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  1. Hey, I wouldn't even get that close. I do not get on anything that does not have a steering wheel and a brake pedal.
  2. I find this rather patronizing and offensive. Having been on this forum for several years I find the members here have a strong moral code that is moral merely because it is right. And treating other people right is not exclusive to Christianity, as some Christians seem to think.
  3. Seriously, join an astronomy club before you start buying gear. Astrophotography is very specialized. You already know this, but for the benefit of anyone else following this, do NOT buy a telescope from a big box store. Those scopes are junk. You need to go to a specialty shop. But don't even do that until you've discussed the idea with some experienced folks. We've had a number of folks come to our club after they've spent bucks on stuff without really understanding what they should have and what to expect from it. Many end up disappointed and wander away. Not only do you need to know about various scopes and their pros and cons, you need to have an understanding of what you can see with them. You will NOT get the views shown in the photos on the packages of the big box store scopes. This isn't the place for a detailed discussion of scopes; suffice to say that there is more to a choice than the uninitiated might think. There is a lot of good info on astronomyforum.net.
  4. Start saving now. I've heard that astrophotography is like owning a boat.
  5. Last year the city council here put it up in the council chambers against the wishes of some local clergy, believe it or not. Said clergy wanted to maintain the separation.
  6. Restaurant servers and other such people who, when thanked for bringing something, say, "No problem." It had better not be a problem. What's wrong with, "Your'e welcome" ?
  7. Nice image, Loge. Do you have a scope?
  8. Interesting thought. We can trash other celestial bodies just like we've trashed this one.
  9. Note that South Dakota just passed a law requiring all schools to display the motto "In God We Trust." The law says the motto must be posted in a prominent place, and specifies its minimum size.
  10. The message here, Fuego, is that you need to get a horse.
  11. Yup. One of the basic concepts of Christianity is that humans are inherently bad. Christianity is obsessed with negative notions about human nature, sex, the human body, and a whole lot more. We'll probably never figure out the origins of these ideas. And those of us who have positive attitudes about these things are considered bad by Christians. What a pile.
  12. Cut out the centers of the pages to make a hollow book and use it to hide small expensive jewelry or a wad of cash.
  13. They were dead before they were born. Where were they then?
  14. The reason for this remains a mystery to me. Many cultures, current or historical, either celebrate sex or, at the least, consider it just a normal thing — no big deal. But the Abrahamic religions seem terrified of it. Same with the human body. And this seems stronger in America than in many other Western countries. Would a more rational attitude about this result in fewer sex crimes?
  15. I'm going to remember this one. A great rejoinder to those who claim the power of prayer.
  16. He's gone: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/2019/06/12/knox-county-sheriffs-office-detective-grayson-fritts-personnel-record/1438587001/
  17. Will: As to search terms, try "assertiveness," "assertive rights," and "assertion training." While the net will give you an overview of assertive rights, the best way to gain skill and understanding is in an in-person group setting where you can discuss and practice the ideas and techniques. You'll have to research what's available locally for that; your primary care physician would be one place to get a referral from.
  18. The Onion reports that the Evangelical movement has stripped away all the frills and pomp of the Catholic church from child molestation: https://www.theonion.com/evangelical-church-strips-away-all-the-frills-and-pomp-1835424334
  19. Is this guy for real or is he just trolling? When I worked for a newspaper I once did a story from the inside of a locked ward in a mental hospital and this guy acts just like some of them.
  20. Good luck with that. I hate to be negative, but my money goes with the church. They'll get to the politicians and get an exemption to the rules.
  21. Foging will take care of the "Disagreeing is being disrespectful" issue. You don't disagree; in fact, you agree. Thus they are left with nothing to flail you with.
  22. Ta da! And welcome. If you are living on your own, set boundaries and enforce them with a smile. You can say that there are certain things that you don't care to talk about. You might have to leave the room or hang up the phone after giving a fair warning. It can be hard to do without getting angry, but if you can keep a smile going you will thwart any effort on their part to draw you into a debate or argument. If you are still under your family's control, you may have to wait until you are on your own to draw those boundaries, but you might be able to draw some now. A useful technique is called "fogging." In essence, you avoid being drawn into an argument or debate by agreeing with at least some part of the antagonist's statement. This pokes a hole in his or her balloon. You refuse to get angry or upset, or to feel guilty; you deflect the criticism off to the side, leaving the critic at a loss. If you do an internet search for "communication fogging" you'll find lots of info on this. I've used this and it works.
  23. Political satirist Andy Borowitz says Jesus has turned down Trump's friend request. https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trumps-bid-to-become-born-again-fails-as-jesus-turns-down-friend-request
  24. Now Florduh, have you considered rituals and ceremonies that involve beer? Having been involved in a few such rituals and ceremonies, I heartily endorse the concept. (BTW, the Vikings made lots and lots of beer and even the kids drank it.)
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