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This come up on Facebook, cannot vouch for it being true or not but nothing surprises me these days....
evidentialist comments on Jun 16, 2018:
This one has been around a couple of times. False. Never happened, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone tried it sometime. It would probably work in the right hands.
I’m a 6 & 7!
evidentialist comments on Jun 16, 2018:
6 and 7 mixed and the proportion is dependent on the situation.
When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
evidentialist comments on Jun 16, 2018:
All sorts of things.
Eudaimonia (also known as Eudaemonism) is a Greek word, which refers to a state of having a good ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Can't think of a single instance where that word would be useful in communication, but it is interesting.
Healing power of air bags
evidentialist comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Healing shrapnel.
So what is the main reason most of you are on here? General conversations or attempting to find like...
evidentialist comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Searching for a bastion of intelligent conversation in a sea of nonsense.
Con·fab·u·late kənˈfabyəˌlāt verb 1. engage in conversation; talk. "she could be heard ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 16, 2018:
I can just imagine the response on the other end when I answer the phone with, "Hello. Confabulate."
I'm going inactive for a while for a much needed break. Normally I don't like making grand exit ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Take care and be well, my friend. Oh, and yes, you would be and will be missed. Cheers.
This is an opinion piece. It is an informed opinion, but it is opinion. Those with differing ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 15, 2018:
I have seen a good deal of fatalism expressed here. The old, "That's the way it is." It doesn't take much thought to realize how faulty that notion is. Skepticism I'll go along with. It just means one is taking a cautious stance on the issue. Pessimism is often mistaken for skepticism, but they are not necessarily the same. A person can be skeptical about something, but remain hopeful, positive, and strive for the ideal. The pessimist takes a negative position with little energy available to put into making something work. They might just as well be in the fatalist camp. I've been on this planet a long time now and one would think I should at least be pessimistic, but I'm not. In spite of humanity's inhumanity and short sighted thinking, I think we are worth preserving as an intelligence in this Universe. I also maintain that we can do things, no matter how impossible they may seem, to make our civilization over into an overall constructive thing. We will always have our problems and our problem people, but we can solve the problems we can manipulate.
This is an opinion piece. It is an informed opinion, but it is opinion. Those with differing ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 15, 2018:
@mattersauce -- I have not ignored the progress we've been making, I just didn't mention it. Perhaps I should have. However, the progress we've been making is just using the same paradigm with twists. Each nation state is still going in with their prime goal being to protect their 'sovereignty' rather than establish a mutual working agreement that takes into account the entire world. As for avoiding world wars, so far, so good. However, in that same period of time you mentioned (1945 going forward), there have been continuous states of war on the local and regional level, but the trend seems to be steadily moving toward a time when there may be extended periods of peace enjoyed in the world, but using the same thinking as before (business as usual), we will not eliminate the strife and tension among rivals. They will continue to be rivals and the potential for armed conflict will remain in place. The point I am trying to make here is that we need to transcend the 'mine/yours' mentality. It is narrow thinking. It is limited thinking. It is self defeating. It is very much like that oft repeated saying, "Using the same thinking that created the problem will not solve the problem." We all live on a ball of dirt hurtling through space at incredible speed with a thin layer of life giving atmosphere that we appear bent on destroying. We have limited resources that we are apparently in a big hurry to use up. We have also established a have and have not system that is certainly not good for the have nots and will eventually be the downfall of the haves. I think it is time we realized that we are essentially the crew of a fragile spaceship traveling in dangerous territory and we should understand that each of us is a fellow human being and that we are no longer competing groups hunting for scarce game on the African savanna anymore. It is easy when standing on the inside of the paradigm to say this is impossible, but one need not step too far outside of it to see that it is indeed possible.
If humans were to attempt to create the ideal "city" as Plato discribed in "Plato's Republic", what ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 15, 2018:
To me, this question is a no-brainer. I have been a proponent of the Venus Project for years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvpTmiVhcxU
Hi everyone, I joined this site today, so yeah, I'm new. The first thing I did (after creating my ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 14, 2018:
Hi. My first job was as a Technical Writer and Illustrator in 1956. In your profile you indicate that you enjoy writing short stories. Tell us about that. Genre, etc.
What is your version of “There’s two types of people in this world…”?
evidentialist comments on Jun 14, 2018:
**There are three types of people in this world.** **Those who understand mathematics and those who don't.**
Did you ever come to the end of a day and hardly remember a thing that happened, even if you weren't...
evidentialist comments on Jun 14, 2018:
Every day. What was the question?
Okay guys, I've got 17 more points to get to level 8 (and a tee-shirt) so I'm going to shamelessly ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 14, 2018:
I'm sure you've gone over the top by now, but just in case, here are a few more points.
Are you gullible?
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
No, I'm not.
Anybody ever wonder why the calendars in the US all begin with Sunday? It's not that way any where ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Maybe so that the regular week would be bracketed by Sunday and Saturday? Does it in some way matter?
Imagine you were s two dimensional creature in a two dimensional plane. Width and length only, no ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
It would be a source for curiosity wondering about where that bit of territory went. Because there is no up or down it wouldn't be a hole, just a circular piece of the plane I occupied would no longer be there. I suppose it would take on considerably more importance if that hole were punched where I happened to be. By the way, what have you been smoking?
Hurray fellow skeptics! North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat now that KJU has signed a piece ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Yep. This Trumpenfuehrer is a constant source of delight for the entire world.
Who, besides your parents, had the biggest impact on your life?
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Aside from my own curious and probing mind developing standards that have done well for me over the years, there have been four people in my life who have provided me with direction and discipline. Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan, James Chapman who opened the world of mathematics to me, and a chemistry professor named Robert Wells who demonstrated to me in the early years that chemistry was definitely not a road I wanted to travel. Three others whom I never met, but were strong influences for me were Bertrand Russell, Buckminster Fuller, and Freeman Dyson. I've been impressed by a lot of people and there is a broad fan of folks who have influenced me in many ways, but those folks were the ones who actually had great impact on the direction I traveled.
5 Jewish Synagogues in the U.S. Will Go Vegan for a Year
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
First, there are no christian or muslim synagogues. When you use the word 'synagogue', jewish is implied. Second, jews eat a lot of rich and unhealthy foods. I know this because I've been there and done that. However, going vegan isn't necessary. All they would need to do is reduce the amount of meat they eat by 50% or a bit more and get away from the kosher nonsense that relies on lots of salt. Third, there aren't enough jews in the world (less that 0.2% of the world population) so as to make even a slight difference overall. Fourth, this article was generated by a vegan advocacy group and I suggest that there might be just a little bias there. I do not argue against the statement that the jewish diet is over the top in bad stuff, but I do argue that 1) it isn't necessary that the world go vegan and 2) a strict vegan diet is not the ideal for our species, though it is certainly better than a steady diet of MacMonsters with secret sauce and MacNacho Cheese Fries.
We all, including Christians, smile and shake our heads when hearing that primitive peoples ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
I think the answer might be found in quantity. The Big Dude's kid was a one shot does it all deal. Sacrificing virgins was an ongoing thing demanding a reasonably steady supply. That might be where we began to place some sort of value of virginity, come to think of it. I suspect that the other element that figures into it is the deity angle. Convince everyone that the kid was really just an extension of the Big Dude, then it follows that the sacrifice wasn't a sacrifice after all. It makes it so that it was just a show for the sheeple. Of course this only works for the followers of the kid. The idea that dropping maidens in the mouth of volcanoes or burning them at the stake was frowned on by the early Hebrews too. Maybe they got it from the gag Big Dude played on Abram and his kid. Maybe they thought that they shouldn't be doing it because of that stab your son stunt.
Humility [hyoo-mil-i-tee or, often, yoo-] noun the quality or condition of being humble; modest ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
There is no 'humble' opinion for it takes ego to hold one. Yes, that is my opinion.
Hi folks; Not been on the site long and still feeling my way around. Have written stuff for years ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
@StJohn -- I've been writing and editing since 1956. One of the first things I learned as a writer is that no turn of phrase or choice of word is sacrosanct --- unless it is. The trick is to know when that is the case.
How many of you remember the Height of the cold war - the period when Russia had superior rocket ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
I remember the incident well, yes. Those were tense times.
I'm a writer who is good at ignoring the urge to write. That changes now. I'm over my own excuses.
evidentialist comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Now that you've been assailed by all the cliched gobbledygook, welcome aboard, Kayt. So, if you will, please provide us with some information about what you're not writing and what has brought you to the momentous decision about no longer not writing it, we will be better able to make meaningful, or at least semi-intelligent comments.
If religious texts or some forms of literature are deemed harmful, should they be locked away, ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 11, 2018:
What? Edit the ineffable, inerrant, unchanging word? Perish the thought. Unacceptable. Not a thing to be tolerated by any even partially breathing follower of the word. Never. Not on your tintype, baby. Listen, they edit facts as they are presented to preserve the word and you expect to go in with a red pencil and mutimulate one single, tiny jot or tittle? You walk into a roomful of armed woo mongers with a notion like that and you'll find yourself shot, skewered, and skinned before you finish saying, "Hi. I'm an editor and I'm here to...." Let's not give them the slightest reason to dig in. They're suffering substantial attrition now. Let it continue unabated.
Should I Worry?
evidentialist comments on Jun 11, 2018:
Calm and honest without accusation and condemnation. You can explain your position or concern without attacking his quite natural tendencies for a young male going through puberty with a boy's curiosity. I am a little curious about your statement that you "...didn't raise him that way." What exactly is 'that way'?
When did you last sing to yourself ?
evidentialist comments on Jun 11, 2018:
A couple of minutes ago.
"Not only is there no God but try finding a plumber on Sunday"
evidentialist comments on Jun 11, 2018:
May I suggest that you pray about it if you are in need of a plumber on Sunday. You'll be amazed at the results.
There are scientists doing research on religion (anthropologists, cognitive and social ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 11, 2018:
Please cite sources rather than using generalities unless you are merely stating your opinion. If you are stating opinion, it is good to say that is what you are doing.
Hello fellow writers. I've just commenced a journey into writing for a living, Looking at various ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 11, 2018:
Before giving advice of any kind, one should know more about the one seeking it. In the meantime, fair winds and following seas.
Some of you know that I was Wiccan for many years. An old friend asked me to make something for ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 11, 2018:
More superstitious woo, but a nice piece of work nonetheless.
Who agrees?
evidentialist comments on Jun 11, 2018:
Well, I....
T-1000 pts and counting to L8 rapture. That is all. :D
evidentialist comments on Jun 10, 2018:
Not all it's cracked up to be. Just a rotten T-shirt and an all expenses paid one-way trip to an unnamed place. The ticket just says "TBD".
What was your favorite place to go when you were a kid? Mine was a street we called suicide hill ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 10, 2018:
There were two, but the best was on Sunday morning when I would get on my bicycle and ride up to Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. It was an all day trip up and back. I liked hiking the trail behind South Falls. The trail went in behind the falls and it was a great place to just sit and think and dream. I was 7 and 8 years old then and no one thought twice about letting me go up to the park on my own in those days.
Haver (hayver) Irish word - to talk nonsense
evidentialist comments on Jun 10, 2018:
Havering? Is that something like speaking in tongues?
Why Are Haphazardly Built Things Called "Jury Rigged"? [youtube.com]
evidentialist comments on Jun 9, 2018:
Being a long time sailor, naval architect, and general naval historian, I already knew this. However, here is a bit of additional information just to muddle things a bit more. During WW I, German soldiers were given the nickname Jerry. The name didn't really catch on until the early days of WW II. The name Jerry probably came from the odd appearance of the stahlhelm (the German helmet) they began using in 1916. Brits thought it looked like a chamber pot which they called a Jeroboam. At any rate, it had nothing at all to do with something jerry built, in spite of the fact that people think it does. The jerry can (a can for carrying fuel) did come from that nickname. Photos: Stahlhelm : Chamber Pot : Jerry Cans
The Fetters of Mankind. Come! Shun the all pervasive myths of old. Cast off these chafing ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 9, 2018:
Well done, mate.
The Atheist movement has changed since the days of Christopher Hitchens (hallowed be his name). This...
evidentialist comments on Jun 9, 2018:
Voted live and let live, but I need to provide a qualifier here. It is apparent that religion is doing a fine job of killing itself off without our help, hence the let live element. However, let live does not include acquiescing when they (the religions) attempt to gain political power, or control of any kind over social endeavor. In this regard they are to be actively resisted at every turn. **Additional note: ** *We should seek legislation barring religions from running indoctrination programs for children. That is to say, nothing in the form of religion run elementary and secondary schools. Advanced college level education is fine. What the children learn from their parents and whatever services/rites they attend is fine, but it should not extend beyond that. Further, all religious institutions should be subject to the same tax burdens as any business except for activities demonstrably used for the assistance of the poor, the ill, and refugees. Such outreaches should also not be allowed to push their religious agendas on the people they aid. They've used this avenue for the purpose of recruitment far too long.*
Anthony Bourdain Has Died At 61, CNN Says : NPR
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
He was a gem.
Should schools have a Mandatory Life Skills Class?
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Yes.
When was the last time you changed your mind?
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Just now. I was not going to respond to this post, then did.
Parlous: full of uncertainty or danger; precarious. Slightly archaic, sometimes used in humorous ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
She entered the parlous parlor aware of the peril.
I seem to run into a number of atheists who believe that while theism is an irrational belief in the...
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Ethics and morals are ethics and morals. If the ideas result in positive outcomes, it doesn't matter where they come from. Most fail to understand that those teachings as presented in the bible came down a long evolutionary path. They were part of the package of humanity. No religion invented them. As an example, the Golden Rule was around long before any organized/codified religion arrived on the scene. The element to be avoided in relation to these notions is absolutism.
I got my agnostic.com shirt in the mail today!!! Whoohoo!
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Your picture is reversed, or I have suffered a sudden vision problem. How long did it take?
What's the worst epidemic of our time?
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Willful ignorance followed closely by cell phones.
New Blah Blah Blog post "Home" by J. L. Young veiledstars.weebly.com
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Something wrong with the URL. I find it better to separate the URL to a line of its own.
I came across this today. A good thought. “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Because we are all ignorant, including Harlan Ellison, his statement is a blatant example of ignorance. We are not only entitled to be ignorant, we are doomed to be ignorant. Therefor, holding an opinion is the equal right of all, it's just that most of those opinions are wrong, misinformed, misdirected, or correct only to the extent of a persons actual knowledge (it is fair to say that no one knows everything in all its minutiae). Sounded good, Harlan, just not adequately informed. That, of course, is merely my opinion. :)
Solving the Pronoun Problem "I propose that simple solution, a small change in language that ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Why?
I am not qualified to join the 2% or higher club but I could use some genius help before I get ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Is it hydraulic?
What does anyone hope to gain by joining MENSA?
evidentialist comments on Jun 8, 2018:
@mudhen -- What one gains by joining Mensa or any other group will depend on the expectations of the one doing the joining. I was a member for a couple of years and enjoyed the various SIGs that were aligned with my interests. I dropped it because my work kept me from participating enough to justify the dues, but I have no complaints. Later, I contemplated the Triple 9, but never acted on it. So, if you're thinking of joining, there is only one way to answer your question. Join. Then decide your next move.
The intelligent posts and conversations I've seen on this site make me wonder if agnostics and ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 7, 2018:
You are, I think, being overly kind. It is possible that there may be a leaning in that direction, but it is probably more likely that we are representative of society as a whole who merely do not accept deities and other woo, but the bell curve looks the same.
Am I the only person who's discouraged by the fact that there are only 60 members of this group ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 7, 2018:
The trick, @JimG is to learn to identify authentic woo from fake woo. Once you have done that, you will find it easier to navigate through the main site without being subjected to too much fake woo. I agree with you. No one likes fake woo. Give me genuine woo.
There will eventually be 25 hours in a day, thanks to the moon
evidentialist comments on Jun 7, 2018:
There will also be no total solar eclipses. Damn.
99% of school shootings were done by males . How do we get them to stop ?
evidentialist comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Give them blow up dolls?
Could you stay isolated for five days in total isolation as an asocial experiment?
evidentialist comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Nothing to it. What's the pay?
Musty smelling books. Any advice? Sorry for a technical question in forum for creative ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 6, 2018:
One of the cleanest, simplest, least costly, and safest methods I've used works reasonably well if the situation isn't severe, and the number of books is not too large. Get clean, new newsprint paper (do not use newspapers because of the inks and other chemicals in them from printing). One such supplier is Aviditi. The product is NP203025 100 Percent Recycled Paper Newsprint Sheet, 30" Length x 20" Width, White. A case contains 600 sheets. This stuff is acid and other chemicals free. Cut several sheets to a size approximately 1/4" larger than the pages of the books to be treated. Slip a sheet between every 10 to 15 pages of the book. Make sure to get a sheet in the inside covers, too. You can do a few books at a time. Get a clean cardboard box (be sure it is dry) that is a few inches wider and longer than the largest book being treated. Tape the bottom seams. Pour a goodly amount of baking soda in the bottom of the box and spread it around evenly. Place wadded up sheets of paper in the bottom so that the books will not come into direct contact with the baking soda. Carefully center the books in the box and stack them until there is a clear space of an inch or so when the top is closed. Wad up more sheets and place them around the spaces at the edges of the books. Close the top of the box and keep it stored in a dry place for about a week. When the books are removed from the box, they should be odor free. They get that musty smell from being stored in moist environments. In the future, to avoid the problem, keep your books in a room with a dehumidifier. Not too many folks want to go through all that trouble, but some of us treasure our books -- perhaps a bit too much.
Get going. Move forward. Aim . Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 6, 2018:
What? She doesn't love me? I haven't seen it and now ... now I feel rejected, unwanted.
As a food scientist here is a good word: Thixotropic, a property of a substance that when left to ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 5, 2018:
The word 'thixotropic' gave me an opportunity to post my ***Tribute to Lippi*** The majority of Anchorage, Alaska is built on thixotropic soil. It was an incredible quake, 9.2, and damage was inevitable, but the greatest amount of damage was from liquefaction when all that earth under the city became a fluid. Lidia *Lippi* Selkregg, state geologist and my one time boss, had suggested the construction of a buttress (retaining wall) for Anchorage prior to 1964, but the idea was shelved because of the cost involved. The cost of rebuilding the city after the quake plus the construction (finally) of Lidia's buttress greatly exceeded the original estimates for a retaining wall. Lessons learned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE2j10xyOgI
Welcome to kindling @JimG!
evidentialist comments on Jun 5, 2018:
There go the property values. Crap. LOL -- Hi there, @JimG
So it's ok now for me to refuse to make a Christian wedding cake because it's against my strong ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 4, 2018:
I have a major problem with this whole affair. Consider these: No bathing suits No shirt, no shoes, no service We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone No smoking permitted in this building Smoking not permitted within 20 feet of entrance No food or beverages allowed in theater Whites only One is for health reasons. One is because a certain smell might offend some people. One is based in money/greed. Two are forcing a dress code of sorts. One is based on general principles. One is clearly based in prejudice. No wedding cakes for gay couples What is the basis for that? How many of these sound even slightly reasonable? One definitely and one is stretching, but is at least reasonable. Okay. Maybe four of them fit into the reasonable slot. So, I see a case for business owners saying it is their right to determine who they will and who they will not serve, but if that is allowed there is no telling where it would lead. Knowing people, it wouldn't be good. Suppose I opened an atheist cafe and put up the following sign: **NO** Christians, Muslims, Catholics, Mormons, Jainists, Hindus, Etc. What would happen? Some might not be bothered by it at all. Others? I dunno.
Smells Ring Bells What are some smells that will trigger a strong memory for you and what is the ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 4, 2018:
The smell of bacon in the morning triggers the memory that it's time to get up and go eat that bacon.
Can anyone tell me what a private investigator charge for a background check?
evidentialist comments on Jun 4, 2018:
That would depend on how deep the search. General background is a piece of cake. An in depth one such as the FBI conducts for Top Secret security clearances is another animal altogether.
On skepticism. Do you think it harder to be skeptical in the information age? I am quite ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 4, 2018:
No. I find it all the more important to be skeptical and discerning with the information I encounter.
Question everything and everyone! Demand proof! ?
evidentialist comments on Jun 4, 2018:
'Proof' is not a word used in science or logical debate without specific qualifications regarding what is considered 'proof'. Avoid that word. Better to say: "Question everything and everyone. Demand supportable evidence, cited sources, and corroborating experimental results from third parties if available and/or applicable."
What’s are some of your Pavlovian responses?
evidentialist comments on Jun 4, 2018:
Wow, this is the first time someone has left an opening for one of my experiences. You know, so as I didn't have to force it on them. Way back when, we had a family friend by the name of Lou Ellenhorn. He had come to Hollywood with the unholy trio -- my dad, Hal Silene, and Lou -- to make their fortunes in the music business. Where the three of them were indeed successful enough to make quite good livings from the biz, only one, my dad, stayed in it. Hal became an artist and shaker in the advertising end of things and Lou, well, he felt a different calling. Rather than playing jazz in clubs, he thought he would be a jazzy clinical psychologist. I was 'elected' to join a 200 person guinea pig group for his doctoral study. The study was indeed Pavlovian. He had determined that involuntary responses could be subtle and brought on by an entire range of stimuli with specific results easily demonstrated. I was fortunate in that I only had to be in the group for tonal analysis. The part in which I participated was his notion that specific tones could be discerned by the mind and used to trigger responses. For this experiment he had designed a device that would send a puff of air into one eye or the other when certain tones were heard. The puff would cause one to blink. The test began at a slow pace and at each session the pace was advanced until at the end the range of tones were almost a continuous noise. Sadly, he was right about his hypothesis. Well, he was delighted, but we were considering all manner of possible death scenarios for the now wicked doctor. For a full six months after the experiment ended, I couldn't listen to music without my eyes winking out some unfathomable code. I was approached a few times by concerned types who knew this or that opthamologist who they said might be able to help with my 'problem'. So, if in your wanderings you come across anyone who has an odd two-eyed independent but rhythmic tic, ask them if they know a fellow named Ellenhorn. My other Pavlovian response occurs on my detecting the odor of bacon cooking.
The US Supreme Court has sided with the baker who refused, on religious grounds, to make a wedding ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 4, 2018:
The verdict may be considered positive when one considers that the justices in their arguments left it wide open for interpretation by the Supreme Court, and some of their comments are based solely on the notion that the original decision was handed down by a biased commission. If it goes all the way to the Supreme Court, and I think it will, it is still possible that they will find in favor of the couple and remain consistent with previous decisions and Roe vs Wade will not be affected. We can but hope.
Does anyone think if we get serious that we will be able to save the earth from overheating?
evidentialist comments on Jun 4, 2018:
Yes, but it is close to that point of no return so getting serious had better happen soon. Now the qualifier: Only the United States is missing from the mix. As far as I can tell, everyone else is at least reasonably serious and some of the bigger players are keenly interested in changing things for the better. We have in place an administration that will see us bake, starve, and die of thirst before it will give up on profits and concentrate on getting anything productive done. We shall see, but things are not looking good.
Any thoughts or experiences regarding CBD oil?
evidentialist comments on Jun 4, 2018:
At what viscosity?
Aspergillum NOUN An implement for sprinkling holy water. Example sentences Origin Mid 17th ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 4, 2018:
'Proof' is not a word used in science or logical debate without specific qualifications regarding what is considered 'proof'. Avoid that word. Better to say: "Question everything and everyone. Demand supportable evidence, cited sources, and corroborating experimental results from third parties if available and/or applicable."
Do you think the recent controversy about the racist comments made on Twitter by Roseanne Barr are ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Just thought I'd add this as I breezed on through. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66dTtqLFDtE
Have any of you tried tinder?
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
I never go camping without taking along some tinder. One never knows what might be available. I suggest carrying along a good sized piece of flint as well. ;)
Why don't atheists like showing respect and kindness toward God believers? Why don't God Believers ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
I suspect that many have the feeling that if they do show respect beyond the casual nod that it may indicate some tacit acceptance of the other's ideas.
Shet (intransitive) US dialect to be free of something
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
I've been feeling incredibly shet since the shit in the shed was schlepped and the door was shut.
Just got home from marching in the PRIDE parade in Cleveland and was only accosted twice by a ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Obviously a shortage of bigots in Cleveland has lead to overworking the available force to be sure the joy gets spread evenly.
Are Intelligent People More Lonely?
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
I'm not, but then I'm dumb as a stream bottom rock.
How many people eat organic?
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
I voted 'organic', but don't let that mislead. The great majority of what we eat is organic. Only the minerals are not. This nonsense of referring to foods grown a certain way as organic means nothing. Growing some plants without using insecticides on them or employing chemical fertilizers to them does not make them organic. They are organic because of what they are --- organic. Now that the rant has ended, it really doesn't matter to me. I eat almost anything and I don't look at the labels to guide me in any way. I'm now pushing 78 years of age, have lived through all sorts of food fads, and have never suffered any food related illness. That includes living on a farm through the 1940s without refrigeration, using DDT on our crops and eating those crops. Lard was ingested with almost everything cooked at the old homestead. So, here's my takeaway: I have suffered no detrimental effects with my carefree diet in all my years. I have been consuming GMOs since they began doing it. I eat all manner of what are known as 'nasty' foods, like hot dogs,
Honestly. I wonder, about how truthful and reflective your social media image is to the real ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
What you see is what you get, kiddo.
Do you live to work or work to live?
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Both. And that is as it should be. One or the other on their own leaves nothing.
I'm not an atheist, and here's why. I think I'm god. I don't think that's blasphemous. Speaking as ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Hello. I am offended that Simon Amstell would even entertain the notion of taking my place. Where can a god get a little respect these days?
I am so tired, sore and fatigued and its the weekend. I have no energy to do anything fun. I am so ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
If I were feeling the way you indicate you are, I would think the absolute pinnacle of fun would be an uninterrupted 12 hours of sleep.
How would you handle a situation if you just met someone socially and they said something you found ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
What is rude or offensive varies with the recipient. What you might find offensive could well bring raucous laughter from someone else. This is a question that is so subjective that no single answer would suffice.
Do you think the recent controversy about the racist comments made on Twitter by Roseanne Barr are ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Another question along similar lines was asked. The question was: Is it the comedian's job to be vulgar sometimes? I will begin my answer with the answer given to that other question. The comedian's job is to stretch the envelope of social intercourse, to test the waters of the forbidden, and to light fires under the seats of power. To poke fun at me and you. To poke fun at themselves. To scratch the underbelly of society. That they can do this while applying humor to the awkward is one of the crowning achievements of the human endeavor. They walk a narrow ridge line with sheer cliffs on either side, because society is made up of all sorts who take umbrage at the oddest things. Prudes. Religious nuts. Political wingdings. An array of hot buttons that makes the nuclear arsenal look like wet fireworks. Are there lines that should not be crossed? Sure, but I suspect that the lines are probably damned hard to see sometimes. In the case of Roseanne, her comments were against an entire class of people, a religion, and unmistakably racist in nature. Racism and bigoted intolerance is something that is not acceptable under any circumstances. She said it; she needs to own it. In the case of Samantha, she was doing her job. Yes, it was vulgar, but it was not racist. It did not apply a film over an entire group. Remember, stretch the envelope of social intercourse can also be applied to any other kind of intercourse. One of the reasons comedians don't like working venues where PC reigns supreme is because the envelope is sealed before they go on stage. They put the screws to politicians. And why not? I see it as a tit for tat because the politicians are always screwing us. It's called governmental intercourse. Besides, Roseanne has always been a bigoted bitch with her politics in her crotch, while Samantha is generally a sweetheart wielding a wicked scalpel. Comedians doing their job: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9DkK06zZ_o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLuZjpxmsZQ
Petrichor: Petrichor is the distinct scent of rain in the air. Or, to be more precise, it’s the...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Sillage is definitely not silage, another distinct odor with its own sillage.
A true liberal
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Well, let's see, does the idea that he had apparently nothing against slavery have any importance? The character as presented in the bible never once explicitly renounced any of the Hebrew scriptures -- "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, not one jot nor one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. ~Matthew 5:18 I've heard all the interpretations attempting to do away with this, but they don't wash. Sorry, folks, but the dead Jew on the stick was in no way the fulfillment of all. His anger with the money changers was not because he was against taxes or money changers, but because they were not acting in accordance with the ancient Hebrew law regarding money lenders and they were operating inside the temple. No, I'm afraid the Jesus character was a confusing mix of the two ideas. Strong elements of liberal mixed in with an overwhelming amount of conservative, barbaric early law. Too confusing for me.
Is there, I wonder, any significance to the fact that most members here seem to follow more members ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Probably not.
Trump and devos support using public funds to support church schools and other private schools plus ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Talk about a hard row to hoe. These crapheads are intent on destroying every bit of progress we've made over the past century.
Do you look in the paper to see if anyone you knew had died
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Nope.
Why is science willing to update models, theories, and books, while the bible and religions still ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
The answer to this question is simple. The key lies in the word inerrant. What's-his-Name who resides in the clouds is unchanging, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and most importantly inerrant. The Dude makes no mistakes. The result of all this is that there is no need for anything other than Version 1.0. Oh, you can interpret it however you want, but there is no need for anything further; no new and improved version.
Should anyone suggest that the US is a Christian nation: 'Philip Alston, the UN special ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 2, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSPDUBJUnyU
Is it a comedians job to be vulgar sometimes?
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
The comedian's job is to stretch the envelope of social intercourse, to test the waters of the forbidden, and to light fires under the seats of power. To poke fun at me and you. To poke fun at themselves. To scratch the underbelly of society. That they can do this while applying humor to the awkward is one of the crowning achievements of the human endeavor. They walk a narrow ridge line with sheer cliffs on either side, because society is made up of all sorts who take umbrage at the oddest things. Prudes. Religious nuts. Political wingdings. An array of hot buttons that makes the nuclear arsenal look like wet fireworks. Are there lines that should not be crossed? Sure, but I suspect that the lines are probably damned hard to see sometimes.
DEBUNK? Did some quick searching but couldn't find anything on Snopes regarding this. Anyone fact ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Read this from Snopes. It covers the whole range of conspiracy theory tropes, including the plot to take our guns. The level of stupidity running loose in the world is truly disturbing. https://www.snopes.com/news/2018/02/21/conspiracy-theories-mass-school-shootings-explained/ Behold a Pale Horse - Chapter 12 "The Secret Government" Page 225.... Chapter twelve develops the central theories of Cooper's text and attempts, fairly unsuccessfully, to synthesize the topics of the preceding chapters. The chapter contains an assortment of materials including previously published papers and delivered speeches; these are interspersed with later authorial and editorial comments. Various typefaces are used as well as extensive capitalization, which is apparently intended to convey significant meaning. Overall, the chapter is confused and poorly structured; in these aspects, at least, it is consistent with the remainder of the text. Finally, Chapter twelve introduces Cooper's alien and UFO-based theories into the narrative structure. "Between 1947 and 1952, sixteen alien spaceships, sixty-five alien bodies, and one live alien were recovered by the Federal government. This unprecedented series of events caused the United States Federal government to engage in the wholesale deception of the..."
For much of my life, I've developed technology and instruments for NASA science missions. These ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Excellent article.
Does anyone else listen to "A Way With Words" or "The Allusionist"? I listen to them in podcast ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
No, I haven't heard either one.
My first day here - open hearts & open minds welcome.
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Horse lover here.
Do you always wear deodorant or only when going out in public? This question came up at the gym ...
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
***NEVER*** It's okay, I'm not here for dating so unwrinkle those noses.
Hey out of curiosity to you level 7 types...what are the perks for that level? A cool decoder ring?...
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
I was just advised that I have made the coveted level 8 and have just 149,974 points to go before I reach level 9. I doubt I'll live that long. Waiting now to hear about my #MAGA T-shirt.
Hey out of curiosity to you level 7 types...what are the perks for that level? A cool decoder ring?...
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
I hear they're considering giving me a ***too weak*** vacation in Cancun. Other than that, just a rotten T-shirt with #MAGA emblazoned on the chest.
What are those little things you do in a relationship?
evidentialist comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Listening and keeping my mouth appropriately shut at the right time.

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Conference: Fact vs Fiction -- 2001
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My wife: Julieta
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Granddaughter: Ayrie Pauline Chaboya
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My youngest daughter: Alexandra Rachel Jacobs-Chaboya
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My eldest daughter: Leah Kelly when she was 3 years old in our stilt house at the west end of Galveston Island, TX in 1969
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My eldest daughter, Leah Kelly with me at the studio in 1968. Yes, she actually knew a few chords when she was a little over 2 years old.
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My son, Oscar, when he was playing police officer in 2002. Datsa my boy.
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My grandson, Logan Jay Chaboya and Gramps performing an experiment. We luvs science.
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Me in front of 'the wall' in 2004
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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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