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"Thanks Felaine.  SLC blues is good. I knew SLC was the Prozac capitol, but didn't know about Mormon Jell-O."
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Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"I loved pineapple when I was young, especially ground-up and mixed with cottage cheese.  In my old age, I don't care for it as much.  It's still fairly good, but not enough that I want it more than once a year. I'm not sure…"
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Idaho Spud replied to James M. Martin's discussion Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Why "Cosmos" Will NOT be Accompanied by Creationist Explanation for...well...the Cosmos
"I usually watch "Sunday Morning", but they are very disappointing today, with 90% religious stories.  However, I'm sure Neil will not disappoint tonight!"
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Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Carl, I like your peep shows, especially the second one."
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Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"I've never had pineapple on ham, but will try it if someone else makes it."
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Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
"Yes, Joan, there are a lot of superstitions about gardening (and most things).  I'm sure I still have some, but I think I'm doing a reasonable job of getting rid of them one by one.   There are a lot of things I don't know…"
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Idaho Spud replied to James M. Martin's discussion Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Why "Cosmos" Will NOT be Accompanied by Creationist Explanation for...well...the Cosmos
"Felaine, I didn't know that hair does not absorb water, but drying jebus' feet with her hair always seemed overboard to me.  Like she was a super worshiper and brown-noser.  It seemed very impractical unless she had extremely…"
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Idaho Spud replied to James M. Martin's discussion Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Why "Cosmos" Will NOT be Accompanied by Creationist Explanation for...well...the Cosmos
"I didn't care for the brother/sister labels either.  I don't think I ever used them.  Even after quitting the church and having my name taken off their records, I had a couple of people call me brother.  Weird."
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"I spent 2 hours at the 2014 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair today (4/19/14), and besides getting some free food, I ask the County Extension Agent about my fruit & vegetable garden.  He had me talk to his assistant who knew more about…"
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"I think I commented on the Okra flower before, but I want to say again how interesting and beautiful it is."
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"Went to the 2014 Porteneuf Valley Environmental Fair today and ate a free meal they provide: Hot dog, potato, and chocolate ice cream."
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Pocatello
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USA
About Me:
I had loving parents, but was strongly indoctrinated with Mormon beliefs as a child.

I grew-up with a logical mind and loving science, but ignored logic and science where they disagreed with Mormon beliefs.

As the years went on, my logical mind slowly made me question Mormonism. As a teenager, I came to the conclusion that either only one religion was true, or they were all false.

I believed less and less as time went on, but I still had the fear of Satan getting control of me and deceiving me until I was about age 55.

That's when I finally realized that I had never had any prayers answered that I could tell, had never felt the spirit letting me know the truth that I could tell, and never had any help from my spiritual leaders that I could tell.

That realization confirmed that Mormonism was false. With that in mind, I decided to study evolution, which Mormon brainwashing had me arguing against and refusing to study.

That study quickly made it obvious that evolution was true and proved beyond any reasonable doubt that all christian religions were false.

My study of evolution let me to Richard Dawkins, and his book "The God Delusion". That book was the final nail that convinced me that all religions were false, and that there was no evidence supporting a belief in a god or an afterlife.

I quickly realized that faith and belief are ridiculous, and now accept as true only those things that have a great amount of scientific evidence to support them.

I’m now able to enjoy learning the fascinating and amazing new scientific discoveries about life and the universe without religious dogma getting in the way.

Since leaving behind the fear and guilt of religion, I’ve overcome a great deal of depression and anxiety. I’ve become 100 times as ambitious and have lost 37 pounds of extra fat (halfway there), without any questionable diets.

I love the beauty of green growing things, and very much enjoy growing things in my garden, especially delicious things to eat.

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At 7:44am on December 25, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Being an atheist in a religious family is not easy. One is either forced to "partake" in ceremonies or decide not to participate/attend. You go to a sister's house for a Thanksgiving meal, and they "offer up" a prayer of thanks. What do you do? While others prayed in church, I never bowed (I did stand) or recited aloud. In my mind, I was a rock--solid and silent. I'm learning to accept the belief of others without being judgmental. It ain't easy!

At 7:32pm on December 11, 2013, k.h. ky said…

Spud, leaving religion was like having a weight lifted from me.  The instilled guilt and fear eventually disappeared completly.  Now if I could just break myself from watching the news...

At 9:13am on November 28, 2013, Sentient Biped said…
Spud have a happy Thanksgiving!
At 9:23am on August 15, 2013, leveni said…

I like the cat, he/she looks real smart.

At 7:08am on July 21, 2013, Randall Smith said…

I have the lowest package available (DISH) with no ESPN, etc. Suits me fine. In fact, I'm considering dumping all TV programming. I only have it on to keep me company. That and Big Bang Theory--my fave!

At 7:12am on July 7, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Perhaps because I AM single, people think I prefer being alone. Well, sometimes yes, sometimes no. It's just the mystery of it all. Enjoyed reading your Mormon insight.

At 7:29pm on May 21, 2013, Steph S. gave Idaho Spud a gift
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Hey there my friend.
At 7:35am on March 8, 2013, Randall Smith said…
Always glad to hear there are other cheapskates like me out there!
At 12:31pm on February 14, 2013, Steph S. said…

Happy Valentines Day!

At 8:09am on January 29, 2013, Randall Smith said…

You should sing more, certainly listen to more music. I'm lucky to have good radio stations playing classical music (and jazz). The radio is on all day. I also have many records and tapes. What do you do when you "hang around the house"? Can't you listen to music? By the way, I am lean and healthy, but I work at it very diligently. I'm going to reach 100 if it kills me!!

 
 
 

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