"Ascendent in western countries. I don't think anyone was under the impression that atheism was on the rise globally.
I also take issue with the "most Christian nation" types of statements. While it may have more Christians than…"
"Welcome, Ben. Congrats on fighting off the big C. My wife is from Atlanta, and I spent a lot of time in Maine... good photography up there. Been to Rockport? There is a good photo school with great summer workshops.
"Maybe they shouldn't, but they decided in the 30s that they didn't want the expense and bother of managing that land. To that end, their decision was to turn it over to the Federal government. Surely States rights should include the…"
"They don't send snipers out for no reason. They send snipers out to defend BLM officers whose lives had be verbally and physically threatened by Bundy in the past.
I understand your "should" argument, but even that ceases to…"
"Welcome to AoM, Keith.
There are discussion groups on music/jazz, cycling, movies and just about any other topic you can think of - and easily avoid the politics/religion ones.
Enjoy your time here. "
"You've decided that reason doesn't matter. And that democracy doesn't matter. Only emotion and who has more guns.
I don't want to hear that you someone still think you are a patriot, and love America, because what you are…"
You are the one who started the whole wolf/sheep nonsense. Pardon me for continuing the metaphor. I'm inclined to agree with Dallas's neighborhood rabbled dogs analogy... wolves are smarter than you've demonstrated."
"Indeed (though it was certainly not just the tea tax at issue).
But it's harder to rationally argue that it is taxation without representation. Losing an election isn't the same as not being represented. "
"You are seriously putting these (insert anything you've bitched about for the past few years) on the level of Government abuses the fomented the Revolutionary War?
Do you have any idea how unhinged that makes you seem? "
"So you are saying, basically, whoever has the guns gets to decide what laws they'll follow? And I gues, also hoping that you have bigger guns than the national guard, et al.
Ok - let me know how that works out for you. So much a…"
"Funny, I'm usually accused of being too even handed and fair minded, not dreamy eyed... One could just as easily accuse you of being automatically paranoid of government, and quick to accuse regardless of factual basis.
The truth is probably…"
Mid-thirties, with a wife and 18 month old son, living and working in Chicago. I'm a graphic designer/art director for a large consulting firm, and also run my own architectural and product photography business.
I am an atheist, a kalderash rom (gypsy), whiskey drinker, cigar smoker, kilt wearer, do-it-yourselfer, and poet... I am a casual (and perpetual) student of languages, go player, philosophy, physical sciences, mythology, literature and psychology.
I write articles for and work in roma-rights, as well as volunteering and acting as a committee member for other charities and service organizations.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison
I did not approve your statement because I would rather not have a pitched battle on my profile. Feel free to respond on yours or a forum post, though. I would gladly join in. Thanks anyway for your input.
Te aves Baxtalo, I was discussing the use of Gypsy as a Slur and though raised where it was I fear I've become desensitized to it as the infantry turned it to a nickname. How do you feel about it in your life?
Thank you! ^^ though im still rather on the fence of atheism or believing in something. So agnostic might be the way i go. In either case. Thank you an i shall look around, as this is MUCH better then facebook, as this has more a purprose.
Incidentally, nobody runs me off. But I had developed the attitude that I was just going to continue to tell off anybody who wanted to fence with me, and for me that is a very unhealthy attitude. The whole thing had gotten out of control and I had nothing to prove to anyone, anyway. As for presenting facts, I cited a very good book on the subject. If you have a real interest, and are not just on a mission to debunk everything you hear, that would be one I would start with.
Liam, I've had this same experience in other skeptics' groups. They generally exist only to belittle others' beliefs. I've said everything I had to say on the matter, except that based on overwhelming facts, including radar imaging, radiation readings, testimony by otherwise unimpeachable sources (military, police, pilots, etc), and reams of documentation of people describing the same types of craft, I can only conclude that something is going on. I just want to know what it is, and to have people say that all that doesn't even exist, well, it just makes me want to throw my hands up and say "whatever." I was only trying to make conversation, not convince you or anybody else of anything, especially when your minds are clearly already made up. Finally the negativity was just too much of a waste of my time. No hard feelings. I would've sent you a personal message, but it won't work for me and nobody seems to want to fix it.
"Engage his male instinct for problem solving."
Boys and girls are different! Wow, what a novel thought. As much as any fool might wish that to not be true, and go through all manner of fallacious contortions to try to prove…"
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I'm obviously not a gym rat and I'm very ignorant about fitness, but I am trying to improve my health and overall body composition. To skip the point, I'm not certain on how to have a decent workout and what defines someone as physically strong. Though I'm not entirely sure of what I can do (or what my max is), the last amount of weight I've squatted was 205 lbs. which doesn't seem to be a lot since I believe most people can squat twice their weight (I weight 234 lbs. or so). I did 10 reps of…See More
"I liked Milo's link. Some further ramblings:
I think I am more emotionally literate than the average man or woman. My training has been largely with men in all-male contexts. There is a level of honesty that I am sure you…"