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    Rick Gates is reportedly about to plead guilty to Robert Mueller
    OK... so I'm not allowed to seed an article directly. But I don't see why I can't relay an info. Vox is reporting that an important business partner of Paul Manafort (Trump's former campaign manager) is about to take a plea bargain. If this puts Manafort in danger of jail time, it will be interesting to see how far his loyalties stretch...
    Posted in: Mueller | 1 comments

    Presuming Certainty


    By TiG, 2018-02-18
    Presuming Certainty
    Theological discussions often turn ugly.   A major contributing factor is our terminology.  Theists seem to equate ' atheist ' with ' evil ' while atheists liken ' theist ' with ' mindless follower '. We routinely use the terms atheist, agnostic and theist yet  it is not clear they mean what we think they mean . Everyone is either a theist or an atheist in terms of belief in a deity (supreme being).  A theist believes in one or more deities whereas an atheist believes in none.† Certainty Of Knowledge What about agnostic?   The word  agnostic  refers to a measure of certainty of  knowledge .  Much like  atheist  counters  theist  in  belief ,  agnostic  counters  gnostic  in  knowledge .   Agnosticism has crept into descriptions of belief because most people realize...
    Posted in: Philosophy | 10 comments
    AGNOSTIC: Doubter or Somebody Who Does not Know?
    DOUBTING THOMAS? MIDDLE PATH? MY LORD AND MY GOD! The focus of this article is on Agnostics and Agnosticism. Questions such as these came to me about a week ago as I watched  prime-time evening news. Actually, I'd like to come back to this after a bit. Clarence Darrow, the famous lawyer and Agnostic wrote: "I am Agnostic as to the question of God. I think that it is impossible for the human mind to believe in an object or thing unless it can form a mental picture of such object or thing. . . . To believe in a thing, an image of the thing must be stamped on the mind. — Why I Am An Agnostic . p. 27, 1929. How can a man or woman believe in a spiritual being or beings that cannot be pictured or given ‘shape’ in the...

    Finally spoken aloud


    By luther28, 2018-02-09
    Finally spoken aloud
    Well the cat is out of the bag as they say. Rand Paul opined aloud the hypocrisy of the GOP in regards to budget deficits. For the past nine years the GOP wrung their hands and gnashed their teeth over deficits by the past administration, yet over the past few months have tacked on another approximate two trillion dollars (most likely under estimated). What say ye, deficit hawks?
    Posted in: Politics | 40 comments

    The One About FAITH


    By calbab, 2018-02-08
    The One About FAITH
    When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8 The Conversion of John Newton Captain John Newton wrote in his book, Thought s Upon the African Slave Trade : With our ships, the great object is to be full. When the ship is there, it is thought desirable, she should take as many [slaves] as possible. The cargo of a vessel of a hundred tons, or little more, is calculated to purchase from two hundred and twenty to two hundred and fifty slaves . Their lodging-rooms below the deck, which are three, (for men, the boys, and the women,) besides a place for the sick, are sometimes more than five feet high and sometimes less; and this height is divided towards the middle, for the Slaves lie in two rows, one above the other, on...
    Posted in: Service | 65 comments

    Existence


    By TiG, 2018-02-04
    Existence
    Ever conduct a thought experiment?   The idea is to engage in highly disciplined speculation to explore questions whose answers are beyond our ability to confirm (or even test).   It is an exercise in pure logic. One fascinating topic is existence itself.   This is where we try to answer the question of how everything came about.   To ideally put forth a proposal that explains - in the abstract - how we came to be. Existence vs. Non-existence Existence is simply that which exists.   Non-existence is a concept that refers to all things that do not exist – nothingness.   The first consequence of these definitions is that existence did not come from non-existence.   All that exists did not emerge from nothing – that is definitionally impossible. This means that existence is...
    Posted in: Philosophy | 44 comments

    The One About Marriage


    By calbab, 2018-01-30
    The One About Marriage
    [Start the song now.] MARRY ME. I was offered a hand in marriage only once in my life. It was what I needed and I wanted it to be special and sacred. Certainly from the gaze in those eyes it would have been so. For just one moment, M., I stood there with you bold and naked publicly holding your hand, You could not know my hesitation, you being freer in spirit than I ever had. So I let my hold drop. Maybe, that was the start of what can be us coming to a halt? You leaned your head in my lap, looked up at me, and I saw laughter in a dimension of my soul refreshingly special, you became my sacred for my life. In that moment, I decided to love you back and stand there exposed at your side. I’d been...
    John Unlike Me - REVISED February 11, 2018.
    John Unlike Me is a pseudonym, a symbol even, for a truly amazing man that I met during the post-modern 1990's. I had newly come to faith in God in the mid-90's and I was progressing through a six-week interval some of you may be conscious of or have observed in new believers: It is a stage most noticeable in men by a new found sense of hugging or embracing other men as a form of greeting. It is a harmless practice. First, a little humor: No Worries for Worriers $(document).ready(function() { var id = $('#ytplayerWxgEH4'); var tw = id.width(); var th = Math.round(tw / 1.778); if (th   This is Not a Conversion Story. John Unlike Me and I met on my job. His opening greeting was original and irrepressible, for as he shook my hand...

    Pressed Into Service


    By calbab, 2018-01-23
    Pressed Into Service
    When Were You Ever Pressed Into Service? How Did It Make You Feel? As a teen male, I was first pressed into service in an unappreciated role of "gay" high-schooler. Of course, in those years, it was nowhere a positive look. My life was a lonely, terribly unspectacular tale of beatings, spittings, and being trespassed against. Just kidding! Yes, really. I was a very popular kid in high school - even after that one incident of shame where my single worst indiscretion made campus 'news.' I could not believe a friend had shared the story in my neighborhood! Even more unbelievable and unexpected was when it was shared with the entire school! HORRIBLE!  No worries, I always manage to come out ahead in any destructive situation with good press. That kid made...
    Posted in: Service | 31 comments
    The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding i t everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."  -- Groucho

    To go with the chemical bacon...


    By Bob Nelson, 2018-01-18
    To go with the chemical bacon...
    Posted in: Europe | 3 comments
    Bacon with banned additive among risks of US-UK trade deal
    Chlorinated chicken, hormone-fed beef and bacon produced with additives strong enough to cripple pigs have been listed by British campaigners as three of the top 10 food safety risks posed by a free-trade deal with the US. American use of the pork additive ractopamine alongside the more publicised practices of washing chicken in chlorine and feeding cattle growth hormones are highlighted in a report by the Soil Association as chief among its concerns about a post-Brexit era. Ractopamine, an additive banned in the EU, is fed to pigs in the US to fatten them before slaughter. Daniel Pepper/Getty Images “Some of the key differences between UK and US production – hormone-treated beef, GM crops and chlorinated chicken – are becoming increasingly understood by British...
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