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I'm a retired software engineer, divorced for 10 years or so, with one grown daughter who lives back in NY. I was raised Jewish, rejected that (the religion not the culture), and lived most of my life as an atheist. I’ve developed a serious Buddhist practice over the last few years and spend a fair amount of time on meditation and Buddhist studies.

I’m pretty liberal and would avoid getting involved with anyone who is into conservative religion or politics. Being a Trump supporter is an absolute deal-breaker for me.

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HE'S FUCKED! About fucking time. Trump first learned that Deputy Attorney General Rod ...
jerry99 comments on Apr 18, 2019:
Dan Rather What we knew... was damning. What we're learning... is damning. What may may learn in the future... could be more damning still.
Map of countries officially not using the metric system
jerry99 comments on Apr 21, 2019:
Interesting "Why Doesn't the United States Use the Metric System?" https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/06/whos-afraid-of-the-metric-system/395057/ Appelbaum: Much of the world started moving to the metric system in the late nineteenth century. You've written that the United States didn't follow, because of “the humble screw thread.” For want of a screw, the metric system was lost? Mihm: Many factors played a role in frustrating the adoption of the metric system in the United States. But much of the opposition from the 1870s onward came from the manufacturers of high-end machine tools. They had based their entire system—which encompassed everything from lathe machines to devices for cutting screw threads—on the inch. Retooling, they argued, was prohibitively expensive. They successfully blocked the adoption of the metric system in Congress on a number of occasions in the late 19th and 20th century. Appelbaum: So the people blocking adoption of the metric system weren't backward-looking traditionalists, but cutting-edge industrialists? Mihm: That's correct. While the anti-metric forces included outright cranks, including people who believed that the inch was a God-given unit of measurement, the most sophisticated and powerful opponents of the metric system were anything but cranks. They were engineers who built the industrial infrastructure of the United States. And their concerns, while self-interested, were not entirely off base. Whatever the drawbacks of the English units, the inch was divided in ways that made sense to the mechanics and machinists of the era: it was built around "2s" rather than "10s," with each inch subdivided in half and in half again—and so forth. This permitted various sizes of screw thread to have some logical correspondence to all the other increments. The same was true of the sizes of other small parts that were essential modern machinery.
My latest political cartoon... .
jerry99 comments on Jul 1, 2018:
What does it say on the crown?
This announcement may bring delight or dismay....depending on your perspective...or perhaps to most ...
jerry99 comments on Jul 28, 2019:
I recognize the name but he was neither sufficiently offensive nor sufficiently interesting for me to remember any specifics. But do check with me if you’d like a list of people whose comments I think are wasteful and hateful.
Greg Sarafan, ˧q on Twitter: "This is the Secretary of State of the United States of America Mike...
jerry99 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
This is why they don't care about health care, peace, or the environment. Jesus gonna come and take them all up to heaven!
Where was it?????
jerry99 comments on Apr 4, 2019:
Fred Trump was born in the Bronx in 1905.
[alternet.org] Former federal prosecutor-Corey Lewandowski may have perjured himself during House...
jerry99 comments on Sep 18, 2019:
Oh please, oh please!
Tariffs are just one more part of his plan destroy our economy Donald J. Trump: Such an easy ...
jerry99 comments on May 11, 2019:
George Conway: precisely the sort of economic wisdom you’d expect from a man who sent a generation of bankruptcy lawyers’ kids to college
The Expanse?
jerry99 comments on May 26, 2018:
I don't watch a lot of TV so I was really upset that my two favorite shows were cancelled: Lucifer and The Expanse. What a relief to get The Expanse back! Last week's episode was excellent. I've read all the books and really enjoy the way it's been made into a TV show. All the actors are excellent, but Shohreh Aghdashloo is perfect as Chrisjen Avasarala. Something about a grandmotherly type swearing!
Anyone read TheThree Body Problem series? I enjoyed the books, particularly The Dark Forest and...
jerry99 comments on Aug 23, 2019:
It looked pretty good. I have it on hold from the library.
For those who get their snow on!!!
jerry99 comments on Nov 5, 2018:
I love it as long as I don't have to drive anywhere!
[nbcnews.com] White House whistleblower, Kristen Newbold, says Trump Aministration overturned 25 ...
jerry99 comments on Apr 1, 2019:
What an incredible abuse of power! In other words, it's Monday.
Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections [apnews.com] Russia's got company!
jerry99 comments on May 16, 2019:
** Hey, just what is reality anyway? ** "Although Facebook said the individuals behind the network attempted to conceal their identities, it discovered that many were linked to the Archimedes Group, a Tel Aviv-based political consulting and lobbying firm that publicly boasts of its social media skills and ability to “change reality.” “It’s a real communications firm making money through the dissemination of fake news,” said Graham Brookie, director of the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council, a think tank collaborating with Facebook to expose and explain disinformation campaigns. He called Archimedes’ commercialization of tactics more commonly tied to governments, like Russia, an emerging--and worrying--trend in the global spread of social media disinformation. “These efforts go well beyond what is acceptable in free and democratic societies,” Brookie said. Gleicher described the pages as conducting “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” with accounts posting on behalf of certain political candidates, smearing their opponents and presenting as legitimate local news organizations peddling supposedly leaked information. “Our team assessed that because this group is primarily organized to conduct deceptive behavior, we are removing them from the platform and blocking them from coming back,” he added. The activity appeared focused on Sub-Saharan African countries but was also scattered in parts of Southeast Asia and Latin America, what Brookie called a “staggering diversity of regions” that pointed to the group’s sophistication. The fake pages, pushing a steady stream of political news, racked up 2.8 million followers. Thousands of people expressed interest in attending at least one of the nine events organized by those behind the pages. Facebook could not confirm whether any of the events actually occurred. Some 5,000 accounts joined one or more of the fake groups. Gleicher said the misleading accounts primarily aimed to influence people in Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia."
Innocence I will never again believe in fairytales For I have seen the world as it truly is ...
jerry99 comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Haunting. How very sad.
NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Slapped With Subpoena in New York ‘Murder Insurance’ Probe | ...
jerry99 comments on Aug 25, 2019:
“unauthorized political activity" -- is there any doubt that they spend a huge amount on political lobbying?
Evolution deniers are the worst
jerry99 comments on May 18, 2019:
Yeah, well how to you explain Republicans?
What is the greatest challenge that civilization faces?
jerry99 comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Problem is with short-term thinking. Getting a tax break at the expense of clean air and water for our children and grandchildren is a pretty bad investment. Makes sense if you only care about yourself, i.e. you’re a Republican.
The Wheel of Time TV Series Ordered by Amazon Studios [deadline.com] The Wheel of Time, which ...
jerry99 comments on Oct 3, 2018:
I never read these because they seemed like too big a project for the limited time I had available for reading, but I'm interested to see what they can do with a TV series.
Bastard...
jerry99 comments on May 19, 2019:
I'm always skeptical of the more outrageous claims even if they're connected to Trump. People should include links so we can look up the facts. In this case, it appears that the claims are likely to be true and that there is even additional outrage to be had, according to Snopes: https://www.snopes.com/news/2018/09/26/former-trump-staffer-jason-miller-accused-slipping-mistress-abortion-pill/ Jason Miller, who served as a campaign surrogate for President Donald Trump and political analyst on CNN, has been accused of slipping a woman a pill that induced an abortion, according to a 14 September 2018 court filing in a custody case. ... The court filing, which can be viewed as embedded in a 21 September 2018 story published by Splinter News, was signed by Miller’s ex-girlfriend and fellow Trump campaign staffer A.J. Delgado, who in July 2017 gave birth to a son fathered by Miller. (Delgado had an affair with the married Miller during the 2016 election.) In the filing, Delgado seeks a psychological evaluation of Miller and expresses concern for their son’s safety because Miller has unsupervised visits with the child. According to the document, Miller began an affair with a Florida stripper in 2012, whom he impregnated. Miller is accused of giving the pregnant woman smoothie drink containing an abortion-inducing drug without her knowledge. As a result the woman, identified only as “Jane Doe” in the filing, reportedly became violently ill to the point of requiring hospitalization and lost the baby.
Trump on abortion: After birth, baby is “wrapped in a blanket” and mother, doctor “decide ...
jerry99 comments on Apr 29, 2019:
I suspect that a fair number of his supporters mainly show up to see what sort of crazy shit he's going to say next. Of course, they're also happy to believe the nonsense if it supports what they already believe.
So he didn't realize that people would die if he attacked 3 sites (not sights!) until 10 minutes ...
jerry99 comments on Jun 21, 2019:
Twitter comments: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1142055375186907136 You called it off because Putin, your boss, demanded it. You don’t give a shit about human life and we know you didn’t think about the people that might die. You’re literally murdering children at the border right now! None of this is true. Not one fucking bit. No General would say “150 will die sir.” Putin said don’t attack. You got scared and backed off. Impeach the motherfucker. Ill go one step further. If you truly believe this, no matter what side you are on politically, you are truly a moron. Hate me all you want and make soy comments or whatever. But if you truly believe this, you are a dummy. Don’t forget that. This is a man that cannot close an umbrella and now he is the Bill Pullman from Independence Day? Get...the...fuck...outta...here. Many many people are saying that closing an Umbrella is the hardest thing anyone's ever done, believe me! You’ll never be 1% of the man Obama was. Imagine if Obama ordered an air strike and then cancelled 10 minutes before like Trump did? The GOP would be calling Obama a coward and calling for him to be impeached! Trump ended the Iran deal simply because the black President Trump hated had made the deal that was working. Iran was NOT in violation of the deal when Trump ended it 2018. This is all because of Trump's obsession with erasing Obama's legacy! Yes, let's put the lives of military personnel on the line to protect our egos. This isn't 5th grade recess. You're a weak, unstable, dangerous man who isn't mentally or intellectually fit to make decisions involving life and death of people you couldn't care less about. You've weakened& ridiculed us on the world stage and your hatred and crimes against humanity are breeding terrorists This should be hilarious, instead it's terrifying. My 11 year old can write better, more convincing stories than this. He also knows how to spell "sites".
Went tonight to support a female roller derby player friend & the team. Decided to support by taking...
jerry99 comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Nice tutu!
sniff, sniff... smells like bullshit: The White House Dozens of rank-and-file Democrats have ...
jerry99 comments on Jan 25, 2019:
I hear one of the drug cartels ordered a boring machine from Elon Musk.
If you’re from a Jewish background, tell how you Bat/Bar Mitzvah was. Mine was a good experience. ...
jerry99 comments on Apr 20, 2018:
At 13, I knew religion was a bunch of crap but was coerced into going through the motions. That was the last time I attended synagogue. Why yes, I probably was a difficult kid!
Is this ok? Woman Posts Her Doctor’s Pic Without His Consent To Sexualize Him
jerry99 comments on Apr 27, 2019:
Aside from being a bit jealous, it does seem inappropriate and an invasion of privacy. It's nice that he has a good sense of humor about it but he might start to feel differently if strange women start showing up at his office or home, especially if he's married and with a family.
So I went out to our local bar by myself and talked to some of the locals. It was late enough in the...
jerry99 comments on Nov 24, 2018:
Doesn't sound to me like a very pleasant atmosphere.
I need some sci-fi to distract me. I prefer hard sci-fi. See the list of some of my favorites below,...
jerry99 comments on Apr 25, 2019:
The Expanse
Over 30 tweets from POTUS this morning so far..
jerry99 comments on May 1, 2019:
He sent out 60 retweets, including this one. Good thing he doesn't have a real job to deal with.
Sarah Sanders set a record! yay!! She hasn’t held a Press Conference in 58 days, a modern ...
jerry99 comments on May 10, 2019:
The plus is that there are fewer lies being publicized by this administration. You have to look at his twitter feeds or pep rallies if you want to get them. And why are we paying her salary?
I am the chosen ONE
jerry99 comments on Aug 21, 2019:
** Gah! I didn't realize that was a literal quote!!! ** https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/i-am-the-chosen-one-trump-proclaims-as-he-defends-china-trade-war.html ‘I am the Chosen One,’ Trump proclaims as he defends trade war with China Also https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2019/08/21/i-am-the-chosen-one-trumps-religious-comments-enrage-critics/#3f0ba6d16393 "Just hours after accusing Jewish people who vote for Democrats of “disloyalty” (which drew widespread condemnation), President Trump quoted a controversial radio host who called him the “King of Israel” and “the second coming of God,” in the latest of a series of inflammatory comments about Jews. In his tweet, Trump thanked Wayne Allyn Root, considered a “conspiracy theorist” by the Washington Post and others, for the tweets, calling them “very nice words.” Trump followed his tweets by saying “I am the chosen one” during an interview with White House reporters. He was referring to his role in managing the trade war with China. #DisloyalToTrump and #KingofIsrael soon began to trend on Twitter." ** We all knew he was insane, we just didn't realize how far gone! **
Thoughts on winning the abortion argument
jerry99 comments on May 18, 2019:
"Colorado has offered free birth control for five years, leading to: a 40 percent drop in unintended pregnancy, a 42 percent drop in abortions, and millions of dollars in healthcare savings." https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/colorado-birth-control-facts/ Snopes - Mostly true What's True The state of Colorado's long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) funding initiative appeared to lead to a large drop in abortion, unintended pregnancy, and millions of dollars saved in prevented costs associated with childbirth. What's False The statistics only reflected LARCs, not all birth control.
Question. Do you think that Organised Religion/s have a place in Society as it is now, given that ...
jerry99 comments on Oct 5, 2018:
Religions will have to adapt to modern realities in order to survive in the 21st century. They will need to deemphasize their creation and messiah mythologies and focus on building communities and doing good works. Reform movements are starting to do this but they have a long way to go. The people who say they are spiritual but not religious are increasing in numbers and will hopefully take over from the fundamentalist idiots.
An evangelical university is helping make a film that implies God chose Trump
jerry99 comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Given all the creepy stuff in the Bible, I can believe it!
Just watched George Carlin's review of the Ten Commandments and Christian religion on YouTube. ...
jerry99 comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Sad he’s no longer around, though I guess the shithead-in-chief would have given him a heart attack by now anyway.
90% of the American people say that it's okay to have "In God We trust" on U.S. currency. Are you ...
jerry99 comments on Apr 3, 2018:
Fine with me if it keeps the stupid people happy!
This question is going to be controversial, but with the subject matter it's to be expected. Is it ...
jerry99 comments on Jul 7, 2018:
Wow, rough life, kid. Hang in there!
Looks like at least 1 democrat has saw the light when it comes to the rising extremism in the ...
jerry99 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
I think that before you can move the country to the left, you have to have pretty solid control of the center. Trump may be pushing us in that direction but we’re not there yet. From Wikipedia: The size of ideological groups varies slightly depending on the poll. Gallup/USA Today polling in June 2010 revealed that 42% of those surveyed identify as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 20% as liberal.[3] In another polling in June 2010, 40% of American voters identify themselves as conservatives, 36% as moderates and 22% as liberals, with a strong majority of both liberals and conservatives describing themselves as closer to the center than to the extremes.[4] As of 2013, self-identified conservatives stand at 38%, moderates at 34%, and liberals at 23%.[5]
REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED IDAHO CONGRESS REJECTS BILL TO END CHILD MARRIAGE FOR THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF ...
jerry99 comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Crazy shithead Republicans!
Right-to-Repair q:415857
jerry99 comments on Oct 19, 2019:
I just wish they'd let us replace the batteries on our cell phones and iPads!
I miss MAD magazine! Imagine how much fun they would be having with the assshole prez.
jerry99 comments on Nov 25, 2018:
https://www.madmagazine.com/
Now I'm not a betting man... but I found this interesting. [electionbettingodds.com]
jerry99 comments on Sep 11, 2019:
Sorry to say, this looks realistic to me. The only way the Dems win is if they all unify behind the nominee. But they're Dems so it seems unlikely!
Star Wars or Star Trek?
jerry99 comments on Feb 25, 2018:
At the moment, I’d say it’s The Expanse or Altered Carbon!
Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright, 2018, [whybuddhismistrue.net] "A journey through psychology,...
jerry99 comments on Mar 14, 2019:
RW makes the point that all our desires or goals are “designed” by natural selection to pass our genes on to the next generation. To support that: 1. These goals bring us pleasure since that’s what we want to pursue – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness 2. The pleasure doesn’t last so we need to pursue it repeatedly 3. We focus on achieving the goal, not on the knowledge that the pleasure is only temporary In my own case, I’ve never much enjoyed competitive games or sports. I realized some time ago that the pleasure of winning or of watching “your team” win is at best fleeting, and at worst, depressing. I used to like watching football and my team was frequently one of the best (Go Buckeyes!), but even in those years when they beat Michigan or won the Rose Bowl, I knew immediately afterwards that it all starts over again in the next season. Similarly, when they lost the Big Game, I’d be depressed and dread going through all the highs and lows again the next year. I didn’t help that when I got to know some of the players, they were typically jerks who were not pleasant to be around. So I think that makes me an evolutionary dead end, since I couldn’t point to my sports prowess in order to get the hot babes (and had to pursue other avenues – you want to hear a joke?). The other downside of not being a team player is that I really did enjoy solitary puzzles and video/computer games, and since I did get a rush from those, I spent way too much time on that and not on other, more social activities. So once again, natural selection doesn’t really work well in the modern era, at least not for me. RW explains the rush from these pleasures working on the biochemical level – dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is associated with pleasure and the anticipation of pleasure. So, I guess I get a small dopamine boost from writing and posting these little essays. There are a few rewards – pleasure at getting a bit of understanding of how things work in my brain, satisfaction of sharing these thoughts with a potential audience, and some measure gratification at the idea that people might appreciate this and respond positively. Where do you get your dopamine fix?
Scientists Are Urging You To Never Make Your Bed Again - Higher Perspective
jerry99 comments on Oct 22, 2018:
When I got divorced I promised myself that I wouldn't turn into a slob. So making the bed every morning and washing the linens regularly has become essential!
I am still trying to figure out what turned Lindsey Graham from a patriot and man who put country ...
jerry99 comments on Jan 31, 2019:
I’d guess he’s still hoping for a presidential appointment like Secretary of State.
What is your favorite seafood recipe? I live at the beach and we eat a lot of seafood around here....
jerry99 comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Steamed crab or lobster, melted butter, squirt of lemon juice. That’s all you need!
"Jesus said to ..."
jerry99 comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Your fantasy spirit guide gets the blame or credit for whatever you like? I guess it saves you from having to do any thinking.
Made it to level 7, I doubt 8 is in the future, t shirt or not!
jerry99 comments on Jan 6, 2019:
I really object to the way people here are being motivated to do stuff just in the pursuit of meaningless points. If all it takes to motivate you is a t-shirt, I think you seriously need to reconsider your values.
My favorite TV show ended (sob), but other fans are also having a hard time saying goodbye to 'Big ...
jerry99 comments on May 19, 2019:
There's probably no really good way to end a tv series after 12 years but this wasn't awful, maybe a bit too predictable and sentimental, that's all.
"After 9/11, America was so outraged by the deaths of thousands of innocent American civilians over ...
jerry99 comments on Sep 11, 2019:
It was insane to attack Iraq and not the other one of the two countries responsible, Saudi Arabia. It was also insane to stay in Afghanistan after achieving our primary objective. But otherwise, how would we justify spending most of our resources on the military?
[reformjudaism.org] How I Feel As a Jew About Christmas. How Do You Feel?
jerry99 comments on Dec 21, 2018:
It's all good! How can you not like a holiday that encourages people to be nice to each other?
[yahoo.com] Broad City Star Cancels Political Appearance at Brooklyn Synagogue After Anti-Semetic...
jerry99 comments on Nov 4, 2018:
I understand wanting to keep people safe and avoid potentially violent confrontations, but I don't agree that we should cave in to cowardly threats and attempts at intimidation.
Hitler wrote "All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing". Many people ...
jerry99 comments on Apr 9, 2019:
Working for the best interests of America? Maybe white Christian America.
Who is your favorite Judge on television?
jerry99 comments on Sep 3, 2018:
Pigmeat Markham https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hIcKkKID8k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvMBxlu62c0
Can infinity replace God?
jerry99 comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Drivel! Infinity is real, a well-defined mathematical fact. God is a concept, a delusional one at that. Like asking if an apple can replace greed.
I happy to have found a group of atheist Buddhists. How many here follow the Noble Eightfold Path ...
jerry99 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
Since you're local, I'd suggest you download the Sangha Directory at http://rockymountaininsight.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Sangha-Directory-2015.pdf -- sorry, it's a bit out of date, so call or email first. I've been to several and while some do burn incense, they usually ask first if anyone is bothered by it and skip burning if so. I'm not sure what you mean by "accommodate." The ones that serve snacks or host events with food typically stay vegan, but no one will shun you for being a meat-eater.
I was a Cable Guy. I saw the worst of America.
jerry99 comments on Dec 30, 2018:
Not sure she made the best career choices.
Crew Demo-1 Mission - SpaceX - YouTube
jerry99 comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Rooting for SpaceX!
Anyone interested in brain evolution and function?
jerry99 comments on Nov 15, 2018:
I’d like to know what distinguishes the human brain from other mammals?
Religion. The root of evil?
jerry99 comments on Mar 26, 2019:
A wholly owned subsidiary of the military-industrial-entertainment complex.
Virginia first lady handed out cotton to African-American children on slave cottage tour, mother ...
jerry99 comments on Feb 28, 2019:
What an incredible lack of self-awareness!
So good people of the universe, how do you all handle the assumption from Christians that you ...
jerry99 comments on Oct 22, 2018:
I'm always amazed when of my acquaintances (obviously not a friend) sends me one of those super religious Christmas cards as though we all worship Jesus. Are they just too dumb to realize some people would find it offensive?
Jared Polis sworn in as Colorado governor: "This is a moment in history"
jerry99 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
He got my vote.
I don't know if this has been posted but I can't even communicate the amount of disgust I feel for ...
jerry99 comments on Feb 4, 2019:
Doesn't look like much of a link.
Conservative Christians Claim Ocasio-Cortez Is A Witch Leading Attack Against Trump | Michael Stone
jerry99 comments on Feb 24, 2019:
Peasant 1: A witch! We have found a witch! Can we burn her? Belvedere: How do you know that she is a witch? Peasant 2: Because she looks like one! Witch: I am not a witch! I am not a witch! They dressed me up like this, and this is not my nose it is a false one! [Belvedere pulls off the false nose and opens his helmet] Peasant 1: Well, we did do the nose, and the hat. Peasant 2: She has a wart. Belvedere: Why do you think that she is a witch? Peasant 2: Well, she turned me into a newt. [Belvedere gives him a disbelieving look] Belvedere: A newt? [Silence] Peasant 2: Well I got better. Peasant 3: Burn her anyway. [Yells of "Burn her!"] Belvedere: There are ways of telling whether she is a witch. Tell me, what do you do with witches? Peasants: Burn them! Belvedere: Now, what do burn besides witches? Peasant 3: More witches! [receives a punch from Peasant 1; silence] Peasant 2: Wood? Belvedere: So, why do witches burn? [more silence] Peasant 2: Because there made of wood? Belvedere: So, how do you tell if she is made of wood? Peasant 3: Build a bridge out of her! Belvedere: Ah, but cant you also build bridges out of stone? Peasant 3: Oh, right. Belvedere: Tell me, does wood sink? Peasant 1: No, it floats. Belvedere: What also floats in water? [lots of yelling and many wrong and random answers including very small rocks] King Arthur: A duck! Belvedere: Exactly! Peasant 2: So if she weighs as much as a duck she is made of wood. Belvedere: And therefore? Peasants: A witch! Belvedere: We shall use my largest scales. [Having been revealed to weigh the same as a duck, therefore proving her a witch, the crowd goes insane] Witch: It's a fair cop.
Is anyone able to verify if this is, indeed, true?
jerry99 comments on Apr 29, 2019:
Sounded like BS to me, but it turns out to be true https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_tax and also several other countries are using taxes to support religious institutions. What a great scam! We need to figure out how to get a piece of that for some atheist communities.
So, at 5pm yesterday the Mueller report was filed. Since that time Trump has nto tweeted even once ...
jerry99 comments on Mar 23, 2019:
He's so vain he probably thinks the report is about him!
The Fermi Paradox Where is everybody?" was a question posed by physicist Enrico Fermi. The ...
jerry99 comments on Oct 26, 2018:
I’ve been hoping we’d stumble across radio signals from alien civilizations my whole life but it’s not looking promising. My best guess is that civilizations have a limited life expectancy before they destroy themselves with war, disease, pollution, whatever. Civilized (more or less) humans have only been around a few thousand years, a blink of the eye in galactic terms, and we’ve only been sending and receiving radio signals a hundred years or so. So if technological societies only survive a few hundred years then it seems reasonable that they’re less likely to overlap long enough to establish communications with us.
A rare event - for me. I actually got this rather strong urge to check out the local UU meeting ...
jerry99 comments on Dec 15, 2018:
UU's seemed okay to me. I think of them as more of a social club than a church.
Total shock when my new job agreed to give me the first night of Hanukkah off to celebrate with my ...
jerry99 comments on Nov 30, 2018:
The place I used to work gave most major holidays off and allocated a few personal days you could use for religious holidays or whatever you liked. Seemed pretty reasonable to me.
Rent or own (a home)?
jerry99 comments on Oct 22, 2018:
As was mentioned previously, just make sure you’re going to want to be in the same place for several years. Is your job secure? Is your relationship status stable? Are you happy in this location? Good luck!
????????❄️❄️???????????????? Not everyone will get it......
jerry99 comments on Dec 23, 2018:
Puns are boring.
Isn’t there clear evidence that the supreme something that created the universe is an unjust ...
jerry99 comments on Aug 10, 2019:
Isn’t there clear evidence that Santa Claus just wants to keep little kids in line with bribes and threats? You better watch out!
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jerry99 comments on Feb 7, 2019:
No way I'm clicking on random links
Thoughts and prayers
jerry99 comments on Sep 1, 2019:
Donald J. Trump Retweeted The White House “On behalf of all Americans, I’d like to express my deepest sympathies and sorrow for the victims and their families. We ask God to comfort and heal those who are suffering and we hope that there will be a full and quick recovery of the injured.“
Some call it the Monkey Mind - the mind's inability to be quiet even for a moment. I no longer call ...
jerry99 comments on Jan 21, 2019:
When you consider that it's been running non-stop since the moment of birth (maybe before?), it shouldn't be surprising that it doesn't settle down on demand without a fair amount of work.
Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago, rips Ivanka up. It's pretty delicious. Chicago Mayor Slams Ivanka ...
jerry99 comments on Aug 6, 2019:
Only a fool would put that know-nothing worthless POS White House Barbie in a position of responsibility. Oh yeah...
Are there any special purpose in our life other than eating, drinking, sleeping, making merry, ...
jerry99 comments on Oct 9, 2018:
That sounds to me like a wasted life. It's important to be happy, but it's at least as important to help others, to broaden your horizons, to protect the environment, to advance civilization, and just generally to leave the world a better place.
Locked inside my car. Can't get out. Car alarm blaring.
jerry99 comments on Jul 24, 2019:
It seems like criminally bad design to have doors that can't be opened from the inside in certain circumstances. What if there's a fire? Building codes require two exits to avoid the possibility of being trapped inside for just that reason.
I can't help but admire Amash's succinct and clear twitter threads. I hope his colleagues are ...
jerry99 comments on May 23, 2019:
How is it possible that Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and others in Trump's circle are in jail while Trump is not only free but still gets to appoint judges and other high-level positions?
What are you thoughts on watching cheeto jeebus tonight? Watch him and laugh? Ignore him? Get ...
jerry99 comments on Jan 8, 2019:
Nothing new -- same old lies. Here's a reasonable looking fact check: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/08/683205814/fact-check-trumps-oval-office-pitch-for-a-border-wall
Curious how long before the Democrats give in. And rationalize their giving into another Republican ...
jerry99 comments on Jan 10, 2019:
How do you deal with a child who’s throwing a temper tantrum? I don’t think it’s smart to cave in and give him his candy or whatever. I think it’s best to ignore him until he calms down and comes to his senses. Unfortunately, in this case I doubt Trump has enough sense to realize what’s necessary.
The 'c-word'- oh, naughty, naughty! I have often wondered how the f-word became the most foul ...
jerry99 comments on Apr 29, 2019:
I suspect the sound of these short strong expletives (shit, fuck, cunt) gives them a lot of impact and has come to be taken as offensive.
33rd anniversary of the death of a flight attendant who saved American lives
jerry99 comments on Sep 17, 2019:
Wow, what an incredible person.
Religion Considered Important to 72% of Americans
jerry99 comments on Dec 28, 2018:
In my area there are over 400 Protestant and more than 20 Roman Catholic churches plus who knows how many other flavors. So I think if you're looking for a place for you and your family to make friends and feel at home you're likely to pick one of those as opposed to say, the model railroaders club or motorcycle gang. I don't assume that means that all those people are true believers; more likely that's what they grew up with.
Trump's New Enemy: Survivors of Sexual Violence
jerry99 comments on Apr 24, 2019:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48028773 The Trump administration's opposition to abortion has led to the watering-down of a UN resolution on ending sexual violence in war. The US removed all references to sexual and reproductive health. The Security Council resolution, submitted by Germany, dropped all such references. The US, along with China and Russia, had threatened to veto it. The Trump administration opposed a phrase on the grounds that it implies support for abortion. The amended resolution passed 13-0, with Russia and China abstaining. French UN ambassador Francois Delattre was scathing of the decision to exclude the reference to sexual health, saying it undermined the dignity of women. "It is intolerable and incomprehensible that the Security Council is incapable of acknowledging that women and girls who suffered from sexual violence in conflict, and who obviously didn't choose to become pregnant, should have the right to terminate their pregnancy," he said. The removed phrase read: "Recognizing the importance of providing timely assistance to survivors of sexual violence, urges United Nations entities and donors to provide non-discriminatory and comprehensive health services, in line with Resolution 2106." This line was thought to be a compromise from an earlier version, which included a more detailed description of the health services, "including sexual and reproductive health, psychosocial, legal, and livelihood support".
So, here's an annoying little trend... I use ad-blocker on my browser, for the very good reason that...
jerry99 comments on Nov 24, 2018:
I'm pretty sure they tell how many times ads were viewed by the number of image downloads. Some sites won't let you view their content unless you disable your ad-blocker for them. Once in a while I'll play along unless the ads are animated or have some other obnoxious characteristics. There's nothing on the Internet I want to see badly enough to put up with that crap. As an aside, I just signed up for Hulu's $1/month year-long promotion but was disgusted to see that you have to put up with their ads to watch the programming, so screw them!
Religion is the greatest irony man has ever invented...
jerry99 comments on May 14, 2019:
Uh, so this never happened. But my best guess is that it's a reference to a proposed, rather insane bill that is unlikely to pass. See https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/4/11/18304825/abortion-texas-tony-tinderholt-death-penalty-bill ** A Texas bill would allow the death penalty for patients who get abortions ** But it's Texas and from a Republican, so it's not crazy to think this could happen. Maybe it's time that the normal people in Texas (and my brother lives there so I'm sure there are at least a few) to start throwing out Repub lunatics. The real danger IMO is that this is another step towards normalizing anti-women legislation in hopes of getting something in front of the Supreme Court that could be used to challenge Roe v. Wade. For reference: "A bill recently introduced in Texas would make it possible for women to get the death penalty for having abortions. The bill would criminalize all abortions, with no exceptions for rape or incest, and would make it possible to charge a woman with homicide for having the procedure, according to the Washington Post. The state of Texas allows capital punishment for homicide. Rep. Tony Tinderholt, a Republican state legislator who introduced the bill, says it would make people “consider the repercussions” of having sex. “My bill simply accomplishes one goal,” Tinderholt said in a statement to media on Wednesday. “It brings equal treatment for unborn human beings under the law.” The bill, which was discussed at a hearing on Monday, is unlikely to pass. And it falls far outside the mainstream of the anti-abortion movement, which has generally opposed punishing women for having abortions. “I am absolutely appalled by any proposal that would suggest prosecuting a woman for seeking an abortion or obtaining an abortion,” Catherine Glenn Foster, president of the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life, told Vox. But the bill may be part of a larger drive by abortion opponents to introduce laws that could lead to a challenge to Roe v. Wade. And reproductive rights activists fear that Tinderholt’s proposal is a preview of what could happen if the landmark abortion decision is overturned. “Clearly it is a terrifying example of the lengths the anti-choice GOP are willing to go to punish women,” Adrienne Kimmell, the vice president of communications and strategic research at NARAL Pro-Choice America, told Vox."
My grandchildren recently started attending some sort or required class to become catholic. I asked...
jerry99 comments on Jul 6, 2019:
Books -- good books, and lots of them: Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Catch-22, science fiction, science, poetry, ...
Donald Trump’s Last 24 Hours Have Been Particularly Stupid And Offensive And Weird
jerry99 comments on Aug 24, 2019:
That's the headline every damn day!
Sarah Sanders confirms Trump spoke to Putin about Mueller probe White House Press Secretary Sarah ...
jerry99 comments on May 3, 2019:
Just letting him know what's in the redacted sections that he might have to deal with. He's a good soldier.
Trump Says He Was Joking When He Called Himself ‘The Chosen One’
jerry99 comments on Aug 24, 2019:
That what Sarah Sanders said every time he got caught saying something stupid or false.
Generally, as perhaps too often said before, I'm a broad church skeptic, and have little interest in...
jerry99 comments on Jul 25, 2019:
Sounds like you're describing Repubs.
Why? Because fuck you, that's why! JUST IN: McConnell blocks attempt to make full Mueller report ...
jerry99 comments on Mar 26, 2019:
** Just another day at work suppressing democracy ** Robert Reich: Throughout his career McConnell has blocked: --A bipartisan statement warning of Putin's cyberattacks. --Legislation that would make it easier to vote. --The release of the Mueller report. --A Supreme Court nominee. At every turn, he has used his power to stifle democracy.
Finished repairing a worn, threadbare shirt for a man
jerry99 comments on Feb 2, 2019:
Even at minimum wage wage, wouldn't 7.5 hours pay cover a new shirt?
Were I given the chance to visit any place in the solar system I would go to Io It has some ...
jerry99 comments on Apr 2, 2019:
I'd like to hop a ride on one of Saturn's rings (or at least one of the nearby moons).
So I just got a message from the Biden campaign about a Poll about not wanting foreign interference ...
jerry99 comments on Jul 7, 2019:
You know it's just a fake survey trying to get you to donate, right?
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: "Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border ...
jerry99 comments on Dec 27, 2018:
Politi Scrit @politiscrit Replying to @realDonaldTrump Weird, T. @potus leaves the country, stock market GAINS 1000+ points! @potus returns, stock market DROPS 400+ points. You’re kind of a downer, dude.
I'm interested to hear what people think about Artificial Intelligence. Will we have Android's ...
jerry99 comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Functional AI, on the order of human intelligence is well within reach, probably near 20-30 years. I believe it will take much longer for fully capable android/humanoid robots to become available. Bionic part replacements OTOH sound pretty good to me and are much more like to be developed.
Last Starhopper test flight... Next stop, Starship test flights!... Within a few months. (Elon ...
jerry99 comments on Aug 29, 2019:
Hard to believe a giant soup can can fly!

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