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  The spammer thread.
Posted by: Gawdzilla Sama - 4 hours ago - Forum: Off-topic - No Replies

This is a really great thread in a really great forum. I hope to contribute to the conversations.

I'm glad I don't worry as much as I used to.

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  When will my libido taper off?
Posted by: Phaedrus - 6 hours ago - Forum: Off-topic - Replies (17)

I find myself needing to jack off every day even at forty as I did when I was younger.

What about you?

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  Anyone else tried posting on a general "religious debates" forum?
Posted by: Phaedrus - 7 hours ago - Forum: Atheism & Theism - Replies (22)

Once again, I decided to try religious forums, and as usual I just end up disappointed.

The place thrives too much on inclusivity, which means that stupid theists get to believe stupid things and you get in trouble if you say the wrong thing.

I mean, it is the twenty-first freakin' century. It's not as though there is any reason to keep believing in god except for people who will ignorantly support the theistic right to continually think stupidly.

Anywho, I was wondering, have you attempted to venture beyond the atheist paradise to post on a non-atheist forum?

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Posted by: Aractus - Today, 04:26 AM - Forum: Off-topic - Replies (20)

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  Jake Gyllenhaal announces he's marrying Tom Holland
Posted by: Phaedrus - Today, 12:51 AM - Forum: World News, Politics and Current Events - Replies (2)

Quote:Spider-Man: Far From Home star Jake Gyllenhaal joked that he and co-star Tom Holland are getting married following a panel for legions of fans. Wrote Gyllenhaal in a photo posted to Instagram: “Forget the Biebers… We’re getting married ❤️?”

ACE comic con in Chicago

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  Another Smoking Related Death?
Posted by: Minimalist - Today, 12:13 AM - Forum: World News, Politics and Current Events - Replies (3)

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc...story.html

Quote:Naked man dies while smoking on his Queens front porch

Paul Tapia, 41, was found with his head lodged between stairs and a bannister at his home on Park Lane South near 76th St., across from Forest Park, about 6 a.m.

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  Hiwi al-Balhki - Early Bible Critic
Posted by: Cheerful Charlie - Yesterday, 06:14 PM - Forum: Atheism & Theism - Replies (1)

https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-jewish-fr...-the-bible

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Ḥiwi was an amazingly radical freethinker. About his life we know next to nothing. And most unfortunately, his notorious work, often called the Book of Two Hundred Questions, has not been preserved because the leaders of both Jewish communities of his day had no interest at all in its survival. They did all they could to achieve its disappearance, and nearly succeeded.

That we still know a fair amount about Ḥiwi’s work is something we owe to it being so controversial that, for several decades after its appearance, Jewish authors (including even Karaites) tried to refute the ideas of this heretic. Of course, in order to refute him they had to quote him: hence our knowledge of his radicalism.
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Saadia’s work was long lost as well, but in the late-19th century considerable portions were rediscovered among the hundreds of thousands of old Jewish documents found in the Cairo Genizah, a storehouse in the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Ḥiwi’s opponents could not but render his arguments if they wanted to combat them, which has enabled modern scholars to reconstruct almost a quarter of the 200 critical questions he raised.
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An interesting read.  Hiwi examined the Torah's tales and found them to be contradictory and often foolish.  An interesting read about a nearly forgotten skeptic and higher bible critic.  Another ancient free thought hero for us to know about.  A nice example of somebody capable of thinking rationally about religion, reminding us that not everybody is irrational when it comes to religion.

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  Tell Me Again Why The Minimum Wage Is Such An Issue
Posted by: Minimalist - Yesterday, 05:57 PM - Forum: World News, Politics and Current Events - Replies (10)

From Texas... of all places.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/busin...93828.html

Quote:Help wanted: Why Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants can’t find enough workers to stay open

Quote:Experts say many factors are contributing to a shortage of workers in Dallas-Fort Worth, particularly the wealthier suburban neighborhoods where teenagers and young adults don’t necessarily have to work for spending money, and a low-wage work force must commute into the area from neighboring cities to fill jobs.

One factor is immigration.

Numerous studies have documented a decline in the number of people coming into the United States from countries such as Mexico, a trend that dates back to 2008. Those immigrants — eager to establish themselves in their new surroundings — traditionally provided a work force for low-paying jobs such as those in the restaurant, construction and other service industries.
Another factor is the market pressure being put on business owners to raise wages — which in many instances can eat away at employers’ profit margins.

The minimum wage in Texas is $7.25 an hour, which is in line with the federal minimum threshold. But many fast food restaurants must offer prospective employees $10, $12 or more per hour to persuade them to join the team.

The conservatards can set the rate at .50 cents an hour if they like so their business criminal buddies can smile while they jerk off.  Won't do them much good given the demographics.

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  Republican bill wants to stop genetic fetal testing for gay
Posted by: brewerb - Yesterday, 12:44 PM - Forum: World News, Politics and Current Events - No Replies

I think he actually wants to stop fetal genetic testing all together. An end run for antiabortion. 

"Supporters argue the bill would have elements that could appeal to both parties: protecting fetuses more for Republicans, and preventing discrimination by sexual orientation more for Democrats."

“As science advances and genetic markers for sexual orientation are discovered, I believe it is vital we begin now to set ethical standards to protect the lives of unborn gay children,” Rep. Duffy said in a press release.

“While reprehensible, we already see the use of genetic testing to terminate pregnancies based on the discovery of a genetic predisposition to an unwanted condition or character trait such as gender and physical/mental disability,” Rep. Duffy continued. “Often these decisions are not made for any medical reason, but rather because of religious, cultural or personal views and preferences.”

https://govtrackinsider.com/equal-right-...88a5cdacd1

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  What's your morning routine?
Posted by: julep - Yesterday, 12:47 AM - Forum: Getting to Know You - Replies (58)

Topic stolen from a sister discussion group (AF), but it's always interesting to me to know what other people do, when they open their eyes and realize...I'm still alive.  

I go downstairs from my bedroom, hit the 30-seconds microwave button on my coffee (usually made for me by my husband), put cat food in the bowl, and drink my coffee  while watching CNN and/or the local news.  Eventually I review my calendar for the day, work out, do some kind of business stuff, and shower, etc  

I will note that decades of my son getting up before 6 a.m. has made it difficult for me to adjust my bedtime and waking times.  Most times I get home from work around 11 p.m. or later, and it's a gigantic pain for my body to still think I need to wake up around 6 a.m.  One of my goals around waking and bedtime is to figure out how to reset that biological clock...anybody have ideas??

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