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    I'm probably older than most of the members here and have some life experience to look back upon. I never bought into religion and find it the source of too many wars. The more I look at Christianity, the more preposterous it becomes.

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  1. He brushed his teeth with Pepsodent.
  2. Having visited the Vatican and the Vatican museums, as well as several of the largest cathedrals in Europe and the UK, I heartily agree with this. How many hungry people could be fed if all this was dissolved?
  3. Consider, too, that there are a lot of them that sort of believe but really go because it's a family tradition, the ritual makes them feel good, and for the social aspects. I'm married to one of those.
  4. Once when I visited my sister who lives 700 miles away, she needed to get into the yard at the public school where she taught. But it was Sunday and the place was closed up tight. I pulled out my office key and tried it in the padlock on the gate. It fit right in and with a little wiggle the lock popped open. And this was an allegedly commercial-quality Schlage lock. A colleague of mine at work showed me that, because the building was on master keys, you could use your office key to bump the locks of most every door in the building.
  5. This one doesn't pass the smell test. The article quotes a Facebook post but does not contain any original reporting by the reporter. There is an old saying in journalism: If your mother says she loves you, check it out. I don't see where the reporter verified these claims.
  6. Truthseeker is right, Mamabear. There are too many red flags here. Time to bear the pain of the breakup and move on.
  7. Reminds me of my high school days. We used to pick the cabinet locks with a paper clip. We could also get into the circuit breaker boxes in the hallway. We had two lunch sessions so when we were at lunch and others were in class we'd open a breaker box and trip the classroom lights. One of the guys was good at cracking the combination locks on the lockers. He'd open two and we'd switch the contents and close them up again. Somehow we thought that was riotously funny. In the end, security is just a state of mind.
  8. You know, this thing about insecurity really got me thinking about some issues. Thanks. I've said this before but it all comes down to fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of things over which we have no control, fear of being punished for being a normal human being. Once someone realizes that there are no gods, all that fear lifts and a new sense of freedom arrives.
  9. Yes. The debates used to be sponsored by the League of Women Voters. But, as you note, the big two didn't like what happened, so they wanted conditions on the debates that the League would not agree to. So the two parties created their own commission on presidential debates, effectively shutting out any other candidates. What we need are multiple parties, proportional representation, a limit on campaign spending, and a defined time (such as 90 days) for campaigning. But in the end, it is and always will be, an oligarchy — as are most governments — regardless of what is done.
  10. Hm. Interesting. So who might be a great choice? Jerry Seinfeld? Beyoncé? Neil deGrasse Tyson? Other ideas?
  11. In our city there are over 50 languages spoken and it doesn't bother me in the least to hear them. Some have a beautiful sound and are enjoyable to hear even without understanding what's being said. When you study languages you learn that there are idioms and phrases that express notions and thoughts that can't be directly translated into another language. And since we think with language more often than with visual images, having more than one language available expands the ways in which we can think as well as some of the things we might think about. In some languages a single word or two can express an idea that would take multiple sentences to explain in another language and even then certain nuances can be lost. In my travels on four continents I've admired those who are multi-lingual and I feel that our educational system is derelict in not starting children on a second language in the lower primary grades. Learning other languages increases cultural understanding, the lack of which is the cause of many interpersonal and international problems.
  12. How about asking God why he invented cancer in the first place? Why he infects little kids with it and causes them to die slow, painful deaths? Because he's an evil, sadistic son-of-a-bitch? (By the way, I have cancer. It's under control because of science.)
  13. When you reach that point you will feel a great weight lift from your shoulders and you'll find a freedom you didn't know existed.