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FreeThinkerNZ

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  1. http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/god-deeply-frustrated-aucklands-gay-people-live-nowhere-near-a-fault-line/
  2. LOL, that's fine. But a bunch of e-friends of mine on here can verify. I've skyped with them, emailed etc. Meet me in chat sometime if you want to.
  3. Thanks for the welcome back, Voice. How are you doing these days? I started responding to several threads but I can't keep up with them all time-wise at the moment. So if there's any policy issue you want to ask me about here, fire away. I'll get involved in other threads again when I'm able to.
  4. Love you too, man!Uh oh. That sounds like I just got put into the friend zone... Why does this always happen to me? Oh no, I wasn't putting you in the friend zone my love! I was trying to keep up with all my posts and failing, lol. Thank you very much for such a nice welcome back, xx
  5. Today's earthquake in NZ didn't affect me, luckily. Thanks for thinking of us Kiwis.

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    2. florduh

      florduh

      Glad you escaped God's wrath. This time. :)

       

    3. duderonomy

      duderonomy

      I was wondering...sorry that happened but I'm glad you are ok!

    4. FreeThinkerNZ

      FreeThinkerNZ

      Thanks all, and Praise Gawd!

  6. Thank you so much for your thoughts. I don't live near the area, luckily. 2 people reported dead. Better a night time EQ in a rural area than a daytime EQ in a city.
  7. Hi Yunea, thanks for the welcome back, hope you are doing well.
  8. Yes as long as the choice is either him or the wicked witch... I guess he'd have gotten my vote too. And I agree that there's many things said about him which... surprisingly fall apart real fast once examined in detail. Athena Brown of 4thwavers.net did a long investigative posting about that some time ago, finding that at least of the common claims of his sexism and racism, none hold water. Naturally that doesn't rule out the option that there are other ways he actually is sexist/racist/whatever which are just not talked about... And yes from what he said during his campaign he has some good plans. Of course the question is always what happens once the decision has been made. I keep hearing very conflicting claims about what he said/did after the election and I'm hardly in a position to analyze it all, so I'm going with best/worst case scenarios. And like I said... as I see it, the worst case is that he's a moron I'd still have much preferred seeing a president-elect named Sanders, or at least a third-party one... but again, if the choice is him or killary... Yeah, there have been confusing claims since Nov 8 about policies but I'm working on the assumption that the media is spinning facts as usual and the truth is somewhat different. I think it's understandable that some of his top officials will be long time party operatives and some lobbyists because it's unavoidable. There just aren't enough bodies from outside who have the right skills and experience. But he'll be in charge and he doesn't let people persuade him to change tack lightly. He has certain family members who are very smart politically and have been working on policy outside the public eye the whole time. I don't see him as sexist/racist any more than anyone else might be. If the claims are based on his words (and many of them aren't even that) then context must be considered. Regarding the "locker room talk", he immediately owned it and apologized and kept doing so, even though once was sufficient. Hillary's apologies are few, late, and insincere. For her worst actions, eg Benghazi, I doubt she'll ever admit her role and apologize. I don't think she's capable of that much insight and empathy.
  9. IKR? I think this is the most attention I've had from the guys here in two and half years, lol.
  10. Yes, it seems they did! And I didn't even notice it happening, lol. If our presence in the chat room deters the leftists, at least we'll be able to get drunk together and talk sex. And they said the day of miracles was over. I'd be glad you were back even if you hadn't changed your mind about anything. Aw, shucks. I would have felt the same way about you too. You're a lot more interesting than you give yourself credit for sometimes. Gotta run but might see you in chat later? *Sigh* I kept looking at the chatroom but you weren't there. Sorry bro, I fell asleep.
  11. Sorry, I'm going to need that initialism spelled out. Googling it didn't tell me what it means. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe%27s_law Ah, got it, thanks. It was because it was in caps. Understandable that this could be seen as Poe's law. That would have been impressive! But I do genuinely feel this way. Internet land in the last 10 years has had strange effects on people. I think it's exciting! I still love my liberal/left-leaning friends from before and one of them now refers to me as their "smart conservative friend"... he lives in the US South, lol. Atheism is a minority within the American right wing, it's bigger in other countries. In NZ, there are probably just as many believers in the left wing as the right, because they're Catholics or socially-minded Protestants (like my family).
  12. Yes, it seems they did! And I didn't even notice it happening, lol. If our presence in the chat room deters the leftists, at least we'll be able to get drunk together and talk sex. And they said the day of miracles was over. I'd be glad you were back even if you hadn't changed your mind about anything. Aw, shucks. I would have felt the same way about you too. You're a lot more interesting than you give yourself credit for sometimes. Gotta run but might see you in chat later?
  13. Sorry, I'm going to need that initialism spelled out. Googling it didn't tell me what it means.
  14. Oh my... I can see the hickies forming on her butt from here. You're disgusting but strangely endearing.
  15. Aw, what's this "in any case" stuff, lol. I'm ready to do battle against the feminazis that have infiltrated German politics and society Now that made me grin That said, I've also learned things about drumpf that are never mentioned in Goebbels TV, like, ever. I do see some potential in him as a person, though I'm much less sure about his "fans" and the ones he'll have to take to task to build the new administration. In the worst case he's a moron, plain and simple. But I have to admit, that could still be quite a bit better than the smart and sleazy wicked witch of the west. Bottom line, we'll have to wait and see. Hoping for the best I'm not saying Trump is perfect, he was simply the way to stop the Clintons and as a bonus he has a successful attitude towards free enterprise, anti-PC and avoiding dumb wars for oil as much as possible. If you have negative claims about him, provide your evidence and we'll assess it. Everything I've seen so far is either laughably fake, actually makes him look better (taxes), or utterly inconsequential. But I aim to be open minded about new evidence on anything in life until the day I die.
  16. Yes, it seems they did! And I didn't even notice it happening, lol. If our presence in the chat room deters the leftists, at least we'll be able to get drunk together and talk sex.
  17. An oversimplification. I've been all over the map politically for 25 years, just found a set a policies that I happen to mostly agree with. Isn't that the essence of being an Indy? To decide on the merit of the issues at the time, not the party? The current Democrats are at least as right wing as the GOP always was. There is no viable left wing US party atm. Trump's an Indy IMO. If we never take a stand when it's needed, we'll get nothing. Or worse, we'll get the candidate who is dangerous. Many who voted for neither might think they occupy some sort of moral high ground but all they did was risk getting Hillary. My conscience would never have allowed me to do that, if I had a US vote.
  18. There's no doubt lots of research about urban crime that I'm not citing but I've heard hypotheses about early childhood care, home life, lots of Dads being absent, many in prison etc. Urban education is often pretty crappy, with single digit literacy levels many years into schooling in some places. Whatever US cities have been doing hasn't worked so maybe they need to try something different. Forcing parents to enrol kids in the nearest school does nothing to incentivise school improvement, we've seen that in NZ. Unemployment is a factor, so is mental health care, drug use, and the corrections system. I think if I lived in the US I'd want to live outside the bigger cities if possible.
  19. Thanks for the welcome I remember you too! I like your approach to politics, I think I can learn from it.
  20. You recognize the simple act of offering rational facts to the butthurt?
  21. I'm honored to be mentioned in the same sentence as such an inspiring, smart woman. If we share similar views, maybe it's because we've seen the same evidence. If it upsets you, you're free to scroll on by.
  22. If you actually lived with and interacted with the "radical fundies of the GOP" (i.e., the mainstream and majority of Republicans), I predict you would take a sharply different attitude. They are NOT "very respectful" of non-belief AT ALL. That is why the atheist community was overwhelmingly for Hillary. No, we are not "blinded by anti-theism." We can see perfectly clear. Trump-Pence is a win for radical Christian fundamentalism, and that mental disease manifests itself in a thousand different cancerous ways even out of power. Given ultimate power, the damage they can and will do will be enormous. Creationism taught in public schools, Southern Baptists dictating public policy, Bible verses used to shape Middle Eastern policy, more tax dollars used to fund churches, etc, etc. It will be a fucking nightmare and this naive optimism you have is, in my opinion, badly misplaced. The only hope I have is that Trump lied about everything when he embraced the fundies during the campaign, and will stiff them as president. Your response is laughable. You don't know me at all. I'm also very careful with word choice having been around lawyers most of my career and specialized in poring over draft regulations for fun. I said "the ones I've encountered online". You don't know how many people that is, or anything about them. Among my new associates, there is a widespread belief that liberalism is a mental illness. I don't go that far but basically everything you've said can be switched around to how they see liberals. You're making predictions, speculating, and that means you have no evidence, and none of it should be taken seriously by those who try to base beliefs on adequate evidence. I haven't substituted one faith based system for another, which your post suggests you have. Have fun with it
  23. First, I wouldn't believe you. But yeah, why not? LOLso I wouldn't not be considered a misogynistic male chauvinistic pig that only sees women as objects instead of the people they are?Good lord no. Look, I've been reading Ann Coulter's tweets. She had some things to say about overweight women yesterday, it was so funny. I'm not slim like her, but I sure saw the funny side. Remember, she was called the C word 19 times in a TV "roast" by people who would say I'm sexist for not supporting Hillary. So I cut her a lot of of slack because so much hate is directed at her. I really think in all but cases where physical/mental health is a factor, people *can* manage their weight if they work at it. I just choose not to. But I admit that. I look at women like Coulter and think, she's extremely smart, and she must have valued being slim and worked at it, and the fact is, it's helped her career. Is it "fair" that women have to do that in most industries to be successful and men mostly don't? No. But I refuse to sit around whining about it. Either put up or shut up. These fat activists who try to tell us fat is attractive and healthy are ridiculous. I've been a lot slimmer than I am now and I was more attractive then, fact. If I cared that much about it I'd remedy it. To get back to your point, I think women like Coulter, or the women around Trump, work damn hard at exercise, what they eat, and all the other things they must spend time on to look as good as they do. Sure, they have the resources for the best spa treatments, haircare, clothing etc. But they also stand up straight and look confident. Melania Trump will have worked hard from adolescence to break into the modelling scene and earn enough money to move to the US and eventually be in Donald Trump's social circle. It didn't just happen by magic. She also speaks several languages. He would never have wanted to marry someone with low intellect or work ethic. So good on her. Yeeeeah, umm... Wow! So, uh... Reel that in a bit, and you'll get there, FTNZ. Haha, of course. I'd be fairly quiet if we were sitting in a bar Here's a Trump female to ease the pain. http://becuo.com/lara-yunaska-eric-trump
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