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I have taught science for 30 years. I have worked as a scientist in two different fields. I was raised in the Presbyterian church. I abandoned it after my first year in college. I realized I had many questions that theism could not answer adequately.. I have been an atheist ever since.

Until recently, I found being an atheist meant being a hidden population. Glad that being rational is becoming more socially acceptable.

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I Called 911 On My Neighbors. The Police Showed Up In My Home With Guns Drawn.
t1nick comments on Aug 19, 2019:
Underpaid, undertrained, and militarized against the public. No wonder they screw up too often, draw their guns before asking a question. Whatever happened to. "To serve and protect?"
There's a theme. Which one is your favorite?
t1nick comments on Aug 19, 2019:
One or four. Woohoo
This might be a fetish costume (not sure), but the lady is hella sexy.
t1nick comments on Aug 19, 2019:
I think this might just be lingerie. But I like it.
Supply is low, but I have one more, so here is Asian pic number four. .
t1nick comments on Aug 18, 2019:
Beautiful. Thank you
Oh my, oh me, here's Asian pic number 3.
t1nick comments on Aug 18, 2019:
Thank you. Very nice.
Whiteness ,The original sin by Jim Goad I received a summary of the above book on Kindle ...
t1nick comments on Aug 18, 2019:
White nationalists and southern conservatives would have you think that. All this crying about white males experiencing racial discrimination is all bull. It's nothing more than a shift in demographics, whereby white males no longer are the "cock of the rock". Because of changing demographic numbers, the minority populations, previously discriminated against with impunity by whites, are finally able to find a safe space in society to call out the white males and declare foul. This is not a reverse discrimination, instead this is called bringing a group (particularly white males) into accountability. This is what true equity and equality looks like. Educated whites who agree with this and demand accountability of their white peers are not apologists or ashamed of their caucasian heritage. We just recognize the inequity and say enough is enough. The age of white dominated Imperialism is over. Get over it and get over yourselves. Realize the tide is turning and you cannot turn back time no matter how many Trumps you get. Don't believe everything you read.
Good Morning All. Thinking of moving to Arizona. Looking at how to get my car and personal ...
t1nick comments on Aug 18, 2019:
If you are going to travel down I-40 on your way to Arizona ( a common route - Hwy 66 and all), stop by Gallup, NM and see me. Gallup is 12 miles east of Arizona.
Asian cutie number two of the day...
t1nick comments on Aug 18, 2019:
Keep the Asian pics coming..woohoo
In 4 hours were having another close one with a asteroid. I'll sit on my porch and Gaze out mabey ...
t1nick comments on Aug 18, 2019:
I would say a result of better technology.
PRESTIDIGITATION. - Noun...a performance of, or skill in performing, magic or conjuring tricks with...
t1nick comments on Aug 18, 2019:
Back in the lates 70's when I was working on an archaeological contract for the Gila Bend Auxillary Air Base in Arizona, we would often get boxed lunches from the sir base. In the lunch box they always included a ,"interdental prestigitator" (something very close to that), or in common parlance a "toothpick". That's how it was labeled on its protective wrapping.
“But methane from cows or wetlands can also be distinguished from methane from fossil fuels based ...
t1nick comments on Aug 18, 2019:
Methane is still a volatile organic compound (VOC) and is a problem over areas where stockyards and dairies are prevalent.
Has anyone used Salonpas patch? I had gotten some at Costco last week and I seem to have trouble ...
t1nick comments on Aug 18, 2019:
I've used Salonpas for 15 years. Best product for muscles and aches I've found. The active ingredient is capsicum. Capisicum comes from the chile plant. But is the chemical that makes chile hot. Natives used chilies (,this cspisicum) as a medicinal much as it is bring administered today in Salonpas. IMO it is far better than menthalatum, or lanicane, as it doesn't just mask the pain. It actually releases the inflammation.
tats or no tats?
t1nick comments on Aug 18, 2019:
Tats
Condoms....
t1nick comments on Aug 17, 2019:
Depends upon your ultimate goal. If your goal is to procreate, then it's definitely counterproductive. If your goal is sex, and sex alone, your position seems a selfish, self-centered position. A condom is much less an inconvenience than deciding whether or not to terminate or follow through with an unwanted pregnancy. Men share just as much responsibility for protection and birth control as do women. If you can't accept your responsibility, keep it in your pants. And yes we did worry about it in the 1970' and 1980's.
She seems very happy being nekkid...
t1nick comments on Aug 17, 2019:
I think you are right. Lol
If a person that doesnt believe in a Higher Power (God) (Christ) do you believe that they should be...
t1nick comments on Aug 17, 2019:
Your original statement contains a fallacy. As stated the statements suggests that those with a belief system do not have to be accountable for their actions because of that belief system. I'm pretty sure that is not what you meant. I've always contended that a belief system, en masse, is how the people act when confronted with a question or a challenging situation. They should not be judged by some words written in a book, or some words spoken from some pulpit. Rather, they like everybody else should be judged by their actions. Therefore, the belief system should be judged on how its followers act. An example are today's evangelicals. They display disdain and derision for the poor, minorities, and those with differing sexual identification. They are the least Christ-like of all the Christian sects and should be judged by the policies that they support and push
Wow. Mormons banning something. That's amazing. So iced lattes are okay then? ...
t1nick comments on Aug 17, 2019:
They used to ban Coca-cola products because the coke had caffeine in it. But then they bought a sizable interest in the company and their church elder suddenly had a visit from God telling him was alright to drink coke now.
Congratulations to @bobwjr for reaching level 9 !! Woohoo... He was great as an eight but he's finer...
t1nick comments on Aug 17, 2019:
Congrats my friend. I'm half way there myself
THIS JUST IN!!!!!
t1nick comments on Aug 17, 2019:
Lol
I am a retired educator who taught at the high school and junior high levels, was a college ...
t1nick comments on Aug 16, 2019:
I totally agree with your assessment. I too am an educator (just not retired yet) and have seen similar traits and characteristics as you've described. I've also voiced them on this site more than once. I assume that if he got through Wharton College it was because daddy paid the college off with large contributions.
Okay everyone... Give me your best shot for a caption for this pic...
t1nick comments on Aug 16, 2019:
Will I or won't I undo this last button? You tell me?
Here is a thought experiment for all those who claim that morality is subjective: Imagine a world ...
t1nick comments on Aug 15, 2019:
Matias, I think there is a moral code that transcends conscious thought. The moral code is tied to evolutionary principle. Any population necessarily pursues a course that assures the health and well-being of the species ad infinitum. Otherwise it goes ectinct. Humans are an animal species. We evolved dependent upon a cohesive society. The society provided protection from predators, cooperation for subsistance, and a check and balance for any behavior that threatened the health and ultimate well-being of the species. Therefore, the health and well-being of the society (reason Libertarianism doesn't work). This evolutionary imperative serves as a check and balance against aberrant behavior that diminishes the societal structure (aka. morals). Therefore, Nazism, regardless of the conscious rationalization is in itself an aberrant behavior that endangers the cohesion and well-being of the society. Thus endangering the evolutionary health of the species. It is a form of parasitical deterioration from the inside. A necrotizing behavior that condemn the species to potential extinction. Rot from the inside out.
Curves, curves! My favorite modern Viking, also an artist/tattoo artist; find him on Instagram.
t1nick comments on Aug 15, 2019:
It's going to be amazing when its finished
Time to work out.
t1nick comments on Aug 14, 2019:
I'll be glad to spot for her when she bench presses. Lol
Millions Mourn As Rocker/Activist Ted Nugent, Age 68, Found Alive | National Report
t1nick comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Lol. His demise can't come soon enough. Such a scumbag.
I'm starting to reach the conclusion that empathy does not come naturally for many and they need to ...
t1nick comments on Aug 14, 2019:
Its seems also to e prevalent with Libertarians. Rand Paul for instance appears to be void of empathy. The Libertarians I've met on the site equally seem to fit the description. They would as soon let someone suffer as long as nobody touches what they think is due them.
I'm fairly sure this wins the award for most truthful meme of the year.....
t1nick comments on Aug 14, 2019:
I think I would Libertarians down with console gamers.
I think they still call some wine barrels butts.
t1nick comments on Aug 14, 2019:
lol. i think I drank that one time when I was younger. lol
How beautiful was Brigitte Bardot?
t1nick comments on Aug 14, 2019:
She's always pleasing for sure. The last picture looks possibly photoshopped? I got caught last winter with a photoshopped photo of Brigette Barfot.
IS AMERICA RACIST AND SEXIST? We like America's prettier side of the story that we are welcoming,...
t1nick comments on Aug 13, 2019:
All true
Clintons kill Epstein?
t1nick comments on Aug 13, 2019:
Mr Mustard in the Library with the lead pipe. Lol. Is this poll for real? Hahahaha
[youtu.be] Progressivism act and performs like religion minus a diety. Watch and discuss.
t1nick comments on Aug 13, 2019:
Not this joker again.
I have been listening to the audiobook "immortal life of Henrietta lacks". Medical research ethics ...
t1nick comments on Aug 12, 2019:
Each field has its oversight organization. Sometimes it is through the University that they are associated with. Other times it is through peer reviewed periodicals. There are professional organizations that professionals are expected to be a part of and they have ethic standards. There are organizations like NIH that license and certify professionals. There are organizations (that is until Trump came along) like the Office of Science and Technology in Washington.
I predict that in a few days AG Barr will close the investigation into J. Epstein saying that there ...
t1nick comments on Aug 12, 2019:
I had to laugh at Barr's feigned indignation over Epstein's death today. His press conference was a joke.
One of my favorites: palimpsest. Websters has it as "writing material (such as a parchment or ...
t1nick comments on Aug 12, 2019:
I've run across this multiple times in novels I've read. Its a good word.
Wife of former Marine to be deported to Mexico Friday, after 20 years in U.S.
t1nick comments on Aug 12, 2019:
Disgraceful action. ICE, CBP, and the Admistration are cowards alongv with the people that support and enable them.
I luv wet clothes
t1nick comments on Aug 12, 2019:
Nice collection
Bedroom eyes
t1nick comments on Aug 12, 2019:
Interesting ink
A redheaded mermaid...?
t1nick comments on Aug 12, 2019:
Nice
An American gold medal fencer kneeled on the podium during the national anthem: 'We must call for ...
t1nick comments on Aug 12, 2019:
It is a brave gesture as they realize that they may be sacrificing their metal for their actions. They do not take the action lightly and anybody who assumes that they do are misguided and wrong. The prevalence of athletes at the most elite level willing to stand up is indicative of how severe the problem has risen in this country.
Daaaaaamn!
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
??????
What are some ways you are selfish? I've been pondering lately how I'm selfish. I don't consider ...
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
Just out of curiosity, is this question in anyway related to, or influenced by the writings of Ayn Rand?
Funny and horrible
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
So sad, isn't it?
ARRIEREPENSEE or arriere-pensee A french word I would not have posted except for seeing it in an ...
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
Sometimes words don't translate well from the original language to english, and visa versa. Words often contain layers of meaning that one single word in translation cannot capture. E.g. The Inuit language had about 30 words to represent snow and ice. Each word for snow or ice has a specific textural, physical composition , etc. that the single word "snow" cannot capture.
Muslim/Hindu Couple
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
Both beautiful and both brave
Op-Ed: Mike Huckabee ties mass shootings to an absence of faith in God. Social science proves him ...
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
Mike Huckabee, like his daughter and Chris Santorum, are, and have been cowards and hypocrites of the worst kind.
Toni Morrison: Fear Of Losing White Privilege Led To Trump’s Election
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
I would say that was by and large, the greatest driving force behind his election success. That and Russia.
Pocahotness!
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
Sorry, I have trouble with the use of the term Pocahantess. I work in a Native American community and the term is considered very discrimenatory and derogatory. i don't think you meant that, but just so you realize.
Such a cute pretty face...
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
Interesting ink and a beautiful face.
22 Ancient amphoras found off Albanian coast
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
Cool
If you haven't been blocked , you're doing something wrong.
t1nick comments on Aug 11, 2019:
Been blocked by a handful of conservative atheists about half a year ago. None since to the best of my knowledge. I have never blocked anyone. I really do not believe in it. with the exception of harrassment. Failure to respond or react seems to serve the same purpose. They disappear after a short time.
'19,000 FUTURE FANS ABORTED:' ANTI-ABORTION BILLBOARD TARGETS ALABAMA FOOTBALL FANS
t1nick comments on Aug 10, 2019:
Hey its Alabama what do expect. Bible belt extremists. All attitude, little intellect.
Sarah Silverman responds to anti-Semitic preacher
t1nick comments on Aug 10, 2019:
Another white male with a bad beard preaching hate. Maybe he should get a real job and really be a positive contributing member of society.
Liberal snowflake President Gerald Ford with teammate Willis Ward at the University of Michigan in ...
t1nick comments on Aug 10, 2019:
Why are you describing Ford as a snowflake. I find conservatives cry and whine as much as the liberals. There's enough crying towels to go around for everybody.
This what happens when Obstructionist demean the meaning of words to suit our language for their own...
t1nick comments on Aug 10, 2019:
Sounds about right
She's just laying around, nothing to do... Any suggestions?
t1nick comments on Aug 10, 2019:
Uh huh! Lol
Do you capitalize the g in god? I don't.
t1nick comments on Aug 10, 2019:
Not to be a smart ass or insensitive, but this is an agnostic site, so who cares whether it is capitalized or not. Technically if it used as a proper noun its gets capitalized. If used in a general sense (aka. The gods looked on with derision), then not.
All week I watched the news in horror, often in tears, as innocent shoppers were gunned down by ...
t1nick comments on Aug 10, 2019:
Dogs and cats are good at recognizing and reacting to changes in their owners moods and emotions. Many claim they are somewhat empathic.
Would you still be friends with a person who ended up becoming a huge Trump supporter? I have a long...
t1nick comments on Aug 9, 2019:
Don't count on it unfortunately. True Trump supporters have filters on so high that they can rationalize any unethical or immoral act and not think twice.
Seem familiat
t1nick comments on Aug 9, 2019:
Sounds very familiar diesnt to the news recently.
How hypocritical can they get? The presidential campaign of Julian Castro, trough his co-chairman ...
t1nick comments on Aug 9, 2019:
Yes
Trump and El paso
t1nick comments on Aug 8, 2019:
Indirectly, without a question. He opened the door and invited white supremicists into the main stream. His irresponsibility directly relates to at least El Paso.
What a sex symbol!
t1nick comments on Aug 8, 2019:
Looks familiar, not sure which actress I'm thinking about?
I've always loved Lucy Liu
t1nick comments on Aug 8, 2019:
I've always been a Lucy Liu fan
You can see her coming and going... You're welcome 😊🤣
t1nick comments on Aug 8, 2019:
Nice
She got this shirt from the church, it's holey!!
t1nick comments on Aug 7, 2019:
Lol
NZ giant parrot! not anthro but archeo - [bbc.com]
t1nick comments on Aug 7, 2019:
Archaeology is Anthropology There are 4 disciplines in Anthropology 1) Archaeology - study humans and their past through the trash they leave behind; 2) Cultural Anthropology - studying humans through their culture; 3) Physical Anthtopolpgy- studying humans as a biological being and our evolution; and finally 4) linguistics- studying humans through their language and the evolution of languages.
There is a surge of scientific denial in America. Climate change and evolution denial and flat earth...
t1nick comments on Aug 7, 2019:
Regression. You are right about the significance and pre-eminence of Iran and Persia in the historical advancement of science, math, and navigation. When the catholic church chased science, math, and intellectual pursuit out of Europe (known as the Dark Ages) it was about 500 years before Europe reclaimed the mantle of intellectual advancement. We presently are in the midst of a movement that has similarities to the Dark Ages. It might be difficult to fully go Dark given the Internet and media access.
And we wonder why we all hate each other... [democracynow.org]
t1nick comments on Aug 6, 2019:
Why do my fellow whites just keep on not getting it? Why are we so dense, oblivious, and tone deaf?
One of the most famous christian saying to non Christians is If i'm wrong then i've lost nothing ...
t1nick comments on Aug 6, 2019:
That argument is called "Pascal's Wager".
What is more important: your genetic genome or your nutrition?
t1nick comments on Aug 6, 2019:
Your food does not change your genetic make up to the best of my knowledge. Your nutrition can do a couple of things: 1) Your cells have a life span and that as you get older they begin to degrade and become less viable. Less are produced to replace those that die, and the replacement cells are less strong than when you were younger. So nutrition is relevant to maintaining cell health, and 2) Your body is like a machine in that its needs to be properly cared for. You abuse it, it doesn't last as long. You take care of it, it lasts longer. Nutrition is part of that equation. With regard to hereditary diseases, often hereditary proclivities exist in your genotype. Often they not express themselves so long as you are healthy and maintain a strong immune system. However, if you are exposed to an extended period of environmental stress (any stress that you experience), your immune system weakens. When it weakens, it opens up the possibility that a hidden gene may get turned on. The gene expression is suddenly strong enough to express itself, where before the immune system suppressed it. But food does not alter your genetics. Radiation does, random genetic drift does, major changes in environment and stress may set your prodigy up for an alteration, but it won't change your genetics.
Why are the liberals blaming white supremacist’s for mass shootings?
t1nick comments on Aug 6, 2019:
What's your source please.
President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter, Michael Gerson, excerpted below: "I had fully ...
t1nick comments on Aug 6, 2019:
Well written and so to the point. Thank you
Mass shootings. Perhaps it's a societal issue like obesity and religion? Whatever it is, it's ...
t1nick comments on Aug 6, 2019:
Every country on the Earth have people suffering from mental illness, yet they don't experience mass shootings and murders. There are people with mental illness that have no business even being around a gun (red flag laws) in this country. But the common denominator in all the shootings isnt mental illness, its guns.
Being fit is sexy... Do some exercise today...
t1nick comments on Aug 6, 2019:
I'll say.lol
Chicago Had So Many Shootings This Weekend That an ER Had to Shut Its Doors – VICE News
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
I have travelled many Canadian cities, many European cities, and many US cities. I'm from the US, but I feel safe moving around in Canadian cities and European cities, but can't say the thing about US cities, and I'm no shrinking violet. US cities are some of the most dangerous places on the planet.
[washingtonpost.com] After mass shootings we have to get it stopped. The Democrats must insist ...
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Agree, but Congress is powerless. They gave power away over the last 20 years, now they are pretty much impotent.
What should be done about mass shootings in America?
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Just remember, probably every country on the planet have people suffering from mental illness of one form or another. But none have mass murders like the US. The common denominator is not mental illness, but guns (especially assault weapons). Duh.
WTF this is nuts
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Like I said yesterday: smart Republican is an oxymoron
Something I feel deeply lately! If you are against hate crime...stop fueling the hatred.
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
@ Eyes. Please give an example of what you see as fueling the hate fire. You are probably correct, but curious as what you are percieve regarding who and what is fueling the fire of hate by those opposing hate.
A friend wanted a bird bath inher back yard and had a bowl and old lamp. This is what I made for ...
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Nice. Good job
Still not,voting for him or,any other Dem. But atleast he gets it. [youtu.be]
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
That's alright we don't need you. Lol
Sophia Loren - Classic Beauty
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Nice pic of Sophia. I used to have a copy of the movie from which this was taken. No longer have and do not remember the name of the movie.
Can a one off act be called terrorism? Imho in order to terrorise a population there needs ...
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Under no definition have I ever heard that terrorism HAS to be repetitious. Besides these mass killings are becoming repetitious. Just not coordinated, more radicalized lonewolf. A slightly different trend that we are used to seeing. Terrorism none the less.
What music could you...?
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Jazz
People of America, you have my condolences. Your president's speech today, in light of the tragic ...
t1nick comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Its tragic what he and his Party has done to our country.
Jeffrey Epstein Dreamed of 'Improving' Humanity With a Baby-Making Ranch (and His DNA)
t1nick comments on Aug 4, 2019:
A form of Eugenics and Scientology
In light of the Dayton, El Paso shootings, I expected this site to be inundated with ...
t1nick comments on Aug 4, 2019:
And............?
How to Reduce Shootings. Article from 2017 still relevant, stolen from the FB page of AFP. Most gun ...
t1nick comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Mental health is an easy scapegoat for not acting to pass intelligent and responsible gun control. First, every country on the Earth have individuals suffering with mental illness. Yet, it is only the US that experiences such a multitude of mass shootings. 250 since January of the year. The common denominator is not mental illness, but the guns. Yes mental illness has been a factor in several of the shootings. Many people looking for simple answers find a scapegoat in wanting to claim that anyone perpetrating a mass shooting must be mentally Illness. Many for sure, but not all. Many who perpetrate these heinous mass shootings know wrong from right, but make a purposeful choice to fulfill an agenda. If just the ability to shoot numbers of people signals mental illness were true, then all our soldiers fighting in wars you could claim were suffering from mental illness. Not to be confused with the instances of PTSD as a consequence of their war experiences. By the above logic, in order to kill the enemy willingly or begrudgingly means you're mentally ill. That is why the common denominator is the gun.
The degredation of America is coming to an end. It has been a long time coming, but it is time to ...
t1nick comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Nothing more than what you deserve
BREAKING NEWS: Dayton, OH. Two Senators react dfferently on how to solve the mass shootings and ...
t1nick comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Portman is now, and has been for years an idiot and a hypocrite.
Hey all, it's baby J's one month birthday today... I'm having a little party for her.... we'll, ...
t1nick comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Happy one month bday.
Illegally selling a couple cigarettes vs killing 20 and injuring 26... WhitePrivilege
t1nick comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Been hammering white privilege, particularly white male privilege, in this society upon this site for over a year now.
Stochastic Terrorism
t1nick comments on Aug 4, 2019:
CNN in their reporting on the Dayton and El Paso shootings talked about schochastic terrorism about 10 minutes ago. FOX News was been mentioned multiple times this morning as being a responsible for party promulgating schochastic terror, along with the President.
Stochastic Terrorism
t1nick comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Russ Lumbaugh, Info wars moderator, Breitbart and its allies.
My dad needs a walking stick. Any suggestions of where to look and some fun ones?
t1nick comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Do you have an REI or North Face store in your area. They often have handmade wooden ones for aesthetic pleasure in a walking stick, or a telescoping metal walking sticks.
Tony Timpa video shows police laughing as he dies - The Washington Post
t1nick comments on Aug 3, 2019:
And the cops aren't out of control. Not much. "To Serve and Protect" is a thing of the past. It's now us and them. Blue pride and protectionism keeps real change from occurring.
And the beat goes on. 20 confirmed dead and 21 or more hospitalized at this time resulting from ...
t1nick comments on Aug 3, 2019:
These are called "soft targets" for a reason. Security is low or limited, large number of people gathered in a limited space, and ready access. Soft targets are a cowards option.
ANOTHER mass shooting, here in Texas! [patch.com]
t1nick comments on Aug 3, 2019:
The article says a note was left behind by shooter(s) that stated that they supported the New Zealand shooter. Still too early to verify.
Fact check: Trump says China is paying for his tariffs. He's wrong.
t1nick comments on Aug 3, 2019:
Gee, imagine that.

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