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Treason Day in USA

I am a dual citizen - British and Confederacy Texan.  Therefore, I'm pretty lacking in Nationalism at any level.  Also raised Church of England and Primitive Baptist - with the expected result of mixing those.  Anyway, have a good holiday, whatever side you might be on!  Cheers, tally-ho, and Don't mess with Texas.


#independenceday2015     #mongrel  
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Spaceballs

Probably the best parody movie ever made, IMHO.  And the only NOT Stanley Kubrick film I've seen a zillion times.  Do you have a favorite scene or line from Spaceballs: The Movie?

http://mentalfloss.com/article/65691/14-things-you-might-not-know-about-spaceballs

Need help?  http://quotegeek.com/quotes-from-movies/spaceballs/
I LOL at most every scene, but my fav is when Dark Helmet is not ready for the acceleration to Ludicrous Speed.  And while it's mostly a parody of Star Wars, there are a LOT of Star Trek references too.


#spaceballs  
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Blasphemy indeed...
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NBC fires The Donald

Apparently, NBC still owns the shows Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice, and might continue them with a different host.  They also dumped his beauty pageant thing.   Opinions?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2015/06/29/nbc-dumps-trump/29471971/


#RHAP   #apprentice  
NBC kicks Donald Trump to curb for his rhetoric about Mexican immigrants.
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maybe they can get someone from UK or Australia  they have their own Apprentice shows there too
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Space X delivery vehicle explodes after lift off today

" An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket laden with 4,000 pounds of food and supplies exploded just minutes after launch after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla. "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRswoiuxWWc

#spacex  
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Preliminary indications are that there was a problem with the second stage engine.

Contact was lost just before the second stage was supposed to start. 
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Evolution of The Fence

Cartoon reminds me of the old maths joke - how do you catch a tiger?  Get inside a sphere with no tiger in it, then invert the sphere.   Okay, maybe you had to be there.

They say "good fences make good neighbors" - I share a fence with one person, and recently he added two more layers to it - it's three layers thick now and 8 feet high.  I must be a REALLY good neighbor!  Other people call such neighborly fences "spite fences" and think they should be torn down like the Berlin wall.  Do you have opinions on "fences"?

#Fence  
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Oh MAN, that's CRUEL!! HA HA!!!
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Scientists considered that it’s high time to finally scientifically characterize sahti beer. The sweet and strong sahti with its exceptionally rich combination of fruity flavors has been brewed in Finland for hundreds of years. To successfully recreate sahti-style beer a craft brewer outside Finland should have an idea of what it should taste like. This is complicated by the fact that sahti doesn’t travel well: it’s prone to spoilage. The study c...
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The most Inane new community on G+ - ebullient naive gay kids debating fighting against professional trolls on the Trolls' own turf.  It's a continual massacre. 


#inane     #gaybashing  
 
OPEN ENROLLMENT!!! ANYONE CAN JOIN!!!
Straight People Against Gay Marriage
Gay Marriage is an abomination before the Lord, Jehovah. We are decent, average people who say, "enough's enough".
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Can't wait for the gay and straight people to club together and put these twats out of their misery!!
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Monumental decisions

Yay about the clearly unconstitutional Holy Babble 10 Suggestions Monument, but BOOoo about moving Satan - guess you have to take the good with the bad sometimes.

http://bluenationreview.com/breaking-oklahoma-supreme-court-orders-ten-commandments-monument-off-capitol/

" even though the Satanic Temple will abandon its plans for the Oklahoma capitol, the group plans on attempting to place its Baphomet statue in another state. The group has not made any official decisions, but Greaves said that they may try to bring the sculpture to the Arkansas capitol, where lawmakers in April also permitted the placement of a Ten Commandment monument. "

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/satanic-temple-oklahoma-ten-commandments

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Thou shalt honor thy First Amendment
And Satan. Don't forget Satan.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled this morning that the Ten Commandments monument placed on Capitol grounds in 2012 was unconstitutional. The monument will have to be removed, along with the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet monument, placed on the grounds in 2013 as an homage to Satan. What a shame. Where will the children of Oklahoma City go now to worship Satan? 
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Forced Liking

Hey Big Gay Homosexual Agenda - try getting the Xtians to drink moar alcohol, and the rest will follow naturally.  ijs

(Note, article is almost 3 months old, before the recent historic SCOTUS ruling that requires everyone to become gay, sodomite, animal lovers - or at least that's the local spin in Texas.  Pat must be psychic!)  


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You're all about to enjoy anal sex now LMAO!!!

This fucking nut just went full fucking Religard!!
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Someone out of the know might think William Shatner wouldn't have a lot in common with veterans and bike builders.
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Republican Party Reeling

Yesterday Obamacare was approved by the Supreme Court, and today Gay Marriage was made the law of the land.  RIP Republitards.

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/supreme-court-affirms-right-to-gay-marriage-122495807066.html

http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2015-06-25/republicans-dismayed-obamacare-decision

#IrrSkep   #GayMarriage   #Obamacare  
The Supreme Court has found a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, striking down bans in 14 states and handing a historic victory to the gay rights movement that would have been unthinkable just 10 years ago.
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Hell, no. :p Abortion does not enjoy the same popular support. But it ensures my professional life is never boring. We just lost a case at the circuit level; not sure about appeal yet. 
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Talk Nerdy - GMO Part 2

In case you missed it - another great hour with +Cara Santa Maria and +Kevin Folta +Kevin Folta discussing GMO issues.

http://carasantamaria.com/podcast/kevin-folta-part-2


#ProGMO   #GMO  
Cara sits down with Dr. Kevin Folta (Professor and Chair of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida) to continue their conversation about genetically modified organisms. Especially poignant: the philosophy of activism denying opportunities for the developing world. Follow Kevin: @kevinfolta.
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Not to mention apophasis - my favorite paralipsis. And you can't Reason with Delusion.
Introduction

Communities radically changed how G+ works.  I post almost exclusively to Public and Private Communities.  That's why I (usually) leave my Community posts visible on my Post's page.  If you know me in real life - please notify me when you circle me!

Which Circle?  If I were putting me into my Circles, I'd choose my Favorites circle, my Skeptics (Consumer Protection Advocates who use Science and Reason to debunk harmful frauds and scams) Circle, and/or my Atheists (people who have not found any credible evidence of any gods, angels, devils, ghosts, or souls) Circle.  I doubt there will be a major theme to my occasional original posts or re-shares - just what strikes me as interesting at the time - but that is more likely to be related to Neuroscience or Technology.  Here is a list of the Podcasts I subscribe to, which indicates what I'm most interested in:


As a general rule, I don't believe in banning, blocking, censorship, or flagging. "John Stuart Mill argued that silencing an opinion is "a peculiar evil." If the opinion is right, we are robbed of the "opportunity of exchanging error for truth"; and if it's wrong, we are deprived of a deeper understanding of the truth in its "collision with error." If we know only our own side of the argument, we hardly know even that: it becomes stale, soon learned by rote, untested, a pallid and lifeless truth." - Carl Sagan  It is most unlikely that you will offend me with posts or comments, unless you post moronic idiocy, of course, or try to convince me that Your God really exists, and Your Religion actually knows her, or you post only Spam or Spam my posts.  If you circle me and want to be Notified of my rather infrequent posts, put me in a Circle where you have Notifications set to On. 

Getting started in G+.  Add this entire circle linked below to gets lots of interesting posts and interactions in your Home Stream:


And here is a circle of Pages that Share circles - you can visit them to see what sorts of circles they post that might interest you and add them, or have them add you to the circles some of them maintain on certain topics.


Next - go to Communities and enter in some topics that interest you into the Search bar to find Communities built around those topics.  Join a few of them that show active Owners and Mods, a good number of Members, and lots of recent posts.  Read the rules, and then start commenting on those posts or posting your own contributions to the topic.  Before long, you'll want to throttle down the firehose of information coming your way!

This Community will tell you most all you need to know about how G+ works:


What is G+?  (Explanation for the newly invited). The usual uninformed answer is that it is Google's version of Facebook or Myspace.  But it's not like that at all - it is more comparable to Twitter microblogging, but instead of mostly vapid < 140 character tweets, you get a Stream of thoughtful content, links, videos, and articles from people you choose to follow because they share things that interest you.  Which makes it addictive and time-consuming, because if you follow enough People and Pages and Communities, you get a nearly continuous Stream of things you want to know about.  Plus some occasional other stuff you might not even know you are interested in until you've been exposed to it.  And by using Circles and hashtag searches appropriately, you can check out other people or things Topic by Topic.  In summary, Facebook is about people, Twitter is about trends, and G+ is about Content and Information.  While most people use G+ to microblog, it is well suited to full blogging too - you just won't get paid for your work here, but also are not paying for the blog hosting.  Your blog here is more likely to get a lot more eyeballs and comments.  Or you can use G+ to microblog a link to your professional blog, but most people will be too lazy to do that extra click.

G+ is designed to be Addictive!  Almost like playing a Slot Machine - maybe the NEXT Post in your Stream will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, ask a question you know the answer to, or reveal the Secret of Life.  All while your red Notifications box keeps dinging that someone has thought of you.  Be sure to blink every hour, and get up from your chair at least daily.

How Do Circles and Sharing Work on G+?  Explained here:

Sharing is not Sending! I went ahead and made a post of how G+ Sharing and Circling works, based on what I slowly learned on my own through trial and error:

How Sharing/Posting and Circles work on G+

Well if Circles are used to block people from seeing posts, then what does blocking do?



What the Hell is Atheism Minus?

As founder and Spiritual Leader of Atheism Minus - this should answer the FAQs I get:



Copyrights:  Feel free to use any post or statement or idea of mine in an open source, creative commons way.  Credit me if you like - or not.  BTW: that long "rights" thing you see on a lot of About Pages here and on Facebook is legally meaningless.

Disclaimers:  My posts or G+ comments are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Or Legal advice.  Or Stock Market advice.  Or Dietary advice.  Or Political advice.

If you have a concern about any posting or comment being factually incorrect, please contact me. Please provide details of who you are, how I can contact you, what your interest is, and what your concern is. If something has been written that is factually incorrect (and was not sarcasm), it will be addressed. Anonymous complaints will be ignored.

GloMar Response:  We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of the information requested or records or data on the subject matter responsive to your request - but hypothetically, if such records or data did exist, such subject matter would be classified and could not be disclosed or released to you... 
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Survived Erythroblastosis fetalis. Also backpacked across the Arctic, then ran the Mount Marathon race in Seward, AK. Survived that too. A little worse for wear from all of those. More recently, I was blocked on G+ by SGU's RW, for being an intelligent man with an opinion differing from her clique, which she won't tolerate. Well excuuuuse me... Also, I am Founder and Spiritual Head of the largest Atheist Movement of all time - Atheism Minus (A-). It is comprised of all New Atheists, Old Atheists, and Agnostics who are not members of A+. NTTIAWWT, of course. Supreme Skunk Dick Mims H. Carter has publicly called me a Skunk Dick Squared. I score very high on online Asperger tests, which the NTs might not think is something to brag about, but we know better, as usual. I am Owner of the Advocates - For All the Things! private Community, and of the Irreverent Skeptics ( #IrrSkep ) public Community for fans and Hosts of Skeptical and/or Atheist Podcasts, and Own or Mod many more Communities. Find them in Community Search or links below.
Education
  • Rice University
    Psychology, Electrical Engineering, 1974 - 1978
  • Rice University
    Master of EE, 1978 - 1979
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    MD, 1979 - 1982
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Neurology, 1982 - 1986
  • Universal Life Church
    Ordained Minister, 2000
  • Irreligiosophy
    PhIrrD, 2010
  • Thunderwood
    Numerous, 2011
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