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  1. In out of the way rural pubs like that one, yes there are often showers provided. That's because truckies and the like stay there. They have to rest after so many hours driving, so they stay in places like that. When those places were built they didn't have plumbing in the rooms as a rule. All a guest would have was a basin and a ewer of water. When these places were improved in later years they just put in shower blocks, as that was cheaper than plumbing individual rooms would have been. Casey
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  2. Yes! I read Gallery's book about the U-505. Great stuff. We had a WOie (Warrant Officer) assigned to our photo lab's camera repair shop. He was a major goof-off and I suspect they put him there to keep him out of the way. He'd show up for muster once in a while and disappear for the rest of the day. At that time, Warrant Officer was an odd, relatively unused, rank between enlisted and officer. You got there from enlisted, but it was such an odd spot that most chiefs didn't want to go for it because they'd lose pay at the first level, WO-1. As I recall, a chief had more real power
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  3. ...abominable as Trump is, the claims about Evil Vladimir(TM) having manipulated him into office are worth as much as da wholly babble or da horror-ran. https://consortiumnews.com/2018/01/11/the-fbi-hand-behind-russia-gate/
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  4. I've just uploaded a new video to YouTube and I would be grateful for any comments, perceptions and/or feedback. Thanks! Robert Collins "If Jesus Christ’s resurrection is true, why does he have two tombs?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yDC1l7Hyw8
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  5. I do really like this point. Basing the argument first on strong philosophical foundations, then on good supporting science. Brilliant point. I was just listening to Krauss on "A Universe from nothing - A discussion with Dawkins" in which he basically says just this. They talked about a hypothetical observer in 1 trillion years, and noted that by that point the universe through entropy would have erased all evidence of its beginning. Thus a person living there would concluded that their galaxy, and possibly their solar system was the only one and had been there forever.
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  6. Yes. @Orbit I just finished it two weeks ago. it's a quick read and, mostly, self-help relating to what battles you should fight and which ones to let go. Mr. James identifies several types of assholes - my favorite being the self-aggrandizing asshole - because I not only work for one but I have encountered a few of Mrs. MOHO's fundy friends who fit that caricature as well. The last 100 pp or so is the author's rant about what he feels is asshole capitalism. He does not appear to be anti-capitalist in general but feels there are many who spoil the concept. A
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  7. I should add, the drivers didn't necessarily stay in such pubs but they would make use of their facilities like SAL (Showers, Ablutions and Latrine) blocks such as described, have a meal with a few beers or whatever other booze they cared for, then sleep in the bed area of their trucks. Casey
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  8. Heck, if McResistance is serious, why don't they go after him on illegal occupation of Syria? War of aggression is the highest crime in the world. The penalty is death, as many Nazi leaders learned in Nuremberg. If this doesn't clear up the fact that this investigation has nothing whatsoever to do with justice and is merely a witch hunt, then you're a victim of the misinfo campaign being played against you.
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  9. Media, and most of our sane population, never dreamed we had so many racists, misogynists, xenophobes and scapegoat loving paranoid underachievers. After all, one doesn't need any media spin at all to see that Trump represents the worst qualities of human nature. He has a long history of cheating contractors, investors, students and even wives. He played the Democrat when it suited him and you can fact check more lies from him than anyone in history. He is not trusted by anyone close to him. He demands loyalty and offers none. So yeah, most people can't believe such a pariah found
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  10. Went on one of those once. A major goof-off that is, although I suspect this one would have been considered what we'd have called Ack-Willie (AWOL). Happened this way. Same exercise as I wrote of before, about five weeks in, we had Radio Silence imposed on us. "Don't call us, we'll call you." As we had no idea how long this would last, (or maybe one of us did, or was chancing his arm as the saying has it, I don't know) it was decided we'd visit a local hamlet which boasted a wayside inn, wherein we sat some while, although we must have stunk the place out, until we were pleasantly shickered, a
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  11. I believe Orbit is saying coercion does not mean choice. It means being forced.
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  12. You mean knowledge of sin at some point, right? Well 27 is a bit old to not be aware of any wrong doing on your own part.
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  13. If left alone the vast majority of children would grow up to be atheist. It takes a community to teach religion. But which religion depends on the community. Why would God allow millions of people to burn in hell forever simply because they were born in the wrong community?
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  14. Believers have to scramble to make the Bible's words work in the real world. There are many contradictions, demonstrable errors and unaddressed doctrinal questions. Since people must accept Jesus to get into Heaven and avoid Hell, the problem of children arises. Some believer responses include the invention of an "age of accountability" before which one gets a pass and others insist that a baby must be baptized or they won't make it to Heaven should they die young. Some take a quite different and unbiblical approach in that while accepting Christianity as their Truth, there must also be other
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  15. Yes, I think that's the gist of it. Mark seemed to be pointing out that what the apologist's are claiming is fine tuned, is simply the natural order according to how the cards fell. He could establish that. And then he could move forward and show how what is natural, but the apologist's claim is fine tuned, is something that more than likely didn't just start with our universe and wouldn't stop with our universe either. So the special and privileged aspect of their apologetic's takes another big hit. Further down the line, one could imagine how that relates to something like the b
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  16. Older, Geezer, Ever read anything by Daniel V. Gallery? He and his Task Force were those who captured U-505 off of west coast of Africa in '44. She rests in Chicago Museum of Science and Industry since early '50's/ She's now inside and out of weather, tours inside, tons of history outside. He would have still been Active when you boys enlisted, not that any of his Commands would have may had you slated for them. Old Man thought world of Gallery. OBTW, one reason Dad put in for retirement was the Up or OUT crap being pushed on the Carter Navy mi
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  17. All true. But the issue was raised about the overwhelming presence of atheists, a want or need for spiritual thinking, and an off putting feeling being felt around the website. What I'm suggesting is not any destination aside from learning how to interact with an atheist majority environment, which is what ex christians in general tend to encompass. There are ways in which to learn to understand and interact with the majority of atheists that can be gleaned here in this section and then applied to moving out beyond this "safe zone," so to speak. It has to do with the off putting i
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  18. Ah yes, the age of accountability. Well, what age do you think they would be accountable end3. Give me a ballpark figure.
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  19. But only one thing gets you entry into heaven, right?
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  20. Kids are indoctrinated from birth (I was), they really don't have a choice. They just get pressured to affirm what their parents want them to "choose" when in fact it's required, not a choice at all. The parents sigh a breath of relief because they then believe their coerced child is "saved'.
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  21. Good story, Casey. As it was said here during WWII, loose lips sink ships.
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  23. They have also tried holding peaceful, candle light vigils outside the police stations when unarmed people get gunned down. That doesn't seem to work either. I'm not sure that any kind of protest will convince white supremacists or their sympathizers to change our system. I can understand why black people keep trying. If my children were black I would be going crazy trying to figure out how to ask this country's police to not (legally) murder my kids. Maybe if we listened to non-violent protests then a lot more protests would be non-violent?
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  24. I jumped on a plane yesterday, and during a sudden moment of turbulence I automatically began to pray to god. I immediately stopped myself, realising the ridiculousness of my thoughts, then laughed out loud, as my fellow passengers looked at me strangely. Does this mean I am fully deconverted? Do I get a members jacket now?
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  25. If your boat is heavily laden then it sits low in the water which makes it more likely to take on water and easier to swamp. A light boat sits higher so can ride the waves better.
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  26. Many years ago whilst serving as an OR in the Australian Army Reserves, I got myself attached to a regular Battalion's Support Company for the purpose of a large military exercise, to be held in Shoalwater Bay on the Central Queensland Coast. On such exercises the opposing forces are usually divided into Blue and Red forces, identified by these respective colours being worn as shoulder slides. The US on this occasion was Blue Force and we were Red. As we were a mortar platoon, we fired a lot of practice H&I (Harassment and Interdiction) missions, along with our other jobs. Harassment an
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  27. I'm working on the Extimony project, datamining the "Testimonies of Former Christians" from 2005-2017 (thanks to webmdave for permission to do this). We're doing word clouds today, which show the relative frequency of concepts appearing in the extimonies; the more the concept is mentioned, the bigger the word in the cloud. The words on the edges are important too, though. Although we already could guess this, it's nice to have statistical backup instead of just making generalizations. I thought I'd share the first cloud result.
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  28. Some of them have taken to merely kneeling during the national anthem before football games but somehow this has been called disrespectful of our military. I don't get it. Personally I don't feel any guilt. I simply think black people shouldn't have to live in fear. That isn't right.
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  29. To be fair, the story doesn't say anything about the whale/fish being anywhere near Nineveh. It just has the whale/fish regurgitating Jonah onto land and then Jonah going to Nineveh. Anyway, as I skimmed back over the story for the first time in years, something did stand out to me that I hadn't thought of before. Look at these verses in the first chapter: 4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea
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  30. I was too, actually, but it is important, just by being there.
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  31. Interesting visual representations. I'm surprised that hell isn't bigger.
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  32. They just want to mind their own business without being shot for the color of their skin. They didn't choose to be black.
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  33. I don't think so. I think the point of "Black Lives Matter" is that "black lives matter, too," because to most Americans black lives (and black deaths) are nothing more than statistics. I read somewhere (quite a while back) that they actually considered saying "black lives matter, too," but it seemed more effective the other way. A person who counters "all lives matter" doesn't get it. That's no counter, it's an agreement in principle. The principle is that all lives should matter, but to most people black lives really don't. Nobody would come out and say it, but the current situation in the U
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  34. That's good! Right near the point of my deconversion, I was watching the Oklahoma polygamist cult on the news (early 2007 I think) and thought the same thing, "How can anyone believe such weird shit?" Then the thought occurred to me, I guess I've believed some stupid things also. Then the best thought of all: "I wonder what else I've believed that's a lie."
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  35. We have a friend who is a fundy and we finally had to tell her that if she didn't back off it would damage the friendship. She heard us and backed off; we're fine now. OTOH, I was at a memorial service last year and a lady deacon came up to me and invited me to their service. I politely declined and after being pressed, I said I was a secular humanist. We parted, but she came up to me a second time about 20 minutes later and engaged me again. I again politely declined and she said something about the error of my ways. We left it there, but I was ready to explode if she tried a thir
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  36. "That's the same reason that facts tend to splat on the surface of this force-field and slide off without effect." Great line! Love it!
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  37. For an analog, think about how many police are harmed by women whom they went to protect in a domestic violence situation (it's common). In the same way, believers are always trying to protect their god and his internal image of being "always good all the time" and keep witnessing and presenting as many baits as they can to lure you back. Until they can see past the mind-consuming lie of their faith, they can't have compassion for one that they think was tricked by the devil. That's the same reason that facts tend to splat on the surface of this force-field and slide off without effect.
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  38. Empathy is not (most) Christians' strong suit.
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  39. Kris, please listen to this and think. I believe it is best to step away from the details and look at religious/prophetic systems as a whole. What are they trying to accomplish among their audiences?
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  40. There are Christians who are in the prophecy BUSINESS. It's an income stream. Trying to debunk each new claim as it gains publicity is a form of whack-a-mole. They are ALWAYS going to claim some astounding fulfillment of this or that. Kris, you've gotta work out more general principles for what you are going to consider plausible about religions in general. These claims will never stop coming. Both my parents suffered from psychological stresses/illnesses that manifested themselves in involvement with prophecies, alleged miracles, etc. I saw the harm done in both their
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  41. This is perhaps the most disturbing video I've ever seen. Human beings, reduced to cattle, by one of their own.
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