use for the same purpose without having to lie about, twist, adjust, fabricate, or spin anything. Regarding the case and all the hoopla associated with it, including Trump's use of it for sympathy and attitude control during his campaign (something that hasn't been talked about much) to whip up anti Hillary sentiment. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/10/11/the-facts-about-hillary-clinton-and-the-kathy-shelton-rape-case/?utm_term=.fed114b4463d
@Xuande -- Hello, and welcome to the group.
Xuande comments on Oct 1, 2018:
Cheers! I'm a reader first. I've been reading for recreation since my mom bought me the first HP book when I was still a boy. I'm the editor of a newspaper in the waking world. I promise not to suggest AP style corrections on posts. I'm also a small-time lifestyle columnist, and it's this part of...
evidentialist replies on Oct 1, 2018:
Though I am thoroughly familiar with AP style, I appreciate your cutting our members some slack in their posts. :) Your participation in our group is appreciated. Respectfully, The Riff Raff what runs da joint.
ALBEDO - the amount of solar radiation reflected off a surface with 0% albedo being no radiation ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
Samantha was ... well, she was fond of sex and spent much of her years searching for a man with high albedo.
evidentialist replies on Sep 30, 2018:
@FrayedBear -- Well, no, it was actually a play on the word 'libido'.
All right, you godless lot. Time for a fun, positive, feel-good game! When was the last time you ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
It is nice to give compliments when merited. It is rather gauche to talk about them with others or put them on public display.
evidentialist replies on Sep 30, 2018:
@misternatureboy -- It's not a matter of being classy, but we'll let it go at that.
I keep seeing people posting about the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Clinton and how ...
jorj comments on Sep 30, 2018:
I just find it funny that Juanita told how Hillary attacked her but the left ignored all that and still love her to this day. The left is making it just about politics just as much as the right.
evidentialist replies on Sep 30, 2018:
@jorj -- You are therefor forgiven based on 'technical' grounds. :P
I keep seeing people posting about the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Clinton and how ...
jorj comments on Sep 30, 2018:
I just find it funny that Juanita told how Hillary attacked her but the left ignored all that and still love her to this day. The left is making it just about politics just as much as the right.
evidentialist replies on Sep 30, 2018:
@jorj -- Wow. Stuff just flies right by you. I wouldn't vote for Franken, either. The point was that of all of them, including our current crop, he presented himself with the greatest dignity/honesty and did not deserve the Franken(stein) shot, which was an obvious attack gesture.
I keep seeing people posting about the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Clinton and how ...
jorj comments on Sep 30, 2018:
I just find it funny that Juanita told how Hillary attacked her but the left ignored all that and still love her to this day. The left is making it just about politics just as much as the right.
evidentialist replies on Sep 30, 2018:
@jorj -- "Can u really not see this stuff or do u just not want to see it?" Oh, I see it well enough, but I also know it is not true overall. It is best not to paint miniature portraits with a broom. One of the major problems creating the division in the country is so many artists with brooms on all sides. The way to break that chain is to stop adding more links to it. To begin a genuine dialogue like mature adults instead of so many children throwing tantrums. Now, as for allegations, there is only one way to determine the validity of them and that is through thorough investigation. Your unnecessary attack on Al Franken is duly noted and your use of 'silence' is likewise registered. Just remember this, it doesn't make any difference who is accused and 'silence' is hardly a word to describe the response to those folks you mentioned. There was a good deal of noise from all sides generated. So far, the only one to openly and immediately proffer an apology both to the accuser and his constituency as well as step down voluntarily was the same fellow you saw fit to play stupid with his name.
All right, you godless lot. Time for a fun, positive, feel-good game! When was the last time you ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 30, 2018:
It is nice to give compliments when merited. It is rather gauche to talk about them with others or put them on public display.
evidentialist replies on Sep 30, 2018:
@maturin1919 -- Neither. I was just one of those unfortunate children who was taught that preserving the dignity of others and that of my own were positive inputs into the social endeavor. That if there was something good to be said, by all means say it, but keep it private unless there was some overall good to accrue to the person being complimented by making it public -- but to consider the latter carefully so as not to create embarrassment or any other discomfort to the recipient. Killjoys, on the other hand, take pleasure in raining on everyone's parade without any consideration. In other words, not a killjoy, but I retain the right to express an opinion honestly held.
I keep seeing people posting about the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Clinton and how ...
jorj comments on Sep 30, 2018:
I just find it funny that Juanita told how Hillary attacked her but the left ignored all that and still love her to this day. The left is making it just about politics just as much as the right.
evidentialist replies on Sep 30, 2018:
@jorj -- Odd. I don't get that from any of the liberals and left-leaners I know. How have you come to this conclusion and what evidence, other than anecdotal, do you have to support the claim?
Yesterday there was a post in the Senate regarding being notified if you've been blocked. Regarding ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 25, 2018:
Well, sir, this is a problem, but it has several facets. I consider blocking a last resort measure to be employed for folks who just can't seem to get civilized. By that I mean those who employ ad hominem consistently and continually resort to bullying language with others on the thread. Now, ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 30, 2018:
@RavenCT -- I have deleted content, after an explanation for why and giving the offender time to copy and post elsewhere, when that content was abusive, galaxies off of topic, spam, scam, slam. I have no compunction about removing content because of its content, but I have difficulty blocking anyone unless, as I said, it is habitual behavior. Then I swing the axe with vigor and surgical accuracy.
All right, you godless lot. Time for a fun, positive, feel-good game! When was the last time you ...
brentan comments on Sep 30, 2018:
Bah! Humbug!
evidentialist replies on Sep 30, 2018:
Proper sentiment.
Suspected scammer: Dudaniec Level 2. Started PMing me. Pics don't show up on Tineye, but he's ...
FrayedBear comments on Sep 30, 2018:
It is also what people paranoid about others reading private messages also do, particularly when there are times that strange glitches occur in this system. Atm photos do not seem to be processing.
evidentialist replies on Sep 30, 2018:
Um ... what's a scammer?
Artificial/Simulated gravity for the Science Fiction writer and those who are just interested in ...
TheDoubter comments on Sep 28, 2018:
might be fun
evidentialist replies on Sep 28, 2018:
It would certainly make pool, billiards, ping pong, and others a real challenge.
STAND-UP FOR OPTIONS HOUSE I produced this live stand-up comedy show as a fundraiser for OPTIONS ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 27, 2018:
For the benefit of those.... Standup comedy is probably the most brutal arena for an entertainer to enter and survive. They work in an environment that is lovemaking intimate where the grumbles of a stomach in the farthest table is audible on "stage" and the audience has to be ensnared in the ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 27, 2018:
@Snickers77 -- John and Steve were not comics. They were and are directors and producers. Steve was quite active in television and was the director of several successful shows/series. John was at one time a director for Disney films.
Does anyone know where I could take a class on properly crafting a novel? If I'm doing something, ...
Bjy001 comments on Sep 27, 2018:
I have a pretty good dvd series that's quite thorough. S'called Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques. Lectures by James Hynes. This is the only clip I could find. A commercial. There are probably other sources on Youtube as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z03PrYUQMno
evidentialist replies on Sep 27, 2018:
This is a good one.
I am, Are you ?
evidentialist comments on Sep 26, 2018:
It is not true as stated, but I'll let you figure out why.
evidentialist replies on Sep 26, 2018:
@VAL3941 -- Got it through the grapevine.
I am, Are you ?
evidentialist comments on Sep 26, 2018:
It is not true as stated, but I'll let you figure out why.
evidentialist replies on Sep 26, 2018:
@VAL3941 -- Not my problem.
I am 81 years old and have been searching for a loved one. Why is it so hard to find a someone to ...
Kojaksmom comments on Sep 25, 2018:
Being that far out of menopause is something that men don't understand. There are a plethora of problems, not to mention lack of sexual desire ,for women at that age. Certainly it is possible for a female to be sexually active in old age, but it takes a tremendous amount of communication to address ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 26, 2018:
@Kojaksmom -- It is indeed sad that men in general are not able to deal with this. My wife went into menopause early and sex became painful for her as well as losing interest. I didn't marry her for sex and we were the best of friends before we married. Because of this it wasn't a problem for us. A little adjusting was needed on both our parts, but the transition back to just being the best of friends who were very much in love with one another was pretty smooth. We remain delightfully intimate without intercourse being part of it. I wish @anton3744 the best of luck, but I think he needs to come to an understanding about the issue of post menopausal women of advanced age and even some of younger years -- example, my wife and myself. anton, lighten up on yourself, man. Relax and keep yourself open for whatever relationship comes your way that is genuine because they become increasingly rare as the years roll by. Best wishes your way, man.
Which state is most represented on this site. It may be that certain states are more vocal but ...
IAMGROOT comments on Sep 25, 2018:
There's a way to get an idea of this. It works in the mobile app and desktop browser. Just go to members, define your search to the widest parameters (any, all farthest distance, etc.) then execute the search and then click on "map view." In the map view you should see members displayed as ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 26, 2018:
@KKGator -- I'm known far and wide for my capers.
@DannyC137 -- Hello, and welcome to the group. Do us and yourself a favor and get some bio ...
Buddha comments on Sep 25, 2018:
Ok, , i think im in way over my head with this group, but im wondering if a new writer is further going with instinct rather than having someone "fine tune " their writing.. I'm starting to think original might be the way to go ? Even if a bit rough around the edges ? Any thoughts ?
evidentialist replies on Sep 26, 2018:
@Buddha -- If you have a desire to write, there is no such thing as being in over your head, and there is no question you can ask that doesn't deserve a serious and weighed response. Writing for a living is a tough nut and there is a sound reason for the saying, "Never give up your day job until you're being asked by publishers for your work." For most of us, that means until the reaper comes calling. No writer does well unless he/she knows language well, can spell more words correctly than most, and has a grasp of grammar that is impeccable. The reason for this is that no writer can get away with breaking the rules intelligently without those three basics. It doesn't mean you have to be able to diagram sentences, but it does mean you have to have an intimate knowledge of the rules. After all that comes the mechanics of storytelling if you're thinking about creative writing, or the mechanics of whatever type of writing you are motivated to do. This is certainly complex, but not beyond anyone with a functioning brain to learn. There are several publications you need to have on hand. They should be physical books. One of these is a book of style for the type of writing you will be doing. The most common one for creative writers is *Strunk and White: the Elements of Style*. It is a small and inexpensive book that is available everywhere. Some of us have several different books of style because we write in several venues. Another is an incredibly good thesaurus. These two are the ones you will be using most. A good dictionary is also a must. Understand that if you have not learned at least the basics of story construction, it won't matter how well you write. Editors are masters at recognizing things most folks don't see. If you break the rules but don't know the rules, they know it and you won't sell. If your spelling and grammar are flawless, but you haven't mastered the art of storytelling, they know it and you won't sell. If you have great ideas but your writing sucks, they might want to talk to you if they see promise, but you won't sell. If your writing is wonderful but your ideas are not great or are slightly worn out, you might sell, but not to pro pay markets. Probably the two most difficult elements to get a grip on are the discipline it takes to keep you at the QWERTY and the ability to take criticism and rejection. Remember, "Keep your day job until publishers are asking you for your work." Even then, it pays to keep lines of communication open so you can slide back into the workforce without much delay if things go south. I know this is a mite cliche, but most of us actually do make great sacrifices for our art and we do it joyfully.
Here's another FREE READ for your pleasure or dismay. A wee tale of temporal displacement and secret...
Cast1es comments on Sep 25, 2018:
Looks like multiple time frames , starting in Victorian England , moving to modern day US .
evidentialist replies on Sep 25, 2018:
Ah, yes, the complexities of traveling through time. That might be because it's a time travel story, @Cast1es
Yesterday there was a post in the Senate regarding being notified if you've been blocked. Regarding ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 25, 2018:
Well, sir, this is a problem, but it has several facets. I consider blocking a last resort measure to be employed for folks who just can't seem to get civilized. By that I mean those who employ ad hominem consistently and continually resort to bullying language with others on the thread. Now, ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 25, 2018:
@hankster -- They have much to learn --- I think.
OSCULATING BUFONIDAE -- PART THREE On a knoll overlooking an Olympic-sized swimming pool ringed ...
Lincoln55 comments on Sep 25, 2018:
Well thank you.Wasn't expecting that at all but now that I think about it. I enjoyed it immensely. Then I went looking for a little clarity and googled 'Osculating Bufonidae' but I only got links to a short story by some cat named J. Richard Jacobs which I quickly swiped right. So i googled each ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 25, 2018:
@Lincoln55 -- You have chosen to involve yourself in just one part of the wholesale genocidal policies of both federal and state governments. It represents one of the darker periods of world history, but just one. Man's inhumanity towards his own is a sad and all too common element of our saga. What you are about to do could easily turn into an incredibly important piece of literature. From what I have seen of your writing approach, I have no doubt you can produce a powerful and moving work worthy of notice. I can tell you that at this moment I'm sitting here kicking my mental backsides for not having done the same thing when I had the opportunity some 50+ years ago. I had a friendship with an elderly Lakota Sioux, John Hightower. He was a good man from whom I learned much. By the way, the kicking my backsides is mainly because of your intended approach. A character driven historical fiction I think is probably the most effective avenue. Stupid me for missing that thought back then. So, I wish you well in the project, and I suggest you engage with the regional community by contacting the tribal elders. If you show them you respect their history and that you want to make an historically accurate work, they will most probably be of great help. If you think I might be able to help in any way, don't hesitate. You might already have seen these, but if not, here are good sources of basic information on the California Indian populations. http://factcards.califa.org/mainmenu.html http://maidu.org/
OSCULATING BUFONIDAE -- PART THREE On a knoll overlooking an Olympic-sized swimming pool ringed ...
Lincoln55 comments on Sep 25, 2018:
Well thank you.Wasn't expecting that at all but now that I think about it. I enjoyed it immensely. Then I went looking for a little clarity and googled 'Osculating Bufonidae' but I only got links to a short story by some cat named J. Richard Jacobs which I quickly swiped right. So i googled each ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 25, 2018:
Glad some fun came out of it. That's why we do this crap, right?
A Contemporary Fairy Tale Slightly Twisted OSCULATING BUFONIDAE -- Part One by J. Richard Jacobs...
TheDoubter comments on Sep 23, 2018:
too long
evidentialist replies on Sep 23, 2018:
Not too long to read, just too long for the post. I've broken it into parts --- all better now.
This question was asked of me on another site, but I thought the question and my answer pertinent ...
DonThiebaut comments on Sep 22, 2018:
Very good! But let me see if I can wring some more insight out of you by rephrasing the question a bit. "Do Fairytales exist or is that label fallaciously applied?" In other words, is there a good reason why we call fantasy stories 'fairytales', when they so often feature no fairies?
evidentialist replies on Sep 23, 2018:
@DonThiebaut -- I'm back and, after giving this some consideration, I think it will be best to give a basic overview, then provide some links that spell out the various aspects and attributes of the fairytale (fairy tale) in the interest of saving space and reducing eye strain. ''''''''''''''''''''''''''' Fairy tales, sometimes known as wonder tales, fit under the heading of folktale or fable, depending on the structure and the moral/physical lesson. Such stories will contain witches (good and bad) and queens (benevolent and malevolent), giants (usually portrayed as stupid) and elves (normally clever), princes (usually handsome), dragons (generally presented as ferocious and ... hungry), talking animals, ogres, princesses (always beautiful), and sometimes even fairies. Note that fairies are not a common element in fairy tales. There's a reason for that (see the last of the 3 links). Wonderful, weird, and magical things happen to characters in fairy tales. A boy turns into a bird. A princess (always beautiful) sleeps as if dead -- until her prince (always handsome) arrives. A seal can become a girl. Mirrors talk, pumpkins are carriages, and lamps house genies who can grant one's wishes -- but be ever so careful lest you fall victim to your own avarice. The oldest fairy tales were told and retold for generations before they were written down. French fairy tales were the first to be collected and written down, but now we can read fairy tales from almost any culture. When these stories were studied together, something amazing was found. From countries as distant and different as Egypt and Iceland, the fairy tales bear eerie similarities, as if there were a common origin. Both Egypt and Iceland have "Cinderella" stories, as do China, England, Korea, Siberia, France, and Vietnam; and the list doesn't stop there. There may be a thousand versions of the "Cinderella" story, each with a unique telling which carries cultural information about the time and place the story was told. One thing is certain; stories in which truth prevails over deception, generosity is ultimately rewarded, hard work overcomes obstacles, and love, mercy and kindness are the greatest powers of all are commonly popular through a broad spectrum of cultures. Today, some authors still like to retell and invent new fairy tales. The "Cinderella" story was recently re-imagined by Diane Goode in her book, *Cinderella: The Dog and Her Little Glass Slipper.* Jon Scieszka's fractured fairy tales in *The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales* is another example of retelling, but with humor. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35358487 http://www.syracusecityschools.com/tfiles/folder713/unit03-folk_tales_and_fairy_tales.pdf https://fairycolumbine.wordpress.com/about/fairy-tales/ I ...
This question was asked of me on another site, but I thought the question and my answer pertinent ...
DonThiebaut comments on Sep 22, 2018:
Very good! But let me see if I can wring some more insight out of you by rephrasing the question a bit. "Do Fairytales exist or is that label fallaciously applied?" In other words, is there a good reason why we call fantasy stories 'fairytales', when they so often feature no fairies?
evidentialist replies on Sep 22, 2018:
@DonThiebaut -- Slightly complicated answer to that, but a good question. I can't do it justice at the moment, so I'll come back to this later. More likely tomorrow. Right now, duty calls.
shoes laces or slip-ons? I myself am partial to laces.... actually I'm partial to Converse All Stars...
evidentialist comments on Sep 22, 2018:
Yes to all.
evidentialist replies on Sep 22, 2018:
@hankster -- Yup. Had a pair of Flamenco dance boots with Cuban heels and inner side zippers. The zippers allowed a tighter fit over the ankle while using more supple leather uppers to allow freedom of movement in the ankle without hard spots.
Now here is a slightly different twist to what is normally discussed. In these days of day glo ...
TheDoubter comments on Sep 21, 2018:
I got better things to do
evidentialist replies on Sep 22, 2018:
Then why comment?
Now here is a slightly different twist to what is normally discussed. In these days of day glo ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 21, 2018:
Are we talking about using all the letters in dungarees to form 9 letter words, or are we forming words of any length using only the letters available in the word "dungarees?" I suspect the latter. If the latter, there are a good deal more than 90 words, and there are only 3 if the former.
evidentialist replies on Sep 22, 2018:
@FrayedBear -- Then there are a good deal more than 90 words available.
Have you met anyone from this site? I have met 2 people that I would consider acquaintances. I ...
Darius77 comments on Sep 21, 2018:
Seeing the number of ladies complaining about sex weirdos on this site is really disappointing to me. I have always thought of the atheist community as consisting of reasonably intellectual individuals who try to distance themselves from the stereotypical bullshit behavior they witness on a regular ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 21, 2018:
The instant 'dating' is put in the description of any site open to the public, one has offered an explicit invitation. There are weirdos everywhere, but they tend to concentrate on dating sites like sharks do near fishing fleets.
Is it OK to be racist against white people?
evidentialist comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Couldn't lodge a vote because there is no such thing as race. There are no such things as white people. Even albinos aren't white. Pale, yes. White, no. We are a species with variants. So, if one variant holds another variant in contempt, a word is needed to describe that. Race is not the ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 21, 2018:
@zarathustra13 -- Aha! From the wording in the original post, your intent was not particularly clear to me. This last comment made it obvious, and my answer would certainly be, no.
Is it OK to be racist against white people?
evidentialist comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Couldn't lodge a vote because there is no such thing as race. There are no such things as white people. Even albinos aren't white. Pale, yes. White, no. We are a species with variants. So, if one variant holds another variant in contempt, a word is needed to describe that. Race is not the ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 21, 2018:
@zarathustra13 -- Merely stating a fact and pointing out that the perception of race and tribal thinking allows the idea of racism to continue. Complex issue, even though the underlying concept is simple.
Sometimes the advertising folks just do something worth watching. [youtube.com]
silverotter11 comments on Sep 20, 2018:
Good commercial - I still dislike the product.
evidentialist replies on Sep 20, 2018:
Mountain Dew is awful, but the ad is....
Apistevist
Matias comments on Sep 20, 2018:
No, because this is not a common word (it is not listed on Merriam-Webster). I know that "pistis" is the (old) Greek word for "Faith", so that apistevist could be somebody who does not have any faith. But that feature is already covered by "skeptic" or "freethinker"
evidentialist replies on Sep 20, 2018:
Apistevist is just a cute way of saying evidentialist (a word that does exist). It is one syllable shorter, so maybe....
Apistevist
escapetypist comments on Sep 20, 2018:
I am pro-ape
evidentialist replies on Sep 20, 2018:
I'm still an amateur, but I hope to be a pro ape soon.
I have this 9-5 that requires no creativity. Well, figuratively my workplace is a circus of ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 20, 2018:
Do yourself a favor, providing your overhead will fit in with one of these: ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 20, 2018:
@Lillyfield41 -- Aha. Understood.
Who is the most knowledgeable public atheist today?
Renickulous comments on Sep 18, 2018:
Jordan Peterson on psychology and history
evidentialist replies on Sep 20, 2018:
@Deiter -- Agreed. When it comes to Peterson, I suspect I may be a bit more negative about him than most. For some reason, and I can't really pin it down, he leaves me feeling uneasy.
Thanks to all the gearheads out there for an exact match. @Creative51 and @evidentialist proved to ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 19, 2018:
By the way, we had a 1927 Oakland Landau Sedan up on the farm. I tell folks about this one and they, most frequently, have never heard of the Oakland automobile. My cousin and I are sitting on it in the center of the pic. There is some confusion with this car because it was made during the ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 19, 2018:
@Lincoln55 -- Yep, I surely do remember them. We also had two Reo trucks, new at the time. One was like pic 1, a D19, but it had a huge wooden hay bed on it that made it look like a landlocked aircraft carrier when it wasn't loaded. Pic 2 is our Speedwagon (not the pic, but they were identical). Both vehicles were purchased in 1947 in lieu of replacing our tractor. I was old enough to know that was a bad idea, but I knew not to argue with the old man. Remind me sometime to relate the story of the local doctor's brand new Cadilac's encounter with that old Oakland.
I realize that this is out of tune with this page but I need a little assistance. Can anyone ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 18, 2018:
That's a 1947 Chrysler Windsor Club Coupe. I owned a 1947 Business Coupe that had a trunk large enough to set up housekeeping.
evidentialist replies on Sep 18, 2018:
@Lincoln55 -- Yep, that nailed it. Crestline Victoria for sure and certain.
I realize that this is out of tune with this page but I need a little assistance. Can anyone ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 18, 2018:
That's a 1947 Chrysler Windsor Club Coupe. I owned a 1947 Business Coupe that had a trunk large enough to set up housekeeping.
evidentialist replies on Sep 18, 2018:
@Lincoln55 -- Yeah. The car in the background is a 1952 Ford with mounted sun visor. The telltale here is the parking light with its three pronged star. I wouldn't want to guess at the model. Edit: The model is the Customline. At fist I thought it might be the Victoria, but I shuffled through some pics and I'm reasonably sure of the ID.
Who is the most knowledgeable public atheist today?
Renickulous comments on Sep 18, 2018:
Jordan Peterson on psychology and history
evidentialist replies on Sep 18, 2018:
@zarathustra13 -- Here's a little something from Peterson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wLCmDtCDAM
Latest calcs indicate that 2002 NT7 will probably miss Earth by 10 to 18 or more ld. Aren't we ...
Druvius comments on Sep 16, 2018:
1.2 km asteroid, so not a mass extinction event, but almost certainly the worst natural disaster humans ever faced. 40km crater, will kill everyone within hundreds of miles, devastating tsunamis if it hits an ocean. Global cooling almost for sure from dust kicked up. Its orbit is well known now ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 16, 2018:
Yep. Just another rock in the Sol system of planets. It will have another chance later and we may luck out again. Ya never know. We need a couple more baskets to keep our eggs in.
Latest calcs indicate that 2002 NT7 will probably miss Earth by 10 to 18 or more ld. Aren't we ...
Cast1es comments on Sep 16, 2018:
I gather 2002NT7 , is an astroid ?
evidentialist replies on Sep 16, 2018:
One of killer proportions and even if it misses in 2019, it will be back and poses a real threat sometime during the next century.
Here is one Trolling technique to look out for. Sea-Lioning is an Internet slang term referring...
evidentialist comments on Sep 14, 2018:
Sometimes it is necessary to get to the point. Odd that it's not considered trolling when submitting papers for peer review. I wonder why it's not considered equally reasonable in other areas? What support do you have for this argument? Please, cite your sources.
evidentialist replies on Sep 14, 2018:
@GuyKeith -- You clever devil, you. I salute you.
The Real Problem I Love this site and the clarity of thinking exhibited, even love chasing down the...
evidentialist comments on Sep 13, 2018:
I think you are correct when it comes to the majority, but there are those of us who are quite comfortable not belonging to anything. I have a feeling, and it is just a feeling, that the percentage of us who have no need to belong may be growing. We shall see.
evidentialist replies on Sep 13, 2018:
@skado -- LOL ... nice one.
What happens after a human being dies? To me, this is one of the easiest questions about life and...
evidentialist comments on Sep 12, 2018:
What? You mean ... I'm going to die? Oh, crap. And I had such great plans.
evidentialist replies on Sep 13, 2018:
@JimiYugo -- It's a result of my upbringing. Moderation in all things, ya know.
What happens after a human being dies? To me, this is one of the easiest questions about life and...
evidentialist comments on Sep 12, 2018:
What? You mean ... I'm going to die? Oh, crap. And I had such great plans.
evidentialist replies on Sep 13, 2018:
@JimiYugo -- One was to be around when the Galactic Federation was formed. Another was to be among the first settlers to land on Proxima Centauri b, then a bit later to land on Gliese 581g. I suspect I may have to forego those if dead I shall be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkeLIAd2Nd0
A large number of people say that math is a waste of a student's energy. That is wrong thinking. ...
Cast1es comments on Sep 12, 2018:
I wonder how many people have taken the time to apply algebra , to the area of their potential pizzas to determine which had more , then continued to mathmaticly evaluate the price of the area , to decide which was the better deal ?
evidentialist replies on Sep 12, 2018:
I know down to the nearest farthing per square millimeter. It is critical.
RUMBUSTIOUS. - Adjective...boisterous, unrestrained, irrepressible, exuberant.
TheDoubter comments on Sep 12, 2018:
isn't it rambunctious?
evidentialist replies on Sep 12, 2018:
@Marionville -- Yes. We speak the same language differently. The problem here in the US is that most are not well traveled and the people (not all of them) have a bit of an ego problem with it.
RUMBUSTIOUS. - Adjective...boisterous, unrestrained, irrepressible, exuberant.
TheDoubter comments on Sep 12, 2018:
isn't it rambunctious?
evidentialist replies on Sep 12, 2018:
@Marionville -- The confusion here is that 'rumbustious' is British and 'rambunctious' is North American.
Please guys, if non-fiction psychology writing is your thing.... please consider sharing your ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Question: Can narcissistic abuse exist where there is no narcissism?
evidentialist replies on Sep 11, 2018:
@Secular_Squirrel -- I can tell that you're really in love with this idea. Knock yourself out.
@zarathustra13 -- Hello, and welcome to the group. Thus spake Jacobs, the host, moderator, and riff...
zarathustra13 comments on Sep 11, 2018:
This seems a quiet group -- what are people aiming for here?
evidentialist replies on Sep 11, 2018:
What people are aiming for here is camaraderie coupled to whatever it is they want to do from their perspective. I learned long ago that reining in creatives with a set of rules/schedules/goals is something like herding earthworms or driving a car with no steering wheel -- the result can only be frustration. I am a writer who has been in the business about as long as Earth has had a crust and editing about half as long. So, what is it you want?
Please guys, if non-fiction psychology writing is your thing.... please consider sharing your ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Question: Can narcissistic abuse exist where there is no narcissism?
evidentialist replies on Sep 11, 2018:
@Secular_Squirrel -- Which simply says that your chicken/egg question answers itself. Narcissism came first. End of problem. QED
Please guys, if non-fiction psychology writing is your thing.... please consider sharing your ...
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Question: Can narcissistic abuse exist where there is no narcissism?
evidentialist replies on Sep 11, 2018:
@Secular_Squirrel -- It would seem that it does. It also appears that the answer to your question is straightforward. Narcissism came first, otherwise there could be no narcissistic abuse.
What do you guys think.
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Well, what that fellow was saying is in keeping with what they believe. They don't buy into the trinity thing at all, so they consider the Big Boy in the Attic as the supreme creator dude and the Dead Jew on a Stick is the son. They are not one in the same and there is no holy spirit per se. ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 11, 2018:
Almost forgot: The Mormons (the second 'm' is silent) do believe that their Supreme Schmuck is married to the Mother in Heaven (she's where the souls come from). They got this from the alcoholic con man who invented their religion.
What do you guys think.
evidentialist comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Well, what that fellow was saying is in keeping with what they believe. They don't buy into the trinity thing at all, so they consider the Big Boy in the Attic as the supreme creator dude and the Dead Jew on a Stick is the son. They are not one in the same and there is no holy spirit per se. ...
evidentialist replies on Sep 11, 2018:
@BufftonBeotch -- You're talking about Asherah. She is mentioned in the OT, and there is considerable controversy over the idea of her being the wife of the Dominant Dude in the Clouds. As for the JWs, I don't know if they believe in that. I know that some of them think that the Nazareth Kid hitched up with Mary Magdalene and they had children and that, supposedly, comes from the 'Lost Gospel.' I don't know much about that, either. Sorry.
@dreamsinflux -- Hello, and welcome to the group. Interesting bio. I hope you enjoy your time with...
dreamsinflux comments on Sep 11, 2018:
Thank you, I am excited to see if I can get, not inspired, off my ass and writing more.
evidentialist replies on Sep 11, 2018:
We look forward to your input.
I've decided that if I'm faced with problems well beyond my capacity to handle or that I may leave ...
AmiSue comments on Sep 10, 2018:
I prefer black. Classic and slimming.
evidentialist replies on Sep 10, 2018:
Yeah, but really hot in the sun.
I've decided that if I'm faced with problems well beyond my capacity to handle or that I may leave ...
AMGT comments on Sep 10, 2018:
#4 of course ?
evidentialist replies on Sep 10, 2018:
I am a pretty positive and happy dude 90+% of the time, so I guess that fits.
Written as a response to a statement that astrology is a viable source for real information about ...
starwatcher-al comments on Sep 10, 2018:
Well said but wait a minute, NO CRACKS? I spent years avoiding them as a teenager. O yeah, that explains a lot.
evidentialist replies on Sep 10, 2018:
Truth be told, I sought out cracks during my younger years. Don't tell anyone.
I've decided that if I'm faced with problems well beyond my capacity to handle or that I may leave ...
JenBeberstein comments on Sep 10, 2018:
I would choose #2 but I have to ask, why use a mask if you want to get caught?
evidentialist replies on Sep 10, 2018:
To draw maximum attention. To stand out in a crowd. Part of the plan is that after the crime, I do not remove the mask until caught.
I've decided that if I'm faced with problems well beyond my capacity to handle or that I may leave ...
Cast1es comments on Sep 10, 2018:
Do they film in black and white or in color ?
evidentialist replies on Sep 10, 2018:
Some one. Some the other.

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Copied from a newspaper article in which I was featured during Astronomy Day at the UACJ in 1999. I was lecturing on impact mechanics and how to identify meteorites in the field. At the university I also displayed my meager collection of meteorites and related materials.
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Founding members at the signing of the papers of incorporation of the Planetary Society: Carl Sagan (seated to the right), Bruce Murray (seated to the left), and Louis Friedman (standing on the left). The man standing to the right is Harry Ashmore, an advisor, who greatly helped in the founding of the Society. Ashmore was a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and leader in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and 70s. What a fun group. Never a dull moment.
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Upper left: The four room farmhouse in which I was raised. Top right: Lovely little me on a rarely seen city sidewalk. Lower left: Me and my hotrod. Center: Aunt Lou, little sister, Lou, with me seated behind, and cousin Skipper with our 1927 Oakland Landau Sedan. Lower middle: Uncle Leroy riding my back. Lower right: Me and my tough row to hoe.
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A rather odd tale of first contact with a strange twist.
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The Earth travels in a random shooting gallery and one never knows.
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"Xenogenesis is one of those rare books that manages to catch even the most jaded of sci-fi readers off-guard. Somewhere between the description of cities in stratified levels of wealth and the injection of nano-machines, we realize we are somewhere between the world we inhabit and the world we only dream about, which makes the entire book something beyond a simple novel of escape. This combination of biotechnology and space travel with a hefty dose of hard-boiled detective fiction in the character of Patrick Dalworthy allows Jacobs to create a work that is both fantastic and close to home, one that tackles the subject of what it truly means to be human in a rapidly advancing world and answer it with aplomb." ~ Jamie A. Hughes
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IN THIS INCREDIBLE, SWEEPING SAGA across thousands of years and hundreds of light years we come face to face with our fears and deep prejudices. It is here, in SEEDS OF MEMORY, that we get an idea of what it means to be "HUMAN" and what "HUMAN" really means. It is here, in SEEDS OF MEMORY, that we are confronted with the need to know colliding head-on with reality. Are we, HOMO SAPIENS SAPIENS, truly the only form that humans can take, and is our history the only history? Might there not be others, or others created out of the very stuff of life who are, after all, our brothers and sisters?kith and kin? In this story we find that the lines that divide have indistinct, fuzzy edges, and that we are the ones who make those divisions. Here we discover humanity at its magnificent best, its seething worst, and everything imaginable between, while we make an uncertain attempt to reunite two peoples separated by time and space...and other things.
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The follow-on to Storm Cloud Rising. Maelstrom and the third book have been included into the first book of the trilogy so that it is now a single novel.
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My short story, CLOUD, appears in this anthology.
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My short story, I NEVER SCREAM, is in this anthology.
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My short story, GOD SHIP, can be found here.
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Mars in repose. Here she is just a puppy of about 3 months.
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