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The English Language's Two Best Uses: Poetry and Fraud.

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It's good for poetry because it has so many synonyms with different shades of meaning.It's good for fraud because the shades of meaning are often morally different.Here's one of many thousands: "I…Continue

Tags: religion, survival, romance, politics, morality

Politicians: Guilty of Predation Until They Prove Themselves Innocent

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck yesterday. 4 Replies

Their predation didn't start after the Citizens United ruling. From the 1787 Federal Convention, here are a few words of two founders.Alexander Hamilton. The people are turbulent and changing; they…Continue

Tags: Politics., Money

Give Me That Old Time Religion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Apr 3. 9 Replies

April Damn Fool, folks.Ditto for New Time religion,Now, back to the important stuff: my chocolate walnut ice cream sundae on wednesday,Continue

Tags: religion, april

I Feel, I Act, I Rationalize, Therefore I Am.

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck on Monday. 4 Replies

Rene Descartes, without brain scanning technology and no knowledge of the amygdala, told but a part of the story with his I think therefore I am.Continue

Tags: think, neurology, feel, exist, descartes

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tom sarbeck commented on Gregory Phillip Dearth's blog post A Good Response to Fine Tuning Nonsense
"On-line video of the 42,000 mph meteor that passed about 18 miles over part of Russia in February of 2013 reveal that it exploded before gravity could bring it down. "
9 hours ago
tom sarbeck commented on Gregory Phillip Dearth's blog post A Good Response to Fine Tuning Nonsense
"Spud, here's some little-known info on electricity in space: http://www.catastrophism.com/texts/electricity-in-space/ "
yesterday
tom sarbeck commented on Gregory Phillip Dearth's blog post A Good Response to Fine Tuning Nonsense
"Same here, Spud. I don't watch for meteors but every one I've seen went across the sky at a shallow angle. I see no support for the idea that gravity, as weak as it is, could pull any but the smallest objects into a 90 degree impact path.…"
yesterday
tom sarbeck replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Politicians: Guilty of Predation Until They Prove Themselves Innocent
"Here's some small scale stuff; really small. A woman who'd won election to a state legislature seemed amazed as she told me her first session hadn't begun when people started gifting her with all kinds of stuff. Soon after my wife and…"
yesterday
tom sarbeck replied to Greigh's discussion The Atheist Community: Some perspective please.
"Greigh, I like your Hang Gliding instructor's suggestion but would amend it slightly. Your job is to figure out who to listen to and choose who you want to glide with. "
yesterday
tom sarbeck replied to Daniel W's discussion Arkansas is next.
"LGBTQ people are winning now because twenty-plus years ago they started coming out of their closets. As I learned when I was more active than I am now, in this land of the free and home of the brave, people who want to be free have to be brave. "
yesterday
tom sarbeck commented on Sara's group Atheists who love Science!
"I repair my sometimes egregious errors by: 1) selecting and copying the text (Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C for DOS users), 2) deleting the post via the tiny X in the upper right corner, 3) pasting the copied text into a new comment box (Ctrl-V), and 4) editing as…"
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The English Language's Two Best Uses: Poetry and Fraud.

It's good for poetry because it has so many synonyms with different shades of meaning.It's good for fraud because the shades of meaning are often morally different.Here's one of many thousands: "I didn't lie; I stretched the truth."Check a dictionary of slang for synonyms for drunk.One frequent flyer fraud starts with "I feel".Three examples: I feel loved. I feel lonely. I feel angry.BUT, when people attach the word that, thoughts almost always follow.An example: I feel that fraud sometimes…See More
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tom sarbeck replied to Chuck Roast's discussion Agressive Atheism
"Joan, I like that variation on Pascal's Wager. "Everything" (and even "next to nothing") beats "nothing". "
yesterday
eric stone replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Politicians: Guilty of Predation Until They Prove Themselves Innocent
"Let's create a political party with 2 aims: giving congressmen and women $15/hr and making them pay for their own health care and insurance.  Nothing else but these two platforms.  Betcha lot of people would join."
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tom sarbeck commented on Gregory Phillip Dearth's blog post A Good Response to Fine Tuning Nonsense
"Spud, where in Wikipedia did you find that info? I looked but didn't find anything like it. About direction as part of velocity: If the impacting object is approaching at a low angle, up to 45 degrees, the horizontal component of its velocity…"
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tom sarbeck commented on Gregory Phillip Dearth's blog post A Good Response to Fine Tuning Nonsense
""The median impact velocity on Earth is about 20 to 25 km/s. Spud, when I last STUDIED physics a few decades ago, velocity was a vector, requiring both a magnitude and a direction. If it is still a vector, the value range 20-25…"
yesterday
tom sarbeck commented on Gregory Phillip Dearth's blog post A Good Response to Fine Tuning Nonsense
"Gregory and others with photos of massive craters, are the craters the result of impacts by objects from space? If so, are most or all of the craters round? I ask because I came into possession of photos of impact craters and noted that all of the…"
Thursday
tom sarbeck replied to Grinning Cat's discussion Tax Day Phishing Frauds: the IRS doesn't say "Thank You"!
"Which came first: 1) "How much money did you make last year? $_________.____ / Send it in", 2) Grover Norquist, or 3) Tea Party Republicans? "
Wednesday
tom sarbeck replied to Chuck Roast's discussion Agressive Atheism
"Jas, you said it better than I  would have. Thanx. "
Wednesday
tom sarbeck commented on Sara's group Atheists who love Science!
"Clarence, I hadn't thought of Catholicism as the foundation of my atheism but I now see it really was. I told many people that during its long history its leaders had devised answers to some hard questions, and for me to leave it I needed…"
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Atheist 6yrs; Catholic 20yrs; Agnostic 52yrs; Atheist 6yrs; Materialist.
Cincinnati until 1947, St. Pete FL until 1950, US Navy until 1952, St. Pete until 1954, Gainesville (UofF) until 1961, Tallahassee (FlaStUniv) until 1962, into computers where I became a migratory worker (St. Pete, Daytona Beach, Houston, Austin, Phoenix). Retired to San Francisco then Yountville.

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At 10:00am on March 2, 2015, Mojo said…
Tom thanks for extending the invite. I've been an athiest since the 70's and have become more so since.

I see religion as the handmaiden of fascism and oligarchs.

I find it absurd and pathetic that so many still embrace the superstition and denial of real humanity that religion demands.

You and I will be long gone before the world will be free of the bonds of theocracy, but every movement has to start somewhere.
At 10:22pm on February 28, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks, Tom.  It isn't that well written, but I think I get my point across.

At 1:52pm on February 20, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks for the invite, Tom.  Hope to have some good discussions with you.  Since we are close to the same age, there probably won't be too many disagreements though..

At 9:56pm on February 4, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Thanks for clarifying. The reason I used the collective 'we' instead of the singular 'I' was because I was aiming for something inside the comfort zone of the reader. Hoping to rattle cages enough that maybe I get some folks to reconsider their stance on self-ownership. Sorry about misunderstanding your comment.

At 12:54pm on February 2, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

The place where you left the comment is at this link:
http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/personal-responsibility#comments

If you could let me know who I plagiarize I'd appreciate it. I didn't mean to.

At 11:55am on January 21, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

You wrote as a comment on my blog titled 'personal responsibility':

"Consider the words you borrowed from someone you didn't acknowledge:

As long as we are living the only power over us is that which we allow."

Tom, The idea is hardly new but from whom did I plagiarize?? I take it seriously, and I looked online to double check and found no quote that I failed to attribute.

At 12:52pm on January 15, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Hey Tom, you said I borrowed words without acknowledging their source. From where??

I'm asking here instead of bumping an old post. I only just read the comments.

At 10:37pm on October 30, 2014, Daniel W said…

Thanks Tom. 

I have lost whole, complicated, entries due to the damn system selecting something and deleting it.  Didn't know about the control-z, thanks.  Since initially posting that, I submitted to the  Borg, and was assimilated into Win 8.1.  So far I don't see a difference from 8.0 except now it screws up some links.  How much fun is that?

At 12:19pm on October 9, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Thanks, Tom, for your comment on my blog post. I like the "sheriff" bit!

At 4:32pm on August 20, 2014, Freethinker31 said…

What a surprise  Tom....You have been so critical of me in the past, but I must admit  I enjoyed  our  back and forth....I look forward  to our  future  debates...Glad  we are friends now..... 

 
 
 

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