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    Retired I.T. nerd – RV Life – vegan – atheist – aspirational writer, blogger, traveler, storm-chaser, Apple fan, musician, genealogist - affinity for electronic and jazz, photography, swing dancing, teh internets
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    just your typical ex-christian, ex-biker, storm-chasing, nerd preacher's kid

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  1. I ran into this issue shortly after deconverting. Most of my non-working hours were tied up in church. I spent the last five years of church life as the worship leader, which ate up a significant number of hours, receiving exactly zero dollars for that time. It gave me a *sense* of purpose, outside of the general *meaning of life* that comes from religion. Most of this *sense* of purpose transferred over to my career once I settled into I.T. My non-working hours were spent pursuing fun things. Eventually we set a goal for early retirement and achieved it in a series of faltering steps. Now a *new* problem has arisen in that I have found that having lost both religion and my career, I actually feel a profound sense of just drifting through life without *any* sense of purpose. I'm not talking about cosmic level purpose. There is none. There is no designer or creator, therefore our existence is pure chance, and when we die we slowly return to the stardust we came from. I'm fully comfortable with that. But a *sense* of purpose is basically the emotional feeling that others want or need you or your services, your time. To feel needed/wanted. Church often provides this for a lot of people. Lately I am feeling a strong need to find a non-religious substitute. Purpose and Legacy. These are the things one dwells on in their later years.
  2. yep, taught from birth in fundie Southern Baptist church. Took four decades to see the light.
  3. It does indeed. Between that book and the other, I became convinced that it’s simply too late to do anything about it. I began, for the first time, to consider survivalist strategies and assisted suicide when things got real bad. Yes, the books were quite convincing. My way out of the hole began with extinction numbers. I felt rather inundated with the numbers, but at some point some part of my brain said “Now wait a minute! There aren’t that many species out there. With that many extinctions, they would already all be gone, right?” So I did some research and discovered that the entity generally charged with monitoring species populations and threats (the IUCN) has documented 800 in 400 years. That’s like 2 a year. But I was hearing all about us entering a ‘Sixth Extinction’ and their numbers were more like in the thousands. Any way, when I discovered that the big numbers were just estimates from computer models, not *actual* extinctions, I was both relieved and rather pissed at the deception! I think this article is a very good primer on the topic, if you’re interested: https://e360.yale.edu/features/global_extinction_rates_why_do_estimates_vary_so_wildly That led me to further reading and I began to question the whole CO2 threat as being wildly overblown. Obviously that’s a hot topic, but that’s what helped me pull back from the edge. I’m still quite concerned about the planet, but I can now focus on direct threats in the here and now (pollution, etc.) and stop worrying about computer models predicting catastrophe next century. Pulling 3rd world/developing nations up into the ranks of ‘developed’ countries is probably the largest impact we can have, and the sooner the better. They have a lot of coal, and it would be nice if they could skip that whole part of our history.
  4. You haven’t been reading the books I have been reading... https://thenewpress.com/books/end-of-ice https://www.amazon.com/Uninhabitable-Earth-Life-After-Warming/dp/0525576703 just really glad I found my way out of that hole of despair
  5. oh good god... https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/10/23/white-supremacists-favorite-myths-about-black-crime-rates-take-another-hit-bjs-study
  6. It's a great time of year to be in a foreign country. In Mexico, the commercialization is very low. If you're lucky, *maybe* one person might say 'feliz navidad' to you on Christmas Eve. It's more important than Dec. 25th here. The whole gift exchange thing doesn't occur until King's Day, early January. Right around my birthday, as a matter of fact. Last year I especially enjoyed the nativity display on the town square. It starts off with Joseph, Mary and the animals. But no baby, because he hasn't been born yet! Then in the days leading up to the big day, the wise men are placed in a corner of the plaza and slowly move closer each day. Then on Dec. 25, voila! Baby Jesus is present and the wise men gather around. Not a perfect timeline, but it kinda made me chuckle. This is from Mexico City this last December (attached)
  7. Every time I think I have rid myself of Christian thinking, I find another area where that bullshit is still impacting me! My most recent discovery is about apocalypse. Back in the day, this was always tied to the 2nd coming and/or rapture and millenium. On any given day you can find a headline that ties in to some prophecy and ‘proves’ that the Bible is right and *this time* it’s real, it’s happening. The end of the world. Of course every apocalyptic prophecy ever made has failed, otherwise none of us would be here. And yet I was forced to acknowledge that after leaving Christianity and becoming quite liberal in my beliefs I just traded one apocalypse in for another. This time the apocalypse was man-made. We’re killing all the animals and the air and now the climate and we’re all going to die at our own hands. It’s like I just started worshipping at the eco-disaster altar. I guess a second deconversion is in order...
  8. That sounds like Preterism. I was pretty intrigued by that theology for awhile, until I deconverted. Preterism holds that the fall of Jerusalem around 70AD was the second coming.
  9. The military cares when a politician cares. Obama initiated a lot of this, Trump is ending a lot of it. Comes and goes with political whim.
  10. actually, Jane didn't say that part, I did. Given that ice melt and deglaciation has been rather steady for a long time, that would already be included in the current SLR rates. Almost the entirety of SLR projections are based on increasing CO2 and models making projections based on CO2 sensitivity. Many believe this sensitivity is greatly overestimated, which throws the models way off. They are also based on the concept that CO2 drives warming, while many believe it is the exact opposite (or completely disconnected). But even if those things could be proven, given the thousands of years of warming and melting since the last ice age, it is truly difficult to suss out a manmade signal from 415 CO2 molecules per 1,000,000 molecules of atmosphere. at the current rate of 1/8 inch/year it would take over 20,000 years to reach 216 feet. This seems about right based on natural earth cycles and history. I think that's probably enough time for the cities involved to adapt...
  11. Just for kicks, I'd like to throw in my .02 on this, but mainly in the form of background, big-picture thoughts. First, I was raised fundamentalist. Books like Hal Lindsey's "The Late, Great Planet Earth" were very popular in our church circles. The rapture was (and still is) always imminent. Apocalypse was always around the corner. Every news item was scrutinized for prophetic fulfillment potential. In some ways, even though I didn't realize it until recently, my brain is still conditioned to look for apocalypse, even long after having escaped xtianity. Climate change fit that bill nicely, and I was quite concerned about it for many years. I wavered on whether or not technology might provide a solution until a few months ago when I read a couple of books that convinced me that all hope was lost. I had a fairly serious existential crisis! I thought the world was doomed and that by the time my children were old that there would be no livable world left for them. I even started thinking in terms of how much time should be spent 'prepping' vs just being prepared to commit suicide when things got really bad. Somehow I managed to gain some objectivity, which started with an examination of extinction (claims/projections vs actual numbers). I'll leave that for a separate discussion, but it helped me look at climate a bit differently as well. For example, where does sea level rise matter? Well at the coasts, of course. Who cares if the middle of the ocean swells unless it puts your coastline under water. So far tide gauges have shown a steady 2mm annual rise for as long as we've had tide gauges. All the fear about sea levels comes from climate models. *None* of it comes from actual measurements. That was my entry into so-called climate 'skepticism.' Again, looking mostly at the big picture, you can find a lot of data from ice cores showing complete disconnection between CO2 forcing and temperature. From the long-term view, we're in a general cooling trend. The next scheduled trend would be another global glaciation. *If* we did manage to reverse that, it's probably good. Warmer is better than colder, especially now that we've spread everywhere and gained such a massive population. My existential crisis has faded, my hope for humanity's future is rising. Looking forward to further discussion here.
  12. Most, like Mann, have resisted revealing both the original source data *and* the exact algorithms used to produced their smoothed graphs. It has taken a few dedicated individuals a *lot* of man-hours to suss out the details.
  13. “My publisher, whose encouragement in this process has been deeply meaningful to me, supports this decision and will not reprint the books after the current copies in their inventory are sold.” https://joshharris.com/statement/
  14. It's flaws are the same as any O.T. prophecy. Write about historical events as if they are still future events. Voila, prophecy fulfilled! Seriously, nothing to worry about here
  15. While I was never in that 'branch' of the religion, I was adjacent. Glad to see someone else escape from it. The xtian views on sex will totally fuck up a life in the modern world.
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