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Ben Uticone
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Truly at a loss for words I feel would do him justice I will say, simply, farewell.
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Burst into tears at my desk when I got the news.
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Here is a screenshot of a conversation I had with +Rich White a g+ creationist.  I posted an argument he didn't like so he deleted it and posted this in response.

I never hold anyone to any standard I don't set for myself, but apparently when you've got Jesus for a friend you can ignore even your own rules when it suits you.  Remember this the next time a Christian deigns to lecture an atheist on morality
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Who wants an orange whip? Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips.
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I watched Gone Girl last night.  Ben Affleck has officially atoned for Armageddon.
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I'm feeling strangely optimistic about 2015.  2014 set the bar so low that this year would have to work pretty hard to be worse.
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DItto.  Though it isn't starting out so great, my mom's best friend is going through a health scare with her husband.  :-/
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Thanks to some Christmas cash and the Steam Holiday Sale I've expanded my library a bit.

Papers Please:  Haven't played this too much but it's hard and takes practice.  It's a hell of a dilemma to have to scrutinize things carefully for any discrepancy and yet be as quick about it as you can.

Democracy 3:  Haven't played it yet but of all my unplayed purchases this is the one I'm most looking forward to.

Dominions 4: Haven't played yet.

Tropico 3: A bit simpler than 4 but still quite fun.

X3 Terran Conflict: Haven't played yet.

Plague Inc. Evolved:  I like this for the simple fact that it's short, which you don't often see in strategy games.  The average game takes about a half hour from start to finish and I don't think I've ever had a full game run longer than 90 minutes.  It's also hella hard.  It's easy to kill 99% of humanity.  Killing 100% is tough (fucking Greenland).

Endless Space:  I actually got this one a few weeks ago but I'm finally starting to get the hang of it.  The micromanagement can get to be a drag, especially when you have control of a large number of star systems, but it's an interesting take on the genre.

#videogames   #Steam   #steamholidaysale   #endlessspace   #Tropico3   #dominions4   #papersplease   #democracy3   #x3terranconflict  
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Another one worth picking up if you don't already have it: "Don't Starve" I know I talk about this one all the time, but it's definitely one of my favorites. and I think it's on stupid sale right now.
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The Uticone Cousins.

Jessamy (Left) Mandy (Center) Ben (Right) and Joe (Top) in 1983 and 2014.
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You pulled it off - nice! :)
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Of the many things about religion, particularly the fundamentalist variety, that alternately annoy, infuriate and frighten the hell out of me is the co-opting and misappropriation of the word morality.  When I think of morality I think of something lofty, exalted.  I think of things like righting injustices and protecting the weak and disenfranchised from exploitation by the wealthy and powerful.

Religious fundamentalists have taken the word 'morality' and brought it low; made it mean something petty and mean spirited.  Shaming people for their private sexual behaviors, provided that everyone involved is a consenting adult, doesn't strike me as particularly moral and almost certainly doesn't make the world a better place, quite the contrary.

I think a great example of this principle is Martin Luther King Jr. who spent, and ultimately gave, his life in the pursuit of correcting centuries old inequities in the way our nation treated people of color.  Using only non-violent means in the face of sometimes brutally violent opposition, he and his fellows worked tirelessly to make this country live up to the noble virtues it espoused but on which, in the case of millions of racial minorities, it failed to follow through.

Dr. King is an especially good example because he behaved, in his personal life, in ways that would have the gossips, finger-waggers and self-righteous sermonizers condemning him as a deeply immoral man.  But those who would condemn other people's private sexual behaviors are not moral.  They're busy-bodies, sanctimonious scolds and, all too often, hypocrites who use the bible as an excuse to involve themselves in affairs that are none of their business.

I don't know if I approve of what Dr. King did behind closed doors even though it was, to the best of my knowledge, always with other consenting adults.  But what I do know is that when it comes to private affairs between consenting adults that go on behind closed doors, it's not my place to judge, even by proxy.

And it isn't Jessa Duggar's place either.

#jessaduggar   #morality   #religion  
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I did my taxes today and got a fairly huge return.  I was out of work the majority of last year so I got most of my withholdings back.  But now I'm working and don't need to be in money saving mode, so I decided to treat myself a little.

-Breaking Bad the Complete Series on Blu-Ray
-Game of Thrones Season 4 on Blu-Ray
-Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-Ray
-Birdman on Blu-Ray
-Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Blu-Ray
-A new iPod Nano
-Final Fantasy VII and VIII on Steam.

The rest of the money I'm going to use to rebuild my savings and put some more toward my student loan.  But after the shitburger that was last year I think I deserve to splurge a little.
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You have proven yourself to be so responsible with money. This is a nice treat for yourself!
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Here is a screenshot of a conversation I had with +Rich White a g+ creationist.  I posted an argument he didn't like so he deleted it and posted this in response.

I never hold anyone to any standard I don't set for myself, but apparently when you've got Jesus for a friend you can ignore even your own rules when it suits you.  Remember this the next time a Christian deigns to lecture an atheist on morality
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+Ben Uticone I'm sorry Ben, I am removing your post as it is clearly out of the scope of OPWAE. I do not mean to breath fire on you or say anything pejorative. Posts about religion or religious people with little or nothing to do with evolution lie outside the purpose of this community. BTW, The post also lacks any sort of context for a reader (like me) not already familiar with the thread to obtain much from it. I find nothing objectionable or "bad" about your post -- it simply does not belong in OMPWAE. 

Personally, I share your contempt for intellectually dishonest people -- on the internet or anywhere else. That said, we do not care to argue with creationists nor do posts about one's encounters with such people who would find themselves quickly banned here fall within the scope of this community. 

From the "about this community" post at the top of this community page: 

various articles on recent developments and advances in the field of evolutionary biology as well as other related fields; and inspirational quotes by scientists and other fabulous thinkers 

I feel I must remove this post in the spirit of being fair to everyone given that I and other owners have removed similar posts to yours. 

I look forward to reading your posts to this community on topics related to TOE and evolutionary biology. 

+Alain Van Hout +One Million People who accept Evolution 
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A person who thinks that climate change is a hoax and also believes that Jonah literally lived inside a fish/whale for three days cannot be called a "skeptic".
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When a bully threatens you with violence if you keep doing something he finds annoying, there's only one response.

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In honor of the assassinated cartoonists in France, please RESHARE their cartoons all over the internet. Civilized society will not bow to Muslims.

#JeSuisCharlie #CharlieHebdo #FreeSpeech #France #Terrorists #Muslim #Islam #Massacre
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